Office of Admissions Staff
   

shauna2012
sdonnell@atu.edu

Shauna Donnell
Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management

  • M.A., University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 1997.

  • B.A., Arkansas Tech University, 1991.

Shauna began her career at Arkansas Tech University in 1995 as full-time faculty in the Speech, Theatre, and Journalism Department.  After opening the Advising Center in June of 1997, she was promoted to Interim Director of Enrollment Management in 1998 and named Director in June 1999. Shauna and her husband, Mike, have three children: Ryan, Joseph, and Preston. Shauna currently oversees the Office of Admissions and Student Recruitment, Upward Bound Academy and the Academic Advising Center.

   

alisa2012awaniewski@atu.edu

Alisa Waniewski
Coordinator of Recruitment and Academic Scholarships

  • B.S., Henderson State University, 1990.

Alisa began working for Arkansas Tech University in 1992.   While at Tech, she has worked in the Office of Admissions, the Registrar's Office and the Financial Aid Office. Alisa also served as President of the Arkansas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers in 2000-2001.  She and her husband, Scott, have one child, Grey, and live on Mount Nebo in Dardanelle. Alisa is the contact person for all academic and transfer scholarships.  

   

Ryan Taylor
rtaylor@atu.edu

Ryan Taylor
Coordinator of Information Services

  • B.A., Arkansas Tech University, 2003.

Ryan came to the Admissions Office in March of 2005. In addition to designing recruitment publications, videos, and multi-media projects for the Admissions Office, Ryan owns his own business, F1rst Person Productions creating professional videos, graphic design, audio recording and various promotional materials. Since 2008, Arkansas Tech University has won 3 "Gold", 2 "Silver" and 2 "Bronze" national honors at the Annual Educational Advertising Awards with the publications he has created. Ryan and his wife, Leah, and their twin girls, Lucy and Lily, reside in Russellville.

   

Jessica Brock
 
jbrock15@atu.edu

Jessica Brock
Coordinator of Concurrent Enrollment

  • M.B.A., University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2003.

  • B.S., Arkansas Tech University, 2000.

Jessica began her career at Arkansas Tech as a student in 1996 and has since enjoyed working in the capacities of Publicity and Student Recruitment Specialist, Associate Registrar and is now the Coordinator of Concurrent Enrollment. Jessica is actively involved in the local United Way organization and enjoys working with the concurrently enrolled high school students at Tech. She currently resides in Russellville with her husband Matt, and their children Braden, Cole, Jordan, Kaleb, and Kade. 

   

 Heather Strasner
 hstrasner@atu.edu
 

 Heather Strasner
Visit Day Coordinator

  • B.S., Arkansas Tech University, 2006.

Heather earned a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in management and marketing from Arkansas Tech University. She joined the Office of Admissions staff in 2012. Heather’s responsibilities include coordinating campus tours, Timeout for Tech and Tech Open House. She and her husband, Sam, live in Russellville with their dog, Buster, and their cat, Sweetie.

   

Courtney Prattcpratt4@atu.edu

Courtney Pratt
Admissions Officer

  • M.S., Arkansas Tech University, 2012.

  • B.A., Arkansas Tech University, 2010.

Courtney is originally from Rockwall,Texas. She is a 2010 graduate of Arkansas Tech University with a B.A. in Rehabilitation Science and recently completed her M.S. in College Student Personnel. During her time as an undergraduate she was fortunate to work with Upward Bound. These experiences inspired her desire to work with high school students and help them achieve a college degree. Courtney and her husband, Caleb, currently reside in Russellville and are expecting their first child in October.

 

     

Andrea
acooper12@atu.edu

Andrea Cooper
Admissions Officer

  • M.S., Arkansas Tech University, pending.

  • B.S., University of the Ozarks, 2012

Andrea is a 2012 graduate from University of the Ozarks with a B.S. in Biology. During her time as an undergraduate, Andrea remained active in numerous extracurricular activities and worked in the Admissions Office as a junior recruiter. Through her experiences as a junior recruiter, she realized her desire to impact the educational experiences of students. Her decision to work in higher education is coupled with her eagerness to pursue a M.S. at Arkansas Tech University. Andrea currently resides in Clarksville with her husband, Tristan, and their Bichon, Charlie. 

     

Megan
mridenhour3@atu.edu

Megan Ridenhour
Admissions Officer

  • M.S., Arkansas Tech University, pending.

  • B.A., Arkansas Tech University, 2011.

Megan is a 2011 graduate from Arkansas Tech University with a B.A. in History and a Minor in Geography. She is currently pursuing her M.S. in College Student Personnel. During her time as an undergraduate, Megan worked within the History & Political Science Department and assisted Student Services as an Orientation Leader. As a graduate student, Megan worked as a graduate assistant in University Assessment and had the opportunity to experience a reaccreditation visit. Through these experiences, she realized her desire to work with college students and encourage them to pursue their educational goals. Megan and her husband currently reside in Hattieville with their dog, Jack, and cat, Jill.

   

Eli Fuentezefuentez@atu.edu

Eli Fuentez
Admissions Officer

  • M.S., Arkansas Tech University, 2013.

  • B.A., Pittsburg State University, 2006.

Eli is a 2006 graduate of Pittsburg State University, KS, with a B.S. in Communications and Spanish. Prior to joining the Arkansas Tech Admissions Office, Eli served four years as an Admissions Counselor and women's golf coach at Ouachita Baptist University while simultaneously pursing his M.S. in College Student Personnel at Arkansas Tech. Eli is an avid golfer and enjoys spending time on the golf course, but focuses on spending most of his time with his family. Eli currently lives in Russellville with his wife, Andrea, and their Yorkie, Quinn.

   

Kerri Threlkeld
kthrelkeld@atu.edu

 Kerri Threlkeld
Administrative Specialist III

  • B.A., Arkansas Tech University, pending.

  • A.A., Arkansas Tech University, 2013.

Kerri came to the Office of Admissions in July of 2007 after working as a Registrar's Assistant. Kerri processes admission applications and assists prospective students with the admission process. She and her husband, Jeff, reside in Russellville.  Their son, Alex, is a theatre major at Arkansas Tech and their daughter, Casey, recently completed her degree in Information Technology. Kerri enjoys reading and traveling with her family, including their two Corgis, Kip and Peggy.

   

Shannon Shen
sshen@atu.edu

 Shannon Shen
Administrative Specialist III

  • AA Nursing, Hungkuang University, Taiwan, 1991.

Shannon and her husband, Ernest, moved to Russellville in 2000. Shannon processes admission applications and assists prospective students with the admission process. Shannon loves the River Valley and currently resides in Russellville with her husband, Ernest, and their two children, Gloria and Ethan.

   

Annie Hoyt
amcneely@atu.edu

 Annie McNeely
Administrative Specialist III

  • B.P.S., Arkansas Tech University, 2013.

Annie joined the Admissions Office in 2009.  She is a 2005 graduate of Russellville High School, and completed her degree in Professional Studies with an emphasis in Public Relations.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors. Annie resides in Russellville with her husband, Billy, and her stepdaughter, Stevie, and their son, Vaughn.

   

 Samantha Dennis
 
shuggins2@atu.edu 

Samantha Huggins 
Administrative Specialist II
  • B.S., Arkansas Tech University, 2010.

  • B.A., Arkansas Tech University, pending.

Samantha is a 2010 graduate from Arkansas Tech University with a degree in Agriculture Business, and has started a second degree in Spanish.  She is a Danville native and graduated from Danville High School in 2006.  Samantha currently resides in Russellville with her husband, Dustin.

   
   

 Courtney Kline
 
ckline2@atu.edu 

Courtney Kline 
Administrative Specialist II
  • M.S., Arkansas Tech University, pending.

  • B.S., Western New Mexico University, 2008.

Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Courtney received her B.S. in Applied Mathematics with a minor in Business Administration from Western New Mexico University. Before coming to Tech, Courtney worked as a volleyball coach and math teacher at Lamar Community College in Colorado. She moved to Russellville in 2011 after her husband Chad Kline took the assistant men’s basketball position at Tech and she has spent the past two years as a stay at home mom. Courtney resides in Russellville with her husband, Chad, and their two sons, Owen and Troy.

   

Tanda Patrick
 
tpatrick@atu.edu

Tanda Patrick
Administrative Specialist I

  • B.A., Arkansas Tech University, 2010.

Tanda is a 2010 graduate from Arkansas Tech University with a degree in Psychology. She graduated from Atkins High School in 2006. Tanda currently resides in Dardanelle.

   

 Darcy Calaway
 
dcalaway@atu.edu 

Darcy Calaway 
Administrative Specialist I
  • B.A. and B.F.A., Arkansas Tech University, 2012.

Darcy Calaway is a native of Ozark. She graduated from West Side High School in 2008, and began attending Arkansas Tech University the same year. She received her B.A. in English/Creative Writing from ATU in May of 2012. Currently residing in Russellville, she lives with several roommates, including her dog, Jack, and her boyfriend, Phil, who is currently deployed overseas. She joined the Arkansas Tech Admissions staff in February of 2013.

 

   

 Darcy Calaway
 Twitter @ ATUJerry

Jerry 
Official University Ambassador

Jerry the Bulldog serves as campus ambassador at Arkansas Tech University. He was anointed with that title by the Arkansas Tech Student Government Association on Oct. 23, 2013. Jerry returned to campus after 76 years away to represent all Wonder Boys and Golden Suns at campus events and athletics competitions throughout the academic year. The original Jerry was owned by the Young family, which has enjoyed a continuous affiliation with the university since 1917. Now, Jerry is back...and we're pretty excited! Come see us and you just might get to meet him.

 



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