Tech’s Got Talent Finalists Announced

Six finalists have been selected in the 2017 Tech’s Got Talent competition.

Each of the six acts will perform at Witherspoon Auditorium beginning at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 30. Comedian Jessi Campbell will host the event.

The finalists are:

  • ATU Dance Company (Alexandreia Nelson, Ambriyah McFadden, Kaylon Hodges, Diana Ramirez, Khaliah Keith and Jay Anderson; hip hop dance)
  • McDonald’s All Day Breakfast Club (Emily Thompson, Rob Warner and Heather Caplett; band)
  • Riley Robinson (lyrical dance)
  • Tori and Lexi Morris (singing duet)
  • Katie McHale (clogging)
  • HITZ (Michelle Montoya, LeAnthony Moses “RayRay” and Dywon Wilson; hip hop dance)

Admission to the Tech’s Got Talent finals will be free with a valid Arkansas Tech identification card.

Parash Rajbhansi and Sabina Tamang (photographed) won the 2016 Tech’s Got Talent competition with a performance of a traditional Nepalese dance.

Tech’s Got Talent is presented by Student Activities Board and the ATU Office of Campus Life.

Orientation Leaders for Fall 2017 Selected

The Arkansas Tech University Office of Campus Life has selected 133 students to serve in the role of Go Bold new student orientation leader at the beginning of the fall 2017 semester.

According to information on the ATU Office of Campus Life website, Go Bold new student orientation is a series of programs “designed to help (incoming students) transition into Arkansas Tech University and outline the university’s academic, social, and developmental expectations and available resources and opportunities.”

The orientation leaders are current students trained to assist new students during that process.

New student orientation on the Russellville campus of Arkansas Tech for the fall 2017 semester is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 21, and Tuesday, Aug. 22.

The Go Bold new student orientation leaders for fall 2017 are:

Abby Lawson
Abi Sasore
Addison Graham
AJ Herron
Alexa Carrington
Alicia DeAguero
Allan Gamill
Allison Holloway
Andrew Lee
Ashley Welsh
Ashlyn Foote
Austin White
Autumn Hurley
Bailey Fowler
Bailey Greenwood
Betsaeli Garcia
Blair Miller
Blake Hurley
Bri Robinson
Brianna Davis
Brock Simons
Brooke Whatley
Bryan Cook
Carly Copeland
Carrie Saunders
Christian Rosenbaum
Claudia Rice
Cody Underhill
Collin Moore
Cristina Suaste
Dani Elias
Daniel Nehus
Daniel Rivera
Demi Kelley
Destiney Carroccio
Garett Phillips
Garrett Johnson
Gavin Dundee
Glen Poole
Graycen Perkins
Hanna Raines
Hannah Shellito
Hannah Simmons
Hannah Spandle
Harley Mittelstedt
Hartley Smyth
Heather Catlett
Hermes Aldana
Hunter Barksdale
Hunter Cowell
J.L. Jones
Jacob Blockburger
Jayson Simmons
Jessica Caballero
Jessica Lyons
Joellen Dettra
Josye Smith
Justice Pryor
Kaelyn Greer
Kaitlyn Tran
KaLynn Peterson
Katherine Welch
Katie Hardy
Katie Jones
Kaylee Lawrence
Khalil Oumimoun
Kim Huff
Kirsten Reid
Konnor Holland
Kyle Coffman
Kyle Howley
Kyle Pierce
Kyle Russell
Lakyn Kidd
Landon Braden
Landon Brown
Lantwan Traylor
Lauren Steele
Lexi Medlin
Leyton Cabe
Lindsey Miller
Logan Thomas
Lydia Gates
Madison Craig
Madison Vigil
Maggie Hand
Makayla King
Makenzie Martin
Malia Hernandez
Maria Marasco
Matthew Smith
Megan Bryant
Megan Tucker
Melissa Carmack
Mikah Short
Molly Revoir
Morgan Davis
Morgan Lunsford
Naomi Rheingans
Natalie Mayernick
Nicholas Blackard
Nick Canale
Noah Stephens
Olivia Karnes
Queresten Jones
Rashelle Smith
Rebekah Cole
Reid Wheeler
Sam Robinson
Savannah Boster
Seth McCammon
Shelayna Shelton
Shelby Benefield
Shelby Fitts
Sidney Burgess
Sierra Pisciotta
Sisi Meskill
Skylar Fowler
Stacy Guzman
Sydney Blackwell
Sydney Stone
Taylor Finley
Tina King
Trey Starks
Tyler Haywood
Vandella Suico
Victoria Rollins
Victoria Underhill
Will Anderson
Will Welch
Wyatt Mosher
Yessica Resendiz
Zachary Paquet

Learn more about Go Bold new student orientation.

Mosaic Scholarship Benefit Set for April 28

Arkansas Tech University will host its third annual scholarship benefit dinner on Friday, April 28, at John E. Tucker Coliseum in Russellville.

The theme for the 2017 event, “Mosaic,” reflects the variety of ATU students that will be in attendance to share their academic and artistic endeavors through a collection of presentations and performances.

A reception will begin at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets for the business attire occasion are $100 per person.

Seating will be limited. Valet parking will be available.

The deadline to RSVP is Friday, April 14. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Individuals may RSVP online at, by calling (479) 968-0400 or by visiting the Division of Advancement office in the ATU Administration Building.

Honorary co-hosts for the 2017 ATU scholarship benefit include Lori and Rob Callahan of Sherwood, Kerrie and Bruce Carothers of Russellville, Lorie and Bill Clary of Conway, Laura and Michael Keener of Fort Smith, Jennifer and Matt McCoy of Russellville, Judy Murphy of Russellville and Twana and Danny Troutt of Harrison.

DeBlack’s New Book Details History of ATU

A member of the Arkansas Tech University faculty has authored a history of the institution.

Dr. Thomas A. DeBlack, professor of history, has completed a work entitled “A Century Forward: The Centennial History of Arkansas Tech University.”

“A Century Forward” is available for purchase weekdays at the Barnes and Noble College Bookstore at ATU, which is located in the W.O. Young Building at 209 West O Street in Russellville; and the ATU Alumni House, which is located at 1313 North Arkansas Ave. in Russellville. Cost is $45 per book plus tax.

The new book tells the story of Arkansas Tech University, beginning with the events that led to its creation as the Second District Agricultural School in 1909 and continuing through its evolution to become Arkansas Polytechnic College in 1925 and Arkansas Tech University in 1976. The ending point of the book coincides with the conclusion of the presidency of Dr. Robert C. Brown in 2014.

A member of the Arkansas Tech faculty since 1995, DeBlack is a past president of the Arkansas Historical Association and the Arkansas Association of College History Teachers.

DeBlack is also an award-winning author. In 2003, he received the first Butler-Remmel Arkansas History Literary Prize for his book “With Fire and Sword: Arkansas 1861-74.” He co-authored the college-level textbook “Arkansas: A Narrative History,” which was recognized by the Arkansas Library Association with its Arkansiana Prize in 2003.

DeBlack’s areas of teaching and research emphasis are Arkansas history, the Old South, the New South, the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Arkansas Tech Mourns Loss of Cody Simmons

Arkansas Tech University student Cody Simmons, 29, died on Tuesday, March 21, 2017.

“Students, faculty and staff are reminded that counselors are available in the Arkansas Tech Health and Wellness Center (479-968-0329) for those who need their services,” said Arkansas Tech President Dr. Robin E. Bowen. “Cody’s family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers.”

Simmons was a resident of Atkins. He earned a Bachelor of Professional Studies degree from ATU in 2016 and was continuing his education in pursuit of a coaching endorsement.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 25, at Lemley Chapel, 1401 N. Church Street in Atkins. Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, March 24, at Lemley Chapel.

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 Simmons’ family.

The mailbox will be located on the first floor of the Pendergraft Library and Technology Center near the circulation desk beginning on Monday, March 27. It will remain in place until the end of the day on Friday, April 7, at which time the notes of condolence will be picked up and delivered to the family.