Archives for June 2013

Lambert Honored for Retirement

Arkansas Tech University recognized Mary Lambert (photographed second from left) for her service to the university during a retirement reception on Thursday.

Lambert, an assistant to the registrar, has served at Arkansas Tech for 21 years.

During her tenure, she has served in several campus offices including Purchasing, Accounts Payable, Continuing Education, College of Education, Department of Mathematics and the Registrar’s Office.


Turnage Spends Summer Researching

Arkansas Tech University senior Nicole Turnage is putting her classroom knowledge into practice this summer as she learns more about DNA analysis of green algae.

Turnage, a senior biology major from Greenbrier, is taking part in the Assessment and Sustainable Management of Ecosystem Services Research Experience for Undergraduates in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

The program allows undergraduate students to further their research skills by partnering with professors and mentors.

“The program started out with classes where we discussed topics that related to ecological issues and and research.  Some of the things we covered in the classes included environmental economics, how to keep a lab or field notebook and ethics,” said Turnage. “After the classes, I have been working with a graduate student on a part of her project.  I have learned how to isolate DNA from algae samples, how to do gel electrophoresis and how to do data analysis.”

In addition to learning more about research, Turnage says she has spent time writing as well.

“I have had the opportunity to learn how to write literature reviews, which is important for writing a final paper and for project proposals to request support and funding,” said Turnage.

Her favorite part is getting to network with the other students and learn more about a career in the field.

“I was interested in this internship because I wanted to gain more experience in order to become a more desirable candidate for graduate school admissions.  I also wanted the ability to focus on environmental-related research,” said Turnage.  “One part of the experience I’ve enjoyed is a dinner event that takes place each Wednesday evening.  While all of the student-researchers are eating dinner, we hear presenters discuss topics that are related to graduate school admission and employment.  It’s been beneficial information.”

Turnage says her experiences in the program and at Arkansas Tech have helped her grow in her chosen profession.

“These experiences have given me more confidence in furthering my education,” said Turnage.  “I definitely see a different side of science and a more realistic view of the scientific community.  Ever since I transferred to Arkansas Tech, I have gained more confidence in my abilities and have been given more opportunities to advance.”

After graduating in May, Turnage hopes to continue her education, and she eventually would like to obtain a doctoral degree in science or engineering.

Learn more about the College of Natural and Health Sciences.

Tech to Celebrate 50 Years of Band Camp

Ask most any musician at Arkansas Tech, and they will be able to tell you about an experience at one of Tech’s band camps.

Whether teaching a class, taking a private lesson, or studying under the tutelage of a great composer, the camps have inspired thousands of students over the years to consider music as part of their life.

Arkansas Tech will pay homage to that history this summer when it celebrates 50 years of Arkansas Tech University Band Camp.

The first camp was held in the summer of 1963, and Gene Witherspoon, longtime director of bands, oversaw the first camp.

The summer celebration is slated for Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 13.

On Friday, July 12, alumni and friends will gather at the Lake Point Conference Center for a reception.  The reception begins at 6:30 p.m., and tickets are $15.

At 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 13 a campus tour will be offered for those wishing to see how the campus has changed over recent years.

Saturday afternoon, musicians will gather at 3 p.m., in the Witherspoon Building Auditorium for a reading band to sightread a variety of music.

The festivities will culminate with an anniversary celebration Saturday evening at the Lake Point Conference Center.  The celebration starts at 6:30 p.m., and tickets are $20.

Learn more about the 2013 camps.

Learn more about the Department of Music at Arkansas Tech.

ASBTDC Announces July Seminars

Local small businesses have the opportunity to attend several training sessions on business operations throughout the month of July as part of several seminars hosted by the Small Business and Technology Development Center at Arkansas Tech.

The seminars cover a variety of topics including business strategies and starting a new business.

Arkansas Tech University faculy and staff are able to attend each of the seminars at no cost, while Tech students can attend for half price.

The regional office of the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center is located at Arkansas Tech, and 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 July:

  • Free and Local: Small Business Marketing  — Thursday, July 11 from 9 a.m. – noon at Paris First National Bank Community Center. Speaker: Ronda Hawkins, ASBTDC.  Cost is $30 for the general public and $20 for Paris Chamber members.
  • Exceptional Customer Service — Wednesday, July 17 from 9 a.m. – noon at Clarksville Chamber of Commerce. Speaker: Ronda Hawkins, ASBTDC.  Cost is $30 for the general public and $20 for Clarksville Chamber members.
  • Starting a Business in Arkansas — Tuesday, July 23 from 9 a.m. – noon at at Arkansas Tech University Rothwell Hall. Speaker: Nathan George, ASBTDC. Cost is $30.
  • Intermediate QuickBooks (Hands on)  — Thursday, July 25 from 1 – 4 p.m. at Beall Barclay and Company in Fort Smith.  Speaker: Larissa Miller, Beall Barclay and Company.  Cost is $65.
  • QuickBooks Payroll (Hands On) — Tuesday, July 30 from 9 a.m. – noon at Arkansas Tech University Rothwell Hall. Speaker: Ronda Hawkins, ASBTDC. Cost is $65.

Those wishing to attend a seminar can register by calling Ronda Hawkins with the Arkansas Tech Small Business and Technology Development Center at 479-356-2067 or register online.

Important Dates for Students

Several important dates are approaching for students enrolled in summer courses at Arkansas Tech.

Friday is the last day to officially withdraw or drop classes with a “W” for full-term courses in the first summer term.

The final day for class during the first summer term is Friday, July 5.

Students enrolling in courses for the second summer term will begin classes on Monday, July 8.

Late registration for the second term is Monday, July 8 and Tuesday, July 9. Those students needing to register should visit the Office of the Registrar to do so.

The final day to add or change full-term courses in the second summer term is Tuesday, July 9.

Courses with dates which are different from the regular term may have different registration, withdrawal and refund dates. Contact the Registrar’s Office at 479-968-0272 for more information.

Access a complete list of important dates on the Office of the Registrar’s website.