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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.”

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.

Russellville police searching for sex offender

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Russellville Police Department is searching for a man who is wanted for failing to comply with certain aspects of his sex offender registry.

David Green, 36, also has a felony warrant for failing to appear in court on felony charges.

Green is known to drive a gray 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer with a possible Arkansas License Plate # 391 UFE. He has connections to Redfield, Russellville and the state of Texas.

Green is considered dangerous, so police warn not to approach him.

Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of David Green please call 479-968-0911 and ask to speak to the Detective Division or call the Silent Partner Tip Line at 479-967-2221.

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.”

More details released on Pope Co. plane crash

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - Additional details were released on Wednesday regarding what may have caused a plane crash just outside of Russellville in late October.

The National Transportation Safety Board announced that the cause of the crash was due to the limited visibility. The large amount of fog that morning caused the plane to crash after hitting some tree tops shortly after takeoff from the Russellville Regional Airport on October 29.

All four passengers, including the pilot, were killed in the crash. Victims were identified as Robert and Wes Harris along with their sister Julie Harris Lefevre and the pilot Phillip Cowger.

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Arkansas Tech wins grant to address hunger near campus

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Tech University says it will use a $6,000 grant from the

Campus Kitchens Project

and CoBank to address food insecurity on and around its campus.

Students from the "Because We Can" group produced a video to enter a grant competition. Tech announced the grant Tuesday.

The organization will use the funds to establish a food pantry and a food recovery program to serve the campus and other people in the Arkansas River valley. The recovery program collects surplus food from community gardens, restaurants and grocery stores.

Arkansas Tech was one of three finalists and won after a week of online balloting ended Monday.

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.