Blood Drive June 20 at Arkansas Tech

The Arkansas Blood Institute will conduct a blood drive at Arkansas Tech University on Tuesday, June 20.

The drive will take place from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Bloodmobile, which will be located in the Chambers Cafeteria parking lot.

Donors will receive a T-shirt and a ticket for one entry to Magic Springs Theme and Water Park in Hot Springs.

Summer Teacher Institute Set for This Month

For a sixth consecutive summer, faculty members from the Arkansas Tech University College of Arts and Humanities will provide free continuing education to K-12 teachers from around the Natural State during the 2017 Summer Teacher Institute.

This year’s institute is entitled “From Eberts Training Field to Qingdao: Arkansas and the World During World War I.” Attendance is free and open to all K-12 educators in Arkansas. Sessions will take place June 27-29 in Witherspoon Hall room 241, which is located on the ATU campus in Russellville at 407 West Q Street.

Registration for the individual sessions is handled by the Arch Ford Education Service Cooperative.

“This year’s institute is particularly special because the driving force behind the creation of this program, Dr. M. Diane Gleason, is retiring from the ATU faculty,” said Dr. H. Micheal Tarver, professor of history at ATU. “It is her passion for K-12 education and the subject matter that has made this tremendous resource available to hundreds of teachers for the ultimate benefit of the children of Arkansas.”

Gleason will present a lesson entitled “Arkansas Cotton and the First World War” as part of the summer institute.

Other members of the ATU faculty scheduled to present during the institute include Tarver, Dr. Patrick Hagge, Dr. Tom DeBlack, Dr. Jan Jenkins and Dr. David Cullen.

Visit http://bit.ly/2rEAOml to see a complete schedule for the 2017 Summer Teacher Institute at ATU.

The institute is one aspect of the ATU College of Arts and Humanities K-12 Initiative. The program also makes content-specific videos in subjects such as English, history, political science, art, music, geography, literature, sociology and philosophy available to K-12 teachers for use in their classrooms.

According to the initiative website, the goal of the program is to “increase and enhance the level of partnership between higher education and the public schools while improving student learning, comprehension and written expression at all levels of the educational experience.”

For more information, visit https://www.atu.edu/humanities/k12.php.

ASBTDC Training Events for Summer 2017

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center regional office at Arkansas Tech University has announced training opportunities during summer 2017.

The ATU ASBTDC regional office is designed to assist new, existing, and expanding businesses by offering a variety of services including free one-to-one confidential consulting, free market research and low cost or free training.

For more information go to www.atu.edu/asbtdc or call (479) 356-2077.

QuickBooks Desktop for Beginners (Hands on) | June 22
This workshop is designed for business owners and their employees with little or no experience using QuickBooks desktop software. Topics include company set up, transactions, working with lists, reconciling accounts, and more. A computer is provided during each interactive session. Cost is $65. Seating is limited with registration required no later than June 21 at (479) 356-2067 or asbtdc.org/training/russellville-events.

QuickBooks Desktop Day-to-Day Basics (Hands on) | June 22
This workshop is designed for business owners and their employees using QuickBooks desktop software. Topics include working with invoices, payments, bills, inventory and reports. A computer is provided during each interactive session. Cost is $65. Seating is limited with registration required no later than June 21 at (479) 356-2067 or asbtdc.org/training/russellville-events.

QuickBooks Online for Beginners (Hands on) | July 20
This workshop is designed for business owners and their employees with little or no experience using the cloud-based version of QuickBooks. Topics include navigation, setting up a company, transactions, reconciling accounts, and more. A computer with internet is provided during each interactive session. Cost per session is $65. Seating is limited with registration required no later than July 19 at (479) 356-2067 or asbtdc.org/training/russellville-events.

QuickBooks Online Day-to-Day Basics (Hands on) | July 20
This workshop is designed for business owners and their employees using the cloud-based version of QuickBooks. Topics include using invoices, payments, bills, bank feeds, reports, and more using the cloud-based version of QuickBooks. A computer with internet is provided during each interactive session. Cost per session is $65. Seating is limited with registration required no later than July 19 at (479) 356-2067 or asbtdc.org/training/russellville-events.

Starting a Business in Arkansas | July 27
This workshop discusses essential startup steps, legal business structures, regulations, licensing, key issues that affect your business success, and common pitfalls entrepreneurs face. A must for first-time small business owners! Cost to attend is $30, and veterans attend free. Seating is limited and registration required no later than July 26 at (479) 356-2067 or asbtdc.org/training/russellville-events.

Starting a Business in Arkansas | August 1
Notaries verify signatures on legal and business documents to deter fraud and ensure the proper execution of these documents. The Arkansas Secretary of State’s Office will walk participants through the application process and discuss best practices and issues facing notaries today. All current and prospective notaries public are encouraged to attend. Special emphasis will be given to new laws that have recently passed affecting all notaries. Although there is no fee to attend, registration is required at (479) 356-2067 or asbtdc.org/training/russellville-events.

Using Your Online Promotional Toolbox | August 1
This fast-paced workshop will highlight free and low-cost online tools to promote your business. Get tips for using your website, social media, email marketing, and other online tools to attract your audience. Although there is no cost to attend, registration is required no later than July 31 at (479) 356-2067 or asbtdc.org/training/russellville-events.

Customer Service | August 1
Excellent service is imperative for a positive customer experience and repeat business. Join us as the Russellville Chamber of Commerce shares tips for making a positive first impression, fine-tuning customer service skills, handling unhappy customers, and creating a positive customer service environment. Although there is no cost to attend, registration is required no later than July 31 at (479) 356-2067 or asbtdc.org/training/russellville-events.

Free webinars for small businesses are now offered on a wide range of topics. The live sessions are led by ASBTDC staff and subject matter experts. Go to asbtdc.org/training/webinars for a list of seminars and registration information.

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center regional office at Arkansas Tech is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration through a partnership with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the Arkansas Tech University College of Business.

All ASBTDC programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities and individuals with limited English proficiency (LEP) will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Ronda Hawkins at (479) 356-2067.

Take a Walk Through History June 10 at Tech

The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program will bring its “Walks Through History” tour to Arkansas Tech University in Russellville on Saturday, June 10.

The event will begin at 11 a.m. at Caraway Hall, which is located on the ATU campus at 1403 N. Arkansas Ave. The tour is co-sponsored by Arkansas Tech University and the Pope County Historical Association.

Opened in March 1935, Caraway Hall has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1992. It was named in memory of Sen. Thaddeus Caraway. His widow, Sen. Hattie Caraway, spoke at the dedication of the building in October 1935.

Almost eight decades later, a $528,000 interior renovation in 2014 transformed Caraway Hall into a sorority house for four National Panhellenic Conference organizations at Arkansas Tech — Alpha Sigma Tau, Delta Zeta, Phi Mu and Zeta Tau Alpha.

Caraway Hall is one of six structures on the ATU campus in Russellville listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The others are Browning Hall, Hughes Hall, the Techionery, Williamson Hall and Wilson Hall.

Wildland Fire Academy Continues at ATU

More than 230 professionals representing organizations in the public and private sectors have spent the last two weeks participating in the 2017 Arkansas River Valley Wildland Fire Academy on the Arkansas Tech University campus in Russellville.

According to the academy web page, the mission of the Arkansas River Valley Wildland Fire Academy is to “provide professional wildland fire training that meets the National Wildfire Coordinating Group Standards.”

This spring marks the 20th consecutive year the event has taken place at Arkansas Tech. Instruction is provided by officials from state and federal agencies.

This year’s Arkansas River Valley Wildland Fire Academy includes representatives from the United States Forest Service, Arkansas Forestry Commission, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Bureau of Indian Affairs, National Park Service, Arkansas State Military Department, National Weather Service, Nature Conservancy and a variety of private contracting organizations and fire departments.

The program is operated under the auspices of the ATU Department of Parks, Recreation and Hospitality Administration.

Learn more about the Arkansas River Valley Wildland Fire Academy.