Archives for October 2015

Wonder Boys Roll Past Rangers 53-21

Arkansas Tech University quarterback Arsenio Favor threw four touchdown passes to spark the Wonder Boys to a 53-21 Great American Conference victory over Northwestern Oklahoma State University at Ranger Field in Alva, Okla., on Saturday.

With the win, Arkansas Tech (7-2) remains one game behind Henderson State University (8-1) for first place in the GAC standings with two weeks remaining in the regular season.

The victory also allowed the Wonder Boys to reach the seven-win plateau in a season for just the ninth time in the last 44 seasons.

Two Arkansas Tech running backs — Brayden Stringer and Bryan Allen — went over the 100-yard mark in rushing on Saturday. Stringer carried 14 times for 155 yards, while Allen rushed 21 times for 148 yards and two touchdowns.

Three Tech players scored their first collegiate touchdowns on Saturday. Wide receiver J.V. Davis caught touchdown passes of 12 and 49 yards for his first two career touchdowns, while Terrez Hampton found the end zone for the first time on a 24-yard touchdown pass.

The third was Juan Ardley, a senior running back appearing in his second game of the season. He burst through the line for a 21-yard touchdown run at the 1:27 mark of the fourth quarter to complete the scoring.

Arkansas Tech finished with 372 rushing yards on Saturday, putting its team season total at 2,666. It is the fourth-highest single-season rushing total in Wonder Boys’ history.

Favor completed 11-of-16 passes for 163 yards. Cuá Rose made nine tackles and Trevon Gooden had eight tackles for the Tech defense. Nick Akins added seven tackles, three of which were for a loss.

Arkansas Tech led 32-7 at halftime by as many as 32 points early in the second half.

Back-to-back touchdown passes from Reid Miller to Horatio Smith pulled Northwestern Oklahoma State (3-6) within 39-21 at the 6:27 mark of the third quarter, but Davis’ second touchdown reception of the day and Ardley’s touchdown scamper allowed the Wonder Boys to pull away for a comfortable margin.

Miller completed 33-of-57 passes for 339 yards and three touchdowns for the Rangers. He was sacked six times.

Northwestern Oklahoma State committed three turnovers, compared to zero for Arkansas Tech.

The Wonder Boys will return home to Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field in Russellville to host Southwestern Oklahoma State University (6-3) in GAC action on Saturday, Nov. 7.

Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. Party at the Plaza, the pre-game tailgating celebration outside the stadium on Centennial Plaza, will begin at noon.

Golden Suns Sweep Henderson State

An efficient offensive attack helped Arkansas Tech University earn a 25-20, 25-15, 25-16 victory over Henderson State University in Great American Conference volleyball at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville on Thursday night.

The Golden Suns (22-5 overall, 12-0 GAC) finished the match with a team hitting percentage of .343. They made 44 kills and 10 attack errors in 99 total attempts.

Kaylee Konsella (10 kills), Kaci Jackson (nine kills) and Hunter Eshnaur (eight kills) were among Arkansas Tech’s offensive leaders. McCall Wilkins and Katie Huff added seven kills apiece.

Sarita Stegall notched 38 assists and Madison Nagel contributed 17 digs for the Golden Suns, who won their 16th consecutive match and maintained a two-match lead for first place in the GAC standings.

Arkansas Tech will visit the University of Arkansas-Monticello for a 6 p.m. match at Steelman Fieldhouse on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

VP for Academic Affairs Finalists Selected

Three finalists have been selected in the search for the next vice president for academic affairs at Arkansas Tech University.

The finalists are Dr. Mohamed Abdelrahman (photographed, top), professor of electrical engineering and associate vice president for research and graduate studies at Texas A&M University-Kingsville; Dr. James Ermatinger (photographed, middle), dean of liberal arts and sciences at the University of Illinois at Springfield; and Dr. Russell Porter (photographed, bottom), associate provost and associate vice president for graduate studies and research at Texas A&M University-Central Texas.

There were 48 applicants for the position.

The successful candidate will have primary responsibility for the leadership, administration and development of academic programs at Arkansas Tech. The vice president for academic affairs will also promote continued excellence within the faculty.

Additional areas of oversight include the university library, honors program, museum, the Arkansas Tech Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, veterans services, enrollment management, institutional assessment, international student services, the Arkansas Tech Center for Leadership and Learning, academic advising, registrar and information systems.

It is anticipated that the new vice president for academic affairs will take office in January 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter.

That individual will succeed Dr. AJ Anglin, who came to Arkansas Tech in January 2015 to serve as interim vice president for academic affairs after Dr. John W. Watson, vice president for academic affairs from 2008-14, was granted a change in assignment by the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees so that he could return to full-time teaching at the university. Watson serves in the role of distinguished professor of mathematics.

All three vice president for academic affairs finalists will visit Arkansas Tech to meet with faculty, staff and students during late November and early December. More details about dates, times and locations for public events will be announced in the days to come.

Visit www.atu.edu/vpaafinalists2015.php for more information.

Tech Alumna Offers Workshop and Reading

Arkansas Tech University graduate Brooke Johnson will be at Arkansas Tech on Thursday to share her experiences with members of the Tech community.

Johnson will offer a workshop at 4 p.m. in Room 126 of Witherspoon Hall, and she will read excerpts from her novel “The Brass Giant” at 6:30 p.m. in Room 126 of Witherspoon Hall.

While a student at Arkansas Tech, Johnson served as editor of Nebo, the campus literary journal.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Learn more about the Arkansas Tech Department of English and World Languages.

HIT Program to Host ‘Ready to Work’

The health information technology program will host a “Ready to Work” fair on Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 1-4 p.m. in the Student Services Conference Center room 117A.

The event is open to all health information technology, human services and business technology students. Students will have the opportunity learn about what employers are looking for from regional employment professionals.

Several panelists will provide information to better prepare students for employment when job searching. Panelists include:

  • Shelly Rideout, owner of Netscript, which provides transcription, coding and consulting services out of Clarksville.
  • Shirla Moody, of Medical Office Systems in Russellville.
  • Carol Helmbacher, of TEC Staffing Solutions.
  • Chris Hale, United States Air Force recruitment.

There will also be a fashion show demonstrating professional attire. Refreshments will be available, and students can register for door prizes.

For more information, contact health information technology program chair Bonnie Sher at bsher@atu.edu.