Ag Teachers from Coast-to-Coast Visit ATU

Twenty-six agriculture teachers representing 13 states are sharing knowledge and earning graduate credit during the 2017 Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) Institute at Arkansas Tech University.

The teachers are engaged in one of two tracks: CASE Principles of Agricultural Science-Plant or CASE Agricultural Power and Technology. Those who successfully complete the two-week institute, which concludes on Friday, July 21, will earn three hours of graduate credit.

Teachers from Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington and West Virginia are among the 22 participants and four lead teachers who traveled to Russellville for the professional development opportunity, which is sponsored by DuPont Pioneer and Farm Credit of Western Arkansas.

According to information published at, CASE Institute sessions “provide teachers important background related to the pedagogy used in CASE curricula and practice teaching various lessons to prepare them for classroom instruction.”

Dr. Lucas Maxwell, assistant professor of agricultural education at ATU and director of the ATU CASE Institute, said there are multiple benefits beyond that baseline.

“What CASE does for these teachers is to provide them with the tools to engage with their students in real, hands-on, minds-on learning activities,” said Maxwell. “As a result, students take the science and math concepts they are studying in other classes and see how they apply to the growing agriculture industry.”

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Tech Community Celebrates Jerry’s Birthday

Arkansas Tech University students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends were among those in attendance to wish Jerry the Bulldog, campus ambassador, a happy fourth birthday on Monday, July 17.

Approximately 100 individuals enjoyed Jerry-themed cupcakes in the first floor lobby of Dr. Robert Charles Brown and Jill Lestage Brown Hall as the 70-pound guest of honor dined on a special-made cake of his own.

Born on July 17, 2013, Jerry Charles Young I has served as campus ambassador for ATU since he was introduced during a ceremony on Oct. 26, 2013. The campus ambassador program was created by unanimous vote of the ATU Student Government Association on Oct. 23, 2013.

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Celebrate Jerry’s Birthday on July 17

Members of the Arkansas Tech University community and their families as well as alumni and friends are invited to attend a come-and-go birthday reception for Jerry the Bulldog, campus ambassador, on Monday, July 17.

The reception will take place from 3-4 p.m. in the first floor lobby of Dr. Robert Charles Brown and Jill Lestage Brown Hall at 105 West O Street in Russellville. Guests are asked to make their presence be their present to Jerry, who is turning four years old. Refreshments will be served.

The Arkansas Tech Student Government Association restored a tradition that had been lost for 76 years on Oct. 23, 2013, when it cast a unanimous vote to install Jerry as campus ambassador.

The first modern Jerry, whose full name is Jerry Charles Young I, was born on July 17, 2013. He is an English bulldog. He was introduced during a Homecoming Saturday ceremony in front of Williamson Hall on Oct. 26, 2013, which was the 103rd anniversary of the first day of classes at Arkansas Tech.

The original Jerry was a daily part of life at Arkansas Tech in the mid-1930s.

He was owned by William O. Young, who oversaw the business affairs of Arkansas Tech as secretary and bursar from 1917-42 and acted as interim president of the college from 1923-25; and his son, Robert A. Young Sr., who grew up to serve as purchasing agent, business manager, vice president for business affairs and vice president for administration and finance at Arkansas Tech from 1941-84 as well as interim president in 1972. Dr. Robert A. Young Jr. has continued his family’s Tech tradition by serving as president of the Arkansas Tech Foundation and as a loyal supporter of Tech athletics.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Young family’s continuous involvement with Arkansas Tech.

The original Jerry spent much of his time on campus at the armory (now known as the Stroupe Building) with National Guard Battery F. The students and guardsmen there adopted Jerry as one of their own.

An article from the Feb. 26, 1936, issue of the Arka Tech student newspaper stated that Jerry was “always present at anything of importance at the armory,” which was a social center of campus at that time and the site of Arkansas Tech home basketball games.
When the original Jerry passed away in late 1937, the headline in the Arka Tech proclaimed “Campus Loses Mascot in Passing of Jerry.”

Today, Jerry attends a variety of campus events and alumni gatherings as well as Wonder Boys and Golden Suns athletic competitions. In keeping with the original Jerry’s connection to the armed services, Jerry is escorted to many of his official functions by students from the Arkansas Tech U.S. Army ROTC program.

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Boston Crusaders to Perform at ATU Tuesday

Arkansas Tech University will welcome one of America’s most well-known drum and bugle corps to Russellville on Tuesday, July 18, as part of its senior high band camp week.

The Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps will offer a public rehearsal and performance beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field. Highlights will include a 6:45 p.m. joint performance between high school band campers and the visiting ensemble as well as an 8:15 p.m. performance by the Boston Crusaders.

Admission will be free and open to the public.

Boston Crusaders was founded in 1940. It is the third-oldest junior drum and bugle corps in the nation and is a founding member of Drum Corps International.

The group is composed of brass players, percussionists and color guard members under the age of 22. The Boston Crusaders travel over 10,000 miles each summer, performing in more than 40 competitions and exhibitions before a combined audience of more than 300,000 fans.

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Help Stock the Green and Gold Cupboard

Every department, office and organization at Arkansas Tech University is invited to join Because We Can in stocking the Green and Gold Cupboard through an item collection competition during summer 2017.

The new pantry will provide access to meals for Arkansas Tech students, faculty members and staff members facing food insecurity, which is defined as lacking reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. Personal care items will also be available for members of the Tech community in need.

The competition to stock the Green and Gold Cupboard will begin on Monday, July 17, and continue through Friday, Aug. 18. Each item of non-perishable, non-expired food donated to the Green and Gold Cupboard will count for one point.

High priority items — peanut butter, canned meat, feminine hygiene products, deodorant and new socks and underwear for children age 13-17 — will count two points each.

Each participating campus entity will receive a donation box. A volunteer will return each week to count and collect the donated items.

Participating departments, offices and organizations may also make cash donations for $1 a point at by clicking on the “Make a Gift” link on the left-hand side of the page.

Once on the gift page, donors may click on the “area(s) of your choice” link and then select “ATU Food Pantry and Food Recovery Program” under “Student Services” on the menu that appears. To receive credit for a team, forward the donation confirmation e-mail to

The team with the most points will receive a pizza party, a plaque and recognition at the grand opening event for the Green and Gold Cupboard.

For more information and to receive a donation box for a team, contact Angela Black, food drive coordinator, at (479) 964-0558 or

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