Archives for October 2013

Faculty, Staff Invited to Thanksgiving Lunch

Lake Point Conference Center will host a Thanksgiving lunch for Arkansas Tech University faculty and staff on Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 11 a.m.-1:30 pm.

The menu will consist of a choice of turkey or ham with all the trimmings for $10 per person.

Reservations may be submitted to to Alison Ahlert, event coordinator at Lake Point Conference Center, by telephone at (479) 356-6244 or by e-mail to Space is limited.

Deadline for reservations is noon on Thursday, Nov. 14.

Tech IMSSO Presents at Conference

Members of the Arkansas Tech University International and Multicultural Student Services Office (IMSSO) recently shared their expertise at the National Association of Foreign Student Advisors regional conference in Fayetteville.

The conference is designed to provide professional development and networking opportunities for those working with international students.

During the conference, Yasu Onodera (photographed), director of the IMSSO, and Danny Eshcol, international student advisor, offered a presentation on student insurance and the Affordable Care Act.

Lianne Thompson, assistant director of the IMSSO, spoke on the importance of connecting international students and building student leaders through international student organizations.

One Arkansas Tech student also presented at the conference.  Mohammed Almughirah discussed information security counter measures for international students.

According to its website, NAFSA was founded in 1948 with the purpose of promoting “the professional development of U.S. college and university officials responsible for assisting and advising the 25,000 foreign students who had come to study in the United States after World War II.”

Learn more about the IMSSO at Arkansas Tech.


Residence Halls Welcome Trick or Treaters

Area youngsters will head to campus on Thursday as the Office of Residence Life hosts Trick or Treating in the Tech Residence Halls.

Trick or treating will be offered at several campus residence halls from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday.

In the lobby of each residence hall, candy stations will be setup for children, and all candy handed out will be provided by the Office of Residence Life.

The following halls will offer trick or treating:

  • Baswell
  • Brown
  • Caraway
  • Hughes
  • Jones
  • M Street
  • Nutt
  • Paine
  • Roush
  • Turner
  • University Commons (Clubhouse)
  • Wilson

To learn more about the event, email Ellen Malito at

Tech Seeks First Road Win at ECU Since 1929

With only three games remaining in the 2013 football season, Arkansas Tech University head coach Raymond Monica has shared a message of finishing strong with his Wonder Boys football team this week.

“I told the team on Monday they played a very good football team last Saturday, one of the better teams in our league, and they battled with them until the very end,” said Monica, speaking of Tech’s 34-24 loss to Ouachita Baptist. “The thing we need to do is continue battling, and the wins will come. I am so thankful for our seniors and what they’ve done to this point. I want them to understand they are laying a foundation for the future.”

Arkansas Tech (3-5 overall, 3-4 Great American Conference) will face the East Central University Tigers (4-3, 4-3) in GAC action at Norris Field in Ada, Okla., on Saturday, Nov. 2.

Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. Pre-game coverage on KWKK 100.9 FM and will begin at 1:30 p.m.

The Wonder Boys will attempt to stop a two-game losing streak, while the Tigers will try to extend their three-game winning streak.

East Central features the talents of senior defensive lineman Alex King, who is tied for the conference lead in tackles for a loss (12.0) and ranks second in the GAC in quarterback sacks (5.0).

Last Saturday in a 24-21 win at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, King established a new GAC single-game record with 5.5 tackles for a loss. He had two quarterback sacks and a forced fumble in the victory.

King was named GAC defensive player of the week and NCAA Division II national defensive player of the week by in recognition of his performance.

“As I’ve watched film over the course of the season, it’s been very noticeable how big and physical East Central is on the defensive line,” said Monica. “We have been banged up on the offensive line. We cut back some things in practice on Wednesday so that we could get everyone healthy come game time. There will be some match-ups up front that give us some concern, but there are other match-ups that we like.”

One match-up the Wonder Boys have liked in recent weeks is sophomore linebacker Logan Genz against almost any opposing offensive player.

Genz made 15 tackles, including 3.5 tackles for a loss, in Tech’s loss to OBU last Saturday. He also made an interception and forced a fumble.

For the season, Genz has recorded 82 tackles and his 10.2 tackles per game are second-most in the GAC. The West Fork product had the first 100-tackle season by a Wonder Boy since 2005 last year, and he is on pace to go over 100 tackles again this season.

“Logan’s instincts are getting better and better,” said Monica. “I think that comes down to preparation during the week. I asked him about his interception against OBU, and he told me he knew he was going to pick it off as soon as the ball was snapped. He knew what was coming because he had seen it in film study and in practice, and he made the play happen. He is getting better and he is definitely one of the leaders on the team.”

East Central owns a 9-6 edge in its all-time football series with Arkansas Tech, including a pair of wins over the Wonder Boys since the inaugural year of the GAC in 2011.

Arkansas Tech is 2-3 all-time against East Central in games played at Ada. The Wonder Boys’ last road win over the ECU Tigers was a 7-0 victory on Sept. 28, 1929.

Saturday marks the final road game of the 2013 season for Arkansas Tech. The Wonder Boys will host Southeastern Oklahoma State University on Saturday, Nov. 9, and Harding University on Saturday, Nov. 16, for their final two games of the year.

Both contests will begin at 2 p.m. at Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field in Russellville.

Open Practice with Spirit Squads

Members of the Arkansas Tech cheerleading squad will host an open practice Thursday from 2-4 p.m. in the middle gym of the Hull Building.

Those taking part in the practice will be able to work on a variety of skills with members of the current squad.

Attendees are free to come dressed in their appropriate Halloween costumes.

There is no cost to participate in the session, but participants will be asked to fill out a liability waiver.

For more information, contact Allison Williams, cheer coach, at