Archives for May 2013

Tech to Enhance Scholarships for Freshmen

Arkansas Tech University announced a plan on Friday to offer scholarship supplements worth as much as $1,000 per eligible first-time freshman during the 2013-14 academic year.

The scholarship supplements are designed to help individuals begin their studies at Arkansas Tech despite the recent announcement that Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarships for freshmen will be reduced beginning in fall 2013.

The move will make what is already the most affordable tuition and fees structure among the five largest universities in Arkansas an even better value for incoming Arkansas Tech freshmen.

“Any time that we can remove financial barriers to higher education for the people of Arkansas, it is the morally correct thing to do,” said Arkansas Tech President Dr. Robert C. Brown. “Our state has set a goal of increasing the percentage of our adult population that holds a baccalaureate degree. In order to help our state attain that goal, Arkansas Tech is committed to providing students with the resources they need to achieve their academic objectives even though other anticipated sources of scholarship funding have fallen short of the need.

“Arkansas Tech is proud of its heritage as a place of opportunity,” continued Brown. “By providing these scholarship supplements to members of the Arkansas Tech freshman class of 2013, we carry that legacy forward and extend it to the newest members of the Tech family.”

Freshmen enrolled at Arkansas Tech for the fall 2013 semester that are receiving the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship and are also eligible for the Pell Grant will be awarded a $500 scholarship supplement for the fall semester. Those same Arkansas Tech freshmen will be awarded an additional $500 scholarship supplement for the spring 2014 semester if they remain eligible for the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship.

The scholarship supplements apply to fall 2013 freshmen on the main Arkansas Tech University campus in Russellville.

To apply for undergraduate admission to Arkansas Tech, call (479) 968-0343 or (800) 582-6953 or visit

ASBTDC Announces June Seminars

Several opportunities are planned for small businesses to take part in training sessions offered by the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center during the month of June.

The seminars will cover several topics including online strategies and how to use QuickBooks.

The regional office of the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center is housed at Arkansas Tech, and it is designed to assist new, existing and expanding businesses by offering a variety of services including consulting, training, and market research.

The following seminars will be offered in June:

  • Website in a Day (Hands on) — Wednesday, June 12 from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Morrilton Chamber of Commerce.  Speaker: Ronda Hawkins, ASBTDC.  Cost is Free.
  • Intermediate QuickBooks (Hands on)  — Thursday, June 20 from 9 a.m. – noon at Arkansas Tech University Rothwell Hall Room 308. Speaker: Ronda Hawkins, ASBTDC.  Cost is $65.
  • Get Listed Locally (Hands on) — Wednesday, June 26 from 2 – 4 p.m. at Arkansas Tech University Rothwell Hall Room 313.  Cost is Free.
  • Introduction to QuickBooks (Hands on)  — Thursday, June 20 from 1-4 p.m. at Beall Barclay and Company in Fort Smith.  Speaker: Larissa Miller, Beall Barclay and Company.  Cost is $65.

Those wishing to attend a seminar can register by calling Ronda Hawkins with the ASBTDC at 479-356-2067 or register online at

First Summer Session Begins Monday

Numerous students at Arkansas Tech University will return to campus Monday to begin summer coursework.

The first summer session begins Monday and will run through Friday, July 5.

Those individuals still wishing to register for courses during the five-week term will be able to do so through Tuesday by visiting the Office of the Registrar.

Visit the Office of the Registrar’s website for more information regarding the registration process and important dates for the term.


Three Earn Faculty Awards of Excellence

Three members of the Arkansas Tech University faculty have been recognized for their contributions to the campus community with a 2013 Faculty Award of Excellence.

Dr. Paola Gemme (photographed, top left), associate professor of English, is the 2013 Arkansas Tech Faculty Award of Excellence winner in the teaching category.

Dr. Jason Ulsperger (photographed, top right), associate professor of sociology, won the 2013 Arkansas Tech Faculty Award of Excellence in the scholarship and creative activity category.

Dr. Susan Underwood (photographed, bottom middle), associate professor of college student personnel, was presented with the 2013 Arkansas Tech Faculty Award of Excellence in the service category.

The Arkansas Tech Faculty Awards of Excellence were founded in 1996. To be eligible, a faculty member must be tenured and hold the current rank of associate professor or professor.

Gemme joined the Arkansas Tech faculty in 2001. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Genoa and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Penn State University.

Ulsperger has been a member of the Arkansas Tech faculty since 2006. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Central Arkansas, a Master of Arts degree from Arkansas State University and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Oklahoma State University.

Underwood joined the Arkansas Tech faculty in 2003. She received her Bachelor of Science degree and her Master of Arts in Education degree from Western Kentucky University. She completed her Doctor of Philosophy degree at New Mexico State University.

Field Receives Lifetime Award From KDP

Dr. Sherry Field, dean of the Arkansas Tech University College of Education and professor of curriculum and instruction, has been elected as one of the charter members in the new honorary Eleanor Roosevelt Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi.

Election into the lifetime honorary chapter is limited to 100 living members. Field will be formally inducted into the Eleanor Roosevelt Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi during the organization’s 49th biennial convocation Oct. 24-26 in Dallas, Texas.

According to Faye Snodgrass, executive director of Kappa Delta Pi, the Eleanor Roosevelt Chapter was established to “recognize men and women who have made significant contributions of service to the society and exemplified its ideals of excellence and education.”

Field has been a member of Kappa Delta Pi since 1989. She has served as chapter counselor for Kappa Delta Pi at three universities — the University of Colorado at Denver, the University of Georgia and the University of Texas at Austin. Field was vice president for Kappa Delta Pi International from 2002-04 and a charter recipient of the O.L. Davis Jr. Chapter Counselor of Distinction Award in 2009.

Field joined the Arkansas Tech faculty as professor of curriculum and instruction and dean of the College of Education on Sept. 1, 2012.

She previously served as associate dean for teacher education, student affairs and administration in the University of Texas at Austin College of Education.

Field holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Texas Tech University, a Master of Education degree from Stephen F. Austin University and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Texas at Austin.

A member of the University of Texas faculty from 2001-2012, Field was the Catherine Mae Parker Centennial Professor in Education on the Austin campus.

She has taught and served as an administrator in K-12 education in Arkansas and Texas. Her previous faculty appointments included stints at the University of Colorado-Denver and at the University of Georgia, where she earned a Glickman Fellowship in 2000.

Field is a former editor of Social Studies and the Young Learner and a former chair of the College and University Faculty Association Executive Board of the National Council for the Social Studies.