Whether they were looking to quench their wanderlust or simply in the mood for a night of entertainment and cuisine, the people of Fort Smith found what they were looking for at the International Festival 2010 on Tuesday, March 30 in the Stubblefield Center.
Thirty-two countries were represented this year, including, but not limited to, Brazil, Ireland, Kenya, Germany, Vietnam, Haiti, the Hmong people, and Canada. Each country had a cultural display with one or more attendants on hand to answer questions. Some countries also provided traditional foods, such as scones or curry. These dishes could be sampled in exchange for a food token which festival goers could buy at different tables throughout the center. All proceeds went to supporting the International Program.
During an informative fireside chat on March 2, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Dr. Lee Krehbiel encouraged students to run for Senate offices, and invited students who want to be involved in other ways to visit his office to discuss possibilities. He asked students to consider “Who and what is UA Fort Smith?” and “What will it become in the long run?” In essence, he was asking whether students will create a more dynamic student-driven campus culture and a more active senate, or let the opportunity founder on the shoals of apathy.
Miss UA Fort Smith Rebecca Wheeley was crowned on March 13 in the annual event at the Arkansas Best Corp. Performing Arts Center at the Fort Smith Convention Center.
In the March issue of the Chronicle, I described my personal solar electric set-up, and some of the equipment it powers. In this issue I had planned to price out the cost of the solar power components and estimate the financial returns of producing solar electricity. However, the numerous variables make it difficult to predict an exact return.
One return I can verify is the satisfaction of working to help preserve our environment. For those interested in crunching the numbers, I have included links below to web-based solar calculators that help estimate the costs and returns on investment for specific systems in different global locations.
More than 100 University of Arkansas - Fort Smith students converged Friday, April 2 on the Pendergraft Health Sciences Center for the 3rd Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium. From studio and performing arts to traditional oral and audio-visual presentations, students presented research on interesting and compelling subjects from across the disciplines.
The Spring Career Fair, held March 4 in the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center, brought many businesses out to meet with students and to recruit potential applicants and employees. Thirty businesses, two graduate schools, and three military branches attended the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith event, offering internships, full-time and part-time employment.
During March, National Women’s History Month, women and their achievements were commemorated though exhibits and special programs by the Library of Congress, the National Gallery of Art, the National Park Service, the Smithsonian Institution and many other organizations. Cities all across America held events – including oratory contests, awards luncheons, conferences, exhibits, community service projects, and classroom presentations – and newspapers highlighted historic women.