Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Set for March 6

Men in the Arkansas Tech University community will have an opportunity to raise awareness about the causes and effects of violence against women during the annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event on Monday, March 6.

The walk will begin at 2 p.m. at Hindsman Tower. It is open to all students, faculty and staff.

Deadline to register for the walk and reserve shoes is 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 27.

To register, visit the Student Activities Board page on theLINK.

Learn more about Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.

ATU Students Step Up for Salvation Army

The final numbers from the Salvation Army angel tree project for the 2016 holiday season for the Arkansas River Valley are in, and they reveal that Arkansas Tech University students made the season brighter for a considerable number of area youth.

Of the 450 local children who had their wishes granted through the Russellville location of the Salvation Army, 200 were granted through an effort led by the College Panhellenic Council (CPC) at Arkansas Tech.

Nine Greek organizations at Arkansas Tech sponsored at least one Salvation Army angel during the 2016 holiday season.

Anna St. John, who served as CPC president in 2016, said the idea for taking on the project originated with a desire by the group to take on a new challenge.

“We realized that we could really make a difference and bring the Greek community together,” said St. John. “At the end of the year we really wanted to do a service project to give back to the community that got all of Greek life involved. We had quite a few meetings trying to figure out what it would be. When we started this whole project, I had no clue we would have such a positive response.”

Of the 200 children assisted through the Arkansas Tech CPC effort, more than 90 percent were sponsored by Arkansas Tech students. After the first 100 were chosen within an hour, the CPC reached out to Salvation Army and pledged to find sponsors for another 100 children. They fulfilled that pledge.

“It was unlike anything I’ve ever seen in my four years at Tech,” said St. John. “When everyone came to drop off all of the toys and clothes for their angels, it absolutely brought tears to my eyes. Everyone really came together as a community, dug deep and remembered the true meaning of Christmas. I think this really is a true testament to what our Greek students are capable of on this campus. Actions speak louder than words. I cannot express the joy and gratitude I felt towards everyone who helped contribute to this project. Saying that it was a success is an understatement. It was so awesome that everyone that participated just really wanted to give back and didn’t expect anything in return. It was the best feeling to realize just how many people truly cared about this project and giving these sweet kids the Christmas they deserve.”

Learn more about Greek life at ATU.

Arka Tech Staff Wins Regional Awards at SEJC

The Arka Tech student newspaper at Arkansas Tech University captured five awards during the 2017 Southeast Journalism Conference (SEJC), which was hosted by the University of Mississippi in Oxford Feb. 16-18.

As a staff, the Arka Tech brought home the third-place award for best opinion-editorial writing.

Amber Quaid earned sixth place in best news graphic designer and eighth place in best newspaper page layout designer. Karen Ricketts collected a fourth-place award for best special event reporter/editor, while Claudia Young finished third in an on-site competition for news photography.

Twenty-nine universities and colleges submitted 469 entries for the SEJC Best of the South competition.

“I am extremely proud of our staff,” said Young, editor in chief of the Arka Tech. “While some of our staff did not win awards, we branched out and tried new things, which is really what journalism is all about. I think this experience has made us better journalists. Although I am graduating in May, I know that they will make me proud next year as well. It’s been such an honor being editor for this team.”

The Arka Tech staff members attending the SEJC had an opportunity to hear presentations by journalists from the New York Times, the Clarion-Ledger newspaper, Mississippi Public Broadcasting, ESPN’s The Undefeated, the Miami Herald and Oxford Magazine.

Learn more about the ATU Department of Communication and Journalism.

Wind Ensemble Taking Its Show on the Road

The Arkansas Tech University Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform a pair of collaborative concerts with high school bands from within the region during the first weekend in March.

The ATU ensemble will be joined by the Dardanelle High School Wind Ensemble for a 7 p.m. performance on Friday, March 3, at The Center for the Arts in Russellville.

On Saturday, March 4, the scene will shift to the Fort Smith Southside Auditorium for a 6 p.m. concert featuring the ATU Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the Fort Smith Southside Wind Ensemble.

The students from Arkansas Tech will perform selections from “West Side Story” during both appearances.

Clay Hooten directs the Dardanelle High School Wind Ensemble, while the Fort Smith Southside Wind Ensemble is under the direction of Sean Carrier.

Dr. Daniel A. Belongia is director of bands and associate professor of music at Arkansas Tech.

Learn more about the ATU Department of Music.

Civil Rights Leader to Speak at ATU Tuesday

Arkansas Tech University will host a Black History Month keynote address entitled “My Childhood Experiences with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Growing Up in the Selma Civil Rights Movement” by Sheyann Webb Christburg on Tuesday, Feb. 28.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. in Doc Bryan Student Services Center Lecture Hall, which is located at 1605 Coliseum Drive on the ATU campus in Russellville. Admission will be free and open to the public.

The course of Christburg’s life was forever altered when, at the age of 9, she was described as the “Smallest Freedom Fighter” by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in recognition of her participation in the historic civil rights marches from Selma to Montgomery in 1965.

She authored “Selma, Lord, Selma: Girlhood Memories of the Civil Rights Days” as a memoir of how she became active in the civil rights movement. The book was later made into an NAACP Image Award-nominated film by Disney.

Christburg has persisted as an advocate for civil rights, voting rights and humanitarian efforts throughout her life. She is writing a second book, which will be entitled “Didn’t Let Nobody Turn Me Around.”

Recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal, Christburg has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, MSNBC, CNN and the Tom Joyner Show. She was featured in the PBS documentary “Eyes on the Prize” and she was portrayed in the major motion picture “Selma.”

ATU students, faculty and staff will have an additional opportunity to hear Christburg speak from 4-5 p.m. Tuesday in Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center room 300.