Archives for October 2016

Diversity and Inclusion Week Through Nov. 6

Arkansas Tech University will celebrate its 2016 Diversity and Inclusion Week with a series of events sponsored by offices and organizations across campus.

Sponsors for 2016 Diversity and Inclusion Week events at Arkansas Tech include the Department of Diversity and Inclusion, the Hispanic Student Association, Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, ATU Dance Company, SPECTRUM, United Voices of Praise, the International and Multicultural Student Services Office, Special Olympics College and the Division of Student Services.

Below is a listing of events for 2016 Diversity and Inclusion Week:

Tuesday, Nov. 1
Human Library
Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center Room 300
11 a.m.-1 p.m.

ATU Dance Company Concert
Doc Bryan Student Services Center Lecture Hall
8-9 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 2
Human Library
Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center Room 300
11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Witherspoon Auditorium
7 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 3

“I Am Tech” Diversity Commitment Banner Signing
Chambers Cafeteria Tabling Area
11 a.m.-1 p.m.

“Coming to the Stage” Artistic Expression Event
W.O. Young Ballroom
7-9 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 4

Alpha Phi Alpha Miss Black and Gold Pageant
Witherspoon Auditorium
7:06-10 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 6

United Voices of Praise Concert
Witherspoon Auditorium
4 p.m.

For more information about 2016 Diversity and Inclusion Week at Arkansas Tech, call (479) 880-4358 or send e-mail to

Caraway Girls Present Scholarship

One group of Arkansas Tech University alumni helped make this weekend’s Homecoming festivities a moment to remember for a current student.

The group of women, who call themselves the Third Floor Caraway Girls, is part of the Arkansas Tech Class of 1959. They reconnected during their 50th reunion at Arkansas Tech, and they have returned during Homecoming for a reunion ever since.

In addition to reflecting on the past, they are also focused on making a brighter future for Tech students.

The group surprised current student Sarah Duvall Hickman with a $2500 scholarship to help her continue pursuing her degree in business education.

“I’m so honored,” said Hickman. “My husband and I were doing budgeting to figure out how to make next semester work. I’ll be doing my internship, so I won’t be able to work as many hours. We kept coming up short, and I had been praying about where that money would come from. Receiving this scholarship will help me afford my last semester of college. I am truly grateful.”

Lou Nell McCraw Davis, a retired music teacher, spoke on behalf of the group during Friday’s surprise presentation.

“As teachers, we know that you are going to be a great asset to the world,” said Davis. “We are really happy about that.”

Learn more about making a gift to impact Arkansas Tech students through the Arkansas Tech University Foundation.

New Radio Station Seeks Student Input

River Valley Radio, which operates such stations as KCJC 102.3 FM and KWKK 100.9 FM from its studios in Russellville, is seeking input from Arkansas Tech University students as it prepares to launch a radio station designed specifically for the campus community.

The new station will broadcast over 97.1 FM beginning in early 2017.

In preparation for that launch, River Valley Radio has developed a survey that seeks to identify songs, artists, genres of music and types of events that are most popular among Arkansas Tech students so that it can format this student and university oriented radio station to match their interests.

Click here to access the survey.

Allbright Wins Tech Idol 2016

Arkansas Tech University student Sam Allbright is the winner of the 2016 Tech Idol competition.

Allbright took home the title with his rendition of “I Don’t Need No Doctor” by John Mayer.

Paxton Goates took second place, while Abbie Boston finished in third.

Tech Idol is an annual Homecoming Week tradition at Arkansas Tech, and it is hosted by the Residence Hall Association. For more than a decade, Tech students have gathered to celebrate the musical talents of Tech students.

Wonder Boys Earn 41-35 Homecoming Win

Kristian Thompson’s 42-yard touchdown run with 4:28 remaining in the fourth quarter catapulted Arkansas Tech University to a 41-35 victory over Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Great American Conference play on Homecoming Saturday at Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field in Russellville.

The go-ahead touchdown marked the longest run of Thompson’s Wonder Boy career, and it allowed the sophomore from Dardanelle to finish with a career-high 145 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries.

The extra point after Thompson’s run failed, but the Arkansas Tech defense made the 6-point lead stand when Bruce Livingston recovered a NWOSU fumble on a fourth-and-17 play from the Wonder Boys’ 28-yard line with 43 seconds remaining.

Arkansas Tech (5-4) earned its sixth consecutive win over the Rangers (4-5) and kept its hopes of a second consecutive winning season very much alive with two games remaining in the 2016 campaign.

After a scoreless first quarter, Arkansas Tech took control in the second quarter behind a 15-yard touchdown run by Thompson at the 11:52 mark and a 62-yard touchdown pass from Joshua Qualls to Henry Wesley with 7:58 remaining in the half. The Wonder Boys led 14-0 at the intermission.

The margin remained 14 points through three quarters, but only after an eventful beginning to the second half.

Northwestern Oklahoma State attempted two on-side kicks during the third period. Both times Arkansas Tech recovered, and both times it converted the short field into a touchdown. Jabyes Cross tossed a 49-yard touchdown pass to Justin Bailey and Thompson had a 5-yard touchdown run to account for the Wonder Boys’ scoring in the third quarter.

The Rangers answered those scoring plays with touchdown drives of their own. Reid Miller’s 10-yard touchdown pass to Horatio Smith with 7:36 left in the third quarter and Jacob Peyton’s 7-yard touchdown run with 59 seconds remaining in the third period allowed NWOSU to stay within 28-14 heading to the fourth quarter.

It appeared the Wonder Boys might have locked up the win when Brett Calhoun blocked a punt and Jackob Dean recovered it for a touchdown with 11:57 left, but that 35-14 Tech lead soon disappeared.

Two touchdown passes by Miller and a 35-yard interception return for a touchdown by Northwestern’s Jordan Norris tied the score at 35-35 with 6:43 remaining.

That set the stage for Thompson’s heroics. On the fourth play of the ensuing drive, he burst up the middle and raced to the north end zone for what turned out to be the decisive¬†touchdown.

NWOSU’s Miller completed 26-of-52 passes for 344 yards and three touchdowns.

Tech’s D’Vonta Derricott had a game-high 18 tackles.

The Wonder Boys will go on the road for their final two games of the season. Tech will visit Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford on Saturday, Nov. 5, and Harding University in Searcy on Saturday, Nov. 12. Both games will start at 2 p.m., and both will be carried live on KCJC 102.3 FM and