Ugly Sweater Contest Winners Selected

Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus hosted a holiday party and ugly sweater contest for faculty and staff on Tuesday, Dec. 5.

The annual event provides employees with an opportunity to display their holiday spirit.

Contest winners included:

  • David Spicer, first place (photographed, middle)
  • Angie Cox, second place (photographed, left)
  • Debbie Edgin, third place (photographed, right)

Spicer serves as public safety officer for ATU-Ozark, while Cox is counselor for the Career Pathways initiative and Edgin is an administrative specialist II in student services.

ATU to Celebrate Fall 2017 Graduates

Arkansas Tech University will confer approximately 900 degrees and other academic credentials during fall 2017 commencement ceremonies at John E. Tucker Coliseum in Russellville this weekend.

Students earning degrees from the Arkansas Tech Graduate College will participate in a 7 p.m. ceremony on Friday, Dec. 15.

The 10 a.m. ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 16, will include candidates from the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of Business, the College of Education and the College of eTech.

Individuals graduating from the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the College of Natural and Health Sciences and those earning an associate’s degree will participate in a 2 p.m. ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 16.

For more information about Arkansas Tech commencement, contact the Office of the Registrar at (479) 968-0272 or visit

View live video streams of fall 2017 commencement at ATU.

ATU-Ozark Human Services Program Earns Accreditation

Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus has received accreditation for its Associate of Applied Science degree in human services.

The five-year accreditation from the Council for Standards in Human Services (CSHSE) is effective Oct. 29, 2017. The council cited 12 strengths of the program, including the effectiveness of the courses, the fact that the program was designed using the accreditation standards, the support of an advisory board, the evaluation process for faculty, the strong curriculum, the experience gained during the course and the support of the university and the chief academic officer.

“Human Services is an unbelievably broad field, with graduates working in jobs ranging from juvenile justice to mental health to homeland security and many others,” said Lynn Washington, Human Services Program Chair. “The core factors are a deep desire to help others, an ability to really listen and the will to facilitate change.”

According to CSHSE, the accreditation process is designed to assist programs in self-study evaluation and continual improvement in order to produce innovative approaches to the preparation of human service practitioners at all levels.

ATU-Ozark human services graduates complete training as mandated reporters for the state of Arkansas. The human services program at ATU-Ozark was established in 2012.

To learn more, contact the ATU-Ozark Office of Student Services at (479) 667-2117.

Extra Session About Concealed Carry Added

Thomas W. Pennington, associate vice president, counsel to the president and professor of legal studies at Arkansas Tech University, will offer presentations at ATU in Russellville and Ozark on the topic of concealed carry of a handgun on campus this week.

There will be a Russellville campus session beginning at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9, in Rothwell Hall room 138. A session for the Ozark campus will begin at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9, in the Student Services Conference Center. Seating will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Attendance is open to all ATU faculty, staff and students.

Due to the level of interest in the information, a third session has been added to the schedule. It will begin at noon on Friday, Nov. 10, in Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center room 300.

The sessions will provide a general overview of the laws addressing concealed carry on campus as well as a discussion of the proposed changes by the Arkansas State Police to the Arkansas concealed handgun carry license rules. These proposed rule changes address, among other things, the enhanced training that will be required of concealed handgun license holders who wish to be able to carry a concealed handgun on campus.

The proposed rule changes by the Arkansas State Police are subject to a notice and comment period. All interested person are invited to present their written comments on the proposed rules by submitting them to Mary Claire McLaurin of the Arkansas State Police. These comments may be sent by email to or via U.S. mail to the Arkansas State Police Department, 1 State Police Plaza Drive, Little Rock, AR, 72209.

A copy of the proposed rule changes can be reviewed on the Arkansas State Police website located at: and clicking on the publications icon. Written opinions and comments will be considered by the Arkansas State Police if received at the above address by 4 p.m. on Nov. 10, 2017.

ATU-Ozark Veterans Day Lunch Thursday

Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus will host a Veterans Day luncheon from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9, in Student Services Conference Center room 117.

The event, which is sponsored by the ATU-Ozark Office of Financial Aid and ATU-Ozark Student Government Association, is open to all veterans as well as all ATU-Ozark students, faculty and staff.

Master Sergeant Eric Martin of the Arkansas Air National Guard 188th Wing will speak at the luncheon.