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...]

Debate and forensics team claims awards at national competition

Four University of Central Arkansas students, all UCA Debate and Forensics team members, won individual awards at the International Public Debate Association (IDPA) championship tournament on April 9-11 in Abilene, Texas.  The tournament capped the 2021-22 season for the team and took place at the Abilene Christian University campus. The team is coached by Anthony McMullen, an associate … [Read more...]

Student Journalists Win Awards from Arkansas College Media Association

The University of Central Arkansas School of Communication netted multiple awards from the 2022 Arkansas College Media Association Contest (ACMA), covering work done by its student journalists during 2021.   The student-run newspaper, The Echo, along with its online version, uca.news.live, took home 23 awards, including newspaper of the year, reporter of the year, editorial cartoon, e … [Read more...]

Film Students Attend SXSW Festival

Students from the Department of Film, Theatre, and Creative Writing traveled to Austin, Texas, as part of South by Southwest (SXSW). The trip included 32 students majoring in film and five faculty members who took part in the conglomeration that brings media, film and music together.  The department’s annual trip is the first since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing students to an in … [Read more...]

Four children receive modified ride-on cars in UCA’s first Go Baby Go event

Aleeah Rodriguez’s anticipation was palpable as occupational student Destanie Nelson and physical therapy student Aaron Hoschbach strapped her into her newly modified hot pink ride-on car. The 7-year-old from Jonesboro had been waiting on this day for months. Her parents Jesus and Judy Rodriguez stood nearby smiling proudly.  “I had the phone on speaker when I got the news she may be a cand … [Read more...]

Yelen awarded Critical Language Scholarship

By: Amber Austen Office of Media Relations University of Central Arkansas student Nesibe Yelen is the recipient of a Critical Language Scholarship that will allow her to study abroad in South Korea for summer 2022. Yelen, who is already bilingual, is a sophomore biology pre-dental major from Little Rock. Her native language is Turkish, and she has always had a passion for learning about … [Read more...]

Jeromy Hunt selected for 2022-23 Newman Civic Fellow award

By: Amber Austen Office of Media Relations Jeromy Hunt, a student at the University of Central Arkansas, is the recipient of a 2022-23 Newman Civic Fellow award.  The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports community-committed students who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. The fellowship provides training an … [Read more...]