Archives for August 2018

Military Appreciation Night at ATU Football

Arkansas Tech University will host a military appreciation night in conjunction with its Saturday, Sept. 8, home football game against Henderson State University at Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field in Russellville.

As part of the celebration, there will be a pre-game tailgating reception outside the stadium for all veterans, military personnel and their families from 4-6 p.m. under the ATU alumni tent on Centennial Plaza.

All current military and veterans will receive free admission for the Great American Conference football game between the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys and the HSU Reddies, which will begin at 6 p.m.

Arkansas Honor Ride, a non-profit organization that raises funds for injured military members, will transport the game ball by motorcycle from Arkadelphia to Russellville and present it during the pre-game coin toss. A pre-game skydiving demonstration is also planned.

Members of the ATU community are invited to submit family photos depicting military service for possible inclusion in a slide show on the stadium video board during the Sept. 8 game. Deadline to submit photos is Wednesday, Sept. 5.

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Making Connections, Growing as Leaders

Thirty incoming Arkansas Tech University students got a head start on their college experience by participating in the ATU Freshman Leadership Experience before the beginning of the fall 2018 semester.

According to the ATU Department of Campus Life, the Freshman Leadership Experience allows incoming students to “engage with other incoming freshmen while learning from current campus leaders, university staff and other leadership experts” in a manner that will “help students make connections prior to the first day of class, establish a leadership and involvement plan for the first year and learn from some of the best and brightest campus leaders.”

Petit Jean State Park was the site for a portion of the 2018 experience. The remaining events were held on the ATU campus in Russellville.

Participants in the 2018 ATU Freshman Leadership Experience were:

  • Jaelan Adams of Sallisaw, Okla.
  • Kaycie Beard of Cotter
  • Jillian Bratton of Cabot
  • Tasia Cagle of Van Buren
  • Tara Clark of Quitman
  • Megan Crawford of Pea Ridge
  • Bailey DeWeese of Mount Ida
  • Kara Dickens of Cedarville
  • Kalyah Edwards of Pine Bluff
  • Ethan Harris of Van Buren
  • Bobby Hill of Amity
  • Sarah Humphrey of Bryant
  • Kadijah Hunt of West Helena
  • Charles James of Danville
  • Ashlynn Louton of Hot Springs
  • Caitlin McCourt of Greenwood
  • Skyler Moore of Springdale
  • Amber Parnell of Sterlington
  • Olivia of Pierce of Atkins
  • Aubrey Reed of Russellville
  • Mickenzie Shields of Russellville
  • Satoria Surratt of Maumelle
  • Edgar Tejada of Bryant
  • Joseph Turner of Lodi
  • Ryan Tyrell of Maumelle
  • Glendon VanSandt of Kansas, Okla.
  • Alana Wallace of Morrilton
  • Victoria Watson of Greenwood
  • Cedar Willis of Eureka Springs
  • Kaitlyn Wright of Camden

2018 Freshmen Leadership Experience | 8/17/18

Wonder Boys Open Season at SAU Thursday

With new faces at positions such as quarterback, place kicker and punter, nerves will inevitably be part of the equation for Arkansas Tech University when the Wonder Boys begin their 104th season this week.

Raymond Monica, who is beginning his sixth season as ATU head coach, said that a fluttering feeling in the belly is a good thing.

“It’s one of those things you’ve just got to go out there and play,” said Monica. “There’s nothing you can say or do. The big thing is you prepare them as best you can so that when they go out there the game is easy. Until you get out there and get a couple of snaps under your belt, you ought to have some type of butterflies.”

Arkansas Tech will face Southern Arkansas University for a 6 p.m. Great American Conference contest at Wilkins Stadium in Magnolia on Thursday, Aug. 30. Radio station KCJC 102.3 FM and will provide live coverage.

It is anticipated that ATU sophomore Cale Fulsom will make his first collegiate start at quarterback on Thursday. Fulsom, who led Russellville High School to the 2016 Class 6A state championship, served as a back-up to Ty Reasnor during his freshman season with the Wonder Boys.

Reasnor, the 2017 Academic All-American of the Year at the NCAA Division II level, completed his eligibility while helping ATU compile an 8-4 overall record last season.

“Right now, Cale Fulsom is going to get the edge at quarterback,” said Monica. “I thought he’s had some really good practices leading up to the first game. Cale did some really good things with his feet when we scrimmaged the other night. I’m looking forward to seeing how he performs in a live situation.”

ATU must also replace all-conference performers Clayton Watson at punter and Eric Perez at place kicker.

Monica said that junior Tyler Dunlop of Hurst, Texas, will begin the season as Arkansas Tech’s punter. The place kicking situation is less certain. Freshmen Carson French of Grapevine, Texas, and Jesus Zizumbo of Springdale have competed for the job during preseason camp.

Injuries have been another storyline for the 2018 Wonder Boys during the month of August.

“You always get some bumps and bruises…I think this camp more so than any I’ve been around,” said Monica. “It’s taken a little bit to get some players back from injuries, so I’m a little concerned about how conditioned we are at some positions. I’m looking forward to seeing how these guys play. We know what guys like (senior defensive back) Cua’ Rose are going to do. We’ve got some other guys stepping into new roles, and you’ve just got to see how they go out there and perform.”

Southern Arkansas was 7-4 in 2017. Three of its losses were by seven points or less, including a 28-21 season-opening setback at Arkansas Tech. It marked the 10th consecutive win by the home team in the series between the Muleriders and the Wonder Boys.

Senior SAU quarterback Barrett Renner is a three-year starter and a three-time All-GAC selection. He led the conference in passing (291.3 yards per game), total offense (305.2 yards per game) and touchdown passes (35) in 2017. Renner has 9,908 career passing yards and 95 career touchdown passes.

“He’s been in situations during the course of his career, so he’s been there and done that,” said Monica. “He can get the ball out and he can make all the throws, but he can also hurt you with his feet.”

Also back for the Muleriders is 2017 GAC defensive player of the year DaVondrick Lison. A senior defensive end from Arkansas City, Lison tied for the league lead in tackles for a loss (16.5) and was second in the conference in quarterback sacks (7.5) last year.

“One thing I know is that they have a really good defensive line,” said Monica. “They have very good players up front who can cause a lot of problems for an offensive line. We’ve got to be sound, be in the right gaps and picking up the right people.”

Reception for Faculty Art Exhibit Sept. 5

The Arkansas Tech University Department of Art will host a reception for its faculty biennial exhibit at Norman Hall Art Gallery at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5.

Members of the art faculty who have works on display as part of the exhibit include Lyn Brands, Summer Bruch, Dr. Joshua Fisher, Jasmine Greer, Neal Harrington, John McGrew, Jessica Mongeon, David Mudrinich, Jesse Ring, Dustin Simpson and Dr. Dawn Ward.

The exhibit is open weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. through Friday, Sept. 21, excluding Labor Day. Admission to the reception and the exhibit is free and open to the public.

Norman Hall is located at 203 West Q Street in Russellville.

Learn more about the ATU Department of Art.

Smith to Help Launch Fall Cultural Series

Instrumentalist Dave Smith will be the featured guest for the “Echoes of the River Valley” series kickoff event at Arkansas Tech University’s Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center in Russellville on Thursday, Sept. 13.

Smith will perform tunes and share traditions that originated in the Ozarks region during a presentation beginning at 7 p.m. in room 300B of the library, which is located at 305 West Q Street in Russellville. Admission will be free and open to the public.

A resident of Stone County since 1972, Smith became involved in the local music scene in the community of Fox beginning at the age of 20. As a result, he learned how to play guitar, fiddle, claw-hammer banjo and button accordion.

Smith belongs to the musical group Harmony along with fellow members Robert and Mary Gillihan. He is a regular performer on “Ozark Highlands Radio,” a weekly radio program that features live music and interviews recorded at Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View.

The “Echoes of the River Valley” series will continue with folk music gatherings from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Sept. 27, Oct. 4, Oct. 11 and Oct. 18 in Doc Bryan Student Services Center room 242.

Sherry Tinerella, public services librarian at ATU described the gatherings as “open jam sessions welcome to any acoustic instruments” with opportunities for any interested individual to listen, play or learn about folk dancing. Beginners are welcome.

The series will conclude Oct. 25 with a demonstration of hand piecing and quilting by local artisans. Hands-on instruction will be provided and all supplies will be provided during the event, which will last from 6-8 p.m. in Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center room 300B.

All “Echoes of the River Valley” programs are free and open to the public.

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