Yishan Yao, who prefers to be called Sherry, is a Chinese exchange student. The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith has an academic relationship with Sherry’s college, the TianJin University of Technology. TianJin, Sherry’s hometown, has 10,000,000 inhabitants –obviously, the Fort Smith population of 85,000 people can not compare. Despite the population difference, this 21-year-old is finding that Fort Smith is where life is worth living. Not only does she enjoy UA Fort Smith campus life, but she also enjoys the friendly atmosphere of Fort Smith.
Clinton Johnson, a senior from Poteau, Oklahoma, is currently an electrical engineering major who is involved all around campus. He is the Sigma Nu chaplain, a third-year Resident Assistant, and a band member in the Baptist Collegiate Ministry praise band. In his spare time he likes to play or listen to music. After finishing his electrical engineering degree, he would like to attend seminary; his life goal is to use his engineering background in the mission field.
The last weekend in August brought a new musical event to the Fort Smith’s Harry E. Kelly riverfront amphitheater: the first annual River Jam Fest. Billed as “Three days and nights of musical discovery,” the fest offered musical entertainment for a wide range of tastes.
When Joseph and Monica Meadows made it home from The Amazing Race in 2005, they brought with them ideas of how to add something funky, something different, to Downtown Fort Smith. A dueling piano house and New York-style lofts seemed just the key to help local culture step-up to rival areas such as Northwest Arkansas, Las Vegas, and abroad.
The house lights of the Arkansas Best Performing Arts Center rose on a singing trio of Broadway’s best known as the Three Phantoms. The three singers have each starred as the theatrical enigma of the Phantom in the hit The Phantom of the Opera. On September 29th, they performed for a packed auditorium on the seventh stop of their southern U.S. tour.
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Susan Whitlow, an English professor who has been with the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith for eleven years, teaches beginning composition courses and online surveys of literature classes. She currently lives in what she calls the “sticks” of Greenwood, Arkansas, with her partner of eight years, Lory Conrad. Conrad is an instructor on campus with the College of Student Success. Ms. Whitlow lives on twenty acres with many different animals – mostly animals they have rescued.
The Hmong Student Association is one of five international student organizations on campus. Each of these is overseen by Takeo Suzuki, the Executive Director for International Relations here at UA Fort Smith. President Mi Yang provides student leadership for the group.
“Some people play chess because they love the depth of the thought, the introspection, the beauty of the game; some people play chess to beat other people. If you beat other people with sticks and rocks, you go to jail.”—Ernest Cialone
This is a position from the tournament held on the UA-Fort Smith campus this past summer. In this game UAFS student Jonathan Carlson got the better of Magdy Ghobrial, a rancher who is a long-time member of the club.
White’s aggression, coupled with his King’s vulnerability, proves fatal to his game; 9…Qa5+! wins the Bishop. White suffered, and I do mean suffered, for another 33 moves before conceding the struggle.