Archives for October 2017

Storm Spotter Training Set for November 7

The Arkansas Tech University Department of Emergency Management will host a SKYWARN storm spotter training class on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

The class, which is open and free to the public, will be offered from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center room 300B at 305 West Q Street in Russellville.

The training is taught by representatives from the National Weather Service. Information shared during the class will equip members of the public to submit severe weather reports to the National Weather Service as part of the Weather-Ready Nation initiative of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Those completing the training will receive storm spotter certification and their reports will be used to assist National Weather Service personnel during times of extreme weather.

Those planning on attending the class may contact Samuel Cockrell, graduate assistant in the ATU Department of Emergency Management, at scockrell@atu.edu for more information or to reserve seats.

Learn more about SKYWARN storm spotter training.

Learn more about the ATU Department of Emergency Management.

Faculty, Staff Invited to Advise LLCs at ATU

The Arkansas Tech University Office of Residence Life seeks Living and Learning Community (LLC) faculty and staff advisors to assist in either beginning new or continuing existing LLCs on campus.

LLCs offer residents an opportunity to live with other students interested in the same major or theme. They will take classes together, form study groups and participate in exclusive major or theme specific programs and services while building community through their common interest.

Reasons to advise an LLC include:

  • Students in LLCs are more likely to stay in college and graduate
  • Students are more likely to achieve higher academic standing with exclusive academic support initiatives
  • Students have easier access to faculty

In addition, LLC students are offered specialized co-curricular opportunities. These include major-specific programs and services, conference attendance, study abroad, travel away, LLC specific tutors, faculty access, specialty labs, connections to alumni and potential careers/internships.

For more information or questions, send e-mail to llc@atu.edu or call (479) 968-0376.

Visit https://www.atu.edu/reslife/llc-home.php for more information.

To apply to advise a new or existing LLC, complete the application at https://www.atu.edu/reslife/llc-form.php by Friday, Dec. 1.

Open Enrollment for Employees Nov. 6-17

The Arkansas Tech University Office of Human Resources has announced dates and procedures for insurance open enrollment for the 2018 calendar year.

All employees who wish to elect insurance coverage for the 2018 plan year (Jan. 1, 2018, through Dec. 31, 2018) must participate in this open enrollment period process.

Open enrollment for employee benefits will begin on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, and continue through Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. Faculty and staff will have this time to enroll in or make changes to their benefits for the 2018 plan year (Jan. 1, 2018, through Dec. 31, 2018). Employees must take action by end of business on Friday, Nov. 17.

Employees are encouraged to take this opportunity to re-familiarize themselves with the many benefits Tech provides. A complete listing of the 2018 benefits package and other useful information at is available at: https://www.atu.edu/hr/2018openenrollment.php

Arkansas Tech University will use a new online enrollment system for the upcoming open enrollment period. Representatives from the Office of Human Resources will be present at each session to answer questions.

Arkansas Tech will continue to cover 100 percent of the employee portion of the high deductible health plan (HSA) premiums for the 2018 plan year. Premium rates for all other benefits (dental, vision and voluntary products) will remain the same.

Arkansas Tech is again offering $500 HSA seed money to qualifying employees who have enrolled in the high deductible health plan effective Jan. 1, 2018, via the open enrollment process. Any employee who will be changing from a PPO plan to the high deductible health plan (HSA) will also be eligible for the $500 seed money. Also, any employee who enrolled in the HSA or a PPO plan during 2017 will be eligible for the $500 seed money.

Examples:

  • Employee, Jerry, enrolled in a PPO plan during open enrollment in the fall of 2016. Jerry enrolls in a HSA plan during open enrollment this fall.  Jerry will receive $500 seed money as a new enrollee in a HSA plan.
  • Employee, Jerry, enrolled in the HSA plan during calendar year 2017, as a new employee. If Jerry enrolls in a HSA plan during open enrollment this fall, he will receive $500 seed money.
  • Employee, Jerry, enrolled in a PPO plan during calendar year 2017, as a new employee. If Jerry enrolls in a HSA plan during open enrollment this fall, he will receive $500 seed money.
  • Employee, Jerry, enrolled in a HSA plan during open enrollment in the fall of 2016. If Jerry elects to reenroll in the HSA plan during open enrollment this fall, Jerry received his $500 seed money at last open enrollment and is not eligible for the seed money again.

Members of the ATU Office of Human Resources staff will be available at the following locations, dates and times to provide more information about open enrollment and assist employees in making their 2018 choices:

  • Monday, Nov. 6, Young Ballroom, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 7, Young Ballroom, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 8, Young Ballroom, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 9, Facilities Management, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 10, Young Ballroom, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 13, Young Ballroom, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 14, Ozark Campus, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 15, Young Ballroom, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 16, HR Office-Brown Hall, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 17, HR Office-Brown Hall, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
    *Vendors on site Nov. 6 at the Russellville campus and Nov. 14 at the Ozark campus

For more information about open enrollment, contact the ATU Office of Human Resources at (479) 968-0396 or visit the HR staff in Dr. Robert Charles Brown and Jill Lestage Brown Hall suite 434.

Wonder Boys Eighth in Super Region 3

Arkansas Tech University moved up one position to No. 8 in the NCAA Division II Super Region 3 football rankings released on Monday, Oct. 30.

Seven teams from the region will be selected to participate in the NCAA Division II Playoffs, which begin at on-campus sites on Saturday, Nov. 18, and conclude with the national championship game on Saturday, Dec. 16, in Kansas City, Kan.

No conference receives automatic qualification into the postseason, but earned access to the playoffs can be gained by a conference if a conference’s highest-ranked team is in the top eight of the final super regional rankings on selection Sunday, which this season will take place on Nov. 12. The top seed in each region receives a first-round bye in the NCAA Division II Playoffs.

Conferences in Super Region 3 include the Great American Conference (GAC), Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC), Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) and the Mid­-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA).

Fort Hays State University (9-0) is No. 1 in Super Region 3 this week.

The University of Indianapolis (2nd, 9-0), Ashland University (3rd, 8-1), Ferris State University (4th, 7-1), Northwest Missouri State University (5th, 8-1), Grand Valley State University (6th, 7-2), Ouachita Baptist University (7th, 7-2), Arkansas Tech (8th, 7-2), the University of Central Missouri (9th, 6-3) and Harding University (10th, 6-3) complete the poll.

Arkansas Tech will entertain Southeastern Oklahoma State University at Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field in Russellville on Saturday, Nov. 4. Kickoff is set for 2:05 p.m.

Radio station KCJC 102.3 FM and www.arkansastechsports.com will have live play-by-play coverage. The game will be live streamed to a national audience over ESPN3.

Golden Suns Reach Top 10 in Nation

Arkansas Tech University is ranked among the top 10 volleyball teams in NCAA Division II for the first time in school history.

The Golden Suns advanced two spots to No. 10 when the Monday, Oct. 30, edition of the American Volleyball Coaches Association NCAA Division II top 25 poll was released.

Arkansas Tech (28-0 overall, 12-0 Great American Conference) is on the longest winning streak in the history of its volleyball program and off to the best start to a volleyball season in ATU history.

Among the 283 institutions sponsoring NCAA Division II volleyball this season, only two — Arkansas Tech and nationally third-ranked California Baptist University (21-0) — remain undefeated.

The Golden Suns will travel to the University of Arkansas-Monticello for a 6:30 p.m. match on Tuesday, Oct. 31, before returning home to take on Southern Arkansas University at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2, at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville.

No admission will be charged for the Tech-SAU match.