Archives for December 2018

Tritons Topple Golden Suns 64-55

Arielle Jackson scored 23 points to lead the University of Missouri-St. Louis to a 64-55 women’s basketball victory over Arkansas Tech University at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville on Sunday.

Jackson’s fourth 20-plus point game of the season helped the Tritons (7-4) win for the seventh time in their last eight games and become the first non-conference opponent to defeat the Golden Suns at Tucker Coliseum since Dec. 14, 2014.

Arkansas Tech (5-5) led 18-17 after one quarter and 32-30 at halftime. The Golden Suns forced UMSL to miss its first six field goal tries of the second half, and Tech’s lead swelled to 43-35 with 2:06 left in the third quarter.

That was when the Tritons took control with a 13-0 run that began with two Laura Szorenyi free throws at the 1:47 mark of the third period and concluded with a Szorenyi layup with 9:26 left in the fourth quarter.

UMSL led 48-43 at that point and maintained an advantage of between three and nine points the rest of the way. The Tritons iced it by making 6-of-8 free throws over the final 1:22.

“I saw us get out of our offense,” said Dave Wilbers, ATU head coach, when asked what changed late in the third quarter. “We were trying to make too many plays too early in the shot clock, after one pass or sometimes no passes. Their experienced showed, and our inexperienced showed. But there are no excuses. We missed some easy shots and didn’t defend at times.”

Hannah Villines paced the Golden Suns with 16 points. Lyrik Williams added 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Tech was 0-of-5 from 3-point range. UMSL finished with a 44-37 rebounding edge.

The Golden Suns will resume the Great American Conference portion of their 2018-19 schedule by facing Southeastern Oklahoma State University on Thursday, Jan. 3.

Tip-off at Bloomer Sullivan Arena in Durant, Okla., is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Radio station KCJC 102.3 FM and will provide live coverage.

Golden Suns, Tritons Restart Season Sunday

Arkansas Tech University and the University of Missouri-St. Louis will return to women’s basketball action following the holiday break by staging a non-conference contest at Tucker Coliseum on Sunday, Dec. 30.

Tickets ($5 adults/$3 students and senior citizens) will be available at the door. Those with a valid ATU identification card will be admitted at no cost.

It will be the final non-conference game of the 2018-19 regular season for ATU basketball. The Golden Suns and the Wonder Boys will resume Great American Conference play on Thursday, Jan. 3, and Saturday, Jan. 5, with games at Southeastern Oklahoma State University and East Central University.

ATU Golden Suns (5-4) vs. UMSL Tritons (6-4)
When: Sunday, Dec. 30, 2 p.m.
Where: Tucker Coliseum, Russellville
Radio/Internet: KCJC 102.3 FM/
Series: ATU leads 1-0

About the Golden Suns: Junior guard Hannah Villines helped send Arkansas Tech into the holiday break on a winning note with her most productive game as a Golden Sun. The Kingston product scored 23 points in an 81-57 win over Lane College on Dec. 16. Villines is in her first season at ATU after transferring from North Arkansas College, where she averaged 22.2 points per game as a sophomore in 2017-18. The Golden Suns defeated Missouri-St. Louis 63-54 on Nov. 26, 2016, in the only previous meeting between the two programs.

About the Tritons: Missouri-St. Louis is a member of NCAA Division II and the Great Lakes Valley Conference. The Tritons were left out of the NCAA Tournament field in 2018 despite a 21-6 overall record and a 13-game winning streak to close out the regular season. It was their first 20-win season since 2013-14. UMSL defeated Oakland City 86-38 on Dec. 19 in its final game before the holiday break. The Tritons rank 302nd among the 307 members of NCAA Division II in field goal percentage defense (.455).

Douthit Continues Philanthropic Tradition

Arkansas Tech University student Scott Douthit III continued a family tradition on Thursday, Dec. 13, at Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center in Russellville.

His donation to the Arkansas Tech University Foundation, which he presented to ATU President Dr. Robin E. Bowen, will go toward the Linda Douthit Memorial Scholarship.

Also on hand for the presentation was ATU Board of Trustees member and Douthit family friend Tom Kennedy of Little Rock.

The namesake of the scholarship is Scott’s grandmother. Linda Douthit taught school in Russellville. She passed away in 1987. The endowed scholarship in her memory supports a student majoring in biology in the ATU College of Natural and Health Sciences.

The donor owns Scotty’s Storage Trailer Rentals Inc. in Russellville while concurrently pursuing an accounting degree at ATU.

Longtime Employee, Debbie Edgin to Retire Beginning 2019

Debbie Edgin has been a staple in the Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus family for 20 years. She joined the ATU-Ozark family in July 1998 in the bookstore. She formerly worked in the office at Wiederkehr’s restaurant for 24 years.

She is a 1974 graduate of Ark Valley Vo-Tech School in Business. She is originally from Wichita Kansas but grew up in Ozark.

During her time at the university, Debbie worked in numerous roles including purchasing, accounts payable, the bookstore, receptionist and ended the last ten years in Student Services. “She is the hub of ATU-Ozark and never meets a stranger,” said Beverly Nehus, Assistant to the Chancellor.

Debbie is known for her love of the Denver Broncos and Halloween and each year it is a treat to see what costume she will present. Debbie is also an avid fan of the Ozark Hillbillies. Her son and nephews have all worn the Ozark Hillbilly jerseys.

Debbie’s son, Nathan, and wife Jessi, both Arkansas Tech University graduates, are expecting their first child, Nash, in December 2018, so Debbie is looking forward to not necessarily retiring, but switching positions from Student Services to full-time grandmother.

While not in the office, Debbie and her sister, Sandra, are avid travelers. In fact, the duo has traveled to 48 out of 50 states in the U.S. Upon retirement they plan to conquer the last two states.

“Over the path of 20 years, Debbie has touched the lives of many students, faculty, and staff and she will be missed immensely,” added Beverly.

Richard Harris, Chief Student officer believes Debbie set the standard on the Office of Student Services customer service.

“It’s often said that the first impression is the most important.  I knew that students visiting our office would have a good first impression because Debbie was often the first person they met when visiting our campus for the first time.  Her professionalism and team-first attitude are the things I will miss most about her.  I know I speak for her co-workers and students when I say that she will be missed.”

Debbie will officially retire January 2, 2019.

The ATU-Ozark family thanks Debbie for her years of service, laughter, and dedication to ATU-Ozark.

ATU Art Students Create Mural at ANO

Three art students at Arkansas Tech University have completed a mural at Arkansas Nuclear One.

Aubrey Hooper, Ashton Martin and Karly Williams created the artwork as part of the senior-level Drawing Studio II course they took during the fall 2018 semester.

Funding for the mural was provided as part of a grant from Entergy.

David Mudrinich, professor of art at ATU, served as instructor for the course.

Learn more about the ATU Department of Art.