Friday afternoon's event at the Doc Bryan Student Services Building was billed as a "farewell reception" for Cody T. Hill.
But that's not entirely accurate, especially given the fact that he's coming back one day later to help with Family Day activities on a volunteer basis.
It was more of a "change of status reception" for Hill, who will go to work in the private sector in his hometown of Morrilton after resigning his position as coordinator of student center operations at Arkansas Tech.
But he made it clear on Friday that he will never truly leave Arkansas Tech, telling his friends and colleagues at the reception that he "bleeds green and gold." The only difference is that from this point forward his service to the institution will be as a proud alumni volunteer.
Hill arrived at Arkansas Tech as a freshman in August 2003, and he's been an active member of the Tech family ever since. He was president of the Student Government Association during his days as an undergraduate student.
A 2007 graduate of Arkansas Tech with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science, Hill started to work in the Office of Student Services after receiving his baccalaureate degree. He added a Master of Science degree in college student personnel from Tech in 2010.
Hill was honored during Friday's reception with a plaque presented to him by Dr. Robert C. Brown, Arkansas Tech president, and Susie Nicholson, vice president for student services.