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U of A Hope-Texarkana Releases Return to Campus Plan for Fall 2020

The University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana will begin face-to-face classes on Tuesday, August 25, 2020, with safety protocols in place. All online courses are still scheduled to start on Wednesday, August 19, 2020. The purpose of the protocols is to support higher education while minimizing the likelihood of person to person spread of COVID-19 on the campuses of UAHT. The protocols presented are designed to reduce the chances that visitors, staff, faculty, and students will come in close contact with others. Laura Clark, Interim Chancellor, said, “As with all procedures related to this matter, these protocols will be revised and adapted depending on the level of viral transmission in our community and schools. Continue Reading →

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UAMS to Conduct COVID-19 Contact Tracing for Arkansas Colleges and Universities

LITTLE ROCK — The Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and UAMS Northwest Regional Campus have been authorized by the Arkansas Department of Health to conduct COVID-19 contact tracing for public and private colleges and universities in Arkansas. The project is in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Higher Education and the Arkansas Department of Health. “Our goal is to protect the students and employees on each of these campuses,” said Jay Gandy, Ph.D., associate provost and project lead for the UAMS Northwest Regional Campus. “This group effort will allow us to control the spread of the coronavirus pandemic among the higher education institutions in Arkansas.”

Contact tracing is how public health officials track the spread of an infectious disease. If a person is confirmed to have COVID-19, they isolate themselves so they don’t spread the illness. Continue Reading →

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U of A Hope-Texarkana Virtual Commencement Ceremony to be Held August 4

The 2020 University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana commencement ceremony will be held virtually on Tuesday, August 4, at 6:00 p.m. The ceremony will premiere on the UAHT Facebook page and YouTube channel. A total of 510 students from counties in Arkansas, Texas, and Louisiana graduated UAHT this year, earning 852 degrees and certificates. 

The ceremony can be found at any of the links below: 

https://www.facebook.com/uahopetexarkana/ https://www.youtube.com/uahopetexarkana https://www.uaht.edu/ https://www.hempsteadhall.com/ 

UAHT Interim Chancellor Laura Clark said, although our graduates could not attend their ceremony in person, we still rolled out the red carpet for them. “We did everything just as we always do to celebrate their accomplishments, only with a little more distancing involved. The main thing everyone at UAHT will miss is seeing the excitement and happiness that graduation brings to the graduates and their families. Even though we couldn’t celebrate in-person, we are so proud of our graduates, and we wish them the best for their future,” Clark said. 

Everyone is invited to watch this special event and celebrate the accomplishments of these graduates.    

For more information, visit uaht.edu or call 870-777-5722. 
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U of A Hope-Texarkana Foundation Scholarship Deadline Extended to August 28

The deadline to apply for fall Foundation Scholarships at the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana has been extended to August 28, 2020.  Students can apply online at https://uaht.awardspring.com. Any student applying for the first time must register and provide an email address, first name, last name, and a password to create an account. 

For more information about scholarships available at UAHT, please call 870-722-8228. Continue Reading →

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No Tax Rate Increase Proposed by TC Trustees – Fall Course Delivery Options Provide Safe Learning Environments for Students

Texarkana College

Texarkana, TX— At today’s meeting, trustees approved holding a public hearing on August 17, 2020, to discuss the adoption of the proposed tax rate of $.123081 resulting in no tax rate increase. TC’s taxing district includes all of Bowie County and the College’s tax rate is adopted annually by trustees once certified values from Bowie County Appraisal District have been received. The proposed rate is the exact same rate as the current year’s rate. Texarkana College also announced its plans for the Fall 2020 semester providing students ways to learn both in-person and online. Dr. Donna McDaniel, Vice President of Instruction, said the options provide students with four delivery methods including: Flex Campus, Hands-On Hybrid, Online on a Schedule, and Online Anytime. Continue Reading →

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U of A Hope-Texarkana Advising Students by Appointment

The University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana Purtle Advising Center (The PAC) is currently advising students on the Hope and Texarkana campuses by appointment.  Students are encouraged to schedule an advising session by phone, Google Hangouts, or Zoom.  However, face-to-face advising sessions are available if needed. Justice Lawson, a current UAHT student, said she was impressed with the precautions the College is taking to help keep everyone on the campus safe.  “I am a single mother, so I have to worry about the health of my child as well as myself.  It is very encouraging to see UAHT do everything possible to protect the health of all the students and staff.  There is no doubt in my mind that I’ll be safe on campus this fall,” she said. Upon scheduling an appointment, students are provided with appropriate instructions for the meeting type they have requested.  If the appointment is face-to-face, the UAHT On-Campus Visitor Guideline Policy and other special instructions for the meeting will be sent to the student in a calendar invitation and emailed before the appointment. “We are excited to begin advising students in-person again, and we are taking every possible precaution to keep our students safe on our campuses,” said Misty Hughes, Director of Advising.  “All of the options our students have to be advised and register for classes this fall show our dedication to meet our students’ needs during these difficult times. Continue Reading →

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U of A Hope-Texarkana Dean of Students Appointed to UA System Task Force on Racial Equity

University of Arkansas System President Dr. Donald R. Bobbitt today announced appointments for a new system-wide task force that will consider issues around racial equity at the campuses, divisions, and units within the UA System. Among those appointed to the task force is Dr. Christopher Smith, Universtity of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana Dean of Students. “I am greatly humbled to be appointed to the UA System Taskforce on Racial Equity by Dr. Bobbitt. Serving on this taskforce grants me the opportunity to work with the UA System’s unparalleled leadership in its continued effort to advance UAHT and this great state culturally,” Smith said. The UA System Task Force on Racial Equity is the result of a proposal made by John Goodson, chair of the Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas, at a special meeting of the board on June 17, when he announced plans to appoint a task force to address racial injustice and promote equitable practices within the System. Continue Reading →

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U of A Hope-Texarkana receives American Electric Power (AEP) Foundation Grant

The University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana received a $200,000 grant from the American Electric Power (AEP) Foundation today.  The award will be used to expand and improve the College’s Power Technologies program to include a certificate program in photovoltaic (PV) energy and add a renewable energy lab yard that allows hands-on experience in solar, hydro, and wind technologies.  UAHT is in the process of applying for program approval from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.  “The project goal is to implement high-quality credential programs and standards in renewable energy, energy professionals and practitioners, and energy industries,” said Chris Thomason, UAHT Chancellor. Funds from the grant will be used to develop and implement a renewable energy lab that creates and enhances hands-on training and credentialing for a renewable energy (solar, wind, hydro) workforce across commercial, residential, industrial, and utility-scale renewable energy fields.  “The College will develop and enhance curricula, identify career pathways that connect training to jobs, and expose students of all ages to careers in renewable energies,” Thomason said. The renewable energy lab project will add a renewable energy training lab as a component to the College’s existing Power Technologies program.  The educational model is patterned after Solar Energy International (SEI) programs.  SEI works with organizations seeking the benefits of renewable energy. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana College Offers Virtual Kids’ College Courses for Summer 2020

Texarkana College

Texarkana College’s Community and Business Education Center is offering Virtual Kids’ College classes for Summer 2020. The 27-year tradition is being offered in a newly-online format in light of the COVID-19 social distancing restrictions. Beginning July 6, students from the ages of 7-12 can participate in a month of virtual Zoom sessions practicing skills and creating real-life projects to challenge their minds in a fun, safe way. TC’s Executive Director of Business Development Mendy Sharp said she is excited for the new course offerings available to young students from home. “We are delighted to be able to serve the students of our community in a safe way and still give them the experiences of TC Kids’ College with hands-on activities that will challenge their mental, physical, and creative selves,” Sharp said. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana College Announces 2020 Faculty and Staff NISOD Excellence Award Recipients

Texarkana College

June 22, 2020- Texarkana, TX- Texarkana College announced its recipients of the annual National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Awards at the Board of Trustees meeting held Monday. 2020 honorees include Associate Professor of History Dr. Beverly Rowe and Director of Talent Search Julie Long. Rowe and Long were selected as recipients because of their extraordinary work and service to their students, colleagues, and community. Rowe has been a full-time faculty member at Texarkana College for 23 years, teaching courses in history, sociology and anthropology. Rowe has adopted Texarkana USA as a field of historical study and has published several books on the topic, including Once Upon a Time in Texarkana (2005), Twice Upon A Time in Texarkana (2006) and Historic Texarkana: An Illustrated History (2009), among others. Continue Reading →

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