Ag Organizations Rule Sign Competition

The Arkansas Tech University Division of Student Services has announced the prize-winning entries in the 2017 ATU Homecoming sign competition for registered student organizations.

The Agriculture Club and the Hull-Hughes Collegiate Future Farmers of America shared first place.

Delta Zeta was presented with a second-place finish, while Sigma Alpha Iota and the Visual Arts Association tied for third place.

Morris Named ATU Homecoming Queen

Senior Monique Morris of Bastrop, La., was crowned Arkansas Tech University Homecoming queen 2017 during a pre-game ceremony at Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field in Russellville on Saturday, Oct. 21.

Morris is majoring in rehabilitation science. Her campus involvement has included Residence Hall Association, Presidential Leadership Cabinet, Student Government Association and the Pacesetters student philanthropy committee.

She has served as a resident assistant. Her mother is Angela Morris.

Morris was joined on the 2017 Arkansas Tech Homecoming court by senior Allison Holloway of Alma, senior Raigan Purtle of Russellville, junior Emily Torrealba of Arlington, Texas, and senior Vanessa Villarreal of Clarksville.

Moore, Hendren, Rosenbaum Take TGT Prize

Musical trio Danielle Moore, Grace Hendren and Christian Rosenbaum is the fall 2017 Tech’s Got Talent champion at Arkansas Tech University.

They were voted as the top act among six finalists at Witherspoon Auditorium on Friday, Oct. 20. Moore, Hendren and Rosenbaum earned $300 as the Tech’s Got Talent winner.

Noah Davis collected $200 as the runner-up, and Shawnette Stewart won $100 for her third-place finish.

Yasmine Baccam, Bailey Hughes and Double E Trickery also reached the final stage of the competition.

Tech’s Got Talent is presented by ATU Student Activities Board.

2017 Homecoming: Tech's Got Talent: Finals | 10/20/17

Dissertation Defenses Set for Late October

Two doctoral students at Arkansas Tech University are scheduled to give public presentations of their dissertations in late October.

Yvette Dillingham will present “Authentic Parent Involvement: One Arkansas School’s Efforts to Partner with Families” for her final dissertation defense beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28.

Amanda Britt’s final defense of a dissertation entitled “Meeting the Needs of Teachers as Whole Learners” will take place on Monday, Oct. 30, at 3 p.m.

Both presentations will be offered at the ATU Center for Leadership and Learning, 227 State Road 333 South in Russellville. All members of the university community are invited to attend.

The ATU Doctor of Education degree in school leadership is designed for K-12 education professionals who currently serve or wish to serve in school district leadership positions.

Learn more about the ATU Doctor of Education degree in school leadership.

Play Unified Brings People Together at ATU

No score was kept. No post-game reports were filed.

And yet, it was obvious to anyone watching that everyone participating in the kickball, flag football and other games on the Hindsman Tower lawn at Arkansas Tech University on Thursday, Oct. 19, was a winner.

The annual Play Unified event at ATU has become a Homecoming tradition that provides Tech students with an opportunity to volunteer their time to play alongside athletes from Special Olympics Arkansas.

“Coming out to Tech means a lot to our Special Olympians,” said Darla Jones of Russellville, Special Olympics of Arkansas Area 17 Director. “Just being on the campus makes them feel important. I love the way Tech students come out and support it…it’s just an awesome feeling. These Tech students could be anywhere else, but they want to come out here. Apparently they like it because it just keeps getting bigger and bigger every year. To be a part of the Homecoming week…that is what makes it so great for us.”

According to Special Olympics, the Play Unified movement is “dedicated to promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences.” Individuals with and without intellectual disabilities play together on the same team in an effort to build friendship and understanding.

Baggo and bocce were among the other activities that took place during the 2017 Play Unified event at ATU. This marked the fourth consecutive year in which Play Unified was part of the Homecoming week schedule at Arkansas Tech.

Graycen Russell, a junior rehabilitation science major from Lonoke, was among the ATU students who helped plan the 2017 event.

“I hope (the Special Olympians) have fun and learn that college students really do care about them and their community,” said Russell. “We want to make a diffference in the community and an impact. It gives me hope for our future that my fellow Tech students care about these Olympians who are here today.”

Megan Bryant is an ATU senior from Rogers. She is active in registered student organization Delta Sigma Omicron, which serves as an advocate for people with disabilities on and off campus.

“We want to make people aware that (Special Olympians) are just like us,” said Bryant, who is majoring in rehabilitation science and psychology. “They have interests, and they have hobbies, so why not support them just like everyone else? The athletes we have interacted with have been awesome, and they’ve helped us learn bocce. I’ve never played that before, so it was great to learn a new game and hang out with them.”

For Russell, the pay off for all the hard work and planning was simple.

“Joy would be the biggest thing for me,” said Russell. “Seeing their faces light up and watching them have fun…they’re really just like anyone else is.”