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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 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 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.

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.

Wildlife Habitat Improvement Work planned for Corps’ parks in Russellville

Wildlife Habitat Improvement Work planned for Corps’ parks in Russellville

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The Corps of Engineers will be constructing two food plots about two acres in size on the south side of Bona Dea Trails and Sanctuary. 

A small dozer will prepare the ground for planting by removing small trees and underbrush.  Trees beneficial to wildlife such as oak, black cherry, and some maples will remain, while trees such as sweet gum, elm, black willow, and box elder will be removed. 

Removing unwanted vegetation allows sunlight to reach the food plots, while leaving beneficial trees to compliment the clover, rye, oats and winter wheat being planted. 

About two acres of food plots at Old Post Road Park in Russellville were recently planted for wildlife benefit and increased viewing opportunities near the campground and disc golf course.

Springdale leads Arkansas Tech Business Index for first time

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (September 24, 2015)--There is a new leader on the Arkansas Tech Business Index, a project created by the Arkansas Tech University College of Business and sponsored by Arvest Bank.
   
Springdale took the top spot for July 2015 with an index rating of 106.38, an increase of 1.09 points over June 2015. It is the first time in the 19-month history of the ATBI that Springdale has held the No. 1 position.
   
Three municipalities saw similar increases for July 2015. El Dorado (+1.50), Pine Bluff (+1.32) and Russellville (+1.28) also saw their ATBI rating jump by more than one point.
   

Arkansas Tech Observatory to open for eclipse on Sunday

Arkansas Tech Observatory to open for eclipse on Sunday

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark.-The Arkansas Tech University Observatory is scheduled to open on Sunday, Sept. 27, to provide members of the university community and beyond with the opportunity to view a total lunar eclipse.

Weather and clouds permitting, the watch party will last from 8-10 p.m. Admission will be free.