Archives for 2020

Congratulations, fall 2020 graduates!


Savannah Bell
Timothy Clay
Amelia Mackey*


Kierre Crossley
Dahlia Davis
Emma Fodor
Ashley Luningham
Marcus McClain


Jacob Carter
Spencer Casavechia
Lindsey Chaplin
Shelby Grimes
Payton Hamric
Amelia Mackey*
Natalie Pierce
Emma Scott
Sarah Ward
Rachel White


Caroline Harrod
Britney Wells

*double major

PR, the Press & Public Affairs class reports on BLM protests in central Arkansas

This semester COVID-19 prevented our PR, the Press & Public Affairs class from holding a campus/community event as we have in past years. Nevertheless, the class knew what they wanted to focus on from Day One – the summer Black Lives Matter protests in central Arkansas. So, students did original reporting to capture the protests through the eyes of activists, aid workers, police, journalists, small business owners, educators, and more.
Their work is published here:
–Dr. Dylan McLemore

Tim Wise visits UCA as Artist In Residence Nov. 16-17

Simon Tam of The Slants Joins the School of Communication Oct. 7-8

Sorry if we try too hard
To take some power back for ours
The language of oppression
Will lose to education
Until the words can’t hurt us again
So sorry if you take offense
But silence will not make amends
The system’s all wrong
And it won’t be long
Before the kids are singing our song”

– The Slants, “From The Heart” (watch the music video)

Simon Tam – author, musician and self-described “troublemaker” – will be an Artist-in-Residence welcomed by the School of Communication October 7-8. He’ll be speaking (and performing songs) about communication as activism, discrimination against Asian Americans during the pandemic, and his landmark Supreme Court case defending the right of his band to appropriate a term long used to discriminate against them. Read more about Simon.
Simon will be here in-person AND we will live stream all of his events. We hope you’ll attend in the way that you are comfortable.
We especially encourage you to check out Slanted: How an Asian American Troublemaker Took on the Supreme Courtat 6 p.m. on Wednesday, October 7. It will be a mix of music and storytelling that should be really special.
**All events will be live streamed at this Zoom link and on the UCA CAHSS Facebook page**
Wednesday, October 7
  • 9:00-9:50 a.m. – Media Law and Ethics talk: Matal v. Tam and intellectual property law, Stanley Russ 103
  • 1:00-2:15 p.m. – Public Affairs talk: Communication as Activism, Stanley Russ 103
  • 6:00-7:30 p.m. – Public Performance: Slanted: How an Asian American Troublemaker Took on the Supreme Court, McCastlain Ballroom
Thursday, October 8
  • 12:15-1:30 p.m. – Multicultural Public Relations talk: Asian American discrimination in the pandemic, Stanley Russ 103
  • 1:40-2:30 p.m. – Meeting with Student Organizations, sponsored by the UCA Chapter of the NAACP, McCastlain Ballroom
Simon’s visit is part of our 2020 Communication Week, which kicks off with our alumni panel on Tuesday during x-period. The alumni panel will be on Zoom at this link.

Scroll inducted into Walsworth Gallery of Excellence third time

The University of Central Arkansas Scroll has been inducted into the Walsworth Gallery of Excellence for the third consecutive year. The Walsworth Gallery of Excellence is a collection compiled every year of the most distinguished yearbooks Walsworth prints. The selections are based on quality, demonstration of theme, coverage, design, photography and copy.

Representative Terry Smith presented Adviser Will Oldham and the Scroll staff a plaque on Monday, Aug. 24 during the first class meeting of the new school year.

Smith informed the students that extra copies of their book were printed for sales representatives to share as examples and loaned to schools as idea generators. Gallery of Excellence books are also displayed at regional, state and national conventions.

The cover, spreads, photos and coverage ideas from this book will also be used in Walsworth’s educational resource materials, such as the Possibilities Idea Book, the Yearbook Suite curriculum and Idea File Magazine.


Echo editor-in-chief elected to SPJ Arkansas Pro Chapter board

Ronak Patel, editor-in-chief of The Echo, UCA’s student newspaper, was elected to the board of directors of the Arkansas Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists during the organization’s annual membership meeting in July.

Ronak Patel

Also during the meeting, Lauren McCabe, a recent UCA graduate and former Echo editor, was elected secretary, and Rob Moritz, Lecturer I in the journalism department, was also re-elected treasurer.

Patel, an English major and journalism minor, has previously worked as photo editor, online editor, social media editor and associate editor for The Echo. McCabe, who recently received a B.A. in English, was editor-in-chief of The Echo in the fall of 2019.

The Arkansas Pro Chapter is an affiliate of the national Society of Professional Journalists, whose mission statement states that it is “dedicated to the perpetuation of a free press as the cornerstone of our nation and our liberty.”

A UCA campus of SPJ was recently created and about 15 students are members. For more information about joining the campus chapter email Rob Moritz at

–Rob Moritz