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...]

UCA hosts Centering Equity conference

The University of Central Arkansas Division of Outreach and Community Engagement is hosting its second Centering Equity Conference on May 12, 2022. The conference, which is sponsored by the UCA College of Education, will be presented virtually via Zoom at no cost to participants. It serves as an extension of the diversity, belonging, inclusion and equity efforts taking place across the UCA … [Read more...]

Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre returns for summer 2022

June 22, 2022 UPDATE - Shows scheduled for June 23, 24 and 25 have been canceled.   After a two-year hiatus, the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre returns for the summer of 2022 with one of Shakespeare’s most beloved works, “Much Ado About Nothing.”   “Much Ado About Nothing” will be performed at the University of Central Arkansas Bridges Larson Theatre in Snow Fine Arts on June 23-25, … [Read more...]

69th annual Service Awards

The University of Central Arkansas celebrated its 69th Service Awards on Thursday, April 28, in the Ida Waldran Auditorium. This event recognizes retiring faculty and staff members, as well as those with milestone anniversaries. Retiring faculty and staff with their years of service are as follows: Shelly Albritton, Academic Affairs Kevin Browne, Academic Affairs Brian Bolter, Academic Af … [Read more...]

UCA hosts May commencement

The University of Central Arkansas will hold spring commencement Friday, May 6, and Saturday, May 7, 2022, in the Farris Center on campus.  Those not in attendance can watch a live stream of the commencement ceremonies here. The university will confer 1,227 undergraduate degrees and 282 graduate degrees from the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; College of Business; College … [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,, 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...]

Spanish-Speaking Campus Tour Scheduled

University of Central Arkansas Admissions is offering Spanish campus tours on Friday, April 29, that will provide students and their families access to information about the university.   Student ambassadors will lead the campus tour entirely in Spanish, giving a meaningful visit to family members who do not speak English and an opportunity for all to ask questions about the UCA experience. E … [Read more...]

Hargis receives Outstanding Dean Award

University of Central Arkansas College of Business Dean Michael Hargis has been selected to receive the 2022 Outstanding Dean Award from Beta Alpha Psi, an international honor organization for accounting and financial information students and professionals. Hargis was nominated for the award by UCA’s Theta Lambda chapter. "I am honored and humbled to be chosen for this award," Hargis said. " … [Read more...]

UCA professor receives awards from Ethiopian crown

University of Central Arkansas Associate Professor Gizachew Tiruneh has been recognized by The Crown Council of Ethiopia with two awards: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Star of Honour of Ethiopia (GCSE) and the Ethiopian imperial title of Blaten Geta.  “I am truly honored to receive these two prestigious awards from the Crown Council of Ethiopia. It is always a very good thing when one i … [Read more...]