UCA earns grant from NAMI Arkansas

The University of Central Arkansas has received a $5,000 grant from the Arkansas chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness to help develop the UCA Lavender Library. The new library will be a hub of learning and connection for UCA’s LGBTQ+ community. It will also serve as a community resource that will empower the UCA and local communities to explore LGBTQ+ topics in a dedicated and af … [Read more...]

Alexander Markov To Be UCA Artist-in-Residence

By: Aurora King Office of Media Relations The University of Central Arkansas will host Russian American violinist Alexander Markov as artist-in-residence from Thursday, Oct. 27, to Sunday, Oct. 30.  Markov will perform alongside students in UCA’s Department of Music at the Conway Symphony Orchestra’s Power, Mystery and Fate concert on Sunday, Oct. 30, from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Reynolds Per … [Read more...]

UCA presents ‘An Evening of David Ives One Acts’’ 

The University of Central Arkansas theatre program kicks off its 2022-23 season with  “An Evening of David Ives One Acts” at the Bridges-Larson Theatre in Snow Fine Arts Oct. 26-28, at 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. UCA students, faculty and staff can receive free tickets. General admission tickets are $10 and can be purchased online. Tickets may also be purchased at the Reynolds Box Office Mo … [Read more...]

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 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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Debate and forensics team claims awards at national competition

Four University of Central Arkansas students, all UCA Debate and Forensics team members, won individual awards at the International Public Debate Association (IDPA) championship tournament on April 9-11 in Abilene, Texas.  The tournament capped the 2021-22 season for the team and took place at the Abilene Christian University campus. The team is coached by Anthony McMullen, an associate … [Read more...]