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ASMSA Science Café Series begins Aug. 16

ASMSA Science Café Series begins Aug. 16

HOT SPRINGS — The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts will kick off the new school year with the continuation of its Science Café Public Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Aug. 16.

Dr. Jack Waddell, a physics instructor at the school, will present “Six Degrees of Separation: What the Science of Complex Networks Reveals in our Lives.” The first Science Café of the year will be held in the ASMSA Boardroom, located in the Administration Building at 200 Whittington Ave.

The Science Café Lecture Series features a member of the ASMSA science faculty leading a discussion of scientific interest. The speaker will give a 20-minute lecture and then lead a discussion on the subject in a laid-back atmosphere. Audience participation is greatly encouraged.

Pulaski Tech registration continues through Aug. 15

Pulaski Tech registration continues through Aug. 15

Pulaski Technical College fall registration continues through Aug. 15.

Students who have never attended any college must meet minimum reading scores for admission and must apply and submit all required admissions documents by Aug. 7 to enroll for the fall term. Students who qualify and submit all documents by the deadline date can schedule an appointment with an academic advisor for course selection and registration through Aug. 15.All other students can apply and submit all required documents through Aug. 15 at 6 p.m.

Students who did not previously schedule an appointment with an academic advisor can register without an appointment from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. August 13-15.    

Classes begin Monday, Aug. 19.

65 students awarded school shopping spree

65 students awarded school shopping spree

On July 24, 2013, sixty-five local students in need will have the opportunity to visit central Arkansas Target stores to purchase school supplies, clothing and other must-have necessities just in time for back-to-school. The Salvation Army and Target are helping 65 K-12 students across our area gear up for the upcoming academic year with the Target School Spree. Each child, selected by The Salvation Army, will be awarded an $81 Target GiftCard to purchase much-needed back-to-school supplies. Additionally, each child will be paired with a volunteer chaperone for their fun day of back-to-school shopping.   

Volunteers include individuals as well as representatives from organizations like Entergy, United Way, Rotoract, Bancorpsouth, Order of the Eastern Star, Little Rock School District, UALR, University of Phoenix, and Immanuel Baptist Church

ASMSA instructor receives teaching award

ASMSA instructor receives teaching award

HOT SPRINGS — The Lewis E. Lyle Chapter of the Air Force Association has named Nick Seward its Chapter Teacher of the Year for the high school division.

Seward is a computer science instructor at the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts.

He is also a coach of the school’s CyberPatriot competition team. The competition, sponsored by the Air Force Association, features teams of high school students interested in careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The teams compete to protect computer systems from cyber attacks.

 Schools nominate teachers for the award, and the chapter members vote on the nominees, said Larry Louden, the Lyle Chapter president. Louden and Morris Cash, the chapter’s secretary, presented the award plus a $250 prize to Seward this week.

Pulaski Tech pilots 3D hospitality program for adults with disabilities

Beginning this fall, Pulaski Tech will offer young adults with developmental and learning disabilities post-secondary education and pre-employment skills in the areas of culinary and hospitality.

The program – called Pulaski Tech 3D – is a two-year program, during which students can earn certificates in culinary and hospitality functions. Students begin with a core curriculum that teaches the foundations of hospitality and employability – hospitality skills, professional conduct and sanitation.  Students can then choose to work on specific certificates. Some examples of certificates are Certified Prep Cook, Certified Banquet Server, and Certified Housekeeping Assistant.

Applications are now being accepted, and orientation will be July 31-Aug. 9.

ASMSA to hold commencement ceremony May 25

ASMSA to hold commencement ceremony May 25

HOT SPRINGS — The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts will hold its commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 25, in Summit Arena at the Hot Springs Convention Center. There are 97 students in the Class of 2013.

Three seniors will speak during the ceremony. Student Government Association President Sorena Lo of Paris will give the senior address. Mehr Shah of Little Rock will provide the welcome, and Dimple Shah of Paragould will give the senior speech. Lo is the daughter of Vanessa and Hue Lo. Mehr Shah is the daughter of Sitara and M.B. Shah. Dimple Shah is the daughter of Nisha and Himansu Shah.

Pulaski Tech commencement set for May 18

Pulaski Tech commencement  set for May 18

Pulaski Technical College’s commencement exercises will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock.

 This spring, 1,397 students have completed associate degrees, technical certificates and certificates of proficiency during the academic year. Many have earned multiple degrees, bringing the total to 2,054 degrees to be conferred. Nearly 900 students plan to participate in commencement exercises. As customary, members of the Pulaski Technical College Board of Trustees will assist in the awarding of diplomas.

 Arkansas Sen. Linda Chesterfield, D-Little Rock, will deliver the commencement address.