Archives for April 2019

ATU-Ozark Awarded Grant from Arkansas Motor Vehicle Commission

The Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus received a grant from the Arkansas Motor Vehicle Commission earlier this year and was officially awarded at the Arkansas State Capitol this month.

The Arkansas Motor Vehicle Commission granted approximately $150,000.00 to twenty-six first time recipient schools. ATU-Ozark received $12,989.00.

Automotive Service Technology program chair, Bobby Sewell, along with instructor Gary Donberger, Stacie Harden, Fiscal Support Analyst, Laurie Fiorello, Chief Fiscal Officer, and Chancellor Bruce Sikes, attended the ceremony in the Governor’s Reception Room.

“Student success is one of our top priorities at ATU-Ozark Campus. This equipment will support curriculum that trains students graduating and entering the workforce with hands-on updated automotive computer diagnostic training skills,” stated Stacie Harden.

The university is in the process of purchasing an Engine Performance Trainer with courseware, which will be used by the Automotive Service Technology program, Collision Repair program, and Air Conditioning and Refrigeration program.
For more information on ATU-Ozark, please visit

ATU-Ozark’s LPN program named Top Ten in Arkansas

The Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) program is one of the top ten schools for LPN in Arkansas according to
“Through our mission statement, we believe providing students with better transparency in regards to practical and vocational nursing programs throughout their state allows them to better match the right school accessible to them. This is the reason we have developed our LPN & LVN Programs Ranking based on NCLEX-PN exam passing rates,” states the website.
ATU-Ozark received an overall score of 94.69. According to the website, the ranking methodology “began with retrieving NCLEX-PN pass rates from all the LPN & LVN programs state by state through various methods include making Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. [The] requests were for the previous five years of information available.”
ATU-Ozark’s LPN program integrates theory with clinical practice. Nursing students have clinical experiences in the following health care service areas: Adult health, maternal child, mental health, geriatrics, and pediatrics. The theory is based on the concepts of holism, in which the physical, emotional, social and spiritual well-being is considered. Area hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, mental health units, and pediatric and adolescent facilities are utilized for clinical experiences.
The Ozark Campus offers a Technical Certificate in Practical Nursing (53 hours) and an Associate of Applied Science in Allied Health with an option in Practical Nursing. The AAS in Allied Health with an option in Practical Nursing is intended to be a “feeder program” to the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program at the Ozark Campus, or the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at the Russellville campus. This degree prepares the graduate to sit for licensure in Practical Nursing and does not result in a Registered Nursing credential.

The deadline to apply for the Spring 2020 semester is October 1, 2019. To learn more about the requirements and the curriculum for the LPN program, please visit

Students Craft Social Media Plan for Denali

A national environmental sustainability company headquartered in Russellville has a new plan for its social media communications due to the efforts of six Arkansas Tech University students.

Denali Water Solutions tasked the students with developing goals, researching the company’s current and potential social media audience, establishing metrics for success, analyzing competitors’ social media presences and curating engaging content for Denali social media presences.

On Thursday, April 25, ATU seniors Shelby Baugh and Drew Curtis of Harrison along with seniors Josie Dixon and Victoria Teague of Russellville and sophomores Austin Espejo of Springdale and Peyton Golden of Russellville presented their ideas.

The audience in Rothwell Hall included Andy McNeill, president and chief executive officer of Denali Water Solutions, and Teresa Gallegos, project manager for Denali.

The students were selected to work on the problem through their participation in an Independent Project Based Learning (IPBL) course taught by Dr. Julie Mikles-Schluterman, associate professor of sociology and director of the ATU Center for Community Engagement and Academic Outreach.

“These students were so motivated and so passionate about this project,” said Mikles-Schluterman. “I just sat back and guided them through the process. They are exceptional students and I am very proud of what they achieved this semester.”

Accomplishments by the students included creation of strategic content calendars for Denali social media postings, development of content for the company’s social media accounts and a 35 percent increase in the number of people following the Denali Facebook page.

The ATU students also reported that indirect referrals, sales retention and enhancing a positive public image are among the anticipated outcomes of Denali maintaining a vibrant social media presence.

“Our first class was so awkward,” said Baugh. “Then Dr. Mikles asked us to talk about our strengths and weaknesses, and we grew to become friends because we are so different. We could not have done this on our own. The mentorship that we received was so important. Dr. Mikles was always there for us. She was the heart of our project.”

The IPBL class also received consultations from ATU faculty members Dr. John Narcum, assistant professor of marketing, and John Riggins, visiting instructor of management and marketing as well as entrepreneur in residence in the ATU College of Business.

Students in the interdisciplinary class came from majors as diverse as accounting (Golden), cultural and geospatial studies (Teague), digital marketing (Dixon), electrical engineering (Espejo), political science (Curtis) and psychology (Baugh).

“I see a lot of the same faces in my major, and I love my fellow cultural and geospatial studies majors, but working with this group was a great experience,” said Teague. “We worked very well together, and I gained accounting knowledge from Peyton and digital marketing knowledge from Josie that I can apply in the future.”

Visit to learn more about Interdisciplinary Project Based Learning at ATU.

Photographed (back row, left-to-right): John Riggins, visiting instructor of management and marketing/entrepreneur in residence in the ATU College of Business; Andy McNeill, president and chief executive officer of Denali Water Solutions; and Dr. Julie Mikles-Schluterman, associate professor of sociology and director of the ATU Center for Community Engagement and Academic Outreach; (front row, left-to-right) ATU students Shelby Baugh, Victoria Teague, Drew Curtis, Peyton Golden, Austin Espejo and Josie Dixon.

ATU’s Top Community Builders Recognized

The Arkansas Tech University Division of Student Affairs honored students, faculty and staff for their contributions to the activities beyond the classroom that enriched life on campus during the 2018-19 academic year with an awards and recognition program at Tucker Coliseum on Tuesday, April 23.

Top award winners included Kara Johnson (photographed), coordinator of civic engagement, who garnered the Cupola Award for going “above and beyond to deliver the highest standard of service for students,” and student Greydon Turner, who captured the Green and Gold Spirit Award.

Order of Omega won outstanding student organization of the year and John Sisco, president for Order of Omega, was presented with the student organization president of the year award.

The registered student organization project of the year prize also went to Order of Omega. The honor society was recognized for its Greeks Give Back program.

National Society of Leadership and Success was identified as the most improved registered student organization at ATU over the past year.

Noah Tidmore was chosen as student organization member of the year for his service to Student Government Association.

Dr. Tara Hart, who advises SPECTRUM, was named outstanding faculty/staff advisor of the year.

Dr. Brendan Toner, assistant professor of political science, was recognized as ATU professor of the year.

ATU students Anna Adams-King, Sarah Bayird, Jessica Boone, Aaron Collier, Carly Copeland, Meredith Darnell, Marisa Drevenak, Hunter Eshnaur, Audrey Fitts, Emily Geels, Mallory Heft, Sydnie Henson, Devin Hester, Kimberly Huff, Natari Irvin, Hunter Johnston, Kyler Keddie, Lakyn Kidd, Lacy Knox, Chloe Lance, Dianna Leal, Blair Miller, Wyatt Norris, Ellie Perkins, Kirsten Reid, Annabel Rowlands, Graycen Russell, Sydney Secrest, Maggie Silva, Jayson Simmons, John Sisco, Holly Spear, Sydney Stone, Lauren Thomas, Madison Vigil, Macy Webb, Reid Wheeler and Brooklyn Woodworth earned the Service Excellence Award for logging 100 or more community service hours through theLINK during the 2018-19 academic year.

Additional awards announced on Tuesday night included:

Greek Life
Greek Chapter of Excellence: Alpha Sigma Tau
Greek Woman of the Year: Charley Jo Chesney
Greek Man of the Year: Mitchell Williams
Chapter President of the Year: Mason Cline
Outstanding New Sorority Member: Emilee Smith
Outstanding New Fraternity Member: Jesus Avila

Campus Recreation
Female Official of the Year: Allison Cree
Male Official of the Year: Logan Lynch
Female Official Rookie of the Year: Alyssa Spoon
Male Official Rookie of the Year: Allen Rockett
Intramural Female Athlete of the Year: Jaycie Neeley
Intramural Male Athlete of the Year: Cavin Reed

Residence Life
Living Learning Community Faculty Member of the Year: Dr. Patricia Buford
LLC Program of the Year: “Engineering Week” by Luke Gerring and India Penn
LLC Student of the Year: Glendon VanSandt, MBG Leadership LLC
Desk/Office Attendant of the Year: Callie Jo Wright
Organization Leader of the Year: Destiny Harris, RHA President
“3 C” Program of the Year: “Paine’s Pups” by Paine Hall
Tech Time Program of the Year: “Don’t Mask Mental Health” by Rachel Morrison and Amanda Hampton
Community Builder of the Year: Austin Espejo
Building of the Year: M Street
Graduate Assistant of the Year: Erin Durigan
Rookie Resident Assistant of the Year: Bri Robinson
National Residence Hall Honorary Peer R.A. of the Year: Ely Soto
Resident Assistant of the Year: M Street’s Rachel Morrison and Nutt Hall’s Eric Givens
Janet Roys Award for Distinguished Service: Dr. Tara Hart

Student Activities Board
SAB General Board Member of the Year: Destiny Harris

Spirit Squads
Most Spirited Member, Cheer: Macy Webb
Most Spirited Member, Dance: Blair Miller
Most Improved Member, Cheer: Megan Reece
Most Improved Member, Dance: Claire Jones
Most Valuable Member, Cheer: Tristan Cagle-Trundle
Most Valuable Member, Dance: Spencer Hurlbut
True Grit Award, Cheer: Paden Cook
True Grit Award, Dance: Callie Purtell
Academic Award, Cheer: Kaley Jones
Academic Award, Dance: Claire Jones
Leadership Award, Cheer: Tristan Cagle-Trundle and Macy Webb
Leadership Award, Dance: Makayla King and Spencer Hurlbut

Student Government Association
Senator of the Year: Charleigh Kennamore

Summer Sendoff Carnival Planned for April 26

Arkansas Tech University will celebrate the completion of another academic year at Summer Sendoff 2019 from 1-6 p.m. Friday, April 26, in the Witherspoon Hall parking lot.

Free food such as lemonade, sno cones, funnel cakes, cotton candy and hand-dipped corn dogs will be served, carnival rides will be available at no charge and attendees will receive free T-shirts while supplies last.

All students with a valid ATU identification card and their families are invited to attend.

The event was originally planned for Thursday, April 25, but it was rescheduled due to the weather forecast.

“If you attend this event, you should expect a carnival atmosphere,” said Jane Ellen Harrop, an ATU sophomore. “It is really fun and goes late into the night, so if you want to ride rides then you can go late and the lines are very short.”

Students may participate in social media events April 22-25 and compete to win one of 50 “fast passes.” Fast pass winners will be allowed to move to the front of two food lines and two ride lines during Summer Sendoff 2019.

The social media events are:

  • Monday Selfies at Hindsman Tower, noon-1:30 p.m. (free popcorn)
  • Tech Tuesday (post a photo of your favorite Arkansas Tech memory)
  • Wonder Boy Wednesday (post a photo of a flyer for Summer Sendoff; available on ATU SAB account)
  • Thursday Summer Sendoff T-Shirt Selfies (post a selfie wearing your Summer Sendoff T-shirt)

In all instances, fast pass contestants must use the hashtag #summersendoff2019 and post the photo in their Instagram stories.

The first 50 individuals to present screenshots of each post in Doc Bryan Student Services Center room 233 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, will receive a fast pass and a Summer Sendoff 2019 T-shirt.

For more information, follow @atucampuslife and @atu_sab on Instagram.

Research and writing by ATU student Maggie McDonald, an intern with University Marketing and Communication (MARCOMM), made this story possible.