ATU-Ozark Names Winners of FFA Competition

Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus hosted the annual FFA Day practice competition earlier this month. Area high school chapters with teams competing in Agricultural Electrification and Agricultural Mechanics traveled to Ozark and competed in a variety of competitions.

Each division of the competition has two portions—a 50 question test, and a practical application.

ATU-Ozark was proud to announce the overall winner for Electrification as County Line High School, and Scranton High School for Mechanics.

In addition to bragging rights for winning each division, two individuals from the schools were awarded a $500 scholarship to ATU-Ozark.

Pacyn Reams of County Line High School was named the high individual in Electrification. Paycn, a senior who will be graduating later this spring, is planning to attend Arkansas Tech University in pursuit of a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science. As a 4-year member of his school’s FFA program, he has attended ATU-Ozark’s practice competition each year.

“It is a cool competition, and it keeps getting better each year,” he shared.

Jackson Rogers of Scranton High School was the high individual in the Agricultural Mechanics.

Jackson is a Junior and has been involved with FFA for the past three years. He is planning to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Arkansas Tech University. He also plans on studying at ATU-Ozark for his first two years of higher education, putting his scholarship to use.  

“I thought I did pretty good, but I was pretty excited when I realized I won high individual,” he shared.

FFA teams across the state will continue to compete throughout the semester in a variety of leadership and hands-on competitions. ATU-Ozark is proud to be destination for FFA teams to kick off their season.

Spring 2019 Grad Fairs Booked for March 5-7

Arkansas Tech University students who will receive their degrees during May 2019 commencement ceremonies are invited to a graduation fair at the Barnes and Noble College ATU Bookstore locations during the month of March.

The first day of the graduation fair will take place from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5, at the Ozark campus location of the bookstore in the Alvin F. Vest Student Union.

The graduation fair will shift to the Russellville campus bookstore location for the final two days of the event. Students may attend the fair at the W.O. Young Building from 1-4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6, and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Thursday, March 7.

Graduates will, among other opportunities, be able to order their cap and gown during the fair.

For more information, contact the ATU Office of the Registrar at (479) 968-0272 or registrar@atu.edu.

Want to Live to Be 100?

Lindsay Queen, bariatric dietitian from Saline Health System, will visit Arkansas Tech University campuses in Russellville and Ozark to lead a discussion entitled “Living to Be 100: How Eating the Mediterranean Way Can Improve Your Life and Your Health.”

Queen will be on the Russellville campus of ATU from 2-3 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25, in the W.O. Young Building Ballroom.

Her presentation at the Ozark campus of ATU is scheduled for 2-3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5, in the Student Services Conference Center.

Queen is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and completed her dietetic internship at Iowa State University.

She holds a master’s degree in clinical nutrition from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Queen has experience in both inpatient and outpatient clinical nutrition. She has been with Saline Memorial since March 2016 and joined the bariatric department in June 2016.

All members of the university community are invited to attend this informational session.

Tips for Fighting the Flu from the ATU Health and Wellness Center

In light of widespread influenza activity across the state as well as increased flu cases in the Arkansas Tech University Health and Wellness Center, ATU Health Services would like to share some important information regarding the flu.

FIGHTING THE FLU: Frequently Asked Questions

How is the flu spread?

According to the CDC, most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by tiny droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or possibly their eyes. You may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. Although people with the flu are most contagious in the first 3-to-4 days after their illness begins, some otherwise healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5-to-7 days after becoming sick. Some people, especially young children and people with weakened immune systems, might be able to infect others with flu viruses for an even longer time.

How can I help prevent the flu?

·         Get a flu vaccine, which is available free of charge to students in the ATU Health and Wellness Center.

·         If you are sick with a flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, except to get medical care. If you must go out, wear a mask (available in the ATU Health and Wellness Center).

·         Avoid close contact with sick people.

·         Avoid touching the eyes or nose.

·         Cover your mouth and nose when you cough and use a tissue or your sleeve.

·         Dispose of tissues properly.

·         Disinfect frequently touched objects such as telephone receivers, counter tops and door knobs throughout the day.

·         Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds using soap and water or hand sanitizer.

What are some common flu symptoms?

·         Fever or feeling feverish/chills

·         Cough

·         Sore throat

·         Runny or stuffy nose

·         Muscle or body aches

·         Headaches

·         Fatigue (very tired)

What should I do if I think I have the flu?

·         Students can be evaluated for the flu in the Health and Wellness Center by making an appointment online or by calling (479) 968-0329.

·         Typically, self-isolation is recommended. Please see health provider for specific treatment recommendations.

·         Treatment of sick individuals with a prescription drug Tamiflu is recommended by the CDC primarily if there is another underlying health condition such as asthma, HIV or diabetes. These drugs may make the illness milder and shorten the time you are sick. These drugs work best when started within the first 2 days of symptoms to treat people who are very sick.

Leadership Tech Nominations Close Friday

Friday is the deadline to nominate individuals interested in joining the fourth cohort of Leadership Tech.

The Leadership Tech program is designed to develop individuals as leaders and to build leadership capacity within the faculty and staff on the Russellville and Ozark campuses of Arkansas Tech. 

Those selected to participate in the cohort will participate in a two-year program that will provide them with an opportunity to develop their leadership acumen and learn more about various elements of the university during year one and engage in a collaborative project to benefit Arkansas Tech during year two.

Any full-time faculty or staff member (classified or unclassified) may be nominated for Leadership Tech. Anyone can nominate a candidate for the program, and individuals are allowed to nominate themselves. 

Following the nomination period, those nominated will be asked to submit a brief application to be considered for the program. 

Learn more about the Leadership Tech program.

Nominate someone for Leadership Tech.