Archives for July 2015

Tech Recognized as State Leader in STEM

Data released by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education on Friday, July 31, indicates that Arkansas Tech University is the statewide leader in attracting incoming students from Arkansas who wish to major in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

The ADHE data shows that over the past five years, 1,541 first-time entering students at Arkansas Tech who were natives of Arkansas chose to major in one of the STEM fields.

That figure represents 20.3 percent of all STEM students at Arkansas colleges and universities from the State of Arkansas since 2010, and it ranks Arkansas Tech ahead of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville (1,239 students), Arkansas State University (1,213 students), the University of Central Arkansas (1,055 students) and the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith (660 students) in attracting Arkansans to study in the STEM fields over the past five years.

“Producing high-caliber graduates in the STEM fields will play a major role in the growth and development of the Arkansas economy,” said Dr. Robin E. Bowen, Arkansas Tech president. “Students choose to study STEM at Arkansas Tech because of the excellence of our faculty, our modern facilities and our commitment to student success. It is our strength in those fundamentals that has allowed Arkansas Tech to take on this leadership position for STEM education and economic development in Arkansas.”

ADHE data shows that Arkansas is making strides in its effort to increase the number of students pursuing the STEM fields in higher education. The number of STEM majors from Arkansas at the state’s colleges and universities increased by 24 percent from fall 2010 to fall 2014, going from 1,613 students in 2010 to 2,001 students in fall 2014.

The information was released as part of the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board regular quarterly meeting, which took place on Friday at the ADHE offices in Little Rock.

Triplett Presents Findings in Little Rock

Arkansas Tech University student Lindsey Triplett recently presented the efforts of her summer internship to a focus group in Little Rock.

Triplett, a junior from Damascus, is studying agriculture business and public relations.

She is interning with Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation in the public relations department this summer.

“Each summer the interns work on developing an educational book about agriculture for consumers,” said Triplett. “We focused this year’s book on consumers who do not know much about agriculture.”

The goal was to provide more information about food safety in an effort to help consumers make wise choices regarding food.

“The book takes common labels that we see on food and dives into the facts about these labels,” said Triplett. “It speaks on the safety of these and explains any health, nutritional or cost differences.”

One aspect of the project was sharing the findings with the audience the interns hope to empower.

“We had the opportunity to present our information to a focus group of adults who did not have a background in agriculture and did not know much about Farm Bureau. We had really great feedback and a lot of them were surprised to learn about their food supply and the differences and similarities between how food is raised,” said Triplett. “That was a really great experience because I got to see how this type of project can directly benefit consumers. It was very rewarding.”

Arkansas Tech University wants to feature students who are interning this summer on ArkansasTechNews.com.

To nominate a student to be featured, complete the submission form.

Be sure to log back on ArkansasTechNews.com for more on those students who are interning.

 

Tech to Commemorate ADA Anniversary

Arkansas Tech University will host a ceremony celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act on Wednesday, Aug. 5.

The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. in front of the Doc Bryan Student Services Center. A reception will follow in the Doc Bryan Rotunda. The public is invited to attend.

For more information, contact the Arkansas Tech Office of Disability Services at (479) 968-0302.

Tax-Free Weekend Savings Available

Arkansas Tech University students may take advantage of the statewide sales tax-free weekend by shopping for books and other school supplies Aug. 1-2.

The Arkansas Tech Bookstore, located in the W.O. Young Building at 209 West O Street in Russellville, will be open Saturday, Aug. 1, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 2, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Textbook rentals and purchases will be discounted an additional nine percent for a total savings of 18%.

Additional items on sale will include Tech apparel, backpacks and school supplies.

Students may shop online at www.atu.edu/bookstore from 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1, through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 2, with all of the same discounts as in-store.

Students wishing to use financial aid to purchase textbooks and supplies should contact the bookstore for more information.

Textbook Brokers, located at 1400 North Arkansas Avenue in Russellville, will be open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1, and Sunday, Aug. 2. Its specials include an additional nine percent savings on textbooks.

Commencement Set for Saturday, August 8

Arkansas Tech University will recognize students during summer commencement exercises Saturday, August 8, at the John E. Tucker Coliseum in Russellville.

The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. and will honor students who have completed their graduation requirements during the two summer terms at Arkansas Tech.

Students from the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Natural and Health Sciences, the Graduate College, the College of eTech and those earning an associate’s degree will take part in the ceremony.

Before the ceremony, members of the Arkansas Tech staff will visit with graduates to give them the opportunity to record a video thanking those individuals who have helped them succeed.

Those wishing to post on social media about graduation are encouraged to use the hashtag #atugrad.

Be sure to log back on ArkansasTechNews.com following commencement to see video and photos.

Visit the Office of the Registrar’s website to learn more about commencement.