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Tech Action Winter 2010 Col. Carl Baswell inducted into Hall of Distinction. See pages 4-5.

Arkansas Tech celebrates the opening of Rothwell Hall. See pages 3-7.

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Rothwell Hall: another milestone for Tech As Arkansas Tech has grown and prospered in recent years, there have been many milestones along the way.

Our engineering programs have new laboratory space in Corley Hall. Our Department of Speech, Theatre and

Journalism has a permanent home inside the Energy

I am reminded of this fact because right now, at this

Center. Construction is currently under way on an addition

very moment, we are at one of those special milestone

to McEver Hall for our science programs.

moments in Arkansas Tech history.

As you can see, these are special days at Arkansas

The opening of Rothwell Hall is truly something to be celebrated. The four-story, 60,000-square foot educational

Tech. And I haven’t even mentioned one of the best basketball seasons in school history!

facility is destined to become a landmark on our campus and a hub for learning and academic achievement.

If you haven’t been to campus in a while, come see us. I know you will be amazed.

Rothwell Hall provides unprecedented opportunities for the Arkansas Tech College of Business and the

If you can’t make it right now, please enjoy the photos

Arkansas Tech Academic Advising Center. It also gives us

and articles in this issue of the Tech Action and make

the ability to host a regional office of the Arkansas Small

plans to join us for Homecoming 2010 on Oct. 15-16.

Business and Technology Development Center.

As always, please contact our office at (479) 968-0242

The impact of Rothwell Hall reaches well beyond those programs. The added educational space had a ripple effect

or if you have any questions about your alma mater.

across campus that has touched nearly every department and provided new opportunities for our students.


Best wishes for a productive (and hopefully warmer and drier) spring. We’ll see you on campus soon!

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A variety of courses representing the great breadth of academic disciplines on our campus are taking advantage of the bandwidth and technology provided by Rothwell Angela DeWitt Bonds ‘95

Hall and its two floors of classroom space.

Director of Alumni Relations


Alumni Association Board of Directors

President Howard Ritchie ‘70

President-Elect Jim Murphy ‘71

Past President Claude Smith ‘76

Kellye Holley Cannon ‘80 12/10

Donna Cotton Parker ‘73 12/10

Dixie Gossett ‘70 & ‘74 12/11

Leslie Miller Harris ‘08 12/12

Shirley Dodd ‘59 12/10

Chad Weisler ‘92 12/10

Tommy Johnston ‘91 12/11

Ronda Hawkins ‘92 12/12

Randy Joe Hamilton ‘76 12/10

Philip Alexander ‘89 12/11

Raymond Molden ‘96 12/11

Ann Irwin ‘83 12/12

Mike King ‘74 12/10

Doug Brown ‘06 12/11

Cara Hammond Witherspoon ‘78 12/11

Steve Pfeifer ‘71 12/12

Layton Lee ‘92 12/10

Jimmy Cunningham ‘75 12/11

John Carter ‘02 12/12

Kendall Tabor ‘89 & ‘92 12/12

Jim Murphy ‘71 12/10

Robert Ford ‘86 12/11

Molly Fleming ‘09 12/12

Angie Wyatt ‘03 12/12 Brian Bass, Ozark Campus Rep.

catch up with an old friend today

Tech Action, Volume 46, No. 1. Arkansas Tech University Alumni Association, Alumni House, Russellville, AR 72801 Director of Alumni Relations Angela DeWitt Bonds Coordinator of Young Alumni Alison Parks Coordinator of Alumni Communications and Activities Kelly Thornton Bostick Alumni Office Administrative Assistant Terry Holland-Finley

Editorial Committee Angela DeWitt Bonds, Jayne Jones, Julie Nebben Morgan, Susie Nicholson, Sam Strasner publications/creative Services Felisha Weaver Asst. Director of New Media Carrie Harris Phillips

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A NEW EXPERIENCE IN EDUCATION Rothwell Hall keeps Tech at forefront of innovation Arkansas Tech University’s new $9.9 million facility, Rothwell Hall, is open for business — and class. The newly constructed, four-story facility opened in January and is home to the Arkansas Tech College of Business, as well as a regional office of the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center (ASBTDC) and the Arkansas Tech Academic Advising Center. The 60,000-square foot, four-story building features two floors of dedicated classroom space, a financial trading lab complete with stock ticker, five computer labs, 314 total computers for student use, 12 academic advising offices and four conference rooms. It will serve as a hub for business professionals, students and professors and will elevate the classroom experience for business students by enabling them to work more closely with area business leaders.


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Technology within Rothwell Hall will greatly enhance the research and distance learning capabilities for students and faculty on the campus. A state-of-the-art computer lab and a connection to the Arkansas Research and Education Optical Network (ARE-ON), a high-speed fiber based communications network, allows access to state, national and international networks and high-performance computing resources.

An oversized skylighted front porch provides space for prospective students to gather before touring the campus. Inside the main lobby, glass walls allow continuous views of the academic advising center and trading lab. The ticker tape in the trading room passes through the glass wall and continues into the lobby.

Designed by AMR Architects of Little Rock, the building gives the east entrance to campus a more urban feel.

On each floor the elevators open onto a lounge where students can study, charge their laptops and take breaks between classes. The building’s exterior uses the established material palette of the campus in new and innovative ways. “We have made a significant investment of time and funds to continuously improve our College of Business, from gaining AACSB (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accreditation to upgrading technology,” said Tech President Dr. Robert C. Brown. “With the opening of Rothwell Hall, the College of Business now has the state-of-the-art facility to match its world-class faculty and students.”

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“A Life Moment For us” Rothwell Hall symbolizes a family’s love for Arkansas Tech Ben and Terry Rothwell have demonstrated their affection for Arkansas Tech by giving of their time, giving of their abilities and giving of their resources to benefit students both today and in the future. Their commitment to advancing the mission of Arkansas Tech University received a permanent and visible tribute in January when it was announced that

Mr. Rothwell earned a Bachelor of Science degree

the new academic facility at their alma mater would be

in biology from Arkansas Tech in 1975. Mrs. Rothwell,

named Rothwell Hall in their honor.

the former Terry Tucker, is a 1974 Tech graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in business education.

“This is a life moment for us,” said Mr. Ben Rothwell. “We have deep roots at Arkansas Tech. Our families are

Mrs. Rothwell is founder and chief executive officer

intertwined with Tech. Terry and I both have brothers

of Celerit, an information technology and technical

and sisters who attended and graduated from Tech.

consulting firm that she established with her husband’s encouragement in 1985.

“We came from the median group of potential students for Arkansas Tech,” continued Mr. Rothwell.

The business began with a few note cards, a phone

“Terry and I are representative of the average Tech

and a computer consulting contract for two people.

student and the average Tech alumnus. We sought to

Today, the Little Rock-based company aids top

better ourselves through higher education. We chose

nationwide and community banks with core application

Arkansas Tech for our own reasons, and by doing so we

software, item processing services and network

became part of the fabric of Arkansas Tech for life.”

managed services.

Dr. Robert C. Brown, Arkansas Tech president, said that the facility will henceforth be known as

Mrs. Rothwell served on the Tech Board of Trustees from 2003-08, and she served as board chair in 2007.

Rothwell Hall in recognition of a “substantial long-term commitment to the university” by the Rothwells.

“We have as fine a student body as there is in the

state of Arkansas,” said Mr. Rothwell. “The students

“Ben and Terry Rothwell are among the most loyal

attending Arkansas Tech are the highest quality

and ardent supporters of Arkansas Tech University,”

students that the institution has ever had on its

said Brown. “They have given their time, their spirit and

campus. That comes from superior faculty and students

their substance to this institution. They have done so

who understand that Tech is about higher education.

out of love for their alma mater and because they have a genuine and abiding belief in the power of higher education.

“It all stems from Dr. Brown,” continued Rothwell. “His leadership and guidance of Arkansas Tech is spot on with our vision for Arkansas Tech. As he says, it is all

“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, the faculty and

about the students. If we did not believe in what he was

the students of Arkansas Tech University, I offer my

trying to accomplish there, we would not have given

most sincere appreciation to Ben and Terry Rothwell,”

these funds. We agree with the direction, we already see

continued Brown. “Their generosity will benefit our

results and we love what we see. It is something that we

educational mission for many years to come.”

can, we do and we will continue to support.”

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Small businesses to benefit from Rothwell One of the many factors that separates

“Education and economic development

Rothwell Hall as an educational facility for

are irrevocably tied to one another,”

the 21st Century is the fact that it seeks

said Arkansas Tech University President

to engage the community and connect

Dr. Robert C. Brown. “We are pleased

today’s business leaders with the leaders of

to welcome this regional office to our


Russellville campus and we look forward to a long and successful relationship with the Arkansas Small Business

That task will be accomplished through the Arkansas

and Technology Development Center.

Small Business and Technology Development Center (ASBTDC) regional office, which is housed on the fourth floor of Rothwell Hall.

“We believe that this office could have a significant impact on the future economy of the Arkansas River Valley and provide outstanding opportunities for Arkansas

The ASBTDC represents a partnership between the U.S. Small Business Administration, the University of Arkansas

Tech graduates by encouraging and developing small businesses in the region.”

at Little Rock and other institutions of higher education in Arkansas. The center is dedicated to assisting new, existing and expanding businesses.

Among the services offered at ASBTDC regional offices are consulting, training and market research. Most services are offered free of charge.

The center at Arkansas Tech will serve Conway, Crawford, Franklin, Johnson, Logan, Pope, Scott, Sebastian and Yell counties.


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There are approximately 1,000 such centers around the nation, including seven in Arkansas.

Reser chosen to lead ASBTDC office at Tech Jim Reser, the first director of the new Arkansas Small

His past community involvement in Colorado includes

Business and Technology Development Center (ASBTDC)

serving as president of the Rotary Club in Durango,

regional office at Arkansas Tech in Russellville, believes that

president of the Cortez Area Chamber of Commerce

rebuilding relationships will be the most important task in

and chairman of the Montezuma Community Economic

rebuilding the economy in the post-recession world.

Development Association.

“The biggest challenge for businesses is to connect

Reser graduated from Fort Lewis College with a

with customers and to make them feel comfortable doing

Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration

business with us again,” said Reser. “People are very

in 1975. He earned a Master of Science degree in

unsettled, and now is a time when trust needs to be rebuilt.

management and organization from the University of Colorado at Denver in 1992.

“One of the issues that the ASBTDC has developed as a high priority is getting people connected with their customers,” continued Reser. “Those relationships are

He said that the reputation of the ASBTDC was among the key factors in luring him to the Natural State.

what are most damaged during times of uncertainty. We want to work with businesses to help them rebuild those

“The Arkansas Small Business and Technology

relationships with their customers and to build new

Development Center system has a marvelous

relationships, sometimes outside our normal customer

reputation across the entire country for its high level of


professionalism, its terrific support of entrepreneurs and small business people and its ability to connect local

Reser comes to Russellville with 18 years of consulting

people with highly sophisticated resources for market

and business coaching experience, including seven years

research and financing,” said Reser. “It’s just a top-quality

as the center director for the Small Business Development

program, so it’s a privilege to be a part of that and to offer

Center at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo.

that in this nine-county region.”

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Talk about a good first impression New academic advising center helps assure new students Volumes and volumes have been written about the importance of first impressions. Tour the new Arkansas Tech Academic Advising Center inside Rothwell Hall and it becomes obvious that incoming students’ first impressions of the university will never be the same again. The 5,000-square foot center has 12 offices for academic advisors, a reception area capable of seating 50 guests, a state-of-the-art computer lab and space for student workers. It will serve as the new “front door” for Arkansas Tech students beginning their pursuit of a college degree and as a safe haven for current students in need of a helping hand. “It is an amazing facility,” said Linda Clarke, director of the Arkansas Tech Academic Advising Center. “I dare

Clarke said that among the biggest improvements in the new advising center over the old one in Bryan Hall will be increased privacy for students when visiting with an advisor and a greater level of visibility among the campus community.

say that no college in the state has an advising center this nice. This facility far exceeds anything we could have planned, dreamed or thought possible.

“This location is ideal because so many students from so many different departments will have classes in this building,” said Clarke. “We will be much more in the

“When an incoming freshman walks in here for the

central flow of students and that will increase our ability

first time, he or she will have to believe that there are

to help students. With this much space, we will be

great things going on at Arkansas Tech,” continued

able to expand our services in ways that even we can’t

Clarke. “Those freshmen are going to be awed.”

imagine right now.”

Tyler to retire as College of Business dean The opening of Rothwell Hall is a time of new beginnings for the Arkansas Tech College of Business, but it also marks the end of an era. Dr. Tom Tyler, dean of the Arkansas Tech College of Business and a member of the Arkansas Tech faculty since 1967, announced in November that he would retire at the end of the 2009-10 academic year. “It has been a very rewarding experience to observe the progress of this institution over four decades and to see the success of our many graduates,” wrote Tyler in his letter of retirement. “In looking back, I made a very wise decision in 1967 to join the faculty at Arkansas Tech.”

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Alumni News

Monts chosen to join Hall of Distinction Dr. Lester P. Monts, a 1970 graduate of Arkansas Tech,

He went on to earn a Master of Music degree from the

has been chosen for the highest honor that the university

University of Nebraska and a Ph.D. in musicology from the

can bestow upon an alumnus.

University of Minnesota.

Monts will be inducted into the Arkansas Tech Hall

Monts served on the music faculties at Edinboro

of Distinction during spring commencement exercises

University, the University of Minnesota, Case Western

on Saturday, May 15, at John E. Tucker Coliseum in

Reserve University and the University of California at


Santa Barbara before embarking upon a career in higher education administration.

Monts will be the 101st person inducted into the Arkansas Tech Hall of Distinction under the Distinguished Alumnus category. He will be the 165th individual in the Hall of

Today, Monts is senior vice provost for academic affairs and professor of music at the University of Michigan. Monts is a lifelong advocate of diversity in education.

Distinction, which also has categories for Distinguished

The first African-American to live on the Arkansas

Service, Distinguished Alumni Service, Outstanding Young

Tech campus, Monts played a key role in preparing the

Alumnus and Distinction in Intercollegiate Athletics.

University of Michigan’s 2003 affirmative action case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Monts is a native of Little Rock. He graduated from Tech with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education.


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Monts and his wife, Jeanne, have three grown sons.

Alumni News

Eight elected to Tech Alumni Board Arkansas Tech University alumni have elected eight of their peers to represent them on the Arkansas Tech

• Ann Irwin (ENG ‘83) of Russellville; speechlanguage pathologist for Legacy Healthcare Services

Alumni Association Board of Directors. • Steve Pfeifer (RP ‘71) of Danville; retired from The latest additions to the Arkansas Tech Alumni

Danville School District

Board will serve a three-year term from January 2010-December 2012. They are:

• Kendall Tabor (MUS ‘89 & M.Ed. ‘92) of Russellville; music teacher for Wonderview School District

• John Carter (ECON ‘02) of Little Rock; vice president of commercial lending for Bank of the Ozarks

• Angie Wyatt (M.Ed. ‘03) of Clarksville; Clarksville Public Schools

• Molly Fleming (JOUR ‘09) of Benton; reporter for Benton Courier newspaper

Five individuals — Stan Graves, Alvin Lievsay, Stephanie Strack Mathis, Sharon Dixon Steele and Peggy

• Leslie Miller Harris (JOUR ‘08) of Van Buren;

Lawless Walter — rotated off the board in December.

teacher in Alma School District The end of the year also marked the end of Claude • Ronda Hawkins (BUAD ‘92) of Russellville; fuel program coordinator for WestAR Transolutions

Smith’s service as president of the Alumni Board. Howard Ritchie is the Alumni Board president for 2010.

Baldwin speaks to College of Business The Arkansas Tech

She was named Texas

University College of

Society of Certified Public

Business Distinguished

Accountants Accounting

Lecture Series welcomed Dr.

Educator of the Year in 1999.

Jane Baldwin to campus on Thursday, Nov. 12.

Baldwin received the

Baylor University Hankamer

A 1977 graduate of

School of Business Teaching

Arkansas Tech, Baldwin is

Excellence Award in April

the director of graduate


accounting programs and

professor of accounting at

“For me, teaching is a

Baylor University in Waco,

calling that was confirmed

Texas. She has served on the

when I taught my first class

Baylor faculty since 1981.

as an MBA student at Baylor,”

said Baldwin upon receiving

A native of Hot Springs,

the HSB Teaching Excellence

Baldwin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in

Award. “We give by teaching. But the very act of teaching

accounting from Arkansas Tech.

gives us back so much, inspiring us to teach better so we can give more.”

She went on to receive a Master of Business Administration degree from Baylor University and a Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas.

In November 2004, Baldwin was appointed to the Ernst and Young Teaching Fellowship in Accounting.

In 1991, Baylor business students presented Baldwin with the Most Popular Business Professor award.

The Arkansas Tech College of Business Distinguished Lecture Series is sponsored by Liberty Bank.

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Alumni News

Class of ‘59 gives Tech a new tradition It is part of the human condition to wonder what our legacy will be. At noon on Tuesday, Jan. 19, a group of Arkansas Tech University alumni had an opportunity to hear their legacy with their own ears. Members of the Arkansas Tech Class of 1959 reunion committee stood facing the south side of the Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center and heard the new electronic carillon bell system that they and their classmates made possible through their donations to the Arkansas Tech Foundation. The smiles on their faces told the story as they heard the system toll for the first of what will be thousands of times. The bells will chime at 15, 30 and 45 minutes after each hour, and they will ring at the top of each hour. The sound can be heard drifting over much of the university’s Russellville campus.


The system is currently set to play “Westminster Chimes,” Tech Action

but the computer-controlled system is capable of playing more than 2,000 different songs. “This gift is a demonstration of the deep affection and loyalty that the members of the Class of 1959 have for Arkansas Tech University,” said Angela Bonds, director of alumni relations. “Generations of current and future Tech students will have the common experience of hearing the chimes. We are very appreciative of the members of the Tech Class of 1959 for this thoughtful and meaningful gift to their alma mater.” Carolyn Leek Allen, Lou Nell McCraw Davis, Bob Edwards, Patsy Joyce Motley Miller, Van Tyson and Mary Ann Marrs Wilkins represented the Class of 1959 at the initial chiming of the bells. They were also members of the committee that planned the very successful Class of 1959 reunion at Homecoming 2009. Members of the reunion committee met at the Alumni House on a regular basis for several months leading up to Homecoming. They were greeted at the bell chiming and thanked for their gift to the university by Arkansas Tech President Dr. Robert C. Brown, Tech First Lady Mrs. Jill Brown and Bonds.

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Tech reaches miilestone at fall graduation Arkansas Tech has now conferred more degrees during Dr. Robert C. Brown’s 16-year tenure as president

Tech awarded 724 degrees in 1993-94. In 2008-09, Arkansas Tech presented graduates with 1,434 degrees.

than it did in the 84 years before his arrival combined. “This achievement in producing high-quality Between the time it was created by Act 100 of the

graduates for our state is a milestone that all of our

37th Arkansas General Assembly in 1909 and the spring

faculty, staff, alumni and friends should be proud of,”

of 1993, Arkansas Tech awarded 16,477 degrees.

said Brown. “It is the result of strategic planning by our campus community, shared governance between

From the time Brown became president on July

our faculty and administration and an ability to attract

1, 1993, through fall 2009 commencement, Tech has

many of the brightest students in our state to Arkansas

awarded 16,622 degrees to its graduates.

Tech University.

That means that as of December 2009, 50.2 percent

“But more than any other factor, this achievement

of the 33,099 degrees that Arkansas Tech has awarded

is a testament to my faculty colleagues,” continued

have been earned during the Brown presidency. The

Brown. “Their commitment to excellence in the

number of degrees conferred at Tech on an annual

classroom and their determination to aid our students

basis has increased by 98 percent over the past 15

in persisting toward graduation create the foundation


for all that we do.”

Watson honored by national organization Dr. John W. Watson, vice

Watson joined the Tech

president for academic affairs

faculty in 1978. From 2002-08,

at Arkansas Tech University,

he was dean of what is now the

has received the Mathematical

Arkansas Tech College of Applied

Association of America (MAA)


Certificate for Meritorious Service.

He was selected in June 2008

to succeed the retiring Dr. Jack

Watson was presented

Hamm as vice president for

with the award during a MAA

academic affairs.

conference Jan. 13-16 in San Francisco. He was selected for

In addition to his

the honor by the MAA Board

administrative role as vice

of Governors based on his

president, Watson also holds the

service contributions to the

rank of professor of mathematics


at Arkansas Tech.

Tarver named dean of Arts and Humanities Dr. H. Micheal Tarver, professor of history at Arkansas

As dean of the College of Arts and Humanities,

Tech, has been selected to serve as the new dean of the

Tarver will oversee seven departments — art, behavioral

Arkansas Tech College of Arts and Humanities.

sciences, English, foreign language, music, history and political science and speech, theatre and journalism.

Tarver joined the Tech faculty in 2002. He has been head of the Department of History and Political Science throughout his tenure with the university.

The College of Arts and Humanities offers 22 degrees and there are 87 faculty members on its staff.

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Today’s Tech

A HELPING HAND Pre-vet students give back It was a sound that any

They were greeted

Arkansan — even the furry,

by a dozen or so dogs

four-legged variety — could

of every shape, size and

easily identify.

background. Those canines

didn’t know it, but their

It was 11 days before

holiday season was about

Christmas and the pickup

to get much brighter

truck climbing the gravel

thanks to the hard work

road toward the Humane

and generosity of a group

Society of the Greater River

of Arkansas Tech students.

Valley location was driven

by Lisa Anderson, president

“I think I’m going to

Vet Club collected the food

Humane Society of the

of the Arkansas Tech

cry,” confessed Jan Plant,

over a period of two weeks.

River Valley have a space

University Pre-Vet Club.

director of the Humane

Faculty, staff and students

of 40 acres to explore,

Society of the Greater River

from across campus

but most of them seem

Chris Laughlin, a Tech

Valley, as the Tech students

contributed to the effort.

to prefer to stay close to

senior from Little Rock, was

began to unload the bounty

Plant as she goes about

her passenger. Courtney

from Anderson’s truck.

It was the second time

the daily chores of caring

Fisher, a Fort Smith native, Arkansas Tech junior and


treasurer of the Tech PreTech Action

Vet Club, followed close behind in her car.

The Arkansas Tech Pre-

that the Pre-Vet Club came

By the time they were

to the aid of the Humane

The dogs at the Greater

for them.

done, there were 700

Society of the Greater

pounds of dog food and a

River Valley. Club members

Plant when asked about

$120 donation to aid the

participated in a work day

the generosity shown by


at the location just south

the Tech students. “These

100 dogs under

of Hector on Nov. 14.

kids are just wonderful.

“I can’t believe it,” said

the care of the

We train our children, we

Humane Society

“When we came and

educate them and we hope

of the Greater

saw how many dogs they

they do right. It makes

River Valley.

had, we wanted to help as

you feel good and makes

much as we could,” said

you feel like we’ve done

“I was

Anderson. “They don’t

something right when you

astounded by

have a lot of funding, and

meet people like these who

how much food

it seemed like a natural

want to help.”

we collected,”

choice as something we

said Fisher. “This

should get involved with.”

will feed the dogs for about

Plant said that among

the items that the

Plant said that the

organization currently

a week, which

Humane Society of the

needs are blankets, dog

isn’t long, but it’s

Greater River Valley serves

beds, leashes, collars,

a week that the

an area that stretches

bleach, laundry detergent

dogs don’t have

from Fort Smith to Little

and the ever-present need

to worry about

Rock and from Dover to

of dog food.

going hungry


and it’s a week that Jan doesn’t

For more information She purchased the

about how you can aid the

have to worry

property in February 2009,

Humane Society of the

about scraping it

and she moved there in

Greater River Valley, call


April 2009.

(479) 284-2222.

Tech Centennial


Tech Timeline: 1979-93

Throughout the duration of the Arkansas Tech University centennial celebration, Tech Action will take a look back at some of the events that have shaped the institution during its first 100 years. In this issue, we look at 1979 through winter 1993. Winter 1979 Arkansas Tech (24-4 overall, 16-2 conference) wins its first AWISA conference championship in women’s basketball. The Golden Suns add AWISA titles in 1980, 1981 and 1982 before the NAIA adds women’s athletics before the start of the 1982-83 academic year. Fall 1980 Arkansas Tech tops the 3,000-student mark for the first time. 1982 Arkansas Tech student Elizabeth Ward is crowned Miss America. December 1982 A deluge of 10.8 inches of rain in a 24-hour period floods the campus and does $25,000 in damages. “Lake Wonder Boy” covers much of the west side of campus, and damage is done as far east as Tucker Coliseum. Fall 1983 Arkansas Tech wins the first of three consecutive AIC volleyball titles. Tech would go on to make it four years out of five by winning the 1987 AIC volleyball championship. 1985 Arkansas Tech University reorganizes its courses of study into five schools: the School of Business, the School of Education, the School of Liberal and Fine Arts, the School of Physical and Life Sciences and the School of Systems Science. In the years that follow, Tech adds one more school to its line-up: the School of Community Education and Professional Development. This system of organization would serve the university for a quarter-century. Winter 1985 Arkansas Tech (22-8 overall, 12-6 conference) captures its first AIC men’s basketball championship in 23 years.

Winter 1986 Arkansas Tech (23-3 overall, 17-1 conference) wins its first AIC women’s basketball title. The Suns go on to earn the AIC crown in nine of the league’s final 10 years before it dissolves after the 1994-95 academic year. Winter 1987 Arkansas Tech (29-7 overall) earns its first berth in the NAIA Final Four of the NAIA National Tournament for women’s basketball. The Golden Suns would return to the NAIA Final Four in 1988, 1989, 1992, 1993 and 1997.

William Lemley Faculty, 1967-92 & 2002

Winter 1988 Arkansas Tech (22-11 overall, 14-4 conference) wins the AIC men’s basketball title. May 1988 Corley Hall (named for Professor Dale Corley, teacher of accounting) is dedicated.

Gerald Edgar News Bureau/Faculty, 1957-86

March 10, 1992 Arkansas Tech captures its first-ever national championship when the Golden Suns basketball team defeats Wayland Baptist 84-68 in the finals of the NAIA National Tournament in Jackson, Tenn. The Golden Suns finish the season 35-1, including 29 consecutive wins to end the year.

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March 9, 1993 Carin Pinion makes a lay-up with 3 seconds remaining to give the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns a 76-75 win over Union (Tenn.) and a second consecutive NAIA national championship in women’s basketball. The 1992-93 Golden Suns were 31-5 overall. Winter 1993 Arkansas Tech wins the first of three consecutive AIC men’s basketball championships. The Wonder Boys were a combined 78-24 overall and 39-7 in AIC play during their championship seasons from 1992-93 through 1994-95.

Joe Foley Women’s Basketball Coach 1987-2003

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Tech Centennial

LEGENDS OF THE HARDWOOD Arkansas Tech hosted the greatest collection of basketball talent and knowledge ever assembled on its campus during a reunion event in February. The Centennial Celebration of Tech Basketball brought former players and coaches from seven decades back to campus. The weekend included a reception at Lake Point Conference Center on Friday, Feb. 12, and a luncheon the following day at Chambers Cafeteria East Dining Hall. The reunion participants were recognized during halftime of the Tech basketball games against Harding on Saturday, Feb. 13, and Coach Joe Foley’s former Golden Suns had a breakfast at Lake Point on Sunday, Feb. 14. Donovan Horn, Don Sevier


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Jimmy Cunningham, Mark Loris, Deward Dopson Wonder Girls Era Players

Jim Yeager, Lisa Vernon Bobby Stevens, Maxie Mathis

Tech Centennial

Travis Adams, Frank Nelson

Former Golden Suns Players

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Lynn Hindsman Hardin, Frank Davis

Coach Dopson’s Wonder Boys

Coach Hindsman’s Wonder Boys

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Development Corner

Tech Loyalty Fund makes a difference every day The importance of the Tech

Those gifts are used to provide

We appreciate all gifts equally and

Loyalty Fund, Tech’s annual giving

scholarships, to equip labs, to

value your support regardless of the

program, cannot be underestimated.

upgrade computer capabilities in

amount. The fact that you faithfully

classrooms, to purchase sheet

give, at any level, shows your loyalty

music and departmental supplies,

and belief in the mission of Tech. If

mission is to encourage annual

The Tech Loyalty Fund

and to assist student projects and

you have not yet made your Tech

private gifts to support the students,


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academic departments and collegiate programs of Arkansas Tech University during the current year.

giving year, you can do so online at All departments have benefited gifts for the University’s Greatest

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Need provide Tech the greatest

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greater than ever. In addition to the

flexibility, you may choose to direct

or your spouse works for a company

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annual direct-mail fund drive each

your contribution to the department,

that has a matching gift program.

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year, the Tech Loyalty Fund

program, or scholarship of your

Many companies provide matching


reaches out to alumni and friends


programs to encourage employees

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to support charitable and nonprofit The size of your gift isn’t what

organizations. To find out whether

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or honor or someone) are a wonderful Many organizations, foundations,

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Students today benefit from

When you make your gift, simply

of quality of the institution when

indicate whom the gift honors or

considering their investment in Tech.

memorializes and where you would

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list of tribute gifts made to the Tech

through gifts to the Tech Loyalty

confidence in Tech when making their

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choice of universities.

(through January 2010).

Tech Loyalty Fund picks Class of ‘10 Committee The Tech Loyalty Fund established a Senior Class Gift program in 2005 to heighten students’ awareness of the annual giving program prior to graduation with a goal of beginning a tradition of giving. The Arkansas Tech Class of 2010 committee members are: (back row, from left): Dustin Parsons, Kirsten Boyd, Cody McBride, Chyrl Plumb, Brad McBride, Jerry Bailey; (middle row, from left) Jemile Begmyradova, Autumn Laffoon, Tayler Melton, Tanna Bartlett, Taylor Gates, Sarah Curlin; (front row, from left) Jessica Bradshaw, Christina Keaster, Nikki Alderman, Savanna Knight and Kayla New.

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IN MEMORY/HONOR OF (July 2009 through January 2010) The following individuals made gifts to Tech in memory or in honor of a friend or loved one In Memory of Charles Adcock Deward and Anne Dopson

In Memory of Eugene Grant Deward and Anne Dopson

In Memory of Bill Morris Deward and Anne Dopson

In Memory of Steve “Mick” Allan Travis and Mary Ann Arterbury David and Dorothy Fike Ward and Selma Ramsay Hugh and Mary Silkensen Omar and Patricia Smith

In Memory of Nadean Crawley Harder Vincent Harder

In Memory of Joyce Newsom Deward and Anne Dopson

In Honor of Suzanne Harmon Faye Crumpler Johnny and Julie Morgan

In Memory of John Nutt Deward and Anne Dopson

In Memory of Noel Baker Deward and Anne Dopson

In Honor of Bill Harmon Faye Crumpler Johnny and Julie Morgan

In Memory of Bill “Blackie” Benton Deward and Anne Dopson In Honor of Angela Bonds William and Delores Thornsberry In Memory of Daisy Briscoe Bill and Cecelia Rothert In Honor of Jill Brown Johnny and Julie Morgan Michael Robinson In Honor of Dr. Robert C. Brown Johnny and Julie Morgan In Memory of Terry Brown Deward and Anne Dopson In Memory of Kent Butler Deward and Anne Dopson In Memory of David Camfield Deward and Anne Dopson In Memory of Jim Cain Deward and Anne Dopson In Memory of Alta Chastain Deward and Anne Dopson In Memory of Larry Coombes Deward and Anne Dopson In Memory of Dale Corley Deward and Anne Dopson In Memory of Dr. Henri Crawley Vincent Harder In Memory of John Danner Bill and Emily Callan In Honor of Duane Dipert Carol Dipert In Memory of Billy Bob Elliott Deward and Anne Dopson

In Memory of John Heard Louella Jones In Memory of Sam Hindsman Deward and Anne Dopson In Memory of EE Hudson Toni Bachman Les and Annielaura Jaggers-Grady Tommy and Linda Richardson Robert Hays and Martha Williams Rita Young

In Memory of Jack Presley Deward and Anne Dopson In Memory of John R. Randolph, Sr. John Robert Randolph, Jr. In Memory of Donald Gene Ruff Deward and Anne Dopson In Memory of Mary Russ Deward and Anne Dopson In Memory of Bryan Simpson Deward and Anne Dopson In Memory of David Small Mittie and Chester Small

In Memory of Neil Jackson Ronald and Brenda Partin

In Memory of Bruce Smith Deward and Anne Dopson

In Memory of Voris Johnson Deward and Anne Dopson

In Memory of Loren Smith David and Dana Moseley

In Honor of Jayne Jones William and Delores Thornsberry

In Memory of Selma Smith David and Dana Moseley Hilda Turner

In Memory of James K. King Mike and Patsy King In Memory of Bill Lemley Deward and Anne Dopson In Memory of Charles R. Lestage Johnny and Julie Morgan In Memory of Bob Leuken Deward and Anne Dopson In Honor of Dr. David Long Scott and Teresa Hinnershitz In Memory of Herman Long Deward and Anne Dopson In Memory of Dr. John Martin Bob and Carolyn Edwards In Memory of Tom Massey Deward and Anne Dopson In Memory of Dr. Jim Ed McGee Johnnie and Carolee Hamilton

In Memory of JJ Faulkner David and Dana Moseley Ben and Amber Pinter

In Memory of Ellis McIntosh Deward and Anne Dopson

In Memory of Joe Fletcher Deward and Anne Dopson

In Memory of Louise C. Mobley Richard Mobley

In Memory of Christina Stinnett Judy Murphy Chris and Elizabeth Stinnett Pat Woodson Ruby Rigdon Peggy Dumont In Memory of Raymond “Coon” Tabor Deward and Anne Dopson In Memory of Bill Tygart Deward and Anne Dopson In Memory of Marion Underhill Deward and Anne Dopson In Memory of Sara Drue Watson Richard Mobley In Memory of Gene Wallick Deward and Anne Dopson In Memory of Charles Wilkins III Richard Mobley In Honor of Martha Williams Bob and Becky Townsell

Brick Program Reminder Leave your mark on the Tech landscape by purchasing your personalized brick through the Development website at Order by May 1 to have your brick installed at Centennial Plaza by Homecoming 2010. For more information, contact Debra Fithen at (479) 968-0400 or

In Memory of Robert Hays Williams Travis and Lou Adams David Bewley Boyd and Marlene Boen Leo and Michiko Bowman Larry and Mary Branch Lou Brookshear Gene Buinger Stephen and Barbara Carr Olen Churchill Richard and Mary Cohoon Barry Coplin Larry and Mary Nell Cotton Bill and Ann Davis Susie Deaton Scotty Douthit Robert and Susan Dunn Bob and Carolyn Edwards John and Penny Fox Roberta Gifford Diane Glowacki Diane Glowacki Patricia Hagemeier Donis Hamilton Joseph and Mary Helen Henry Tom and Jayne Jones John and Martha Kooistra John Krohn Fritz Kronberger and Sharon Trusty John and Kathryn Martin George and Carolyn McLellan Glenn and Virginia Morrison David and Dana Moseley David and Dana Moseley Thomas and Belinda Neal James Niven Richard and Sue Niven George and Betty Overbey Joyce Patton Ellen Paul Flave and Ella Ann Peters Paula Phillips Steve Pittman Nadine Rail Mary Ann Rollans Alton and Ann Rye Alton and Ann Rye Charles Rye Sheila Rye Clyde Scott LeMoyne Smith Gary and Peggy Stratton Amy Sutton Bob and Becky Townsell Bobbie and Verna Turner Mac and Donna Van Horn Marcia Van Horn Louise Watkins Roger and Jane Williams Larry and Sue Zimmerman In Memory of Auzie Wofford Deward and Anne Dopson David and Dana Moseley

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Class Notes Marriages Joe Buck Brunson (HEPE ’02) and Brittany Raeann Mainer (AAS-BST ’07 & BPS ’09) were married June 18, 2009. Joe is employed by County Line High School. Brittany works at Arkansas Tech-Ozark Campus. Wade Whittington (BIOL ’02) and Martha Patterson were married June 13, 2009. Wade is a chemist with Tyson Foods. They live in Fayetteville. Elizabeth Bowles (HEPE ’04 & M.Ed. PE ’05) and Austin Sharp were married Dec. 20, 2009. Elizabeth is pursuing a Ph.D. in health and human performance at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. Rachael Elizabeth Hays (ECED ’04 & MTLL ’08) and Michael Lavell Hearndon were married June 6, 2009. Rachael is a fifth grade teacher at Austell Intermediate School in Atlanta, Ga. They live in Atlanta. Angela Rose Sidler (ECON ’04) and Matthew Alistar Satori were married Oct. 24, 2009. They live in Abilene, Texas. Aaron Joe Robertson (EAM ’05) and Jessica Lynn


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Martindale were married July 25, 2009. They live in Bryant. Lee Daniel Green (RPA ’06) and Meagan Lucyle Zumwalt (RPA ’09) were married Oct. 17, 2009. They live in London. Benjamin David Hogan (MUED ’06) and Elizabeth Michele Virden were married June 20, 2009. Benjamin is a band director at Morrilton Junior High School. Brittany Jarnagan (MUED ’06) and Chase Jones were married Nov. 21, 2009. Brittany teaches music at Maddux Elementary School in West Memphis. They live in Marion.


Andrea Elizabeth Bailey (HEPE ’07) and Justin W. Fournier (BSBA ’07) were married June 27, 2009. They live in Conway. Jacqlyn Mary McKeever (CREAT WRIT ’07) and Clinton David Lowrey were married June 13, 2009.

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Michael Moats (HIST ’08) and Lynsey Thomas (MLED ’08) were married June 20, 2009. Lynsey teaches sixth grade language arts at Helen Tyson Middle School in Springdale. Michael is in law school.

Ashley White (ECON ’08) and Josh Hubbard were married Oct. 17, 2009. Brianna Green (REHAB SCI ’09) and Jordan Harris were married June 6, 2009. Brianna is employed by Ozark Guidance. They live in Springdale. Marika Ann Moore (SOC ’09) and Kenneth Britton Lederman were married Dec. 5, 2009. They live in Russellville.

Births Karen McClendon Sims (HIST EDU ’90 & M.Ed. ’06) and Robby Sims (BUAD ’92), a daughter, Annie Laura, Jan. 13, 2010. Loretta Stanton McKenzie (REHAB SCI ’91) and her husband, Craig, a son, Corban Blake, Sept. 17, 2009. Corban has a brother, Lance, and a sister, Katelyn. Chrystal Andrews Hall (BIOL ’96) and her husband, Matthew, a daughter, Mattie Suzanne, Nov. 6, 2009. Anthony Miller (ELED ’96) and his wife, Kimberly, a daughter, Riley Isabelle, Dec. 29, 2009. Clint Bell (MATH ’97) and Amy Curtis Bell (MGMT/MKTG ’98 & ACCT ’09), a son, Jonathon Matthew, July 21, 2009. Jonathon has a big sister, Laurie. Julie Wilkins Scott (MED TECH ’98) and her husband, Matthew, a son, Hogan Fletcher, July 13, 2009. Hogan has two brothers, Harrison (7) and Heath (4). They live in Russellville. Angela Kleck Harris (ELED ’01) and her husband, JaRon, a son, Jensen Tyler, Sept. 5, 2009. Jeremy Lawson (MGMT/MKTG /01) and his wife, Andrea, a son, Parker Cash, Dec. 2, 2009. Stewart McEntyre (MECH ENGR ’01) and Chrissy Weaver McEntyre (NURS ’02), a daughter, Kinley Reece, Nov. 6, 2009. Kinley has a brother, Brady (3). Melissa Allen (EAM ’02) and her husband, Mike, a daughter, Evelyn Virginia, Oct. 5, 2009. Evelyn has a brother, Andrew (4), and a sister, Isabel (3). They live in Richlands, N.C.

Class Notes Brock Wooldridge (ACCT & ECON ’02) and his wife, Laura, a son, Luke Purcell, Oct. 17, 2009. Brandy Young Crandall (HOSP ADMIN ’05) and her husband, Glenn, a daughter, Abigail Jane, April 8, 2009. Erik Enderlin (EAM ’05) and his wife, Tera, a son, Easton Brant, Dec. 13, 2009. They live in Kansas City, Mo. Heather Rood Ramsey (ART ’05) and her husband,

1970s Bob Baugh (HEPE ’73) retired from Merck on Nov. 1, 2009, after 27 years with the Fortune 500 company. Mark Eakin (ENGR ’75) joined Brown Engineers LLC of Little Rock as a senior project engineer. Steve Workman (MUED ’76) was named to the Oklahoma Music Educators Association Hall of Fame in January 2010.

Jason, a daughter, Dylan Ruth, Dec. 2, 2009.

1980s Ashley Archer Baker (GEOL ’06) and Brett Baker (BIOL ’07), a daughter, Belle Ashton, Dec. 31, 2009. Thomas Scott (MECH ENGR ’06) and Brook Moudy Scott (ECED ’07), a daughter, Briley Kate, Oct. 28, 2009. Bethanie Barton Tyler (MGMT/MKTG ’06) and her husband, Jake, a son, Connor Dalton, Sept. 10, 2009. Connor has a sister, Aubrey (2). They live in Appleton. Wilson Short (EAM ’08) and his wife, Adrienne, a son, Gene Weston, Jan. 31, 2010. Gene has a brother, Ramsay (4). They live in Dardanelle.


Kyle Parker (POL SCI ’80) was named vice chancellor for planning and technology at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith. Steve Anderson (HEPE ’81) represented Arkansas public school superintendents in the 2008-09 Texas Superintendent Leadership Academy at Lamar University in Beaumont. Tom Jones (AGBU ’82) was elected secretary-treasurer of Arkansas Farm Bureau. Winter 2010

John Carroll (AGBU ’83) was selected as one of five


new board members for Arkansas Farm Bureau. Jeananne Cooper Hawking (JOUR ’85) was named

Marion T. Mathis (AGBU ’56) and Treva Martin

director of sales and marketing at the Wyndham

Mathis celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary

Riverfront Hotel in North Little Rock.

on Aug. 22, 2009. Marion is retired from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services. They live in

Rayanne Story (PRE-PHARM ’85) is serving as


president of the Arkansas Association of Health System Pharmacists.

George Dahlke (AGBU ’58) and Esta Mae Norman Dahlke celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary

Benny McClure (AGBU ’86) and Tara Givens McClure

on Sept. 5, 2009. George is retired from the Soil

celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on Oct. 4,

Conservation Service. They live in North Little Rock.

2009. They live in Springdale.

1960s Bill Bergen (MUED ’61) and Rebecca Hunt Bergen

Craig Rivaldo (BUAD ’87) was selected to serve on the first advisory board for Arvest Equipment Finance. He is Arvest executive vice president in Fort Smith.

(MUED ’61) celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Dec. 27, 2009. They live in Siloam Springs.

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David Ward (ECON ’88) was named vice president for commercial lending at Bank of the Ozarks in Russellville.

Barbara Graves (’67) was elected vice chair of the advisory board for Centennial Bank in the Little Rock

Donna Rogers (BUAD ’89) joined United Federal Credit

region. She has owned Barbara Graves Intimate

Union as assistant branch manager for its Van Buren

Fashions in Little Rock since 1973.


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Class Notes 1990s Tressie Lambert Fowler (ELED ’94 & MSE GTED ’00) was accepted into the doctorate program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock for fall 2010. She plans to pursue a degree in faculty leadership. Tressie teaches fourth grade for the Danville School District. Rhonda Horton (NURS ’95) was promoted to program director for Arkansas Hospice in Conway and Russellville.

Amy Turner Mersiovsky (NURS ’98) earned a Master of Science degree in nursing from the University of Mary Hardin Baylor in Belton, Texas, on Dec. 11, 2009. She accepted a teaching position in the nursing program at McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas. Allison Snider Smedley (RPA ’98) was named U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Southwestern Division Interpreter of the Year for her efforts to promote water safety.


Kevin Jones (ECON ’95) joined the corporate and

H. Wayne Young Jr. (HIST ’00) was elected as a partner

securities group of Jaskcon Walker LLP in Dallas, Texas.

at the law firm of Friday, Eldredge and Clark LLP. He is

Kevin is a graduate of the University of Arkansas School

practicing out of the Little Rock office.

of Law. Brock Holman (ACCT ’01) was named vice president of Marvin C. Horn (REHAB SCI ’96) was certified as an

finance at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff.

alcohol and drug counselor. Luke Leeds (BIOL ’01) was named 2009 employee of the Brad Niemann (HIST ’96) of Cliff Goodin and Associates

year at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Russellville.

in Russellville was appointed to the Federal Taxation


Committee. The board consists of just 38 realtors from

Jennifer Scheible (NURS ’01) of Arkansas Hospice

across the nation.

Russellville was named education coordinator for the organization’s quality and education department.

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Alan W. Todd (BUAD ’97) was promoted to captain in the U.S. Navy. He is currently serving in the Navy Reserves

John Carter (ECON ’02) was named vice president of

Civil Engineer Corps.

commercial lending for Bank of the Ozarks in Little Rock.

Class Notes Lance Carpenter (EAM ’03) is a finalist in a

Arlene Jakubec Cross (ACCT ’08) was hired as a staff

song-writing contest sponsored by the Nashville

accountant with Rasco Winter Abston Moore and

Songwriters Association International. He and Scott

Associates in Little Rock.

Tonkinson co-wrote a song entitled “I Would Be Too” that is one of 10 songs under consideration. The winner of the

Greg Dickerson (MGMT/MKTG ’08) joined the staff

competition will receive a mentoring session with a music

of Whitson-Morgan Motor Company in Clarksville.

publisher and tickets to attend the 2011 Country Music Adrienne Gautier Woods (HIST ’08) is attending the

Television Awards.

University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville. Jessica Whiteaker (ACCT & MGMT/MKTG ’06) joined the

She and her husband, Jonathan, celebrated their first

staff of Engelkes and Felts LTD.

wedding anniversary on Feb. 28, 2010.

Amanda Strange (ACCT ’07) was promoted to senior

Brandon D. Faircloth (NURS ’09) joined the U.S. Army

status in the Fort Smith office of BKD LLP.

at the rank of Second Lieutenant on Dec. 19, 2009.


Today’s Tech Ahrens crowned Miss Tech 2010 Freshman Lindsey Ahrens of Russellville was crowned Miss Tech 2010 on Feb. 26 during the 55th annual Miss Arkansas Tech University Scholarship Pageant at Witherspoon Auditorium. Ahrens will receive a two-semester tuition scholarship at Arkansas Tech and more than $3,000 in gift certificates from area businesses. She will represent Arkansas Tech in the 2010 Miss Arkansas Pageant July 14-17 in Hot Springs.

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Obituaries tech

Friends We’ll Miss

Jessie Vernon Harkreader (’30) died Jan. 22, 2010. She

Kathleen Louise Patterson Turner Dawson (’50) died

served as a school teacher in western Arkansas. Survivors

Dec. 27, 2009. Kathleen marketed her hand-made soaps

include her grandchildren, Alicia Dooly, Angela Wimberly,

and skin balms for many years on both the local and

Jamie Patterson and Andrea Nevel. Jessie lived in Barling.

national level. She also prepared income tax returns for

She was 99.

more than 50 years. Survivors include her sons, Jeffrey P. Turner, Alexander B. Dawson and Bruce C. Dawson;

Berniece Eidson Thompson (ELED ’35) died Dec. 19,

stepson, Jimmy Turner; stepdaughter, Janet Smalley;

2009. She was a school teacher and substitute teacher in

brother, James J. Patterson; and sisters, Alice Stroman,

Arkansas River Valley schools in the years following her

Grace McGehee, Elizabeth Milligan and Eleanor Hodges.

graduation from Tech. She and her late husband, Troy

Kathleen lived in Rison. She was 78.

Leon Thompson, lived around the United States before returning to the Russellville area for good in the 1970s.

Creed Carlton Tolson Sr. (BUAD/MKTG ’50) died Dec.

Survivors include her son, Dr. Troy L. Thompson II; and

4, 2009. He was a veteran of World War II, and he owned

sisters, Hilda Gill, Irene Henry and Sara McCormick.

Creed’s Drive-In in Russellville during the 1950s. He later

Berniece lived in Russellville. She was 95.

served as golf professional at Belmont Country Club in Fresno, Calif. Survivors include his sons, Creed Carlton

Elmo Browning (PRE-LAW ’37) died Feb. 23, 2010. He

Tolson Jr. and Thomas Judson Tolson. Creed lived in Hot

was a veteran of World War II, a graduate of the University

Springs. He was 87.

of Arkansas School of Law and retired from careers as an


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attorney and owner/broker for Browning Forest Products.

Joe Wayne McCurdy (’61) died Dec. 18, 2009. He was a

He was a member of the Wonder Boys baseball team

lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He later had a career in the

during his days as a student at Arkansas Tech. The highest

construction industry in sales, home construction and the

annual giving level in the Tech Loyalty Fund is named the

design of houses. Survivors include his wife of 48 years,

Elmo Browning Society in his honor. He is survived by his

Bonnie McConnell McCurdy; daughter, Brenda McCurdy;

son, Bill Browning. Elmo lived in Little Rock. He was 93.

and son, Allen McCurdy. Joe lived in Dardanelle. He was 71.

Gladys Benham Wiechmann (HOME EC ’37) died July 2, 2008. She taught elementary school in Hobbs, N.M. for

James Deff Davis Jr. (RPA ’78) died Jan. 1, 2010. He was

33 years. She and her husband of 53 years, the late Carl

an inventor and U.S. patent illustrator. Survivors include

Wiechmann, owned Wiechmann Nursery in Hobbs for 50

his wife, JoAnne Davis; and daughters, Bonnie Hawthorne,

years. Survivors include her brothers, Glendon Benham

Delinda Goolsby and Regina Dalton. James lived in Dover.

and Cobb Benham; and sister, Pauline Eilers. Gladys lived

He was 64.

in Idalou, Texas. She was 93. Pete Vorster (ACCT ’82) died July 29, 2009. He was Cornie B. Curry Jr. (’46) died Nov. 17, 2009. He was a

employed as an auditor with the Division of Legislative

veteran of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam

Audit for the State of Arkansas for 22 years. Survivors

War. He retired from the U.S. Army in 1967 at the rank of

include his wife, Donna Carol Vorster; son, William Vorster;

major. Survivors include his wife, Patricia Hunter Curry;

daughter, Laura Vorster; mother, Anna Vorster Furstenberg;

daughter, Elizabeth Corley; and sisters, Virginia Rea and

stepfather, Adrian Furstenberg; brother, David Vorster;

Dixie Clem. Cornie lived in Booneville. He was 85.

and sisters, Debra Vorster and Joan Stone. Pete lived in Dardanelle. He was 55.

J.B. George (BUAD/MKTG ’48) died Oct. 24, 2009. J.B. was a veteran of World War II. He worked as personnel

Cindy Smith Konert (NURS ’90) died Nov. 25, 2009.

and safety manager for Bibler Brothers Lumber Company.

Survivors include her husband, Tom Konert; daughter,

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Imodell George;

Meghan Konert; son, Jackson Konert; parents, Freta and

son, Rick George; and daughter, Teri Tolar. J.B. lived in

Herb Smith; and brother, Marquis Smith. Cindy lived in

Russellville. He was 85.

Van Buren. She was 44.

Obituaries Alan Cozart (’89) died Nov. 28, 2009. He was All-

Richard Tripp Taylor (ALUM) died Feb. 17, 2010.

America in 1989 as a member of the Arkansas Tech

Survivors include his father, Richard L. Taylor; and

basketball team. He helped Tech capture the 1988

mother and stepfather, Shirley and Dan Johnson. Tripp

Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference title and he was a

lived in Pottsville. He was 27.

two-time All-AIC selection. Alan was inducted into the Arkansas Tech Hall of Distinction under the Distinction in Intercollegiate Athletics Category in 2008. Survivors include his wife, Jeanne; daughter, Brittney Renee Cozart; son, Brantley Turner Cozart; stepsons, Hooper Vint and Pense Gammill; sister, Bradi Cozart; and mother, Molly Cozart. Alan lived in Bryant. He was 44. Janan Grace Hudson Taylor (ART ’92) died Dec. 19, 2009. She was a substitute teacher and volunteer at Center Valley Elementary School in Russellville. Survivors include her husband, Brent Taylor; son, Kyle Taylor; daughter, Morgan Taylor; parents, Don and Janie Bowden Hudson; sister, Linda Davis; and brother, Gary

Dr. John Lee Martin (FMR FACULTY) died Nov. 4, 2009. A veteran of World War II, John joined the Arkansas Tech faculty in 1983 and was department head for physical sciences from 1986-91. Survivors include his wife, J. Kathryn Martin; and children, William, John, Sally Elizabeth and David Paul. John lived in Russellville. He was 85. Dr. William C. Titus (FMR FACULTY) died Dec. 2, 2009. Bill retired from Arkansas Tech as an associate professor of psychology in 2005 following a 21-year career with the university. He served as a consultant for the Academic Partnership in Public Child Welfare, and

Don Hudson. Janan lived in Russellville. She was 42.

he gave of his time to train foster parents in a nine-

Ryan White (HEPE ’05) died Feb. 22, 2010. He was

Vonna F. Titus; and children, Andrea Swan, Christine

head baseball coach at Senatobia High School (Miss.). Ryan is Arkansas Tech’s all-time hit king in baseball. He notched 250 career base hits 2002-05. He also holds school records for career doubles (59) and career total bases (381). Ryan was the 2003 Gulf South Conference batting champion with an average of .446. Survivors include his parents, Jan and Tommy White. Ryan lived in Southaven, Miss. He was 27.

county region of Arkansas. Survivors include his wife, Titus and Patrick Titus. Bill lived in Hattieville. He was 56. Roy Bewley (FMR STAFF) died Dec. 9, 2009. He was a

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veteran of World War II and retired as director of ROTC building maintenance at Arkansas Tech. Survivors include his son, Don Bewley. Roy lived in Russellville. He was 94.

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