Archives for January 2014

Blanchard Re-Appointed to Board of Trustees

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe has appointed Charles H. Blanchard of Russellville to a second five-year term on the Arkansas Tech University Board of Trustees.

The announcement of re-appointment was made by Gov. Beebe on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. Blanchard’s term will expire on Jan. 14, 2019.

A resident of Russellville for more than 30 years, Blanchard is chairman and chief executive officer for First State Bank. He joined the bank and brought it to Russellville in 1999. Previously, Blanchard was with First National Bank of Russellville from 1981-98.

Blanchard is a former president of the Russellville Chamber of Commerce and was the 2001 Russellville Citizen of the Year. He has served as treasurer and campaign drive chairman for the River Valley United Way.

He is a past president of the Russellville Industrial Development Corporation and the Russellville School Board. Blanchard was chairman of the Arkansas Bankers Association in 2011-12. He has served on the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees since 2009.

Blanchard’s wife, Cynthia Blanchard, was a member of the Arkansas Tech faculty from 1981-2007. They have two grown children: Mary Pat Blanchard Hardman and Chip Blanchard.

Joining Blanchard on the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees during the 2014 calendar year are Eric Burnett of Fort Smith, John E. Chambers III of Danville, Tom Kennedy of Little Rock and Leigh Whiteside of Russellville.

RHA to Host Super Bowl Watch Party

The Arkansas Tech University Residence Hall Association will host a watch party for Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday, Feb. 2, at the Young Ballroom.

The watch party is scheduled for 6-10 p.m. There will be food, games and prizes for those in attendance.

View video of Tech students talking about Super Bowl XLVIII.

GAC Coaches Pick Wonder Boys to Repeat

Great American Conference coaches are unanimous in their belief that Arkansas Tech University will successfully defend its GAC men’s golf championship this spring.

The Wonder Boys received the maximum of eight first-place votes and a total of 64 points in a preseason vote of league head coaches to emerge as the clear favorite to win the 2014 GAC men’s golf title.

Henderson State University (2nd, 50 points), Southeastern Oklahoma State University (3rd, 46 points), Harding University (4th, 43 points), Southwestern Oklahoma State University (5th, 42 points), East Central University (6th, 25 points), Southern Arkansas University (7th, 24 points), the University of Arkansas at Monticello (8th, 18 points) and Ouachita Baptist University (9th, 11 points) complete the poll.

Arkansas Tech was GAC men’s golf champion in 2013. The Wonder Boys went on to make their first NCAA Division II regional appearance in men’s golf since 2009.

The 2014 GAC men’s golf champion will be determined during the conference tournament April 13-15 at Hot Springs Country Club.

Luke Calcatera is in his third season as head men’s golf coach at Arkansas Tech. He was named GAC coach of the year in 2012 and 2013.

The Wonder Boys will play their first tournament of the spring 2014 season when they participate in the Las Vegas Desert Classic March 1-3.

Tech Picked No. 1 in GAC Women’s Golf

Arkansas Tech University is the 2014 preseason favorite to capture the Great American Conference women’s golf championship.

The Golden Suns garnered six first-place votes and a total of 47 points in the vote among GAC head women’s golf coaches.

Southwestern Oklahoma State University (2nd, 40 points), Henderson State University (3rd, 37 points) and Harding University (4th, 35 points) are the coaches’ picks to challenge Arkansas Tech in 2014.

East Central University (5th, 26 points), Southern Arkansas University (6th, 18 points), the University of Arkansas at Monticello (7th, 14 points) and Ouachita Baptist University (8th, 7 points) complete the 2014 GAC women’s golf preseason poll.

The Golden Suns finished second in the 2012 GAC Women’s Golf Tournament and tied for third in the 2013 GAC Women’s Golf Tournament.

The 2014 GAC women’s golf champion will be determined during the conference tournament April 13-15 at Hot Springs Country Club.

Arkansas Tech finished in the top three of the final team standings during all five of its fall 2013 tournaments, including a team championship at the Northeastern State University Classic.

Amy White is the head women’s golf coach at Arkansas Tech. She was Gulf South Conference coach of the year in 2011 and GAC coach of the year in 2012.

The Golden Suns will begin the spring portion of their 2013-14 women’s golf schedule by competing in the St. Edward’s Spring Invitational at Austin, Texas, Feb. 24-25.

IMSSO Celebrates Chinese New Year

The International and Multicultural Student Services Office is celebrating the Chinese New Year this Friday at 6 p.m. in the Young Ballroom.

IMSSO welcomes the Year of the Horse by inviting students to learn about the Chinese culture with games, dancing, singing, interactive media and a variety of authentic Chinese food.  Special non-menu food will be prepared by local Chinese restaurant Happy Hibachi.

For more information, contact IMSSO at (479) 964-0832 or at