Safety Seminar Set for Jan. 31 and Feb. 6

Members of the Arkansas Tech University community are invited to attend an upcoming informational session about civilian response to active shooter situations hosted by the ATU Department of Public Safety and the ATU Division of Student Services.

There will be two opportunities to attend the session, one on Tuesday, Jan. 31, and the other on Monday, Feb. 6. Both sessions will last from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the Doc Bryan Student Services Center Lecture Hall.

According to information provided by the ATU Department of Public Safety, the program will include information about the “psychology of disaster response, active shooter events by the numbers and what you should do if you find yourself in an active shooter event.”

Learn more about the ATU Department of Public Safety.

Tech Packs 40,000 Meals for Those in Need

Arkansas Tech University reached its goal of providing 40,000 meals for people who are food insecure in the Arkansas River Valley during a community service event on Monday, Jan. 16.

The event was part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day commemoration on the Arkansas Tech campus in Russellville. More than 425 volunteers from the Tech community met at W.O. Young Building Ballroom to assemble the meals in an effort coordinated with The Pack Shack, a non-profit organization headquartered in Rogers and co-founded by Arkansas Tech alumnus Jarod Ring.

The meals have been shared with local service organizations for distribution to individuals and families who lack reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.

This marked the second consecutive year in which Arkansas Tech and The Pack Shack have partnered for a community service event. In two years, the Tech community has provided more than 77,000 meals to its neighbors in need through The Pack Shack.

MLK Jr. Day of Rembrance & Service | 1/16/17

Coming Soon: Leadership TECH, Cohort 2

With the intent to develop individuals as leaders and to build leadership capacity within the faculty and staff on its Russellville and Ozark campuses, Arkansas Tech University is currently preparing to provide the Leadership TECH program to a second cohort in 2017-2018.

Leadership TECH will expand its program with a second cohort in fall 2017. Any full-time faculty or staff member (classified or unclassified) may be nominated for Leadership TECH. The cohort will be a diverse representation of the university, recognizing the importance of leadership in all campus offices and academic departments. Anyone can nominate any candidate for the program. Individuals are allowed to nominate themselves.

Program development team members include Dr. Jeff Mott, chief of staff in the Office of the President; Dr. Mary Gunter, dean of the College of Education and the Graduate College; Bruce Sikes, chancellor of Arkansas Tech-Ozark Campus; Brooke Southard, director of payroll and special services and interim director of human resources; Amy Pennington, interim vice president of student services and dean of students; and Dr. Lucas Maxwell, assistant professor of agricultural education.

More information about the nomination process for the second cohort will be announced in early February. Employees may watch OneTech and e-mail for further information.

Miss Tech Contestant Applications Due Feb. 6

Eligible Arkansas Tech University students have through Monday, Feb. 6, to enter to compete in the 2017 Miss Arkansas Tech University Scholarship Pageant.

The 62nd annual pageant is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17, at Witherspoon Auditorium.

Carly Copeland of Clarksville (photographed) was crowned Miss Tech 2016.

The Miss Tech Pageant is an official preliminary to the Miss America Pageant, and the winner advances to compete in the Miss Arkansas Pageant.

Contestants in the Miss Arkansas Tech University Scholarship Pageant must be full-time female Tech students between the ages of 17 and 24.

In addition to the crown, the new Miss Tech will receive a two-semester tuition scholarship at Arkansas Tech. In all, more than $26,000 in gifts and scholarships were awarded during the 2016 pageant.

The event is sponsored by the ladies of Delta Zeta.

Dr. Jim Collins, professor of agriculture at Arkansas Tech, serves as Miss Tech executive director and master of ceremonies.

For more information, send e-mail to or visit his office in Dean Hall room 124B.

Burnett Appointed to Board of Trustees

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has appointed Eric Burnett of Fort Smith to the Arkansas Tech University Board of Trustees.

Burnett will serve a five-year term through Jan. 14, 2022. He will succeed John Ed Chambers III of Danville, who was chairman of the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees in 2016. Chambers served on the board from 1994-99 and from 2007-17.

This will mark Burnett’s second term on the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees. He was a member of the board from January 2011-January 2016 and was chairman of the board in 2015.

Burnett is the head boys’ basketball coach at Fort Smith Northside High School. He was named to that position in April 2010 after spending the previous five seasons in the same role at Springdale Har-Ber High School. Burnett also has four years of experience as the head boys’ basketball coach at Fort Smith Southside High School.

A 1994 graduate of Arkansas Tech, Burnett earned four letters as a member of the Wonder Boys basketball team.

Burnett is Arkansas Tech’s all-time leader in 3-point field goals made (354). He also ranks among the Wonder Boys’ career leaders in scoring (6th, 1,981 points), rebounding (5th, 775), free throws made (7th, 397), assists (8th, 343), steals (T-8th, 150) and field goals made (10th, 615).

He was named an NAIA All-American in 1993 and he was a two-time All-Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference selection. The Wonder Boys won 83 games and the 1993 AIC title during Burnett’s career.

Burnett and his wife, Michelle, have two daughters.

Returning members of the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees for 2017 are Charles Blanchard of Russellville, Tom Kennedy of Little Rock, Fritz Kronberger of Russellville and Leigh Whiteside of Russellville.

The board will elect officers for 2017 during its first meeting of the new year on Wednesday, Jan. 25.