UCA Downtown Ribbon Cutting

UCA Board of Trustees member Bunny Adcock cheers as he and Shelley Mehl, associate vice president of the Division of Outreach and Community Engagement, cut the purple ribbon at UCA Downtown. Standing in the background (from left to right) are Kelley Erstine, chief of staff; Chris Davis, vice president for Information Systems and Technology; Brad Lacy, UCA Board of Trustees member; Warren Readnour, general counsel; Christina Madsen, associate vice president for University Relations and Creative Services; Kay Hinkle, UCA Board of Trustees member; Steven Runge, executive vice president and provost; Diane Newton, vice president for Finance and Administration; Ronnie Williams, vice president for Student Services and Institutional Diversity and Brad Teague, vice president for Athletics.

The University of Central Arkansas hosted the ribbon cutting and grand opening of UCA Downtown today. About 300 attendees from the downtown Conway community, faculty, staff, students and alumni were on hand to welcome this addition to the city of Conway. The approximate 2500-square-foot facility is now home culinary, fine arts, technology and other community education and lifelong learning … [Read more...]

UCA receives $250,000 gift in support of the arts

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The University of Central Arkansas received a $250,000 gift that moves the university closer to becoming an All-Steinway campus. Joe Whisenhunt Sr., Joe Whisenhunt Jr., Kari Whisenhunt and the entire Whisenhunt family dedicated the gift in memory of Margaret Whisenhunt, who helped establish the Friends of Music, an organization that works to enhance the student experience in the Department of M … [Read more...]

Clarinetist David Shifrin to visit Jan. 19

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David Shifrin, a clarinetist who has appeared with the Philadelphia and Minnesota Orchestras, will be at the University of Central Arkansas as Artist in Residence on Tuesday, Jan. 19. His recital, free and open to the public, is set for 7:30 p.m. in the Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall. Shifrin has also appeared with American symphonies in Dallas, Seattle, Houston, Milwaukee, Detroit and … [Read more...]

UCA Foundation Scholarship Application period begins

The University of Central Arkansas has recently announced the opening of the application process for Foundation Scholarships. The Foundation Scholarship Application for the 2016-2017 Academic Year began January 11, 2016. Applications are available up until the deadline to apply, which is March 11, 2016. The UCA Foundation has 303 named scholarship funds and has awarded over $8.5 million in … [Read more...]

UCA dean inducted as kinesiology association fellow

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Dr. Jimmy Ishee, dean of the University of Central Arkansas College of Health and Behavioral Sciences, has been designated a 2016 Fellow of the National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education (NAKHE). Ishee was inducted as the 15th Fellow during the 2016 Annual Conference of NAKHE in San Diego, California on Thursday, Jan. 7. NAKHE’s mission is to foster leadership in kinesiology a … [Read more...]

Monterey Jazz Festival to visit UCA on Jan. 22

Pictured left to right are Joe Sanders, Nicholas Payton, Gerald Clayton, Raul Midón, Justin Brown (will not be performing) and Ravi Coltrane. Photo credit R.R. Jones.

By Carley Conrad College of Fine Arts and Communication Media Office CONWAY — The world-renowned Monterey Jazz Festival will visit the University of Central Arkansas’s Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall on Friday, Jan. 22, for a 7:30 p.m. performance. The performance is part of the Monterey Jazz Festival’s fourth North American Tour, featuring critically-acclaimed GRAMMY®-winning jazz artis … [Read more...]

Board of Trustees 2016 meeting schedule

The University of Central Arkansas Board of Trustees will meet at 10 a.m. in the Board of Trustees Conference Room in Wingo Hall on the following dates: Friday, February 12, 2016 Friday, May 13, 2016 Friday, August 19, 2016 Friday, October 7, 2016 Friday, December 9, 2016 The Board of Trustees will meet for a retreat and budget workshop on Thursday, March 31. The University of … [Read more...]

UCA Downtown grand opening and ribbon cutting


The University of Central Arkansas will host a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new UCA Downtown at 10 a.m. Thursday, January 14 at 1105 Oak Street in Conway. As part of the grand opening and ribbon cutting, original art works created by UCA students in the Department of Art will be featured in the front, gallery section of the building. The approximate 2500-square-foot … [Read more...]

UCA to host 15 Argentine students

The University of Central Arkansas will host 15 Argentine students as part of the Friends of Fulbright program from January 8 to February 26. Friends of Fulbright is a U.S. Department of State supported program, sponsored by the Fulbright Commission Argentina and U.S. Embassy in Argentina. This program is designed to increase student mobility for outstanding junior and senior level … [Read more...]

UCA receives $215,500 gift

UCA nursing students Alex Shaffer, Maggie Mehl and Grace Tolliver join Ashley M. Blakenship and Elizabeth Blankenship during a check presentation to the UCA Department of Nursing.

The University of Central Arkansas Foundation, Inc. has received $215,500 to support the Nursing Simulation Lab in the Department of Nursing. “Nursing has afforded me the opportunity to care for a lot of individuals,” said Elizabeth A. Blankenship, CEO of Southridge Village Nursing and Rehabilitation. “With our ability to gift to the nursing program, the students will have some of the best techn … [Read more...]