Archives for June 2015

Night at the Movies Set for July 7

Arkansas Tech University students enrolled in summer classes are eligible for one of 40 free tickets to watch a movie at Russellville UEC Theatres on Tuesday, July 7.

Twenty tickets for the 9:45 p.m. showing of “Jurassic World” and twenty tickets for the 9:30 p.m. showing of “Inside Out” will be available for pick up by summer students with valid Arkansas Tech identification cards beginning on Monday, July 6.

The tickets may be picked up from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Office of Student Services, which is located in Doc Bryan Student Services Center suite 233. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. An eligible student must be present with his or her valid Arkansas Tech identification card in order to pick up a ticket.

Russellville UEC Theatres are located at 3800 West Main Street.

Help Area Kids Fight Summer Hunger

The Arkansas Tech University chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International honor society of nurses is conducting a food drive to combat summer hunger among area children.

According to U.S. hunger relief charity Feeding America, one in four children live in poverty and receive nutrition assistance through school programs. That often creates a hunger gap for children in need during the summer months.

Those wishing to help Pope County children during summer 2015 may bring non-perishable food items to Dean Hall room 224-D weekdays from July 1-Aug. 7.

Suggested items include peanut butter, cereal, tuna, ravioli, toaster pastries, fruit cups, breakfast bars, apple sauce and boxed fruit.

For more information, send e-mail to Susan Self, assistant professor of nursing, at sself3@atu.edu.

ATBI Releases April 2015 Data

Conway made the biggest move forward on the Arkansas Tech Business Index following the compilation of data for the month of April 2015.

The ATBI rating for Conway increased 1.73 points to 105.42, placing it just below front-runner Fort Smith and its rating of 105.96.

The Arkansas Tech Business Index is a project created by the Arkansas Tech University College of Business and sponsored by Arvest Bank. It is a comprehensive measure that provides a snapshot of economic activity around the Natural State. It encompasses a labor index, housing market index, construction index and retail sales index.

The index is based around 100. A city rating above 100 indicates that the city is currently doing better than the state average from 2009 to the present.

The numbers for April 2015 mark the 12th time in the last 16 months that Fort Smith has led the ATBI, but its position atop the index was challenged because of a boom in new home construction in Conway.

“Construction permits increased from a reading of 97 in March to almost 115 in April for Conway,” said Dr. Marc Fusaro, associate professor of economics at Arkansas Tech and developer of the Arkansas Tech Business Index. “This was on the strength of residential construction permits of about $10 million. Commercial construction permits were also pretty high at $4.5 million.”

Fayetteville (3rd, 105.25), Springdale (4th, 103.99), Bentonville (5th, 103.54), Hot Springs (6th, 101.54) and Jonesboro (7th, 100.53) also have an ATBI rating greater than 100 for April 2015.

Rogers (8th, 99.65), Mountain Home (9th, 99.40), Van Buren (10th, 99.39), Russellville (11th, 99.02), Searcy (12th, 98.12), Texarkana (13th, 96.35), El Dorado (14th, 95.76), West Memphis (15th, 95.64), North Little Rock (16th, 95.37), Little Rock (17th, 94.74) and Pine Bluff (18th, 93.03) complete the April 2015 ATBI.

Visit www.atu.edu/atbi to access the data used to develop the ATBI.

Jerry’s Turning Two, And You’re Invited

Members of the Arkansas Tech University community and their families as well as alumni and friends are invited to attend a come-and-go birthday reception for Jerry the Bulldog, campus ambassador, on Friday, July 17.

The reception will take place from 3-4 p.m. in Doc Bryan Student Services Center room 242.

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 first modern Jerry, whose full name is Jerry Charles Young I, was born on July 17, 2013. He is an English bulldog. He was introduced during a Homecoming Saturday ceremony in front of Williamson Hall on Oct. 26, 2013, which was the 103rd anniversary of the first day of classes at Arkansas Tech.

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

He was owned by William O. Young, who oversaw the business affairs of Arkansas Tech as secretary and bursar from 1917-42 and acted as interim president of the college from 1923-25; and his son, Robert A. Young Sr., who grew up to serve as purchasing agent, business manager, vice president for business affairs and vice president for administration and finance at Arkansas Tech from 1941-84 as well as interim president in 1972. Robert A. Young Jr. has continued his family’s Tech tradition by serving as president of the Arkansas Tech Foundation and as a loyal supporter of Tech athletics.

The original Jerry spent much of his time on campus at the armory (now known as the Stroupe Building) with National Guard Battery F. The students and guardsmen there adopted Jerry as one of their own.

An article from the Feb. 26, 1936, issue of the Arka Tech student newspaper stated that Jerry was “always present at anything of importance at the armory,” which was a social center of campus at that time and the site of Arkansas Tech home basketball games.

When the original Jerry passed away in late 1937, the headline in the Arka Tech proclaimed “Campus Loses Mascot in Passing of Jerry.”

Today, Jerry attends a variety of campus events and alumni gatherings as well as Wonder Boys and Golden Suns athletic competitions. In keeping with the original Jerry’s connection to the armed services, Jerry is escorted to many of his official functions by students from the Arkansas Tech U.S. Army ROTC program.

Visit www.atu.edu/jerry to learn more about Jerry the Bulldog.

Senator Cotton Visits Arkansas Tech

U.S. Senator Tom Cotton visited the Arkansas Tech University campus in Russellville on Monday, June 29.

The Yell County native and junior senator from Arkansas met with Arkansas Tech President Dr. Robin E. Bowen and members of the Arkansas Tech executive committee. He also took a tour of campus.

“I wanted to come out and visit a place that’s played a big role in my life,” said Cotton. “I used to come here and play in the Christmas basketball tournament when I was a Dardanelle Sand Lizard. Over the last 15 years, Arkansas Tech has had incredible growth. It’s been a great driver of economic opportunity in Russellville and the broader river valley. I wanted to talk to Dr. Bowen and some of the other leaders here about the source of that growth.”

Cotton, 38, is a graduate of Harvard Law School and a U.S. Army veteran. He served tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Cotton was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012 and the U.S. Senate in 2014.

“As I and so many other senators from states like Arkansas look at higher education, and really education as a whole, we see that a one-size policy from Washington does not really fit all,” said Cotton. “In our rural state, we have unique needs. Even within our state, a university like Arkansas Tech serves a particular need and educates students for particular kinds of work. A school like the University of Arkansas at Monticello, for instance, is going to have a much larger forestry program because of the nature of their local economy. We need to give our schools the kind of flexibility they need to teach the kinds of students they are going to get for their local communities and their local economies.”