Archives for November 2018

Severe Weather Alert Day: Friday, Nov. 30

The National Weather Service has notified the public of an enhanced threat of severe weather in Arkansas on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018.

The Little Rock office of the National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting several rounds of rain and storms that will affect the region including the Russellville and Ozark campuses of Arkansas Tech University during the daytime and evening hours.

Additional information from the NWS states that the greatest risk will be during the late afternoon and evening. Localized flash flooding and damaging straight line winds are the most likely threats.

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Arkansas Tech students, faculty and staff are encouraged to review the severe weather procedures outlined on the Department of Public Safety website.

Martin, Harris Too Much for Wonder Boys

Ouachita Baptist University’s backcourt duo of Mahlon Martin and Trey Harris lifted the Tigers to an 86-81 Great American Conference men’s basketball victory over Arkansas Tech University at Vining Arena in Arkadelphia on Thursday night.

Martin scored a career-high 29 points and Harris notched 18 points for Ouachita (4-1 overall, 1-0 GAC), which earned its third consecutive win.

The opening 10 minutes of the game could not have gone much better for OBU. The Tigers made seven of their first nine attempts from 3-point range and collected 14 of the game’s first 17 rebounds. Meanwhile, Arkansas Tech was missing its first eight tries from beyond the arc.

The result was a 30-12 lead for the Tigers at the 9:33 mark of the first half.

“Key No. 1 that we put on the board was rebounding,” said Chad Kline, ATU head coach. “Ouachita is a good rebounding team. We’ve been good through the first four games, but you can’t give a team two or three shots every time down the floor. We fought our tails off to get back in it.”

The Wonder Boys (2-3, 0-1) battled back behind the perimeter shooting of Alex Brown.

The senior guard from Vernon, Fla., made three consecutive 3-pointers over a span of 75 seconds to cut Ouachita’s advantage to 35-27 with 5:19 left in the opening half. Arkansas Tech maintained that momentum for the remainder of the period and pulled within 37-33 at halftime.

The Wonder Boys briefly took the lead on three occasions in the second half, but a 7-0 Tigers’ spurt put them ahead for good at 56-53 with 11:19 to go.

Ouachita opened a 76-66 edge at the 1:48 mark. Five Tech 3-pointers down the stretch — four of which were made by R.J. Glasper — kept the Wonder Boys’ hopes alive.

It wasn’t until Martin nailed a 3-pointer with 17.2 seconds left and added two free throws with 6.5 seconds remaining that the Tigers finally put it away.

Glasper finished with 25 points and 10 assists. Will Adler added 21 points for Tech, while Brown finished with 14 points.

The Wonder Boys will host Henderson State University for their GAC home opener on Saturday, Dec. 1. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. Radio station KCJC 102.3 FM and will provide live coverage.

Golden Suns Open GAC Play With Win

Arkansas Tech University held Ouachita Baptist University to one made field goal over the final 3:48 to emerge with a 71-61 Great American Conference win at Vining Arena in Arkadelphia on Thursday night.

The Golden Suns (3-2 overall, 1-0 GAC) earned their 11th consecutive victory over the Lady Tigers (2-4, 0-1).

“I thought our defense was, for the most part, really, really good,” said Dave Wilbers, ATU head coach. “Ouachita is a fast team. They can really get up and down the floor, and they got us a couple of times in transition. We were battling for rebounds. I’m proud of the team. It took all nine players.”

There were seven lead changes during the first half, the last of which occurred when the Golden Suns scored the final four points of the second quarter to claim a 37-34 edge at the intermission.

Arkansas Tech used a 12-2 run over a span of 3:17 to open a 52-41 lead midway through the third period. Ouachita Baptist bounced back to pull within 54-48 at the end of the quarter, but six points was as close as the Lady Tigers could get the rest of the way.

Tech’s Jacie Higgins delivered a dagger on a 3-pointer at the 3:31 of the fourth quarter. That pushed the Golden Suns’ lead to 67-58 and they turned it over to their defense from there.

“Jacie’s last week of practice has been off the charts,” said Wilbers. “She has been putting a lot into her game and staying after practice to get in extra shots.”

Lyrik Williams scored a season-high 20 points for the Golden Suns. She was 9-of-14 from the field. Five of her seven rebounds were of the offensive variety.

Higgins finished with 13 points. Hannah Villines notched 11 points and eight rebounds for Tech. Eight of Jayana Sanders’ 10 points came in the second half. Ke’Vonshaye Stackhouse contributed nine points and nine rebounds.

Madison Brittain scored a team-high 15 points for Ouachita. Alivia Huell added 13 points and 11 rebounds.

The Golden Suns will host Henderson State University for their GAC home opener on Saturday, Dec. 1. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. Radio station KCJC 102.3 FM and will provide live coverage.

ATU Students Offer Data Solution for Denali

Six Arkansas Tech University students tasked with solving a problem for Denali Water Solutions made their pitch to an audience that included nine members of the company’s leadership team at Dr. Robert Charles Brown and Jill Lestage Brown Hall on Thursday, Nov. 29.

The students — junior Avery Cook of Atkins, sophomore Mark Hatfield of Oxford, senior Maily Andraca Lopez of Dardanelle, senior Christine Sain of Dover, senior David Willard of Belleville and senior Johnny Zamorano of Glenwood — presented their vision for the Denali Excel Reporting Tool (DERT) and accompanying digital resources that would allow the company to standardize the reporting and analysis of business data across various divisions and regions of the country.

Denali has a stated vision of offering innovative and economical solutions for the management, handling, disposal and conversion of many types of organic waste materials.

“My first reaction was positive,” said Andy McNeill, president and chief executive officer of Denali Water Solutions, after listening to the students’ presentation. “I thought it was polished and thought through at a detail that was more than I expected.”

The students were selected to work on the problem through their participation in an Independent Project Based Learning (IPBL) course taught by Dr. Julie Mikles-Schluterman, associate professor of sociology and director of the ATU Center for Community Engagement and Academic Outreach.

Mikles-Schluterman explained to those assembled for Thursday’s presentation that IPBL courses seek to provide experiences that will allow students to work in teams and apply lessons learned in other classes to solve real-world problems.

“We have had enormous support and participation in this process,” said Mikles-Schluterman. “Denali has gone above and beyond with the data, interviews and tours that they provided to our students. Our community is very fortunate to have a company that is so forward thinking and willing to invest in our students.”

The IPBL students were granted meetings with Denali officials in Russellville. They were also provided with opportunities to visit Denali facilities in Houston, Texas, and on Staten Island in New York in order to ascertain the key performance indicators affecting performance they would need to include in their proposed data reporting tool.

“The tours increased our commitment and desire to contribute to the company’s success,” said Sain. “We felt like we were part of the Denali team.”

Additional factors the team considered in developing their proposal were making the tool expandable and adaptable to future growth as well as ensuring that the deliverables would improve efficiency in measuring performance.

“Prior to this class, I didn’t understand the processes that our water and waste go through,” said Hatfield. “After hearing about it and then seeing it, I understood it and realized the importance of what Denali does.”

The IPBL student team was also assisted by faculty and staff consultants Dr. Haiyan Wang, assistant professor of agriculture, and David Waterson, programmer and analyst in the ATU Office of Information Systems.

When the process was complete, the students had done more than help solve a problem. They had become better informed citizens of the world.

“This project made me care about my actions and how they affect the planet,” said Cook. “The more I learned about the company and their environmental reputation, the more eager I was to help them and the more mindful I became of my personal environmental impact.”

Visit to learn more about Independent Project Based Learning at Arkansas Tech.

Photographed: (front row, left-to-right) Arkansas Tech University students David Willard, Johnny Zamorano, Maily Andraca Lopez, Mark Hatfield, Avery Cook and Christine Sain; (back row, left-to-right) Kayla Fryar, human resource generalist, Denali Water Solutions; Lindsey Hill, human resources director, Denali; Scott Walker, director of information technology and assets, Denali; Nick Thompson, manager of fleet and compliance, Denali; Teresa Gallegos, project manager, Denali; Andy McNeill, president and chief executive officer, Denali; Nicole Harlan, corporate sales coordinator, Denali; Dr. Julie Mikles-Schluterman, associate professor of sociology and director of the ATU Center for Community Engagement and Academic Outreach; and Larry Shingleur, director of financial planning and analysis, Denali.

2018 Feast of Carols Scheduled for Dec. 2

Students from the Arkansas Tech University Department of Music will perform the 17th Feast of Carols concert at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2, at First United Methodist Church in Russellville.

The ATU Choral Artists and the University Singers will perform pieces by Josef Rheinberger, Anton Bruckner, Eriks Esenvalds, Franz Biebl and others. Fresh arrangements of many songs of the season are also part of the program.

Dr. Christopher Harris, assistant professor of music, serves as director of choirs at Arkansas Tech.

For more information about public performances hosted by the ATU Department of Music, call (479) 968-0368 or visit