Archives for November 2018

Mabry Hired as ATU Construction Coordinator

Bernadette Hinkle, vice president for administration and finance at Arkansas Tech University, has announced the appointment of Sandra Mabry as construction coordinator in the Office of Facilities Management.

As construction coordinator, Mabry will manage all aspects of university construction including both capital construction and remodels.

Renovation projects at Williamson Hall, the Chartwells Women’s Sports Complex and the new home of the ATU Department of Public Safety on North El Paso Avenue as well as the creation of a cybersecurity lab space are underway or in the planning phase.

Planned construction projects include a new campus entry as well as a student recreation center and student union.

Mabry has more than 15 years of construction management experience in higher education and 12 years experience in property management and construction. She lives in Conway and has two daughters, Natalye and Kristina Chudy.

ATU Russellville Closed for Remainder of Day

Effective at 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, Arkansas Tech University in Russellville is closed for the remainder of the day due to a widespread power outage on campus.

The ATU Department of Diversity and Inclusion will move forward with its ceremony to present stoles to graduates beginning at 5 p.m. in the Chambers Cafeteria West Dining Room.

All classes and other events scheduled for the remainder of the day on campus are canceled.

It is anticipated that ATU in Russellville will resume normal operations on Saturday, Dec. 1, including the ATU Department of Agriculture poinsettia sale from 8 a.m.-noon at the Tech Greenhouses and the ATU home basketball games against Henderson State University at 1 and 3 p.m. at Tucker Coliseum.

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Power Outage at ATU in Russellville

Several buildings on the Arkansas Tech University campus in Russellville are experiencing a power outage as of 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30.

As of 2:20 p.m., Entergy Arkansas was estimating that power would be restored to the affected customers by 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30.

Effective at 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, Arkansas Tech University in Russellville is closed for the remainder of the day due to a widespread power outage on campus.

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Indonesian Adventure Benefits ATU Student

Leave it to SpongeBob SquarePants to bridge the seemingly vast cultural gap between an Arkansas Tech University graduate student and an 8-year old Indonesian boy.

Such was the case for Emily Austin when she participated in the U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) program during summer 2018.

“I stayed with a family of four…mother, father, 8-year old son and 17-year old daughter,” said Emily Austin. “I was instantly best friends with the 8-year old…we would watch SpongeBob together in Indonesian, so I couldn’t really understand it, but he could. It was a fun mixture of trading culture and jokes.”

The CLS program is an eight-week experience that immerses participants from the United States in the language and culture of a foreign country. Students receive a minimum of 20 hours of formal classroom language instruction per week. Implementation of the program is supported by the American Councils for International Education.

Austin learned about the CLS program from Sierra Noland, a friend who had previously completed the experience by spending eight weeks in India.

Prior familiarity with Indonesia made it the right fit for Austin’s CLS trip.

“I loved the idea of that program and the idea of going somewhere far away for free,” said Austin. “I studied abroad in Bali during my junior year, so I had been to Indonesia before and I kind of spoke Bahasa a tiny bit. I wanted to further that along as well as my interest in teaching English to speakers of other languages. I have to know another language to be able to relate to people that are learning a second language, so I wanted to fulfill that.”

When she wasn’t in the classroom or spending time with her host family, Austin was often participating in excursions planned by the American Councils for International Education.

One of her favorite such experiences was a visit to the Wonosari Tea Plantation on the slopes of Mount Arjuna.

“It was just beautiful,” said Austin. “You could see volcanoes in the background with clouds on the tops of them. Lush, beautiful greenery was everywhere. When we were there, we also used our language skills to interview the people who were working in the tea plantations. We asked them about their life in the nearby village, and we had a chance to drink a lot of tea right from the source.”

The other flavors of Indonesia also agreed with Austin’s palate.

“It’s a lot of fresh seafood, rice and noodles…things that I love,” said Austin. “Very savory.”

Austin spent the first 10 years of her life in Denver, Colo. Her connection to ATU started when she moved to Russellville upon her mother, Dr. Christine Austin, accepting a position on the faculty in the ATU Department of College Student Personnel.

“Moving from the big city was a little bit of a change, but I loved growing up here,” said Austin. “Tech’s always been in the background of my life and a supportive place that I loved to walk around.”

Austin graduated from Russellville High School in 2014 and left familiar surroundings behind to attend college at Washington and Lee University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in May 2018.

Ironically, it was her interest in seeing the world that guided her back home to Russellville.

“I started looking at graduate programs that might lead me where I want to go, and Tech has an amazing TESOL (Teaching English to speakers of other languages) program,” said Austin. “It’s one of the best in the country, and what I’m really interested in is teaching populations that might not get enough support…ESL (English as a second language) students in particular.”

Austin is on pace to graduate from ATU with her Master of Arts degree in TESOL in May 2019.

“Next year I will be teaching elementary school in Tulsa, Okla., and so I’m hoping to be a teacher who is inclusive of all types of people and all backgrounds,” said Austin. “I think this degree is really going to help me. After teaching and learning about the education system, I would love to come back to Arkansas and go to the Clinton School for Public Service to study education policy. My big, long-term dream is foreign service.”

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Home Sweet Dome for ATU Basketball Teams

Another year of home conference doubleheaders begins on Saturday for the Arkansas Tech University basketball programs with a remarkable streak still intact.

The Golden Suns and the Wonder Boys have not been swept in a home conference basketball doubleheader since Jan. 25, 2007, when Delta State University came to Tucker Coliseum and took two games.

Since then, Arkansas Tech has hosted 103 consecutive conference basketball doubleheaders — 32 of which came in the Gulf South Conference from 2007-11 and the last 71 of which have come as members of the Great American Conference from 2012-present — without suffering an 0-2 appearance under the dome of Tucker Coliseum.

Tickets ($5 adults/$3 students and senior citizens) for the ATU-Henderson State University twin bill will be available at the door on Saturday. Admission will be free with a valid ATU identification card.

Arkansas Tech Golden Suns (3-2, 1-0 GAC) vs. HSU Reddies (4-1, 1-0 GAC)
When: Saturday, Dec. 1, 1 p.m.

Where: Tucker Coliseum, Russellville
Radio/Internet: KCJC 102.3 FM/
Series: ATU leads 64-13

About the Golden Suns: Shot selection has been one of the cornerstones of Arkansas Tech’s success under head coach Dave Wilbers over a span of 12 seasons. The Golden Suns are shooting 46.2 percent from the field through the first five games of 2018-19. Arkansas Tech’s field goal percentage has been 42 percent or higher during each season of the Wilbers era, with the best shooting team during that span being the 2010-11 Golden Suns. They shot 50.5 percent from the field for the season.

About the Reddies: Henderson State has been bolstered through the early portion of the 2018-19 season by increased offensive output from junior guard Hailey Estes. The Conway product is averaging a team-best 17.4 points per game this season after averaging 10.6 points per game as a sophomore in 2017-18 and 11.8 points per game as a freshman in 2016-17. The Reddies lead the GAC in field goal percentage (48.5 percent).

Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys (2-3, 0-1 GAC) vs. HSU Reddies (4-2, 0-1 GAC)
When: Saturday, Dec. 1, 3 p.m.

Where: Tucker Coliseum, Russellville
Radio/Internet: KCJC 102.3 FM/
Series: HSU leads 80-75

About the Wonder Boys: Arkansas Tech’s R.J. Glasper is disproving the myth of the sophomore slump. After becoming the first men’s basketball player named All-GAC first team as a freshman in 2017-18, Glasper is averaging 22.8 points and 5.8 assists per game through the first five games of 2018-19. His 25-point performance against Ouachita Baptist on Thursday marked his 17th career game with 20 or more points, three of which have come this season. Senior guard Alex Brown (17.6 points per game) and junior guard Will Adler (15.6 points per game) are also averaging double figures in scoring for the 2018-19 Wonder Boys, who make their home debut against HSU.

About the Reddies: Henderson State is 4-0 in home and neutral site games and 0-2 in true road games during the 2018-19 season. The Reddies opened conference play with a 94-71 loss at Southern Arkansas University on Thursday. The Muleriders out-rebounded Henderson State 42-26. It marked the first time this season that the Reddies have lost the battle on the glass. Sophomore guard Chris Parker is HSU’s leading scorer at 13.4 points per game. He had 20 points at SAU.