Archives for February 2017

DuPont Pioneer Donates to ATU Ag Program

The Arkansas Tech University Department of Agriculture has announced that DuPont Pioneer donated $5,000 toward the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) Institute hosted at Arkansas Tech as part of the DuPont Pioneer sponsorship program.

“As we start our third year hosting CASE Institutes at Arkansas Tech, this grant will be instrumental in the success of our program,” said Dr. Lucas D. Maxwell, assistant professor of agricultural education at ATU. “CASE allows teachers to bring science and math into their ag programs across the state, allowing students to learn more about real world application in the classroom.”

Maxwell was instrumental in applying for and receiving the grant for Arkansas Tech. The grant will help pay for expenses related to the program and will be used for publicity purposes.

Pioneer makes contributions to community-based organizations on behalf of the business and employees. Consideration for outreach grants is given to communities where Pioneer sales representatives, DuPont Pioneer employees and customers live and work and that support quality-of-life initiatives to create an improved, sustainable lifestyle for people worldwide.

To learn more about the ATU Department of Agriculture and CASE, visit

This article was contributed by Lindsey Triplett, an Arkansas Tech agriculture business major with an emphasis in public relations. 

ATU Sweeps Pitcher of the Week Awards

Arkansas Tech University is home to the Great American Conference baseball and softball pitchers of the week for the final full week in February.

Kyle Wilson, a right-handed junior from Flagstaff, Ariz., was named GAC baseball pitcher of the week after he tossed a four-hit shutout against Northwestern Oklahoma State University at Tech Field in Russellville on Friday night. Wilson struck out 11 Rangers.

It was the second consecutive GAC pitcher of the week award for Wilson, who is 2-0 with no runs allowed on six hits with 23 strikeouts over his last two appearances.

Jalissa Gum, a right-handed senior from Red Rock, Okla., was selected GAC softball pitcher of the week. She was 2-0 in two appearances against NWOSU during a four-game GAC series in Alva, Okla., on Friday and Saturday. Gum pitched a total of 14 innings and allowed just one unearned run on five hits while striking out 26.

Along the way, Gum became the Golden Suns’ all-time leader in career strikeouts, surpassing the 363 strikeouts recorded by Casey Hammons from 2007-09.

Olson Named President of AACAE

Regina Olson, director of Adult and Continuing Education for Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus, has been named president of the Arkansas Association of Continuing and Adult Education (AACAE) last month.

The purpose of AACAE is to promote and enhance education activities for adults; to promote and encourage the professional growth of certified and noncertified staff; to provide a forum for exchange of ideas and enhance cooperation between professional adult educators and other organizations.

The organization is responsible for organizing the annual Arkansas Association for Continuing Adult Education State Conference which typically has over 300 educators in attendance.

Olson, former vice president of the AACAE for last two years, succeeds former president Debbie Shelton.

“I look forward to working with the community of adult educators to continue the success of the AACAE program,” she said.

Olson has been the director of the Adult and Continuing Education Program for Arkansas Tech-Ozark since July 2012. The program earned the most improved adult education program award for 2012-13.

“I love opportunities like this that allow me to learn, grow and bring Arkansas Tech-Ozark to the forefront by reflecting our mission to inspire and empower members of the community to achieve their goals while striving for the betterment of Arkansas,” she said.

Arkansas Tech-Ozark has adult education centers in Booneville, Charleston, Clarksville, Ozark and Paris. Along with its GED program, the centers also teach English-as-a-second-language (ESL) and workplace classes, as well as basic skills reviews for those in need of upgrading skills to enter higher education, the military or workforce.

For more information on about the Adult and Continuing Education Program or to enroll in classes, call (479) 667-3520 or visit

Severe Weather Alert for Tuesday, Feb. 28

The National Weather Service has notified the public of an enhanced threat of severe weather in western Arkansas during the afternoon, evening and overnight hours on Tuesday, Feb. 28.

Strong to severe thunderstorms may impact the Arkansas Tech University campuses in Ozark and Russellville. In an advisory, the National Weather Service office in Little Rock states that “all modes of severe weather are possible,” and that the threat includes “a high risk of night time tornadoes.”

Arkansas Tech students, faculty and staff are encouraged to review the severe weather procedures outlined on the Department of Public Safety website.

In addition, each building at Arkansas Tech has designated shelter zones for use during severe weather events. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the designated shelter zones in the campus facilities they visit on a regular basis. Maps showing the shelter zones are prominently displayed in campus buildings.

Students, faculty and staff may register with the Campus Emergency and Outreach Notification (CEON) system to receive alerts when tornado warnings are issued for areas that include the Arkansas Tech campuses.

Learn more about CEON.

Civil Rights Leader to Speak at ATU Tuesday

Arkansas Tech University will host a Black History Month keynote address entitled “My Childhood Experiences with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Growing Up in the Selma Civil Rights Movement” by Sheyann Webb Christburg on Tuesday, Feb. 28.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. in Doc Bryan Student Services Center Lecture Hall, which is located at 1605 Coliseum Drive on the ATU campus in Russellville. Admission will be free and open to the public.

The course of Christburg’s life was forever altered when, at the age of 9, she was described as the “Smallest Freedom Fighter” by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in recognition of her participation in the historic civil rights marches from Selma to Montgomery in 1965.

She authored “Selma, Lord, Selma: Girlhood Memories of the Civil Rights Days” as a memoir of how she became active in the civil rights movement. The book was later made into an NAACP Image Award-nominated film by Disney.

Christburg has persisted as an advocate for civil rights, voting rights and humanitarian efforts throughout her life. She is writing a second book, which will be entitled “Didn’t Let Nobody Turn Me Around.”

Recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal, Christburg has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, MSNBC, CNN and the Tom Joyner Show. She was featured in the PBS documentary “Eyes on the Prize” and she was portrayed in the major motion picture “Selma.”

ATU students, faculty and staff will have an additional opportunity to hear Christburg speak from 4-5 p.m. Tuesday in Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center room 300.