Personal Development Sessions

CETL is hosting a “Personal” Development Day on Wed. Jan. 5. During this event, we will be offering a variety of activities where faculty can learn a new skill, learn about a new topic, or have a new experience. The sessions are intended to be fun and engaging.

There will be two time periods for the sessions: 9:00-10:15 am and 10:30-11:45 am and will be hosted in-person at ATU. Due to space constraints and supplies, there will be limited space available in each session. Therefore, you will need to register for the sessions ahead of time. The sessions are designed for beginners so choose something new you would like to learn about.

You will receive confirmation of your registered session with the time and location as soon as it is available (sometime before December graduation).

Below are the descriptions for the January 5 Personal Development Day. You will need to register for the sessions by submitting your choices on the Google form at the following link,


Session 1: 9:00-10:15 am

Archery (Presenter: Pete Kelly) - Hull 112 (double gym)

Archery: the word comes from the Latin arcus, meaning bow. Historically, archery has been used for hunting and combat. A person who practices archery is typically called an archer or a bowman. Archery invokes strong images, ideas, and strong values. The Bow and Arrow are the liaison between the archer and the target. In communication, it symbolizes the ways that are used to reach an objective with the greatest speed, accuracy and focus. Come spend some time in a fun atmosphere; learning to become a great archer that strives to reach his/her objectives with speed, accuracy, and focus.


Basic Husbandry and Snake Handling (Presenter: John Jackson) - McEver 128

Visit "The Temple of Doom" and face your fear of handling snakes.


Brahms and Brewing (Presenter: Sean Reed) - Rothwell 211 or

Sommelier Sean Reed will present a masterclass in rudimentary beer brewing. Suggested pairings of beer and music will be accompanied with tales of beer and its relationship to music, society and culture. What do Brahms, Beer and Academia have in common? Tune in to find out.


Get Started Running...Taking the First Steps (Presenter: Gina Kraft) - Rothwell 306 or

Have you been thinking about running and wanting to get started? Are you just not sure what you need to do? Don’t let Meb Keflezighi or Shalane Flanagan intimidate you. You don’t have to be a superstar to be a runner. We will talk about what it takes to get out the door and get started, like shoes, clothes, and motivation. You will learn about smart progressions to help you avoid injury and keep running for as long as you desire.


Improv (Presenter: David Eshelman) - Techionery 101

Participants will engage in theatrical improvisation with emphasis on storytelling and physical action.


(FULL) Mobile Photography (Presenter: Megan Morris) - Rothwell 321B

Requirements: Smartphone with camera. Enhance your mobile photos by learning and practicing composition techniques as well as simple and effective edits. (I will be using an Android device but most principles will carry over to other devices.)


Smoking with Nate (Presenter: Nate Chapman) - Rothwell 206 or

In this panel we will discuss several techniques that will take your BBQ game to the next level. Topics will include: fire construction and maintenance, butchering and prep, rubs and sauces, cooking temps and cook times, and recipes to try at home. 


(CANCELLED) The Psychology of Bias (Presenter: Justin Moss)

Bias is a natural inclination for or against an idea, object, group, or individual. In this session, we will discuss some of the psychological factors that underlie bias and devise potential solutions to minimize bias. You will also participate in an activity that illustrates the power of implicit bias on your behavior.


Tomorrow in Focus: Saving for Your Ideal Retirement (Presenter: Angela Cutler) -

This session will cover planning and saving for retirement, understanding the benefits of time when investing long-term, and essential features of retirement investments and products.


Upside-Down Drawing (Presenter: Neal Harrington) - Norman 204

Drawing upside down is an exercise that activates the brain’s right side and enhances how you recognize shapes and lines in a picture. People tend to draw what they know, so artists draw upside down to focus only on what they see, not just what they preconceive as the image. This exercise consists of turning an image/picture upside down and to draw it in increments to focus on the shapes and lines. At the end of the drawing session is when the drawing is finally turned over.


Virtual Historical Tour of Pope County (Presenter: Charity Park) - Brown 148 or

The history of Pope County can be glimpsed through standing historical buildings, but what about the sites lost to time? Experience this history through a guided virtual tour of the county.


Wanna Bet? (Presenter: Susan West) - Brown 436

Gambling can be exciting, challenging and stimulating! Some people get a “rush” out of taking a chance, while others find it much too upsetting or risky. Gambling in the Arkansas has taken off and will continue to do so with expansions and building across the state.  Let’s get together and have fun with what the economic impact means to us! This is interactive and there are no financial risks.  We will celebrate games of chance and what it means to the state! 


Session 2: 10:30-11:45 am

Bar Trivia (Presenter: Angela Black) - Brown 134


Barbie Bungee Jumping (Presenters: Amber Harrington and Jessica Young) - McEver 37

Join us as we create a jump cord for Barbie. Our goal is to let Barbie fall until just before she hits the ground and the jump cord pulls her back up again. At the end of the session, we will have a friendly competition in the Doc Brown Rotunda. If you can read a ruler and enjoy pushing the limits, then this is the session for you.


(FULL) DIY-Jarcuterie: Learn to Make Charcuterie in a Jar (Presenter: Cass Capen-Housley) - Brown 254

Perfect your charcuterie skills for your next get together with friends, family or for a fun weekend meal. Attendees will learn why Charcuterie is so popular. They will design and arrange their own jarcuterie and get to sample cheese, meats, fruits, and spreads for a board that almost too good to eat. Besides making their own jarcuterie, attendees will learn about other fun boards they can create for their next gathering.


Feet, Lines, and Rhymes: The Craft (and Fun) of Poetry (Presenter: Tori Sharpe) - Rothwell 217

Can you write a poem about a gas station? What’s the metrical pattern of “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”? What does Amelia Bedelia have to do with one of poetry’s defining traits? Come learn about the art of poetry, from the genre’s defining characteristics to some elements of craft. Try your hand at iambic pentameter and give the Bard a run for his money.


Geology and Geological History of Arkansas (Presenter: Jacob Grosskopf) - McEver 2

The geology of the state of Arkansas as well as the geological history of the state will be reviewed in this talk. We will cover limestone- and fossil-rich Ozark Mountains in the northern portions of the state, the mineral-rich Ouachita mountains in the middle of the state, and the dinosaur-aged materials just south of that, and then the youngest materials in the Arkansas and Mississippi River Valleys. The geological history will be explored with reconstructions of landscapes and seascapes for the periods of time represented in Arkansas’ rocks. Foundational knowledge of geology will be provided. How Arkansans interact with the geology will be explored, as well as utilization of Arkansas' mineral resources. Mineral, rock, and fossil samples will be handled. Attendees are welcome to bring unknown specimens for identification.


How Did We Get Here? (Presenter: Sam Strasner) - Rothwell 317 or

Learn (hopefully) fun facts and hear anecdotes from the history of Arkansas Tech University (otherwise known as the Second District Agricultural School and Arkansas Polytechnic College). Our collective spirit of persistence and innovation is reflected in the people and events that have allowed Arkansas Tech to serve the educational needs of its constituents since 1909 (well, classes didn't start until 1910, but we'll get to that). 


Hooked on Crochet (Presenter: Dan Warwick) - Brown 446

Learn the basics to get started in making scarves, blankets, and hats, and more from yarn, a crochet hook, and a bit of patience.


How to Sell Anything to Anybody! (Presenter: Bill Morelan) - Rothwell 207

What do Michael Jordan, Beanie Babies, Listerine, and Adolf Hitler have in common? Join us for this fun, fast-paced presentation and find out! We'll also explore the "four p's" of marketing, and how you can use those to meet your objectives.


Introduction to Paper Marbling (Presenter: Aaron McArthur) - McEver 101

European style paper marbling methods were closely guarded trade secrets for centuries. The techniques are surprisingly simple, yet the results can be incredibly intricate and vibrant. No artistic skills or experience necessary. Come make your own secret work of art.


Yoga for Beginners (Presenter: Erin Clair) - RPL 300

If you’ve ever wanted to try yoga, but have been intimidated by it, or think you’re “not flexible enough,” now is your chance to give yoga a go in this low stakes, judgment-free class. You’ll learn about how yoga combines breath work (pranayama) and postures (asana) to achieve research-backed benefits for the mind and body. This class will be taught by Dr. Erin Clair, who is a registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance (RYT-200) with certificates in Yoga for Back Health, Yoga for Seniors, Yoga for Strength,  Meditation, Yoga Nidra, and Ayurveda Lifestyle Coaching. Yoga mats will be provided.