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How to find out about road conditions; it’s not by calling 911

How to find out about road conditions; it’s not by calling 911

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – With more winter weather in the forecast, many will soon want to know about road conditions. Here is a look at different ways you can learn about the current road conditions in your area:

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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.”
    

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.”

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.