In the News: UCA institute to advise localities

In a front-page business article in the May 23 edition of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, reporter David Smith writes: The University of Central Arkansas will begin offering community development consulting for cities June 1 through its new Strategic Growth Institute, the executive director of the program said Monday. The institute will work with communities in Arkansas and other states to … [Read more...]

UCA films featured at Little Rock Film Festival

Three films by University of Central Arkansas filmmakers are among the 65 chosen for the inaugural Little Rock Film Festival this weekend. ?The Old Gray Lady: Arkansas?s First Newspaper,? a 90-minute documentary about the history of the old ?Arkansas Gazette?, will play at 12:45 p.m. Sunday at the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, 1 Chamber Plaza in downtown Little Rock (374-2001). ?The Cleaner,? … [Read more...]

Las Vegas man makes UCA his 400th college visit

Steve Lake of Las Vegas today arrived at the University of Central Arkansas for his 400th visit to a four-year college or university. Lake, a pit boss at Caesars Palace hotel and casino, was welcomed with a campus event in front of the fountain at Harding Centennial Plaza featuring UCA President Lu Hardin, Student Government Association President Haley Heath, Staff Senate President Patricia Smith … [Read more...]

UCA announces new radio affiliation

The new voices of University of Central Arkansas Bears football this fall will be familiar to football fans around the state of Arkansas. Well-known television sports anchor Steve Sullivan and Little Rock radio talk show host Justin Acri will be in the booth when UCA opens the 2007 football season on Sept. 1 against Louisiana Tech. The games will also be carried live statewide on KABZ 103.7 The … [Read more...]

UCA graduating class largest in history

The University of Central Arkansas will confer over 1,000 degrees at tomorrow's Commencement exercises, setting an institutional record during a landmark year. "This class is a significant milestone in UCA's history and appropriately coincides with the celebration of our 100th anniversary," said UCA President Lu Hardin. "This large graduating class is due to two factors: First, our extraordinary … [Read more...]

Rush Harding to receive UCA Distinguished Alumnus Award

The University of Central Arkansas at its Saturday Commencement exercises will present the Distinguished Alumnus Award to Rush F. Harding III, chief executive officer of Little Rock investment banking firm Crews & Associates. The Distinguished Alumnus Award is the highest honor for an alumnus of UCA. According to the award criteria, "A Distinguished Alumnus for the University of Central … [Read more...]

Jack Larson to deliver next UCA Centennial Lecture

Acclaimed actor and playwright Jack Larson will deliver the next University of Central Arkansas Centennial Lecture on Friday, May 4 at 1 p.m. at the Main Stage Theatre in the Snow Fine Arts Center on the UCA campus. Larson first became famous as Jimmy Olsen in the television program "The Adventures of Superman." His production credits include work with "Bright Lights-Big City," "The Paper Chase" … [Read more...]

Longtime UCA sports broadcaster joins athletic dept.

Bill Johnson, who has been the Voice of the University of Central Arkansas Bears for the last 40 years, will retire from broadcasting to devote all of his energy to his new position with the UCA Athletic Department. Johnson joined the department on March 1 and has been working on athletic development and advancement, in addition to serving as an ambassador to UCA's Purple Circle during football … [Read more...]

Inaugural Shakespeare festival tickets available May 1

Tickets for the inaugural season of the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, the only festival of its kind in Arkansas, will go on sale May 1 at UCA Ticket Central. According to Matt Chiorini, producing artistic director for the family-friendly festival, the top ticket price is $25, but there are significant discounts for students, children, seniors, groups of all sizes and UCA faculty and staff. "Our … [Read more...]

UCA cheerleaders to appear on Nickelodeon

The UCA cheerleaders this Saturday will participate in the taping of an episode of the Nickelodeon reality show "Let's Just Play," which encourages children to lead a healthier lifestyle through exercise and a balanced diet. This particular episode, which will air later this summer, will focus on a Hurricane Katrina evacuee who moved to Little Rock. … [Read more...]