Archives for March 2017

New Tutoring Opportunity at Library

Arkansas Tech University students have a new venue on the Russellville campus to receive the benefits of the tutoring services offered by the Office of Student Success.

Tutoring is now offered on the second floor of Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center each Thursday and Sunday night from 5-9 p.m.

Thursday tutoring subjects include biology, chemistry, mathematics, physical science and physics.

On Sunday, tutors are available for chemistry and mathematics.

The above dates and times are in addition to the ongoing tutoring services offered by the ATU Office of Student Success in Doc Bryan Student Services Center suite 153.

View a complete schedule of tutoring from the ATU Office of Student Success.

McHale Wins Tech’s Got Talent 2017

Katie McHale is the 2017 Tech’s Got Talent champion at Arkansas Tech University.

A freshman instrumental music education major from Clinton, McHale won the title with an exhibition of her clogging ability at Witherspoon Auditorium in Russellville on Thursday night.

The singing duo of Tori and Lexi Morris earned second place in the talent competition. HITZ, a hip hop dance team comprised of Michelle Montoya, LeAnthony “RayRay” Moses and Dywon Wilson, finished third.

Additional finalists who performed on Thursday night included:

  • ATU Dance Company (Alexandreia Nelson, Ambriyah McFadden, Kaylon Hodges, Diana Ramirez, Khaliah Keith and Jay Anderson; hip hop dance)
  • McDonald’s All Day Breakfast Club (Emily Thompson, Rob Warner and Heather Caplett; band)
  • Riley Robinson (lyrical dance)

Tech’s Got Talent is presented by Student Activities Board and the ATU Office of Campus Life.

ATU Ozark Students earn awards at Statewide Event

Seven Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus Practical Nursing students earned awards this month at the Arkansas Licensed Practical Nurses Association (ALPNA) 21st Annual Practical Nurse Skill Competition and Spring Conference held at the University of Arkansas Community College in Hope.

Devin Hild of Lavaca earned first place in nutrition; Meagan Gooch of Fort Smith and Jennifer Dorey of Fort Smith placed second in CPR; Kristen Bittle of Van Buren placed third in anatomy and physiology; Sarah Fantuazzi of Fort Smith, Taylor Owen of Ozark, Krista Fenstemacher of Alma and Carol Fusher of Van Buren all placed first in the quiz bowl competition.

The Practical Nursing Department of Arkansas Tech-Ozark accepts beginning students in August and January of each year. The program consists of three semesters. Those interested should submit an ATU Ozark application for admission at

For more details regarding ATU Ozark programs, call (479) 667-2117, or view the website at

Photo: The first place winners of the quiz bowl competition at the ALPNA 21st Annual Practical Nurse Skill Competition and Spring Conference proudly hold the trophy they earned. From left: Taylor Owen of Ozark, Carol Fusher of Van Buren, Sarah Fantuazzi of Fort Smith and Krista Fenstemacher of Alma.

Students to Display Homeless Shelters at ATU

Five teams of high school students will put homeless shelters they constructed on display at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville on Friday, April 7, as part of a symposium concluding the inaugural Students Design for Change program.

The shelters will be available for public viewing from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Chambers Cafeteria parking lot at 204 West O Street in Russellville. In case of rain, the shelters will be located in the W.O. Young Building Ballroom at 207 West O Street.

The finalists include four teams from Arkadelphia High School and one team from Little Rock Central High School. A total of 29 teams submitted project designs during the initial stage of the competition.

Students Design for Change is a challenge that encourages high school students from around Arkansas to explore issues of homelessness and poverty in the state and design and construct a small cabin intended to provide short-term shelter for a person who is homeless. Goals of the initiative include raising awareness of and education about homelessness.

Each of the five finalist teams received up to $1,000 to fund construction of their short-term homeless cabins. Once the symposium is complete, the structures will be distributed to service organizations for use in their efforts to provide people who are homeless with temporary shelter until they can transition to permanent living accommodations.

The project is led by four Arkansas Tech faculty members: Dr. Carl Greco, professor of electrical engineering; Dr. Julie Mikles-Schluterman, associate professor of sociology; Megan Toland, assistant professor of journalism; and Dr. Jessica Young, assistant professor of physics.

Arkansas Tech students Taylor Bleakley of Russellville, Sarah Bubniak of Farmington and Cody Butler of England are assisting in the administration of the program.

Students Design for Change is made possible through an interdisciplinary grant from Arkansas Tech and a community grant from the Walmart Foundation.

TESOL Program Ranked Nationally for Value

An independent ranking has found that the Arkansas Tech University Master of Arts degree in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) is among the four most affordable programs of its kind in the United States for 2017. utilized published data related to tuition rate, net price, loan default rate, enrollment rate, full-time retention rate, graduation rate, student-to-faculty ratio, admissions rate, number of programs offered online and percentage of students taking at least one class online to formulate a value score for Arkansas Tech and other universities that offer a program similar to ATU’s master degree in TESOL.

Arkansas Tech received a value score of 8.57, tying it with Sam Houston State University for the third-highest value score in the study.

The Master of Arts degree in TESOL at ATU provides the courses needed to add an English as a second language (ESL) endorsement to an Arkansas teaching license.

According to the ATU Department of English and World Languages website, the TESOL program is designed to “provide advanced training for teachers, administrators or other professionals who work with language minority populations.”

Learn more about graduate degrees through the ATU Department of English and World Languages.