Archives for March 2017

Tech’s Got Talent Finalists Announced

Six finalists have been selected in the 2017 Tech’s Got Talent competition.

Each of the six acts will perform at Witherspoon Auditorium beginning at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 30. Comedian Jessi Campbell will host the event.

The finalists are:

  • ATU Dance Company (Alexandreia Nelson, Ambriyah McFadden, Kaylon Hodges, Diana Ramirez, Khaliah Keith and Jay Anderson; hip hop dance)
  • McDonald’s All Day Breakfast Club (Emily Thompson, Rob Warner and Heather Caplett; band)
  • Riley Robinson (lyrical dance)
  • Tori and Lexi Morris (singing duet)
  • Katie McHale (clogging)
  • HITZ (Michelle Montoya, LeAnthony Moses “RayRay” and Dywon Wilson; hip hop dance)

Admission to the Tech’s Got Talent finals will be free with a valid Arkansas Tech identification card.

Parash Rajbhansi and Sabina Tamang (photographed) won the 2016 Tech’s Got Talent competition with a performance of a traditional Nepalese dance.

Tech’s Got Talent is presented by Student Activities Board and the ATU Office of Campus Life.

Voting for SGA Staff Quality Service Award Ends Friday

The Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus Student Government Association is encouraging all Arkansas Tech-Ozark students to help select the 2017 recipient of the SGA Staff Quality Service Award.

The award recognizes the professional achievements of staff for quality service to the many constituents of the campus.

To qualify, staff members have to be employed for two years as of December 2016.

Any past recipients of this award or members affiliated with SGA are not eligible.

The award should go to a staff member who:

 Motivates and engages students
 Promotes the school’s mission:
Arkansas Tech University is dedicated to student success, access, and excellence as a responsive campus community providing opportunities for progressive intellectual development and civic engagement. Embracing and expanding upon its technological traditions, Tech inspires and empowers members of the community to achieve their goals while striving for the betterment of Arkansas, the nation, and the world.
 Is respectful of students, as well as other staff members
 Plays an active role in participating in school activities
 Provides a leadership role on campus
 Actively works as a professional team member of their department

Past award winners include Career Support Services Facilitator-CPI Grant Julie Schmalz, Student Services Administrative Specialist Debbie Edgin, Maintenance Assistant Tracy Chapman and Coordinator of Student Success Center Mike Bogue.

To vote, students simply select one staff member by taking this survey.

The poll takes approximately one minute to complete. Voting ends on Friday, March 31, at 4 p.m.

ATU Alumna Earns National Education Award

Arkansas Tech University alumna Dr. Karen Endel received the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Vision in Action award during the organization’s 2017 national conference March 22-24 in Anaheim, Calif.

Endel serves as principal at Butterfield Trail Middle School in Van Buren. She and the leadership team at Butterfield Trail received the award in recognition of her implementation of a distributive leadership model and her school’s focus on the whole child.

A graduate of the Educational Specialist degree program through the ATU Center for Leadership and Learning, Endel taught on the Arkansas Tech graduate faculty for three years before returning to work in the public schools. She also holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree and a Master of Education degree in teaching, learning and leadership from ATU.

Endel’s husband, Rick, and their daughters, Kimberly and Kathryn, are also Tech alumni.

Photographed: Dr. Karen Endel (middle left), principal at Butterfield Trail Middle School in Van Buren, stands with her colleagues following the announcement of the 2017 ASCD Vision in Action award.

Orientation Leaders for Fall 2017 Selected

The Arkansas Tech University Office of Campus Life has selected 133 students to serve in the role of Go Bold new student orientation leader at the beginning of the fall 2017 semester.

According to information on the ATU Office of Campus Life website, Go Bold new student orientation is a series of programs “designed to help (incoming students) transition into Arkansas Tech University and outline the university’s academic, social, and developmental expectations and available resources and opportunities.”

The orientation leaders are current students trained to assist new students during that process.

New student orientation on the Russellville campus of Arkansas Tech for the fall 2017 semester is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 21, and Tuesday, Aug. 22.

The Go Bold new student orientation leaders for fall 2017 are:

Abby Lawson
Abi Sasore
Addison Graham
AJ Herron
Alexa Carrington
Alicia DeAguero
Allan Gamill
Allison Holloway
Andrew Lee
Ashley Welsh
Ashlyn Foote
Austin White
Autumn Hurley
Bailey Fowler
Bailey Greenwood
Betsaeli Garcia
Blair Miller
Blake Hurley
Bri Robinson
Brianna Davis
Brock Simons
Brooke Whatley
Bryan Cook
Carly Copeland
Carrie Saunders
Christian Rosenbaum
Claudia Rice
Cody Underhill
Collin Moore
Cristina Suaste
Dani Elias
Daniel Nehus
Daniel Rivera
Demi Kelley
Destiney Carroccio
Garett Phillips
Garrett Johnson
Gavin Dundee
Glen Poole
Graycen Perkins
Hanna Raines
Hannah Shellito
Hannah Simmons
Hannah Spandle
Harley Mittelstedt
Hartley Smyth
Heather Catlett
Hermes Aldana
Hunter Barksdale
Hunter Cowell
J.L. Jones
Jacob Blockburger
Jayson Simmons
Jessica Caballero
Jessica Lyons
Joellen Dettra
Josye Smith
Justice Pryor
Kaelyn Greer
Kaitlyn Tran
KaLynn Peterson
Katherine Welch
Katie Hardy
Katie Jones
Kaylee Lawrence
Khalil Oumimoun
Kim Huff
Kirsten Reid
Konnor Holland
Kyle Coffman
Kyle Howley
Kyle Pierce
Kyle Russell
Lakyn Kidd
Landon Braden
Landon Brown
Lantwan Traylor
Lauren Steele
Lexi Medlin
Leyton Cabe
Lindsey Miller
Logan Thomas
Lydia Gates
Madison Craig
Madison Vigil
Maggie Hand
Makayla King
Makenzie Martin
Malia Hernandez
Maria Marasco
Matthew Smith
Megan Bryant
Megan Tucker
Melissa Carmack
Mikah Short
Molly Revoir
Morgan Davis
Morgan Lunsford
Naomi Rheingans
Natalie Mayernick
Nicholas Blackard
Nick Canale
Noah Stephens
Olivia Karnes
Queresten Jones
Rashelle Smith
Rebekah Cole
Reid Wheeler
Sam Robinson
Savannah Boster
Seth McCammon
Shelayna Shelton
Shelby Benefield
Shelby Fitts
Sidney Burgess
Sierra Pisciotta
Sisi Meskill
Skylar Fowler
Stacy Guzman
Sydney Blackwell
Sydney Stone
Taylor Finley
Tina King
Trey Starks
Tyler Haywood
Vandella Suico
Victoria Rollins
Victoria Underhill
Will Anderson
Will Welch
Wyatt Mosher
Yessica Resendiz
Zachary Paquet

Learn more about Go Bold new student orientation.

Mosaic Scholarship Benefit Set for April 28

Arkansas Tech University will host its third annual scholarship benefit dinner on Friday, April 28, at John E. Tucker Coliseum in Russellville.

The theme for the 2017 event, “Mosaic,” reflects the variety of ATU students that will be in attendance to share their academic and artistic endeavors through a collection of presentations and performances.

A reception will begin at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets for the business attire occasion are $100 per person.

Seating will be limited. Valet parking will be available.

The deadline to RSVP is Friday, April 14. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Individuals may RSVP online at, by calling (479) 968-0400 or by visiting the Division of Advancement office in the ATU Administration Building.

Honorary co-hosts for the 2017 ATU scholarship benefit include Lori and Rob Callahan of Sherwood, Kerrie and Bruce Carothers of Russellville, Lorie and Bill Clary of Conway, Laura and Michael Keener of Fort Smith, Jennifer and Matt McCoy of Russellville, Judy Murphy of Russellville and Twana and Danny Troutt of Harrison.