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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.”

UCA, BACC. WRPDD to host "Saving Your Small Town" training event

BATESVILLE, Ark. - The University of Central Arkansas’ (UCA) Center for Community & Economic Development is partnering with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis to host “Saving Your Small Town: Homegrown Community and Economic Development” for North Central Arkansas community leaders.

On Thursday, Nov. 12, UCA will partner with the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) and White River Planning and Development District (WRPDD) to offer the boot camp in Independence County. The training will be held from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Maxfield Room (Room 119) in the Edwards Commons on the Lyon College campus.

UCA accounting student awarded $10K scholarship

UCA accounting student awarded $10K scholarship

CONWAY, Ark. — A University of Central Arkansas accounting student has been awarded a $10,000 scholarship by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) for the 2015-2016 academic year.

UCA graduate student Melissa McDowell of Little Rock was one of 84 students from various colleges and universities in the U.S. to be selected for the PCAOB scholarship.

McDowell graduated from UCA in May 2015 with a bachelor of business administration in accounting and is currently pursuing a master of accountancy.

McDowell said that the faculty in the Department of Accounting was contacted to recommend a student for the scholarship.

“I was shocked and honored that they would think so highly of me. I respect my teachers very much and for them to choose me is immensely flattering,” said McDowell.

Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Office issues reminder to parents on child identification

Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Office issues reminder to parents on child identification

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ark. - (Oct. 29, 2015 – With recent flash news alerts regarding missing children, teens, and others alike throughout the state, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office decided to issue a reminder to all parents regarding the indentification of their children. 

Major Lafayette Woods, Jr. issued the following statement on Thursday:

When a child or someone you know is reported missing, emotions become raw, which can hinder the ability of parents or love ones to make rational decisions. Yet, their actions and the actions of law enforcement in the first 48 hours are critical to the safe recovery of a missing. Knowing what you can do, what others can do, and where to go for help will not only expedite the search and recovery of your child or love one, it also will help to ease the emotional and financial burden of the search.

Rick Springfield Homecoming performance at UCA sold out

Rick Springfield Homecoming performance at UCA sold out

CONWAY, Ark. (UCA) - Rick Springfield, the Grammy-winning musician, author and actor, will perform to a sold-out audience in UCA Public Appearances’ homecoming show at Reynolds Performance Hall on October 29.

Springfield has sold more than 25 million records and had 17 Top-40 hits, including “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” “An Affair of the Heart,” and “I’ve Done Everything for You.”  He won a Grammy in 1981 for Best Male Rock Vocal for his No. 1 hit single “Jessie’s Girl.”

"Rick Springfield’s concert is during Homecoming Week, and our alumni will enjoy this 1980s rock music icon,” director of Public Appearances Amanda Horton said.  “He is a wonderful entertainer with a multifaceted career as an actor, author and musician. Not only will audience members get to hear Rick perform his hits, but they will also hear stories from his amazing life.”

UCA to host Tournées French Film Festival

UCA to host Tournées French Film Festival

CONWAY, Ark. (UCA) - Visit the French-speaking world without leaving central Arkansas through the Tournées French Film Festival at the University of Central Arkansas.

The Tournées French Film Festival is from October 30 to November 13 at the Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center on the campus of UCA. An audience discussion with a panel of UCA faculty will follow each film, and refreshments will be served.

All films are free and open to the public, have English subtitles and will begin at 6 p.m.

A special family-friendly screening of the animated film “The King and the Mockingbird” will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 7. Refreshments and interactive games for kids of all ages begin at 5 p.m.