Archives for January 2015

Vining Arena Next Stop on Road Trip

Arkansas Tech University will dispatch its basketball teams to the Loveliest Village on the Ouachita River for a Great American Conference basketball doubleheader against Ouachita Baptist University at Vining Arena in Arkadelphia on Saturday, Jan. 31.

The Golden Suns and the Wonder Boys are in the midst of a string of three consecutive road doubleheaders. They will head to Southwestern Oklahoma State University for a twin bill in Weatherford on Thursday, Feb. 5, before making their return to Tucker Coliseum in Russellville on Thursday, Feb. 12, for a doubleheader against Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

#20 Arkansas Tech Golden Suns (15-3, 10-2 GAC) at OBU Lady Tigers (7-12, 3-9 GAC)
When: Saturday, Jan. 31, 1 p.m.
Where: Vining Arena, Arkadelphia
Radio/Internet: KWKK 100.9 FM/www.arkansastechsports.com
Series: Tech leads 59-16

About the Golden Suns: The bad news for Arkansas Tech on Thursday night was that it dropped a 57-52 decision at Southern Arkansas University. The good news for the Golden Suns was that first-place Harding University also lost on Thursday, suffering a 91-85 defeat at Henderson State University. As a result, Arkansas Tech remains one game behind the front-running Lady Bisons in the GAC women’s basketball standings with eight regular season league games remaining. The Golden Suns are led in scoring by junior forward Fatima Adams (21.2 points per game). Tech defeated OBU 84-54 on Dec. 4.

About the Lady Tigers: Ouachita Baptist has lost two of its last three games, including a 73-52 setback at the University of Arkansas-Monticello on Thursday. The Lady Tigers are second in the GAC in 3-point field goals made (7.3 per game), but they are ninth in the league in scoring offense (63.6 points per game) and 10th in the conference in field goal percentage (.378). Junior forward Breanna Harris (12.7 points per game) and sophomore post Katie Kapler (11.4 points per game) are Ouachita’s leading scorers.

Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys (9-11, 5-7 GAC) at OBU Tigers (13-4, 9-3 GAC)
When: Saturday, Jan. 31, 3 p.m.
Where: Vining Arena, Arkadelphia
Radio/Internet: KWKK 100.9 FM/www.arkansastechsports.com
Series: OBU leads 84-78

About the Wonder Boys: Arkansas Tech leads the GAC in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.325) and it is tied for second in the league in 3-point field goals made (8.6 per game). Senior guard Mike Balogun is the 12th-leading scorer in the conference (14.2 points per game). He is third among GAC players in free throw percentage (.782) and tied for fifth in 3-point field goals made (2.8 per game).

About the Tigers: Ouachita Baptist maintained a share of first place in the GAC men’s basketball standings with an 80-74 victory at the University of Arkansas-Monticello on Thursday. The Tigers have already won three more conference games this season than they did all of last year. The biggest difference has been a pair of transfers. Junior forward Tirrell Brown is third in the GAC in scoring (17.7 points per game), sixth in rebounding (7.3 per game) and first in field goal percentage (.688). Sophomore guard Justin McCleary is OBU’s second-leading scorer at 12.1 points per contest. He leads the conference in 3-point field goal percentage (.457). The Tigers defeated Arkansas Tech 64-57 on Dec. 4.

Arkansas Tech Celebrates Black History Month

Arkansas Tech University will offer a month-long series of events to celebrate Black History Month 2015.

The educational, cultural and social activities are a collaboration of several campus departments and organizations including the Division of Student Services, the Office of Leadership and Service, the Student Government Association, the Student Activities Board, the African American Student Association and SPECTRUM.

The events planned to celebrate Black History Month at Arkansas Tech include:

Monday, Feb. 2 – Kick Off Celebration and Balloon Release

  • Event begins at 2 p.m., Hindsman Bell Tower
  • Official start of Black History Month at Arkansas Tech
  • Sponsored by the African American Student Association

Thursday, Feb. 5 – Tech Hall – #Blacklivesmatter

  • Event begins at 7 p.m., Room 138 of Rothwell Hall
  • Open discussion with audience involvement
  • Sponsored by the African American Student Association

Friday, Feb. 6 – Aids Awareness

  • Event begins at 7 p.m., Room 242 of the Doc Bryan Student Services Center
  • Program highlighting the impact the AIDS virus has on the community, state and nation
  • Sponsored by the African American Student Association

Monday, Feb. 9 – Speed Dating Program

  • Event begins at 6 p.m., Young Ballroom
  • Express your personality and meet new friends while finding your match
  • Sponsored by the African American Student Association and the Student Activities Board

Thursday, Feb. 12 – Action Day – Community Service

  • Event runs from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Doc Bryan Student Services Center Rotunda
  • Provide service to the Pope County Library
  • RSVP on theLink
  • Sponsored by the Office of Leadership and Service and the African American Student Association

Monday, Feb. 16 – Friday, Feb. 20 – Snapshot of Our Impact

  • Display discusses African Americans from Arkansas who have made and are making an impact
  • Sponsored by the Division of Student Services

Tuesday, Feb. 17 – Black History Month Keynote Address

  • Event begins at 7:30 p.m., Witherspoon Auditorium
  • Listen to Dr. Terrell Strayhorn, The Ohio State University, discuss diversity and other topics
  • Sponsored by the Division of Student Services

Thursday, Feb. 19  – Movie Night: Dear White People

  • Event begins at 7 p.m., Doc Bryan Lecture Hall
  • Movie focuses on racial identity in “post-racial” America
  • Sponsored by the African American Student Association and the Student Activities Board

Sunday, Feb. 22 – Soul Food Sunday Service

  • Event begins at 11 a.m., New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church
  • A religious service and meal provided for those attending
  • Sponsored by the African American Student Association

Monday, Feb. 23  – Open Mic Night

  • Event begins at 9 p.m., Baz-Tech
  • Participate with spoken word, music or poetry
  • Sponsored by the African American Student Association

Thursday, Feb. 26  – Gold Rush Basketball Games

  • Games begin at 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., Tucker Coliseum
  • Enjoy basketball and a special student section to watch the games
  • Sponsored by the Student Government Association, Student Activities Board and the African American Student Association

Friday, Feb. 27  – Casino Night

  • Event begins at 8 p.m., Young Ballroom
  • Take part in a casino event complete with food, games and fun
  • Sponsored by the African American Student Association and SPECTRUM

Be sure to log back on ArkansasTechNews.com for complete coverage of Black History Month at Arkansas Tech.

Muleriders Too Much for Wonder Boys

Southern Arkansas University controlled its men’s basketball game against Arkansas Tech University on Thursday night by dominating the glass.

The Muleriders (13-5 overall, 9-3 Great American Conference) maintained a share of first place in the GAC standings with a 109-80 victory over the Wonder Boys at the W.T. Watson Athletic Center in Magnolia.

Southern Arkansas out-rebounded Arkansas Tech 63-35, including a 21-6 edge in offensive rebounds. The Muleriders finished with a 32-2 advantage in second chance points.

Six SAU players reached double figures in scoring, led by Kevin Jordan. He had 17 points and 17 rebounds. Alre’k Brown also notched a double-double. He scored 15 points and collected 10 rebounds, while Jaron Davis contributed 16 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

Deon Andrews and Desmond Champion added 12 points apiece for the Muleriders, while Aaron Francis netted 10 points.

Mike Balogun led Arkansas Tech with 19 points. D.J. Jethroe poured in 15 points and Branden Williams had 12 points.

The Wonder Boys (9-11, 5-7) will face Ouachita Baptist University for a 3 p.m. GAC contest at Vining Arena in Arkadelphia on Saturday, Jan. 31. Radio station KWKK 100.9 FM and www.arkansastechsports.com will have the play-by-play description.

Lady Muleriders Top Golden Suns 57-52

Southern Arkansas University held off a comeback bid by Arkansas Tech University to defeat the nationally 20th-ranked Golden Suns 57-52 in Great American Conference women’s basketball at the W.T. Watson Athletic Center in Magnolia on Thursday night.

The Lady Muleriders (5-13 overall, 3-9 GAC) jumped out to a 36-24 halftime lead. Arkansas Tech used its defense to climb back in the game, holding SAU to 3-of-20 shooting from the field in the second half.

The Golden Suns (15-3, 10-2) took advantage, pulling within 55-52 when Fatima Adams made her first 3-pointer of the season with 20 seconds remaining.

Southern Arkansas kept Arkansas Tech’s hopes alive by missing two free throws with 15 seconds left.

The Golden Suns rebounded the second miss and called timeout with 6.7 seconds remaining. After the Lady Muleriders followed with a timeout of their own, Tech faced an inbound pass from the left sideline.

The pass was lost out of bounds. It was the 28th and final turnover of  the night for the Golden Suns. Southern Arkansas’ Brianna Sifford made 2-of-2 free throws with five seconds left to seal the Lady Muleriders’ first win over Arkansas Tech since Feb. 3, 2005.

Southern Arkansas stopped a nine-game losing streak with the victory.

Chanel Miller scored 13 points and Sifford notched 11 points for the Lady Muleriders.

Adams finished with 20 points. Danielle Frachiseur added 15 points, while Anissa Pounds had 10 points and nine rebounds for the Golden Suns.

Southern Arkansas finished with a 47-35 rebounding edge, and the Lady Muleriders’ bench outscored Arkansas Tech’s reserves 27-0.

The Golden Suns will visit Ouachita Baptist University for a 1 p.m. GAC contest at Vining Arena in Arkadelphia on Saturday, Jan. 31. Radio station KWKK 100.9 FM and www.arkansastechsports.com will have the play-by-play description.

Burnett Elected Chair for Board of Trustees

Eric Burnett of Fort Smith was elected by his fellow trustees to serve as chairman of the Arkansas Tech University Board of Trustees for the 2015 calendar year during a meeting at the Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center on Thursday.

Burnett is the head boys’ basketball coach at Fort Smith Northside High School. He was named to that position in April 2010 after spending the previous five seasons in the same role at Springdale Har-Ber High School. Burnett also has four years of experience as the head boys’ basketball coach at Fort Smith Southside High School.

A 1994 graduate of Arkansas Tech, Burnett earned four letters as a member of the Wonder Boys basketball team.

Burnett is Arkansas Tech’s all-time leader in 3-point field goals made (354). He also ranks among the Wonder Boys’ career leaders in scoring (6th, 1,981 points), rebounding (5th, 775), free throws made (7th, 397), assists (8th, 343), steals (T-8th, 150) and field goals made (10th, 615).

He was named an NAIA All-American in 1993 and he was a two-time All-Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference selection. The Wonder Boys won 83 games and the 1993 AIC title during Burnett’s career.

Burnett and his wife, Michelle, have two daughters.

Other Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees officers for 2015 are John Ed Chambers III of Danville, who will serve as vice chairman; and Leigh Whiteside of Russellville, who will serve as secretary. Charles Blanchard and Fritz Kronberger, both of Russellville, complete the five-member board for 2015.

In other business on Thursday, the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees approved:

*issuance of a request for proposal for food service vendors to operate food service at Arkansas Tech once the institution’s current agreement with Compass Group USA, Chartwells Division expires on May 31, 2015;

*and submission of a notification to the Arkansas Department of Education and the Arkansas Department of Higher Education that will allow the Arkansas Tech College of Education to explore offering the dyslexia therapist K-12 licensure.

In personnel-related matters, trustees approved the hiring of the following full-time faculty members for the 2015-16 academic year:

*Roger Frye, associate professor of computer and information science; Paul Hickerson, assistant professor of rehabilitation science; Shwadhin Sharma, assistant professor of computer and information science; and Erica L. Wondolowski, assistant professor of rehabilitation science.

Dr. Siriporn McDowall was hired as assistant professor of hospitality administration and Dana Phillips was named full-time faculty in practical nursing at Arkansas Tech-Ozark Campus, both for the spring 2015 semester.

In addition, Brent Dearmon was employed as offensive coordinator for the Arkansas Tech football program effective Jan. 16, 2015, and Dr. MarTeze Hammonds was hired as associate dean for diversity and inclusion in the Division of Student Services as of Feb. 2, 2015.

The board accepted the retirements of three long-time employees — Dr. Michael K. Ritchie, Dr. Sid Womack and Gail Vaughan.

Ritchie is professor of English at Arkansas Tech. He has served on the faculty since 1989. His retirement will be effective May 9, 2015.

Womack joined the Tech faculty in 1986 and will retire effective July 2, 2015. He holds the rank of professor of secondary education.

Vaughan began her association with Arkansas Tech as a freshman student in 1983. Six years later, she joined the full-time staff in the business manager’s office. Since 1991, she has served as bookstore manager. Her retirement will take effect March 31, 2015.

Trustees accepted the resignations of Rachel Storment, administrative support specialist in the Department of Community Education, effective Jan. 6, 2015; and Dana Tribble, director of career services, effective Feb. 4, 2015.