Archives for April 2012

Students Able to Trade Books for Cash

Students on both the Russellville and Ozark campuses of Arkansas Tech University will be able to sell their textbooks back to the Arkansas Tech Bookstore this week.

Both the Arkansas Tech University Bookstore and the ATU-Ozark Campus Bookstore will pay cash for used textbooks as the spring term comes to a close and students complete final exams.

Students on the main campus will be able to take their books to the buy back window in the Young Building between Tuesday, May 1 and Tuesday, May 8 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Students on the Ozark Campus are able to sell their books at the bookstore between Wednesday, May 2 and Tuesday, May 8 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

For more information about the Arkansas Tech Bookstore call 479-968-0255.  To reach the Ozark Campus Bookstore, call 479-508-3337.

Last Day of Classes


Students at Arkansas Tech University are making preparations for the end of the semester, as today is the last day of classes on the Tech campus.

Reading Day will be tomorrow, and final examinations for the semester will begin on Wednesday, May 2.

See the complete exam schedule.

Following the conclusion of final exams, graduating students on the Russellville campus will participate in one of three commencement ceremonies.

Commencement exercises will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 11, for students in the Graduate College.

On Saturday, May 12, undergraduate students from the Russellville campus will be honored during two ceremonies.

Students graduating from the College of Applied Sciences,  and the College of Arts and Humanities will be recognized during the 10 a.m. ceremony. Students from the College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Natural and Health Sciences, the College of Professional Studies and Community Outreach and all associate degrees will be honored during the 2 p.m. ceremony.

Access graduation information.

Be sure to log back on for the latest on information regarding the conclusion of the semester.

Ozark Campus given United Way division award


For its contributions to the 2011-12 United Way Campaign, which totaled nearly $2.5 million, Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus was given a Franklin County Division Award during a wrap-up luncheon Friday, April 27.

The event was held in the Phoenix Expo Center at Fort Smith for all who participated in the campaign, which benefited United Way’s 34 community partner agencies and its initiatives.

Sam T. Sicard of First National Bank, chairperson for the 2011 United Way Board, said, “Once again, our community continues to step up because of the leadership.”

He also said that he was proud to be a part of an agency where 100% of the contributions stay local and are reinvested back into the community through United Way’s community partners and initiatives.

Twenty awards were handed out to 40 organizations. Along with Arkansas Tech-Ozark, the Franklin County Division Award was bestowed upon Butterball and Hug Chevrolet.

Sister Judith Marie Keith, who served as campaign chair, said 2011 was a tough year to solicit and raise funds, but also when people in the River Valley region appear to come together “and to try to do a little extra for those in need.”

As of Friday, $2,242,000 had been raised for the 2011-12 campaign.

Tom Minton, executive director for United Way of Fort Smith Area, announced the award winners at the luncheon. Keith will again serve as chair for the 2012-13 campaign.


Pictured, from left: Laura Rudolph, Arkansas Tech-Ozark director of Community Outreach, United Way 2011-12 Campaign Chair Sister Judith Marie Keith and Sandy Nelson, academic advisor for Arkansas Tech-Ozark’s Career Pathways Initiative.

Muleriders Sweep Wonder Boys

Southern Arkansas clinched a share of the inaugural Great American Conference regular season baseball championship by sweeping a doubleheader from the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys at Goodheart Field in Magnolia on Saturday.

The Muleriders (32-14 overall, 17-7 GAC) won by scores of 8-7 and 12-10 to complete a three-game series sweep of the Wonder Boys (25-25, 13-11). SAU won Friday’s series opener 12-2.

Gavan McCauley went 3-for-4 with four runs batted in to lead Southern Arkansas to an 8-7 win over Arkansas Tech in game one on Saturday.

McCauley’s two-run double up the middle in the bottom of the eighth inning tied the score at 7-7.

The next hitter, Trey Buck, lifted a sacrifice fly to center field that brought Ryan Bell home with the go-ahead run.

SAU turned its 8-7 lead over to closer Justin Thomas, who pitched around an error behind him to work an otherwise uneventful ninth inning for his ninth save of the season.

Jon Mark Abbey (3-2) was the winning pitcher in Saturday’s opener. He recorded two outs in relief in the top of the eighth inning.

Brandon Arata (1-3) took the loss. He struck out eight of the first 10 batters he faced while dominating innings five through seven, but he issued a walk and allowed two bunt singles to start the bottom of the eighth. That set the stage for McCauley’s heroics.

Scott Sammons went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs for Tech. His two-run homer in the sixth tied the score at 5-5.

Jonathan Finnegan put the Wonder Boys in front 7-5 with a two-run triple to right in the top of the seventh. Finnegan finished the game 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

Arkansas Tech’s Michael Rezin added two hits and two RBIs.

Southern Arkansas built a 12-5 lead after three innings in game two before the Wonder Boys reeled off five unanswered runs to pull within 12-10.

Arkansas Tech got as close as putting the tying run at second base in the top of the sixth inning, but SAU’s Thomas came in to get the final five outs for his 10th save of the season.

Finnegan was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored in the nightcap. Tech’s Cesar Abreu went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs.

The Wonder Boys will compete in the GAC Baseball Tournament May 4-7 in Enid, Okla.

Click here to learn more about Arkansas Tech baseball.

Alumni Board holds meeting at Ozark Campus


Chief Academic Officer Bruce Sikes gives members of the Arkansas Tech Alumni Board a tour of the Ozark Campus. The Alumni Board and Young Alumni Board held their quarterly meeting in Ozark on Saturday, April 28.