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Arkansas Tech ren­o­vat­ing dorms

Arkansas Tech Univer­sity is mak­ing $2.4 mil­lion in ren­o­va­tions to stu­dent hous­ing this sum­mer.

The ma­jor­ity of the ren­o­va­tion money is for wa­ter­proof­ing the roof and im­prov­ing the heat­ing, ven­ti­la­tion and air con­di­tion­ing at Car­away Hall — which houses 88 res­i­dents — along with painting walls and up­grad­ing the floors in Paine Hall, which houses 216 stu­dents.

Other projects in­clude new roof­ing, painting and floor­ing in Sta­dium Suites and new fur­ni­ture in Nutt Hall and M Street Hall for re­duced- rate triple beds. The Rus­sel­lville univer­sity is also re­plac­ing 1,000 mat­tresses through­out the cam­pus, re-painting and up­dat­ing floor­ing at Tucker Hall, and fix­ing wa­ter fil­tra­tion is­sues at Jones Hall, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

The univer­sity’s board ap­proved the up­grades to its 16 hous­ing op­tions dur­ing a meet­ing in March.

Arkansas Tech had 11,894 stu­dents in fall 2016 and has a to­tal res­i­dence hall ca­pac­ity of 2,836 peo­ple.

UAMS adds du­ties for vice chan­cel­lor

The Univer­sity of Arkansas for Med­i­cal Sciences, Lit­tle Rock has named a chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer for its clin­i­cal side.

Tim Hill, who is cur­rently vice chan­cel­lor for re­gional cam­puses at the aca­demic med­i­cal cen­ter, will take on an ex­tra role, serv­ing as a mem­ber of the clin­i­cal ex­ec­u­tive lead­er­ship team, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease. He will re­port to Dr. Richard Tur­nage, se­nior vice chan­cel­lor for clin­i­cal pro­grams and CEO of the med­i­cal cen­ter.

He will earn $324,000 an­nu­ally start­ing July 1, up from the $240,000 he was earn­ing, UAMS said.

“His dual role is an op­por­tu­nity to link Re­gional Cam­puses more seam­lessly with UAMS as a whole and to bet­ter de­fine our pro­grams around the state as ex­ten­sions of all com­po­nents of our mis­sion,” UAMS Chan­cel­lor Dr. Dan Rahn said in a pre­pared statement.

“Tim brings a unique com­bi­na­tion of in­sti­tu­tional knowl­edge, hos­pi­tal lead­er­ship ex­pe­ri­ence, strong com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills and an un­der­stand­ing of our mis­sion. His re­la­tion­ships with hos­pi­tals and UAMS pro­grams statewide will help us to im­prove the health and health care of pa­tients across Arkansas.”

Hill, who has 30 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in health care fi­nance and op­er­a­tions, started work­ing at UAMS in 2011 as the direc­tor of its Cen­ter for Ru­ral Health. He has held his cur­rent role since 2015.

UCA gets $30,000 to nur­ture star­tups

The Univer­sity of Cen­tral Arkansas’ pub­lic-pri­vate ini­tia­tive that helps and sup­ports star­tups and small busi­nesses has re­ceived a $30,000 grant.

The grant is from Cen­tral Arkansas Plan­ning and Devel­op­ment Dis­trict Inc., with sup­port from Sen. Ja­son Rapert, R-Bigelow, and Rep. David Meeks, R-Con­way. The money will go to­ward UCA’s Con­duc­tor, a pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ship that aids star­tups and small busi­nesses with the help of Startup Junkie Con­sult­ing and Com­mu­nity Ven­ture Foun­da­tion.

The Con­duc­tor will use the funds for sev­eral ini­tia­tives, in­clud­ing Brand Camp, High School Startup Day and other tal­ent- devel­op­ment pro­grams, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

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