Jada Simpson Crowned Miss UCA 2023

Jada Simpson, a sophomore education major, was crowned the 2023 Miss University of Central Arkansas at Reynolds Performance Hall on Nov. 5.   “When they called my name – oh my goodness –  it was so surreal,” Simpson said. “When I was crowned it was almost like the room stopped for a second. I was like, ‘Oh wait. They just said your name! You gotta walk up there now.’ It was an indescribable feel … [Read more...]

Looking Up: UCA senior’s hobby yields stunning images

When Erik Stinnett is not in class or studying, he is spending time researching, teaching and mastering the art of astrophotography.  Stinnet, a senior computer science major, has been interested in astronomy for as long as he can remember. When he was in elementary school, Stinnett’s grandparents gifted him a motorized telescope, but it wasn’t until he was a freshman in college that he really s … [Read more...]

UCA Foundation celebrates donors, students at scholarship reception

More than 365 people gathered to celebrate the spirit of philanthropy at the University of Central Arkansas’ annual scholarship reception hosted by the UCA Foundation. With a theme of “Legacy of Success,” the reception celebrated scholarship donors and the impact their gifts have had on both scholarship recipients and the university as a whole. The event provided an opportunity for students to c … [Read more...]

Students Encouraged to Apply for SURF Research Fellowships

The UCA Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) invites undergraduate students to attend a webinar to apply for the Student Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF).  The SURF program, sponsored by the Arkansas Division of Higher Education, is designed to allow undergraduate students to conduct in-depth projects in their specific fields of study with the assistance of faculty mentors. … [Read more...]

Events Promote Dialogue and Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month

The University of Central Arkansas is observing Hispanic Heritage Month beginning on Thursday, Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 with university groups planning a variety of celebratory events.  UCA’s Office of Diversity and Community is hosting a series of visiting food trucks that will be parked outside of the Ronnie Williams Student Center, showcasing the broad range of Hispanic cuisine. The first fo … [Read more...]

UCA Class of 2026 spends part of Welcome Week volunteering

Welcome Week at the University of Central Arkansas is usually a time for new students to get acclimated to university life. But this year’s entering freshmen got the opportunity to do something extra as part of their introduction to campus. Incoming students in the Class of 2026 joined Student Orientation Staff members in a volunteer event that packed nearly 47,000 meals to help combat world h … [Read more...]

UCA student earns second place at statewide competition

A recent University of Central Arkansas graduate captured second place in the 2022 DART Annual Conference undergraduate poster competition. Aaron Moody, who is now pursuing a master’s degree in computer science at UCA, won the award at the event held in Little Rock in May. Moody’s poster outlined his on-going research into using artificial intelligence to summarize text-based comments, su … [Read more...]

UCA graduate students show up big for inaugural Arkansas para track and field meet

Sarah Malakoff was not sure what to expect when she volunteered to help with the inaugural Meet in the Middle event. But by the time she left, the University of Central Arkansas doctoral student realized the experience had solidified her dreams of becoming a physical therapist.  “It was really encouraging to see all the support among the athletes, volunteers and parents,” said Malakoff, a firs … [Read more...]

Dean’s List and Presidential Scholars announced for spring 2022

The University of Central Arkansas has announced the Presidential Scholars and Dean’s List for spring 2022. Recognition as a Presidential Scholar or Dean's List scholar is based on grades earned during each semester of the regular academic year. Eligibility on the Dean’s List requires at least a 3.5 GPA with a minimum course load of 12 credit hours. Students must achieve a 4.0 GPA with a mini … [Read more...]

Jeromy Hunt recognized at Board of Trustees meeting 

Jeromy Hunt, a junior public relations major, was recognized at the May University of Central Arkansas Board of Trustees meeting as a Bear CLAWS recipient.  CLAWS is Celebrating the Lofty Achievements of our Wonderful Students. The university began designating students as CLAWS honorees in 2017 to present high-achieving individual students or student groups at board meetings. To date, nearly 40 … [Read more...]