Archives for April 2017

Wonder Boys Win Series Against Harding

Arkansas Tech University secured the No. 2 seed in the Great American Conference Tournament by taking 2-of-3 games from Harding University in a regular season-concluding series at Tech Field in Russellville on Friday and Saturday.

The Wonder Boys (32-18 overall, 24-9 GAC) and the Bisons (22-27, 14-19) will meet again at Tech Field on Friday, May 5, and Saturday, May 6, in the opening round of the GAC Tournament.

First pitch is set for 7 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday. If the series is tied after two games, the two sides will play an if necessary game 30 minutes after the first game on Saturday ends.

The team that wins two games during the series will advance to the final stage of the GAC Tournament May 11-13.

Game One: Tech 19, HU 3

Zach Klockowski went 4-for-5 with two home runs and seven runs batted in to lead Arkansas Tech to a 19-3 win over Harding in the series opener on Friday.

Michael Post drove in three runs, Mark Vaughn clubbed a home run and had two RBIs and Korey Thompson and Kyle Gibbs added two RBIs apiece for the Wonder Boys.

ATU starting pitcher Kyle Wilson (8-0) pitched five shutout innings. He limited the Bisons to two hits and recorded seven strikeouts.

Game Two: HU 6, Tech 2

The relief pitching of Jackson Ward fueled Harding’s 6-2 victory over Arkansas Tech on Friday.

Ward (3-6) provided the Bisons with five and two-thirds innings of scoreless labor. He allowed one hit and struck out four.

Gibbs drove in both of the Wonder Boys’ runs with a second-inning home run that gave Tech a 2-1 lead, but Harding responded with four runs in the top of the third to take the lead for good.

Game Three: Tech 14, HU 5

Klockowski set the tone with a grand slam in the first inning and Arkansas Tech rolled to a 14-5 victory against Harding in the rubber match of the series on Saturday.

The senior from Tinley Park, Ill., added his second home run of the game, fourth of the series and 12th of the season in the seventh inning. Klockowski finished the game 2-for-5 with six RBIs.

Vaughn was 2-for-6 with a home run and four RBIs. Cody Wescott drove in two runs for the Wonder Boys.

The Wonder Boys also benefited from 14 walks issued by Harding pitchers.

Quentin Bowling (5-0) earned the win on the mound with three and one-third scoreless innings of relief.

Golden Suns On a Roll Entering GAC Tourney

Arkansas Tech University will enter the softball postseason on a five-game winning streak after sweeping three games from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Great American Conference action at the Chartwells Women’s Sports Complex on Friday and Saturday.

The Golden Suns (35-20 overall, 29-14 GAC) will be the No. 3 seed in the double elimination GAC Tournament, which begins on Thursday, May 4, in Bentonville.

Arkansas Tech will face No. 6 seed Southern Nazarene University in a first-round contest at 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

Game One: Tech 2, SWOSU 0

Arkansas Tech’s Jalissa Gum became just the fourth softball pitcher in NCAA Division II history to record 20 strikeouts in a seven-inning game during a 2-0 Golden Suns’ victory over Southwestern Oklahoma State on Friday.

Gum (17-10) allowed one hit in her complete-game pitching performance. Included was her 306th strikeout of the season, establishing a new GAC single-season record.

The senior from Red Rock, Okla., broke a scoreless tie by driving in a run with a double in the fourth inning. Sarah Coronado followed with an RBI single to set what proved to be the final score.

Game Two: Tech 3, SWOSU 0

Gum made it 14 scoreless innings in one day by pitching a three-hit shutout and leading Arkansas Tech to a 3-0 win against Southwestern Oklahoma State in the nightcap on Friday.

Gum (18-10) struck out 15 SWOSU hitters in game two.

Coronado had an RBI triple and scored a run on a wild pitch. Ashton Sangster added an RBI double for the Golden Suns.

Game Three: Tech 4, SWOSU 1

Megan Goodnight and Janie Knowles notched two RBIs apiece in a 4-1 Arkansas Tech victory over Southwestern Oklahoma State in the series finale on Saturday.

Gum (19-10) was charged with one unearned run on four hits during her third complete-game pitching performance of the weekend. She recorded nine strikeouts.

New Facility Provides Place for Innovation

Students and faculty from the Arkansas Tech University Department of Art hosted an open house for a new game and three-dimensional design laboratory space at the Russellville campus on Thursday, April 27.

The facility, located across from McDonald’s at 1111 N. Arkansas Ave. in Russellville, includes space for video game design and study, green screen and motion capture technology, conference rooms for project planning and three-dimensional printing capabilities.

“The idea behind this is that most big technology companies started in a house or a garage,” said Dr. Jeff Woods, dean of the ATU College of Arts and Humanities. “We want to mirror that opportunity for our students. We want this to be a place where engineering, theater, science, broadcasting students…any student that can make use of three-dimensional design…can participate in innovation and entrepreneurship, including and beyond game design.”

Arkansas Tech offered course work toward a Bachelor of Arts degree in game and interactive media design for the first time during the 2016-17 academic year.

Learn more about the ATU Department of Art.

Game & Interactive Design Open House | 4/27/17

Tech Recognizes New Tradition Keeper Grads

Fourteen Arkansas Tech University seniors have completed the steps necessary to earn the Tradition Keeper designation during spring 2017 commencement ceremonies.

The Tradition Keeper program recognizes students who demonstrate extraordinary campus involvement while completing their degrees at Arkansas Tech.

Tradition Keeper activities include having a photo made with campus ambassador Jerry the Bulldog, attending athletics events, participating in a campus blood drive, attending a career fair and many others.

Documentation of each tradition upheld is made through the “Arkansas Tech Traditions” app, which is available for download at the App Store and Google Play.

Students who attain Tradition Keeper status by completing 36 Tech traditions wear special green cords at commencement ceremonies and earn the distinction of Tradition Keeper on their official Arkansas Tech transcripts.

The fourteen Tradition Keeper graduates for spring 2017 are:

  • Lauren Elaine Barthel of Hot Springs
  • Haven Nichole Brock of Haskell
  • Danielle Elizabeth Frachiseur of Wickes
  • Alaina Marie Harpenau of Russellville
  • Kevin Keith Hemphill II of Little Elm, Texas
  • Aysia Ariell Jackson of West Memphis
  • Kelsey Grace Jenkins of Alexander
  • Evelyn Ann Jones of Russellville
  • Camille Jacquelyn Jordan Clark of Little Rock
  • Brooks Ann Laffoon of Russellville
  • Amber Nicole Russell of Yellville
  • Lindsey Nicole Triplett of Damascus
  • Esther Rosella White of North Little Rock
  • Ashley Lynn Wolf of Atkins

Learn more about the Tradition Keeper program.

Severe Weather Alert: Friday, April 28

The National Weather Service has notified the public of an enhanced threat of severe weather in Arkansas on Friday, April 28.

Communication from the Little Rock office of the National Weather Service indicates that severe thunderstorms are possible in the northern half of Arkansas during the afternoon and evening hours.

The Russellville and Ozark campuses of Arkansas Tech University are included in the area with the enhanced threat of severe weather on Friday. Chances for dangerous weather conditions may continue through much of the weekend.

Potential hazards include damaging winds, large hail, tornadoes and heavy rain. Follow @NWSLittleRock on Twitter for updates.

Students on the Russellville campus of ATU are reminded that the parking lots west of North Glenwood Avenue may flood in times of heavy rain. Please take caution.

Arkansas Tech students, faculty and staff are encouraged to review the severe weather procedures outlined on the Department of Public Safety website.

In addition, each building at Arkansas Tech has designated shelter zones for use during severe weather events. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the designated shelter zones in the campus facilities they visit on a regular basis. Maps showing the shelter zones are prominently displayed in campus buildings.

Students, faculty and staff may register with the Campus Emergency and Outreach Notification (CEON) system to receive alerts when tornado warnings are issued for areas that include the Arkansas Tech campuses.

Learn more about CEON.