'Nunca Pasa Nada' on display at UAFS

“Nunca Pasa Nada,” an exhibit by Fayetteville artist Bethany Springer, will be on display through Jan. 27 in the gallery of Windgate Art & Design on the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith campus, 535 N. Waldron Road.

Springer’s installations have been exhibited at 21C Museum Hotel in Bentonville, the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, Full Tilt Creative Centre and Terra Nova National Park in Newfoundland, the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts & Sciences in Georgia, the Fine Arts Work Center in Massachusetts, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Nebraska and the Artist House at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Springer also is the recipient of many grants for her work, such as a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Arkansas Arts Council and the Award from the University of Arkansas Community and Family Institute.

Students put STEM classes to work

Five-hundred students representing 14 area school districts took part in the regional Elementary STEM Olympiad last month. Sponsored by the University of the Ozarks and Guy Fenter Education Service Cooperative, the competition allows second- third- and fourth-graders to become actively involved in solving real world problems by using the knowledge they gain through classroom instruction in science, engineering, technology and math (STEM).

Competition this year involved constructing a water tower that will survive earthquakes and natural disasters, devising a water filtration system to purify contamination, constructing a vehicle that can withstand crashes, and devising a catapult demonstrating Newton’s laws of motion.

Participating area districts included Fort Smith, Van Buren, Alma, Booneville, Clarksville, Greenwood, Hackett, County Line, Charleston, Lavaca, Mansfield, Paris and Waldron.

Awards ceremony planned

The University of Arkansas at Fort Smith will hold its Bachelor of Science Nursing program awards ceremony at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Reynolds Room of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center. A total of 30 students will be pinned at the ceremony, a symbolic tradition marking a student’s progression from pupil to nurse.

Dr. Jennifer Thomas will serve as keynote speaker. Thomas is chief nursing officer for Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith. Thomas’ career spans more than 30 years serving in a variety of clinical and nursing roles.

The event requires a ticket for admission, which is available from nursing students. Contact Sherrie Luker, administrative specialist for the School of Nursing, at 788-7835 or sherrie.luker@uafs.edu for information.

Spring 2017 CASC enrollment open

Enrollment for the Carl Albert State College spring semester is now open. The full semester will begin Jan. 9. An eight-week term will also begin Jan. 9.

Students are encouraged to take care of financial aid and pre-enrollment as early as possible.

Jennifer Humphreys, CASC vice president for enrollment management, said, “Current CASC students may enroll using VIKECONNECT following Academic Advisement, and should enroll before leaving for the holiday break if at all possible.” Final degree checks are done in the Office of Admissions, and students can confirm graduation status. Students should have a final degree check done before pre-enrollment.

First time students need to contact the Enrollment Office at (918) 647-1372 in Poteau or call (918) 775-6977 in Sallisaw.

The spring class schedule is available at carlalbert.edu/admissions/course schedule.

Cabbage program nets students scholarships

The National Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program is offering a chance to win a $1,000 education scholarship from Bonnie Plants. The plan is open to third-grade classrooms around the country. Teachers can sign up at www.bonnieplants.com.

The program was created in 1996 to inspire a love of vegetable gardening in young people and grow our next generation of gardeners. The program awards a $1,000 scholarship to one student in each participating state. At the end of the season, teachers from each class select the student who has grown the “best” cabbage, based on size and appearance. That student's name is then entered in a statewide drawing. State winners are randomly selected by the Commission of Agriculture’s office, in each of 48 participating states.

Mexican Consulate selects ATU for funding

Representatives from the Consulate of Mexico in Little Rock and representatives from Arkansas Tech University in Russellville attended a memorandum of understanding signing Dec. 5 in Russellville that will result in more than $100,000 in scholarship funding for Arkansas Tech students of Mexican heritage in 2017.

Under the terms of the MOU, the Consulate of Mexico in Little Rock will provide $35,000 and private donors will provide $70,000 through the Arkansas Tech University Foundation. This is the third consecutive year in which the Consulate of Mexico and ATU have worked together on the IME Becas Fellowship scholarship.

The number of Hispanic students at Arkansas Tech has increased by 588 percent over the past dozen years. There are 804 Hispanic students enrolled at Tech for the fall 2016 semester. In all, 23.6 percent of Arkansas Tech students are from minority groups.

University signs degree partnership

The University of the Ozarks in Clarksville has recently entered into a dual degree partnership with the Paris School of Business. Under the agreement, students can transfer from the Paris School of Business in their third year and complete the requirements to earn a bachelor's degree in business from the University of the Ozarks in one year. After graduating from Ozarks, the students return to Paris School of Business to complete a master's degree.

The partnership also offers Ozarks students an opportunity to spend a summer in Paris for one of the school's short programs or for semester-long study. In addition, the relationship provides heightened access for graduates from Ozarks to be admitted into one of the seven master's degree programs offered at Paris.

ATU to host preview day

All high school seniors and their families are invited to Time Out for Tech 2017, which will be hosted by the Arkansas Tech University Office of Admissions beginning at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 26 on the ATU campus in Russellville.

The annual preview day provides prospective Arkansas Tech students with a chance to learn more about the academic programs, student housing options and campus life opportunities available on the Russellville campus.

There will be a drawing during the opening session for three tuition scholarships to Arkansas Tech for the fall 2017 semester. In order to win, individuals must be high school seniors and present.

Pre-registration is required. Registration is available online at www.atu.edu/admissions/timeout2017.htm.

Call (800) 582-6953 or (479) 968-0343 for information.

Names of note

OGE Energy Corp. awarded seven Fort Smith Public School teachers OGE Teacher Grants this fall. The company awarded 35 grants across its service territory in Oklahoma and Arkansas. OGE Energy offers the grant program to support teachers and schools in its communities. Fort Smith recipients include Maureen Austin, Bonneville Elementary School, $953; Laura Davis and Amy Markham, Chaffin Junior High School, $971.30 and $1,000, respectively; Jennifer Howald, Woods Elementary School, $274; Misty McGatha, Howard Elementary School, $976; Wyann Stanton, Euper Lane Elementary School, $1,000; and Melissa Wesson, Cavanaugh Elementary School, $930.28.

East Central University in Ada, Okla., will hold its Fall 2016 commencement Saturday. Area students receiving master degrees include Kenny Pierce of Bokoshe, Carmella Murray of Gore, Leslie Hemphill and Crystal Warren, both of Poteau, and Aarion Moorehead of Sallisaw. Students receiving their bachelor degrees include Dustin Welch of McCurtain and Brook Hurst and Jeffrey Wright, both of Stigler.

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