Archives for March 2013

Clary, Cooper Named Professor Emeritus

Two men who gave a combined 77 years of service on the Arkansas Tech University faculty were honored with the title of professor emeritus by the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees during its regular monthly meeting on Thursday.

Dr. Eldon Clary (photographed, left), member of the Arkansas Tech education faculty from 1967-2012, received the title professor emeritus of secondary education, while Hal Cooper (photographed, right), member of the Arkansas Tech music faculty and director of bands from 1979-2011, received the title professor emeritus of music.

Professor emeritus is noted in the Arkansas Tech Faculty Handbook as an honorary title that is “reserved only for those who have given extraordinary and outstanding service to the university over an extended period of years.”

The first member of his family to attend college, Clary earned three degrees from the University of North Texas and interviewed to join the Arkansas Tech faculty during the final days of J.W. Hull’s administration as Tech president.

During four-and-a-half decades at Arkansas Tech, Clary served the campus community as department head, head of secondary instruction, director of teacher education, head of curriculum and instruction and dean of both the Graduate College and the College of Education.

Clary was president of the Arkansas Association of Teacher Educators (AATE) in 1991-92 and a member of the AATE board from 1988-90 and 1992-93. He has rendered extensive service as a peer reviewer for The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

“I cannot adequately express how many hours Dr. Clary gave to Arkansas Tech and its students during his tenure as a faculty member,” wrote Dr. Annette Holeyfield, head of the Arkansas Tech Department of Health and Physical Education, in one of the letters supporting Clary’s nomination for professor emeritus status. “Arkansas Tech’s College of Education and Graduate College owe much to his vision and leadership. To hundreds of graduates, Dr. Clary is fondly remembered and associated with Arkansas Tech. Many are indebted to him for success in their career.”

Cooper took the reins of the Arkansas Tech Symphonic Band and the Arkansas Tech Marching Band, known far and wide as “Arkansas’ Band of Distinction,” in autumn 1979 and retired from that position on Aug. 30, 2011.

He served as president of the Southwest Division of the College Band Directors National Association, a member of the Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Association, a charter member and president of the Arkansas Bandmasters Association, member and president of Arkansas Phi Beta Mu and district governor of Kappa Kappa Psi college band service fraternity during his 32 years at Arkansas Tech.

Cooper was named Arkansas Bandmaster of the Year in 1988, and he achieved membership in the American Bandmaster Association in 1992.

The owner of two degrees from Henderson State University, Cooper was recognized by his alma mater as a distinguished alumnus in 2006.

Arkansas Tech University honored Cooper in May 2009 with the creation of the Hal Cooper Band Scholarship.

Cooper is one of only four individuals — the others are Marvin Williamson (1913-50), Gene Witherspoon (1950-79) and Dr. Christopher Anderson (2011-present) — to hold the title of director of bands at Arkansas Tech.

“Hal Cooper serves as an ‘elder statesman’ for band in Arkansas,” wrote Anderson in one of the letters in support of Cooper’s nomination for professor emeritus status. “He is regarded as one of the most important band directors of his generation within Arkansas, and highly regarded on a national scale. His students are woven into the fabric of Arkansas public school bands to the point they nearly define bands in Arkansas. His influence remains as pervasive today as the day he retired from Arkansas Tech University.”

Chadwick Named Head of Tech CLL

Dr. Mona Chadwick, associate professor of educational leadership at Arkansas Tech University, has been selected as department head for the Arkansas Tech Center for Leadership and Learning (CLL).

Chadwick was appointed department head for the Arkansas Tech CLL effective July 1, 2013, by the Tech Board of Trustees on Thursday. She had served as interim head of the CLL since May 2012.

“Working with the faculty and staff at the Center for Leadership and Learning to improve leadership in Arkansas schools has been one of my most rewarding endeavors,” said Chadwick. “I look forward to continuing our work and am honored to serve in this position.”

The Arkansas Tech Center for Leadership and Learning is the brainchild of Dr. Mary Gunter, who now serves as dean of the Arkansas Tech Graduate College.

Gunter will continue to serve as director of the Arkansas Tech Center for Leadership and Learning for partnerships and public school outreach, including directing the Arkansas Center for Executive Leadership and the newly-developed LEAD 21 program.

“Dr. Chadwick brings a wealth of experience to her new position and will be an asset to faculty and students as she provides the leadership to the academic programs of the CLL,” said Gunter.

The CLL was created to provide Arkansas Tech with a means of preparing leaders for K-12 education through Master of Education programs in: teaching, learning and leadership; school counseling and leadership; and educational leadership. The Arkansas Tech CLL also offers an Educational Specialist degree, which is an additional level of educational attainment beyond a master’s degree.

Chadwick has been a member of the Arkansas Tech CLL faculty since 2009.

Previous to her time at Arkansas Tech, she worked as a special education teacher, principal and superintendent during a 29-year career in the public schools of Texas.

Chadwick holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas Tech University, a Master of Science degree from Sul Ross State University (Texas) and a Doctor of Education degree from Lamar University (Texas).

The Arkansas Tech Center for Leadership and Learning is located on State Highway 333 near the Lake Point Conference Center.

For more information about educational opportunities available through the Arkansas Tech CLL, call (479) 498-6022 or visit

Red Flag Campaign Announced for Tech

Members of the Arkansas Tech University community will be able to learn about dating violence on college campuses during a public awareness campaign planed next month.

Julie Mikles-Schluterman, assistant professor of sociology, is one of the organizers, and she says several events will take place on campus throughout the week of April 15.

Mikles-Schulterman says the goal of the campaign is to educate individuals on the importance of speaking out when witnessing warning signs in their relationships or relationships with others.

On Wednesday, April 17, Dr. Mikles-Schulterman will offer a lecture at the Hindsman Bell Tower on how to recognize and respond to red flags in relationships.  The lecture is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.

At 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, campaign organizers will show a film entitled “Telling Amy’s Story,” which discusses the topic of dating violence.  The showing is taking place in Room 242 of the Doc Bryan Student Services Building.  Following the film, a panel discussion will take place.

A Red Flag Walk for Awareness is planned for Thursday, April 18 at 12:20 p.m.  The walk is at the Doc Bryan Student Services Building, and participants are encouraged to wear read.

The Clothesline Project will also be on display on Thursday.  The exhibit features the stories of dozens of individuals impacted by domestic violence.

The River Valley Shelter for Battered Women and Children will host a candlelight vigil at the Hindsman Bell Tower at 8 p.m. on Thursday to culminate the end of the awareness campaign.

Throughout the week, participants will be able to donate a variety of items to the River Valley Shelter for Battered Women and Children.  Some of the items requested include clothing, hygiene and personal items.  Any donations may be dropped off in Room 356 of the Witherspoon Building.  Additionally, there will be t-shirts for purchase as part of the campaign.  The shirts, designed by Dr. Neal Harrington, are $10 and all proceeds will benefit the River Valley Shelter for Battered Women and Children.

Be sure to log back on for more about the campaign.


SAB Movie Night Thursday Evening

The Arkansas Tech Student Activities Board will show “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” Thursday evening.

The movie will be shown at 8 p.m. in the Doc Bryan Student Services Building Lecture Hall.

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is about a Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, who sets out on an journey with a group of Dwarves to Lonely Mountain to reclaim their stolen home from a dragon named Smaug.

The movie stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen and Richard Armitage.

Refreshments will be available to students in attendance.  The movie and snacks are free with a valid Arkansas Tech I.D.

Farrell Earns Top Award From NACURH

Arkansas Tech University alumna Kathryn “Kaytie” Farrell has received the 2013 Dan Hallenbeck Service Award from the National Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH).

Farrell, a 2009 graduate of Arkansas Tech with a Master of Science degree in college student personnel, was a resident director at Campus Court and University Commons during her time as a graduate student at Arkansas Tech.

Today, she works as a residential life coordinator for freshmen living in Residence Hall North at the University of Texas at Dallas. She oversees 16 peer advisors and more than 380 students.

Since 2011, Farrell has served as volunteer regional advisor for the Southwest Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (SWACURH).

The Dan Hallenbeck Service Award is the top honor that can be bestowed upon a professional staff member by NACURH.

Read more about Farrell in this article from the UT Dallas News Center.

Photo Courtesy of UT Dallas News Center.