President Courtway kicks off Salon series

University of Central Arkansas President Tom Courtway will host the first TEDxUniversityOfCentralArkansasSalon introducing TEDx and sharing his passion for history and legacy of leadership. The salon will be held at 1:40 p.m. Tuesday, September 29 in the College of Business auditorium. The salon will entail a prerecorded TED talk followed by discussion. The salon is the first in a series lead … [Read more...]

UCA’s community development efforts supported

The University of Central Arkansas’ Community Development Institute (CDI) received a $3,000 grant award from Central Arkansas Planning and Development District, with support from Ark. Rep. Fredrick J. Love. The $3,000 award will support rural community leaders in Arkansas. This funding will allow six community leaders to attend their final year at CDI and graduate from the program at CDI’s 30th … [Read more...]

Technical assistance program announced today

Technical Assistance Program Announced

University of Central Arkansas President Tom Courtway and Arkansas Economic Development Commission Executive Director Mike Preston announced the establishment of the Technical Assistance Program for Arkansas Mayors today at the Arkansas State Capitol. Arkansas Rep. Fredrick Love, who helped to facilitate collaboration to establish the program, joined the two in making the … [Read more...]

Rural communities get assistance through UCA partnership

MEDIA ADVISORY UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS SEPTEMBER 17, 2015 CONTACT: Christina Madsen, vice president for communications, public relations and marketing, at or (501) 852-2659. Fredricka Sharkey, director of media relations, at or (501) 450-5114. Kristy Carter, director of marketing for UCA’s Division of Outreach and Community Engagement, at k … [Read more...]

UCA adds variety to community education

New fall community education classes are being offered to the public through University of Central Arkansas’ Division of Outreach and Community Engagement. Twenty-five classes have been added to the fall course offerings, which are scheduled to being early-September. “Community Education is a cluster of classes from a variety of subject areas designed to enrich the lives of the residents in Fau … [Read more...]

New workshop series launches in September

Starting this fall, small-business owners in the Conway area will have access to a series of workshops focused on the challenges and opportunities facing independently owned and operated enterprises. The Conway Small Business Institute is a four-part workshop series designed to help small-business owners establish, develop and promote their business. The University of Central Arkansas’ Division … [Read more...]

TEDx is coming to UCA


The inaugural TEDxUniversityOfCentralArkansas conference will be held on the 12th of March 2016 at the University of Central Arkansas.  The University of Central Arkansas is excited about the opportunity to provide a global platform for Central Arkansas’ ideas worth spreading. If you are interested in helping coordinate this event, please e-mail Twitter - @T … [Read more...]

29th annual CDI concludes with graduation and awards ceremony

(l tor) Kelley Erstine, UCA chief of staff, Shelley Mehl, associate vice president of outreach and community engagement, Mike Preston, executive drector of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission and Amy Whitehead, director, Center for Community and Economic Development

A diverse group of over 130 community leaders from the mid-south region participated in the 29th annual Community Development Institute (CDI) at the University of Central Arkansas. The four day training session, held August 3-6, concluded with a special graduation and awards ceremony. The Arkansas Community Development Society (ACDS) was honored with the Friend of Community Development Award, … [Read more...]

UCA to host 29th annual Community Development Institute

Elected officials and community leaders from across the mid-south will meet at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) campus on August 3-6 to participate in the annual Community Development Institute (CDI).  Taking place in the Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center, the institute promises to be a rewarding learning experience for participants. Participants will be involved in engaging class … [Read more...]

Heber Springs Selected for CDI Program

Heber Springs was selected to host the University of Central Arkansas’ Community Development Institute Advanced Year program in August 2015. Heber Springs was selected through a competitive process of potential communities seeking to work with the CDI Community Development Institute (CDI). The Advanced Year class of CDI focuses on the application of community and economic development principles … [Read more...]