Archives for December 2014

Gorillas Complete Season Sweep of Tech

Pittsburg State University seized the momentum late in the first half and held off a late flurry by Arkansas Tech University to earn a 73-68 victory over Wonder Boys in non-conference men’s basketball at John Lance Arena in Pittsburg, Kan., on Wednesday afternoon.

The Wonder Boys (6-6) led throughout the first half, but the Gorillas closed the opening period on a 6-0 run to trim Tech’s advantage to 31-30 at halftime.

Pitt State (6-4) kept it going early in the second half, taking its first lead of the game on a Josiah Gustafson bucket at the 19:29 mark and outscoring Arkansas Tech 18-4 over the first 6:51 of the half to open up a 48-35 lead.

The Gorillas went on to lead by as many as 17 points, but Tech’s Mike Balogun brought the outcome very much into doubt in the closing minutes.

With the Wonder Boys trailing 69-57, Balogun was fouled while attempting a 3-pointer with 2:21 left. He made all three free throws. Pitt State committed the same mistake with 1:40 left, and again Balogun went 3-for-3 at the line. His six free throws in a span of 41 seconds pulled Arkansas Tech within 69-63.

Balogun made it 69-66 by nailing a 3-pointer with 55 seconds left, but that proved to be the end of the rally. The Wonder Boys missed their final three field goal attempts and the Gorillas made 4-of-8 free throw tries over the final 50 seconds to hang on for their fifth consecutive win.

The victory gave Pitt State a regular season sweep of Arkansas Tech. The Gorillas earned a 76-56 win over the Wonder Boys in Russellville on Nov. 19.

Just like he did in the first meeting of the season, Devon Branch scored 18 points to lead four Pitt State players to reach double figures in scoring. Gustafson (13 points), Lamine Dieng (10 points) and Trevor Gregory (10 points) were also among the Gorillas’ leading scorers on Wednesday.

Pitt State was 11-of-18 (61 percent) from the field in the second half.

Balogun finished with 21 points for Arkansas Tech. Darrick Little netted 16 points for the Wonder Boys. Fifteen of Arkansas Tech’s 19 turnovers came in the second half.

The Wonder Boys will resume Great American Conference play on Saturday, Jan. 3, with a 3 p.m. home game against the University of Arkansas-Monticello. A women’s game between the two institutions will begin at 1 p.m., also at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville.


Time Out for Tech Registration Now Open

All high school seniors and their families are invited to Time Out for Tech 2015, which will be hosted by the Arkansas Tech University Office of Admissions on Thursday, Feb. 5.

The annual preview day provides prospective Arkansas Tech students with a chance to learn more about the academic programs, student housing options and campus life opportunities available on the Russellville campus.

Pre-registration is required for high school seniors planning to attend Time Out for Tech. Registration is available online at

Students who do not register by the deadline may learn more here.

“Arkansas Tech has experienced 16 consecutive years of record enrollments and grown to become one of the three largest universities in our state,” said Shauna Donnell, assistant vice president for enrollment management at Arkansas Tech. “We invite every high school senior in Arkansas and the surrounding areas to come see for themselves why more than 12,000 students are discovering their future at Arkansas Tech.”

Time Out for Tech check-in and a registered student organization fair will start at 8:30 a.m. at Tucker Coliseum, followed by the opening session beginning at 9:30 a.m.

There will be a drawing during the opening session for three tuition scholarships to Arkansas Tech for the fall 2015 semester. In order to win, individuals must be high school seniors and present.

Following the opening session, high school seniors and their families will have an opportunity to meet with faculty from the academic program that interests them the most.

Time Out for Tech will also offer residence hall tours, a chance to meet with representatives from student organization and sessions with staff members from such campus entities as financial aid, athletics and Greek life. All Time Out for Tech participants will receive a free T-shirt and a photo opportunity with campus ambassador Jerry the Bulldog.

For more information about Time Out for Tech or about applying to become a student at Arkansas Tech University, call (800) 582-6953 or (479) 968-0343.

Wonder Boys Return to Action at Pitt State

Arkansas Tech University will resume the regular season portion of its 2014-15 men’s basketball schedule with a non-conference contest at Pittsburg State University on Wednesday, Dec. 31.

It will mark the first time in nine all-time meetings between the two programs that Arkansas Tech has faced the Gorillas on their home court.

The Wonder Boys have not played a regular season game since Dec. 17, when they defeated Southwestern Oklahoma State University 69-65 at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville.

In the interim, Arkansas Tech has played and lost an exhibition game at Stephen F. Austin University on Dec. 20.

The Wonder Boys will return home on Saturday, Jan. 3, for a Great American Conference game against the University of Arkansas-Monticello. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. The women’s game between the two institutions will take place at 1 p.m. that afternoon, also at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville.

Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys (6-5) at Pittsburg State Gorillas (5-4)
When: Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2 p.m.
Where: John Lance Arena, Pittsburg, Kan.
Radio/Internet: KWKK 100.9 FM/
Series: Tech leads 5-3

About the Wonder Boys: Arkansas Tech will look for its first victory on an opponent’s home floor this season. The Wonder Boys are 0-2 in true road games in 2014-15. Tech carries a two-game winning streak to Pittsburg State. One more victory would match the Wonder Boys’ longest winning streak so far this season. Arkansas Tech ranks No. 2 in the Great American Conference in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.328). Senior guard Mike Balogun (13.4 points per game) is the Wonder Boys’ leading scorer.

About the Gorillas: Pittsburg State has won four consecutive games, including a pair of victories in its first two home games of the season. The Gorillas defeated Arkansas Tech 76-56 in Russellville on Nov. 19. Senior guard Devon Branch led four Pitt State players in double figures in scoring with 18 points. Sophomore guard Josiah Gustafson and freshman guard Dakota Jones pitched in 12 points apiece for the Gorillas, while sophomore forward Trevor Gregory scored 11 points. Branch (17.0 points per game) and Gustafson (15.8 points per game) are Pitt State’s leading scorers in 2014-15.

Arkansas Tech Closing for Holiday Break

Arkansas Tech University will close for the holiday break at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 23, and re-open at 8 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 5.

Classes for the spring 2015 semester will begin on Monday, Jan. 12.

View the complete 2014-15 Arkansas Tech academic calendar.

Anglin Named Interim VP for Academic Affairs

Dr. A.J. Anglin has been selected to serve as interim vice president for academic affairs at Arkansas Tech University.

A native of Siloam Springs, Anglin brings 40 years of experience in higher education to his new role at Arkansas Tech. He will begin his duties on Jan. 5, 2015.

Dr. Robin E. Bowen, president of Arkansas Tech, said it is anticipated that Anglin will serve as interim vice president for academic affairs for a period of 18 months. She said the institution intends to have a permanent leader for its academic affairs division in office on or around July 1, 2016.

“Dr. Anglin has extensive experience in strategic planning, which will be a focus on our campus during his tenure at Arkansas Tech,” said Bowen. “He shares our institutional ethic of serving a diverse community of learners and providing each student with access to resources that will help them persist to graduation. We are excited to welcome Dr. Anglin to the Tech family.”

Anglin will succeed Dr. John W. Watson, who has served as vice president for academic affairs since 2008 and was granted a change in assignment by the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees so that he could return to full-time teaching at the university.

Watson’s final day as vice president for academic affairs will be Dec. 31, 2014. A tenured member of the faculty, Watson will assume the title distinguished professor of mathematics on Jan. 1, 2015.

Anglin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry from John Brown University and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in physical chemistry from the University of Arkansas. He participated in a National Science Foundation research grant at Brandeis University and the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University.

After serving as a chemistry faculty member and administrator at Taylor University (Ind.) from 1970-82, Anglin went on to serve as vice president and academic dean at Aurora University (Ill.) from 1982-85, vice president for academic affairs at John Brown University from 1985-91, provost at Azusa Pacific University (Calif.) from 1991-96, president at Trinity Christian College (Ill.) from 1996-2002, vice president for academic affairs at Waynesburg University (Pa.) from 2003-08 and vice president for academic affairs at Missouri Southern State University from 2010-12.

Founded in 1909, Arkansas Tech University serves 12,003 students on campuses in Russellville and Ozark. It is one of the three largest universities in Arkansas and was ranked by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the 10 fastest-growing public master’s degree-granting institutions in the United States in 2013 and 2014.

Photo courtesy Missouri Southern State University.