Archives for September 2010

Tech Idol Audition Results


The Arkansas Tech Residence Hall Association has announced the students who have been selected to compete for the title of the 2010 Tech Idol.

In all, 15 students will compete for the title during the preliminaries on Tuesday, October 12.

The competition will begin at 9 p.m. in the Witherspoon Building Auditoruim, but RHA officials suggest arriving early.

Organizers say the auditions were extremely competitive, and more than 40 students auditioned.

Those students selected include:

  • John Creech
  • Landen Couch
  • Darren Drone
  • Kimberly Hardcastle
  • Lisa Harst
  • Hannah Henderson
  • Brandon Keener
  • Nicole McElhaney
  • Derick McKinney
  • Emily Minter
  • Christina Myers
  • Dalton Peek
  • Megan Robinson
  • Jacob Smith
  • David Wyant

Be sure to log back on for more about the competition.

Up ’til Dawn Fights Childhood Cancer


Since 2007, Up ‘til Dawn has been fighting the yawn at Arkansas Tech in efforts to raise awareness of St. Jude Research Hospital’s fight against childhood cancer.

Each year, students unite and form teams of five to send letters to loved ones about the work St. Jude does and stories about the children who are being treated.

The Up ‘til Dawn organization participates in a year-long process along with many other colleges and universities nationwide. The Arkansas Tech chapter of Up ’til Dawn has raised more than $50,000 for St. Jude since it’s establishment.

When teams are in place, it’s time to send letters. After sending letters, teams attend in Up ‘til Dawn side events and garner “love points” for participation.

The culmination of the year is celebrated with the finale event. Generally held in Tucker Coliseum, the whole Tech community is invited for the revealing of the total dollars raised for St. Jude. It is also then announced which team has gained the most love points. One team wins the opportunity to visit the hospital in Memphis.

To set up a team, registration forms are available in the Office of Student Services, Doc Bryan Room 202. Teams can be individuals, student organizations, or resident assistant-based. There is a registration fee of $5 per team.

Hannah Curtis, the Arkansas Tech Up ‘til Dawn director reminds us of Danny Thomas’ foundation for the hospital, “No child should die in the dawn of life.”

“It is important for the student body to become involved with Up ’til Dawn because we not only raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital but we raise awareness. We try our best to let people know that with our help, the kids can fight,” Curtis said. “We want them to be able to grow up and have the opportunity to go to college, just like us.”

Thursday, Nov. 4 Up ‘til Dawn is hosting the “Lick-a-thon” (party for mailing letters) in the Young Game Room all day. Anyone who seals 50 or more letters is entered into a drawing to win an iPod.

For more information about Up ‘til Dawn and upcoming events, visit the group’s Facebook page or e-mail Hannah Curtis at

Intramural Softball Registration Open


Online registration is now open for the Intramural Sports co-recreational softball tournament.

The registration period will end on Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 11:55 p.m. A captain’s meeting will be held the following Thurs day at 4 p.m. in the Doc Bryan Lecture Hall.

There are 32 team slots available, so registering as soon as possible is important to guarantee a spot in tournament.

To register, visit the Intramurals website. The tournament games begin Monday, Oct. 25.

For further information contact the Recreational Sports Office at 479-356-2010.

Band Pays Tribute to Dr. W. Francis McBeth


The Arkansas Tech University Band of Distinction makes plans to honor composer Dr. W. Francis McBeth.

The band is learning set of music and drill to perform during halftime at the Arkansas Tech football games.  The performance will be a tribute to Dr. W. Francis McBeth and features a collection of his most famous works.

McBeth is the composer laureate for the state of Arkansas and a long time friend of the Arkansas Tech Department of Music.  Hal Cooper, director of bands, says McBeth recently suffered a stroke, and the Arkansas Tech Band wanted to recognize him for his work over the years.

The Arkansas Tech University Band of Distinction will debut the new show during halftime on Saturday, October 9.

See photos of the band rehearsing the new band program.

Tech Faces Supreme Challenge at UNA

The good news is that the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys should have no trouble tracing the route to their destination this Saturday.

After all, it will be the third time in the last 12 months that they have played a game at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Ala.

The bad news is that when they arrive, the undefeated and to this point unchallenged North Alabama Lions will be waiting.

The Wonder Boys (2-2 overall, 1-1 Gulf South Conference) will try to stun the NCAA Division II football world when they face nationally third-ranked North Alabama (4-0, 1-0) for a 6 p.m. league contest on Saturday.

Radio station KWKK 100.9 FM will have the play-by-play call in the Arkansas River Valley. Click here to access an Internet stream of the broadcast.

The Lions have outscored their first four opponents 160-26, and UNA has won all four of those games by at least 17 points.

And while North Alabama is impressive in every phase of the game, it is on defense where the Lions are downright scary.

UNA has only allowed three points after halftime all season. The Lions rank second in NCAA Division II in both scoring defense (6.5 points per game) and rushing defense (31.5 yards allowed per game). They are eighth in the country in total defense (232.8 yards allowed per game).

“I think it’s very possible that (North Alabama) is better on defense than it was a year ago,” said Arkansas Tech head coach Steve Mullins. “I think their secondary is faster than it was last year. They have a new defensive coordinator, and they don’t pressure as much as they did. This year they are making people earn their way down the field a little more, and they’ve been able to create turnovers.

“They are a phenomenal team,” continued Mullins. “As you look at them from top to bottom, I think they are a better team than they were a year ago.”

North Alabama is the defending GSC champion. The Lions were 11-2 overall last season and they reached the quarterfinal round of the 2009 NCAA Division II Playoffs.

Two of those 11 wins came against Arkansas Tech. North Alabama defeated the Wonder Boys 42-17 in the regular season and 41-28 in the second round of the NCAA Division II Playoffs, both times at the Lions’ home in Florence.

The Lions have won the last seven meetings between the two programs, and that is indicative of a larger trend. North Alabama has won 26 consecutive games against teams from the state of Arkansas.

UNA has extended that streak under second-year head coach Terry Bowden by attracting a mind-boggling collection of talent.

The Lions had 25 NCAA Division I transfers on their roster in 2009. North Alabama took it easy on the GSC this year and only brought in 24 D-I transfers, including several from traditional major college powers such as Tennessee, Florida State, Alabama, Miami, Florida and Texas.

“The reason that you compete is because anything can happen,” said Mullins. “You see upsets all the time, and it’s always a great joy and a pleasure to be a part of that. As you go through that list (of transfers), it’s very impressive. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with it. Everything that Coach Bowden does is within the Division II rules.

“That’s how they’ve chosen to build their program,” continued Mullins. “They do a great job and their kids play hard. There are no complaints from our end. That’s just the path they’ve gone down, and obviously they’ve had a lot of success. We’ve just got to bow up and get ready to play.”

Arkansas Tech snapped a two-game losing streak with a 30-25 win at Arkansas-Monticello last Saturday.

The Wonder Boys scored two defensive touchdowns and redshirt freshman quarterback Rico Keller rushed for 209 yards in the victory.

Keller was subsequently named GSC offensive player of the week. His 209 rushing yards against UAM are the most by any GSC player in a game this season, and it marked the sixth-highest single-game rushing total by a Wonder Boy all-time.

Only Travis Horn (288 yards vs. Central Arkansas in 2001), Robert Marley (259 yards vs. Ouachita Baptist in 1965), Eddie Meador (239 yards vs. Hendrix in 1958), Jack Simpson (235 yards vs. Ouachita Baptist in 1950) and Marcus Godfrey (225 yards vs. West Alabama in 2002) have ever rushed for more yards in a game for Arkansas Tech.

“We are making progress,” said Mullins. “This week we face one of the best NCAA Division II football teams I’ve ever seen, and we need to take another step forward. We need to be aggressive, confident and let it loose.”