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Arkansas Tech to host engineering camp for junior high students July 7-11

Arkansas Tech to host engineering camp for junior high students July 7-11

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (ATU)--The Arkansas Tech University College of Applied Sciences will host an engineering camp this summer for students entering eighth or ninth grade.

The camp will last from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. daily from July 7-11 at Corley Hall, which is located at 1811 North Boulder Ave. on the main campus of Arkansas Tech in Russellville. Enrollment is limited to 25 participants. Applicants should have strong computer skills and have an interest in a technical career that could include engineering.

“Participants will experience hands-on learning through various laboratory activities,” said Dr. Daniel Bullock, associate professor of electrical engineering. “Since the camp is run by current faculty, campers will have the opportunity to discuss academic plans and career paths. In addition, participants will interact with current engineering students to get information on how to plan for and navigate through their undergraduate career.”

My Town Hero: Mom's love leads to special needs calling

My Town Hero: Mom's love leads to special needs calling

PANGBURN, Ark. (KTHV) – Carol Yarrington is a woman with ambition! She has spent the past seven years getting her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in special education all so she can be a voice for children with special needs.

Yarrington felt the calling to be someone that special needs children could rely on after she witnessed her own son, who has autism, go through school. As the years went by, she noticed that some special education teachers didn’t seem to care or did not have the appropriate training. Even if it was just in one child’s life, she was determined to make a difference.

As parents, we all have that desire to get our kids the best education possible. For parents of children with special needs, that desire can turn to frustration. Yarrington is making a difference in the lives of her students every day, but it's the journey that led her to them, that makes her extra special. She teaches students with special needs at Heber Springs Elementary.

Spring commencement May 9-10 at Arkansas Tech

Spring commencement May 9-10 at Arkansas Tech

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (ATU)--Arkansas Tech University will celebrate its Class of 2014 with four graduation ceremonies May 9-10 at John E. Tucker Coliseum in Russellville.

Arkansas Tech will host a commencement ceremony for its Graduate College at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 9.

Graduates from the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of Business and the College of Education will walk in a 10 a.m. ceremony on Saturday, May 10.

The 2 p.m. May 10 commencement will feature graduates from the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the College of Natural and Health Sciences, the College of Professional Studies and Community Outreach and those earning an associate degree.

The final commencement ceremony of the weekend will be for students from Arkansas Tech-Ozark Campus. Their graduation will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 10.

Arkansas lotto eyes advertising with universities

Arkansas lotto eyes advertising with universities

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A committee of the Arkansas Lottery Commission is discussing the prospect of advertising with universities in the state.

Lottery Director Bishop Woosley said Wednesday that it would be a natural fit because proceeds from the lottery fund college scholarships.

The agency surveyed other state lotteries and found that it's common for lotteries with ties to education to market through universities.

For instance, Woosley says the lottery could sell instant tickets with an Arkansas Razorbacks theme and have in-game ads that promote how much lottery money goes toward scholarships.

The idea is one of several Woosley is proposing to increase revenue.

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Trustees to host retirement reception for Dr. Robert C. Brown

Trustees to host retirement reception for Dr. Robert C. Brown

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (ATU)--Dr. Robert C. Brown, the 11th president of Arkansas Tech University, and his wife, Jill Brown, will be honored during a retirement reception hosted by the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees on Thursday, April 17.

The reception will take place from 4-6 p.m. in Baswell Techionery, located at 306 West O Street on the Arkansas Tech campus in Russellville. The public is invited.

Brown announced on Aug. 23, 2013, that the current academic year would be his last as active president of the university.

President at Arkansas Tech since July 1, 1993, Brown has the longest tenure at his present institution among all four-year college and university presidents and chancellors in Arkansas. He is the second-longest serving president in Arkansas Tech history. Only Joseph W. Hull, president at Tech from 1932-67, held the office for a longer period of time.

College of Business develops Arkansas Tech Business Index

College of Business develops Arkansas Tech Business Index

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (Tech)--Organizations and individuals interested in tracking economic trends in the State of Arkansas have a new resource courtesy of the Arkansas Tech University College of Business.

The Arkansas Tech Business Index (ATBI) is a comprehensive measure that will provide a snapshot of economic activity around the Natural State. The ATBI encompasses a labor index, housing market index, construction index and retail sales index.

The April 2014 release of the ATBI, which is available at www.atu.edu/atbi, includes monthly data from 2009-2013 for 16 municipalities across Arkansas. The website provides interested parties access to the data used to develop the ATBI. The index will be updated on a monthly basis and analysis will be provided each quarter.  

Contract Awarded for $11.6 Million Facility at Arkansas Tech

Contract Awarded for $11.6 Million Facility at Arkansas Tech

The Arkansas Tech University Board of Trustees awarded a contract in the amount of $11.6 million to CDI Contractors of Little Rock for the construction of a new academic, student support and administrative facility on the Russellville campus during a meeting at the Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center on Thursday, March 20.

The new academic, student support and administrative facility will be located on the parcel of land previously occupied by Bryan Hall, which was demolished in 2013.