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Our Mission

UAFS Lion Hearts empower students, staff, faculty and UAFS supporters to work collaboratively with campus and community partners to become responsible global citizens and informed leaders.



Core Values:

  • Service
  • Empower
  • Leadership
  • Empathy
  • Community
  • Teamwork


What is it?

Lion Heart is an organization for people who want to give back to the Fort Smith and UAFS community through volunteer work and service.

Who can be a Lion Heart?

Anyone who is currently a student, faculty or staff member of UAFS, an alumni or a community member interested in giving back to UAFS and the surrounding area.

What is the time commitment?

The time you serve is completely up to you. Everything is on a volunteer basis. You will be emailed opportunities to serve UAFS and the community as they arise. There will also be a formal meeting for all Lion Heart members once a semester to discuss program updates and to recognize outstanding volunteers.

What types of projects will I be helping with?

We have receive a variety of projects such as helping with 5Ks, being ushers at events, spring cleaning at Fort Smith churches and businesses and volunteering at events for UAFS. When you sign up for Lion Heart you can tell us what projects you are most interested in helping with.

What are the benefits of becoming a Lion Heart?

Volunteers are able to give back to the community they love, but they will also get to network and meet other Lion Heart and community members. Each Lion Heart will also receive a free t-shirt to wear during their volunteer projects.


Dr and Mrs. Beran serving at the Midnight breakfast
LionHearts give their time and talents to enhance the educational efforts of the university to benefit UAFS and the Fort Smith community. Whether you help with one activity or many, providing support to programs and activities helps UAFS continue to support its mission of providing a quality of place to the greater Fort Smith region.  It’s through the efforts of ordinary people that we can do extraordinary things. One of my favorite quotes is from Lewis Carroll, “One of the deep secrets of life is that all that is really worth doing is what we do for others.”
                                                                                                                    --Janice Beran

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Interested in becoming a Lion Heart?

If you’re interested in becoming a member please fill out our membership form. (link will open in a new tab)


Do You Need Volunteers to Help with Your Event/Project?

Please fill out this form if you would like to request volunteers. (link will open in a new tab)





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