The Hall of Distinction at Arkansas Tech University was established in March, 1964, as a means of honoring outstanding graduates of the University. This was a result of a suggestion offered in 1963 by Kenneth Crouch, who was then a student. The first members were inducted as a part of the Homecoming Ceremonies in 1965.

Guidelines for Nominations

  • Nominations may be made by any graduate of Arkansas Tech University, any current or former member of the faculty or administration of Tech, any currently enrolled full time student at Tech, or any member of the Hall of Distinction.

  • Nominations may not be made by a family member of the nominee.

  • No incumbent member of the University Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, or administration is eligible for nomination for any category of the Hall of Distinction.

  • All nominations shall be confidential.

  • Once nominated, a candidate remains on active status for three years.  If a candidate is not selected within the three-year period, nominations will be removed from consideration.  Any eligible person may be re-nominated an unlimited number of times.

  • Nominations must be made in writing and delivered to the Office of Alumni Services of Arkansas Tech University by October 1 each year.

  • Nominations must be submitted using the attached nomination form. Selection will be based upon this information plus up to fifteen (15) pages of supporting materials. This may include a vita, letters of support, and newspaper or magazine citations.  Special note: Numerous letters or voluminous materials are not a factor in selection. Current data presented in a concise format is most effective.

  • The Director of Alumni Services will be the official custodian of all nominations, records, and supporting materials. Because these items will contain personal information, they shall become property of Arkansas Tech University and will be subject to all of the laws, regulations, and safeguards that govern Personnel Records at Arkansas Tech University.

Complete nomination packets should be returned by October 1st to:

Arkansas Tech University, Kelly Davis, Director of Alumni Relations
  1313 North Arkansas
Russellville, AR 72801-2222

 

Award Categories

All inductees shall be considered to be members of the Hall of Distinction.
Persons may be recognized in one of five categories:

Distinguished Alumnus or Alumna

  • Must be a graduate or former student of Arkansas Tech University

  • Must not have been actively enrolled as an undergraduate student at the University within the 15 year period immediately prior to nomination.

  • Must have a record of distinction in his or her chosen profession as recognized by contemporaries.

  • Must have a demonstrated record of service at the state or national levels.

  • Must have demonstrated continuing interest in Arkansas Tech University through a commitment of time, talent or financial resources.

  • Must be a person of unquestioned integrity and reputation in all phases of life and career.

Alumni Service Award

  • Must be a graduate or former student of Arkansas Tech University.

  • Must demonstrate exceptional personal commitment to the University expressed through service that is significant to the mission of Arkansas Tech University.

  • Must be a person of unquestioned integrity and reputation in all phases of life and career.

Outstanding Young Alumnus

  • Must be a graduate or former student of Arkansas Tech University.

  • Must have been actively enrolled as an undergraduate student at Tech within the 15 year period immediately prior to nomination.

  • Must have demonstrated exceptional accomplishment in professional, cultural or civic affairs on the state or national level.

  • Must have demonstrated continuing interest in Arkansas Tech University through a commitment of time, talent or resources. 

  • Must be a person of unquestioned integrity and reputation in all phases of life and career.

Distinction in Intercollegiate Athletics            

  • Must have been a player or coach in an intercollegiate sport officially sponsored by Arkansas TechUniversity.

  • If a player, must have achieved recognition beyond the campus, such as All District, All Conference or All American honors.

  • If a Coach, must have been recognized by his or her peers at the state, conference, regional or national level, i.e., coach of the year, etc.

  • Must have completed his or her athletic career at Tech at least 15 years prior to the nomination.

  • Must have demonstrated admirable character in all phases of life and career.

  • Evidence of continuing commitment to Arkansas Tech University.

  • Must be a person of unquestioned integrity and reputation in all phases of life and career.

Distinguished Service Award for Non-Alumnus   

  • Must have demonstrated significant service that has unquestionably advanced the mission of Arkansas Tech University

  • Must be a person of unquestioned integrity and reputation in all phases of life and career. 

 



Annual University Celebration of the Hall of Distinction
Each year, those persons elected to the Hall of Distinction by the Board of Trustees shall be inducted as a part of the Spring Commencement Ceremony. They shall also be recognized at a special luncheon to be hosted by the University Board of Trustees and the President of the University. Details of this ceremony shall be the responsibility of the Office of the President.
            
During each Fall Semester, as a part of the Annual Homecoming Celebration, a Reunion of all living Hall of Distinction Members shall be conducted. Surviving spouses of deceased Hall of Distinction Members may be invited, at the option of the University. This event will be under the direction of the Office of Alumni Services, and
will be planned as an appropriate celebration of those persons who have been honored by the University.
               

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