Archives for February 2016

Orientation Leader Applications Due Monday

Students interested in serving as an orientation leader next fall have until 5 p.m. Feb. 29 to turn in their application.

Orientation leaders should be willing to assist incoming students, facilitate group activities for new students, ensure new students and their families feel welcome to Tech, speak in front of both large and small groups, motivate students and attend all orientation functions.

In order to be eligible students must be full-time, degree-seeking students at Arkansas Tech in good standing with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5. Other job descriptions include familiarity with university policies and procedures, the ability to multitask, strong communication skills, positive attitude, customer relation skills, ability to work with a variety of audiences, dependability, flexibility and responsibility.

Students selected to serve as orientation leaders will have the opportunity to move into the residence halls early for the fall semester, meet and interact with a variety of new people, and make connections with other student leaders and advisors on campus. Additionally, students will be paid a $450 stipend.

Applications may be picked up in Room 233 of the Doc Bryan Student Services Center, and all applications should be returned by 5 p.m.

In addition to completing an application, interested students will take part in a group and individual interview.

For more information about becoming a new student orientation leader, contact Jenny Butler, coordinator of student activities and orientation, at (479) 968-0235 or by e-mail to

Public Safety to Host Self-Defense Classes

The Arkansas Tech University Department of Public Safety will host a self-defense class on Wednesday, April 13, in SSCC 117A.

This event is free and open to all Ozark Campus administration, faculty, staff and students who would like to participate.

A women’s session will be held in the morning from 8:30-11:30 a.m. The men’s session will be 1-4 p.m. No registration is required.

This event was originally scheduled for April 6, but it has been rescheduled for April 13. This post has been edited to reflect this change.

Students Attend Conference Hosted by Farm Bureau

Several students in the Arkansas Tech Department of Agriculture spend part of their weekend networking with professionals and learning about their future career field.

Seven members of the Collegiate Farm Bureau chapter at Arkansas Tech attended the Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers & Ranchers Conference.

During the conference, the students attended several workshops and had the opportunity to connect with industry leaders.

While attending junior Lindsey Triplett won the state collegiate discussion meet. The meet is designed to simulate a committee meeting, and participants are evaluated on their discussion and participation. With the win, Triplett received a $300 prize and will represent Arkansas in the national competition in February of 2017.

Those attending the conference include (from left to right): Gwen Bradley, Grant Tarvin, Tatum Tompkins, Tech professor and chapter advisor Randy Renfro, Lindsey Triplett, Isaiah Currie, Kisia Weeks and Lane Tarvin.
Learn more about the Arkansas Tech Department of Agriculture.

Sixth-Ranked Suns Sweep Defending Champs

Arkansas Tech University swept a four-game softball series from defending Great American Conference champion Henderson State University at the Chartwells Women’s Sports Complex in Russellville on Friday and Saturday.

The nationally sixth-ranked Golden Suns (16-1 overall, 8-0 GAC) will travel to Bethany, Okla., for a four-game GAC series against Southern Nazarene University on Friday, March 4, and Saturday, March 5.

Game One: Arkansas Tech 8, HSU 1

Jalissa Gum recorded 16 strikeouts in a complete-game pitching performance to lead Arkansas Tech to an 8-1 win over Henderson State in the series opener on Friday.

Gum (4-0) allowed one run on two hits over seven innings. She hit one batter and did not issue any walks.

Seven Golden Suns had at least one base hit. Alex Edinger went 2-for-3 with two runs batted in. Gum and Destiny Crumpley added two hits apiece, while Sarah Coronado drove in two runs and Ashley Savage hit a solo home run.

Henderson State starting pitcher Michelle Sorensen (6-3) allowed eight runs, five of which were earned, on 10 hits over six innings. Ashlyn White registered the Reddies’ lone run with a home run in the fourth inning.

Game Two: Arkansas Tech 7, HSU 4

Arkansas Tech scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning and went on to a 7-4 victory over Henderson State in Friday’s second game.

Gum delivered a two-run double, Coronado had an RBI single and Kambri Hill clubbed a two-run home run to stake the Golden Suns to their early lead.

Tech starting pitcher Morgan Vaughan (6-0) allowed four runs, three of which were earned, on five hits in four and one-third innings.

Kelsie Barker provided the Golden Suns with two and two-thirds innings of perfect relief — retiring all eight batters she faced — to earn her first save of the season. Barker struck out four.

HSU starter Madison Calvert (3-3) was charged with five runs on six hits in one-plus inning.

Game Three: Arkansas Tech 5, HSU 0

Sydnee Clark and Gum combined on a three-hit shutout and Arkansas Tech defeated Henderson State 5-0 in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader.

Clark (3-1) started in the circle struck out three Reddies over five scoreless innings. She surrendered two hits. Gum allowed one hit in two innings while striking out five.

Megan Goodnight, Chloe Clifton, Janie Knowles and Coronado drove in one run apiece for the Golden Suns.

HSU starting pitcher Sorensen (6-4) was charged with four runs, two of which were earned, over four and two-thirds innings. She issued five walks.

Game Four: Arkansas Tech 12, HSU 4

Arkansas Tech completed the series sweep in dominating fashion with a mercy-rule shortened 12-4 victory over Henderson State on Saturday afternoon.

Savage drove in four runs and Goodnight and Coronado had three RBIs apiece for the Golden Suns.

Barker (2-0) pitched the first three innings and Vaughan worked the final three innings in the circle for Arkansas Tech. They both allowed two runs. Only one of the runs charged to Barker was earned. Both of the runs surrendered by Vaughan were unearned.

Calvert (3-4) received the loss. She allowed eight runs, seven of which were earned, on eight hits in four and one-third innings.

Reddies Take Three From Wonder Boys

Henderson State University swept a three-game Great American Conference baseball series from Arkansas Tech University at Clyde Berry Field in Arkadelphia on Friday and Saturday.

The Wonder Boys (6-10 overall, 2-4 GAC) are scheduled to host Northeastern State University for a non-conference game on Tuesday, March 1, at Tech Field in Russellville. Weather permitting, first pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.

Game One: HSU 6, Arkansas Tech 5

Alan Hall drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the 10th inning to force Byrious Hughes home with the winning run in a 6-5 Henderson State victory over Arkansas Tech in the series opener on Friday night.

Kaleb Warden was 3-for-4 with two runs scored, Kyle Love finished 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs batted in and Mark Vaughn went 2-for-4 for the Wonder Boys.

HSU’s Jordan Taylor was 3-for-5 with a home run, three runs scored and two RBIs.

Jay Hawley (1-1) pitched one scoreless inning of relief for the Reddies to earn the win.

Arkansas Tech reliever Brandon Bohuslav (1-2) was saddled with the loss after allowing one unearned run in two innings.

Game Two: HSU 6, Arkansas Tech 3

Henderson State used a three-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat Arkansas Tech 6-3 in the first contest of a doubleheader on Saturday.

Matt Evans broke a 3-3 tie when his sacrifice bunt to first base squeezed Alex Morgan home with the go-ahead run for the Reddies. Hall added an RBI single and Hunter Mayall delivered a sacrifice fly to give Henderson State a 6-3 lead after seven innings.

Blake Patterson and Nick Vanthillo emerged from the Reddie bullpen to record the final six outs without incident. Vanthillo was credited with his second save of 2016.

Love homered for a second consecutive game for the Wonder Boys. Warden and Josh Watkins contributed two hits apiece in a losing effort.

Hawley (2-1) recorded the final out in the top of the seventh inning and was credited as the winning pitcher.

Arkansas Tech starter Issac Hale (1-3) was charged with four runs on seven hits in six innings.

Game Three: HSU 4, Arkansas Tech 3

A last-chance rally by Henderson State sank Arkansas Tech 4-3 in the series finale on Saturday afternoon.

The Wonder Boys built a 3-1 lead behind an RBI single by Parker O’Dell, a Love RBI single and a sacrifice fly by Vaughn.

Down to their final three outs, the Reddies tied it on a two-run single by Mayall and won it in walk-off fashion on an RBI fielder’s choice off the bat of Hayden Lessenberry.

Zach Eschberger (2-2) went the distance on the mound for Henderson State. He scattered eight hits over seven innings and allowed three runs.

Arkansas Tech starter Trent Armstrong (1-3) surrendered four runs on nine hits in six-plus innings.