Archives for July 2013

Graduate Assistant Training Announced

The Arkansas Tech University Graduate College has announced the times it will host Graduate Assistant Orientation prior to the start of the fall semester.

The training sessions will take place in Room 215 of Dean Hall on Monday, August 26 at 10 a.m. and Tuesday, August 27 at 5 p.m.

As part of the orientation sessions, graduate assistants will meet other assistants and learn more about the various resources available to Tech students.

Expectations of graduate students will also be covered during the sessions.

Each session will last approximately one hour and will help students become more comfortable in their role as university leaders.

Visit the Graduate College website to learn more.

Arkansas Tech Career Center hosts open house Aug. 9

The Arkansas Tech Career Center (ATCC) in Russellville will host an open house Friday, Aug. 9, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Located at 2201 S. Knoxville Ave., behind Russellville High School, ATCC is one of the largest secondary career and technical centers in Arkansas, drawing its 600-plus student enrollment from 11 area high schools in Pope, Yell and Johnson counties.

Director Pat Edmunds said, “The open house is an excellent opportunity for incoming students and parents – as well as those interested in future enrollment – to meet our instructors, see the classrooms and discuss college credit opportunities.”

The Career Center is an extension of Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus. Because of the partnership between ATCC and Arkansas Tech-Ozark, participating high school students can receive concurrent college credit for classes taken.

The following programs are offered at ATCC:

  • Automotive Service Technology;
  • Computer Engineering/Computer Information Systems;
  • Construction Technology;
  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement;
  • Culinary Arts;
  • Cosmetology;
  • Drafting Technology/Engineering and Architecture;
  • Medical Professions;
  • Metal Fabrication.

Participating schools include Russellville, Dover, Pottsville, Hector, Atkins, Dardanelle, Danville, Two Rivers, Western Yell County, Lamar and Clarksville high schools.

For more information, including program descriptions and answers to frequently asked questions, visit the ATCC website,

Wonder Boys Legend Passes Away

Don Dempsey, All-America student-athlete, distinguished alumnus and former coach and faculty member at Arkansas Tech University, died on Monday, July 29. He was 83.

The funeral service for Dempsey will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 2, at First United Methodist Church of Russellville. The family will receive friends on Thursday, Aug. 1, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Shinn Funeral Service of Russellville.

A product of Booneville, Dempsey was a student at Arkansas Tech during the 1948-49 and 1949-50 academic years, served in the Korean War and then returned to Tech for the fall 1953 semester. He was named All-America as a center and linebacker after helping the Wonder Boys win the Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference (AIC) football championship in 1954.

Dempsey became head football coach at Mountain Home High School in 1955, shortly after he completed his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Arkansas Tech.

Before Dempsey’s arrival, the Bombers had never won more than six games in a season. In Dempsey’s first two seasons, Mountain Home posted back-to-back overall records of 9-2, won the 1A Conference championship in 1955 and finished as conference runner-up in 1956.

More than a half-century after the fact, Dempsey’s 1957 Mountain Home team is still remembered as one of the greatest in school history. The Bombers finished 11-1 overall and won their second 1A Conference title in three years.

The 11 wins remain a school record, a figure that has only been matched once (1986) in Mountain Home.

The 1958 Bombers, Dempsey’s final team at Mountain Home, went 8-2-1 and finished as conference runners-up. Dempsey completed his tenure at Mountain Home with a 37-7-1 overall record. His .822 winning percentage is the highest of any head football coach in Mountain Home High School history.

Dempsey returned to Arkansas Tech as assistant football coach and instructor of physical education in 1959. He became the Wonder Boys’ head football coach in 1967.

Arkansas Tech won AIC football championships in three of Dempsey’s first five seasons (1968, 1970 and 1971) as head coach.

The Wonder Boys have posted four seasons with 10 or more wins in the 98-year history of their football program. Two of those 10-win seasons came under Dempsey’s leadership (1968 and 1971).

The 1971 Arkansas Tech football team accomplished feats that are unmatched by any group of Wonder Boys before or since.

Arkansas Tech was 12-1 and NAIA national runner-up in 1971. To date, the 1971 Wonder Boys are the only football team in school history to win more than 10 games in a season, the only football team in school history to be ranked No. 1 in the nation and the only football team in school history to play for a national championship.

With 54 wins as Arkansas Tech head football coach from 1967-75, Dempsey ranks No. 4 on the Wonder Boys’ all-time wins list. Only Steve Mullins (96 wins from 1997-2012), E.O. Brown (77 wins from 1920-32) and John Tucker (77 wins from 1933-41 and 1945-47) won more football games as Arkansas Tech head coach.

Dempsey was also head baseball coach at Arkansas Tech from 1959-70. He was the first Wonder Boys baseball coach to earn 100 career wins, and he remains one of just five Arkansas Tech head baseball coaches to reach that plateau. Dempsey’s 1964 Wonder Boys were AIC baseball champions.

After his retirement from coaching in 1975, Dempsey remained on the physical education faculty at Arkansas Tech until 1996. During that time, he developed the foundation of the modern intramural and recreational sports program on campus. Dempsey was also a long-time color commentator on radio broadcasts of Arkansas Tech football. He retired from that post at the end of the 2004 season.

Dempsey received the highest honor Arkansas Tech may bestow upon an individual — induction into the Arkansas Tech Hall of Distinction — in 1995. He was inducted into the Mountain Home High School Athletic Hall of Honor in 2012.

Tech Alumni to Enjoy Baseball

Members of the Arkansas Tech University Alumni Association will head to Springdale on Friday for a night of baseball.

Alumni and friends will gather at Arvest Ballpark to watch the Northwest Arkansas Naturals face the Tulsa Drillers.

As part of the event, participants will be able to enjoy a buffet of ballpark staples prior to the start of the game.  The buffet will begin at 6:30 p.m., and the first pitch will take place at 7 p.m.

The cost to attend the game, which includes pavilion seating and the pre-game buffet, is $15 per person.  Children under the age of three may attend at no cost.

Visit the Alumni Office website or call (479) 968-0242 to purchase tickets.

Spirit Squads Attend Camp

Members of the Arkansas Tech University Spirit Squads have been hard at work honing their skills at the National Cheer Association/National Dance Association camp in Conway.

During the two-day camp, spirit squad members focused on learning new skills, leading fans and working as a team.

The groups will return to campus next month to begin preparing for fall performances.

Members of the Arkansas Tech Spirit Squads represent the university at athletic events and serve as ambassadors in the community.

Learn more about the spirit squads at Arkansas Tech.