Archives for September 2011

Catching Up With Nick Graziano

Former Arkansas Tech quarterback Nick Graziano helped the Wonder Boys re-write their record books and reach the NCAA Division II Playoffs in 2009.

Click here to read a feature story about what he is doing today, courtesy of Alex Espinoza of the San Jose Mercury News (Calif.).

Rotaract meeting to be held Oct. 6


The Ozark Campus is starting a new student organization called Rotaract, a Rotary-sponsored service club for young men and women ages 18-30.

Rotaract clubs are sponsored by a local Rotary club, and ours will be sponsored by the Altus Rotary. Our intention is to become a true “partnership in service.”

Rotaract is an international program founded in 1968 by Rotary International, an association of clubs made up of service-minded business and professional leaders. In simple terms, Rotaract is “good people, doing good things.” Its founding premises are volunteerism and professional growth. It will not only provide service opportunities, but it will add benefits such as leadership, resume material and “education outside the classroom” — tools for success!

As we get started, the first step is to see if we have enough interested and dedicated students that want to be a part of this organization. We would like to meet with any interested students this Thursday, Oct. 6, in the Student Service Conference Room (117B) at 11 a.m. for about half an hour to explain more about the organization and answer any questions. Please come out and see how you can be a part of this organization and how you can be of service to your local and international communities.

The faculty sponsors are Lynn Burns and Mike Murders with Laura Rudolph acting as the local Rotary liaison. Our goal is to have 20 students sign up immediately to make this happen. Please help, and please visit the Rotaract website to find out more.


Mike Murders, Rotaract advisor

(479) 508-3363

Record Crowd Watches Suns Win in Five Sets

The largest crowd to ever watch a volleyball match on the Arkansas Tech campus saw the Golden Suns knock off the nationally 23rd-ranked Harding Lady Bisons 25-16, 21-25, 25-17, 20-25, 15-5 at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville on Thursday night.

Arkansas Tech (15-1 overall, 6-0 Great American Conference) won its 15th consecutive match and assumed sole possession of first place in the GAC standings in front of a crowd of 1,045 fans, which broke both the school record and the GAC record for volleyball attendance.

The Golden Suns took control of the fifth and decisive set by winning seven of the first 10 points. Tech led 9-5 before scoring the last six points of the match to pull away for the victory.

Sara Motsinger (photographed) led the Golden Suns with 19 kills, three of which came during Tech’s 6-0 run to end the match. Thabata Galvao added 11 kills and four blocks, while Brittany Ryan had 10 kills and a career-high 13 blocks.

Laura Farney notched nine kills and a career-high 26 digs. Brennae Benda contributed 28 digs, and Amber Cerrillos made 49 assists and 11 digs.

Mollie Arnold had 12 kills and 21 digs for Harding (14-3, 5-1), which dropped its second consecutive match.

The Golden Suns will participate in the Holiday Inn Express Volleyball Classic in Denton, Texas, this weekend.

Click here to learn more about Arkansas Tech volleyball.

Get Your Homecoming T-Shirt

Arkansas Tech University Homecoming 2011 T-shirts are available for purchase at the Alumni House and online.

The T-shirt features an Arkansas Tech logo on the front and the Homecoming 2011 logo (shown at right) on the back.

The theme for Homecoming this year is “Building on Tradition, Ringing in the Future” in celebration of the construction of Baswell Techionery and Hindsman Tower.

Cost for the T-shirts is $6 each or $10 for two shirts.

Students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the university may purchase the T-shirts from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays at the Arkansas Tech Alumni House, which is located at 1313 N. Arkansas Ave. between Caraway Hall and the football practice field.

Click here to purchase Homecoming shirts online.

For more information, call (479) 968-0242 or send e-mail to

Homecoming 2011 is scheduled for Oct. 21-22.

Click here to view the complete Homecoming 2011 schedule.

Don Bailey to Present Concert Saturday


The Arkansas Tech University Department of Music welcomes a special guest musician to campus as part of the Casey Performance Series.

On Saturday, flutist Don Bailey will present a recital in the Witherspoon Building auditorium.  The program begans at 7:30 p.m. and is free to those wishing to attend.

During the concert, Bailey will present several works by famous composers including Poulenc, Muczynski, McTee, Clarke, and Martin.

Bailey is a board member of both the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra and the New York Flute Club.  He has served as president of the Texas Flute Society and the Louisiana Flute Society.

Bailey has performed throughout the world at various festivals and conventions.  He has performed in Colorado, France, Italy and at several National Flute Association Conventions.

Throughout his life, Bailey has studied from several distinguished flutists including Julius Baker, Michel Debost, Alain Marion, Judith Mendenhall, George Morey, Marcel Moyse, and Albert Tipton.

To learn more about Saturday’s concert, contact the Department of Music at 479-968-0368.