Archives for March 2014

Battle of the Halls: Complete Coverage

The Arkansas Tech Residence Hall Association has announced the series of events taking place as part of the 2014 Battle of the Halls competition.  The annual competition is designed to promote teamwork, cooperation and interaction between the various residence halls and the campus community.

The week of festivities is scheduled to begin Monday and will run through Friday.  The 2014 winner will be announced Friday evening during the closing ceremonies.

Throughout the week, members of the residence halls are collecting funds for the March of Dimes. The amount each residence hall raises is figured into the point totals and helps determine the winner.  The deadline to contribute is 11 p.m. on Wednesday.

Below is a list of activities taking place throughout the week:

Monday – Opening Mixer

  • Event begins at 5:15 p.m. at the Chambers Lawn
  • Participants may enjoy refreshments and view the flags for the respective residence halls

Monday – Opening Ceremony

  • Event begins at 6 p.m. at the Doc Bryan Lecture Hall
  • Representatives from each residence hall will present their hall flag and their hall video

Monday – Capture the Flag

  • Event begins at 9 p.m. at the residence halls
  • Each hall will be given a pennant and must protect their pennant from being stolen by representatives from other residence halls
  • The competition ends at 7 p.m. on Thursday

Tuesday – Clash of the Halls

Wednesday – Rockem’ Soccer

Thursday – Video Game Tournament

Friday – Quizbowl

  • Event begins at 2 p.m. in the Doc Bryan Lecture Hall
  • A team from each hall will attempt to answer questions by buzzing in and guessing correctly

Friday – Closing Ceremonies

  • Event begins at 8 p.m. in the Doc Bryan Lecture Hall
  • The winning hall will be announced and will receive a trophy for their efforts

In addition to receiving points for placing in the various competitions, halls will also have the opportunity to gain spirit points at each event.  Halls may receive up to 30 spirit points for each event attended.

At the end of the week, the points each residence hall receives for competing, spirit and March of Dimes participation will be tallied to select the 2014 Battle of the Halls champion.

For more information about Battle of the Halls, students should contact their resident assistant or resident director.

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Take Part in National Alcohol Screening Day

Arkansas Tech University will mark National Alcohol Screening Day (NASD) 2014 on Thursday, April 10, with events designed to educate students about the problems created by unhealthy drinking habits.

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has developed a list of annual high-risk college drinking consequences based upon research that has been conducted on the topic. The list of consequences includes death, injury, assault, sexual abuse, unsafe sex, academic problems, health problems/suicide attempts, drunk driving, vandalism, property damage, police involvement and alcohol abuse and dependence.

NASD 2014 programming at Arkansas Tech will begin on Thursday, April 10, with an informational event from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. as Baswell Techionery rooms 203 and 204.

Students will have an opportunity to  participate in a brief and private screening process that will help them understand their relationship with alcohol and any ways in which it might be negatively influencing their lives. Students in need of help will be able to access the appropriate resources as a result of the screening.

NASD 2014 at Arkansas Tech will continue at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, with a speech entitled “Solo Cup Culture: Minimizing the Risks of an Alcohol-Soaked Campus Climate.”

Jake Byczkowski, a 2011 graduate of Ohio State University, will provide the lecture. He will share his personal story about discovering his own drinking problem and will reveal how he created a solution specific to his own needs.

Byczkowski will also address many of the dangerous situations that can result from the abuse of alcohol.

The speech will take place in the Doc Bryan Student Services Center Lecture Hall. It is an On Track event in the active mind and body series organized by the Arkansas Tech Office of Student Services.

For more information about NASD 2014, contact the Arkansas Tech Health and Wellness Center at (479) 968-0329.

Learn more about the Arkansas Tech Health and Wellness Center.

ASBTDC Announces April Training Sessions

Area business owners will learn more about several topics during training sessions from the Arkansas Small Business Technology Development Center (ASBTDC) during the month of April.

The regional office of the ASBTDC at Arkansas Tech 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 during the month:

  • Starting a Business in Arkansas – Thursday, April 3, 9 a.m.- noon at Arkansas Tech University. Cost is $30, and veterans attend free.
  • Human Resources: What Every Business Should Know – Wednesday, April 9, 9 a.m.- noon at Arkansas Tech University. Cost is $40.
  • QuickBooks Online – Tuesday, April 15, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Arkansas Tech University. Cost is $65.
  • Website in a Day – Wednesday, April 23 from 9:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. at Beall, Barclay & Company in Fort Smith. Presented in partnership with Connect Arkansas. Cost is free, and lunch is provided.
  • Website in a Day – Wednesday, April 30 from 9:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. at University of the Ozarks in Clarksville. Presented in partnership with Connect Arkansas. Cost is free, and lunch is provided.

Those wishing to attend a seminar should register by calling (479) 356-2067 or online at

Tech Prepares for Student Satisfaction Survey

The Arkansas Tech University Office of Student Services will conduct an online Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI) beginning on Monday, April 7.

The SSI survey measures student satisfaction and priorities. All full-time, main campus undergraduate students who are enrolled in at least one face-to-face class will be invited to participate. Students who meet that criteria should check their e-mail beginning on Monday, April 7, for a link to the survey.

As incentive, one male and one female student who complete the survey will be randomly selected to receive a red parking hang tag for the 2014-15 academic year.

Learn more about the Arkansas Tech Office of Student Services.

Tech Hosts Emergency Management Conference

Arkansas Tech University will welcome emergency managers from throughout the region on Wednesday, April 9 for the annual Journal of Preparedness and Recovery (JOPAR) Conference on Preparedness and Recovery.

The 2014 conference will be the second year the Arkansas Tech Department of Emergency Management has hosted the event.

Arkansas Tech was the first institution in the world to have its degree programs in emergency management accredited by the Foundation on Higher Education in Disaster/Emergency Management and Homeland Security.

Conference attendees will hear from several speakers including:

  • Dr. Stan Supinski
  • Steve Recca
  • David Maxwell

The one-day conference begins at 8 a.m. with registration, and sessions will begin at 9 a.m.

Registration for the conference is $50 for industry personnel, $25 for students and $250 for exhibitors (includes two registrations and a 10×10 booth.)

Visit the conference website to learn more.