Archives for May 2010

Orientation Sessions Nearing

Incoming freshmen at Arkansas Tech have just over one week left to register to attend the first 2010 TECH Knowledge session.

The first session is scheduled for Friday, June 4, and during the sessions, the students will learn more about Arkansas Tech.

Students participating in the sessions receive information about campus services that are available for students, and they’ll also learn about various organizations and activities at Arkansas Tech.

The TECH Knowledge sessions are led by Arkansas Tech students, and Jaime Martin, coordinator, says this allows incoming freshmen to connect with upperclassmen who can serve as a resource throughout the semester.  Martin says several of the leaders also attended the sessions when they were incoming freshmen at Tech.

There are six sessions scheduled throughout the summer for those wishing to attend.  See the session schedule.

The TECH Knowledge sessions cost $25, and the fee includes an orientation t-shirt, meals, orientation materials and admission to a separate orientation for parents.

Register to attend a TECH Knowledge session.

Softball Tournament to Benefit Scholarship

Pleasant View Park in Russellville will play host to a softball tournament that will raise funds for a scholarship at Arkansas Tech University on Saturday, June 19.

Entry fee for the fourth annual B.J. Burton Memorial Softball Classic is $160 per team. All proceeds go to the B.J. Burton Memorial Scholarship Fund at Arkansas Tech.

Burton was a 1998 graduate of Arkansas Tech with a degree in agriculture business. She worked for the Russellville School District and was a former owner of the Bayou Bridge Cafe in Dover.

Burton died in a car accident on Interstate 40 near Russellville on July 31, 2006.

Soon after Burton’s passing, former Tech faculty member Rexann Oller made a donation to the Arkansas Tech Foundation to establish the B.J. Burton Memorial Scholarship Fund.

For more information about the softball tournament, call Charlie McAlister at (479) 970-0612 or Jeannie McAlister at (479) 970-2769.

For more information about contributing toward or applying for a scholarship through the Arkansas Tech Foundation, call (479) 968-0400 or click here.

Grate Spends Summer at Area Chamber

Arkansas Tech student Lydia Grate is spending her summer interning at the Russellville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Grate, a senior at Arkansas Tech, is working with the Chamber of Commerce throughout the summer on a variety of communication tasks.

She added, “I’ve called over 260 new Chamber members to update and verify their contact information, handwritten about 100 thank you cards for Chamber members that helped recruit the new members and most recently, created and printed a flyer that will be distributed to over 7,000 children in the area.”

In the coming weeks, she’ll also be contacting current members to verify their contact information, and she’ll be working on communication pieces about the annual business expo.

Through her internship Grate says she’s learning “the most about the real world.”  She added, “I’ve always considered myself a people person, but I’m learning the importance building and maintaining relationships. This is definitely something I want to implement more in my life because you never know which people might resurface later in life.”

Additionally, Grate says she’s also learning about the important role a Chamber of Commerce plays in a community, and she says she never realized how much the Russellvile Chamber does for its members and the community.

Grate says she hopes to continue interning at the Russellville Area Chamber of Commerce through May, when she’ll graduate with degrees in speech communication, history and political science and journalism.

Students Compete in Bass Fishing Championship


Six Arkansas Tech students are on Lake Lewisville near San Antonio this week to compete in the BoatU.S. Collegiate Bass Fishing Championships.

Anglers Kyle Brookshear, Quinton Glover, Dustin Huggins, Evan Barnes, James Frank and Lucas Madison make up the three teams that will represent Arkansas Tech in a field of more than 300 competitors.

The teams will practice on the lake today and tomorrow before the competition begins on Thursday.

Following today’s practice, the anglers will have the opportunity to participate in Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Day.  During the event the Tech anglers will get the chance to meet professional bass anglers including Denny Brauer, Jeff Kriet, Mike McClelland and Kelly Jordon.  Additionally, each Arkansas Tech team will receive a $100 Cabela’s gift card.

Beginning on Thursday, all 330 teams will hit the water at safe light, and the weigh-ins each day will begin at 3 p.m.

The anglers are competing for more than $90,000 in scholarships, prizes and product giveaways at this year’s championship event.

The tournament is being filmed and will air this fall on the Versus network as part of the BoatU.S. Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship television series.

Daily updates from the water will be available throughout the competition at

Young Alumni Meet in Fayetteville

Numerous young alumni met in Fayetteville Saturday evening for an alumni event in Northwest Arkansas.

The recent graduates gathered at Grubs in Fayetteville for dinner and the chance to visit with other recent graduates.

Organizers say those in attendance enjoyed visiting with other graduates and hearing the latest news from their alma mater.

The event is one of several opportunities for alumni in Northwest Arkansas to stay connected to Arkansas Tech.

The next event scheduled is Arkansas Tech Night with the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, which is slated to take place Thursday, June 17.

Learn more about the Tech Night at the Northwest Arkansas Naturals.

See photos from Saturday’s event.