Archives for September 2014

65 Years of Perfect Attendance for Ball

Arkansas Tech University alumnus Charlie Ball was recognized by the Kiwanis Club of North Little Rock for 65 years of perfect attendance at club meetings during the organization’s 2014 awards luncheon on Sept. 25.

Ball (photographed) has been an active member of Kiwanis since 1949. Every week for six-and-a-half decades, he has either attended his home club’s meeting or made up the absence by attending another Kiwanis Club, a Key Club meeting, a board meeting or other official functions of the club.

A native of Batesville, Ball first enrolled at Arkansas Tech in 1941. World War II intervened before he could graduate. He returned to Arkansas Tech after serving as a fighter pilot in the war and later studied at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and Arkansas College (now known as Lyon College), but he never earned his college degree.

Ball spent two decades running a dry cleaning business with his father, Cecil, before transitioning to a second career as a real estate broker and insurance agent.

In 2011, Ball saw a television advertisement for the Arkansas Tech University Accelerated Degree Program, which offers individuals with 60 or more transferable credit hours an opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree within 18 months.

He made note of the telephone number in the ad and called to see what he would need to do to complete his degree.

Ball was connected with the Arkansas Tech College of Professional Studies. Upon reviewing his transcripts, it was discovered that Ball had already accumulated enough hours to graduate with the Bachelor of Professional Studies degree in public relations.

When he walked during spring commencement ceremonies in 2012 at the age of 89, Ball became the oldest graduate in Arkansas Tech history. His received a standing ovation as he received his degree, and his story was told nationwide on a variety of television networks.

Watch one of the stories from 2012 about Ball’s graduation from Arkansas Tech.

Norman Career Services to Host Revamp Your Resume

Norman Career Services is hosting a workshop to help students improve their resume.

The Revamp Your Resume workshop is scheduled this Wednesday from 4-5 p.m. in Doc Bryan Room 242.

The workshop is open to all Tech students looking improve their resume.

For more information, contact Norman Career Services by calling (479) 968-0278 or by email at

Nagel Collects GAC Weekly Award

Madison Nagel of Arkansas Tech University was named Great American Conference volleyball defensive player of the week by the league office in Russellville on Tuesday, Sept. 30.

Nagel, a freshman defensive specialist from Rowlett, Texas, established a new Arkansas Tech and GAC single-match record when she made 48 digs during a five-set Golden Suns’ victory over Harding University on Tuesday, Sept. 23.

For the week, Nagel was credited with 108 digs while helping Arkansas Tech compile a 3-1 record.

Nagel leads the GAC and ranks 18th in the nation at the NCAA Division II level in digs per set (5.62) this season.

Big Pink Volleyball Tournament Returns

The Arkansas Tech University Student Activities Board will host the third annual Big Pink Volleyball Tournament to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

The bracket-style tournament starts on Monday, Oct. 6 and will run through Thursday, Oct. 9. Students teams wishing to take part have through Friday to register.

The cost per player is $5, and each player will receive a free t-shirt. The entry fee will be waived for individuals participating in the Active Mind and Body Track of the On Track program.

Each team must have three players, and teams may have no more than six players.

Registration forms are located on the Student Activities Board page of theLink.



Flu Shot Clinic for Students

Arkansas Tech University students will be able to obtain a free flu shot on Wednesday.

The Arkansas Tech University Health and Wellness Center will host its annual flu shot clinic in Room 203 of Baswell Techionery from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Students wishing to receive a vaccination should bring their Arkansas Tech identification card to the flu shot clinic.

Following the clinic, the Health and Wellness Center will accept appointments for students wishing to obtain a flu shot.

The vaccines will be provided on a first come, first-served basis.

For more information, contact the Arkansas Tech Health and Wellness Center at (479) 968-0329.