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Arkansas Tech Completes $55M Capital Campaign

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Arkansas Tech University announced the completion of its $55 million capital campaign, which raised funds for scholarships, student success programs and innovation initiatives.

The campaign also raised funds for the construction of a new $50 million student union and recreation center on the school’s campus in Russellville. The facility is expected to open in the summer of 2025.

The silent phase of the “Together, We Can” campaign was launched in 2018. By the time the public phase was announced in April 2022, it had already raised $42 million, ATU said in a news release.

Additional gifts over the past two-plus years pushed the campaign to its ultimate goal of $55 million. 

Jim Smith and Rebecca Hurst of Fayetteville and Stephanie Duffield and Luke Duffield of Russellville served as campaign co-chairs.

“When we gathered at Tucker Coliseum for the campaign kickoff event in April 2022, we talked about the word opportunity,” Stephanie Duffield said. “…Together, we seized that opportunity and completed the most successful fundraising effort in ATU history. “

Smith said, “There are so many positives that will be derived from the ‘Together, We Can’ campaign and the funds that were raised. There will be new programs and initiatives that will prepare our graduates for the careers and opportunities of tomorrow.”

Additional members of the “Together, We Can” steering committee included the late Bryce Mobley of Russellville; the late James Bibler of Russellville; Laurie Bibler Terry of Russellville; Cynthia and Charles Blanchard of Russellville; Beth and Luke Bradshaw of Fayetteville; LaVel and Benny Harris of Russellville; Charlotte and Gerald Johnston of Springdale; Julie and Andy McNeill of Russellville; Harriet and Rick Thone of Russellville; and Leigh and John Whiteside of Russellville.

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