Leadership Tech Forms Governing Council

Faculty and staff from Arkansas Tech University convened at the Center for Leadership and Learning on Tuesday, Aug. 14, for the initial meeting of the Leadership Tech Governing Council.

The new council is charged with ensuring the sustainability and continued quality of Leadership Tech, a professional development program for ATU faculty and staff that debuted in 2016.

Dr. Mary B. Gunter, chief of staff in the ATU Office of the President, is the chair of the Leadership Tech Governing Council.

Carrie Phillips, interim director of marketing and communication, and Aubrey Holt, assistant dean for campus life, are serving as vice chairs. Phillips and Holt graduated from Leadership Tech in spring 2018 as members of the inaugural cohort and both have served the program in the role of facilitator.

Additional members of the council include 2018-19 Leadership Tech facilitators (Dr. Jeff Aulgur, Dr. Johnette Moody, Kim DuVall Renteria, Dr. Jeff Robertson, Dr. Sandy Smith and David Spicer) and 2016-18 Leadership Tech alumni facilitators (Jana Crouch, Melanie Diffey, Amy Pennington, Dr. Jeremy Schwehm, Bruce Sikes and Brooke Southard).

Committees within the council will focus on program administration and communication, project implementation, curricula and participant selection.

Cohort three of Leadership Tech will begin its course of study in fall 2018, while the second cohort will participate in its second and final year of the program in 2018-19.

ATU faculty and staff interested in applying for Leadership Tech cohort four will have the opportunity to do so during the spring 2019 semester.

Learn more about Leadership Tech.

ATU Selected for NASPA Lead Initiative

Arkansas Tech University is the lone institution of higher learning in Arkansas and one of 51 colleges and universities across the United States selected to participate in the 2018-19 NASPA Lead Initiative.

NASPA, a national organization for student affairs professionals in higher education, offers the Lead Initiative as a resource for colleges and universities that wish to incorporate civic learning in their educational offerings.

Events celebrating the annual U.S. Constitution Day and programs encouraging students to exercise their right to vote are examples of opportunities within the NASPA Lead Initiative.

Kara Johnson, coordinator of civic engagement in the ATU Department of Campus Life, is designated as ATU’s NASPA Lead Initiative representative.

For more information about the program, call (479) 968-0276 or send e-mail to kjohnson40@atu.edu.

Study Abroad in Cannes During Summer 2019

The Arkansas Tech University Department of English and World Languages will sponsor a one-month immersion program at Campus International de Cannes in Cannes, France, from June 29-July 27, 2019.

Participants will have opportunities to study the French language and learn more about the local culture.

The trip is open to all ATU students, faculty and staff. No language background is required.

For more information, contact Philippe Van Houtte at (479) 498-6042 or pvanhoutte@atu.edu. His office is located in Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center room 221.

New ATU Degree Seeks to Boost K-12 Literacy

Arkansas Tech University is offering a new opportunity for education professionals seeking an advanced credential.

The ATU Master of Education degree in K-12 literacy answers the call made by the Arkansas Reading Initiative for Student Excellence (RISE) program by providing more highly-trained teachers who are prepared to enhance reading programs.

RISE was introduced by Gov. Asa Hutchinson and the Arkansas Department of Education in January 2017.

“With this demand for a greater number and more specifically-prepared reading teachers, the supply is currently not adequate,” said Dr. Tim Carter, interim associate dean in the ATU College of Education. “The new K-12 literacy master’s degree program at Arkansas Tech will assist in meeting this demand.”

Approved by the ATU Board of Trustees in October 2017, the Arkansas Tech K-12 literacy master’s degree was subsequently approved by the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board in January 2018.

According to the program proposal written by the ATU College of Education, the ATU K-12 literacy master’s degree “will prepare K-12 literacy/reading specialists who will positively impact student reading development by meeting the standards expected of reading specialists as denoted by the Arkansas Department of Education and the International Literacy Association.”

Master’s degree students first enrolled in the program during summer 2018. Classes are now forming for fall 2018.

In addition to completion of the master’s degree, the reading specialist K-12 and dyslexia therapist K-12 licensure endorsements are available to students enrolled in the program.

“Literacy abilities continue to be of vital importance in our society,” said Dr. Lynn Walsh, professor of curriculum and instruction at ATU and program director for the K-12 literacy master’s degree. “We are pleased to offer this program to prepare literacy experts to meet this need.”

For more information, call (479) 968-0291 or visit www.atu.edu/education.

Summer Commencement Celebrated at ATU

Arkansas Tech University marked the end of its summer 2018 terms by hosting a commencement ceremony at John E. Tucker Coliseum in Russellville on Saturday, Aug. 11.

When all was said and done, ATU conferred more than 1,200 academic credentials upon graduates at the conclusion of the summer terms.

This marked the 10th consecutive year in which ATU hosted a summer commencement. The university celebrates its graduates in May, August and December of each year.