Archives for April 2016

Hinkle Chosen as Next VPAF at Arkansas Tech

Arkansas Tech University has selected Bernadette Hinkle as its next vice president for administration and finance.

Hinkle, who will take office on July 5, 2016, will serve as the chief financial officer for Arkansas Tech with primary responsibility for all financial-related activities of the university.

Her areas of oversight will include accounting, financial control, procurement, facilities management, human resources, financial aid, student accounts, budgets, payroll, construction, bookstore, food services and residence hall facility maintenance.

Hinkle has served as associate vice president for finance, budget and business services at West Chester University of Pennsylvania since 2011.

There, she has provided strategic leadership for a $290 million annual budget while overseeing accounting, budget, bursar, business systems reporting, cash management, endowment and scholarship management, plant funds, fixed assets, business services, construction contracting, procurement, grant management and campus postal services.

Prior to her tenure at West Chester, Hinkle worked in the University of Arkansas system for 15 years. She started as associate director of internal audit in 1995 and progressed to serve as director of financial reporting and associate vice president for finance over the next five years. From 2000-10, Hinkle was chief financial officer for the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service.

“Through her previous professional experiences, Ms. Hinkle has demonstrated the level of expertise and stewardship necessary to lead the financial operations of Arkansas Tech University,” said Dr. Robin E. Bowen, president of Arkansas Tech. “Our institution will benefit from her extensive background in and knowledge of the State of Arkansas. We look forward to welcoming her to our executive council, our university and our community.”

A Certified Public Accountant, Hinkle holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. She earned a Master of Business Administration degree and completed doctoral courses in higher education administration at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Hinkle will succeed David Moseley, who will retire after 22 years as vice president for administration and finance at Arkansas Tech on June 30, 2016.

“We are thankful for Mr. Moseley’s steadfast leadership for more than two decades and the many improvements that were brought about for Arkansas Tech students because of his efforts,” said Bowen.

McSweeney, Gum Win GAC Softball Awards

Arkansas Tech University’s Kristina McSweeney was named 2016 Great American Conference softball coach of the year and Tech’s Jalissa Gum was announced as the 2016 GAC softball pitcher of the year during an awards banquet in Bentonville on Wednesday, April 27.

McSweeney (photographed, left) led the Golden Suns (44-7 overall, 34-6 GAC) to the GAC regular season championship, a No. 1 NCAA Division II Central Region ranking and a consistent place in the top 10 of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association NCAA Division II top 25 poll during the 2016 regular season.

Arkansas Tech has already established a new school record for softball wins in a season with the postseason still to come.

Gum (photographed, right), a right-handed junior from Red Rock, Okla., is 18-1 with a 0.67 earned run average this season.

She leads the GAC and ranks second nationally in ERA. Gum also ranks second in NCAA Division II in fewest hits allowed per nine innings (3.12), and her 10.3 strikeouts per seven innings are seventh-most in the nation.

Gum was voted to the 2016 All-GAC first team as a pitcher and to the 2016 All-GAC second team as a utility player in recognition of her performance as a hitter. She is batting .399 with 45 runs batted in and a team-leading 10 home runs in 2016.

Arkansas Tech is also represented on the 2016 All-GAC second team by sophomore pitcher Morgan Vaughan of Bella Vista, sophomore second baseman Alex Edinger of Claremore, Okla., freshman shortstop Sarah Coronado of Frisco, Texas, senior outfielder Kambri Hill of Springdale and freshman designated player Destiny Crumpley of Little Elm, Texas.

The Golden Suns will open play in the 2016 GAC Tournament at Bentonville with a 2 p.m. game against Southern Nazarene University on Thursday, April 28. Live coverage will be provided by KCAB 97.1 FM/980 AM and www.arkansastechsports.com.

Learn about Summer Camps and Conferences

Arkansas Tech University is making it easier for community members to learn about summer camps and conferences.

The university has created a camps and conferences website that provides information about the various summer offerings.

Complete with descriptions, registration details and housing and meal information, the website is designed to simplify the process for those interested in participated in summer camps and conferences at Arkansas Tech University.

Some offerings planned for the summer include:

  • Athletic Camps
  • Music Camps
  • Culinary Camps
  • Professional development opportunities

Learn more about camps and conferences available this summer.

Aumni to Provide Breakfast During Finals

Members of the Arkansas Tech Alumni Association will provide breakfast to students several mornings throughout final exams.

As part of an annual tradition, the alumni volunteers will greet students and offer complimentary breakfast items including muffins, fruit, coffee and cider.

The breakfast will be available beginning at 7:30 a.m. at various stations across campus. The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, April 28:

  • Corley
  • McEver
  • Witherspoon
  • Dean
  • Rothwell
  • Hull

Friday, April 29:

  • Bookstore
  • Corley
  • McEver
  • Witherspoon
  • Dean
  • Rothwell
  • Tomlinson
  • Hull

Monday, May 2:

  • Bookstore
  • Corley
  • McEver
  • Witherspoon
  • Dean
  • Rothwell
  • Energy Center
  • Williamson

Tuesday, May 3:

  • Corley
  • McEver
  • Witherspoon
  • Dean
  • Crabaugh
  • Rothwell

Learn more about the Arkansas Tech Alumni Association.l

Public Ceremony for National Honor Friday

Editor’s note: As of the morning of Friday, April 29, inclement weather has forced changes to this event. Click here to access the most current information.

All members of the Arkansas Tech University community and the surrounding area are invited to attend a ceremony announcing a national honor for the institution on Friday, April 29.

The brief ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. in the parking lot of the Chartwells Women’s Sports Complex.

The announcement will precede a 2016 Arbor Day service project for students, faculty and staff hosted by the Arkansas Tech University Office of Facilities Management.

In cooperation with the City of Russellville, the project will consist of raking and freshening the mulch around the trees located alongside North Phoenix Avenue adjacent to the Arkansas Tech campus in Russellville. Participants will also perform some light tree trimming as needed.

Those interested in taking part in the service project will depart from the Chartwells Women’s Sports Complex parking lot immediately following the 11 a.m. ceremony.

All necessary supplies will be provided. Those wishing to bring their own gloves are invited to do so. It is anticipated that the project will last between two and four hours.