Skip to main contentSkip to main navigationSkip to footer content

News Stories


Class Notes
AlumniBell Tower

Class Notes

Updates on graduates

October 04, 2023
Jesus smiling while standing next to a bush with his backpack on.
Lion Voices

Lion Voices: Jesus Quinionez

This week for Lion Voices, we have a sophomore Biomedical Science major, Jesus Quinionez. Jesus was born and raised in Aldama Chihuahua, Mexico, and moved to the US where he attended high school and now UAFS. He talks about his plans for college...

October 04, 2023
Student crouched in the roots of an old tree
Bell Tower

Charleston Maymester Provided History Lessons, Life Hacks, Friendships

A cross-(half-a-)country domestic Maymester trip took 40 members of the Myles Friedman Honors Program at UAFS to Charleston, South Carolina, on a journey that offered breathtaking scenery, wildlife, history, and a chance to use their analytical skill...

October 04, 2023
Bell Tower

Character Counts for Coach Zane Gibson

For the first time in 5 years, Zane Gibson returns to the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith to don the Lions’ blue and white.

October 04, 2023
Student posing at Majors Expo
Bell TowerArts and Sciences

Studying Earth to Get to Space

Do you ever listen to podcasts? Did one ever change your life?

October 04, 2023
Alumni Mural
AlumniBell Tower

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
Bell Tower

High-Five Fridays

When Zane Gibson returned to the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, he did so with a mission to reinvigorate the UAFS basketball program and the excitement in the community.

October 04, 2023
Two men and a woman holding a framed letterman jacket
Bell Tower

Legends of the Games They Played

The UAFS Lions Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed by the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith Athletics Department.

October 04, 2023
Maggie Heppner, 2024 Cub Camp Student Director

Heppner Takes Over Cub Camp

The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith has named sophomore Maggie Heppner as the 2024 Cub Camp Student Director.

October 04, 2023
headshot of a man
Bell TowerAlumni

Focus on the Future

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

October 04, 2023
Bell Tower

Lions to Join MIAA

The 2023-2024 sports seasons at UAFS will be the Lions last in the Lone Star Conference, which the university joined in 2019.

October 04, 2023
Woman working outside the Wilhauf House
Bell Tower

Grad Preserves History at Home

“What are the odds,” Anna Vincent asked herself on the morning of March 1, 2023, her first day as the historical facility manager at the Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center – her first day working to preserve her hometown slice of history.

October 03, 2023
long shot of the length of the timeline
Bell TowerArts and Sciences

History Comes Alive in Math Timeline

What is 4 feet tall, 108 feet wide, and lives in the Math Science building?

October 03, 2023
Students getting lunch on the campus green
Bell Tower

Babb Center Provides Polish

Students can be brilliant in the classroom, in the laboratory, and at the computer or soldering iron, but if they can’t show prospective employers how that brilliance will count in the workplace, it may not be enough.

October 03, 2023
Women and men using binoculars
Bell TowerArts and Sciences

A Look through the Lens at Belize

A senior biology major at UAFS, preparing to attend medical school, spent the first part of the summer honing his filmmaking skills and adding to his bird life list in Belize.

October 03, 2023
students in caps and gowns for graduation
Bell Tower

Charting the Future: University Navigates with Strategic Plan

With a new chancellor at the helm and a centennial anniversary on the horizon, the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith set about defining its course for the next five years by creating a strategic plan.

October 03, 2023
NewsArts and Sciences

Octubafest Celebrates Low-Brass Performers and Polkas

On Sunday, the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center at the UAFS campus will echo with the annual autumnal sounds of Octubafest.

October 02, 2023
Numa dressed as a mail carrier
NewsUAFS Mailbag

UAFS Mailbag: Feeding Lions

The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith Mailbag’s latest edition tackles food insecurity and how UAFS helps students, faculty, and staff overcome this by offering services through the Dave Stevens Lion Pride Pantry, an on-campus food pantry.

September 29, 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
Hispanic Heritage Month, flags in the foreground, UAFS Belltower in the background

Honoring Heritage: How Jaylin Barroso Explores Her Hispanic Identity

University of Arkansas - Fort Smith student Jaylin Barroso details how Hispanic Heritage Month allows her to explore her roots and share her identity and culture with others.

September 28, 2023

Popular Topics

Media Relations

The UAFS Office of Communications fields all media inquiries for the university. Email for more information.

Send an Email

Stay Up-to-Date

Sign up to receive news and updates.


Rachel Rodemann Putman

  • Director of Strategic Communications
  • 479-788-7132
Submit A News Tip