Archives for July 2011

Special Olympians Inspire Tech’s White

As a coach’s daughter, a former two-sport college athlete and a current coach and administrator, athletics have been a part of Amy White’s life for as long as she can remember. 
 
But this summer she had an experience that provided her with a new perspective on what it means to be an athlete.
 
White, who serves as head women’s golf coach and NCAA compliance officer at Arkansas Tech University, traveled to Greece to witness the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens.
 
“Each of those kids, if you meet them one time, they never forget you,” said White. “Everything means so much to them. There are so many things the rest of us take for granted. It makes you re-evaluate your life.”
 
The experience was also meaningful for White because she had the opportunity to travel with her father, Johnny White. He retired as director of athletics for Cabot public schools in spring 2011 following a 35-year career with the district.
 
“To be able to share something that cool with him was unforgettable,” said White (photographed, right, with her father at the Olympic Stadium in Athens). “The opening ceremonies…I had tears coming down my face thinking about those athletes. There were 185 different countries represented, and anytime I would let myself focus in on the kids’ faces the tears would start flowing. They were just so happy to be there, and to think about everything they had achieved to make it there was very emotional.”
 
The shared love of sports between father and daughter helped Amy White become a letter winner at Arkansas Tech in both basketball and golf.
 
She enrolled at Tech in fall 1999 and joined a Golden Suns basketball program that had reached the NCAA Division II national championship game the previous spring. 

White was a contributor for the Suns from day one. She made 65 3-point field goals, which is tied for seventh-most in a single season in school history, during her freshman campaign in 1999-2000.

Her 100 career 3-pointers are ninth-most in Golden Suns’ history. She helped Tech win the 2000 Gulf South Conference West Division title and earn bids to the NCAA Division II Tournament in 2000 and 2001.
 
Following the 2000-01 season, White stepped away from basketball to pursue a new challenge — college golf.
 
She was a member of the first women’s golf team at Arkansas Tech in 2001-02. She earned three golf letters and graduated from Tech with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration in 2004.
 
“I got into golf because my Dad played every day and I wanted to follow him,” said White. “I played in my first tournament when I was 6, and he was my caddie. I was the only person in the tournament, so I won it. My parents never thought I would even play basketball. They were shocked when I said I wanted to try out for the basketball team in seventh grade. Once I showed an interest, that’s when my Dad started working with me and developing me into a player.
 
“I love basketball and golf equally,” continued White. “They are two very different sports. Basketball is up-tempo and you have to make quick decisions. In golf, you have to be level-headed and you have a lot of time to think about different things, which can be frustrating. It’s a good combo.”
 
Following graduation White retraced her steps, albeit in a different way.
 
She returned to the Tech women’s basketball program as a graduate assistant coach and later the full-time assistant coach. White was on the staff for the Golden Suns’ NCAA Division II Tournament teams in 2007 and 2008, but ultimately it was once again the game of golf that drew her attention.
 
She recently completed her fourth season as the head women’s golf coach at Arkansas Tech, and it has turned out to be a good move for both her and the university.
 
The Golden Suns golf team won the Gulf South Conference championship April 17-18 at Hot Springs Country Club. Arkansas Tech unseated five-time defending champion West Florida with a 16-stroke victory. It was the Golden Suns’ first conference championship in golf.
 
If you wonder what the league title means to White, who has watched the Tech women’s golf program evolve from the very beginning, look in her office. The first thing you will see is the GSC trophy proudly displayed on her desk.
 
It’s just another way that the daughter has followed the father. But White still has a long way to go to catch her Dad. After all, he won 18 state championships as the boys’ and girls’ golf coach at Cabot.
 
“I’ve always followed in my Dad’s footsteps,” said White. “He was so happy when we won the GSC championship. I call him after every tournament and ask for input about what I can do to help a kid. He’s always there with good advice.”

Bookstore Offers Renting Option

 

The Arkansas Tech bookstore is offering a unique opportunity for students to save money by renting their textbooks.

Students who chose to rent textbooks will pick up their books before classes begin and return after finals.

A signed agreement regarding the book condition is required in order to rent.

A total of 13 courses are included in the book rental program:

  • ENGL 1023 (Composition II)
  • BIOL 1114 (Principles of Biology)
  • CJ/SOC 2003 (Introduction to Criminal Justice)
  • ART 2123 (Experiencing Art)
  • ACCT 3063 (Managerial Accounting)
  • SPH 2173 (Business and Professional Speaking)
  • SOC 1003 (Introduction to Sociology)
  • BIOL 2124 (Principles of Zoology)
  • ANTH 1213 (Introduction to Anthropology)
  • BLAW 2033 (Legal Environment of Business)
  • CHEM 1113 (A Survey of Chemistry)
  • PE 2653 (Anatomy and Physiology)
  • CHEM 2124 (General Chemistry I)

All books eligible to rent are available on a first come first served basis.

Officials say the cost of each book varies, but all rent prices are significantly less than purchasing a new book.

For more information, click here to access the Arkansas Tech bookstore’s website.

Johnson Begins Career Early

Following a successful internship at KATV, Allyson Johnson, a senior at Arkansas Tech, is beginning her career earlier than expected.

As a broadcast journalism major, Johnson has spent years working to develop her skills in news writing, video editing and producing.

Upon recent completion of an internship with KATV, the Tech student was offered a full-time job as a production assistant.

Johnson credits being well prepared for her internship to what she learned working at Tech TV, but now she applies it to a much bigger scale at KATV. She hopes what she learns about news and video editing from her new position will be reflected in her work when she returns to Tech TV in the fall and shares her new knowledge with other students.

This fall, in addition to beginning her senior year of classes, Johnson will be focusing on her job duties. Some of these include writing stories for the 5, 6, and 10 p.m. news, writing and posting stories for katv.com, rolling the teleprompter during shows and acting as assignment editor on Saturdays.

Johnson said she’s learned a great deal from her coworkers about news and broadcast writing. “Everyone I work with is very helpful and I have met some great people.”

As an aspiring reporter, she hopes to learn all she can about the industry from her time at KATV and get her foot in the door in the news business.

“The hardest part of the entire experience is the drive! It’s a long way to and from Little Rock, but i feel like it’s well worth it. You have to make sacrifices sometimes. “

Going into her career, Johnson said she uses everything she’s learned in her journalism classes at Arkansas Tech.

“I know a lot of degrees teach you so much you don’t apply to a career after college, but Tech has offered me practical experience that helped me during my internship and now my career,” she said.

Johnson said she feels fortunate because so many people are deserving of this opportunity.

“I knew immediately I was in the right place. It took me a while to really know what I wanted to do in school. I know now I’ve definitely made the right choice and I’m very thankful to start my career at KATV” she said.

Buffalo Bills Sign Former Wonder Boy

Former Arkansas Tech Wonder Boy T.J. Langley has signed a free agent contract with the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League.

His signing was confirmed on Thursday, July 28, through reporting by the Web site www.nepatriotsdraft.com, a site that specializes in reporting the signing of undrafted free agents by all 32 NFL teams.

Langley earned two letters at Arkansas Tech. He made four receptions for 31 yards and two touchdowns as a junior tight end in 2009, but a switch to the defensive side of the ball allowed him to blossom in 2010.

The Hugo, Okla., native made 23 tackles as a senior. He had 5.5 tackles for a loss and 3.5 quarterback sacks. He was credited with nine quarterback hurries.

Langley’s performance in 2010 earned him an invitation to the inaugural Eastham Energy College All-Star Game at Arizona State University’s Sun Devil Stadium in January 2011.

Now, the 6-foot-4, 268-pound defensive lineman will go to training camp and compete for a spot on the Buffalo Bills’ roster.

Langley and the Bills will begin training camp on Saturday, July 30, at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford, N.Y.

Click here to learn more about Arkansas Tech football.

Tech Fellowship to Host International Students

International students at Arkansas Tech will have be a special opportunity to connect with other Arkansas Tech students next month.

Tech Fellowship is hosting a party for international students on Sunday, August 28 at 5:30 p.m.

Organizers say the party is designed to help students make friends and become acclimated to the campus culture and college life.

International students wishing to attend the party will be picked up in front of Chambers Cafeteria.