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...]

Alumna chosen to lead DePauw’s equity efforts

A University of Central Arkansas alumna has been named to a leadership position at DePauw University. Dionne Jackson, who earned a master’s degree from UCA, will serve as DePauw’s vice president of institutional equity. She will be the first person in school history to hold the position. Jackson received her master’s degree in school leadership, management and administration from UCA’s Co … [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...]

Reynolds Performance Hall announces 2022-23 season

Reynolds Performance Hall at the University of Central Arkansas announced a new season of performances for its 2022-23 season, which kicks off on Sept. 17 with the hit musical “Spamilton.”  The 2022-23 season includes Amy Grant and Neal McCoy, followed by the Broadway sensation “Anastasia” and the holiday favorite “A Charlie Brown Christmas LIVE,” along with many other events throughout the year … [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...]

UCA hosts Centering Equity conference

The University of Central Arkansas Division of Outreach and Community Engagement is hosting its second Centering Equity Conference on May 12, 2022. The conference, which is sponsored by the UCA College of Education, will be presented virtually via Zoom at no cost to participants. It serves as an extension of the diversity, belonging, inclusion and equity efforts taking place across the UCA … [Read more...]

Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre returns for summer 2022

After a two-year hiatus, the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre returns for the summer of 2022 with one of Shakespeare’s most beloved works, “Much Ado About Nothing.”   “Much Ado About Nothing” will be performed at the University of Central Arkansas Bridges Larson Theatre in Snow Fine Arts on June 23-25, June 30 and July 1. Times are listed below:  June 23-24 at 7:30 p.m. June 25 at 2 p.m. … [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...]

UCA hosts May commencement

The University of Central Arkansas will hold spring commencement Friday, May 6, and Saturday, May 7, 2022, in the Farris Center on campus.  Those not in attendance can watch a live stream of the commencement ceremonies here. The university will confer 1,227 undergraduate degrees and 282 graduate degrees from the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; College of Business; College … [Read more...]