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A $157,500 grant from Great Lakes Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Cor­po­ra­tion & Af­fil­i­ates will help low-in­come stu­dents en­rolled at the Univer­sity of Arkansas at Fort Smith con­tinue their ed­u­ca­tion when faced with fi­nan­cial emer­gen­cies.

UAFS was one of 32 col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties to re­ceive the Dash Emer­gency Grant, through which UAFS will in­te­grate emer­gency grants help­ing stu­dents be­gin­ning in the fall. Af­ter ap­pli­ca­tion in case of fi­nan­cial emer­gency, the stu­dent will re­ceive a grant of no more than $1,000 within a few days of meet­ing the cri­te­ria.


Ja­cob Brad­ford of Har­ri­son, 14, has at­tained the rank of Ea­gle Scout. He is a mem­ber of Troop 60 in Har­ri­son, and the son of Carol and Wes Brad­ford.

For his Ea­gle Scout project, Brad­ford con­structed an out­door bar­be­cue grill for the First Pres­by­te­rian Church of Har­ri­son, the char­ter or­ga­ni­za­tion for his troop.


Ed­ward Serna, for­merly chief of staff and as­so­ciate vice chan­cel­lor for ex­ter­nal fund­ing at the Univer­sity of Arkansas at Fort Smith, has been pro­moted to chief of staff and vice chan­cel­lor for strate­gic ini­tia­tives, ef­fec­tive July 1.

Serna will over­see the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the univer­sity’s new five-year strate­gic plan to trans­form the univer­sity into na­tional model for pre­par­ing stu­dents for work­force mo­bil­ity. Ad­di­tion­ally, Serna will be re­spon­si­ble for han­dling spe­cial projects for the chan­cel­lor’s of­fice. He will over­see the of­fices of pub­lic in­for­ma­tion, grants ad­min­is­tra­tion, gov­ern­ment and com­mu­nity re­la­tions and in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions.


The Amer­i­can En­ter­prise In­sti­tute ranked the ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil of John Brown Univer­sity in Siloam Springs — a group of stu­dent lead­ers who pro­mote mean­ing­ful dis­cus­sions about to­day’s is­sues — the best in the na­tion. The coun­cil, in its in­au­gu­ral year, works to build a cam­pus en­vi­ron­ment that wel­comes stu­dents of all ma­jors and po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tions.

The coun­cil in­cludes stu­dent lead­ers Bai­ley Payne, a ju­nior phi­los­o­phy ma­jor; Matt Lo­gan, ju­nior, busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion; Michael Schultz, se­nior, in­ter­na­tional busi­ness; Cooper Richard­son, ju­nior, man­age­ment; Pay­ton Hub­bard, se­nior, man­age­ment; Nick Le, se­nior, ac­count­ing; Phillip Todd, se­nior, in­ter­na­tional busi­ness; and Caleb Maine, se­nior, in­ter­na­tional busi­ness. The team fo­cused this year’s dis­cus­sions on top­ics on eco­nomic pol­icy, global de­vel­op­ment, and Christianity and pol­i­tics, and held events such as the movie screen­ing of Poverty Inc., a de­bate se­ries be­tween the Col­lege Repub­li­cans and Col­lege Democrats, a book club about for­eign pol­icy and cul­ture and a pre­sen­ta­tion by Michael Hen­drix, the se­nior di­rec­tor at the U.S. Cham­ber of Com­merce and a fel­low at the Amer­i­can En­ter­prise In­sti­tute.

The Univer­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia, Columbia Univer­sity, Bay­lor Univer­sity and Azusa Pa­cific Univer­sity rounded out AEI’s top five list­ing.


Ed Clif­ford and Karen Parker will join the Univer­sity of Arkansas for Med­i­cal Sci­ences

(UAMS) Northwest Re­gional Cam­pus ad­vi­sory board to sup­port ef­forts to ex­pand aca­demic medicine in the re­gion. Their three­year terms be­gan July 1.

Clif­ford, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the Jones Trust of Springdale — which in­cludes the Jones Cen­ter for Fam­i­lies and Cen­ter for Nonprofits — is a mem­ber of sev­eral vol­un­teer boards, in­clud­ing the Arkansas Arts Coun­cil and Northwest Arkansas Coun­cil. He also chairs the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust.

Parker re­tired from Walmart in 2016, where she was a se­nior man­ager for the Walmart Foun­da­tion over­see­ing the Northwest Arkansas Giv­ing Pro­gram, the na­tional and state Giv­ing Pro­grams and the As­so­ci­ates in Crit­i­cal Need Trust. She also worked in mer­chan­dis­ing at the re­tailer.

Daniel Fer­ri­tor takes over as chair as Ann Rosso’s term ends and she re­sumes life mem­ber­ship on the board.





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