Archives for December 2017

Woods Has Career Night, ATU Adds to Streak

Trevin Woods established new career highs in scoring and rebounding to lead Arkansas Tech University to a 100-88 non-conference men’s basketball win over Northeastern State University at the NSU Event Center in Tahlequah, Okla., on Tuesday night.

Woods scored 27 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field, including 5-of-8 from 3-point range. He made all six of his free throw attempts, grabbed 16 rebounds and matched his career high in blocked shots with four as the Wonder Boys earned their sixth consecutive win.

R.J. Glasper added 22 points and Harris Brown notched a season-high 21 points to help Arkansas Tech (8-1) win for the fourth time in 19 all-time road games against NSU.

“We scored the ball well tonight,” said Chad Kline, ATU head coach. “We knew this would be a tough place to come get a win. We were able to play fast, but smart at the end of the game. Our guys showed some grit tonight.”

The first half saw four ties and eight lead changes. Arkansas Tech used a 10-0 run that included two Brown 3-pointers to take control of the game before halftime.

By the time the spurt was complete at the 2:33 mark of the first half, the Wonder Boys led 46-35. Their advantage was 52-44 at the intermission.

Northeastern State (3-8) pulled within 66-64 with 11:58 left in the second half, but once again it was Arkansas Tech’s perimeter shooting that helped them pull away. Mason Cline, Woods and Brown each made a 3-pointer within a span of 44 seconds and the Wonder Boys led 75-66 with 9:52 to go.

“That was definitely the difference in the game,” said Kline when asked about the quick 9-0 run. “They had made their run, and we knew they would. Those 3-pointers and that offense looked good, but it started because we got stops on the other end.”

By the time Glasper hit a trey at the 5:35 mark, Tech’s lead had ballooned to 83-72. The Wonder Boys maintained at least a nine-point edge the rest of the way.

Cline finished with 12 points and Alex Brown had 10 points for Tech.

Coryon Mason paced the RiverHawks with 19 points.

The Wonder Boys will return to action on Sunday, Dec. 31, with a 2 p.m. non-conference road game against the Missouri S&T Miners in Rolla, Mo. Radio station KCJC 102.3 FM and will provide live coverage.

GED Graduation December 2017

The Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus Adult and Continuing Education department held a graduation ceremony Tuesday, Dec. 12, for recipients of the General Education Development (GED®) certificate in Franklin, Logan and Johnson counties.

The event was held in the Student Services Conference Center at Arkansas Tech-Ozark.
Jim Rofkahr, Plant Manager, Tyson Animal Foods, and sitting Board of Advisor member for the Ozark Campus, gave the commencement speech. Rofkahr, a former GED® recipient, congratulated students on their achievements and encouraged them to continue their education beyond adult education.

Adult and Continuing Education Director Regina Olson said she is proud of all the graduates and hopes they inspire others who have not yet earned a GED® to do so. “Adult education can be the first step toward a new life,” she said.

Arkansas Tech-Ozark has adult education centers in Booneville, Charleston, Clarksville, Ozark and Paris. Along with its GED® program, the centers also teaches English-as-a-second-language (ESL) and workplace classes, as well as basic skills reviews for those in need of upgrading skills to enter higher education, the military or workforce.

Students may also take advantage of the free WAGE™ program and earn credentials in areas such as employability, customer services I and II, office technology, bank teller and industrial.

For more information or to enroll in classes, call (479) 667-3520 or visit

Graduates: David Alford, Tyler Allred,* Shayanna Baxter, Ehren Bocksnick, Alex Brewer, Colby Brewer, Malik Brown, Jacob Campbell, Hayden Chambers, Guillermo Chavez,* Jason Downs, Shady Downs, Caibrae Fowler, Amara Garland, James Garrett, Juan Gomez, Michael Green,* Victoria Green,* Kianna Harris, Lucas Hartz, Peaches Hice,* Christopher Jackson, Kourtney Jones, Kayla Lambert, Malachi Lawrence, Camaron Mason,* Daphne Mattson, Selena Mayfield, Andra McClanahan, Sasha McKee, Raven Mickens, Dillan Nichols, Kevin Parker, Amie Perkins, Tristan Philyaw, Mary Primm, Alan Pyron, Johnathan Raya, Brittany Reynolds, Garret Richardson, Jason Russel,l Sarah Schmoker, Gabe Smith, Kaitlyn Snowman,* Hannah Stanton,* Donnie Thompson, Dylan Thronebury, Kenton Turner, Charles Whidden, Brandy Wise, and Raven Young*
* Notes that these graduates achieved college ready in one or more subjects.

ATU Grads Set Sights on New Adventures

Fall commencement 2017 was a time of transition for Arkansas Tech University graduates honored during ceremonies on Friday and Saturday.

Emily Free of Beebe was one of several hundred ATU graduates who walked across the floor of Tucker Coliseum in Russellville.

Just a few hours after receiving her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree, she made a different walk, traveling down the aisle to marry Jacob Jones.

“My head is spinning,” said Free shortly before she graduated on Saturday morning. “I think it will be special in the future to have all these memories from one day. I really wanted to walk at graduation because I am a first-generation college student, so it was special to my family.”

The quick wardrobe change from cap and gown to wedding dress was made necessary by Jacob’s profession as a U.S. Marine. Saturday was the day that fit his schedule, and Emily was more than happy to take on the doubleheader of life-changing events.

“Why not do it all?” asked the bride-to-be.

Arkansas Tech students earned approximately 900 degrees and additional academic credentials at the close of the fall 2017 semester.

Chiquita Scott of Brinkley was standing in the Tucker Coliseum corridor on Saturday morning, awaiting the moment when she would hear her name called.

“It feels great,” said Scott, who earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. “I am really nervous the longer I stand here.”

Scott started her ATU journey as a nursing major, but she was inspired to switch to psychology after taking an introductory course taught by Dr. Jason Warnick.

“I knew that I had to something amazing in what he was talking about,” said Scott. “I decided to change majors and see how it went. I ended up having several of his classes, and I knew I made the right choice.”

She also pointed to Nichole Edwards, advisor in the ATU Student Support Services program, as a key mentor in helping her reach graduation day.

“Mrs. Nichole was there every step of the way,” said Scott. “When I changed my major, she helped me figure out what I wanted to do. She is awesome.”

Scott plans on pursuing a graduate degree in psychology and a career in the field, possibly as a clinician.

Andrew Rowton received a Bachelor of Professional Studies degree from Arkansas Tech on Saturday.

The Lonoke product departs ATU with countless experiences that helped shape him.

“There are too many memories to count,” said Rowton. “Freshman year was a good time. I probably should have studied more and I might have been here a little earlier.”

Proximity to his hometown was one of several reasons that Arkansas Tech was the right fit for Rowton.

“I had a bunch of friends up here, and I liked the football team,” he said. “It’s a great town, and I’ve really enjoyed living here. Tech proved itself right the whole time I was here, and it’s a community with a lot of good places to eat and good gyms to work out at.”

Rowton’s next step will be a Master of Education degree.

Vincent McNerlin, who earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree on Saturday afternoon, said that ease of access from his hometown of Little Rock and affordability were the two main factors that led him to ATU.

“The core professors who have been there since I have been here…Dr. (Wayne) Helmer, Dr. (John) Krohn and Mr. (Stanton) Apple…they’ve been the strengths,” said McNerlin when asked about his Tech experience. “I was involved with intramurals a lot, and I was a referee for the Office of Campus Recreation. Getting to know everybody from there was a great time and probably my favorite memory.”

McNerlin will go directly into the workforce with a job opportunity made possible through his ATU degree.

“I’ve had internships that have allowed me to get into the field and see exactly what I can do,” said McNerlin. “I have a job with American Fire Protection. It is project engineer design work, and I feel ready to go into that.”

December 2017 Commencements: Graduate College | 12/15/17

December 2017 Commencements: 10AM Ceremony | 12/16/17

December 2017 Commencements: 2pm ceremony | 12/16/17

Complete Coverage: ATU Graduation

Arkansas Tech University confered approximately 900 degrees and other academic credentials during fall 2017 commencement ceremonies at John E. Tucker Coliseum in Russellville this weekend.

Students earning degrees from the Arkansas Tech Graduate College participated in a Friday evening ceremony

The 10 a.m. ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 16, included candidates from the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of Business, the College of Education and the College of eTech.

Individuals graduating from the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the College of Natural and Health Sciences and those earning an associate’s degree received their degree during a 2 p.m. ceremony.

Photos and videos from the ceremonies may be viewed below.

December 2017 Commencements: Graduate College | 12/15/17

December 2017 Commencements: 10AM Ceremony | 12/16/17

December 2017 Commencements: 2pm ceremony | 12/16/17

Wonder Boys, RiverHawks Meet Tuesday Night

Arkansas Tech University rarely fared well against Northeastern State University in men’s basketball games at old Jack Dobbins Field House in Tahlequah, Okla.

The Wonder Boys will try to start a new trend in road games against the RiverHawks when they visit the NSU Event Center for the first time on Tuesday, Dec. 19.

Tech’s most recent visit to Tahlequah came on Nov. 15, 2012. Northeastern State opened its new $17.1 million home basketball facility the following year.

Tuesday’s non-conference match-up will be the final game before the holiday break for Arkansas Tech. The Wonder Boys will return to action on Sunday, Dec. 31, with a 2 p.m. non-conference contest in Rolla, Mo., against the Missouri S&T Miners.

ATU Wonder Boys (7-1) vs. NSU RiverHawks (3-7)
When: Tuesday, Dec. 19, 6 p.m.

Where: NSU Event Center, Tahlequah, Okla. 
Radio/Internet: KCJC 102.3 FM/
Series: Tech leads 22-20

About the Wonder Boys: Arkansas Tech has won five consecutive games, the most recent of which was a 93-68 victory over Hendrix College on Wednesday. Junior guard Harris Brown scored a season-high 20 points and the Wonder Boys made 12 3-pointers to help them overcome a season-high 22 turnovers. ATU is 3-15 all-time in road men’s basketball games against Northeastern State. The Wonder Boys defeated the RiverHawks 88-76 in Russellville on Nov. 25. Freshman guard R.J. Glasper paced Tech on that afternoon with 20 points.

About the RiverHawks: Northeastern State’s loss at ATU on Nov. 25 was the beginning of what has become a five-game losing streak. The RiverHawks rank 13th among the 14 members of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association in scoring offense (68.1 points per game) and last in their conference in field goal percentage (.400). Guard Jamir Andrews (15 points per game) is Northeastern State’s leading scorer. The Wonder Boys held Andrews to three points on 1-of-8 shooting from the field on Nov. 25.