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Students spend Spring Break lending helping hands

Students spend Spring Break lending helping hands

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. -- Ten Arkansas Tech students are in the Big Easy this week helping others during an alternative spring break experience.

The students are in New Orleans volunteering with The Phoenix of New Orleans (PNOLA) to help repair homes destroyed during Hurricane Katrina.

This is the second year Arkansas Tech students have worked with PNOLA, and it’s the third year Arkansas Tech students have volunteered rebuilding homes in the Crescent City.

PNOLA is a non-profit organization that provides rebuilding assistance to the people of New Orleans, and so far, the organization has helped more than 70 families return to their homes.

Students participating in the alternative spring break say they’ve assisted with a variety of tasks including painting and carpentry.

The students will return home Friday evening, and while in New Orleans, they will also have the opportunity to tour parts of the city.

Four former faculty members honored with emeritus status

Four former faculty members honored with emeritus status

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – Four retired members of the Arkansas Tech University faculty who gave a combined 118 years of service to the institution received the designation of professor emeritus following action by the Tech Board of Trustees on Thursday.

Dr. Jack R. Hamm, Dr. Joseph L. Moore, Dr. Richard S. Smith and Dr. Thomas P. Tyler were all named professor emeritus, an honorary title that according to the Arkansas Tech Faculty Handbook is “reserved only for those who have given extraordinary and outstanding service to the university over an extended period of years.”

Hamm joined the Arkansas Tech faculty as an assistant professor of mathematics in 1972.

Residents have coffee with the mayor

Residents have coffee with the mayor

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. -- Mayor Bill Eaton hosted his fifth "Coffee with the Mayor" at C & D Drugstore on March 2, 2011.

For an hour and a half, Russellville citizens engaged the Mayor with a variety of topics including Code Enforcement, Animal Control and city organization. These coffee meetings have proven to be a great method for the city's residents to interact directly with the Mayor.

City Aldermen Kevin Freeman and Paul Northcut also attended the gathering. They met with residents and had many conversations about the City.

The next Coffee with the Mayor will be at 10 a.m. on March 16 at C & D Drugstore.

Simmons First welcomes new director to board

Simmons First welcomes new director to board

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Sharon L. Gaber, Ph.D., Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs with the University of Arkansas has been named to the Simmons First National Corporation board of directors.

According to J. Thomas May, chairman and chief executive officer, Gaber became provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Arkansas in 2009.

Comedian hits ATU stage

Comedian hits ATU stage

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. - Seen on various stages across the country, Student Activities Board is welcoming comedian Michelle Buteau to Arkansas Tech.

Buteau will be stirring up laughter Thursday at 8 p.m. in the Doc Bryan Lecture Hall. Students will be able to attend for free with a valid Tech I.D.

Known for a variety of performances, some of Buteau’s accolades include her appearances on Comedy Central’s “Last Comic Standing,” “The Lopez Show,” “Best Week Ever,” and HGTV’s "25 Worst Mistakes."

For more information, search "Comedian Michelle Buteau" on Facebook.

Arkansans hog Olympic Squad

Arkansans hog Olympic Squad

LITTLE ROCK – Half of the 2011 Junior Olympic Shotgun Team is from Arkansas.

Those five also are current or recent members of teams that compete in the Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program, created and managed by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. The announcement came in late January from USA Shooting, the governing body of Olympic shooting events.

“This is a great honor for student athletes involved in the sport of trap shooting, and is the first stage on the road to achieving an Olympic dream,” said Chuck Woodson, AYSSP coordinator.

ATU names new Board Chairman

ATU names new Board Chairman

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – John E. Chambers III of Danville was elected chairman of the Arkansas Tech University Board of Trustees during the first board meeting of the 2011 calendar year on Thursday, Jan. 20.

Chambers is president, chief executive officer and chairman of Chambers Bancshares, Inc. He has served on the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees from 1994-99 and from 2007-present

Chambers is the third generation of his family to serve on the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees. His grandfather, John Ed Chambers, served from 1925-37, 1939-53 and 1955-63.