Archives for February 2018

Golden Suns Sweep Series from NWOSU

Arkansas Tech University won all four games against Northwestern Oklahoma State University in the first Great American Conference softball series of the season for both teams on Sunday and Monday in Bentonville.

The Golden Suns (13-3 overall, 4-0 GAC) will visit Ouachita Baptist University for a four-game GAC series in Arkadelphia on Friday, March 2, and Saturday, March 3.

First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday.

Game One: Tech 4, NWOSU 3

Bailey Bunch’s RBI bunt single in the bottom of the fourth inning provided Arkansas Tech with its winning margin in a 4-3 victory over Northwestern Oklahoma State on Sunday.

Megan Goodnight made the one-run lead stand up the rest of the way. She provided the Golden Suns with three scoreless and hitless innings of relief for her third save of the season.

Bailey Shaffer (3-1) was the winning pitcher. She limited the Lady Rangers to one run on two hits over one and two-thirds innings of relief.

Goodnight, Paige Mendoza and Sydnie Henson notched one run batted in apiece for the Suns.

Game Two: Tech 4, NWOSU 0

Kristen Dempsey tossed a two-hit shutout to lead Arkansas Tech to a 4-0 triumph against Northwestern Oklahoma State in Sunday’s nightcap.

Dempsey (3-0) struck out nine Lady Rangers as she faced just three batters over the minimum.

Sarah Coronado had an RBI single in the bottom of the third inning and Janie Knowles smashed a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to account for the Golden Suns’ offensive production.

Game Three: Tech 9, NWOSU 2

Arkansas Tech scored at least one run in each of the first five innings and rolled past Northwestern Oklahoma State 9-2 in game one of Monday’s doubleheader.

Henson went 3-for-3 with two runs scored for the Golden Suns, while Ashton Sangster was 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs. Makenzie Addis added a two-run home run. Knowles and Mendoza both drove in one run.

Shaffer (4-1) limited the Lady Rangers to no runs on two hits in four innings of relief work in the circle.

Game Four: Tech 5, NWOSU 1

A four-run rally by Arkansas Tech in the bottom of the fifth inning propelled the Golden Suns to a 5-1 victory over Northwestern Oklahoma State in the series finale on Monday.

Coronado broke a 1-1 tie with a RBI single in the last of the fifth. Bunch stole home to increase Tech’s lead to 3-1. Mendoza and Goodnight followed with RBI singles that set the eventual final score.

Goodnight (3-0) pitched three scoreless innings of relief. She allowed one hit.

Journalism Students Earn Regional Acclaim

The Arka Tech, Arkansas Tech University’s student newspaper, won four awards at the 2018 Southeastern Journalism Conference Feb. 15-17 at Harding University in Searcy.

This year’s event included more than 400 entries from 42 schools and seven states, all competing for Best of the South honors. Entries were required to have been published in 2017.

The Arka Tech’s Gabbi Calabrese placed second for “Best Arts and Entertainment Writer” and Noah Delashaw placed eighth for “Best Sports Writer.”

The Arka Tech website, maintained by webmaster Bruce Thomas, placed third for “Best College Website.” The Arka Tech newspaper, led by co-editor-in-chiefs Amber Appleby and Amber Quaid, placed sixth for “Best College Newspaper.”

“We have been members of SEJC since 2012 and this is the first time we have placed in the Best College Newspaper category,” said Tommy Mumert, assistant professor of journalism and faculty adviser of the Arka Tech. “I am proud of the efforts of these students who placed in the competition and am proud of all the students who contribute each week to the Arka Tech.”

Students attending the conference participated in breakout sessions presented by a number of professional journalists. The keynote speaker was Sonia Nazario, who won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 2003.

ATU to Host State’s Top Robotics Teams

The Robotics Education and Competition (REC) Foundation will conduct its 2018 Arkansas state championship at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville on Saturday, March 3.

The event is expected to include more than 100 teams with students from the elementary, middle school and high school levels competing in the VEX IQ Challenge and the VEX Robotics Competition.

Competition will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday in Tucker Coliseum, 1604 Coliseum Drive in Russellville, and the W.O. Young Building Ballroom, 207 West O Street in Russellville.

Over the last year in Arkansas, the VEX IQ Challenge and the VEX Robotics Competition have grown from approximately 138 teams last season to include more than 275 teams this year.

“This will be the largest state tournament for VEX Robotics in the history of VEX in Arkansas,” said Sarah Burnett, K-12 math specialist in the ATU STEM Institute. “It is so exciting to be a part of this record-breaking year.”

The Arkansas VEX state competition is one of a series of VEX IQ Challenges and VEX Robotics Competitions taking place internationally throughout the year. The VEX Competitions are among the world’s fastest growing competitive robotics programs for elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and colleges around the world, now approaching 20,000 teams in over 45 countries participating in more than 1,500 events.

“Students who participate in competitive robotics establish a passion for science and technology early on, gaining collaboration and teamwork skills, while learning to communicate through a variety of challenging situations,” said Dan Mantz, CEO of the REC Foundation. “The REC Foundation remains committed to offering the VEX IQ Challenge and the VEX Robotics Competition to provide a strong foundation students will build on to succeed in STEM fields and flourish in the digital economy of the future.”

The competition season culminates each spring with the VEX Robotics World Championship, which unites top qualifying teams from local, state and international VEX Robotics events to crown world champions.

Of the more than 100 teams that will compete at ATU on Saturday, 29 will be selected to advance to the 2018 VEX Robotics World Championship April 25-28 in Louisville, Ky.

The following 33 communities will be represented in the event at Arkansas Tech University: Alexander, Alma, Alpena, Bentonville, Bryant, Centerton, Crossett, Dardanelle, Fayetteville, Greenwood, Harrison, Hope, Jonesboro, Lake Village, Little Rock, Mabelvale, Magnolia, Manila, McGehee, Monticello, Morrilton, Nashville, Ola, Poyen, Russellville, Sherwood, Siloam Springs, Smackover, Springdale, Star City, Texarkana, Van Buren and Wynne.

Biochemistry Lab Enhanced by Entergy Grant

Students in the Arkansas Tech University Department of Physical Sciences are the beneficiaries of a $1,000 grant from Entergy Arkansas that will support hands-on training in advanced lab techniques as part of the Principles of Biochemistry lab.

The grant continues a four-year relationship with Entergy Arkansas that has allowed the ATU Department of Physical Sciences to create an undergraduate research experience in place of the traditional laboratory experience.

“This experience ensures that graduates are trained in modern lab techniques such as bioinformatics, proteomics and biotechnology, making them more competitive in both post-graduate education and the job market,” said Dr. Newton P. Hilliard, associate professor of chemistry at ATU.

Photographed (from left): Mike Duncan, customer service representative for Entergy, and Dr. Newton P. Hilliard, associate professor of chemistry at ATU.

Change of Leadership for Controller’s Office

Bernadette Hinkle, vice president for administration and finance at Arkansas Tech University, announced on Monday, Feb. 26, that Donna Rankin has resigned her position as controller at ATU effective Feb. 28, 2018.

A 1997 graduate of ATU with a degree in accounting, Rankin has been an employee of the Controller’s Office at Arkansas Tech since 2001.

“We express our appreciation to Donna for her more than 16 years of dedicated service to her alma mater,” said Hinkle. “She has provided Arkansas Tech with exemplary service and we wish her the best in her future endeavors.”

Hinkle said that Katy Ehemann, associate controller, will fulfill the duties of controller until a permanent replacement is hired.