Archives for February 2011

RA Applications Due Friday

 

Resident Assistant applications are due Friday at 5 p.m. in the Wilson Hall Operations Office.

Residence Life is still seeking applicants who wish to be a role model to students in the Arkansas Tech community and have a passion for encouraging academic, social and personal growth.

Students interested in applying for a resident assistant (RA) position must have a minimum of 2.5 grade point average and have experience living in university housing.

Applications are available in the Wilson Hall Operations Office. Questions can be directed to any Residence Life staff member.

Interested individuals are encouraged to talk to their current RA and resident director (RD) about the position.

Karleskint Named GSC West Coach of the Year

Arkansas Tech University head men’s basketball coach Doug Karleskint is the 2010-11 Gulf South Conference West Division coach of the year after leading the Wonder Boys to a second consecutive GSC West regular season title.

The award caps a whirlwind year for the 31-year old rookie head coach, who was promoted to head coach at Arkansas Tech on April 16, 2010.

Karleskint joined the Wonder Boys as the top assistant coach before the 2009-10 season. He moved over to the head coach’s office after Mark Downey, the 2009-10 GSC West Division coach of the year, resigned to return to his alma mater (the University of Charleston in West Virginia) and become the head coach there following a 30-2 season last year.

Karleskint inherited seven returning lettermen and three returning starters from that squad, but key contributors such as All-American Brandon Friedel, defensive stand-out Irvin Humphrey, combo guard Marcus Pillow and do-everything veteran Renard Allen had to be replaced.

The Wonder Boys started the 2010-11 season with six wins in their first eight games. They dropped an 83-76 home game against nationally-ranked Alabama-Huntsville on Dec. 16 to fall to 6-3, but the turning point came one night later.

Arkansas Tech topped North Alabama 75-57 in its final game before the holiday break. No one could have known it then, but it was the beginning of a 16-game winning streak that would carry the Wonder Boys to the GSC West Division title.

Tech finished the regular season 22-4 overall and 13-1 in the league.

The nationally ninth-ranked Wonder Boys will look for their third consecutive GSC Tournament championship this weekend in Southaven, Miss.

Arkansas Tech will take on North Alabama (13-15) in the first round of the men’s tournament at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, March 4, at the DeSoto Civic Center.

The game can be heard in the Arkansas River Valley on KWKK 100.9 FM.

Click here to access an Internet stream of the broadcast.

Young Alumni Gathering Thursday

 

Arkansas Tech Young Alumni and Friends will be gathering at Jose’s in Fayetteville on Thursday.

Beginning at 5:30 p.m., young alumni are invited for a fun-filled evening of food and games with former classmates to catch up and reminisce.

Alison Parks, coordinator of young alumni, has arranged a Tech Trivia game for everyone to play and win prizes.

Food and drinks at the restaurant are Dutch treat. Jose’s is located at 324 W. Dickson St. in downtown Fayetteville.

For more information, contact Parks at aparks@atu.edu or call 479-968-0242.

Trio of Wonder Boys Picked All-League

Arkansas Tech’s Laithe Massey, Johnie Davis and Jeremy Dunbar have been recognized for their performance during the 2010-11 men’s basketball season with a spot on the All-Gulf South Conference West Division team.

The all-conference men’s basketball team was announced by the GSC office on Monday, Feb. 28. The teams were selected by votes from league head coaches.

Massey (photographed, top left) and Davis (photographed, top right) were both named to the All-GSC West Division first team.

It is the second consecutive year that Massey has been named all-conference. This is Davis’ first season at Arkansas Tech after transferring in from Gulf Coast Community College (Fla.).

Dunbar (photographed, bottom), who is in his second year with the Wonder Boys, earned his first All-GSC recognition.

Massey, a 6-foot-3 senior point guard from Heber Springs, leads the GSC in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.8-to-1). He is second in the league in assists (5.4 per game) and steals (2.7 per game).

Davis, a 6-foot-2 junior guard from Canton, Ohio, ranks sixth in the conference in scoring (16.3 points per game). He reached double figures in scoring in each of Arkansas Tech’s 14 conference games.

Dunbar, a 6-foot-5 senior forward from Niceville, Fla., is 16th in the GSC in scoring (14.2 points per game) and second in the league in free throw shooting (.872). He has made a team-best 55 3-pointers this year.

The nationally ninth-ranked Wonder Boys (22-4), regular season champions of the GSC West Division, will look for their third consecutive GSC Tournament championship this weekend in Southaven, Miss.

Arkansas Tech will take on North Alabama (13-15) in the first round of the men’s tournament at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, March 4, at the DeSoto Civic Center.

The game can be heard in the Arkansas River Valley on KWKK 100.9 FM.

Click here to access an Internet stream of the broadcast.

Click here to view the complete 2010-11 All-GSC men’s basketball teams.

Three Golden Suns Named All-GSC

Natalia Santos, Jenny Vining and Jessica Weatherford represent Arkansas Tech University on the 2010-11 All-Gulf South Conference West Division women’s basketball honor squad.

The all-conference women’s basketball team was announced by the GSC office on Monday, Feb. 28. The teams were selected by votes from league head coaches.

Santos (photographed, top), a 6-foot-2 junior forward from Sao Paulo, Brazil, was named first team all-conference. It is her second consecutive All-GSC nod.

Vining (photographed, bottom left), a 5-foot-9 senior guard from Marshall, and Weatherford (photographed, bottom right), a 6-foot sophomore forward from Bonnerdale, were both selected to the All-GSC West Division second team.

It is the second straight all-conference award for Vining and the first such honor for Weatherford, who was named GSC West Division freshman of the year in 2009-10.

Santos is averaging 17.3 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. She ranks fourth in the GSC in scoring, eighth in rebounding and second in field goal percentage (.588).

Vining ranks among the GSC leaders in six statistical categories. She is 13th in scoring (14.2 points per game), tied for fifth in assists (3.8 per game), ninth in steals (2.1 per game), second in 3-point field goal percentage (.427), first in 3-point field goals made per game (2.9) and fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.4-to-1).

Weatherford is averaging 12.9 points and 7.3 rebounds per game this season. She is among the GSC leaders in scoring (15th), field goal percentage (10th, .513) and free throw percentage (2nd, .846).

The nationally fourth-ranked Golden Suns (24-2), regular season champions of the GSC West Division, will begin their postseason run this weekend at the GSC Tournament in Southaven, Miss.

Arkansas Tech will face West Georgia (9-17) in the first round of the women’s tournament at 2:45 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, at the DeSoto Civic Center.

The game can be heard in the Arkansas River Valley on KWKK 100.9 FM.

Click here to access an Internet stream of the broadcast.

Click here to view the complete 2010-11 All-GSC women’s basketball teams.