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 announces new director of Torreyson Library

Rodney Lippard has been announced as the new director of Torreyson Library at the University of Central Arkansas. He begins the role on July 5.  “UCA has a focus on student success, and I believe that the Torreyson Library plays a central role in supporting the university by providing resources, services and information literacy instruction to ensure student success. This support plays an in … [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...]

69th annual Service Awards

The University of Central Arkansas celebrated its 69th Service Awards on Thursday, April 28, in the Ida Waldran Auditorium. This event recognizes retiring faculty and staff members, as well as those with milestone anniversaries. Retiring faculty and staff with their years of service are as follows: Shelly Albritton, Academic Affairs Kevin Browne, Academic Affairs Brian Bolter, Academic Af … [Read more...]

Hargis receives Outstanding Dean Award

University of Central Arkansas College of Business Dean Michael Hargis has been selected to receive the 2022 Outstanding Dean Award from Beta Alpha Psi, an international honor organization for accounting and financial information students and professionals. Hargis was nominated for the award by UCA’s Theta Lambda chapter. "I am honored and humbled to be chosen for this award," Hargis said. " … [Read more...]

UCA professor receives awards from Ethiopian crown

University of Central Arkansas Associate Professor Gizachew Tiruneh has been recognized by The Crown Council of Ethiopia with two awards: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Star of Honour of Ethiopia (GCSE) and the Ethiopian imperial title of Blaten Geta.  “I am truly honored to receive these two prestigious awards from the Crown Council of Ethiopia. It is always a very good thing when one i … [Read more...]

UCA psychologist finds connection between racial stereotypes and perceptions of risk-takers

University of Central Arkansas Assistant Professor James Wages has found that perceptions of risk-takers as reckless or responsible are often based on racial stereotypes. His research was recently published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.  Wages has always been interested in how people think about others and how those thoughts can lead to judgment and inaccurate … [Read more...]

UCA experts analyze conflict at Ukraine in student-hosted panel

As the world assesses the ramifications of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, University of Central Arkansas professors offered an analysis on the roots of the conflict and where it may be headed during a “Ukraine Teach-In” panel on Tuesday, April 4.  The hour-long discussion hosted by the UCA Student Government Association featured Don Jones, an associate professor of history; Joe McGarrity, a profe … [Read more...]

UCA receives Jesse L. Moore 2022 Supplier Diversity Award

The University of Central Arkansas received the Jesse L. Moore Supplier 2022  Supplier Diversity Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity magazine and website in higher education today. The INSIGHT Into Diversity Jesse L. Moore 2022 Supplier Diversity Award is a national recognition honoring colleges and universities that take proactive steps to support and … [Read more...]

A Time to Mentor: UCA Leader Earnestly Connects to Students

As the University of Central Arkansas assistant vice president of student affairs, Wendy Holbrook ’87, ’89 is intentional about making sure she has meaningful interactions with the students. She is interested in hearing their concerns and ensuring they have everything they need on their collegiate journey.  “That’s the best part of the job,” Holbrook says. “I really encourage them to seek out op … [Read more...]