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Arkansas Tech students work to feed the needy

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) -- Have you ever wondered what happens to food that's a day over its expiration date in the supermarket?

In Russellville it's being collected and used to feed the homeless, an initiative brought on by students at Arkansas Tech.

It all started in a sociology class where a professor posed the simple question “if things can be done in the community why doesn't anyone do them?” The students responded by taking food that would otherwise be thrown away and using it to feed thousands of mouths.

Arkansas Tech prepares 37,000 meals for local relief organizations

Arkansas Tech prepares 37,000 meals for local relief organizations

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. -- More than 300 volunteers from the Arkansas Tech University community and the surrounding area packed 37,000 meals for neighbors in need during an event coordinated by The Pack Shack Saturday morning at the W.O. Young Building Ballroom.
Those in attendance needed just one hour to pack the cheesy rice and vegetable meals, which were given to local service organizations for distribution to the food insecure in the Arkansas River Valley.
“This was a fun way to do something very useful for our community,” said Susie Nicholson, vice president for student services and university relations. “The students had a good time working together for a common cause. It was the perfect way to start our Martin Luther King Jr. celebration.”

Russellville man chooses homelessness for a good cause

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) -- The cold weather and rain are making the first week of the new year difficult for the homeless here in Arkansas.

This time of year shelters make more room so they have a warm meal and safe place to stay.

But not everyone is taking that shelter.

"This is actually one of the better camps to come into honestly," said Fred Teague as he walked towards the small hut he lives in in the woods of Russellville.

There's a saying that you don't know another person's experience until you've walked a mile in their shoes.

"Sorry I didn't know you guys were coming or I would've cleaned up," he said laughing as he opened the door to the 32-square-foot room.

But to see into Fred Teague's situation all you need to do is listen.

Which city ranks best for work-life balance in Arkansas?

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) – One Arkansas city now has bragging rights after it was pronounced the best city for work-life balance in the state.

Russellville received the title from Zippia.com. The site shared a list of it top 10 picks, saying that job, comfort of living, and entertainment all played a role in its selection.

Laina Shearon joins UACCB cosmetology program as new instructor

 Laina Shearon joins UACCB cosmetology program as new instructor

BATESVILLE, Ark. - The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville has announced a new instructor joining its staff for the 2015-2016 school year.

Laina Shearon of Batesville has been announced as the new cosmetology instructor. 

Shearon, originally of Ina, Ilinois, graduated from The Salon Professional Academy in 2010.  She then pursued a career as a stylist at the French Twist in Murfreesboro, Tenn. While there, she built a steady client base, specializing in advanced haircuts and specialty colors.  After three years of working in Nashville, Shearon and husband, Michael, moved to the Batesville area. In addition to her new position at UACCB, Shearon also works full-time at the Studio Salon on lower Main Street in Batesville. 

Abdelrahman named vice president for academic affairs

Abdelrahman named vice president for academic affairs

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (December 22, 2015)--Dr. Mohamed Abdelrahman has been selected as the next vice president for academic affairs at Arkansas Tech University.
Abdelrahman has served as associate vice president for research and graduate studies at Texas A&M University-Kingsville since November 2011 and as a member of the faculty there since August 2010. He will take office as the chief academic officer at Arkansas Tech in June 2016.
“When we began our search for the next vice president for academic affairs at Arkansas Tech University, it was our goal to locate a person who recognized the quality of our intellectual tradition and had the capacity to lead us to the next level of academic excellence,” said Dr. Robin E. Bowen, Arkansas Tech president. “In Dr. Abdelrahman, we found that person. We look forward to welcoming him to our faculty, our administrative team and our community.”

UCA receives $215,500 to support Nursing Department

UCA receives $215,500 to support Nursing Department

CONWAY—The University of Central Arkansas Foundation, Inc. has received $215,500 to support the Nursing Simulation Lab in the Department of Nursing.

“Nursing has afforded me the opportunity to care for a lot of individuals,” said Elizabeth A. Blankenship, CEO of Southridge Village Nursing and Rehabilitation. “With our ability to gift to the nursing program, the students will have some of the best technology available to them, and I believe it will assist in their training and education.”

Blankenship, along with her daughters and fellow UCA alumnae, Ashley M. Blankenship and Gretchen E. Humphreys, made the gift in a presentation that included UCA faculty, staff and students.

UCA President Tom Courtway expressed gratitude to the Blankenship family, “Thank you very much for your generosity. Thank you, more than anything else, for believing in UCA and believing in this college and this department.”