Archives for February 2018

Group Gathers to Talk Strategic Plan Progress

Many of the faculty and staff members who sat on the Arkansas Tech University strategic planning committee during the 2015-16 academic year reconvened at Chambers Cafeteria West Dining Room on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, to discuss progress on the plan so far.

Developed through a faculty-led process, the Arkansas Tech strategic plan was adopted by the ATU Board of Trustees on May 19, 2016. The plan includes a series of objectives listed under four over-arching goals: human core, academic coherence, operations excellence and citizens of the region, state and world.

The meeting on Feb. 27 included a greeting from Dr. Robin E. Bowen, ATU president, and a review of the process that led to the creation of the strategic plan by Dr. Jason Warnick, who served as chair of the strategic planning committee.

Dr. Mary Gunter, interim chief of staff in the Office of the President, and Dr. Christine Austin, director of assessment and institutional effectiveness, provided a report on accomplishments, strategies and activities that played out at ATU in 2016-17 in relation to the strategic plan.

Group discussions followed and centered on suggesting targets the university might set in pursuing the goals outlined in the strategic plan during the 2018-19 academic year.

Increased retention rates, the development of a student success center, additional stackable degree opportunities and the creation of a campus master plan are some of the highlights from the recently published update on strategic plan progress at Arkansas Tech University.

A full report on the progress that ATU has made in implementing its strategic plan is available at

You Are Invited: 2018 ATU Scholarship Dinner

Arkansas Tech University faculty and staff are invited to attend the 2018 ATU Scholarship Dinner at a discounted rate of $75 per person.

The dinner, scheduled for Friday, April 13, at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville, supports study abroad opportunities and scholarships for Arkansas Tech students on the Russellville and Ozark campuses.

Each employee of the university may purchase a maximum of two tickets at the discounted rate.

The evening will begin with a reception at 6 p.m. Dinner will begin at 7 p.m., with musical entertainment to follow. Complimentary valet parking will be available. Regular ticket price for the general public is $100 per person.

RSVP deadline is March 30. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Call (479) 968-0400 with any questions.

Click here to reserve tickets.

Click here if unable to attend, but would like to support student scholarships.

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Student Rec Area Slated for Development

A residence hall that served Arkansas Tech University for more than 50 years will be torn down during spring break 2018 in order to create space for a planned outdoor student recreation area.

Roush Hall was dedicated on Homecoming day 1963 at Arkansas Tech. Constructed at a cost of $335,692, the facility’s original purpose was to house 104 female students. It was named for Myrtle Roush, who served on the library staff at Tech from 1932-69.

By fall 2016, Roush Hall had reached the end of its useful life as a residence hall. It has been vacant for more than 18 months and will be demolished beginning the week of March 19-23.

Afterward, the land that Roush Hall occupied for more than half a century will receive new life.

Plans from the ATU Department of Residence Life call for the space to be transformed with the installation of a sand volleyball court, picnic tables and a grove for hammocks.

Kevin Solomon, an associate dean in the ATU Division of Student Services, reported that the new outdoor recreation area is scheduled to be available for student use by the beginning of the fall 2018 semester.

Dempsey Named GAC Pitcher of the Week

The Great American Conference announced on Tuesday, Feb. 27, that Kristen Dempsey of Arkansas Tech University is the league’s pitcher of the week.

Dempsey allowed one run in 11 innings of work last weekend while helping the Golden Suns (13-3 overall, 4-0 GAC) sweep a four-game conference series from Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

A junior from Benton, Dempsey recorded 13 strikeouts, issued two walks and surrendered six hits during her two appearances against the Lady Rangers.

Arkansas Tech will visit Ouachita Baptist University for a four-game GAC series in Arkadelphia on Friday, March 2, and Saturday, March 3.

First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday.

ATU Student in Running to Win New Car

Arkansas Tech University student Tabatha Yates is one of 10 finalists to win a new car from Orr Nissan in Shreveport, La.

The description on the poll indicates that Yates is a “full-time student, working two jobs, in need of reliable transportation.”

The deadline to vote in the poll that will determine the winner is 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28.

Those wishing to vote in the poll may access it by clicking here.