Archives for July 2010

Hangtags Available Monday

Arkansas Tech students, faculty and staff will be able to pick up their hangtags for the 2010-2011 academic year next week.

Beginning Monday, August 2, new hangtags will be available for purchase through the Department of Public Safety.

Students wishing to obtain a hangtag must present their current Arkansas Tech identification card in order to receive their parking permit.  The permit will be charged to their student account.

All Arkansas Tech faculty and staff, including Chartwells employees, should pay for their hangtag in the Student Accounts Office before going to pick up a tag.  Faculty and staff must present their paid receipt from the Student Accounts Office and their Arkansas Tech identification card in order to receive a hangtag.

The cost for a hangtag is $30, and all Arkansas Tech faculty, staff and students who wish to park on the Tech campus are required to purchase one.

The Department of Public Safety is located at 1511 N. Boulder Avenue on the Arkansas Tech campus. For more information, contact them at 479-968-0222.

Group Helps Parents Make College Transition

In a matter of weeks, entering freshmen will move to Russellville to begin their college career at Arkansas Tech.  While the students are excited about transitioning to college, the transition is tough for many parents.  The Office of Parent Relations at Arkansas Tech helps parents adjust to having a student attending college.

Luke Heffley, coordinator of the Office of Parent Relations, says the office provides numerous ways to keep parents informed and connected with all that is going on at Arkansas Tech.

“We offer a parent association, monthly newsletters and other opportunities to help parents stay connected when their son or daughter comes to Arkansas Tech,” adds Heffley. “Our goal is to help provide an outlet for parents to connect and a place where parents can ask questions they may have.”

Heffley says college is a new experience for many families, and he hopes to help the families understand the entire process.

He adds, “We know that parents play a key role in the success of our current college students, and we hope to reassure parents that everything will be okay.”

The Office of Parent Relations says the one of the best ways to stay connected at Tech is through the parent association.  Heffley says the parent association sends periodic emails addressing questions that parents might have.

Parent association members also receive a monthly newsletter with information about what is happening that month at Tech.

“The monthly newsletter provides great information for parents,” says Heffley.  “We also try to provide information in each newsletter about ways students will likely grow and change during their time at Tech. We hope the newsletter provides parents with comfort during these changing times.”

There is no charge to join the parent association at Arkansas Tech.  Click here to join.

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Visit their Office of Parent Relations website.

Jenkins Earns Coaching Job at Texas Tech

Former Arkansas Tech golfer Jeff Jenkins has landed a coaching position with one of the top NCAA Division I golf programs in the nation.

Jenkins, a 2002 graduate of Arkansas Tech, will become an assistant men’s golf coach at Texas Tech University.

The Red Raiders reached the national quarterfinals of the 2010 NCAA Tournament and finished the season ranked in the top 10 in the country.

A native of Van Buren, Jenkins earned All-America honors at Arkansas Tech in 2001 after posting a season scoring average of 73.6. He was All-Gulf South Conference in 2000 and 2001.

Jenkins has spent the last two years as an assistant golf coach at the University of Central Arkansas.

Wonder Boys Picked 5th in GSC Football

A preseason poll of league head coaches predicts that the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys will finish in fifth place among 11 Gulf South Conference teams during the 2010 football season.

Arkansas Tech was 9-3 overall and 6-2 in GSC play last season. The Wonder Boys were GSC runners-up and they reached the second round of the NCAA Division II Playoffs in 2009.

There was a wide variety of opinion on the Wonder Boys’ fortunes in 2010. One coach picked Arkansas Tech to finish second in the GSC; one coach picked the Wonder Boys to finish seventh.

In between, Tech received one third-place vote, one fourth-place vote, four fifth-place votes and two sixth-place votes. The Wonder Boys earned a total of 62 points in the balloting.

North Alabama received eight first-place votes and a total of 97 points in the voting to emerge as the preseason favorite to win the GSC. The Lions are defending GSC champions after finishing 11-2 overall and 7-1 in GSC play in 2009. UNA reached the national quarterfinals of the 2009 NCAA Division II Playoffs.

West Alabama (2nd, 84 points), Valdosta State (3rd, 81 points), Delta State (4th, 72 points) and Arkansas Tech (5th, 62 points) rounded out the top five.

Ouachita Baptist (6th, 51 points), Henderson State (7th, 47 points), Arkansas-Monticello (8th, 46 points), Southern Arkansas (9th, 26 points), Harding (10th, 24 points) and West Georgia (11th, 15 points) complete the 2010 preseason GSC football poll.

Arkansas Tech returns 10 starters — four on offense and six on defense — from a year ago. A total of 45 lettermen return from what was Arkansas Tech’s third NCAA Division II Playoffs team since 1999.

Tech is coached by Steve Mullins (photographed). Mullins is entering his 14th season as the Wonder Boys’ head coach. A three-time GSC coach of the year, Mullins is 85-54 as Arkansas Tech head coach and he owns the school record for career football coaching victories.

The Wonder Boys will begin their 2010 season on Thursday, Sept. 2, with a home game against Lambuth University (Tenn.). Kickoff at Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Click here to view the Gulf South Conference preseason poll news release.

Tech Night at the Travs Thursday


On Thursday, Arkansas Tech University alumni and friends will take part in the fourth annual Arkansas Tech Night at the Travelers.

The event is hosted by the Arkansas Tech University Alumni Association, and those in attendance will watch the Arkansas Travelers face off against the Springfield Cardinals.

Prior to the 7:10 p.m. first pitch, participants will enjoy an all-you can-eat buffet of ballpark favorites.  The buffet is being served at 6:10 at Tracks Inn, which is the picnic area inside Dickey-Stephens Park.

In addition to the Arkansas Tech event, the Arkansas Travelers will host several promotional events that evening.  In one event, women over the age of 18 will be able to participate in the annual diamond dig.  Following the game, those taking part will be able to search for a diamond that has been hidden on the field.

The event costs $15 for adults, $10 for children age 10 and under and free for children age 2 and under.  Both the meal and game admission are included in the cost of the event.

Tickets must be purchased in advance, and those wishing to purchase tickets can do so by visiting the Alumni Office website or by calling the Tech Alumni Office at 479-968-0242.

Those purchasing tickets online or by phone will be able to claim their tickets prior to the game on Thursday.

Be sure to log back on to see photos from the event.