Suns Finish 11th in the Nation in Golf

One of the most successful seasons in Arkansas Tech University women’s golf history culminated with an 11th-place finish at the NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Championships at Findlay Country Club in Findlay, Ohio, May 17-20.

The Golden Suns returned team scores of 325-316-321-313 for a 72-hole team score of 1,275.

Caroline Fredensborg was ATU’s top individual finisher. She posted rounds of 83-78-79-76 for a four-day total of 316 and a share of 30th place.

Pia Nunbhakdi (T-33rd, 78-78-84-77-317), Avery Struck (52nd, 81-84-79-80-324), Anna Frandsen (57th, 83-80-82-81-326) and Jessica Sachs (T-64th, 89-80-80-83-332) also represented the Golden Suns in Findlay.

Barry University (Fla.) won the NCAA Division II women’s golf championship with a 72-hole total of 1,222. Marie Coors of St. Leo University (Fla.) captured the individual crown with a four-day score of 295.

Head coach Amy Anderson and the 2016-17 Arkansas Tech women’s golf team won four titles, including a third consecutive Great American Conference championship and the first NCAA regional title in program history. The Golden Suns qualified for the NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Championships for the third time in the last four years.

Summer Culinary Institute for Girls June 5-9

The 2017 Arkansas Tech University Summer Culinary Institute for Girls is scheduled for June 5-9 at Chambers Cafeteria in Russellville.

Cost for the camp is $75 per person, which includes a chef coat for each participant. Online registration and more information is available at through the registration deadline of Friday, May 26.

The ATU Summer Culinary Institute for Girls is open to females entering grades 9-12 in fall 2017.

Susan West, assistant professor of hospitality administration at ATU, said the institute will inform girls about all aspects of the hospitality industry. Topics will include entrepreneurship, nutrition, job readiness and more.

Female chefs from around Arkansas will serve as teachers and mentors during the camp.

Jerry’s Juniors Scheduled for June 2

High school students who will be juniors during the 2017-18 academic year are invited to attend the second annual Jerry’s Juniors college preview day at Arkansas Tech University on Friday, June 2.

Students attending Jerry’s Juniors will participate in a free ACT test prep session, meet campus ambassador Jerry the Bulldog, receive a free T-shirt, eat lunch at Chambers Cafeteria and take a tour of campus.

A session designed specifically for parents will include an overview of admissions, academic advising, residence life and scholarships.

Check-in will take place from 9-9:45 a.m. in Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center room 300.

Space is limited for Jerry’s Juniors and registration in advance is required. Online registration is available at Deadline to register is Friday, May 26.

For more information, call (479) 968-0343 or send e-mail to

ATU’s First Doctoral Graduates Earn Degrees

Eight educational professionals from across Arkansas are the first doctoral graduates in Arkansas Tech University history.

Those earning the Doctor of Education degree in school leadership at the completion of the spring 2017 semester are (photographed, left-to-right):

*Cindy Rice, academic facilitator, Heritage High School (Rogers)
*Keri Rathbun, principal, Kimmons Junior High School (Fort Smith)
*Mary Ann Spears, superintendent, Lincoln Consolidated School District
*Tiffany Bone, visiting assistant professor of educational leadership, Arkansas Tech University
*Cody Chatman, principal, Greenwood Junior High School and Freshman Center
*Ivy Pfeffer, assistant commissioner, Arkansas Department of Education
*Christopher Johnson, assistant principal, Jacksonville High School
*Keith McGee, principal, Mann Magnet Middle School (Little Rock)

The formal steps involved in creating the Doctor of Education degree in school leadership began in July 2010, when the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees approved a letter of intent notifying the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) that the university was developing a Doctor of Education program.

One month later, the board approved a letter of intent to ADHE concerning the change in role and scope necessary to allow Arkansas Tech to offer doctoral programs.

In November 2010, the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees approved the program proposal that outlined the Doctor of Education degree as developed by the faculty in the Arkansas Tech Center for Leadership and Learning.

The following years saw a site visit by an out-of-state review team in March 2012 and program reviews by the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board (AHECB), all of which led to a decision by the AHECB on July 25, 2014, to grant Arkansas Tech a change in role and scope and permission to begin offering a Doctor of Education degree in school leadership.

The final piece of the puzzle was put in place in May 2015 when the Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, granted accreditation for the Arkansas Tech Doctor of Education degree.

The program is designed for K-12 education professionals who currently serve or wish to serve in school district leadership positions.

For more information about the ATU Doctor of Education degree in school leadership, visit

Trustees Authorize Sale of Three ATU Facilities

Three properties owned by Arkansas Tech University in the city of Russellville will be put up for sale following action by the ATU Board of Trustees during its regularly scheduled meeting at the Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center on Thursday.

Two facilities that have been utilized by the university to house students — East Gate Apartments at 500 E. K St. and South Hall at 1710 West C Place — as well as an office and storage complex at 702 E. Fourth St. are included in the properties authorized for sale.

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

*awarding job order contracts to ECO, Flynco and Circle M Construction for one year with the possibility of extending the contract two or more years;

*awarding an on-call contract for environmental engineering services to Environmental Enterprise Group (EEG) of Russellville;

*awarding on-call contracts for engineering services to Crafton Tull of Russellville and Pettit and Pettit Consulting Engineers of Little Rock;

*a transfer of $153,718.80 from the boiler reserve account to replace the cooling tower in Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center;

*deletion of the Associate of Applied Science degree in culinary management, effective December 2018;

*letters of notification to create Certificates of Proficiency through the Ozark campus of ATU in the following disciplines: medical billing, medical coding, logistics management, phlebotomy and mobile applications;

*letters of notification to change the names of two Certificates of Proficiency at ATU-Ozark, one from allied health to health sciences and one from facilities maintenance to construction technology;

*a letter of notification creating Associate of Applied Science degrees in computer information technology and law enforcement at ATU-Ozark;

*a letter of notification deleting the options for computer information systems and law enforcement from the Associate of Applied Science degree in general technology at ATU-Ozark;

*authorization to utilize unappropriated funds from the ATU-Ozark bookstore to assist with annual operating costs for food service operations on the campus, not to exceed $10,000 per fiscal year;

*updates to the Arkansas Tech University Alumni Association Board of Directors organizational document;

*and continuation through Aug. 31, 2017, of an existing policy that states: “carrying of a concealed handgun by staff members in the buildings or on grounds owned or leased by Arkansas Tech University is expressly prohibited and notices described in section 5-73-306(19) shall be posted.”

In personnel matters, the ATU Board of Trustees approved the hiring of the following new, full-time faculty members for the 2017-18 academic year:

*Dr. Victor Agubra, assistant professor of mechanical engineering; Dr. Lee Cabell, head of the Department of Health and Physical Education and associate professor of health and physical education; Dr. Gregory Michna, assistant professor of history; Dr. James Peck, visiting assistant professor of art history and director of the ATU Museum; and Dr. Guolin Yi, assistant professor of history.

The board approved the employment of the following full-time staff members:

*Deidra Dillard, admissions officer, effective July 17, 2017; Dausen Duncan, admissions officer, effective March 17, 2017; Bryan Fisher, associate vice president for development, effective May 1, 2017; Robert Freeman, director of human resources, effective June 5, 2017; and Dr. Keegan Nichols, vice president for student services, effective June 26, 2017.

Trustees accepted the resignations of the following employees:

*Debra Fithen, director of corporate and foundation relations, effective May 12, 2017; Tara Granberry, coordinator of assignments and communications in the Office of Residence Life, effective May 4, 2017; Dr. Micah Hicks, assistant professor of English, effective July 7, 2017; Dr. Lucas Maxwell, assistant professor of agricultural education, effective Aug. 1, 2017; Dr. Jennifer Samson, assistant professor of psychology, effective July 6, 2017; and Roman Tubner, assistant women’s basketball coach, effective May 1, 2017.

The following employees were approved for retirement:

*Brenda Lauffart, visiting instructor of chemistry, effective May 13, 2017; and Dr. David Underwood, associate vice president for academic affairs and professor of education, effective June 30, 2017.