Archives for October 2018

New Tutoring Resource at ATU-Ozark

One student’s e-mail reaction upon hearing that Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus now has a biology/anatomy tutor: “Thank the lord!! This is great news!”

This might be your reaction too if you are taking Introduction to Biology, Survey of Chemistry or Human Anatomical Structure and need a little help.

Mikyla Osman is the Student Success Center’s new biology/anatomy/chemistry tutor. Sporting a grade point average of 3.667, Osman is seeking an Associate of Applied Science degree in nursing.

“I am enthusiastic about seeing everyone succeed,” said Osman. “I would love to play a part in students’ success.”

Osman tutors in the ATU-Ozark Student Success Center in room 140 of the Technology and Academic Support Building Mondays 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Tuesdays 8 a.m.-noon and Thursdays 3:30-4:30 p.m.

The tutoring is free, and walk-ins are welcome. No appointments are necessary.

“Mikyla is an excellent addition to the Ozark Campus tutoring staff, and she has already helped some students who were having trouble with either Introduction to Biology or anatomy,” said Mike Bogue, ATU-Ozark student success coordinator. “I know she would be glad to help more.”

For further information, call (479) 508-3368 or send e-mail to

2018 Campus Safety Walk Set for Nov. 5

Faculty, staff and students on the Arkansas Tech University campus in Russellville are invited to participate in the fifth annual campus safety walk co-hosted by the Department of Public Safety and the Office of Facilities Management on Monday, Nov. 5.

The walk will begin in front of Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center at 6 p.m.

“We encourage all students, faculty, and staff to be a part of this event,” said Joshua McMillian, chief of the Arkansas Tech Department of Public Safety. “The purpose of this event is to identify any problem areas on campus where people don’t feel safe. This can be due to insufficient lighting, landscaping and many other factors. The group will identify safety concerns on campus and a detailed list will be compiled based on the group’s evaluation. This information will be presented to university officials as a document to guide future improvements on our beautiful campus.”

For more information about the event, call (479) 968-0222.

K9s for Warriors Film Showing at ATU Nov. 1

Arkansas Tech University will host a special showing of a new film entitled “A New Leash on Life: The K9s for Warriors Story” on Thursday, Nov. 1.

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Doc Bryan Student Services Center Lecture Hall, 1605 Coliseum Drive in Russellville.

There will be a welcome and introduction before the film begins. A reception will follow. Both the film showing and reception are free and open to the public.

One of the veterans featured in the film is ATU student Shilo Schluterman. A veteran of two overseas deployments with the U.S. Air Force Air National Guard, Schluterman has been paired with a service dog named Javelin since 2015.

Schluterman is on pace to graduate from Arkansas Tech during the 2018-19 academic year with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a minor in sociology. Her career goal is to work in international relations in a capacity that will allow her to assist refugees and orphans.

A film crew visited ATU in February 2018 to interview Schluterman and capture footage of her going through her daily tasks with Javelin’s assistance. The documentary was directed by five-time Emmy Award winner Nick Nanton.

“A New Leash on Life: The K9s for Warriors Story” has been nominated for Emmy awards in four categories: best documentary, best director, best cinematography and best editing.

For more information about the reception and film showing, contact the ATU Office of Veteran Services at (479) 968-0445.

Learn more about the journey taken by Shilo and Javelin.

COB Students Raise Funds for Scholarship

Students from Dr. Stephen Jones’ Small Business Management class in the Arkansas Tech University College of Business raised $868.27 for the Dr. Robert R. Edwards Book Scholarship through a recent class project.

Each of the 32 students in the class was provided with $5 in seed money to launch entrepreneurial enterprises to raise money for the scholarship. The students sold cookies, brownies, bottled water, soft drinks, unwanted clothing, monogrammed letters and homemade bracelets. They also walked neigbors’ pets, washed cars, performed lawn care, cleaned houses and charged Bird scooters as part of their philanthropic efforts.

Over the course of the 7-day challenge, students averaged more than $25 per person in sales.

Learn more about the ATU College of Business.

Birkner to Join Arkansas Tech November 1

Bernadette Hinkle, Arkansas Tech University vice president for administration and finance, has announced that Dr. Linda Birkner will take office as assistant vice president for administration and finance at ATU on Thursday, Nov. 1.

Birkner has more than 30 years of experience in higher education. She most recently served as vice chancellor for administration at University of Arkansas Community College-Morrilton, where she oversaw the construction and opening of the UACCM Workforce Training Center.

A graduate of the University of Arkansas-Little Rock with a Doctor of Education degree in higher education administration, Birkner also holds an Educational Specialist degree in vocational administration, a Master of Education degree in adult and continuing education and a Bachelor of Science and Arts degree from the University of Arkansas.

Hinkle expressed appreciation to assistant vice president for administration and finance search committee members Jayne Jones (chair), Dr. Debra Hunter, Richard Harris, Greg Crouch, Jessica Holloway and Brooke Southard for their service.