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UA Fort Smith Foundation, Inc. AdVances The Newsletter of the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith Foundation | July 2010 | Vol. 2 - No. 1 Meet UMA On a gorgeous, breezy April afternoon at the Stubblefield Center, UA Fort Smith and the Fort Smith community were first introduced to Numa, a 15-foot, 2,000-pound bronze sculpture commissioned with funds from estate gifts made by Pearl D. Raney and Sally McSpadden Boreham. It was more than a year ago that Janice Beran, wife of Chancellor Paul B. Beran, Ph.D., initially envisioned a striking, larger-than-life representation of the University’s mascot and formed a diverse committee of energetic, dedicated people from throughout the University and community to help realize that vision. The sculptor the committee chose, North Carolina’s Jon Hair, has more than 30 major public art commissions to his credit, including a 35-foot bronze-and-steel monument at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado. Local companies engineered, designed, and constructed Numa’s pedestal and the surrounding plaza. Numa is intended not only to serve as a dramatic embodiment of the University’s spirit and culture, a piece around which traditions will be built, but also as a showpiece and symbol for the greater Fort Smith community, to which UA Fort Smith owes so much gratitude for more than eight decades of support. Over the years, the University’s mascot, like the institution it represents, has taken a variety of forms. They have ranged from snuggly to savage, realistic to modernistic, but Numa is hands-down the most imposing incarnation in UA Fort Smith’s 82-year history. Stop by and say hello next time you’re in the area—but watch those teeth. The Numa Society Numa may be the first major commissioned outdoor sculpture on the UA Fort Smith campus, but he won’t be the last. The UA Fort Smith Foundation recently created the Numa Society to help raise funds for additional pieces. Fifty charter members are invited to give $3,000 each (or pledge $3,000 over three years) to be used for commissioning additional pieces of sculpture. As a commemorative gift, charter members will receive one of only 50 limited-edition, numbered Happy Birthday, Donnie! Mrs. Donnie Pendergraft celebrated her 80th birthday March 27 at an afternoon party on the UA Fort Smith campus with her family, friends, and 19 “Pendergraft Kids”—students and alumni who have benefited from scholarships funded by the Pendergraft family. Those 19 were only a small contingent of the 90 UA Fort Smith graduates the Pendergrafts have helped over the years with more than $270,000 in total scholarships. Today, those graduates, who hold degrees in fields ranging from accounting to athletic training and radiography to rhetoric, live and work across the central U.S. from Mississippi to Wisconsin. Now that’s impact! bronze maquettes—miniatures of Numa on black granite bases. Contact the Foundation at (479) 7887020 or to learn more. FoundatioN Scholarships by the Numbers 572 Of the students who graduated in May 2010, had benefited along the way from Foundationfunded scholarships–scholarships funded entirely by private gifts from individuals, corporations, and other foundations. 90 47ofbachelor’s those 90 Foundation scholars earned degrees, 40 earned associate degrees, and The Foundation disbursed a total of 3 earned certificates. $329,545.64 to them over their UA Fort Smith careers– per bachelor and an average of $4,110.50 $3119.31 per associate. They ranged in age from (a man who earned an associate degree in electronics technology) to (a woman who earned an associate degree in nursing technology). of them were from Sebastian County, from Crawford County, and from Oklahoma. 19 44 54 24 Of their 8 fields of study, the most 29 different common four-year majors were nursing and business administration, with The most common two-year major was dental hygiene, with 5 graduates each. 14 graduates. They maintained an average GPA of through fall ’09, and of them, Whitney Webb of Fort Smith–who was one of national finalists for StuNurse magazine’s nursing student of the year honor–maintained a perfect on the way to her bachelor’s in nursing. 1 3.31 5 4.00 5210 Grand Avenue • Fort Smith, AR 72903

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