ATU Hosts Commitment to Education Event

Faculty, staff and students from Arkansas Tech University welcomed guests from the Arkansas Department of Education at the Doc Bryan Student Services Center Rotunda on Thursday, April 18, and participated in a statewide initiative recognizing the contributions of education professionals.

The inaugural Arkansas Educator Commitment Signing Week, which took place April 14-20, 2019, was “dedicated to promoting and celebrating those who have committed to the teaching profession” according to information provided by the sponsoring organization, the Arkansas Department of Education.

More than 250 new, veteran, and future teachers at the ATU event signed a “Commitment to Education,” showing their personal pledge to the students of Arkansas, the teaching profession and the future of education in the state.

The ceremony was organized by the ATU College of Education.

Dr. Robin E. Bowen, ATU president, shared with the ATU education students in attendance a story about Bill Gates’ elementary school librarian, Blanche Caffiere, and how she changed his life forever by encouraging his love of reading.

“Be generous with your time, your encouragement and your compliments,” said Bowen. “Commit to lifelong learning, be it through graduate study or the professional development opportunities that will be available through your district. And always, always remember how much power one good person can have in shaping the life of a child. As of today, you have that power.”

Photographed, top of page (from left-to-right): Dr. Linda Bean, dean of the ATU College of Education; Dr. Robin E. Bowen, ATU president; Dr. Ivy Pfeffer, Arkansas Department of Education deputy commissioner of human resources, educator effectiveness and licensure; Dr. Phillip Bridgmon, interim vice president for academic affairs at ATU; and Jeff Dyer, Arkansas Department of Education teacher recruitment and retention program advisor.

Educators Signing Day | 4/18/19

SWE Performance Scheduled for April 28

The 2018-19 performance schedule for the Arkansas Tech University Department of Music will conclude on Sunday, April 28, with a concert by the ATU Symphonic Wind Ensemble.

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.

Pieces on the program for Arkansas Tech’s premier wind ensemble include “Always Coming Home” by Stephen Taylor, “Folk Songs for Soprano and Band” by Bernard Gilmore, “Lincolnshire Posy” by Percy Grainger and “Symphony No. 8” by David Maslanka.

Vocalist Holly Ruth Gale, ATU associate professor of music, will lend her talents to the performance of “Folk Songs for Soprano and Band.”

Dr. Daniel A. Belongia, associate professor of music and director of bands, leads the ATU Symphonic Wind Ensemble.

The April 28 concert will coincide with the spring 2019 ATU band alumni reunion.

A band composed of ATU alumni will perform under guest conductors Travis Beard, Hal Cooper and Michael Hancock.

Learn more about the reunion.

Symphonic, Concert Bands Play April 25

Arkansas Tech University’s Symphonic Band and Concert Band will give a 7:30 p.m. performance at Witherspoon Auditorium, 407 West Q Street in Russellville, on Thursday, April 25.

Admission will be free and open to the public.

Dr. Jim Daughters and Dr. Daniel A. Belongia will serve as conductors. Student conductors will include Tina Christiansen, Connor Skelly, Meeka Smith and Brian Wyatt.

Pieces scheduled for performance on Thursday include “Revelry” by William Pitts, “Lux Aurumque” by Eric Whitacre, “Second Suite in F” by Gustav Holst, “Shine” by Julie Giroux, “Manhattan Beach” by John Philip Sousa, “Blue Mambo” by Michael Sweeney, “Tricycle” by Andrew Boysen Jr. and “Flight of the Piasa” by Robert Sheldon.

The ATU Symphonic Band is comprised primarily of music majors, but is open to students of all majors by audition. It offers two performances per semester.

The ATU Concert Band is a large ensemble dedicated to the non-music major population. The band performs two concerts per year. ATU Concert Band is open to all students in the university without a required audition.

Learn more about the ATU Department of Music at

Blood Drive Continues Through Friday

Arkansas Tech University Student Government Association is hosting an Arkansas Blood Institute blood drive on the Russellville campus this week.

The blood drive will be open until 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18, and it will be open again from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Friday, April 19, in the W.O. Young Ballroom.

Student donors receive three hours of community service credit. All donors are eligible to receive a T-shirt while supplies last.

Put Some Jazz in Your Thursday at ATU

Compositions by Matt Harris, Bill Holman, Yoko Kanno, Sammy Nestico and Stan Kenton are on the program for the next Arkansas Tech University Jazz Ensemble performance.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, at Witherspoon Auditorium, 407 West Q Street in Russellville. Admission will be free.

Dr. Sean Reed, associate professor of music, serves as director for the ATU Jazz Ensemble.

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