Tech Packs 40,000 Meals for Those in Need

Arkansas Tech University reached its goal of providing 40,000 meals for people who are food insecure in the Arkansas River Valley during a community service event on Monday, Jan. 16.

The event was part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day commemoration on the Arkansas Tech campus in Russellville. More than 425 volunteers from the Tech community met at W.O. Young Building Ballroom to assemble the meals in an effort coordinated with The Pack Shack, a non-profit organization headquartered in Rogers and co-founded by Arkansas Tech alumnus Jarod Ring.

The meals have been shared with local service organizations for distribution to individuals and families who lack reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.

This marked the second consecutive year in which Arkansas Tech and The Pack Shack have partnered for a community service event. In two years, the Tech community has provided more than 77,000 meals to its neighbors in need through The Pack Shack.

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Arkansas Tech University awarded nearly 700 degrees during Commencement ceremonies at Tucker Coliseum over the weekend.

Students earning degrees were recognized during one of three ceremonies.

Prior to each ceremony, students were also able to pay tribute to those who helped them succeed.

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Graduation Weekend at Arkansas Tech

Arkansas Tech University will award nearly 700 degrees during commencement ceremonies at the John E. Tucker Coliseum Friday and Saturday.

The schedule for the ceremonies is as follows:

Friday – 7 p.m.

  • Graduate College

Saturday – 10 a.m.

  • College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • College of eTech
  • College of Natural and Health Sciences

Saturday – 2 p.m.

  • College of Arts and Humanities
  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • All Associate Degrees

Members of the Tech family will be able to follow commencement on social media using the hashtag #ATUGrad.

Following the ceremonies, thank you messages from the graduates will be available on

Learn more about graduation at Arkansas Tech.

Time Out for Tech Scheduled for January 26

All high school seniors and their families are invited to Time Out for Tech 2017, which will be hosted by the Arkansas Tech University Office of Admissions on Thursday, Jan. 26.

The annual preview day provides prospective Arkansas Tech students with a chance to learn more about the academic programs, student housing options and campus life opportunities available on the Russellville campus.

“Time Out for Tech is an important day for each high school senior considering enrollment at Arkansas Tech University,” said Shauna Donnell, director of admissions and assistant vice president for enrollment management. “Throughout the schedule of events, prospective students are able to hear directly from current students as well as faculty and staff members about the programs and opportunities available at Arkansas Tech. Time Out for Tech is an access point to a brighter future through higher education at one of our state’s largest and most dynamic universities.”

Time Out for Tech check-in and a registered student organization fair will start at 8:30 a.m. at Tucker Coliseum, followed by the opening session beginning at 9:30 a.m.

There will be a drawing during the opening session for three tuition scholarships to Arkansas Tech for the fall 2017 semester. In order to win, individuals must be high school seniors and present.

Following the opening session, high school seniors and their families will have an opportunity to meet with faculty from the academic program that interests them the most.

Time Out for Tech will also offer campus and residence hall tours, a chance to meet with representatives from student organization and sessions with staff members from such campus entities as financial aid, athletics and Greek life. All Time Out for Tech participants will receive a free T-shirt and a photo opportunity with campus ambassador Jerry the Bulldog.

Pre-registration is required for high school seniors planning to attend Time Out for Tech. Registration is available online at

For more information about Time Out for Tech or about applying to become a student at Arkansas Tech University, call (800) 582-6953 or (479) 968-0343.

Helping Halls Gives More Than $3,000 in Food

One carload after another, the bags were carried and carted in to the Salvation Army location on Weir Road in Russellville on Friday, Nov. 18, until they covered a large portion of the floor in one of the activity rooms.

In all, there were approximately 250 food kits donated and delivered by Arkansas Tech University students as part of the 10th annual Helping Halls program, a project of the John Tucker Chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary.

The food kits, which contain all the side items necessary for a traditional Thanksgiving meal, will be paired with chickens donated by Tyson Foods and the Main Street Mission. The food will be distributed to area residents in need served by the Salvation Army of Russellville, which is led by Lt. Andrew Thorson and his wife, Lt. Shannon Thorson.

“It means community,” said Andrew Thorson. “We have such a great group, both with our youth groups that are helping out around town and of course the college kids who have gathered up all the time and money that it took to make this possible. It’s amazing to watch a community come together like this so well. A lot of the people who come in need this with an absolute. It’s difficult just making things get by right now, so being able to see their happy faces and sometimes even tears, it brings nothing but joy and happiness to my heart.”

At a value of $13 per food kit, the donation represents a gift of approximately $3,250 from Arkansas Tech students to the local community.

Over the course of the first decade of Helping Halls, the program has donated approximately 2,800 holiday meals to neighbors in need.

“I’m very proud of Arkansas Tech University and our students as a whole,” said Zach Tvrz, an Arkansas Tech junior from Huntsville and president of the John Tucker Chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary at Tech. “It really helps bring the Tech community together and the individual residence halls. They each had events, and the kids knowing this was for a good cause brings out the best in people. It makes me proud to know that we’ve been able to give this to people we don’t even know who wouldn’t otherwise have this opportunity.”

RHA delivered Thanksgiving dinner kits to the local Salvation Army location on 11/18/2016.