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Koch Receives 2012 Dix Stallings Award

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Christina Koch of Morrilton was presented with the 2012 Dr. Dix Stallings Award for most outstanding senior band member at Arkansas Tech University during an end-of-year concert at Witherspoon Auditorium on Monday.

Koch (photographed, right) received the award from Sue Stallings (photographed, left), widow of Dr. Dix Stallings.

Dr. Stallings was a 1955 graduate of Arkansas Tech and a member of the university staff from 1974-95. His duties over the years including overseeing operations such as admissions, alumni, news bureau, public relations and the annual fund drive.

Prior to his service at Arkansas Tech, Dr. Stallings worked in the public schools at Star City, Smackover and El Dorado as a band director.

Koch has served as president and historian for Tau Beta Sigma and as a member of the National Association for Music Education and the College Music Educators National Conference. She has participated with the Arkansas Tech bands as a trumpet player during marching and concert seasons.

A member of the 2011 Arkansas Intercollegiate Band, Koch has earned a spot on the Arkansas Tech Dean’s List in multiple semesters. She was among 36 students from Arkansas Tech selected to appear in the 2012 edition of “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.”

Koch is the daughter of Cathi and Johnny Koch of Morrilton. She will graduate from Arkansas Tech in December with a degree in instrumental music education.

“I knew throughout most of high school that Arkansas Tech was the only place I really wanted to be,” said Koch shortly before her senior recital in March. “I can’t say enough positive things about the faculty in the music department. I have gained an enormous amount of knowledge about my field, my instrument and education, but you can learn those things at any university. What makes Arkansas Tech special is the amount of support the faculty provides.”

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