UCA announces hires, promotions in Advancement

The University of Central Arkansas Division of Advancement has announced several recent hires and promotions. Joan Shofner, of Conway and a 1994 UCA graduate, was promoted to associate vice president for campaign and development effective May 1. Shofner has worked at UCA for 13 years and most recently served as associate vice president of campaign and legacy planning. Greg Weber, of Conway, was … [Read more...]

Legacy: Making a difference for the leaders of tomorrow

When he arrived at UCA as a first-generation college student, Gary Bunn ’88 wasn’t sure what to expect. Having grown up in the small town of Crossett, Arkansas, without any sort of connection to college life, he was admittedly overwhelmed when he first set foot on campus. “I was intimidated,” Bunn said. “I won’t even say ‘a little’ intimidated. I was a lot intimidated. I didn’t have any idea … [Read more...]

Women’s Leadership Academy completes second cohort

The Women’s Leadership Academy at the University of Central Arkansas recently completed its second cohort with a graduation ceremony at the Willow Event Center in Conway.  The Women’s Leadership Academy (WLA) is dedicated to empowering, enriching, and embracing women in our region, facilitating their leadership development. The academy is an initiative through the Women’s Leadership Network (WLN … [Read more...]

UCA announces May 2023 graduates

The University of Central Arkansas held spring commencement on Friday, May 5, and Saturday, May 6, 2023, in the Farris Center on campus. The university conferred approximately 1,226 undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates from the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; College of Business; College of Education; College of Health and Behavioral Sciences; and College of … [Read more...]

Graybeal earns two national recognitions for service-learning work

University of Central Arkansas Service-Learning Director Lesley Graybeal recently earned two national awards for the university’s work in service-learning.  Graybeal received the John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement from the American Democracy Project in June. She also earned the Outstanding Practitioner Contributions to Service-Learning in Higher Education award at the … [Read more...]

Arkansas Coding Academy presents spring 2023 Demo Day

The Arkansas Coding Academy (ArCA) at the University of Central Arkansas will present its spring 2023 Demo Day, with 24 newly trained full-stack developers ready to showcase their capstone projects to the public. Attendees may register to attend Demo Day here. Demo Day is an opportunity for ArCA graduates to showcase their software development skills while networking with recruiters and hiring … [Read more...]

Recent nursing graduate recognized by Arkansas General Assembly members

Maggie Pemberton was recognized by three members of the Arkansas General Assembly for her heroic efforts during the Little Rock tornadoes in March. Arkansas Senator Mark Johnson and Arkansas Reps. Matt Brown and Tara Sheppard presented citations to Pemberton during the UCA Board of Trustees May meeting. Pemberton graduated in May 2023 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. On Friday, … [Read more...]

Student, recent graduates receive CLAWS recognition at May Board of Trustees meeting

David Adams, Haydyn Hudnall and Shelby Morris were recognized as Bear CLAWS recipients at the University of Central Arkansas Board of Trustees' May meeting. CLAWS, an acronym for Celebrating the Lofty Achievements of Our Wonderful Students, is awarded to one or more exceptional students or recognized student organizations during regularly scheduled board meetings. Adams is a junior … [Read more...]

UCA announces incoming fall 2023 Honors Scholars

The University of Central Arkansas Honors College has selected 75 incoming first-year students as its newest class of Norbert O. Schedler Honors College Scholars and 39 incoming first-year students for its University Scholars Program. Chosen from more than 450 applicants, the entering Schedler Honors College Scholars and University Scholars classes of 2023 have an average high school GPA above … [Read more...]

Presidential Scholars and Dean’s List announced for spring 2023

The University of Central Arkansas has announced the Presidential Scholars and Dean’s List for spring 2023. 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 minimum … [Read more...]