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UCA commencement set for Dec. 12

UCA commencement set for Dec. 12

CONWAY—The University of Central Arkansas will hold Commencement on Saturday, Dec. 12 in the Jeff Farris Health and Physical Education Center on the campus.

Commencement for the College of Business, College of Education and the College of Fine Arts and Communication will be held at 10 a.m.

Commencement for the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

UCA President Tom Courtway will deliver a challenge to the graduates.  Dr. Steven Runge, executive vice president and provost, will be master of ceremonies. Zach Carter, 2015-2016 president of the Student Government Association, will bring greetings from the students and Dr. Benjamin Rowley, 2015-2016  president of the Faculty Senate, will address the graduates on behalf of the faculty.

University officials will confer 522 undergraduate degrees and 276 graduate degrees during two ceremonies.

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.

Conway police gear up for holidays

Conway police gear up for holidays

CONWAY, Ark. - Officers with the Conway Police Department will be out in full force this Holiday Season so that you can 'Shop Secure.'  

The City Council has allocated $50,000 to have four additional officers per shift to work overtime from November 26 to December 27.  Along with regular patrols all over town, two officers will focus specifically on the Commons shopping center, one will work the Towne Center and we will have an officer patrolling the downtown area. 

“We’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback in the past from both business owners and customers about the presence of police officers in the shopping centers,” said Chief Spradlin with the Conway Police Department.  “Many felt safer and strongly believed it was a deterrence to crime.” 

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.

UCA STEM Institute open house

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - The UCA STEM Institute open house will be held on Wednesday, November 18. 

The open house will be held in Main on UCA campus in room 212, 213 and 215. 

VIP hours will be held from 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., which will include a light lunch and a presentation of the new institute. Organizers of the event want to give the public an opportunity to tour the facilities and see the resources and programs that are available to teachers and students. 

Special guests attending the VIP luncheon are President Tom Courtway, the Provost, College Deans, various Department Chairs, and the CEO of Conway Corporation. 

For more information, visit www.uca.edu/steminstitute.

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.

UCA afterwords awards to celebrate first-year writers

CONWAY, Ark. — The University of Central Arkansas Department of Writing will feature the AfterWords awards ceremony, honoring first-year Residential College writers, on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

The 4-6 p.m. event, free and open to the public at the Bear’s Dean, just off campus at 235 Farris Road, will feature student readings of the award-winning works, selected by faculty from the WRTG 1310, Introduction to College Writing course.

Awards will be given for first, second, third and honorable mention from each residential college, as well as a reading award given on the day of the reading for the best read essay. Lacey Thacker of the UCA writing faculty will also read from her work.

“We are excited about what AfterWords offers first-year writers,” said Sophie Dix, interim director of first-year writing. “The competition allows students to celebrate their writing in a community of writers.”