Archives for December 2009

Bookstore Offers Online Book Orders

While many Arkansas Tech students are relaxing during the holiday break, the Arkansas Tech University Bookstore is making it easier to prepare for classes next semester.

The bookstore is offering online textbook purchases.  The online option is already available, and the first 200 students ordering books online will receive a free t-shirt.

Bookstore officials say ordering online is easy and saves time at the bookstore.

Students ordering online will be able to pick up books beginning January 7, at the Arkansas Tech Bookstore, and classes at Arkansas Tech will begin on January 11.

Visit the bookstore website.

University Relations Redesigns Website

The Arkansas Tech University website has a new look.  The Office of University Relations launched a redesigned version of on Wednesday morning.

The redesigned site features a video tour of campus, larger photographs and streamlined access to information for future students.

The Office of University Relations began working to redesign the website after visiting with campus personnel and researching other college and university websites.

Assistant to the President for University Relations Susie Nicholson says, “We discovered there were key changes we needed to make in order to make our website a more effective tool for future students, current students and faculty members at Arkansas Tech.”

Nicholson says the Office of University Relations will continue revising the Arkansas Tech website.  She adds, “This is a great first step to updating our website, and we believe we’ll see positive results from the change.  Over the course of the next few months, we’re going to monitor the updates and make additional changes as they’re needed.”

Arkansas Tech website traffic has grown significantly in recent years, and currently, about 46,000 visitors log on each week.

“The numbers show that many people learn about Arkansas Tech University through our website,” says Nicholson.  “We want their experience on our website to reflect the positive experience we work so diligently to achieve during a face-to-face interaction, and we believe these changes are one way to accomplish that.”

Visit the redesigned Arkansas Tech University website.

Campus Closing for Holiday Break

Arkansas Tech University President Dr. Robert C. Brown announced that campus will close at noon Wednesday, December 23, in observance of the holiday break.

Regular business hours will resume on Monday, January 4.  Classes on the Arkansas Tech campus will begin on January 11.

See the 2009-10 Holiday Schedule.

CLL Works Toward Student Success

Arkansas Tech University’s Center for Leadership and Learning is partnering with the Pottsville School District and the Wonderview School District to increase technology use in the classroom.

The Center for Leadership and Learning (CLL) is a partner in the 21st Century Technology Grant, which is funded by the Arkansas Department of Education.  As part of the grant, the CLL will work with teachers to integrate pedagogy and technology into the classroom to improve student success.

The partnership will begin with an introductory session in January, at the Center for Leadership and Learning.

During the session, Dr. Mary Gunter, dean of the Arkansas Tech Graduate College and director of the Center for Leadership and Learning, will visit with educators in attendance.  She adds, “It’s an exciting time for the future of education as we look at the skills needed for success in the 21st century.”

Throughout the partnership, Dr. Shopfner, associate professor, and Brenda Tyler, superintendent of the Wonderview School District, will provide professional development opportunities to enhance learning by implementing technology.

The Center for Leadership and Learning is housed at the Lake Point Conference Center.  Dr. Gunter says the facility is “equipped to serve as a model for the 21st century classroom.”

Learn more about the Center for Leadership and Learning.

Sneed Receives ABEA Scholarship


Arkansas Tech University senior Molly Sneed received the Phyllis Smith Memorial Scholarship from the Arkansas Business Education Association earlier this year.

Sneed is one of two students in the state to receive the scholarship.  She is a business education major from Charleston, and she will graduate from Arkansas Tech in May.

Sneed says she was honored when she learned she received the scholarship.  She added, “I was very excited when I got the call.  I felt like all my hard work at Tech was starting to pay off.”

Upon graduation, Sneed hopes to teach business and computer courses to middle school and high school students, and she eventually hopes to earn a master’s degree in technology or business.