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Act of kindness brings back fond memories


Homecoming brings back memories of the teachers and administrators who helped us realize the life-changing benefits of a college education. One day before Homecoming 2011, I was privileged to witness one man’s tribute to two special mentors. Darryl Melton played football for the Wonder Boys from 1966-69. He graduated from Tech in 1970 and now he and his wife, Martha, are retired and living in Tennessee. Retirement has given Darryl time to become quite an artist in the medium of woodcarving. It has also provided him with time to reflect upon his life and where he might be today without Coach Don Dempsey and Coach Don Sevier. “Both of them had me in the palm of their hand, and there were several times they could have tossed me aside,” said Melton. “But they didn’t.” Homecoming 2011 provided Darryl with an opportunity to thank those two gentlemen. He produced an honor staff for both of them with several meaningful carvings — including “1968 AIC Champs” and his favorite Bible verse.

It was one part of a memorable Homecoming weekend. I would like to thank each of you who attended our events. Your presence made Homecoming special. I hope that we can all be inspired by Darryl’s example. Regardless of what our major was or what extracurricular activities we participated in, we were all in the palms of the hands of our teachers and mentors at Arkansas Tech. Not all of us are skilled enough to produce something as beautiful as the honor staffs that Darryl made for Coach Dempsey and Coach Sevier, but each of us can remember those special people who helped us during our years at Arkansas Tech and attempt to live up to the standards they set for us. Please enjoy the photos from Homecoming 2011 and the stories of continued growth and improvement at Arkansas Tech in this issue of Tech Action. We look forward to seeing you on campus soon. Go Tech!

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Darryl, Martha and a caravan of fortunate observers visited Coach Dempsey and Coach Sevier on the Thursday before Homecoming. Stories were told. There was laughter, and there was the occasional need to fight back a tear.


Kelly Davis ‘81 Director of Alumni Relations

Alumni Association Board of Directors President: Jim Murphy ‘71

President-Elect: Shirley Drewry Dodd ‘59 Brenda Metcalf Hipp ‘63 12/13

Philip Alexander ‘89 12/11

Raymond Molden ‘96 12/11

Doug Brown ‘06 12/11

Cara Hammond Witherspoon ‘78 12/11 Steve Pfeifer ‘71 12/12

Steve Kesner ‘77 12/13

Jimmy Cunningham ‘75 12/11

John Carter ‘02 12/12

Kendall Tabor ‘89 & ‘92 12/12

Tayler Melton ‘10 12/13

Robert Ford ‘86 12/11

Molly Fleming ‘09 12/12

Angie Wyatt ‘03 12/12

Todd Sweeden ‘76 12/13

Dixie Gossett ‘70 & ‘74 12/11

Leslie Miller Harris ‘08 12/12

Katherine Nunn Bowden ‘54 12/13

Jim White ‘78 12/13

Tommy Johnston ‘91 12/11

Ronda Hawkins ‘92 12/12

Sue Chiolino ‘68 12/13

Vickie Yates ’79 & ‘89 12/13

Ann Irwin ‘83 12/12

Brian Bass, Ozark Campus Rep.

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Tech Action, Volume 47, No. 4. Arkansas Tech University Alumni Association, Alumni House, Russellville, AR 72801 Director of Alumni Relations Kelly Davis Coordinator of Young Alumni Alison Parks Coordinator of Alumni Communications and Activities Kelly Thornton Bostick Alumni Office Administrative Assistant Terry Holland-Finley

Editorial Committee Kelly Davis, Jayne Jones, Julie Nebben Morgan, Susie Nicholson, Sam Strasner publications/creative Services Felisha Weaver Director of New Media Carrie Harris Phillips

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Tech Action is published quarterly by the Arkansas Tech Alumni Association, 1313 N. Arkansas Ave., Russellville, AR 72801. It is sent to alumni, parents, friends and faculty/staff of Arkansas Tech University. We welcome manuscripts and photographs from our readers. Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you would like your originals returned. Parents, if your son or daughter attended Tech and is no longer living at this address, please notify our office of his or her new address. Address updates can be submitted to the Arkansas Tech Office of Alumni Services by calling (479) 968-0242 or by sending e-mail to

Baswell Techionery Dedication

The New Center of Activity on Campus Baswell Techionery dedicated at Family Day 2011 Seventy-one years ago this fall, a freshman from

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In addition to the campus community, Baswell

Photographed, Above:

Heber Springs arrived at Arkansas Tech with the promise

Techionery and its dining options are open to the

Participants in the ribbon

of a work study job that would put $2.50 per month in

general public each Monday through Saturday.

his pocket.

Cary Wills of the Russellville

The name of the facility is a nod to Arkansas Tech On Saturday, Sept. 24, that same man cut the ribbon that officially dedicated the second building at Tech

history. The original Techionery opened in 1937 and served as the student union until 1959.

named in his honor.

Chamber of Commerce Redcoats Committee; John Walters of Chartwells; Rick Redden of AMR Architects; Col. Carl F. Baswell;

Today, that building is home to the Arkansas Tech Col. Carl Franklin Baswell, member of the Arkansas

cutting ceremony for Baswell Techionery included (from left):

Museum. Photos from the 1940s and 1950s of students

Tech Class of 1942, was the guest of honor at the

enjoying free time in the original Techionery are featured

dedication ceremony for Baswell Techionery.

prominently in Baswell Techionery.

Arkansas Tech President Dr. Robert C. Brown; Jared Toland of the Russellville Chamber of Commerce Redcoats Committee; and Arkansas Tech Senior Vice

The new $4.4 million student union at Arkansas

Col. Baswell was inducted into the Arkansas Tech

Tech was named in Baswell’s honor in recognition of his

Hall of Distinction in 2009. He was the 100th person to

generous support of the university.

be inducted into the Tech Hall of Distinction under the Distinguished Alumnus category.

Baswell Residence Hall was dedicated in his honor in 2007.

A veteran of 32 years of active service to the United States military, Baswell served in World War II and

The building includes specialty dining options such

received the Purple Heart Medal and the Bronze Star

as Chick-fil-A Express and Which Wich. There is a coffee

among his numerous commendations. He enjoyed a

shop, lounge areas for students to spend their free time

long and successful career as an international engineer

and meeting spaces for student organizations.

following his retirement from the U.S. Army.

President for Administration and Finance David Moseley.

Hindsman Tower Dedication

SAM’S SHRINE Hindsman Tower dedicated to former coach There were men who played on his first basketball teams at Arkansas Tech in the late 1940s. There were dozens of other people who fondly remember his competitiveness and innovative spirit. There were many more that never knew the man, but have felt his influence nonetheless. They all gathered at Hindsman Tower on Saturday, Oct. 22, to dedicate the structure


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in memory and in honor of Sam Hindsman, legendary coach and teacher at Arkansas Tech University.

“A very broad base of supporters and donors ensured this would happen,” said Robert Norman, who played

“Sam Hindsman has a legacy in athletics that is

Hindsman Tower Committee Boe Adams Leon Anderson Billy Bert Baker Deward Dopson W.R. “Bud” Harper Tommy Hillman Larry LaFevers Ted Lyons Jim Murphy John Needham Bob Norman E.C. O’Neal Bob Ratchford Mary Anne Salmon Don Sevier Stan Teeter Rick Thone Barger Tygart Dean Wilburn

football under Hindsman and served in a leadership role

unmatched by anyone in this region,” said Arkansas Tech

for the Hindsman Tower Committee. “It is so much fun

President Dr. Robert C. Brown. “Beyond that, he made

to be part of this lasting memorial. Coach was special. I

deep and lasting contributions to life at Arkansas Tech.

believe this is special for him.”

He was a molder of men. That fact is a lasting tribute that goes to the heart of who we are and what we do at Arkansas Tech.”

Hindsman was hired by Arkansas Tech in 1947 to serve as head basketball coach and as a physical education instructor. He inherited a Wonder Boys basketball program

Arkansas Tech announced in August 2010 that an

that had never won a conference championship.

alumni committee had been developed with a goal of raising $300,000 to build a structure in honor of Hindsman.

Over the course of the next 19 seasons, Hindsman established a college basketball dynasty the likes of which had never been seen in Arkansas.

Less than two months later, ground was broken on the project and it was announced that the fundraising goal had been surpassed.

Hindsman won 355 games and 11 Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference championships as the Tech head men’s basketball coach. He led the Wonder Boys to nine

Designed by AMR Architects of Little Rock, Hindsman Tower stands at one of the busiest pedestrian crossroads

NAIA National Tournament berths, including back-to-back trips to the NAIA national semifinals in 1954 and 1955.

on the Arkansas Tech campus. It is just south of the Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center and just north of Baswell Techionery.

His ability to connect with and teach young men extended beyond the basketball floor.

Hindsman Tower Dedication Hindsman served as head football coach at Arkansas

like Norman played football for Hindsman and helped

Tech from 1954-58. He won 83 percent of his conference

lead the Hindsman Tower fundraising effort. “As we

games during those five gridiron seasons and the

worked on this project, we reminded ourselves what

Wonder Boys won AIC titles in his first and last seasons

it was really about — a tribute to Sam Hindsman and

on the sideline. Add in the two AIC bowling titles that he

what he meant to his family, this university and this

led Tech to in the 1960s, and Hindsman’s final count for


conference titles at Arkansas Tech was 15. Hindsman, who passed away in 1997, was inducted Through it all, he continued to serve as an instructor

into the Arkansas Tech Hall of Distinction under

and administrator in the physical education department

the Distinguished Service category in 1980. He was

until he left the university in 1969 to assume leadership

enshrined in the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 1981.

of the Arkansas state office for weights and measures. “When this bell rings,” said E.C. O’Neal, an All“Sam left us with something not only about love and

America basketball player under Hindsman, “may

family — he left us with a pride and a desire to always

we be reminded of the legacy of a great man — Sam

compete and give it our best,” said Barger Tygart, who


Hindsman Tower Donors Boe and Myrna Adams

Deward and Anne Dopson

Robert and Sandra Norman

Carl F. Baswell James and Laurie Bibler Arden Cornwell Larry and Mary Nell Cotton

Tommy and Shelby Hillman Ronnie and Sandra Kennett Powell and Kaye McClellan Estate of John W. Nutt

Don and Mary Anne Salmon Tom and Garrie Salmon Simmons First Bank Doris and Barger Tygart

Lou and Travis Adams

J. Dalton and Ramona Andrews Billy Bert and Bonnie Baker LTC And Mrs. Gene Boyle (Ret) Robert C. and Jill L. Brown Gordon and Allawayne Carr Johnny and Junette Clayborn Cogswell Motors Ann Hindsman Cornwell and Gilbert Cornwell Brett and Diane Cornwell Dot and Gilbert Cornwell, Sr. Billy G. and Ann Davis Kelly and Reta Davis William Smith Memorial Frank Griffin Oil Co., Inc. Jack and Charlene Hamm Chris and Cheli Hardin Lynn Hindsman Hardin and Jim Hardin Sam and Paula Hardin Tim and Monica Hardin W.R. “Bud” and Jo Harper

Benny and LaVel Harris Julia H. Hindsman Kellie and Sam F. Hindsman III Sam F. Hindsman IV Sarah E. Hindsman Thomas E. Hindsman Donovan and Marlene Horn Chuck and Donna Horne Bob and Frances Jacimore Arch and Artie Jones Jack and Ida Ruth Jones Jones Tom and Jayne Jones Larry and Sharon LaFevers Blaine, Jolie, Brandt and Brennan Leeds Liberty Bank Dan and Marsha Lovelady Ted and Saundra Lyons Richard E. Maxwell Bruce D. McConnell Mike McGibbony Doug McKinney Johnny and Julie Morgan Bert and Annette Mullens

Jim Murphy John and Marie Needham Frank “Chief” Nelson E.C. and Katie O’Neal Lindsey and Beverly Parks Ross Pendergraft Family Bob and Kaye Ratchford Larry Reed Jan and Charlie Richison George D. Roberts Kenny and Jan Saylors Don and Joan Sevier Willard Smith Memorial Jamie and Beth Sorrells Kent Streeter Peggy Talkington Maysel and Stanley Teeter Rick and Harriet Thone C.R. and Mary Turner Memorial Dean and Kathy Wilburn Robert Hays Williams Family Robert C. Wolf Gus and Kay Zaso

Chester Barner David Bartlett Larry and Cathy Brandt Bill and Sue Carol Brunner Jim Bryan Jerry and Nancy Burns Troy and Majorie Burris Gus and Lutie Carmack Robert and Frankie Casey Andy Clinkingbeard John Coates James E. Collier Madison Cornwell Dick and Gail Dameron Jock and Melba Davis Harley C. Davis Bob Dickson B.J. and Claire Dunn Charlie Eagle Jeff Ellis, Jr. Eddie Epperson Charles and Diana Ezell Ronald Fair Freddy Fields Miller and Peggy Ford Charles A. L. and Jane Smallwood Fore Dan Fulps

Steve and Marla Gardner Bill and Margaret Grant Johnnie C. and Carolee A. Hamilton Baron Hindsman Blaire Hindsman Danny B. Hindsman Family Rebecca Howell James R. Hudspeth Ronald Jackson Annielaura Jaggers Mike and Becky Hindsman Kennedy Sean Kennedy George W. Lovelady Wilma Lovelady Doug Lowrey David and Ginger Ludwick Paul Ray Martin Memorial Max and Stephanie Mathis Winfred and Betty May Frank and Sue Merritt John and Norma Montgomery Malcolm and Patricia Crouch Murphy Charlie and Lou Niven Wyn and Bridgett Norwood Reuben (Mac) and Ruah Pate Pat & Sam Perroni Fay and Lou Pew

Paula Phillips Andrew Hindsman Pinter Ben and Amber Cornwell Pinter Catherine Ann Pinter John Benedict Pinter Ryan Cornwell Pinter Wayne and Bill Ratcliff Joe Reese Tommy and Linda Richardson Charles and Marie Robertson Ralph and Mary Scott Barbara and H.L. Shepherd Bill Shoup Family Samuel and Monica Sprafke Steve and Jeanie Strasner Tom Streeter Juanita Sutterfield The Good Earth Garden Center Don Thone and Mary Betty Thone E.T. Townsend James and Carolyn Trammell Sharon Trusty and Fritz Kronberger Jim and Kay Tucker Roy Joe Whitehead Marcus and Mary Ann Wilkins Harold and Geneva Wilson Dan Yowell

Leon and Mary Anderson, Nationwide Insurance

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Homecoming 2011


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Homecoming 2011 at Arkansas Tech University will be remembered for the dedication of Hindsman Tower, the first meeting of the newly-formed Alumni “T” Club, the crowning of Ashley Vick of Greenwood as Homecoming Queen and a fifth consecutive Homecoming victory for the Wonder Boys football team. Those will be the memories the history books will record, but of equal importance are the personal connections that members of the Arkansas Tech family made during two warm and beautiful autumn days in Russellville. The transformation of the physical presence of the Arkansas Tech campus over the past two decades is truly something to marvel at. The quantity and quality of the academic programs added in recent years is impressive. The fact that Arkansas Tech is now home to more than 10,000 students is a point of pride for all associated. But it is not buildings or statistics that make Arkansas Tech special — it is the people. And the people of Arkansas Tech made Homecoming 2011 a grand success.

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Ladies Luncheon and Champagne Bingo

Friday, Oct. 21 Lake Point Conference Center

Robert C. Brown, Jill Brown, Leigh Burns Whiteside, Cynthia Blanchard

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Norma Marshall Humphrey, Athalene Hawks Jones

Carol DeWitt, Angela DeWitt Bonds

Iva Nell Reeves, Juanita Butler (Above)

Mary Jane Jarvis Hunter, Betty Jo Nunn Moore


Judy Murphy, Kay Roberts (Below)

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George Jones, Todd Dennis, Dan Nicholson

Homecoming Golf Classic

Friday, Oct. 21 Russellville Country Club


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Jared Wood

Bill Saxton

A red-hot front nine lifted the team of Dan Nicholson, Todd Dennis and George Jones to victory in the 2011 Arkansas Tech University Homecoming Golf Classic at Russellville Country Club. Nicholson/Dennis/Jones shot 15-under par 56 to finish in a first-place tie with the team of Dan Lovelady, Jimmy Cunningham and Nelson Ennis. The tie was broken with a card-off starting at the No. 1 handicap hole, which is the par-4 ninth hole. Both teams birdied No. 9 and both teams birdied the second-hardest hole, which is No. 14. The tournament was decided on the third-most difficult hole, which is the par-4 third. Nicholson/Dennis/Jones birdied that hole, while Lovelady/ Cunningham/Ennis made par. The birdie on No. 3 was part of a flawless front nine for the winning team. Nicholson/Dennis/Jones played the front nine in 9-under 26. They made seven birdies, an eagle and one par on the front side.

2011 Homecoming Golf Classic Results

First Flight

Dan Nicholson/Todd Dennis/George Jones

Second Flight


Third Flight

Jim Pate/Louis Besancon/Sammy Hughes/Rick Doss 63

Kent Bartlett/John Feltner/Mike King


Dan Lovelady/Jimmy Cunningham/Nelson Ennis 56

Bobby Furnatter/Joey James/Jimmy Hartwick


Jeff Jones/Jeff Pipkin/Tom Wald


Steve Strasner/Scott Strasner/Daniel Freeman


Rodney Parks/Vernon Kinchen/Bob Manry


Mark Fletcher/John Fletcher/Kevin Brashear


Dusty Bonds/Clay Anderson/Adam Anderson


John Rommel/Bo Funderburg/Wendall Woodard 64

Kevin Bourland/Jim Neal/Raymond Cox


Bryan Fisher/Heath Styles/Bryan Brock


Johnny Morgan/Bill Saxton/Mark Saxton


Rick Pilkington/Steve Fisher/Gary Peters


Jared Wood/Matt Cooper/Kevin Norton


Larkus Pesnell/Ken Henderson/Steve Rogers


Earnest Taylor/John Reno/Aaron Jones


Todd Rucker/Graham Rucker/Ryan Guy


Kyle Crafton/Todd Wojo/Sean Jackson


Jeremy Lawson/Patrick Pesnell/Travis Horn


Phil Fisher/Leon Anderson/Johnny Cunningham 62

James Andrews/Dick Dameron/Ron Bailey


Jamie Sorrells/Keith Moore/Alex Pipkin


Larry LaFevers/Bob Ratchford/Truman Pew


Lyle Manning/Matt Fleming/Steve George


Alvin Lievsay/Charles Berry/Jim Parker


Sam Hardin/Tim Hardin/Chris Hardin


Mike Robichaud/Amy White/Daniel Connelly


Mary Gunter/Danny Ketcherside/Mark Gotcher


Arnold Bowden/James Bentley/Wetzel LaGrone


Mary Gunter/Theresa Herrick/Becky Callaway


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Hall of Distinction Reunion Dinner

Barger Tygart, Doris Tygart, Sandra Norman, Robert Norman

Friday, Oct. 21 Chambers Cafeteria East Dining Hall

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W.R. “Bud” Harper, Marian Bartlett


Travis Adams, Martha Williams, Stanley Teeter

Carl Baswell, David Moseley Kelly Davis, Jeanice Falls

E.C. O’Neal, Katie O’Neal, Betty Bailey, Ron Bailey

Johnny Morgan, Charles Blanchard, Dean Wilburn

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Alumni and Friends Reception

Friday, Oct. 21 Russellville Country Club

Dick Dameron, Leon Anderson


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Frances Hendren Starnes, Tom Reynolds

Ann Barnett, Mary Hobbs Anderson, Linda Phillips, Joan Hobbs Caughman

Jayne Jones, Carol Harvell, Julie Nebben Morgan, Eric Markle

Bob Ratchford, E.C. O’Neal

Kathy Wilburn, Ramona Andrews

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Hindsman Tower Dedication

Billy Bert Baker

Robert Norman, Barger Tygart

Saturday, Oct. 22 Pendergraft Library South Lawn

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Kenny Saylors, Dean Wilburn

Jim Murphy, Don Sevier

Members of Hindsman Family


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Alumni Gold Class of 1961 Reunion

Caraway Hall Girls, Circa 1960

Saturday, Oct. 22 Chambers Cafeteria West Dining Hall

Powell McClellan, Robert C. Brown


Jim Harwood, Robert C. Brown

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Mary Anne Sawyer Salmon, Robert C. Brown

Arkansas Tech Class of 1961

David Edwards, Robert C. Brown

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Homecoming Parade

Saturday, Oct. 22 Downtown Russellville

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• Homecoming 2011

Party at the Plaza

Saturday, Oct. 22 Centennial Plaza

Alvin Lievsay, Jim Parker, Randy Bittle, Larry Brown, Charlie Townsend

Nikki Barnard Weatherly, Kelsey Franklin, Elizabeth Fox, Aubrey Cammack Holt


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Darryl Melton, Martha Melton, Jim Murphy

J.W. Stratton, Christa Kimbrough Stratton and Family

Julie Nebben Morgan, Kathy Wilburn

Mike Wood, Carl Baswell

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Alumni T Club Meeting and Football Game

Don Dempsey, Roger Lee, Bill Bruner, Charles E. Richison

Saturday, Oct. 22 Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field

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Stephanie Strack Mathis, Mark David Burns

Maysel Teeter, Stanley Teeter, Todd Sweeden


Ryan Meyers, Ed Poe, Patrick Pesnell, Gabe Cerasale, Travis Horn, Todd Mathews, Jeremy Lawson, B.J. Bayer, Jeff Carter Roy McSpadden, Danny Paul Lovelady

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MILESTONE REACHED Arkansas Tech enrollment goes over 10,000 Never again can Arkansas Tech University be accurately described as a small college. Arkansas Tech announced a school-record fall 2011 enrollment figure of 10,464 students on its Photographed, Right: Arkansas Tech President Dr. Robert C. Brown

campuses in Russellville and Ozark, which is up from the 9,815 students that Tech had in fall 2010.

congratulated Luke Roberson of Van Buren, who was the 10,000th student to enroll at Tech for the fall 2011 semester.


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Enrollment at Arkansas Tech increased 6.6 percent over the past 12 months, and the university has seen its enrollment grow by 147 percent since 1997. This fall marks the first time that Arkansas Tech has been home to more than 10,000 students. It is the 13th consecutive year in which Arkansas Tech has established a new school record for enrollment. “Our track record of growth over the past 13 years is unmatched by any public university in the state of Arkansas,” said Dr. Robert C. Brown, Arkansas Tech president since 1993. “The success story of Arkansas Tech is rooted in the excellence and dedication of our people. The faculty, staff, students and alumni of this university can be proud of what we have built together. Regardless of the changing and sometimes challenging circumstances around us, Arkansas Tech continues to thrive.” Among the challenges that Arkansas Tech faced in recent months was the implementation of Act 323 of the 87th Arkansas General Assembly.

The law mandated that public universities and colleges in Arkansas cannot spend more than 30 percent of their unrestricted educational and general tuition and fee income on scholarships during the 2011-12 fiscal year. The percentage mandated by Act 323 of 2009 drops the figure to 25 percent in 2012-13 and 20 percent beginning in 2013-14. Arkansas Tech is spending just 19.23 percent of its unrestricted educational and general tuition and fee income on scholarships during the 2011-12 academic year, which puts the university in line with Act 323 of 2009 guidelines two years ahead of schedule. “When Act 323 was passed in 2009, we developed a scholarship task force that was charged with developing a plan that would allow us to comply with the law while maintaining our enrollment,” said Brown. “Under the leadership of Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance David Moseley, the members of the scholarship task force rendered a great service to Arkansas Tech. Because of their diligence and expertise, today we stand in full compliance with the law and our growth continues unabated.”

Despite the new limitations on university-funded scholarships, Arkansas Tech enrolled a school-record total of 1,589 freshmen for the fall 2011 semester. The previous school record of 1,527 freshmen was set in fall 2009. The high school grade point average for members of the Arkansas Tech Class of 2015 is 3.22, and first-time freshmen at Tech this fall had an average ACT score of 22.3. This marks the 17th consecutive year in which the Arkansas Tech University freshman class has beaten the national average on the ACT exam. “The Arkansas Tech policy of moderately selective admissions standards is among the key factors in our success,” said Brown. “Arkansas cannot and will not realize its full potential for economic development unless we increase the percentage of our adult population that holds a baccalaureate degree. Arkansas Tech only admits those students whose academic track record indicates an ability to complete a baccalaureate degree program. We focus on providing those students with the tools they need to persist to graduation, and the results speak for themselves.”

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HLC reaffirms accreditation for Arkansas Tech Arkansas Tech University

In order to demonstrate

has received reaffirmation of

its proficiency in those

accreditation from The Higher

areas, an institution must

Learning Commission of the

first perform a self-study and

North Central Association of

submit the results of that

Colleges and Schools.

study to The Higher Learning

Commission in a written

In a statement of


affiliation status for Arkansas

Tech dated Aug. 17, 2011,

Dr. H. Micheal Tarver,

The Higher Learning

dean of the Arkansas

Commission noted that

Tech College of Arts and

no further reports are

Humanities, served as

required and that no other

self-study coordinator and

campus visits concerning

authored the 2010-11 self-

accreditation from the

study for the university.

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools are

A cross-section of

scheduled before the next

the university, including

comprehensive evaluation in 2020-2021.

administrators, faculty, staff and students from both the Russellville and Ozark

campuses, was involved in committee work that

“This is the cleanest bill of health that The Higher

contributed to the Arkansas Tech self-study.

Learning Commission can give to a university,” said

Arkansas Tech President Dr. Robert C. Brown. “To

The self-study report was submitted to The Higher

receive a report of this nature with no conditions and

Learning Commission in January 2011, and a panel of six

no interim reports is virtually unheard of. The results of

consultant evaluators from institutions of higher learning

the 2010-11 comprehensive evaluation are an accurate

in the north central region of the United States visited

reflection of the leadership provided by our Board of

the Tech campus for a site visit March 14-16, 2011.

Trustees and the excellence of our faculty.”

A combination of the self-study and the report from

Arkansas Tech was first accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools as a junior

the six consultant evaluators was used to determine the continued accreditation status for Arkansas Tech.

college in 1930. The senior college program at Arkansas

Tech was accredited by the North Central Association

“Accreditation is a process that has great value

in March 1951, and the university has maintained that

for our institution because it confirms the quality of

accreditation ever since.

the academic programs at Arkansas Tech and offers

us an opportunity to chart a course for continued

The Higher Learning Commission has five criteria for

success in our mission,” said Brown. “I offer my


sincere appreciation to everyone associated with our university who participated in the self-study and the

(1) Mission and integrity;

site visit. Their willingness to give of their time and their

(2) Preparing for the future;

knowledge during this process was a great service to

(3) Student learning and effective teaching;

Arkansas Tech.”

(4) Acquisition, discovery and application of knowledge; (5) Engagement and service.

Visit to learn more about accreditation.

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Annual Report

Your gifts: more critical with each passing year The importance of private giving to the continued

Join us on the donor roll next year by making your gift

growth and success of Arkansas Tech cannot be over-

in support of Tech today. It’s easy, especially by using our

emphasized. In fact, it becomes increasingly important

secured online giving site:

every year. If you prefer, you can mail your check (made payable The percentage of state funding has decreased steadily

to the Arkansas Tech University Foundation) to 8820 Tech

over the years, from 77.7 percent of our operating budget

Lane, Russellville, AR 72801. Bank draft is also an option.

in 1986-87 to 42 percent in 2010-11. Private support is needed to help fill the gap.

Call the Development Office at (479) 968-0400 for more details. Contributions in support of Arkansas Tech

Your charitable contributions provide supplemental Jayne Jones

funding for academic programs, scholarships, and athletics.

that are made through the Foundation are considered charitable contributions for tax purposes. Consult your financial advisor or tax preparer to find out how this might

VP for Development

Every gift, regardless of size, is important and

benefit you.

greatly appreciated. What is important is that you give consistently each year. Your gift combined with the gifts of others makes a tremendous difference.


Private gifts have funded scholarship assistance, provided students an opportunity to study abroad and participate in national competitions, and purchased


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supplies and equipment for academic departments and

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Annual Report

2010-11 Roll of Donors We gratefully recognize the following donors who made Tech and Tech students a priority in their giving.

HERITAGE SOCIETY Contact: Dana Moseley, Director of Gift Planning, (479) 964-0532 or Established to recognize our alumni and friends who have invested in the future of Arkansas Tech University through their wills, trusts, or estate plans. Travis and Lou Adams Cora Adkins Estate, First State Bank & Trust Co. Andy and Lou Ann Anders Heartsill Bartlett Trust Polly Bartlett Trust Carl F. Baswell Bob Beaver James and Laurie Bibler Shannon Briggs Robert and Jean Brooks Bill and Emily Callan Cecil Cogburn Opal Cox

William and Virginia Ann Davis Cheryl Denton Deward and Anne Dopson Charles A. Frueauff Foundation Sue Frueauff Mary Gunter Roger and Mary Gunter Vincent Harder Peggy Hawkins Theresa Herrick Tommy Hindsman Lillian Hoover Phil and Linda Jacobs

Tom and Jayne Jones John Krohn Bob and Lin McCool Lloyd D. McDaniel Rick and Harriet Meadows Van and Marilyn Moores David and Dana Moseley Jim Murphy Jacquelin Neal Joie Nutt Rexann Oller Dojelo Russell Jim Sanchez

Ferne Shinn Anderson James and Paula Shinn Nina Sprick Thomas and Maggie Sullivan Tommy and Mary Alice Tomlinson Louise Turner Barger and Doris Tygart Martha Williams Ted and Betty Williams Charitable Trust

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J.W. HULL SOCIETY Named in honor of the eighth president of Arkansas Tech University, the J.W. Hull Society was formed to recognize our alumni and friends who have given cumulative gifts of $50,000 or more during their lifetime. We are thankful for their continued support. Boe* and Myna Adams American Express Financial Advisors AMR Architects Inc Maynard and Amy Anderson Arkansas Community Foundation Bob Balkman Bank Of America Carl F. Baswell Bill Donnell, Jr. Golf Tournament William and Mary Bowen Bridgestone Americas Robert and Jean Brooks Burris Inc Troy and Marjorie Burris CenterPoint Energy CenturyTel

Chambers Bank John Chambers Charles A. Frueauff Foundation Chartwells Cecil Cogburn Cogswell Motor Inc Connie Coker Donald W Reynolds Foundation, Inc. Deward and Anne Dopson Elton and Deanna Epley First State Bank GTE Foundation Bill and Suzanne Harmon William and Elizabeth Balkman House Gerald and Charlotte Johnston Junior Auxiliary of Russellville

Liberty Bank Lloyd D. McDaniel Millard-Henry Clinic PA Mike and Joy Miller Michael Morton Bob and Sandra Norman Joie Nutt Rexann Oller Donnie Pendergraft Richard Perkins Phil and Judy Phillips Regions Bank Ben and Terry Rothwell Dojelo Russell Russellville Kiwanis Club Don and Mary Anne Salmon

Shoptaw Labahn and Company PA John and Carol Shoptaw Robert and Lisa Shoptaw Simmons Bank LeMoyne Smith Sparks Regional Medical Center St Mary’s Regional Medical Group Kenneth and Janice Sutton Stanley and Maysel Teeter Rick and Harriet Thone Tommy and Mary Alice Tomlinson Louise Turner Mike and Teresa Wilkins Martha Williams

Phonathon returns this spring Tech students will be making calls during the Tech Loyalty Fund Phonathon in Spring 2012. Student callers enjoy visiting with Tech alumni and friends to update our records, talk about the great things happening at Tech and ask for support of the Tech Loyalty Fund, Tech’s annual giving program. Don’t miss your chance to talk to a Tech student and find out more about what makes Tech a great place to learn!

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Tech Loyalty Fund Contact: Kristin Smith, Director of the Tech Loyalty Fund, (479) 968-0405 or Gifts of all sizes to the Tech Loyalty Fund, Tech’s annual giving program, make a difference.

The following giving clubs recognize Tech Loyalty Fund (annual) gifts at the designated level: - Elmo Browning Society: $25,000 or more

Donors who have given consistently for ten or more

- Chairman’s Society: $5,000 through $24,999

years are members of the Loyalty Society. They are

- President’s Club: $1,000 through $4,999

denoted by “LS” and the number of giving years to the

- Dean’s Club: $500 through $999

right of their name.

- Tech Benefactor: $250 through $499 - Friend Club: $100 through $249

Donors who give every year beginning the year of their

- Tech Honor Roll: Up to $99

graduation are designated as Loyalty Pacesetters. The Class of 2006 was the first class to make a collective

Despite our best efforts to prevent it, the possibility

gift to the Tech Loyalty Fund and other recent

exists that we may have accidentally left a name (or two)

graduates have followed their leadership. They are

off of the list. Please contact us with any corrections:

denoted by “LP” to the right of their name.

Arkansas Tech Development Office (479) 968-0400.

ELMO BROWNING SOCIETY Kenneth and Janice Sutton Ted and Betty Williams Charitable Trust

Bob and Sandra Norman LS 35 St Mary’s Regional Medical Group



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Cora Adkins Estate, First State Bank & Trust Co. AMR Architects Inc Arkansas Community Foundation Heartsill Bartlett Trust Polly Bartlett Trust Larry and Mary Branch Bridgestone Americas Robert and Jean Brooks LS 16 Chartwells

Cheryl Denton Bill Donnell, Jr. Golf Tournament Brian and Shirley Faulkner Charles A. Frueauff Foundation Don and Pat Hardin Bill and Suzanne Harmon LS 17 Alan and Dawn Jackson Junior Auxiliary of Russellville Charles and Wilma Labahn LS 18

Liberty Bank MK Distributors Inc Rexann Oller LS 18 Rick Redden LS 10 Regions Bank Shoptaw Labahn and Company PA Robert and Lisa Shoptaw LS 13 LeMoyne Smith LS 27


Leave your Legacy at Tech Include the Arkansas Tech Foundation in your will or trust.

Acxiom Corporation Travis and Lou Adams LS 37 AEGON Transamerica Foundation Leon and Mary Anderson LS 20 Leon Anderson Nationwide Insurance Inc Ronald and Angie Anderson James and Ramona Andrews Arkansas River Valley Tri-Peaks Association Inc Jeffrey Aulgur Toni Bachman LS 17 B.J. and Kristy Bayer Michael and Linda Benefield James and Laurie Bibler Blackstone Construction, LLC Jo Blondin and Andrew Fox Arnold and Katherine Bowden LS 15 Sid and Sue Brain LS 33 Gary Burton Camelot Cattle Company, LLC Minnie Lou Casey LS 25 Robert and Frankie Casey LS 30 Thomas Casner Central Arkansas Surgical Center CenturyTel ConAgra Frozen Foods Jeffrey Cook LS 31 Crafton Tull and Associates Inc Bill Curtis Dana Corporation Foundation Don and Kelly Desoto Duffield Gravel Company * Denotes deceased donor.

Ronnie and Susie Duffield LS 11 Irene Edgar LS 30 Elton and Deanna Epley LS 16 ExxonMobil Foundation Jeanice Falls LS 16 Martha Faulkner LS 14 Lera Fields First State Bank Lawrence and Alice Fletcher LS 13 Charles and Jane Fore LS 18 Jacqueline Gardner LS 13 Diane Gleason Keith Gober Robin Goodman Gary and Jeannie Green Frank Griffin Oil Co Inc George and Anita Hall Johnnie and Carolee Hamilton LS 21 Hanesbrands, Inc W.R. “Bud” and Joan Harper LS 12 Benny and LaVel Harris Chuck and Donna Horne LS 18 Cynthia Hudson International Paper Company Jerry Jones Tom and Jayne Jones LS 22 Bill Keeton Ins. Agency Ben and Jennifer Kriesel Lake Dardanelle Big Bass Classic Tournament Thomas and Bridget Lastovica Eleanor Lipsmeyer LS 24

Kenneth Lucas LS 18 David and Lauren Maxwell Powell and Kaye McClellan Sean and Shannon McDougal Frank and Sue Merritt LS 36 James and Bobbi Middlebrooks Mobley Construction Co Bryce and Carol Mobley Raymond Moll Johnny and Julie Morgan LS 22 David and Dana Moseley LS 15 Jim Murphy LS 14 NEW Customer Service Companies Inc Martha Newton LS 13 Glenn and Jean Parks Gill Richards Bryant and Brandi Richardson Bryant Richardson, DDS, PA Russellville Family Clinic, PA Russellville Kiwanis Club Russellville Lions Club Shelter Insurance - Gary and Peggy Stratton Gordon and Decie Shirron LS 14 Simmons Bank Smith Plumbing Co Inc Jamie and Beth Sorrells Sorrells Body Shop Inc State Farm Co Foundation Paul and Stephanie Stein Gary and Peggy Stratton LS 12 Robert and Laura Sullivan

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PRESIDENT’S CLUB (Continued) Micheal Tarver The Boys and Girls Club of the Ark. River Valley Rick and Harriet Thone Gray Townsend LS 16 Richard and Hollie Trow Louise Turner LS 14 Two Rivers Farm & Duck Club Valley Medical Services, PA

Mac and Donna Van Horn Martha Vance LS 15 Vaughn Bay Construction Gary H. and Dena Moore Veteto W P Miller Inc Walton Family Foundation Inc Jeff Ward Jeffrey M. Ward DDS, PA

John and Trudy Watson LS 19 John and Leigh Whiteside LS 11 Ed and Carol Williams John and Becky Womack LS 11 Nelda Womack Robert and Marty Young LS 18 Robert A. Young, Jr. DDS

DEAN’S CLUB Verlon Abram LS 10 Ross and Rita Adams LS 33 Charles Altemus AT&T Higher Education/Cultural Matching Gift Program Auto Club of Missouri Cathy Baker Linda Bean Beta Gamma Sigma BKD, LLP, Accounting Education Fund Blagg Law Firm Ralph Blagg Dusty and Angela Bonds Bonds Family Dentistry Boyd Metals Inc Dennis and Linda Boyd Irma Boyer Boys and Girls Christian Home Ministries Inc Larry and Cathy Brandt LS 22 Brown and Brown of AR Inc Jerry and Nancy Burns LS 39 Paul and Regina Burris Troy and Marjorie Burris LS 20 Burris Inc Caddis Fly Fishing Club Cargill Pork Clarence and Elizabeth Carnahan LS 34 Michael and Sarah Carter LS 22 Al and Sharron Chinn LS 24 Gary and Melissa Clark Linda Clarke Eldon and Juanita Clary LS 23 Richard and Mary Cohoon LS 27 Phillip and Lois Cox LS 13 Mike and Kandis Croom LS 13 D & R Jacimore Inc Roger and Stephanie Daniel Bill and Ann Davis LS 15 Duane and Carol Dipert David and Shirley Dodd Mike and Shauna Donnell LS 12

David and Tammy Doyel Georgena Duncan Robert and Susan Dunn LS 11 Bob and Carolyn Edwards LS 19 Stephen Efird LS 16 Clyde S. Efird, DDS Tommy Estes LS 14 Bob Ewell Farm Credit Services Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund James and Virginia Fields LS 13 James and Andrea Gary Chuck and Pat Gordon LS 14 John and Etta Grant LS 11 Mary Gunter LS 10 Laura Haberstroh Gerald and Carol Harvell LS 16 Ron Higgins Tommy and Shelby Hillman LS 19 Danna Hines Brenda Hipp Lillian Hoover Winford and Gladys Hoover LS 12 Milton Howell LS 20 Lance and Deana Infield Ellen Jenkins Johnson County Regional Medical Center Drs. Johnston & Richardson PLLC Jack Kelleher LS 21 Owen Kelly Larry and Sharon LaFevers Wadena Lemley James and Jennie Little LS 17 Dan and Marsha Lovelady LS 17 William and Kathleen MaGee James Matthews Bruce McConnell Rick and Harriet Meadows William and Sally Meadows David Middlebrooks LS 10 Ardith Morris LS 14

Thomas and Joan Morris MS Wholesale Plumbing Inc Judy Murphy LS 10 News Office Machines Julie Norman Parkway Dental Gary Parvin Charles and Margaret Pearson LS 16 Richard Perkins Pope County Cattlewomens Association John* and Jane Rankin LS 19 Stan and Dacie Rau LS 18 Karen Reynolds Eddie and Traci Rood Ken Rossi Bill and Cecelia Rothert John and Denise Rowland LS 11 Sandra Rudder Bobby and Linda Rush Russellville Symphony Guild Frank and Linda Russenberger Becky Shopfner LS 10 Shree Ram LLC Sue Stallings Robert Stark LS 12 Kirk and Sue Stone LS 10 Mack and Sherri Streety Summerwood Partners, LLC Jim and Kay Tucker LS 33 Hilda Turner LS 15 Warren and Andrea Underwood LS 10 Jerry D. Vaughn & Assoc Inc Walgreens George and Kathy Warman Steven Warren Jim and Mechele White LS 15 Scott and Angela Whitlow Mike and Teresa Wilkins Bobby and Abigail Willis Steve and Connie Zimmer LS 14

TECH BENEFACTORS Larry Adams Lewis Adams LS 33 An-Pro Company Bank of the Ozarks Clem and Jamie Barrere James and Sherry Bartlett Kent and Jean Bartlett LS 10 Kent D. Bartlett, DDS Ed and Sara Bashaw Tery and Mary Baskin LS 13 Kenny and Celeste Bell Randy and Jane Bittle Gordon and Leslie Blackwell LS 18 Gene and Aida Boyle LS 11 Samuel Bradshaw Charles and Gayla Bragg Joe and Nan Bull LS 19 Dale and Rebecca Burris Kelli Burton Juanita Butler C & D Drug Store Clifton and Sherry Caldwell LS 35 Norman and Linda Carnahan LS 10

Michael and Sandra Carroll John Carter Rodney and Jo Carter Jeff and Stephanie Casey Chambers Memorial Hospital Larry and Sandy Cheffer Cobb’s West Side Pharmacy Stan Cochran Coldwell Banker James R Ford & Associates ConocoPhillips Olin and Millicent Cook LS 31 Matt and Pam Cooper LS 10 Matt Cooper Agency, Inc. Robert and Lawanda Dale David and Rhonda Dare Billy and Leotta Davis Judith Davis Tom and Susan DeBlack Don and Joyce* Dempsey LS 16 Denver and Jeri Dennis Robert Dickson B.J. and Claire Dunn LS 14 Delma Dunn

Bill and Sharon Eaton Bob and Debra Fithen Crystal Garbe Michael Garner Rickey Glover Robert Gordon Ronnie and Beverly Graham Greenway Equipment Inc Robert Gunter Jeffery A. Hale M.D.P.A. Bob and Polly Hardin Richard Harris Bliss and Jan Hicky Wesley and Niki Higginson Jim and Jean Higgs LS 20 Hightower Oil Company Fred Hill Truman and Jan Hill Tommy Hindsman Hindsman and Son Inc Gary and Darlene Hodges Gerald and Connie Hook IBM Matching Grants Program * Denotes deceased donor.

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TECH BENEFACTORS (Continued) Randal and Patsy Isom Ted and Linda Ivy Hank and Delores Jacobs Stefanie Jaeger JALA, LLC DBA Quality Inn Jack and Judy Jenkins Donald and Brenda Johnston LS 12 David and Wendy Jones LS 10 Jack and Ida Ruth Jones LS 13 K & R Field Services, LLC Jeana S Kaufman DVM Jim and Melanie Kennedy Slavica Kodish Brandi Lane Lance and Rhonda Lawrence Lance A. Lawrence, DDS Edwin and Sharon Leachman Carolyn Lee Leonard’s Hardware Company Inc Alvin and Rhonda Lievsay LS 16 Charlotte Linch LS 18 Little John Trucks Inc Doug Lowrey LS 27 Ted and Saundra Lyons Main Street Barbers Marshall and Thelma Martin Randy and Lisa Martin Maxie and Stephanie Mathis Maxie and Pam Mathis Don and Pam McAnulty Joyce McCain LS 12 Kathryn McIntosh James McKean LS 14 Bill and Dolores McSpadden Roy and Linda McSpadden Todd and Julie Meimerstorf Metropolitan Life Foundation Mike and Joy Miller LS 13 John and Norma Montgomery


Charles Moon Bert and Annette Mullens LS 25 Mullens Family Partnership Frank Nelson LS 11 Clyde and Carol Newman Vicki Newman Jim Newquest Bill Newsom LS 10 Dan and Susie Nicholson LS 11 Nishant Inc Charlie and Lou Niven LS 19 Kristen Norris Wyn and Bridgett Norwood LS 11 David Oates LS 10 David Osburn Alison Parks Bill and Ellen Parton LS 17 Rick and Lalita Perkins Jim and Janet Petty Jeff and JoGena Pipkin Pope County Historical Association Regions Financial Corporation Ron and Donna Reynolds Howard and Becky Ritchie River Valley Recycling RMC Consulting Inc David and Diane Roach LS 18 Doug Roberts LS 17 Michael Robinson David and Georganne Rollans Mary Ann Rollans LS 13 Russellville Animal Clinic Russellville Glass Co Russellville Lawn and Landscaping Russellville Rotary Club Donald Ryan LS 10 Saint Mary’s Medical Staff Betty Salmeri LS 18 Misty Sampley

Bill Saxton Ellen Schmidt Scotty’s Storage Trailer Rentals Inc Don and Joan Sevier LS 18 Frank Sharum Landscaping Design Inc Richard and Vicki Shelby Jack and Joyce Shepherd LS 17 Ferne Shinn Anderson LS 10 John and Carol Shoptaw LS 19 Sigma Kappa Sorority Hugh and Mary Silkensen LS 19 Harry and Jewel Simcox Cleo and Nadine* Simmons LS 19 Sims Group Inc Timothy and Kristin Smith Sonic Drive In Richard and Lawana Staggs LS 12 Ed Stingley Steve and Jeanie Strasner Todd Sweeden David Todd Tommy and Dean Treat Fritz Kronberger and Sharon Trusty Van and Ginnie Tyson LS 22 Cliff Underwood R.D. and Johnna Walker LS 17 Frank and Rudda Ward LS 16 Don and Mildred Washington Stephen and Tracie White Wilkins Brothers Outdoors Cary Wills Richard and Marla Wirges James and Lea Witt Andrea Woods Bob and Virginia Wright LS 18 Yell County Medical Society

Thomas and Chari Bouse Kenneth and Jo Lynne Bowden Donald and Gwen Bowen LS 30 Les Boyum Brangus Steak House Jerry and Linda Bridges David and Beth Brooks LS 10 James and Ann Bryan LS 13 Jack Buell Daniel and Rachel Bullock Bunting Electric Co Steven Burns Butcher Boy Burgers Inc Douglas and Stephanie Butler Les and Lyndal Byram LS 35 William Cains, Sr. Bill and Emily Callan LS 31 Ruben Camacho Tim and Pam Carr Chris and Mary Carroll Jimmy and Bobbie Carter Tammy Cathcart Mona Chadwick Lyle Charlton Mark and Carla Churchwell Richard and Shelly Chwalinski Judith Clark John and Carole Clarke Cleburne County Farm Bureau John Coates Andrew and Loretta Cochran Sam and Gail Coffman Cogswell Motor Inc Keith B. Cogswell LS 30 Raymond and Mary Cole Tracy Cole Cheryl Coleman LS 14 Samuel Collier Tommye Collins Conway County Farm Bureau

Eldean Corley LS 32 Steve and Theresa Corley Larry and Mary Nell Cotton Denzil and Phyllis Cox Rich and Patti Crooks Joseph Croom Kevin and Kayla Crow Daniel and Nancy Cummings Sam and Diane Cummings LS 23 George and Esta Dahlke David’s Trash Service Inc Bernice Davis Harley and Patricia Davis LS 10 Kelly and Reta Davis LS 11 Alicia Day DeBlack Eye Care Center Ralph Dempsey Gary and Evelyn Denton Tommy and Billie Detrick Ric and Margo Doss Megan Douglas Brent and Christa Drake Fabricio and Karen Duran Greg Duvall Alisha Easter Elkco Optical Farm Bureau Insurance Faulkner Co Farm Bureau Inc Howard Faulkner Tommy and Jill Fields Marcel Finan James and Betty Fiser LS 16 Matt and Jennifer Fleming Miller and Peggy Ford LS 20 Sue Frueauff LS 16 Jimmy Fulmer Timothy and Clara Garvey Jasper George Debra George-Fort Jeff and Tracey Geren LS 10

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FRIEND CLUB Bill* and Faye Abernathy Crystal Adams Philip Alexander Robert and Rebecca Algee Altman Motor Co J.T. Altman LS 15 Laura Anders Andy and Lou Ann Anders LS 11 Mark Anderson LS 12 Arkansas Best Corporation Arkansas Orthopaedic Center Arkansas Orthopaedic Institute James Armbruster Arvest Bank Atchison Agency Inc Carolyn Austin James Austin S.T. and Eva Ayers Carl and Lena Barger LS 10 Ann Barnett Tekla Barr Louise Barry Bernard Bartlett LS 18 Sabra Bartlett Stan and Alice Batch Kenneth and Julie Bates Beacon Tire Co Robin Bean Dolores Beene Lloyd and Carol Belford-Lewallen Rico and Ginny Belotti James and Sharon Benson Beta Sigma Phi Epsilon Upsilon Melvin and Linda Beyer Glen and Susan Bishop Randy and Jane Bittle Andy and Jennifer Bixler LS 11 Harold and Dean Blalock Jeffrey and Carey Bosold Tim and Kelly Bostick * Denotes deceased donor.

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FRIEND CLUB (Continued) Leon and Vicki Gershner LS 13 Lowell Geurian John and Nan Gibson Joe Gilgour Floyd and Janie Gilliland Sam and Nina Goza Anne Graves Dan Gray Lewis and Shannon Gray Paul and Elizabeth Gray Ben and Tanya Greenberg Jo Anne Guenther Frances Hager Don and Carolyn Hall LS 11 R J Hamilton Inc Bruno and Leanah Hampton Dusty and Sallie Hampton Logan and Susan Hampton LS 14 Jeffrey and Virginia Haney LS 16 Quentin and Shellie Hanna Chrystal Hardin LS 19 Jim and Lynn Hardin Gene Hatfield Ben Hawkins Clinton and Ronda Hawkins Joann Hays John and Ada Heath Wayne and Sharon Helmer Marion and Joyce Helton Mostafa Hemmati LS 18 Gary Hickey Robert and Annette Holeyfield LS 18 Gary and Melanie Holland Terry Holland-Finley Brenton Holt Ted Honghiran George and Rosanna Hudgens Jay Hudkins Harold and Norma Humphrey J.D. Humphrey Billy and Marcia Hunter Britney Hunter Larry Hunter Richard Ihde Catherine Irwin Dickey James Lynne James Janecka Insurance JBM Productions William Johnson Don and Pat Jolly Cora Jones Jamey Jones and Ginny Elizandro John and Linda Jones Rob and Lisa Jones Robert and Shirley Jones Royce and Margaret Jones LS 28 Stephen Jones Todd Jones Vance and Cynthia Jones Gary and Margaret Judd LS 10 Sarah Judy Martin and Sandra Karlovic Gary and Sherry Kaufman Melvin and Betty Keener LS 15 Kenneth and Emily Kelton John and Dinah Kennedy Charles and Patsy Kerley Bill and Vicky Kiehl LS 16 Pamela Killins Hays and Marsha Kinslow LS 16 Johnny and Cara Kinzey Dan Kirkland LS 11 Sarah Kitchens Joseph Knight Carmella Knoernschild DDS Bill and Christa Kolb Linda Kondrick Leon and Mary Koziar Kroger Company Lane Physical Therapy Center Inc Thomas and Analee Lanio LS 26 Steve and Elaine Laux LS 13 Jeremy and Andrea Lawson

Robert and Phyllis Leavell David and Dianna Lewis J.D. and Jane Lewis David Little Glenna Long LS 18 Gregg and Becky Long Richard and Karen Long Steve and Betty Long Justin H. Lovett Ins Corp Lowe’s Auto Parts William and Sue Luce Jo Luck Lybrand Consulting, LLC Clifford and Jane Lyon LS 12 Bob and Jane Martin Carol Martin Michael and Donna Martin Elizabeth Mathis Sharon Mathis Pat Mattingly Maxx II Inc Caleb Mayden James McBride Mike and Sue McCoy Andrew and Julie McNeill Jerry and Ruth Millsaps Alexander Mirkovic Cory Miser Richard and Natalie Moellers Bob and Betty Moore LS 19 James and Janita Moore LS 19 Larry and Alice Morell James and Jackie Morris Martha Morris LS 24 Ted and Sandra Motsinger Walter and Helen Mott Tommy Mumert LS 18 Lester and Katie Murph Garry and Terri Neal Beverly Nehus Nicholson Corporation Dick and Sue Niven Thomas and Niki Northfell Audrey Owens LS 15 Ronald and Joanne Ownbey Panasonic Home Appliances Company Tommy and Christina Papasan Jon Parker Rudy and Sue Parks Scott and Lisa Peek Richard and Sandy Peel Richard and Janis Petronis LS 14 Stephen and Marlene Pfeifer Hershel and Katherine Phillips Kenneth and Kathy Pippin LS 17 Richard and Sandy Polczynski H.L. and Sherry Polsgrove Kelly Powell Ritchie Powers Carole Presley Charles Presley Price Milling Company Professional Mortgage Co Bill Pullen Becky Rachel Byra Ramsey Earle and Virginia Raum Paul and Rosalie Revis Debi Reynolds Rick Estep Plumbing Electric Gregg Ricono Polly Riley River Valley Therapy & Sports Medicine River Valley Warehouse Carey and Penelope Roach Robert and Kay Roberts John F. Rommel DDS Ben and Terry Rothwell Stanley Russ Alton and Ann Rye LS 11 Paul and Susan Rylander Ara Sagerian Don and Mary Anne Salmon Scenic Landscaping Inc

Paul Scheible Michael Schluterman Lee Schoonover Brad and Crystal Schubert Frank Scott Milton and Margaret Scott Phillip and Lisa Shelby LS 12 Charles and Maxine Shelton LS 16 H.L. and Barbara Shepherd LS 11 Charles and Arlene Sheppard Tony and Donna Sherrill LS 16 Michael Simmons LS 11 Skelton Law Firm PA Kirk Smith Larry Smith Thomas and Killian Smith LS 16 Harlon and Jean Sory LS 10 Darla Sparacino Vicky Spurr Danny and Gaye Stark Jerry and Sue Stephens Joan Stewart John Stiritz LS 12 Michael Stoker John Stottman, CPA Harley Strang Todd Strawn Lance and Kathryn Strother Suddenlink Truman Pew and Virginia Summers William S. Swain PA Barbara Tate John and Charlene Tatum LS 12 Bob and Betty Taylor Erin Taylor Lance and Tanya Taylor Ronald and Laura Taylor Doyle and Susie Tennison Diann Terry Everett and Lee Thompson LS 15 Peggy Tibbs David Tippett Steve and Kim Troboy LS 11 Kimberly Trusty James and Jennifer Tull Chuck and Keelie Tullis David and Susan Underwood Valley Motors Inc Thomas Vaughn Keith Vess Tony Vinson Shirley Waggoner LS 11 Kenneth Walker Michael Walker Jim Walton Larry Ward LS 11 Washington County Farm Bureau Bruce and Ann Webb Elisabeth Webb Belinda Welch LaVoy Welch Merritt R. Wentz Testamentary Trust John and Mary West Mike and Patty Wheeler LS 16 David and Diana Whitlow LS 15 David and Christina Wilbers Marcus and Mary Ann Wilkins LS 16 Renee Willett Delvin Williams LS 13 Dennis Williams Gary Williams LS 10 Ricky and Cindy Williams Jack Williamson Tyrone Williamson Edwin and Shirley Wood Jared and Jeneen Wood Phil Wright Autoplex Barbara Yates LS 13 Susie Yium LS 17 Harvey and Claire Young Marcal and Sandra Young LS 11 George and Sara Zeigler Qing Zeng Thomas and Jane Ziegenfelder * Denotes deceased donor.

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Matching Gift Programs You may be able to double the impact of your gift if your employer offers a matching gift program. Check with your Human Resources Department or at:

Abington, Inc Kevin and Jennifer Aday Gabriel Adkins Robert and Alison Ahlert Abdolreza Ahrabli Agnes Alford Barton and Angela Allen Robert and Susan Allen Sarah Alpe Joe and Shelly Alpe Vrege and Marta Amirkhanian LS 22 Sara Anders Laura Beth Anderson LP James Andrews Robert Appleby Ashley Arnold LP Linda Arnold Scott Axon Glenda Ayers Tim and Marquetta Aynes Bryn and Tracy Bagwell David Bailey Jimmy Bailey Ronald and Betty Bailey LS 12 John Bair Charles and Sarah Baker Robert Baldwin Whitley Baldwin Maegan Ballard Kathleen Balloun Christopher and Sonja Barnett Michael and Elizabeth Barr Gary and D’Anne Barrow Bob and Kirsten Bartlett Joanna Bartlett Kathy Bartlett Daniel and Tasha Beam Travis and Deborah Beard Lindsay Beaton Elaine Bell Carol Belt Josh Bice James and Lee Billings Jason and Amber Binz Bruce and Kaye Birkhead Carl Bishop LP Kyle and Sarah Blackburn Billy and Shirley Blalack Todd and Brittany Blankenship Marlon Bledsoe Allen Blunk Mike Bogue Sharon Bollin Wilma Bone Brad and Donna Bonnette Debra Bono LP Wayne and Jeanne Boothe Christina Borden Kerry and Patricia Bottoms Shirley Bowers H.C. Bowman Kirsten Boyd LP Jackie and Mary Bradford Deonte Bradley Donald and Paula Bradshaw Bryan and Rebecca Bramlett Priscilla Branch LS 10 Zachary Breaux Nathan and Ryan Brent LP Bridgestone/Firestone Trust Fd Tim and Aimee Brinkley Jessica Brock Ralph Brody Charles Brown Christi Brown Edward Brown Jerry and Wanda Brown Joshua Brown Ken Brown Larry Brown Michael Brown Sam Brown LP Carl and Melissa Brucker * Denotes deceased donor.

Bill and Sue Brunner Michele Brumley Richard F. Buffalo Richard M. Buffalo Brandi Bugg LP Crystal Buie James and Margie Bullock Bart Bump Jerry and Lucretia Burns Mark Burns Eric and Ashley Buster Linda Byrd Mary Cabaniss Terry and Erin Callahan Carol Campbell Christopher Campbell Randy and Susan Campbell Michelle Canada Michael and Kellye Cannon Catherine Capen-Housley Gus and Lutie Carmack LS 12 Don and Margaret Carnahan LS 20 Jon and Jana Carroll Jeff and Alyssa Carter Larry and Elizabeth Carter Tim and Stacy Carter Felicia Caruthers William and Amber Casey Jon and Tiffany Casey Helen Casteel Juan Castro Ben and Misty Cates Anthony Caton Adam and Kelli Caudle Gabe Cerasale Bradley and Susan Chafin Sandra Chandler Cheryl Chaney Tina Chapman Stewart and Laura Cheak Chestnut Small Animal Clinic William and Millie Chevaillier Adam and Monica Childers Geno and Virginia Chiolino Wanda Christie Erin Clair Danielle Clark Debra Clark Bill and Lorie Clary Grady Clay Jon and Barbara Clements Barron and Diane Clemons Galen Cline LS 11 George Cline Craig and Aimee Cloud Travis Cloud LP Keith and Gayle Clutts LS 11 Gary Cobb Candice Cochran Lisa Cochran Michael and Glenda Coker Marshall and Betty Cole Jennifer Coleman Terry and Anita Collier James Collins Jonathan and Brandi Collins John and Linda Colvin William and Ednita Condley LS 10 Veo Condley Angela Cook Brandon and Anita Cook Stephen Cook Daniel Cooper Hal and Beth Cooper Will Cooper Jennifer Cossey Ryan Cotton Seth Coulter Preston and Betty Cowger Ashley Cox Derrick Cox LP Jacob Cragg LP Ellen Crane

Allin Crawford LP Debra Creek Patrick and Sheri Crosby Joshua Crow Allen Crum Francisco Cruz Jose Cruz Jessica Cunningham Troy and Rebecca Cunningham Sarah Curlin LP Robert and Shelly Daily Don and Sydna Daily Derell Daniel Cody Dare LP Jesse Dare Karlos Davidson LS 10 Chris and Tamara Davidson Abby Davis David Davis Derek and Shelly Davis Jerryl Davis Jr. Owen Davis LP David and Janene Dawson Alicia Day LP Nicolas del Grazia Kathy Denzer Randy Dewitt Don and Donna Didier Larry Dilbeck Cathy Dillard Marc Dillard Dora Dinnan Bob Dixon David and Rona Dodd Linda Dodd Rebekah Donohue Roxann Dortch-Chakos David Doss LP Alvin and Faye Drittler Drummond Construction LLC Betty Dunbar Robert Duncan Cindy Dunsworth Michael Duvall Vicki Duvall Peter Dykema Jamie Earls Christopher Edens Debbie Edgin Pamela Edwards Robert Edwards Luke and Kathryn Eggering Tracy Eichenberger Kenneth Elliott James Ellison Tracy Emery Charles and Martha Engelberger Ruth Enoch Josue Enriquez Jason and Shawn Epperson David Eshelman Marcela Estrada Katie Etris Caleb Evans LP Jerry and Jeania Evans Haitem Taha Faiki LP Ronald Fair Loyd Fairless April Fales LP W. L. and Barbara Faught Will and Mollie Fisher Craig and Rhonda Fleming Fred Fleming Brady Fletcher Yadira Lozano Dana Florian LP Travis Flower LP Wesley Folds Jimmy Ford Robert A. Ford Robert G. Ford Royann Foreman Pam Foster

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TECH HONOR ROLL (Continued) Stephen Franco Michael and Tanya Franklin LS 15 Robert and Lindelle Fraser Johanna Frazier Kenneth and Missy Freeman Ralph and Stephanie Freeman Rebecca Fritchie Kenneth and Debra Fritsche Kenton Fry LP Kenneth and Karen Futterer Mary Gaffey Charles and Lisha Gagen Marshall and Janet Gaines Aaron and Tara Gamble Aaron Gammill Patricia Gann Guadalupe Garcia Ashley Trice David Garrett Cassie Garrison LP Heather Garrison Jennifer Garrison Jimmie Gass Marjorie Gattis Spencer Gay LP Kenneth and Carol George Greg and Cathy Geren James and Kay Giardina LS 18 Danny and Nancy Gilbert John Gilbreath Robert and Jessica Gilbreath LP James Giles LP Chris and Amy Gipson Chris and Beth Giroir Chris Goodwin Deborah Goodwin Brennan Goree LP Marla Goshien Thomas and Laura Gotcher Kevin and Laura Gottsponer Reginald Govan Gregg and Donna Grant Lydia Grate LP Larry and Cathy Graves Stan and Paula Graves Johnny and Teresa Gravett Donna Gray Matthew Gray LP Anthony Green David Green Sommer Green LP Mary Ellen Greenway Gary Greenwood John and Cynthia Greer Lori Greer Peggy Gregory Jason and Brandie Griffin Jessica Griffin LP Laura Griffin Billy Groff Chris Guizar Charlotte Gunter Bradley Gwatney LP Grayson and Casey Hale James Hale Kirk Hall Sam and Gayle Hall Stanley and Susie Hall Matthew Hamilton Roger and Sharon Hamilton Jack and Charlene Hamm LS 14 Lisa Hammad Ashlynn Hamrick LP Mourad Hani LP Shelly Hanlon Dean Hannah LP Chad and Shelley Harbison Justin and Valerie Hardesty Blake Wade Damon and Julia Harkreader Lisa Harless Lisa Harris Lyman and Carol Harris

Richard and Kalynn Harris Ryan Harris LP Zach and Leslie Harris LP James and Linda Harrison Seth Haswell Darwin Hawkins Dawn Hawkins Mark Hawkins Helen Hawkins Charles Hayden Jingwei He LP Joshua Heckel Luke and Joanne Heffley Keith and Joyce Helm LS 17 John Helms Bill Hemmer Gary Henderson Jill Hendricks James Hendrix Jay and Roberta Henley LP Bobby Henrichs Peter and Linda Jackson Lacey Hewitt LP Terry and Debbie Hickerson Fredrick Hillier Ernest and Jamie Hodges Stephen Hodges Andrea Hoelzeman LP Kailey Hogue Cassie Holder Bentley Hollingsworth Stan Hollingsworth Gurnia Holt Paul Honnell Marcia Hood Danielle Hoover LP Alissa Hopkins LP Crystel Hopkins LP Jennifer Hoppert Horn and Son LLC Travis Horn Howard Horsman Chenoa Houle John House Michael Houston Erin Howard LP Glenna Howell Michelle Howell Michael and Deborah Hoyt John and Vera Hubbard Josh and Ashley Hubbard Robert Hudgins LS 15 James and Danal Hudspeth James Huffman LP Janna Hughes LP Anita Hunter Eric and Monica Hunter Angela Hutchins Stephen and Lindsey Ingmire Donald and Julia Inman LS 14 Martin and Michelle Irwin Seth and Tatia Irwin Cynthia Jacobs Jessica Jacobs LP Mike and Adele Jacobs Phil and Linda Jacobs Larry and Paula Jaques Randy Johns Dale and Marilyn Johnson Larry Johnson Mary Johnson Ronnie Johnson Russell and Pamela Johnson Susan Johnson Gerald and Charlotte Johnston Jeff and Toni Johnston Danielle Jolie LP Amanda Jones Brandon and Robyn Jones Brittany Jones LP Buddy and Glenda Jones LS 11 Charles and Elaine Jones Jared Jones

Josh Jones Laura Jones LP T.J. and Margaret Jones Tandy* and Athalene Jones LS 14 Selia Kackley Kim Kari LP Kevin and Marti Karlin Jeremy and Amanda Keaster Tomela Keenan Cecil Keith Darrell Kelley Edith Kelley Frank Kelley Donna Kendrick Loyce Kennedy Richard and Rose Kersh Steve and Brenda Kesner Lauren Kimpton Steve and Linda King Scott and Mary Kirkconnell Charles and Susan Kitchens Jeffery Kitchens Mindy Klober LP James and Rebecca Knight Marcus Koch LP Heath and Laura Komp Keith and Phyllis Koons LS 16 Marvin Kreimeier LP John Krohn LS 16 Randy Kulbeth Alice Kutz Eddie and Marsha Lacy Charlie and Christina Lairamore Victor Lama Ololade Lamina LP Bernie Lantz June Lawson Garry Lee Layton and Jennifer Lee Seung Suk Lee Kate Leelaporn LP David Lensing Virgil Lerew Anthony Lewis Mariel Lewis Betty Lienhart LS 17 Henry and Mary Limgo Dale and Linda Lininger Brenda Lipe Jim Little Hillary Looney Brady and Rachel Loretz Alan “Lumpy� Lunsford Russell Lutrell Lowell Lybarger Robert and Janie Lybrand Belinda Mallett Kenneth Marcrum Donnie and Teresa Martin Jimmy and Dorothy Martin Juan and Marina Martinez J. Keith and Regina Mason Kevin and Beverly Mason LS 12 Brandy Mateer Todd Mathews Todd Matlock Pamela Maxwell Richard Maxwell LS 10 Robert McAfee Billy McCartney Gene McCluney Deborah Neumeier Patrick McConnell Dawn McCormick Nicholas and Natasha McCoy Wesley McDaniel Jamie and Kim McDougal James McElhaney Albert and Loretta McElroy Ashley McFadden Kimberly McFall-Benfield Robert McGaha Shawn McGill * Denotes deceased donor.

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TECH HONOR ROLL (Continued) Michael and Cynthia McGlynn John and Gerry McGowen Mark and Kim McGuire Kyla McIsaac LP Betty McKenney Douglas and Eugenia McKinney Ashleigh McKinstry LP Constance McKnight R.E. and Sarah McKnight Catherine McMahan LS 11 Emily McMickle Agnes McNutt Jeff and Norma Meares Nancy Meeker LP Janice Mehl Edwin Melgar Darryl and Martha Melton Randal Melton Tayler Melton LP Dirk and Chris Merle John and Stephanie Metcalf Kevin Michael LP Teresa Middlebrooks Michael Midyett Miller Chick Service Christopher and Cathy Miller Danny Miller Attorney At Law PA Linda Miller Margaret Miller Ronnie and Lori Miller Jayson and Cheri Millheim Steven and Donna Milligan


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Christie Minner LP Lewis Minnie LP Jim Minor Mark Mizell LP Raymond and Kimberly Molden Brenda Montgomery Lucas and Aimee Moody Jennifer Moore Marsha Moore Robert and Beverly Moore Jean Moreno Carolyn Morris Darrell Morris Gary and Myra Morris James and Sandra Morris Leonor Morris Megain Morris LP Tommy and Delores Morrison Samuel Morse David and Gail Morton James Moses Terry Mote Roy and LaJune Mueller Thomas Mueller James Muldoon Bobby and Patsy Mullen Courtney Mullen LP Gary Mullen Jim and Jami Mullen Steve and Liz Mullins Gerald and Helen Murders LS 15 Christopher Murray

Every Brick Has A Story at Tech’s Centennial Plaza

Tesa Murray LP Michael and Dawn Nabours Robert and Criss Narcum Stacy and Julie Nash Milton and Linda Neal Dick and Sue Neelly LS 14 Casper Nehus Charles and Jessica Nelson Derrick Nelson Rachel Nelson Rebecca Nelson Kayla New Joey Newman Lannis and Andrea Nicholson Nicky Hamilton Farms Raymond Nix Eddie and Kerri Norman Robert and Dorothy Northup Courtney Nosari Notto Chiropractic Health Center Nu Chapter Delta Kappa Gamma Society Int’l Dairel and Kay O’Bar Cindy O’Donnell Chad Oglesby Arisa Ohhara LP Yoshiko Okochi LP Michael Oliver Nathan Oliver E.C. and Katie O’Neal George and Betty Overbey P & S Scale Service Julio Pacheco Filho

Nearly 400 bricks have been installed in Centennial Plaza and each brick has a story to tell. These stories are of campus life, a respected faculty member, a loyal athletics fan, a celebrated graduation or even an enduring love story. With a $100 gift, you are invited to share another Tech story on the pedestrian mall in front of Thone Stadium and Baswell Hall. Each personalized Brick may be engraved with your name, given as a gift in memory or in honor of someone or to commemorate a special event such as a graduation, a birthday, or an anniversary. Your brick will be a tribute that will last forever.

What is your story? To order, visit the Development Office website at givetotech. For more information, contact Christi Brown at (479) 968-0400 or 1-888-275-8321, send email to “Like” us on Facebook and read about our highlighted Tech stories.

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TECH HONOR ROLL (Continued) John Palmer Callie Parker Jesse and Latsy Parker Jim and Paula Parker Johnny and Donna Parker Patricia Parker LS 15 Robert and Betty Parker Lisa Parks Dustin Parsons LP Edna Patterson Jeremy Patterson Jennifer Paul Chase and Amanda Pearrow Rickey Pearson Thomas and Amy Pennington LS 11 Kevin and Laura Pennington Stephanie Pepper Betty Perkins Muriel Peters Marlene Pfeifer Insurance Agency, Inc. Bob and Reida Phelan Barney and Carolyn Phillips Christopher and Carrie Phillips Jackie Phillips Wanda Phillips Randall and Carolyn Philpot Richard and Angie Pierce Karen Pittman Ronald and Sharon Plate Geneva Pledger LS 19 Bob and Martha Pledger Arlee Pollard Gary Poole Anthony and Julia Pope Chip Porter Robert Possage Martin Post Rick and Trish Powell Jimmy and Mary Sue Powers Caleb Pratt Tracy and Rita Price Alvin Prieur III Quentin and Linda Pye William Pyle Tiffany Queen Nadine Rail Miranda Raines B.C. and Donna Rankin Martin Rapp Jeffrey Ray Lloyd Reano LP Mitzi Reano Derrick Reece Chuck and Dona Reed LS 12 Joe Reese Brandley and Crystal Reeves Seth and Rachel Reeves Solon Reid Tom and Laura Reynolds Tony and Angela Reynolds Danielle Ricci LP William Rice Kenneth and Carol Richards Levert Ricks Karen Riddell Mary Riddell LP Gregory Rideau LP Doug and Shelly Rideout Michael and Brenda Ridgway Timothy Ridings Kelley and Sonya Roach Dwight and Barbara Robertson Jeff and Jill Robertson James Robinson Janice Robinson LS 12 Michele Robinson LP Alvin Robledo Rhonda and Britt Rodgers Patricia Rogers Tal Rosel Isaac Ross Tracy Rowe Kale and Laura Rudolph

Dee and Anna Rylee Marty Sabolo Flora Salyers Herman and Rebecca Sanders LS 18 Angela Satori Masumi Sato LP Buzzy Sawyer Pat Schaap James Schmitt Charles Schurtz Nikki Scott LP Sessions Insurance Agency, Inc Bobby Sewell Kayla Shackelford Ken and Susan Shaddox James and Carolyn Shamy Lloyd Sherrill Justin Shields Blake Shinn David and Constance Shinn Sara Shinn LS 10 Jane Shipman Chris and Beverly Shively LS 11 Merrell and Roxanne Shoptaw Robyn Shoptaw Kenneth and Jana Shores LS 19 Mark and Amy Shumate Mark Siebenmorgen Keyvan Sierra LP Merlin Sierra LP Ruendi Sierra LP Leslie and Barbara Skews LS 18 Samuel Sloan Cara Slone Bobby and Lois Small Chad and Kori Smith Daniel and Denise Smith Katina Smith Nancy Smith LS 11 Samantha Smith Shawn Smith Steve and Rebecca Smith Thomas and Cheryl Smith David and Betty Snellings LS 13 Thomas Snizek Gordon and Mary Snodgrass Thomas Soehner Joel and Mittie Southerland LS 15 June Spann LS 16 Kenneth Spencer Herman and Ann Spicer Jonathon Spikes LP Heyward Spinks Trudy Stacy Amee Standridge Gary and Charlene Standridge Robert Standridge Zachary Steen Melissa Steeves Thomas and Sammie Stephenson Ivan Still Robin Stobaugh Valorie Stoll Michael and Phyllis Stone LS 10 Lyndall Stout Sam and Heather Strasner Antonette Stuckey William and Margaret Sussky Shannon Sutherland LP Joseph Swain Kathryn Swan Smokey and Brenda Swboni Sweeden Florist Douglas Sybrant Kendall and Geraldine Tabor Ronald Tackett Becca Talley James and Libby Talley Erwin and Phyllis Tarkington LS 10 Charlie Taylor Mark Taylor LS 11 Mary Dee Taylor Phillip Taylor

Robert and Judy Taylor LS 11 James and Marge Teal Stanley and Maysel Teeter LS 35 Christopher Terrell Jennifer Terrell Tiffany Terrell LP Michael and Carla Terry Clinton Thomas Anthony and Joni Thomas James Thompson Jessica Thompson LP Phil and Glenda Thompson Regina Thompson Don and Mary Betty Thone Kerri Threlkeld Anthony Tidwell Patrick Tidwell Diwakar Timilsina Sheryle Tinerella William and Brittany Titsworth David Toward Tom and Margrette Townsend Scott and Pamm Treece Melinda Trickett Brandi Tripp Charles and Teresa Tripp Mark Tripp Gentry Tubbs LP Bobbie and Verna Turner LS 10 Christopher Turner LP Guila Grace Turner Joe Turner Joseph Turner Amos and Karey Turnipseed Tom Tutt UBS Financial Services Inc. Mercedes Urbina Valuation Assistance & Consultation Inc Henry and Dinah Vance Amber Vaughn LP Amy Vaughn Bob Veach Roberto Velasquez LP James Vernon LP Michael and Brenda Verser Sarah Von Lienen LP Paige Walker Wesley Walker Scott and Alisa Waniewski Clint and Deborah Ward Jamie and Michelle Ward Ray Ward Von and Betty Ward Kenneth Warden Robert Warren John E. Watson Lakita Watson Brian Watt Maggie Cope Bryan and Felisha Weaver David and Joann Weindel LS 10 Kim and Susan Wennermark Blanche West Howard West Susan West John Westbrook Kristen Wheeler Lyle and Lisa Wheeler Addie White James White John W. White Matthew and Adena White LP Phil and Carolyn White LS 10 Donnie and Carol Whitson Debbie Whitted John and Kathleen Whorton James and Whitney Wilkins Michael and Melinda Wilkins Jimmy and Mary Willard LS 11 Jesse Willcox LS 16 James and Norma Willcutt Barbara Williams Joe Williams

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TECH HONOR ROLL (Continued) Keith and Suzanne Williams Mary Williams Mike Williams Steven and Jamie Williams Steven Williams Joshua Willis LP Alan Wilson Anna Wilson Doug Wilson

Rebecca Wilson LS 12 Annette Wilson Truman Wilson Ronald and Ramona Jo Witcher Brooks and Cara Witherspoon Paul Wood Matt Woodam Walter and Lynette Woodie LS 11 Amanda Woods LP

Brittany Woods Rex and Linda Woodson LS 11 Henry and Angela Wooten LP Darhl and Linda Worrell Dylan Yarbrough Jerry Wayne and Vickie Yates Beverly York Bobby and Staci Young James and Patty Young


The Gifts from the following individuals were matched by these organizations AEGON Transamerica Foundation George Townsend Arkansas Best Corporation David and Beth Brooks Allen and Becky Crawford Frank and Rudda Ward


Bridgestone/Firestone Trust Fund Truman and Jan Hill Dana Corporation Foundation Glenn and Jean Parks

AT&T Higher Ed./Cultural Matching Gift Program Ronald and Angie Anderson

Entergy Corporation Matching Gift Program Gary Burton Larry and Mary Nell Cotton Frank and Sue Merritt Glenn and Jean Parks

Auto Club of Missouri Rick and Harriet Meadows

ExxonMobil Foundation Lillian Hoover

BKD, LLP, Accounting Education Fund Ken Rossi

IBM Matching Grants Program Ben and Amber Pinter Bobby and Abigail Willis

Metropolitan Life Foundation Cleo Simmons Nationwide Insurance Foundation Nationwide Insurance - Leon and Mary Anderson

New York Life Foundation Jerry and Nancy Burns Panasonic Home Appliances Company J.D. and Jane Lewis Regions Financial Corporation Bliss and Jan Hicky State Farm Co Foundation Thomas Casner

IN MEMORY/HONOR OF (July 1, 2011 through September 30, 2011) Tech Action

The following individuals made gifts to Tech in memory or in honor of a friend or loved one In Memory of Boe Adams Jim and Lynn Hardin

In Memory of Robert Fox Johnny and Julie Morgan

In Memory of Lena Rexinger Sue Frueauff

In Honor of James Bibler Todd Sweeden

In Memory of B C Hall Damon Thompson

In Memory of William Seidensticker Ardith Morris

In Honor of Jill Lestage Brown Michael Robinson

In Memory of James Robert Jamell Samuel Andrews

In Memory of Nadine Simmons Sue Frueauff

In Memory of Billie Jo Burton Gary Burton

In Memory of Archie Jones Jim and Lynn Hardin

In Memory of Christina Stinnett Judy Murphy David and Betty Snellings

In Memory of Cathie Cole Bob and Carolyn Edwards Bill and Suzanne Harmon

In Memory of Tandy Jones Hilda Turner

In Memory of Dr. Martha Dowell Iris Jones In Memory of Coach Dave Falconer Marc Dillard George and Joan Lange Dorothy Lawless Christopher Walter Steven and Peggy Walter

In Memory of Kevin Nutt David and Dana Moseley In Memory of Gregg Parks Steve and Jeanie Strasner

In Memory of Helen Sweeden Todd Sweeden In Honor of Dr. Stanley Teeter Todd Sweeden In Honor of Rick and Harriet Thone Todd Sweeden

In Memory of Mildred Priddy Tom and Jayne Jones

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Class Notes Marriages Clarence “Verlon” Abram (RPA ’74) and Holly McCaskill were married on Oct. 1, 2011. Verlon is retired from the U.S. Army and civil service. Brandi Sue Connelly (ENGL EDU ’05) and Matthew Alan Hendricks were married June 11, 2011. Brandi is a teacher in Huntsville. They live in Springdale. Kolby Kendrick (MECH ENGR ‘05) and Alexis Gillett (MECH ENGR ‘05) were married on June 14, 2011. Leslee Fowler (ENGL EDU ’09) and James “Braxton” Lay (INFO TECH ’11) were married on June 29, 2011. Kelli Ann Fairchild (NURS ’10) and James Thomas Gray III were married on June 4, 2011. They live in Springdale. Kelsi Rae Kinchen (ACCT & MGMT/MKTG ’10) and Michael Dewayne Hogg, Jr., were married on Sept. 10, 2011. They live in Mayflower.

Births Dr. Robert Beavers (CHEM ’92) and his wife, Kelly, a daughter, Emory Quinn, July 17, 2011. Robert is a general dentist in Beebe. Dennis Waymire (RPA ’93) and Dr. Tammy Stanley Waymire (ACCT ’93), a son, Jonathan Martin, April 27, 2011. Jonathan has two brothers: Samuel (12) and David (7). Dennis is a school counselor at Dekalb High School in Sycamore, Ill. Tammy is an assistant professor of accounting at Northern Illinois University. Tressie Bissel Fowler (ELED ’94 & M.S.E. GTED ’00) and her husband, Doyle, a son, Aydyn Cash, Aug. 8, 2011. Joe Fowler (BIOL ’96) and his wife, Lindsay, a daughter, Edie Dora, Oct. 18, 2011. Edie has one sister: Chloe Catherine (2). Julie Williams Lane (ECED ’04 & M.Ed. TLL ’10) and her husband, Jeffrey, a son, James Easton, Sept. 14, 2011. James has two sisters: Maddie and Sadie. Rebecca Kistler Bramlett (COM SCI ’05) and Bryan Bramlett (COM SCI ’06 & M.S. INFO TECH ’10), a daughter, Paige Elizabeth, July 3, 2011. Rebecca is an institutional research associate and Bryan is a database administrator at Arkansas Tech.

Evan Cowling (HEPE ’05) and Jenny Bryan Cowling (ECED ’07), a son, Braden Saul, Sept. 1, 2011. Evan is the head seventh grade football coach and an assistant coach for the junior high football, high school football and high school softball teams for the Harrison School District. Jenny is the director of Harrison Preschool. Jennifer Whitlow Garrison (BIOL ’06) and her husband, Randy, a son, Tristan Aldon, Sept. 18, 2011. Lindsay Crow Hall (ECED ’06) and her husband, Keith, a daughter, Fendley Kate, Oct. 3, 2011. Rachael Harrell Jones (HIM ’06) and her husband, Josh, a daughter, Tucker Lyn, Oct. 26, 2011. Matt Miller (MECH ENGR ’06) and Amanda Grappe Miller (ECED ’09), a daughter, Hallie Grace, Aug. 16, 2011. John W. Stottman III (MGMT/MKTG ’07 & ACCT ’11) and his wife, Melissa, a daughter, Samantha Lyn, Sept. 21, 2011. Samantha has one brother: John (2). Corrie McConnell Lievsay (’08) and her husband, J.R., a son, Jackson Cole, Sept. 4, 2011. Corrie earned a Master of Science degree in biology from Wright State University this year. Holly Lynn Pope Newman (EAM ’09) and her husband, Mickey, a son, Samuel Reese, April 27, 2011. They live in Russellville. Kristen LeBlanc Wooldridge (’09) and her husband, Robert, a son, Crews Wayne, Aug. 30, 2011.

1950s Jock Davis (BUAD/MKTG ’50) has written a memoir entitled “Brothers Four” about the experiences that he and his brothers had growing up during the Great Depression and serving their country in World War II.

1960s Michael Graves (ART EDU ’66) is keeping busy in retirement by serving as a constable for the township of Big Rock in Pulaski County, holding the post of president for the Little Rock (Snow) Ski Club and spending time with his grandchildren Elias and Rowan. Michael retired from a career with AT&T Yellow Pages in 2009.

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Class Notes Sue Cumnock Williams (HEPE ’68) is retired from the University of California at Davis faculty. She spent nearly four decades with the institution as a coach, physical education instructor and physical education program director. Sue coached more than 80 All-Americans in 29 seasons as the women’s cross country coach and 14 seasons as the men’s cross country coach at UC Davis. She was named NCAA women’s cross country coach of the decade for the 1980s and she received the James H. Meyer Distinguished Achievement Award from the UC Davis Academic Federation in 2003.

1970s Travis Beard (MUED ’70 & M.Ed. MUS ’77) will be enshrined in the Phi Beta Mu Arkansas Omicron Chapter Hall of Fame in recognition of his career in music education in 2012. Travis taught music and directed bands in the Russellville School District from 1974-2009. Dr. Kay Woodiel (HEPE ’73) was promoted to full professor at Eastern Michigan University in the School of Health Promotion and Human Performance.


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Michael Bullard (MUED ’75) was named 2011-12 Vance County (N.C.) principal of the year by a panel consisting of current and retired educators in the area and a member of the Vance County Board of Education. Michael has served as principal of the Vance County Early College High School since its establishment four years ago.

1990s Laura Ahlert Davis (BUAD ’90) has started a new career as an agent with ERA Henley Real Estate in Conway. She and her husband, Walt Davis (FISH/ WLDLF ’90), have three sons: Ty (18), Ethan (16) and Evan (13). Walt is vice president of operations for Hank’s Furniture. They live in Greenbrier. Daniel Spencer (HEPE ’90) graduated with honors from Arkansas State University in July with a Master of Education degree in educational leadership in administration. Daniel is head football coach for Cabot Junior High School North. He and his wife, Kimberly, have two children: Leyton (9) and Kaitlyn Aubrey (5). Mary Alice Hughes (HEPE ’91) has become co-owner of Insurance Advantage in Jacksonville. Mary Alice has 17 years of experience in the insurance industry. Her agency specializes in Medicare products, long-term care, health insurance, life insurance and tax-deferred annuities. Sam Belcher (ENGR ’92) was named senior vice president of operations for the Constellation Energy Nuclear Group (CENG) fleet based in Baltimore, Md. Sam previously served as vice president for CENG at its Nine Mile Point facility in Scriba, N.Y. Terri Rowe Burnette (BIOL ’97) joined St. Edward Mercy in Fort Smith as a business development specialist. Terri has worked in the healthcare industry for the past 14 years.

1980s Col. Michael D. Merritt (BIOL ’84) graduated from the Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pa., this year. Michael serves as post commander at Fort Chaffee in Arkansas. Jeananne Cooper Hawking (JOUR ’85) was chosen to serve as a director on the 2011-12 Sales and Marketing Executives International Board. Jeananne is director of sales for the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel in North Little Rock. Vicki Schneider (JOUR ’88) was named North Logan County Chamber of Commerce educator of the year during the chamber’s banquet in February. Vicki has taught English and journalism at Paris High School for 23 years. She also covers sports and school events for the Paris Express newspaper and she is owner of Schneider Photography in Paris.

Douglas Sanders (HEPE ’98) was hired as assistant principal for grades K-8 and dean of students for grades 9-12 in the Danville School District. Angela English Hunsucker (CRWR/ENGL ’99) and her husband, Todd, own the Waldron Area Chamber of Commerce business of the year — Alliance Propane and Petro. They have one daughter: Justi (3). Adam Robison (SPH ‘99 & M.Ed. EDU LDRSHP ‘07) was named director of the Arkansas Tech Professional Development Institute.

2000s Dave Pinson (HIST/POL SCI ’02 & M.S. ’04) was hired by Trinity Multifamily as its regional director for Northwest Arkansas and Oklahoma. He oversees dayto-day operations, supervises community directors and directs marketing efforts.

Class Notes Jeremy Drinkwitz (HIM ’03) was named chief operating officer for Sparks Health System in Fort Smith. Brandie Soar Griffin (BUAD ‘04 & M.S. ‘09) was chosen as the first director of the Arkansas Tech College of Business College to Career Center. Scott Walker (COM SCI ’04) accepted a position as a database administrator with Dillard’s in Little Rock. Adam Faucett (ART ’05) has recorded and released his third solo album. It is entitled “More Like a Temple.” Marsha Oels (SOC ‘05 & M.S. CSP ‘09) was named coordinator of veteran services at Arkansas Tech. Alana McGhee Embry (ART ’06) presented a lecture entitled “Arkansas at the World Fair: Promoting the New South” at the Old State House Museum in Little Rock on Aug. 18. Dr. Raymond Molden (BIOL ’06) was elected president of the Arkansas Psychiatric Society in July. Heather Struble Strasner (MGMT/MKTG ’06) was hired as marketing director for Chick-fil-A at Russellville. Shameka Walker (M.Ed. HEPE ’06) was named head volleyball coach at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School (Fla.). Tommy Fields (PSY ‘07) was promoted to associate registrar at Arkansas Tech. Lindsey Martin Riedmueller (GRPHC DSGN ‘08 & M.S. CSP ‘11) joined the Arkansas Tech Student Support Services office as an academic advisor.

Dana Florian (BUAD ‘09 & M.S. CSP ‘11) was hired as an academic advisor in the Arkansas Tech College of Business College to Career Center. Cass Capen-Housley (BUAD ‘09) was chosen as the interim director of the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center regional office at Arkansas Tech. Cass previously served the office as its training coordinator. Matt Kreimeier (PROF STUDIES ’09) was selected as a program advisor at Bryant University (R.I.). He will help plan weekend activities for students and oversee operations for the campus student center. Kathryn Pounders (BUAD ‘09) was hired as an academic advisor in the Arkansas Tech College of Business College to Career Center.

2010s Cassandra Andrus (SPH/THTR ’10) was accepted as a graduate student at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, N.Y. Courtney Farris (REHAB SCI ‘10) was hired as an admissions officer in the Arkansas Tech Office of Enrollment Management.

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Tiffany Henry (M.S. PSY ‘10) was hired as institutional assistant and assistant to the director of academic services at Arkansas Tech. Jenn Terrell (MGMT/MKTG ‘11) joined the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center regional office at Arkansas Tech as a special projects coordinator and interim training coordinator.

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Friends We’ll Miss

Mildred Barrick Cousins (HOME EC ’35) died July 20,

Ted Rogers (EDU ’53) died Sept. 19, 2011. Ted was

2011. She and her husband, Floyd, purchased Cousins

president of the 1953 senior class at Arkansas Tech. He

Shoe Hospital in Muskogee, Okla., in 1940. Over the next

served as a basketball coach for the school districts in

42 years, they operated a business that evolved from

Norfork and Mountain Home. Ted joined the U.S. Army

shoe repair to a western store to a store for orthopedic,

National Guard and had a 32-year career with the 224th

children’s and athletic shoes. Mildred served on the

Maintenance Company. Ted lived in Mountain Home. He

board for the Muskogee Girl Scouts for 40 years and she

was 80.

was integral in the creation of Three Rivers Museum in Muskogee. Mildred lived in Muskogee. She was 99.

Charles J. Richison, Sr., (BUAD/MKTG ’55) died Sept. 9, 2011. Charley was a member of the 1954 Arkansas

Roxie Aline Strang Fuller (HOME EC ’37) died Oct. 17,

Intercollegiate Conference champion Arkansas Tech

2011. Roxie taught in the school districts at Lavaca,

Wonder Boys football team. He served in the U.S. Army

Camden and Springdale. She was a member of the

during the Korean War. Charley lived in Charleston. He was

Springdale Education Association and the Retired Teachers


Organization. Roxie lived in Springdale. She was 94. Shirley Sue Derrick Randell (MATH ’64) died Oct. 11,


Geneva Guthrie (’38) died July 20, 2011. She worked

2011. Shirley played on the AAU women’s basketball team

for the Arkansas Department of Education over a span

at Arkansas Tech during her junior and senior years. She

of five decades. Geneva volunteered with the American

was the third-leading scorer for the 1964 Wonder Girls.

Red Cross, Arkansas Children’s Hospital and the Clinton

Shirley taught middle school math in Arkansas for two

Presidential Library. She lived in Little Rock. Geneva was 92.

years and worked for many years in the nursery at The Bridge Assembly of God Church in Mustang, Okla. Shirley

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Rebecca L. Free Grumbles (’39) died Aug. 14, 2011. Becky

lived in Mustang. She was 69.

taught school in Little Rock for 30 years. She was past president of the Primary Teachers of Arkansas Education

Dr. Gerald B. Dickinson (BUS ’66) died Aug. 15, 2011.

Association and the Association of Childhood Education,

Jerry played fullback for the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys

International. Becky lived in Little Rock. She was 91.

football team and was a member of the 1964 Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference champions. He went on

Mary Kathryn Norris (’42) died Aug. 29, 2011. Mary was a

to a 39-year career in education that culminated in a

member of the Bess Jenkins Club and the Daughters of the

professorship at Arkansas State University. As director

American Revolution. She lived in Pine Bluff. Mary was 88.

of the Office of Educational Research and Services, he was instrumental in planning and implementing Arkansas

Forrest E. McClure (ENGR ’43) died Aug. 10, 2011. Forrest

State’s first doctoral degree. Jerry lived in Paragould. He

graduated from officer candidate school at Yale University

was 67.

and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He became an aeronautical engineer and retired from

Michael S. Clarke (BIOL ’78) died Aug. 11, 2011. Michael

Moog, Inc., in East Aurora, N.Y. Forrest lived in Genoa, N.Y.

was owner of Clarke Construction Management for 15

He was 89.

years. He lived in Russellville. Michael was 55.

Jack G. Justus (AGRI ’51) died July 31, 2011. Jack gave 37

William Brent Keener (MECH ENGR ’02) died Sept. 17,

years of service to Arkansas Farm Bureau as legislative

2011. He worked as a design engineer with Dassault

director and executive vice president. He was a 1997

Falcon Jet and was a member of the American Society of

inductee into the Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame and a

Mechanical Engineering. Brent lived in North Little Rock.

charter member of the Lead Hill School Foundation Hall

He was 36.

of Fame. Jack was a past chairman of the Arkansas State Board of Workforce Education and Career Opportunities

Coeby James Stevens (MGMT/MKTG ’04) died July 29,

and a former board member of the Arkansas State

2011. He was employed by J.E. Systems in Pocola, Okla.

Chamber of Commerce. Jack lived in Searcy. He was 79.

Coeby lived in Van Buren. He was 32.

Today’s Tech

Notre Dame professor speaks at Krueger Lecture Dr. Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, the William P. Reynolds Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame, was the guest speaker for the inaugural David W. Krueger Lecture at Arkansas Tech University on Wednesday, Oct. 19. Fernandez-Armesto (photographed, right) offered the assembled crowd at the Doc Bryan Lecture Hall a lecture entitled “Change: Why it Happens, Why it Accelerates and What Might Happen Next.” Krueger (photographed, left) taught history at Arkansas Tech from 1960-2010 and retired at the rank of associate professor. The David W. Krueger Lecture series, which is scheduled to be an annual event, is possible because of the generosity of an anonymous donor to the College of Arts and Humanities through the Arkansas Tech Foundation. For more information about the lecture series, call (479) 968-0274.

New residence hall to open in fall 2013

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Van Horn Construction of Russellville will build the $10.1 million residence hall scheduled to open in fall 2013 at Arkansas Tech University. The Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees awarded the residence hall construction contract during its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, Oct. 20. Van Horn Construction was the low bidder among six firms that submitted bids for the project. Once complete, the five-story, 64,170-square foot residence hall will accommodate 290 Tech students per semester. It will be located on M Street between Wilson Residence Hall and Hughes Residence Hall.

Ozark Campus working on new nursing degree Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus is

The degree will allow individuals with the Practical

continuing its commitment to provide degree programs

Nursing credential to obtain the Registered Nursing

that lead to careers in health care by developing an

credential. Graduates with the A.A.S. degree in nursing

Associate of Applied Science degree in nursing.

will be able to enroll in the Bachelor of Science nursing degree program at the main campus in Russellville.

The Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees approved a program proposal for the degree on Aug. 18.

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A Look Back: 1971 Wonder Boys

40 Years Later

School-record 12 wins still stands It has been four decades since the 1971 Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys carved themselves a significant place in the history of college football in the Natural State.

Don Dempsey Head Football Coach 1967-75


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The 40 years that have passed since that memorable autumn in Russellville have done nothing to take the shine off their accomplishments. In fact, time has revealed just how special that group was. Behind a vaunted wishbone attack and a nearly impenetrable defense, the Wonder Boys of Arkansas Polytechnic College finished the 1971 regular season with an unblemished record of 11-0. Tech romped to the Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference title, outscoring its six league opponents by a cumulative score of 229-84. The Wonder Boys entered the NAIA National Playoffs ranked No. 1 in the nation and bolstered their claim to that position by steamrolling Northern State (S.D.) 24-0 in the national semifinals. Tech held the Wolves to 169 yards of total offense as the Wonder Boys improved to 12-0. Arkansas Tech fans had never been more confident, but Wonder Boys head coach Don Dempsey knew what he was about to face in the national championship game — the Tigers of Livingston State College (known now as the University of West Alabama).

Rick Thone All-America Wide Receiver 1971

“We’ve got to play our best ball game to have a chance,” Dempsey told Arkansas Gazette scribe Jim Bailey before the game. “Not to win, just to have a chance. I can’t get anybody to believe it, but we’re up against something we haven’t seen this year.”

Livingston State College had to first taste defeat in order to reach its potential. The Tigers suffered a 2120 loss to arch rival Troy State in the third game of the 1971 season. That setback turned out to be the genesis of the greatest season in their history. Livingston State switched to the wishbone offense the following week and finished the regular season with seven consecutive wins. The Tigers earned a berth in the NAIA National Playoffs with a 9-1 record. Behind linebacker Nels Strickland, Livingston State defeated West Liberty (W. Va.) 25-2 in its opening-round contest to earn a berth in the NAIA national championship game. The title game was scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 11, 1971, at Birmingham’s Legion Field — just 113 miles from Livingston State College. The Tigers were coached by Mickey Andrews, who went on to fame at Florida State as the defensive coordinator on head coach Bobby Bowden’s staff from 1984-2010. Andrews was quoted by Bailey in the Arkansas Gazette pre-game article as saying that the championship would come down to whether or not his defense could get enough stops against the Wonder Boys’ offense. Andrews’ words proved prophetic. The Wonder Boys took over at their own 18-yard line with Livingston State leading 14-10 and 7:40 to go in the game. A combination of Phil Fisher and Larry Brown runs moved the football all the way to the Tigers’ 16yard line, where Arkansas Tech faced a fourth-and-6 play with just over two minutes remaining.

The game had been dominated by the Livingston State defensive front, which was led by Herbie Malone and Ricky Kemp. That unit made the deciding play, stopping an Arkansas Tech rush attempt for no gain as the Wonder Boys turned the ball over on downs with 2:10 to play. Tech did not go quietly. The Wonder Boy defense forced Livingston State into a punting situation, but rather than risk a blocked punt deep in his own territory Andrews instructed punter Bob Clark to allow himself to be chased out of the end zone for a safety. The Tigers’ lead was trimmed to 14-12 with 16 seconds to go. Benny Shepherd returned the ensuing free kick 30 yards to midfield, but two incomplete passes from there exhausted the remaining 10 seconds. “They whipped us good at the line of scrimmage,” Tech assistant coach Don Sevier told Bailey after the game. “And you know what happens when you get whipped there. You get beat.” Bailey’s lead in the Arkansas Gazette recap the following day stated that “Livingston State’s Tigers took too many things away from the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys, and at the end of it, Tech was deprived of everything.” In the disappointment of that moment, it probably did feel as though the Wonder Boys had lost all. But the passage of time has a way of making the picture clearer, and time has revealed this fact: the 1971 Wonder Boys stand among the greatest teams not only in Arkansas Tech history, but in the history of NAIA/NCAA Division II football in Arkansas.

Tech Athletics

2011-12 Wonder Boys Basketball 2011-12 Golden Suns Basketball Tue. Nov. 15 Sat. Nov. 19

CENTRAL BAPTIST at MidAmerica Christian

7 p.m. 7 p.m.

Thu. Nov. 10 Sat. Nov. 19


6:30 p.m. 2 p.m.

Tue. Nov. 22


7:30 p.m.

Tue. Nov. 22


5:30 p.m.

Tue. Nov. 29 Sat. Dec. 3

at Christian Brothers at Central Oklahoma

7 p.m. 2 p.m.

Sat. Nov. 26 Tue. Nov. 29

at St. Edward’s at Christian Brothers

1:30 p.m. 5 p.m.

Sat. Dec. 10


6 p.m.

Thu. Dec. 1


5:30 p.m.

Tue. Dec. 13 Sat. Dec. 17

MIDAMERICA CHRISTIAN vs. Montevallo (at Pensacola, Fla.)

7 p.m. 4 p.m.

Sat. Dec. 10 Fri. Dec. 30

ST. EDWARD’S at West Florida

Sun. Dec. 18

at West Florida

6 p.m.

Sat. Dec. 31

vs. Texas Woman’s (at Pensacola, Fla.)

Thu. Dec. 29 Thu. Jan. 5


7 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

Thu. Jan. 5 Thu. Jan. 12

*ARKANSAS-MONTICELLO *at Southwestern Okla. State

Thu. Jan. 12

*at Southwestern Okla. State

7:30 p.m.

Sat. Jan. 14

*at East Central (Okla.)

2 p.m.

Sat. Jan. 14 Thu. Jan. 19

*at East Central (Okla.) *SOUTHEASTERN OKLA. STATE

4 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

Thu. Jan. 19 Sat. Jan. 21


5:30 p.m. 2 p.m.

Sat. Jan. 21 Mon. Jan. 23

*at Henderson State *HARDING

4 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

Mon. Jan. 23 Thu. Jan. 26


5:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m.

Thu. Jan. 26


7:30 p.m.

Sat. Jan. 28

*at Southern Arkansas

Sat. Jan. 28 Thu. Feb. 2

*at Southern Arkansas *at Arkansas-Monticello

4 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

Thu. Feb. 2 Mon. Feb. 6

*at Arkansas-Monticello MISSOURI WESTERN

5:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m.

Thu. Feb. 9 Sat. Feb. 11


7:30 p.m. 4 p.m.

Thu. Feb. 9 Sat. Feb. 11


5:30 p.m. 2 p.m.

Thu. Feb. 16

*at Southeastern Okla. State

7:30 p.m.

Thu. Feb. 16

*at Southeastern Okla. State

5:30 p.m.

Sat. Feb. 18 Mon. Feb. 20


6 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

Sat. Feb. 18 Mon. Feb. 20


4 p.m. 5:30 p.m.

Thu. Feb. 23 Sat. Feb. 25

*at Ouachita Baptist *SOUTHERN ARKANSAS

7:30 p.m. 6 p.m.

Thu. Feb. 23 Sat. Feb. 25

*at Ouachita Baptist *SOUTHERN ARKANSAS

5:30 p.m. 4 p.m.

Mar. 1-4

GAC Tournament (at Bartlesville, Okla.) TBA

Mar. 2-4

GAC Tournament (at Bartlesville, Okla.) TBA


4 p.m. 2 p.m. Noon 5:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. Johnie Davis

2 p.m.

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Tech Action Arkansas Tech University Alumni Association Alumni House 1313 North Arkansas Ave. Russellville, AR 72801 Arkansas Tech University Alumni Association Volume 47 No. 4

Golden Suns win inaugural GAC volleyball title Is there anything sweeter than celebrating a conference championship on your arch rival’s home floor? Maybe just one thing — accomplishing that feat in come-from-behind fashion. Arkansas Tech clinched the inaugural Great American Conference volleyball championship with a 20-25, 22-25, 25-23, 25-14, 16-14 victory over Harding University at Rhodes Field House in Searcy on Oct. 27. The Golden Suns finished the regular season with an overall record of 32-3 and an undefeated GAC mark of 16-0. Visit to find out how they fared in the postseason.

Tech Action: Autumn 2011  
Tech Action: Autumn 2011  

Tech Action: Autumn 2011