Archives for March 2011

Tech Places Three on Winter GSC All-Academic

Laithe Massey, Katie Horsman and Jessica Weatherford represent the Arkansas Tech basketball programs on the 2010-11 GSC All-Academic teams for winter sports.

The honor squads were announced by the league office on Thursday, March 31.

GSC All-Academic team nominees must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or better and must be significant contributors to their teams. Other factors include leadership, community service and extracurricular activities.

The GSC All-Academic teams are selected by a vote of sports information directors and faculty athletic representatives around the conference.

Massey (photographed, top) is a 6-foot-3 senior point guard from Heber Springs. He has a 3.33 cumulative grade point average and is majoring in health and physical education.

His performance during the 2010-11 season helped the Wonder Boys finish 25-6 overall, win the GSC West Division title, finish as the GSC Tournament runner-up and reach the second round of the NCAA Division II Tournament.

Horsman (photographed, bottom left) and Weatherford (photographed, bottom right) are both 6-foot forwards for the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns.

Horsman is a junior from Fairfield Bay, owns a 3.72 cumulative grade point average and is majoring in health and physical education.

Weatherford is a sophomore. She calls Bonnerdale home. Her major field of study is early childhood education and her cumulative grade point average is 3.64.

Their play helped the 2010-11 Golden Suns post an overall record of 30-3, earn the GSC West title, win the GSC Tournament championship and claim the NCAA Division II South Region crown.

Massey led the GSC and ranked third in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.5-to-1) this season.

He was second in the conference and seventh in the country in steals (2.7 per game), and he was second in the GSC and 24th in the nation in assists.

Massey made Arkansas Tech history on Jan. 27, 2011, when he recorded just the second triple-double in Wonder Boys basketball history. Massey scored 17 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and dished out 10 assists in an 85-55 win over Harding University.

A two-time All-GSC West Division selection, Massey finished his career with 763 career points, 549 career rebounds, 436 career assists and 216 career steals. The National Association of Basketball Coaches named him to its 2010-11 All-NCAA Division II South Region team.

Massey completed his four-year career at Arkansas Tech ranked second in school history in career steals (216) and fourth in school history in career assists (436).

Horsman averaged 7.9 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in 2010-11. She ranked third in the GSC this season in 3-point field goal percentage (.418).

Weatherford was named 2010-11 All-GSC West Division for her performance on the floor. She averaged 12.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Weatherford ranked second in the conference and 28th in the nation in free throw percentage (.845).

In addition to the GSC All-Academic honors for Massey, Horsman and Weatherford, a total of eight student-athletes from the Arkansas Tech basketball programs earned a spot on the GSC Academic Honor Roll.

Student-athletes with a 3.0 cumulative grade point average are named to the GSC Academic Honor Roll.

Arkansas Tech has placed 774 student-athletes on the GSC Academic Honor Roll since joining the league in 1995-96.

Below, listed alphabetically, are Arkansas Tech’s representatives on the GSC Academic Honor Roll for winter 2011:

MEN’S BASKETBALL
Matt Haney (Junior, Dardanelle, Professional Studies, 3.47)
Laithe Massey (Senior, Heber Springs, Health/Physical Education, 3.33)
Ridas Pulkauninkas (Senior, Ukmerge, Lithuania, Speech Communication, 3.40)

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
Laura Davidson (Sophomore, Greenwood, Nursing, 4.00)
Jackie Dennis (Sophomore, Danville, Undeclared, 3.60)
Katie Horsman (Junior, Fairfield Bay, Health/Physical Education, 3.72)
Sarah Martin (Sophomore, Muldrow, Okla., Management and Marketing, 3.91)
Jessica Weatherford (Sophomore, Bonnerdale, Early Childhood Education, 3.54)

Click here to view the complete GSC All-Academic team for winter 2011.

Click here to view the complete GSC Academic Honor Roll for winter 2011.

Click here to learn more about Arkansas Tech Athletics.

Underage Drinking Awareness Concert This Weekend

Youth Against Underage Drinking is hosting the “2011 Concert Series” this Friday.

From 7:30 p.m. to midnight, bands will play at the Hughes Center while to help raise awareness of the dangers of underage drinking.

Bands include Some Guy Named Robb, Dark from Day One, Andy Moore of Deas Vail, Momentum and Strawberry Swing.

The first 250 people will receive a free t-shirt, pizza, drinks, and be entered in a drawing. Prizes include a guitar signed by the bands that was donated by Keith’s Music, Wal-Mart gift cards, and several prize packages.

The Hughes Center is located at 1001 East Parkway Dr. in Russellville.

The event is being put on by the Teen Leadership Coalitions (TLCs) of Pope and Yell counties, which are composed of area high school students, in coordination with the Russellville Police Department and the River Valley Prevention Coalition.

“We are excited that an event like this is taking place in the River Valley and the message the TLCs are putting forth is one of the utmost importance,” said PIO Josh McMillian of the Russellville Police Department.

For more information, contact McMillian at 479-968-3232.

Day at the Races Saturday

 

Arkansas Tech University alumni and friends still have time to purchase tickets for the third annual “Day at the Races,” which is set for this Saturday at

Oaklawn Racing and Gaming in Hot Springs.

Tickets to attend the event may be purchased through the Arkansas Tech University Alumni Office or by calling 479-968-0242.  The cost is $7, which includes general admission and reserved grandstand seating through Saturday’s races.

The fifth race of the day will honor Arkansas Tech alumni and friends, as it is named the Arkansas Tech Alumni Classic.

Angela Bonds, director of alumni relations, says she hopes lots of Tech graduates make the trip to the Spa City to connect with other graduates, and Bonds says the idea for hosting a day at the races came from two Arkansas Tech graduates.

Be sure to log back on ArkansasTechNews.com to see photos from the event.

Red Flag Campaign Comes to Tech

 

Arkansas Tech University students have the opportunity to learn about dating violence that occurs on college campuses during a public awareness campaign.

Julie Mikles-Schluterman, assistant professor of sociology, helped organize the events on the Tech campus, and she says the Red Flag Campaign addresses dating violence on campuses and will run through Friday, April 8 on Tech’s campus.

Mikles-Schulterman says the campaign is designed to encourage friends and campus community members to speak out when they witness warning signs, red flags, for dating violence in a friend’s relationship.

As part of the campaign, there are currently red flags on display in the Doc Bryan Student Services Building Courtyard.

Beginning next week there will be commitment boards in the cafeteria and in Doc’s Place so students, faculty and staff can commit to speaking out against domestic violence.

Tuesday marks the 2011 Sexual Assault Awareness Day of Action, and campaign coordinators are encouraging students to show support for the campaign on their Facebook profile picture.

Beginning at 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday, there will be a Red Flag Walk for Awareness and all students are encouraged to wear red.  Those wishing to participate in the walk should meet in the Doc Bryan Student Services Building Courtyard.

On Thursday, students will be able to attend the movie Tough Guise at 6 p.m. in Tucker Coliseum.  Following the movie, there will be a panel discussion on dating violence.

The following individuals will serve as panelists:

  • Keri A. Potts, Associate Director, Communications ESPN, founder of http://afightbackwoman.com
  • David Gibbons, Prosecuting Attorney of the 5th Judicial District
  • Marc Peters, MPS Candidate at Clinton School of Public Service and cofounder of MasculinityU
  • Dorinda Edmisten, Executive Director of the Ozark Rape Crisis Center
  • Cara Brewton, RN SANE A/P SANE Program Coordinator for the Crisis Intervention Center, Ft. Smith
  • Jesse Weis, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies, University of the Ozarks

Throughout the campaign, students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to help those who have been victims of violence.  Campaign organizers will be collecting items that will be donated to the River Valley Shelter for Battered Women and Children.  Those wishing to donate items may drop them off in the Room 356 of the Witherspoon Building.

Be sure to log back on ArkansasTechNews.com next week for more about the awareness campaign.

Learn more about the Red Flag Campaign.

Student Organization Awards Nominations Due Today

 

Nominations are due today for “Organization of the Year” and “Outstanding Advisor of the Year.”

Nomination packets must be returned to the Office of Student Services in Doc Bryan no later than 5 p.m. today to be considered.

The awards provide an opportunity for student organizations and outstanding advisors to be acknowledged.

Created by the Office of Student Services, the awards are an effort to recognize outstanding service, achievement and commitment of students and faculty and staff advisors.

Awards will be announced at the Leadership Banquet on Monday, April 18.

For more information, contact Melissa Klinkhammer at mklinkhammer@atu.edu.