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UAFS mascot, Numa, dressed as a mail carrier stands atop a pile of letters
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UAFS Mailbag: Happy Birthday, Numa!

In this back-to-back edition of the UAFS Mailbag, we celebrate our favorite mascot's birthday. Numa takes another trip around the sun and invites everyone to enjoy his big day with him.

April 19, 2024
UAFS graduate smiles for the camera holding his diploma and a
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What's the 4-1-1 on Graduation?

Spring commencement at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith is one month away. Graduating students should know what they need to do before the ceremony and what they can access as UAFS alums.

April 11, 2024
Patricia Hurtado Perez, Coordinator for Upward Bound Math and Science
AlumniArts and SciencesFirst Generation

First-Generation Staff Spotlight: Patricia Hurtado Perez

As a Hispanic first-generation student, Patricia Hurtado Perez, coordinator for the Upward Bound Math and Science program at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith, struggled with unique challenges. However, she was undeterred along her path to...

April 02, 2024
UAFS Cheer at the 2023 NCA Competitions

UAFS Cheer Builds Up Champions

With college nationals just a few weeks away, the all-star UAFS Cheer team is ready to take Daytona by storm. The UAFS cheer team has won 4 NCA Nationals Championships in 2015, 2017, 2018, and 2022, and has reached the collegiate tournament 14 seasons...

March 29, 2024
Dr. April Evans, center, surrounded by her husband, Shane, and their five grandchildren
AlumniHealth Education and Human SciencesLion Voices

Building Foundations with Dr. April Evans

University of Arkansas - Fort Smith School of Education Interim Executive Director Dr. April Evans leaned on her love of education and literacy, her passion for making a difference, and the relationships she built along the way in her return to UAFS...

March 25, 2024
UAFS mascot Numa, dressed as a mailcarrier
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UAFS Mailbag: Where Memories Roar

The UAFS Mailbag returns with a recap of Homecoming 2024: Where Memories Roar. From competitions, reunions, awards, and games, homecoming week was full of excitement, and the campus was buzzing.

February 23, 2024
students hold 1928 balloons

UAFS Honors Alumni Award Winners

The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith Alumni Advisory Council honored five Lions at the Alumni Brunch today as part of 2024 homecoming events. Dr. Daniel Fudge, ‘12, and Jaime Vargas, ’18 and ‘23, received the Young Alumni Award, Sara Putman...

February 17, 2024
Cody Holt poses for UAFS eSports media day
AlumniBusiness and IndustryLion Voices

Readying Player One and the Gamer, Cody Holt

Follow the evolution of University of Arkansas - Fort Smith senior instructor Cody Holt. From gamer to UAFS educator and eSports coach, uncover his gaming passion and commitment to student achievement along the way.

February 16, 2024
Yosey Cardenas during graduation, May 2023
AlumniFirst GenerationHealth Education and Human SciencesLion Voices

Coming Full Circle with Yosey Cardenas

At the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith, education and social work academic advisor for the College of Health, Education, and Human Sciences, Yosey Cardenas, shares her story as a first-generation student and how she now uses that experience to...

February 09, 2024
Logan Aguilera, class of '23, coaches a player at Sallisaw during a football game. Aguilera is a geography teacher at Sallisaw Middle School.
AlumniArts and SciencesLion Voices

Some Things Are Worth Waiting For

University of Arkansas - Fort Smith College of Arts and Sciences 2023 alum Logan Aguilera encourages students to practice patience. UAFS helped prepare him to be a middle school teacher in Sallisaw, Oklahoma, and become a coach of six different teams....

February 08, 2024
Quynh Nguyen, 2016 graduate of UAFS
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Achieving her Dreams

Quynh Nguyen, a 2016 University of Arkansas - Fort Smith graduate, immigrated from Vietnam with her family when she was 12. As a non-English speaking student, the language barrier was an obstacle she overcame her entire life. UAFS was a place that...

January 08, 2024
Sarah Murrah, left, with her husband and two daughters
AlumniBusiness and IndustryLion Voices

Life and UAFS: How Sarah Murrah Balanced the Twists and Turns to Success

University of Arkansas - Fort Smith Campus and Community Engagement Administrative Assistant Sarah Murrah describes the twists and turns of life on her journey to obtaining her degree and giving back to the university that made it happen.

November 13, 2023
Lynette Thrower
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Staff Voices: Lynette Thrower

Lynette Thrower has worked at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith since 2021, following her time as a student two years prior. However, it is the life she lived before getting to UAFS that made her the perfect hire for the university.

October 27, 2023
Wes Milam, a University of Arkansas - Fort Smith adjunct criminal justice professor and Fort Smith Police Captain, stands outside of the FSPD station
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Baby Steps of Ambition

University of Arkansas - Fort Smith adjunct criminal justice professor Wes Milam, details his journey from UAFS student to professor while continuing to serve the community of Fort Smith.

October 06, 2023
Alumni Mural
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Alumni Legacy Awards

Twenty students received financial aid through the Alumni Legacy Scholarship in the 2023-2024 academic year. This is the highest number of scholarships awarded in a year.

October 04, 2023
Class Notes
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Class Notes

Updates on graduates

October 04, 2023
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Bell TowerAlumni

Focus on the Future

Matt Beyer, a 2015 accounting graduate, has some advice for those following in his footsteps.

October 04, 2023
two girls on a carnival ride.

Family Weekend Festivities Slated for Oct. 6-7

At the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith the importance of family in a student’s educational journey is celebrated year-round, but on the First Week of October, the celebrating ramps up. The much-anticipated 2023 Family Weekend is set to take...

September 29, 2023
UAFS Alumni Advisory Council's seven newest members. (left to right, top and bottom: Maddie Stojanovic, Josh Funmaker, Laura Schmutz Beltran, Dr. Shelli Henehan, Sam Winterberg, Lindsey Steiger-Muck, Logan Parks)

Seven Welcomed to UAFS Alumni Advisory Council

The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith Alumni Advisory Council recently welcomed seven new members. The 13 graduate council serves to connect all UAFS alums with the university and help foster growth in the community.

September 07, 2023
Haunted Hustle 5K

Annual 5K: A 'Scary' Good Time

The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith Alumni Office's annual 5k returns during the Family Weekend celebration. The Haunted Hustle 5k will take place on Saturday, October 7, 2023, on the UAFS campus.

September 01, 2023

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