Hampton First in Diversity Speaks Series

Arkansas Tech University alumnus Dr. Logan C. Hampton, president of Lane College in Jackson, Tenn., will offer the first in a new series of lectures at his alma mater on Tuesday, March 12.

Hampton’s address will initiate the ATU Diversity Talks lecture series, which is co-hosted by the ATU Black Faculty and Staff Organization and the ATU Office of Academic Affairs.

His remarks will begin at 1 p.m. on March 12 in the Doc Bryan Student Services Center Lecture Hall, 1605 Coliseum Drive in Russellville.

Admission will be free and open to the public. A reception will follow in the Doc Bryan Rotunda.

Hampton was selected as the 10th president of Lane College on June 12, 2014.

Hampton worked at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock from 1998-2014. During the 2013-14 academic year, he served as UALR interim vice chancellor for educational, student services and student life. Hampton was named associate vice chancellor for student development and dean of students at UALR in 2011.

A 1985 graduate of Arkansas Tech with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, Hampton went on to earn advanced degrees from Northwestern State University (La.) and UALR. He has also worked at Texas A&M University, Texas Christian University and the University of Central Arkansas.

As president of Lane College, Hampton serves as steward for an educational tradition that dates back to 1882. That is when Lane College was founded by Bishop Isaac Lane.

Artists Share Stories Behind Exhibit at ATU

The four artists whose pieces are included in the traveling exhibit currently on display at Arkansas Tech University’s Norman Hall Art Gallery spoke about their work during a gallery talk hosted by the ATU Department of Art on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

The show is the Arkansas Women to Watch Series 2019 “Heavy Metal Exhibit Tour.” It was organized for travel by the Arkansas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts (ACNMWA).

Michele Fox, Amanda Heinbockel, Robyn Horn and Holly Laws are the featured artists in the show. They were selected by ACNMWA guest curator Matthew Smith of the Arkansas Arts Center.

Fox indicated during the gallery talk that her pieces in the show are private works of art that have not previously been shared with the public. She explained that art is not something she wants to do. It is something she needs to do.

“It’s obsessive and compulsive,” said Fox. “It allows my mental health to be maintained in the face of all the stuff we deal with every day.”

She went on to tell those in attendance that serving as a medical doctor in oncology is her full-time job.

“Nothing is good at work,” said Fox.

Heinbockel’s vocation is teaching art at Little Rock Central High School. A graduate of Vanderbilt University with a degree in studio art, Heinbockel completed an artist residency at Elsewhere: A Living Museum in Greensboro, N.C., before joining the faculty at Little Rock Central.

She shared that her professional pursuits have influenced the nature of her art.

“When I started teaching, the idea of doing larger metal pieces was not quite as appealing because of the stress of the job,” said Heinbockel. “I started doing patterns similar to the one in this necklace in watercolor because the immediacy of that was really stress relieving.”

Horn holds a fine art degree from Hendrix College. She was the 2008 recipient of the Arkansas Living Treasure designation from the Arkansas Department of Heritage. Her pieces in the Heavy Metal show were created from found materials.

“Most of this work is pretty recent,” said Horn. “The idea is to make them look like they were something or they did something, but you can’t figure out exactly what it was or how it would work. Mostly, it’s just to get the viewer to look at the piece and contemplate for a while what it might be.”

Laws, associate professor of art at the University of Central Arkansas, holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Her background includes set dressing, custom fabrication and prop design for the Bread and Puppet Theater in New York City and several motion picture studios.

“A lot of people accuse my work of being really opaque,” said Laws, who integrated antique ironing boards into each of her pieces for the Heavy Metal exhibit. “They look at it and say that ‘it looks old, but I don’t understand what it means.’ I’m not trying to make works that people can’t figure out. I start from a very visceral level of understanding my own work, and I hope others will approach it in the same way.”

The Women to Watch exhibit program was developed by the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) to feature underrepresented and emerging women artists from the states and countries in which the museum has outreach committees. NMWA curators select the theme. Local arts professionals curate submissions to the national museum.

The ACNMWA exhibit will be available for viewing weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at 203 West Q Street in Russellville through March 8.

2019 Norman Gallery: Women to Watch Series | 2/20/19

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes March 4 at ATU

Men in the Arkansas Tech University community will have an opportunity to raise awareness about the causes and effects of violence against women during the 2019 ATU Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event on Monday, March 4.

The walk will begin at 2 p.m. at Hindsman Tower. It is open to students, faculty and staff.

Frank Baird, a licensed therapist and counselor from California, created Walk a Mile in Her Shoes in 2001.

“What started out as a small group of men daring to totter around a park has grown to become a worldwide movement with tens of thousands of men raising millions of dollars for local rape crisis centers, domestic violence shelters and other sexualized violence education, prevention and remediation programs,” reads a portion of the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes national website.

Learn more about Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.

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.

ATU to Welcome TRIO Students Saturday

More than 380 high school and college students from around Arkansas have registered to participate in a statewide TRIO Day hosted by Arkansas Tech University in Russellville on Saturday, Feb. 23.

TRIO is an initiative enacted by the United States government in 1964 to overcome class, social and cultural barriers to higher education.

Programs under the TRIO umbrella include Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math and Science, Veterans Upward Bound, Student Support Services and Talent Search.

Students attending the TRIO Day at ATU will have an opportunity to interact with their peers from other schools and institutions. They will also have opportunities to learn about the educational options available at ATU.

Arkansas Tech hosts Student Support Services, Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math and Science and Veterans Upward Bound programs. They are administered under the auspices of the ATU Office of Academic Affairs.