Archives for August 2016

President Bowen Announces Staff Changes

Arkansas Tech University President Dr. Robin E. Bowen has announced that Susie Nicholson will assume a new position as the institution’s NCAA compliance officer and an assistant affirmative action officer as of Thursday, Sept. 1.

Nicholson has served on the Arkansas Tech staff since 1998, including the last five years as vice president for student services and university relations.

A forthcoming change in NCAA Division II rules will require each member institution to employ a full-time NCAA compliance officer who is not concurrently employed as a coach.

Three-time Great American Conference coach of the year Amy Anderson will remain with the university in her roles as head women’s golf coach and as an assistant affirmative action officer, but due to the change in NCAA Division II rules she will not be able to continue as NCAA compliance officer.

“This proactive step will allow Arkansas Tech University to redefine the responsibilities of NCAA compliance officer as a full-time position at our institution,” said Bowen. “We look forward to Mrs. Nicholson’s and Mrs. Anderson’s continued service to ATU in their important roles.”

Bowen said that Amy Pennington, dean of students, will be interim vice president for student services and that Dr. Jeff Mott, chief of staff, will provide interim leadership for the institution’s efforts in communications and marketing.

Arkansas Tech will conduct a search to fill the vice president for student services position on a permanent basis during the 2016-17 academic year.

Tech Students Participate in Paint War

Arkansas Tech University students had the chance to get to know one another better in a pretty unique way on Tuesday.

Students across campus donned their old clothing and SAB t-shirts to take part in the annual Student Activities Board Paint War.

During the event, the students, armed with bottles filled with paint, chased one another around the intramural field squirting paint on classmates.

The annual event is a highlight for students and is one of several events offered at no cost to students.

2016 SAB Paint War | 8/30/16

Wonder Boys Begin 2016 Season Thursday

Football game week preparation inside the coaches’ offices and meeting rooms at the Hull Physical Education Building normally includes a great deal of film study on the schemes and alignments Arkansas Tech University expects to see from its next opponent.

But when it’s the season opener, and the next opponent — Southern Nazarene University, in this case — has a new head coach, there isn’t much evidence to study.

“This has been very difficult planning for these guys,” said Raymond Monica, who is beginning his fourth season as the Wonder Boys’ head coach. “You’ve got a coach (Andy Lambert) who is coming in from another university. Everybody thinks from the get-go it is about offensive and defensive schemes, which it is, but the kicking game is also huge. What punt formation will they line up in? There’s a bunch of them to choose from. We have to prepare for every little thing going into this game. The thing I’ve been telling the players is this will be a game of adjustments in the early going.”

Arkansas Tech will begin its 102nd football season by hosting SNU for a 7 p.m. Great American Conference game at Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field in Russellville on Thursday, Sept. 1.

Party at the Plaza, the pre-game tailgating celebration outside the stadium, will begin at 5 p.m. Game tickets ($10 adults/$5 senior citizens and students) will be available at the stadium ticket office during Party at the Plaza. Those with a valid Arkansas Tech identification card will be admitted free of charge.

Arkansas Tech is coming off its most successful football season in six years. The Wonder Boys were 9-3 overall and champions of the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl during the 2015 season.

Gone from that team are quarterback Arsenio Favor and linebacker Logan Genz, both of whom were seniors last year. Among the key returnees are running back Bryan Allen, who rushed for 1,150 yards a year ago, and defensive back Cua’ Rose, who was second on the team in tackles with 76.

It is anticipated that Ty Reasnor, a junior transfer from Emporia State University who joined the Arkansas Tech program at the beginning of fall 2016 practice, will start at quarterback against SNU.

Reasnor completed 61 percent of his passes for 894 yards and eight touchdowns as a redshirt freshman at Emporia State in 2014. Last season, he backed up Harlon Hill Trophy finalist Brent Wilson on a Hornets team that reached the NCAA Division II Playoffs national quarterfinals.

Winning is something that Reasnor is accustomed to. He led Cashion High School (Okla.) to a 13-1 record during his senior season and went on to graduate as class valedictorian the following spring.

“I told Ty that if he came to Tech, he would be sixth string on the first day of practice,” said Monica. “Within five days, he was basically our first-team guy. He has shown very good leadership. I’m really looking forward to watching him play and seeing what he is capable of. He’s doing a very good job with everything we’ve seen in practice.”

Monica went on to say that Jabyes Cross, a junior from Riviera Beach, Fla., has also impressed the coaching staff with his performance at quarterback during preseason practice.

“(Cross) is a dual threat,” said Monica. “He can go the distance with his feet, and he has a very strong arm. We have a much better situation (at quarterback) than what I thought we had coming out of spring practice.”

Southern Nazarene defeated Oklahoma Baptist 33-32 in overtime in its final game of 2015. The win capped a 1-10 season and ended a 32-game losing streak for the Crimson Storm.

The Wonder Boys are 3-0 against Southern Nazarene since the Crimson Storm joined the GAC in 2013. Arkansas Tech has won those three meetings by a combined margin of 145-35.

Radio station KCJC 102.3 FM will have the play-by-play description of the Tech-SNU game. Live video, live audio and live statistics will be available at

College Planning Program Set for Sept. 22

High school students from throughout the Arkansas River Valley will be in Russellville on Thursday, Sept. 22, for an Arkansas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (ArkACRAO) College Planning Program.

The event will be hosted by the Arkansas Tech University Office of Admissions and will expose high school students to information from universities, colleges, vocational-technical schools and military branches.

The daytime session will be from 9-11 a.m. at John E. Tucker Coliseum, while the evening session will be open from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center.

The evening session will also include a financial aid and scholarship information workshop by Niki Schwartz, interim director of student aid at Arkansas Tech. That meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center.

Students from the following areas have been invited to attend the ArkACRAO College Planning Program at Arkansas Tech: Atkins, Bigelow, Booneville, Cedarville, Charleston, Clarksville, County Line (Branch), Danville, Dardanelle, Dover, Hector, J.D. Leftwich (Magazine), Johnson County Westside, Lamar, Marshall, Mayflower, Morrilton, Mountainburg, Mount Vernon/Enola, Mulberry, Nemo Vista, Oark, Ozark, Paris, Perryville, Pottsville, Russellville, Sacred Heart (Morrilton), Scranton, Two Rivers, Union Christian Academy (Fort Smith), Western Yell County and Wonderview.

For more information, call (800) 582-6953 or (479) 968-0343.

Food Trucks Coming to Party at the Plaza

The flavors of the Arkansas River Valley will be part of the football game day environment at Arkansas Tech University this season.

Party at the Plaza, the pre-game tailgating celebration outside Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field in Russellville, will include food trucks providing fans with a variety of culinary choices.

Food trucks participating in Party at the Plaza will pay a set-up fee that will be used to support the Campus Kitchen at Arkansas Tech, a food recovery effort by registered student organization Because We Can that provided 4.5 tons of meals to area residents in need during the spring 2016 semester.

The food trucks will be located at 1122 North El Paso Avenue on the former Taco Villa lot adjacent to Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field.

Dr. Sean Huss, associate professor of sociology, faculty senate chair and faculty co-advisor for Because We Can and Campus Kitchen at Arkansas Tech, said that those involved hope the project gives the public a preview of what could be possible in the future.

“Our hope is to create enough buzz that we not only raise funds, but also have fun and give people a sense of what the future development of North El Paso Avenue will mean for bringing our university and our community even closer together,” said Huss.

Roxy’s Twisted Sandwiches and Wok’N’Roll will be the featured food trucks for the first 2016 Party at the Plaza on Thursday, Sept. 1. The food trucks will open at 4 p.m., and the remainder of the Party at the Plaza events will begin at 5 p.m. It is anticipated that other food trucks from the community will be part of the event later in the season.

Pre-game musical entertainment at the food trucks for the season opener will be provided by the Arkansas Tech marching band. Huss said that subsequent game days will feature more live music at the corner of West L Street and North El Paso Avenue.

Other home game days for Arkansas Tech during the 2016 football season include Saturday, Sept. 17 (4 p.m. Party at the Plaza, 6 p.m. kickoff); Saturday, Oct. 1 (3 p.m. Party at the Plaza, 6 p.m. kickoff); Saturday, Oct. 15 (4 p.m. Party at the Plaza, 6 p.m. kickoff) and Saturday, Oct. 29 (11 a.m. Party at the Plaza, 2 p.m. kickoff).