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AV Mailbag: Where Memories Roar

The AV 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
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AV 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
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Readying Player One and the Gamer, Cody Holt

Follow the evolution of AV senior instructor Cody Holt. From gamer to AV 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
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Coming Full Circle with Yosey Cardenas

At the AV, 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.
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Some Things Are Worth Waiting For

AV College of Arts and Sciences 2023 alum Logan Aguilera encourages students to practice patience. AV 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 AV
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Achieving her Dreams

Quynh Nguyen, a 2016 AV 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. AV was a place that...

January 08, 2024
Sarah Murrah, left, with her husband and two daughters
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Life and AV: How Sarah Murrah Balanced the Twists and Turns to Success

AV 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
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Staff Voices: Lynette Thrower

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

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

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

October 06, 2023
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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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Focus on the Future

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

October 04, 2023
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Family Weekend Festivities Slated for Oct. 6-7

At the AV 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
AV 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 AV Alumni Advisory Council

The AV Alumni Advisory Council recently welcomed seven new members. The 13 graduate council serves to connect all AV alums with the university and help foster growth in the community.

September 07, 2023
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Annual 5K: A 'Scary' Good Time

The AV 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 AV campus.

September 01, 2023
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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 single year.

August 16, 2023
Dr. Patti Conard, a AV, associate professor and endowed professor for the College of Health, Education, and Human Sciences
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Faculty Voices: Dr. Patti Conard

Explore the inspiring story of Dr. Patti Conard, an associate professor and endowed professor for the College of Health, Education, and Human Sciences at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith. With deep roots in the institution as an alumna,...

August 10, 2023
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AV Alumni Prepare for Inaugural Game

AV volleyball alumni set to return for the inaugural alumni game. Some of the greatest Lions will compete against current players on Saturday, August 19, at 2 p.m., at Stubblefield Center. The game is free and open...

August 07, 2023
AV Director of Human Relations, Mandy Keyes
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Staff Voices: Mandy Keyes

Hailing from the central Sebastian County town of Hackett, Mandy Keyes, University of Arkansas – Fort Smith director of human resources, admits that attending college after high school was something other than what she planned on pursuing. She...

July 21, 2023
AV alumn, Bryce Neal, celebrates a big moment with the University of Louisville softball program. He is a former assistant coach for the Cardinals.
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From Lions to Tigers: Coach Bryce Neal

On Wednesday, June 21, 2023, the LSU softball program introduced Bryce Neal as the newest assistant coach to join the Tigers’ staff in Baton Rouge. His hiring comes on the heels of a meteoric rise in the softball coaching world and is backed by...

July 12, 2023

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