Archives for June 2014

Surtevall Finishes Top 11 at Judson Collegiate

Arkansas Tech University’s Rebecka Surtevall finished tied for 11th in the 2014 Judson Collegiate and Legends Pro-Am Challenge presented by AT&T, which concluded on Monday at the Country Club of Roswell near Atlanta, Ga.

Surtevall returned scores of 73-79-72 for a 54-hole total of 224.

Only four of the 59 participants posted a lower final-round score than the Arkansas Tech senior-to-be from Stockholm, Sweden.

The tournament featured student-athletes from NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA member institutions.

Surtevall is the three-time Great American Conference women’s golf player of the year and the 2013-14 GAC female athlete of the year.

She has won 10 tournament championships through the first three years of her collegiate career, including four individual titles during the 2013-14 academic year. Her third-place finish in the 2014 NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Championships marked the best individual finish in an NCAA national championship in Arkansas Tech history.

Jessica Haigwood of Georgia Regents University Augusta (formerly Augusta State University) won the Judson individual title by nine strokes with a three-day total of 7-under par 206.

ADHE Scholarship Deadline Nears

Students in several Arkansas counties have through Monday to apply for scholarships through the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) for the 2014-15 academic year.

Due to severe storms in the spring, students from Faulkner, Independence, Pulaski, Randolph and White counties were given additional time to apply.  Students from these counties have until Tuesday, July 1 to submit their application.

In order to apply for the scholarships, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application and submit an online application through the YOUniversal Arkansas financial aid system.

Several scholarships are available through ADHE include the Academic Challenge Scholarship.

According to the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, “the Academic Challenge Program provides scholarships to Arkansas residents pursuing a higher education. Funded in large part by the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, the Academic Challenge Scholarship is available to students regardless of their academic status, whether just graduating from high school, currently enrolled in college, enrolling in college for the first time, or re-enrolling after a period of time out of college.”

Access the ADHE website for more information about scholarship opportunities throughout the state.

View the eligibility requirements for the Academic Challenge Scholarship.


Tech Names New Walton Leader Scholars

Arkansas Tech University has selected 20 Walton Leader Scholars for the second cohort of its LEAD 21 program.

LEAD 21 is an initiative by the Arkansas Tech Center for Leadership and Learning that makes the Arkansas Tech Master of Education degree in educational leadership available to selected teachers in Pulaski County, the Delta region and districts throughout Arkansas that have priority schools or schools in need of improvement.

Courses are delivered through a blended format of online course offerings and seminars.

LEAD 21 is made possible through a $974,157 grant from the Walton Family Foundation. The program began in summer 2013 with an inaugural cohort of 20 graduate students.

The second class of Walton Leader Scholars (listed with the educational entity at which they serve) includes:

*Alyssa Bodine, Lakeside High School (Lake Village)
*Alison Cannon, Teach for America
*Johayne Carty-Cabey, KIPP Blytheville College Prep School
*Stephanie Chrissotimos, Crossett High School
*Russell Crowell, Manila School District
*Amanda Howard, El Dorado School District
*Reilee Jones, Stuttgart School District
*Michael Loughran, Earle High School
*Brandon Lucius, Helena-West Helena School District
*Rachel Marx, Little Rock Central High School
*Jigish Patel, Strong-Huttig School District
*Bradley Reeves, Van Buren School District
*David Rhoades, eStem Middle Public Charter School
*Emilianne Slamons, Dermott School District
*Cheryl Smith, Stuttgart School District
*Valerie Stavey, North Little Rock High School
*Audra Stewart, Clinton School District
*Matthew Swenson, Cross County High School
*Edward Tucker, Hamburg High School
*Melissa Walsh, Teach for America

The second cohort of Walton Leader Scholars began its studies with a two-day retreat at Arkansas Tech May 30-31.

Dr. Mary Gunter, dean of the Arkansas Tech Graduate College and professor of educational leadership, serves as executive director for the LEAD 21 program.

Dr. Matt McClure, chief learning and financial officer for the Cross County School District, is the LEAD 21 coordinator and facilitator.

Visit to learn more about the Walton Family Foundation.

Visit to learn more about the Arkansas Tech Center for Leadership and Learning.

Surtevall to Play Alongside LPGA Legends

Arkansas Tech Golden Suns golf team member Rebecka Surtevall has been invited to compete in an event that features some of the biggest names in the history of women’s golf.

Surtevall will play in the Judson Collegiate and Legends Pro-Am Challenge presented by AT&T beginning on Saturday, June 28, at the Country Club of Roswell near Atlanta, Ga.

The event features two tournaments in one. Sixty of the top collegiate players in the nation, including Surtevall, will compete in a 54-hole amateur division that will conclude on Monday, June 30.

LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame members Amy Alcott, Pat Bradley, Nancy Lopez and Hollis Stacy are among those who will compete in the professional portion of the event, a 36-hole tournament that will conclude on Sunday, June 29.

Surtevall will be part of a group during the first round on Saturday that will include professional Allison Finney, a 1980 graduate of Stanford University and winner of more than $1.1 million during an LPGA Tour career that spanned from 1983-2004.

Their group on Saturday will also include Ashleigh Whisenant, a National Golf Coaches Association All-America Scholar from the University of Memphis.

They will start their first round at 9 a.m. Saturday on the 10th hole.

Surtevall, who will be a senior at Arkansas Tech in 2014-15, earned the opportunity to compete in the Judson Collegiate and Legends Pro-Am Challenge with three record-breaking seasons for the Golden Suns.

The junior from Stockholm, Sweden, fired a final-round 4-under par 67 on May 17 to climb into sole possession of third place in the final individual standings at the 2014 NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Championships in Conover, N.C.

Surtevall finished the 72-hole event with a 291 total, four strokes behind individual national champion Louise Manalo of Lynn University.

The final-round 67 shot by Surtevall at Rock Barn Golf and Spa was the low round of the championship. She had returned scores of 78-71-75 over the first three days of the tournament.

Her 67 also matched the lowest round in Arkansas Tech women’s golf history. Surtevall established that record in October 2013 when she shot 67 at the Dallas Baptist University Classic.

Surtevall’s third-place showing marked the best individual finish in an NCAA national championship in Arkansas Tech history.

Surtevall is the three-time Great American Conference women’s golf player of the year and the 2013-14 GAC female athlete of the year. She has won 10 tournament championships through the first three years of her collegiate career, including four individual titles during the 2013-14 academic year.

Murders Named Chief Academic Officer

Michael Murders of Ozark has been named as the new chief academic officer at Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus.

Murders will supervise all academic programs delivered by Arkansas Tech-Ozark faculty, coordinate faculty development activities, lead the assessment of student learning efforts and plan course schedules. He will also assist in the strategic planning of the campus and development of new programs and curriculum.

“It is an honor to accept the position of chief academic officer,” Murders said. “I am excited about continuing my career at the Ozark Campus and enthused about this new opportunity to work with Tech’s academic leadership to facilitate the success of our students, faculty and staff.”

Chancellor Bruce Sikes said, “Mr. Murders has the support of the faculty and staff. Since his tenure on the Ozark Campus, Mike Murders has shown the ability to assist both students and faculty. He is proven in his accomplishments and we are proud to have Mr. Murders as a part of our Ozark Campus team.”

Most recently, Murders was as an instructor at Arkansas Tech-Ozark. Prior to that, he was an adjunct instructor at Rose State College in Oklahoma City and an assistant professor of aerospace studies for the Air Force ROTC at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

Retired from the United States Air Force, Murders served as an academic instructor and lead recruiter and trainer for the Air Force ROTC as well as a NATO staff officer instructor in Afghanistan and the Netherlands. He directed and managed the logistical activities supporting information technology training including 12 multinational instructors, two classrooms and more than 30 course curricula.

Murders said he will miss the classroom and teaching.

“I will miss working directly with our wonderful students,” Murders said. “However, I’m grateful for the opportunity to be creative in developing educational solutions and new curriculum that embrace our mission to develop skilled and knowledgeable citizens to support our local communities.”

Murders is currently a doctoral candidate for the Doctorate of Higher Education in faculty leadership from the University of Arkansas. He holds an Associate of Applied Science in computer science technology from the Community College of the Air Force as well as a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Park College in Parkville, Mo. He also has a Master of Science in computer information science from Troy State University of Montgomery in Alabama.