100 years ago (1916)

We have all heard of the corn-husking, the log-raising, the barn-warming functions of simpler times in rural America. It is questionable, however, if many of us are altogether prepared for the announcement of the Conway (Ark.) Log Cabin Democrat of a recent date that "J. White gave a stovewood splitting one day last week."

We may smile at this as much as we like, but, J. White, it must be acknowledged, has hit upon a new and great idea — Christian Science Monitor, Boston, Mass.

Edward Baxter Perry, blind pianist of international fame and regarded as the foremost lecture-pianist in the nation, will lecture and play at Central College Monday.

In order that all may hear this wonderful man, popular admission price of 25 cents only will be charged, and there will be no reserved seats.

75 years ago (1941)

Twenty-three children of St. Joseph School received their first holy communion in a ceremony in the church. They were Alphonse Dayer, Leonard Dayer, Florence Dussex, Jimmie Eaton, Agnes Halter, Anna Mae Halter, Billy Halter, Patrica Hambuchen, Melanie Hamling, Paul Hiegel, Dennis Lachowsky, Ernest Locke, Christine Mahar, Virva MacDonald, Thomas Nabholz, T.J. Nahlen, Anna Marie Prouse, Henry Prouse, Jack Rappold, Elizabeth Rumker, Doris Simon, David Thessing and Martha Walter.

Robbie Hogan of Conway and Viola Jones of Vilonia entered Baptist State Hospital in Little Rock for nurses training.

Mrs. Nannie M. Wallace of Conway was visiting her sister-in-law, Mrs. George W. Donaghey, in Little Rock.

25 years ago (1991)

Sandra Lynn Kniffin and Greg Wheeler, Mayflower High School seniors, were selected by the Conway Noon Optimist Club as the Teens of the Month.

The University of Central Arkansas embarked on a project to redo exterior lighting on the campus. The estimated cost of the project was $400,000.

New lights along the walkways had been installed. The traditional-looking fixtures were mounted on 12-foot fluted cast iron poles. "Other lights will be added as the project is continued," said Jerrol Fielder, director of the UCA Physical Plant.

10 years ago (2006)

The University of Central Arkansas has hired Stephen B. Seidman from the New Jersey Institute of Technology as Dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Seidman, who has more than 35 years’ experience in academia, leaves NJIT after his tenure as founding dean of NJIT’s College of Computing Sciences. Born and educated in New York City, Seidman received a bachelor of science in mathematics from the City College of New York in 1964 and obtained an A.M. in mathematics from the University of Michigan the following year. Four years later, in 1969, he earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from UM. After returning to New York as an assistant professor at New York University, Seidman spent time teaching at George Mason University, where he was a founding member of the computer science department. In addition to professorships, Seidman has served in administrative roles since 1990, chairing departments at Auburn, Colorado State and NJIT. Seidman’s wife, Barbara, has a Ph.D. in German literature and has taught the language at many colleges and universities. The couple has two daughters: Miriam, who lives at home, and Naomi, a doctoral student in flute performance at the University of Texas.