Archives for June 2014

Garcia Spends Summer in Washington D.C.

Arkansas Tech University student Jordan Garcia (photographed center) is immersed in politics, a field she intends to pursue, during her summer internship in Washington D.C.

Garcia is spending part of her summer interning in the office of U.S. Senator John Boozman.

“I interned for Senator Boozman in his state office last summer,” said Garcia. “It was a great experience, so I wanted to try to secure a spot in his Washington D. C. Office this summer.”

Some of Garcia’s duties include answer phones, managing mail and giving tours of the Capitol.

“The best part about the internship is giving Capitol tours,” said Garcia. “I love the interaction I am able to have with the constituents.”

Garcia said the experience in the Nation’s Capital has helped confirm her own political ambitions.

“Living here for four weeks has made me realize that I finally found my home,” said Garcia. “My chosen career path has now shifted towards politics. When you work here and see everything firsthand, you can only dream of having the opportunity to run for office and represent your community.”

For now, Garcia will return to Russellville this fall where she will continue courses at Arkansas Tech. She will graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in political science with minors in pre-law and sociology.

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Evans Honored at Retirement Reception

Diana Evans was honored for more than three decades of service to the students of Arkansas Tech University with a retirement reception at the Doc Bryan Student Services Center on Thursday, June 26.

Evans (photographed, right) received a citation from the Arkansas House of Representatives and a gift from her colleagues. Tammy Weaver (photographed, left), registrar at Arkansas Tech, made the presentations on behalf of the university.

An alumna of Arkansas Tech with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, Evans was a student worker in the Office of the Registrar for four years.

She joined the full-time staff at Arkansas Tech on March 16, 1981, as a student aid officer in the Office of Financial Aid.

Evans became assistant registrar on April 29, 1994, and continued to work in the Office of the Registrar until the time of her retirement.

Sunset Cinema Event Postponed

The Russellville Area Chamber of Commerce Sunset Cinema presentation of “Monsters University” scheduled for Thursday, June 26, has been postponed due to inclement weather.

The event has been rescheduled for Thursday, July 24, at Lake Dardanelle State Park in Russellville.

Between now and then, Sunset Cinema will present a screening of “Frozen” on Thursday, July 10, at Lake Dardanelle State Park.

The third and final Sunset Cinema film of 2014 will be “Despicable Me 2” on Thursday, July 31.

Pre-movie activities, including bump and jump houses for children, begin at 6:30 p.m. on Sunset Cinema nights. The movies start at 8:30 p.m.

Cost for Sunset Cinema is $1 per person, with children age 12 and under free.

Call the Russellville Area Chamber of Commerce at (479) 968-2530 for more information about Sunset Cinema.

Familiar Faces: Culinary Camp for Women

Area girls had the opportunity to learn more about the culinary field at Arkansas Tech during a recent camp.

Sponsored by Chartwells and hosted by the Arkansas Tech Department of Parks, Recreation and Hospitality, the program is designed to help girls learn more about all aspects of the culinary field.

Learn more about the Arkansas Tech Department pf Parks, Recreation and Hospitality.

Learn more about Chartwells at Arkansas Tech.

Colorado State Hires Arkansas Tech Alumnus

Rowdy Garrett, a four-year letterman for the Arkansas Tech University men’s golf program from 2010-14, has been hired to serve as assistant women’s golf coach at Colorado State University.

Garrett was the 2012 Great American Conference player of the year and a two-time All-GAC selection during his collegiate playing career.

The Fouke native had a career scoring average of 74.4 and helped the Wonder Boys reach NCAA Division II regional competition in 2013 and 2014. He was a member of the 2013 Great American Conference men’s golf championship team.

Garrett earned a Bachelor of Professional Studies degree with an emphasis in public relations from Arkansas Tech.

“I am excited to have Rowdy join our coaching staff,” said Annie Young, head women’s golf coach at Colorado State, in a news release. “His knowledge of the game along with his success as a collegiate golfer will be an asset to our team. I look forward to working with him.”