Turner Elected 2019-20 ATU SGA President

Greydon Turner has been elected by his peers to serve as Arkansas Tech University Student Government Association president for the 2019-20 academic year.

Turner (photographed) will be a junior at ATU during the 2019-2020 academic year. He has previously served SGA as freshman senator, sophomore senator and secretary of community outreach.

“I hope to build a greater sense of community for the students here at ATU,” said Turner. “I also hope to spur the creation of a campus-wide honor code that will bring greater value and prestige to a degree from ATU. Along with that, I want to continue fighting for the equal funding that we deserve as one of the leading higher education institutions in Arkansas.”

A native of Dallas, Texas, Turner is majoring in economics and finance as well as management in the ATU College of Business. He is vice president of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and will serve as an orientation leader at ATU in 2019-20.

Joining Turner on the SGA Executive Board in 2019-20 will be Noah Tidmore of Prairie Grove, vice president; Bailey Fowler of Farmington, secretary of finance and administration; Charleigh Kennamore of Russellville, secretary of internal affairs; Abi Sasore of Dunleer, Ireland, secretary of diversity and inclusion; Jacob Loomis of Bryant, secretary of student development; and Zoe Stokes of Dardanelle, secretary of public relations.

The following ATU students were elected to 2019-20 SGA senate positions:

Sophomore Senator
Kaitlyn Wright
Parker Freeman

Junior Senator
Lauren Brown
Hailey Falies
Mikayla Jayroe

Senior Senator
Madeline Spanel
Danielle Duggan
Ashtyn Mondy

Senator at Large
Hope Brians

Senator for the College of Arts and Humanities
Bailey Devane

Senator for the College of Business
Brittany Shannon

Senator for the College of Education
Payton Youngblood

Senator for the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Jesus Avila

Senator for the College of Natural and Health Sciences
Hannah Gloria

Senator for University Honors
Halie Eastham

International Senator
Albert Zhang

Sassafras Tree Added to ATU Campus

Arkansas Tech University planted a sassafras tree on the south side of McEver Hall during its 2019 Arbor Day observance on Wednesday, April 17.

The annual Arbor Day event is part of ATU’s status as a Tree Campus USA. Arkansas Tech earned that designation in 2016 and has maintained it ever since.

ATU began a tree planting program during the 2009-10 academic year. The trees are a continuation of a long-term landscaping beautification program made possible through the generosity of Tech alumni Robert and Sandra Norman of Tulsa, Okla.

As of spring 2019, the Norman family tree project has led to the planting and care of 1,200 trees on the Arkansas Tech campus in Russellville.

Krista Quinn, urban forestry program coordinator for the Arkansas Forestry Commission, spoke during the April 17 ceremony at ATU.

Quinn pointed to Arkansas Tech’s program as an important contribution to maintaining trees in populated areas. She shared that while the overall tree population in the United States has increased over the past 50 years, U.S. urban areas are losing an average of 36 million trees per year.

Three institutions in Arkansas hold the Tree Campus USA designation from the Arbor Day Foundation. In addition to ATU, the others are the University of Arkansas at Monticello and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Learn more about the Tree Campus USA program.

Sassafras Tree Planting Ceremony | 4/17/19

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 www.atu.edu/music.