Archives for February 2013

Hot-Shooting Bisons Top Wonder Boys

Harding University shot 51 percent from the field and made 10 3-pointers in a 73-64 Great American Conference men’s basketball victory over the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville on Thursday night.

Four Bisons reached double figures in scoring as Harding (19-8 overall, 12-7 GAC) completed a regular season sweep of the Wonder Boys (15-10, 12-7) and tied Arkansas Tech for first place in the GAC standings.

Adam Sterrenberg paced the Bisons with 17 points. Zach Roddenberry added 15 points, while Weston Jameson scored 11 points and Bradley Spencer notched 10 points for Harding.

Jared Williamson had 18 points and Kendell Pinkney scored a career-high 16 points for Arkansas Tech. Bobby Hatchett added 11 points and Willie Kirkland contributed 10 points.

The Wonder Boys will conclude the regular season and seek to clinch their fourth consecutive regular season conference title when they host East Central University for a 4 p.m. GAC contest at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville on Saturday, March 2.

Suns Clinch Share of GAC Championship

Arkansas Tech University is a conference champion for the 23rd time in the 36-year history of its intercollegiate women’s basketball program.

The Golden Suns rallied from an 11-point, second-half deficit to defeat the Harding Lady Bisons 69-67 at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville on Thursday night.

With the win, Arkansas Tech clinches a share of the 2012-13 Great American Conference women’s basketball championship.

The Golden Suns (19-6 overall, 16-3 GAC) can win the league title outright if they defeat East Central University at Tucker Coliseum on Saturday.

Harding led 44-33 with 18:12 to go. The Lady Bisons’ lead was still in double figures with 17 minutes left, but a 17-7 Tech run over a span of 8:02 allowed the Golden Suns to tie the score at 55-55 with 8:45 to go.

Westin Taylor sparked a 9-0 Tech run and tied the score at 60-60 with a 3-pointer at the 5:09 mark. Jessica Weatherford followed with two free throws and a put-back basket to put the Suns in front for good.

Harding had a chance to win it at the buzzer, but Shana Holmes’ 3-point try from the right wing was blocked by Caitlyn Spurgeon to preserve the Arkansas Tech victory.

The Golden Suns have won 18 consecutive games at home and 60 of their last 61 games at Tucker Coliseum.

Rosie Silva had 16 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and four steals for Tech on Thursday night. Weatherford finished with 13 points. Caroline Eubanks added nine points and seven rebounds. Tikeyiah Johnson notched eight points, including a pair of 3-pointers during the Golden Suns’ 17-7 second-half run.

Montana Lewis paced Harding (17-8, 13-6) with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Arkansas Tech’s game against East Central on Saturday is set for a 2 p.m. start.

Students Learn Through WonderWeek Event

The Hindsman Tower looked a little different on Wednesday evening for any Tech students passing by.  Transformed with lights, tents and lanterns many international students at Arkansas Tech took the opportunity to share more about their culture as part of a WonderWeek event.

The Light the Night event was hosted by the International and Multicultural Student Services Office, and it gave many international students the opportunity to share their culture with those on campus.  From food to dancing, students were able to learn more about other countries.

Learn more about other events taking place as part of WonderWeek.

 

Trustees Grant Promotions, Tenure for Faculty

Twenty-one members of the Arkansas Tech University faculty were promoted and eight Tech faculty members were granted tenure by the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees during its meeting at the Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center on Thursday.

Policies and procedures regarding faculty evaluation, promotion and tenure were developed by an independent faculty committee in spring 1995 and approved by the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees on June 15, 1995.

Access the faculty handbook to learn more about the promotion and tenure process.

The following individuals were promoted to professor at Arkansas Tech:
*Dr. Anwar A. Bhuiyan, Department of Physical Sciences
*Dr. Peter Dykema, Department of History and Political Science
*Dr. Marcel B. Finan, Department of Mathematics
*Dr. David Middleton, Department of Computer and Information Science
*Dr. Hanna E. Norton, Department of Speech, Theatre and Journalism
*Philip Parker, Department of Music
*Dr. Carey Roberts, Department of History and Political Science
*Dr. Timothy Smith, Department of Music
*Dr. Donna R. White, Department of English and World Languages
*Dr. Jeff Woods, Department of History and Political Science

The following individuals were promoted to associate professor at Arkansas Tech:
*Dr. Carey Bosold, Department of Nursing
*Anthony A. Caton, Department of Speech, Theatre and Journalism
*Karen K. Cox, Department of Nursing
*Dr. Cynthia Jacobs, Department of Biological Sciences
*Dr. Timothy W. Leggett, Department of Curriculum and Instruction

The following individuals were granted tenure and promoted to associate professor at Tech:
*Dr. Christine E. Austin, Department of College Student Personnel
*Tracy Cole, Department of Accounting and Economics
*Dr. Marc A. Fusaro, Department of Accounting and Economics
*Dr. Christopher Giroir, Department of College Student Personnel
*Dr. M. Diane Gleason, Department of History and Political Science
*Dr. Julie Mikles-Schluterman, Department of Behavioral Sciences

The following individuals were granted tenure at Arkansas Tech:
*Dr. Sangki Lee, Department of Speech, Theatre and Journalism
*Dr. Malcolm R. Rainey, Department of Agriculture

Also on Thursday, the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees approved the hiring of AMR Architects, Inc., of Little Rock to serve as the architecture firm for the construction of a planned new student support and administrative facility on the Russellville campus.

Initial plans are for the new building to be constructed on the parcel of land currently occupied by Bryan Hall, a former residence hall that was constructed in 1955 and now provides administrative office space for the university.

The new four-story student support and administrative facility would be home to such operations as admissions, budget, financial aid, human resources, internal audit and administrative services, payroll, the registrar’s office and student accounts.

In addition, Army ROTC students and instructors as well as students and staff involved in the federally-funded TRIO programs at Arkansas Tech — Student Support Services and Upward Bound — would utilize the proposed new facility.

The space created on the first floor of the Doc Bryan Student Services Building by some of the moves listed above would allow the Health and Wellness Center (currently located in Dean Hall), the Disability Services and Testing Center (currently located in Bryan Hall) and the Office of Public Safety (currently located in a structure adjacent to Bryan Hall) to move to the Doc Bryan Student Services Building, which opened in 1998.

In order to make room for the new student support facility, Bryan Hall would be demolished under a proposed capital projects plan for the Russellville campus.

In other business on Thursday, the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees approved:

*an expenditure of $19,678 from the athletic unappropriated fund balance to complete construction and furnishings for the renovated Tech Field intercollegiate baseball facility;

*an expenditure of $71,500 from the unappropriated educational and general fund balance for a campus beautification project on Cenntennial Plaza that will include benches and pavers recognizing donors to the Century Forward Circle at Arkansas Tech;

*a letter of notification to reconfigure the Associate of Applied Science degree in medical assistant to meet the requirements of Act 747 of 2011 and transfer administrative oversight of that program from the main campus in Russellville to Arkansas Tech-Ozark Campus;

*a letter of notification to establish a human resource management option within the Associate of Applied Science degree in business technology at Arkansas Tech-Ozark Campus.

In personnel matters related to full-time employees, the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees approved the hiring of:

*Joshua D. Durey, instructor for the Arkansas Tech English Language Institute, effective Feb. 1, 2013;

*Cory Kendall, construction technology faculty at Arkansas Tech Career Center in Russellville, effective Feb. 1, 2013;

*Bruce Lazarus, director of the Arkansas Tech Math and Science Institute and director of Project Lead the Way at Arkansas Tech, effective March 4, 2013;

*Kao Vang, academic advisor and Upward Bound target school liaison, effective Jan. 16, 2013.

Trustees accepted the resignation of:

*Dr. Julius Marpaung, assistant professor of electrical engineering, effective Jan. 14, 2013;

Trustees accepted the retirements of:

*Larry Thornton, horticulture faculty at Arkansas Tech Career Center in Russellville, effective June 6, 2013.

*Connie Zimmer, associate professor of secondary education and member of the Arkansas Tech faculty for the past 22 years, effective Aug. 10, 2013.

Blanchard Elected Board of Trustees Chairman

Charles H. Blanchard of Russellville was elected by his fellow trustees to serve as chairman of the Arkansas Tech University Board of Trustees for the 2013 calendar year during the board meeting at the Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center on Thursday.

A resident of Russellville for more than 30 years, Blanchard is chairman and chief executive officer for First State Bank. He joined the bank and brought it to Russellville in 1999. Previously, Blanchard was with First National Bank of Russellville from 1981-98.

Blanchard is a former president of the Russellville Chamber of Commerce and was the 2001 Russellville Citizen of the Year. He has served as treasurer and campaign drive chairman for the River Valley United Way.

He is a past president of the Russellville Industrial Development Corporation and the Russellville School Board. Blanchard was chairman of the Arkansas Bankers Association in 2011-12.

Blanchard’s wife, Cynthia Blanchard, was a member of the Arkansas Tech faculty from 1981-2007. They have two grown children: Mary Pat Blanchard Hardman and Chip Blanchard.

Gov. Mike Beebe appointed Blanchard to the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees in 2009. Blanchard’s term as a trustee expires on Jan. 14, 2014.

Other Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees officers for 2013 elected on Thursday are Tom Kennedy of Little Rock, who will serve as vice chairman, and Eric Burnett of Fort Smith, who will serve as secretary.

John Ed Chambers III of Danville and Leigh Whiteside of Russellville complete the five-person board for Arkansas Tech in 2013.