Archives for June 2012

Orientation Sessions Continue

Dozens of incoming Arkansas Tech students and their parents will take part in today’s orientation session.

Today’s session is the last session planned for the month. Throughout the day, students and their parents are able to learn more about the Arkansas Tech campus.

By attending several breakout groups, students and parents are able to become acclimated to Tech in a variety of areas including services available for students, financial aid, housing, Tech traditions and organizations at Tech.

Special orientation programming is also planned for parents to answer questions they may have about the collegiate experience.

The student sessions are led by current Arkansas Tech students, and organizers say students attending the sessions will be able to connect with upperclassmen and other students attending orientation.  See which students will be leading orientation sessions.

Orientation sessions are offered the following dates:

  • Tuesday, June 26
  • Thursday, July 12
  • Monday, July 16
  • Monday, July 23 to Tuesday, July 24
  • Monday, July 30
  • Friday, August 3

The cost to attend the one-day session is $45, and there is a $65 fee to attend an overnight session.  The fee includes an orientation t-shirt, meals and orientation materials. The cost to attend a parent orientation session is $10.

To register to attend one of the orientation sessions, visit the orientation website or email Jenny Butler at

See photos from previous orientation sessions.

Arkansas Tech No. 1 in College Fishing

Arkansas Tech University has clinched the inaugural Association of Collegiate Anglers school of the year award.

Members of the Arkansas Tech Fishing Club (photographed, right) received the 2011-12 ACA school of the year award following the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship in Paris, Tenn., on Sunday, June 24.

The ACA school of the year program recognizes collegiate clubs that compete in the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Series, along with Carhartt College B.A.S.S. and the National Guard FLW College Fishing.  

Additional ACA-sanctioned events were also selected as part of the program, making the list 22 events in total during the 2011-12 season. 

A total of 157 institutions from around the United States and Canada competed for the inaugural ACA school of the year award.



Admissions/Financial Aid Processing


Due to finance year-end processing, the Office of Student Services will not be able to access information regarding financial aid, student accounts, registering, adding/dropping classes or admissions after 1 p.m. Friday, June 29. Students who need assistance will need to be at the Office of Student Services no later than 12:30 p.m. Friday to ensure being seen before year-end processing begins.

Any admissions or financial aid processing needing to be accessed after 1 p.m. Friday will be held until the following Monday, July 2.

Advising Center Focused on Serving Students

Summer is one of the busiest times of year for the Arkansas Tech University Roy and Christine Sturgis Academic Advising Center.

Beginning the third week of May, the advising center staff is hard at work to meet with each freshman individually to register the student in fall classes.

Linda Clarke, director of the Academic Advising Center, says while scheduling the numerous individual appointments can be a challenge, it is part of what makes Arkansas Tech special.

“We want the Advising Center and the freshman registration process to exemplify Tech’s friendly, positive and family-oriented atmosphere,” said Clarke.  “We work to make sure a student’s first academic interaction with Tech is as stress free and welcoming as possible.”

As part of the Academic Advising Center’s procedure, students receive individual interaction with an advisor during their hour-long appointment.

“By giving the students a full hour, they’re able to ask questions and share concerns they may have,” said Clarke.  “Unlike many schools, we also invite parents and other family to join in the registration process.  Our belief is this helps the parents understand how they can offer support during their child’s collegiate experience.”

Dr. Jason Warnick, assistant professor of psychology, serves as a faculty advisor at the Academic Advising Center during the summer, and he says parents appreciate the opportunity to attend the advising session to learn how they can help their student succeed.

“After finishing one session, I had a father ask what he could do to help his son succeed,” said Warnick.  “The father explained he never had the opportunity to attend college, so he didn’t understand the college process.  We had a great discussion about ways he could stay connected and help his son succeed.”

To help with the advising process during the summer months, the Academic Advising Center hires seven faculty members to assist by serving as advisors.

“We work to hire faculty advisors who are student-oriented and genuinely care about the well-being of students,” said Clarke.  “Additionally, we try to make sure we have one faculty advisor from each of the more popular majors on the campus. This allows students to get individualized attention in these areas.”

Clarke says she believes the advising process at Tech serves an important role in helping students succeed.

“At Tech, we always say we are a family.  I think our advising process exemplifies this by allowing us to work with each student individually to ensure all of his or her needs are met,” said Clarke. “Helping these students begin their collegiate career with thorough advising is some of the most rewarding work I’ve ever done.”


Football Camps Underway

Area athletes will have the opportunity to take part in two camps this week to improve their skills in football.

Athletes are already on the Tech campus for the annual line camp.  During the camp, tight ends, linebackers, offensive and defensive linemen will cover a variety of skills to help players succeed on the field this fall.  The camp runs through Wednesday.

On Saturday, Arkansas Tech will host a skills camp for seniors.  The camp provides testing and evaluation of football skills to college eligible seniors.  The Arkansas Tech football staff will monitor the camp. The camp runs from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.  Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the cost of the camp is $40.

Access photos from the various camps.

Learn more about each camp taking place.

Be sure to log back on each week for more about upcoming summer camp opportunities.