Time Out for Tech 2017 Draws Large Crowd

Emma Long of Conway is considering nursing as her major and sorority membership as her campus involvement, but it was something far more fundamental that drew her to Arkansas Tech University.

“Everyone here is so nice,” said Long. “Everyone is always smiling, so I like that.”

Long was one of more than 3,000 smiling faces on hand for Time Out for Tech 2017, a high school senior preview day that took place on Thursday, Jan. 26, on the ATU campus in Russellville.

There were 1,512 high school seniors on hand for the opening session at Tucker Coliseum. Including parents and families, 3,226 individuals attended Time Out for Tech 2017.

“Today marks an important step in what will be one of the most challenging, rewarding and life-changing experiences of your life,” Dr. Robin E. Bowen, ATU president, told the opening assembly. “The pursuit of a university education is an investment in your future and the future of your family. I commend and thank each of you for investing the time today to learn more about Arkansas Tech University.

“As one of the three largest institutions of higher learning in our state, ATU offers more than 120 programs of study, ranging from technical certificates to a doctoral degree,” continued Bowen. “Included in these are several new and innovative programs, including game and interactive media design, environmental science, computer science education, cultural and geospatial studies and electrical engineering biomedical option.”

Time Out for Tech provides high school seniors and their families with a chance to learn more about the academic programs, student housing options and campus life opportunities available on the Russellville campus.

The opening session was followed by academic break-out sessions, campus tours, lunch at the various dining options on campus and a photo opportunity with Jerry the Bulldog, campus ambassador.

Julio Arroyo of Russellville came to Time Out for Tech to learn more about the middle level education program. He is considering ATU for his education because of the opportunities it will provide him to connect with his community.

“I’m looking for good people, great teachers to help me out and supporting community,” said Arroyo. “I feel like if you are more connected to those around you, it can help you achieve a higher status.”

The variety of ways to get involved impressed Robert Allen of Berryville, who plans on studying mechanical engineering at Arkansas Tech.

“You can tell just by walking in here that there are a lot of students who are dedicated to a lot of organizations and the school,” said Allen. “Attending college will change my life because it will let me choose what I want to do, and hopefully coming to Tech will help me achieve that.”

Kirsten Speilman of Havana made her first visit to Arkansas Tech on Thursday, and she found an environment that she believes will inspire her artistic side.

“The buildings are really nice and it looks like a really nice, clean campus,” said Speilman. “I’m a creative person, so I hope to find a job that will help me pursue that. I feel like Tech will help me with socializing more. I have a shell, so I’m hoping it will make me more social and outgoing.”

As a Russellville High School student, Bryland Young’s proximity to ATU has provided him with opportunities to already know and be friends with several Tech students. As he prepares to pursue a degree in physics education, he sees Arkansas Tech as a ticket to a bright future.

“A degree means more money,” said Young, “and more money means more freedom and less stress, so that’s what I’m hoping to obtain.”

For information about applying to become an undergraduate student at Arkansas Tech University, call (800) 582-6953 or (479) 968-0343. Learn more at www.atu.edu/admissions.

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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 ArkansasTechNews.com

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 www.atu.edu/admissions/timeout2017.htm.

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.