Time Out for Tech

Time Out for Tech 2021

Time out for Tech, an event that gives prospective students an opportunity to learn about the university, will be taking place November 4. While the event is for high school seniors, current students can still take part in some of the festivities.

Lot BB, located south of Tucker Coliseum, will be reserved for visitors. There will also be an influx of future students receiving tours and exploring Tech. “The student union will be really lively that day,” Merideth Lawson, associate director for recruitment, said.

Tabling for registered student organizations and other campus hallmarks will take place in Hull, as this will give future freshmen the opportunity to explore Tech’s many facets and find their niches before their first year starts.

Students both prospective and otherwise are encouraged to visit the Alumni lot, where food trucks will be set up. Currently, Russellville Mountain Mudd, Nachyo Nachos N More, Bragg’s Big Bites, and Jefferson Mobile Grilling have reserved a spot, but six total are expected to be in lot PP, south of the alumni house.

“We really want to show that Tech is a family,” Lawson said. She has held her position since February of 2020. Lawson is excited to host a larger recruitment event for soon-to-be freshmen, as all her recruiting events have taken place during the pandemic.

Lawson encourages students to greet and talk with potential freshmen. “[We want students to share] what they love about Arkansas Tech, and show them what Arkansas Tech is really about,” Lawson said.

Time out for Tech will look different compared to previous years. The occasion is typically hosted in the spring. According to Lawson, the change was prompted due to many high school students committing to colleges in the fall.

“What sets us apart is [instead of] having a number of smaller events like a lot of universities do, we do a big senior event to try to make it more lively and exciting,” Lawson said.

A separate event, known as Admitted to ATU, will be held in the spring in place of Time out for Tech. This will allow prospective students to lay the groundwork for their attendance.

“We really hope this is an exciting event for prospective students, but we also really want those current students to show,” Lawson said.