U of A Hope Community Education Fall Schedule Now Available

The U of A Hope-Texarkana Division of Industry Outreach & Continuing Education is providing some new and returning courses to the community for Fall 2015. The classes offered are for personal development, enrichment, and overall just for fun!


A complete course schedule is available on the College website at www.uacch.edu.  The following is a list of courses available at the U of A Hope Campus for Fall 2015:

New for 2015!

Internet Basics for Beginners

Pinterest DIY

Extreme Couponing


Returning Courses with updates!

Cake Decorating 101 (traditional and fondant techniques)

Conversational Spanish

Hunter’s Education

Concealed Handgun License Course

Zumba – Seeking qualified instructor!

Artist for an Evening – Provided by the Southwest Arkansas Arts Council

Ed2Go Courses – Visit www.ed2go.com/uacch for a complete listing of courses.


To view a list of all community education classes, click here. 


To register, make payment or submit course suggestions, please contact the U of A Hope Community Education Department at (870) 722-8126 or (870)722-8162.  All class suggestions will be reviewed and considered for approval. Please contact us if you are interesting in taking any of these classes or placing your name on the list for to be announced classes (TBA). Classes are subject to cancellation due to low enrollments.


University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana Announces “Iron Horse” as College Mascot

The University of Arkansas at Hope-Texarkana announced today the College mascot will be the Iron Horse.  The announcement was made by Chancellor Chris Thomason during the Community Coffee hosted by the College, as he unveiled an 8-foot image of the mascot in the center of the Student Center.  The development of the mascot began last spring and included input from student body, faculty, and the community.  The Iron Horse was selected by a committee that reviewed over a hundred submitted suggestions.

The Iron Horse reflects on the history of the railroad to the development of Hope and Texarkana.  The Iron Horse ties local rural history to the advancements that have brought the area from relying on horse power to today’s modern technology.

The U of A Hope-Texarkana Shooting Sports Club will incorporate the Iron Horse patch onto their shooting vests, worn during competition.  Iron Horse shirts are available at the UA Hope-Texarkana Foundation Store located in the Student Center on the Hope Campus and also on the Texarkana Campus.

Iron Horse picture comp

U of A Hope prepares for 50th Anniversary Golden Gala

The University of Arkansas at Hope-Texarkana will host a 50th Anniversary Golden Gala on Tuesday evening, October 20, on the grounds of the McLarty family home in Hope, Arkansas.

The outdoor gala, hosted by Mack and Donna McLarty, will highlight the service and partnerships of 10 individuals who have been instrumental in the College’s 50 years of success.  The evening’s honorees include AEP-SWEPCO President and Chief Operating Officer Venita McCellon-Allen, University of Arkansas System President Dr. Donald R. Bobbitt, U of A Hope-Texarkana Visitor Larry Dowd, University of Arkansas Trustee John Goodson, U of A Hope-Texarkana Board of Visitors Chairman Jerry Pruden, U of A Hope-Texarkana Foundation Chairman Ned Ray Purtle, U of A Board of Visitors Secretary Bonnie A. Routon, Red River Vo-Tech first Director J.W. Rowe, U of A Hope-Texarkana Visitor Freddie Smith, and Former U of A System President Dr. B. Alan Sugg. Biographical information on the honorees is available at www.uacch.edu under the Golden Gala tab.

The evening under the stars will feature the Texarkana Symphony Quartet and a totally unique dining experience from some of Arkansas’ great chefs.

Sponsorship opportunities and individual tickets are available. For more information about this event contact the U of A Hope-Texarkana Advancement Office at 870-722-8516.

For more information and sponsorship opportunities, click here.



U of A Texarkana host Congressman Westerman for Community Coffee

The University of Arkansas at Texarkana recently hosted Congressman Bruce Westerman during his August recess tour across the Fourth Congressional District.  The Congressman stopped by the campus to visit with constituents and tour the growing campus in Texarkana.  A nice crowd from the community attended the morning coffee with their Congressman to hear first-hand the work that he is doing in Washington D.C. to address the important issues facing our nation.

 PICTURED:  Congressman Bruce Westerman during the Congressman’s Community Coffee that was held on the Texarkana Campus.

U of A Hope Accepting Registrations for course series in Small Business Development

The Division of Industry Outreach & Continuing Education is providing a FREE series of small business development classes beginning September 8, 2015. The 8 week training program is designed to help those who want to start or expand a business toward becoming a successful business owner and operator. No prior experience is necessary and the courses will also offer important advice from current business owners in the areas of developing a plan, using the right financial processes, and advertising a product using a business website.

The series will provide information on:

  • Development of the business plan
  • Financial tips for first time business owners
  • How to create a website

Cost – FREE to the first 20 participants!

Deadline for Registrations is Friday, September 4th 2015

First class will begin Tuesday, September 8th from 5:30 to 7:00 PM

For more information and to register, contact the U of A Hope Industry Outreach Department at 870-722-8126, or shaun.clark@uacch.edu.  Program is funded in part by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and provided by the help of the Arkansas Women’s Business Center, a Project of Winrock International and the U.S. Small Business Administration.  Reasonable accommodations will be made upon request. Contact UACCH for more information at 870-777-5722.


U of A Hope Prepares for Fall Semester with updates to Student Center

The University of Arkansas at Hope is making final preparations for the August 24th start of the fall semester with new furniture in the Student Center.  The college has also implemented a textbook rental program that will open on August 10 on the Hope Campus and August 18 on the Texarkana Campus.  Textbooks will be rented by the semester for $20 per credit hour.  The textbook rental program is estimated to save most students several hundred dollars per semester.  If you are interested in enrolling in a class this fall, come to one of UAHT’s campuses for a tour and learn more about the student-focused approach at U of  A Hope-Texarkana.




U of A Texarkana and UALR Partnership accredited by Higher Learning Commission

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) recently performed a campus visit of the University of Arkansas Texarkana campus that resulted in the accreditation of the new partnership with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock to provide UALR bachelor degree programs on the Texarkana campus.

The HLC reported that the additional location in Texarkana conforms to the description provided by UALR, and no further HLC monitoring is required.  The site visit fulfills the federal regulations and provides a “green light” for these four-year bachelor degree programs on the Texarkana campus.

UALR will offer bachelor’s degrees in Applied Science, Professional Studies, General Business, and Construction Management. These specific programs were selected because of the opportunities they provide for students in areas of scholarships, research, intern opportunities, and ultimately jobs.

More than 98 percent of the Construction Management majors find jobs before graduation, for example, having had opportunities for internships while going to college because of the industry’s high workforce demand.

U of A Hope Texarkana Chancellor Chris Thomason said, “We are certainly pleased to have completed this process and are ready to take our service of providing a quality University of Arkansas system education to students in Miller and surrounding counties.  We are pleased to have UALR in this partnership of expanding educational opportunities for this region and look forward to exciting days ahead.”

HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary institutions of higher education.  The commission’s mission is “serving the common good by assuring and advancing the quality of higher learning.”

For more information about U of A Texarkana and the UALR partnership visit,    http://ualr.edu/texarkana.

U of A Hope Hempstead Hall Seeks Volunteer Staff

Hempstead Hall on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Hope is seeking volunteers who would like to assist with programs at the theater and conference center.  The Volunteer Program is a pilot program that is being developed by Hempstead Hall Assistant Director Brad Rogers.

Rogers explained, “Hempstead Hall has hosted over 40,000 guests this year.  As I looked at the number of guests and the variety of events we are hosting it became evident that individuals from the community might like to volunteer to assist with our hosting these guests.  We are in the “people business” here at Hempstead Hall and we want each of our guest to have a proper Hope/Hempstead County welcome and enjoy their visit.  A group of trained volunteers would certainly help the facility serve our guests while giving a volunteer a great way to give back to their community through the service.”

A volunteer registration form is available online at Hempsteadhall.com and anyone interested in serving at Hempstead Hall is invited to complete the application by August 31.  There are specific jobs that the volunteers will be trained to perform which will include box office worker, usher, stage technician, and facility greeter to name a few.  The volunteers, once trained, will be added to a contact list and will be informed of opportunities to help as events are booked at Hempstead Hall.  The volunteers will be able to schedule the times they are available and a rewards program will be setup in appreciation of a job well done.

For more information or to apply for the Hempstead Hall Volunteer program, visit the HH website at www.hempsteadhall.com.

UA Hope to Sponsor "Watermelon Idol" During Hope Watermelon Festival

It is time for the Watermelon Festival Concert and the popular Watermelon Idol Talent Competition.  Officials at the University of Arkansas at Hope are pleased to announce the College will sponsor and conduct the Seventh Annual “Watermelon Idol” talent competition during the upcoming 39th Annual Hope Watermelon Festival.

The Festival is scheduled from August 6-8 in the Hope Fair Park. The preliminary competition will take place on the McDonald’s stage in the Fair Park Coliseum Thursday, August 6 at 6:00pm with the finals scheduled for Saturday, August 8th at 6pm on the CMC Steel Products stage in Legion Field.

Talent from the surrounding area is invited to register for the competition, which features cash prizes for the winners as well as the opportunity for the overall winner to open for Sammy Kershaw on Saturday night.

The contest is open to all singers or vocal groups regardless of ages or residency who are not previous Watermelon Idol winners.  The two divisions are: single vocal or vocal group.  An individual can only enter in one category. Each act will be limited to five minutes and entrants may perform with a pre-recorded instrumental track, perform acappella or with live instrumental backing only.  Thirty applicants will be accepted.

The top five in each division will be selected for the finals.  A cash prize of $300 will be awarded to the overall winner of the finals with $150 awarded to the runner-up and $50 to the third-place finisher.

For more information or for complete rules, please contact Brent Talley at brent.talley@uacch.edu or 870-777-5722. Entries will be accepted through Thursday, August 6th at 5:30 p.m. or until 30 applications are received. To register for the competition complete an entry form online by clicking the link below.  There is no fee to enter.

Watermelon Idol Entry Form

ARNEC Improves Education Delivery

The Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium has announced an alternative course delivery in addition to the current face-to-face education being offered for the fall semester.

The Arkansas Rural Nursing Education Consortium (ARNEC) is a group of eight community colleges, which includes the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana,  that collaborated to provide students an opportunity for an Associate Degree in Registered Nursing.  Students who are already accepted will benefit from the new learning delivery offered in the fall.  Many of the courses are taught using an interactive video delivery for lectures; however, this fall will feature face-to-face instruction and a live streaming option for a hybrid component for some classes. Students will be allowed to choose the delivery method they prefer on specific days.   The hybrid incorporates students remotely accessing live lectures online.

The deadline for applications is August 31, 2015.  Classes start in January for new students and they will include course work as well as on-site clinical work in nursing homes, hospitals, and clinics.  In January, face-to-face delivery will be an option for one class per week.

“ARNEC is such a great option for students who want to earn a degree,” said Crystal Gillihan, ARNEC Director.  “We are constantly striving to find the best way to educate our students.  We have a tradition of our students being successful.   They are employed quickly after graduation in both acute care and long-term care settings.  However, the medical field is constantly changing; we have to continually strive to maintain our competitive edge and continue to improve our student’s preparedness for the work force. ”

Student applications for the program can be submitted online and obtained from the consortium’s website: www.arnec.org.  The applications are due by August 31, 2015 for the class beginning in January 2016.  The website also has details and a complete description of the application process, requirements and program contacts.