Archives for July 2014

Area High School Students Benefit from UB

When the 2014-15 school year begins in a few weeks, 120 students from nine school districts in the Arkansas River Valley will be better prepared for their course work because of the summer Upward Bound program offered at Arkansas Tech University.

A five-week curriculum that focused on math, science and English was followed by an educational trip to St. Louis for students representing the Atkins, Danville, Dardanelle, Dover, Hector, Lamar, Pottsville, Two Rivers and Western Yell County school districts.

“This was the best group,” said Jill Hendricks, director of Upward Bound programs at Arkansas Tech. “They were well-behaved, positive and they had a great attitude. This is basically continuing school for five weeks, and you never heard these kids complain. They were excited to be here. We start every day at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast and it goes until recreation is over at 9 p.m. each night.”

Upward Bound is a federally-funded TRIO program that helps high school students with identified barriers to higher education prepare for college. The program, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014, began as part of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty.

Arkansas Tech has served area high school students through Upward Bound since receiving its initial grant for the program in 2003.

In addition to Hendricks, target school liaisons Shawna Davis and Kao Vang along with administrative assistant Mary Bolen administer Upward Bound at Arkansas Tech under the direction of the Office of Academic Affairs.

“A student changes the most during the summer program,” said Hendricks, who has worked in Upward Bound at Arkansas Tech since 2005 and has served as its director since 2009. “I think it’s because they’re around so many other people. It brings their personality out. We give a coming out of their shell award at the end of every summer. There are always kids who arrive very quiet and shy, and by the time the program is complete they are very vocal and interactive. It’s cool to see that.”

Participants include students preparing to enter grades 10-12 and recently graduated high school students, who can earn six hours of college course credit during the summer Upward Bound program.

The summer programming is complemented by Upward Bound advising, tutoring and Saturday cultural programming throughout the traditional academic year. Davis and Vang make regular visits to the high schools included in the program to work with students during their lunch breaks.

“Our mission is to help these students be successful in high school, go to college and ultimately get that college degree,” said Hendricks. “We have students that are graduating from college and either entering their career field or going on to get their master’s degree. That is a rewarding experience. That’s why we do what we do and why we are passionate about what we do.”

For more information about Upward Bound at Arkansas Tech, visit

Wonder Boys 7th in GAC Football Poll

Arkansas Tech University is picked to finish seventh in the 2014 Great American Conference football standings according to a preseason poll of league head coaches.

The Wonder Boys were 5-6 overall and 5-5 in the GAC in 2013, when they finished tied for sixth in the conference standings.

Raymond Monica will be in his second season as the head football coach at Arkansas Tech in 2014.

Henderson State University is a unanimous preseason favorite to win the 2014 GAC football title. The Reddies collected 10 first-place votes and 100 points in the balloting, the results of which were released by the GAC office in Russellville on Thursday, July 31.

Harding University (2nd, 89 points) and Ouachita Baptist University (3rd, 84 points) are viewed by league head coaches as the top threats to unseat defending GAC champion Henderson State.

East Central University (4th, 63 points), Southern Arkansas University (5th, 60 points), Southwestern Oklahoma State University (6th, 54 points), Arkansas Tech (7th, 44 points), Southeastern Oklahoma State University (8th, 41 points), the University of Arkansas at Monticello (9th, 37 points), Northwestern Oklahoma State University (10th, 22 points) and Southern Nazarene University (11th, 11 points) complete the poll.

Arkansas Tech will begin its 100th football season by hosting Northwestern Oklahoma State for a GAC contest on Thursday, Sept. 4. Kickoff at Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field in Russellville is set for 7 p.m.

Photo Shoot Opportunity for Faculty and Staff

Arkansas Tech University faculty and staff have the opportunity to obtain a complimentary head and shoulder photo courtesy of the Office of University Relations.

Photos will be taken by appointment only from 1-4 p.m. on Monday, August 18 and from 8 a.m. until noon on Tuesday, August 19.

All photos will take place in Room 214 of Browning Hall, which is located behind Tomlinson.

Those taking part will receive a complimentary digital version of their photo.

To schedule an appointment, send your name and the department in which you work to Liz Chrisman at

Arkansas Tech Career Center Hosts Open House Aug. 8

The Arkansas Tech Career Center (ATCC) in Russellville will host an open house Friday, Aug. 8, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Located at 2201 S. Knoxville Ave., behind Russellville High School, ATCC is one of the largest secondary career and technical centers in Arkansas, drawing its 600-plus student enrollment from 11 area high schools in Pope, Yell and Johnson counties.

Director Pat Edmunds said, “The open house is the perfect time for incoming students and their families – as well as those interested in future enrollment – to meet our instructors, see the classrooms and discuss college credit opportunities.”

The Career Center is an extension of Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus. Because of the partnership between ATCC and Arkansas Tech-Ozark, participating high school students can receive concurrent college credit for classes taken.

The following programs are offered at ATCC:

  • Automotive Service Technology;
  • Computer Engineering/Computer Information Systems;
  • Construction Technology;
  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement;
  • Culinary Arts;
  • Cosmetology;
  • Drafting Technology/Engineering and Architecture;
  • Health Science Technology;
  • Metal Fabrication.

Participating schools include Russellville, Dover, Pottsville, Hector, Atkins, Dardanelle, Danville, Two Rivers, Western Yell County, Lamar and Clarksville high schools.

For more information, including program descriptions and answers to frequently asked questions, visit the ATCC website,

Alumna to Advise Students in New Position

Arkansas Tech University alumna Hannah Goetz has been named an academic advisor at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas.

In her new position, Goetz will work with students in the undergraduate advising office.

Goetz holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration and a Master of Science in college student personnel from Arkansas Tech University.

During her time at Arkansas Tech, Goetz served in a variety of roles including a graduate assistant, a resident assistant and a member of the Tech Sweethearts.