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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.”

Pilot makes emergency landing at Russellville airport

RUSSELVILLE, Ark. (AP) - No one was injured after a small plane was forced to make an emergency landing at the Russellville Municipal Airport.

The Courier (http://bit.ly/1YroDWZ ) reports that the small plane landed Sunday afternoon after the pilot, Yan Venter, radioed the airport and reported that his landing gear was disabled. He told airport officials that he would circle the airport in an attempt to release the landing gear.

Russellville Municipal Airport Director Keith Frazier said that the plane's emergency release for the landing gear did not work and the pilot landed with the wheels up. He exited the plane with no injuries.

The pilot was the only passenger on board.

Arkansas Tech commencement includes surprise marriage proposal

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (December 19, 2015) -- LaSabra Robertson was among the final graduates to receive her degree during the 2 p.m. commencement ceremony at Arkansas Tech University on Saturday.

After her name was called, Robertson received her degree and a congratulations from Dr. Robin E. Bowen, Arkansas Tech president. William Kiehl took Robertson's official graduation photo and she started making her way back to her seat.

Up until that moment, her commencement experience was very similar to that of the other 600-plus Arkansas Tech students who graduated at Tucker Coliseum this weekend.

Walton Family Foundation announces grant to Arkansas Tech

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Tech University has announced a more than $575,000 grant from the Walton Family Foundation to ATU to maintain continuing education programs for school superintendents and principals across Arkansas.

ATU said Monday that it has received a $171,756 check as the first installment to the $575,349 grant.

The grant is for the Leader-to-Leader program in which selected superintendents and principals meet during the academic year to learn new techniques in school leadership and share information about their common challenges and solutions.

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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.