Archives for April 2011

Engineering Students Recognized at Ceremony

Outstanding engineering students were recognized recently at the Engineering Awards Ceremony and Engineer’s Ring Ceremony.

Junior and senior electrical and mechanical engineering students who garnered a grade point average above 3.5 were recognized and several other special awards were given.

Bradley Williams and Stuart Zurga received the Outstanding Electrical Engineering Student Awards.

Morgan Hines and David Trulove were awarded the Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Student Awards.

The recipients of the Shawn Storz Memorial Award for Outstanding Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Service were Terry Fang and Michael Massery.

Additionally this marked the first year for the “Order of the Engineer” Engineer’s Ring Ceremony, which was held at the conclusion of the awards program.

The ring ceremony is the public induction of candidates into the Order of the Engineer, during which the engineer candidates formally accept the Obligation of an Engineer and receive a stainless steel ring to be worn as a symbol of their commitment to engineering.

For more information about the Order of the Engineer, click here.

Harmon Encourages Tech to Look Forward

Keynote speaker Major Gen. William  E. Harmon (Ret.) encouraged Arkansas Tech University to embrace “new technology, new traditions and new opportunities” during the keynote address at the Arkansas Tech Centennial Convocation on Friday, April 29, at Tucker Coliseum.

Harmon (photographed), a member of the Arkansas Tech Class of 1960 and a 1990 inductee into the Arkansas Tech Hall of Distinction, served with his wife Suzanne as honorary co-chairs of the Arkansas Tech Centennial.

The celebration of the 100th anniversary of Arkansas Tech began on Jan. 14, 2009, with a special event at the State Capitol in Little Rock and concluded with Friday’s convocation.

A veteran of 32 years of distinguished service to the U.S. Army, Harmon spoke on Friday of the Arkansas Tech Centennial as a “temporary pause to remember events, milestones and individuals” that have allowed the institution to grow and develop over the past century.

Much of his address focused on the rapid evolution of technology and how it will change education in the future. He said that he did not know what the future holds, but that it will be “radically different and executed at a faster pace.”

Harmon said that education must be “current and applicable.” He stated that graduates must leave Arkansas Tech with “advanced skills” and the preparation that will allow them to contribute immediately in their chosen career.

According to Harmon, the increases in technology may change society’s current idea of the word campus.

“Proximity will become irrelevant,” said Harmon. “There may come a day when the virtual campus outgrows the physical campus. I do not see this as a stretch of the imagination. We can be an international university with worldwide legs.”

In closing, Harrmon left the audience of students, faculty members, administrators, staff and alumni with one final challenge.

“Let future generations at Arkansas Tech say of you that you laid the foundation for new heights of excellence and exploration,” said Harmon.

Arkansas Tech President Dr. Robert C. Brown opened the convocation by welcoming several special guests of the university, including members of the Chambers and Hull families.

Three generations of the Chambers family have served on the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees, including current Board Chairman John Ed Chambers III of Danville.

Dr. Joseph W. Hull is the longest-serving president in Arkansas Tech history. He was nominated for the presidency by Judge John Ed Chambers (the current Mr. Chambers’ grandfather) in 1932, and Hull maintained that post for 35 years before retiring in 1967. Hull passed away in 1971.

Dr. Thomas A. DeBlack, professor of history at Arkansas Tech, offered a history of the institution. He spoke of the challenges in opening the school due to construction delays in October 1910. He told of the development of the institution under President Hugh Critz (1918-23), President Hull and the unprecedented growth of the past 15 years.

“The first 100 years of Arkansas Tech have seen fires, floods, wars and depression,” said DeBlack. “The next 100 years are sure to present more challenges, but Arkansas Tech stands better prepared to face those challenges than ever before.”

The convocation included an alumni reponse from Jim Murphy, president of the Arkansas Tech Alumni Association; a faculty response from Dr. Linda Bean, chair of the Arkansas Tech Faculty Senate; and a student response from Travis Flower, president of the Arkansas Tech Student Government Association.

Musical performances highlighted two commissioned pieces that were written especially for the occasion of the Arkansas Tech Centennial.

The Arkansas Tech Symphonic Band performed “Celebration,” which was written by Philip Parker. An associate professor of music at Arkansas Tech, Parker directed the performance of the piece on Friday.

The Arkansas Tech Concert Chorale performed “Doors of Daring” under the direction of Gary Morris, director of choirs at Arkansas Tech. The choir piece was composed by Andrea Ramsey, a 2000 Arkansas Tech graduate.

The national anthem at the convocation was led by Dr. Jon F. Clements, associate professor of music. Holly Ruth Gale, assistant professor of music, led the alma mater.

Hal Cooper, director of bands at Arkansas Tech since 1979, directed the Arkansas Tech Symphonic Band in the playing of the processional and the recessional.

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Check back with in the days to come for more photos and video from the Arkansas Tech Centennial Convocation.

NTHS Induction Ceremony


Ten students at Arkansas Tech University – Ozark Campus were recently inducted into the National Technical Honors Society.

Pictured are Kristie Moore, Librarian (L) installing the officers for 2011. From left: Joyce Chase, Secretary/Treasurer of Cecil, Cynthia Braithwaite, Vice President of Clarksville, Zelda Zolliecoffier, President of Ozark.

A complete listing of inductees is:

Cynthia Braithwaite of Clarksville

Michele Casteel of Alma

Joyce Chase of Cecil

Joy Cressler of Alma

Lucila Echavez of Alma

Elisa Floyd of Ozark

Renee Griffith of Ozark

Deanna Ryburn of Mountainburg

Debra Sampley of Mountainburg

Sean Simon of Alma

Wonder Boys Take Two From Mustangs

Arkansas Tech tuned up for a critical weekend series by sweeping a doubleheader against the Central Baptist College Mustangs at Tech Field in Russellville on Thursday night.

The Wonder Boys (29-16) fought off a comeback bid by the Mustangs to win the opener 8-5. Arkansas Tech had an easier time of it in the nightcap, scoring early and often in a 17-4 victory.

Now Arkansas Tech can turn its full attention to a three-game Gulf South Conference series with Harding to close out the regular season this weekend. The Wonder Boys, the Bisons and the Delta State Statesmen are all tied for first place in the GSC West Division. Delta State will be at Henderson State for a three-game set to close out the conference season.

Tech and Harding will play two games on Saturday and one contest on Sunday. First pitch both days will be at noon. All three games can be heard on KCAB 980 AM.

Click here to access an Internet stream of the broadcasts.

Nate Wilder (photographed) went 2-for-3 with a home run and three runs batted in during game one on Thursday. His home run was his 10th of the season, which made him just the 10th Wonder Boy to ever hit 10 or more home runs in a season.

Matt Johnson went 3-for-4 and Madison Beaird had two RBIs in the opener.

Arkansas Tech led 8-1 after five innings, but the Mustangs (23-21) scored four times in the top of the sixth on just one hit.

Tech committed two errors, uncorked two wild pitches, walked two batters, had one passed ball and hit one batter during the frame to help Central Baptist cut its deficit to 8-5.

Arkansas Tech reliever John Michael Moore induced a ground out by Seth Hobbs to end the top of the sixth inning, and then the Wonder Boys called on Aaron Luchterhand to pitch the seventh. He retired Central Baptist in order in the final inning, including striking out the final two hitters of the game for his first save of the season.

Dustin Thomas (2-1), the second of four Tech pitchers to work in Thursday’s first game, was credited with the win. He allowed four runs, one of which was earned, on two hits in three and two-third innings. He struck out three.

Central Baptist starter Blake Mattison (0-2) took the loss in the opener after surrendering three runs in three innings.

Game two was all Arkansas Tech from the word go. The Wonder Boys scored at least three runs in each of the first four innings while building an insurmountable lead.

Johnson went 2-for-3 with a home run, four RBIs and three runs scored in the nightcap. He extended his hitting streak to 28 consecutive games and broke the school record for runs scored in a season. Johnson has crossed home plate 72 times this year, breaking the school record of 70 runs scored that he set in 2010.

Wilder homered again in game two and drove in four runs. Nick Makris went 4-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored. Beaird was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBIs. Chris Reese had two hits and scored twice.

Arkansas Tech’s Travis Davenport (1-0) pitched the final three innings to earn the win. He struck out seven and allowed one run on one hit.

CBC starter Caleb Schallawitz was the losing pitcher in game two. He allowed seven runs in two innings.

“Trial by Jury” Coming to Witherspoon Friday

Arkansas Tech University is concluding the celebration of its 100-year anniversary this weekend. Members of the Arkansas Tech Opera Workshop will participate in the festivities by offering a performance of a comedic operetta that dates back even further than that.

Dr. Jon F. Clements, director of the Arkansas Tech Opera Workshop, and an 18-student cast will stage “Trial by Jury” beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 29, at Witherspoon Auditorium.

Admission will be free and open to the public.

“Trial by Jury” was written by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. It was first performed in March 1875 in London, England.

Clements said that Friday night’s performance is scheduled to last approximately 45 minutes. Brian Conatser will serve as accompanist.

For more information about public performances by the Arkansas Tech Department of Music, call (479) 968-0368.