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...]

Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre welcomes new managing director

Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre at the University of Central Arkansas has announced Chad Bradford as its new managing director. “We are Arkansas’ only professional theatre company that focuses on classic and mythic tales. This uniquely positions us to tell imaginative and life-changing stories while promoting UCA’s educational mission,” Bradford said. “Recent studies have proven that arts education … [Read more...]

UCA nursing professor earns prestigious award

University of Central Arkansas professor Julie Meaux received the 2022 Outstanding Nurse Educator Award. Meaux, who has been a UCA faculty member for 28 years, is also the undergraduate program coordinator in the School of Nursing.  “I am very honored and humbled,” Meaux said. “To even be nominated reinforces the fact that I have earned respect from faculty and students. It’s a good feeling. … [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...]

UCA graduate students show up big for inaugural Arkansas para track and field meet

Sarah Malakoff was not sure what to expect when she volunteered to help with the inaugural Meet in the Middle event. But by the time she left, the University of Central Arkansas doctoral student realized the experience had solidified her dreams of becoming a physical therapist.  “It was really encouraging to see all the support among the athletes, volunteers and parents,” said Malakoff, a firs … [Read more...]

UCA Honors College students conduct service-learning projects in Mississippi

Serving communities, promoting good citizenship and giving back is the thrust behind a trip for students of the University of Central Arkansas’ Honors at UCA program, who traveled to Biloxi, Mississippi, for several days of community-based, service-learning projects.   Students in the Norbert O. Schedler Honors College joined the efforts of Community Collaborations International, an org … [Read more...]

UCA announces incoming Honors Scholars for Fall 2022

The University of Central Arkansas Honors College has selected more than 100 incoming first-year students to participate in the Honors at UCA program. Seventy-five incoming students have been selected as Norbert O. Schedler Honors College Scholars while a further 27 incoming students have been chosen as University Scholars. Collectively, the first-year students have an average high school grade … [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...]