Tech Packs 40,000 Meals for Those in Need

Arkansas Tech University reached its goal of providing 40,000 meals for people who are food insecure in the Arkansas River Valley during a community service event on Monday, Jan. 16.

The event was part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day commemoration on the Arkansas Tech campus in Russellville. More than 425 volunteers from the Tech community met at W.O. Young Building Ballroom to assemble the meals in an effort coordinated with The Pack Shack, a non-profit organization headquartered in Rogers and co-founded by Arkansas Tech alumnus Jarod Ring.

The meals have been shared with local service organizations for distribution to individuals and families who lack reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.

This marked the second consecutive year in which Arkansas Tech and The Pack Shack have partnered for a community service event. In two years, the Tech community has provided more than 77,000 meals to its neighbors in need through The Pack Shack.

MLK Jr. Day of Rembrance & Service | 1/16/17

MLK Jr. Day at Arkansas Tech University

Arkansas Tech University is closed on Monday, Jan. 16, in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

There will be a campus-wide march and community service project beginning at 5 p.m. Monday.

The event will with a march from Hindsman Tower to the W.O. Young Building. At the conclusion of the march, volunteers will gather in the Young Ballroom to participate in the second annual The Pack Shack event at Arkansas Tech.

According to its website, The Pack Shack is a non-profit organization headquartered in Rogers that seeks to “supply provisions and opportunities for our neighbors in need.” The organization was co-founded by Arkansas Tech alumnus Jarod Ring.

The inaugural Pack Shack event at Arkansas Tech in 2016 packed 37,152 meals to assist individuals and families facing food insecurity. The goal for the 2017 event is to pack 40,000 meals, all of which will be distributed to those in need through service organizations in Russellville.

Students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the university are invited to volunteer at the food packing event. All necessary supplies will be provided to volunteers.

Members of the Arkansas Tech community are invited to two additional events in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy.

There will be a gallery walk from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18, in the Chambers Cafeteria tabling area. The gallery will include artistic pieces that reflect the civil rights movement.

In addition, the monthly Tech Talks open forum will take place from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19, in Baswell Techionery. Tech Talks is a safe space that allows for the sharing of thoughts, beliefs, questions and comments regarding the topic of the day.

For more information about the Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2017 events at Arkansas Tech, call (479) 880-4358 or send e-mail to

Military Appreciation Night Set for Thursday

Arkansas Tech University will host a military appreciation night in conjunction with its home basketball doubleheader against Henderson State University at John E. Tucker Coliseum in Russellville on Thursday, Jan. 19.

All current military service personnel and veterans will receive free admission to the doubleheader, which will begin at 5:30 p.m. The first 500 fans in attendance will receive a small United States flag.

For more information, call (479) 880-4278 or send e-mail to

Tech Hosts Exercise for Law Enforcement

Arkansas Tech University and Arkansas State Police Troop J hosted a tabletop exercise on Wednesday, Jan. 11, to provide area law enforcement officers with a controlled environment in which to test local resources for solving child abduction cases.

The exercise, which took place at Arkansas Tech’s Chambers Cafeteria West Dining Room, was led by members of the FBI National Child Abduction Rapid Deployment (CARD) team.

Representatives from a variety of law enforcement agencies went step-by-step through the process of a child abduction case beginning with the moment that a 911 emergency call is received.

“We are pleased to have opportunities such as this one to coordinate with our fellow law enforcement agencies for the greater good of the communities we serve,” said Joshua McMillian, chief of public safety at Arkansas Tech. “Bringing in nationally-recognized experts such as the ones we learned from today allows for best practices to be shared throughout the local law enforcement community. It is the type of training you hope to never utilize, but preparing for such scenarios saves lives.”

Agencies represented at the training included Arkansas Community Correction, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Arkansas State Police Troop J, Arkansas Tech University Department of Public Safety, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Pope County Office of Emergency Management, Pope County Sheriff’s Department and Russellville Police Department.

The FBI Violent Crimes Against Children program established CARD teams in 2005 as a means of offering quick and effective response in the event of a child abduction. There are five regional units and a total of 60 agents nationwide who serve on FBI CARD teams.

Norman Hall Art Gallery to Feature Scarvelli

Norman Hall Art Gallery at Arkansas Tech University will present an exhibition of works by watercolorist Spyridon Scarvelli from Jan. 9-Feb. 24.

The exhibit will be open weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in Norman Hall, which is located at 203 West Q Street in Russellville. Admission will be free and open to the public.

The Arkansas Tech Department of Art will host a reception and gallery talk for the exhibit from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25.

Scarvelli was an Italian-born artist who spent more than three decades living in Egypt. According to information provided by the Arkansas Tech Department of Art, Scarvelli brought an “ethereal” quality to his work by “substituting purples for shadows and using delicate washes for the sky and water.”

Learn more about the Arkansas Tech Department of Art.