Arely Hernandez set down the car – which she and a group of students constructed from miscellaneous items like rubber bands, CDs, and a mousetrap -- on the carpet of the Math-Science Building at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith. The group of onlookers watched as she pulled the hammer back on the mousetrap then let go, watching as the car passed tape on the carpet marking previous cars’ distances.
As the onlookers burst into applause, Hernandez couldn’t help but smile.
She may only be in 6th grade, but organizers of the UAFS-Verizon STEM Camp for Girls held June 20-24 hope the camp will show her – along with the other 29 camp participants – that careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics are not just for boys.
A hush falls over the crowd as they prepare to hear the name of this year’s Miss UAFS. The emcee calls out, “Katie Brown,” and her face lights up as she makes her way across the stage to be crowned, tears streaming down her face. While Brown won the title of Miss UAFS during the university’s scholarship pageant in March, her journey as a pageant contestant is far from over. This summer, she will compete against several other young women for the title of Miss Arkansas at the state’s pageant July 3-9, and has been preparing for the competition for the last three months.
Nine University of Arkansas – Fort Smith spring graduates who earned Certificates of Distinction in Professional Development from UAFS upon graduation have found jobs at companies in Arkansas and beyond.
Dr. Susan Simkowski, associate professor of communication at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, was recently selected as a reader for the College Board’s Advanced Placement examination in research this month.
An exhibit on display until June 30 in the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will feature textile artwork by hand weaver and fiber artist Jennifer Libby Fay, with a reception slated for June.
Three pinning ceremonies in the College of Health Sciences at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith have been scheduled for May in recognition of graduates from the surgical technology, nursing and dental hygiene programs.
Two Fort Smith community leaders – an educational leader and a business leader – will serve as the keynote speakers for the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s spring commencement ceremonies at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. May 14.
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s Academy of the Arts will present “Alice in Wonderland JR” at 7 p.m. May 20 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. May 21 in the Breedlove Auditorium on UAFS campus as part of the Academy’s On Stage Series.
The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith’s theatre program will present the annual “One-Act Showcase” at 7:30 p.m. April 28-30 in the Breedlove Auditorium, a performance that is free and open to the public.