Archives for September 2018

Concert Bands Perform Sunday at ATU

Arkansas Tech University will present the ATU Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the ATU Symphonic Band in concert on Sunday, Sept. 30.

The performance will begin at 2:30 p.m. in Witherspoon Auditorium, 407 West Q Street in Russellville. Admission will be free and open to the public.

The ATU Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform selections composed by Johann Sebastian Bach, Leslie Bassett and Leonard Bernstein. The ATU Symphonic Band is scheduled to perform works by Henry Fillmore, Charles Wiley and Ron Nelson.

Dr. Daniel A. Belongia, associate professor of music and director of bands, and Dr. Jim Daughters, instructor of music and associate director of bands, will conduct the bands on Sunday.

Visit to learn more about the ATU Department of Music.

Golden Suns Earn Third Consecutive Win

An advantage in back row defense pushed Arkansas Tech University to a 25-19, 19-25, 25-18, 25-18 Great American Conference volleyball victory over Southeastern Oklahoma State University at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville on Friday night.

The Golden Suns (11-7 overall, 4-2 GAC) finished with 85 digs, compared to 68 for the Savage Storm (6-12, 2-4).

Five ATU players reached double figures in digs, led by Meredith Darnell with 17.

Mackenzie Eford paced the Suns’ offensive attack with 12 kills.

Tech’s Emily Acker notched 50 assists and 10 digs.

The Golden Suns will host East Central University for a 2 p.m. GAC contest at Tucker Coliseum on Saturday, Sept. 29. Admission will be free.

Brass in the Clouds Atop Mount Nebo Sept. 29

Performers from the Arkansas Tech University Department of Music will provide an evening of entertainment at one of the Arkansas River Valley’s most beautiful points of interest on Saturday, Sept. 29.

The 2018 Brass in the Clouds concert, co-sponsored by Mount Nebo State Park and the Arkansas Tech Department of Music, will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Mount Nebo’s Sunset Point. The public is invited to attend.

Brass chamber ensembles and the ATU Brass Choir will perform under the direction of Arkansas Tech Department of Music faculty members Dr. Sean Reed and Dr. T.J. Perry as well as Clayton Maddox and Evan Mino, visiting lecturers of music.

Mount Nebo State Park recommends that audience members bring blankets or chairs for seating comfort.

For more information about Brass in the Clouds and other public performances by the Arkansas Tech Department of Music, call (479) 968-0368 or visit

Practical Nursing, Paramedic Deadline Oct. 1

Fall 2018 applications for the practical nursing and paramedic programs at Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus are due by Monday, Oct. 1.

The requirement of Human Anatomical Structure II (HSCI 1243) completion has been amended for Spring 2019 applicants only. Students applying for the practical nursing program will be able to apply and be conditionally admitted even if they have not completed Human Anatomical Structures II, an equivalent, or higher level course – with the condition that the student takes the course during the first semester of the Practical Nursing Program.

Program requirements and a link to the application for the respective programs can be found by clicking one the links below.

Practical nursing application:

Paramedic application:

For more information about the application process, contact Sharyl Moffit at (479) 508-8500 ext. 6105 or

ATU-Ozark Students Earn Rotary Scholarships

Six Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus students recently received scholarships from the Altus Sunset Rotary Club.

Recipients were Kara Roach of Coal Hill, health information technician program; Caitlyn Loftis of Fort Smith, practical nursing; Marcus Watson of Paris, computer information systems; Gunner Medrano of Rudy, automotive service technology; Pantao Xiong of Van Buren, computer information systems; and Kimberly Hudson of Clarksville, human services.

Each student was nominated by one of their instructors and received a $500 scholarship. They had to demonstrate “Service Above Self,” community/campus involvement, a true financial need and completion of at least 30 hours of coursework.

The scholarship funds came primarily through a Rotary district grant. The Altus Sunset Rotary also raised funds by hosting a concert featuring Heath Sanders and Leah Henry during The DeVine Evening in the Vineyard, working the Backwoods Festival and participating in Bargains Galore on 64. Area high school juniors also benefited from the grant and fundraisers and were able to receive scholarships to attend the RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards).

Photographed (from left): Rotary Assistant District Governor Bob Shingledecker, ATU-Ozark instructor Bobby Sewell, Pantao Xiong, Gunner Medrano, Marcus Watson, Kara Roach, Kimberly Hudson and ATU-Ozark instructor/Altus Sunset Rotary member Lynn Washington; Not pictured is Caitlyn Loftis.