Tech Alumnus Named State’s Top Veterinarian

Arkansas Tech University alumnus Dr. David Oates was named 2017 veterinarian of the year by the Arkansas Veterinary Medical Association during the organization’s 2018 conference in Hot Springs.

A 1979 graduate of ATU with a degree in pre-veterinary medicine, Oates went on to earn his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Louisiana State University.

Oates practices at Russellville Animal Clinic alongside fellow Arkansas Tech alumnus Dr. Heath Stump. They serve as the official veterinarians for Jerry the Bulldog, campus ambassador at Arkansas Tech.

Photographed: Dr. David Oates, 2017 Arkansas Veterinary Medical Association veterinarian of the year, and his wife, Arkansas Tech alumna Tonya Oates. 

Choudhury to Speak Friday Afternoon

Dr. Rajib Choudhury, assistant professor of chemistry at Arkansas Tech University, will offer the second ATU Interdisciplinary Research Series lecture of the spring 2018 semester on Friday, Feb. 23.

The presentation, entitled “Luminescent-based Facile Detection of Human Serum Albumin: A Potential Tool for Point-of-Care Medical Diagnosis,” will begin at 3:30 p.m. in Dr. Robert Charles Brown and Jill Lestage Brown Hall room 134.

Choudhury will discuss his project to develop suitable compounds for easy and cost-effective detection of human serum albumin (HSA) in biological samples, a protein used to diagnose and detect disease.

A reception will follow. All members of the university community are invited to attend.

Learn more about the ATU Interdisciplinary Research Series.

ATU Students Present Research at Capitol

Seventeen Arkansas Tech University students presented their scientific research at the State Capitol in Little Rock during an event on Wednesday, Feb. 14.

The annual event brings undergraduate students from around Arkansas together to share their scientific findings with legislators, state officials and additional attendees.

This year, more than 120 undergraduate students representing 12 colleges and universities participated.

Arkansas Tech’s student representatives at the event were:

  • Cody Campbell of Russellville
  • Sara Eagle of White Hall
  • Elvys Ferrufino-Mejia of Dardanelle
  • Chloe Fitzgerald of North Little Rock
  • Christopher Fleming of Harrison
  • Megan Hand of Monticello
  • Mallory Heft of Charleston
  • Alyssa Kool of Plano, Texas
  • Nicholaus LaRoe of Havana
  • Garrett Lawson of Greenbrier
  • Malynn McKay of Vilonia
  • James Noble of Russellville
  • Thomas Spencer of Russellville
  • Courtney Stockton of Greenwood
  • Ashlyn Tedder of Pottsville
  • Sarah Tomke of Sussex, Wis.
  • David Williams of Hot Springs

Twelve Named to Marketing Advisory Board

University Marketing and Communication (MARCOMM) at Arkansas Tech University has selected 12 Tech students as the inaugural members of its student marketing advisory board.

The advisory board will function as a standing focus group and will provide MARCOMM with a sounding board for creative concepts designed to forward the reputation of Arkansas Tech.

The members of the first ATU student marketing advisory board, listed with their classification at Tech, major field of study and hometown, are:

  • Dillon Collins, freshman, management and marketing/communication, Omaha
  • Amanda Condon, senior, emergency management, Texarkana
  • Emma Curry, graduate student, business administration, Russellville
  • Jordan Elliott, junior, graphic design, Plainview
  • Caleb Eubanks, graduate student, college student personnel, Monticello
  • Haley Fossitt, senior, journalism/public relations, Dover
  • Aaron Gilkey, senior, graphic design, Danville
  • Alida Gutierrez, sophomore, health information management, Dardanelle
  • Katie Hefley, sophomore, economics and finance, Russellville
  • Andrew Purifoy, freshman, communication, Bluff City
  • Ryne Whitaker, junior, computer science, Springdale
  • Randal Wayne Wise, senior, management and marketing/economics and finance, Lonoke

Learn more about ATU MARCOMM.

Biofeedback Lab Aids Students With Stress

The Arkansas Tech University Health and Wellness Center will host an open house for its new biofeedback lab on Monday, Feb. 26, from 4-5 p.m. in Doc Bryan Student Services Center suite 119.

Designed to help students cope with and reduce stress, the biofeedback lab was built during the recent remodel of the ATU Health and Wellness Center.

“Biofeedback uses technologies like video games and guided meditations to teach relaxation techniques, concentration skills and healthy coping responses,” said Kristy Davis, associate dean for health and wellness at ATU. “It teaches people to become aware of their physiological responses such as heart rate increases, while providing techniques like deep breathing, visualization or mindfulness to consciously reset the body’s conditioned responses.”

Davis added that the resources in the biofeedback lab can assist students who struggle with concentration or have difficulty with negative or self-critical thoughts.

Tools available in the lab include computers, biofeedback software, meditation compact discs and cushions, essential oils and diffuser as well as yoga mats.

“Once students learn the processes, they don’t need to come to the lab to practice them in their lives,” said Davis, “but consistent practice in the lab is encouraged while students are learning the techniques.”

During the week following the open house, the ATU Health and Wellness Center will host biofeedback lab orientation sessions on Tuesday, Feb. 27, from 12:30-1:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Feb. 28, from 2-3 p.m.; Thursday, March 1, from 3-4 p.m.; and Friday, March 2, from noon-1 p.m. Light refreshments will be served at each orientation session.

The biofeedback lab is open weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. To schedule a session, call (479) 968-0329 or visit the Health and Wellness Center in Doc Bryan suite 119. It is not necessary to be a client of ATU Counseling Services to use the biofeedback lab.

For more information, send e-mail to or call (479) 968-0329.

Learn more about the ATU Health and Wellness Center.