Archives for February 2019

Hampton First in Diversity Speaks Series

Arkansas Tech University alumnus Dr. Logan C. Hampton, president of Lane College in Jackson, Tenn., will offer the first in a new series of lectures at his alma mater on Tuesday, March 12.

Hampton’s address will initiate the ATU Diversity Talks lecture series, which is co-hosted by the ATU Black Faculty and Staff Organization and the ATU Office of Academic Affairs.

His remarks will begin at 1 p.m. on March 12 in the Doc Bryan Student Services Center Lecture Hall, 1605 Coliseum Drive in Russellville.

Admission will be free and open to the public. A reception will follow in the Doc Bryan Rotunda.

Hampton was selected as the 10th president of Lane College on June 12, 2014.

Hampton worked at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock from 1998-2014. During the 2013-14 academic year, he served as UALR interim vice chancellor for educational, student services and student life. Hampton was named associate vice chancellor for student development and dean of students at UALR in 2011.

A 1985 graduate of Arkansas Tech with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, Hampton went on to earn advanced degrees from Northwestern State University (La.) and UALR. He has also worked at Texas A&M University, Texas Christian University and the University of Central Arkansas.

As president of Lane College, Hampton serves as steward for an educational tradition that dates back to 1882. That is when Lane College was founded by Bishop Isaac Lane.

Artists Share Stories Behind Exhibit at ATU

The four artists whose pieces are included in the traveling exhibit currently on display at Arkansas Tech University’s Norman Hall Art Gallery spoke about their work during a gallery talk hosted by the ATU Department of Art on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

The show is the Arkansas Women to Watch Series 2019 “Heavy Metal Exhibit Tour.” It was organized for travel by the Arkansas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts (ACNMWA).

Michele Fox, Amanda Heinbockel, Robyn Horn and Holly Laws are the featured artists in the show. They were selected by ACNMWA guest curator Matthew Smith of the Arkansas Arts Center.

Fox indicated during the gallery talk that her pieces in the show are private works of art that have not previously been shared with the public. She explained that art is not something she wants to do. It is something she needs to do.

“It’s obsessive and compulsive,” said Fox. “It allows my mental health to be maintained in the face of all the stuff we deal with every day.”

She went on to tell those in attendance that serving as a medical doctor in oncology is her full-time job.

“Nothing is good at work,” said Fox.

Heinbockel’s vocation is teaching art at Little Rock Central High School. A graduate of Vanderbilt University with a degree in studio art, Heinbockel completed an artist residency at Elsewhere: A Living Museum in Greensboro, N.C., before joining the faculty at Little Rock Central.

She shared that her professional pursuits have influenced the nature of her art.

“When I started teaching, the idea of doing larger metal pieces was not quite as appealing because of the stress of the job,” said Heinbockel. “I started doing patterns similar to the one in this necklace in watercolor because the immediacy of that was really stress relieving.”

Horn holds a fine art degree from Hendrix College. She was the 2008 recipient of the Arkansas Living Treasure designation from the Arkansas Department of Heritage. Her pieces in the Heavy Metal show were created from found materials.

“Most of this work is pretty recent,” said Horn. “The idea is to make them look like they were something or they did something, but you can’t figure out exactly what it was or how it would work. Mostly, it’s just to get the viewer to look at the piece and contemplate for a while what it might be.”

Laws, associate professor of art at the University of Central Arkansas, holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Her background includes set dressing, custom fabrication and prop design for the Bread and Puppet Theater in New York City and several motion picture studios.

“A lot of people accuse my work of being really opaque,” said Laws, who integrated antique ironing boards into each of her pieces for the Heavy Metal exhibit. “They look at it and say that ‘it looks old, but I don’t understand what it means.’ I’m not trying to make works that people can’t figure out. I start from a very visceral level of understanding my own work, and I hope others will approach it in the same way.”

The Women to Watch exhibit program was developed by the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) to feature underrepresented and emerging women artists from the states and countries in which the museum has outreach committees. NMWA curators select the theme. Local arts professionals curate submissions to the national museum.

The ACNMWA exhibit will be available for viewing weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at 203 West Q Street in Russellville through March 8.

2019 Norman Gallery: Women to Watch Series | 2/20/19

Brown’s Heroics Win It for Wonder Boys

Alex Brown’s offensive rebound and reverse layup with 0.4 seconds remaining kept Arkansas Tech University’s postseason hopes alive with an 89-87 win over Oklahoma Baptist University at the Noble Complex in Shawnee, Okla., on Thursday night.

The Wonder Boys (10-15 overall, 8-11 Great American Conference) trailed 45-42 at halftime and by as many as 13 points in the second half.

Arkansas Tech, the NCAA Division II national leader in 3-point field goals made per game, turned to its strength to get back in the game.

The Wonder Boys made 7-of-8 3-point attempts during one stretch late in the second half. They took their first lead since the opening moments of the game when Will Adler made his 100th 3-pointer of the season at the 2:52 mark. Tech held an 84-81 edge.

The Bison tied it at 87-87 on an Antonio Wade free throw with 10.8 seconds remaining. Tech’s R.J. Glasper dribbled into the front court and went to the right wing. His 3-pointer fell short, but he left Brown with enough time to play hero ahead of the buzzer.

Harrison Stoddart’s desperation heave for Oklahoma Baptist was no good, allowing the Wonder Boys to remain one game behind Ouachita Baptist University in the race for the eighth and final berth in the GAC Tournament with three regular season games remaining.

“I thought R.J. got a good look, but when it came up short it turned into a scramble drill,” said Chad Kline, ATU head coach. “A lot of time in that situation the defense just turns and looks to see if it goes in, and luckily Alex went to the glass. I’m proud of our guys. We stayed the course.”

Ramses Sandifer scored a career-high 22 points for Arkansas Tech, including 17 points in the first half.

Glasper finished with 18 points and Brown had 15 points for ATU. Mason Cline added 13 points and Josiah Thomas contributed 10 points.

Stoddart finished with a season-high 25 points for the Bison (13-12, 12-7), while Wade finished with 24 points.

The Wonder Boys will take on nationally 15th-ranked Southern Nazarene University on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Sawyer Center in Bethany, Okla.

Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. Live coverage will be available from radio station KCJC 102.3 FM and www.arkansastechsports.com.

Golden Suns Move Closer to Postseason Berth

A 13th consecutive postseason appearance in women’s basketball is within reach for Arkansas Tech University.

The Golden Suns blitzed Oklahoma Baptist University 91-65 at the Noble Complex in Shawnee, Okla., on Thursday night.

With the win, Arkansas Tech’s women (12-13 overall, 9-10 Great American Conference) pulled within one victory of clinching a berth in the GAC Tournament.

“We talked about how (Oklahoma Baptist) got off to a good start against us the last time we played, and how we needed to do that tonight,” said Dave Wilbers, ATU head coach. “We made the extra pass and took really good shots tonight. We’ve been practicing hard and running a lot during the week, and it’s paying off.”

The Golden Suns made 15 of their first 21 field goal attempts. As a result, they led 21-12 at the end of one quarter and 51-26 at halftime. A 16-2 run over a span of 3:18 during the second quarter helped Tech build its 25-point halftime margin.

Oklahoma Baptist (10-15, 6-13) got as close as 17 points early in the fourth quarter, but another hot streak from the field allowed Arkansas Tech to pull away.

The Golden Suns made their first 11 field goal attempts during the final period as they avenged a 63-59 home loss to Oklahoma Baptist on Jan. 12.

Thursday night’s win was the sixth victory in the last eight games for Arkansas Tech.

Jayana Sanders paced the Golden Suns with season highs of 22 points and 10 assists. She was 6-of-8 from 3-point range.

Jacie Higgins added 19 points and five assists for ATU, while Hannah Villines (15 points), Ryann Goodsell (12 points) and Lyrik Williams (11 points) rounded out a quintet of Golden Suns in double figures in scoring.

Arkansas Tech finished with an 18-8 edge in points off turnovers and shot 60 percent (36-of-60) from the field.

Victoria Blankenship had 22 points and nine rebounds for the Lady Bison.

The Golden Suns will play their final road game of the 2018-19 regular season when they visit Southern Nazarene University on Saturday, Feb. 23.

Tip-off at the Sawyer Center in Bethany, Okla., is set for 1 p.m. Live coverage will be available from radio station KCJC 102.3 FM and www.arkansastechsports.com.

ATU-Ozark Names Winners of FFA Competition

Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus hosted the annual FFA Day practice competition earlier this month. Area high school chapters with teams competing in Agricultural Electrification and Agricultural Mechanics traveled to Ozark and competed in a variety of competitions.

Each division of the competition has two portions—a 50 question test, and a practical application.

ATU-Ozark was proud to announce the overall winner for Electrification as County Line High School, and Scranton High School for Mechanics.

In addition to bragging rights for winning each division, two individuals from the schools were awarded a $500 scholarship to ATU-Ozark.

Pacyn Reams of County Line High School was named the high individual in Electrification. Paycn, a senior who will be graduating later this spring, is planning to attend Arkansas Tech University in pursuit of a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science. As a 4-year member of his school’s FFA program, he has attended ATU-Ozark’s practice competition each year.

“It is a cool competition, and it keeps getting better each year,” he shared.

Jackson Rogers of Scranton High School was the high individual in the Agricultural Mechanics.

Jackson is a Junior and has been involved with FFA for the past three years. He is planning to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Arkansas Tech University. He also plans on studying at ATU-Ozark for his first two years of higher education, putting his scholarship to use.  

“I thought I did pretty good, but I was pretty excited when I realized I won high individual,” he shared.

FFA teams across the state will continue to compete throughout the semester in a variety of leadership and hands-on competitions. ATU-Ozark is proud to be destination for FFA teams to kick off their season.