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‘Columbo and Crime Television’ 11.03 {Thursday} Amelie Hastie, Associate Professor of English and Chair of Film and Media Studies at Amherst College, will give a lecture entitled “Columbo and Crime Television,” in which she will discuss the popular crime series in relation to crime television past and present. Hastie, who is at work on a book about Columbo, has been published in Cabinet, Camera Obscura, Film History, Framework, and Screen, and in anthologies on film history and television studies. Lecture will be at Reves Recital Hall in Trieschmann Fine Arts Building. Admission is free.

Tailgating for Tots 11.03 {Thursday} Faulkner County Circle of Friends invites you and your taste buds to an evening you won’t want to miss. Enjoy “tastings” from 20 of Conway’s yummiest establishments. The fun goes beyond the food with a silent auction and live entertainment by Josh Green. For more information contact 501-364-7231 or 800-880-749. Conway Expo Center and Fairgrounds. Admission is $35.

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Christmas Open House 11.06 {Sunday} Annual Conway Downtown Christmas Open House 1-5 p.m. Sunday, preview the Conway holiday shopping season! Veterans’ Day 11.11 {Friday} Miss UCA 11.11 {Friday} Miss University of Central Arkansas Scholarship Pageant, an official Miss Arkansas and Miss America preliminary, will be held at Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA. Miss UCA 2011, Alicia Haflich, will pass on her crown to Miss UCA 2012. Tickets are $10 at the door for the general public and $5 for students, faculty and staff. Tickets will be available beginning at 6 p.m., and doors open at 7 p.m. Bear Facts Day 11.12 {Saturday} Bear Facts Day at UCA. Prospective students and parents visit classrooms, labs, the Student Center, cafeteria and housing and get a chance to talk with current students, faculty and staff. Students and parents can also take advantage of information sessions on academic programs, admissions, housing, financial aid, scholarships and support services. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA. For info email FCLI Graduation 11.14 {Monday} Faulkner County Leadership Institute Day Annual Recognition and Graduation Banquet, 6 p.m. at McCastlain Hall, UCA. For information, contact Kathy at 501.697.7577. ‘Theatre for a New Millennium’ 11.15 {Tuesday} Moisés Kaufman, the founder and director of the Tectonic Theater Project, will discuss his work with the play The Laramie Project and also The Laramie Project: 10 Years After. He and other members of the Tectonic Theater Project traveled to Laramie, Wyoming, over the course of the year following the murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard. From their interviews and experience, Kaufman and other company members wrote the critically acclaimed play The Laramie Project. Show at 7:30 p.m. Hendrix College, Reves Recital Hall in Trieschmann Fine Arts Building. Admission is free. Dazzle Daze Girls’ Night Out 11.17 {Thursday} Annual Girls’ Night Out at Dazzle Daze, sponsored by Women’s Inc. magazine. Get your tickets now and get ready to shop at the Conway Expo and Events Center. For information, go to Red, Green and Jeans Day 11.18 {Friday} Red, Green and Jeans fundraising event for Conway Regional Women’s Council sponsored by Women’s Inc. magazine. For info, contact Dazzle Daze 11.18-11.19 {Friday and Saturday} Dazzle Daze general shopping event at the Conway Expo and Events Center. For information, go to



UCA Volleyball 11.18-11.20 {Friday-Sunday} Southland Conference women’s volleyball tournament at UCA. James Carville 11.21 {Monday} James “The Ragin’ Cajun” Carville is America’s best-known political consultant. His long list of electoral successes evidences a knack for steering overlooked campaigns to unexpected landslide victories and for re-making political underdogs into upset winners. Carville is also a best-selling author, actor, producer, talk-show host, speaker and restaurateur. Most recently, Carville is hosting Sirius XM radio’s 60/20 Sports show with Luke Russert, and is a frequent political commentator and contributor on CNN. Reynolds Performance Hall on the UCA Campus. Admission is $5 for students and $10 for the general public. UCA Fall Break 11.23-27 {Wednesday-Sunday} Thanksgiving 11.24 {Thursday} Happy Thanksgiving to all! Black Friday 11.25 {Friday} Annual Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 12.07 {Wednesday} Playwrighting Contest Deadline 12.07 {Wednesday} Hendrix-Murphy Student and Alumni Playwrighting Contest deadline. The Student and Alumni Playwrighting Contest is designed to cultivate the skills of fledgling playwrights who are current or former Hendrix students. A professional playwright judges competitions, one for students and the other for alumni. Cash prizes are awarded to plays of significant merit, and every entrant receives an evaluation by the judge. Deadline is 4:30 p.m. For info, go to Coffee for H.A.V.E.N. 12.08 {Thursday} Annual Christmas Coffee event for H.A.V.E.N. (Help for Abuse Victims in Emergency Need). For information, email Bear Facts Day 12.09 {Friday} Bear Facts Day at UCA. Prospective students and parents visit classrooms, labs, the Student Center, cafeteria and housing and get a chance to talk with current students, faculty and staff. Students and parents can also take advantage of information sessions on academic programs, admissions, housing, financial aid, scholarships and support services. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA. For information email admissions@uca. edu. UCA Winter Commencement 12.17 {Saturday}



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This year is a monumental year for the UCA Baum Gallery of Fine Art at the University of Central Arkansas. Under the new direction of Barclay McConnell, 2011 marks 15 years of the gallery bringing art to the Central Arkansas community. In celebration, a reception was held on Oct. 8, honoring the anniversary as well as the artists represented in the current exhibit. The event had more than 200 students, faculty and community friends in attendance. 13



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A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT Don’t Stop Please, has towed their band wagon across the natural state of Arkansas, through Ozark summers without AC. They have jammed out in the cavernous crawls of Izard County. They have been gifted arrowheads of Arkansas’ natives for bringing their music up into the hills. They have sat up picking away in cackling midnights with characters named Limbo and Rhythm ... but after all has been done, they kick their boots off here in Conway, Arkansas. “Don’t Stop Please.” Some say this is the name of the locally-grown band started by Joel Ludford, Nick Caffrey and Willie Krzeszinski. I say, “don’t stop, please!” is just what the crowd is always yelling by the end of their shows — and rightfully so. Their music jumps genre lines like a school girl skips rope in perfect time. Will King plucks along on the banjo, hopping through the rhythm as if picking his way through a swamp. Robert Gaiser starts the shakers up. Nick hums in an easy rising on the horns. Then Joel takes us away on guitar. Alongside Anna Horton, the band sings together in radiant chorus. Willie slaps the keys in back. Don’t Stop Please is one of the most active folk/ jazz/rock/pop fusion bands in Arkansas. They have played at least two shows a month for nearly a year, on top of running a jazz trio between Nick, Joel and Anna, called Hand Made Moments. They love to play shows and bring their music to the people, but they also have a passion for creation. Some might say they are comparable to Scooby-Doo’s gang: meddling kids solving the mystery of great collaborative music. The mystery began in high school band for most of them, though they’ve only started incorporating traditional band instruments like the trombone and sax this year. The beginnings of Don’t Stop Please can be traced back to a high school jam session with Joel, Nick and Willie. “We played this awful Kenny Wayne Sheppard song together that we thought was really cool at the time,” Willie said.

Nick said, “It’s the best formation of the band ever.” Not only does the combined band and choir experience lead to good story telling (like Joel eating ice cream off the ground at band camp), but it allows the band the ability to freely shape the musical construction of each song. “The funny thing about the whole formal band education thing is that when we started playing as this rock band it was like, that shit really just didn’t even matter,” Willie said. “You know? Nick played trombone, Joel played tuba. But [our band] played guitar and electric bases and rock and rolled real hard. It wasn’t until this year when we realized we can play those. And then Anna joined the band and she had a sax and Joel had a sax. It came back to open a lot of doors for us.” “I hadn’t played sax in years,” Anna said. “Even though there is really good music made with just string instruments, keyboards, drums and vocals,” Joel added, “I think there are much more interesting things to be done. I don’t think that we’re ever satisfied with how many different sounds we can use.” Anyone who sees a DSP show can’t help but notice the carnival of musical style and variety that this band puts forth. Trumpets, trombones and tambourines. Lap steel, electric bass and everyone takes a turn on the drums. Ivory keys, cello and Anna’s ukulele. Will’s harmonica, Joel’s classical guitar, a whole little bit of banjo and wash board too. Robert is working up to join the rest in vocal harmony and soon they’ll add a tuba to the mix of horns. Willie said, “If we had an unlimited budget, we would constantly have new things.” Some have called them band kids gone wild. So wild in fact, that you can’t really place their music in a genre. Their Facebook page describes their music as “folk/rock/jazz/pop.”

“In the end it creates a better result,” Willie adds. “Multiple song writers are a big part of that too,” Nick said. “Stylistically you can’t beat the variety that you get from having multiple people write.” “We’re trying to make music that sounds as if it’s put together with this one unified goal,” said Joel. “It all doesn’t come from one person, it all comes from a group mind.” “Yeah, very collaborative,” said Anna. “But, at the same time, it’s still one sound.” Don’t Stop Please has been letting loose that one infectious sound all over Conway. They’ve played gigs for the ArtsFest in Toad Suck Square, where their large set spread across the entire Kris Allen Stage. They’ve filled their coffee mugs at the Green House, where they introduced several new songs this past October. Just before that they aired on the local station KUCA 91.3 for a pre-show broadcast. Though their roots are still dug into Conway, they’ve broadened their reach throughout Arkansas. The maroon van they call “Vandura,” has hauled their collaborations across Arkansas this summer. There was no air conditioning in the van. Everyone’s personal smells were spun up in a collaborative odor, or as Anna phrased it, “We had a unified scent.” Eureka Springs has called them up for several gigs including the Fat Tire Festival. On the first day of October, Don’t Stop Please played the Old Lunenburg Music Festival. The band was shown around Izzard County’s beauty and each of them were gifted arrow heads. They even had time to record a jam session in a cave.

“It’s not so much genre specific, as it is that the music has a pop sensibility about it though it’s not necessarily restrained to pop music.” said Willie.

Earlier this May, Don’t Stop Please recorded a demo, which can be found on their website or their Facebook page. They are proud to announce that their collaborative funk is on schedule to take form in a professional studio album.

“Most of us write songs. What we do is we take the song idea and then we say, ‘well what does this song need?’ or ‘what can we put in here that would sound cool?’ Basically we build each song to have instruments for the song rather than the instruments that we play.”

They will be recording in December and playing live less frequently, so catch them while you can this season. And if you see them around town, be sure to say, “Don’t stop. Please!”

Nick sung, “Blue on black!” The three continued to play rock together through a few member changes. They eventually acquired Will King for guitar and harmonica, Robert Gaiser on synth and piano and Anna Horton on vocals and sax. With all the new talent and creative input, the band reworked their focus from rock to creative pop collaboration.

“It never really works like that. That’s honestly the process in truth. But our writing process is so convoluted; we get into a lot of frustration with each other, arguments sometimes.”

“That makes it sound really romantic,” said Nick,

We have a feeling that they don’t plan to anytime soon.


Orchestra All Soul’s Concert 11.01 {Tuesday} Hendrix College Chamber Orchestra conducted by Maestro Geoff Robson, Associate Conductor of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Greene Chapel at Hendrix College. Admission is free. Darren Ray 11.01 {Tuesday} Darren Ray performs live at JJ’s Grill at 6 p.m. Happenstance 11.02 {Wednesday} Happenstance performs live at JJ’s Grill at 6 p.m. Chooch & the Sidehill Goughers 11.03 {Thursday} Chooch & the Sidehill Goughers performs live at JJ’s Grill at 8:30 p.m. Munich Symphony Orchestra presents Mozart’s Requiem 11.3 {Thursday} Internationally renowned artist Philippe Entremont returns to the United States with the Munich Symphony Orchestra to perform Mozart’s Requiem with Gloria Dei Cantores 16




‘Wizard of Oz’ 11.19 {Saturday} There is truly no place like home as the greatest family musical of all time, the wonderful Wizard of Oz, twists its way across the country! The entire family will be captivated as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road and beyond with Dorothy, Toto and their friends the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow in this lavish production, feature breathtaking special effects, dazzling choreography and classic songs. Reynolds Performance Hall on the UCA campus. Admission is $10-40.

and the UCA Concert Choir. Do not miss this rare opportunity to experience a professional performance of Mozart’s great oratorio. Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA campus. Admission is $10-40. 7:30 p.m.

John & Buddy 11.08 {Tuesday} John & Buddy performs live at JJ’s Grill at 6 p.m.

Nordic Lights 11.05 {Saturday} Conway Symphony Orchestra presents Nordic Lights, 7:30 p.m. at Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA. For tickets, go to

Tim Young 11.09 {Wednesday} Comedian Tim Young, 7 p.m., at the UCA Student Center Ballroom. Tim headlines clubs all over North America. He has performed at more than 500 college campuses as well as comedy festivals in New York, Montreal and Seattle. He has appeared on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend,” “Tough Crowd,” and “Shorties.” You may have seen him as a commentator on VH1, MTV, TLC and the E! Channel. Admission is free. For information, call 501.450.3235.

Brown Soul Shoes 11.05 {Saturday} Brown Soul Shoes performs live at JJ’s Grill at 8:30 p.m.

Ashley McBryde 11.09 {Wednesday} Ashley McBryde performs live at JJ’s Grill at 6 p.m.

Darren Barry 11.07 {Monday} Darren Barry performs live at JJ’s Grill at 5:30 p.m.

‘A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream’ 11.09-11.12 {Wednesday-Saturday} “A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare will be directed by Ann Muse at

Breaking Eden 11.04 {Friday} Breaking Eden performs live at JJ’s Grill at 8:30 p.m.

Cabe Theatre at Hendrix College, 7:30 p.m. nightly with an additional matinee on Saturday at 2 p.m. All productions are open to the public and are free of charge. Keith Nicholson 11.11 {Friday} Keith Nicholson performs live at JJ’s at 8:30 p.m. Mayday By Midnight 11.12 {Saturday} Mayday By Midnight performs live at JJ’s Grill at 8:30 p.m. Hendrix College Wind Ensemble Fall Concert 11.14 {Monday} Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Wind Ensemble Fall Concert conducted by Dr. Karen Fannin. Hendrix College, Staples Auditorium. Admission is free. Kirk Anderton 11.14 {Monday} Kirk Anderton performs live at JJ’s Grill at 5:30 p.m. Edward Briggler 11.15 {Tuesday} Edward Briggler performs live at JJ’s Grill at 6 p.m. Jocko 11.16 {Wednesday} Jocko performs live at JJ’s Grill at 6 p.m. Mayday By Midnight 11.18 {Friday} Mayday By Midnight performs live at JJ’s Grill at 8:30 p.m.

Matt Hazel 11.28 {Monday} Matt Hazel performs live at JJ’s Grill at 5:30 p.m. John Leflar 11.29 {Tuesday} John Leflar performs live at JJ’s Grill at 6 p.m. Justin Brooks 11.30 {Wednesday} Justin Brooks performs live at JJ’s Grill at 6 p.m. Holiday Concert 12.03 {Saturday} Conway Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert. Kick off the holiday season with a community tradition — the music and festivities of the Conway Symphony, including special guests you won’t want to miss at Reynolds Performance Hall at UCA. Email, call 269-1066 or go to for more information. Pat Boone 12.11 {Sunday} Holiday Celebration with Pat Boone. Create magical holiday memories with your family as you celebrate the season with legendary artist, Pat Boone and the Central Arkansas Children’s Choir. Boone is the No. 10 all-time top recording Billboard artist. This timeless evening will include classics from Boone’s repertoire, as well as holiday favorites that will have you tapping your toes and singing along. For tickets, go to www.uca. edu/Reynolds.

Some Guy Named Robb 11.19 {Saturday} Some Guy Named Robb performs live at JJ’s Grill at 8:30 p.m. Hendrix Chamber Players 11.20 {Sunday} Hendrix College Chamber Players Recital at Hendrix College. Admission is free. Arkansas Saxophone Quartet 11.20 {Sunday} The Arkansas Saxophone Quartet will perform at 3 p.m., Nov. 20 at the University of Central Arkansas Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall. Hendrix College Chamber Orchestra Thanksgiving Concert 11.21 {Monday} Conducted by Maestro Geoff Robson, Associate Conductor of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Hendrix College, Reves Recital Hall in Trieschmann Fine Arts Building. Admission is free. Larry Lee Cheshier 11.21 {Monday} Larry Lee Cheshier performs live at JJ’s Grill at 5:30 p.m. Brandon White 11.22 {Tuesday} Brandon White performs live at JJ’s Grill at 6 p.m. Jeff Pratt 11.23 {Wednesday} Jeff Pratt performs live at JJ’s Grill at 6 p.m. 17


Playwright/Director to speak at Hendrix College “Truth is more interesting than fiction,” playwright and director Moises Kaufman told an interviewer in 2005. Kaufman, whose ground-breaking plays examine such diverse real-life topics as community responses to a hate crime in the late 1990’s and the creative process of a classical composer, will give a lecture entitled “Theatre for the New Millennium,” part of the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation Programs in Literature and Language series exploring the theme “Crime.” The talk will take place on Tuesday, November 15, 2011, at 7:30 p.m., in Reves Recital Hall on the Hendrix College campus. A book signing and reception will follow in Trieschmann Gallery. The event is free and open to the public. Kaufman is the founder and creative director of the innovative Tectonic Theatre Project. The Project, which is best known for its examination of the Matthew Shepard killing and the aftermath faced by his town in their award-winning play The Laramie Project, is dedicated to developing innovative works that explore theatrical language and form and to fostering dialogue and discussion on important artistic, social, and political topics. Kaufman’s work as a playwright and director on both stage and screen has earned him critical acclaim and multiple awards. His direction of the Pulitzer and Tony award-winning play I Am My Own Wife earned him an Obie award as well as Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Lucille Lortel nominations. Kaufman’s recent directing credits include a new production of Macbeth starring Liev Schreiber, Oscar Wilde’s classic satire Lady Windermere’s Fan, and One Arm by Tennessee Williams. He has directed several of his own plays, including Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, which earned the Lucille Lortel Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, the Joe Callaway Award, and the GLAAD Media Award; The Laramie Project (which was nominated for the Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk awards and earned a GLAAD Media Award); and 33 Variations, a Tony Award-nominated play inspired by Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations. Kaufman also directed the film adaptation of The Laramie Project for HBO,

which was the opening night selection at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival and won the National Board of Review Award, the Humanitas Prize and a Special Mention for Best First Film at the Berlin Film Festival. The film also earned Kaufman two Emmy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Writer. This event is sponsored by the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation Programs in Literature and Language, which are designed to enhance and enrich the study and teaching of literature and language at Hendrix College. For more information about this and future events, please contact Henryetta Vanaman, 501450-4597 or

Creative playwright Heather Sellers to visit UCA as artist in residence Creative writer Heather Sellers will visit the University of Central Arkansas as artist in residence Nov. 8-9.

even in the most flawed circumstances, “love may be seen and felt.”

Sellers’ latest volume, the memoir “You Don’t Look Like Anyone I Know,” was selected as an Oprah Winfrey Book Club pick in November 2010 and was also chosen as a New York Times Notable Book.

Sellers teaches poetry writing, fiction writing and creative nonfiction writing at Hope College in Holland, Mich.

On Tuesday, Nov. 8, Sellers will give a public reading at 7:30 p.m. in the College of Business building, room 107. A booksigning will follow. On Wednesday, Nov. 9, she will give a craft lecture and Q&A at 10 a.m. in Thompson Hall 331 and a Q&A on Writing for Children and Creative Nonfiction at 1 p.m. in Thompson 331. All residency events are free and open to the public. “Heather Sellers is a personal and literary dynamo,” said Dr. John Vanderslice, associate professor of writing and the faculty sponsor for the residency. “You Don’t Look Like Anyone I Know” tells the story of Sellers’ face blindness, a neurological disorder that prevents her from recognizing people by face. It reveals the deeper truth that

Her short story collection, “Georgia Under Water” (2001) was selected for the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers program. She has also published three volumes of poetry, most recently “The Boys I Borrow” (2007). Her writing spans almost every genre taught in the UCA Department of Writing. Most students are already familiar with Sellers through “The Practice of Creative Writing” (the second edition is scheduled for publication next fall) or her earlier craft book, “Chapter After Chapter,” both of which have been assigned by several UCA instructors. For more information, contact Vanderslice at (501) 450-3653 or The Artist in Residence program is funded by UCA’s arts fee and is administered by the College of Fine Arts and Communication. For more information, call the Office of the Dean, at (501) 450-3293 or e-mail 19






MOUTH-WATERING BEEFY GOODNESS If you don’t think Conway is the city to enjoy a variety of delicious burgers, you must be living in the wrong Conway — perhaps Conway, S.C., or Conway, Ill.? The following six burger joints and their unique hamburgers attest to the fact that our city in Faulkner County is one heck of a place to enjoy one of our nation’s favorite foods: the ground beef sandwich. SHORTY’S Ask anybody who has lived in Conway for a while where to get a burger and the answer is often automatic: Shorty’s. This restaurant — which has been located at 1101 Harkrider since it opened in the late 1970s — has been serving all-American hamburgers for 27 years. The many Log Cabin Democrat Readers’ Choice Awards for best burger that line the walls of Shorty’s attest to the tastiness of the restaurant’s burger. But don’t expect fancy fair at Shorty’s — Just go with the Jumbo Cheeseburger ($4.49), a classic-style burger with two patties, American cheese, mayonnaise, lettuce and tomato. Combine this with a side of fries, baked beans or potato salad and a butterscotch shake and you’ve got yourself a killer meal at one of the city’s most dependable restaurants. JJ’S If you want to combine live music and beer with good bar food, make it a burger at JJ’S Grill. Located at 1010 Main St., this restaurant-bar has a huge variety of awesome burgers — to be exact, it would take 19 visits to try every burger on the menu. JJ’s has everything a fan of hamburgers would want, from the World-Famous Cheeseburger ($6.99), to some really wild options such as the 5-Alarm Burger ($7.99), a fiery burger covered with hot wing sauce, banana peppers, jalapenos, crushed red pepper and pepper jack cheese. Note: Order a pint with the 5-Alarm Burger to cool down afterward. The real genius of JJ’s burger options resides in their strangest-sounding creation — the Fried Egg Burger. Just as it sounds, a thick ground beef patty is topped with a fried egg, which is covered in American cheese. Don’t let it scare you, just try it. Words can’t adequately describe how good the combination of egg yolk, cheese and beef tastes. And if any yolk runs off the burger, it can merrily be mopped up with a fry or a piece of the bun. JJ’s also remedies a problem that is common in many Southern towns, a lack of burger options for vegetarians. For the meatless people, the chefs at JJ’s can whip-up the Nuevo South Austin Burger ($7.99), a veggie burger topped with avocado, muffaletta olive salad, sprouts and pepper jack cheese. DAVID’S BURGERS David’s Burgers, located at 201 Skyline Drive, wins the award for freshness. Patrons of the 1950s-themed restaurant (complete with jukebox) can see the Grade-A meat they are about to eat in the store’s meat case, which is filled with whole, hand-cut chuck steaks. During the day, the steaks are ground into hamburger meat in David’s open kitchen. Patrons can literally taste the freshness of the hamburger meat, which lacks any trimmings, fillers or added fat. Try a 2/3 lb burger ($5.95) and have it “David’s Way,” the simple and delicious combination of mayo, lettuce, tomato, pickles and onion. To appreciate the freshness of the beef, as well as David’s secret seasonings, take a pinch off the patty and savor its fresh, juicy quality. Burgers come with a big serving of fries, cut in-store from Idaho potatoes – if you run out, the staff offers to refill your basket for free. 21







WIMPY’S BURGERS “Toppings” is the name of the game at Wimpy’s Burgers, located at 201 Skyline Drive. The menu offers 16 assorted toppings that you can garnish your burger with for free — everything from grilled mushrooms and onions to grilled pineapples and relish. It’s all about personal preference here. The patties at Wimpy’s — cooked in a burger press — are out of this world. Manager Greg Morrison explained that cooking the meat in a press sears both sides of the patty simultaneously and traps in any flavor that would otherwise escape. Try a double-patty Wimpy’s Signature Burger ($4.89) with cheddar and swiss cheese, jalapenos and grilled pineapple. Order a side of sweet potato fries with that and ask for Wimpy’s praline sauce to go with it. To help conquer your totallytopped burger, order their immensely-popular raspberry shake. REDEMPTION ROADHOUSE Supporting a good cause makes a meal taste better, right? Well, even though Redemption Roadhouse (formerly Big House Burger Joint) supports a good cause by employing people with law violations, their burgers — arguably some of the best in town — don’t need any extra help. Eating the Stuffed Burger ($6.49) is worth a prison sentence. The wild thing consists of two 1/3 lb patties that are crimped together with your choice of cheese, jalapenos and mushrooms 24

inside. Once you cut it in half, all of its piping hot treasures ooze out from between the two seasoned patties. Redemption Roadhouse is located at 1100 South Amity Road. SOMETHING BREWING CAFE Who says that coffee doesn’t go with burgers? Something Brewing Cafe, located at 1156 Front Street has been Conway’s go-to spot for coffee for a decade. But burger enthusiasts should be aware that the cafe serves more than cappuccinos — Something Brewing offers a handful of mouth-watering burgers. Owner Larry Eoff said the fact that his coffee shop serves burgers is one of the best kept secrets in town. Try the Mushroom Swiss burger ($5.99) or the Double Bacon Cheeseburger ($6.99) for a truly gratifying burger experience. Order fried zucchini on the side, and drink a real fruit smoothie while you wait. Or just take a cup of joe with your hamburger. Something Brewing is located at 1156 Front Street. So, if you are hoping to get your fix for burgers settled, look no further than across town. With the wide range of options available at six of our city’s best burger joints, even the hungriest burger aficionados can be satisfied. From zany creations like a fried egg burger, to the classic American cheeseburger, Conway���s hamburger scene is sizzling hot and cooked-to-order.





DESIGN STAR What was it like as a child growing up in an artists’ household in Arkansas? Are you parents still in Arkansas? My childhood home had an art studio (it was really just an extra bedroom that was USED for a studio). It was my “normal” but looking back it was so NOT normal. The studio was filled with all sorts of paint brushes, canvases, bins and bins of crafting supplies and a drafting table. It looked like Hobby Lobby threw-up in there. So what I’m saying is that it was a creative person’s dream. It was my playground. I would dig in my mom’s stuff and experiment with mixing paints. My mom left Arkansas for a couple years but has since moved back and my dad now lives in Georgia. When did you decide on a career in Interior Design? As soon as I realized that it was an option as a major at UCA. I met with an advisor, and we talked about different options and I was like, “Oh! I can pick that as a Major? Yep, that’s what I want to do. When can I graduate!?!?!” A lot of students change majors or struggle with committing to a certain field. That never happen to me. I knew it was perfect for me, and I just wanted to get it done. Tell us a little about your experience at the University of Central Arkansas and the time you spent in Conway. I enjoyed going to school at UCA. I am originally from Little Rock. I toured a couple other universities, but coming to Conway was the right choice for me. It was close enough to home but still far away enough for me to develop my independence as a young adult. I was an average student at best. I have always been really creative, but while in school I juggled two jobs and never carried less than 15 hours. I didn’t have the luxury of attending college and “just focusing on the books.” I had to learn to balance a lot at a young age. Guess what — when you start your own company no one asks if you were a “straight-A” student.” Ha! My point, don’t overlook the really hard working “C” student. They may surprise you. Having the opportunity to cheer at UCA and later go on to win a National Championship was such a big part of my life. I have Artie and the late Arch Jones to thank for facilitating that opportunity. They believed in me when I wasn’t really sure I believed in myself. “Can we get new uniforms?” ... “Yes.” ... “Can we go to Nationals and compete?” ... “Yes.” ... “Coach will you drive us 17 hours on a tiny bus with no bathroom so that we can have a shot at achieving our dreams?” ... They ALWAYS delivered. They believed in us 26


so much that it made me and the rest of the team want to work hard. I can’t say enough about Artie and Arch. When I think of UCA I see their faces. How would you describe your design style? What are the main sources of inspiration for your designs? I would call my personal style warm, modern, eclectic. I love spaces that look lived in, which is where the “warm” comes from. Spaces that look like they were put together over time instead of yanked from a show room are much more inviting. The “modern” part of my style is my love for clean lines and a less is more approach. You ever go in a room that has so much stuff in it you don’t know where to look? Well….I don’t do rooms like that. If you like that look I can take you there, but it will be against my better judgment. My “eclectic” style is where you will see my personality. I love using memorable colors and whimsical pieces that cause you to stop and gaze with curiosity. I think I have a signature style. Most people that have seen my work could walk in to a space and tell pretty quickly if I designed it. What inspired you to apply for HGTV “Design Star?” Do you think appearing on the show changed the path of your career or your ambitions? I auditioned for “Design Star” because I wanted a new challenge. I did not try to boost my career. I told the casting director when I auditioned that I “wanted” the opportunity, I didn’t “need” it. I had just made it through the worst year of my life and felt like if I could make it trough that, I could handle about anything that a design show could throw at me. In 2009, ( while I was 8 months pregnant) I moved to a house that needed a total renovation, had a baby and then six weeks after the arrival of our son, Cruise, I was in a terrible accident that left me unable to walk for several months. I still don’t know how our emotions and our finances made it through that fire. While publicly pondering what the lesson in all of this was for me, a very good friend of mine made a profound suggestion to me — that perhaps the lesson in all of my recent tragedy was not for ME. She said, “Maybe the lesson was for the people watching me from the outside.” And that they may be able to learn from how I would respond to all of the recent set backs I was dealing with. Hearing that was just the kick in the pants I needed. As soon as I took “me” out of the equation I was able to focus on goals — BIG goals. I needed to achieve great things for OTHER people to use as an example — the most important on-lookers — my boys! I knew that when they were older I would need to be armed with examples of how to move past life’s setbacks. They will face some of their own. I wanted to be the best possible example I could for my own children. Of course my career has changed forever but in reality (pardon the pun) my career is the least important part of the whole experience. We are talking about LIFE here. I have been given numerous opportunities to speak to people about perseverance, taking responsible risks, and using your children as motivation to pursue your dreams instead of an excuse not to. In my opinion, all that is far more important that the actual design work that got this train moving. 28

How about your kids? Are you seeing a future artist or designer? What do you enjoy doing as a family? My son Schaefer, six, loves to paint and draw. He loves color. I have noticed that when he colors he tries to use every color in the box. I hope that my kids will continue to like art but will nurture whatever it is they want to do. I have started painting some commission art pieces, and I usually let him put the first strokes on the canvas. It instills confidence in him that he is as good at art as I am and that I value his contributions. My Minion — that’s what I call Cruise, my two-year-old — basically just paints my floors with drippy apple juice and cracker crumbs. Who knows, maybe he is on to a new medium. We live on two acres so as a family we love to be outside and watch the boys drive their battery-operated truck around the yard. They also jump on the trampoline and swing on our tree swing. I think with the weather getting cooler we will have to dive more in to an indoor activity ... like painting! How do you keep the pace required to be a mom, wife, designer and reality TV star? How do I keep the pace? Sometimes not very well. I have learned the phrase “that doesn’t work for me.” It took a little while but I have accepted the fact that I don’t have to explain my reasons for not committing to things that pull me away from what I value, my family. It’s my life, and just like everyone else, I have that choice. I am at a place in life the saying yes to one thing will likely mean I am saying no to something else. I have to make sure that I am not saying no to my family on account of my career. I think what I am good at in terms of balancing work and family is checking myself. I can easily recognize when my pendulum is too far in one direction, and I try to re-align. As a designer, I have to be honest with my clients and tell them that they may have to wait. If they don’t want to wait then they are not the right clients for me. There are plenty of amazing designers out there. My clients have a choice in whether or not to work with me. So far, I guess I have been worth waiting for? I have great clients — I mean they are really amazing! What’s your favorite way to recharge your batteries? You know what ... I don’t really know. This is an area that I have been accused of being deficient. I don’t take much time for myself and I should. I will, eventually. Deadlines are stressful and hard to meet sometimes, but I love my work, so it really does feel like a hobby sometimes. I love a little pampering now and then, but I am a pretty low-maintenance gal. Usually a movie and a good meal does the trick. What’s coming up in your future? So much is happening right now. What’s coming up is tomorrow. I have to take things one day at a time. Thanks to many, many people (some of which are likely reading this article ... thank you for voting) I won the fan-favorite vote for HGTV. This means that I will have an on-line show by the first of the year. I am also really interested in writing a book and being able to paint more. Deep down, I also still feel like I am supposed to share parts of my life and my work on TV, but it’s nothing I want to force. I could plan the whole rest of my life, but the fact is that my life includes the lives of three other very important people, my husband and my two boys. God’s timing and plan for my future is already set, and if it’s good enough for Him who am I to disagree?



This is one of eight photographs that Ron Howard chose to inspire his next short film, due to be released in November. You can learn more about Project Imagin8ion at 30

CAUGHT IN THE MOMENT My first camera was a Kodak Instamatic. I didn’t have a strong interest in photography at the time; my interest was more inclined to the outdoors. As my explorations continued, I became more intimate with nature. As I began to see more moments I wanted to capture on film, the more I wanted to capture them. From that point, I began to purchase photography books, study camera equipment, and in 1980, began a more serious approach toward photography. I purchased one of the early Nikon cameras with a few, basic lenses. I quickly became the annual photographer for the high school, and subsequently became a special occasion and wedding photographer.

Photography courses helped in learning the basics, and art courses helped in my artistic expression. I went through the drawing phase and the oil painting phase but quickly returned to photography as my main focus. My first photo essay, which I had completed for a photojournalism course, was also accepted by the local newspaper and was printed in a two-page spread. Today, my specialties include: fine art, tourism, commercial, architecture, portraiture, landscapes and nature. My achievements range from local contest awards, published photo essays in newspapers, assisting with the direction of a local photography clubs, more than 60 postcards in production, postcard books, more than 30 phone book covers, brochures, exhibit backdrops, calendars, books and gallery and private sales. I am a member of PPA (Professional Photographers of America) and APPA (Arkansas Professional Photographers Association). 31






Shipp’s work tends to focus in areas where he has the freedom to maximize his creativity, with little pressure of time and place. Whether it be landscapes, waterscapes, architecture, wildlife, macro or portraits, he looks to use his creativity and seek-out a unique perspective. He studies the subject, composition, light and movement and work to bring these together into one frame to tell a story. It may be his story or it may be one of yours. Shipp doesn’t always work in color, he often shoots in black-andwhite and infrared. His strongest influences have been Ansel Adams, Gordon Parks, Galen Rowell, David Muench and Frans Lanting. You can see Shipp’s artistic work on his website at www.





A BRAVE NEW WORLD If you remember my first article I touched briefly on iOS 5 when it was announced at WWDC. Well my friends it has finally arrived. What makes this software so advanced is the addition of iCloud and the ability to sync some your apps to all your devices. Here are some of the key updates in iOS 5.

Notifications Notifications is, in my opinion, the coolest new feature of iOS 5. Have you ever been in the middle of a game and get a push notification or text message causing your game to pause? Well now you will never have to worry about that. The new notifications simply appear at the top of your screen without stopping any app you are in. To quickly view your notifications slide your finger from the top of the screen down. This will bring in a new view displaying any notifications you choose to set there. For example, I have my weather, stocks, iMessages, email, Twitter, and Facebook set to appear in my new notification center. iMessages Say good-bye to traditional text messaging. iMessage is another cool new feature Apple has created. iMessage allows users to get real time updates while messaging. You will now be able to know when your message is delivered, read, and when the correspondent is writing back to you. iMessage works on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Newsstand If you are an avid reader of newspapers and magazines you will love this app. With Newsstand you can now have your favorite publications update in the background everyday and be notified when a new issue is available to read. Reminders Everyone needs to be reminded sometimes. Reminders is new and very simple app made by Apple for you to keep track of anything you need to be reminded of. The Reminders app also works with iCloud so you can sync between your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Find Friends Find Friends was announced during Apple’s Media event. This is the perfect app for when you travel with family and friends. With this app you can follow your friends and privately be able to find them using the GPS from your iPhone. This app will eliminate the frustration of loosing family or friends in a theme park or in a new location you’ve never been to before. Cards Cards was also announced during Apple’s Media event. Cards provides custom made cards and allows users to add in their own text and photos. The user then can fill out the correct envelope information. When your card is created and purchased Apple will mail it off for you. Cards can be sent anywhere in the US for $2.99. 37


EVER-EVOLVING After months of speculation about what the newest iPhone was going to be, Apple held a press event on October 4 to unveil the latest generation of their top-selling smart phone. The shape and style of the phone was nearly identical to the iPhone 4, hence the iPhone 4S nomenclature. While the form factor remained unchanged, Apple announced some great features, including a massive




camera upgrade to 8 Megapixels for the still camera and 1080p High Definition for videos. The addition of the speedy new Dual Core A5 chip, which is the same processor that the speedy iPad 2 uses, was also announced. The other big feature was a new voice recognition system name Siri that serves as a sort of personal assistant. Reactions from the press conference were mixed, but Apple along with AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint all announced that all previous iPhone sales records had been smashed once the pre-order period had come and gone. The iPhone 4S has one of the fastest processors available in a mobile phone. The A5 chip is capable of producing seven times faster graphics and doubles overall speed performance over the iPhone 4’s already speedy processor. The iPhone 4S’s processing speed is most noticeable when using the browser. It’s blazing speed is on display when any of the graphics heavy web pages are fired up in the Safari browser. The pages load in an instant and one can definitely tell the difference in speed between the 4S and the original iPhone4.


Hot Superhero Game – Batman: Arkham City The world’s greatest detective returns in the sequel to surprise hit Arkham Asylum. This time the action has expanded from the asylum to the entire Arkham City of Gotham City. Play as Batman, Catwoman, or Robin as you battle a list of villains too lengthy to detail here.

One of the biggest surprises about the iPhone 4 was its camera and the quality pictures it took. The engineers at Apple haven’t rested on their laurels with the iPhone 4S. The iPhone 4S boasts an 8 megapixel camera that takes stunning pictures. In addition to the upgraded camera, the iPhone 4S also 1080p High Definition video that really has to be seen to believe. It’s amazing that a device so small, that does so many other things, is capable of taking photos and video as clear and vibrant as those taken by the iPhone 4S. Apple really knocked it out of the park with this upgrade. The feature of the iPhone 4S that is sure to be most talked about is Siri, a voice activated personal assistant that can do nearly anything you ask. Need some general information? Just ask Siri. “Siri: What is the capital of Iceland?” Within seconds, the device will respond with Reykjakic and pull up a webpage showing all the information one could want to learn about Iceland’s capital. Siri isn’t just a voice activated Google replacement. The program will also send texts, set alarms, set reminders, create appointments, and make dinner reservations, just to name a few things Siri is capable of. The implementation of Siri is also impressive. One simply has to hold the phone to their face and speak to activate Siri. The more time one spends with Siri the more amazing it seems. This is one of those applications that really shows what the future may look like.

Hot Adventure Game – Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception Nathan Drake and crew embark on another installment of the PlayStation 3’s best franchise. With tight storytelling and even better gameplay, Uncharted will make you miss the days of Raiders of the Lost Ark type movies.

While initial reaction was mixed, the iPhone 4S is a nice improvement over the iPhone4. If you’re looking to get an iPhone or are eligible for that upgrade (especially from the 3G or 3GS), then the iPhone 4S is certainly provides the bang for your buck.

Hot First Person Shooter – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 The sales record breaking franchise is back and this time the battle’s gone global. Fight it out with all of your friends in New York, London, Paris, and Berlin in the latest installment of Call of Duty. 39


OPENING DOORS Allie Longing of Conway, a Realtor at Pam McDowell Properties in Conway, recently sold her first house and is excited about her future in real estate. “I can’t wait to have my first newlywed couple come in here and help them get their first house,” said Longing, who noted one of her reasons for being a Realtor is to help people. Longing grew up in Conway and graduated from Conway High School in 2006. She attended the University of Central Arkansas, where she earned a bachelor of science with an emphasis in interior design. She graduated from UCA in May. “I wanted to be able to do staging. When I graduated, there were very few jobs for interior designers. I thought this would be a great way to get my foot in the door with staging, and I like real estate. I really want to be able to help people.” Longing earned her license from the National School of Real Estate and was hired at Pam McDowell Properties in September. “I’ve known the executive principle broker my whole life. I thought it was a really good company to work for,” she said. She recently got a listing and sold it in four days. “It’s so exciting,” she said. “Now I’m just waiting for the closing date.” She partners with Chip Shaw, another young agent at the company. Shaw got his license about a year ago but started work at the company at the same time as Longing. His mother, Johnna Shaw, also works at the company. He said, “Conway has been in more of a protective bubble with HP and natural gas, so we haven’t had as much of a hit with the recession as other communities in Arkansas and the nation. We have been hit, but not as substantially. As for the future, I think everybody in the industry is excited. Interest rates are at an all-time low. There’s a lot of inventory on the market. Now is a fantastic time to buy.” Longing formerly worked at PK’s downtown for four years. She serves on the board of the Alzheimer’s Walk of Conway. She is also an Alpha Sigma Tau alumnus. She enjoys painting and helping people with their own interior designs in their homes. Kelli Small, executive broker at Pam McDowell Properties, said of Longing, “She’s doing fabulous. We needed some young blood in here. She’s the first one to volunteer to do anything. She’s been great for our whole company.” In addition to getting her first listing and sale within her first week of work, Longing is already working on another one, Small said. She predicted Longing will have a successful future in real estate. “I think she’s going to be a good asset to us,” she said. Longing said, “I admire everyone in my office, because they’ve all helped me out so much. Going from not doing this at all to getting my first listing and sale in a month is pretty big. I think there’s a great opportunity to make relationships in this business too, both with clients and with other Realtors. I really like the aspect that you can make as much money as you want to make and you get out of it what you put into it.” 40

STEWART COLE PHOTO @ Branch Out Paint Bar/Boutique, 2585 N. Donaghey, Conway.







Make plans now to attend the Downtown Christmas Open House on Sunday, Nov. 6, from 1-5 p.m. in Downtown Conway.

This is a very special Downtown Conway event where all our merchants open their doors for a special Sunday shopping experience. Shoppers are welcomed with holiday refreshments as well as Open House specials and trunk shows. Whether you are in the mood to start checking off items from your Christmas list or if you are just getting ideas for creating one, the Downtown Christmas Open House will get you into the spirit!

SHOPPING REWARDS This year the Downtown Merchants are introducing or — revisiting — a Yule Time Tradition, depending upon how long you have lived in Conway you may or may not recall it. It is called, “Downtown Conway HoHoHo Shopping Rewards” and it works like this: Participating merchants will award a raffle ticket for every $10 a customer spends in their stores from Nov. 6-Dec. 10. Then, on Dec. 10, we will host a grand prize drawing in Simon Park for hundreds of dollars worth of gift certificates from your Downtown Conway Merchants. These gift certificates can be used for Christmas gift buying or to give as gifts themselves. Also, on the day of the drawing, we will have a very special visitor from the North Pole, as well as hot chocolate and other surprises. Shop Downtown Conway early and often this holiday season!

PARTICIPATING VENDORS Bevy’s Hipsway Carmen’s Art & Antiques Something Blue SoHo Photography PK’s Kicks Active Wear Lefler’s StudioSkin Pizzazz Central Ark. Baton Twirling Mary’s Boutique A Very Merry Christmas Store & More Rose Cottage 43



FILM SCHOLAR TO DISCUSS COLUMBO, CRIME TELEVISION For more than 40 years, audiences have enjoyed Columbo, featuring a shabby and fumbling, yet thoroughly brilliant, detective as the title character. Amelie Hastie, a scholar of film and television and an expert on the classic television series, will give a lecture entitled “Columbo and Crime Television,” part of the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation Programs in Literature and Language series exploring the theme “Crime.” The talk will take place on Thursday, November 3, 2011, at 7:30 p.m., in Reves Recital Hall on the Hendrix College campus. A book signing and

reception will follow in Trieschmann Gallery. The event is free and open to the public. Amelie Hastie is Associate Professor of English and Chair of Film and Media Studies at Amherst College. She is the author of Cupboards of Curiosity: Women, Recollection, and Film History (Duke UP, 2007) and The Bigamist (BFI Classics, Palgrave/ Macmillan, 2009); the editor of a special issue of Journal of

Visual Culture on Detritus and the Moving Image; and the curator of a project entitled Objects of Media Studies for the on-line journal Vectors. Her work has also appeared in arts and academic journals such as Cabinet, Camera Obscura, Film History, Framework, and Screen, and in anthologies on film history and television studies. She is currently at work on a book about the television series Columbo. This event is sponsored by the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation Programs in Literature and Language, which are designed to enhance and enrich the study and teaching of literature and language at Hendrix College. For more information about this and future events, please contact Henryetta Vanaman, 501-4504597 or



Candice Bailey

Rachel Edwards

Hannah Billingsley

Morgan Holt

Lauren Ragland

Portia Cheatham

Lauren Howell

Rebecca Smith

Holly Culpepper

Christina Huynh

Chelsea Vaughn

Alyson Parsons

Sarah Willmon Not pictured Brittany Ashmore

Fourteen young women will compete for the title of Miss University of Central Arkansas 2012 on Friday, Nov. 11, in Reynolds Performance Hall on the UCA campus. Alicia Haflich, Miss UCA 2011, will perform as well as co-host the pageant with Doug Patchell. Kristen Glover, Miss Arkansas 2011, the Alpha Sigma Alpha Phoenix Dancers and Kerry Hawkins, Miss UCA 2010, will provide entertainment during the pageant.

Tau Sorority and Kappa Sigma Fraternity and is the daughter of Kirby and Oleta Billingsley.

The winner will receive a $6,000 scholarship to UCA and over $4,000 in prizes. Scholarships totaling $2,850 will be given to other winners during the pageant.

Holly Culpepper, 20, junior Early Childhood Education major from Lonsdale, will be singing for her talent. She is sponsored by Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority and her parents are T. Mark and Angela Renee Culpepper.

Each contestant competes in the areas of Presentation and Community Achievement in Private Interview, Artistic Expression in Talent, Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit, Presence and Poise in Evening Wear, and On-Stage Question. The 2012 Miss University of Central Arkansas contestants include: Brittany Ashmore, 19, sophomore Nursing major from Carlisle, will perform a lyrical dance. She is sponsored by Sigma Kappa Sorority and is the daughter of Ted and Jewel Ashmore. Candice Bailey, senior Nuclear Medicine major from Conway, will perform a contemporary jazz dance. Her sponsor is Kappa Alpha Psi and her parents are Makin and Sherry Bailey. Hannah Billingsley, 20, junior Fine Arts major from Franklin, will be singing for her talent. She is sponsored by Alpha Sigma 46

Portia Cheatham, 22, senior from Camden, will perform a tap dance. Her sponsor is the Students for the Propagation of Black Culture and her parents are Dr. Barbara A. Porchia and the late Stephen Foster Cheatham.

Rachel Edwards, 21, senior Accounting major from Yellville, will perform a flute solo. She is sponsored by Delta Zeta Sorority and is the daughter of Mark and Holly Edwards. Morgan Holt, 21, junior Education major from Conway, will perform a jazz dance. She is sponsored by Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority and her parents are Terry and Donna Holt. Lauren Howell, 21, junior Marketing major from Conway, will perform a tap dance. She is sponsored by Beta Upsilon Chi and is the daughter of Dr. John and Debra Howell. Christina Huynh, 20, junior Journalism major from Cabot, will be playing the piano for her talent. She is sponsored by Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority and her parents are Simon and Suki Huynh.

Alyson Parsons, 19, sophomore from Bentonville, will perform a jazz dance. She is sponsored by the University of Central Arkansas Residential Housing Association and is the daughter of Walter and Linda Parsons. Lauren Ragland, 21, senior Psychology major from Stuttgart, will perform a tap dance. She is sponsored by UCA Panhellenic and Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity and her parents are Mark and Sandie Ragland. Rebecca Smith, 21, senior Mathematics major from Conway, will be singing for her talent. She is sponsored by Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority and is the daughter of Frank and Sally Smith. Chelsea Vaughn, 20, junior Nursing major from Russellville, will be singing for her talent. She is sponsored by Delta Zeta Sorority and is the daughter of Jamie and Kelly Vaughn. Sarah Willmon, 19, sophomore Nursing major from Bauxite, will perform a lyrical dance. She is sponsored by Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity and her parents are Jon and Linda Willmon. Tickets go on sale at 6:30 p.m. the day of the pageant and are $5 for UCA students, staff and faculty with an ID, $5 for children 12 and under, and $10 for the general public. General admission seating will begin at 7 p.m. and the pageant will begin at 7:30 p.m. Miss UCA program books will be available for $5. Miss UCA and Miss Arkansas will be available before the pageant and during intermission for autographs.

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