Local Businesses Honored for ATU Spirit

Holiday Inn Express and Suites of Russellville took the top overall prize in the 2018 Paint the Town Green and Gold storefront decorating contest sponsored by the Russellville Area Chamber of Commerce and Arkansas Tech University.

The annual initiative invites local businesses and non-profit organizations to show their support for ATU by decorating their buildings in a Tech theme.

Winners were announced during the Paint the Town Green and Gold Festival, which took place on Thursday, Sept. 20, at Depot Park in Russellville Downtown.

Winners in other categories included:

  • Best First Time Entry: Quick Service Cleaners
  • Tech Pride Award: Old Bank Sports Grill
  • Best Indoor Theme: Sherwood Urgent Care
  • Best Outdoor Theme: Copper Pig/Dr. Pepper Building
  • People’s Choice Award: Copper Pig/Dr. Pepper Building

Raymond Monica, head football coach at Arkansas Tech, presented the awards to the winning businesses.

Paint the Town Green and Gold Week will conclude with the ATU Family Day football game on Saturday, Sept. 22. The Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys will host the Southern Nazarene Crimson Storm for a 6 p.m. contest at Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field.

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High Five Friday Lifts Spirits at Local School

Several dozen Arkansas Tech University students and members of the ATU College of Education faculty gave of their time on Friday, Sept. 21, to help students at Crawford Elementary School get their day off to a great start.

The ATU students participated in High Five Friday at Crawford Elementary. The program creates a dance party atmosphere in front of the building as students arrive for school.

Members of the ATU cheerleading squad and Jerry the Bulldog, ATU campus ambassador, were among those there to greet the students on Sept. 21.

The event was organized by the ATU College of Education.

“High Five Friday was a huge success,” said Pete Kelly, visiting instructor of health and physical education at ATU. “Sixty-three College of Education students were there to represent Arkansas Tech University, but more importantly give back to the next generation of young minds.”

Family Day Schedule Adjusted Due to Rain

Forecasts of heavy rain in the Russellville area have led Arkansas Tech University to cancel Party at the Plaza, the pre-game tailgating celebration outside Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field, on Saturday, Sept. 22.

As a result, the Family Day meal will take place beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday in the W.O. Young Building Ballroom, which is located at 205 West O Street in Russellville. Current ATU students, their parents and their families are invited to the meal. There will be 500 free meal tickets available to parents, family members and ATU students without meal plans.

Representatives from the ATU Division of Student Affairs will also distribute 500 free ATU-Southern Nazarene University football game tickets to parents and family during the Family Day meal in Young Ballroom.

The game remains on schedule for a 6 p.m. kickoff on Saturday at Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field. Any remaining free game tickets will be available for parents and family members beginning at 5:15 p.m. at the main entrance to the football stadium.

Personnel representing the ATU Alumni Association will be present at the Family Day meal in Young Ballroom to provide students and their families with information about future events such as Homecoming.

Additional Family Day events that will go on as planned on Saturday, Sept. 22, include:

  • Jazz Brunch, 9-11 a.m., Chambers Cafeteria (open to ATU students and their families)
  • Barnes and Noble College Arkansas Tech Bookstore open, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Young Building
  • ATU Museum open, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Techionery (all invited; admission free)
  • Football Alumni Weekend, 11:30 a.m., Lake Point Conference Center
  • Band and Choir Concert, 2 p.m., Tucker Coliseum (all invited; admission free)

For more information about ATU Family Day 2018, call (479) 968-0276.

ATU Plans Constitution Day Activities

The Arkansas Tech University Department of History and Political Science has scheduled a series of events in observance of Constitution Day 2018.

On Monday, Sept. 17, more than 100 ATU student volunteers assisted faculty members in presenting 30-minute lessons on the U.S. Constitution to students at Dwight Elementary School, Sequoyah Elementary School and Crawford Elementary School.

An hour-long presentation on the document that founded the United States of America was made to approximately 300 students at Russellville Junior High School.

The 2018 ATU commemoration of Constitution Day will continue with a reading of the U.S. Constitution during Party at the Plaza before the Arkansas Tech home football game on Saturday, Oct. 6. The reading was originally scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 22, but was moved due to inclement weather.

The U.S. Constitution was adopted by the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Pa., on Sept. 17, 1787.

In 2004, Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia championed a new law that designated Sept. 17 of each year as Constitution Day. Public schools and institutions of higher learning across the United States are required to provide educational programs about the document on Constitution Day.

Dr. Michael Rogers, professor of political science, and Dr. Jeff Pearson, associate professor of history, are co-chairs for the ATU Constitution Day committee.

Learn more about the ATU Department of History and Political Science.

Tech Adds New Event to Family Day Tradition

Editor’s Note: Forecasts of rain caused Arkansas Tech University to make several changes to its Family Day 2018 schedule. Click here for the latest information. The information below has also been updated. 

One of Arkansas Tech University’s oldest traditions will gain a new feature in 2018.

A combined concert by ATU instrumental and choral music students is on the schedule of events for Family Day 2018, which will take place on the Russellville campus on Saturday, Sept. 22.

The concert will begin at 2 p.m. in John E. Tucker Coliseum. Performance groups scheduled to perform include the ATU Marching Band, the ATU University Singers and Choral Artists and the ATU Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Admission will be free and open to the public. Production, lighting, video and sound will be provided by Larry Roberts of Red Bea Productions.

Originally known as Dad’s Day, Family Day has been part of the annual calendar at Arkansas Tech since 1924.

ATU Family Day 2018 will begin with the seventh annual Family Day Jazz Brunch at Chambers Cafeteria from 9-11 a.m. Entertainment will be provided by the Arkansas Tech Jazz Ensemble and the Arkansas Tech Music Theatre Workshop. The event is free and open to all Arkansas Tech students and their families.

The Barnes and Noble College Arkansas Tech Bookstore will be open inside the W.O. Young Building from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tech students and their families will have an opportunity to learn about the history of the institution in the Arkansas Tech Museum at the Techionery from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

There will be a Family Day meal in the W.O. Young Building Ballroom at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Current ATU students, their parents and their families are invited to the meal. There will be 500 free meal tickets available to parents, family members and ATU students without meal plans.

Representatives from the ATU Division of Student Affairs will also distribute 500 free ATU-Southern Nazarene University football game tickets to parents and family during the Family Day meal in Young Ballroom. Any remaining free game tickets will be available for parents and family members beginning at 5:15 p.m. at the main entrance to the football stadium.

Kickoff for a Great American Conference football game between ATU and SNU is set for 6 p.m. Tickets ($10 adults/$5 students and senior citizens) will be available at the Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field ticket office. Those with a valid ATU identification card will be admitted to the game free of charge.

For more information about ATU Family Day 2018, call (479) 968-0276.