Celebrate Women’s Week 2018 at ATU

Arkansas Tech University will host its 2018 Women’s Week March 5-8 in conjunction with the 2018 International Women’s Day celebration.

ATU Women’s Week 2018 will culminate with its annual Women’s Leadership Conference, which is scheduled for Thursday, March 8.

For more information about ATU Women’s Week 2018, call (479) 968-0280 or send e-mail to kjohnson40@atu.edu.

Below is a listing of ATU Women’s Week 2018 events:

Monday, March 5
Walk A Mile in Her Shoes and Sexual Assault Awareness Rally
2-4 p.m.
Hindsman Tower
On Track: Elevated Citizen
Access the registration form for Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.

Monday, March 5
Movie Night: Wonder Woman
9 p.m.
Doc Bryan Student Services Center Lecture Hall
Hosted by the Student Activities Board.

Tuesday, March 6
Feminism vs. Womanism: Examination of A Sisterhood
6-7 p.m.
Rothwell Hall room 221
On Track: Global Focus
A critical examination of the long and complicated relationship between the movements and how wealth and race impact their message; presented by Dr. Tennille Lasker-Scott.

Wednesday, March 7
Women’s Week Art Exhibit
6-7 p.m.
Witherspoon Hall Lobby
View submissions for the Women’s Week art contest; the contest winner will be announced at 6:45 p.m. and snacks and refreshments will be served.

Thursday, March 8
Women’s Leadership Conference
4:30-9:30 p.m.
W.O. Young Building Ballroom and Rothwell Hall
On Track: Leader Identified
$15 registration fee is waived for participants on the Leader Identified track.

Lunch Series Continues at Williamson Hall

The Arkansas Tech University Department of Parks, Recreation and Hospitality Administration will present week two of its spring 2018 lunch series at Williamson Hall Dining Room on Thursday, Feb. 22.

Lunch will be served from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The meal, which includes soup or salad, one entrée, one dessert and beverage, will cost $9.95 per person plus tax (cash or check only).

Reservations are suggested for parties of five or more to ensure group seating. To make reservations, call (479) 968-0378 or send e-mail to khall18@atu.edu.

Below is the menu for the Williamson Hall lunch on Thursday, Feb. 22:

Soup or Salad (choose one)
Cheddar Ale Soup
House Salad (Dressing Choices: Ranch, Italian, French or Raspberry Vinaigrette)

Classic Cheeseburger (Served Open-Faced on Brioche Bun with Angus Beef Patty, Cheddar Cheese, Onions, Lettuce and Pickle Chips; Served with a Side of French Fries or Potato Chips)
Grilled Veggie Wraps (Grilled Bell Peppers, Onions, Zucchini and Mozzarella Cheese; Served with a Side of French Fries or Potato Chips and Pickle Spear)

Dessert (choose one)
Turtle Cheesecake
Carrot Cake

Retirement Reception for Hager on Friday

The Arkansas Tech University library staff will host a retirement reception celebrating Frances Hager at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23, in Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center room 325.

All are invited to attend.

Hager is retiring after 28 years as a librarian at Tech. She received her Master of Library Science degree from the University of North Texas and her bachelor’s degree in English from John Brown University.

Prior to coming to Tech, she was an assistant archivist at the University of Central Arkansas, a library clerk at Rogers-Hough Memorial Library in Rogers, a library assistant at Boston College Science Library and an elementary school librarian at the Donna Independent School District in Donna, Texas.

While at Arkansas Tech, she managed acquisitions, serials and government documents. Hager also served as the library liaison to the departments of English, agriculture, emergency management, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering, performing collection development and fielding research questions in those areas. In addition, she served as one of the reference librarians and provided expert research assistance for a variety of disciplines, particularly in the area of government resources.

Hager was the recipient of the 2013 Arkansas Library Association’s Distinguished Service Award, and has chaired multiple committees for the Arkansas Library Association. She has authored many articles in Arkansas Libraries magazine and has given several presentations for the Arkansas Library Association’s annual conference and the Federal Depository Library Conference in Arlington, Va.

She is one of the state’s leaders in the field of government documents librarianship, and she has helped curate Arkansas Tech’s 93 year-old U.S. Federal Depository Program collection.

Learn more about the ATU library.

ATU Marks 50th Anniversary of SSS Program

As the federally-funded Student Support Services (SSS) TRIO program celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2018, Arkansas Tech University student Malik Oliver can sum up what the initiative means to him in one word.

“It’s like a family,” said Oliver, a senior hospitality administration major from Russellville. “You know the people who are in here, and you realize how much you have in common with them. It builds connections and friendships. I probably wouldn’t be getting ready to graduate without it. I wouldn’t be as involved on campus, and my grades wouldn’t be as high as they are. I’m grateful for that.”

SSS was established in the 1968 re-authorization of the Higher Education Act as part of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s goal of seeing that “no American talent is wasted.”

Arkansas Tech has offered the SSS program on its campus since receiving an initial five-year grant in 2010. ATU received a second Student Support Services (SSS) grant in the amount of $220,000 per year for five years in 2015.

The funds allow Arkansas Tech to provide specialized services to current students who are first-generation college students from low-income families and current students who have disabilities evidencing academic need.

It was Oliver’s sister, former Arkansas Tech SSS participant Brittany Wolfe, who introduced him to the program.

“She was always telling me how they encouraged her to go to the library and to get her homework done, offering tutoring services and taking them on cultural trips to keep them engaged in the program,” said Oliver.

Wolfe encouraged Oliver to apply for SSS, and his life has been forever changed.

“It’s made me strive to be better,” said Oliver, who plans on pursuing a master’s degree in college student personnel. “To have people who really care about you, want to see you graduate and want to make sure you stay on track to graduate is an amazing thing. It’s made me want to be a better person and make better grades. My tutors encourage me to do better, and it’s just an awesome feeling because not everyone has that opportunity.”

Dana Olvera of Dover views the opportunity provided by SSS through two lenses: student and parent. She is a senior accounting major and participant in the Arkansas Tech SSS program. Her daughter, Rachel Olvera, is a freshman biochemistry major at ATU and fellow SSS member.

“We get to come in here and study together when we can, and the staff helps (Rachel) work through her schedule in areas that I don’t know because she is a different major than I am,” said Olvera. “They are going to take care of her better than I could. The fact that someone is looking after my child and helping her further herself is very reassuring.”

Three alumnae of Arkansas Tech administer the program on campus. Lori Wineland serves as SSS director, while Lindsey Riedmueller and Nichole Edwards are SSS advisors.

They are responsible for ensuring that the 140 Tech students selected for the program each year have access to academic tutoring and advising, financial aid information, personal counseling, information about applying for graduate and professional schools and career services.

“The support is really top notch,” said Olvera, who will graduate in December 2019 with plans on becoming a Certified Public Accountant with her own office. “You can be having a bad day…come in here, they pick you up off the floor, encourage you to keep going and help you find something to change that situation. It’s been amazing. I’d be struggling without this program. It’s been a mainstay for me in a lot of situations. SSS and Tech have both been very good to me. It’s opened my eyes to a whole new world, and I’ve just really appreciated it, academically and socially. I never realized the bonds you form in college. I don’t know if it’s the time you spend with people or the associations, but I just love it.”

Current Arkansas Tech students who are interested in gaining more information about applying for the program may visit www.atu.edu/sss.

For more information about the 50th anniversary of SSS, visit www.coenet.org/sss_50th_anniversary.shtml.

Photographed: Arkansas Tech University Student Support Services alumna Esther White (seated, left) looks at ATU SSS scrapbooks with current students Dana Olvera (seated, middle) and Malik Oliver (seated, right) as well as ATU SSS staff members (standing, from left) Lori Wineland, Lindsey Riedmueller and Nichole Edwards. 

ATU Theatre Announces Spring Production

Students at Arkansas Tech University will re-tell one of Western civilization’s most well-known stories when they stage a theatrical production of William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” March 8-11.

Performances will be offered in ATU’s Techionery Theatre, 1502 N. El Paso Ave. in Russellville, nightly at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 8, Friday, March 9, and Saturday, March 10. A 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, March 11, will close the production.

Admission will be $8 for general admission and $5 for those with a valid ATU identification card. Tickets will not be sold in advance.

Jacob Smith of Little Rock and Diana Morris of London will play the title roles.

Dr. Ardith Morris, professor of communication and theatre at Arkansas Tech, is directing the play. Students Robert Warner of Little Rock (assistant director) and Holly Willmon of Bauxite (stage manager) are also serving in leadership positions.

Dr. David Eshelman, associate professor of communication, directs the ATU theatre program.

For more information, contact the ATU Department of Communication and Journalism at (479) 964-0890.