Stone Named Top 10 at Miss Arkansas

Arkansas Tech University student Kelsey Stone of Russellville finished top 10 in the 2019 Miss Arkansas competition, which concluded on Saturday night at Robinson Center Auditorium in Little Rock.

Stone, 22, earned a $3,000 scholarship from the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Foundation in recognition of her top-10 finish.

It marked the second consecutive year that Stone has finished in the top 10 and the third consecutive year she has placed in the top 15 at Miss Arkansas.

Stone was crowned Miss Arkansas Tech University 2017, Miss Natural State 2018 and Miss Arkansas Valley 2019. Her parents are Kim and Dee Stone.

ATU students Madeline Adams of Jonesboro, Kara Dickens of Cedarville, Danielle Duggan of DeQueen and Payton Marshall of Belleville were also among the 44 candidates who participated in the 2019 Miss Arkansas competition.

First Generation Students Preview Life at ATU

More than 50 high school students representing 34 Arkansas communities participated in the inaugural Arkansas Tech University First Generation Institute on Thursday, June 13, and Friday, June 14.

Participants interacted with current ATU students, discovered the academic opportunities available at Arkansas Tech, experienced life as a college student, learned how to finance their education, toured the ATU campus and gained insight on becoming involved in campus life.

“It’s honestly been the best experience I’ve ever had on a college campus,” said Douglas Davis, an ATU First Generation Institute participant who will be a senior at Ozark High School during the 2019-20 academic year. “Normally when we come to a college campus, we just get a run down on where stuff is. Here, they take you through the dining spaces and the buildings. They teach you how to view your schedule online, how to make your schedule and how to make connections with people. I’m just so glad to have had this experience. Arkansas Tech is No. 1 on my list. It’s a tight-knit community, and you get the big-college campus experience while being able to feel like a family.”

ATU First Generation Institute participants came from Batesville, Beebe, Benton, Bentonville, Centerton, Conway, De Queen, Dermott, El Dorado, Eudora, Fort Smith, Havana, Hot Springs, Huntington, Little Rock, Lockesburg, Locust Grove, Lowell, Marion, Monticello, Mount Ida, Nashville, North Little Rock, Ogden, Ozark, Pine Bluff, Rison, Rogers, Russellville, Searcy, Siloam Springs, Star City, Texarkana and Van Buren.

State Sen. Breanne Davis of Russellville was the closing speaker for the institute on Friday afternoon. She shared her personal story of persistence that allowed her to graduate from ATU, earn a position on the Russellville School Board at age 26 and be elected to the Arkansas State Senate at age 35.

“We can’t guarantee outcomes for ourselves,” said Davis. “I may get beat in whatever it is…but what I do know, in everything I approach, is that no one will out-work me. When people are discouraging you or saying harsh things to you, they don’t know what you are capable of. People who are doing great things…people who know how to work through adversity, work hard and not give up…they have been pulled back and pulled down in life. They’ve had hard things they’ve had to live through. It shows us our own resilience.

“Not many people can see the lesson or the good through the hard times,” continued Davis. “If you are one of those people that can see that on the other side of it you will be different and better, then you are one of the lucky few.”

Nineteen ATU students, each of whom also identify as first generation college students, served as facilitators for the high school students during their two-day visit to Arkansas Tech.

The ATU student facilitators for the institute were Shelby Fitts of Conway, Austin Gilmore of Little Rock, Katie Griffith of White Hall, Alida Gutierrez of Dardanelle, Rosa Gutierrez of Dardanelle, Carter Howard of Harrison, Kyle Howley of Mansfield, Makayla King of Conway, Colton Little of Gentry, Jahaziel Martinez of Russellville, Mayenssi Montiel of Dardanelle, Evan Mosier of Batesville, Jenna Reid of Queen City, Texas, Anna Russell of Fort Smith, Abi Sasore of Dunleer, Ireland, Tyler Schmidt of Mansfield, Wendy Sierra of Russellville, Shane Smith of Fort Smith and Lexi Wright of Clarksville.

“I hope that your path leads you back to become a student at Arkansas Tech,” Dr. Mary B. Gunter, chief of staff at ATU, told the high school students assembled for the institute. “I’ve been a part of Tech for 21 years now…and why I have stayed at Tech is because of students like you. You bring the same passion that I had when I was that first generation student. We care about you. What I have found, and what I have witnessed, is that we give you great opportunities to be successful.”

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Workshops at ATU Serve K-12 Art Educators

Twenty-nine participants representing 26 schools at the elementary, middle school, junior high and high school levels attended the 2019 Windgate Summer Art Launch for Arkansas Educators June 10-13 at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville.

The art teachers received instruction in topics such as shibori dye techniques, handmade paper, papercut design, bookbinding, watercolor, sculpture, art entrepreneurship and Adobe Illustrator.

Program participants also created original works of art and presented them to their peers at the conclusion of the week.

Representatives from Atkins, Bentonville, Cedarville, Clarksville, Concord, Crossett, Cutter, Dover, Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Greenbrier, Jacksonville, Scranton, Siloam Springs, Warren and West Memphis traveled to ATU to participate in the workshops.

The professional development program, which was founded in 2018, is made possible through a grant from the Windgate Foundation.

“We are grateful for the support of the Windgate Foundation that made it possible for us to offer these workshops the last two years,” said Jessica Mongeon, assistant professor of art at ATU.

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Summer Drive for Cupboard June 10-18

Arkansas Tech University Staff Senate on the Russellville campus is conducting a drive during summer 2019 to help meet the needs of the Green and Gold Cupboard.

Members of the ATU community are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to drop-off locations in the Administration Building, Brown Hall, Doc Bryan Student Services Center, Facilities Management, Rothwell Hall, South Hall and Tomlinson Hall from June 10-18.

Monetary donations may be dropped off at Administration Building room 209.

The items most needed by the Green and Gold Cupboard include canned chicken, baked beans, canned fruit, applesauce, raisin bran, corn flake cereal, crackers, snacks, small bags of chips, peanut butter crackers, cheese crackers, fruit snacks, rice cereal treats, popcorn, pudding cups, peanut butter, jelly, condiments, salad dressings, cooking oil, sugar, flour, shelf stable milk, pasta, pasta sauce, ramen noodles, mashed potatoes, scalloped potatoes and boxed meals.

For more information, contact an ATU Staff Senate representative by visiting

The pantry is located at 1019 N. Arkansas Avenue. The Green and Gold Cupboard is available to all current Arkansas Tech students, faculty and staff in need of assistance.

Hours for summer 2019 are 4-6 p.m. Mondays and noon-2 p.m. Thursdays (excluding holidays).

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Demolition of Critz Hall Begins

Arkansas Tech University is moving forward with a planned demolition of Critz Hall on its Russellville campus during summer 2019.

Constructed in 1950 at a cost of $116,000, Critz Hall has served ATU as a residence hall and office building during its nearly seven decades of existence.

It was determined during the campus master planning process of 2016-17 that Critz Hall had reached the end of its effective lifespan and that it would be taken offline at the end of the spring 2019 semester.

Preparations to demolish the building began on Friday, May 24, and demolition is taking place during June.

Critz Hall was dedicated in November 1950 in honor and memory of Hugh Critz (photographed), who served as president at Arkansas Tech from 1918-24.

His leadership allowed the institution to recover from low enrollment during World War I and transition from an agricultural high school to a two-year college. He later served as president at Mississippi State University from 1930-34 and died in 1939 at the age of 62.