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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.”
    

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.”

Moseley to retire at end of 2015-16 fiscal year

Moseley to retire at end of 2015-16 fiscal year

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. -- David Moseley, senior vice president for administration and finance at Arkansas Tech University, has announced he will retire as of June 30, 2016.

Moseley has served as the chief financial officer at Arkansas Tech since 1994. He has provided leadership for more than $260 million in campus infrastructure improvements and oversight for such operating areas as the university bookstore, the budget office, the office of the controller, financial aid, food services, human resources, payroll, procurement and risk management, facilities management and student accounts.

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.

Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Office issues reminder to parents on child identification

Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Office issues reminder to parents on child identification

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ark. - (Oct. 29, 2015 – With recent flash news alerts regarding missing children, teens, and others alike throughout the state, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office decided to issue a reminder to all parents regarding the indentification of their children. 

Major Lafayette Woods, Jr. issued the following statement on Thursday:

When a child or someone you know is reported missing, emotions become raw, which can hinder the ability of parents or love ones to make rational decisions. Yet, their actions and the actions of law enforcement in the first 48 hours are critical to the safe recovery of a missing. Knowing what you can do, what others can do, and where to go for help will not only expedite the search and recovery of your child or love one, it also will help to ease the emotional and financial burden of the search.

Arkansas Tech students aid displaced Head Start center

Arkansas Tech students aid displaced Head Start center

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark.--When the facility that housed the Appleton Head Start program in Pope County was lost to fire in mid-August, a group of Arkansas Tech University early childhood education students and professors saw an opportunity to make a difference in their chosen field and their chosen community.

On Wednesday, Oct. 21, the Arkansas Tech delegation traveled to Hector Elementary School to deliver science, outdoor recreation and art equipment as well as other supplies needed by the displaced preschoolers and their teachers.

“I think this is awesome because if we were actually teachers at the school and that happened to us, we would want and need people from the community to donate items,” said Ashley Haney, a junior at Arkansas Tech and early childhood education major from Pine Bluff. “They are going through a hard time. We were excited to buy and donate these things. No one hesitated. Everybody signed up and we were able to get all of the items on the list.”

Arkansas Tech leads state in providing social mobility for students

Arkansas Tech leads state in providing social mobility for students

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. - CollegeNET has ranked Arkansas Tech University No. 1 in its state and among the top 10 percent of institutions in the United States in terms of providing its students with an opportunity to improve their economic standing.

The 2015 CollegeNET Social Mobility Index (SMI) looks at the economic background of a university’s student body and compares it to the institution’s tuition rate, graduation rate and endowment as well as the early career salary for its young alumni.

Based upon those criteria, the study found that Arkansas Tech provides the greatest opportunity for socioeconomic advancement to its students of any college or university in Arkansas.

Arkansas Tech ranks No. 90 nationally in the survey. No other university in the state made the top 250.