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UCA students win biotest campaign

UCA students win biotest campaign

CONWAY, Ark. (UCA) — University of Central Arkansas students won a competition to develop a new marketing campaign for Biotest Pharmaceuticals Corporation. 

Jessica Casey (Lamar, Arkansas), Mya Hyman (Little Rock, Arkansas) and Noelle Smith (Little Rock, Arkansas) from the team “Check Your Vitals” won the competition by developing a plan to help Biotest encourage more college students and community members to donate plasma.

“I am so thankful for this opportunity provided by UCA and Biotest Plasma,” said Smith. “I learned skills guaranteed to help me succeed in my future endeavors, and I am so excited for Biotest Plasma to grow and reach many more donors.”

UCA receives $250,000 gift in support of the arts

UCA receives $250,000 gift in support of the arts

CONWAY, Ark. (UCA) - The University of Central Arkansas received a $250,000 gift that moves the university closer to becoming an All-Steinway campus.

Joe Whisenhunt Sr., Joe Whisenhunt Jr., Kari Whisenhunt and the entire Whisenhunt family dedicated the gift in memory of Margaret Whisenhunt, who helped establish the Friends of Music, an organization that works to enhance the student experience in the Department of Music.

The donation allowed the upgrade and equipment purchase for a practice room suite made up of five practice spaces that will bear Margaret Whisenhunt’s name.

UCA to host Argentine student for two-month visit

UCA to host Argentine student for two-month visit

CONWAY, Ark. (UCA) - The University of Central Arkansas will host 15 Argentine students as part of the Friends of Fulbright program from January 8 to February 26.

Friends of Fulbright is a U.S. Department of State supported program, sponsored by the Fulbright Commission Argentina and U.S. Embassy in Argentina.

This program is designed to increase student mobility for outstanding junior and senior level university students majoring in economics, business, education and political science. Selected students will be in residence on the UCA campus participating in cultural activities on campus and in the community. Students also will earn three English language credit hours.

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.