Archives for April 2013

Women’s Golf Program Makes History

Arkansas Tech University has advanced to NCAA Division II regional competition in women’s golf for the first time in school history.

Head coach Amy White and the Golden Suns will be part of a nine-team field for the NCAA Division II Central Region super regional at St. Joseph Country Club in St. Joseph, Mo., May 5-7.

The top three teams in the regional will advance to the NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Championships May 15-18 at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Arkansas Tech founded its women’s golf program in 2001. Rebecka Surtevall became the first Tech women’s golf team member to compete in the NCAA Division II postseason when she was invited to participate in the 2012 NCAA Division II West Regional as an individual.

Now, as a sophomore, Surtevall will lead the Golden Suns to their first NCAA postseason berth as a team.

Although it is the first regional appearance for Arkansas Tech’s women’s golf program, the Golden Suns will find themselves in familiar surroundings for the tournament.

Arkansas Tech finished third among a field of 10 teams at the Missouri Western State University Candlewood Suites Classic April 1-2 at St. Joseph Country Club.

Surtevall won the individual title at the Candlewood Suites Classic, one of two tournament victories in 2012-13 for the two-time Great American Conference player of the year from Stockholm, Sweden.

View the complete field for the 2013 NCAA Division II women’s golf regionals.


Calcatera, Belz Garner Top Honors From GAC

Arkansas Tech University’s Luke Calcatera is the 2012-13 Great American Conference coach of the year and Tech’s Brian Belz is the 2012-13 GAC freshman of the year in men’s golf.

The GAC league office in Russellville announced its postseason honors for men’s golf on Monday, April 29.

Calcatera (photographed, top left) collected his second consecutive conference coach of the year award after leading the Wonder Boys to the 2013 GAC men’s golf championship and a berth in the NCAA Division II regionals.

A 2007 graduate of Arkansas Tech, Calcatera earned four letters with the Wonder Boys golf program from 2003-07. He was a member of the 2004 Gulf South Conference championship team at Arkansas Tech.

Calcatera played under head coach Dave Falconer, and he succeeded Falconer as head men’s golf coach at Arkansas Tech following Falconer’s passing in 2011. Calcatera has led the Wonder Boys to a runner-up finish (2012) and a first-place finish (2013) in the GAC Tournament during his first two seasons as head coach.

In addition to his duties as head men’s golf coach, Calcatera also serves as coordinator of campus recreation in the Arkansas Tech Office of Student Services.

Belz (photographed, top right) earned GAC freshman of the year honors after he won the individual title at the GAC Tournament and accumulated a team-best 75.72 scoring average going into the NCAA regional. The Hot Springs product returned scores of 70-72-71 April 14-16 at Hot Springs Country Club for a 3-under par total of 213 and the 2013 GAC individual championship.

In addition to his GAC freshman of the year award, Belz was also named to the 2012-13 All-GAC first team.

Senior Graham Rucker of Hot Springs represented Arkansas Tech on the 2012-13 All-GAC second team.

Rucker (photographed, bottom middle) has a 76.39 scoring average this season. He finished tied for fourth at the GAC Tournament.

The Wonder Boys will compete in the 2013 NCAA Division II Central/Midwest Regional for men’s golf May 6-8 at The Club at Strawberry Creek in Kenosha, Wisc.

Back-2-Back: Surtevall GAC Player of the Year

Arkansas Tech University’s Rebecka Surtevall has repeated as Great American Conference player of the year in women’s golf.

The sophomore from Stockholm, Sweden, was named 2012-13 GAC player of the year when the league office in Russellville announced the conference’s postseason women’s golf awards on Monday, April 29.

Surtevall (photographed) has a 76.32 scoring average this season. She has finished in the top 10 of seven tournaments during the 2012-13 academic year, including individual championships at the First Federal Bank Invitational in Branson, Mo., and the Missouri Western State University Candlewood Suites Classic in St. Joseph, Mo.

She finished fourth at the GAC Tournament April 14-16 at Hot Springs Country Club.

Surtevall was also named to the All-GAC first team for a second consecutive year.

Three members of the Arkansas Tech women’s golf team — senior Niki Possage of Dardanelle, sophomore Taylor Kline of Springdale and sophomore Megan Jeffery of Waldron — were named 2012-13 All-GAC honorable mention.

Head coach Amy White and the Golden Suns also learned on Monday that they have been invited to participate in the NCAA Division II regional at St. Joseph, Mo., May 5-7.


Russellville to Host Leadercast Event

Community and business leaders in the River Valley will have access to the knowledge and experience of world-renowned leaders by attending Chick-fil-ALeadercast  at the Doc Bryan Lecture Hall on the Arkansas Tech University campus in Russellville on Friday, May 10.

Chick-fil-A  Leadercast  is a one-day leader development event, which is broadcast live from Atlanta, Ga. to hundreds of sites throughout the nation, including Russellville.

Speakers for this year’s event include:

  • Jack Welch, Former Chairman and CEO of General Electric
  • Andy Stanley, Best-selling leadership author and communicator
  • Mike Krzyzewski, Head men’s basketball coach, Duke University and Team USA
  • John Maxwell, Best-selling author and leadership expert
  • Dr. Henry Cloud, Best-selling author and leadership consultant
  • LCDR Rorke Denver, Navy SEAL and star of the 2012 movie Act of Valor
  • Sanya Richards-Ross, 2012 London Olympic gold medalist, track & field
  • David Allen, Best-selling author of Getting Things Done and productivity expert
  • Condolezza Rice, Secretary of State (2005-2009) , via exclusive Simply Lead video interview

The local presentation of the event is sponsored by the Russellville Area Chamber of Commerce and Arvest Bank.

The event will cost $59 for those purchasing tickets prior to March 31, $79 for those purchasing before May 9 and $99 for those purchasing the day of the event.  The registration cost includes breakfast and lunch, access to each of the sessions, a leadership journal and a T-shirt.

The first session of the Chick-fil-A Leadercast will begin at 7 a.m. on Friday, May 10, and the event will conclude at 4 p.m. that afternoon.

For more information about the event, visit


Midnight Breakfast Tradition Continues

As the Spring 2013 semester comes to a close, Arkansas Tech students will be able to enjoy a late-night breakfast before preparing for final exams.

Residence Hall Association, the Student Activities Board and Chartwells are partnering to host the annual midnight breakfast tonight from 10:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

In addition to breakfast, students will also be able to enjoy video games and card games.

Those with a meal plan will be able to enjoy the breakfast by swiping their Arkansas Tech ID.