UA Fort Smith is proud to offer a unique center for education – the ELS Language Center here on campus. The Center is only one of 55 throughout the United States and Canada and one of 50 universities in key cities throughout North America with a center.
During the weekend of March 25-26 an important conference was held for members of the Caddo Culture Club. One portion of the conference was traditional dancing and songs performed by members of the club on the second day of the conference from 4-7 p.m. The performance was open to the public and free of charge. It was originally scheduled to be held at the Bell Tower on the UAFS campus but was moved inside to Reynolds Room of the Campus Center due to rain. Light refreshments were available and the people at the performance were friendly.
The 2011 Spring Scholar Series, presented by the UA Fort Smith’s Center for Lifelong Learning, not only provides the community with an opportunity to receive free instruction, it allows UA Fort Smith faculty members to present individual research and showcase achievements and concentrations. The Spring Scholar Series is held on Thursday afternoons from noon to 1 p.m. in the Echols Conference Center at UA Fort Smith.
Dr. Stephen Husarik presented his program, Digital Transformation of Modeste Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition,” on March 17.
The former UA Fort Smith Student Senate is undergoing a major overhaul this spring. Now known as the Student Government Association (SGA), the group is working hard to implement changes within the organization.
Faculty advisor Stephanie London says the SGA has “undergone a complete change this year…we had a consultant come onto campus last spring to examine our current Student Senate, and we have been using his recommendations to revamp the organization.”
Stanislava Harvanova is just a fellow classmate for some of us, but to family and friends she is a newly published author. Stanislava, or Stanka as her friends call her, is a junior here at UA Fort Smith. Her book A Long Way to Freedom, was published March 18, 2011, and is one of a five-part series.
The Arkansas state militia arrived in Fort Smith looking to take command of the fort by either diplomacy or violence on April 23, 1861. The volunteer units of Pulaski County, the 13th Militia Regiment, had been selected by governor Henry Massey Rector for “The Fort Smith Expedition.” They arrived in Fort Smith almost two weeks before the May 6, 1861 Arkansas secession vote. Fort Smith was “captured” by the Confederacy before Arkansas was a Confederate state and, with that event, northwest Arkansas quietly entered the Civil War.
Friday April 1st, 2011, was the date to go international when UA Fort Smith held International Festival 2011 in the Stubblefield Center. The festival ran from 5 until after 8 and more than 30 countries were represented. Countries slated to participate were; Afghanistan, Brazil, Cameroon, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, England (Great Britain), France, Gabon, Germany, Greece, Hmong, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Nepal, Niger, Peru, Puerto Rico, South Korea, Spain, United States, Uruguay, and Vietnam.