Archives for December 2010

Seniors Say Thanks


Several Arkansas Tech graduates stopped before Saturday’s commencement exercises to thank those who have helped throughout their time at Arkansas Tech.

See video excerpts from commencement.

Campus Closing for Holiday Break

Arkansas Tech University will close for the holiday break at noon on Thursday, Dec. 23.

Offices will re-open on Monday, Jan. 3. Registration for the spring 2011 semester will be conducted on Jan. 11-12.

Classes for the spring 2011 semester will begin on Jan. 13.

Practical Nursing Pinning Ceremony


The Practical Nursing program at Arkansas Tech University – Ozark Campus held their pinning ceremony on Friday, December 17. Where 15 students were recognized and pinned.

The ceremony began at 6:30 p.m. in the new Student Services’ Conference Center at Arkansas Tech University – Ozark Campus.

Dr. Jo Alice Blondin, Chancellor introduced special guests, and Dr. Robert C. Brown; President of Arkansas Tech University gave the welcome.

There was a reception immediately following the ceremony for the graduates, their family and guests.

The December class of 2010 is pictured (Left to Right, front to back) Alice Cross, Kristin White, Sarah Barenberg, Stevi West, Emily Greenwalt, Jerri Mattison, Clara Amy Skinner, Ashley Hope, Jessica Thompson, Lasinda Matthews, Kristina Morgan, Alyssa Kendrick, Hollie Beckham, Casie Kelly & Misty Brock.

Burl Named Principal for New School

Brad Burl, a 2004 graduate of Arkansas Tech University, will serve as the first principal of the Pine Bluff Lighthouse Charter School.

According to a news release issued by Lighthouse Academies on Dec. 20, Burl will assume his new duties in January 2011 in preparation for the opening of the school in August 2011.

Burl was a founding member of the faculty for the Jacksonville Lighthouse Charter School, and he currently serves as that school’s director of school culture.

Before joining Lighthouse Academies, Burl taught in the North Little Rock School District for five years. He is also a reservist for the United States Air Force and a graduate of the USAF Airman Leadership School.

According to its Web site, the mission of Lighthouse Academies is to “prepare students for college through a rigorous arts-infused program.”

Burl studied graphic design while earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in art from Arkansas Tech. He went on to receive a Master of Education degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.


Davis Recognized for Work With Youth Tennis

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) have honored Arkansas Tech head tennis coach Abby Davis for her efforts to promote the game among the youth of the Arkansas River Valley.

Davis earned the 2010 USTA/ITA QuickStart Provider of the Year award for the USTA Southern Section after hosting a variety of programs over the past several months that provided children age 10 and under access to instruction and competitive opportunities in the game of tennis.

“I really, really appreciate Arkansas Tech University for allowing me to use our courts at the Chartwells Women’s Sports Complex to run these programs and for me to be so involved within the community,” said Davis in a news release from the Arkansas Tech Department of Athletics. “This is a tremendous honor and I’m very thankful for it.”

Davis is in her seventh year as the head tennis coach at Arkansas Tech. A four-year letter winner and All-Gulf South Conference performer during her playing career with the Golden Suns from 1998-2002, Davis has taken the Tech tennis program to new heights over the past three years.

The Golden Suns have reached three consecutive GSC Tournaments, and the 2008-09 squad set a new school record for tennis victories in a season (17).

A native of Paris, Davis holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (2002) and a Master of Education degree (2004) from Arkansas Tech. She also serves as an instructor in the Arkansas Tech Department of Health and Physical Education.