Voting for SGA Staff Quality Service Award Ends Friday

The Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus Student Government Association is encouraging all Arkansas Tech-Ozark students to help select the 2017 recipient of the SGA Staff Quality Service Award.

The award recognizes the professional achievements of staff for quality service to the many constituents of the campus.

To qualify, staff members have to be employed for two years as of December 2016.

Any past recipients of this award or members affiliated with SGA are not eligible.

The award should go to a staff member who:

 Motivates and engages students
 Promotes the school’s mission:
Arkansas Tech University is dedicated to student success, access, and excellence as a responsive campus community providing opportunities for progressive intellectual development and civic engagement. Embracing and expanding upon its technological traditions, Tech inspires and empowers members of the community to achieve their goals while striving for the betterment of Arkansas, the nation, and the world.
 Is respectful of students, as well as other staff members
 Plays an active role in participating in school activities
 Provides a leadership role on campus
 Actively works as a professional team member of their department

Past award winners include Career Support Services Facilitator-CPI Grant Julie Schmalz, Student Services Administrative Specialist Debbie Edgin, Maintenance Assistant Tracy Chapman and Coordinator of Student Success Center Mike Bogue.

To vote, students simply select one staff member by taking this survey.

The poll takes approximately one minute to complete. Voting ends on Friday, March 31, at 4 p.m.

Mosaic Scholarship Benefit Set for April 28

Arkansas Tech University will host its third annual scholarship benefit dinner on Friday, April 28, at John E. Tucker Coliseum in Russellville.

The theme for the 2017 event, “Mosaic,” reflects the variety of ATU students that will be in attendance to share their academic and artistic endeavors through a collection of presentations and performances.

A reception will begin at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets for the business attire occasion are $100 per person.

Seating will be limited. Valet parking will be available.

The deadline to RSVP is Friday, April 14. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Individuals may RSVP online at, by calling (479) 968-0400 or by visiting the Division of Advancement office in the ATU Administration Building.

Honorary co-hosts for the 2017 ATU scholarship benefit include Lori and Rob Callahan of Sherwood, Kerrie and Bruce Carothers of Russellville, Lorie and Bill Clary of Conway, Laura and Michael Keener of Fort Smith, Jennifer and Matt McCoy of Russellville, Judy Murphy of Russellville and Twana and Danny Troutt of Harrison.

ATU Ozark Career Fair set for April 5

The Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus Spring 2017 Career Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, in the Student Services Conference Center.

More than 300 regional businesses have been invited to participate in the event, which is being hosted by Arkansas Tech-Ozark’s Career Pathway Initiative (CPI), a program that assists low-income parents to meet educational and career-training goals that, ultimately, lead to a high-demand, high-wage career.

CPI Employability Coordinator Julie Schmalz said students need to bring copies of their resume and are encouraged to “dress to impress.”

“These are potential future employers, and you want to make the best first impression you can, so dress professionally,” she said. “The more organizations you meet with, the more connections you make, the greater your chances for success.”

Business representatives from the following industries will be on hand:

Automation Technology;
Computer information systems;
Physical therapy assistant;
Occupational therapy assistant;
Air conditioning and refrigeration;
Enology and viticulture;
Law enforcement;
Practical nursing;
Business technology;
Welding technology.

Chief Student Officer Richard Harris said, “It’s important for students to start the job-search process as they’re winding down their coursework, and not wait until after graduation.

“The Career Fair is an excellent opportunity to get a feel for the kinds of jobs out there and make connections with prospective employers.”

More information is available by contacting Julie Schmalz at (479) 508-3346 or

Arkansas Tech-Ozark CLC Visits Capitol

Members of the Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus 2016-17 Chancellor’s Leadership Cabinet traveled to the Arkansas State Capitol last week where they were given a tour and witnessed the legislative process.

ATU Ozark Health Information Technology student Terra Akers of Fort Smith said she is grateful for the experience.

“I feel very blessed to have received the opportunity to go on a trip like this,” Akers said. “These types of trips are very important for students, especially for members of the CLC, because it allows us to see firsthand how leaders in our state all work together.”

Students were greeted by Senator Gary Stubblefield-District 6, Representative Sarah Capp-District 82, Deputy Chief of Staff Bill Gossage, Representative Jon Eubanks-District 74 and Representative Coleman-District 81 upon arrival at the Capitol.

After a tour of the building, the students watched over the 1:30 p.m. legislative session of the House of Representatives.

“Having witnessed in person all of the work that goes into laws, amendments, policies and major decisions for our state, I have a better appreciation for the people who serve ATU Ozark and for the leaders who work for the citizens of Arkansas,” Akers said. “This trip was very educational and an awesome personal experience that shed major light on what a leader means and what they do.”

Photo: First row, from left: Deputy Chief of Staff Bill Gossage, Representative Sarah Capp, Miranda Thomas of Coal Hill, Karen Olsen of Fort Smith, Terra Akers of Fort Smith and Melissa Maestas of Ozark. Second row, from left: Senator Gary Stubblefield, Representative Jon Eubanks, Alicia Thomas of Central City, Sean Stamm of Ozark, Representative Bruce Coleman and Jacob Veach of Fort Smith. Back row, from left: ATU Ozark Chancellor Bruce Sikes, Austin Gantt of Pottsville and ATU Ozark Chief Academic Officer Michael Murders.

Ozark Campus: CLC visits the Capitol 3-8-17

Summer, fall early registration dates for Arkansas Tech-Ozark

Early registration for summer and fall semester classes at Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus will begin Monday, March 27.

When students can register will depend on how many hours they have completed.

Summer classes are broken into two sessions: Summer I, which runs Monday, June 5, through Friday, July 7; and Summer II, which runs from Monday, July 10, through Friday, August 11. The fall semester begins Wednesday, Aug. 23.

Students may begin registering for summer and fall 2017 classes according to the following schedule:

Monday, March 27
60 or more earned hours and all graduate students

Monday, April 3
26-59 earned hours

Monday, April 10
19-25 earned hours

Monday, April 17

12-18 earned hours

Wednesday, April 26

11 or fewer earned hours

“Registering early ensures a class schedule that’s flexible and allows students to meet the demands of other things going on in their lives,” Chief Student Officer Richard Harris said.

Open registration for summer and fall classes for all students begins Wednesday, May 3. Hours students are enrolled in currently and remedial courses do not count toward total earned hours.

Registration instructions, registration and academic calendars, and other information including graduation information and End of Course Exam Schedule may be accessed at

For more information, call Student Services at (479) 667-2117 or come by Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. No appointment necessary!

“The Office of Student Services is a resource for students who aren’t comfortable with the registration process,” Harris said. “Our staff is well trained at helping students find the options they need to be successful.”