Inauguration week activities planned for April

Arkansas Tech University will honor its 12th president, Dr. Robin E. Bowen, with a week of inauguration activities in April.
Bowen took office as president of Arkansas Tech on July 1, 2014. She is the first female president of a public, four-year university in Arkansas.

“The inaugural activities will be a celebration of the past, present and future of Arkansas Tech University,” said Julie Morgan, assistant to the president and chairperson of the inaugural committee. “The week will provide the Tech family with an opportunity to celebrate the achievements that have made us an institution of significance and collectively imagine the possibilities of our shared, bright future.”

The centerpiece of the week will be the formal inauguration of Bowen. The event is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Friday, April 17, on the south lawn of the Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center, the same location where the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees unanimously elected Bowen as president on April 22, 2014.

The public is invited to attend the inauguration. Should inclement weather intervene, the inauguration will be moved to Tucker Coliseum.

“This will be the first inauguration in Arkansas Tech history, so it would be natural for students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the university to be curious about the meaning and timing behind the events,” said Morgan. “Inaugural activities are generally planned for 9-to-12 months after a new university president takes office, particularly if the individual is a newcomer to his or her institution. This provides the new president with an opportunity to develop a feel for the institution and begin to formulate his or her vision for the future of the university. The inaugural activities serve as a launching point for that vision.”

A week of events to celebrate the inauguration will begin on Sunday, April 12.

In addition to a sampling of events that will display the artistic and athletic talents of Arkansas Tech students, the university community and the surrounding communities will work together on a 24-hour drive to register individuals with the “Be the Match” bone marrow registry.

The bone marrow registry drive will begin at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14, and continue through 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15. Individuals age 18-44 are eligible to register for free. Joining the registry is accomplished through collecting cheek cells with a cotton swab.

Trained volunteers will register individuals at the W.O. Young Building Ballroom, located at 207 West O Street on the Arkansas Tech campus in Russellville, throughout the 24-hour period.

More details about the inaugural events can be found at

Sunday, April 12
• Senior graphic design show reception, Norman Hall Art Gallery, noon to 2:30 p.m.
• Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Concert Chorale performance, First United Methodist Church in Russellville, 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 14
• 24-hour “Be the Match” bone marrow registry drive begins, W.O. Young Building Ballroom, 9 p.m.
Wednesday, April 15
• Community Open House (campus and facility tours), gathering at and departing from Tucker Coliseum, 4-6 p.m.
Friday, April 17
• Inauguration of Dr. Robin E. Bowen, 12th president of Arkansas Tech, Pendergraft Library South Lawn, 2 p.m. (reception to follow)
Saturday, April 18
• Out of the Darkness Walk for suicide prevention, Doc Bryan Student Services Center, 8 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. walk
• NCAA Tennis, Arkansas Tech vs. Southwest Baptist, Chartwells Women’s Sports Complex, noon
• NCAA Baseball, Arkansas Tech vs. Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Tech Field, 1 p.m.

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