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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.” 

Valentine Gala and Auction success for Conway's Homeless Shelter

Valentine Gala and Auction success for Conway's Homeless Shelter

CONWAY, Ark. - The recent Valentine Gala and Auction benefiting the Bethlehem House in Conway yielded more than $32,000.

The event, held at oneChurch, was a sell-out for the fourth year in a row. Tyler Sellers of Preston Palmer Studios provided entertainment. The meal was provided by Pasta Grill, Stoby’s and PattiCakes.

Funds came from table sponsorships and the sale of items donated by individuals and local businesses. For the second year, a jewelry hunt sponsored by Dayer Jewelers added $2,500 to the fundraiser’s earnings. 

'Mamma Mia!' coming to UCA for two February performances

'Mamma Mia!' coming to UCA for two February performances

CONWAY, Ark. — The long-running hit musical “Mamma Mia!” will visit the University of Central Arkansas’s Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall for performances on Feb. 15 and 17.

Both performances are set for 7:30 p.m.  While the Feb. 15 performance is sold out, tickets are still available for the Feb. 17 show. 

“Mamma Mia!” is the ultimate feel-good show that combines ABBA’s greatest hits with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. Writer Catherine Johnson brings the funny tale to the stage of a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father. On the eve of her wedding, her quest brings three men from her mother’s past back to the Greek island paradise they visited 20 years earlier.

UCA Symphonic Band performance set for Feb. 10

CONWAY — The University of Central Arkansas Symphonic Band will give its first concert of 2016 on Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall.

This concert, free and open to the public, is the only one of the 2015-2016 academic year that will feature just the symphonic band, comprising both music and non-music majors. The band will play five selections: “Esprit de Corps” by Robert Jager, “Pageant” by Vincent Persichetti, “Fanfare to ‘The Hammer’” by Anthony O’Toole, “Salvation is Created” by Pavel Tschesnokoff conducted by graduate student Nathan Rakow, and “Marche Militaire Française” by Camille Saint-Saens.

“This first concert of the new year is always a challenge for us,” said Brantley Douglas, associate director of bands at UCA as well as the symphonic band’s conductor. “We have just a little over a month to prepare an entire concert. The students have been working very hard to get ready for this program.”

“Peace, Love, and Refugee” devised puppet slam by UCA students

“Peace, Love, and Refugee” devised puppet slam by UCA students

CONWAY, Ark. — Alpha Psi Omega, University of Central Arkansas’s honorary theatre society, will host a devised theatre puppet slam titled “Peace, Love, and Refugee” on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 5 p.m. at UCA Downtown, 1105 West Oak Street in Conway. 

“Peace, Love, and Refugee” will consist of short collaborative theatre performances. These productions will be written by UCA students and focus on their interpretations of the word, ‘refugee.’

There is a $5 admission with proceeds going to El Zocalo Immigrant Resource Center in Little Rock.

“Devised theatre is when collaborative ideas are combined with improvisational methods and movement techniques in order to create a thought-provoking performance,” said Jordyn Daniels, UCA senior and president of UCA’s Alpha Psi Omega Chapter.

'Elvis Lives' coming to UCA

'Elvis Lives' coming to UCA

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - Elvis Lives!, a musical journey through the life of rock n’ roll’s greatest performer, will be at the University of Central Arkansas’s Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall on Jan. 28 for a 7:30 p.m. performance.

“Elvis lovers will not be disappointed with this dynamic show that celebrates the life of the beloved entertainer,” Amanda Horton, director of UCA Public Appearances, said. “The three Elvis tribute artists have true talent and will take you back in time to celebrate his musical career with stunning costumes, amazing vocals, a live band and rarely seen footage.”

The three tribute artists — Bill Cherry, Jay Dupuis and Dean Z — have all been finalists and champions from Elvis Presley Enterprises’ annual, worldwide Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artists Contest in Memphis.

UCA Foundation Scholarship application period begins

UCA Foundation Scholarship application period begins

CONWAY—The University of Central Arkansas has recently announced the opening of the application process for Foundation Scholarships.  The Foundation Scholarship Application for the 2016-2017 Academic Year began January 11, 2016.  Applications are available up until the deadline to apply, which is March 11, 2016.

The UCA Foundation has 303 named scholarship funds and has awarded over $8.5 million in scholarships to date. In 2015, the UCA Foundation awarded more than $862,950 in scholarships to deserving students, totaling 211 named scholarships to 503 students.

To apply for Foundation and Alumni Association scholarships, visit uca.edu/go/foundation-scholarships. For questions and additional information please call (501) 450-3650.