Service Programs

As the fastest growing institution in the state and region, Arkansas Tech University offers a wide range of traditional and innovative programs that provide a solid educational foundation for life-long learning to a diverse community of learners.

In partnership with The $100 Solution™, Arkansas Tech is utilizing this program to embed service learning in various courses to offer students experiential opportunities to practically apply their course work in real-world situations. This collaboration began in the fall of 2014 and is seeing success inside and outside of the classroom.

Students are also able to participate in The $100 Solution™ through a leadership program to practically apply the leadership skills and techniques they have learned. The community partners in Russellville, AR are learning more about how Arkansas Tech students can work with them to find sustainable solutions. Students are finding confidence in their abilities and discovering the impact of the five principles of $100 Solution™.


WHAT IS IT?

The $100 Solution™ utilizes course learning objectives combined with the five principles of service-learning to answer a central question for students: with this $100 bill, what can I do to enhance the quality of life for others? It teaches students to ask what they can do rather than self-determining needs of others, and it demonstrates that many social problems exist that can be solved with small amounts of money, or rather, by even thinking beyond monetary solutions to make a difference in their community.


WHAT WILL STUDENTS LEARN?

The $100 Solution™ utilizes five principles of service-learning to answer a central question:
“With this $100 bill, what can I do to enhance your quality of life?”

  1. Reciprocity: The service-learners and the community benefit from the project.
  2. Partnership: The service-learners and the community participate in determining the needs and assets, planning and implementing solutions, and evaluating efforts.
  3. Capacity Building: The knowledge and abilities of individuals and organizations are strengthened towards self-sufficiency.
  4. Sustainability: Focus on long-term solutions that can be continued, taking into consideration future needs and resources.
  5. Reflection: Continued oral or written reflection is used as a tool for awareness, deeper understanding, analysis, and interpretation in order to transform experiences into meaningful learning.

Additional information will be announced as it comes available. 

Have you ever wanted to give back to Arkansas Tech or the Russellville community? Then this is YOUR chance! Through a wide variety of service options, you will have the opportunity to not only help make your campus a beautiful place, but the Russellville area beautiful as well. 

Since its inception in 2013, this annual fall program has provided students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to reach out and engage in our community as a unified group.  Green and Gold Give Back allows for us as a campus to give back to our community non-profits, philanthropic efforts, and those who are in need.   

Grab a group of friends and come enjoy your morning by serving the greater Russellville community. You will receive breakfast, lunch, AND a free t-shirt!

Registration will be available via theLink once dates are published and will be open to individuals and whole student organizations. 

Previous community partners served to include:

  • Save the Children Head Start- Russellville, Dardanelle, Appleton, and Headquarter locations
  • Equestrian Zone
  • ARVAC Food Bank
  • Paint the Valley
  • Russellville Animal Shelter
  • Salvation Army
  • Russellville City Park
  • Museum of Military History
  • Summer Food 4 Kids
  • Hawk Center
  • Arkansas Highway Department
  • Arkansas Tech community alumni

If you or someone you know is in need of community service project volunteers, please fill out the form located here, or contact Campus Life at 479.968.0276 or campuslife@atu.edu.

Alternative Spring Break is an opportunity for students to go to another community and give back during their Spring Break. Students do this by volunteering with different community agencies. Not only do students participate in community service, they also have the chance to explore the city and be a "tourist".

For the 7th annual Alternative Spring Break, the Office of Civic Engagement will be taking 10 students to serve and explore a new community. Alternative Spring Break will be hosted in March 2022 - you won't want to miss out on this exciting adventure! Additional information will be announced as it comes available.

Deadline to apply: December 1, 2021 by 5:00 PM 

Cost: There is a $100 non-refundable deposit that selected students must pay to attend the trip. 

 

APPLICATION AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 1, 2021

 

 


WHAT HAVE PAST PARTICIPANTS HAD TO SAY ABOUT SPENDING THEIR SPRING BREAK VOLUNTEERING?
 

"...it is a great experience that allows you to get to form new friendships with students that you probably wouldn't normally meet on campus, visit and experience a new city, and make a difference in a community."


"My favorite aspects of this trip to Nashville was getting to know the other students that went; I feel we all bonded really well and became friends. I also liked that we got to explore the city and have new experiences that we can't get in Arkansas. I also enjoyed getting the opportunity to help people in the Nashville community."


"The diversity of people we worked with...was very rewarding to get to serve so many different people and see a large city with different options."