ATU Alum Pinson Selected for 40 Under 40

Two-time Arkansas Tech University graduate Dave Pinson is among the business and political leaders selected by Arkansas Business to its 40 Under 40 listing for 2017.

Pinson, 37, is president and chief executive officer of Trinity Multifamily, a property management company with approximately 13,000 units in seven states.

A native of Umpire in southwest Arkansas, Pinson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science from Arkansas Tech in 2002. He went on to earn a Master of Science degree from ATU in 2004.

40 Under 40 honorees are nominated by readers and chosen by the editors of Arkansas Business.

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Summer Teacher Institute Set for This Month

For a sixth consecutive summer, faculty members from the Arkansas Tech University College of Arts and Humanities will provide free continuing education to K-12 teachers from around the Natural State during the 2017 Summer Teacher Institute.

This year’s institute is entitled “From Eberts Training Field to Qingdao: Arkansas and the World During World War I.” Attendance is free and open to all K-12 educators in Arkansas. Sessions will take place June 27-29 in Witherspoon Hall room 241, which is located on the ATU campus in Russellville at 407 West Q Street.

Registration for the individual sessions is handled by the Arch Ford Education Service Cooperative.

“This year’s institute is particularly special because the driving force behind the creation of this program, Dr. M. Diane Gleason, is retiring from the ATU faculty,” said Dr. H. Micheal Tarver, professor of history at ATU. “It is her passion for K-12 education and the subject matter that has made this tremendous resource available to hundreds of teachers for the ultimate benefit of the children of Arkansas.”

Gleason will present a lesson entitled “Arkansas Cotton and the First World War” as part of the summer institute.

Other members of the ATU faculty scheduled to present during the institute include Tarver, Dr. Patrick Hagge, Dr. Tom DeBlack, Dr. Jan Jenkins and Dr. David Cullen.

Visit to see a complete schedule for the 2017 Summer Teacher Institute at ATU.

The institute is one aspect of the ATU College of Arts and Humanities K-12 Initiative. The program also makes content-specific videos in subjects such as English, history, political science, art, music, geography, literature, sociology and philosophy available to K-12 teachers for use in their classrooms.

According to the initiative website, the goal of the program is to “increase and enhance the level of partnership between higher education and the public schools while improving student learning, comprehension and written expression at all levels of the educational experience.”

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Alumni Authors Encouraged to Step Forward

The Arkansas Tech University Office of Alumni Relations is seeking graduates and former students of the institution who have become published authors.

ATU alumni who are authors or know of a fellow alumnus who is an author are encouraged to notify the Office of Alumni Relations by sending e-mail to

For more information, call (479) 968-0242.

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ATU Alumna Bounds Selected to Team USA

Arkansas Tech University alumna Kaitlin Bounds will represent her country as a member of Team USA at the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships track and field competition in London, England, July 14-23.

Bounds, who was diagnosed with autism at age 4, will be among 50 athletes representing the United States of America in the event. It will be the first major international track and field competition since the Paralympic Games Rio 2016.

The selection comes on the heels of two gold medals won by Bounds at the 2017 U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships in Los Angeles, Calif., in early June. She was victorious in the 800-meter and 1,500-meter runs at Drake Stadium on the campus of the University of California at Los Angeles.

A resident of Russellville, Bounds, 25, earned four letters as a member of the Arkansas Tech cross country program. She was named All-Gulf South Conference in 2010 and was a multiple academic all-conference honoree, earning recognition for her classroom performance in both the GSC and the Great American Conference.

Bounds graduated from ATU in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history.

Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., U.S. Paralympics, a division of the nonprofit United States Olympic Committee, states on its website that it is “dedicated to becoming the world leader in the paralympic movement and promoting excellence in the lives of people with paralympic-eligible impairments, including physical disabilities and visual impairments.”

Hudgens, Cooper Receive Tech’s Top Honor

Hal Cooper of Russellville and Col. George T. Hudgens of Silver Spring, Md., were inducted into the Arkansas Tech University Hall of Distinction during spring 2017 commencement ceremonies at John E. Tucker Coliseum in Russellville.

Cooper was inducted under the Distinguished Service category. Hudgens entered under the Distinguished Alumnus category.

Established in 1964, selection to the Hall of Distinction is the highest honor ATU may bestow upon an individual.

Cooper was director of bands at Arkansas Tech from 1979-2011. He is one of five individuals to hold that title during the more than century-long tradition of instrumental music at Tech. Cooper has served as president of the Southwest Division of the College Band Directors National Association, president of Arkansas Phi Beta Mu and district governor of Kappa Kappa Psi college band service fraternity.

“When Mr. Cooper arrived at Arkansas Tech in 1979, he was following in the footsteps of legends,” said Dr. Robin E. Bowen, ATU president. “By the time he completed his 32-year tenure as director of bands in 2011, he had placed his own indelible mark on our instrumental music program. Mr. Cooper earned a place alongside Marvin Williamson and Gene Witherspoon in a distinguished group that our current director of bands, Dr. Daniel A. Belongia, refers to as the ‘founding fathers’ of Tech bands.”

Cooper was named Arkansas Bandmaster of the Year in 1988, and he achieved membership in the American Bandmaster Association in 1992.

Hudgens, who became the first African American graduate in Arkansas Tech history in 1963, went on to a distinguished 29-year military career that included serving as a commander in Vietnam and leading counterterrorism efforts as inspections branch chief in the U.S. Army Office of the Inspector General at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

He retired at the rank of Colonel following a career that included serving as Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces Inaugural Committee for former president George W. Bush and as Deputy Director of the Inaugural Committee for former president William Jefferson Clinton.

“When I arrived at Arkansas Tech in 2014, one of the conversations we started as a university community was the importance of grit…that quality that allows a person to persevere in pursuit of his or her goals regardless of the circumstances,” said Bowen. “I do not believe I have encountered a member of the Tech community who has more grit than Colonel George T. Hudgens.”

Nominations for the Arkansas Tech Hall of Distinction may be made by any graduate of Arkansas Tech, any current or former member of the faculty or administration of Tech, any currently enrolled full-time student at Tech or any member of the Hall of Distinction. Nominations may not be made by a family member of the nominee. The nomination deadline is Oct. 1 of each year.

No incumbent member of the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees, faculty, staff or administration is eligible for nomination for any category of the Hall of Distinction.

For more information about nominating an individual for the Arkansas Tech Hall of Distinction, visit, call (479) 968-0242 or send e-mail to

Photographed, from left: Col. George T. Hudgens, Dr. Robin E. Bowen and Hal Cooper.