Fall ’18 Tradition Keeper Graduates Named

Seven Arkansas Tech University graduates were recognized with the Tradition Keeper designation during fall 2018 commencement ceremonies at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville.

Angela Barraza, Bailey Harris, Jaelyn Herrera, Ty Reasnor, Hannah Simmons, Karmen Stephens and Esther White wore special green cords at commencement ceremonies and earned the distinction of Tradition Keeper on their official Arkansas Tech transcripts.

The Tradition Keeper program recognizes students who demonstrate extraordinary campus involvement while completing their degrees at Arkansas Tech.

Tradition Keeper activities include having a photo made with campus ambassador Jerry the Bulldog, attending athletics events, participating in a campus blood drive, attending a career fair and many others.

Documentation of each tradition upheld is made through the “Arkansas Tech Traditions” app, which is available for download at the App Store and Google Play.

Learn more about the Tradition Keeper program.

Photographed (from left-to-right): Esther White, Hannah Simmons, Bailey Harris, Ty Reasnor, Jaelyn Herrera and Angela Barraza. Not photographed is Karmen Stephens. 

ATU’s DaBreo Honored by Queen Elizabeth II

Arkansas Tech University alumna Sharleen DaBreo has earned the title Member of the Order of the British Empire from Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of her emergency management leadership in the British Virgin Islands.

Gov. Gus Jaspert presented DaBreo with the honor on behalf of the queen during a Tuesday, Dec. 4, investiture ceremony at Government House on the island of Tortola.

DaBreo earned the Bachelor of Science degree in emergency administration and management from ATU in 2001.

She has been actively involved in emergency mitigation, preparedness and recovery since joining the British Virgin Islands Department of Disaster Management in 1994.

In April 2015, DaBreo’s leadership allowed the British Virgin Islands to become the first territory outside of the United States and Canada to be granted international accreditation for its disaster management program from the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP).

Her more than two decades of experience were integral in helping the region withstand and recover from two Category 5 hurricanes, Irma and Maria, in 2017.

Learn more about the ATU Department of Emergency Management.

Tech Alumni to Serve Breakfast During Finals

Representatives from the Arkansas Tech University Alumni Association will fan out across the ATU campus in Russellville to serve students, faculty and staff during the fall 2018 edition of Breakfast During Finals.

The twice-per-year program is an outreach that provides alumni and friends of the university with an opportunity to show their support for the campus community during the week of final examinations.

Muffins, fruit, coffee and hot apple cider are among the items scheduled to be served during Breakfast During Finals for fall 2018.

Below is a listing of which facilities will be distribution points on which days:

Thursday, Dec. 6
Brown Hall
Corley Hall
Crabaugh Hall
Dean Hall
Doc Bryan Student Services Center Rotunda
McEver Hall
Rothwell Hall
Witherspoon Hall

Friday, Dec. 7
Brown Hall
Corley Hall
Dean Hall
Doc Bryan Student Services Center Rotunda
Energy Center
Hull Building
McEver Hall
Rothwell Hall
Witherspoon Hall

Monday, Dec. 10
Brown Hall
Corley Hall
Dean Hall
Doc Bryan Student Services Center Rotunda
McEver Hall
Rothwell Hall
Witherspoon Hall

Tuesday, Dec. 11
Witherspoon Hall

Learn more about the ATU Alumni Association.

ArkAHPERD Honors ATU Alumna Walters

Diane Walters, former member of the faculty at Arkansas Tech University, has received the Arkansas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (ArkAHPERD) Lifetime Achievement Award.

Walters was honored during the 2018 ArkAHPERD Conference in Conway.

A 1975 graduate of Arkansas Tech with a Bachelor of Science degree, Walters returned to the classroom to earn Master of Education degrees in physical education and elementary education from ATU.

Her service to education including teaching physical education at the K-12 level and performing the duties of adjunct instructor in the ATU Department of Health and Physical Education. She joined the Tech faculty on a full-time basis in 2009 and remained in that role until her retirement on June 30, 2015.

Learn more about the ATU Department of Health and Physical Education.

Bowen, Four Alumni Named to Arkansas 250

Five members of the Arkansas Tech University community have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of the Arkansas 250, a list of influencers and newsmakers compiled by Arkansas Business Publishing Group.

ATU’s representatives include Dr. Robin E. Bowen (photographed), who has served as Arkansas Tech University president since 2014.

Enrollment at ATU has grown to 12,101 students and the institution has maintained its position as the statewide leader in social mobility and recruiting Arkansans who wish to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) under Bowen’s leadership.

In addition, the graduation rate at ATU has increased from 35 percent in 2015-16 to 41 percent in 2017-18.

Bowen is joined in the Arkansas 250 by the following Arkansas Tech alumni:

  • J.R. Davis, director of communications and spokesperson, Office of Gov. Asa Hutchinson
  • Kyle D. Parker, chief executive officer and president, Arkansas Colleges of Health Education
  • Jim Smith, founding partner, Smith Hurst
  • Randy Zook, president and chief executive officer, Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce