Archives for June 2010

Tech Tourists Visit Europe

Twenty-two members of the Arkansas Tech University Alumni and Friends Travel Group took a 10-day tour of Europe during the month of June. 

The Tech tourists visited locales such as Budapest, Vienna and Prague. Highlights included stops at Mathias Church in Budapest, the Oberammergau Passion Play in Germany, Hradcany Castle in Prague and a cruise down the Danube River.

Arkansas Tech alumni and friends on the tour were Mary Jean Crossman, Elizabeth Daniel, Evelyn Denton, Gary Denton, Rita Duren, Alice Fletcher, Lawrence Fletcher, Rebecca Hamilton, Alfred Hartman, Shirley Hartman, Joy Miller, Mike Miller, Johnny Morgan, Julie Morgan, Dana Moseley, David Moseley, Marie Rumage, Rickey Simmons, Linda Simmons, I.B. Stewart, Barbara Stewart and Rebecca Wilson.

The Arkansas Tech Alumni and Friends Travel Group has a busy next 15 months planned. The Tech tourists will visit Sicily in November 2010, New England in December 2010, London and Paris in April 2011, a tour of U.S. northern national parks in July 2011 and Spain in September 2011.

In addition, the Tech Alumni and Friends Travel Group has planned a special one-day excursion to hear Christmas carols performed inside Blanchard Springs Caverns near Mountain View on Dec. 11, 2010.

Participation in the travel group is open to any Tech alumnus or friend. To learn more, call (479) 964-0532 or send e-mail to

Young Alumni Dinner Planned for July 15


The Arkansas Tech University Alumni Association will host a gathering for young alumni in the River Valley on Thursday, July 15.  Young alumni will meet at Ruby Tuesdays in Russellville at 6:30 p.m. for dinner (Dutch treat) and the chance to visit with other recent Arkansas Tech graduates.

Alison Parks, coordinator of young alumni, says this will be the first time young alums have met at Ruby Tuesdays for a dinner gathering.

Parks says she hopes area young alumni are able to attend the dinner.  She adds, “I would like to invite young alumni from Arkansas Tech to attend the dinner.  My hope is that this would be a relaxing break after work and an enjoyable way to stay connected with other alumni in the area.  Any young alumni from Tech is invited and welcome to attend.”

Parks says she plans several events for young alumni throughout the year and is always open to new ideas for events for young alumni.

To learn more about activities for young alumni at Arkansas Tech, email Parks at  

TECH Knowledge Session Thursday


Entering freshmen at Arkansas Tech will have another opportunity to learn more about the campus they will call home for the next four years this Thursday by attending a TECH Knowledge session.

Thursday’s session is the fourth of six orientation sessions being offered for new students this summer.

Those attending the orientation session are divided into groups, and each group is led by a team of upperclassmen who have been trained to serve as orientation leaders.

During the sessions, the students will learn about some of the services provided on the Tech campus.  Students will also learn about ways to become involved on the campus and about the more than 100 student organizations available for students.

Jaime Martin, coordinator of orientation, says she hopes students participating in the orientation sessions connect with upperclassmen and feel more comfortable arriving on campus in the fall.

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

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

Register to attend a TECH Knowledge session.

Be sure to log back on following the session to see photos from the session.

Tech Night at the Travelers Set for July 29

Arkansas Tech University alumni and friends will once again have the opportunity to enjoy an evening of baseball and fellowship at the fourth annual Arkansas Tech Night at the Arkansas Travelers.

The event is hosted by the Arkansas Tech Alumni Association and is scheduled for Thursday, July 29, at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock.

Alumni will gather to watch the Arkansas Travelers take on the Springfield Cardinals.  The game is scheduled to begin at 7:10 p.m.

Prior to first pitch, participants will enjoy an all-you-can-eat picnic at Tracks Inn, which is the picnic area inside Dickey-Stephens Park.

The picnic will begin at 6:10 p.m. and will feature a variety of ballpark favorites.

The cost to attend the event is $15 for adults, $10 for children age 10 and under and free for children age 2 and under.  Both the pre-game meal and game admission are included in the cost of the event.

Tickets must be purchased in advance, and those wishing to purchase tickets can do so by visiting the Alumni Office website or by calling the Tech Alumni Office at 479-968-0242.

Those purchasing tickets online or by phone will be able to claim their tickets prior to the game on Thursday, July 29.

This is the second opportunity for Tech alumni and friends to enjoy minor league baseball this summer.  The Arkansas Tech Alumni Association also hosted a Night at the Northwest Arkansas Naturals earlier this month.  See photos from that event.

Fang Learns Life Lessons During Internship

One Arkansas Tech student has been spending the summer learning a myriad of lessons about the workforce.

“This is an experience that I have not been presented with in my previous years,” says Arkansas Tech student Terry Fang of his internship at Southwest Power Pool.

Fang is a senior electrical engineering major and is spending the summer interning with the company.

According to their website, Southwest Power Pool is one of nine Independent System Operators/Regional Transmission Organizations tasked with ensuring reliable supplies of power, adequate transmission infrastructure and competitive wholesale prices of electricity.

While at Southwest Power Pool, Fang is assigned to a group within the company and will work on several projects within the group.

“When I leave the internship, I will have a bigger scope of what kind of assignments are involved and taking place every day in the workplace,” says Fang.

Fang says he’s learning a variety of lessons that are not “explicitly defined in the curriculum.”  He adds, “I’ve learned the importance of how to interact with others in a professional manner, the importance of respect for your boss, and the simplest things like the importance of ironing your clothes.”

Additionally, Fang says he is also learning more about the various corporate climates that exist.  Fang says the employees at Southwest Power Pool are very welcoming and take time to interact with interns over coffee, lunch or visiting in the office.

“It really makes me feel welcome, and like I’m part of the team,” adds Fang.  “Although the work requires a strong work ethic and most certainly a degree of seriousness, they still know how to have fun.”

Fang says the biggest challenge of his internship is getting up early during the summer.

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