5th Annual Hands on Healthcare to come to ATU-Ozark

The 5th annual Hands On Healthcare is April 26th at Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus.
Area high school students (9-12 grade) who are interested in the health care industry will have the opportunity to tour the campus and learn from current students and faculty about healthcare professions. Each student will receive a rotation in each field listed and be able to experience these fields through practical application
The purpose of Hands on Healthcare is to expose students to healthcare options and education available in our area and to build interest for students in the medical to increase the number of students who enter these fields.
ATU-Ozark’s health programs include: Cardiovascular Technology- Cardiac Sonography, Health Information Technology, Medical Assisting, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Paramedic Emergency Medical Services, Physical Therapist Assistant
UAMS, who partners with ATU-Ozark each year for the event, states that at its core, the Hands on Healthcare is, “helping high school students make more informed health career decisions by exploring a variety of medical careers at a one-day event with no cost to the student or their family.”
For more information, visit www.atu.edu/ozark.

Green and Gold Cupboard Ribbon Cutting Held at ATU-Ozark

The Green and Gold Cupboard Ribbon Cutting was held April 16th in the Allied Health Building at Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus.
The purpose of the Green and Gold Cupboard is to provide the Tech family with goods needed for their household, free of charge. Students, faculty, and staff members are welcomed to use the cupboard.
The concept of the Green and Gold Cupboard started five years ago by Dr. Huss of ATU’s Russellville campus. As a member of Leadership Tech, he partnered with Dr. Smith and his fellow team members including Angela Crow and David Spicer, the Public Safety Officer at ATU-Ozark.
Over the last five months, the cupboard has been stocked with various canned goods donated by faculty, staff, and students.
Tyson Foods has been a vital component in the development of the Green and Gold Cupboard.
Shelving, storage tubs, trashcans, and scales were some items provided by the grant Tyson supplied as part of the campus effort.
Pat Bourke, a representative from Tyson Foods, spoke at the ceremony.
“I learned early on that that there is a common denominator that makes these programs work, and that common thread whether it be here at the Ozark campus or the Russellville campus are volunteers. I’m here to do today on behalf of Tyson Foods today to thank our volunteers. So whether you’re just finishing up a shift at the pantry or you’re in the middle of a food recovery effort, other countless tasks need to be done, at the end of the day I hope our volunteers understand, without you the Green and Gold Cupboard could not happen.”
In addition, Eddie Lee Herndon, of United Way Fort Smith, announced that United Way Fort Smith would partner with ATU-Ozark in May as part of their yearly non-perishable food drive. All food items collected by United Way will be directly donated to the Green and Gold Cupboard.
Dr. Smith spoke of her excitement for the Green and Gold Cupboard as well.
“We are here for each other. It was an easy decision to place the Green and Gold Cupboard on our Ozark campus.”
David Spicer is excited to continue the work of the Green and Gold Cupboard with the help of faculty, staff and students at the ATU-Ozark.
The members of the Green and Gold Cupboard Committee for the Ozark campus are David Spicer, Chris Rambo, Beverly Nehus, Brianna Ingram, and students Allyson Walker and Stephanie Chandler.
He explained, “The Green and Gold Cupboard at Arkansas Tech University’s main objective is to ensure that every member of the Tech family is provided with the resources necessary to ensure that their nutritional needs are met.”
For more information, please contact David Spicer at (479) 667-2117.

ATU-Ozark’s Associate Nursing program’s Application for Candidacy Granted

The Arkansas Tech University- Ozark Campus associate nursing program’s application for Candidacy has been granted to become an accredited program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The status is valid for two years, expiring in March of 2021. Therefore, the initial accreditation site must take place before March 13, 2021.
According to the ACEN, the goal is to promote quality nursing education and to support the faculty and the program in the accreditation process.
The decision to grant Candidacy status is based on the nursing program demonstrating it is currently compliant with selected ACEN Standards and Criteria and demonstrating the potential to achieve ACEN accreditation based upon the selected ACEN Standards and Criteria reviewed in the Candidacy presentation.
As of right now, the site visit is tentatively scheduled for Spring 2020.
For more information on the registered nursing program, visit, www.atu.edu/ozark/registerednursing.

ATU-Ozark and ATCC Students Receive Top Awards at State Competitions

OZARK- Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus and Arkansas Tech Career Center students have been representing the university at various spring competitions. Students competed at the Skills USA State competition in Hot Springs and the PN Student Skills Competitions in Batesville.

Congratulations to all students who garnered awards.

Skills USA

Gold Patrick Enoch, Magazine, Automation, Robotics and Automation Technology

Gold Richard Marques, Ozark, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration; HVAC

Gold Randy Gunter, Ozark, Collision Repair Technology, Automotive Service Technology

Gold Ryan Wages, Clarksville, Automotive Service Technology; Auto Parts Specialist

Gold Kaleb Freeman, Clarksville, Computer Information Technology; Information Technology Services

Gold Marcus Watson, Paris, Computer Information Technology; Technical Computer Application

Gold Jennyfer Gallegos, Ozark, Cosmetology; Job Demonstration Skills

Gold Emily Wyles, Ozark, Cosmetology; Job Interview

Gold Andrew Dolson, Clarksville, Collision Repair Technology; Collision Repair Technology

Silver Andy Patton, Ozark, Automotive Service Technology; Diesel Equipment Technology (Truck)

Silver Richard Gragg, Ozark, Computer Information Technology; Technical Computer Application

Silver Justine Fitzgibbon, Bentonville, Collision Repair Technology; Automotive Refinishing

Silver Cecil Troub, Paris, Computer Information Technology; Information Technology Services

Silver Levi Forst, Scranton, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration; HVAC

Bronze Josh Burke, Booneville, Automotive Service Technology; Auto Parts Specialist

Bronze Moises Lopez, Fort Smith, Automotive Service Technology; Automotive Services

Statesman Award Richard Gragg, Ozark, Computer Information Technology

Statesman Award Jonathan Ketcherside, Russellville, Computer Information Technology

Statesman Award Marcus Watson, Paris, Computer Information Technology


Gold     Davis Laney, Pottsville, Criminal Justice, Crime Scene Investigation

Gold     Michael Johnson, Russellville, Criminal Justice, Crime Scene Investigation

Gold     Iris Alvarado, Russellville, Criminal Justice, Crime Scene Investigation

Gold     Blaine Fechter, Pottsville Culinary- Culinary Arts, Crime Scene Investigation

Silver   Christopher Andrews, Russellville, Computer Engineering- Computer Maintenance Tech

Silver    Randy Jackson, Pottsville, Robotics- Robotics and Automation Technology

Silver    Marvin Ruiz, Russellville, Robotics- Robotics and Automation Technology

Silver Gisselle Jimenez, Russellville, Cosmetology, Nail Care

Bronze Sarah Cates, Atkins, Automotive, Extemporaneous Speaking

Bronze Nyah Crowell, Dardanelle, Cosmetology, Nail Care

 ALPNA Awards

2nd place Aundrey Griffith, Ozark, Mystery Test

2nd place Raimie Kern, Ft. Smith, Medical Terminology

2nd place Brooklyn Ree, Ozark and Jessica Rogers, Altus, Two man CPR

3rd place Kalim Harris, Ozark and Charley Wilbourn, Alma, Two man CPR

Eddie Lee Herndon to Speak to ATU-Ozark Students

Eddie Lee Herndon, president, and CEO of United Way is visiting ATU-Ozark Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at 11:00 am to speak to students. Herndon’s message will be positive, encouraging, and motivating to all who attend.
ATU-Ozark encourages all students to tune into his message.

Eddie Lee Herndon’s Biography
Eddie Lee Herndon is currently the President and CEO of the United Way of Fort Smith Area covering four counties in Arkansas and 2 in Oklahoma. He accepted his current position Fort Smith in late February. As President and CEO of UWFSA, he is leading the organization in its mission to “unite people and resources to make a lasting change” in the areas of Health, Education, and Financial Stability.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Arkansas Imagination Library. He was instrumental in founding the organization, was a keynote speaker at Dolly Parton’s Foundation Homecoming in Pigeon
Forge in 2017. He is also a member of the University of Memphis-Lambuth Alumni Board, is the chair of Mercy Hospital’s Access to Care Committee, is a member of Restore Hope’s Sebastian County Committee, and is
Chair of the United Ways of Arkansas Board.
Before moving back to Arkansas, he was President and CEO of the United Way of West TN overseeing the operations of United Way in 14 counties in West Tennessee. In addition to his work with United Way, Eddie Lee spent over a decade in higher education at Lambuth University. During his time as Athletic’s Director, he was twice named Mid South Conference AD of the year, NAIA Region 11 AD of the Year, and was a
nominee for National Athletics’ Director of the Year.

He is also an entrepreneur and has owned several small businesses including KXIO 106.9 in Clarksville AR, MII Gourmet, GameOn Sports Nutrition in Memphis TN, and Mossy Matters in Jackson TN.
Among other activities, he is a graduate of Leadership Jackson (TN), Balanced Man Leadership Program at the Jepson School of Leadership at the University of Richmond, WestStar Leadership (University of Tennessee),
Leadership Fort Smith, and is currently a member of Leadership Crawford Class of 2019.
Before beginning his career with United Way, Eddie Lee has served the community in numerous ways including volunteering for many non-profit organizations: United Way Allocations, Cancer Relay for Life Committee and Chair Person, American Heart Association Heart Walk Committee, West TN Boy Scouts Committees, Downtown Development and Shannon Street Blues Fest, March of Dimes, and Ducks Unlimited Chair.
He has served on various boards and committees for both Union University and Lambuth University.
Eddie Lee is most proud of his family. He has four children: Brock (22), Haylee (21), Sydney (20), Brody (18), and one grandson, Rhett Herndon.