Archives for March 2010

Campus Beautification Underway


The Arkansas Tech campus is undergoing a campus beautification effort thanks to two longtime Arkansas Tech supporters.

Through the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Norman of Tulsa, Oklahoma, extensive tree planting is occurring on campus this week. The work is being conducted with private funds contributed by Mr. and Mrs. Norman.

The trees are from Select Trees of Athens, Georgia, and they are scientifically reproduced for their genetic qualities and sustainability. Learn more about Select Trees.

The plantings are being conducted according to an architectural landscape plan produced by AMR Architecture of Little Rock.

“Robert and Sandra Norman are longtime supporters of Arkansas Tech, especially in the areas of the arts, landscaping and athletics,” said Dr. Robert C. Brown, president of Arkansas Tech University. “We are grateful to them for enabling us to begin these campus improvements.”

Golden Suns Win by 18 Strokes in Batesville

Arkansas Tech’s Ana Morales captured the individual championship and three other Golden Suns finished in the top five as Tech cruised to an 18-stroke team victory in the Lyon College Invitational at The Course at Eagle Mountain in Batesville on Monday and Tuesday.

The Golden Suns had team scores of 339 and 337 for a 676 total. Harding University (2nd, 694), Lyon College (3rd, 840), Hendrix College (4th, 883) and Arkansas-Monticello (5th, 1,050) rounded out the team standings.

Morales posted rounds of 82 and 83 for a 165 total and a two-shot win.

Niki Possage (T-2nd, 84-83-167), Megan Kelley (4th, 85-85-170), Alyssia DuVall (T-5th, 88-86-174) and Kyla McIsaac (9th, 89-92-181) also competed for Tech in the tournament.

The Golden Suns will take part in the Southern Arkansas Invitational at Magnolia on Monday, April 5, and Tuesday, April 6.

Adair to Compete in Miss Arkansas


One Arkansas Tech freshman is already looking ahead to July.  Mikayla Adair will compete this summer at the Miss Arkansas Pageant.  Adair was crowned Miss Ozark Highlands earlier this month.

This will be Adair’s first time on the Miss Arkansas stage, and she says she is relying on her experience competing in the Miss Arkansas’ Outstanding Teen Pageant.  She adds, “Although the two systems are designed differently, I feel like they are similar enough for me to have somewhat of an idea of what to expect.”

During her reign, Adair says she plans to raise awareness about her critical issue, which is helmet safety for those riding bicycles, motorcycles and ATVs.  Adair says she is working to see a helmet law implemented in the state.

For Adair, this issue has close ties to her family.  She adds, “I chose it because my dad had a wreck and suffers from brain damage that could have been prevented with a helmet.”

When Adair was crowned Miss Ozark Highlands, she says she “literally cried.”  She explains, “It was very unexpected and such an overwhelming realization that I have been given the opportunity to compete at Miss Arkansas.”

Adair will join three other contestants from Arkansas Tech who are competing in the pageant.  Miss Arkansas Valley Hannah Williamson, Miss Lake Dardanelle Naomi Shure and Miss Arkansas Tech Lindsey Ahrens will also compete.

Students Tour Press Facility


Students enrolled in several graphic design classes at Arkansas Tech University are learning firsthand about the process involved in printing creative work.  The students recently toured the printing press at The Courier.

In all, 28 students participated in the tour of the facility, and David Meadows, publisher, conducted the tour for the students.

Students participating in the tour learned about the newspaper industry, the pre-press assembly and the print production process.

Edwin Cuenco, assistant professor of art, says the tour provided students with practical reinforcement of what they are learning in the classroom.

“There is no way to learn the tricks of the trade from listening to a lecture in a classroom, so being given the opportunity to be in the production field has been extremely beneficial for the students,” added Cuenco. “I think that this is a unique opportunity for our students, and I’m so thankful to be able to take advantage of it.”

Learn more about the Department of Art at Arkansas Tech.

Golden Suns Blank U of O

Arkansas Tech posted its second 9-0 tennis victory in as many days on Tuesday when the Golden Suns collected a shutout win over the University of the Ozarks at the Chartwells Women’s Sports Complex.

Tech (9-3) won all six singles matches and all three doubles matches to earn its fourth consecutive win and its seventh team victory in its last eight outings.

The Suns had posted a shutout win over Christian Brothers 24 hours earlier on the same Chartwells Women’s Sports Complex courts.

Tech will travel to Tahlequah, Okla., today (Wednesday, March 31) for a non-conference match against Northeastern State University.


1. Michelle Yu (TECH) def. Blair Vona (OZARKS) 6-3, 6-3
2. Brittany Turner (TECH) def. Lauren Jardieu (OZARKS), by default
3. Jessica Velasquez (TECH) def. Emily Drake (OZARKS) 6-1, 6-2
4. Jessica James (TECH) def. Chelsea Glasscock (OZARKS) 6-0, 6-2
5. Laura Palomino (TECH) def. Tara Richards (OZARKS) 6-0, 6-0
6. Nina Greenway (TECH) def. Jennifer Fretwell (OZARKS) 6-1, 6-2

1. Matsuoka/Turner (TECH) def. Drake/Jardieu (OZARKS) 8-0
2. Yu/Velasquez (TECH) def. Vona/Fretwell (OZARKS) 8-0
3. James/Greenway (TECH) def. Richards/Glasscock (OZARKS) 8-1