Chancellor’s Leadership Cabinet Announced

Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus is pleased to announce its 2017 Chancellor’s Leadership Cabinet (CLC).

Established in 2009, CLC is student organization assisting with communication efforts among all Arkansas Tech-Ozark prospective and current students, alumni and friends. By working with the campus administration, CLC members advance Arkansas Tech-Ozark’s mission through outreach and support of the communities it serves as part of the Tech family.

This year’s CLC is made up of the following students:
• Deisy Becker, of Ozark, Human Services;
• Terra Fitch, of Fort Smith, Health Information Technology;
• Austin Gantt, of Pottsville, Law Enforcement;
• Andrew Komp, of Subiaco, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration;
• Melissa Maestas, of Ozark, Human Services;
• Karen Olsen, of Fort Smith, General Studies;
• Brooklyn Ree of Ozark, Law Enforcement;
• Sydney Simmons, of Russellville, Paramedic/Emergency Services;
• Sean Stamm, of Ozark, General Studies;
• Alicia Thomas, of Central City, Nursing;
• Miranda Thomas, of Coal Hill, General Studies;
• Jacob Veach, of Fort Smith, General Studies.

Pictured: 2017 ATU Ozark Chancellor’s Leadership Cabinet:Front row from left: Deisy Becker; Ozark, Miranda Thomas; Coal Hill, Melissa Maestas; Ozark, Terra Fitch; Fort Smith, Brooklyn Ree; Ozark, Karen Olsen; Fort Smith, Sydney Simmons; Russellville. Second Row from left: Alicia Thomas; Central City, Jacob Veach; Fort Smith, Sean Stamm; Ozark, Austin Gantt; Pottsville, Andrew Komp; Subiaco.

PBL Blood Drive Feb. 1

A blood drive will be held Wednesday, Feb. 1, at Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus.

The drive, which will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Student Services Conference Center, is being co-sponsored by the Arkansas Blood Institute (ABI) and Phi Beta Lambda, the Arkansas Tech-Ozark student organization for business majors.

Each donor will receive a T-shirt, health screening and donor reward points, according to information provided by ABI.

To donate blood, one must have a photo ID; be at least 16 years old (signed parental permission required for 16 year olds); and weigh at least 125 pounds if 16 or 17, and 110 pounds if 18 or older. Also, donors should eat a good meal and drink plenty of fluids before and after donating, and get a good night’s rest beforehand.

Although walk-ins are welcome, to schedule an appointment contact Debra Wofford at (479) 508-3331. More information is available at www.arkbi.org.

ATU Ozark offers TEAS Testing for Students Considering Health Programs

The Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus is offering three opportunities to take the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) test for pre-health students. The test will be offered for prospective students for a $63 fee on February 10, February 24 and March 10. All tests begin at 8:30 a.m. Seats are limited. Students are encouraged to register early.

Arkansas Tech-Ozark requires this entrance exam as part of the selective process for Practical Nursing, Paramedic, Cardio Vascular Technology, Medical Assistant, Occupational Therapy Assistant, and Physical Therapist Assistant programs. For more info about these programs visit our website.

These test dates do NOT replace TEAS testing dates that will be assigned during the formal application process. These dates are open sessions that give prospective health students the opportunity to self-evaluate readiness to apply for these competitive programs. After testing, students should consider discussing pathways to ensure academic success with their advisor.

Please register and pay for your TEAS exam at Student Accounts in the Student Services office. The registration form can be filled out in Student Services or printed from our website.

The entrance exam will provide students with an assessment of abilities in reading, math, science, English and language usage. For more information about the TEAS, visit the ATI website at www.atitesting.com or call 1-800-667-7531. A study guide can be purchased directly from ATI or from the Ozark bookstore.

For more information on TEAS testing or programs at Arkansas Tech-Ozark call (479) 667-2117 or visit Student Services.

50 Percent Off Sale at Ozark Campus Bookstore

The Ozark Campus Bookstore will be transitioning to a Barnes & Noble College bookstore in the coming weeks. This means huge savings for everyone on apparel, gifts and supplies.

Everything in the bookstore is 50 percent off the lowest price, including items already on clearance. The sale does not include current course related materials. The sale includes Tech apparel (tees, hoodies, pants, shorts, etc.), hats, beanies, headbands, coffee cups, drink tumblers, belt buckles, socks and more.
New items will be added daily. All sales are final.

Arkansas Tech University decided to enter into an agreement with vendor Barnes and Noble College to manage its on-campus bookstores in Russellville and Ozark following action by the Tech Board of Trustees earlier this month.

Under the terms of the agreement, Barnes and Noble College will guarantee to match the price offered by any outside source to Arkansas Tech students on textbooks and other instructional materials.

In addition, Barnes and Noble College will invest $250,000 over a span of three years in bookstore improvements at Arkansas Tech, it will provide $20,000 in scholarships to Arkansas Tech students on an annual basis and it will offer interviews to current Arkansas Tech bookstore staff members who wish to serve as employees under the new model.

A request for proposals was issued through the Arkansas Tech Office of Procurement and Risk Management during the fall 2016 semester in an effort to identify a vendor that would manage on-campus bookstores on behalf of the university.

Three respondents — Barnes and Noble College, BBA Solutions and Follett — were invited to make on-campus presentations during the month of November to a committee comprised of students, faculty and staff and representing the Russellville and Ozark campuses.

That committee recommended Barnes and Noble College to the Arkansas Tech executive council, which in turn forwarded the same recommendation to trustees.

Arkansas Tech is the only Southern Regional Education Board Four-Year Level III institution in the state that currently operates its own bookstore without management from an outside vendor.

As part of the same agenda item, trustees voted to transfer $1,005,000 from Arkansas Tech-Ozark Campus auxiliary funds to retire bonds secured by bookstore revenues so that the bookstore in Ozark may hold the same debt-free status as the one on the Russellville campus.
Students selling back books must have a photo ID. The Bookstore reserves the right not to buy back any book based on the book’s condition.

The Ozark Campus Bookstore will be closed February 27, 2017 through March 3, 2017 for the transition to Barnes & Noble College.

For more information on the sale, contact the bookstore.

ATU Ozark to Host Health Information Technology Conference

The Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus Health Information Technology Department will host a conference on “Changes that Affect Quality of Health Care” from 9:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25, in the Student Services Conference Center at Arkansas Tech-Ozark.

This event is free and open to the public.

The conference will focus on the use of electronic health records as one of the major changes in the way health care is accessed according to Brenda Huntsinger, event organizer and health information technology instructor at Arkansas Tech-Ozark.

“We are always trying to find new ways to educate our students and the community on the future of healthcare and the changing avenues of how health information is transmitted,” Huntsinger said. “This conference furthers our mission of helping students succeed, innovation thrive and communities flourish.”

Featured Speakers include:
• Dr. Mark Miller – Dr. Miller specializes in family medicine and practices in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
• Bonnie Sher – Sher is the Arkansas Tech-Ozark Campus Health Information Technology Program Chair.
• Karen Hillard – Hillard is a graduate of the Arkansas Tech-Ozark Campus nursing program. She serves as Director of Clinical Services for Christian Healthcare at Rogers. She is responsible for seven medical facilities.

“One of the goals of electronic health records is to improve patient care and reduce costs,” Huntsinger said. “Our speakers have stayed abreast of these rapid changes and the effect it has on patient care delivery.”

For more information, contact Brenda Huntsinger at (479) 508-8500 ext. 6301 or bhuntsinger@atu.edu.