CASC to celebrate White legacy

Carl Albert State College will host "Visionary to Legendary," the Legacy of Dr. Joe E. White, at 2 p.m. Thursday in Hamilton Auditorium on the CASC campus in Poteau.

Grant funds Big Read at UAFS

Thanks to a $15,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith will host an NEA Big Read event in Fort Smith this year, a community reading program with activities centered around a select book that includes a visit from the author.

UAFS received the NEA’s Big Read grant for “Station Eleven,” the bestselling novel by Emily St. John Mandel. The book was nominated for the National Book Award in 2014. Set 20 years after a flu pandemic destroys most of civilization, “Station Eleven” tells the story of a woman who moves between the settlements of a devastated world with a small troupe of actors and musicians until they encounter a violent prophet who threatens the existence of the group.

The grant will allow UAFS to offer numerous activities in February and March, culminating in a visit from Mandel. The event dates have yet to be determined. UAFS was the only university in Arkansas to receive the grant.

Visit arts.gov/NEABigRead for information about the Big Read program. Contact Dr. Ann-Gee Lee, co-chair of UAFS Big Read, at Ann-Gee.Lee@uafs.edu or Dr. Cammie Sublette, UAFS English, rhetoric and writing department chairperson, at Cammie.Sublette@uafs.edu for information about the UAFS plans.

Scranton third graders tops in reading

Scranton Elementary School finished first in the state on third-grade reading scores for the 2016-17 school year. Seventy-nine percent of Scranton third graders were proficient or advanced on the 2016-17 ACT Aspire reading exam.

If students cannot read proficiently by third grade, their chances of success in school are greatly diminished and their chances of leaving school without a diploma are greatly increased.

Visit AspireArkansas.org/education/grade-3-reading or contact Gary Rhinehart, the Scranton Elementary principal, at (479) 938-7278 for information.

Families needed to host exchange students

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs, formerly the American Scandinavian Student Exchange, is seeking volunteers to serve as host families to foreign exchange students.

The nonprofit ASSE provides the students with money for personal expenses and insurance coverage. Once here, the exchange students often wish to learn everything there is to know about U.S. culture and to share their own culture with the host family.

Visit Host.ASSE.com or call (800) 473-0696 for information or to sign up.

 

Scholarships

Alex Siebenmorgen of Fort Smith was recently named a recipient of the Bodenhamer Fellowship from the University of Arkansas Honors College in Fayetteville. The scholarship awards undergraduate students $70,000 ove the course of his or her education. Siebenmorgen is a graduate of Southside High School and the son of Michael and Susana Siebenmorgen.

 

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