On Track Trip 2016 Begins in D.C.

Students and staff from Arkansas Tech University are in Washington, D.C., this week as part of the 2016 On Track trip offered and coordinated by the Arkansas Tech Office of Campus Life.

While in the nation’s capital, the Arkansas Tech delegation has visited the White House and other national monuments, met with Arkansas Tech alumnus and U.S. Congressman Steve Womack, received a tour of the U.S. Capitol and experienced the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

The group is also scheduled to perform a community service project and visit George Washington University among other activities.

The 2016 Arkansas Tech On Track delegation includes the following students:

  • Mandy Beene of Atkins
  • Sidney Burgess of Shirley
  • Mike Harris of Little Rock
  • Whitney Hicks of Monticello
  • Blake Hurley of Clarksville
  • Laura Ridgeway of Russellville
  • Mary Ridgeway of Russellville
  • Heather Sayes of Centerton
  • Tahmid Shantanu of Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Laura Simmons of Atkins
  • Abi Sims of Waldron

The group is led by Aubrey Holt, director of campus life; Jenny Butler, assistant director of campus life; and Kara Johnson, graduate assistant for campus life.

On Track is defined by the Office of Campus Life as “an undergraduate co-curricular experience designed to enhance student development beyond the classroom setting, encourage students to network socially among peers and to include students in traditional and signature university events.”

Tracks in the program are Active Mind and Body, Advance to Career, Aspiring Leader, Elevated Citizen, Global Focus, Leader Identified and Unite.

Undergraduate students who choose to complete all seven tracks become eligible to apply for an expenses paid trip following the completion of the last track.

In order to be considered for selection for the annual On Track trip, an undergraduate student must also have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5, complete an application and interview process, be chosen by the selection committee and sign a contract confirming their attendance and appropriate behavior for the trip.

According to the On Track web presence, students selected to travel are “exposed to leadership practices, cultural heritage, community service, professional networking and other college and university campuses that are part of the destinations they visit.”

The On Track 2016 trip will continue with a visit to Chicago, Ill.

Learn more about On Track.