Wonder Boys to Host NWOSU on Homecoming

Among the faces in the crowd when Arkansas Tech University celebrates its 2017 Homecoming by hosting Northwestern Oklahoma State University on Saturday will be some of the men who helped the Wonder Boys accumulate their 18 football conference championships.

Raymond Monica, head coach at ATU, is reminding his team of that fact this week as the Wonder Boys continue their efforts to bring home the 2017 Great American Conference title.

“The big thing our players have to understand is this game…guys who played here are more likely to come back and watch the Homecoming game,” said Monica. “I tell them down the road…it might be next year, it might be 20 years from now…this is the game you’re going to come to and see how the Wonder Boys are playing. Those former players and our alumni are coming to cheer us on, and they want to see us win.”

Kickoff for Arkansas Tech (5-2 overall, 5-2 GAC) and Northwestern Oklahoma State (3-4, 3-4) is set for 2 p.m. Saturday at Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field in Russellville.

Party at the Plaza, the pre-game tailgating celebration outside the stadium on Centennial Plaza, will begin at 11 a.m. The ceremony to crown the Homecoming queen will begin at 1:30 p.m. inside the stadium. Game tickets ($10 adults/$5 students and senior citizens) will be available at the stadium ticket office on Saturday. Those with a valid ATU identification card will be admitted free of charge.

Last Saturday, ATU went to Southwestern Oklahoma State University and defeated the Bulldogs 38-21. That same afternoon saw Henderson State University take down previously undefeated Southeastern Oklahoma State University 21-20.

As a result, the Southeastern Oklahoma State (6-1, 6-1) lead over Arkansas Tech, Ouachita Baptist University (5-2, 5-2) and Southern Arkansas University (5-2, 5-2) for first place in the GAC standings is down to one game with four weeks remaining in the regular season.

The Wonder Boys’ football conference championship seasons came in 1931, 1935, 1939, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1954, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1964, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1994 and 1999. There have been numerous other achievements in the 18 years since that 18th conference title, including appearances in the second round of the NCAA Division II Playoffs in 2004 and 2009 and a win in the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl in 2015, but Tech hasn’t celebrated a league championship since defeating SAU 20-17 in overtime on Nov. 13, 1999, to clinch the Gulf South Conference title.

“Our players understand there’s a lot of football left,” said Monica. “We can control our own destiny, but the bottom line is I want to get better today than we were yesterday.”

Northwestern Oklahoma State is just a handful of plays away from being a factor in the GAC title chase. Three of the Rangers’ four losses have come by three points or less.

NWOSU’s good play in 2017 has come in spite of the fact that quarterback Reid Miller, the leading passer in the Great American Conference a year ago, completed his eligibility at the end of the 2016 season.

“Going into the year, I was wondering what (NWOSU) was going to be like offensively,” said Monica. “They are totally different…the whole football team. They’re very balanced offensively.”

The Rangers ranked 11th in the conference in rushing (127.5 yards per game) last season. In 2017, Northwestern Oklahoma State is among the top five rushing teams in the GAC at 199.7 yards per game.

Another strength of the 2017 Rangers is pass defense. They rank second in the GAC against the pass (181.4 yards allowed per game), and their opponents have completed just 52.8 percent of their pass attempts this season.

“To me, it looks like (NWOSU) has a lot better athletes making plays,” said Monica when asked about the Rangers’ defense. “They haven’t given up a lot of big plays. They’re just playing more solid defense.”

One area in which Arkansas Tech’s offense might have an advantage over the Northwestern Oklahoma State defense is running the football. The Wonder Boys are averaging 224 rushing yards per game, second-most in the GAC, while the Rangers are No. 10 out of 12 GAC teams in rush defense (228.6 yards allowed per game).

Radio station KCJC 102.3 FM and www.arkansastechsports.com will have live coverage of Saturday’s ATU-NWOSU game.

Early Registration for Spring 2018 Semester

The Office of the Registrar has announced the schedule by which current students may register for winter intermission and spring 2018 classes at Arkansas Tech University.

Students must consult with their advisor before registering in classes. Appointment schedules will be posted near advisors’ offices. Distance learners and night students should contact their advisor to discuss the process for registration. Students will either be registered in classes by their advisor or the advisor may elect to provide a student registration code allowing the student to register in classes using the OneTech portal.

Registration instructions, registration and academic calendars, and other helpful information such as graduation information and end of course exam schedule are available at www.atu.edu/registrar.

Students currently enrolled for the fall semester may begin registering for winter intermission and spring 2018 classes according to the following schedule:

  • Monday, Oct. 23: Graduate students and undergraduates with 60 or more earned hours
  • Monday, Oct. 30: 59 – 32 earned hours
  • Thursday, Nov. 2: 31 – 21 earned hours
  • Thursday, Nov. 9: 20 – 12 earned hours
  • Thursday, Nov. 16: 11 – 3 earned hours
  • Tuesday, Nov. 28: 2 or fewer earned hours

Act 852 of 2015 requires each four-year state-supported institution of higher education and each two-year state-supported institution of higher education to provide each student with electronic access to the following information annually before the student registers for classes:

  • The top 25 percent of certificates and degrees reported by the institution in terms of the highest full-time job placement and highest average annual earnings in the year after certificate or degree completion.
  • The bottom 10 percent of certificates and degrees reported by the institution in terms of the lowest full-time job placement and lowest average annual earnings in the year after certificate or degree completion.

Arkansas Tech University’s summary can be found here: https://www.atu.edu/ucounsel/documents/Act%20852%20of%202015%20-%20Employment%20and%20Earnings%20Outcomes%20for%20Degrees%20and%20Certificates%20earned%20at%20Arkansas%20Tech%20University.pdf

This report does not include ATU graduates who are employed by the federal government or military, who are self-employed or who are employed outside of the State of Arkansas. As such, this report should not be used to calculate or assume unemployment rates.

For the full report from the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, visit: https://www.dws.arkansas.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Act-852-Economic-Security-Report.pdf

Noted Meteorologist to Speak at ATU

The Arkansas Tech University Department of Emergency Management will host a lecture by Dr. Kevin Kloesel, campus meteorologist for the University of Oklahoma, on Tuesday, Oct. 24.

Kloesel will speak at 6:30 p.m. in room 300 of Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center, which is located at 305 West Q Street in Russellville. Admission will be free and open to the public.

In his role as campus meteorologist, Kloesel is responsible for providing weather forecast and weather safety information to the OU Office of Emergency Preparedness before, during and after weather threats of all types.

He also provides support to the OU executive policy group in severe and winter weather situations in order to facilitate campus protection and closure decisions. He develops and leads weather safety training on the OU campus for its over 30,000 students, faculty and staff, and for the over 40,000 pre-collegiate students that call OU home during summer sports and academic camps.

Kloesel concurrently serves as director of the Oklahoma Climatological Survey and associate professor in the OU College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering science from the University of Texas at Austin as well as Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Pennsylvania State University.

A frequent guest on local, state and national radio and television programs, he has appeared on the National Academies of Science Distinctive Voices, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, the Tavis Smiley Show, WeatherBrains, ABC Nightly News, The Discovery Channel, The Weather Channel, WxGeeks, the BBC and dozens of local radio and TV shows across the United States.

Kloesel’s remarks at ATU will focus on the importance of organizational preparedness as it relates to severe weather and large-scale public events such as sporting events, festivals and fairs.

Learn more about the ATU Department of Emergency Management.

LULAC Presents Service Award to ATU

Arkansas Tech University was honored by the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council 750 in Little Rock with a University Service Award during the organization’s annual gala on Friday, Oct. 13.

According to LULAC Council 750, the award recognizes initiatives developed for the recruitment and retention of Latino students, including partnerships between the university and LULAC to provide scholarship assistance to eligible students.

“We are, and will continue to be, dedicated to being not only a welcoming campus, but one where students will excel and reach their educational goals,” said Dr. Robin E. Bowen, ATU president, upon learning of the award.

Arkansas Tech and LULAC entered into a memorandum of understanding in October 2016 that provides enhanced educational opportunities for Hispanic Americans.

Applications for the scholarships must be received by March 31 of each year.

Those interested in the undergraduate LULAC scholarships may contact the Arkansas Tech Office of Admissions at (479) 968-0343, while those interested in the graduate LULAC scholarships may contact the Arkansas Tech Graduate College at (479) 968-0398.

2017 ATU Homecoming Court Announced

Five candidates for the title of Arkansas Tech University Homecoming queen 2017 have been selected to the Homecoming court.

The members of the 2017 Arkansas Tech Homecoming court are (photographed, from left) senior Allison Holloway of Alma, senior Monique Morris of Bastrop, La., senior Raigan Purtle of Russellville, junior Emily Torrealba of Arlington, Texas, and senior Vanessa Villarreal of Clarksville.

ATU students will vote to select the Homecoming queen during online voting at theLink. Votes may be cast from midnight on Tuesday, Oct. 17, through 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19.

Arkansas Tech will announce its 2017 Homecoming queen during a 1:30 p.m. pre-game ceremony at Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field on Saturday, Oct. 21. Kickoff for the Homecoming football game between Arkansas Tech and Northwestern Oklahoma State University is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Holloway is majoring in rehabilitation science. She serves as chapter president of the Order of Omega and is secretary of internal affairs for ATU Student Government Association. Holloway is also active in Zeta Tau Alpha and Presidential Leadership Cabinet. She has served as an orientation leader and as a summer student ambassador. Her parents are Glen Holloway and Regina Holloway.

Morris is majoring in rehabilitation science. Her campus involvement has included Residence Hall Association, Presidential Leadership Cabinet, Student Government Association and the Pacesetters student philanthropy committee. She has served as a resident assistant. Her mother is Angela Morris.

Purtle is majoring in wellness science. She is captain of the Golden Girls dance team, a member of Delta Zeta and a mentor in the Global Connect program. Her parents are Ryna and Brian Purtle.

Torrealba is majoring in mechanical engineering. She is founder and president of the ATU Women in STEM student organization and a member of CRU. She has worked as a yoga instructor in the Office of Campus Recreation. Her parents are Cindy and Eduardo Torrealba.

Villarreal is majoring in health information management. She has served as president and treasurer for Sigma Alpha Iota and as a member of the Student Health Information Management Association. Villarreal has performed as a member of the Arkansas Tech marching band, concert band and university choir. Her parents are Carolina and Herminio Villarreal.

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