SWE Performance Scheduled for April 28

The 2018-19 performance schedule for the Arkansas Tech University Department of Music will conclude on Sunday, April 28, with a concert by the ATU Symphonic Wind Ensemble.

The performance will begin at 2:30 p.m. in Witherspoon Auditorium, 407 West Q Street in Russellville. Admission will be free and open to the public.

Pieces on the program for Arkansas Tech’s premier wind ensemble include “Always Coming Home” by Stephen Taylor, “Folk Songs for Soprano and Band” by Bernard Gilmore, “Lincolnshire Posy” by Percy Grainger and “Symphony No. 8” by David Maslanka.

Vocalist Holly Ruth Gale, ATU associate professor of music, will lend her talents to the performance of “Folk Songs for Soprano and Band.”

Dr. Daniel A. Belongia, associate professor of music and director of bands, leads the ATU Symphonic Wind Ensemble.

The April 28 concert will coincide with the spring 2019 ATU band alumni reunion.

A band composed of ATU alumni will perform under guest conductors Travis Beard, Hal Cooper and Michael Hancock.

Learn more about the reunion.

Alumnus to Share Essays at Witherspoon

Paul Crenshaw, a 2001 graduate of Arkansas Tech University, will return to his alma mater to read from his new essay colection on Wednesday, April 3.

The presentation will begin at 6 p.m. in Witherspoon Hall room 126. Admission will be free and open to the public.

Crenshaw earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in creative writing from ATU. Now a resident of Kansas, Crenshaw was published in “Best American Essays” in 2005, 2011, 2016 and 2018.

His collection “This One Will Hurt You” was published by The Ohio State University Press in March 2019.

Learn more about “This One Will Hurt You.”

ATU Alumna White Inducted Into ASHOF

Sherry Raney White, a three-time All-America selection during her basketball career at Arkansas Tech University, was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame (ASHOF) during a banquet at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock on March 29.

White and her teammates of the late 1970s and early 1980s were responsible for creating the legend of Golden Suns basketball that endures to this day.

A product of Bruno-Pyatt High School, White enrolled at Arkansas Tech in 1978 and led the Golden Suns to four AIAW conference championships and a four-year combined overall record of 102-15 under head coach Jim Yeager.

White ranks second in school history in career scoring with 2,248 points, third in career scoring average at 19.7 points per game and tied for third in rebounds with 842. She and Anissa Pounds (2014-17) are the only four-time all-conference selections in ATU women’s basketball history.

The Suns won 20 or more games in each of White’s four seasons at Tech. It was the beginning of one of the most remarkable streaks in the history of college basketball. The Golden Suns would go on to win 20 or more games in 25 consecutive seasons from 1978-79 through 2002-03.

White pursued a career in coaching following her graduation from Arkansas Tech.

She has coached five state championship girls’ basketball teams and is currently the head girls’ basketball coach at Russellville High School. She led the Lady Cyclones to a state runner-up finish in 2015.

White is the 23rd individual with ties to Arkansas Tech to gain induction into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame. The others, listed with the sport they are most associated with and the year in which they were inducted, are: John Tucker (football, 1962), Wilson Matthews (football, 1971), Raymond “Rabbit” Burnett (football, 1974), Charles “Foot” Clement (football, 1975), Eddie Meador (football, 1978), Sam Hindsman (basketball, 1981), Deward Dopson (basketball, 1982), Aubrey “Cobb” Fowler (football, 1982), Ragon Kinney (boxing, 1985), W. Howard Pearce (football, 1986), Raymond Peters (football, 1996), Firman Bynum (football, 1998), Bill Stancil (football, 1998), Clyde Horton (track and field, 2000), Joe Foley (basketball, 2002), John Widner (basketball, 2003), J.P. Lovelady (basketball, 2005), E.C. O’Neal (basketball, 2006), Kenny Saylors (basketball, 2009), Bill “Sleepy” Curtis (football, 2011), Wyn Norwood (golf, 2013) and Stephanie Strack Mathis (basketball, 2014).

In addition, the 1991-92 and 1992-93 Golden Suns NAIA national championship basketball teams entered the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame as a group during a special banquet at Tucker Coliseum in 2016.

Arkansas Tech Plans 2019 Scholarship Dinner

John E. Tucker Coliseum in Russellville will be the site of the fifth annual Arkansas Tech University Scholarship Dinner on Friday, April 12.

ATU students will be in attendance to share their academic and artistic endeavors through a collection of presentations during a reception hour from 6-7 p.m. Appetizers will be served by students from the ATU hospitality administration program.

Dinner will begin at 7 p.m. with musical entertainment before, during and after the meal. Students and faculty from the ATU Department of Music will be the featured performers.

Tickets for the business attire occasion are $100 per person. Valet parking will be available. The deadline to RSVP is Friday, March 29. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Individuals may RSVP online at www.atualumni.com/scholarshipdinner, by calling (479) 968-0400 or by visiting the Division of Advancement office in the ATU Administration Building.

The ATU Scholarship Dinner has raised more than $400,000 in support of student success on Arkansas Tech campuses in Russellville and Ozark during its first four years of existence.

Funds raised at the ATU Scholarship Dinner support undergraduate and graduate scholarships on the Russellville campus, scholarships for students on the Ozark campus and study abroad opportunities for ATU students.

Honorary co-hosts for the 2019 event are Amy and Adam Anderson of Russellville, Keith Gober and Mark Norwine of Little Rock, Carol Ann Harris of Russellville, Carrie and Christopher Phillips of Conway, Laura and Dave Pinson of Greenwood, Rebecca Hurst and Jim Smith of Fayetteville, Brandy and Scott Steuber of Russellville and Kristen and Heath Styles of Harrison.

ATU’s Phillips to Chair District Conference

Carrie Phillips, interim director of marketing and communication (MARCOMM) at Arkansas Tech University, has been selected to serve as overall chair for the 2020 CASE District IV annual conference.

The conference is set for Feb. 29-March 3, 2020, in Grapevine, Texas.

CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) is an international association of educational institutions that consists of and serves professionals working in the alumni relations, communications, development, marketing and allied areas. CASE District IV includes institutions in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

Phillips holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and a Master of Arts degree in multi-media journalism from ATU. After beginning her career as an associate producer at television station WXII in North Carolina, she returned home to ATU as assistant director of new media in 2008. She was elevated to director of new media in 2011.

Her achievements have included the establishment of ATU on multiple social media platforms, the creation and implementation of social media guidelines for the campus community, the development of arkansastechnews.com, advances in capturing, disseminating and archiving video footage from campus events and significant contributions to multiple award-winning marketing and communication projects on behalf of the university.

Phillips received the 2013 CASE District IV Rising Star Award and earned the Professional Certified Marketer credential through the American Marketing Association. She began work in fall 2018 on a Doctor of Education degree in higher education administration from Texas Tech University.