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Arkansas voters passed a vote in 2018 to increase the minimum wage over the next three years. In the beginning of 2020, the Arkansas minimum wage was increased to $10 per hour, which is a 75% increase from 2019. According to ABC News, the raise in minimum wage this year will be one of the hi…

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The University of Central Arkansas hosted its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast Jan. 17 in the Student Center Ballroom. This year’s theme, “The Dream: Vision Beyond 20/20,” focused on the legacy of Dr. King as well as the direction of racial justice in the current day. 

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UCA’s Division of Outreach & Community Engagement recently took home the award for Best Booklet from the Learning Resources Network (LERN), the world’s largest organization providing consulting and certifications for postsecondary educational institutions.

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Dr. M. Shelly Conner is a professor of creative writing at UCA and author of the upcoming novel “everyman,” set to be released in spring 2021. Conner’s writings are often rooted in her identity as a black queer woman. 

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Goodwill Industries of Arkansas opened a second store in Conway Jan. 16, creating more than 20 staff positions and offering new employment resources to members of the Conway community and the surrounding towns and cities.

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The UCA community came together in remembrance of late student Rebekah Harpool during a candlelight vigil at the campus amphitheater on Sunday, Jan. 12 at 6 p.m. The vigil was orchestrated by the UCA choir, Wesley Foundation and the Schedler Honors College.

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UCA sophomore Rebekah Harpool died late Thursday morning after being treated for head trauma at a hospital for injuries she suffered from being struck by a vehicle around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot east of the HPER Center on campus.

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Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity is offically under probation until August 2020, as well as a social suspension until May 2020, for its role in an alleged hazing incident at its Greek house in the early morning hours of Sept. 26.

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Stephanie Vanderslice, a professor and director of the Arkansas Writers MFA workshop, has officially begun serving as a director for the 2020 Association of Writers (AWP) board of directors as of Nov. 7. Vanderslice was elected as an AWP board director through unanimous voting in October. 

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UCA President Houston Davis discussed matters happening on campus and the plans in the works for the future at the Campus Talk in the College of Buisness auditorium during X-period Thursday, Nov. 21 .