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Twenty-four memorable hours at Tech There was plenty to celebrate during one 24-hour period on the Arkansas Tech campus this spring. It began with a commencement ceremony for the Graduate College on Friday, May 11.
All of it is a reminder that our university continues to grow and prosper. Be proud to be a Wonder Boy. Be proud to be a Golden Sun. If you haven’t been back in a while, visit campus soon and see everything that is taking place. Share our story with prospective students.
The next day brought three more graduation ceremonies — two for undergraduate students on the main campus in Russellville and one for students from Arkansas Tech-Ozark Campus. By the time it was all over, more than 1,000 degrees had been conferred under the dome of Tucker Coliseum during a span of just 24 hours.
If you know someone who started a degree but never finished, tell them about the Arkansas Tech Accelerated Degree Program (www.atu.edu/accelerateddegree). Make plans now to attend Homecoming 2012. We are planning a great celebration for the Tech Family on Oct. 5-6, and we want you to be a part of it. Arkansas Tech has never been stronger than it is today. Regardless of whether you attended Tech 10, 30 or 50 years ago, you are part of that success story. Thank you for your continued support. With the quality and quantity of our graduating classes growing each year, the best days of Arkansas Tech are still ahead.
Tears were shed, memories were shared and some combination of relief and happiness was seen on the face of every graduate — not to mention their families. For those of us who can remember a day when Arkansas Tech did not have many more than 1,000 students in all, it was an amazing sight. Tech is now home to more than 10,000 students. More than 2,000 degrees were earned here during the 2011-12 academic year, the most in a single year in school history.
Degree production at Arkansas Tech has more than tripled over the past two decades.
Kelly Davis ‘81 Director of Alumni Relations
Alumni Association Board of Directors
President: Shirley Drewry Dodd ‘59
President-Elect: Jim White ‘78
John Carter ‘02 12/12
Kendall Tabor ‘89 & ‘92 12/12
Tayler Melton ‘10 12/13
Sarah Beth Phillips ‘06 12/14
Molly Fleming ‘09 12/12
Angie Wyatt ‘03 12/12
Todd Sweeden ‘76 12/13
Joshua Ray ‘06 12/14
Leslie Miller Harris ‘08 12/12
Katherine Nunn Bowden ‘54 12/13
Jim White ‘78 12/13
Sandy Smith ‘86 12/14
Ronda Hawkins ‘92 12/12
Sue Chiolino ‘68 12/13
Vickie Yates ’79 & ‘89 12/13
Matthew White ‘06 12/14
Ann Irwin ‘83 12/12
Brenda Metcalf Hipp ‘63 12/13
Jim Higgs ‘73 12/14
Cara Hammond Witherspoon ‘78 12/14
Steve Pfeifer ‘71 12/12
Steve Kesner ‘77 12/13
Truman Hill ‘70 12/14
Jared Wood ‘97 12/14 Jimmy Rofkahr, Ozark Campus Rep.
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ARKANSAS TECH HOMECOMING October 5-6, 2012
Schedule of Events Friday, Oct. 5
Saturday, Oct. 6
Homecoming Golf Classic Russellville Country Club
Alumni Gold Reunion - Class of 1962 Chambers Cafeteria
Ladies Luncheon & Champagne Bingo Lake Point Conference Center
Homecoming Parade Tech Campus
Hall of Distinction Reunion Dinner Chambers Cafeteria
Homecoming Tailgate Party Centennial Plaza
Alumni and Friends Reception Russellville Country Club
Wonder Boys vs. SE Oklahoma State Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field
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2012 Arkansas Tech Football Schedule Saturday, Sept. 1 Thursday, Sept. 6 Saturday, Sept. 15 Saturday, Sept. 22 Saturday, Sept. 29 Saturday, Oct. 6 Saturday, Oct. 13 Saturday, Oct. 20 Saturday, Oct. 27 Saturday, Nov. 3 Saturday, Nov. 10
Bacone College Missouri S&T *Henderson State (Family Day) *at Ouachita Baptist NW Oklahoma State *SE Oklahoma State (Homecoming) *at SW Oklahoma State *Arkansas-Monticello *at Harding *East Central (Senior Day) *at Southern Arkansas
Russellville, Ark. Russellville, Ark. Russellville, Ark. Arkadelphia, Ark. Russellville, Ark. Russellville, Ark. Weatherford, Okla. Russellville, Ark. Searcy, Ark. Russellville, Ark. Magnolia, Ark.
6 p.m. 7 p.m. 6 p.m. 7 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 2 p.m. 2 p.m. 2 p.m. 2 p.m. 2 p.m.
*Denotes Great American Conference game | Times are Central and are subject to change. | Home games are played at Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field All games broadcast in the Russellville area on KWKK 100.9 FM and around the world at http://athletics.atu.edu
2012 Hall of Distinction
Ronald S. Chastain Distinguished Alumnus
As a former adjutant general for the Arkansas National Guard, a former deputy commanding general for the reserve component of U.S. Army Forces Command and a veteran of active duty overseas, Major General Ronald S. Chastain (Ret.) has first-hand knowledge of the challenges facing today’s guardsmen and guardswomen. “The greatest reward is serving your state and country, something that all Americans cannot perform,” said Chastain. “The greatest challenge is maintaining a civilian career. For the past ten years, it was not a matter of if a National Guard unit would deploy, it was a matter of when. It is difficult to succeed in a career when your employer knows that you could be mobilized. I was fortunate to have a civilian career that was compatible with service in the National Guard.” Chastain began his military training as an ROTC student at Arkansas Tech. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve upon graduation from the Arkansas Tech ROTC program on July 7, 1972. He also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Arkansas Tech in 1972. In addition to his ROTC activities and his academic work, Chastain aided head coach Deward Dopson and the Arkansas Tech men’s basketball team as student manager, basketball operations manager and statistician. Chastain provided statistics and game scores to the conference office and news media following all home and away games. “Coach Dopson was a motivator and disciplinarian,” said Chastain. “He exhibited tough love and got the most out of his players. After surviving Coach Dopson’s exhaustive practices and strict discipline, players
experienced an extremely high graduation rate and successful marriages. I saw the benefits of hard work, teamwork and getting along with others. I learned that the better you prepared, the luckier you would be.” Those years at Tech also provided Chastain with the opportunity to meet his wife, the former Pam Berry of Dover. They have been married for 40 years, and they have two children (Lana and Lance) and three grandsons. “I still consider my days at Tech the most fun time of my life,” said Chastain. Those college days were balanced, however, by the harsh reality of events on the other side of the world. “During my sophomore year, a Selective Service lottery occurred,” said Chastain. “My birthday was the fifth one selected, meaning I would be drafted once I finished college. That caused me to go into Advanced ROTC. Before graduation, the Vietnam War began winding down, and fewer lieutenants were needed. I accepted the option of only three months of active duty for training. I later joined the Army National Guard for the pay and benefits. “I enjoyed the camaraderie and leadership opportunity, and I had a civilian job that was compatible with service in the military’s reserve component,” continued Chastain. “I quickly saw that I was getting paid for something that I really enjoyed.” That civilian job was with the United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency. He worked for the agency in a variety of capacities before retiring as a district director in 2006. “Since agriculture is the leading industry in Arkansas, I enjoyed working with programs that helped ensure a safe and reliable supply of food and fiber at prices acceptable
2012 Hall of Distinction
Photographed, Left: (from left) Pam Chastain, 2012 Hall of Distinction inductee Ron Chastain and Arkansas Tech President Dr. Robert C. Brown.
to both producers and consumers,” said Chastain. “I enjoyed the challenge of deriving from federal regulations, the overall purpose of the regulations and the specific application of those regulations. I also enjoyed training other employees on administration of the farm programs.” All through those years, Chastain continued his military service as a reservist. He worked in command and staff assignments in the 142nd Field Artillery Brigade, the 87th Troop Command and the 39th Infantry Brigade. Chastain commanded the 25th Rear Area Operations Center during Operation Desert Storm, and he commanded the 39th Brigade Combat Team during Operation Iraqi Freedom II. In October 2005, Chastain became war time chief of staff for United States Forces in Korea and earned the rank of major general. Chastain completed his service to his country by serving first as adjutant general of the Arkansas National Guard and then as deputy commanding general for the reserve component of U.S. Army Forces Command at Fort McPherson, Ga. “Our military’s reserve component is a bargain,” said Chastain. “It enables our country to get by with a small standing army. National Guard units are also the military’s best connection to American citizens. For example, Arkansans are not too concerned about a unit
from Fort Hood, Texas, going to war in Southwest Asia, but they are very concerned when their local National Guard unit goes. Reserve component deployments in the past ten years have shown the dedication and sacrifices that citizen soldiers make.” Spring 2012
Now that he has retired from his concurrent careers with the USDA and the National Guard, Chastain is utilizing his experience to once again benefit Arkansas farmers. He serves U.S. Senator John Boozman as an agricultural liaison. “Senator Boozman uses the power of the office to assist constituents that have problems in dealing with federal agencies,” said Chastain. “My USDA background provides me a basic understanding of all the USDA agencies and their roles. This enables me to address the constituent issues quicker. I also reach out to agriculture-related organizations by attending their meetings to ensure they know who to contact when an agriculture issue arises.” The role dovetails with everything else that Chastain has done. From military service to USDA agent to agricultural liaison to husband and father, he has always used his talents and his efforts to help others. “My parents instilled a strong work ethic,” said Chastain. “I have observed people my entire life. I have tried to emulate the positive qualities of others and avoid the negative traits of others.”
2012 Hall of Distinction
Jo Neighbors Harper Distinguished Alumna
Dr. Jo Neighbors Harper is proof that one piece of wellplaced fatherly advice can shape a daughter’s life. “I was an only child,” said Harper. “I loved school and did well academically. My dad said he wanted me to be able to stand on my own two feet. His fear was that I would be left alone and unable to take care of myself. Before he died at 50, he said to me that although he couldn’t leave me a lot of money, he could see that I had an education. It would be mine and no one could ever take it away from me.” Photographed, Below: (from left) Ben Rothwell, Arkansas Tech President Dr. Robert C. Brown, 2012 Hall of Distinction inductee Dr. Jo Neighbors Harper and Terry Rothwell. Mr. and Mrs. Rothwell presented Dr. Harper for induction.
“That really made an impression on me, and I felt the same way about the young women I taught,” continued Harper. “They needed to know that life wasn’t always going to be a rose garden. Many of them were just excited to get married when they finished high school, but they needed to understand that there are no guarantees in life. I really enjoyed working with the students and encouraging them to be the best they could be.” Dr. Harper blazed new paths for women during a 34year career in education. She became the first female high school principal in Sebastian County when she was named principal at Mansfield High School in 1989. She earned that opportunity after spending more than 25 years as a classroom instructor and one year as an assistant principal. Harper did all of that while earning three advanced degrees — including a doctorate in education — and raising a family alongside husband William R. “Bud” Harper.
Harper’s career as a student blossomed at Fourche Valley High School, where she played basketball, was voted Homecoming queen and graduated as valedictorian. She enrolled at Arkansas Tech the following fall with plans to pursue a career as a newspaper reporter, but with her parents’ encouragement she decided to major in business education. Harper lived in Parker Hall as a freshman. The dorm mother responsible for the 30 residents of Parker Hall was Maude Moore, who taught mathematics at Arkansas Tech from 1946-72 and also served the school as dean of women. “Miss Maude insisted that we participate in the social activities,” said Harper. “We attended community concerts as part of our student activity ticket. At that time you had to wear a hat and gloves to go, and one of my excuses one day was that I couldn’t go because I didn’t have a hat. About 10 minutes later there was a knock on my door. She brought me a hat, and I went.” Harper’s favorite teachers at Arkansas Tech included Dr. Laverne Hamand, who taught history at the college from 1949-57, and Dr. Maurice Nielsen, who taught philosophy at Tech from 1955-59. “Dr. Nielsen taught the junior block,” said Harper. “He was perhaps the best instructor I ever had. He expanded your thinking. The proudest ‘A’ I ever made was in his class.”
2012 Hall of Distinction None of that, however, compares to Harper’s favorite memory of college. “The best part of Tech was meeting Bud,” said Harper. “He was so talented, friendly, witty and best of all, kind.” The Harpers were married in Bryan Hall at Arkansas Tech. Judge Harper, who was inducted into the Arkansas Tech Hall of Distinction in 1999 and who served on the Tech Board of Trustees from 2004-09, passed away on March 28, 2012. “My parents were in Kansas City and his were in Coffeyville, Kan.,” said Dr. Harper when recollecting their wedding day. “All of our friends were at Tech, so they said they would stay after school was out. Mrs. (Mills) Douthitt was my house mother at that time. She and Miss Maude (Moore) both lived in the dorm with us, and they said they would help put it all together. Miss Maude carried our bags when we left, and the dance band guys were at the car playing ‘Guess Who’s Kissing Her Now’ and all these songs.” Both Harpers graduated in May 1957 and began a journey together that yielded two distinguished careers, two children — Dr. Mitchell Harper of Fort Smith and Kimberly Jo White of Dallas, Texas — and eight grandchildren, including current Arkansas Tech student Sarah Jo Reynolds. It all could have been very different. Jo Harper still harbored dreams of a newspaper reporting career after she graduated from Arkansas Tech, but her first year in the classroom at Van Buren High School in 1959-60 changed her mind. “I learned a lot that first year in teaching,” said Harper. “We taught six periods a day with no prep periods and an hour for lunch. By the end of the first year I had fallen in love with teaching. I still adore high school students. They are wonderful and challenging.” Jo Harper’s career over the next three-plus decades mirrored the progress that took place in Arkansas K-12 education all around her.
She was appointed chairman of the six-year planning process for the Van Buren School District, and she developed and implemented the district’s first Partners in Education program. Then came the opportunity to serve first as assistant principal (1988-89) and then as principal (1989-93) at Mansfield High School. “I loved classroom teaching, but I discovered I had a knack for implementing programs,” said Harper of her transition from classroom teacher to administrator. “I found it quite rewarding as principal to be able to establish programs to help advance student opportunities such as a college preparatory program and a student recognition program.” There were those that wondered if a woman could handle the discipline part of being a high school principal. That turned out to be a non-issue. “I wanted students to see that there were tremendous opportunities for them,” said Harper. “If given the tools, all they need to do is pursue their dreams.” As one student told her in a letter, “You served as a strong role model for young women in a rural area. You were always professional and set very high expectations for the students. You ran the school with great care and efficiency.” Harper received a gubernatorial appointment to the Arkansas Workforce Development Commission. She also was appointed to two terms on the Arkansas Early Childhood Commission, serving from 2002-2009.
She organized and sponsored Van Buren High School’s first Future Business Leaders of America chapter, which grew to include more than 200 members.
Harper’s lifetime of service to western Arkansas was recognized when she received the Spirit of the Frontier award from the City of Fort Smith in 2004, the Woman of Distinction award from the Girl Scouts of America in 2005 and the Community Leadership in Education award from Leadership Fort Smith in 2007. Through it all, the Harpers remained connected to the place where they began their lives together. Jo served on the Women’s Leadership Council and currently serves on the Arkansas Tech Foundation Board. Both Judge Harper and Dr. Harper served on the committee for the Ozark Campus capital fund drive.
As chairman of the business education department, Harper introduced the first computers into the school’s curriculum and developed and served as coordinator of a cooperative office education program.
“Tech has experienced so much progress under Dr. Brown’s leadership,” said Harper. “I’m amazed every time I go on campus. I am prouder than ever to be an Arkansas Tech University graduate.”
2012 Hall of Distinction
Bill “Sleepy” Curtis
Distinction in Intercollegiate Athletics
Photographed, Right: 2012 Hall of Distinction inductee Bill “Sleepy” Curtis and his wife, Paula Curtis.
Success can often be traced back to one event — a day when a group of people made a shared commitment to a singular goal. Bill “Sleepy” Curtis was a part of one of those days as a freshman on the Arkansas Tech football team. He was a running back under first-year Wonder Boys head coach Marvin “Shorty” Salmon. Arkansas Tech had just suffered a 14-12 loss at Henderson State that dropped the Wonder Boys’ overall record to 3-3. The next day — Nov. 6, 1959 — changed the trajectory of the Arkansas Tech football program and the lives of the young men who were involved in it. “We drove back, went out the next day and practiced for six hours,” said Curtis. “We did one-on-one blocking drills. Probably everybody that played at Tech during that time remembers that practice. We didn’t think anything of it. It was part of the game. It either made you or it made you quit. Those that remained after that practice were players.” Those players went on to put together one of the most successful eras in Arkansas Tech football history. The Wonder Boys closed out the 1959 season with wins over Ouachita Baptist (40-12) and the University of the Ozarks (14-0). Over the next three seasons, Arkansas Tech amassed an overall record of 26-2-2 while winning Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference championships in 1960 and 1961. The 1960 Wonder Boys became the first team in school history to earn 10 wins, while the 1961 Wonder Boys finished 8-0-1 and remain Arkansas Tech’s most recent undefeated football team.
“We won with defense back then,” said Curtis. “Everybody tried out on defense. I wasn’t good enough to play over there, so they put me on offense. Defense was the big deal. If the other team couldn’t score, they couldn’t win. “And not many teams scored against our defense,” continued Curtis. “We had some great players. Guys like Tiger McClellan, Ed Montgomery, Roger Lee…I could go on and on. It made it easy on the offense.” Curtis rushed for 2,401 career yards, which is the seventh-highest career rushing total in the history of Arkansas Tech football. He was All-Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference and honorable mention AllAmerica in both 1961 and 1962. Curtis rushed for 1,027 yards during his senior season in 1962, making him one of just six Wonder Boys to ever rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season. If one day solidified Curtis’ place in Arkansas Tech history, it was Oct. 21, 1961. That was the day he carried 25 times for 185 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Wonder Boys to a 16-7 win over their arch rivals from Arkansas State Teachers College (now known as the University of Central Arkansas). Curtis had touchdown runs of 46 and two yards as Arkansas Tech picked up a key win on its path to a second consecutive AIC title. That game — and all four games between Tech and Teachers that he was a part of — are among Curtis’ favorite memories of Arkansas Tech. “It was a rivalry, but it was a friendship,” said Curtis. “You have a lot of respect for those guys. You either won
2012 Hall of Distinction or it was sad. You got up for it. I can remember a pep rally in front of the Main Building the night before a Tech-Teachers game. (Tech President) Dr. (Joseph W.) Hull was there, and they had some of the former great Tech players make speeches. For two weeks before the game, it was just constant. After the pep rally on Friday night you were so ready to play you couldn’t sleep. “That game dictated everything,” continued Curtis. “Whichever team won that game was normally going to win the conference championship. Unless you were at Tech or Teachers during that time, you really wouldn’t understand the magnitude of how much everybody was involved.” Curtis grew up as part of a sharecropping family in Marianna, more than 160 miles from Russellville. Arkansas Tech would have been an unlikely destination for Curtis were it not for the background of the coaches that surrounded him. Wilson Kell (Tech Class of 1950) and Bob Blankenship (Tech Class of 1951) were two of the coaches in the Marianna schools that helped steer Curtis toward a collegiate career in green and gold. “Bob Blankenship was my junior high football coach,” said Curtis. “I was a little guy, but he saw some potential in me and let me start as a seventh grader even though the ninth graders liked to have killed me. I was surrounded by good people from Tech, and that was probably the main reason for my choice. I had never visited campus (before I enrolled).”
Once he arrived at Arkansas Tech and reported for preseason football practice, Curtis encountered a problem. The school did not own any size 26 football pants. Fortunately the local junior high had a pair he was able to borrow and Curtis began working out as a member of the Wonder Boys. Over the next four years, the self-described “too small and too slow” running back amassed a college football career that is still remembered five decades after his final game. In addition to his 2012 induction into the Arkansas Tech Hall of Distinction under the Distinction in Intercollegiate Athletics category, Curtis was enshrined in the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2011. He was the 20th individual with ties to Arkansas Tech to be enshrined in the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame. “I got in mainly because of our team’s record,” said Curtis, who graduated from Arkansas Tech in 1963 and went on to serve in the U.S. Army before returning to his native Marianna to begin a successful career in agriculture. “It wasn’t because of anything I’d done. Sitting at that stage before I made my speech…thinking about Ed Montgomery, Tiger McClellan, B.J. Moore, James Dowdy, Roger Lee…they are the reason why I got there, not what I had done. It was an Arkansas Tech thing as far as I am concerned, not a Bill Curtis thing. Arkansas Tech was a powerhouse during our playing days. Just to be a part of it is special.”
Photographed, Left: Jayne Jones, vice president for development at Arkansas Tech, reads a citation honoring Bill “Sleepy” Curtis during his induction into the Arkansas Tech Hall of Distinction on May 12.
Breakfast For All Arkansas Tech alumni and friends were out in large numbers during final exams week spring 2012 to ensure that Tech students and faculty members had the proper nourishment to finish the semester on a strong note. The Arkansas Tech Alumni Association provided muffins, fruit, coffee and fruit punch at locations across campus throughout final exams week. The twice yearly tradition draws a cross section of the Alumni Association back to campus and exposes current students to the importance of staying involved with Tech after graduation. Call (479) 968-0242 or send e-mail to email@example.com to learn how you can become involved.
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Jeff Small, Mark David Burns, Todd Meimerstorf
Jan Hill, Truman Hill
Linda Falkner Boyd, Baldy Falkner Pam Butler Lacey Starkey, Shirley Drewry Dodd, Amber Heckmann
Sherry Polsgrove, Lori Winesburg, Sherry Wooten
Ben Rothwell, Aaron Jones, Terry Rothwell
Ann Irwin, Linda Higgins
John Whiteside, Leigh Burns Whiteside Jim Murphy, Larry Brown
Jim Edwards, Bettye Edwards
Paul Scheible, Carla Terry Mike Cope, Julie Mikles-Schluterman
Jones joins Arkansas Tech Alumni Office Aaron Jones has joined the Arkansas Tech Alumni
Jones holds two degrees from Tech. He earned a
Office as coordinator of alumni communications and
bachelor’s degree in speech communication in 2007 and a
master’s degree in college student personnel in 2009.
In his new role, Jones will oversee the Arkansas Tech
He has worked for Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield and
Alumni Office presence on the World Wide Web
in the sports information departments at Arkansas Tech,
(www.techties.atu.edu) and assist those who seek to join
the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the University
TechTies, the online community for Tech alumni.
of Central Arkansas.
Tech Travel plans getaways for 2013 Tech Travel is scheduled to visit three continents during its 2013 schedule.
“Trains, Wineries and Treasures of Northern California” will take Arkansas Tech alumni and friends on a nineday excursion in July 2013. Highlights will include San
The travel group, which is open to any Arkansas Tech
Francisco, Sonora, Yosemite National Park, Sacramento,
alumnus or friend, will begin its 2013 tours with the “Peru:
Lake Tahoe, the Sonoma wine country and the Napa Valley
Ancient Land of Mysteries” trip in April. Over a span of 12
days, Tech tourists will visit such locations as Lima, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Lake Titicaca, the Paracas Reserve and the Ballestas Islands.
Dana Moseley, director of gift planning at Arkansas Tech, oversees the Tech Travel program.
June 2013 will take Tech Travel to “Ireland’s Coastal Tech Action
To learn more about Tech Travel, call (479) 964-0532,
Treasures.” Stops on the nine-day tour will include Dublin,
send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit
Limerick, Kinsale and a cruise on Killary Harbour.
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Walter named state’s top elementary principal Three-time Arkansas Tech University graduate Peggy Lawless Walter has been named 2012 elementary school principal of the year by the Arkansas Association of Elementary School Principals. Walter is principal at Fairview Elementary School in Fort Smith. Dr. Richard Abernathy, executive director of the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators, announced Walter’s award with her entire school present at an assembly on Tuesday, March 27. Walter earned a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Arkansas Tech in 1980. She returned to her alma mater to obtain a Master of Education degree in 1987 and an Educational Specialist degree in 2006. Walter’s service to Arkansas Tech has included a term on the Arkansas Tech Alumni Association Board of Directors from 2007-09. She has served as the principal at Fairview Elementary School since 1996. When Walter earned master school principal certification from the Arkansas State Board of Education in 2010, she was only the 12th person in the seven-year history of the program to earn that certification.
She began her career in education as a Title I reading teacher at Alma Middle School. Walter is a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Phi Delta Kappa, National Association of Elementary School Principals, Arkansas Association of Elementary School Principals, Arkansas Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Fort Smith Principals Association and Fort Smith Elementary Principals
Prior to her tenure at Fairview Elementary, Walter
worked in the Fort Smith School District as assistant principal at Woods Elementary School, as assistant
She and her husband, Steven, have two children:
principal at Tilles Elementary School and as a Title I
Ashley Walter of Fort Smith and Christopher Walter of
reading teacher at Spradling Elementary School.
Salt Lake City, Utah.
Beard elected to Phi Beta Mu Hall of Fame Travis Beard is the 2012 inductee into the Phi
He taught music and directed bands in the schools
Beta Mu Arkansas Omicron Chapter Hall of Fame in
at Russellville from 1972-2009. He earned awards for
recognition of his achievements in the field of music
Arkansas Bandmaster of the Year, National Federation
Outstanding Music Educator, Band World Legion of Honor and the John Philip Sousa Hall of Honor.
Beard earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Arkansas Tech in 1970 and a Master of Education degree from Tech in 1977.
Travis and his wife, Debbie, have three adult children: Melanie O’Patry, Emily Durham and Andy Beard.
Never Too Late
89-year old WWII Veteran graduates from Tech Charlie Ball has made good use of his first 89 years. He served his country as a World War II fighter pilot. He was successful in business ventures as varied as dry cleaning, real estate and insurance. He has perfect attendance for weekly Kiwanis Club meetings after 62 years with the organization. He and his wife of 57 years, Dora, raised two sons and have been blessed with five grandchildren. But there’s one goal that Charlie Ball never achieved — earning his college degree. That goal was suddenly within reach a few months ago when Ball saw a television advertisement for the Arkansas Tech Accelerated Degree Program, which offers individuals with 60 or more transferable credit hours an opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree within 18 months.
He made note of the telephone number in the ad and called to see what he would need to do to complete his degree. Ball was connected with Dr. Beth Giroir in the Arkansas Tech College of Professional Studies. Upon reviewing his transcripts, Giroir found that Ball
It turned out to be a good investment. Ball used that
had already accumulated enough hours to graduate with
trumpet to earn a spot with The Continentals, a dance
the Bachelor of Professional Studies degree in public
band at nearby Arkansas College (now Lyon College).
relations. He parlayed that experience into a music scholarship The 89-year old North Little Rock resident walked with his fellow members of the Arkansas Tech Class of 2012
at Arkansas Tech, and in the fall of 1941 he arrived in Russellville.
during commencement ceremonies at John E. Tucker
Be Like Charlie Visit www.atu.edu/ accelerateddegree to learn more about degree completion opportunities at Arkansas Tech.
Coliseum in Russellville on Saturday, May 12.
Ball joined a dance band named The Techsters and took a job raising and lowering the flag outside Williamson
“I really couldn’t believe it,” said Ball of his reaction
Hall for $5 per month.
when he learned he had earned a college degree. “I had to call Dr. Giroir a couple of times and make sure.”
If one of his dance band gigs took him out of town, he would sub-contract those duties to his roommate for 25
Ball’s path to college graduation began 75 years ago
cents per day.
with a newspaper route. The Batesville Guard paid him $5 per month, and for 32 consecutive months he used every
“Five dollars…that was good money back in those
penny of those earnings to pay off a $160 trumpet from
days,” said Ball. “Before the war in 1941, no one had any
Shook Music Company in Batesville.
Alumni News Seven decades later, Ball still knows the words to a popular school song of the day:
Following two years of training, Ball was deployed to England in 1944. His job was to clear the way for bombers as Allied forces secured victory in the
Sing me a song of Arkansas Tech
Her glories yet untold, Her battles fought and victories won
Ball returned to Arkansas Tech on the G.I. Bill
Beneath the Green and Gold.
following the war. He transferred to the University of
Henderson has her Reddies
Arkansas at Fayetteville to study electrical engineering.
Ouachita may be fine
There he resumed his dance band career as a member
But as for me
of The Collegians.
Just give me Arkansas Tech for mine! “When I was young and playing in those dance Ball also has distinct memories of Arkansas Tech President J.W. Hull, Dean Alfred J. Crabaugh and
bands, I was really just going to school on the side instead of the other way around,” said Ball.
Raymond “Rabbit” Burnett, who was his economics instructor.
He completed the course work in his major field of study, but he stopped short of graduating so that he
Those carefree days were interrupted in December 1941. “I remember we were all sitting in the old armory
could move to North Little Rock and join his father, Cecil, in a dry cleaning business. Ball spent two decades in that field before
(now known as the Stroupe Building) when (Franklin D.)
transitioning to a second career as a real estate broker
Roosevelt said that Dec. 7, 1941, was a day that would
and insurance agent. These days he keeps himself busy
live in infamy,” said Ball.
by working part-time at a North Little Rock pharmacy. Spring 2012
In a matter of weeks, Ball was in Texas learning how to be a fighter pilot for the U.S. Army Air Forces. “When you’re 19 years old, there isn’t such a thing
Now, 71 years after he first enrolled at Arkansas
Tech, Ball finally has his college degree. “I think it will feel a lot like the first time I took a
as danger,” said Ball. “You don’t know danger. You got
solo flight in an airplane,” said Ball when asked before
in your fighter, said your prayer and took off. You didn’t
graduation what it would be like to hold his degree. “My
think anything about it. I didn’t.”
goodness, it’s happening.”
Photographed, Left: Arkansas Tech President Dr. Robert C. Brown presents Charlie Ball with his degree during commencement ceremonies at Tucker Coliseum on May 12.
Chambers re-appointed to Board of Trustees Gov. Mike Beebe has re-appointed John Ed Chambers III of Danville to the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees. Chambers will serve as an Arkansas Tech trustee through Jan. 14, 2016.
Chambers’ re-appointment continues a family tradition that dates back almost nine decades. His grandfather — Judge John Ed Chambers — served on the Tech Board of Trustees from 1925-37, from 1939-53 and again from 1955-63. His father — John Ed
It will be his third term as a member of the Tech Board of Trustees. Chambers served on the board from 1994-99
Chambers II — was an Arkansas Tech trustee from 196567 and from 1987-88.
and again from 2007-12. Chambers Cafeteria at Arkansas Tech is named in “The simple recitation of years of service hardly does justice to the role the Chambers family has played in
honor of all three generations of the family and their support of the university.
the past, the present and the future of Arkansas Tech University,” said Arkansas Tech President Dr. Robert C.
Chambers is serving with fellow trustees Leigh
Brown. “The Chambers family, through its service on the
Whiteside of Russellville (chairman), Charles Blanchard of
Board of Trustees, has played a major role in virtually all
Russellville (vice chairman), Tom Kennedy of Little Rock
phases of growth for the university.”
(secretary) and Eric Burnett of Fort Smith in 2012.
Latham quadruplets pick Arkansas Tech From before birth they
The Latham quads will
were known as the Latham
take divergent paths in their
quadruplets, a blessing
studies at Arkansas Tech.
multiplied by four for parents Johnette and Charles Latham
Carlie and Jonathan will
enroll at the Russellville
campus. Carlie will study
Now, Carlie, Cole, Curtis
chemistry, while Jonathan
and Jonathan Latham have
plans on majoring in
graduated from Pottsville High
agriculture business with an
School and they are ready to
emphasis in animal science.
take the next step in life. Curtis will study industrial control systems at They will take that step at Arkansas Tech University.
Arkansas Tech-Ozark Campus. Cole will defer his
enrollment while he serves in the U.S. Marines, but he
The Latham quadruplets accepted presidential
plans on attending Arkansas Tech once his service to
scholarship offers from Arkansas Tech President Dr.
country is complete.
Robert C. Brown in March. “We are very pleased that the Latham quadruplets
“It’s about time we take on our own individual identities,” said Carlie.
have selected Arkansas Tech,” said Brown. “This will be our second set of quads, and it will be our privilege to welcome them to Tech. We look forward to observing
Their parents are also ready for the next step in an adventure 18 years in the making.
their progress over the next several years.”
“We are so thankful and grateful for this opportunity
A similar presidential scholarship offer from Arkansas
for our kids,” said Johnette. “There are not enough words
Tech was accepted by the Horn quadruplets of Morrilton
to express our appreciation. These are good kids. We are
proud of them.”
Carlton, Smith win top senior awards Janessa Carlton of Green Forest and Jake Smith
Smith has held the positions of treasurer and
of Hackett earned the top two honors available to
secretary of finance and administration for the Arkansas
students at Arkansas Tech University during the 2012
Tech Student Government Association (SGA).
Student Leadership Banquet at the Chambers Cafeteria East Dining Room on April 23.
His service to SGA has also included working as founding chairman of Wonder Week, chairman of the
Carlton received the Margaret Young Award, which
SGA Student Affairs Committee, Gold Rush chairman,
goes to the most outstanding senior female student at
Homecoming Ceremony Committee chairman and
Arkansas Tech each year.
Homecoming Parade Committee chairman.
Smith was presented with the Alfred J. Crabaugh
“Ever since I heard of this award freshman year I
Award, which is given annually to the most outstanding
have been striving for it,” said Smith. “I wanted to make
senior male student at Arkansas Tech.
a difference here at Tech, and to finally have it in my hands is enlightening. There are no words to describe
Carlton has served as editor of the Arka Tech student
the emotions in my head right now. I’m really excited.”
newspaper, as president for the Society of Professional Journalists and as an officer for both Zeta Tau Alpha
A member of the Dean’s List in multiple semesters,
and the Collegiate Middle Level Association during her
Smith was selected as the Tech Idol singing competition
time as a student at Arkansas Tech.
winner in fall 2010.
“I absolutely cannot even put into words how
Smith held the office of Wilson Hall Government
appreciative and how humbled I am right now,” said
president and was vice president of the College
Carlton. “The first thing I did was look at my mom and
Republicans. He has been active in the Arkansas Tech
tell her that I don’t deserve this award. I am honored in
instrumental music program, the Volunteer Action
every way possible.”
Council, the Pre-Med Club, Baptist Collegiate Ministry, the Tech Loyalty Fund senior class gift committee and
A member of the Dean’s List in multiple semesters,
Carlton also holds membership in the Public Relations Student Society of America. She worked as both
“I came in my first year, and I didn’t know anyone,”
a producer and news anchor at the Arkansas Tech
said Smith. “Arkansas Tech provided opportunity after
student television station.
opportunity for me to get to know people. I was used to being involved in high school, and I was able to come
“I’ve changed so much as a leader over the past
here and get involved in everything at Tech. Arkansas
four years,” said Carlton. “I never expected my college
Tech has made me a better leader and eventually a
experience to have this much of an impact on me as a
person as I go into my career. When I look back on it, there’s no way I could have guessed I would be in this position.”
Son of Lisa and Brad Smith of Hackett, Smith majored in biology with a minor in mathematics and chemistry.
Daughter of Janita and Jack Carlton of Green Forest, Carlton graduated from Arkansas Tech with a degree in journalism in May.
He graduated from Arkansas Tech in May and will soon begin studies at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
“With a degree in broadcast journalism and public relations, I am applying for careers in both right now,”
“The busy schedule I have had at Arkansas Tech has
said Carlton. “Wherever the road takes me and wherever
prepared me for the tight schedule I will have in medical
God sends me, that’s the way I’ll be headed. I am
school,” said Smith. “I’ve definitely been well prepared
hopeful and I am excited.”
here at Arkansas Tech.”
Hodgson crowned Miss Tech 2012 Claire Hodgson of
She was sponsored by
Russellville was crowned
Azzore Animal Clinic of
the 57th Miss Tech on Feb.
24 during the 2012 Miss
Arkansas Tech University
Kristen Glover, Miss
Scholarship Pageant at
Arkansas 2011, presented
Hodgson with her crown.
Daughter of Mario
Hodgson will receive
Hodgson and Cathy
a two-semester tuition
Baker, Hodgson won the
scholarship at Arkansas
Tech and more than $3,000
Award. She offered a vocal
in gift certificates from area
performance of the song
“Feeling Good” during the talent competition.
In all, more than $18,000
in gifts and scholarships
“Utter shock,” said
were awarded during the
Hodgson when asked for
her initial reaction to the announcement. “I’ve never
Hodgson will represent
competed in a pageant before. It was one of those ‘why
Arkansas Tech in the 2012 Miss Arkansas Pageant July
not?’ things. I wanted to try it because it was outside my
8-14 in Hot Springs.
comfort zone. It doesn’t seem real.” Hodgson is a freshman pre-med biology major. Her
“I want to give my energy to benefit Arkansas Tech,” said Hodgson. “I want people to see all of the
critical issue is “Choosing Inner Beauty: Looking Beyond
exciting things that are going on here. I hope to use this
the Media’s Standards.”
opportunity to brag on our school as much as I can.”
Tech’s Moore makes collegiate fishing history Arkansas Tech student Reagan Moore does not fit the
Her winning catch was a 7.84 pound bass.
mold of the average winner on the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship tournament series, but she doesn’t let that stop her.
Moore defeated a tournament field that included anglers representing more than 40 colleges and universities, including institutions such as Harvard
“Most girls don’t even think about getting involved in
University, Texas A&M University, the University of Texas,
college fishing because they think it’s just for boys,” said
the University of Oklahoma, the University of Nebraska
Moore. “But this is not just a boys’ sport. Women are just
and the University of Arkansas. A total of 94 competitors
as good as men.”
weighed in 119 fish during the two-day competition.
Moore proved those words true when she won the
“It’s the best feeling in the world,” said Moore. “I’ve
individual title at the Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass Bash on
always wanted to be the first girl to win one of the
Lake Lavon in Allen, Texas, March 23-24.
collegiate fishing events. My whole goal was to prove that girls could do this too. The ones you see on TV are always
With her victory, Moore became the first female
guys. To be able to make a statement that girls can fish
angler to ever win a BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing
too is unbelievable to me. I’m proud of the fact that it
Championship tournament series event.
gives Arkansas Tech good recognition.”
Ozark Campus dedicates SGL Group Walking Trail Arkansas Tech-Ozark Campus
The path is named for the lead
celebrated the successful completion
donor in the campaign, SGL Group:
of its first capital campaign when the
The Carbon Company.
SGL Group Walking Trail was dedicated on April 25.
“This project is a wonderful example of how people in the private sector
The project was made possible
cooperate with those in the public
through the Path to Progress
sector,” said Arkansas Tech President
campaign, which raised private funds
Dr. Robert C. Brown. “In this case,
in support of the half-mile exercise
everyone is a winner and a beneficiary.
path that now circles the Arkansas
We are so grateful to our partners for
everything they have done.”
“The trail is one more beautiful
In addition to Mrs. Whiteside, other
addition to this campus that helps us
members of the Path to Progress
create a positive first impression,” said
committee included Dr. Jo Harper and
Leigh Whiteside, chairman of the Path
the late William R. “Bud” Harper, Eddie
to Progress committee. “We want this
Melton, Lonnie Turner, Don Burns,
to be a place where everyone feels
Michael Smith and C.A. Kuykendall.
Leigh Burns Whiteside, Path to Progress committee chair
welcome, not only the students and for those who come here to work every day, but for the community as well.”
Below is a listing of the donors who made the walking trail possible.
Path to Progress Donors AMR Architects Inc. Arkansas Oklahoma Gas Corp. Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative Corp. ARVEST Baldor Electric Co. BancorpSouth Bank of the Ozarks Tekla Barr David and Nancy Bartlett Blondin-Fox Family Boyd Metals Don, Kelly, Lynn and Brad Burns John and Helen Burns Memorial Canteen (Compass Group) Central Ark Nursing Centers, Inc. CenturyLink Larry and Sandra Cheffer Contran
Farm Credit Credit Services of Ozark Theresa Fontaine Gerdau Special Steel North America Jeff and Tracey Geren Green Bay Packaging, Inc. Arkansas Kraft Division HbI Hanesbrands, Inc. Judge W.R. “Bud”* and Dr. Jo Harper Richard and Lexie Harris Johnson County Regional Medical Center Tom and Jayne Jones Les and Ester Leonard Liberty Bank Eddie and Stephanie Melton Mercy - Fort Smith and Ozark Johnny and Julie Morgan Will, Beverly, Emily and Jacob Nehus O’Reilly Auto Parts Oklahoma Gas and Electric
Priority Bank John and Karen Przybysz The Reano Family Rivertowne Rockline Industries Laura and Kale Rudolph SGL Group Bruce and Sheila Sikes Sean Simon Michael and Teresa Smith Southeast X-Ray, Inc. Village Pharmacy Wal-Mart Foundation Kenneth and Cassandra Warden John and Leigh Whiteside Whitson Morgan Motor Co. Terry Don and Deborah Wood * - Denotes Donor is Deceased
New OTA lab at Morton Hall Adrienne Shelton, chair for the occupational therapy assistant (OTA) program at Arkansas Tech-Ozark Campus, cut the ribbon that opened the new OTA laboratory at Morton Hall in Russellville on April 19. Visit www.atu.edu/ozark/academics/p-ot.php to learn more.
Senior class donates $1,500 Members of the Tech Loyalty Fund Class of 2012 committee presented a check for $1,500 from the senior class to the Arkansas Tech Foundation. Jayne Jones, vice president for development at Arkansas Tech, accepted the check on behalf of the Arkansas Tech Foundation. This is the seventh consecutive year that the senior class has made a collective gift to the Arkansas Tech Foundation. The senior class giving program has raised approximately $10,500 for the Tech Foundation.
IN MEMORY/HONOR OF (February 1, 2012 through April 30, 2012) The following individuals made gifts to Tech in memory or in honor of a friend or loved one
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In Memory of Susan Adams Ross and Rita Adams
In Honor of Dr. Tom DeBlack Thomas Courtway
In Memory of Savannah Hintze Lynn and Joanie Hintze
In Honor of Travis Beard Johnny and Julie Morgan
In Memory of Nona Dirksmeyer Michael Scott Williams
In Memory of Milton Howell Ida Ruth Jones
In Memory of A.C. Brown III Ryan McChesney
In Memory of Gerald Edgar Chuck and Donna Horne
In Memory of C.L. Jetton Jr. Tony and Christina Jetton
In Memory of Amanda Whorton Cavner Jamie Hamrick
In Memory of Doug Foreman Royann Foreman
In Memory of Jack Jones Virgil and Modean Bowman David and Shirley Dodd
In Honor of Dr. Richard Cohoon Cathy Baker Ed and Sara Bashaw Jackie Bowman Steven and Kathryn Bridges Angela Chandler Cheryl Chaney George and Anita Hall Ralph and Carole Horner Mark and Mary Hudson Vance and Cynthia Jones David Lumbert Christopher and Lesa Moyer Jeffrey and Linda Norris Don and Sue Rickard Phillip and Lisa Shelby Terry and Cathy Suen Victor Vere Valli Wanzer Michael and Melinda Wilkins Doy Zachry and Peggy Guccione
In Memory of Betty Jo Gober Keith Gober
In Memory of Lee Ann Daniels Johnny and Julie Morgan In Memory of Wanda Darter ATU-Ozark Campus Employees L.P. and Virginia Berrier Charles and Norma Ellis Eddie and Stephanie Melton Irene McKee Order of Eastern Star - Remy Chapter Steve Salazar
In Memory of Leenita Sue Gober Keith Gober In Memory of Johnny Gossage Bill and Tonya Gossage In Memory of W. R. “Bud” Harper Charles and V. Anne Allen Marian Bartlett George and Carole Beattie Rick and Patricia Carson Calvin Cassady Bruce and Frankie Crabtree Dorance and Ann Damron Jeff and Tracey Geren Chuck and Donna Horne Ida Ruth Jones Iris Jones Tom and Jayne Jones Fritz Kronberger and Sharon Trusty Frank and Sue Merritt Johnny and Julie Morgan James and Mary Mulkey Randall and Carolyn Philpot Patricia Pyle Przybysz & Associates, CPAs Chris and Beverly Shively LeMoyne and Jawanda Smith Jim and Kay Tucker
In Memory of Dr. Kenneth Kersh Travis and Kelly Arnold In Memory of Shelly Lamberson Virgil and Modean Bowman In Memory of Betty Lambert David and Dana Moseley In Memory of Ann Loveless Joyce McCain
In Memory of Rick Redden Tom and Jayne Jones David and Dana Moseley In Memory of Charlie Richison Marian Bartlett Tommy and Linda Richardson In Honor of Dr. Mary Ann Rollans Judy Murphy In Honor of Don Sevier R.E. and Suzanne Hodges In Memory of Christina Stinnett Charlotte Linch David and Betty Snellings Thomas and Elizabeth Stinnett Pat Woodson In Honor of Sam Strasner Johnny and Julie Morgan
In Memory of Gordon McLerran Arnold and Katherine Bowden
In Memory of Nancy Webster Brad and Jessica Conley Wes and Sharon Kemp James and Sandra Morris
In Memory of Joyce McLerran Arnold and Katherine Bowden
In Memory of Justin Welch Belinda Welch
In Honor of Dana Moseley APRA - AR
In Honor of Mike Wilkins UBS Financial Services
In Memory of Mary Osborne Tommy and Linda Richardson
In Memory of Joe Williams Tom and Jayne Jones
In Memory of Beverly Parks Jean Pruitt
In Memory of James Willis Virgil and Modean Bowman
In Memory of Greg Parks Glenn and Jean Parks
In Memory of Reece Willis Virgil and Modean Bowman
In Memory of Jodie Pfeifer Jamie Hamrick
In Memory of Virginia Wright Jerry and Bobby Turner
Class Notes Marriages Tracy Padgett (MUED ’98) and Chance Slaton were married on March 17, 2012. Kami Sue Taylor (JOUR ’00) and David Coleman were married on March 17, 2012. Kami serves as education events coordinator for the Arkansas Bankers Association. They live in Little Rock. Stephen Lee Cossey (HIST/POL SCI ’01 & ACCT ‘07) and Dr. Melissa Kay Manatt (SPAN ’04) were married Nov. 1, 2011. Cory Miser (ACCT/ECON ’03) and Patricia Ann Steffes were married on Sept. 10, 2011. Mary Elise Kincy (ENGL ’04) and Alex James Cope (CW ’04) were married on Nov. 19, 2011. Nicholas Kyle Abernathy (CHEM ’08) and Kelly Irene Abrams were married on Dec. 16, 2011. They will make their home in Little Rock. Nick is attending the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences with plans on becoming a pharmacist. Alexis Gillett (MECH ENGR ’10) and Kolby Kendrick (MECH ENGR ’10) were married June 14, 2011. They live in Hawaii. Alanna Brooke Corbitt (MGMT/MKTG & ACCT ’11) and David Loy Milloway (ALUM) were married Dec. 20, 2011. They live in Fort Smith.
Births Dr. Bobby Reeder (AGBU ’91) and Kristin Goebel Reeder (ALUM), a daughter, Abigail, Oct. 27, 2011. Abigail has seven siblings: Grant (14), Caleb (13), Libby (11), Josh (9), Susie (7), Rachel (4) and David (2). Dr. Johnathan Dial Sr. (PSY ’97 & SCI ED ’02) and Lydia Carnahan Dial (ELED ’97), a son, George Oliver, Jan. 9, 2012. George has four siblings: brothers John David (17) and Henry (8) and sisters Rene (12) and Chloe (3). They live in North Little Rock, where Johnathan is an attorney and Lydia is an elementary teacher. Alvin Turner (FW ’98) and Kimberly Turner (PSY ’01), twin sons, Trey and Ty, Feb. 5, 2012.
Aaron Durham (MUED ’99) and Emily Beard Durham (ALUM), a daughter, Chloe Emma, April 10, 2012. Chloe has one brother, Oliver. They live in Fort Smith. Melissa Hill McAlpine (BIOL ’99) and Burt McAlpine (CHEM/BIOL/FW ’01), a daughter, Sarah Independence, Sept. 28, 2011. Justin Price (MGMT/MKTG ’01) and his wife, Holly, a daughter, Lily Beth, March 5, 2012. Jill Fountain Hendricks (ECED ’02 & M.S. CSP ’06) and Bret Hendricks (AGBU ’06), a daughter, Payten Eva, April 1, 2012. Josh Bazyk (SPAN ’03) and his wife, Hillary, a daughter, Sadie Lauren, April 13, 2011. Jonathan Collins (IT ’03) and Brandi Easterling Collins (CW ’03 & M.S. CSP ’05), a daughter, Meredith Pearl, May 11, 2012. Meredith has one brother, Drew. They live in Pottsville. Vanessa Carter Holmes (ART ’03) and her husband, Kevin, a son, Jack Liam, Feb. 1, 2012. Jack has one brother, Aiden (6). They live in Russellville. Lucas Minton (HIST/POL SCI ’03) and Jamie Little Minton (COM SCI ’03), a daughter, Lucy DiAnn, Feb. 15, 2012. Dr. April M. Robertson (BIOL ’03) and her husband, Captain Scott Stafford, M.D., a son, Dash Harrison Armstrong Stafford, Feb. 13, 2012. They are stationed at Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico. Amanda Koch Brewer (ECED ’04 & M.Ed. COUN ’11) and her husband, Rodney, a daughter, Emerson Marie, Feb. 8, 2012. They live in Scranton. Kevin Crow (RPA ’04) and Kayla Brookshear Crow (NURS ’08), a daughter, Olivia Maree, Sept. 24, 2011. William “Bart” Gilbreath (ELEC ENGR ’04 & M.S. ELEC ENGR ’08) and his wife, Adrienne, a daughter, Lorelai Alice, Feb. 6, 2012. Bart is a project manager for Garver Engineers in Fayetteville. Alisa Wright Garner (PSY ’05) and her husband, Reid, a daughter, Ryleigh Addyson, April 1, 2012.
Class Notes Leah Woolsey Stane (SPH ’05 & M.S. CSP ’08) and her
Hugh Brewer (ELEC ENGR ’56) is retired and living in
husband, Justin, a daughter, Evvy Jo, April 23, 2012.
Fayetteville. He has three children, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Tommy Fields (PSY ’07 & MS CSP ’11) and Alicia “Jill” Bruce Fields (ECED ’08 & M.Ed LM ’11), a daughter,
Dan McGuire (ENGR ’58) was inducted into the
Ava Kate, March 13, 2012.
Plastics Hall of Fame on April 1, 2012, during a banquet in Orlando, Fla. Dan co-founded General Polymer,
Timothy Ralston (ART ’07) and Lindsey Newcom
which grew from a 1,200-square foot building and
Ralston (ECED ’08), a daughter, Georgiana Irene, April
three employees in 1973 to become a 4,000-employee
company with 22 district warehouses and sales exceeding $1.1 billion by the year 2000. He and his
Samantha Shipley (ART ’07) and her husband,
wife, Darlene, have four children and five grandchildren.
Brandon, a son, Deklen Ryker, Sept. 14, 2011.
They live in Algonac, Mich.
Daniel Riedmueller (HIST ’08 & M.S. CSP ’11) and Lindsey Martin Riedmueller (GS ’08 & M.S. CSP ’11), a daughter, Claire, April 19, 2012. Leslee Fowler Lay (ENGL EDU ’09) and Braxton Lay (IT ’11), a son, Tristan James, April 6, 2012. John Weaver (FW ’09) and Becca Speers, a daughter, Adalyn Blair, March 23, 2012.
Charles Christianson (BPS-EC ’10) and Kristen Bowen Christianson (ALUM), a son, Cooper, March 2, 2012. Tiffany Henry (M.S. PSY ’10) and her husband, Clay, a son, Joseph Rhys, Feb. 2, 2012.
1960s Kirk Smith (BUAD ’60) is retired and splits his time between living in Kansas and New Orleans, La. He loves spending time on his boat on the waterways in and around New Orleans. Dorothy Barton Williams (EDU ’60) is retired from the Rogers School District. She and her husband, Stanley, have been married for 52 years. They raise cattle on their farm in Garfield. John Grant (HEPE ’62 & M.Ed HEPE ’77) retired from the Alma School District in 2011. It was the end of a 48year career in education. He lives in the Eagle Crest golf community at Alma. James Willcutt (PHY SCI ’64) is retired and spends the
A.W. Callan (ENGR ’40) wrote in to share that at the
majority of his time making one of a kind furniture as
age of 90 he is “still going somewhat strong and proud
well as wooden boxes and trays.
to be a Tech alumnus.” Donald Inman (ART ’69) welcomed his third grandchild, Anna “Marie” Kifer (LA ’41) and her husband, J.C.,
Brant Evers Inman, on Jan. 10, 2012.
celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Jan. 25, 2012. Sara Douthitt Anders (AS ’47) reports that she is glad to be alive and active. She has happy memories from Tech, particularly her studies in photography.
1950s Ray Price (BUAD ’52) wrote to share that his wife,
1970s Gerald “Gerry” Laster (MUED ’70) began sailing during his senior year at Arkansas Tech and has since become a 50-ton master as a U.S. Coast Guard licensed captain. He is serving as president of the Gulf Coast Yacht Brokers’ Association and is serving a three-year term as director on the board of the Yacht Brokers’ Association of America.
Patsy, passed away in 2007. His son, John G. Price, graduated from Tech in 1989 and the University
Nancy Caristianos Cummings (ELED ’72) retired after
of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 1993. John is
32 years teaching primary, intermediate and adult
practicing medicine in Bentonville.
Class Notes Dr. Kay Woodiel (HEPE ’73) received the Ronald W.
Michael N. Shannon (HIST ’89) became a managing
Collins Distinguished Faculty Award for service to the
member of the law firm Quattlebaum, Grooms, Tull
university at Eastern Michigan University. Kay serves
and Burrow PLLC on Feb. 6, 2012. Michael works
EMU as a professor of health education in the School
out of the firm’s Little Rock office and focuses on
of Health Promotion and Human Performance. She
commercial litigation. He has been with the firm since
recently completed her 14th year as a member of the
Eastern Michigan faculty. Davis Pritchett (BIOL ’74) retired from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and was appointed professor emeritus and department head emeritus in 2008. He is serving as professor of biology and interim head of the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith. J. Keith Baker (BUAD ’76) published a book entitled “Real Estate Finance” with Cengage Learning. Keith was selected to update the text for its ninth edition. He teaches and serves as program coordinator for mortgage banking and financial services at North Lake College in Dallas County, Texas. Keith worked in the specialty finance, insurance and mortgage banking industries for 30 years. Catherine Gindler Stalcup (GEOL ’77) and her husband, Benjie, live on a 200-acre farm near Lamar with two broiler houses and horses. Catherine is plant manager for Hanes Brands, Inc., in Clarksville.
1990s Kelly Riley Arnold (JOUR ’90) obtained a master’s degree in administrative leadership at the University of Oklahoma in May 2011. She attained APR (Accredited in Public Relations) status in December 2011. Thomas Pennington (ACCT ’90) was elected by the Arkansas Tech student body as 2011-12 professor of the year. Thomas is an assistant professor of legal studies, associate vice president and legal counsel at Arkansas Tech. This is his second professor of the year award at his alma mater. Thomas shared the award with David Krueger in 2003-04. David Horne (ACCT ’92) was appointed chief financial officer of the March of Dimes Foundation. He and his wife, Carolyn, have two sons: Matthew and Arnold.
Tracy Moran (PSY ’92) was named technical services manager for the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration.
Carla Crowder (HEPE ’81 & M.Ed. HEPE ’95) led
Kristin Gage Page (ELED ’92) was named 2011-12
Cabot High School to the 2012 Class 7A girls’
teacher of the year at Westside Elementary School in
basketball state championship. It was Carla’s fifth
Rogers. She has taught fourth grade for seven years.
state championship. She previously led Bryant High School to four state titles.
Shawn Burdue Pierce (JOUR ’92 & M.Ed. ITED ’00) is serving as Pope County Library director. She has
Lee Redding (’84) teaches in the schools at Owasso,
worked in library systems for the past 24 years.
Okla. She is a National Board Certified Teacher.
Shawn earned a master’s degree in library science from Texas Woman’s University in 2008.
Jo-Robin Wright (GEOL ’84) was promoted to vice president at Sotheby’s auction house in New York City.
Carrie Ann Short Williams (REHAB SCI ’94) and her husband, Ronnie, welcomed their first grandchild,
Kathy Rusert (ELED ’87) was named one of five
Callen Scott Short, on Jan. 24, 2011.
2012 National Project Learning Tree outstanding
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Jessica Holloway (AGBU ’97) was promoted to
Kathy teaches science and reading in the Acorn
director of the Arkansas Tech purchasing department
School District of northern Polk County. She
effective July 1, 2012. She will succeed Beth Foster,
was honored during Project Learning Tree’s 26th
who is retiring after 40 years on the Tech staff. Jessica
International Coordinators Conference in Deadwood,
has worked at Tech since 1997 and as a member of
S.D., May 14-17.
the purchasing department staff since 2001.
Matt Cooper (AGBU ’98) was honored as one of Shelter Insurance’s highest achieving sales representatives based on overall 2011 agency operations. Matt has represented Shelter since 2001. Matt Cooper Agency
Carrie Harris Phillips (JOUR ’06 & M.A. MM JOUR ’08) was named a stellar speaker at the 2012 Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District IV Conference. Elijah Blackburn (HIM ’07) was hired as a software
2000s Wesley McGill (BIOL ’99 & MECH ENGR ’05) and Michelle Whillock McGill (MECH ENGR ’05) celebrated their one-year anniversary on April 18, 2012. Abby Davis (PSY ’02 & M.Ed. ’04) was voted 2012 Great American Conference women’s tennis coach of the year in recognition of her leadership of the Arkansas Tech women’s tennis program. Abby led the Golden Suns to their first women’s tennis conference title in 17 years during the 2012 season. She has coached the Tech women’s tennis program for eight years. Joseph Daniel Burnett (HIST/POL SCI ’03) was appointed United States probation officer for the western district of Arkansas in August 2011.
Dr. Taud Charette (BIOL ’03) joined Perkins Veterinary Tech Action
Clinic in Perkins, Okla., as a veterinarian. He and his wife, Briley, have two children: Cheyanne (16) and Taud (15). Theresa Fontaine (NURS ’03 & M.S.N. ’11) was named chair of the Arkansas Tech-Ozark Campus registered nurse program in December 2011. She has taught in the licensed practical nurse program at Ozark Campus since 2007. Judi Moore (MGMT/MKTG ’03) has passed the enrolled agent exam administered by the Internal Revenue Service. Only enrolled agents, attorneys and certified public accountants may represent taxpayers before
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the IRS. Judi has been a tax preparer at Teaff and Associates in Russellville for six years. Aaron Hogan (FW ’04 & M.S. CSP ’06) was promoted to associate dean for residence life at Arkansas Tech on April 19. Aaron has been a member of the Arkansas Tech Office of Residence Life staff since 2007.
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Amy White (BUAD ’04) was voted 2012 Great
consultant for MedEvolve, LLC. Luke Calcatera (’07) was voted 2012 Great American Conference men’s golf coach of the year in recognition of his leadership of the Arkansas Tech men’s golf program. Joe Gilgour (M.S. CSP ’07) was promoted to dean of student and academic support services at State Fair Community College in Sedalia, Mo. Stephanie Bellinger Rankin (MGMT/MKTG ’07) is logistics coordinator for Southwestern Energy in Conway. Kelsey Boyd Cox (SPH ’08) was promoted to media communications manager at J.B. Hunt in Lowell. Ryan McShane (JOUR ’08) was promoted to senior account executive with Taylor, a global marketing communications agency. He has been employed at the company’s Charlotte, N.C., office since October 2008. Liz Chrisman (ART ’09) joined the Arkansas Tech Office of University Relations staff in January 2012 as a production artist and photographer. Molly Fleming (JOUR ’09) earned the Master of Arts degree in mass communication from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock on May 19. Molly is senior staff writer at the Daily Citizen newspaper in Searcy and a member of the Arkansas Tech Alumni Association Board of Directors. Cory Williams (HEPE ’09 & M.Ed. PE ’12) and Christina Keaster Williams (JOUR ’10 & M.A. MM JOUR ’12) live in Fort Smith. Cory is fitness coordinator at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith. Christina works for Arkansas Best Corporation.
American Conference women’s golf coach of the year
Kayla New (ECON/SPAN ’10) earned a Master of
in recognition of her leadership of the Arkansas Tech
Business Administration degree from the University of
women’s golf program.
Arkansas at Little Rock on Dec. 15, 2011.
Friends We’ll Miss
Milton Rackley (’36) died Feb. 26, 2012. Milton served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and went on to a long career with the U.S. Postal Service. Milton lived in Russellville. He was 96. Myra Jane Stewart Ware (HOME EC ’39) died April 22, 2012. Jane and her husband, Earl, owned Kettle Smoke House in Van Buren and Springdale. Jane lived in Greenwood. She was 92. Doris Jean Sublett Lovesy (AS ’41) died April 16, 2012. Doris served as secretary for Tech President J.W. Hull during World War II. Doris later wrote a weekly column for the Courier Democrat newspaper and served as president of the Arkansas Women’s Press Association. Doris lived in Des Moines, Iowa. She was 91. Burnley Duke Smith Jr. (’42) died April 20, 2012. Burnley served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company and AT&T during a 40-year career in San Antonio, Texas. Burnley lived in San Antonio. He was 90. Phillip C. “Duke” Herlein (BUAD ’48) died April 3, 2012. Duke was a veteran of World War II. He played for Wonder Boys football teams that won Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference championships in 1946 and 1947. Duke was owner and president of Helena Electric Company for 40 years. He lived in Helena. Duke was 88. Clarence W. Webb Jr. (AGRI ’48) died Feb. 27, 2012. C.W. served in the Korean War. He worked for Wyandotte Chemical for 17 years and George’s Egg Company for 15 years. C.W. lived in Springdale. He was 82. Patricia Lee Hunter Curry (’52) died Feb. 1, 2012. Pat was a retired teacher and librarian. She was the founder of the Logan County Historical Society. Pat lived in Booneville. She was 81. Charles Edward Richison (ELED ’52) died March 16, 2012. Charlie taught and coached in the school districts at Fourche Valley and Danville. Later in life, Charlie operated George and Richison Abstract Company and managed the family farm in Danville. He served as president of the Arkansas Tech Alumni Association in 1977-78. Charlie lived in Danville. He was 83. James L. Winchell (BUAD/MKTG ’54) died April 10, 2012. James spent nearly four decades in the insurance industry, first with M.F.A. Insurance and later with Home Insurance Company. James lived in Lavaca. He was 80.
Judge William R. “Bud” Harper (BUAD/MKTG ’57) died March 28, 2012. Bud began a career of public service with two terms on the Sebastian County Quorum Court. He went on to serve as county judge for Sebastian County for 16 years and as director of the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management for six years. Bud served on the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees from 2004-09. He was inducted into the Arkansas Tech Hall of Distinction in 1999. Bud lived in Fort Smith. He was 81. Don Sevier (HEPE ’57) died May 5, 2012. Don was an assistant football coach at Tech from 1962-75, helping the Wonder Boys win four AIC football titles and finish as the 1971 NAIA national runner-up. Don went on to serve as director of athletics from 1976-95. The Wonder Boys and the Golden Suns won 33 conference titles and two national championships under Don’s leadership. Coach Sevier was inducted into the Arkansas Tech Hall of Distinction in 2001. Don lived in Russellville. He was 77. Virginia Sue Rankin Wright (ELED ’59) died April 17, 2012. Virginia taught school at Little Rock and Sheridan for 18 years. Virginia lived in Hensley. She was 74. Margaret Ann Raney (SOC ’69) died March 10, 2012. Margaret was retired from Forest Place Apartments in Little Rock. Margaret lived in Little Rock. She was 65. Donna Rachelle “Rockie” Richardson (HIST/POL SCI ’85 & MLA ’95) died May 9, 2012. Rockie served Russellville in many ways, including organizing the city’s first cereal drive. Rockie lived in Russellville. She was 51. Anita Jean Moore West (’86) died March 25, 2012. Anita took graduate courses in education at Tech during the 1970s and 1980s. She was retired from a 45-year teaching career. Anita lived in Clarksville. She was 87. Lloyd Reid George (FRIEND) died Feb. 25, 2012. Lloyd represented Yell County in the Arkansas General Assembly from 1962-90. He was inducted into the Arkansas Tech Hall of Distinction in 1995. Lloyd lived in Birta. He was 85. Rick Redden (FRIEND) died March 27, 2012. As partnerin-charge of design at AMR Architects, his vision helped shape the modern campus of Arkansas Tech. Rick was instrumental in the design of the Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center, the Doc Bryan Student Services Building, Rothwell Hall, Nutt Hall, Baswell Hall, Baswell Techionery, the Chartwells Complex and Norman Hall. Rick lived in Little Rock. He was 63.
How Sweet It Is
Wonder Boys reach NCAA Sweet 16 for 1st time Photographed, Above: (from left) Johnie Davis, Mykel Cleveland and
Tarleton State’s Coleman Furst attempted a 3-pointer from the left corner as time expired in overtime. It was no
Will Paul celebrate
That was all that Arkansas Tech head coach Doug
seconds after the
Karleskint could think when the final shot went in the air.
good, and time ran out before the Texans could try to tip it in at the buzzer.
Wonder Boys’ win over Tarleton State in the regional semifinals
He had lost a 2006 NCAA Division II Tournament game
For Arkansas Tech, the win ended three years of
of the 2012 NCAA
at the buzzer to Tarleton State when he was an assistant
frustration in the NCAA Division II Tournament regional
Division II Tournament.
coach at Northwest Missouri State. He had seen his
semifinals. The Wonder Boys lost at that stage to Florida
Wonder Boys lose in overtime in the NCAA Division II
Southern in overtime in 2009, to Valdosta State in 2010
Tournament regional semifinals in 2011.
and to Alabama-Huntsville in overtime in 2011.
This time Tarleton State’s last-second shot was no
Arkansas Tech saw its season come to an end two
good. This time was different, and Arkansas Tech went to
nights later with a 77-61 loss to regional host Midwestern
the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division II Tournament in men’s
basketball for the first time in school history. It was the conclusion of a season that saw the Wonder The nationally 15th-ranked Wonder Boys defeated the
Boys post a 26-6 overall record. Arkansas Tech was regular
ninth-ranked Tarleton State Texans 64-63 in overtime in
season and postseason men’s basketball champion of the
the NCAA Division II Tournament South Central Regional
Great American Conference in the league’s inaugural year.
semifinals at D.L. Ligon Coliseum in Wichita Falls, Texas,
Karleskint was GAC coach of the year, and senior Johnie
on March 11.
Davis earned honorable mention All-America honors.
Golden Suns sweep GAC tennis crowns Arkansas Tech University won the inaugural Great American Conference women’s tennis regular season and postseason championships this spring. The Golden Suns were 17-5 overall and 6-0 in the GAC as they earned Arkansas Tech’s first women’s tennis conference title since the 1995 Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference championship. Arkansas Tech’s Abby Davis was named GAC coach of the year, and senior Mariel Alvarez was voted GAC player of the year. Alvarez was joined on the All-GAC team by fellow Golden Suns Maria Aleman, Akanesi Fa and Rachel Stevens. Tech’s Aida Castany was the GAC freshman of the year.
Tech wins 22nd women’s hoops league title The proud tradition of Arkansas Tech women’s basketball continued into a new era during the 2011-12 season as the Golden Suns captured the inaugural Great American Conference regular season championship. It was the 22nd regular season league title in the 35-year history of intercollegiate women’s basketball at Tech. The Golden Suns finished the 2011-12 season with a 22-4 record.
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