Archives for December 2014

Enjoy Tech Action Magazine Over the Holidays

The winter 2014 edition of Tech Action, the magazine of the Arkansas Tech University Alumni Association, is now available online.

The latest issue includes stories about Arkansas Tech topping 12,000 students for its fall 2014 enrollment, photos from Homecoming 2014, news of another championship season for the Golden Suns volleyball program and the Arkansas Tech Foundation donor honor roll for the 2013-14 fiscal year.

View the winter 2014 Tech Action magazine online.

Tech Action is published three times per year.

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Wonder Boys Fall in Exhibition Game

NCAA Division I member Stephen F. Austin University shot 55 percent from the field on its way to a 94-57 victory over Arkansas Tech University in an exhibition game for the Wonder Boys on Saturday at WRJ Coliseum in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Clide Geffard scored 14 points to lead a quartet of Lumberjacks in double figures in scoring.

Darrick Little scored 17 points for the Wonder Boys.

Arkansas Tech will resume its regular season schedule on Wednesday, Dec. 31, with a non-conference game at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kan.

Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. Radio station KWKK 100.9 FM will have the broadcast, which will be streamed over the Internet at www.arkansastechsports.com.

Graduates Say Thank You

Several Arkansas Tech University students paused prior to the weekend’s commencement ceremonies to offer a word of thanks to those individuals who have played a part in their success.

The recorded messages from the graduates may be viewed below.

View complete commencement coverage.

Grandfather, Grandson Graduate Together

Sixty-five years ago, Bobby Frederick Lancaster began his journey as an Arkansas Tech University student.

He completed that journey on Saturday, and he did so with his grandson and fellow member of the Arkansas Tech Class of 2014 — Brant Bauman — by his side.

“I finally finished at last,” said Lancaster. “It started out in high school when I came up here on a ball trip. I became infatuated with the place, and I stayed that way. I watched Tech go from a junior college to a senior college, and then I got to watch it go on the rest of the way.”

Lancaster first enrolled at Arkansas Tech in 1949. He attended through 1952, at which point he left school to serve his country in the Korean Conflict.

A review of his transcript by the Arkansas Tech Office of the Registrar found that Lancaster had earned the proper credits for an associate degree, which he received during fall 2014 commencement ceremonies at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville on Saturday.

“I wanted to be with Brant on his graduation day anyway, so to be here with him in this manner is very exciting,” said Lancaster. “I’m very proud of him.”

Bauman knew in advance that Saturday would provide a great deal of closure and satisfaction for his grandfather.

“He’s always been proudly from Tech, but there’s always been a touch of sadness because he never graduated,” said Bauman. “He did what so many men and women did, and he did it so proudly. I don’t think there was ever a regret of it, but there is part of it that he always wished he had graduated. When I found out we were going to get to graduate together, I thought it was the best thing ever. It’s one of the most exciting things about graduation for me.

“I am a highly nostalgic individual,” continued Bauman. “I think that comes from my career. I take pictures, and I tell people all the time that I love my job because I capture memories. That’s what I do. It’s my passion. So for me, with graduation, to be able to make this memory and share this memory with my grandfather means the world to me. And I know it does for him, too. He’s always been a very loving grandfather who wants to connect with us. I couldn’t ask for a better way to go out.”

The path from enrollment to graduation was more direct for the grandson. Bauman completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science with a minor in criminal justice in three-and-a-half years.

“Arkansas Tech was the best choice for me because I have a business here, and I felt like it could equip me both in education and business,” said Bauman, who co-owns BnBauman Photography of Russellville with his wife, Kara. “I grew up in Russellville and love Russellville. Coming from Russellville High School, which is a great school and feels like a family, Arkansas Tech seemed like another family. It didn’t let down on that at all.”

Bauman said the opportunity to build relationships with his teachers was his favorite aspect of being an Arkansas Tech student.

“After four years of having the same professors, it’s not that they just know your name and the caliber of student you are,” said Bauman. “They really know who I am. They know I have a job outside of school, they know I have a family…so in turn, I feel like that makes it so much easier to learn, to want to go to class and to want to succeed. I think that one-on-one is the strength of an Arkansas Tech education.”

The personal attention benefited Bauman as he balanced his education and his career.

“It’s been difficult,” said Bauman. “It’s my mentality. I always want to do everything the best, so it’s been difficult to give 110 percent to business and 110 percent to school. There have been times when there’s been a little give and take, but with a lot of prayer and a lot of time spent I’ve been able to dedicate enough time to school that I’ve been able to earn my degree in three-and-a-half years. I didn’t sleep much.”

Now that graduation will provide him with a little more time to rest, Bauman can reflect upon the new connection that he will always share with his grandfather as members of the Arkansas Tech Class of 2014.

“For as long as I can remember, one of the reasons I had always liked Tech and felt connected to Tech was because he went there,” said Bauman. “When I was in high school, I worked on a project with the Arkansas Tech Museum. I became really addicted to learning more about the history of Tech, and I shared with my grandfather that I was working on the project. He helped fill me in on how great Tech is, and when I decided to go there, he was super proud and wore his Tech shirt and his Tech hat. It was always fun to be connected to him in that way.

“He always talks about how different Tech looks than when he went there,” continued Bauman. “It is cool to hear him talk about some of the specific changes that took place on campus while he was a student, and it was always for the better. They were always trying to improve. I have to say it’s exactly the same for me as a student now. You look at how immaculate our campus is, and I feel like the transition of that during just the last four years speaks for itself. With our new president, with our staff continuing to improve…you can’t complain about Tech.”

Morris Caroling Company to Debut Sunday

Several current and former Arkansas Tech University students will be among the performers when the Morris Caroling Company offers a premiere performance at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville on Sunday, Dec. 21.

The performance will begin at 3 p.m. in the Great Hall. The public is invited to attend.

Gary Morris, director of choirs at Arkansas Tech, and collaborative pianist Gaye McClure formed the caroling company earlier this year. The performance on Sunday will feature 15 carols composed by Alfred Burt.

“The Alfred Burt Carols are a unique American treasure,” said Morris. “Composed as a family project, the carols were included in the Bates family Christmas card between the years of  1942-1954.”

The ensemble consists of nine public school choral directors and five upper level university voice majors from throughout the Arkansas River Valley and Northwest Arkansas.

The Morris Caroling Company will release a recording of the 15 Burt carols in 2015.