NASPA Chooses Holt for SERVE Academy

Aubrey Holt, director of campus life at Arkansas Tech University, has been selected to participate in a 2018-19 regional cohort of the SERVE (Supporting, Expanding and Recruiting Volunteer Excellence) Academy conducted by NASPA, Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education.

Holt will be a member of the NASPA Region IV-West SERVE cohort. The program provides emerging leaders in student affairs with an opportunity to learn more about the NASPA professional organization, connect with a volunteer leader from their region as a mentor and develop a cohort project that will contribute to the strategic priorities of NASPA in the region.

Monthly meetings of the cohort will be conducted via distance technology from December 2018 through September 2019.

Holt will be mentored by Dr. Cassie Gerhardt, associate dean of students at the University of North Dakota.

Additional 2018-2019 NASPA Region IV-West SERVE Academy cohort members include:

  • Dr. Evette Allen, director of the multicultural center and non-traditional student services, Arkansas State University
  • Dalton Brasington, coordinator of student engagement, Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy, University of Oklahoma
  • Patrick Bussiere, graduate assistant for student senate, University of Northern Colorado
  • Josh Doak, assistant director of student life, Baker University
  • Karina Knutson, associate director of wellness promotion, University of North Dakota
  • Chris Lord, assistant director of alcohol and other drug programs, University of Colorado-Boulder
  • Bradley Luthe, assistant director of residence life, Pratt Community College
  • Finnley Maier, graduate assistant for fraternity and sorority life, North Dakota State University
  • Stephanie Ross, academic advisor, Trulaske College of Business, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • Brian Street, coordinator of student activities, Rogers State University
  • Dominque Thomas, student success advocate and experience facilitator, Charles W. Donaldson Scholars Program, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Phillips Gains Interim MARCOMM Appointment

Dr. Blake Bedsole, vice president for enrollment management at Arkansas Tech University, has assigned Carrie Harris Phillips additional duties as interim director for University Marketing and Communication (MARCOMM) at ATU.

MARCOMM is responsible for creating and disseminating marketing messages and materials on behalf of the university as part of the ATU Division of Enrollment Management.

Phillips holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and a Master of Arts degree in multi-media journalism from ATU. After beginning her career as an associate producer at television station WXII in North Carolina, she returned home to ATU as assistant director of new media in 2008. She was elevated to director of new media in 2011.

Her achievements have included the establishment of ATU on multiple social media platforms, the creation and implementation of social media guidelines for the campus community, the development of, advances in capturing, disseminating and archiving video footage from campus events and significant contributions to multiple award-winning marketing and communication projects on behalf of the university.

Phillips earned the Professional Certified Marketer credential through the American Marketing Association. She will begin work in fall 2018 on a Doctor of Education degree in higher education administration from Texas Tech University.

Located in Browning Hall, MARCOMM operates under a vision of aspiring to “personify a culture of oneness by collaborating with partners to produce creative, relevant and innovative solutions that acknowledge the story of Arkansas Tech University as it unfolds.”

Sam Strasner will continue his communications, public relations and media relations duties as director of university relations. He will report to the chief of staff in the Office of the President. His office is located in Tomlinson Hall.

Donnell Makes History, Gains Statewide Honor

Joe Donnell, a member of the Arkansas Tech University Class of 2018, has been recognized by Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Commissioner Johnny Key of the Arkansas Department of Education for his academic performance in the realm of computer science education.

Donnell was among five individuals honored as the first graduates of computer science education post-secondary programs of study approved by the Arkansas Department of Education. The recognition took place at the 2018 Computer Science Educators Conference in Arkadelphia.

A native of Danville, Donnell completed his Bachelor of Science degree in computer science education from ATU in May.

Joining him as the first computer science education degree holders in Arkansas were Candace Speers from Henderson State University as well as Chris Malone and Nate Vogel from the University of Arkansas. Drake Maltos, who is scheduled to graduate in December from the University of Arkansas, was also lauded for his achievement.

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ATU Program Named Most Affordable in U.S.

College Choice has ranked the Arkansas Tech University Master of Science degree in emergency management and homeland security as the most affordable online master’s degree of its kind in the United States.

By employing a methodology that evaluates programs on quality, reputation, affordability, value and satisfaction, College Choice critiqued programs in the related fields of homeland security, cybersecurity, emergency management and public safety to determine which one provided its graduates with the most return on their educational dollar.

ATU earned the top spot based upon its low average net price as compared to other institutions and the fact that the emergency management and homeland security master’s degree at Arkansas Tech was the first in the world to be accredited by The Council for Accreditation of Emergency Management Education.

“This recognition from an independent party is a reflection of the quality of the faculty and curriculum in the Department of Emergency Management,” said Dr. Sandy Smith, head of the ATU Department of Emergency Management and professor of emergency management. “We are pleased to be able to provide current and prospective emergency management professionals with an affordable and accessible pathway to an advanced credential from Arkansas Tech, which has been a leader in emergency management education for more than two decades.”

ATU was among the first three institutions of higher learning in the U.S. to offer baccalaureate degrees in emergency management. Coursework toward the Bachelor of Science degree in emergency administration and management was first offered in 1997. ATU added its Master of Science degree in emergency management and homeland security almost a decade later.

James Lee Witt, director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) from 1993-2001, was instrumental in the creation of the ATU undergraduate degree and was presented with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from ATU in 2006.

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NSCS at ATU Achieves Bronze Star Status

Arkansas Tech University’s chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) has earned the bronze star award for the 2017-18 academic year.

“The achievement of bronze star status is no easy feat and distinguishes the chapter among more than 320 chapters throughout the country,” said Mitchell Altman, public relations coordinator for NSCS at a national level. “All bronze star chapters were leaders in implementing engaging, student-centered events on their campus and in their local community, including a new member induction ceremony, integrity week and PACE, or Planning to Achieve Collegiate Success. The chapter has truly proven their commitment to the ideals that NSCS holds dear. Their exceptional work is not only a credit to them as a chapter, but as students of ATU as well.”

The NSCS chapter at ATU has been active since 2006. Dr. Gabriel Adkins, associate professor of communication, serves as chapter advisor.

NSCS is an ACHS-certified, non-profit honors organization that recognizes high-achieving undergraduates who excel academically during their first and second years of college. With its three pillars of scholarship, leadership and service, NSCS provides career and graduate school connections, leadership and service opportunities and disburses more than $1 million in scholarships, awards and chapter funds annually.

Learn more about NSCS at Arkansas Tech University.