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Rothwell Hall, Hindsman Tower Events Saturday

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Arkansas Tech University will dedicate one structure and break ground on another during its 2010 Homecoming celebration. Rothwell Hall, a four-story academic facility that opened in January 2010, will be formally dedicated during a 3 p.m. ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 16. The 60,000-square foot building is home to the Arkansas Tech College of Business, the Arkansas Tech Academic Advising Center, a regional office of the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center and two floors of classroom space. Rothwell Hall is named for Arkansas Tech alumni and benefactors Terry and Ben Rothwell.

Mr. Rothwell earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Arkansas Tech in 1975. Mrs. Rothwell, the former Terry Tucker, is a 1974 Arkansas Tech graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in business education.

Rothwell Hall is located at the corner of Coliseum Drive and West O Street. Saturday will also be an important day in the life of another project at Arkansas Tech.

The university will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for Hindsman Tower on the lawn south of the Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center beginning at 10:45 a.m. Saturday.

The tower will be named for the late Sam Hindsman, who served on the physical education faculty at Arkansas Tech from 1947-69, was head men’s basketball coach at Tech from 1947-66, coached the Tech football program from 1954-58 and served as head bowling coach for a period in the 1960s.

Hindsman is the winningest men’s basketball coach in Arkansas Tech history. He guided the Wonder Boys to 355 victories, 11 Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference titles, nine NAIA National Tournament berths and two trips to the semifinal round of the NAIA National Tournament.

He also coached Arkansas Tech to two AIC football titles (1954 and 1958) and a pair of AIC bowling championships (1963 and 1964).

A committee that includes several of Hindsman’s former players and others who admired him is working to raise $300,000 to fund construction of the tower.

Those interested in contributing to the Hindsman Tower fund can call the Arkansas Tech Development Office at (479) 968-0400 for more information. Donors will be recognized on a plaque on the tower.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend the Rothwell Hall dedication and the Hindsman Tower groundbreaking.

For more information about Homecoming 2010 events for alumni and friends, call the Arkansas Tech Alumni Office at (479) 968-0242 or visit www.techties.atu.edu.

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