These days, technology and information assurance affect everything we do, including the ways in which we learn and work. At the University of Central Arkansas, we actively prepare our students for that reality. Across all of our colleges — from the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences to the College of Fine Arts and Communication — we ensure that UCA faculty and staff embrace technology in their classrooms and prepare students to enter an ever-changing workforce.
This issue of UCA Magazine is dedicated to highlighting our cutting-edge technology programs and celebrating the students, faculty, staff, and alumni who help us stay ahead of the curve.
Read all about the College of Education’s certification as an Apple Distinguished School. This is a three-year designation that recognizes the college’s technological approach to educating future teachers. Dean Vicki Groves-Scott and her team are doing a phenomenal job ensuring that our next generation of educators is prepared for classroom instruction that is more technology-focused than ever before.
Then there is UCA’s state-of-the-art cyber range and first-of-its-kind cybersecurity program. Our new multidisciplinary cybersecurity program is designed to produce graduates who can identify, assess, and combat cybercrime. We are proud to lead the charge and train students for high-demand tech jobs such as these. We know they will graduate and play an instrumental role in boosting Arkansas’s future economic development.
Other technology-focused stories include a feature about the Nabholz Center for Healthcare Simulation, which was funded, in part, by a $500,000 gift from the Nabholz Charitable Foundation; a story about Tansel Halic, an assistant professor of computer science who is developing a Virtual Fundamentals Arthroscopic Skill Trainer to help surgeons master arthroscopic surgery; and a highlight on the Arkansas Coding Academy, which now has a satellite campus in Little Rock and will be offering classes in Fayetteville.
There is also a feature on the $20 million gift from the Windgate Foundation, the largest gift in UCA’s 111-year history, and a recap of our first-ever Laurels & Stripes scholarship gala, which raised more than $700,000 to benefit UCA student scholarship programs.
These are just a few of the highlights. This issue contains so many great stories about phenomenal programs and amazing people from our UCA community. I sincerely hope you enjoy reading it as much as our team enjoyed putting it together. Have a fantastic summer!
Dr. Houston D. Davis