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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.”

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.

Arkansas Tech students step forward to help those in need

Arkansas Tech students step forward to help those in need

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. --There are 276 families in the Arkansas River Valley that will enjoy a traditional holiday meal thanks to the combined efforts of Arkansas Tech University students and the Salvation Army.

Helping Halls, an initiative that encourages Arkansas Tech students living in residence halls to help provide holiday meals to the less fortunate, donated 276 food kits to the Salvation Army for the 2015 holiday season.

Each kit costs approximately $13, meaning that Tech students donated approximately $3,588 worth of food during the 2015 program to help the Arkansas River Valley community.

In nine years, the Helping Halls program has helped provide 2,585 food kits to area residents in need.

The meal kits have many of the staples of a traditional holiday meal, including turkey gravy, canned sweet potatoes, green beans, corn, cranberries, pie filling, stuffing mix, boxed mashed potatoes mix, marshmallows and a pie crust.

Bashaw to return to the classroom full-time

Bashaw to return to the classroom full-time

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. -Dr. Ed Bashaw, dean of the Arkansas Tech University College of Business, has announced his intention to step down from his administrative duties and return to full-time teaching as of July 1, 2016.

Bashaw joined the Arkansas Tech faculty as dean and professor of marketing in summer 2010.

“Arkansas Tech expresses its appreciation to Dr. Bashaw for the advancements that the College of Business has made under his leadership,” said Dr. AJ Anglin, interim vice president for academic affairs at Arkansas Tech. “He guided the college through the process of continuing its accreditation from AACSB, a prestigious mark of quality for schools of business around the world. His commitment to academic innovation is demonstrated through the development of our business data analytics program. The College of Business is better as a result of Dr. Bashaw’s work as an administrator, and we look forward to his continued contributions as a faculty member.”

Three finalists named in search for VP for academic affairs

Three finalists named in search for VP for academic affairs

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (October 30, 2015) --Three finalists have been selected in the search for the next vice president for academic affairs at Arkansas Tech University.
    
The finalists are Dr. Mohamed Abdelrahman, professor of electrical engineering and associate vice president for research and graduate studies at Texas A&M University-Kingsville; Dr. James Ermatinger, dean of liberal arts and sciences at the University of Illinois at Springfield; and Dr. Russell Porter, associate provost and associate vice president for graduate studies and research at Texas A&M University-Central Texas.
    
There were 48 applicants for the position.
    
The successful candidate will have primary responsibility for the leadership, administration and development of academic programs at Arkansas Tech. The vice president for academic affairs will also promote continued excellence within the faculty.

Arkansas Tech raises more than $30k for emergency student aid

Arkansas Tech raises more than $30k for emergency student aid

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. - Members of the Arkansas Tech University community joined together to provide emergency assistance funds for students during the 2015 SignATUre Weekend of Giving Oct. 8-11.

In all, more than 260 individuals donated more than $30,000 to the Arkansas Tech Foundation over the course of the event.

Of the funds raised, more than $28,000 was designated to help Arkansas Tech establish the Fight On Fund. The new fund will provide emergency assistance for students facing unforeseen changes in their life circumstance that could prevent them from reaching graduation.

The Arkansas Tech Foundation received a matching gift of $10,000 from an anonymous donor because members of the Tech family were able to raise $10,000 during the four-day event.