Condolence Notes for Family of Bryce Briggs

Arkansas Tech University has installed a mailbox at the Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center for students, faculty and staff who wish to send a note of sympathy to the family of Daniel “Bryce” Briggs.

Briggs, 19, died on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, as a result of burns suffered in an accident in his hometown of Royal in Garland County. He was a freshman mechanical engineering student at Arkansas Tech. Briggs lived in Nutt Residence Hall and was an active member of the Arkansas Tech Fishing Club.

The mailbox will be located on the first floor of the Pendergraft Library and Technology Center near the circulation desk. It will remain in place until the end of the day on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, at which time the notes of condolence will be picked up and delivered to the family.

MLK Jr. Day at Arkansas Tech University

Arkansas Tech University is closed on Monday, Jan. 16, in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

There will be a campus-wide march and community service project beginning at 5 p.m. Monday.

The event will with a march from Hindsman Tower to the W.O. Young Building. At the conclusion of the march, volunteers will gather in the Young Ballroom to participate in the second annual The Pack Shack event at Arkansas Tech.

According to its website, The Pack Shack is a non-profit organization headquartered in Rogers that seeks to “supply provisions and opportunities for our neighbors in need.” The organization was co-founded by Arkansas Tech alumnus Jarod Ring.

The inaugural Pack Shack event at Arkansas Tech in 2016 packed 37,152 meals to assist individuals and families facing food insecurity. The goal for the 2017 event is to pack 40,000 meals, all of which will be distributed to those in need through service organizations in Russellville.

Students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the university are invited to volunteer at the food packing event. All necessary supplies will be provided to volunteers.

Members of the Arkansas Tech community are invited to two additional events in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy.

There will be a gallery walk from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18, in the Chambers Cafeteria tabling area. The gallery will include artistic pieces that reflect the civil rights movement.

In addition, the monthly Tech Talks open forum will take place from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19, in Baswell Techionery. Tech Talks is a safe space that allows for the sharing of thoughts, beliefs, questions and comments regarding the topic of the day.

For more information about the Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2017 events at Arkansas Tech, call (479) 880-4358 or send e-mail to

Tutoring Center Sets Spring 2017 Hours

Arkansas Tech University has announced spring 2017 semester tutoring hours for its Russellville campus.

Free tutoring services in more than 40 academic disciplines are available to Arkansas Tech students. All services are available by appointment. Same day, walk-in and future appointments are accepted.

Many of the tutoring services are offered in Doc Bryan Student Services Center room 153. The Doc Bryan Tutoring Center offers night tutoring from 5-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday. Daytime tutoring in subjects such as biology, chemistry and mathematics is also available.

Additional tutoring services in accounting, statistics, world languages and writing at other locations on campus are listed as part of the full tutoring schedule below.

For more information about tutoring services for Arkansas Tech students, call (479) 964-0583 (ext. 4506), visit or send e-mail to

View the complete spring 2017 tutoring schedule.

Arkansas Tech Ranked No. 1 in Online Value

Arkansas Tech University is the best value in online higher education in the State of Arkansas according to an independent review of data by online resource

Best Value Schools analyzed online enrollment statistics, graduation rates and in-state tuition rates over a three-year span from 2012-15.

Additional factors considered in finalizing the rankings included range and variety of online class offerings, long-term institutional commitment to online learning and the university’s investment in promoting and/or expanding virtual classrooms.

Based upon those criteria, Arkansas Tech University received a score of 100 to lead the rankings for the Natural State for the 2016-17 academic year.

“The school’s high graduation and online enrollment rates – not to mention its focus on providing a consistent and state-of-the-art online learning experience – make ATU the best online school in Arkansas,” wrote the Best Value Schools staff in its assessment of Arkansas Tech’s online programs.

Learn more about learning online at Arkansas Tech University.

Parking Changes Near Construction Area

Construction near Tech Field, home of Arkansas Tech University baseball, will affect parking in that area of the Russellville campus during the spring 2017 semester.

Below is a list of the changes:

*Parking lot VV (beyond the outfield fence at Tech Field) will be closed.

*Parking lots RR (between Williamson Hall and Tech Field) and UU (adjacent to the Office of Campus Recreation on West L Street) will be changed to allow students with orange permits to park in those lots.

“Public Safety will monitor the parking situation throughout the construction process to ensure parking needs are met for our students,” said Chief Joshua McMillian of the Arkansas Tech Department of Public Safety. “When construction is complete, the parking lot will be re-opened and available for student use. Thank you for your understanding during this process and contact our office if you have any questions.”

View the 2016-17 Arkansas Tech University Russellville campus parking map.