Archives for January 2011

Grad College Information Sessions


Have you been thinking about graduate school and want to learn more? The Arkansas Tech Graduate College is hosting informational sessions next week.

The following question and answer sessions will take place in the Doc Bryan Lecture Hall:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 8, noon-1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb 9, 4-5 p.m.

Arkansas Tech offers graduate programs in a variety of fields. The Master of Science degree is available in college student personnel, health informatics, emergency management/homeland security, psychology, fisheries and wildlife biology, nursing administration, and information technology.

The Master of Liberal Arts offers options in communication, fine arts, and social science. The Master of Engineering provides electrical, nuclear, and mechanical options.

The Master of Arts degree includes English (teaching English as a second language and teaching English to speakers of other languages), Spanish, history, multi-media journalism, and teaching.

The Master of Education offers elementary education, secondary education, leadership, and instructional improvement.

Representatives from different programs and Dean of the Graduate College, Dr. Mary B. Gunter, will be on hand to answer questions from students about the programs, paying for grad school, and why Arkansas Tech Graduate College may be the right choice.

The informational sessions are sponsored by the Arkansas Tech Graduate Council.

Women of Distinction Honored by Girl Scouts


Chancellor, Dr. Jo Alice Blondin was among four women who serve as positive role models for women and contribute significantly to their community that were honored Thursday evening at the Girl Scouts – Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas 2011 Women of Distinction Awards Dinner held at the headquarters of Golden Living.This year’s recipients are: Kathy Babb, Dr. Jo Alice Blondin, Judy McReynolds and Charolette Tidwell.

The theme this year, “Bloom Where You Are Planted,” was inspired by Juliette Gordon Low’s poem “A Tree for the Future.” Low founded the American Girl Guide troops in 1912. The following year it was renamed Girl Scouts.

Entertainment was provided by the Fort Smith Public Schools Party Players. The string quintet is comprised of orchestra members from Northside and Southside High Schools.

In addition to the large diamond-shaped glass awards presented to the honorees, a real diamond donated by Newton’s Jewelers was awarded by random drawing at the conclusion of the banquet. Seed packets, each containing a colored dot were presented to attendees. Colors were eliminated until three finalists held red dot packs. They were then instructed to pick a colored gardening tool from a wheelbarrow and a card was drawn to reveal the winner. Bob Cooper picked the green trowel and won the Ideal Cut diamond.

Award Winners
• Kathy Babb relocated to Fort Smith after growing up in North Dakota. She has contributed to local education and the arts community. At a young age, she was taught the lessons of independence and hard work from her mother and she continues to embrace those qualities and pass them on to the younger generation.

• Dr. Jo Alice Blondin is chancellor of Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus. She has received numerous awards in the education field and is a strong advocated for students. The Franklin County Single Parent Scholarship Fund has prospered under her leadership and increased its disbursement of scholarships year after year.

• Judy McReynolds is president and CEO of Arkansas Best Corporation. She is the first female CEO of a publicly traded Arkansas corporation. McReynolds leads by example and builds trust by trusting her colleague’s abilities to achieve their goals.

• Charolette Tidwell worked as head nurse and director of nursing for Sparks Hospital for 25 years. Tidwell secured funding for the first daycare for single teenage mothers in Arkansas. She cared for their children while they attended classes at Westark College. Tidwell was a director in the corporate offices at Beverly Enterprises. Tidwell, who is black, has made a positive impact in the hiring practices of Fort Smith businesses.

Photograph provided by Marian Conrad, Vice-President of Communications and Strategic Alliances, Girl Scouts – Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

Tech Students to Help Can Hunger


Arkansas Tech student organizations will be able to put their creativity to the test and help feed the hungry.

Students in Free Enterprise and the Student Government Association are partnering to host a canned food sculpture competition as part of WonderWeek at Arkansas Tech.  Read more about WonderWeek.

Each student organization participating is encouraged to build a sculpture using various canned food items.  All sculptures must be placed in the Young Game Room by 5 p.m. tomorrow in order to be judged.

The top three finishers will each receive a monetary prize for use within their organization, and all food used during the competition will be donated to area nonprofit organizations.

Be sure to log back on for photos of the winners.

Turnover Margin Fuels Another Tech Win

Jeremy Dunbar scored a career-high 28 points and Johnie Davis added 25 points to lead the nationally 23rd-ranked Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys to an 83-73 victory over the Ouachita Baptist Tigers at Vining Arena in Arkadelphia on Saturday.

The Wonder Boys (15-3 overall, 6-0 Gulf South Conference) jumped out to a 15-point halftime lead and then held on down the stretch to maintain sole possession of first place in the GSC West Division.

Tech held a plus-15 turnover margin on Saturday. The Wonder Boys forced OBU into 21 turnovers while giving the basketball away just six times.

Ouachita Baptist (7-12, 2-5) cut Tech’s lead to 65-58 at the 9:32 mark of the second half, but Davis answered with a 3-pointer to rebuild the margin to 10 points.

It was the start of a 9-1 run that gave the Wonder Boys a 74-59 edge with 6:03 remaining. Ouachita chopped Tech’s lead back down to eight points, but Davis responded with a layup to make it 78-68 with 2:25 left.

The Wonder Boys made 5-of-9 from the free throw line over the final 1:09 to finally put the pesky Tigers away.

Laithe Massey added 11 points, five rebounds and five assists for Arkansas Tech, which won its ninth consecutive game. Jared Williamson (photographed) grabbed a career-high seven rebounds and scored five points.

Austin Mitchell led OBU with 20 points.

The Wonder Boys will host Henderson State for a 7:30 p.m. GSC contest at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville on Thursday, Feb. 3.

Tickets will be available at the door. Those with a valid Tech identification card will be admitted free.

Suns Come Back From 18 Down, Beat OBU

Nationally fifth-ranked Arkansas Tech used an 11-0 run late in the second half to complete an 82-79 come from behind win over the Ouachita Baptist Lady Tigers at Vining Arena in Arkadelphia on Saturday afternoon.

The Golden Suns (16-2 overall, 5-1 Gulf South Conference) trailed 73-67 with 4:02 remaining, but back-to-back 3-pointers by Jenny Vining and Lindsey Root tied the score at 73-73 at the 3:09 mark.

Natalia Santos scored a layup with 2:16 to go to put Tech in front for good. Two free throws from Laura Beth Anderson and one from Santos completed the 11-0 run and gave the Suns a 78-73 advantage with 1:04 left.

Ouachita Baptist’s A’Laeshia Adams stopped Tech’s run by making a 3-pointer with 45.5 seconds left, but Arkansas Tech made 4-of-4 from the free throw line and held the Lady Tigers without another made field goal from there on out.

With the win, the Golden Suns claim sole possession of second place in the GSC West Division — one-half game behind nationally third-ranked Delta State (18-1, 6-1). It was Tech’s eighth consecutive women’s basketball win over Ouachita Baptist.

The Lady Tigers made 13 of their first 17 field goal tries to open the game with a 34-16 lead. Three 3-pointers in rapid succession from Root helped the Suns pull within 46-42 at halftime.

Ouachita used a 10-1 spurt to take a 67-60 advantage midway through the second half, but the final run of the night and the game belonged to Arkansas Tech.

Vining and Anderson led the Suns with 17 points apiece. Jessica Weatherford notched 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Root finished with 12 points.

Beulah Osueke, Domino Miller and Adams scored 16 points apiece for Ouachita Baptist (14-5, 5-2).

The Golden Suns will return home and play their next three games at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville. First up are the Henderson State Lady Reddies at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 3.

Tickets will be available at the door and those with a valid Tech identification card will be admitted free.