UCA hosts Day of Giving

Marks eighth year for 24-hour fundraiser The University of Central Arkansas will host its eighth annual Day of Giving on Thursday, March 10. Day of Giving is a 24-hour fundraising drive that provides an opportunity to rally the university community and connect donors with specific programs and giving opportunities at UCA. During this time, alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students, friends … [Read more...]

A Time to Encourage: UCA Instructor Offers Words of Wisdom to Future Teachers

One thing Catherine Miller ’15, ’18 loves about teaching is providing her students with perspective as they prepare to enter the classroom. After graduating from the University of Central Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science in Education, Miller became a long-term substitute teacher in the Conway School district before moving to the Little Rock School District to be a full-time teacher. In 2018 she … [Read more...]

A Time for Service: Longtime UCA Executive Shares Advice on Career and Leadership

Servant leadership focuses on putting the needs of others ahead. It has been the leadership style of Ronnie Williams over the course of his decades-long career.  “I was blessed to be able to serve students and to affect their lives in ways that ultimately help them find their rightful place in our world. It just doesn't get any better than that,” Williams said.  Williams first came to the Uni … [Read more...]

Black History Month: Bear Trailblazers of the Past

Black History Month draws its origins from 1926 when Carter Woodson organized Negro History Week, a celebration that honored the contributions of African Americans. Over the decades, the celebration of Black history and culture evolved into a month-long celebration, highlighting not only nationally-recognized figures but also those who made lasting impacts in local communities. In the spirit of … [Read more...]

A Time to Create: UCA Art Professor Finds Peace in His Studio

Bryan Massey, professor and chair of the University of Central Arkansas Department of Art and Design, calls his studio in Schichtl Hall his “Kansas.”  “When I became department chair I knew one thing for certain, I would need studio time. Schichtl is ‘Kansas’ because in the movie ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ Dorothy is wanting to get back to Kansas because there is no place like home. My studio is where … [Read more...]

UCA names director of Veterans Resource Center

The University of Central Arkansas has named Gregory “Greg” Pelts as the new director of the Veterans Resource Center. He began Jan. 4. The Veterans Resource Center assists UCA veterans and military-connected students with benefits access and utilization. The center also conducts outreach to assist in the successful transition from military service to campus and civilian life.  In this role, … [Read more...]

Williamson authors book chapter 

Center for First-generation Student Success book focuses on first-generation students Robin M. Williamson, vice president of Student Affairs at the University of Central Arkansas, has authored a book chapter that investigates the journey of a first-generation college student from the classroom to working in higher education.  The Center for First-generation Student Success, an initiative of … [Read more...]

Baldwin serves as co-lead author of annotated bibliography

The Center for First-generation Student Success announced the release of annotated bibliography summarizing available research on first-generation students from 2008 to 2019. Amy Baldwin, senior lecturer of writing, literacy and academic success in the UCA Department of Student Transitions, served as co-lead author.  “The purpose of this annotated bibliography was to comb through a decade of … [Read more...]

UCA strengthens commitment to employee wellness

Debuts new Wellness Champion Award The University of Central Arkansas kicked off its annual BeWell initiative with the debut of the newly established UCA Wellness Champion Award.  The UCA Wellness Champion Award recognizes employees who have consistently demonstrated a commitment to develop and promote a culture and environment of wellness at UCA. The university recognizes employee wellness … [Read more...]

Bear Essentials Food Pantry awarded Campus Care Grant

The University of Central Arkansas Bear Essentials Food Pantry has received a Campus Care Grant from the National Association of College Auxiliary Services Foundation to expand campus access to fresh foods.  Through a partnership with UCA’s service-learning program, the pantry will construct at least four raised garden beds to grow produce. The grant provides funding for a commercial-grade re … [Read more...]