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Grand opening for new UCA Downtown on Jan. 14

Grand opening for new UCA Downtown on Jan. 14

CONWAY, Ark. (UCA) - The University of Central Arkansas will host a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new UCA Downtown at 10 a.m. Thursday, January 14 at 1105 Oak Street in Conway.

As part of the grand opening and ribbon cutting, original art works created by UCA students in the Department of Art will be featured in the front, gallery section of the building.

The approximate 2500-square-foot facility will also 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.

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.” 

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.

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.”

Members of Taziki’s Mediterranean Café Arkansas staff to participate in ‘No-Shave November’

Members of Taziki’s Mediterranean Café Arkansas staff to participate in ‘No-Shave November’

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Several staff members of Taziki's Mediterranean Café at their locations throughout Arkansas in North Little Rock, Bentonville, Fayetteville, Conway and Little Rock have decided to participate in ‘No-Shave November,’ a month-long journey during which participants forgo shaving in order to evoke conversation and raise cancer awareness.

The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing hair, which many cancer patients lose. Participants are encouraged to donate the money they would typically spend on shaving and grooming to educate about cancer prevention, save lives and aid those fighting the battle.

Taziki’s has its own ‘team’ page on No-Shave November’s website, where donations can be made to support these efforts.

BA Senior Exhibition scheduled for UCA's Baum Gallery

BA Senior Exhibition scheduled for UCA's Baum Gallery

CONWAY, Ark. — Graduating art students at the University of Central Arkansas will display their work at the annual Fall Senior Exhibit in the Baum Gallery of Fine Art from Nov. 5-Dec. 3.

Opening receptions will be held on Nov. 5 from 4-6 p.m. and Nov. 22 from 2-4 p.m. The receptions and exhibition are free and open to the public.

The 14 art students participating in the senior exhibition will present their strongest works made during their junior and senior years. The students’ art is represented in a variety of media, including graphic design, photography, sculpture, fibers, drawing, painting and printmaking.

Dr. Jeff Young, professor and chair of the UCA Department of Art, said that every senior exhibition was different each year because students bring their own unique styles and experiences to the show.

Alchemy Songwriting Competition hosts 5th annual showcase

Alchemy Songwriting Competition hosts 5th annual showcase
CONWAY, Ark.