Archives for January 2014

Farrell to Play Cello at Arkansas Tech

Former Eastman School of Music faculty member Felice Magendanz Farrell will play cello during a performance at Arkansas Tech University on Sunday, Feb. 9.

The recital will begin at 2:30 p.m. in Witherspoon Auditorium. The Arkansas Arts Council and the Robert and Frankie Casey Guest Performance Series through the Arkansas Tech Foundation are co-sponsors of the event. Admission will be free and open to the public.

Farrell will be accompanied on piano by Dr. Timothy Smith, associate professor of music at Arkansas Tech. They will perform works by Felix Mendelssohn, Ludwig van Beethoven and Samuel Barber.

A native of Utica, New York, Farrell received early training in piano, violin and cello from her parents and grandfather.

She went on to study at L’Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Italy, the University of Syracuse and the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester. She obtained bachelor and master degrees at Indiana University.

Farrell has been a regular performer with the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. She has taught at the University of Minnesota, the Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, Indiana University of Fort Wayne and the University of Central Arkansas.

For more information about public performances hosted by the Arkansas Tech Department of Music, call (479) 968-0368 or visit

Familiar Faces: Nathan George

Tech alumnus Nathan George serves as the center director for the Arkansas Tech University Small Business Technology Development Center.

The center serves a nine-county region by offering assistance to small business.

George says he enjoys the opportunity to work with entrepreneurs and help them find success.

Learn more about the ASBTDC at Arkansas Tech.

View previous Familiar Faces.

Tech Basketball Opens Homestand Saturday

Arkansas Tech University will begin a stretch of three consecutive basketball doubleheaders at home when it hosts Southern Nazarene University in Great American Conference action at Tucker Coliseum on Saturday afternoon.

Tickets ($5 adults/$3 senior citizens and children) will be available at the door. Those with a valid Arkansas Tech identification card will be admitted free of charge.

The Golden Suns and the Wonder Boys will continue their homestand by hosting Southwestern Oklahoma State University on Thursday, Feb. 6, and Northwestern Oklahoma State University on Saturday, Feb. 8.

SNU Crimson Storm (8-9, 5-6) at Arkansas Tech Golden Suns (8-8, 4-6)
When: Saturday, Feb. 1, 2 p.m.
Where: Tucker Coliseum, Russellville
Radio/Internet: KWKK 100.9 FM/
Series: Tech leads 6-4

About the Golden Suns: Arkansas Tech will look to bounce back from back-to-back losses to Harding University and Southeastern Oklahoma State University last week. The Golden Suns have succeeded in creating extra possessions this season through turnover margin (+3.94 per game, 2nd in Great American Conference) and offensive rebounds (16.0 per game, 2nd in GAC). Freshman guard Anissa Pounds made 5-of-9 attempts from 3-point range and scored 21 points to lead Arkansas Tech to a 72-64 win at Southern Nazarene on Nov. 21. Junior forward Jacinda Myers-Sanders added 16 points and nine rebounds in the victory, while sophomore guard Cara Neighbors notched 12 points, six rebounds and four assists.

About the Crimson Storm: Southern Nazarene has lost three of its last four games, including a 94-57 setback at Harding on Thursday night. SNU junior forward Aminata Fall ranks seventh in the GAC in scoring (16.4 points per game) and she leads the conference in rebounding (13.8 per game), but she did not play against the Lady Bisons. Fall’s fellow starter, sophomore guard Ashleigh Hutchings, and Crimson Storm reserve players Olivia Chapman and Ashley Almond also missed Thursday’s game. Southern Nazarene is 0-3 all-time in road women’s basketball games against Arkansas Tech.

SNU Crimson Storm (8-9, 6-5) at Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys (11-7, 6-4)
When: Saturday, Feb. 1, 4 p.m.
Where: Tucker Coliseum, Russellville
Radio/Internet: KWKK 100.9 FM/
Series: Tech leads 3-2

About the Wonder Boys: Arkansas Tech is in third place in the GAC men’s basketball standings halfway through its double round-robin league schedule. The Wonder Boys are two-and-a-half games behind front-running Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Arkansas Tech has earned at least a share of a men’s basketball regular season conference title in each of the last four seasons, its longest such streak since head coach Sam Hindsman guided the Wonder Boys to seven consecutive Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference championships from 1949-55. Arkansas Tech held Southern Nazarene to 32 percent shooting from the field and finished with a 47-32 rebounding edge in a 71-64 Wonder Boys’ victory over the Crimson Storm on Nov. 21.

About the Crimson Storm: Southern Nazarene suffered its second consecutive loss with a 74-66 setback at Harding on Thursday night. SNU made just 25 percent (6-of-24) of its 3-point tries in the loss. The Crimson Storm features the top two scorers in the GAC in junior guard C.J. Smith (1st, 21.6 points per game) and senior guard Quan Conner (2nd, 17.9 points per game). Southern Nazarene is 2-5 on the road this season. Arkansas Tech defeated the Crimson Storm 72-67 on Nov. 29, 2012, in the only previous meeting between the two men’s basketball programs at Tucker Coliseum.

Tech Begins 2014 Baseball Season in Houston

For a second consecutive year, Arkansas Tech University will begin its baseball season by playing four games in a Major League Baseball park.

The Wonder Boys will compete in the Houston Winter Invitational at the home of the Houston Astros, Minute Maid Park, beginning on Saturday, Feb. 1.

Arkansas Tech and the University of Arkansas at Monticello will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday in what will be the first NCAA Division II baseball game of the 2014 season.

The Wonder Boys will go on to face Winona State University on Sunday, Feb. 2, Henderson State University on Monday, Feb. 3, and Tarleton State University on Tuesday, Feb. 4, in further play at the Houston Winter Invitational. First pitch for all three of those games is set for 6 p.m.

Follow live statistics from the Houston Winter Invitational.

Arkansas Tech was 32-21 overall during the 2013 season. The Wonder Boys reached the Great American Conference Tournament, which marked the fourth consecutive season in which they qualified for the baseball postseason. It was the 10th 30-win season in Arkansas Tech baseball history.

Tech was picked in a preseason poll of league head coaches to finish second in the GAC standings during the 2014 season.

Among the returning players for the Wonder Boys are 2013 All-Great American Conference selections Ryan Taylor and Zac Johnson.

Taylor was 10-3 with a 2.53 earned run average last season.

He became just the fifth Arkansas Tech pitcher to win 10 or more games in a single season, joining David Grimes (10 wins in 1987), Kevin Crafton (12 wins in 1995), Teddy Willing (10 wins in 2004) and Josh Floriani (10 wins in 2010). Taylor was second in the GAC in earned run average, fourth in innings pitched (103.0) and fifth in opponents’ batting average (.230).

Johnson hit .315 with a home run and 27 runs batted in during the 2013 campaign. He appeared in and started 50 games.

Dave Dawson is beginning his fifth season as the head baseball coach at Arkansas Tech. His career record with the Wonder Boys is 125-86.

Counseling Services Announces Workshops for Students

Arkansas Tech University Counseling Services will offer several group meetings and workshops this semester for students.  The workshops focus on a variety of topics including test anxiety, grief/loss and mindfulness.

Each workshop or meeting will be facilitated by one of Arkansas Tech’s licensed counselors.  There is no cost to attend the events, and any student is welcome to attend.

Organizers say registration is not required to attend each workshop.

The workshops and group meetings offered include:

Grief/Loss Support Group

  • Begins Monday, Feb. 3 and continues through the semester
  • 3-4 p.m., Arkansas Tech Health and Wellness Center
  • Led by Dr. Lori LeBahn and is designed to provide support in a safe and supportive setting with others who are experiencing similar concerns

Test Anxiety Workshop

  • Feb. 17, March 17 and April 14
  • 7-8 p.m., Room 202 of the Baswell Techionery
  • Led by Craig Witcher and will explore test anxiety, where it originates and ways to effectively manage responses to test anxiety

Mindfulness Group

  • Begins Feb. 18 and meets each Tuesday through April 15.
  • 3-4 p.m., Arkansas Tech Health and Wellness Center
  • Led by Kristy Davis and will present a series of attention training practices and cognitive strategies that can help one unhook from unproductive thought patterns and behaviors

Contact the Arkansas Tech Health and Wellness Center  at (479) 968-0329 or email Kristy Davis at to learn more.