Friday, October 5, 2007

Vote for Coach Conque...

The Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award is again up for grabs, and your vote will help determine if UCA Football Coach Clint Conque walks away with the honor as the coach who best exemplifies responsibility and excellence on and off the field.According to Liberty Mutual spokesman Tony Rotondi, "College football coaches are tremendous role models to their student-athletes, undergraduates and alumni, and their on- and off-campus communities at-large. We’re looking for college football fans to help us find the coaches who have achieved success on the field without compromising the highest set of standards in sportsmanship, integrity, ethics, citizenship, and academics."This year’s Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year honors will go to one coach in each of the four NCAA divisions.

Log onto before Nov. 27 to vote for Conque, and be sure to share your thoughts on why he’s the most responsible Football Conference Subdivision, FCS (formerly D1-AA) coach in America.The Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award will be presented Dec. 29 on ABC. Each winning coach will receive a substantial cash award to support his civic and charitable activities, as well as scholarship funds to be donated to the alumni association of the winning coach’s school. Fan input counts, so show your UCA Bear pride!

What's up with the group by the Chapel?

Yeah, yeah...I know...ignore them....

But, what is up with the group that constantly is appearing on the steps by the chapel outside the Student Center?

I had to walk over to the bookstore yesterday and saw them again. They seem to always use the same tactics....scream and yell...yell and scream. Yesterday it seemed to be that they were just yelling out that everyone was either a liar or a thief.

I suppose it is Free Speech, but good grief... they just are yelling.

Free Yelling?

Free Scene-Making?

Free Annoyance?

Maybe that's it...I'm learning that some people are just annoying. Yeah for education!

UCA grad directs AETN WWII exhibit

UCA grad directs AETN WWII exhibit
"In Their Words," the interactive World War II exhibit now on display at AETN's headquarters on the UCA campus, is just one facet of a comprehensive oral history project directed by UCA graduate Gabe Gentry.

Gentry and his team have conducted nearly 400 hours of oral archival interviews with World War II veterans in Arkansas. UCA history professor Dr. Roger Pauley has worked as a project historian for "In Their Words" and the current exhibit.

Gentry also directed and co-produced "Their Journey," a documentary that accompanies the "In Their Words" project. "Their Journey" follows 47 Arkansas World War II veterans to Washington, D.C. to see the memorial built in their honor, and its premiere coincided with the premiere of the Ken Burns' epic "The War" on PBS.

The exhibit is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in AETN's atrium at Donaghey and Beatrice Powell Street. You can also experience the oral history archive being showcased and expanded by AETN at

AETN, a statewide public television network with five analog and six digital transmitters located throughout the state, has been located on the UCA campus since 1966. While the two entities are not officially affiliated, UCA President Lu Hardin and AETN Executive Director Allen Weatherly have expanded the long-term partnership. Weatherly was recently elected in a nationwide vote to the PBS Board of Directors.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

UCA Softball

UCA Fall Invitational Schedule

Saturday, September 29 at Farris Field

9:00 a.m. UCA vs. Lyon
11:00 a.m. Eastern Oklahoma State vs. Henderson State
1:00 p.m. Henderson State vs. Lyon
3:00 p.m. UCA vs. Eastern Oklahoma State
5:00 p.m. Lyon vs. Eastern Oklahoma State
7:00 p.m. UCA vs. Henderson State

If you haven't had a chance to catch one of the games...this Saturday is a great opportunity! They're 6-1-1 this season...way to go!

Go Bears!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Visiting historian to deliver lecture on Friday

Visiting historian to deliver lecture on Friday

Jason Parker, a history professor at Texas A&M University, will present a lecture this Friday at 2 p.m. in Irby 215. His topic will be "The American Lake or the Castro Caribbean? The United States, the Cold War, and the Decolonization of the West Indies."

Oxford University Press will soon publish Parker's new book, entitled, "The United States, Race, and Empire in the British Caribbean, 1937-1962." Parker's lecture is sponsored by the History Department and Phi Alpha Theta, UCA's student honor society in history.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

UCA historian directs Arkansas WWII documentary project

UCA historian directs Arkansas WWII documentary project
September 25, 2007
Roger Pauly, a history professor in UCA's College of Liberal Arts, has served as the project historian for the AETN original documentary "Their Journey," an Arkansas accompaniment to "The War," the new Ken Burns film about World War II currently airing on PBS.

Pauly's supervisory duties for "Their Journey" also included the creation of an online oral history project called "In Their Words," as well as a related exhibit at AETN's headquarters.

"Their Journey" will be broadcast again this Saturday, Sept. 29 at 5:30 p.m., and the exhibit will open this Thursday, Sept. 27, with a free public reception from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For more information about the event, contact Darbi at or call 1-800-662-2386.

McLauchlin Graduate Scholarship winners honored

McLauchlin Graduate Scholarship winners honored
September 25, 2007
Angie Renee Elizandro and Rosemarie Dickinson were honored as the recipients for the 2007-08 Robert W. McLauchlin Graduate Scholarship at a reception hosted by the UCA Graduate Council last Thursday.

The Robert W. McLauchlin Graduate Scholarship Fund was endowed in December 1995 after the death of Dr. Robert M. McLauchlin, then Dean of the Graduate School. The scholarship provides funds to graduate students who have been admitted into the Graduate School with full-qualifications and who are enrolled for nine (9) or more credit hours per semester. The scholarship is renewable for the second semester as long as the student maintains a grade point average of 3.0 and continues full-time study. Selection of the award winner/s is competitive and based on academic performance, school and community involvement, and financial need. The selection is made by a committee of UCA graduate faculty and administrators.

Elizandro, a native of Little Rock, graduated from the University of the Ozarks in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She received a Masters of Science in School Psychology from UCA last spring and is currently enrolled at UCA in the School Psychology Ph.D. program. Elizandro feels that working in the field of school psychology will allow her to have a positive impact on children and make a difference in their lives.

Dickinson is from Conway and has been a student at UCA since 2001. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Health Sciences-Physical Therapy in May 2005, and she began her Physical Therapy Graduate program in August 2005. Along with a demanding course load, she has also worked as a Graduate Assistant in both the HPER Fitness Center and in the PT Department. Recently, she has begun assisting a faculty member with a research study in comparing the efficacy of different forms of surveys and questionnaires on perceived balance with nursing home/assisted living residents.

Students interested in applying for the McLauchlin Scholarship should contact the UCA Foundation Scholarship Committee, Buffalo Alumni Hall, UCA Box 4986, Conway, AR 72035-4986 or call 501-450-5288. Applications must be submitted early in the spring semester each year. Selections are made mid-spring for the fall semester.