McClain Wins First Place in Juried Exhibition

Arkansas Tech University student Megan McClain of Pine Bluff won first place in the 11th annual Juried Student Competitive Exhibition, which is on display at Norman Hall Art Gallery through Tuesday, Dec. 5.

McClain (photographed) took the top prize for her chalk pastel entitled “Moe.”

Kimaly Ballard of Clarksville captured second place and Danielle Gregory of Van Buren earned third place in the judging, which was performed by guest judge Ken Burchett, professor of art at the University of Central Arkansas.

Forty-four ATU students submitted 96 works for consideration of inclusion in the exhibition. Of those, 47 pieces by 25 artists are on display.

Norman Hall Art Gallery is located at 203 West Q Street on the ATU campus in Russellville. It is open weekdays (excluding holidays) from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Learn more about the ATU Department of Art.

Service Day Brings Out Hundreds of Students

Approximately 300 Arkansas Tech University students fanned out into the surrounding community on Saturday, Nov. 11, to provide volunteer service to area organizations and local citizens as part of Green and Gold Give Back 2017.

The annual day of service connects ATU students with organizations and causes such as Lake Dardanelle State Park, Dardanelle Nursing Home, Boys and Girls Clubs of the Arkansas River Valley and the Russellville Animal Shelter.

“I like to help people, and it’s nice to come into contact with people that you might not have known otherwise,” said Green and Gold Give Back participant Claudia Rice, a senior from Greenbrier who regularly gives of her time to benefit the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society. “Making connections before you leave college is great, and it’s beneficial to have this type of experience under your belt because it helps you know and understand your community better.”

In addition, students participating in Green and Gold Give Back visit alumni and friends of the university and assist them with such tasks as raking and disposing of leaves.

“It’s about helping people,” said Marcus Majied, a senior from Detroit, Mich., who also volunteers through the ATU Department of Diversity and Inclusion, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Society of Automotive Engineers. “I’m big on leadership skills, so teaching and giving back to others is something I am interested in. It puts a smile on my face when someone can take advice I give them and apply it to their lives. Every employer wants a leader, or at least someone who can lead a team to a common goal.”

Now in its fifth year, Green and Gold Give Back is administered by the ATU Office of Campus Life through its leadership and service initiatives. During the 2016-17 academic year, Arkansas Tech students performed 13,869 hours of volunteer community service.

Learn more about service initiatives at ATU.

2017 Green & Gold Giveback | 11/11/17

Steak or Chicken, The Choice is All Yours

Hearty entrée options highlight the menu for the Thursday, Nov. 16, Arkansas Tech University Department of Parks, Recreation and Hospitality Administration fall dinner series event at Williamson Hall Dining Room.

Members of the Arkansas Tech campus community and residents of the surrounding area are invited to attend.

Reserved seating times are available from 6-7 p.m. Reservations may be made by calling (479) 968-0378 or by sending e-mail to

Cost for the Nov. 16 meal will be $19.95 per person (plus tax). All gratuities are invested in the Walters-Williams Scholarship.

Below is the menu for the Thursday, Nov. 16, dinner at Williamson Hall:

Hot Artichoke Dip (A Creamy Mixture of Spinach and Artichokes; Served with Grilled French Baguette)

French Onion Soup
House Salad (Iceberg and Romaine Lettuce Topped with Tomatoes, Carrots, Red Onions and Crunchy Croutons; Served with Your Choice of Dressing)

Steak Au Poivre (Ribeye Steak; Served with Creamy Cognac Peppercorn Sauce, Mashed Potatoes and Grilled Asparagus)
Chicken Marsala (Herb-Seasoned Chicken Breast Sautéed with Fresh Mushrooms in a Rich Marsala Wine Sauce; Served with Mashed Potatoes and Sautéed Green Beans)

Raspberry Creme Brulee (Rich Creamy Custard Baked with Fresh Raspberries; Topped with Caramelized Sugar and Raspberry Sauce)

Ribbon Cutting for Tech Connect Trail Tuesday

Arkansas Tech University and the City of Russellville will host a ribbon cutting celebrating the official opening of the Arkansas Tech Connect Trail at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 14.

The ribbon cutting will take place at the trail bridge, which is located halfway between the Russellville Aquatic Center and the western boundary of the ATU campus. Parking will be available on the ATU campus near the intersection of North Glenwood Avenue and West O Street as well as at the aquatic center parking lot.

Dr. Robin E. Bowen, ATU president, and Randy Horton, Russellville mayor, will cut the ribbon opening the 2,080-foot pedestrian and bicycle trail connecting the Arkansas Tech campus, the aquatic center and Bona Dea Trails.

Funding for the trail was made possible in part through a grant from the Arkansas Department of Transportation.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble Performs Sunday

The Arkansas Tech University Symphonic Wind Ensemble will present a concert entitled “The Creative Self” on Sunday, Nov. 12.

The performance will begin at 2:30 p.m. in Witherspoon Auditorium, 407 West Q Street in Russellville. Admission will be free and open to the public.

Pieces scheduled for performance include “Winds of Nagual” by Michael Colgrass and “Symphony No. 1” by Frank Ticheli.

Guest performers during Sunday’s concert will include Dr. Christopher Harris, ATU director of choral studies, and the Clarksville High School Wind Ensemble, which is conducted by Ralph Brody.

Dr. Daniel A. Belongia, ATU director of bands and associate professor of music, serves as conductor for the ATU Symphonic Wind Ensemble.

Learn more about the ATU Department of Music.