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Emma takes victory lap on Emma Day

Emma takes victory lap on Emma Day

QUITMAN, Ark. (KTHV) – If you entered the Quitman High School gym on Friday, you would have seen a winter wonderland. A carpet of snow blanketed the gym floor, a machine pumped snow into the air, and one very popular song from the movie “Frozen” belted through the speakers as students and faculty gathered together to celebrate Emma Day.

What is Emma Day? It’s a very special celebration of one tough little girl who is battling stage-four osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. The Panama, Okla., native has been receiving treatments at UAMS right here in Little Rock and happened to meet one of Quitman’s teachers—Theresa Hawks—who was undergoing her own therapy for cervical cancer.

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Most Arkansas colleges, universities enroll slightly lower numbers

Most Arkansas colleges, universities enroll slightly lower numbers

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (ADHE) – The number of students enrolled in higher education on the 11th day of classes in Arkansas is down one percent overall as compared to last fall, said officials with the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) Thursday, with a total of 168,816 at both public and private schools.

“Final enrollment numbers won’t be available until after the semester ends,” said Shane Broadway, director of ADHE, “but we don’t expect big changes based on what we’ve been seeing the last couple years.

“Numbers are trending to what they were before the recession when many Arkansans lost their jobs,” Broadway continued, “and began looking for more opportunities by way of a higher education.”

The four-year universities saw an average increase in enrollment of 0.3 percent, while the two-year colleges saw a decrease in enrollment of 4.7 percent. Total public institution enrollment decreased by 1.5 percent.

Award-winning writer to kick off UCA's LGBT History Month

Award-winning writer to kick off UCA's LGBT History Month


CONWAY, Ark. (Sept. 15, 2014) — The month of October will be filled with events to help celebrate the diversity of gender identity/sexual orientation on the University of Central Arkansas campus, from display of the AIDS Memorial Quilt in Harrin Hall to the Pride Walk anchored in the Crafton Alumni Pavilion.

One highlight of this year's festivities will be a visit from award-winning writer Bernard Cooper, who will be an artist in residence with the UCA College of Fine Arts and Communication.

Cooper, a memoirist and fiction writer who, with razor wit, unsparing honesty and cutting insight, explores themes of sexuality, familial relationships, AIDS and loss, will give a public reading at the College of Business Auditorium on Tuesday, Sept. 30, beginning at 7 p.m. A Q&A session and book signing will follow.

The reading is free and open to the public.

Hendrix students and staff excited about nationwide ranking

Hendrix students and staff excited about nationwide ranking

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV)- It was a big day for students and staff at Hendrix college as they learned their school was ranked number one in up and coming liberal arts schools nationwide by U.S. News and World Report.

"I chose Hendrix over a lot of really good schools and I wouldn't go back on that," said Junior Sybil Watkins. "This day and age having a well-rounded education is really important to employers so I think that it's really good that Hendrix is taking a name for that."

Central Baptist College ranks as 'Best Regional College'

Central Baptist College ranks as 'Best Regional College'

CONWAY, Ark. -- Central Baptist College has been ranked as a "Best Regional College" in the South, according to the 2015 U.S. Best College rankings by U.S. News & World Report.

CBC ranks 69th in the category of "Best Regional Colleges" among regional universities in the South. CBC improved from a 107 to 69 in the rankings in the past three years.

According to the US. News and World Report, these colleges focus on the graduate experience and offer a broad range of programs in the liberal arts in fields such as business, nursing and education.

The U.S. News & World Report 2015 Best Colleges guidebook includes rankings of 1,800 institutions nationwide. The rankings are based on peer assessment; retention and graduation rate of CBC's student body; faculty resources; student selectivity; financial resources; and alumni giving.

Hendrix tops list of 'Up and Coming' liberal arts colleges

Hendrix tops list of 'Up and Coming' liberal arts colleges


CONWAY, Ark. (September 9, 2014) – Hendrix College was named the nation's #1 "Up and Coming" liberal arts college by

U.S. News and World Report

, whose annual college guide was published today.

According to U.S. News, the list includes the institutions most often cited by college presidents, academic leaders and admissions deans as having made promising and innovative changes in academic life, faculty, student life, campus and facilities. Hendrix has appeared on this list for seven consecutive years.

Hendrix is the only top 100 private national liberal arts college in Arkansas in the 2015 U.S. News Best Colleges rankings.