Archives for May 2019

On Track Trip Visits D.C. and Seattle

Five Arkansas Tech University undergraduate students earned the opportunity to travel to both coasts of the United States as part of the 2019 On Track program trip to Washington, D.C., and Seattle, Wash.

Christopher Caveney of Blytheville, Carly Copeland of Clarksville, Jamison Hale of Russellville, Mallory Heft of Charleston and Jayson Simmons of Jacksonville departed on Wednesday, May 15, and visited the nation’s capital through Saturday, May 18.

They were accompanied by Thomas Strahan from the ATU Department of Campus Life staff and Dylan Tedder, graduate assistant in the ATU Department of Campus Life.

While in Washington, the ATU group toured the U.S. Capitol and other national monuments, performed a community service project and visited such local cultural destinations as the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, National Museum of American History, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Newseum, Arlington National Cemetery and George Washington University.

Leg two of the trip provided the ATU On Track participants with opportunities to visit Pike Place Fish Market, the Space Needle, the Museum of Flight, Discovery Park Beach, the Seattle Great Wheel, Olympic Sculpture Park and the University of Washington.

They attended a Seattle Mariners Major League Baseball game and the Seattle Opera. In addition, the ATU students met with professionals in various fields and participated in a community service activity.

The 2019 ATU On Track trip participants earned these opportunities by completing the On Track program and being selected for the journey through an application and interview process.

On Track is defined by the Office of Campus Life as “an undergraduate co-curricular experience designed to enhance student development beyond the classroom setting, encourage students to network socially among peers and to include students in traditional and signature university events.”

Tracks in the program are Active Mind and Body, Advance to Career, Aspiring Leader, Elevated Citizen, Global Focus, Leader Identified and Unite.

Undergraduate students who choose to complete all seven tracks become eligible to apply for an expenses paid trip following the completion of the last track.

In order to be considered for selection for the annual On Track trip, an undergraduate student must also have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5, complete an application and interview process, be chosen by the selection committee and sign a contract confirming their attendance and appropriate behavior for the trip.

According to the On Track web presence, students selected to travel are “exposed to leadership practices, cultural heritage, community service, professional networking and other college and university campuses that are part of the destinations they visit.”

Learn more about On Track.

Dedication for Solar Benches June 5

Arkansas Tech University will host a dedication ceremony for two solar-powered benches along North El Paso Avenue on Wednesday, June 5.

The event will begin at 11 a.m. at Jerry’s Eats, which is located at the corner of North El Paso Avenue and West L Street on the south side of the ATU campus in Russellville. The public is invited to attend.

The 2017-18 Russellville Regional Leadership Academy of the Russellville Area Chamber of Commerce envisioned and executed the plan to install the benches, including the fund-raising effort that made them possible.

Severe Weather Alert Day: Tuesday, May 21

The National Weather Service has notified the public of an enhanced threat of severe weather in Arkansas on Tuesday, May 21, 2019.

The Little Rock office of the National Weather Service (NWS) published information stating that “damaging winds and a few squall-line tornadoes will be the primary threats, with large hail and locally heavy rainfall also possible.”

Additional information from the NWS states that the risk will carry from the afternoon through the evening hours.

Follow @NWSLittleRock on Twitter for updates.

Arkansas Tech students, faculty and staff are encouraged to review the severe weather procedures outlined on the Department of Public Safety website.

Chapman to Lead Undergraduate Research

Dr. Nathaniel G. Chapman has been selected to serve as the next director of undergraduate research at Arkansas Tech University.

He will succeed Dr. Mostafa Hemmati, who will retire from the ATU faculty on May 31 following 36 years of service.

Chapman holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Charleston. He obtained his Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees at Virginia Tech.

A member of the ATU faculty since 2015, Chapman holds the rank assistant professor of sociology.

Learn more about the ATU Office of Undergraduate Research.

Germany, Austria Part of Study Abroad Trip

Twenty-one Arkansas Tech University students are involved in a study abroad trip to Germany and Austria during the month of May.

The touring group has two components. There are 12 members of the ATU Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Sean Reed, associate professor of music. An additional nine ATU students are also participating in the trip.

“That’s the cool part about our trip,” said Gabriele Haulmark, coordinator of the ATU study abroad program and instructor in the ATU Department of English and World Languages. “It’s not just music and it’s not just the history and other cultural things. It’s a combination of all that, and that’s what makes it special.”

Reed and Haulmark are serving as trip leaders alongside Dr. Kae Hashimoto Reed and Dr. Ursula Chandler.

The ATU students on the trip are:

  • Michael Barker
  • Michael Bays
  • Audrey Berkau
  • Cole Birmingham
  • William Brown
  • Tina Christiansen
  • Alexandria Cisco
  • Brett Davies
  • Jacob Hawkins
  • Elizabeth Kearney
  • Perry Kearney
  • Riley Kelley
  • Bernadette Lange
  • Anthony Montgomery
  • Alton Morrison
  • Ian Neiswender
  • Patricia Reece
  • Stephen Sharp
  • Trey Starks
  • Sophie Vargas
  • Gerardo Zavala-Torres

The group departed the United States on May 12. Upon arriving in Frankfurt, Germany, the ATU students took a walking tour of the city. Other stops while in Germany included collaborative learning at Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen (THM) University of Applied Sciences in Giessen, the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, the Lutherhaus Museum in Wittenberg and Castle Church in Wittenberg, where Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses in 1517.

The ATU Jazz Ensemble performed in Giessen and Frankfurt. In so doing, they demonstrated a style of music native to America for an international audience and connected with Germans who share the ATU musicians’ appreciation for jazz.

“It’s hard to put into words how personal jazz is,” said Dr. Sean Reed. “The spontaneous creation of melody while you are improvising comes directly from your heart and your mind. Although jazz is, arguably, the most important indigenous art form that we export, it has become so thoroughly assimilated by other cultures that it becomes a reflection back on our culture. The jazz musicians in Germany are amazing.”

The trip will continue through May 23 in Vienna, Austria. Experiences there include a performance by the Vienna Boys Choir and visits to the Imperial Hofburg Palace, Karlskirche baroque church, Belvedere Museum, Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Music and Arts Private University of Vienna.

“I hope that this will open students’ minds that there are many things out there beyond what you can see in Arkansas and the surrounding area,” said Haulmark. “It will change their lives, and not just right after the trip, but for the rest of their lives. I’ve had students who have gone on a study abroad trip with us. Then they have studied abroad for a semester, which they never would have considered before. Now, they are working toward a master’s degree at a university abroad. It changed their life.”

Learn more about study abroad opportunities at ATU.