Family Weekend

Family Weekend

October 30-31, 2020

 

We invite our Lions and Lion Family to join us, wherever they are, for UAFS Family Weekend. While we may not all be able to gather together for some of our UAFS traditions, we hope you take this opportunity to spend time together with family and friends.

While some of our events are in-person, most of our events and activities are virtual or can be done at any time. We encourage you to make plans with those in your Lion Family to participate together while observing proper social distancing and safety guidelines.

We would love to see how your family is participating in Family Weekend, so please share your photos and videos on social media with #UAFSFamilyWeekend. Remember, “Once a Lion, Always a Lion.”

 

Live and Virtual Events

Friday, October 30th

Chancellor Chat: State of the University and Family of the Year Award
4p-5p | Virtual Event
Hear from UAFS Chancellor, Dr. Terisa Riley, about UAFS projects and initiatives, as well as award our first-ever Family of the Year Award.
Register Here for Chancellor Chat

 

Greek Week: Yell Like Hell
7p-8:30p |Stubblefield Center
Watch UAFS fraternities and sororities compete in this annual dance competition. Guests must register in advance as seating is limited.
Register Here for Greek Week: Yell Like Hell.

 

Saturday, October 31st

Lunch & Learn: Career Services and Internships
1p | Virtual Event
Learn about Career Services and the Babb Center for Excellence at UAFS, how they prepare students for their career, and continue to foster career readiness even after graduation.
Register Here for Lunch & Learn.

 

UAFS Jeopardy
2p | Virtual Event
Test your UAFS knowledge in this Jeopardy-Style Trivia!
Register Here for UAFS Jeopardy.

 

Family Drive-in Movie: Ghostbusters
6:30p |Baseball Field Parking Lot
Enjoy a family movie night while staying in the comfort of your own vehicle. Each vehicle must have a UAFS student or employee on board. Please register in advance as space is limited.
Register here for Family Drive-in Movie.

 

On Your Own

Lion’s Virtual 5K
Walk, run, hop, cycle, or skip your 5K from October 17th – October 31st! Registration is $25 and all proceeds support the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith Alumni Legacy Scholarship. This 5K can be completed on your own time at any location, but a UAFS map will be provided to those wishing to participate in a campus route. 
Register Here for Lion's Virtual 5k.

 

Virtual Service Project: VocaliD
Give back this Family Weekend with a virtual family service project to lend your voice! VoicaliD allows you to record your voice, submitting it to a voicebank. Your voice is then paired with a recipient that relies on using a computer, or AI, to speak – allowing recipients to express themselves by matching their personality to their preferred voice in the voicebank.
Items needed: a quiet room to record your voice, access to a computer, and headphones with a microphone.
Learn More about VocaliD or Get Started with VocaliD

 

Lions Coloring Contest
Check out these UAFS coloring pages pick your favorite, and enter our Lions Coloring Contest! Submit your completed coloring sheet by Thursday, October 22nd at 11:45p. Coloring sheets will be posted to the @UAFSSAO Facebook page for voting with likes, comments, and shares. Winners in the “child” and “adult” categories will win a plush Numa Lion!
Submit your coloring pages now.

 

Family FAFSA Workshop
When a student fills out the FAFSA, they often need more than just their information. Learn more about the FAFSA, sign up for a webinar, or watch a pre-recorded video on how to complete this process. UAFS students who complete their FAFSA by October 31st will be entered to win one of five $1,000 UAFS scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year.
Learn More about the Family FAFSA Workshop.

Show the Pride!

Learn the UAFS Fight Song, Fort Smith Pride!
UAFS Student Government Association, in conjunction with the UAFS Music Department, commissioned an original fight song for UAFS which was debuted during Homecoming in February 2019. The fight song was composed by Brian Balmages.

Learn the UAFS Fight Song, Fort Smith Pride! (Audio for this recorded was performed by the UAFS Wind Ensemble and Athletic Band members under the direction of Dr. Alexandra Zacharella, Director of Bands. Dr. Tommy Dobbs served as the recording engineer. The video was edited by Dyllan Newell, Greek Life and Leadership Student Assistant.)

Lion Athletic Highlights
Even though we can’t be together for the traditional UAFS Lady Lions Volleyball game this Family Weekend, take a look back at these highlights from Lions Athletics.
Video edited by Lauren Motley, Lion Athletics Media Communications Intern, with music drums percussion by Infraction.

 

Visit the Lions Bookstore
Need to stock up on your Lions apparel? Visit the Lions Bookstore for a variety of school-spirited gear.

 

Lion Pride Friday
Fridays at UAFS mean showing off your Lion Pride blue! Dress in UAFS blue, snap a photo or two, post to your favorite social media site and tag #UAFS.  

 

Family of the Year Award
Do you have an amazing family or support system? Nominate them for the first-ever UAFS Family of the Year Award created by the UAFS Student Government Association. The award will be presented by UAFS Chancellor, Dr. Terisa Riley, during the Chancellor Chat: State of the University Address on Friday, October 30th at 4p. See the events section for more details.
Submit Your Nomination for Family of the Year.

Service Projects

LionHeart
LionHeart is a volunteer program for UAFS students, faculty, staff, and community supporters and empowers its members to find their passions through volunteering and service. Members receive a weekly LionHeart Herald with local and virtual volunteer opportunities.
Become a LionHeart now!

 

Coat Drive
As a part of Volunteer Week this fall, UAFS is accepting new and gently worn coats to be provided to students in need. Coats may be dropped off between October 15th – October 31st at the following locations:

                Recreation and Wellness Center (RAWC)
               
Monday – Friday, 6a-9a and 12p-7p

                Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center, Student Life Office
                Campus Center 115
                Monday – Thursday, 8a-6p
                Friday, 8a-5p

 

Holiday Food Drive
The Dave Stevens Lion Pride Pantry is raising funds to feed hungry Lions during the holiday season. This year, the pantry will hand out over 100 Thanksgiving and 50 holiday boxes, with your help.
Give Now to the Holiday Food Drive.

 

Virtual Service Project: VocaliD
Give back this Family Weekend with a virtual family service project to lend your voice! VoicaliD allows you to record your voice, submitting it to a voicebank. Your voice is then paired with a recipient that relies on using a computer, or AI, to speak – allowing recipients to express themselves by matching their personality to their preferred voice in the voicebank.
Items needed: a quiet room to record your voice, access to a computer, and headphones with a microphone.

Learn More about VocaliD or Get Started with VocaliD

 

Family Dinner Night

Lion Family Chili Cookbook 
A UAFS Family Weekend Tradition is our Chili Cook-off Tailgate. In honor of this event, Registered Student Organizations and departments have submitted their favorite chili dishes to create a virtual cookbook of recipes. Choose your favorite and enjoy a family dinner night together or virtually.

Download Numa Chili Cookoff Cookbook

Discover the Campus and Community

Take a Campus Tour.

 

Dine at a Restaurant

While not an exclusive list, these are a few restaurants recommended by students at UAFS.

  • 21 West End
  • 5th Street Cafe
  • Aj’s Oyster House
  • Anthony’s Italian Restaurant
  • Art’s BBQ & Burgers
  • Benson’s
  • Bob & Wanda’s Wagon Wheel
  • Boondocks
  • Bricktown Brewery
  • Calico County
  • Carolyn’s Cheesecake House
  • Cavanaugh Pizza
  • Del Sol
  • Delicias Michoacanas Ice Cream
  • Ed Walker’s
  • El Lorito
  • El Super Taco
  • Emmy’s German Restaurant
  • Eunice’s Country Cookin’
  • Fish City Grill
  • Five Guys
  • Fort Smith Coffee Co.
  • Fried Rice
  • Fuji
  • George’s
  • Green Papaya
  • Gusano’s Chicago Style Pizzeria
  • Gus’s Bar & Grill
  • Hideaway Pizza
  • Jeff’s Clubhouse
  • Jim’s Razorback Pizza
  • JJ’s
  • Joe’s Grill & Cantina
  • Joe’s Pizza & Pasta Italian Grill
  • La Huerta
  • Larry’s Pizza
  • Las Americas Too
  • Miss Anna’s on Towson
  • Neumeier’s Rib Room
  • Pad Thai
  • Papa’s Pub & Pizzeria
  • Pasta Grill
  • Patrick’s Butcher Boy Burgers
  • R & R Curry Express
  • R. Landry’s New Orleans Cafe
  • River City Bistro
  • Rolando’s Restaurante
  • Sam’s Southern Eatery
  • See’s Seafood
  • Shogun Peking Palace & Sushi Bar
  • Stonehouse at Chaffee Crossing
  • Taliano’s Italian Restaurant
  • Taste and See Cafe
  • Thai Chicken Bowl
  • The Egg of Fort Smith
  • The Rialto Restaurant
  • The Yellow Umbrella
  • Uncork’d
  • Whole Hog
  • YW Poke
  • Zapatas

 

Enjoy some Entertainment
These are a few local entertainment options recommended by students at UAFS.

  • A&M Railroad Excursions
  • Bordertown Skate Park
  • Bowling World
  • Carol Ann Cross Lake
  • Civil Axe Throwing
  • Elevate
  • Fort Smith Bikeway
  • Fort Smith Escape Room
  • Midland Bowl
  • Regional Art Museum
  • Riverfront Bike and Skate Park
  • The Bakery District
  • The Park at West End
  • Tilles Park Disc Golf Course
  • Torraine Lake
  • Unexpected Arts Festival Murals
  • Walala Pump & Go
  • Wells Fishing Lake
  • West End Bus by UAFS
  • World’s Largest Christmas Pickle

 

Hike a Trail
Enjoy nature with one of these student recommended trails.

  • Ben Geren Trails
  • Creekmore Park
  • Devil’s Den
  • Fort Chaffee West Trail
  • Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center
  • Massard Road Trail
  • Mill Creek Trail
  • Trail of Tears Overlook

 

Relive the History
Learn a little about the old west in what is now the River Valley.

  • Bonneville House
  • Chaffee Crossing Historic District
  • Cherokee Heritage Museum
  • Clayton House
  • Drennen-Scott House
  • Elvis Barbershop Museum
  • Fort Smith Air Museum
  • Fort Smith Museum of History
  • Fort Smith National Cemetery
  • Fort Smith National Historic Site
  • Fort Smith Trolley Museum
  • Miss Laura’s Visitor Center
  • Sequoyah’s Cabin
  • Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center
  • United States Marshals Museum

 

Ideas for Student and Families Living Separately

Recreation and Wellness Center exterior

Windgate Art and Design building exterior