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4th Annual Author Fair: Faulkner County Library to host local writers

4th Annual Author Fair: Faulkner County Library to host local writers

CONWAY, Ark. — Faulkner County Library is hosting its 4th Annual Local Author Fair on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 1p.m. to 4 p.m.

Participating authors represent a variety of genres including nonfiction, children’s books, poetry, novels and much more. 

At least 19 local authors are scheduled to participate in this year’s event. Authors will be promoting their published works and will be available to talk and sell their books to the public. 

Nancy Allen, the Faulkner County Library librarian and founder of this event said, “There is an enormous number of working authors in our area. There are other literary events in central Arkansas, but none specifically for Conway and Faulkner County, and I felt like our local talent was being overlooked.” 

UCA among "Top Public Schools" in the south

UCA among "Top Public Schools" in the south

CONWAY, Ark. - The University of Central Arkansas continues to rank among the top 30 best regional public institutions in the South, according to the 2016 Best Colleges rankings by U.S. News & World Report released on Sept. 9.

UCA maintained its ranking of 29 in the category of "Top Public Schools" among regional universities in the South. A regional university is defined as an institution that provides a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs, according to the U.S. News & World Report. Universities in the “Best Regional Universities” category were ranked against their peer groups in one of four geographic regions. Generally, these universities draw students most heavily from surrounding states, according to U.S. News & World Report. 

Catch "Return of the Gar" on KUAR

Catch "Return of the Gar" on KUAR

CONWAY, Ark. (UCA) - Tune in to 89.1 FM on Sept. 17 at 8:30 p.m. for KUAR’s rebroadcast of Arts & Letters, featuring Mark Spitzer, fish-writer and University of Central Arkansas writing professor.

This 29-minute episode produced for NPR member station KUAR highlights Spitzer’s work with gar (a native fish species capable of reaching lengths of 10 feet) and features excerpts from his latest nonfiction fish book, Return of the Gar (University of North Texas Press, 2015). Additionally, there are interviews with local fishery experts. The episode reflects on various eco issues and ends on a highly personal note as Spitzer releases his pet gar of 10 years into the wild. Original music is provided by the Sioux City Kid (Jared Griffin) and the Little Rock band Know Who’s a Robot. 

UCA's Laney-Manion Hall plaque dedication ceremony

UCA's Laney-Manion Hall plaque dedication ceremony

CONWAY, Ark. (UCA) - The University of Central Arkansas Board of Trustees and President Tom Courtway will host a Plaque Dedication for Laney-Manion Hall at 2 p.m. Friday, August 21 in Room 102 of Laney-Manion Hall.

The Board of Trustees approved the renaming of Laney Hall to Laney-Manion Hall in December 2014 to honor the late Dr. Jerald “Jerry” M. Manion.

At the time of his death in July 2014, Manion was the longest serving professor in the history of UCA. Manion spent 49 years at UCA working in the Department of Chemistry as a professor, chair, mentor, friend, and ambassador for the department. 

UCA greek alumnae host 'sleepover' in new greek housing

UCA greek alumnae host 'sleepover' in new greek housing

CONWAY, Ark. (UCA) - University of Central Arkansas Greek alumnae will relive their collegiate years in a special “sleepover” event in the new Greek Village on Friday and Saturday, August 14 and 15.

The event is one of several commemorating the opening of the Greek residences for Panhellenic sororities—Alpha Sigma Alpha, Delta Zeta, Sigma Kappa, Alpha Sigma Tau and Sigma Sigma Sigma. Greek alumnae from each of the five sororities will have a sleepover at the homes prior to current students moving in on August 16.

ArtsFest public meeting to be held on August 23

ArtsFest public meeting to be held on August 23

CONWAY, Ark. – As part of its preparation for the 2015 ArtsFest, the Conway Alliance for the Arts (CAFTA) will hold a public meeting for community members who are interested in volunteering, and artists interested in selling their work during the Art Marketplace on Saturday, October 3.

A Recap of LRFW 7

By: Tabitha Cooke

LITTLE ROCK, Ark - Not even a nearly record-breaking hot day could prevent the excitement around the show and entertainment behind the outdoor event on the 4th block of Main Street in downtown Little Rock at the Big Night.

Little Rock’s very own native and TV news personality, Keristen Holmes, returned home to host Big Night, presenting returning designers and new designers as they showcased their clothing lines while models strutted in the designer’s collection on the runway at the seventh annual Little Rock Fashion Week (LRFW).