Burnett Appointed to Board of Trustees

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has appointed Eric Burnett of Fort Smith to the Arkansas Tech University Board of Trustees.

Burnett will serve a five-year term through Jan. 14, 2022. He will succeed John Ed Chambers III of Danville, who was chairman of the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees in 2016. Chambers served on the board from 1994-99 and from 2007-17.

This will mark Burnett’s second term on the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees. He was a member of the board from January 2011-January 2016 and was chairman of the board in 2015.

Burnett is the head boys’ basketball coach at Fort Smith Northside High School. He was named to that position in April 2010 after spending the previous five seasons in the same role at Springdale Har-Ber High School. Burnett also has four years of experience as the head boys’ basketball coach at Fort Smith Southside High School.

A 1994 graduate of Arkansas Tech, Burnett earned four letters as a member of the Wonder Boys basketball team.

Burnett is Arkansas Tech’s all-time leader in 3-point field goals made (354). He also ranks among the Wonder Boys’ career leaders in scoring (6th, 1,981 points), rebounding (5th, 775), free throws made (7th, 397), assists (8th, 343), steals (T-8th, 150) and field goals made (10th, 615).

He was named an NAIA All-American in 1993 and he was a two-time All-Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference selection. The Wonder Boys won 83 games and the 1993 AIC title during Burnett’s career.

Burnett and his wife, Michelle, have two daughters.

Returning members of the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees for 2017 are Charles Blanchard of Russellville, Tom Kennedy of Little Rock, Fritz Kronberger of Russellville and Leigh Whiteside of Russellville.

The board will elect officers for 2017 during its first meeting of the new year on Wednesday, Jan. 25.

Condolence Notes for Family of Bryce Briggs

Arkansas Tech University has installed a mailbox at the Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center for students, faculty and staff who wish to send a note of sympathy to the family of Daniel “Bryce” Briggs.

Briggs, 19, died on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, as a result of burns suffered in an accident in his hometown of Royal in Garland County. He was a freshman mechanical engineering student at Arkansas Tech. Briggs lived in Nutt Residence Hall and was an active member of the Arkansas Tech Fishing Club.

The mailbox will be located on the first floor of the Pendergraft Library and Technology Center near the circulation desk. It will remain in place until the end of the day on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, at which time the notes of condolence will be picked up and delivered to the family.

Tutoring Center Sets Spring 2017 Hours

Arkansas Tech University has announced spring 2017 semester tutoring hours for its Russellville campus.

Free tutoring services in more than 40 academic disciplines are available to Arkansas Tech students. All services are available by appointment. Same day, walk-in and future appointments are accepted.

Many of the tutoring services are offered in Doc Bryan Student Services Center room 153. The Doc Bryan Tutoring Center offers night tutoring from 5-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday. Daytime tutoring in subjects such as biology, chemistry and mathematics is also available.

Additional tutoring services in accounting, statistics, world languages and writing at other locations on campus are listed as part of the full tutoring schedule below.

For more information about tutoring services for Arkansas Tech students, call (479) 964-0583 (ext. 4506), visit www.atu.edu/tutoring or send e-mail to student.success@atu.edu.

View the complete spring 2017 tutoring schedule.

Military Appreciation Night Set for Thursday

Arkansas Tech University will host a military appreciation night in conjunction with its home basketball doubleheader against Henderson State University at John E. Tucker Coliseum in Russellville on Thursday, Jan. 19.

All current military service personnel and veterans will receive free admission to the doubleheader, which will begin at 5:30 p.m. The first 500 fans in attendance will receive a small United States flag.

For more information, call (479) 880-4278 or send e-mail to jdenton1@atu.edu.

Tech Students Witnessing History in D.C.

Two Arkansas Tech University students are examining the transition of power from one presidential administration to another during a two-week academic program in Washington, D.C.

Sophomore Allison Edwards of Perryville (photographed, left) and junior Savannah Dye of Russellville (photographed, right) earned an opportunity to spend Jan. 8-21 in the nation’s capital as part of a presidential inauguration academic seminar hosted by the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars.

According to information provided by the Washington Center, the seminar allows participants to learn about “key policy issues in detail by hearing from leaders from the government, think tanks, the media and other national organizations.”

In addition, the Washington Center stated that the program prompts students to “examine the significance of the inauguration through guided small-group discussions and by visiting leading organizations around the city.”

Both Edwards and Dye are blogging about their experience at http://blogs.atu.edu/studyabroad/. Interested parties are invited to read about their journey throughout their two weeks in Washington, D.C.

“As a political science major, it is a great advantage to be familiarized with the history of our country and the terminology of politics which allows me to understand and appreciate this city even more,” wrote Edwards in a blog entry from Tuesday, Jan. 10. “Since the inauguration is less than two weeks away, the city is bustling with tourists and workers trying to set up all of the stages and viewing areas.”

Edwards and Dye are also touring many of the nation’s most historic sites. They have visited the Korean War Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, World War II Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and the Iwo Jima Memorial.

“It’s one thing to hear how many soldiers are still missing in action from the Vietnam War in a class lecture, but it’s much more powerful to walk alongside the wall of the names of soldiers,” wrote Dye in a Jan. 10 blog entry. “Walking to and from these monuments like many influential people from history have before us is a truly empowering experience.”

Learn more about study abroad opportunities at Arkansas Tech University.