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UCA receives $215,500 to support Nursing Department

UCA receives $215,500 to support Nursing Department

CONWAY—The University of Central Arkansas Foundation, Inc. has received $215,500 to support the Nursing Simulation Lab in the Department of Nursing.

“Nursing has afforded me the opportunity to care for a lot of individuals,” said Elizabeth A. Blankenship, CEO of Southridge Village Nursing and Rehabilitation. “With our ability to gift to the nursing program, the students will have some of the best technology available to them, and I believe it will assist in their training and education.”

Blankenship, along with her daughters and fellow UCA alumnae, Ashley M. Blankenship and Gretchen E. Humphreys, made the gift in a presentation that included UCA faculty, staff and students.

UCA President Tom Courtway expressed gratitude to the Blankenship family, “Thank you very much for your generosity. Thank you, more than anything else, for believing in UCA and believing in this college and this department.”

Hit musical Mamma Mia! to visit UCA for two shows

Hit musical Mamma Mia! to visit UCA for two shows

CONWAY, Ark. - The long-running hit musical Mamma Mia! will visit the University of Central Arkansas’s Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall for two performances in February.

The original date — Monday, Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m. — sold out quickly, so UCA Public Appearances has scheduled a second show for Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 7:30 p.m.

“The Central Arkansas community has been requesting for years that we add Mamma Mia! to our Broadway series,“ said Amanda Horton, director of UCA Public Appearances. “The show became available for single booking nights this year, and the routing was coming near Conway, so it all worked out in our favor.

“Once we announced the season, the Mamma Mia! tickets immediately began selling, and we quickly sold out.  So we worked with the company to add another show so that more of our community could see this popular performance.” 

Bikers revving up for Conway Regional Toy Run

Bikers revving up for Conway Regional Toy Run

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - Bikers from throughout Arkansas will gather in Conway on Saturday, Dec. 12 for the 15th annual Conway Regional Toy Run.

The bikers will begin their line up at 10 a.m. at Landers Toad Suck Harley Davidson, 1110 Collier Drive off Museum Road in Conway.  At noon, Santa will lead the way for a caravan of motorcycles, trikes and cages (cars) leaving the dealership for Conway Regional Medical Center, where they will deliver the toys.

About 250 people participated in the event last year.

“No child should be in the hospital at Christmas without a toy,” said Steve “Painter” Polk, who has organized the Toy Run since it began in 2000.

“Each year, the number of toys has grown to the point that it supplies our patients all year,” said Jo Lynne Gasaway, RN, Director of Pediatrics.

UCA hosts open house for new downtown facility

CONWAY, Ark. - The University of Central Arkansas will host an open house on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the new UCA Downtown at 1105 Oak Street.

UCA Downtown will be home to culinary, fine arts, technology and other community education and lifelong learning programs hosted by UCA. Located within walking distance to popular restaurants, shopping, Toad Suck Square and Simon Park, UCA Downtown can also be rented to host upscale events, business meetings and other small functions.

The Conway community is invited to visit the new facility for a tour and to enjoy hot chocolate, candy canes, entertainment and door prizes. The open house is free and open to the public.

UCA Downtown officially opens in January.

For more information, contact the UCA Division of Outreach and Community Engagement at (501) 450-3118.

Tribute Tree to light up holidays for loved ones

Tribute Tree to light up holidays for loved ones

CONWAY, Ark. - The Conway Regional Health Foundation will hold its annual Tribute Tree lighting ceremony at the Medical Center on Thursday, Dec. 3.

The lights that adorn the tree will be lit at 6 p.m. in honor or in memory of loved ones and friends.

The special tree lighting is a family-oriented event that will include:

·         A visit from Santa Claus

·         Christmas music by a Just in Time men’s quartet

·         A book signing by Caryn E. Southerland of Conway, author of “Ozark Christmas” and “Cowboy               Christmas.”

·         Hot coco, cider and cookies will be served.

UCA hosts Candlelight Gathering for Global Peace

UCA hosts Candlelight Gathering for Global Peace

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - A local university is taking the time to recognize the lives that were lost in the tragedy that struck in Paris on Friday.

The University of Central Arkansas is hosting a candlelight gathering to honor those who died in Paris on November 13. The Division of International Engagement at the university is sponsoring the event. The organization hopes to provide students, faculty, staff and community members an opportunity to reflect on world events and promote a peaceful society. 

The "Candlelight Gathering for Global Peace" will be held at the Student Center Amphitheater on UCA campus Thursday, November 19 at 4:45 p.m.

Local churches invited to partner with Bethlehem House in battle to feed the hungry with Empty Bowls

Local churches invited to partner with Bethlehem House in battle to feed the hungry with Empty Bowls

CONWAY, Ark. - National Hunger and Homeless Awareness week is held each year the week before Thanksgiving. This year, the Bethlehem House is partnering with local churches to bring that awareness to a community level through its annual Empty Bowls event.

“Many children and adults go to bed hungry each night, across the world and across the street,” Bethlehem House Executive Director Judi Lively said. “This year, we are inviting churches throughout Faulkner County to join this fight by hosting their own Empty Bowls event for their congregation.”

The proceeds of these events will be used to support the work of Bethlehem House. 

Bethlehem House has as its mission to improve the life situations of the homeless and nearly homeless in the community. In addition to offering a home for the homeless, the shelter provides an evening meal daily and operates a food pantry to serve the needs of those who do not have adequate resources for food.