Archives for March 2015

Name Change for Campus Department

The operating area formerly known as the Office of Purchasing at Arkansas Tech University has a new name.

That operating area will henceforth be known as the Office of Procurement and Risk Management Services.

The office is located in Young Building suite 101.

For more information, call (479) 968-0269.

Horn Night at Tech 2015 on Thursday

The sounds of French horns will fill Witherspoon Auditorium on Thursday, April 2, when Arkansas Tech University hosts Horn Night at Tech 2015.

The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be free and open to the public.

Among the groups scheduled to perform are the Arkansas Tech Horn Ensemble and guest ensembles from Russellville Middle School, Pinkston Middle School in Mountain Home, Sheridan High School, Cabot High School and Clarksville High School.

“The evening will feature live performance and educational presentations relating to the French horn,” said Dr. Gary Barrow, professor of music at Arkansas Tech. “The display cases in Witherspoon Hall are filled with displays devoted to horn evolution, horn history and a cavalcade of musicians influencing horn development over the past 300 years.”

Barrow said one of the highlights of the evening will be a performance of the theme from “Beauty and the Beast” by a mass ensemble of approximately 60 French horn players.

For more information about public performances hosted by the Arkansas Tech Department of Music, call (479) 968-0368 or visit

Big Money Bingo Wednesday

Arkansas Tech University students will have the opportunity to win more than $3,000 in prizes later this week as part of Big Money Bingo.

The event begins at 8 p.m. on Wednesday in the Doc Bryan Lecture Hall.

Over the course of the evening, students will play several bingo games in an effort to win prizes.

The event, which is hosted by the Arkansas Tech Student Activities Board, is free to Tech students with a valid identification card.

Be sure to log back on for more about Big Money Bingo.


Arkansas Tech Inauguration April 12-18

Arkansas Tech University will honor its 12th president, Dr. Robin E. Bowen, with a week of inauguration activities in April.

Bowen took office as president of Arkansas Tech on July 1, 2014. She is the first female president of a public, four-year university in Arkansas.

“The inaugural activities will be a celebration of the past, present and future of Arkansas Tech University,” said Julie Morgan, assistant to the president and chairperson of the inaugural committee. “The week will provide the Tech family with an opportunity to celebrate the achievements that have made us an institution of significance and collectively imagine the possibilities of our shared, bright future.”

The centerpiece of the week will be the formal inauguration of Bowen. The event is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Friday, April 17, at Tucker Coliseum.

The public is invited to attend the inauguration.

“This will be the first inauguration in Arkansas Tech history, so it would be natural for students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the university to be curious about the meaning and timing behind the events,” said Morgan. “Inaugural activities are generally planned for 9-to-12 months after a new university president takes office, particularly if the individual is a newcomer to his or her institution. This provides the new president with an opportunity to develop a feel for the institution and begin to formulate his or her vision for the future of the university. The inaugural activities serve as a launching point for that vision.”

A week of events to celebrate the inauguration will begin on Sunday, April 12.

In addition to a sampling of events that will display the artistic and athletic talents of Arkansas Tech students, the university community and the surrounding communities will work together on a 24-hour drive to register individuals with the “Be the Match” bone marrow registry.

The bone marrow registry drive will begin at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14, and continue through 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15. Individuals age 18-44 are eligible to register for free. Joining the registry is accomplished through collecting cheek cells with a cotton swab.

Trained volunteers will register individuals at the W.O. Young Building Ballroom, located at 207 West O Street on the Arkansas Tech campus in Russellville, throughout the 24-hour period.

More details about the inaugural events can be found at Below is a complete listing of public events:

Sunday, April 12
*Community Brunch, Chambers Cafeteria, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
*Senior graphic design show reception, Norman Hall Art Gallery, noon-2:30 p.m.
*Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Concert Chorale performance, First United Methodist Church in Russellville, 2:30 p.m.

Monday, April 13-Friday, April 17
*Senior graphic design show continues, Norman Hall Art Gallery, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Tuesday, April 14
*24-hour “Be the Match” bone marrow registry drive begins, W.O. Young Ballroom, 9 p.m.

Wednesday, April 15
*Community Open House (campus and facility tours), departing from Tucker Coliseum, 4-6 p.m.
*24-hour “Be the Match” bone marrow registry awards ceremony, W.O. Young Ballroom, 9 p.m.

Thursday, April 16
*Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees meeting, Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center, 1 p.m.

Friday, April 17
*Inauguration of Dr. Robin E. Bowen, 12th president of Arkansas Tech, Tucker Coliseum, 2 p.m. (reception to follow)
*Inaugural Scholarship Gala, L.V. Williamson Boys and Girls Club, 6:30 p.m. reception and 7 p.m. dinner

Saturday, April 18
*Out of the Darkness Walk for suicide prevention, Doc Bryan Student Services Center, 8 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. walk
*Bash at the Ballpark community event sponsored by Russellville Area Chamber of Commerce, Tech Field, 11 a.m.
*NCAA Tennis, Arkansas Tech vs. Southwest Baptist, Chartwells Women’s Sports Complex, Noon
*NCAA Baseball, Arkansas Tech vs. Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Tech Field, 1 p.m.
*Wonder Boys Football, Green and Gold scrimmage, Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field, 2 p.m.

Be The Match at Arkansas Tech April 14-15

Every year, approximately 6,500 Americans with leukemia, lymphoma and other serious blood diseases receive a potentially life-saving bone marrow transplant through Be The Match, a national registry that connects patients with solutions.

Another 1,000 people die each year because they were unable to find a matching donor.

On April 14-15, individuals from Arkansas Tech University and the surrounding communities will have an opportunity to join the registry and possibly give the gift of life in the process.

Arkansas Tech’s Be The Match bone marrow registry event will begin at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14, and continue through 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15.

The first 3,000 individuals who register with Be The Match during the 24-hour drive at Arkansas Tech will receive a free T-shirt courtesy of the Arkansas Tech Student Government Association.

The headquarters for the drive will be at a large tent near Baswell Techionery and Hindsman Tower. Additional tents will be located around campus during the daytime hours on April 15.

Events and activities are planned for throughout the 24-hour drive. For a complete listing, please see the end of this article.

Arkansas Tech faculty members Dr. Julie Mikles-Schluterman, associate professor of sociology, and Dr. Jason Warnick, associate professor of psychology, are coordinating the drive at Arkansas Tech.

“There is a strong culture of community service that exists at Arkansas Tech,” said Mikles-Schluterman. “It is our hope that this event will help spread that culture both on campus and in the surrounding area in a way that will show the power that we possess to affect positive change when we work together.”

Be The Match represents a final chance for many leukemia and lymphoma patients. The registry is a resource for patients who do not have a relative who is a match. Approximately one in every 540 members of the registry is contacted about the possibility of donating bone marrow.

Registry members who are found to be a potential match for a patient are contacted via e-mail and asked if they are willing to donate.

“Registering with Be The Match is a quick and painless experience,” said Warnick. “There is a small amount of paperwork to complete, a cheek swab and then you are done. In all, the process takes about 10 minutes. It is amazing to think that such a small investment of time and effort on our part could lead to saving the life of another human being.”

Be The Match registry drives focus on individuals age 18-44 due to medical research that indicates that age group is most likely to provide a successful bone marrow transplant. Be The Match registration is free for individuals age 18-44.

Individuals age 45-60 may register with Be The Match at with a donation of $100.

For more information about the Be The Match bone marrow registry drive at Arkansas Tech, send e-mail to or

Be The Match Schedule of Events, April 14-15, 2015

Tuesday, April 14
9 p.m. – Kickoff Celebration, Baswell Techionery
10 p.m.-Midnight – Black Light Party, Young Ballroom

Wednesday, April 15
Midnight-2 a.m. – Midnight Pancakes, Baswell Techionery
2 a.m. – Movie Under the Stars, Crabaugh Lawn
3 a.m. – Donuts With Mayor Randy Horton, Young Ballroom
4-6 a.m. – Game Show Hosted by Thomas Pennington, Young Ballroom
6 a.m. – Bootcamp With Cora of Forca Martial Arts, Hindsman Tower
7 a.m. – Yoga / Breakfast To Go, Hindsman Tower (please bring your mat if you have one)
8 a.m. – Veterans Appreciation / Breakfast To Go, Baswell Techionery Patio
9 a.m.-Noon – Ag Department “Hump Day” Camel Photos, Hindsman Tower
9 a.m. – Boxer Robert Guerrero Speaks About Be The Match, Baswell Techionery
10 a.m. – Presidential Selfies With Dr. Robin E. Bowen, Baswell Techionery Patio
11 a.m. – Robert Guerrero Autographs and Photos, Baswell Techionery Patio
Noon – Inferfaith Lunch, Hindsman Tower
Noon – Roundtable Discussion with Casey and Robert Guerrero, Hindsman Tower
1-3 p.m. – Alumni Hours / Acoustic Music, Baswell Techionery Patio
3 p.m. – Pie A Professor / Resident Director, Hindsman Tower
4 p.m. – Photos With Jerry the Bulldog, Baswell Techionery Patio
5-7 p.m. – BBQ Feast, Hindsman Tower
7 p.m. – Concert with Some Guy Named Robb, Baswell Techionery
8 p.m. – Countdown Party With D.J., Young Ballroom
9 p.m. – Drive Completion Celebration, Young Ballroom