Leadership Tech Cohort Five Completes Program

Leadership Tech Cohort 5 Group Photo September 2022
File photo of Leadership Tech cohort five members and facilitators.

Members of Leadership Tech cohort five presented their innovation projects to benefit Arkansas Tech University and graduated from the program during an event at Chambers Cafeteria West Dining Room on Friday, April 21.

“I want to thank you for your commitment to the program,” said Dr. Robin E. Bowen, ATU president, following the innovation project presentations. “I know this is a huge time commitment in addition to all of the other things you already have on your plate. We really appreciate you participating in this program, furthering yourself and furthering the university.”

Dr. Mary B. Gunter, chief of staff in the ATU Office of the President, completed her tenure as chair of the Leadership Tech governing council with the graduation of cohort five. Gunter will retire from ATU as of June 30.

According to the Leadership Tech website, participants in the program are divided into small groups that “define, design and complete a specific university project requiring problem solving, innovation, and other activities that promote the mission and strategic plan of the university, a department or a specific program.”

Below are details about the Leadership Tech cohort five innovation projects.

Project Title: Tech on the Town
Team Members: Drew Dickey, Dr. Delton Gordon, Dr. Laura Jobe and Dr. Jamie Stacy
Facilitator: Dr. Erica Wondolowski
Project Description: Engage with community partners to establish a stronger connection between ATU students, faculty and staff and local businesses in order to provide access to entertainment, dining and retail opportunities in Russellville as a means of supporting quality of life for and retention of members of the ATU community.

Photographed (from left-to-right): Dr. Erica Wondolowski, Dr. Delton Gordon, Drew Dickey, Dr. Laura Jobe and Dr. Jamie Stacy

Project Title: Open Educational Resources
Team Members: Dr. Sarah Gordon, Dr. Jacob Grosskopf, Meredith Lawson, Dr. Jeanine Myers, Dr. Ekong Peters and Sherry Tinerella
Facilitator: Jessica Spicer
Project Description: Investigate the potential benefits of establishing an open educational resources initiative at ATU and create a framework for the sustainability of that initiative.

Photographed (from left-to-right) Jessica Spicer, Dr. Sarah Gordon, Dr. Ekong Peters, Dr. Jeanine Myers, Sherry Tinerella and Dr. Jacob Grosskopf

Project Title: Jerry’s Coaches
Team Members: Jennifer Enderlin, Bryan Fisher, Dr. Keegan Nichols, Lyndsay Simpson and Dr. Robert Stevens
Facilitator: Luke Heffley
Project Description: Improve retention rates among at-risk students by 1 percent and improve students’ sense of belonging at ATU through the implementation of a coaching program.

Photographed (from left-to-right): Dr. Keegan Nichols, Jennifer Enderlin, Bryan Fisher, Lyndsay Simpson and Dr. Robert Stevens

Project Title: Mobile Memorabilia Collection
Team Members: Dr. Rebecca Callaway, Dr. Jeffrey Cass, Lisa Clark, Laury Fiorello, Chelsea Neal and Dr. Bryan Rank
Facilitator: Pam Cooper
Project Description: Build internal partnerships in support of displaying Arkansas Tech artifacts from the ATU Museum collection at accessible locations around campus as a means of educating the campus community about university history and traditions.

Photographed (from left-to-right): Dr. Bryan Rank, Chelsea Neal, Laury Fiorello, Lisa Clark, Dr. Jeffrey Cass and Dr. Rebecca Callaway

Project Title: Development of an Outdoor Teaching Space
Team Members: Dr. Doug Barron, Deidra Dillard, Dr. Amber Harrington, Dr. Sheila Jacobs and Dr. David Smith
Facilitator: Dr. Jason Warnick
Project Description: Increase student and faculty engagement, retention, focus, enjoyment and mental health by creating an outdoor teaching space that would be a high-impact educational practice consistent with research on the effects of teaching and learning in such a setting.

Photographed (from left-to-right): Dr. Sheila Jacobs, Dr. Doug Barron, Dr. Amber Harrington, Deidra Dillard and Dr. David Smith

Learn more about Leadership Tech at www.atu.edu/leadershiptech.