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ChancellorFebruary 25, 2022

Chancellor's Message: Statement on War in Ukraine

Written By: Terisa Riley

Good morning, Lions:

You have received many messages from me this week about the inclement weather we are experiencing in western Arkansas. As I have been glued to the news stations—online and on television—my attention has been torn between our weather and the crisis in Ukraine as Russians invade and overtake areas of the country. This situation is deeply troubling, and I work in solidarity with those who oppose this needless violence.

My thoughts are consumed with prayers for the families of our employees and students. The University of Arkansas-Fort Smith does not have any students or employees from Ukraine, nor do we have anyone currently studying or working in Ukraine; however, I am certain some of you have family members and friends who reside in eastern Europe. I can only imagine the fear they have that this invasion will have a devastating impact on their home countries and fear about the safety of their relatives in the region.

If you need support, I encourage you to utilize the resources available to you on our campus:

Student Counseling Center:

Although walk-ins are accepted when the campus operations are open, we recommend calling in advance to make an appointment. Please call our office, which is located in Room 129 of the Pendergraft Health Sciences Building, at 479-788-7398. 

Counseling Center Hours: Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Friday: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

 If you are in an after-hours emergency please call the 24-hour hotline at 1-800-542-1031. We also offer an after-hours non-crisis Warmline, which is answered locally, at 479-452-6655.

University Employee Assistance Program

UnitedHealthcare offers a Member Assistance Program (MAP) to all benefits eligible employees and their dependents, even those who are not enrolled in the university’s heath plan benefits. Here are some of the great features of this benefit:

  • Unlimited phone access to master’s-level specialists (counselors), 24/7.
  • Up to 3 referrals for face-to-face counseling sessions.
  • One legal consultation of 30 minutes. You can choose to meet with an attorney by telephone or in-person to discuss legal concerns. You can also retain an attorney for ongoing services at a 25% discounted rate.
  • A 30 – 60 minute financial consultation. Credentialed financial professionals can help discuss estate taxes and other financial matters with you.
  • Access to From your desktop, mobile device or smartphone, you can easily and securely find a provider, discover community and work-life resources near you, and quickly and confidentially connect to expert guidance. You can also access news, events and thousands of expert articles and advice.

Please CLICK HERE for more information on the Member Assistance Program.

As always, I am honored to serve as your chancellor.