Professor awarded 2016 Porter Fund Literary Prize

University of Central Arkansas Professor Sandy Longhorn is the recipient of the 2016 Porter Fund Literary Prize. The Porter Prize is presented annually to an Arkansas writer with a substantial and impressive body of work that merits enhanced recognition. The $2,000 prize makes it one of the state’s most lucrative as well as prestigious literary awards. Eligibility requires an Arkansas c … [Read more...]

Journalism professor to be inducted into Sportswriters Hall of Fame

Dr. Donna Lampkin Stephens, associate professor of Journalism at the University of Central Arkansas, will be part of the 10th class inducted into the Arkansas Sportscasters/Sportswriters Hall of Fame on Saturday, July 9. Stephens, a sportswriter in Arkansas since 1984, will join Rex Nelson, the play-by-play voice of the Ouachita Baptist University Tigers for the last 40 years, who will be … [Read more...]

2015 ‘Scroll’ wins national awards

The 2015 Scroll, the University of Central Arkansas’s yearbook, won three Pinnacle College Media Awards — Best of Collegiate Design, sponsored by the College Media Association. The Scroll won first place in Best Yearbook Division Page/Spread, beating entries from Texas Tech and Miami. It placed second in Best Yearbook Sports Page/Spread, finishing behind Miami and ahead of Rice; and was judged t … [Read more...]

Chiorini to return for AST opening night

Matt Chiorini, founding artistic director of Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, will be the guest of honor at the UCA President’s Home at a cocktail reception June 10 at 5 p.m. to celebrate the start of AST’s 10th anniversary season. The evening’s $100 ticket will allow entrance to opening night of A Midsummer Night's Dream, a delicious buffet of hearty appetizers, wine, beer, and an opportunity to h … [Read more...]

Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre’s 10th season to open June 10

Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre’s 10th anniversary season will open June 10 at 7:30 p.m. with A Midsummer Night’s Dream outdoors on The Lawn of McAlister Hall on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas. Romeo and Juliet will open in Reynolds Performance Hall on June 17, and West Side Story will open June 24. AST’s family-friendly adaptation of Twelfth Night will open June 30 in Reynolds an … [Read more...]

UCA, Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre host ‘First Folio!’

The University of Central Arkansas and Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre have been selected as hosts for First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, a national traveling exhibition of the Shakespeare First Folio, one of the world’s most treasured books. The First Folio Exhibition will run June 7-July 12, 2016 in the Baum Gallery on the UCA campus. The exhibition will open at 12:30 p.m. on T … [Read more...]

Voices of Central Arkansas Choir Auditions

Students in grades 3-12 as of Fall 2016 are invited to audition for the award-winning Voices of Central Arkansas (VOCA) Choir on Wednesday, May 25 and Thursday, May 26, at Snow Fine Arts, Room 312A from 3:30 – 6:30 pm, according to Dr. Sheri Cook-Cunningham, director of VOCA. VOCA is the umbrella organization for several vocal ensembles: Choristers, Concert Choir and High School Choir. The intent o … [Read more...]

Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre awarded $10,000

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects and partnerships in the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2016. Included in this announcement is an Art Works award of $10,000 to Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre to support the "pay what you can" comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream and to expand its touring show to u … [Read more...]

Reynolds Performance Hall announces 2016-17 season

Kicking off with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band on Sept. 22, UCA Public Appearances will feature a record 22 events for the 2016-17 season in the Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall at the University of Central Arkansas. The season will include Broadway, Pops and Night Out Series, two lectures and three Add-On Specials as well as five Main Stage EdUCAtion shows. “This season is made up of c … [Read more...]

Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre announces 10th season cast

PRESS RELEASE UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS AND COMMUNICATION May 10, 2016 CONTACT: Dr. Mary Ruth Marotte, (501) 428-4165; mrmarotte@arkshakes.com ARKANSAS SHAKESPEARE THEATRE ANNOUNCES 10TH SEASON CAST  CONWAY — Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre will bring back several favorite actors and directors for its 10th anniversary season, which begins June 10. “This y … [Read more...]