Archives for September 2010

Tech Men Go Greek

Nearly 70 students at Arkansas Tech University made the decision to Go Greek during fraternity recruitment at Arkansas Tech this semester.

In all, 66 students were selected for membership from the six fraternities on the Arkansas Tech campus.

The six fraternities that offered membership to Tech students included Alpha Gamma Sigma, Alpha Tau Omega, Kappa Sigma, Phi Lambda Chi, Sigma Phi Epsilon and Sigma Pi.

Cindy Tesch, coordinator of Greek life and student organizations, says she’s proud of the Greek community for embracing potential new members, and she says she looks forward to getting to work with the potential new members.

Learn more about sororities and fraternities at Arkansas Tech.

Read about sorority recruitment outcomes.

Buhajla’s Works Published

Dave Buhajla has been busy this year having two stories and five poems published in 2010.

Buhajla graduated from Arkansas Tech in 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in 2008.

When away from his roles as family man or professor, Buhajla reveals his dark imagination in his writings.

His five poems include “Skull Pit,” “Perspectives,” “Rituals,” “Visions of Fire,” and “The Last Chronicle of Art Buchinsky.” His stories are “The Great Feasting” and “Con Stellmacher’s Mythological Treatise.” All have been published this year.

Buhajla’s writing career began about two years ago when he first began teaching as a graduate assistant at Arkansas Tech. He says that’s when he discovered his passion for writing. “My favorite genre to write is horror fiction because it lets me be creative,” he said.

While Buhajla taught at the Ozark Campus this summer, he teaches at the Russellville Campus during the fall and spring semesters. His classes include Composition I and II and English as a Second Language for international students. His wife, Marci, also teaches at Tech in the English Language Institute.

For more information, visit the English Department website.

Nursing Students Assist with Code Red

Arkansas Tech nursing students received practical experience during clinicals recently.

A group of students doing clinicals at Conway Regional Medical Center assisted with a code red alert when a local nursing home was forced to evacuate residents due to a gas leak in the facility.

The nursing students were featured in “Team Talk,” a monthly publication of the Conway Regional Health System. The article explained that the nursing students and their adviser were great help during the situation.

The students helped check vital signs and provide comfort for each resident upon entry to the hospital.

All nursing homes residents returned safely to the nursing home by 7 p.m. that evening.

Kirkwood Earns Perkins Scholarship

Dakota Kirkwood of Mountain Home is the 2010 recipient of the Glori Ann Perkins Scholarship at Arkansas Tech University.

Kirkwood (photographed) is a junior mechanical engineering major. He is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers and is active in the intramural sports program at Arkansas Tech.

The scholarship was created two years ago by Mr. Richard Perkins of Russellville in memory of his late wife. The scholarship alternates between engineering and art students at Tech.

For more information about contributing to or applying for a private scholarship through the Arkansas Tech Foundation, call (479) 968-0400.

Tech Grad Named Asst. Coach


Arkansas Tech University alumnus T.J. Johnson has been named the assistant men’s basketball coach at East Central Community College in Decatur, Mississippi.

Johnson served as a volunteer assistant men’s basketball coach at Arkansas Tech in 2009 under Mark Downey, and he helped lead the squad to a Gulf South Conference championship en route to a 30-2 record.

Prior to joining the ECCC staff, Johnson also coached at Independence Community College, Neosho County Community College and Midland Junior College.

Johnson graduated with honors from Arkansas Tech University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in professional studies with a minor in industrial and organizational psychology, and he is currently pursuing a master’s degree in college student personnel at Arkansas Tech University.