Cheffer to Direct Budget, Financial Reporting

Sandy Cheffer, chief fiscal officer for Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus, has accepted the position of director of budget and financial reporting at Arkansas Tech University effective July 1, 2017.

Cheffer has served as chief financial officer for ATU-Ozark for the past 13 years.

“Sandy has made a significant impact to the campus and university since joining in 2004,” said Bruce Sikes, chancellor of ATU-Ozark. “The Ozark campus has undergone significant enrollment and program growth as well as improved fiscal operations and personnel structure organization under her leadership. We appreciate Ms. Cheffer’s commitment to the Ozark campus and her commitment to Arkansas Tech University.”

Cheffer will succeed Linda Johnson, who joined the ATU Office of Budget as a budget specialist in 1992 and assumed the role of budget director in 1997. Johnson will retire on June 30, 2017.

Bernadette Hinkle, ATU vice president for administration and finance, expressed her appreciation to Johnson for her years of dedicated service and to the following individuals for their service as search committee members: Brandi Collins, Emily Billings-Bull, Heather Taylor, Laury Fiorello and Pat Chronister.

Former Faculty Member Krueger Passes Away

David Krueger, who served on the Arkansas Tech University faculty for a half-century and later received the institution’s highest honor with induction into the ATU Hall of Distinction, died on Sunday, June 18, 2017.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. on Friday, June 23, at Humphrey Chapel, 2801 W. Main St. in Russellville. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until the beginning of the services on Friday.

Krueger graduated from Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis) with a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Arts degree in history.

He arrived at Arkansas Tech in 1960 and was greeted by a community of less than 1,400 students on a campus that was merely a decade removed from being a junior college.

“The career I had at Arkansas Tech was magnificent and I enjoyed it from the time I first came over,” said Krueger. “I wasn’t that familiar with where Russellville was, but I had heard of Arkansas Tech. I went to Memphis State, and Memphis State played Arkansas Tech in a football game. They beat Tech 18-6. Nobody could kick an extra point.”

During his half-century at Arkansas Tech, Krueger served under four presidents (Joseph W. Hull, Dr. George L. B. Pratt, Dr. Kenneth Kersh and Dr. Robert C. Brown) and he saw the name of the school change from Arkansas Polytechnic College to Arkansas Tech University.

By the time Krueger retired in 2010, he had seen enrollment at Arkansas Tech increase by more than 500 percent.

One of just three individuals to serve on the ATU faculty for 50 or more years, Krueger was voted professor of the year by the Arkansas Tech student body four times. He was the recipient of the first Arkansas Tech Faculty Award of Excellence in teaching in 1996.

Arkansas Tech recognized Krueger’s contributions to the university in 2011 when the annual David W. Krueger History Symposium and Lecture Series was established in his honor and again in 2015 when he received the honorary title of professor emeritus of history from the Tech Board of Trustees.

“David served the university and the history department for 50 years, and in that time he became one of the most respected and beloved figures in the history of the institution,” wrote Dr. Thomas A. DeBlack, professor of history at Arkansas Tech, in one of the letters supporting Krueger’s nomination for emeritus status in 2015. “He is remembered fondly by several generations of students. In my 20 years at Tech, I have never heard anyone say an unkind word about David Krueger, and I have never heard him say an unkind word about anyone else. If anyone ever deserved emeritus status, that person is David Krueger.”

Krueger was inducted into the Arkansas Tech Hall of Distinction in 2016.

“I wasn’t here very long before I realized that the great strength Arkansas Tech has is its student body,” said Krueger. “I would put that student body up against any student body anywhere in the United States as far as being able to cooperate with the faculty. You go in there and you tell them what you want…you make it clear what you expect them to do…and you’ll never have any problems with them.”

Krueger’s link to Arkansas Tech history was spelled out in a 2004 interview with Tech Action magazine, at which time he recalled his first faculty meeting in 1960.

“It was the first of September, and classes were scheduled to begin in the middle of that month,” said Krueger. “This was one of many meetings we had to prepare for the school year, and the entire Tech faculty was there.

“Dr. Hull liked for us to sing at those meetings,” continued Krueger, “and at this particular meeting Dr. (John) Wainright led the faculty in a singing of ‘The Little Brown Church in the Wildwood.’ When we got to the chorus, the entire administration would pick it up. I can remember John Tucker standing up and belting it out.”

Reception Welcoming Nichols on June 26

Members of the Arkansas Tech University community are invited to a meet and greet reception welcoming Dr. Keegan Nichols, vice president for student services, on Monday, June 26.

The reception will take place from 1-2:15 p.m. in Chambers Cafeteria West Dining Room.

Read more about Dr. Keegan Nichols.

Stone Honored on Last Night at Miss Arkansas

Miss Arkansas Tech University 2017 Kelsey Stone collected several awards during the finale of the 2017 Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant at Robinson Performance Hall in Little Rock on Saturday, June 17.

Stone won the prestigious Buddy Coleman Memorial Overall Talent award, which carries with it a $2,500 scholarship.

She was also presented with a $1,000 non-finalist talent scholarship and she made the top 15 in the overall competition to collect an additional $1,500 in scholarship funds. She won the Frances Wilson Overall Alpha Talent Award for top Miss Arkansas newcomer in talent and the Miss Arkansas Overall Instrumentalist Award.

Daughter of Kim and Dee Stone, the Arkansas Tech junior earned the talent awards based upon her preliminary vocal and piano performance of “Rise Up.”

Stone received the opportunity to perform her song on the Miss Arkansas stage during the final evening of competition on Saturday.

A 20-year old from Russellville, Stone will continue to represent her university as Miss Tech through February 2018. Her critical issue is “Healthy Habits for a Healthy Life.”

Also representing ATU at the 2017 Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant were students Carly Copeland of Clarksville, Miss Arkansas Valley; Payton Marshall of Belleville, Miss Petit Jean Valley; Madison Oswalt of Harrison, Miss Ozark Mountain; Raigan Purtle of Russellville, Miss Lake Dardanelle; and Rebecca Ward of Clarksville, Miss Ozark Highlands.

ATU Mourns Loss of Hannah Brownlee

Arkansas Tech University student Hannah Brownlee, 23, died on Friday, June 16, 2017.

“We will keep Hannah’s family and friends in our thoughts during this difficult time,” said Arkansas Tech President Dr. Robin E. Bowen. “If any of our students, faculty or staff would benefit from visiting with a counselor, those services are available through the Arkansas Tech Health and Wellness Center by calling (479) 968-0329.”

Visitation is from 5-7 p.m. on Sunday, June 18, at Humphrey Funeral Service, 2801 W. Main St. in Russellville.

Memorial services are scheduled for 2 p.m. on Monday, June 19, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Russellville, 500 N. Cumberland Ave.

Arkansas Tech will install a mailbox at the Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center for students, faculty and staff who wish to send a note of sympathy to Brownlee’s family.

The mailbox will be located on the first floor of the Pendergraft Library and Technology Center near the circulation desk beginning on Tuesday, June 20. It will remain in place until the end of the day on Friday, June 30, at which time the notes of condolence will be picked up and delivered to the family.