Celebrating Excellence Across Campus: Bear CLAWS Award

UCA’s Board of Trustees and President Houston Davis kicked off a new award initiative in the fall of 2017 called Bear CLAWS (Celebrating the Lofty Achievements of our Wonderful Students). President Davis proposed the award and was excited to see the students recognized. The award is given to students who are achieving excellence across campus. Student award winners fall into one of the following categories:

  • International, national and statewide recognition/scholarship awardees

  • Students presenting research at statewide, national or international conferences

  • Students who are recognized with internships at a high level

  • Award-winning RSOs (Registered Student Organizations)

  • New student groups

“UCA has some of the brightest, most accomplished students in our state,” President Davis said. “I thought it would benefit all of us — students, staff and faculty — to see outstanding students being recognized before the [Board of Trustees] at their meetings.”

Meet the December Recipient: Recep Erol

Recep Erol is a graduate student earning his master’s in computer science. He has brought so much value to UCA during his time here and is a great candidate for the CLAWS award. He has received the following honors and achievements:

  • Arkansas Academy of Computing Scholarship: Spring and Fall 2017

  • Arkansas Science Academy: First Place in Graduate Poster Presentation for Computer Science

  • Ongoing Research: Cancer detection and surgical simulation

“I feel excited about getting this award. It’s a honor to be here and getting this award. I’m really happy to be a part of this community,” Erol said.

Meet the December Recipient: Reid Malone

Reid Malone is a senior kinesiology and physical education major from Dallas, Texas. His involvement and leadership on campus has made him an invaluable addition to UCA, and we are proud to honor him with this award. His involvement includes the following:

  • IDEAL Freshman Leadership Team and IDEAL Alumni Leader

  • Resident Assistant

  • Bear Den President

“To be honored by President Davis is a huge honor here on campus,” Malone said. “I’ve been here for four years now coming from Dallas, Texas. Making this place feel like a home was my main goal, and I did it through student life and all the organizations I’ve been a part of. To be recognized as bleeding purple from this university is something I could have never imagined coming in on campus, especially from President Houston Davis in his first true year here as president. I’ve had a great relationship with him and look forward to continuing that in the future.”

Not only do we award students with the CLAWS award, but we also recognize groups of students including UCA Army ROTC and the President's Leadership Fellows.


Meet the October Recipient: UCA Army ROTC

The UCA Army ROTC has been on campus since 1968 working passionately to shape our nation’s future military leaders. Army ROTC is centered on leadership development, both in the classroom and field environment. Through a challenging environment, cadets benefit from a greater understanding of their country and its military, and they will gain the confidence that comes with practical, demonstrated leadership ability. All cadets who choose to serve after completing the program and graduating  will be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard. We’re excited to honor UCA Army ROTC for it’s  incredible achievements:

  • 500 officers have been commissioned through the UCA ROTC program

  • During the 2016-17 academic year, UCA cadets received more than $600,000 in ROTC scholarships and stipends.

  • Currently, 75 UCA are students enrolled in the ROTC program, of which 33 are contracted to become a Second Lieutenant following graduation.


Meet the October Recipient: President’s Leadership Fellows

We are honoring the fourth class of President’s Leadership Fellows (PLF). PLF began in 2014-15 by former UCA President Tom Courtway. The group is comprised of the most accomplished junior and senior leaders on campus. The students represent the President’s Office on campus and in the community, while sharing their personal college experience at various institutional events. The students are also heavily involved with student activities and organizations on campus and in the community. Students are selected based on an application and interview. PLF classes have visited Nabholz Corporation, Hewlett-Packard and the Faulkner County Justice Building with Judge Troy Braswell, as well as attended events such as the Day at the Capitol.