UCA to host Shale Summit

UCA's Strategic Growth Institute (SGI) on Oct. 3 will host a seminar to provide an update on the production and economic significance of the Fayetteville Shale drilling operations. Panels of industry personnel, elected officials and executives from the real estate and financial sectors will discuss how production is ramping up, what it will likely be in the future and the current and projected … [Read more...]

Chamber music concert tomorrow night

The UCA Faculty Chamber Series will present a concert featuring Eastern and Western composers tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. in the Snow Fine Arts Recital Hall. This concert is open to the public and free of charge. A special work on the program is Five Haiku by Paul Dickinson, Theory and Composition Professor at UCA. It is a collection of short piano pieces with a Japanese influence and usage of … [Read more...]

UCA faculty news

Lisa Christman and Debbie Bratton, Technology Faculty Associates and Lecturers in UCA's University College, were presenters at an invitation-only SMART Higher Education Sympodium User Conference in Athens, Ga. earlier this year. They joined a select group of 25 Sympodium interactive pen display enthusiasts who use interactive technology to improve learning outcomes and enhance teaching. … [Read more...]

Courtway named interim president

Tom Courtway is serving as interim president of UCA after Lu Hardin submitted his resignation last week. The UCA Board of Trustees will likely call a special meeting soon to determine a process for appointing the next president of UCA. Courtway will fulfill the duties of president until a permanent replacement is named. At the time of his appointment last week, Courtway had been the vice … [Read more...]

UCA faculty news

Robin Becker, an instructor in UCA's Department of Writing, has had her short story "Coaster" accepted for publication by the journal Cottonwood. It will appear in the fall 2008 issue. "Impacts of Global Economy and Women … [Read more...]

UCA to host world premiere of opera

This November, UCA will host the world premiere of The Scarlet Letter, Lori Laitman's opera adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne's literary masterpiece. Laitman, an acclaimed American composer, has teamed up with award-winning American poet David Mason to create the opera, which was commissioned by UCA. The world premiere performances will take place on Nov. 6, 7 and 9 at UCA's Donald W. Reynolds … [Read more...]

UCA professor interviewed on NPR

UCA English professor Michael Schaefer this summer was interviewed by National Public Radio about Stephen Crane's classic novel, The Red Badge of Courage. Schaefer discussed Crane's background, as well as the tortured feelings of the novel's main character, Henry Fleming.On the eve of battle, Fleming is "afraid of being afraid," Schaefer says. "He's wondering whether he'll run or stand and fight. … [Read more...]

Two UCA students selected for U.S. Senate internships

U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln selected two UCA students, Preston Weyland of North Little Rock and Lee Ann Blackwell of Wabbaseka,to be summer interns in her Washington, D.C. office. Lincoln's Summer Internship Program provides students the opportunity to learn about the federal government and the nation's legislative process."I'm extremely honored to have the opportunity to host so many … [Read more...]

UCA faculty news

Mark Spitzer, assistant professor of writing, recently had his "Garfish Ode" accepted by The Oxford American. His essay "In Search of Massive Missouri Gar" was accepted by Rougarou.Debra L. Burris, an assistant professor of Physics and Astronomy at UCA, recently attended the CLEA workshop sponsored by Gettysburg College and the NSF. CLEA (Contemporary Laboratory Exercises in Astronomy) hosts a … [Read more...]

UCA student receives NASA fellowship

Holly Smith, a 2008 summa cum laude graduate of UCA, recently was awarded a NASA Workforce Development Fellowship valued at $6,500 through the Arkansas Space Grant Consortium for her project entitled, "Noise and Vibration Reduction in Ventilation Systems." Her work was conducted at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Tex. during ten weeks this summer. Smith plans to begin work toward her … [Read more...]