Archives for April 2018

Windgate Foundation Gives $100,000 for Art

The Arkansas Tech University Foundation has received a $100,000 grant from the Windgate Charitable Foundation that will strengthen the visual arts programs offered on the ATU campus in Russellville.

“Arkansas Tech University and the Windgate Charitable Foundation share a common mission to increase higher education opportunities in the arts,” said Dr. Jeff Woods, dean of the ATU College of Arts and Humanities. “It is our hope that this grant marks the beginning of a partnership that will assist our university in furthering student success, innovation and community building.”

Programs created with the funds will focus on the development and marketing of the arts scene in Arkansas. The funds will allow ATU to offer continuing education workshops for K-12 art teachers and scholar-in-residence opportunities among other programs.

The private support from the Windgate Charitable Foundation coincides with a curriculum change in the ATU Department of Art. Beginning in summer 2018, Tech will transition its Bachelor of Arts degrees in graphic design, game and interactive media design and fine art into Bachelor of Fine Art degrees. The revised programs will require 15-to-18 more hours of art department specific courses.

The number of students majoring in ATU Department of Art programs increased by 66 percent from 2013 through 2017.

Visit to learn more about the ATU Department of Art.

Golden Suns Take 3-of-4, Earn No. 2 Seed

Arkansas Tech University clinched the No. 2 seed in the Great American Conference Tournament by winning 3-of-4 softball games against Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Okla., on Friday and Saturday.

The Golden Suns (39-17 overall, 30-14 GAC) will face Ouachita Baptist University in a first-round GAC Tournament game in Bentonville on Wednesday, May 2. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Live coverage will be available at

Game One: Tech 6, SWOSU 1

Four of Arkansas Tech’s eight hits went for extra bases in a 6-1 victory against Southwestern Oklahoma State on Friday.

Paty Loredo went 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs batted in and Ashton Sangster was 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs for the Golden Suns.

Tech’s Paige Mendoza hit a solo home run and Janie Knowles added an RBI double.

Megan Goodnight (14-4) pitched the first six innings for the Suns. She allowed one run on seven hits and struck out four.

Game Two: Tech 3, SWOSU 2

Arkansas Tech struck for three runs in the top of the second inning and held on from there for a 3-2 win over Southwestern Oklahoma State in the second game of Friday’s doubleheader.

Knowles delivered an RBI double, Sydnie Henson smacked an RBI triple and SWOSU committed an error that allowed Henson to score and give the Suns a 3-1 lead midway through the second inning.

Tech pitchers Kristen Dempsey and Bailey Shaffer ensured that three runs would be enough.

Dempsey (11-5) limited the Bulldogs to two runs, one of which was earned, on six hits over six and two-thirds innings. She registered a career-high 10 strikeouts.

Shaffer got the final out for her second save of 2018.

Game Three: Tech 12, SWOSU 3

A Makenzie Addis grand slam highlighted Arkansas Tech’s 14-hit outburst and subsequent 12-3 victory against Southwestern Oklahoma State on Saturday.

Addis’ blast over the left field fence gave the Golden Suns a 6-1 lead in the top of the fourth inning.

Knowles hit a two-run home run for Tech. Loredo and Sarah Coronado also notched two RBIs for the Suns.

Cara Tolar (4-4) pitched three scoreless innings of relief to earn the win in the circle.

Game Four: SWOSU 2, Tech 1

Miranda Grover’s complete-game pitching performance helped Southwestern Oklahoma State salvage the series finale against Arkansas Tech 2-1 on Saturday.

Grover (6-8) held the Golden Suns to one run on five hits over seven innings.

Tech’s Goodnight broke a scoreless tie with an RBI double in the top of the sixth inning.

SWOSU answered in the last of the sixth with an RBI fielder’s choice by Allyson Gafford and a go-ahead RBI single by Samantha Householder.

Grover pitched a 1-2-3 top of the seventh inning to give the Bulldogs the victory.

Bisons Sweep Wonder Boys in Searcy

Harding University swept a regular season-ending, three-game Great American Conference baseball series from Arkansas Tech University at Jerry Moore Field in Searcy on Friday and Saturday.

The Wonder Boys (27-21 overall, 19-14 GAC) will be the No. 5 seed in the GAC Tournament, which will be played at David Allen Memorial Ballpark in Enid, Okla. It will be a double elimination tournament.

Tech will face No. 2 seed Southern Arkansas University in a first-round game at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 5. Live coverage will be available at

Game One: HU 10, Tech 4

Nolan Fertig went 3-for-5 with a home run and four runs batted in to lead Harding to a 10-4 victory over Arkansas Tech in the series opener on Friday.

Austin Allen (4-5) pitched the first eight innings for the Bisons. He limited the Wonder Boys to three runs on six hits while striking out four.

Kyle Gibbs and Korey Thompson drove in two runs apiece for Arkansas Tech.

Game Two: HU 11, Tech 0

Tanner Smith pitched a four-hit shutout and Harding rapped out 14 base hits while defeating Arkansas Tech 11-0 on Saturday afternoon.

Smith (6-5) recorded two strikeouts in the mercy-rule shortened win.

The first five hitters in the Bisons’ line-up were a combined 12-for-17 (.706) with five runs batted in and 10 runs scored.

Tech’s Jake Harvey went 2-for-2.

Game Three: HU 6, Tech 4

Run-scoring base hits by Luke Van Dover and Zach Beasley made the difference in a 6-4 Harding victory over Arkansas Tech in the series finale on Saturday.

Van Dover’s RBI single and Beasley’s RBI double in the bottom of the fifth inning allowed the Bisons to break a 4-4 tie and set what proved to be the final score.

Harding relievers Mason Faulkner and Reed Roberts combined for two scoreless and hitless innings to seal the sweep. Roberts was credited with his fourth save of 2018.

Jackson Ward (7-2) pitched the first five innings for Harding. He was charged with four runs on six hits.

Shane Pollard was 2-for-4 with an RBI for the Wonder Boys.

Students Attend New York City Conference

Twelve students from the Arkansas Tech University College of Business students attended the 2018 Global Asset Management Education (GAME) VI Forum hosted by Quinnipiac University March 22-24 in New York City.

The students made the trip as part of the Wall Street experience course at Arkansas Tech.

Students attending the conference included:

  • Justin Archer
  • Andrew Craig
  • Philip Gottsponer
  • Sara King
  • Celina Lee
  • Brittnee McKeown
  • Wyatt Norris
  • Justin Reddig
  • Mike Shinn
  • Braden Stringer
  • Katie Tran
  • Austin White

The three-day conference covered a variety of topics, including global markets, corporate governance, global economy and investment strategies.

Presenters at the 2018 conference included leaders at companies such as Bloomberg Intelligence, Huntington Bank, Goldman Sachs and Voya Investment Management. The annual event is co-sponsored by NASDAQ.

Learn more about the Arkansas Tech College of Business.

Lynch Named State’s Top Math Teacher

Arkansas Tech University alumna Joann Lynch, a member of the faculty at Clarksville High School, has been recognized as the top mathematics teacher in Arkansas for 2018.

Lynch received the 2018 Mathematical Association of America (MAA) Outstanding Arkansas Teacher Award during the 80th annual meeting of the Oklahoma-Arkansas section of the MAA, which was hosted by ATU in April.

The award nomination is based on the candidate’s vitae and recommendations from administrators, colleagues, students and parents. The winner is decided by a committee of the MAA.

A National Board Certified teacher, Lynch teaches AP calculus, concurrent credit college algebra and trigonometry at Clarksville High. She has served in the Clarksville School District since 2004. Previously, she taught for 22 years at Subiaco Academy.

Lynch holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics education and a Master of Education degree from ATU. She was presented with her Arkansas mathematics teacher of the year award by Dr. John W. Watson, distinguished professor of mathematics at ATU. Watson was among Lynch’s professors during her time as an undergraduate student at Arkansas Tech.