Ms. Sheila Jacobs Named ATU-Ozark Chief Academic Officer

Ms. Sheila Jacobs will begin duties as the Chief Academic Officer at Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus on July 1, 2019.

Jacobs is a first generation college graduate who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Education and Master of Secondary Education/English. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership.

Jacobs believes education is a powerful life transformer. In her 29 years as an educator, Jacobs has served as a high school English and journalism teacher, an adjunct English and education instructor at ATU’s Russellville Campus, a k-12 curriculum director, director of secondary education, federal programs coordinator, and high school principal.

Jacobs is married to her husband, Jon. They attend the All Saints Episcopal Church where she serves as a Sunday school teacher. Together they have four children, four grandchildren, and two spoiled dogs, Wally and Raiden. They enjoy hiking, finding waterfalls, eating at hole-in-the-wall restaurants and most of all spending time with their grandchildren. She believes out of all of her career accomplishments, being a mother and a grandmother is the most rewarding position of her lifetime. As stated by Bruce Sikes Chancellor, “Ms. Jacobs will bring to the Ozark Campus a diverse background in leadership, curriculum, and service. She is recognized across our region and will be a great addition to the Ozark Campus and Arkansas Tech University.”

ATU-Ozark to Co-Host ASPSF Event in Fall 2019

Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus invites you to attend the upcoming 4th Annual “Beauties and The Beads” Ladies Luncheon & Jewelry Auction event. Joe Pennington of KSFM-TV team and other business and community leaders gather each year in support of the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund (ASPSF).

This fun-filled ASPSF fundraising event scheduled for November 1, 2019, from 11:30 to 1 p.m. will include lunch, door prizes, and a live auction. The cost is $25 per person with an early registration benefit if registered by October 25, a free ticket entry into a surprise jewelry giveaway. Ladies and gentlemen are welcome to attend.

The funding raised from this event will help Franklin County impoverished single parents change their lives and change the future of their children through scholarship opportunities. With these scholarships, parents can complete career-focused college degrees or secure professional certificates to move them into better jobs with family-supporting wages!

 Anyone interested in donating or showcasing their jewelry and accessories to this event with business cards are welcome to do so by contacting Faith Johnson at 479-508-3302 or by fjohnson5@atu.edu. Together we can make a difference and thank you ahead of your support and contributions to this worthy cause.

ATU-Ozark Mentoring Program Enters 8th year in Fall 2019

This fall, the Ozark Campus Mentoring Program will enter its 8th year of service. Mentor Coordinator Mike Bogue notes that over six years, first-time Ozark Campus students with mentors have returned at a 2.5% greater fall-to-fall rate than first-time Ozark Campus students without mentors.
Bogue adds, “An Ozark Campus Mentor establishes a relationship with a first-time student, empowering him or her to experience a successful first semester.”
Any full-time Ozark Campus faculty or staff employee may volunteer to become a mentor who provides advice, encouragement, and guidance to his or her assigned students for the fall semester. When surveyed, 83% of first-time students with mentors indicate it was a beneficial experience.
“Usually,” Bogue says, “every mentor is assigned from one to three first-time students. Further, over seven years, 91% of surveyed mentors have indicated they had a satisfying experience.”
In addition, Bogue said mentoring a first-time student takes about three hours a semester, or one hour each month. He added, “That equals out to about fifteen minutes per week.”
Any full-time Ozark Campus faculty or staff employee interested in becoming a mentor should contact Bogue for more details.

ATU-Ozark Announces New Machining Program in Paris

Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus is announcing the addition of a new program, the Machinist Operations Program at the Tyson Logan County Career Center beginning in August 2019.

The Certificate of Proficiency in Machinist Operations program prepares students for entry into the manufacturing of mechanical parts.

Students completing a certificate of proficiency in Machinist Operations will be trained in the use of machine tools and Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machines.  In the Machinist Operations program, students will: Read blueprints, sketches, or computer-aided (CAD) designs, setup, operate, and disassemble CNC machine tools, align, secure, and adjust cutting tools and work pieces, monitor the feed and speed of machines, turn, mill, drill, shape, and grind machine parts to specifications, measure, examine, and test completed products for defects, smooth surfaces of parts or products, modify finished work pieces.

In the production of precision metal parts, students will use lathes, milling machines, welders, and grinders.  Machinist operators work in machine shops, manufacturing, and tool rooms.  Employment projects are based on replacing an aging workforce and potential manufacturing growth in the region.

ATU-Ozark Chancellor, Bruce Sikes, stated, “This program grants secondary students the opportunity to explore the machinist program which serves a major manufacturing need throughout the river valley region.”

Adults may participate in evening classes, by enrolling in the 17 credit hour program.

The program is designed to serve industry and students for entry-level positions and also serves as a pathway to achieving an Associate’s Degree from ATU-Ozark in Automation Technology.

“There are a large number of manufacturers dependent upon automated CNC operators. ATU-Ozark has responded to this need with short term programming that will enable students to enter into the workforce with a basic level of skills including operating a CNC machine,” shared Sikes.

For more information on ATU-Ozark programs, please visit www.atu.edu/ozark or call (479) 667-2117.

ATU Plans to Begin Summer Session Monday

Arkansas Tech University plans to be open and begin classes for the June/July session as scheduled on Monday, June 3, at its campuses in Russellville and Ozark.

“We will continue to monitor the Arkansas River flooding as new information becomes available and make day-by-day decisions concerning our operations for the duration of this emergency situation,” said Dr. Robin E. Bowen, ATU president. “Our primary concern is for the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and neighbors, especially those directly affected by the flooding. We will work to accommodate the needs of students and employees whose homes and travel are impacted.”

If necessary, any updates about classes being cancelled and/or offices closing on a particular day due to flooding would be communicated through OneTech announcements, e-mail messages to members of the university community, ATU’s social media accounts, www.arkansastechnews.com, local media outlets and the ATU Alert text messaging system for faculty, staff and students.

ATU students on the Russellville campus with travel issues related to attending class may contact their June/July session instructors or call (479) 968-0319.

ATU students on the Ozark campus with travel issues related to attending class may contact their June/July session instructors or call (479) 667-2117.

Members of the university community are reminded that www.idrivearkansas.com offers updates on road conditions.

“The flooding along the Arkansas River is an emergency situation,” said Joshua McMillian, chief of the ATU Department of Public Safety. “Please act with caution and use your best judgment in order to remain safe.”