Archives for March 2018

Tech Tennis Improves to 9-3

Arkansas Tech University earned shutout wins over Ouachita Baptist University and the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff in women’s tennis this week.

The Golden Suns (9-3 overall, 2-0 Great American Conference) will visit Oklahoma Baptist University for a 2 p.m. GAC match in Shawnee, Okla., on Monday, April 2.

Arkansas Tech 9, Ouachita Baptist 0
Wednesday, March 28 @ Arkadelphia

Katharina Drebka/Kami Ward (ATU) def. Mallory Tabler/Kendra Dinsmore (OUA) 8-4
Teresa Sanchez/Annabel Rowlands (ATU) def. Claire Phillips/Shirley Hernandez (OUA) 8-0
Katie Harris/Julia Schoch (ATU) def. No player/No player (OUA), by default

Katharina Drebka (ATU) def. Mallory Tabler (OUA) 6-0, 1-0, retired
Teresa Sanchez (ATU) def. Kendra Dinsmore (OUA) 6-1, 6-1
Julia Schoch (ATU) def. Claire Phillips (OUA) 6-1, 6-0
Kami Ward (ATU) def. Shirley Hernandez (OUA) 6-0, 6-1
Megan Bell (ATU) def. Katie Stanage (OUA) 6-0, 6-0
Annabel Rowlands (ATU) def. Torey Harrison (OUA) 6-0, 6-0

Arkansas Tech 7, University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff 0
Friday, March 30 @ Pine Bluff

Teresa Sanchez/Annabel Rowlands (ATU) def. Padilla/Shaw (UAPB) 8-1
Alejandra Sanchez/Katie Harris (ATU) def. Ali/Taylor (UAPB) 8-2
Megan Bell/Haeleigh Long (ATU) def. Hapke/Howard (UAPB) 8-0

Teresa Sanchez (ATU) def. Padilla (UAPB) 6-3, 6-0
Annabel Rowlands (ATU) def. Shaw (UAPB) 6-1, 6-0
Megan Bell (ATU) def. Ali (UAPB) 6-0, 6-0
Katie Harris (ATU) def. Taylor (UAPB) 6-1, 6-2
Haeleigh Long (ATU) def. Hapke (UAPB) 6-0, 6-0
Alejandra Sanchez (ATU) def. Howard (UAPB) 6-0, 6-0


Dream of Navy Aviation Pushes ATU Alumna

Micah Hunter calls becoming an aviator in the U.S. Navy her dream.

The pursuit of that dream has led her from Russellville High School to Arkansas Tech University to Officer Candidate School, and within the next year, it could take her literally anywhere on Earth.

“I’ve always been kind of a risk taker,” said Hunter. “I always want to go and do something I am passionate about, and that makes it easier. I grew up seeing it in action with my family and my dad, so to me it is not anything out of the normal.”

Her father, Billy Hunter, retired from the U.S. Navy at the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Her uncle, Ray Hunter, served in the U.S. Air Force. Additional members of her family have also made the sacrifice of military service.

Hunter always kept that family tradition in mind as she graduated from RHS in 2010, earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast journalism from ATU in 2013 and completed her Master of Science degree in emergency management and homeland security from ATU in 2015.

Tech is also a family tradition for Hunter. Her mother, Marcia Hunter, is a former employee of the Tech bookstore and she has two sisters, Britney Austin and Callie Fritts, who attended ATU.

“It was an easy decision,” said Hunter, who carries a reminder of ATU with her in the form of a Jerry the Bulldog patch on the right arm of her uniform. “This is the one place I applied to and the one place I wanted to go for college. I had the Navy in mind as what I wanted to do, so I knew getting my degree (at ATU) would be a good stepping stone to continue in that direction.”

Hunter points to Jessica Brock, now the director of admissions at ATU, and Anthony Caton, head of the ATU Department of Communication and Journalism, as two of her top mentors while a student at Arkansas Tech.

Strangely enough, producing a weekly television program at Tech TV was good preparation for serving as a Navy aviator.

“You are managing a million things going on at once, managing a lot of people and being able to communicate with them,” said Hunter while reflecting on her days in the TV studio.

Since completing her degrees, Hunter has finished Officer Candidate School and reached the junior officer rank of Ensign in the U.S. Navy. She is preparing to become a Naval flight officer, a job that would make her responsible for communications, weapons systems and radar systems on an E-2 Hawkeye tactical aircraft.

She has completed eighteen months of training that will soon allow her to move up in class. The reward will be another year of training before she earns her first fleet tour and deployment with an aircraft carrier.

Along the way, she has overcome injury and much more.

“Being away from my family is the biggest one,” said Hunter when asked about the sacrifices of service. “I’ve always been super close to them. The rewards are getting to fly in cool planes and do something I’ve always wanted to do.”

Hunter returned to Russellville High School on Wednesday, March 28, to share her story with students. She was excited to tell them about the U.S. Navy and the variety of opportunities it provides. She was even more excited to serve as an example of why goals and the relentless pursuit of them are worth the effort.

“I hope they know it’s out there for them,” said Hunter. “Whatever they have in their heart that they want to do, it is worth doing if it’s going to make them happy. You have to be passionate about what you do. If you are, then you aren’t really working. I get to go and play every day. There is a lot of training and things I’ve gone through where I have gotten hurt or held up, but pushing through it has been worth it. People ask me why I keep going. You don’t give up on a dream.”

OIS Plans New Web Presence, Support Portal

The Arkansas Tech University Office of Information Systems (OIS) will debut a new website for its operating area and a new support portal on Monday, April 16.

“(OIS) is always working to make your technical service experience more efficient and convenient by providing options for solutions in an easy-to-find format,” reads a statement from OIS. “This new website will provide better navigation and a pleasing new look. The new support portal, Freshservice, will blend in nicely with new functionality and will replace Parature due to its end of life. The new support portal will provide all users a fresh, new way to access our documented solutions, submit a ticket when needed and request items from a service catalog.”

The refreshed web presences will be accessible through

Holi Festival Rescheduled for April 4

Arkansas Tech University International Student Services invites all Tech students to participate in its 2018 Holi Festival of Colors event on Wednesday, April 4.

The festival will take place from 4-5 p.m. in the Doc Bryan Student Services Center Courtyard. The first 30 students in attendance will receive a free shirt.

Originally scheduled for March 27, the event was rescheduled due to inclement weather.

Holi is a Hindu spring festival that is celebrated in India and Nepal. Participants throw brightly colored powder on each other. Those planning on attending the ATU Holi Festival of Colors are encouraged to wear a white T-shirt.

The gathering is an On Track event on the Global Focus track.

For more information, call (479) 964-0832 ot send e-mail to

Quaid, Fellow ATU Journalists Earn SPJ Honors

Arkansas Tech University’s Amber Quaid won first place for general news reporting in the 2018 Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Region 12 awards program.

Three more Tech students — Noah Delashaw, Matthew Emery and Ricci Logan — received finalist awards in the competition. Emery was recognized in the sports writing and sports column categories, while Delashaw and Logan earned accolades in the sports column category.

The award submissions were made through a cooperative effort by the ATU chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Arka Tech student newspaper.

“The Tech chapter of SPJ is a small group of journalism students, but they are hard-working and well deserving of these awards,” said Megan Toland, assistant professor of journalism and Arkansas Tech SPJ advisor.

As a regional winner, Quaid (photographed) will advance to national SPJ Mark of Excellence competition.

“This recognition for our student journalists really speaks to the quality of the work being produced on a regular basis by The Arka Tech staff,” said Tommy Mumert, assistant professor of journalism and Arka Tech newspaper advisor. “It is additional proof that on an individual basis, we have student journalists who are as good as those on any other campus.”