High school students attend Upward Bound program

LaToya Dillard, a 10th grade student from Morrilton, didn?t mind spending her summer taking classes at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. ?It wasn?t as bad as I thought it was going to be,? said the shy teenager. Dillard was one of about 50 high school students from four central Arkansas school districts to attend Upward Bound, a federally-funded program that prepares teens for … [Read more...]

UCA hosts National Dean's Conference

The National Dean?s Conference was held recently on the University of Central Arkansas campus for the fourth consecutive year. A total of 47 deans representing 10 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands attended. After 58 years, it is the oldest continuing conference for academic deans in the country. … [Read more...]

UCA senior holds state bodybuilding title

He?s got everything, discipline, consistency, work ethic and a tan. OK, the tan is just painted on. John Johnson, a senior dietetics major from Nashville, recently came home with top honors from the Arkansas State Body Building Championship in the super heavyweight and novice divisions. The competition was held June 12 at the Statehouse Convention Center. Johnson did not have plans to be a … [Read more...]

Grants assist with insurance institute

Dr. John Bratton, Department of Economics, Finance & Insurance, and Risk Management, received two grants to assist with the Insurance Education Foundation Institute. Bratton received a $1,000 grant from Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Company and a $500 grant from Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield. The purpose of the Insurance Education Foundation Institute was to improve the understanding … [Read more...]

Community Arts Association to host evening of one acts

Conway Community Arts Association will host ?An Evening of One Acts? in the studio theatre of UCA?s Snow Fine Arts Center in August. The presentation will be Aug. 6, 7, 13, and 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Aug. 8 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are available and may be purchased by calling (501) 733-6220 or by mailing Conway Community Arts Association, P.O. Box 603, Conway, AR 72033. … [Read more...]

Two selected to teach at Clinton School of Public Service

Two UCA professors have been selected as inaugural faculty at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. Dr. Gary Wekkin, professor of political science, and Dr. David McCalman, program coordinator for the master?s of science in community and economic development, were among nearly 50 faculty selected from Arkansas colleges and universities. Wekkin, who teaches courses on … [Read more...]

Lea to market efforts of Academic Outreach and Extended Programs

Ancil Lea, III, has joined the University of Central Arkansas? Division of Academic Outreach and Extended Programs as marketing coordinator. In his new role, Lea will be promoting outreach programs and services offered through the division and will work with other administrators to implement an integrated marketing effort. He joins the staff with more than 16 years of marketing experience in the … [Read more...]

Blood Drive

The Staff Senate will sponsor a blood drive on Tuesday, July 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in front of the Student Center. Our state is currently experiencing an all time low on blood supply. According to Becky Strickland (Red Cross Representative) there is only a day and a half of blood supply and that is due to three or four blood drives each day. Please give blood and help save a life. … [Read more...]

Building better communities

It?s almost a given that everyone would like to live in the best community possible ? one that has more and better jobs, better educational opportunities, a sense of unity; a place to call home. The University of Central Arkansas is the founding center, nationally, for the Community Development Institute, a weeklong professional training program that gives leaders, elected officials and … [Read more...]

Foley to study E. coli resistance

Dr. Steven Foley, Department of Biology, received a $5,197 grant to study E. coli complement resistance. The study will attempt to identify the gene array best suited for Foley?s needs in a separated project determining the function that factors play in avian E coli complement resistance leading to increased disease in humans. Each year, the average American consumes approximately 220 pounds … [Read more...]