Archives for January 2016

Health Sciences and Wellness Building Opens

Thursday morning was a landmark occasion for a landmark structure at Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus.

Students from the paramedic/emergency medical services program and the practical nursing program were among the first to hold classes in the new Health Sciences and Wellness Building, a 20,273-square foot facility designed by Crafton Tull and constructed by The Cone Group.

“This building will give students more incentive to come here because we have the latest and greatest technology,” said Kelsi Andres, a paramedic/EMS student from Solgohachia. “It’s like we’re actually in the ambulance. I want to transition into nursing, so the paramedic program gives me the bridge to be able to further my education and become a registered nurse.”

The Health Sciences and Wellness Building is Arkansas Tech-Ozark’s first two-story structure. It features laboratory and technology expansion, offices for faculty and support staff, a fitness center, student lounge areas and a testing center.

It will house five of the campus’ allied health programs — paramedic, health information technology, physical therapist assistant, practical nursing and registered nursing.

“I’m just thrilled with it,” said Ester Leonard, program chair for the practical nursing program at Arkansas Tech-Ozark. “I really think the students will rise to the occasion. We’re moving very much to what we want to be, a state of the art campus. We have a lot more technology capabilities, including new simulation labs that will allow us to work students through some stressful situations without the stress of a live patient.”

Arkansas Tech-Ozark is planning a dedication ceremony for the Health Sciences and Wellness Building at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 17. The public is invited to attend the ceremony and tour the building at that time.

“It’s a state of the art facility,” said Joshua Freeman, program chair in paramedic/EMS. “A lot of colleges do not have the ambulance simulator, so that is a big deal for us. We have high-fidelity mannequins that go in it and act almost like a real person. Being able to have that and make it as real as possible for their training is a benefit that we haven’t had in the past. That’s the best part for us.

“We have a standard of excellence throughout our program, and I think now that we have the new building and the new equipment, I think the students will be able to see that we have the facilities to achieve that,” continued Freeman. “The realism of the simulation lab and the equipment we have in the classroom will allow us to teach them to the level they need to be able to go out and take care of patients. Ultimately, that is our job.”

Bethaney Blackwell, a paramedic/EMS student from Lavaca, was able to sum up her reaction to the building in one word.

“It’s awesome,” said Blackwell. “It looks like there will be more opportunities to learn with more space and new equipment.”

The building also has three new computer labs available for student use.

“We have a lot of students who do not have good computer access at home,” said Leonard. “The new computer labs will make a big difference for our students, and the exercise room will get students more involved in activity and promote a healthy lifestyle throughout campus.”

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Familiar Faces: Mike Harris

Arkansas Tech University student Mike Harris is this week’s familiar face. Harris, a native of Little Rock, hopes to pursue a career in student affairs after completing his studies at Arkansas Tech.

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Learn more about the Department of Communication and Journalism at Arkansas Tech.

Tech Tennis Named Favorite to Win GAC

Arkansas Tech University is picked to win the 2016 Great American Conference women’s tennis championship in a preseason poll of league head coaches.

The poll, which was released by the GAC office on Wednesday, Jan. 27, forecasts a tight four-team race for the title.

Arkansas Tech received three first-place votes and 40 points in the preseason poll. Close behind are East Central University (T-2nd, 38 points), Southeastern Oklahoma State University (T-2nd, 38 points) and Oklahoma Baptist University (4th, 37 points).

Southern Nazarene University (5th, 25 points), Harding University (6th, 23 points), Henderson State University (7th, 15 points) and Ouachita Baptist University (8th, 9 points) complete the preseason GAC women’s tennis poll.

Abby Davis is in her 12th season as the Arkansas Tech head tennis coach. She led the Golden Suns to a school-record 18 tennis wins, a share of the GAC regular season championship and a first-round win in the NCAA Division II Tournament during the 2014-15 season.

Arkansas Tech will begin the spring portion of its 2015-16 tennis schedule by hosting Evangel University for a 3 p.m. non-conference match at the Chartwells Women’s Sports Complex in Russellville on Friday, Feb. 5.

Schedule for Housing Sign-Up Announced

The Arkansas Tech University Office of Residence Life has announced the schedule by which returning and incoming students may reserve 2016-17 campus housing.

Visit to access the sign-up portal and learn more.

Call (479) 968-0376 or send e-mail to for more information.

Below is the schedule for 2016-17 housing sign-up for returning students:

  • Honors College and Current Registered ADA Students: Feb. 1-7
  • University Commons (Phases I and II)/Vista Place: Feb. 8-14 (30 earned hours/2.5 GPA)
  • Seniors (90+ credit hours earned): Feb. 15-March 31
  • Juniors (60-89 credit hours earned): Feb. 18-March 31
  • Sophomores (30-59 credit hours earned): Feb. 22-March 31
  • Freshmen (0-29 credit hours earned): Feb. 25-March 31

Beginning on Feb. 15, all students may sign up for any remaining vacancies at University Commons (Phases I and II) and Vista Place per their scheduled sign-up time.

April 1 is the deadline for those returning students not required to live on campus to choose a room.

Below is the schedule for 2016-17 housing sign-up for incoming students:

  • Honors College (Application Fee Paid): Feb. 29-March 6
  • Application Fee Paid; Received by Tech in 2015: March 7-13
  • Application Fee Paid; Received by Tech in January 2016: March 14-20
  • Application Fee Paid; Received by Tech in February 2016: March 21-27
  • Application Fee Paid; Received by Tech in March 2016 or Later: March 28-Aug. 30

Caraway Residence Hall is only available to students who are members of Alpha Sigma Tau, Delta Zeta, Phi Mu or Zeta Tau Alpha. They will be able to pick a room according to the sign-up schedule.

Hughes Residence Hall will initially be available to only students from the Department of Agriculture as part of a living and learning community. Hughes Hall will be available to all students beginning April 1.

The fourth and fifth floors of M Street Residence Hall will initially be available to only incoming freshmen who sign up for the first year experience living and learning community.

The fifth floor of Baswell Residence Hall will initially be available to those who sign up for the hospitality living and learning community.

A certain number of rooms in Jones Residence Hall are reserved for those interested in the engineering living and learning community.

Students may request roommates in the housing portal. When a request is accepted, the roommates are paired together in the portal. It remains the responsibility of the students to choose the same room or place the roommate in the other bed space during room selection. Students may only have one confirmed roommate in the portal.

DPS to Offer Women’s Self-Defense Classes

The Arkansas Tech University Department of Public Safety will offer the Equalizer program in women’s self-defense as a free service for the campus community during the spring 2016 semester.

All participants will receive a Department of Public Safety T-shirt. Those attending all three sessions of the course will be entered in a drawing to win a red parking hangtag.

The course will be taught by certified law enforcement officers who have been trained to teach courses in self-defense. All sessions are scheduled to take place in Doc Bryan Student Services Center room 242.

Below are the dates and times for the sessions of the Equalizer program:

Feb. 17 or 18
6-9 p.m.

Feb. 24 or 25
6-9 p.m.

March 2 or 3
6-9 p.m.

No advance registration is necessary to attend any of the sessions. For more information, contact the Department of Public Safety at (479) 968-0222.