Two Leader Identified Events Coming Soon

Arkansas Tech University students will have two opportunities to build their interpersonal skills through On Track Leader Identified programs offered on Tuesday, April 24, and Wednesday, April 25.

Both events will take place in Doc Bryan Student Services Center room 242. Admission will be open to all current ATU students.

“Coaching Your Peers: Effective Helping Skills” will take place from 4-5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24. The discussion will be led by Linda Jackson, visiting instructor of college student personnel and Tech 1001 program coordinator. Jackson will provide tips on mentoring and guiding fellow students.

The April 24 program is sponsored by the ATU Department of College Student Personnel and the leadership minor team.

“Conflict: How to Confront, Collaborate and Craft the Best Outcome” will be presented by the ATU Office of Campus Life from 3-4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25.

Sallie Forrester and Anna Stark, graduate assistants in the Office of Campus Life, will speak on methods to confront peers and co-workers, work together to solve the conflict and create the best outcome for the group.

View the complete On Track road map for spring 2018.

Summer Send Off Promises Food, Fun

Arkansas Tech University students will bid a fond farewell to the 2017-18 academic year at Summer Send Off on Thursday, April 26.

Free T-shirts, carnival rides, funnel cakes, cotton candy, corn dogs and lemonade will be available for students with a valid ATU identification card from 6-11 p.m. at the Witherspoon Hall lower parking lot.

Event sponsors include Arkansas Tech’s National Residence Hall Honorary, Residence Hall Association, Student Activities Board, Student Government Association and Office of Residence Life.

Mystery Hike Scheduled for April 28

Arkansas Tech University’s Office of Campus Recreation will take students on a mystery hike on Saturday, April 28.

Advance registration is required through the IM Leagues portal. Participants must be registered by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, April 26.

The ATU hikers will gather at Tucker Coliseum at 8:30 a.m. on the day of the event, at which time they will be notified of the location where they will be hiking. The group will depart at approximately 8:45 a.m. on April 28 and return by 3:30 p.m. or earlier that day.

Learn more about the ATU Office of Campus Recreation.

Taylor-Lasiter Earns Jim Ed McGee Award

Angie Taylor-Lasiter is the recipient of the 2018 Jim Ed McGee Award as the most outstanding graduate student at Arkansas Tech University.

Taylor-Lasiter was presented with her award during the Arkansas Tech Graduate Council meeting at Tomlinson Hall on Tuesday, April 17.

A graduate of Atkins High School, Taylor-Lasiter attended Arkansas Tech as an undergraduate student and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science in 1998.

While serving as an academic affairs specialist at the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE), Taylor-Lasiter pursued a Master of Science degree in college student personnel from Arkansas Tech. She earned that degree in December 2017 with a 4.0 grade point average.

“This is an incredible honor,” said Taylor-Lasiter, who has served as director of corporate and foundation relations at ATU since October 2017. “It was very much unexpected. I wasn’t able to attend my commencement ceremony in December, so today was my graduation. My colleagues at ADHE always said I was an ambassador for Arkansas Tech, and I wore that proudly. The faculty and staff in the Department of College Student Personnel and the Graduate College got me here today. Dr. (Alaric) Williams, Dr. (Rene) Couture and Dr. (Christine) Austin…I don’t have words for what they mean to me. I consider them part of my family. This award means more than anyone could understand.”

Dr. Mary B. Gunter, interim chief of staff in the ATU Office of the President, presented Taylor-Lasiter with her award.

“I had the pleasure of working with Angela when she was at the ADHE,” said Gunter. “She did a great piece of work there. She was always that person who was interested in student success and willing to go the extra mile to make it happen.”

Nominees for the Jim Ed McGee Award must have completed their graduate course work with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.75.

The award’s namesake — Dr. Jim Ed McGee — served as vice president for academic affairs at Arkansas Tech from 1973 until the time of his passing in fall 1992.

His service to Arkansas Tech before attaining the rank of vice president included time as associate professor of education, director of institutional research, director of institutional services and director of development and public relations.

McGee’s wife, Carolyn, assisted in the presentation of the award on Tuesday.

For more information about educational opportunities available through the Arkansas Tech Graduate College, visit or call (479) 968-0398.

Photographed (from left-to-right): Dr. Mary B. Gunter, Angie Taylor-Lasiter and Carolyn McGee. 

Hanna Voted ATU Professor of the Year

The Arkansas Tech University student body has selected Dr. Shellie Hanna as professor of the year for the 2017-18 academic year.

Hanna, associate professor of curriculum and instruction in the ATU College of Education, was chosen for the honor through voting sponsored by Arkansas Tech Student Government Association April 11-13.

A 1988 graduate of Arkansas Tech with a Bachelor of Arts degree, Hanna also holds a Master of Education degree from ATU and a Doctor of Education degree from Oral Roberts University. She has been a member of the Tech faculty since 2004.

Other nominees for 2017-18 Arkansas Tech professor of the year were as follows:

  • Annette Stuckey, visiting assistant professor of professional studies, College of eTech
  • Dr. Brendan Toner, assistant professor of political science, College of Arts and Humanities
  • Dr. Wayne Williams, visiting instructor of analytics, College of Business
  • Stan Apple, instructor of mechanical engineering, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • Dr. Jason Patton, associate professor of geology, College of Natural and Health Sciences
  • Dr. Susan Underwood, professor of college student personnel, Graduate College