Archives for January 2012

Deadline Friday for Phonathon Callers

The Tech Loyalty Fund Phonathon is soon approaching, and students who are willing to call alumni and friends of the university have until Friday to apply.

The phonathon begins on Sunday, Feb.12, and it runs through Wednesday, March 14.  The phonathon helps raise funds for the university to provide scholarships and departmental support, and last year’s phonathon raised more than $31,000 for the university.

Organizers say they’re looking to hire approximately 30 students to work as callers, and those selected will be expected to work a minimum of two shifts each week.  The students will be calling from 5:45-9 p.m. each evening of the phonathon.

Kristin Smith, director of the Tech Loyalty Fund, says the phonathon depends on students.  She adds, “The students play a pivotal part of the phonathon because they can tell the Arkansas Tech story better than anyone.  Our alumni are interested in hearing a student’s perspective on the campus and what all is taking place at Arkansas Tech.”

Students interested in being a caller should pick up an application online or by visiting Career Services, Financial Aid or Room 209 of the Administration Building.

Those applying must also go by Room 209 of the Administration Building to sign up for a time to interview for the position, and interviews will take place Monday, Feb. 6 through Wednesday, Feb. 8.

To find out more, contact Alison Parks at, Pam Cooper at or Kristin Smith at

Click here for more information.

Tech to Host College Goal Sunday Events

High school seniors looking for information about paying for college will be able to learn more about the process during an event Sunday, Feb. 19 on both the Russellville and Ozark campus of Arkansas Tech University.

Both campuses will take part in College Goal Sunday, a nationwide effort to help high school seniors understand the process of applying for federal financial aid.

On College Goal Sunday, financial aid officers from across the country will host events to assist students by answering questions about entering information on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The College Goal Sunday event on the Russellville campus will be in Room 300 South at the Ross Pendergraft Library, while the event on the Ozark Campus will be in the Collegiate Center. Both events will take place from 2-4 p.m.

Officials say students applying for aid for summer, fall and spring of 2012-2013 should bring a copy of their and their parents’ 2011 tax returns and their Personal Identification Numbers (PIN).

Learn more about College Goal Sunday.

ADHE approves Ozark Campus RN program


The Arkansas Department of Higher Education gave final approval Friday, Jan. 27, to Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus for its proposed Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Nursing.

The endorsement, which follows an initial approval from the State Board of Nursing in September, allows the campus to launch its new Registered Nurse (RN) program – an extension of its current Practical Nursing program.

Chancellor Jo Alice Blondin said, “Health-care providers and students alike approached the Ozark Campus to offer this program, and we responded by creating a path for practical nurses to pursue the next step in their educational journey, an RN credential.”

Theresa Fontaine of Alma (pictured) will serve as chair of the RN program, which will begin offering courses in August. Arkansas Tech-Ozark currently offers a Technical Certificate in Practical Nursing that qualifies students to test to become a licensed practical nurse, or LPN. The associate degree will allow Ozark Campus students to become an RN.

Arkansas Tech-Ozark’s nursing program is unique in that it allows current LPNs to obtain an RN degree, which allows them to transition into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at the main Russellville campus.

Because Arkansas Tech’s main campus in Russellville offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, nursing students who start on the Ozark Campus will be able to take all of the required instruction to obtain a bachelor’s degree within the Arkansas Tech system.

Fontaine said, “The new LPN-to-RN transition program is the perfect program for our campus.

“This new Ozark program will be a good fit for the student who wishes to become an RN, but needs to do it in stages because of family and financial responsibilities.”

Clarinet Recital by del Grazia on Tuesday

Audiences as far away as Vienna, London and Tel Aviv have enjoyed the clarinet stylings of Dr. Nicolas del Grazia, assistant professor of music at Arkansas Tech University.

On Tuesday, Jan. 31, he will offer music lovers in Russellville the same opportunity.

The Arkansas Tech Department of Music will present a faculty clarinet recital by del Grazia beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Witherspoon Auditorium. Admission will be free and open to the public.

A graduate of The City University and King’s College in London, England, as well as the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, del Grazia joined the Arkansas Tech music faculty in 2010. He previously taught clarinet at Indiana University and Denison University.

The International Clarinet Association has twice honored del Grazia for his work in research.

Click here to visit del Grazia’s home page.

For more information about public performances by the Arkansas Tech Department of Music, click here or call (479) 968-0368.

College to Career Center Explores Campus Talent

One Arkansas Tech University student is putting his classroom knowledge of graphic design to use by working with the College to Career Center.

The College to Career Center, a new entity within the College of Business, is focused on the professional development of students.

The center worked with junior graphic design student Wayland Beavers (photographed center) to develop three banners the College to Career Center can use as part of its promotional materials.

Beavers says he became interested in graphic design because of its evolving nature.  He says he enjoyed working with the College of Business on this project because it allowed him to better understand the business side of graphic design.

Upon graduation, Beavers hopes to own and operate a graphic design company. He is currently working with the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center, which is housed on the Arkansas Tech campus, to develop a business plan.

Dr. Ed Bashaw, dean of the College of Business, says he looks forward to working with Beavers and other Tech students in the future.