Archives for November 2015

Lake Point Taking Holiday Dessert Orders

Lake Point Conference Center is accepting orders for holiday desserts.

Items available for purchase are carrot cakes with cream cheese icing and French silk pies with chocolate ganache drizzle.

The desserts are $28 each. Orders will be accepted through Thursday, Dec. 17, and they must be picked up no later than Tuesday, Dec. 22.

To place an order, contact Alison Ahlert by phone at (479) 356-6244 or e-mail to aahlert@atu.edu; or Chip Porter by phone at (479) 356-6230 or e-mail to cporter@atu.edu.

Learn more about Lake Point Conference Center.

Make Plans to Attend VPAA Open Forums

Students, faculty and staff at Arkansas Tech University are encouraged to attend open forums for the three finalists to become the next vice president for academic affairs at the institution.

The finalists are Dr. Mohamed Abdelrahman (photographed, top), professor of electrical engineering and associate vice president for research and graduate studies at Texas A&M University-Kingsville; Dr. James Ermatinger (photographed, middle), dean of liberal arts and sciences at the University of Illinois at Springfield; and Dr. Russell Porter (photographed, bottom), associate provost and associate vice president for graduate studies and research at Texas A&M University-Central Texas.

Below are dates and times when the finalists will be available to particular constituencies:

Dr. James Ermatinger
Monday, Nov. 30
*Dean’s Council, 10:15 a.m., Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center room 316
*Graduate Council, 1:15 p.m., Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center room 316
*Faculty Senate, 3:30 p.m., Rothwell Hall room 456
*Faculty Only Forum, 5 p.m., Doc Bryan Student Services Center Lecture Hall
Tuesday, Dec. 1
*Faculty Only Forum, 9:45 a.m., Doc Bryan Student Services Center Lecture Hall
*Students Only Forum, 11 a.m., Doc Bryan Student Services Center Lecture Hall
*Campus Wide Forum (with Q&A), 3:15 p.m., Doc Bryan Student Services Center Lecture Hall
*Staff Senate, 4:30 p.m., Baswell Techionery room 202

Dr. Mohamed Abdelrahman
Thursday, Dec. 3
*Dean’s Council, 10:15 a.m., Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center room 316
*Graduate Council, 1:15 p.m., Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center room 316
*Faculty Senate, 3:30 p.m., Rothwell Hall room 456
*Faculty Only Forum, 5 p.m., Doc Bryan Student Services Center Lecture Hall
Friday, Dec. 4
*Faculty Only Forum, 9:45 a.m., Doc Bryan Student Services Center Lecture Hall
*Students Only Forum, 11 a.m., Doc Bryan Student Services Center Lecture Hall
*Campus Wide Forum (with Q&A), 3:15 p.m., Doc Bryan Student Services Center Lecture Hall
*Staff Senate, 4:30 p.m., Baswell Techionery room 202

Dr. Russell Porter
Tuesday, Dec. 8
*Dean’s Council, 10:15 a.m., Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center room 316
*Graduate Council, 1:15 p.m., Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center room 316
*Faculty Senate, 3:30 p.m., Rothwell Hall room 456
*Faculty Only Forum, 5 p.m., Doc Bryan Student Services Center Lecture Hall
Wednesday, Dec. 9
*Faculty Only Forum, 9:45 a.m., Doc Bryan Student Services Center Lecture Hall
*Students Only Forum, 11 a.m., Doc Bryan Student Services Center Lecture Hall
*Campus Wide Forum (with Q&A), 3:15 p.m., Doc Bryan Student Services Center Lecture Hall
*Staff Senate, 4:30 p.m., Baswell Techionery room 202

The successful candidate will have primary responsibility for the leadership, administration and development of academic programs at Arkansas Tech. The vice president for academic affairs will also promote continued excellence within the faculty.

Additional areas of oversight include the university library, honors program, museum, the Arkansas Tech Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, veterans services, enrollment management, institutional assessment, international student services, the Arkansas Tech Center for Leadership and Learning, academic advising, registrar and information systems.

It is anticipated that the new vice president for academic affairs will take office in January 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Visit www.atu.edu/vpaafinalists2015.php for more information.

Delta State Hands Golden Suns First Loss

Delta State University used a sizable rebounding edge to defeat nationally 15th-ranked Arkansas Tech University 72-57 in non-conference women’s basketball at Walter Sillers Coliseum in Cleveland, Miss., on Sunday afternoon.

The Lady Statesmen (3-0) out-rebounded the Golden Suns 42-27. Delta State finished with an 11-4 edge in second-chance points and a 23-10 advantage in points off turnovers.

“I thought the biggest factor was rebounding,” said Arkansas Tech head coach Dave Wilbers. “We didn’t rebound with them on either end. You have to have more than two or three players going for rebounds to beat a team of this caliber on the road. I told the team after the game this was a non-conference game…we just have to learn from it and get better.”

Delta State took the lead for good at 13-11 on a Mary Carol Davis 3-pointer with 2:43 left in the first quarter. The Lady Statesmen led 18-13 after the first period, 37-28 at halftime and 55-42 at the end of the third quarter.

The Golden Suns (4-1) made it interesting with an 8-0 run to pull within 60-52 with 4:20 left, but a put-back basket by DSU’s Becca Ruckes less than a minute later stopped Tech’s momentum. The Lady Statesmen maintained at least a nine-point lead the rest of the way.

Fatima Adams led the Suns with 18 points and seven rebounds. Tech’s Calli White matched her season high with 15 points.

Alondrea Rush, who came in averaging 1.5 points per game, scored 16 points for Delta State. Ruckes finished with 14 points.

The Golden Suns will resume the Great American Conference portion of their 2015-16 schedule on Thursday, Dec. 3, when they welcome Oklahoma Baptist University to Tucker Coliseum in Russellville. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m.

Tickets will be available at the door. Those with a valid Arkansas Tech identification card will be admitted free of charge. Radio station KCJC 102.3 FM and www.arkansastechsports.com will have live coverage.

Tech Beats Lions for 1st Time Since 1995

A long shot by a long-time Wonder Boy helped Arkansas Tech University end a long losing streak against Missouri Southern State University on Saturday afternoon.

Fifth-year senior Nick Wayman drained a 3-pointer from the left corner with 25.3 seconds remaining to propel the Wonder Boys to a 75-72 non-conference win over the Missouri Southern Lions at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville.

It was Arkansas Tech’s first on-campus men’s basketball win over the Lions in 20 years and three days. MSSU had won the last seven on-campus meetings between the two programs. Tech’s only win over the Lions during that span came in a neutral-site game in 2004.

“It was a big play,” said Tech head coach Chad Kline when asked about Wayman’s 3-pointer, which was set up by an Andrew Guillory assist. “That’s what you expect from a guy who’s been here for five years. He was wide open, but you still have to make the shot. I’m super proud of our guys. Seven days was a long lay-off, but we’re coming together and realizing how hard you have to play to win.”

The first half featured nine lead changes, the last of which came when Missouri Southern went on a 10-0 run over a span of three minutes to earn a 27-19 edge with 3:51 remaining until intermission.

The Wonder Boys responded with a 7-0 spurt to pull within a single point of the lead, but Charlie Brown’s 3-pointer on the final shot of the half sent the Lions to halftime with a 30-26 advantage.

Arkansas Tech took the lead for good at 68-67 on a pair of Tyler Corley free throws with 2:59 left in the game. The score remained the same until Wayman’s critical trey in the closing moments.

The Wonder Boys (3-2) maintained the lead the rest of the way by making 4-of-6 free throws over the final 16.8 seconds. Missouri Southern’s Taevaunn Prince got off a desperation heave from 80 feet in an attempt to tie the score at the final buzzer, but it was wide right.

Corley had 14 points and Wayman finished with 13 points for Tech. Guillory notched 12 points.

MSSU’s Prince led all players with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Austin Wright added 14 points and Brown scored 13 points for the Lions (3-3).

The Wonder Boys will return to Great American Conference action on Thursday, Dec. 3, when they host Oklahoma Baptist University for a 7:30 p.m. contest at Tucker Coliseum.

The Rivalry Continues: Suns vs. DSU

One of the greatest rivalries at any level of women’s college basketball will add another chapter on Sunday, Nov. 29, when Arkansas Tech University visits Delta State University in non-conference action at Walter Sillers Coliseum in Cleveland, Miss.

The Golden Suns and Lady Statesmen first met during the 1992-93 season. At that time, both programs were defending national champions — Arkansas Tech at the NAIA level and Delta State at the NCAA Division II level.

The rivalry grew from 1995-2011, during which time they were fellow members of the Gulf South Conference. Both sides were ranked among the top five programs in NCAA Division II history in all-time wins and all-time winning percentage for the duration of their time as GSC foes. During those 16 seasons, the two sides met with a postseason championship at stake 10 times.

The rivalry reached its crescendo during the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons, during which time Arkansas Tech stopped five years of frustration against Delta State by defeating the Lady Statesmen in six of eight meetings. Two of those Golden Suns’ wins came in the GSC Tournament championship game. Two others came in the NCAA Division II Tournament South Regional title contest.

After a three-year absence, the rivalry returned on Nov. 21, 2014, when Arkansas Tech defeated Delta State 72-61 at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville.

On Sunday, the Golden Suns can do something they have not done in almost 13 years — defeat the Lady Statesmen on their home floor.

Tech’s last victory over Delta State in Cleveland came in Joe Foley’s final regular season game as Golden Suns’ head coach — a 62-51 win on March 1, 2003. Since that night, the Lady Statesmen have won eight consecutive home games over Arkansas Tech.

#15 Arkansas Tech Golden Suns (4-0) at DSU Lady Statesmen (2-0)
When: Sunday, Nov. 29, 2 p.m.

Where: Walter Sillers Coliseum, Cleveland, Miss.
Radio/Internet: KCJC 102.3 FM/www.arkansastechsports.com
Series: DSU leads 27-21

About the Golden Suns: Senior forward Fatima Adams leads the Great American Conference in scoring (24.8 points per game) and she ranks second in the league in rebounding (12.0 per game). She scored 25 points and collected eight rebounds in Arkansas Tech’s win over Delta State last season. The Golden Suns lead the Great American Conference in turnover margin (+7.25 per game). Tech has won its first four games by an average margin of 26 points per game.

About the Lady Statesmen: Senior guard Chelsey Rhodes leads the Gulf South Conference in scoring (25.5 points per game). She was limited to 11 points on 5-of-16 shooting from the field in the meeting between Tech and Delta State last year. Rhodes scored a career-high 34 points in a 59-51 Lady Statesmen victory over Harding University on Friday night. Junior guard Mary Carol Davis is a Russellville, Ark., native. She appeared in 20 games as a freshman at Arkansas Tech in 2012-13 before transferring to Delta State.