Archives for May 2016

Because We Can Drive Receives Large Gift

Arkansas Tech University’s Because We Can student organization had already organized a successful drive to provide hygiene items to Russellville School District students in need during the spring 2016 semester.

On the morning of Saturday, May 28, Arkansas Tech students and faculty members took the project to another level when a truck carrying 44,000 bottles of Dove body wash donated by Unilever arrived in Russellville.

The driver was greeted by Because We Can members Derec Carson of Huntsville, Logan Felder of Russellville, Danielle Hurst of Conway, Chelsea Johnson of Harrison, Jericho McElroy of Magazine, Mason Sims of West Fork and Sydney Skaggs of Russellville as well as faculty members Dr. Sean Huss, Dr. James Stobaugh and Dr. Jason Warnick.

One armload at a time, the Because We Can representatives moved the more than 900 boxes and prepared them for distribution.

Huss, who serves as co-advisor for Because We Can along with Stobaugh, said that the bounty was so large that they will be able to meet the immediate need of Russellville School District students and have some additional products to share with local relief organizations.

The hygiene items drive started when Skye Thompson, human services worker for the Russellville School District (RSD), approached Because We Can seeking assistance in providing RSD students and their families with necessary personal items.

With the additional bottles of body wash, the spring 2016 hygiene items drive coordinated by Arkansas Tech Because We Can has now gathered more than 49,000 items at an approximate retail value of more than $72,000.

Arkansas Tech Students Recognized for Service

Two Arkansas Tech University groups have been recognized by a local elementary school for their exceptional service.

Both the Society of Professional Journalists and the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys football team were honored with the Golden Star Award for donating significant service to Oakland Heights Elementary School.

Members of the Society of Professional Journalists have volunteered at the school to open car doors one morning each week for the past two years. As part of their service, the Tech students greet the children and help them get to the proper location before classes begin.

Members of the Arkansas Tech University football team have served as mentors at the school. Over the course of several years, the players have volunteered their time to participate in reading, assist with homework and play with the students on the playground.

Summer Courses Begin at Arkansas Tech

Students are returning to the both the Russellville and Ozark campuses of Arkansas Tech University for the first of two summer sessions.

Summer courses for the first term begin on Tuesday, and students wishing to register for classes have through Wednesday to register for the term.

During summer sessions, students will complete the equivalent of a semester of course work in approximately one month of summer courses. The first summer term will conclude on Friday, July 1.

Students enrolled in the second summer session at Arkansas tech will begin attending classes on Tuesday, July 5.

See other important dates for the summer terms at Arkansas Tech University.

Brown Hall Coffee Bar to Open Tuesday

Chartwells, food service provider at Arkansas Tech University, has announced that the new We Proudly Serve Starbucks located on the first floor of Dr. Robert Charles Brown and Jill Lestage Brown Hall will open for business on Tuesday, May 31.

Hours will be from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday during summer 2016.

Members of the Arkansas Tech community may also enjoy meals and snacks from the Baswell Techionery food court during the summer 2016 months.

The Baz-Tech location of We Proudly Serve Starbucks is open 7-11 a.m. Monday-Friday and Chick-fil-A Express is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday this summer.

Learn more about dining options at Arkansas Tech.

Tech Students Donate to Local Organization

Arkansas Tech University students helped make an impact in the River Valley before heading home for the semester.

Dr. Jason Ulsperger, associate professor of sociology, oversaw a commodity drive for students in his sociology classes.

The classes, along with members of Arkansas Tech’s chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta, collected more than 200 items for the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Pope and Yell Counties.

The fund provides qualified individuals with resources to pursue a college degree.

The items donated will be used by the organization as part of its fundraising efforts.

“I’m excited so many students wanted to help,” said Sabra Bartlett, executive director of the organization. “We really appreciate all of their work. All of this will help us tremendously.”

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