Archives for March 2012

Hoops for Heart Registration Begins Monday

Registration for the 2012 Arkansas Tech University Hoops for Heart 3-on-3 basketball tournament to benefit the American Heart Association will begin on Monday, April 2.

Hoops for Heart will take place on Thursday, April 12, at Tucker Coliseum. Games in the 3-on-3 tournament will begin at 1 p.m., while mini-games (including a half-court shot competition, a 3-point contest and a slam dunk contest) will begin at 3 p.m.

Cost for the 3-on-3 tournament is $20 per team for groups that register before the day of the event. Cost to register on April 12 will be $25 per team.

Individuals entered in the 3-on-3 tournament can participate in the mini-games for $1 per event.

Persons interested in just competing in the mini-games can do so at a rate of $3 for one event, $5 for two events or $6 for three events.

Early registration will begin at 8 a.m. on Monday, April 2, and last through 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10.

Those wishing to register in advance can visit Dr. Rockie Pederson’s office in Hull Building room 109 to submit their registration form and pay their entry fees.

Those wishing to register the day of the event can do so at Tucker Coliseum from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 12.

Suns Host Bulldogs Saturday & Sunday

Arkansas Tech will continue a challenging portion of its 2012 softball schedule by hosting the Southwestern Oklahoma State Bulldogs for a four-game Great American Conference series at the Chartwells Women’s Sports Complex in Russellville this weekend.
The Golden Suns (11-17 overall, 5-9 GAC) and the Bulldogs (25-8, 12-4) will play doubleheaders at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, and at noon on Sunday, April 1.
All four games can be heard on KCAB 980 AM and over the Internet at
Southwestern Oklahoma State is part of a tight three-team race for the inaugural GAC regular season softball championship.

The Bulldogs are in third place, but they are right on the heels of front-running Southeastern Oklahoma State (26-12, 16-4) and second-place Arkansas-Monticello (20-10, 8-2).
SWOSU has won four consecutive games and 12 of its last 14.
The Bulldogs’ success centers around starting pitchers Katie Raines (9-3, 1.59 ERA) and Katrina Johnson (10-3, 1.75 ERA), who rank No. 1 and No. 2 in the GAC in earned run average.
Arkansas Tech has lost five consecutive softball games and is in fifth place in the GAC standings. Southeastern Oklahoma State swept four games from the Golden Suns in Durant, Okla., last weekend.
Hayley Hudson (.378, two home runs, 15 runs batted in), Victoria Huie (.329, nine RBIs) and Siarra Gomez (.314, one home run, 12 RBIs) have been Arkansas Tech’s top hitters so far this season.
Huie (6-6, 3.82 ERA) and Rachel Keeton (4-10, 4.01 ERA) handle the majority of the pitching for the Golden Suns.
Other GAC softball series this weekend will see East Central (14-11, 4-6) tangle with Southern Arkansas (14-25, 4-12) in Magnolia and Arkansas-Monticello travel to Arkadelphia for a series with Ouachita Baptist (14-19, 4-10).
Southeastern Oklahoma State and Henderson State (15-24, 7-13) are both idle this weekend.

Click here to learn more about Arkansas Tech softball.

ASBTDC Announces April Opportunities

Area small businesses will have the opportunity to attend a variety of training sessions regarding business operations throughout the month of April.

The sessions are hosted by the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center, and the seminars will cover many topics including business strategies and how to market a business in a tough economy.

The regional office of the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center is housed at Arkansas Tech, and it is designed to assist new, existing and expanding businesses by offering a variety of services including consulting, training and market research.

The following seminars will be offered in April:

  • Introduction to QuickBooks – Monday, April 2, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Arkansas Tech University Rothwell Hall Room 133; Cost is $65. Presenter is Brandon Morris of Baron’s, Inc.
  • Continuity of Operations – Wednesday, April 4, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Arkansas Tech University Rothwell Hall Room 308; Cost is $30. Presenters are Tonya Roberts-Young, director of Center for Preparedness and Recovery at Arkansas Tech University.
  • Is Franchising for Me? Lunch & Learn – Tuesday, April 10, time and venue to be announced; Fort Smith, AR; Cost is $40. Presenter is Steve Lucchi of SCORE.
  • Facebok Business Pages (Hands on) – Tuesday, April 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Arkansas Tech University Rothwell Hall Room 133; Cost is $30. Presenter is Jennifer Terrell of the Small Business and Technology Development Center.
  • Intermediate QuickBooks – Monday, April 23, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Arkansas Tech University Rothwell Hall Room 133; Cost is $65. Presenter is Brandon Morris of Baron’s, Inc.
  • Low Cost Marketing Techniques – Tuesday, April 24, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Russellville Chamber of Commerce; Cost is $30. Presenter is Jennifer Terrell of the Small Business and Technology Development Center.

Those wishing to attend a seminar can register by calling the ASBTDC at 479-356-2077 or register online.


Wonder Boys Visit SWOSU This Weekend

Arkansas Tech will look for its first Great American Conference baseball series victory when it visits Southwestern Oklahoma State for a three-game set in Weatherford, Okla., this weekend.
The Wonder Boys (14-17 overall, 3-6 GAC) and the Bulldogs (18-9, 8-4) will play a doubleheader at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, and a single game at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 1.
Live video and live statistics will be available at
Arkansas Tech has experienced the same fate in each of its first three GAC baseball series. The Wonder Boys have gone 1-2 against league foes Henderson State, Ouachita Baptist and Southeastern Oklahoma State.
As a result, Arkansas Tech finds itself tied with Harding and Ouachita Baptist for sixth place in the nine-team GAC. Only the top six teams in the final GAC standings will advance to the inaugural Great American Conference Baseball Tournament May 4-7 in Enid, Okla.
If the Wonder Boys are to qualify for a trip to Enid, it will be on the strength of their offense. Arkansas Tech ranks 10th among 240 NCAA Division II baseball teams in runs scored (234) and seventh in the nation in home runs (29).
Southwestern Oklahoma State is in second place in the GAC standings, just one game behind front-running Southeastern Oklahoma State.
SWOSU turned heads by taking 2-of-3 games at preseason GAC favorite Southern Arkansas on March 9-10. The Bulldogs have made a habit of winning series. They have gone 2-1 in all four of their GAC series thus far.
Other Great American Conference baseball action this weekend will pit Southern Arkansas (19-10, 8-4) against East Central (21-12, 5-3) in Ada, Okla., Henderson State (16-13, 5-7) against Harding (18-11, 3-6) in Searcy and Ouachita Baptist (15-17, 3-6) against Arkansas-Monticello (14-15, 3-8) in Monticello.  

First-place Southeastern Oklahoma State (19-9, 9-3) will be idle in terms of conference play this weekend.

Click here to learn more about Arkansas Tech baseball.

Tech Plays Host to Junior Beta Convention

The third annual Arkansas Junior Beta Club Convention will be held Saturday on the Arkansas Tech campus. The theme this year is “Betas, Start Your Engines.”

More than 500 junior high students from Arkansas schools will come to Russellville to have important meetings, compete in a variety of events and get inspired for success.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m. and students will begin practice for a talent show and submit entries for the t-shirt, scrapbook, banner, arts and crafts competitions.

The first general session will begin at 11 a.m. in Tucker Coliseum with a processional of presidents carrying banners representing their school. State Chaplain Clay Smith will present an inspirational message titled “The Marshmallow Effect.”

Josiah Prock, state president, will deliver a keynote address called “Put the Super in Your Bowl,” followed by Haley Shumate, state secretary, who will present “Time Sure Flies When You’re a Beta.”

Additionally, students will hear messages from the national junior beta sponsor, state council chair and the state sponsor.

Quiz bowl and talent competitions will be held in the afternoon, along with skits and speeches for state office candidates. Other competitions include spelling, math, speech, science, English and social studies, and poetry.

During the second general session, students will hear from State Chaplain Clay Smith once again, State Vice President Kelsie Rowland, State Reporter Carlie Rhodes, Council Chair Jerry Newton and guest speaker Jeran Tenpenny.

Awards and election results will be announced and the convention will be adjourned by the newly elected president.

Junior Beta Club is associated with Beta Club, which is for high school students in ninth through twelfth grade. The organization is committed to recognizing and promoting high academic achievement, rewarding and nurturing worthy character, fostering leadership skills and encouraging service to others.