Distinguished guests and community leaders filled the Arkansas Best Corporation Center for the Performing Arts auditorium on a pre-semester Thursday night in August. Joined by University of Arkansas - Fort Smith administration, staff and students, they listened to Chancellor Paul Beran present the university’s five-year strategic plan.
Flanked on either side by his cabinet of Vice Chancellors, Beran discussed a “fluid plan that will get reviewed and amended on a regular basis, but the core of it will be what drives the institution for the next five years.” The plan—two years in the making—begins with vision and mission statements, and then presents six pillars which structuralize the strategy.
What is a college campus without its leaders? Those who cast their vote for Student Senate president in last spring’s senate elections did not elect Jory Christensen. The people elected someone else—someone who did not return to campus this semester. As a result, Christensen was invited to step up from 2nd-in-command to Commander-in-Chief. He accepted.
Most students have probably noticed the newest building addition to campus; heck, anyone who drives past the corner of Kinkead and Waldron notices the shiny, four-story buildings. This resident community, the Lion’s Den, completes one more step for the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith’s growth into a major university in Arkansas.
The transition from high school to college is a difficult one to make. For incoming freshmen the first day of college can be very intimidating, especially when they don’t know where their first class is or who will be in it. Although the first day can be nerve-racking and stressful, it will go a little smoother for the 150 students who attended Cub Camp this year.
“They come from a voice somewhere.”—Dr. Amy Jordan, American Democracy Project Chair, says concerning dialogued responses to the Opinion Tables written during Constitution Week.
Union forces recaptured Fort Smith in September 1863 after 28 months of Confederate control. Every year on the second Saturday of September, the National Park Service conducts a day of free historical entertainment and education for the public. This year’s events, held at the Fort Smith National Historic Site in downtown Fort Smith, was one of the largest ever created.
Have you ever said, “Someone should do something?” As we live our busy lives, we often look to others to do something, but then we are too often not completely satisfied with the results. The Young Emerging Leaders of Fort Smith is a group designed to make something happen. In fact, their website address, makesomethinghappen.org, explains that the organization was founded because of the need to literally make something happen in Fort Smith.