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Arkansas Tech faculty member donates $67,000 for scholarships

Arkansas Tech faculty member donates $67,000 for scholarships

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (Arkansas Tech University) - Dr. Mildred Diane Gleason, associate professor of history at Arkansas Tech University, has made a $67,000 gift to the Arkansas Tech Foundation that will allow the institution to provide scholarship assistance for qualified individuals of Mexican descent.

            The gift made by Gleason fulfills the final requirement of a $33,000 grant that Arkansas Tech received from the Consulate of Mexico in Little Rock in November of 2014. The university was required to obtain a matching gift of at least $66,000 in order to receive the grant funding.

            “I believe in the mission of public universities to educate all qualified students,” said Gleason, an alumna of Arkansas Tech and member of the faculty there since 2009. “I am thrilled to assist in this effort at Arkansas Tech University.”

Arkansas Tech to host MLK Jr. events

Arkansas Tech to host MLK Jr. events

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - Arkansas Tech University in Russellville are taking part in the nationwide celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Jan. 19 through the 21. 

The university will host a series of events collectively known as "Giving Voice: Building Bridges and Breaking Barriers."

On Monday, Jan. 19 the celebration will begin with a community service at 9 a.m. at the Hindsman Tower. At 2 p.m. there will be a campus march starting in front of the Doc Bryan Student Services Center.

At 9 p.m. Tuesday, there will be an open mic night in Baswell Techionery.

On Jan. 21, a gallery walk will be held from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. in the Young Ballroom. 

The university's African-American Association (AASA), Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, Spectrum and Student Government association as well as the Arkansas Tech Office of Residence Life and the Arkansas Tech Division of Student Services will all be sponsoring the event.

Arkansas Tech Agriculture Students Living, Learning Together

Arkansas Tech Agriculture Students Living, Learning Together

The fall 2014 semester is only half complete, and Arkansas Tech University student Lindsey Triplett is already sold on a new social and academic experiment unfolding in Hughes Residence Hall.

Triplett, a sophomore agriculture business major from Damascus, is among 45 students from the Arkansas Tech Department of Agriculture living in Hughes Hall as part of the university’s first modern living and learning community (LLC).

“The idea of living and interacting with the people I am closest to was appealing to me,” said Triplett. “It’s one thing seeing people in class. It’s another to live with them. I feel like it’s helped us grow as a department in terms of study groups and different activities we get to do together because we have similar interests.

My Town Hero: New program helps students transition into high school with mentor system

My Town Hero: New program helps students transition into high school with mentor system

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - The transition to high school can be an exciting time for some, but for others, it can be intimidating.
 
"There's a lot of kids, and the hallways are really crowded, so it was scary to me,” explained Tavonia Smith.

“It was a big change,” added Mondraul Jernigan. “At first I really didn't think it was going to be as hard as it was.”

Emma takes victory lap on Emma Day

Emma takes victory lap on Emma Day

QUITMAN, Ark. (KTHV) – If you entered the Quitman High School gym on Friday, you would have seen a winter wonderland. A carpet of snow blanketed the gym floor, a machine pumped snow into the air, and one very popular song from the movie “Frozen” belted through the speakers as students and faculty gathered together to celebrate Emma Day.

What is Emma Day? It’s a very special celebration of one tough little girl who is battling stage-four osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. The Panama, Okla., native has been receiving treatments at UAMS right here in Little Rock and happened to meet one of Quitman’s teachers—Theresa Hawks—who was undergoing her own therapy for cervical cancer.

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Most Arkansas colleges, universities enroll slightly lower numbers

Most Arkansas colleges, universities enroll slightly lower numbers

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (ADHE) – The number of students enrolled in higher education on the 11th day of classes in Arkansas is down one percent overall as compared to last fall, said officials with the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) Thursday, with a total of 168,816 at both public and private schools.

“Final enrollment numbers won’t be available until after the semester ends,” said Shane Broadway, director of ADHE, “but we don’t expect big changes based on what we’ve been seeing the last couple years.

“Numbers are trending to what they were before the recession when many Arkansans lost their jobs,” Broadway continued, “and began looking for more opportunities by way of a higher education.”

The four-year universities saw an average increase in enrollment of 0.3 percent, while the two-year colleges saw a decrease in enrollment of 4.7 percent. Total public institution enrollment decreased by 1.5 percent.

Arkansas Tech becomes third largest University in State

Arkansas Tech becomes third largest University in State

Arkansas Tech University reported a preliminary 11th day enrollment of 12,003 students for the fall 2014 semester on Friday.

Enrollment at Arkansas Tech has increased 5.6 percent over fall 2013.

With the increase, Arkansas Tech has surpassed the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the University of Central Arkansas to become the third-largest institution of higher learning in the Natural State.

Only the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and Arkansas State University have larger enrollments among Arkansas colleges and universities.