ATU Homecoming to Welcome Alumni, Friends

Alumni and friends of Arkansas Tech University are invited to participate in a celebration of the institution during Homecoming 2017 on Friday, Oct. 20, and Saturday, Oct. 21.

Listed below is a schedule of ATU Homecoming events for alumni and friends.

For more information, contact the ATU Office of Alumni Relations at (479) 968-0242 or 

Register online for ATU Homecoming 2017.

Learn more about student events during ATU Homecoming 2017.

Friday, Oct. 20

7:45 a.m.-5 p.m.
Barnes & Noble College at Arkansas Tech Bookstore
W.O. Young Building
Purchase your green and gold Tech gear while you are on campus.

8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Norman Hall Art Gallery Exhibition
“Printastic!” by the Arkansas Society of Printmakers

8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Arkansas Tech Museum Open
Celebrate Homecoming by taking in some Arkansas Tech history.

9 a.m.
Homecoming Classic Golf Tournament
Chamberlyne Country Club
$75 per person or $225 per team
$300 for team and hole sponsor
$150 hole sponsor only
$150 for beverage and snack cart sponsor only

Ladies Champagne Bingo Luncheon
Lake Point Conference Center
$15 per person

5:30 p.m.
Hall of Distinction Social Hour (Invitation Only)
Lake Point Conference Center

6:30 p.m.
Hall of Distinction Reunion Dinner (Invitation Only)
Lake Point Conference Center
$25 per guest and Hall of Distinction members are complimentary.

7 p.m.
Black Alumni Chapter Homecoming Stroll Off Competition
ATU Doc Bryan Student Services Center Lecture Hall
$5 Admission; contact for more information.

7:30 p.m.
Greek Alumni Gathering
Old Bank Sports Grill, Russellville Downtown

Saturday, Oct. 21

9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Barnes & Noble College at Arkansas Tech Bookstore
W.O. Young Building
Purchase your green and gold Tech gear while you are on campus.

10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Arkansas Tech Museum
Celebrate Homecoming by taking in some Arkansas Tech history.

10 a.m.-Noon
Alumni Authors Corner
Baswell Techionery, First Floor
Join several Arkansas Tech alumni authors to discuss their works.

10 a.m.-Noon
Delta Zeta Alumnae Reunion and Brunch with Jackie Gardner
Lake Point Conference Center
Delta Zeta alumnae are invited to join the DZ Ladies of the 1980s for brunch.

10 a.m.-Noon
Psi Chi (Psychology Honor Society) Reunion
Dr. Robert Charles Brown and Jill Lestage Brown Hall Lobby, First Floor

10 a.m.-Noon
ROTC Reunion
Tomlinson Hall

11 a.m.
Golden T Society Induction
W.O. Young Building Ballroom
Join the class of 1967 for their induction into the Golden T Society for those celebrating their 50th reunion or later. All members of the society are invited to attend.
$15 per person and 1967 inductees are complimentary.

11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Party at the Plaza
Partake in tailgating and reunion groups outside the football stadium on Centennial Plaza.

12:30 p.m
T-Club All Sports Annual Meeting
Lettermen’s Lounge, Hull Building

1 p.m.
Stadium Bookstore opens

1:30 p.m.
Homecoming Queen Crowning Ceremony
Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field

2 p.m.
Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys Football vs. Northwestern Oklahoma State University
Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field

7:30 p.m.
Alumni and Friends Celebration
Old Bank Sports Grill, Russellville Downtown
$10 cover includes commemorative pint glass and appetizers.
Cash bar will be available.

ATU Alumna to Speak on Entrepreneurship

The Arkansas Tech University Norman Lecture Series will present Jennifer Keaton-Madewell on Thursday, Oct. 5.

Keaton-Madewell will speak on the topic of entrepreneurship from 7-8 p.m. in Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center room 300. Admission will be free and open to the public.

A 1997 graduate of Arkansas Tech with a Bachelor of Science degree in hospitality administration, Keaton-Madewell founded KFB Events in 2009. Her company offers full-service catering, rental, floral and event planning.

The Norman Lecture Series is made possible through the generosity of the children of Arkansas Tech alumni Sandra and Robert Norman of Tulsa, Okla.

Read New-Look Tech Action Magazine Online

The next evolution of the Tech Action magazine is now available for members of the Arkansas Tech University community to read online.

Now in its 53rd year as the official publication of the Arkansas Tech Alumni Association, Tech Action has been re-designed through a collaboration by the ATU Division of Advancement and ATU University Marketing and Communication (MARCOMM).

The first issue with the new look includes a cover story about the vision for the future of Arkansas Tech and feature stories about ATU alumni, students and faculty.

Additional items include results of a survey of Tech alumni and class notes.

Read the latest issue of Tech Action online.

Alumni and friends of Arkansas Tech who do not receive the printed version Tech Action via traditional mail and wish to do so may call (479) 968-0242 or send e-mail to to update their mailing address.

Learn more about the Arkansas Tech Alumni Association.

Begin Your Path to Tradition Keeper Status

Arkansas Tech University students can demonstrate their affection for their university by participating in a program offered through the ATU Student Alumni Association.

The Tradition Keeper program recognizes students who demonstrate extraordinary campus involvement while completing their degrees at Arkansas Tech.

Tradition Keeper activities include having a photo made with campus ambassador Jerry the Bulldog, attending athletics events, participating in a campus blood drive, attending a career fair and many others.

Documentation of each tradition upheld is made through the “Arkansas Tech Traditions” app, which is available for download at the App Store and Google Play.

Students who attain Tradition Keeper status by completing 36 Tech traditions wear special green cords at commencement ceremonies and earn the distinction of Tradition Keeper on their official Arkansas Tech transcripts.

Learn more about the ATU Tradition Keeper program.

George Wins State Star Award for Arkansas

Nathan George of Dardanelle was honored as the 2017 State Star for Arkansas during the 37th annual conference of America’s Small Business Development Centers in Nashville, Tenn.

George is the center director for the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center (ASBTDC) regional office at Arkansas Tech University.

A State Star is chosen from each state, regional or territorial SBDC program. George and the other State Stars were recognized at a reception at the Grand Ole Opry.

George received the State Star designation for contributing significantly to the ASBTDC program, being an exemplary performer and showing a strong commitment to Arkansas small businesses and entrepreneurs.

He is a 1976 graduate of Tech and has led the ATU center since 2012.

With approximately 1,000 centers across the nation, America’s Small Business Development Center network is a partnership uniting private enterprise, government, higher education and local non-profit economic development organizations. It is the U.S. Small Business Administration’s largest partnership program, providing management and technical assistance to help Americans start, run and grow their own businesses.

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center program is a partnership of the U.S. Small Business Administration, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and other institutions of higher education. ASBTDC assists new, existing and expanding small businesses and innovation-based ventures through a statewide network of seven offices.

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