Archives for May 2013

Tech Alumnus Named State Treasurer

Arkansas Tech University alumnus Charles Robinson has been selected by Gov. Mike Beebe to serve as treasurer for the State of Arkansas.

According to a news release from Gov. Beebe’s office, Robinson (photographed, right) will serve as treasurer until January 2015. He was sworn into office on Wednesday afternoon.

“Charlie’s name is synonymous with integrity in Arkansas government,” said Gov. Beebe in a news release. “His long tenure of steady leadership is a big reason the Division of Legislative Audit has the sterling reputation it maintains today. I have no doubt that he will bring those same virtues to his tenure as treasurer.”

A native of Harrison, Robinson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Arkansas Tech in 1968.

His previous experience includes a 34-year career in the Arkansas Division of Legislative Audit. He served as legislative auditor for 28 years and retired in 2007.

Photo courtesy of Arkansas Governor’s Office Communications

Bookstore information for Summer I

As the Summer I semester kicks off Monday, June 3, the Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus Bookstore Manager Mitzi Reano wants students to be made aware of several important dates.

Students in the Career Pathways Initiative (CPI) program may charge books for Summer I beginning Thursday, May 30. Students with all other financial aid – loans, Pell Grant, scholarships, etc. – may charge books beginning Friday, May 31.

Wednesday, June 5, is the last day to charge books to financial aid, Reano said.

The following are special bookstore hours for the first week of Summer I classes:

  • Friday, May 31 – 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.;
  • Monday, June 3 – 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.;
  • Tuesday, June 4 – 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.;
  • Wednesday, June 5 – 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

“When purchasing books, bring a printed copy of your class schedule,” Reano said. “The bookstore staff uses the schedule to ensure that you’ll have the correct books for your classes.

“Also, remember not to write or highlight in your books; use post-it notes or bookmarks instead. This will help when selling your books back during the book buyback.”

The bookstore’s fall book buyback event will be held Dec. 11-17.

Click this link to view the Summer I booklist, which allows students to look up ISBN numbers and prices. Booklist are in alphabetical order by course numbers. (Please remember that prices are subject to change.)

Reano said a full refund will be given on new or used textbooks until the end of the fifth class day, Friday, June 7, with a receipt and Arkansas Tech ID.

“Your new textbooks must be returned in brand-new, clean condition with no bent corners or water damage,” she said. “Wrapped or boxed merchandise must be unopened, and we reserve the right to make the decision on the condition of any merchandise.”

If a student drops a class after June 7, they can receive a partial to full refund depending on the condition of the book up to four weeks after classes begin. However, they must have the drop slip and receipt.


Arkansas Tech Center Fielder Wins Gold Glove

Arkansas Tech University center fielder Josh Johnson is one of nine student-athletes named to the Rawlings/American Baseball Coaches Association 2013 NCAA Division II Central Region Gold Glove team.

Johnson, a junior from Water Valley, Miss., committed zero errors in 106 defensive chances for the Wonder Boys while appearing in 51 games and making 49 starts during the 2013 season. His play helped Arkansas Tech lead the Great American Conference in team fielding percentage (.967).

This is the second time in the last three years that an Arkansas Tech center fielder with the last name Johnson has won a Rawlings/ABCA NCAA Division II Gold Glove.

Matt Johnson of Grand Saline, Texas, earned an NCAA Division II South Region Gold Glove in 2011. He went on to be drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 23rd round of the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

In addition to Arkansas Tech’s Josh Johnson, other Rawlings/ABCA 2013 NCAA Division II Central Region Gold Glove recipients are first baseman Shaun Hoover of Missouri Southern State University, second baseman Chad Davidson of Northeastern State University, third baseman Michael Herman of Wayne State University (Neb.), shortstop Samuel Domingue of the University of Central Missouri, outfielder Kyle Singleton of Northeastern State University, outfielder Marice Burrough of Mary University, catcher Nolan Johnson of Minnesota State University-Mankato and pitcher Jon Mark Abbey of Southern Arkansas University.

Arkansas Tech was 32-21 overall during the 2013 season. The Wonder Boys reached the postseason for a fourth consecutive year and recorded the 10th 30-win season in Arkansas Tech baseball history.

Summer Interns to Be Featured

Throughout the summer, numerous Arkansas Tech students will serve as interns at various companies and organizations across the state and nation.

During the course of their internship, the students will learn more about their chosen profession and gain industry experience.

Arkansas Tech University would like to feature its students who are interning throughout the summer.

Interns in any major are eligible to be featured on

To nominate a student to be featured, complete the submission form.

Be sure to log back on for more on students who are interning.


Tech’s Abreu Earns All-America Nod

Arkansas Tech University senior Cesar Abreu has become the sixth Wonder Boys baseball player in the 101-year history of the program to be recognized as an All-American.

Abreu, a second baseman from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, earned 2013 Daktronics NCAA Division II All-America honorable mention accolades in a vote conducted by sports information directors at NCAA Division II members.

By earning the All-America award, Abreu joins Tommy Hester (1976), John Paul Davis (2001), Matt Johnson (2011), Jonathan Finnegan (2012) and Landon Sullins (2012) as the only Arkansas Tech baseball players to achieve that distinction.

Abreu had a .394 batting average with 34 runs batted in during his senior campaign. He finished the 2013 season with a .502 on-base percentage and 13 extra-base hits (nine doubles, four triples).

He led the Great American Conference in on-base percentage and was fourth in the conference in batting average.

Abreu committed just six errors in 261 defensive chances this season and was part of an infield that turned 53 double plays. He was a unanimous first team All-GAC selection.

Arkansas Tech was 32-21 overall during the 2013 baseball season. The Wonder Boys reached the postseason for a fourth consecutive season, their longest such streak at the NCAA Division II level. It was the 10th 30-win season in Arkansas Tech baseball history.