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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.”

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Pilot makes emergency landing at Russellville airport


RUSSELVILLE, Ark. (AP) - No one was injured after a small plane was forced to make an emergency landing at the Russellville Municipal Airport.

The Courier (http://bit.ly/1YroDWZ ) reports that the small plane landed Sunday afternoon after the pilot, Yan Venter, radioed the airport and reported that his landing gear was disabled. He told airport officials that he would circle the airport in an attempt to release the landing gear.

Russellville Municipal Airport Director Keith Frazier said that the plane's emergency release for the landing gear did not work and the pilot landed with the wheels up. He exited the plane with no injuries.

The pilot was the only passenger on board.

Arkansas Tech commencement includes surprise marriage proposal


RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (December 19, 2015) -- LaSabra Robertson was among the final graduates to receive her degree during the 2 p.m. commencement ceremony at Arkansas Tech University on Saturday.

After her name was called, Robertson received her degree and a congratulations from Dr. Robin E. Bowen, Arkansas Tech president. William Kiehl took Robertson's official graduation photo and she started making her way back to her seat.

Up until that moment, her commencement experience was very similar to that of the other 600-plus Arkansas Tech students who graduated at Tucker Coliseum this weekend.

Walton Family Foundation announces grant to Arkansas Tech


RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Tech University has announced a more than $575,000 grant from the Walton Family Foundation to ATU to maintain continuing education programs for school superintendents and principals across Arkansas.

ATU said Monday that it has received a $171,756 check as the first installment to the $575,349 grant.

The grant is for the Leader-to-Leader program in which selected superintendents and principals meet during the academic year to learn new techniques in school leadership and share information about their common challenges and solutions.

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Arkansas Tech plans to add computer science education

Arkansas Tech plans to add computer science education

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. - As educators, technology professionals and advocates around the United States mark Computer Science Education Week, Arkansas Tech University is making preparations to develop the next generation of computer science teachers for K-12 schools in the Natural State.

In November, the Arkansas Tech Faculty Senate approved the program proposal for a new Bachelor of Science degree in computer science education. The next steps in the process will be reviewed by the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees and the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

If approved by those bodies, the Arkansas Tech Department of Computer and Information Science intends to begin offering the degree during the fall 2016 semester.

Arkansas Tech’s Graham, Robinson named NUFP Fellows

Arkansas Tech’s Graham, Robinson named NUFP Fellows

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas Tech University seniors Suede Graham and Hailey Robinson have been selected for a fellowship designed to create opportunities for individuals from historically underrepresented populations to pursue careers in higher education student affairs.

The program was initiated by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) during the 1989-90 academic year. It is named the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP).

Graham and Robinson were both nominated for the honor by Dr. MarTeze Hammonds, associate dean for diversity and inclusion at Arkansas Tech.

As NUFP Fellows, Graham and Robinson will receive on-campus mentorship, access to special programming at the NASPA annual conference, invitations to apply for paid summer internships and a chance to attend a leadership institute hosted by NASPA.

Gleason donation benefits new degree program at Arkansas Tech

Gleason donation benefits new degree program at Arkansas Tech

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. -- A new degree program at Arkansas Tech University has received a gift that will enable its students to work with professional-grade equipment in preparation for their careers.
    
Dr. Mildred Diane Gleason, associate professor of history at Arkansas Tech, donated $100,000 to the Arkansas Tech Foundation in support of the institution’s Bachelor of Arts degree in cultural and geospatial studies.
    
“This new major will offer Tech students great opportunities to extend their learning and maximize employment options,” said Gleason. “The newly acquired equipment will enhance the program by fostering study with the best, most technically sophisticated analytical mapping apparatus currently available. Giving our students every opportunity to develop their abilities, enhance their futures and better assist the communities they serve is what Tech is about.”