Program Aids English Language Learners

A pilot program at the Reading Success Center at the University of Central Arkansas is helping non-English speakers and their parents improve their literacy skills. "Sed De Saber," (Thirst for Learning), provides struggling readers with literacy instruction once a week at the Reading Success Center. While the children receive reading/literacy lessons from graduate students, their parents are … [Read more...]

UCA Receives $800,000 to Support PH.D Students

The University of Central Arkansas’ Department of Speech-Language Pathology has been awarded an $800,000 Leadership Personnel Grant to support five doctoral students through their four-year program for their Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders. The grant was authored by Robert Logan, Susan Moss-Logan, and Byron Ross, all on the UCA faculty in the Department of Speech-Language … [Read more...]

ACWHE Hosts Spring Meeting April 23

The Arkansas Council for Women in Higher Education (ACWHE) is hosting its spring meeting on Friday, April 23 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center. The meeting is entitled "Higher Education on Shaky Ground: Creating Sustainability during Unstable Times." Guest speakers and topics are: • Dr. Jim Purcell, Director of ADHE, "Forecast of Higher Education in … [Read more...]

Online Evaluations Available April 19

University of Central Arkansas students will be able to evaluate faculty beginning Monday, April 19. The online evaluations will be available until May 7. Students can access the evaluation surveys at myUCA portal by clicking on the "evals" icon. The online survey allows students more time to respond and provides greater anonymity than does the in-class survey. Also, the online evaluation … [Read more...]

Penny Hatfield Named Employee of the Year

Penny Hatfield, interim director of admissions, has been named this year's Employee of the Year. Hatfield was among eight individuals nominated for the award. Hatfield was presented a plaque and a monetary award during UCA's Service Awards on April 13 at the Student Center Ballroom. Those who nominated Hatfield said she is known for her dependability and quality of work."She is a role model for … [Read more...]

Faculty Honored For Excellence During Service Awards

Three UCA faculty members were recognized for their excellence in teaching, contributions to the community, and their research during the annual Service Awards on April 13. Dr. Lorien Foote, associate professor of history, has been named the 2010 Teaching Excellence Award winner; Dr. Polly Walter, assistant professor of mass communication, received the Public Service Award; and Dr. Clayton … [Read more...]

UCA Alumna’s Trust to Aid University

A Springfield, Colo. woman has left half of the value of her trust valued at $1.5 million as a bequest to the University of Central Arkansas. The bequest came from the late Wylena Virginia “Billye” Abee Hayward, a 1940 graduate of UCA. She was raised by her mother and grandparents in northeast Arkansas in the community of Swifton. While at UCA she was very active serving as President of Zeta … [Read more...]

Strategic Plan Town Hall Meeting April 15

The UCA community is invited to attend a town hall meeting on April 15 on the university's current strategic planning initiative. The meeting will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. in East McCastlain Ballroom. It will be moderated by Dr. Dave McFarland of Penson Associates Inc., a research and consultations firm serving universities, colleges, and systems of universities, governing boards and commissions … [Read more...]

Gov. Faubus’ Former Secretary Donates Papers

When Jimmy Bryant sorted through the newest collection donated to the University of Central Arkansas' Archives, he came across an item that overwhelmed him. It was a telegram from Arkansas Gov. Orval E. Faubus to the White House following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963. "I was overcome by a flood of memories of the assassination," said Bryant, the director of … [Read more...]

Allen, UCA Go Barefoot for Good Cause

American Idol Kris Allen and hundreds of UCA students spent a day without shoes Thursday to bring awareness for the need for shoes for Rwandan children. The Barefoot Walk ties in with the global initiative "One Day Without Shoes" sponsored by TOMS Shoes, a California based shoe company, in which participants are encouraged to not wear shoes for one day. Allen led barefoot UCA students, employees … [Read more...]