Archives for March 2013

Suns Take Game from #5 SOSU

Arkansas Tech University defeated nationally fifth-ranked Southeastern Oklahoma State University 4-3 in 11 innings in game one of a Great American Conference softball series at the Chartwells Women’s Sports Complex in Russellville on Friday afternoon.

Arkansas Tech’s Natalie Magie scored the winning run when she slid into home safely ahead of an attempted force play by the SOSU defense in the bottom of the 11th inning.

Victoria Huie (10-9) pitched all 11 innings for the Golden Suns and held the Savage Storm to three runs, two of which were earned, on four hits. Huie struck out five and walked just one.

Huie, Cassady Haworth and Shanna Davidson had two hits apiece for Arkansas Tech, which recorded its first win over a nationally-ranked softball opponent since April 2011.

Southeastern Oklahoma State (28-7 overall, 13-3 GAC) bounced back to win game two of Friday’s doubleheader 4-3.

Saturday’s doubleheader was rained out.

The Golden Suns (19-16, 12-10) will host the University of Arkansas at Monticello for a four-game GAC softball series at the Chartwells Women’s Sports Complex in Russellville on Friday, April 5, and Saturday, April 6. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday.

Tech Recognized By CASE

Arkansas Tech University has been recognized by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District IV for two of its communication efforts.

The university received the honors during the district’s annual conference earlier this month.

Arkansas Tech received a gold award for its university profile video.  The video was created by the Office of University Relations and is used to promote resident director recruitment.

The video is designed to give potential students a quick way to learn about Arkansas Tech University.  Through the use of high-energy music and motion graphics, it provides information about campus in a fast-paced, modern style.  Watch the university profile.

The university also received a bronze award for its virtual tour.  The tour represents a joint effort between the Office of University Relations and the Office of Admissions.  Consisting of short videos that highlight various aspects of campus, the tour creates a customized user experience.  The tour segments are presented in a way that allows a user to choose segments that are of interest, which allows for a unique tour for each user.  Visit the virtual tour website.

The two Arkansas Tech pieces were selected from a field of more than 1,300 entries.






GOLD Cabinet Monthly Leader Nominations Due

Student organizations wishing to nominate student leaders for the March leader award have until Sunday to submit their nominations.

The recognition is sponsored by the Guiding Organization Leaders’ Development (GOLD) Cabinet.

Organizers say the nomination form may be accessed on the GOLD Cabinet page on theLink.

The GOLD Cabinet is aimed at helping students better serve in their organizations by providing leadership skills and experiences to enhance student leaders.  The group also works to increase campus involvement in future and current students at Arkansas Tech.

Be sure to log back on for more about the students selected.

Pair to students: Follow your passion

Fort Smith business owner Craig Pair spoke to Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus student Thursday as part of its “Leaders in the Industry” series, sharing insights and giving helpful advice from his experience as an entrepreneur.

Pair, owner of Control Technologies Inc. (CTI), Hi-Tech Products Inc. and CAP Investments LLC, spoke to a filled Student Services Conference Center.

“More than anything, find what it is you’re passionate about, and do it – and enjoy it,” he said. “Honestly, I’m just your average guy, but that’s what I did, and it’s what’s helped me be successful.”

A graduate of Westark Community College (now the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith), where he was awarded an Associate of Applied Science in Electronics, out of college Pair started Craig’s Video Repair, where he fixed arcade-style video games, pinball machines and jukeboxes.

Later he was introduced to the industrial control world and, “seeing a need,” started CTI, which provides customized industrial hardware and software solutions for industrial process controls to wide range of customers – locally, nationally and internationally.

In 2000, CTI was selected as the Small Business of the Year (for companies under 25 employees) by Arkansas Business. In 2005, Pair started Hi-Tech Products to further develop the products division of CTI, and he started CAP Investments as a real estate development firm.

When asked what characteristics he looks for in an employee, Pair said, “Soft skills,” including a strong work ethic and good customer relations.

Former series speakers include Jon Harrison of Little Rock, Joe Schluterman and Mike Koehler of Paris, and Matt Szymanksi of Morrilton.


Tech Moves Forward on Cafeteria Remodel

Arkansas Tech University will engage in an $8.7 million renovation to Chambers Cafeteria over the coming weeks and months that will yield a refurbished, 900-seat space for dining by Tech students in time for the fall 2013 semester.

The Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees approved the issuance of an additional $1.75 million in revenue bonds to complete financing for the project during its monthly meeting at the Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center on Thursday.

Trustees also issued a construction contract to CDI Contractors of Little Rock to perform the renovation. CDI Contractors submitted the low bid among four firms that vied for the contract.

Previous bond issues and the one approved by trustees on Thursday will cover approximately $7.3 million of the funds needed to complete the project. The remaining $1.4 million will come from the university’s food service auxiliary fund balance.

David Moseley, senior vice president for administration and finance at Arkansas Tech, noted during Thursday’s board meeting that the project will be completed without any additional fees for Arkansas Tech students.

Chambers Cafeteria was dedicated on the Arkansas Tech campus in February 1966. It is named in honor of the Chambers family of Danville, which has been represented on the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees for three generations — Judge John Ed Chambers (who served 1925-37, 1939-53 and 1955-63), John Ed Chambers II (who served 1965-67 and 1987-88) and John Ed Chambers III (who served 1994-99 and 2007-present).

In other construction-related business on Thursday, the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees gave administrators permission to move forward with a plan to create 231 additional parking spaces on the main campus in Russellville.

The new spaces would be added to the existing Critz Residence Hall parking lot near the intersection of North Glenwood Avenue and M Street. Seventy-four parking spaces will be added on the north end and 157 parking spaces will be added on the south end of the Critz Hall lot.

The additional parking will allow the university to account for needed additional residence hall parking in the southwest portion of campus due to the construction of the new M Street Residence Hall, which will open in fall 2013.

Cost for creating the additional parking spaces will be $500,000. Trustees approved a transfer from the unrestricted educational and general fund balance to cover the cost of the project.

Also on Thursday, trustees approved:

*an expenditure of $27,535 from the unappropriated educational and general fund balance to allow for improvements to the doors at Witherspoon Hall, Tomlinson Hall and Rothwell Hall and the creation of a ramp on the north side of Rothwell Hall per recommendations from the university Americans With Disabilities Act committee;

*a letter of notification that states the Arkansas Tech College of Arts and Humanities will make its Associate of Arts degree in general education available through distance learning beginning in fall 2013;

*selection of Crafton Tull of Rogers as the architecture firm for the planned construction of a facility for the academic programs in allied health at Arkansas Tech-Ozark Campus.

In personnel matters, trustees approved the hiring of the following individuals as full-time faculty members for the 2013-14 academic year:

*Dr. Rebecca Garvin, assistant professor of English; Dr. Brian Lyons, associate professor of health and physical education; Rebecca M. McHugh, assistant professor of psychology; Dr. James E. Stobaugh, assistant professor of sociology; Dr. Aileen Watts, assistant professor of early childhood education; and Jennifer Willbanks, visiting instructor of psychology.

In other personnel-related matters, trustees approved the hiring of the following full-time professional staff members:

*Jim McSweeney as assistant athletic trainer, effective March 14, 2013;

*Danielle Stark as coordinator of student recruitment for Arkansas Tech-Ozark Campus, effective March 1, 2013.