Archives for October 2013

Students Benefit from Career Fair

Arkansas Tech University students have had the opportunity to interview with prospective employers following Wednesday’s career fair.

Several companies scheduled on-campus and phone interviews with students they met through the career fair and Norman Career Services.

The following companies will be meeting with students about potential employment:

  • Fastenal
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Calfrac Well Services Corporation
  • Albermarle
  • Dillard’s Information Technology Division

Students wishing to prepare for the career search are able to take advantage of a variety of services provided by Norman Career Services including resume and cover letter critiques, career workshops and career fairs.

Visit the Norman Career Services website.

SAB Offers Halloween Fun

Arkansas Tech students will be showing off their best Halloween costumes Thursday evening at Doc’s Place.

The Student Activities Board will host a Halloween event from 8-11 p.m. in Doc’s Place

Throughout the evening, students will be able to enjoy a costume contest, food and games.

Students will also be able to enjoy two showings of the movie “The Purge.” Showings are scheduled for 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. in the Doc Bryan Student Services Building Lecture Hall.

The event and the movie showings are free with an Arkansas Tech University ID card.


Special Car Adds to Homecoming Parade

Even before she was crowned Homecoming queen 2013 at Arkansas Tech University, Molly Gibson had already made a special memory during the weekend of festivities.

Gibson, a junior from Atkins, rode in the Homecoming parade on Friday, Oct. 25, in a 2008 Ford Mustang white convertible. But this wasn’t just any convertible.

It was a breast cancer awareness special edition Ford Mustang that is owned by Salli Summer Sexton of Hot Springs, one of just 124 such vehicles that exist in the world. The car features a breast cancer awareness ribbon painted on the side with pink striping, pink lights in the dash and pink stitching in the leather.

It was especially meaningful for Gibson because of her membership in Zeta Tau Alpha, which supports the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation with its philanthropic efforts.

“It is absolutely humbling to have the opportunity to ride in this very special car,” said Gibson while she waited for the parade to begin. “It’s so exciting because Zeta Tau Alpha is passionate about finding a cure for breast cancer and supporting those who are fighting to overcome breast cancer. I didn’t expect to be a part of it in this special and different way.”

Sexton is the cousin of Dr. Cathi McMahan, associate professor of recreation and park administration and head of the Arkansas Tech Department of Parks, Recreation and Hospitality Administration.

McMahan said that Sexton purchased the car two years ago when her cancer was in remission.

“Unfortunately, Salli’s breast cancer has returned and the cancer has now spread to her brain and bones,” said McMahan. “She has been undergoing chemotherapy, radiation and has undergone a number of other medical procedures this past year and unfortunately, due to the toll of the cancer is not able to drive the car of her dreams…the white convertible Mustang. It made her day to know that her car was used in the Arkansas Tech Homecoming parade.”

Tech Football Meets Jerry

While Tech fans met Jerry the Bulldog on Saturday, October 26, the Arkansas Tech football team was in the midst of pre-game preparations.

The Arkansas Tech football team got to know Jerry and learned the history of the new campus ambassador prior to Saturday.

Learn more about Jerry.


ASBTDC Announces November Sessions

Local businesses will be able to focus on business operations through several training sessions taking place throughout the month of November.

The seminars are hosted by the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center (ASBTDC) regional office at Arkansas Tech University, which 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 November:

  • Intermediate QuickBooks (Hands on) – Tuesday, November 5, 1 – 4:30 p.m. at Beall Barclay & Company, Fort Smith. Cost is $65.
  • QuickBooks Payroll (Hands on) – Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. – noon at Rothwell Hall at Arkansas Tech University. Cost is $65.
  • Informed Businesses: Navigating the Affordable Care Act (Hands on) – Tuesday, November 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Jeral Hampton Meeting Place, Booneville. Cost is free.
  • Exceptional Customer Service – Thursday, November 21, 1-4 p.m. at First National Bank Community Center in Paris. Cost is $30. Cost is $20 for Paris Chamber of Commerce members.

Those wishing to attend a seminar can register by calling (470) 356 – 2067 or register online at