Welcome Week 2017 Schedule Announced

Arkansas Tech University students will begin the 2017-18 academic year with a series of Go Bold Welcome Week events designed to prepare them for academic and personal success.

Events on Saturday, Aug. 19, and Sunday, Aug. 20, are reserved for new ATU students. Returning ATU students are encouraged to attend the Involvement Fair on Monday, Aug. 21, and all subsequent Welcome Week activities.

Throughout the week, students are encouraged to share their experiences on social media using the hashtag #atuwelcome.

Below is a list of events. For more information about Go Bold Welcome Week 2017 at Arkansas Tech, contact the Office of Campus Life at (479) 968-0276.

Saturday, Aug. 19

Residence Hall New Student Move-In
Various Times, Residence Halls
Review assignment notification information to identify proper move-in time.

Orientation Check-In
Parent and Family Welcome
8 a.m.-2 p.m., W.O. Young Ballroom
New students and transfer students will receive all of their essentials for orientation, while parents and family members will learn about services and resources offered on campus. 

Lunch
10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Chambers Cafeteria
Family lunch special is $6.50 per person. Students utilizing a meal plan may begin using their card swipes.

Last Minute Goodbyes
3 p.m., Residence Halls

Mandatory Floor Meetings
3:30-5 p.m., Residence Halls
Resident assistants teach new students about their building and their role in a residence hall community. Location for meetings will be posted on each floor.

Dinner
5-7 p.m., Chambers Cafeteria

Building Social
7-7:45 p.m., Residence Halls
Dessert will be served in the lobby or courtyard of each residence hall for new students, residence life staff members and orientation leaders.

Playfair
8 p.m., Tucker Coliseum
Wear tennis shoes and be prepared to meet many new friends at what is promised to be an enthusiastic and energetic experience.

Fourth Meal
9:30 p.m.-Midnight, Chambers Cafeteria
Great food from some of Russellville’s favorite restaurants…everything from tacos to burgers to pizza to donuts, and so much more. 

Sunday, Aug. 20

Tech the Day Away
1-4 p.m., Hindsman Tower Quad
Inflatable games, an adventure zone, carnival-style snacks and a photo booth. 

Dinner
5-7 p.m., Chambers Cafeteria

Mandatory Floor Meetings
7 or 9 p.m., Residence Halls

Hypnotist
8 and 10 p.m., Witherspoon Auditorium
Spidey, international hypnotist, will entertain; orientation leaders will notify new students as to which performance they are scheduled to attend.

Monday, Aug. 21

New Student Orientation
9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
See name tag for details.

Transfer Student Orientation
1:30-4:30 p.m.
See name tag for details.

Involvement Fair
6-8 p.m., Hindsman Tower Quad
Learn about campus organizations and community entities while enjoying free food and a chance to win more than $2,500 in prizes. This is one of the largest events on campus each year. 

Outdoor Movie: “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2”
9:30-11:30 p.m., Crabaugh Hall Lawn
Drinks and popcorn provided; bring a blanket for seating.

Tuesday, Aug. 22

New Student Orientation
8 a.m.-Noon
See name tag for details.

Transfer Student Orientation
9 a.m.-Noon
See name tag for details.

ATU Student Employment Fair
2:30-5 p.m., W.O. Young Ballroom
Designed to provide new and returning students with information about part-time, on-campus employment. ATU student identification card is required. 

Dinner and Pep Rally
5-6 p.m., Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field
Learn the cheers, songs and traditions that will make you a true Wonder Boy or Golden Sun.

Green and Gold Football Scrimmage
6 p.m., Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field
Get a first look at the 2017 Wonder Boys as they prepare for their 11-game Great American Conference schedule.

On Track Licensing Drive
8-10 p.m., All Residence Halls
Music, snacks and giveaways as resident assistants meet their students in residence hall lobbies and get them licensed for On Track 2017-18. 

Wednesday, Aug. 23

T-Shirt Trade
11 a.m.-1 p.m., Baswell Techionery
Trade a gently worn shirt from a high school or another university for a one-of-a-kind Arkansas Tech T-shirt, which will also be available for purchase for $1. All clothing and funds will be donated to charity.

RSO Event Night
5-8 p.m., Various Locations
Learn more about how to join and be active in registered student organizations. 

Campus Recreation Watermelon Fest
8-10 p.m., Campus Recreation Fields
Highlights will include the sixth annual seed spitting competition, along with water baseball, flag football, Ultimate Frisbee, disc golf and more.

Thursday, Aug. 24

Meet the Greeks
6:30-8 p.m., Caraway Hall Lawn
Learn more about fraternities and sororities at Arkansas Tech.

Friday, Aug. 25

Tech IN Kickoff Event
5-8 p.m., Doc Bryan Courtyard
Food, fellowship, dancing and prizes will help introduce students to programs in diversity and inclusion at Tech.

Black Light Party
9 p.m.-Midnight, W.O. Young Ballroom
The first 500 students will enjoy free T-shirts and a DJ.

Saturday, Aug. 26

Music Downtown at Sundown
7:30 p.m., Depot Park, Russellville Downtown
Live music featuring The Flat Five and Leah and the Mojo Doctors.

Fight On Music Festival
9 p.m., Tucker Coliseum
Welcome Week 2017 comes to an end with a concert featuring The Turnpike Troubadours. Admission is free with a valid Arkansas Tech identification card. Each Tech student is permitted to bring one non-university guest to the concert.

NASPA Presents ATU’s Pennington With Award

Amy Pennington, dean of students at Arkansas Tech University, has received the 2017 Region IV-W Senior Level Student Affairs Professional Award from the organization NASPA, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

According to NASPA, the award “honors a student affairs professional at the associate vice president or senior level whose outstanding commitment to the profession includes development of programs that address the needs of students, creation of a campus environment that promotes student learning and development and support of and active engagement in NASPA.”

Nominees for the award must have professional responsibility for the direction and oversight of two or more student affairs functional areas and/or three or more professional staff members, record of innovative programming that has had an impact on the home campus environment in more than one functional area of student affairs, volunteer service to NASPA via leadership roles at the state, regional, national or international levels and ten years of service to the student affairs profession or relevant functional area.

Pennington has served as dean of students at ATU since 2011. She previously served as director of international and multicultural student services from 2003-11, director of housing programs in the Office of Residence Life from 2000-03 and student recruitment and publicity specialist in the Office of Admissions from 1997-2000.

A 1997 graduate of Arkansas Tech with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, Pennington earned a Master of Education degree in higher education administration from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 2003.

ATU Developing Degree in Criminal Justice

Individuals interested in pursuing job opportunities or furthering careers in law enforcement and the corrections system may soon have a new educational option at Arkansas Tech University.

The ATU Board of Trustees approved a letter of intent on Thursday calling for the creation of a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice and criminology. The letter of intent, which was brought forth by the ATU College of Arts and Humanities and Department of Behavioral Sciences, calls for a proposed program implementation date of June 2018 with options to take courses in person on the ATU campus in Russellville or online.

The board approved the letter of intent as part of its regularly scheduled meeting at the Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center.

“The purpose of this program is to increase the number of criminal justice graduates available for employment in Arkansas and the wider region,” wrote Dr. David Ward, head of the ATU Department of Behavioral Sciences and professor of psychology, in the letter of intent. “It will help meet the current demand for employees in areas including, but not limited to, the transportation security industry, policing, security, cybersecurity and corrections. One of the strengths of the program is the availability of the online format. With this format, the program will allow local and regional students greater access to the degree, including criminal justice professionals seeking to complete an undergraduate degree.”

Trustees also approved a letter of intent for a new master’s degree at ATU.

The Master of Education degree in K-12 literacy is designed to prepare specialists to work with students and colleagues in continuously improving the literacy knowledge and skills of students. Proposed start date for the new degree is spring 2018.

In other business on Thursday, the ATU Board of Trustees approved:

*MAHG Architecture Inc. of Fort Smith as the architectural firm for a planned renovation of Williamson Hall;

*edits to the faculty handbook that adjust student class attendance accounting procedures and add professional librarians to the list of individuals eligible to serve on university standing committees;

*the 2017-18 ATU student handbooks for the Russellville and Ozark campuses;

*academic outreach programs and campus involvement events planned for 2017-18 by the ATU Department of Diversity and Inclusion;

*an expansion of the campus free speech area near Hindsman Tower to include the lawn area from the south steps of the Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center to the north side of Baswell Techionery, and from the west side of Chambers Cafeteria to Baswell Techionery;

*a letter of notification concerning the proposed creation of a Technical Certificate in health professions through ATU-Ozark Campus;

*a letter of notification concerning the proposed creation of Certificate of Proficiency programs in pharmacy tech and dispatcher telecommunications through ATU-Ozark Campus;

*a proposal to begin conferring posthumous, non-academic degrees to students who were degree-seeking students at the time of death;

*and a schedule of 2017-18 ATU Board of Trustees meetings to include Oct. 19, 2017, Dec. 14, 2017, Jan. 18, 2018, March 15, 2018, May 17, 2018 and Aug. 16, 2018.

In personnel matters, the ATU Board of Trustees approved hiring the following full-time faculty members:

*James Anderson, workforce education faculty of adult education at ATU-Ozark; Kasey Ballard, visiting instructor of mathematics; Katy Dodd, workforce education faculty of English at ATU-Ozark; Lisa Dubose, assistant professor of nursing; Kenneth Floyd, visiting workforce education faculty and program chair of collision repair technology at ATU-Ozark; Dr. Amir Ghazanfari, assistant professor of mechanical engineering; Holli Hall, visiting instructor of biology; Dr. Reza Hamidi, assistant professor of electrical engineering; Christopher Harris, visiting instructor of music and director of choirs; Dr. Seyed Ehsan Hosseini, assistant professor of mechanical engineering; Dr. Deepesh Khanna, assistant professor of health and physical education; Dr. Deborah Leslie, assistant professor of geology; Kevin Lyon, visiting assistant professor of physics; John McGrew, assistant professor of art; Dr. Aboozar Mosleh, visiting assistant professor of electrical engineering; Dr. Rajvardhan Patil, assistant professor of computer and information science; Dr. Mark Peacock, visiting associate professor of psychology; Dr. Jay Post, assistant professor of recreation and park administration; Dr. Bryan Rank, assistant professor of agricultural education; John Riggins, visiting instructor of management and marketing/entrepreneur in residence; Jesse Ring, assistant professor of art; Dr. Juliette Rivero, visiting instructor of chemistry; Dr. Rodney Roosevelt, assistant professor of psychology; Dr. Kevin Schoelz, visiting assistant professor of physics; Dr. Asim Shrestha, assistant professor of computer and information science; Dr. Robert Stevens, assistant professor of rehabilitation science; Dr. Michael Waller, associate professor of health and physical education; Daniel Warwick, assistant professor of psychology; Dr. Wan Wei, assistant professor of economics; Dr. Wayne Williams, visiting instructor of analytics; Dr. Matthew Wilson, assistant professor of agriculture; and Dr. Kaiman Zeng, assistant professor of electrical engineering.

Dr. Phillip Bridgmon was hired as associate vice president for academic affairs and professor of political science. His appointment will be effective Oct. 2, 2017.

Dr. Robin Lasey was named interim head of the ATU Department of Physical Sciences effective July 1, 2017.

Other administrative and full-time staff appointments made by trustees on Thursday include:

*Bryan Bramlett, research associate, effective Aug. 1, 2017; Sandy Cheffer, director of budget and financial reporting, effective July 1, 2017; Angela Cox, counselor for the ATU-Ozark Career Pathways Initiative, effective July 1, 2017; Randall Eubanks, machinist for the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, effective June 26, 2017; Tommy Fields, interim associate dean for residence life, effective Aug. 1, 2017; Rob Grieve, assistant women’s basketball coach, effective Aug. 23, 2017; Carolyn Ishee, major gifts officer in the ATU Division of Advancement, effective Aug. 15, 2017; Chelsea Lairamore, academic counselor at Arkansas Tech Career Center, effective Aug. 1, 2017; Ashley McCool, research assistant for the Child Welfare Emphasis Partnership, effective July 10, 2017; John Ruff, programmer and analyst, effective Aug. 1, 2017; Jason Salmans, computer network coordinator, effective Aug. 7, 2017; Kassidy Simpson, admissions officer, effective July 19, 2017; Brandon Smith, assistant director of athletic communications, effective July 10, 2017; Heather Taylor, associate director of financial aid, effective June 15, 2017; and Dr. Jason Warnick, assistant vice president for student success, effective July 1, 2017.

The board accepted the following resignations:

*Dr. Steven Berg, assistant professor of psychology, effective Aug. 12, 2017; Dr. Tiffany Bone, visiting assistant professor of educational leadership, effective July 7, 2017; Tosha Bradley, associate director of admissions operations, effective July 31, 2017; Cindy Bunch, STEM Institute science specialist, effective July 31, 2017; Jesse Dare, admissions officer, effective June 30, 2017; Dr. MarTeze Hammonds, associate dean for diversity and inclusion, effective Aug. 5, 2017; Dr. Stewart Hart, assistant professor of chemistry, effective July 11, 2017; Dillin Hill, visiting workforce education faculty aide, effective July 18, 2017; Aaron Hogan, associate dean for residence life, effective July 31, 2017; Kristy Hogan, advanced nurse practitioner in the ATU Health and Wellness Center, effective May 4, 2017; Lindsey Ingmire, assistant director for programming in the International and Multicultural Student Services Office, effective July 31, 2017; Patrick McConnell, programmer and analyst, effective June 16, 2017; Dr. James Musser, associate professor of physics and head of the ATU Department of Physical Sciences, effective June 30, 2017; James Reasoner, visiting instructor of electrical engineering, effective June 30, 2017; Kaci Sexton, project and program specialist in adult education, effective Aug. 3, 2017; Adam Stanek, assistant director of athletic communications, effective June 30, 2017; Dr. W. Browder Swetnam, visiting instructor in the English Language Institute, effective July 31, 2017; and Dr. Zhi Tao, assistant professor of management, effective Aug. 12, 2017;

Trustees accepted the retirements of:

*Stanley Hatcher, workforce education faculty, program chair of collision repair technology and member of the ATU-Ozark faculty since 1997, effective July 31, 2017; Dr. Larry Morell, professor of computer and information science and member of the ATU faculty since 1998, effective Aug. 11, 2018; and Kenneth W. Shores, associate professor of mathematics and member of the ATU faculty since 1985, effective Dec. 31, 2017.

Solar Eclipse Watch Event on Monday

The Arkansas Tech University Department of Physical Sciences and library staff members from the Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center will co-host a solar eclipse event for students, faculty, staff and members of the public on Monday, Aug. 21.

Solar eclipse glasses and two telescopes equipped with special solar filters will be available on the patio at the McEver Hall Astronomical Observatory from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Snacks and bottled water will be served.

Green and Gold Cupboard Drive Ends Friday

Organizers of a summer drive to stock the Green and Gold Cupboard at Arkansas Tech University are hoping to finish strong during the final week of the event.

Since beginning on July 17, the drive has collected more than 2,000 items and 1,200 pounds of food. In addition, members of the ATU community have donated $685 in cash to support the cupboard.

Multiple departments and offices across campus are competing to give the most during the drive, which will conclude on Friday, Aug. 18. Competition updates and more information are available at www.atu.edu/foodpantry.

Green and Gold Cupboard Board of Directors members Dr. Sean Huss, Dr. James Stobaugh, Lindelle Fraser and Angela Black are coordinating the summer drive to stock the shelves.

“The lion’s share of donations this summer have come from other staff members who remember what’s it like to be in need,” said Huss. “They also have seen the need in the students they serve and the other staff with whom they work. This is a phenomenal start, but Tech can do better. Our goal is to reach one ton of donations by Aug. 18. Help us reach our goal by supporting your team. We all win when you give.”

Forty members of the ATU marching band, Arkansas’ Band of Distinction, gave of their time on Tuesday, Aug. 15, to work at the Green and Gold Cupboard, which is located at 1019 N. Arkansas Ave. in Russellville. Registered student organization Because We Can is leading the effort to bring the resource to ATU.

“To part of something that’s bigger than we are…we love being part of that and putting our efforts into that,” said Alex Smith, a junior from Rogers and one of the ATU marching band members who volunteered at the Green and Gold Cupboard on Tuesday. “I think it’s because of the sense of family we have together in band. We’re all united by the same thing, and together we want to have the same goal.”

Those goals during the volunteer effort included stocking shelves, moving furniture, cleaning floors and washing windows.

All of it helped the Green and Gold Cupboard prepare to serve the ATU community when it opens in September.

“The Green and Gold Cupboard will offer non-perishable food to any member of the campus community who needs it,” said Huss. “Not only will it help feed Tech, it will provide a powerful teaching tool for students learning about food insecurity in their own backyard. In time, it is our hope that this will help alleviate the stigma of hunger on campus, create opportunities for students to help their fellow classmates and unite all members of Tech in the common goal to help its own.”