Complete Coverage: Homecoming Week at ATU

Arkansas Tech University with a full week of events for Tech students and a weekend of festivities for alumni and friends.

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2017 Football: NWOSU | 10/21/17
2017 Homecoming | 10/21/17
2017 Open House | 10/21/17
2017 Homecoming: Tech's Got Talent: Finals | 10/20/17

2017 Homecoming: Ladies Champagne Bingo Luncheon | 10/20/17
2017 Homecoming: Greek Step Show | 10/18/17

2017 Homecoming: Party at the Plaza | 10/18/17
2017 Homecoming: Tech's Got Talent: Semifinals | 10/17/17
2017 Homecoming: Pep Rally | 10/16/17

Tech Open House Set for Oct. 21

High school students and others interested in learning more about Arkansas Tech University are invited to the 21st annual Tech Open House on Saturday, Oct. 21.

The event, which is hosted by the Office of Admissions, is taking place at Tucker Coliseum from 10 a.m. to noon and includes tours of campus and the opportunity to visit with representatives from each degree program at Tech.

Additionally, personnel from several campus departments will be on hand to assist with students.

Campus departments represented include:

  • Academic Advising
  • Admissions
  • Financial Aid
  • Residence Life
  • University Honors

Current ATU students wanting information about potential majors are also invited to take part.

Prospective students attending the open house will receive free tickets to attend the Homecoming football game between Arkansas Tech and Northwestern Oklahoma State University at 2 p.m. at Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field.

The Tech Open House door prize will be a fall 2018 tuition scholarship to Arkansas Tech. The scholarship winner will be announced during the Tech-NWOSU game.

For more information about Arkansas Tech Open House, call (479) 968-0343, (800) 582-6953 or visit

Family Day 2017 Set for September 16

Arkansas Tech University will welcome parents, siblings, grandparents and other family members of its students to its Russellville campus on Saturday, September 16 for Family Day.

Family Day is one of the oldest and most popular traditions at Arkansas Tech. The event, which was originally known as Dad’s Day, has been part of the annual calendar at Arkansas Tech since 1924.

Family Day festivities include:

Jazz Brunch

  • 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Chambers Dining Hall
  • Enjoy a Creole-inspired brunch with performances by the Tech Musical Theater and Tech Jazz Ensemble

Barnes and Noble Arkansas Tech – Bookstore

  • 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Young Building
  • Grab your Arkansas Tech Gear

Arkansas Tech Museum

  • 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Techionery Building
  • Learn about the History of ATU

Norman Art Gallery

  • 10 a.m. -3 p.m.
  • Norman Art Building
  • Browse an exhibition at the gallery

Wonder Boys Football Pre-Game Tailgate

  • 3-6 p.m.
  • Centennial Plaza
  • Enjoy a picnic-style buffet. The first 400 guests will be able to enjoy a free tailgate meal and free football tickets. The tent to claim tickets will be outside of Thone Stadium.

Wonder Boys Football Game

  • Arkansas Tech versus Oklahoma Baptist University
  • 6 p.m.
  • Thone Stadium
  • Help support the Wonder Boys in a Great American Conference match.

For more information about Arkansas Tech Family Day 2017, visit or call (479) 968-0239.

Welcome Week at Arkansas Tech

The Arkansas Tech Class of 2021 is on campus and taking part in several activities to connect to campus.

Access the complete Welcome Week schedule.

Individuals are encouraged to check back for updated Welcome Week photos and video.

Be sure to follow #atuwelcome on social media for complete Welcome Week coverage.

2017 Welcome Week: Watermelon Fest | 8/23/17

Fall 2017: First Day of Class | 8/23/17

2017 Welcome Week: Pep Rally & Green and Gold Scrimmage | 8/22/17

2017 Welcome Week: Involvement Fair | 8/21/17

Total Solar Eclipse Watch Party | 8/21/17

2017 Welcome Week: Transfer Student Welcome | 8/21/17

2017 Welcome Week: Academic Welcome | 8/21/17

2017 Welcome Week: Hypnotist | 8/19/17

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2017 Welcome Week: Returning Students Move-In & Tech the Day Away | 8/20/17

2017 Welcome Week: Playfair/4th Meal | 8/19/17

2017 Welcome Week: Freshmen Move-In | 8/19/17

Welcome Week 2017 Schedule Announced

Arkansas Tech University students will begin the 2017-18 academic year with a series of Go Bold Welcome Week events designed to prepare them for academic and personal success.

Events on Saturday, Aug. 19, and Sunday, Aug. 20, are reserved for new ATU students. Returning ATU students are encouraged to attend the Involvement Fair on Monday, Aug. 21, and all subsequent Welcome Week activities.

Throughout the week, students are encouraged to share their experiences on social media using the hashtag #atuwelcome.

Below is a list of events. For more information about Go Bold Welcome Week 2017 at Arkansas Tech, contact the Office of Campus Life at (479) 968-0276.

Saturday, Aug. 19

Residence Hall New Student Move-In
Various Times, Residence Halls
Review assignment notification information to identify proper move-in time.

Orientation Check-In
Parent and Family Welcome
8 a.m.-2 p.m., W.O. Young Ballroom
New students and transfer students will receive all of their essentials for orientation, while parents and family members will learn about services and resources offered on campus. 

10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Chambers Cafeteria
Family lunch special is $6.50 per person. Students utilizing a meal plan may begin using their card swipes.

Last Minute Goodbyes
3 p.m., Residence Halls

Mandatory Floor Meetings
3:30-5 p.m., Residence Halls
Resident assistants teach new students about their building and their role in a residence hall community. Location for meetings will be posted on each floor.

5-7 p.m., Chambers Cafeteria

Building Social
7-7:45 p.m., Residence Halls
Dessert will be served in the lobby or courtyard of each residence hall for new students, residence life staff members and orientation leaders.

8 p.m., Tucker Coliseum
Wear tennis shoes and be prepared to meet many new friends at what is promised to be an enthusiastic and energetic experience.

Fourth Meal
9:30 p.m.-Midnight, Chambers Cafeteria
Great food from some of Russellville’s favorite restaurants…everything from tacos to burgers to pizza to donuts, and so much more. 

Sunday, Aug. 20

Tech the Day Away
1-4 p.m., Hindsman Tower Quad
Inflatable games, an adventure zone, carnival-style snacks and a photo booth. 

5-7 p.m., Chambers Cafeteria

Mandatory Floor Meetings
7 or 9 p.m., Residence Halls

8 and 10 p.m., Witherspoon Auditorium
Spidey, international hypnotist, will entertain; orientation leaders will notify new students as to which performance they are scheduled to attend.

Monday, Aug. 21

New Student Orientation
9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
See name tag for details.

Transfer Student Orientation
1:30-4:30 p.m.
See name tag for details.

Involvement Fair
6-8 p.m., Hindsman Tower Quad
Learn about campus organizations and community entities while enjoying free food and a chance to win more than $2,500 in prizes. This is one of the largest events on campus each year. 

Outdoor Movie: “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2”
9:30-11:30 p.m., Crabaugh Hall Lawn
Drinks and popcorn provided; bring a blanket for seating.

Tuesday, Aug. 22

New Student Orientation
8 a.m.-Noon
See name tag for details.

Transfer Student Orientation
9 a.m.-Noon
See name tag for details.

ATU Student Employment Fair
2:30-5 p.m., W.O. Young Ballroom
Designed to provide new and returning students with information about part-time, on-campus employment. ATU student identification card is required. 

Dinner and Pep Rally
5-6 p.m., Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field
Learn the cheers, songs and traditions that will make you a true Wonder Boy or Golden Sun.

Green and Gold Football Scrimmage
6 p.m., Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field
Get a first look at the 2017 Wonder Boys as they prepare for their 11-game Great American Conference schedule.

On Track Licensing Drive
8-10 p.m., All Residence Halls
Music, snacks and giveaways as resident assistants meet their students in residence hall lobbies and get them licensed for On Track 2017-18. 

Wednesday, Aug. 23

T-Shirt Trade
11 a.m.-1 p.m., Baswell Techionery
Trade a gently worn shirt from a high school or another university for a one-of-a-kind Arkansas Tech T-shirt, which will also be available for purchase for $1. All clothing and funds will be donated to charity.

RSO Event Night
5-8 p.m., Various Locations
Learn more about how to join and be active in registered student organizations. 

Campus Recreation Watermelon Fest
8-10 p.m., Campus Recreation Fields
Highlights will include the sixth annual seed spitting competition, along with water baseball, flag football, Ultimate Frisbee, disc golf and more.

Thursday, Aug. 24

Meet the Greeks
6:30-8 p.m., Caraway Hall Lawn
Learn more about fraternities and sororities at Arkansas Tech.

Friday, Aug. 25

Tech IN Kickoff Event
5-8 p.m., Doc Bryan Courtyard
Food, fellowship, dancing and prizes will help introduce students to programs in diversity and inclusion at Tech.

Black Light Party
9 p.m.-Midnight, W.O. Young Ballroom
The first 500 students will enjoy free T-shirts and a DJ.

Saturday, Aug. 26

Music Downtown at Sundown
7:30 p.m., Depot Park, Russellville Downtown
Live music featuring The Flat Five and Leah and the Mojo Doctors.

Fight On Music Festival
9 p.m., Tucker Coliseum
Welcome Week 2017 comes to an end with a concert featuring The Turnpike Troubadours. Admission is free with a valid Arkansas Tech identification card. Each Tech student is permitted to bring one non-university guest to the concert.