Archives for October 2011

Green Carpet Photos Posted


Arkansas Tech fans showed off their Tech spirit Saturday in hopes of winning a gift card from the Arkansas Tech Bookstore.

Photos of the fans walking the Green Carpet are on the Arkansas Tech Facebook page, and the with the most “likes” will win a $50 gift card to the Arkansas Tech Bookstore.

Fans have until Friday at 5 p.m. to vote on their favorite photo.

Access the Green Carpet Photos.

Be sure to log back on Facebook to find out the winner.

ECU Spoils Wonder Boys’ Senior Day 31-16

Tyler Vanderzee threw for 235 yards and Titus Mobley ran for 122 yards to lead the East Central Tigers to a 31-16 Great American Conference football victory over the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys at Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field in Russellville on Saturday.

The Tigers (6-3 overall, 4-2 GAC) kept Arkansas Tech out of the end zone until late in the fourth quarter and used big plays on offense and special teams to build an insurmountable lead.

East Central put together a six-play, 76-yard scoring drive on the first possession of the game. Vanderzee threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to George Robbins and the Tigers led 7-0 with 11:53 to go in the opening quarter.

Arkansas Tech got on the board with a 22-yard field goal by Jorge Vazquez with 2:29 left in the second quarter, but ECU’s Dontae Smith returned the ensuing kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown. The Tigers held a 14-3 edge at halftime.

Vazquez’s second field goal of the day — a 28-yard boot at the 5:39 mark of the third quarter — cut the Wonder Boys’ deficit to 14-6.

East Central responded with another big play. Vanderzee hit Robbins for a 55-yard pass play, and Mobley took it over the goal line on a 1-yard touchdown run two plays later. ECU led 21-6 with 3:51 left in the third quarter.

Vazquez continued his career day by making a 35-yard field goal in the last minute of the third period. It was 21-9 going to the final 15 minutes.

The Tigers put it away with one final big play. Vanderzee tossed a screen pass to Mobley on a fourth-and-8 play with 6:47 remaining, and Mobley scooted 35 yards down the left side of the field for a touchdown. Vanderzee’s second touchdown pass of the game gave the Tigers a 28-9 edge.

ECU’s Brian Gonzalez increased the lead to 31-9 with a 24-yard field goal at the 3:26 mark of the fourth quarter.

A.J. Whitmore restored an ounce of hope for the Wonder Boys by returning the ensuing kickoff 66 yards for a touchdown. His third kickoff return for a touchdown of the season brought Arkansas Tech within 31-16 with 3:17 to go.

But the hole was too deep and time was too short for the Wonder Boys. Austin Daniels drove the final nail when he intercepted an Arkansas Tech pass at the ECU 18-yard line with 40 seconds remaining.

James Landry completed 16-of-29 passes for 146 yards for the Wonder Boys. He also rushed for 35 yards.

Chris Strong led the Arkansas Tech defense with seven tackles. Hayward Howard made six tackles, including three for a loss.

Saturday marked the final home game of the season for the Wonder Boys (2-7, 1-3).

Arkansas Tech honored its 19 senior football players — defensive linemen Hayward Howard, Kelby Parks, Garret Ratcliff, A.J. Smith and Marvin Wilcots; linebacker Brandon Keaton; defensive backs Joe Bryant, Myron Johnson, Joe Means and Kenneth Snell; place kicker Jorge Vazquez; offensive linemen Brandon Thomas and Marcus Turner; quarterback James Landry; running back Darnell O’Neal; tight end Josh Baker; tight end/punter Jake Denzer; and wide receivers Sean Carraway and A.J. Whitmore — during a pre-game ceremony.

The Wonder Boys will play their final game of the 2011 football season on Saturday, Nov. 5, when they visit Southwestern Oklahoma State for a 2 p.m. kickoff in Weatherford, Okla.

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Speaker to Provide Career Tips

The Arkansas Tech University Department of Athletics will host guest speaker Jim O’Keefe of BlueChipCareerNetwork for a presentation about the transition from college student to working professional on Monday, Oct. 31.

The presentation, which is free and open to all Arkansas Tech students, will begin at 7 p.m. in Rothwell Hall room 138.

According to the BlueChipCareerNetwork Web site, O’Keefe is the founder and owner of a service that helps student-athletes make a successful college to career transition. He is a certified career coach and a member of The Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches.

For more information about O’Keefe’s presentation, send e-mail to

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College to Career Center to Advise Business Students

The College to Career Center in the College of Business has announced its staff will be advising business students for the Spring 2012 semester, and students are required to attend mandatory advising sessions next week.

Students who are freshmen, transferring from another school or changing their major to business will be required to attend one of the advising sessions held between Monday, Oct. 31 and Wednesday, Nov. 9.

The deadline to register is noon today. Students should register on the College of Business Advising Blackboard site.

Management/Marketing majors may attend sessions on Monday at 10 a.m., Tuesday at 2:30 p.m., and Thursday at 8 a.m. or 2:30 p.m.

Economics majors may attend sessions on Tuesday at 8 a.m. or Monday or Nov. 7 at 2 p.m.

Accounting majors may attend sessions Wednesday at 10 a.m. or Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 2 p.m.

All advising sessions will be held in Rothwell Hall Room 213 with the exception of the session at 8 a.m. Wednesday, which will be held in Room 313.

To reserve a spot in one of these sessions, refer to the following steps to self-enroll.

  1. Select “College of Business – Advising” under the “My Courses” tab.
  2. Select the “Groups” tab on the left side of the page.
  3. Locate the advising session you would like to sign up for and select “Sign Up.”

Each student will have a faculty advisor as a professional mentor, but use the College to Career Center as a means of academic advising and scheduling.

The College to Career Center, formerly known as Student Success Center, is a new addition to the College of Business that will focus on professionally developing the holistic College of Business student.

For more information, contact the College to Career Center 479.880.4226.

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Haunted House Opens Tonight at McEver Hall

Nightmare in McEver, a haunted house sponsored by Sigma Pi, Physics Club, Chemistry Club and Pre-Med Club, is set to begin tonight (Friday, Oct. 28) in the basement of McEver Hall.

Hours for Nightmare in McEver are 7 p.m.-midnight on Friday, Oct. 28, and Saturday, Oct. 29, and 7-10 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30.

Admission to the haunted house is $3. Everyone is invited to attend.

The entrance is located in McEver 152, located on the south end of the building.