Archives for July 2012

Deadline to Drop Regular Summer II Courses

Friday, Aug. 3, is the deadline for students enrolled in the second summer term at Arkansas Tech University to drop regular, full-term courses with a “W” or change from credit to audit.

Click here to access the add/drop form for summer II 2012.

In order to drop a course, the form must be completed, signed by both the student and his or her faculty advisor and returned to the Office of the Registrar in Doc Bryan Student Services Building suite 153 by 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 3.

Classes with beginning and or ending dates that differ from the main term dates may have different registration, drop and refund dates. Contact the Office of the Registrar at (479) 968-0272 for more information.

Summer II 2012 will conclude on Friday, Aug. 10. The summer commencement ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11, at John E. Tucker Coliseum.

Click here to visit the Arkansas Tech Office of the Registrar Web page.



Career Center to host open house Aug. 10


atcc_open_houseThe Arkansas Tech Career Center (ATCC) in Russellville will host an open house Friday, Aug. 10, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Located at 2201 S. Knoxville Ave., behind Russellville High School, ATCC is one of the largest secondary career and technical centers in Arkansas, drawing its 500-plus student enrollment from 11 area high schools in Pope, Yell and Johnson counties.

Director Pat Edmunds said, “The open house is an excellent opportunity for incoming students and parents – as well as those interested in future enrollment – to meet our instructors, see the classrooms and discuss college credit opportunities.”

The Career Center is an extension of Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus. Because of the partnership between ATCC and Arkansas Tech-Ozark, participating high school students can receive concurrent college credit for classes taken.

The following programs are offered at ATCC:

  • Automotive Service Technology;
  • Computer Engineering/Computer Information Systems;
  • Construction Technology;
  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement;
  • Culinary Arts;
  • Cosmetology;
  • Drafting Technology/Engineering and Architecture;
  • Horticulture;
  • Medical Professions;
  • Metal Fabrication.

Participating schools include including Russellville, Dover, Pottsville, Hector, Atkins, Dardanelle, Danville, Two Rivers, Western Yell County, Lamar and Clarksville high schools.

For more information, including program descriptions and answers to frequently asked questions, visit the Career Center website,

‘Stuff the Bus’ Aug. 3-4


unitedwayWith school starting soon, the United Way will hold its annual “Stuff the Bus” events to collect school supplies for children in need throughout the region.

School buses will be parked outside Walmarts Friday, Aug. 3, and Saturday, Aug. 4, at the following locations: Alma, Booneville, Fort Smith, Greenwood, Ozark, Paris, Sallisaw and Van Buren.

Volunteers will collect items at Franklin County locations from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, and in Crawford, Logan and Sebastian county locations from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Supplies needed include pens, pencils, paper, crayons, scissors, glue, notebooks, backpacks, kindergarten mats and many more items.

Last year, more than 38,000 packages of new school supplies were collected through the weekend drive. The donated items were distributed to 24 school districts and partner agencies.

Dee Long with the United Way said, “We’ve heard back from school administrators and teachers, and they’ve told us how much the school supply drive helps their schools. It helps those students in need, and it also helps the teachers. Many teachers buy supplies out of their own pocket, so this helps them greatly.”

For more information, in Franklin County contact Laura Rudolph at (479) 508-3315 or; in Crawford, Logan and Sebastian counties contact Long or Mitzy Little at (479) 782-1311 or or


ADHE approves Human Services AAS, Supply Chain Management option


ozark_logo_greenToday the Arkansas Department of Higher Education approved for Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Human Services and a Supply Chain Management option for its AAS in Business Technology.

The degree and additional option were approved during a quarterly meeting of the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board in Little Rock.

Arkansas Tech-Ozark sought approval for the Human Services AAS after regional employers indicated a need for specialized training to serve their diverse industry needs, as well as the diverse social needs of the communities they serve.

Chief Academic Officer Bruce Sikes said, “This program is a culmination of the Ozark Campus’ work with its industry partners serving the needs of the River Valley region. Industry partners were instrumental in the development of the curriculum, as well as agreeing to serve as intern sites for the students.”

This spring, a survey of human-services-assistant employers showed that some of the state industry’s greatest needs exist in the underserved communities surrounding the campus: Franklin, Logan, Crawford, Sebastian, Johnson and Pope counties.

“There is definitely a need for this type of program in our area,” said Dr. Lance Fisher, executive director of Next Step Day Room in Fort Smith. “Our agency recently hired an [licensed master social worker] and two additional case managers. We received very few resumes from individuals with a background or experience in the human services area.

“We are pleased to have this resource become available to students in Western Arkansas.”

Employers surveyed include senior citizen centers, correctional facilities, nursing homes, rehabilitation programs, childcare development centers, departments of human services and non-profit agencies specializing in these services.

The Human Services program, which will accept up to 25 students, will consist of 60 hours of coursework and two eight-week field experiences at various social service agencies.

Sikes said, “The AAS in Human Services will benefit the service providers by delivering a training program that develops incumbent workers and entry level applicants in the diverse human services occupations.”

The approved Supply Chain Management option is a culmination of discussions with procurement, logistics and operations managers in a number of industries. Graduates will be trained to face the tasks and challenges required to effectively manage a business supply chain.

It is now the second option for Arkansas Tech-Ozark’s AAS in Business Technology. The program also offers a Banking option.

In all, Arkansas Tech-Ozark offers 25 programs of study tailored to me a variety of industry specific careers.


Mullenix and Smith Finish 22nd at Nationals

Arkansas Tech University Fishing Club members Jordan Mullenix and Evan Smith finished 22nd in the 2012 Carhartt College Series National Championship.

The tournament began on Wednesday, July 25, on the Arkansas River near Little Rock. It continued the next day on Lake Maumelle.

Over the course of two days, Mullenix (photographed, left) and Smith (photographed, right) brought in five qualifying bass weighing a total of 6 pounds, 13 ounces.

That put them well within the top half of the 55-team field, but it fell short of making the cut for the final day of the event. Only the top five teams advanced to the final round of competition on Friday, July 27.

Click here to learn more about the Bassmaster Collegiate Bass Fishing Tournament Series.

Photo courtesy of James Overstreet of