Archives for November 2016

Pederson Earns ArkAHPERD Higher Ed Award

Dr. Rockie Pederson, associate professor of health and physical education and interim head of the Department of Health and Physical Education at Arkansas Tech University, is the 2016 Arkansas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (ArkAHPERD) higher educator of the year.

Pederson received the award at the 2016 ArkAHPERD Conference, which was held Nov. 3-4 in Little Rock.

“When they started saying a few words, I realized they were talking about me,” said Pederson. “I was honored, blown away and totally surprised. It makes me want to work harder. It’s always nice to be recognized by your peers, especially at a statewide level by the caliber of higher education professionals we have in physical education and kinesiology in Arkansas.”

A member of the Arkansas Tech faculty since 2011, Pederson holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Henderson State University. She earned her Ph.D. at Texas Woman’s University.

Learn more about the Arkansas Tech Department of Health and Physical Education.

Get Signed Up for Spring 2017 Classes

Current Arkansas Tech University students are reminded that now is the time to register for spring 2017 classes if they have not already done so.

Students with fewer than 60 earned credit hours are assigned to an advisor in the Roy and Christine Sturgis Academic Advising Center in Rothwell Hall. Students in that category with questions about registering for spring 2017 classes are encouraged to call (479) 964-0843, send e-mail to or visit Rothwell Hall suite 107.

Students with 60 or more earned credit hours are assigned to a faculty member in their departments for academic advising. Students in that category with questions about registering for spring 2017 classes are encouraged to contact their academic departments for more information.

The spring 2017 semester at Arkansas Tech will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

View the complete 2016-17 academic calendar.

Students Gain Real-World Skills With Drones

Arkansas Tech University students from the Department of Emergency Management utilized the latest technology to practice the skills necessary for a search and rescue mission during an exercise in the Tucker Coliseum parking lot on Saturday, Nov. 19.

Students were able to fly drones equipped with thermal locating technology, which was used to find individuals who were portraying various scenarios of being lost and/or injured. Students also assisted in mock recoveries.

The exercise was performed under the guidance of Arkansas Tech Department of Emergency Management faculty members, representatives from the Russellville Fire Department and members of Pope County Emergency Medical Services.

View more photos from the emergency management exercise.

Learn more about the Arkansas Tech Department of Emergency Management.

RSOs: Don’t Miss Out on Time Out for Tech

Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) at Arkansas Tech University interested in participating in the organizational fair at Time Out for Tech 2017 have until 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16, 2016, to register for the event.

RSOs may register for the Time Out for Tech organizational fair on theLINK.

Time Out for Tech 2017 is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 26. RSOs that participate in the organizational fair will need to have representatives at Tucker Coliseum prepared to greet prospective students and their families from 8-9:30 a.m.

Due to space constraints, RSOs may have a maximum of four representatives at the organizational fair.

Representatives from each RSO are asked to have their table set up and ready to greet guests by 8 a.m. on the morning of Time Out for Tech.

Now in its 19th year, Time Out for Tech is the annual preview day for all high school seniors considering enrollment at Arkansas Tech. Approximately 3,000 people attended Time Out for Tech in 2016.

“The organizational fair at Time Out for Tech is a great opportunity for RSOs to prospect for new members and welcome prospective students to our campus,” said Heather Strasner, visit day coordinator in the Arkansas Tech Office of Admissions. “We encourage all RSOs to participate in this event so that our freshman class for fall 2017 can get a feel for the wide variety of campus life opportunities that exist on our campus.”

For more information, send e-mail to or call (479) 498-6004.

Hear the Sounds of the Season December 9

Arkansas Tech University Department of Music faculty member Holly Ruth Gale and several of her former students will present “A Christmas Cabaret” on Friday, Dec. 9, in Knox Hall at Central Presbyterian Church in Russellville.

The performance of holiday music will begin at 6:30 p.m. Dessert and coffee will be served. Tickets are $10 per person.

Those scheduled to perform include Allison Chrisman, Sarah Curlin, Brandon Hanlon, Katie Lynch, Emory Molitor, Holly Smith, Brandon Sorrells, Jordan Webb and Lori Wilson.

The cabaret is a fund raiser for “Femme Vital,” a new solo musical theatre project celebrating the vitality of women of all ages.

Learn more about “A Christmas Cabaret.”