Archives for January 2012

Ozark Campus sets new spring-enrollment record


With a preliminary enrollment of 1,651 students this spring semester, Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus once again has increased its spring student enrollment and set another record.

Arkansas Tech-Ozark’s spring enrollment has increased 17 percent from 2011, which saw an enrollment of 1,406, and 36 percent since 2010, which had 1,210 students. All three figures have been spring-enrollment records for the campus.

Spring 2012 enrollment figures became official at the end of Friday, Jan. 27, the 11th day of classes for the semester.

Richard Harris, chief student officer, said, “Arkansas Tech University-Ozark campus continues to fulfill its mission of providing quality education to the people of the River Valley. It is my belief that this commitment to access continues to allow this campus to grow each year.”

The fall 2011 semester also was a record enrollment for Arkansas Tech-Ozark – up almost 500 percent since 2003, when it joined the Arkansas Tech University family.

Arkansas Tech-Ozark has expanded program offerings with the addition of the Arkansas Tech Career Center in Russellville and Health Information Technology and Viticulture programs, as well as the newly Arkansas Department of Higher Education-approved Registered Nurse program.

Suns Ranked No. 13 For 2nd Week

Arkansas Tech is listed at No. 13 in the USA Today/ESPN NCAA Division II women’s basketball top 25 for a second consecutive week.

The latest version of the poll was released by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association on Tuesday, Jan. 31.

The Golden Suns (13-3 overall, 5-3 Great American Conference) have won four of their last five games to move into third place in the GAC standings halfway through the league race.

Arkansas Tech has been ranked in 39 consecutive USA Today/ESPN NCAA Division II top 25 polls (including preseason polls).

The Golden Suns entered the rankings at No. 24 on Dec. 8, 2009, and they have been included in every poll since — the final 13 polls of the 2009-10 season, all 16 of the 2010-11 polls and all 10 polls so far in 2011-12.

Arkansas Tech will visit Arkansas-Monticello for a 5:30 p.m. GAC game at Steelman Field House in Monticello on Thursday, Feb. 2.

Game two of Thursday’s doubleheader will pit the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys (14-4, 6-2) against the UAM Boll Weevils at 7:30 p.m.

Both games can be heard on KWKK 100.9 FM.

Click here to access an Internet stream of the broadcast.

Click here to view the USA Today/ESPN NCAA Division II top 25 women’s basketball poll.

Click here to learn more about Arkansas Tech Athletics.


Williamson Named GAC Player of the Week

Arkansas Tech’s Jared Williamson was named Great American Conference men’s basketball player of the week on Tuesday, Jan. 31.

Williamson, a junior guard from Russellville, averaged 16.7 points per game while helping the Wonder Boys go 3-0 last week.

Arkansas Tech recorded wins over Harding, Ouachita Baptist and Southern Arkansas to move into a share of first place in the GAC standings.

Williamson was 10-of-22 from the field, 4-of-8 from 3-point range and 26-of-36 from the free throw line last week. He also averaged 5.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game during the week.

The Wonder Boys (14-4 overall, 6-2 GAC) will visit Arkansas-Monticello for a 7:30 p.m. GAC game on Thursday, Feb. 2, at Steelman Field House in Monticello.

Game one of the doubleheader will pit the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns (13-3, 5-3) against the UAM Cotton Blossoms at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Both games can be heard on KWKK 100.9 FM.

Click here to access an Internet stream of the broadcast.

Click here to learn more about Arkansas Tech Athletics.

Nguyen Advances as Director of Bands

Dr. Albert Nguyen, a 1999 Arkansas Tech graduate from Van Buren, used his bachelor’s degree in music as a launching pad to obtain two advanced degrees and land a position as Director of Bands at the University of Memphis.

Nguyen’s career began just miles away as director of bands at Morrilton High School. He served there for three years.

In 2004, he returned to the role of student as he obtained his master of music and doctorate of musical arts in wind conducting degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. When not studying and practicing, he worked as a graduate assistant directing the concert band and taught as part of the Longhorn Band teaching staff.

Additionally, Ngyuen was an assistant conductor of the wind ensemble and appeared as a guest conductor of the Longhorn Band wind symphony, symphony band and chamber winds.

In Nguyen’s current capacity as Director of Bands at the University of Memphis, he conducts the wind ensemble, directs the graduate instrumental conducting program and oversees the athletic, symphonic and university bands.

Before obtaining this position, he served as Assistant Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands for three years, also at the University of Memphis.

Nguyen has not cut ties with public school connections, as he often appears as an adjudicator, clinician and guest conductor.

He is active in Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, College Band Directors National Association and was a contributing author in the GIA publication “Teaching Music through Performance in Band,” volume seven.

During his time at Arkansas Tech, Nguyen was a member of the Arkansas Tech Band of Distinction under the direction of Hal Cooper and performed with the Arkansas Intercollegiate Band under the direction of Eugene Corporon.

Resolve to Get Involved Event Tomorrow

The Arkansas Tech Office of Campus Life has teamed with Volunteer Services to host “Resolve to Get Involved” tomorrow in the Young Ballroom.

The event runs from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Young Ballroom and offers students the chance to get involved in student organizations and with volunteer opportunities in the River Valley.

For more information, contact Aubrey Holt at 479.968.0276 or