Archives for September 2011

Geology Students Excel at Field Camp

Graduating geology students from Arkansas Tech furthered their studies by attending Geology Field Camp, an intensive six weeks of learning in the field.

Students went to Colorado, Wyoming and Montana to engage in learning experiences that are not naturally available to them in Arkansas.

Field Camp is a culmination of the knowledge and skills students learn in geology courses. They practiced skills such as mapping, orienteering, hydrogeology dynamics, stratigraphy, interpreting geologic sequences of events and understanding structural geologic processes.

Josh Stevens went to Montana with students from across the country. His stay included camping and experiencing large scale geology at The Grand Tetons, Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park. He gained experience producing accurate geologic maps and comparing what he learned in the classroom to what he had learned in the field.

Scott Meier and Dave Ezell went to Canon City, Colorado in the Frontal Range of the Rocky Mountains. Their camp took them to Pike’s Peak, Leadville, Garden of the Gods, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Cripple Creek Victor Mining District.

“I learned how to orient myself and map large regions by using only a map and compass,” Meier said.

The students said they were thankful for their professors at Arkansas Tech because they were able to apply the practical framework from which they had been taught, which made them feel as though they were “a head above the rest,” as the students described.

“We had spent so much time in the field before we got to Field Camp doing similar missions, so we had all the basic skills and confidence needed,” Stevens said.

Additionally, the students learned how to work as a team, because most of their projects were designed for team work.

Each week, Ezell said a new team leader was selected. The leader was important, as the students received grades just as they would on campus.

“When your decisions affect not only your own grade but the grades of the people on your team it creates a very real sense of the pressure that will surely be present in the workplace. I found myself rising to the pressure and performing at my best,” Ezell said.

Other students who attended Geology Field Camp were Chris Trotter, Tommas Taylor, Dan Dempsey and Austin Myers.

Pre-med Club to Host “Dinner with Doc’s”

Arkansas Tech Pre-med Club invites students who are interested in the field of medicine to attend the first ever “Dinner with the Doc’s.”

The event will be hosted at Old Post Park Pavilion 8 on Monday beginning at 5 p.m.

Aspiring medical professionals will have the opportunity to eat dinner and visit with local professionals about their career. Some of the professionals are doctors, dentists, pharmacists, physical therapists, optometrists, veterinarians and nurses.

The experienced medical professionals will be sharing their personal experiences and lending advice to students seeking similar careers.

“This would be a great opportunity for students to inquire about shadowing opportunities that could benefit them when applying to further their education,” said Jake Smith, president of the Pre-med Club.

The Pre-med Club is dedicated to preparing pre-professional students for future careers in the medical field. Smith said the group hopes to host several events like this throughout the year.

RSVP is required to attend the dinner. To RSVP or receive more information, contact Smith at jsmith123@atu.edu.

Non-Conference Tests Continue at No. 19 UCM

Scheduling circumstances beyond their control are forcing the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys to play one of their most challenging four-game stretches in recent memory, but head coach Steve Mullins is pleased with the attitude of his football team through adversity. 

Arkansas Tech (1-3) will face the nationally 19th-ranked Central Missouri Mules (3-1) at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, in non-conference football action at Walton Stadium in Warrensburg, Mo. The game can be heard in the Arkansas River Valley on KWKK 100.9 FM.

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“The leadership of our seniors has been outstanding,” said Mullins. “I started talking to this group back in November from the standpoint of this being a transition year for football. There was nothing that we could control or do about it, but we talked about the idea that this could be a special group that could lead to great things.

“As this group went into their senior year, they knew that the schedule was going to be beyond bizarre,” continued Mullins. “They knew that the opportunity to go to the NCAA Division II Playoffs was not really there because of the nature of our schedule. But I’ve been very pleased with the leadership and attitude of our seniors. We’re going to fight through all of these non-conference games and things will get settled down during the back half of our schedule.”

Central Missouri was not part of the first draft of Arkansas Tech’s 2011 schedule, but when Gulf South Conference member Lambuth University closed its doors on June 30 the Wonder Boys found themselves with an unexpected open date on Oct. 1.

Arkansas Tech had been scheduled to play against Lambuth as part of its exit agreement from the GSC as it moved forward to the new NCAA Division II Great American Conference.

A similar scheduling problem befell Central Missouri when its Oct. 1 opponent — the University of Nebraska at Omaha — decided to discontinue its football program. Central Missouri and Arkansas Tech were able to fill their common open date with each other, but Mullins admits the timing of facing such an opponent could be better.

“It was a challenge because we did not find out about Lambuth until late last year,” said Mullins. “As you look at a string of already having Delta State, West Alabama and North Alabama on the schedule, you don’t want to add another nationally-ranked team to that mix and face opponents of that caliber uninterrupted for an entire month. But we didn’t really have any choice.”

The Mules are the second of three NCAA Division II Playoffs teams from a year ago that Arkansas Tech will face during a four-week stretch. The Wonder Boys took on defending NCAA Division II national runner-up Delta State on Sept. 17 and they will host nationally second-ranked North Alabama on Oct. 8.

Central Missouri returns 18 starters and 57 lettermen from a team that was 11-3 overall and reached the quarterfinal round of the 2010 NCAA Division II Playoffs.

Quarterback Eric Czerniewski led the Mules to their first postseason berth in eight years by passing for an NCAA Division II-record 5,207 yards last season.

Czerniewski has exhausted his eligibility, but his understudy — Tommy Corwin — has picked up where he left off. Corwin leads the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association in passing at 329 yards per game. He completed 32-of-41 passes for 360 yards and four touchdowns in a 54-30 Mules’ win over Truman State last Saturday.

“We don’t have to play perfect (against Central Missouri), but we’re going to have to play the best game we’ve played so far this year,” said Mullins. “I’m always an optimist. I have confidence, faith and hope. I look at the mistakes we make, and most of them are correctable. We just have to eliminate mental mistakes, play aggressive and take advantage when we get opportunities.”

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Students May Audition for Tech Idol Tuesday

 

Students who want to showcase their vocal abilities for the chance to be known as the next “Tech Idol” have the opportunity to audition next week.

Tech Idol auditions will be Tuesday from 8-11 p.m. in the Doc Bryan Lecture Hall.

Interested students should bring their own music and instruments.

Tech Idol is hosted by Residence Hall Association as a part of Homecoming festivities. The preliminary round will be held Tuesday, Oct. 18 in Witherspoon Auditorium. Finals will be Friday, Oct. 21. Both will begin at 9 p.m.

Keep logging on to arkansastechnews.com to see which students will be contestants in the 2011 Tech Idol competition.

SGA to Host Blood Drive This Week

Arkansas Tech Student Government Association is hosting a blood drive this week for the Tech community.

People wishing to donate blood can stop by Doc Bryan Room 242 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6, and Friday, Oct. 7.

Vice President of Community Outreach Derick McKinney encourages students to give because there is a blood shortage across the nation. “Every blood type is needed at this time, and giving the gift of life is a great way to jump into the fall season, ” McKinney said.

Blood donors must present some type of identification card before donating.