UCA alumnus selected as 2022-23 Obama Foundation Scholar

The Obama Foundation announced that DeKevious Wilson will be part of its fifth cohort of Obama Foundation Scholars. The program gives rising leaders the opportunity to take their work to the next level through an immersive experience that brings together academic, skills-based and hands-on learning.  Wilson, who earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in African and African Studies from the … [Read more...]

UCA alumnus named Arkansas’ top history teacher

A University of Central Arkansas alumnus was recently selected as the Arkansas History Teacher of the Year. Brick Cullum, a 2018 UCA graduate, was selected as the state’s top history teacher by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. He currently teaches African American history, world history and advanced placement comparative government at Conway High School. “I was super excited … [Read more...]

UCA alumna tabbed as to lead CPS foundation

A University of Central Arkansas alumna has been selected as the new executive director of the Conway Public Schools Foundation. Marti Jones, who earned a bachelor’s in health sciences from UCA in 1999, began her new role as the foundation’s leader on Aug. 1. The Conway Public Schools Foundation provides philanthropic support, above and beyond the district’s operating budget, for a variety of in … [Read more...]

UCA alumnus wins music fellowship

Naren Palomino Pardo, a recent University of Central Arkansas graduate, earned the 2022 Clara Wells Fellowship Award from the American Matthay Association at the 64th Annual Matthay Piano Festival.  Palomino is a native of Cochabamba, Bolivia, where he studied music at the Academia Nacional de Música, “Man Césped.” After his graduation, he joined the faculty of the music academy, where he taught … [Read more...]

Two-time alumnus earns prestigious fellowship

A University of Central Arkansas alumnus has been selected to participate in the Southern Regional Education Board’s highly competitive Doctoral Scholars Program. A two-time UCA graduate, Shun Ingram received a Bachelor of Science degree in health education in 2014 before earning a master’s degree in health sciences in 2018. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in health pro … [Read more...]

UCA alumna celebrates her 100th birthday

When she graduated from Arkansas State Teachers College in 1944, Gertrude Jeanne (Harris) Fleming had plans to marry her high school sweetheart, J.E. “Buddy” Fleming, and become a mother and homemaker.  “She got a degree in home economics and her plan was to be a housewife. She wanted to better understand cooking and housekeeping,” her daughter Anna Belle (Fleming) Akers said. “That was not unco … [Read more...]

UCA alumni board welcomes new leadership team

University of Central Arkansas alumnus Tyler Rodgers has been elected as the new president of the UCA Alumni Association Board of Directors. Rodgers, who earned a bachelor’s degree in insurance and risk management from UCA’s College of Business in 2014, will serve as president of the board for the 2022-23 school year. He served as vice president during the 2021-22 term and was sec … [Read more...]

UCA student earns second place at statewide competition

A recent University of Central Arkansas graduate captured second place in the 2022 DART Annual Conference undergraduate poster competition. Aaron Moody, who is now pursuing a master’s degree in computer science at UCA, won the award at the event held in Little Rock in May. Moody’s poster outlined his on-going research into using artificial intelligence to summarize text-based comments, su … [Read more...]

UCA alumna selected as Miss Arkansas

A University of Central Arkansas alumna has been chosen as the new Miss Arkansas for 2022. Ebony Mitchell, who earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from UCA in 2019, was selected as Miss Arkansas from a field of 45 contestants. She will represent the state of Arkansas at the 95th edition of the Miss American pageant later in 2022. "It was an indescribable feeling to be c … [Read more...]

UCA alum receives community impact award

When Kristy Carter initially received an invitation to the inaugural Delta Impact Awards in Jonesboro, Arkansas, she did not know she would be one of the recipients.  “I just wanted to be there with them to celebrate the accomplishments of the Delta Population Health Institute because they have done so much meaningful work for the community,” Carter said. “I was looking forward to supporting the … [Read more...]