Archives for November 2010

Golden Suns, Wonder Boys Stay in Top 25

Arkansas Tech University is one of just two NCAA Division II institutions ranked in the national top 25 poll for both men’s and women’s basketball this week.

The Golden Suns (5-1) fell five spots to No. 6 in the latest USA Today/ESPN NCAA Division II women’s basketball top 25 poll, which was released by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association on Tuesday.

The Wonder Boys (4-2) moved up one position to No. 21 in the National Association of Basketball Coaches NCAA Division II men’s basketball top 25 poll.

Grand Valley State is the only other school among the 273 NCAA Division II members that can claim nationally-ranked teams in both men’s and women’s basketball this week. Grand Valley State’s women are ranked 14th and its men are ranked 16th.

The rankings continued long streaks in the national poll for both Arkansas Tech teams.

The Wonder Boys have earned a spot in the men’s top 25 in 18 consecutive weeks, while the Golden Suns have been listed among the top 25 women’s teams in NCAA Division II for 16 consecutive weeks. Tech’s women have been in the top 10 for 12 straight weeks.

Arkansas Tech will return home to Tucker Coliseum in Russellville for non-conference contests this weekend. The Wonder Boys will host Southwestern Christian at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3, while the Golden Suns will entertain St. Edward’s University at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4.

Admission to both games will be free with a valid Tech identification card.

The general public can gain admission to both games for $1 with the donation of a new and unwrapped toy. The donated toys will be collected by the Arkansas Tech Department of Public Safety as part of its ongoing Toys for Tots drive.

Click here to view the complete NCAA Division II women’s basketball poll.

Click here to view the complete NCAA Division II men’s basketball poll.

Lawrence Reed Guest Lecture


The Arkansas Tech History and Political Sciences Department is hosting guest lecturer Lawrence W. Reed tomorrow.

Reed’s lecture will take place in the Doc Bryan Lecture Hall at 7 p.m. The topic is “Seven Principles of Sound Public Policy.”

Reed is the author of “Striking the Root: Essays on Liberty,” a nationally syndicated columnist, president of the Foundation for Economic Education and former president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

This is a part of the 2010-2011 Guest Lecture Series on liberty, freedom and political economy, funded in part by the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation.

For more information, contact Donald Gooch at

VAA Art Sale Today

Those looking for holiday gifts will be able to benefit from the artistic talents of Arkansas Tech students and faculty beginning today.  Students and faculty will be selling a variety of work as part of the annual Visual Art Association Art Sale.

The sale is taking place today and tomorrow in the Norman Hall Art Gallery, and it will run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. both days.

Organizers say a variety of work will be included in this year’s sale.

Some of the items typically up for grabs include:

  • Paintings
  • Drawings
  • Prints
  • Photos
  • Jewelry
  • Pottery

Organizers say the sale is a great way to support Arkansas Tech art students and purchase holiday gifts.  Proceeds from the fundraiser help cover expenses for art students to visit art museums and galleries.

To find out more about the sale, e-mail Lyn Brands at

PLC Clothing Drive Reminder


The Arkansas Tech University Presidential Leadership Cabinet (PLC) is working with community organizations to help provide clothing for those in need.

The PLC students began collecting clothing at various locations around the Arkansas Tech University campus approximately 3 weeks ago.

Organizers have placed boxes at multiple campus locations, so students, faculty and staff are able to donate clothing.  Donations will be accepted through Wednesday, December 15.

Alison Parks is the advisor for the Presidential Leadership Cabinet, and she says the group is asking for gently worn, clean clothing items.

This marks the third year for the drive, and last year members of the Tech community donated hundreds of clothing items.

Parks says the items will be donated to various charities to distribute during the holiday season.

To find out more about the drive, email Alison Parks at

IMSSO Gives Back at Stella Manor


Arkansas Tech international students are in full swing for the holiday season and gearing up to visit local nursing home residents this Friday.

In addition to decking the halls of the International and Multicultural Student Services Office, giving back is a top priority for the students.

The December event in the “IMSSO Gives Back” series is a trip to Stella Manor to visit with the elderly residents and deliver approximately 100 cards with personal messages made during the November “IMSSO Gives Back” event.

Students wishing to participate should sign up in the International and Multicultural Student Services Office. A shuttle will leave from the office at 2:45 p.m. on Friday.

Click here for more information about the International and Multicultural Student Services Office.