Archives for July 2017

Bean Earns Statewide Education Honor

Arkansas Tech University’s Dr. Linda Bean is the 2017 Arkansas Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE) post-secondary teacher of the year.

Bean received the award during the Arkansas ACTE Conference, which began on Sunday, July 30, in Hot Springs.

A member of the ATU faculty since 2000, Bean serves as associate dean for the ATU College of Education and holds the faculty rank of professor of business. She is a two-time ATU Faculty Award of Excellence winner as the 2007 recipient in the teaching category and the 2009 recipient in the service category.

Bean holds a bachelor’s degree from Arkansas Tech University, a master’s degree from the University of Central Arkansas and a Doctor of Education degree from Oklahoma State University.

ATU Alumnus Promoted to Major General

Arkansas Tech University alumnus and Russellville native Gary W. Johnston was promoted to the rank of U.S. Army Major General at Resolute Support Mission Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Monday, July 24.

A 1987 graduate of ATU, MG Johnston will continue to serve as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence in Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan. MG Johnston oversees the military’s daily intelligence operations as it relates to the NATO-led mission to train, advise and assist Afghan forces.

His previous assignments have included serving as the Senior Intelligence Officer (J-2), Joint Intelligence Center, U.S. Central Command, McDill Air Force Base (Fla.); Deputy Commanding General for U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command at Fort Belvoir (Va.); and Senior Intelligence Officer (G-2), XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg (N.C.).

MG Johnston is one of seven Arkansas Tech ROTC program graduates to earn the rank of General officer in the U.S. Army. The others are Major General Ronald S. Chastain, Major General Harley C. Davis, Brigadier General Gracus K. Dunn, Major General William E. Harmon, Brigadier General Larry Newman and Major General William Wofford.

Other honored ROTC graduates of Tech include Congressman Steve A. Womack and two Department of Defense civilian General-officer-equivalent: Senior Executive Service Dalton R. Jones and Defense Intelligence Senior Level William H. Speer (Colonel, U.S. Army Retired).

Bridgmon Recommended for Associate VPAA

Dr. Mohamed Abdelrahman, vice president for academic affairs at Arkansas Tech University, will recommend Dr. Phillip B. Bridgmon for the role of associate vice president for academic affairs when the ATU Board of Trustees meets on Thursday, Aug. 17.

The decision, which follows the recommendation made by the search committee, was announced on Monday, July 31.

Pending board approval, Bridgmon will succeed Dr. David Underwood, who completed 16 years on the faculty when he retired as ATU associate vice president for academic affairs on June 30.

Bridgmon (photographed) has served as dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla., since 2012.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the University of North Alabama, a Master of Science degree in criminal justice from the University of Alabama and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in political science from the University of Alabama.

Faculty, Staff Portrait Photos August 15

Arkansas Tech University will host an open call for complimentary head and shoulders photos for faculty and staff on Tuesday, Aug. 15.

Faculty and staff scheduling a photo will receive a digital version of the image.

Those faculty and staff members unable to attend the August open call will have future opportunities to participate.

Those needing a photo should submit a request on the University Marketing and Communication (MARCOMM) project management tool at

Wonder Car Makes Trip to Shell Eco-marathon

A multi-year goal for the Arkansas Tech University Department of Mechanical Engineering to enter a vehicle in the Shell Eco-marathon Americas challenge came to fruition when a delegation of ATU students traveled to Detroit, Mich., for the 2017 competition.

Senior Justin Jeffery of Russellville served as project manager for the construction of a gasoline prototype vehicle named “The Wonder Car.”

He was joined on the team by fellow ATU students Corey Edwards of Russellville, Marcus Majied of Detroit, Mich., Evan Owens of Decatur, Korine Randall of Maumelle, Ashley Randt of Lamar, Nate Robertson of Paris, Zach Thompson of Hamburg and Chris Williams of Russellville.

“The way we were able to come together as a team, especially during competition, was pretty cool,” said Jeffery. “It’s hard to be able to delegate and plan. It’s a whole different kind of ballgame as opposed to just being able to go to class and do your homework. Deciding what needed to be done next, being able to voice that in an appropriate way to the team and have everyone be involved in the way that would be most beneficial…I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to gain that experience.

“I think there were quite a few lessons that were learned, not only in engineering but in other areas as well,” continued Jeffery. “When you graduate, it’s not all going to be engineering. You’re going to have to have other skills.”

One of the many skills needed to complete the car was a specialization in welding aluminum. Majied brought that to the team along with his hometown knowledge of Detroit.

“It was great to see everyone’s faces light up when they saw downtown Detroit for the first time,” said Majied. “It’s great to be a part of this group. I love to work with people who are willing to learn. We’re all leaders, and we’re all learning from each other.”

Dr. Bruce Chehroudi, professor of mechanical engineering and head of the ATU Department of Mechanical Engineering, mentored the team and accompanied the members attending the competition in Detroit.

Completing a car for the Shell Eco-marathon Americas was the culmination of an effort by students and faculty in the ATU Department of Mechanical Engineering dating back to 2014.

“Our job was to take all the systems that had already been designed, put them all together, retrofit them so it all worked together and take it to Detroit,” said Williams. “We worked together really well when it came to crunch time. Being able to talk to the other teams that were there and sharing components…that also made it a really good experience.”

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Photographed, from left-to-right: Marcus Majied, Chris Williams, Zach Thompson, Ashley Randt, Justin Jeffery, Korine Randall, Evan Owens, Nate Robertson and Dr. Bruce Chehroudi.