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Launchapalooza to celebrate Toad Suck Review

CONWAY, Ark. - To conclude the University of Central Arkansas’s annual ArkaText Literary Festival, the award-winning Toad Suck Review will hold its sixth “Launchapalooza” at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 11, at the Lantern Theater, 1021 Van Ronkle St., in downtown Conway.

 The Launchapalooza is free and open to the public but may include adult language.

 “We are especially proud of the controversial Allen Ginsberg letter we published in the Ginsberg feature, and we are also very proud of the Frank Stanford feature, [given that he’s] a rocketing star in Arkansas poetics,” said Mark Spitzer, editor of the TSR and associate professor of writing at UCA. “Our Toad Staff interview with artist-in-residence Cristina Garcia is also a big deal. In fact, the whole issue is a very big deal.”

UCA offers free domestic violence workshop

UCA offers free domestic violence workshop

CONWAY, Ark. - The University of Central Arkansas Division of Outreach and Community Engagement has partnered with the Unseen Homeless Campaign of Conway to offer a continuing education workshop on domestic violence to individuals who serve or work with victims or survivors of domestic abuse.

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to recognize the signs of domestic violence, build confidence for assisting victims or survivors of domestic abuse situations, learn ways to advocate for survivors, and understand the effects of serving victims such as compassion fatigue and how to overcome those personal battles.

Conway univeristy continues to give back

Conway univeristy continues to give back

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - The University of Central Arkansas in Conway is continuing their tradition of giving back to the city by holding their second annual Day of Giving. 

Set for March 17, students, faculty, staff and alumni of the university will go around town helping those who need it most. Tasks such as raking, picking up trash and cleaning homes are including in what the UCA Bears will be doing to help those in the community. It is all a part of one big goal, and that is to raise funds that will go towards emergency student scholarships. 

“Spring 2015 was our first Day of Giving and the response was phenomenal. This is an important initiative on campus and we encourage all alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students to help in this effort. Every gift, regardless of size, really helps,” said President Tom Courtway.

Emergency student scholarships are one-time scholarships given to students who find themselves in dire straits.

Poetry reading scheduled for UCA Downtown

Poetry reading scheduled for UCA Downtown

CONWAY, Ark. — A poetry reading featuring Arkansas-based poets Terry Wright and Marck L. Beggs will take place onTuesday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m. at UCA Downtown.

Wright, dean of the University of Central Arkansas College of Fine Arts and Communication, is the author of seven poetry books and chapbooks, most recently, Fractal Cut-Ups, (Kattywompas) and Graphs, (Kairos Editions). He is professor of Writing and is also a visual artist who enjoys writing poems to correspond with selected original art works.

Beggs is the author of four full-length books of poetry, most recently Blind Verse and Catastrophic Chords, (both from Salmon Press). He is professor of English and former dean of the Graduate School at Henderson State University. He is also a musician who serves as the vocalist, guitarist and principal songwriter for the band Dog Gods.

Crisis communication talk set for UCA Downtown

Crisis communication talk set for UCA Downtown

CONWAY, Ark. — Dr. JJ McIntyre, associate professor in the University of Central Arkansas Department of Communication, will deliver a presentation titled Crisis Communication in the New Normal on Wednesday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m. at UCA Downtown.

McIntyre is an internationally published author who has worked on a number of grants with agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the USDA. He is also an active crisis communication consultant for businesses and state agencies. 

“In today's world, businesses and other types of organizations cannot afford to ignore crisis planning or hope to recover from a crisis without a strong communication response,” McIntyre said. “My presentation will be an introduction to crisis communication with emphases in the nature of crises and dispelling some commonly held myths about crisis communication. This discussion should be valuable to local businesses and other community organizations.” 

'PostSecret: The Show' coming to UCA

'PostSecret: The Show' coming to UCA

CONWAY, Ark. (UCA) — PostSecret: The Show, an immersive, live version of the original online community art project, will present never-before-seen secrets March 11 in the University of Central Arkansas’ Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall at 7:30 p.m.

PostSecret — which started as the blog, PostSecret.com — has garnered half a billion visitors and half a million anonymous secrets, which were later compiled into six best-selling books. Later next month, projected images, videos, three actors and a guitarist guide will lead the Reynolds audience through crowd-sourced narratives, revealing the true stories behind the secrets, which range from hopeful to sexual to shocking.  

Pulaski Tech presents 'An Evening with Graham Gordy'

Pulaski Tech presents 'An Evening with Graham Gordy'

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Actor and playwright Graham Gordy, who is also the co-creator and executive producer of the new Cinemax drama "Quarry," will be the guest speaker at Pulaski Technical College's Big Rock on the Map series on March 10.

The event will include film clips from Gordy's well-known work such as The Love Guru (2008), War Eagle, Arkansas (2007), and Spanola Pepper Sauce Company (2010). Gordy's short films have won awards at the South by Southwest festivals, Austin Film Festival, Nashville Festival and Slamdance. He also was a writer for the Sundance Series "Rectify."

The Big Rock on the Map event will begin at 6 p.m. in the college's Center for Humanities and Arts Theater located at 3000 West Scenic Drive in North Little Rock.

This event is free and open to the public.