Entrepreneurial Conference April 13 at Tech

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center regional office at Arkansas Tech University will host an entrepreneurial conference on Thursday, April 13, from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Doc Bryan Student Services Center Lecture Hall in Russellville.

Four entrepreneurs will discuss their journey, explain how they turned their passion into a business and share their lessons learned along the way. Speakers include Joel Edwards (Clear Ballistics), Matt Fracek (Nature Backs Clothing), Dana Warren (ABC Children’s Academy) and Fred Teague (The Russ Buss).

A question and answer session will follow each speaker’s presentation. The ASBTDC will share business start-up tips throughout the conference.

Although there is no cost to attend, seating is limited and registration required no later than Wednesday, April 12. Registration may be accomplished by calling (479) 356-2067 or by visiting http://asbtdc.org/training/russellville-events.

Harringtons to Be Honored by RVAC

Neal Harrington, associate professor of printmaking and director of the Norman Hall Art Gallery at Arkansas Tech University, and his wife Tammy have been selected as River Valley Arts Center visual artists of the year.

They will be among five individuals honored by the River Valley Arts Center during an event on Thursday, April 13, at Lake Point Conference Center. A reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner and awards at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $50 per person and may be purchased at the River Valley Arts Center, 1001 East B Street in Russellville, or by calling (479) 968-2452. Seating is limited.

Learn more about the River Valley Arts Center.

College of eTech Plans Outreach Event

Members of the Yell County community and beyond seeking more information about online education opportunities available through Arkansas Tech University will have an opportunity to meet with faculty and staff on Tuesday, April 4.

The ATU College of eTech will host a Yell County Education Fair from 1-7 p.m. at the Dardanelle Area Chamber of Commerce, located at 2011 Arkansas Highway 22 in Dardanelle. Admission will be free and open to the public.

Online degrees available through Arkansas Tech include associate degrees in business technology, logistics management, general education and early childhood education (pre-kindergarten; this program does not lead to public school teaching licensure); and bachelor degrees in emergency management, RN to BSN, professional studies, business administration (management and marketing option only) and history.

In addition, Arkansas Tech offers online master degrees in business administration, college student personnel, emergency management and homeland security, health informatics, teaching English to speakers of other languages, educational leadership, special education (K-12) and an online educational specialist degree.

Students may also gain certificates in advising (college student personnel), business technology (technical certificate), law enforcement (certificate of proficiency), law enforcement (technical certificate), office support specialist (certificate of proficiency) and professional leadership (certificate of proficiency) through online learning at Arkansas Tech.

As a further service to the local community, the Arkansas Tech College of eTech has the capacity to offer hundreds of online, instructor-facilitated employee training courses through a partnership with ed2go. Subject areas for the continuing education courses include accounting and finance, business, college readiness, computer applications, graphic design, healthcare, language and arts, legal studies, personal development, teaching, technology and writing.

For more information, visit http://online.atu.edu.

Jazz Concert Tuesday Night at Witherspoon

The Arkansas Tech University Department of Music will host a concert entitled “St. Patty’s Day Swing” featuring the jazz ensembles from Russellville Junior High School, Russellville High School and Arkansas Tech University on Tuesday, March 14.

The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Witherspoon Auditorium, which is located at 407 West Q Street in Russellville. Admission will be free and open to the public.

The RJHS Jazz Band will perform the following selections:

  • “Chattanooga Choo Choo” by Mike Story
  • “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” by Michael Sweeney
  • “Secret Agent Man” by Mike Story

Numbers on the program for the RHS Jazz Band include:

  • “Swing Fever” arranged by Dean Sorenson and Bruce Pearson
  • “Moon River” arranged by Billy Byers
  • “Buckjump” arranged by John Wasson

The ATU Jazz Ensemble will offer these tunes:

  • “Groove Merchant” by Thad Jones
  • “Samba del Gringo” by Gordon Goodwin
  • “Birdland” by Joe Zawinul

At the end of the evening, there will be a performance of “Blues for a New Day” by a combined ensemble from RJHS, RHS and ATU.

Scott Johnson serves as director for the RJHS Jazz Band. David Gaston directs the RHS Jazz Band. Dr. Sean Reed, assistant professor of music, leads the ATU Jazz Ensemble.

Learn more about the ATU Department of Music.

A Taste of Ireland from PRHA on Thursday

The Arkansas Tech University Department of Parks, Recreation and Hospitality Administration will get in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day with an Irish-inspired menu for its spring lunch series event at Williamson Hall Dining Room on Thursday, March 16.

Lunch will be served from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The meal, which includes soup or salad, one entrée, one dessert and beverage, will cost $9.95 per person plus tax.

Reservations are suggested for parties of five or more to ensure group seating. To make reservations, call (479) 968-0378 or send e-mail to khall18@atu.edu.

Diners will receive a punch card. Those who attend five or more lunches during the spring 2017 semester and get their card punched each time will be eligible to receive a voucher for a free meal during the fall 2017 dinner series.

Below is the menu for the Williamson Hall lunch on Thursday, March 16:

Soup or Salad (choose one)
Irish Bacon and Cabbage Soup
House Salad

Entrée (choose one)
Reuben (Served with Fries and Cole Slaw)
Beef and Guinness Stew (Choose Mashed Potatoes or Served in Bread)

Dessert (choose one)
Bailey’s Irish Cupcakes
Key Lime Pie