UCA alumni board adds four new members

The University of Central Arkansas Alumni Association has appointed four new members to its board of directors. Carolyn Floyd Ishee ’75, Aaron King ’07, Jeremy Owoh ’03 and Keith Svagerko ’91 will each serve three-year terms beginning July 1, 2022. “We’re excited to add four outstanding members to our board of directors,” said Alison Taylor, executive director of alumni relations. “They each add u … [Read more...]

UCA alumnus publishes poetry collection

A University of Central Arkansas alumnus has recently released his first collection of poetry. Jamie Cooper, who earned a bachelor’s degree in English from UCA in 2002, has published a chapbook of poems called “The Truth About the Sun.” A chapbook is a short publication usually containing poems, ballads or short stories. Published by Finishing Line Press, “The Truth About the Sun” includes re … [Read more...]

Alumna chosen to lead Winthrop Rockefeller Institute

A University of Central Arkansas alumna has been selected as the new executive director and CEO of the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute. Janet Harris was selected to lead the Institute by the organization’s board of directors. She had previously served as the institute’s chief strategy officer. “Carrying forward Winthrop Rockefeller’s legacy of convening on Petit Jean Mountain is a tremend … [Read more...]

UCA alumna tapped as top teacher

A University of Central Arkansas alumna who also serves as an adjunct faculty member was recently selected as the 2022 Arkansas Computer Science Educator of the Year. Kimberly Raup, a three-time UCA graduate, received the award from Gov. Asa Hutchinson at the sixth annual Governor’s All-State Coding Competition. She had initially won $2,500 after being chosen as one of five finalists but w … [Read more...]

Alumna chosen to lead DePauw’s equity efforts

A University of Central Arkansas alumna has been named to a leadership position at DePauw University. Dionne Jackson, who earned a master’s degree from UCA, will serve as DePauw’s vice president of institutional equity. She will be the first person in school history to hold the position. Jackson received her master’s degree in school leadership, management and administration from UCA’s Co … [Read more...]

Emeritus professor wins statewide book award

Kenneth Barnes ’77, a University of Central Arkansas emeritus professor of history, recently won the 2022 J.G. Ragsdale Book Award from the Arkansas Historical Association. Barnes earned the award for his book “The Ku Klux Klan in 1920s Arkansas: How Protestant White Nationalism Came to Rule a State.” The award is given each year to the best book about Arkansas history. “I am very gratefu … [Read more...]

Panama Business Leader: “UCA Changed My Life”

Marcos Bravo ’97 is a well-known and respected businessman in his home country of Panama. Residents often point to him as an excellent example of what to do when looking for a successful career, and Bravo credits his success to the education he received from the University of Central Arkansas. Bravo was one of six children and grew up in a rural part of the country. “My family didn’t the econo … [Read more...]

UCA Alumnus’ College Football Playoff Gig Is About More Than a Game

It’s great career advice: “Be an uncommon person.” University of Central Arkansas alumnus Byron Hatch ‘98 lived by the saying, building his career as a tax accountant, a lawyer, and a collegiate athletics administrator. Now, he is the new chief operating officer of the College Football Playoff. Hatch has worked in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the University of Arkansas At … [Read more...]

Alumni Association presents awards during Homecoming 2021

The University of Central Arkansas Alumni Association will present the Alumni Service Award and the Young Alumni Award to two alumni at a ceremony during Homecoming 2021. Jeremy S. Owoh will be honored as the Alumni Service Award recipient and Morgan Hager is the Young Alumni Award winner. The two will be presented Friday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. in a ceremony during the Alumni and Friends Dinner … [Read more...]