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Arkansas Tech Freshmen move in Saturday

Arkansas Tech Freshmen move in Saturday

The life-changing experience of a college education begins this weekend for Arkansas Tech University freshmen.

The Arkansas Tech Office of Residence Life will host move-in day on Saturday, Aug. 23, for the members of the freshman class who will live in campus housing. 

The first wave of freshmen will begin moving in at 7 a.m. Saturday, followed by the remainder of the on-campus freshmen at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

After a series of activities designed to introduce on-campus freshmen to their residence halls, their campus and each other this weekend, their off-campus counterparts will join them on Monday, Aug. 25, and formal freshman orientation will begin.

Classes for the fall 2014 semester will begin on Wednesday, Aug. 27.  

Tabor becomes first business data analytics graduate at Tech

Tabor becomes first business data analytics graduate at Tech

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (ATU)--Alex Tabor of North Little Rock helped the business data analytics degree program in the Arkansas Tech University College of Business reach a milestone during summer 2014 commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Aug. 9.

Tabor became the first Arkansas Tech student to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in business data analytics.

Among those present to congratulate Tabor on his achievement was Terry Rothwell. She is an Arkansas Tech alumna, a member of the Arkansas Tech Hall of Distinction and the founder and chief executive officer of Celerit, an information technology and technical consulting firm based in Little Rock.

Tabor served an internship with Celerit as part of his academic preparation.

Arkansas Tech launched its business data analytics program during the 2012-13 school year. It is the first baccalaureate degree program in Arkansas that approaches data analytics from a business perspective.

Westbrook to serve as interim director of bands at Arkansas Tech

Westbrook to serve as interim director of bands at Arkansas Tech

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (ATU)--Michael Westbrook has been selected to serve as interim director of bands at Arkansas Tech University during the 2014-15 academic year.

A 1980 graduate of Arkansas Tech with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education, Westbrook is retired from a 34-year career directing bands and teaching music for public schools in Arkansas and Oklahoma.

Westbrook, who studied music at Arkansas Tech under Gene Witherspoon and Hal Cooper, began his career in the school districts at Conway (1980-83), Fort Smith (1983-85) and Van Buren (1985-91).

He moved to Oklahoma and served as director of bands at Stillwater High School from 1991-2004 and Westmoore High School in Oklahoma City from 2004 until his retirement in 2014. Along the way, Westbrook earned a master’s degree in conducting pedagogy and performance from Oklahoma State University.

FLW College Fishing Southern Conference event set for Lake Dardanelle

FLW College Fishing Southern Conference event set for Lake Dardanelle

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (FLWCF) – FLW College Fishing is headed to Lake Dardanelle July 26 for the final regular-season stop in the Southern Conference. Up to 50 college teams will be competing for a top award of $2,000 and a berth in the Southern Conference Invitational tournament.

“We’ve had quite a bit of rain lately so there will definitely be a shallow and a deep bite,” said 3M ScotchBlue Tape pro Ray Scheide of Dover, Ark., a six-time Forrest Wood Cup qualifier. “The lake is fishing as good or better than it ever has and it is really in good shape.”

Scheide said that college anglers would be able to find fish shallow around milfoil as well as around the lake’s offshore ledges.

Birthday Boy: Arkansas Tech Campus Ambassador Turning One

Birthday Boy: Arkansas Tech Campus Ambassador Turning One

Arkansas Tech University will host a reception marking the first birthday of its campus ambassador, Jerry the Bulldog, at the Doc Bryan Student Services Center on Thursday, July 17.

The event will last from 3-4:30 p.m. in Doc Bryan room 242. All Arkansas Tech students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends and their families are invited to attend.

Guests are asked to not bring gifts, but those who wish to do so may make a contribution to the Jerry Fund through the Arkansas Tech Foundation for the future development of the campus ambassador program.

The Arkansas Tech Student Government Association restored a tradition that had been lost for 76 years on Oct. 23, 2013, when it cast a unanimous vote to install Jerry as campus ambassador.

The original Jerry was a daily part of life at Arkansas Tech in the mid-1930s.

Changes to School Immunization Requirements Effective 2014-15 School Year

Changes to School Immunization Requirements Effective 2014-15 School Year

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (ADH) – Children who will be 11 years of age or older on or before September 1 of each school year will be required to receive a Tdap shot in order to attend public or private school in Arkansas. This new requirement is anticipated to be effective September 1, 2014. Previously a Tdap shot was required for students entering Grade 7. Only one Tdap is required, so children who have already received the shot will not need another. Students who will be 11 years old on or before September 1 will have until October 1 to meet this new shot requirement.

Brown participates in final board meeting as president

Brown participates in final board meeting as president

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (ATU)--Arkansas Tech University marked a milestone on Thursday when Dr. Robert C. Brown attended the final Board of Trustees meeting of his 21-year presidency.

Brown will retire from the presidency on June 30, 2014, as the second-longest serving president in Arkansas Tech history. He took office on July 1, 1993.

Only J.W. Hull, who served as Arkansas Tech president from 1932-67, has held the office for a longer period of time.

As determined by the Board of Trustees during its March 2014 meeting, Brown will assume the titles of president emeritus and distinguished professor of economics at Arkansas Tech on July 1, 2014. Hull and Brown are the only individuals in Arkansas Tech history to receive the title of president emeritus.

Dr. Robin E. Bowen was unanimously elected by the Board of Trustees as the 12th president of Arkansas Tech on April 22, 2014. She will take office on July 1, 2014.