Summer Teacher Institute Set for This Month

For a sixth consecutive summer, faculty members from the Arkansas Tech University College of Arts and Humanities will provide free continuing education to K-12 teachers from around the Natural State during the 2017 Summer Teacher Institute.

This year’s institute is entitled “From Eberts Training Field to Qingdao: Arkansas and the World During World War I.” Attendance is free and open to all K-12 educators in Arkansas. Sessions will take place June 27-29 in Witherspoon Hall room 241, which is located on the ATU campus in Russellville at 407 West Q Street.

Registration for the individual sessions is handled by the Arch Ford Education Service Cooperative.

“This year’s institute is particularly special because the driving force behind the creation of this program, Dr. M. Diane Gleason, is retiring from the ATU faculty,” said Dr. H. Micheal Tarver, professor of history at ATU. “It is her passion for K-12 education and the subject matter that has made this tremendous resource available to hundreds of teachers for the ultimate benefit of the children of Arkansas.”

Gleason will present a lesson entitled “Arkansas Cotton and the First World War” as part of the summer institute.

Other members of the ATU faculty scheduled to present during the institute include Tarver, Dr. Patrick Hagge, Dr. Tom DeBlack, Dr. Jan Jenkins and Dr. David Cullen.

Visit to see a complete schedule for the 2017 Summer Teacher Institute at ATU.

The institute is one aspect of the ATU College of Arts and Humanities K-12 Initiative. The program also makes content-specific videos in subjects such as English, history, political science, art, music, geography, literature, sociology and philosophy available to K-12 teachers for use in their classrooms.

According to the initiative website, the goal of the program is to “increase and enhance the level of partnership between higher education and the public schools while improving student learning, comprehension and written expression at all levels of the educational experience.”

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Kelsey Stone Wins Awards at Miss Arkansas

Arkansas Tech University student Kelsey Stone is the winner of two talent awards following Tuesday night’s preliminary competition at Miss Arkansas.

Stone is the reigning Miss Arkansas Tech University, and she took home the Savvy Shields Alpha Talent Prelim Winner for garnering the most points among first-time Miss Arkansas competitors in her group.

Additionally, Stone went on to win the overall talent preliminary competition on Tuesday.

She performed a piano and voice composition of “Rise Up.” With the two awards, Stone earned $2500 in scholarships from the Miss Arkansas Organization which she will be able to use to further her education at Arkansas Tech.

Learn more about all of the Tech students competing in the pageant.

$600,000 Grant to Aid in Williamson Project

Arkansas Tech University has received a $600,000 grant from the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council (ANCRC) to help fund a renovation of Williamson Hall on its Russellville campus.

Combined with an initial $600,000 grant awarded to ATU in 2016, the ANCRC has now committed $1.2 million to the forthcoming renovation project.

“We are appreciative of our partners at the ANCRC for their continued support of Arkansas Tech,” said Mike Hutchison, vice president for advancement at ATU. “Renovating facilities like Williamson Hall allows us to strike an appropriate balance between honoring our storied past and providing for the educational needs of our students today and in the future. Support from like-minded organizations such as the ANCRC is integral in our ability to achieve that objective.”

Opened in March 1940, Williamson Hall was constructed by the National Youth Administration to serve as its state headquarters. Once the facility was no longer needed by the NYA, it reverted to the possession of Arkansas Tech.

Alumni of the pre-Witherspoon Hall era remember Williamson Hall as the home of the Arkansas Tech music program. The structure is named for Marvin Williamson, who served as the initial director of bands at the institution from 1913-50.

Today, Williamson Hall is home to the ATU Department of Parks, Recreation and Hospitality Administration.

Funds from ANCRC grants have previously helped Arkansas Tech renovate Browning Hall, Caraway Hall, Hughes Hall and Wilson Hall. Like Williamson Hall, all four structures of those are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Since May 2003, the ANCRC has awarded Arkansas Tech 11 grants totaling $5.75 million for preservation and renovation projects.

According to its Web site, the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council was established by the Arkansas Legislature in 1987 by Arkansas Act 729 (now codified as Arkansas Code Annotated 15-12-101 through 15-12-103). The act created the ANCRC to manage and supervise a grants and trust fund for the acquisition, management and stewardship of state-owned properties acquired or used for ANCRC approved purposes.

The grants are funded through state’s real estate transfer tax. The ANCRC consists of eleven voting members. Grants from this fund are for projects that protect and maintain state-owned natural areas, historic sites and outdoor recreation.

ATU MARCOMM Earns National Awards

University Marketing and Communication (MARCOMM) at Arkansas Tech University has received seven national awards in the 32nd annual Educational Advertising Awards from Higher Education Marketing Report.

A T-shirt design for the ATU College of Business and a special campus map for Pokemon Go enthusiasts both won gold awards. MARCOMM collected a silver, a bronze and a merit award for T-shirt designs, a merit award for a happy birthday video shared with members of the university community and a merit award for a video revealing the ATU marching band’s new uniforms.

“These awards are indicative of how our MARCOMM team has embraced distributive leadership over the past several months,” said Dr. Jeff Mott, chief of staff in the Office of the President. “The culture within our marketing and communication office is focused on collaboration and innovation in support of the strategic plan of the university. I look forward to their continued growth as individuals and as a unit.”

Learn more about MARCOMM.

Free Bowling for Tech Students Thursday

There will be strikes and gutter balls aplenty when Arkansas Tech University students descend upon Sports World in Russellville for a bowling night presented by the ATU Office of Campus Life from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, June 15.

Students with a valid ATU identification card will receive free shoe rental and a free game. Sports World is located at 3700 W. Main St.

Learn more about the ATU Office of Campus Life.