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Tech Action Winter 2013 Lamoureux becomes second Tech alumnus elected to lead Arkansas Senate. See pages 6-7.

Col. Carl Baswell inducted into Hall of Distinction. See pages 4-5.

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President: Jim White ‘78

Arkansas Tech University has selected three of its alumni to receive the highest honor that the institution can bestow upon an individual. Terry Tucker Rothwell and Ben Rothwell of Heber Springs and Jim Murphy of Russellville were chosen for induction into the Arkansas Tech Hall of Distinction by the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees during its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, Nov. 15.

of Science degree in economics and finance, Murphy is employed by Brown and Brown Insurance.

The Rothwells will both be inducted under the Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna category, while Murphy will be inducted under Distinguished Alumni Service.

Photographed, Right: Jim Murphy

as president of the Arkansas Tech Alumni Association Board of Directors and as a member of the Hindsman

The induction ceremony will take place during

Tower fundraising committee and the Council of

Arkansas Tech spring commencement at John E. Tucker

Photographed, Left: Terry and Ben Rothwell

As an advocate for his alma mater, Murphy has served


Coliseum in Russellville on Saturday, May 11, 2013. Terry Rothwell graduated from Arkansas Tech in 1974

Arkansas Tech Alumni T-Club in 2010 and a member of

with a Bachelor of Science degree in business education.

the executive committee during the organization’s first

After a career in education, she founded Technetics


Corporation in 1985 and rebranded the company as

Kelly Davis ‘81 Director of Alumni Relations and the Tech Loyalty Fund

President-Elect: Todd Sweeden ‘76

Celerit in 2002.

in 1964. It recognizes the accomplishments of Arkansas

Mrs. Rothwell is a past chairman of the Arkansas Tech

Tech alumni and friends in five categories: Distinguished

Board of Trustees. She currently serves on the Arkansas

Alumnus/Alumna, Distinguished Alumni Service,

Tech University Facilities Foundation Board and on the

Outstanding Young Alumnus/Alumna, Distinction in

Arkansas Tech College of Business Advisory Council.

Intercollegiate Athletics and Distinguished Service (non-

Ben Rothwell earned Bachelor of Science degrees in

Jim White ‘78 12/13

Sandy Smith ‘86 12/14

Cody Hill ‘07 12/15

Sue Chiolino ‘68 12/13

Vickie Yates ’79 & ‘89 12/13

Matthew White ‘06 12/14

Sherry Nordin Polsgrove ‘81 12/15

Brenda Metcalf Hipp ‘63 12/13

Jim Higgs ‘73 12/14

Steve Kesner ‘77 12/13

Truman Hill ‘70 12/14

Cara Hammond Witherspoon ‘78 12/14 Dustin Parsons ‘10 12/15 Justin Price ‘01 12/15 Jared Wood ‘97 12/14

Tayler Melton ‘10 12/13

Sarah Beth Phillips ‘06 12/14

Leila Bean Alston ‘77 12/15

Melissa Owens Steeves ‘07 12/15

Todd Sweeden ‘76 12/13

Joshua Ray ‘06 12/14

Susan McIntyre Dunn ‘83 12/15

Kendall Tabor ‘89 & ‘92 12/15

Ciba Vision. He aided in the creation and management of

Jimmy Rofkahr, Ozark Campus Rep.

Celerit, a company that specializes in bank data services.

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The Arkansas Tech Hall of Distinction was established

Katherine Nunn Bowden ‘54 12/13

Director of Alumni Relations & Tech Loyalty Fund Kelly Davis Coordinator of Young Alumni & Student philanthropy Alison Parks Coordinator of Alumni Communications & Activities Aaron Jones Alumni Office Administrative Assistant Terry Holland-Finley

A 1971 graduate of Arkansas Tech with a Bachelor

Murphy was also instrumental in the creation of the

Alumni Association Board of Directors

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Rothwells, Murphy earn greatest honor at Arkansas Tech


chemistry and biology from Arkansas Tech in 1975. His

With the addition of Murphy and the Rothwells,

career in financial services and corporate management

there will be 175 members of the Arkansas Tech Hall of

has included work with Merrill Lynch, A.G. Edwards and

Distinction. Nominations for the Hall of Distinction may be

made by any graduate of Arkansas Tech, any current or

Mr. Rothwell serves on the Arkansas Tech University

former member of the faculty or administration of Tech,

Foundation Board of Directors and on the Arkansas Tech

any currently enrolled full time student at Tech or any

College of Business Advisory Council.

member of the Hall of Distinction. Nominations may not

be made by a family member of the nominee.

The Rothwells’ support of Arkansas Tech was recognized at Homecoming 2010 when Rothwell Hall,

For more information about nominating an individual

home of the Arkansas Tech College of Business and the

for the Arkansas Tech Hall of Distinction, visit

Roy and Christine Sturgis Academic Advising Center, was, call (479) 968-0242 or send e-mail

named in their honor.


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Alumni News

Alumni News

Thanking Mrs. Shirley

Outgoing alumni board president recognized There are two certainties at the end of each semester

Last summer, she staffed a table outside the Roy and

at Arkansas Tech University — students will be nervous

Christine Sturgis Academic Advising Center and spoke

about final exams, and Shirley Drewry Dodd will be among

with incoming freshmen about the importance of the

the Tech alumni there to comfort them with free breakfast

Arkansas Tech Alumni Association.

and a smile. During her year as president, Dodd inducted Dodd, member of the Arkansas Tech Class of 1959,

approximately 2,000 new faces into the Arkansas Tech

recently completed her year of service as president of the

Alumni Association by participating in commencement

Arkansas Tech Alumni Association Board of Directors.


Her year as president came after a three-year term as a member of the Tech Alumni Board.

Leila Bean Alston

Susan McIntyre Dunn

Cody Hill

Dustin Parsons

Sherry Nordin Polsgrove

Justin Price

Melissa Owens Steeves

Kendall Tabor

“It was intimidating,” said Dodd when asked about speaking at graduation. “I think we are raising students that are aware that the Arkansas Tech Alumni Association

Shirley Dodd, Kelly Davis

“I think, honestly, it was about my second Alumni

isn’t just for our older alumni, and that’s important.”

Board meeting that I decided this is what I need to do,” said Dodd. “It was one way that I could pay back. I started

Dodd also attended meetings of the Arkansas Tech

then looking to find out how I could stay involved. I

Foundation Board of Directors, participated in career fairs

visited with Howard Ritchie, and he told me that past

on campus and was on hand for the beginning of school

presidents are invited to all meetings. So, I followed his

meeting for all faculty members in August 2012.

lead. I will continue. I’ve told Terry (Holland-Finley) in the


alumni office that unless I call and let her know otherwise, Tech Action

“Shirley loves Arkansas Tech,” said Kelly Davis, director

she can go ahead and put me down for attending all of

of alumni relations and the Tech Loyalty Fund at Arkansas

the meetings.”

Tech. “Her activities and her passion for this university define what it means to be an active alumnus or alumna. I

Spending every morning for most of two weeks each

am proud to know that even though her year of service as

year serving breakfast to anxious students during final

president is over, we will still be able to count on

exams is only part of Dodd’s service to her alma mater.

Mrs. Shirley as an advocate for Arkansas Tech.”

Alumni Board leaders for 2013-14 take office Jim White of Rogers took the reins as president of the Arkansas Tech Alumni Association Board of Directors and Todd Sweeden of Russellville was chosen as president elect of the Tech Alumni Association Board of Directors during the organization’s first meeting of 2013 on Jan. 26. White (photographed, right) is facilities director of

Alumni Board adds eight for 2013-15 Arkansas Tech University has enlisted the volunteer service of eight individuals who will join the Tech Alumni Association Board of Directors for a three-year term from 2013-2015.

nominations is Sept. 1 of each year. Those nominations are forwarded to a five-person selection committee,

• Leila Bean Alston (Class of 1977, Little Rock)

which in turn presents no more than eight names for

• Susan McIntyre Dunn (Class of 1983, Little Rock)

consideration to the vice president for development at

• Cody T. Hill (Class of 2007, Morrilton)

Arkansas Tech.

• Dustin M. Parsons (Class of 2010, Benton) • Sherry Nordin Polsgrove (Class of 1981, Russellville)

The vice president for development reviews the

• Justin Price (Class of 2001, Russellville)

recommendations and forwards them to the university

• Melissa Owens Steeves (Class of 2007, Rogers)

president, who makes recommendations to the

• Kendall Tabor (Class of 1989, Russellville)

Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees completes the process by appointing eight new

“These eight individuals have made a commitment to

members each year.

and physical education. He has worked in the schools

go above and beyond the normal responsibilities of an

at Rogers for more than 30 years, serving in the roles of

alumnus and partner with the university over the next

coach, teacher and administrator along the way.

three years,” said Kelly Davis, director of alumni relations

member from the 2010-12 board membership cycle.

and the Tech Loyalty Fund. “We are appreciative of their

John Carter (‘02), Molly Fleming (‘09), Leslie Miller Harris

willingness to serve in this leadership capacity. With their

(‘08), Ronda Hawkins (‘92), Ann Irwin (‘83), Steve Pfeifer

Florist in Russellville. He serves on the Russellville Area

help, the Arkansas Tech Alumni Association will continue

(‘71) and Angie Wyatt (‘03) completed three-year terms

Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

to grow and prosper.”

on the Alumni Board in December 2012.

Sweeden (photographed, left) is owner of Sweeden

Todd Sweeden, Jim White

The Arkansas Tech Office of Alumni Services receives and processes the nominations for review. Deadline for

Those eight alumni are:

the Rogers School District. He graduated from Arkansas Tech in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science degree in health

Nominations for the Alumni Board may be made by any alumnus or alumna of Arkansas Tech University.

Tabor is the lone returning Tech Alumni Board

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Cover Story

Cover Story

The Gentleman from Pope County

Lamoureux leads Arkansas Senate during 89th assembly

The right time to seek political office arrived shortly thereafter. Lamoureux was elected to the Arkansas House of Representatives

Michael Lamoureux arrived as a

in 2002.

freshman at Arkansas Tech University in fall 1993 with a fondness for

“After campaigning for the first

basketball, so much so that he thought about pursuing a career as a

time and then being in the session


for the first time, I remember

thinking how little what we talked

But there was another emerging

about in the campaign was reflected

passion in the young man’s life –

in what we actually did,” said

politics. Now, two short decades

Lamoureux. “I think with term limits

after he enrolled at Arkansas Tech,

and the rapid turnover, you see a lot

Lamoureux joins Stanley Russ as the

of campaign rhetoric that doesn’t

only Arkansas Tech alumni to serve

really apply to reality. Some of it is

as president pro tempore of the

intentional, and some of it is just

Arkansas State Senate.

not knowing any better.”

Lamoureux is leading the

Lamoureux was re-elected in

35-person body during the 89th

2004 and 2006, taking him to the

Arkansas General Assembly, which

maximum number of two-year terms (3) permitted by term limit

began on Jan. 14.


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“I’m not a person that intends to

Lamoureux first became familiar

“There was some catching up for

laws in the Arkansas House of Representatives.

with Arkansas Tech during his youth

me to do, but Tech was a great place

run for a higher office, so in the small

by attending basketball camps and

for me. I might not have done as well

world I live in this is the high point of

by going to Tucker Coliseum to cheer

somewhere else with huge classes

my public service,” said Lamoureux.

on Wonder Boys and Golden Suns

and limited faculty interaction. I really

limit days, most every community

basketball teams.

benefited from the faculty.”

had someone who had been in

Born in Springfield, Mo., Lamoureux moved to Dover just before he started kindergarten.

He describes choosing Arkansas Tech for his college experience as

“the natural thing to do” since he was

He was a student at Dover High

comfortable there and the majority

School when the political bug first bit. “Really early on in high school, I started volunteering in campaigns,”

“In Arkansas, during pre-term

the legislature for a long time and

That mentoring led Lamoureux to

everyone knew if they needed

consider a career in law.

something to go to that person,”

- Senator Michael Lamoureux

a lot more detached.”

Even with a decade-plus of service in the Arkansas Legislature, Lamoureux still sought advice from his predecessor when he was chosen to serve as president pro tempore of the senate. “I try to think long-term,” said Lamoureux. “Bob Johnson served in this position before me. He told me that people will be coming to me all day asking for things, and if I’m not saying no nine out of 10 times, I’m not doing the state a proper service. If it’s a true team approach, everyone can live with it. But if they think I am getting everything I want

“There’s a lot more community involvement and a lot more citizen involvement,” continued Lamoureux. “There are aspects of that change that are really good in terms of keeping the public involved. There are aspects of it that are not so good, but on the whole I would consider that a positive.” After not appearing on a ballot in 2008, Lamoureux returned to politics in 2009 when he ran for and won the Arkansas Senate seat vacated by the retirement of Sharon Trusty.

said Lamoureux. “Now, I think that’s “It was about halfway through

and they don’t get anything they want, that won’t last very long at all.” One thing that has lasted a long time is Lamoureux’s loyalty to and affection for Arkansas Tech. “Everyone who lives in this area has a fondness for Tech, but now as people from other parts of the state come to visit they are very impressed and sometimes surprised compared to what they used to think of Tech,” said Lamoureux. “It’s now a statewide institution. There

As one of the most experienced

are people from all over Arkansas

of his friends were planning on

my studies here at Tech,” said

active legislators at the State

that want to come to Arkansas

attending Tech.

Lamoureux. “You start thinking about

Another change that Lamoureux

Capitol, Lamoureux feels a


what you are going to do after you

has seen during his service in the

responsibility to mentor newcomers

But even with that level of

graduate. I always thought I’d be a

Arkansas Legislature is an increase

to the scene.

said Lamoureux. “Most people who

comfort, there was still an adjustment

high school basketball coach because

in the amount of media and public

work on campaigns like to work

period for Lamoureux.

that was all I’d ever done, but I

interest in the proceedings at the

decided I’d like to go to law school.”

State Capitol.

with the presidential campaigns or something like that. I really liked

“It’s easy to fight for Tech because the resources it gets are taken care of. It’s good to see that.”

“I probably wasn’t that great

steward of the resources that the “I’ve been there long enough

state sends its way,” continued

that I’ve been treated very fairly

Lamoureux. “I am obligated to look

by some people and not so fairly

out for the interests of the State

working on local campaigns because

of a student in high school,” said

by others,” said Lamoureux. “I

of Arkansas. When you see other

it’s typically just you, the candidate

Lamoureux. “When I got to Tech I

practice in Russellville, earned his

communities did not really realize

know how it made me feel when

agencies squandering resources

and his or her family. I got to have a

focused more on the classroom. I

Bachelor of Arts degree in history and

what took place in Little Rock,” said

I encountered that. It’s the same

and spending frivolously, it doesn’t

lot of interaction that way and get

was involved in Model United Nations

political science from Arkansas Tech

Lamoureux. “It just happened and

thing you tell your kids…if you win,

give you a lot of desire to want to

some experience I otherwise wouldn’t

with Dr. (Kenneth) Rogers and debate

in 1997 and his law degree from the

we lived with the results. Now, with

don’t celebrate and don’t taunt

continue to help them. It’s easy to

have. After doing that for a while, I

team with Dr. (Robert) Bolen. For the

William H. Bowen School of Law at

the Internet and news cycles like

other people. If you lose, just shake

fight for Tech because the resources

knew at some point I wanted to run

first time in my life, I took academics

the University of Arkansas at Little

they are, I am contacted about bills

it off and look forward to the next

it gets are taken care of. It’s good to

for office. I just wasn’t sure when.”


Rock in 1999.

before they are filed.


see that.”

Lamoureux, who maintains a legal

“There was a time when most

“I think Tech is a very good

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Alumni News

Alumni News

McShane earns national public relations honor

Alumni serve smiles during final exams

Arkansas Tech University alumnus Ryan McShane

consumer brands within the sports and lifestyle sectors,

Professional Award from the University of Alabama

including experience in professional soccer, college

Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations.

football and the Olympics.

McShane, a 2008 graduate of Arkansas Tech with a

Cara Slone, Courtney Mullen

An Arkansas Tech tradition continued during fall 2012 final exams week when

guest speaker, McShane has given of his time to serve

was honored by the Plank Center during the third

as a mentor and resource to fellow young professionals

annual Honoring Milestones in Mentoring Awards

in public relations.

Banquet at the Union League Club of Chicago on Thursday, Nov. 1.


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my schooling and young career, I feel it’s only fair to

America (PRSSA) Teahan Awards, the most prestigious honors a PRSSA chapter may earn.

included: Charissa Bazarow, Sabrina Billey, Katherine Bowden, Linda Boyd, Barbara

share best practices I have established to students

Braga, Sonja Brent, Larry Brown, Sue Chiolino, Linda Clarke, Renee Cruz, Ann Davis,

and young professionals,” said McShane. “I also know

Bill Davis, Don Davis, Lou Nell Davis, Shirley Dodd, June Drain, Wayne Drain, Baldy

how much can evolve from a single conversation with a

other categories included Steve Harris, former vice

Faulkner, Becky Gray, Bill Harmon, Trina Hayes, Steve Kesner, Chris Merle, Dr. Johnette

mentor, as Dr. Hanna Norton changed my life as I know

president for global communications at General Motors;

Moody, Courtney Mullen, Jim Murphy, Lacie Oels, Sherry Polsgrove, Justin Price,

it by suggesting that I contact Tommy Mumert about

Nick Ashooh, global vice president for corporate affairs

Howard Ritchie, Cara Slone, Jamie Sorrells, Kendall Tabor and Carla Terry.

a role with the Arka Tech newspaper. The potential may

at Alcoa; Margery Kraus, founder and chief executive

have been there, but I needed someone to provide a

officer of APCO Worldwide; and Dr. Elizabeth Toth,

direction for me to apply my talents. That experience

professor and chair in the University of Maryland

deeply resonated with me, that someone could create

Department of Communication.

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Alumni Office begins 2013 directory project Every five years, the Arkansas Tech University Alumni Association produces a directory of all living Tech alumni. Over the coming weeks and months, Arkansas Tech and its alumni directory partners at Harris Connect Inc.,

Information collected during the Arkansas Tech alumni

the directory. “The publication is a valuable networking tool and a

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such an impact through support and an open ear.” The University of Alabama Board of Trustees An employee of Taylor Strategy in Charlotte, N.C.,

established the Plank Center, named for public relations

since June 2008, McShane has advanced to the rank

leader and University of Alabama alumna, the late Betsy

The alumni directories will be made available for purchase

of senior account executive with the marketing and

Plank, in 2005 to develop and recognize outstanding

by Arkansas Tech alumni following the completion of the

communications firm.

performance in the profession and the classroom.

data collection phase. “It is always exciting to read about the personal and

Norwood elected to Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame Wyn Norwood, a three-time All-Arkansas

Norwood earned six Sun Belt Conference coach of

professional achievements of our fellow Tech alumni,”

Intercollegiate Conference selection (1964, 1966, 1967)

the year awards and coached four Sun Belt Conference championship teams at UALR.

said Davis. “By participating in the alumni directory

and two-time AIC individual champion for the Arkansas

great way to catch up with old college friends,” said Kelly

project, former Tech students can show the many ways in

Tech men’s golf program, is among eight inductees into

Davis, director of alumni relations and the Tech Loyalty

which our alumni are contributing to society.”

the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame for 2013.

Fund at Arkansas Tech. “When you are contacted by Harris Connect, please respond so that we may include the most

McShane’s fellow 2012 Plank Center honorees in

directory project will not be shared with any third party.

will collect information about its alumni for inclusion in

current information possible.”

For the last three years, McShane has been lead judge for the Public Relations Student Society of

“For all the mentorship I’ve received throughout

Bill Harmon, Linda Clarke

As a columnist, blogger, internship manager and

Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism/public relations,

alumni returned to campus to serve free breakfast to students and faculty. Alumni participating in the free breakfast during final exams event for fall 2012

He has worked with some of the world’s largest

is the recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Young

Norwood was previously inducted into the Arkansas Golf Hall of Fame in 2001. In the summer of 2011, he

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Norwood was also a two-time All-AIC selection

had the honor of coaching the United States men’s

as a member of the Arkansas Tech football program.

golf team at the 2011 World University Games in

Norwood’s golf career after college included three state

Shenzen, China.

amateur titles and participation in 14 national amateur

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for 20 years.

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Sports Hall of Fame. He became coach of the men’s and women’s golf programs at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in

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“He told me to just be me,” continued Belew. “No

“It was fun to work with him,” continued Clements. “I

one has ever told me that. I either sang the wrong

saw him mature from someone with a great instrument

way, or looked the wrong way, or acted the wrong way,

into more of an artist. He started to really buy in to

or talked to much, or walked funny, danced funny.

how you craft a song and how you can use your voice

You name it, I didn’t fit the mold. That has to be the

in different ways to express different vocal colors.

Arkansas Tech University alumnus Cody Belew as a

biggest piece of advice I’ve ever been given. It carried

Cody was driven to do this. I remember him sitting in

focused performer who advanced all the way to the

me through the competition and allowed me to leave

my office and us having conversations about what he

top eight of the singing competition during its fall 2012

the audience wanting me. It’s a good thing when the

wanted to do. He wanted to be famous and to perform


viewers are disappointed that you were eliminated. The

for a living. Cody had something about him that it was

alternative isn’t as promising.”

going to happen.”

Tech alumnus becomes national star on “The Voice” Fans of the NBC television show “The Voice” know

But the dream of advancing on the show and hitting the fast-forward button on his career almost ended at the

Back in Russellville, Belew’s former choir director

very first stage of competition — the blind auditions.

was not surprised at his pupil’s success.

Clements said that he enjoyed watching Belew grow as a performer during his time as a contestant on “The Voice.” Clements also said that his two daughters, age 6

“As my audition was coming to a close, I knew I had no

“I knew sooner or later that Cody would get his break,” said Morris. “We’re very proud of him. He’s

Belew. “My song, “Hard to Handle” by the Black Crowes,

been performing for several years and waiting tables

was all about the visual, and the coaches could not see

or whatever it took to make a living. Not only does he

some of the largest music schools in the country, but

me. I was feeling pretty defeated by the end of the song.

have a great voice, he is a great entertainer. He knows

our best students are as good as the best students

how to work a crowd.”

anywhere,” said Clements. “It shows a lot that we, as

“The band and I had planned on me turning around

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Ken Futterer, associate professor of music at

continued Belew. “So I wasn’t facing the coaches when

Arkansas Tech, co-directs the Arkansas Tech Music

CeeLo (Green) turned around at the very last second. It

Theatre Workshop with fellow music faculty member

wasn’t until I heard Adam Levine say, “Did that count?”

Holly Ruth Gale. Belew has cited his involvement with

that it even registered to me that I might have been

that ensemble as one of his favorite memories of Tech.

picked to move on. My reaction was completely genuine. It was an out of body experience for sure, going from defeat to victory all at once.” About a decade before his audition for the celebrity coaches on “The Voice,” Belew caught the attention of

student at Beebe High School.

Now that he has achieved national notoriety and is planning for the next step in his career, Belew looks

“Cody has always had a great voice and has always

had as a student at Arkansas Tech.

been a great showman, but as a young Tech student he

convinced everyone on the trip that his uncle trained the

didn’t know how to put the two together,” said Futterer.

ducks at the Peabody Hotel. We called him out on it later,

“That’s what we do with the Music Theatre Workshop.

were both my playground and my incubator,” said

but he was always doing fun things like that.”

We take our students who sing great, might have had

Belew. “I split my time between the two and really

some acting experiences and blend those two talents

believed in the work that we were doing. I loved that

on single songs.

I was afforded professors that gave me the tools to

Belew went on to perform at a variety of venues around the state of Arkansas before moving to Nashville,

“We felt like Cody had a unique instrument,” said chose to pursue.”

foster different types of music.”

time we were going to perform in Little Rock, and he

Tenn., to take his shot at stardom. Morris. “I always felt like he would do well in whatever he

perform classical music. We are very open-minded and

back and is appreciative of the artistic freedom that he “Cody was a jokester,” said Morris. “I remember one

Gary Morris, director of choirs at Arkansas Tech, during a solo performance at all-state choir while Belew was a

“We may not have the depth of talent that exists at

a department, did not tell Cody that he could only

and cuing their ending...a big rock and roll finish,”


and 4, are big Belew fans.

tricks, no big powerful notes, no crazy vocal runs,” said

“The music department and the theatre department

succeed but then stepped aside and let me try and/or “When someone has the kind of success Cody has


achieved, the individual is responsible for it,” continued His break arrived in 2012 when Belew was invited to audition for “The Voice.”

Futterer. “You have to work on yourself. What Cody is doing now is really professional level stuff.”

“Most learning is achieved in failure, and I appreciated the fact that my achievements and my shortcomings really were all my own,” continued Belew.

Belew earned a vocal scholarship to Arkansas Tech and

A few short months later, more than 10 million viewers

Belew’s voice teacher during his final two years at

“That I could say, “I did that.” My professors were

performed with the Concert Chorale, Chamber Choir and

per week watched Belew advance through four stages of

Arkansas Tech was Dr. Jon Clements, assistant professor

facilitators. They helped bring my dreams and goals into

the Music Theatre Workshop during his days as a student

competition to reach the finals. His run on the show came

of music. Belew was among Clements’ first students at

reality, but let me do the work. It’s harder to relinquish

in Russellville.

to an end in the top eight round on Nov. 27.

Arkansas Tech when he joined the Tech faculty in 2005.

control to someone less qualified when the end project is on the line, when the show or the concert is at stake,

He graduated from Arkansas Tech in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music. Morris remembers Belew for both his talent and his lighter side.

“I know that I’m unique in the way that I’m so outgoing

“One of the things I remember about Cody is that he

but that’s what they did. They let me take risks and

and personable,” said Belew. “CeeLo picked up on that

was very driven even at that age,” said Clements. “He

push the limits of time and resources so that we could

early on and told me of my likability and that I possessed

had a wide and eclectic taste in music. We would work

strive to achieve my vision.”

an energy that, when shared, drew people in and left

mainly on classical literature and things like that, but at

others wanting more of whatever it was I might be doing.

the same time I knew he was familiar with pop songs.

To learn more, visit

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Today’s Tech

Today’s Tech

Dean of Education lauded for research Dr. Sherry Field, dean of the Arkansas Tech

Field joined the Arkansas Tech faculty as professor

University College of Education, has been selected as

of curriculum and instruction and dean of the College of

the recipient of the 2012 Jean Dresden Grambs Career

Education on Sept. 1, 2012.

Research in Social Studies Award from the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS).

She previously served as associate dean for teacher education, student affairs and administration in the

Field was presented with the award in November

University of Texas at Austin College of Education.

2012 during the 92nd annual conference of the NCSS in Seattle, Wash.

“I am truly honored to receive this award,” said Field, who noted that the recognition has special meaning

She was chosen for the honor based upon her

because one of her college professors — Dr. O.L. Davis

research paper “Elementary and Secondary Social

Jr. — was the first recipient of the Jean Dresden Grambs

Studies: An Imperative for Teaching and Research.”

Career Research in Social Studies Award.

Field presented the award-winning paper on Nov. 16 as part of the NCSS conference.

Field holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Texas Tech University, a Master of Education degree from Stephen F. Austin University

According to the NCSS Web site, the Jean Dresden

Economic impact of Tech: $219 million 12

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Photographed, Above: Arkansas Tech Campus, Circa May 2012

A study finds that Arkansas Tech University has an estimated annual economic impact of more than $219 million on the communities in its immediate service areas. Dr. Julie Trivitt, clinical assistant professor in the University of Arkansas Sam M. Walton College of Business, and Dr. Robert C. Brown, professor of economics and president at Arkansas Tech University, utilized standards from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) and the statistical data report generated by the Arkansas Tech accounting office to compile their report. Three categories of economic impact — expenditures by the university, student spending and visitors to campus — were used to estimate the impact Arkansas Tech makes on the local economy. The fall 2012 economic impact study by Trivitt and Brown is a followup to a similar report they prepared in fall 2008.

The updated study finds that the main campus of Arkansas Tech University in Russellville makes an estimated annual economic impact of $201.1 million on the counties of Pope, Johnson and Yell. That accounts for between 17 and 20.8 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) of the region. The study found that Arkansas Tech-Ozark Campus makes an estimated annual economic impact of $18.2 million on the Franklin County economy. That figure accounts for 7.6 percent of that county’s GDP. “Arkansas Tech University takes an active role in promoting the economic development of our region,” said Brown, who has served as Arkansas Tech president since 1993. “The activities of the university, our students and those who visit our campuses make a significant annual contribution to the continued growth and prosperity of our local economies.

“However, it is our commitment to provide each student with the tools necessary to persist to graduation that will make the greatest longterm impact on the fiscal health of our region,” continued Brown. “An educated work force is an integral component of attracting new industry. The degrees that are produced at Arkansas Tech today will benefit our region for generations to come.”

Grambs Career Research in Social Studies Award

and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Texas at Austin.

“recognizes professionals who have made extensive contributions to knowledge concerning significant

For more information about the Arkansas Tech

areas of social studies education through meritorious

College of Education, visit or


call (479) 964-3217.

Whiteside re-appointed to Board of Trustees Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe has appointed Leigh

Whiteside and her husband, 1973 Tech graduate

Burns Whiteside to a second five-year term on the

John Whiteside, reside in Russellville. Mr. Whiteside

Arkansas Tech University Board of Trustees.

served on the Arkansas Tech Alumni Association Board of Directors from 2005-07.

Whiteside is a 1974 Tech graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education.

Both of the Whitesides’ children — Ashley Whiteside Rabun and Casey Whiteside Brock — graduated from

Arkansas Tech University had 10,950 students during the fall 2012 semester — 8,917 on the main campus in Russellville and 2,033 at Arkansas Tech-Ozark Campus. Enrollment at Arkansas Tech has grown by 158 percent since 1997. Arkansas Tech has established a new institutional enrollment record in each of the last 14 years. To read more about the fall 2012 Arkansas Tech economic impact study, visit and search for “economic impact study.”

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She was appointed to the Arkansas Tech Board of


Trustees by Gov. Beebe for the first time in 2008. Mrs. Whiteside taught in the Russellville School The decision by Gov. Beebe to re-appoint Whiteside

District for 21 years. She formerly served on the Board

will allow her to continue to serve as an Arkansas Tech

of Trustees for the First United Methodist Church in

trustee through Jan. 14, 2018.

Russellville, and she volunteers at Manna House, an outreach program for families that is overseen by the

“Mrs. Whiteside is an exemplary member of the

First United Methodist Church. Mrs. Whiteside is a past

Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees and we are pleased

member and president of Delta Kappa Gamma, an

to know that she will continue to serve in that capacity

honor society for women in education.

for the next five years,” said Arkansas Tech President Dr. Robert C. Brown. “She is a tireless advocate for our

Joining Whiteside on the Tech Board of Trustees

students and a devoted alumna. The volunteer service

during the 2013 calendar year are Charles Blanchard of

rendered by trustees such as Mrs. Whiteside is critical

Russellville, Eric Burnett of Fort Smith, John E. Chambers

to the success of Arkansas Tech University.”

III of Danville and Tom Kennedy of Little Rock.


Development Corner

Development Corner

Thinking about end of life planning What’s the plan?

Certainly, every age group has a different focus and demands on financial resources. An attorney or financial

Regardless of age or marital status, everyone needs

planner can guide you as you put together your plan. To

to have a plan…an estate plan. Whether your net worth

help get you started, visit our website:

adds up to a few thousand dollars or a few million, you

givetotech and click on “Wills/Estates.” There you’ll find

are not too young or too old to plan for the future. It’s

planning information in categories based on your age.

the only way to ensure you have the final say in how your assets are distributed and more importantly, to protect your family.

Your plan can also include your gift of a lifetime. By naming Arkansas Tech University Foundation as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy or designating a

My Dad, a successful but not wealthy man, passed away three years ago. Through basic planning, he ensured

percentage or set amount in your will or trust, you’ll make a lasting difference for generations of Tech students.

that Mom was able to remain in their home without worry and without hassle. Unfortunately, I have also known Jayne Jones VP for Development

Once you have secured your legacy through a planned

Photographed are Kate East of AMR Architects, who was responsible for the interior design of the facility; and Col. Carl Franklin Baswell, member of the Arkansas Tech Class of 1942, Arkansas Tech Hall of Distinction member and namesake for Baswell Techionery. Dedicated in 2011, Baz-Tech (as it is known on campus) includes specialty dining options such as Chick-fil-A Express and Which Wich. There is a coffee shop, lounge areas and meeting rooms for student organizations. Baz-Tech is open Monday through Saturday throughout the academic year.

gift to the Foundation, be sure to let us know so we may

only to have a shocking wake-up call when discovering

thank you for your thoughtful generosity and include you

that the lack of a will resulted in state law directing the

in Heritage Society, which was established to recognize

distribution of assets.

our alumni and friends who have invested in the future of

The following individuals made gifts to Tech in memory or in honor of a friend or loved one

Arkansas Tech through their estate plans. Listed below,

In Memory of Susan Adams Lewis Adams Travis and Lou Adams

mind and financial support for yourself and your loved

with heartfelt gratitude, are current members of the Heritage Society.

insurance. If you have small children, you can name a

If you have questions, need additional information, or

guardian in your will. A Power of Attorney and a Living

want to notify us for inclusion in Heritage Society, contact

Will give you a voice in decisions about your finances and

Dana Moseley, Director of Gift Planning and Tech Travel,


by phone (479) 964-0532 or email

HERITAGE SOCIETY Contact: Dana Moseley, Director of Gift Planning, (479) 964-0532 or Established to recognize our alumni and friends who have invested in the future of Arkansas Tech University through their wills, trusts, or estate plans. Travis and Lou Adams Cora Adkins Estate, First State Bank & Trust Co. Andy and Lou Ann Anders Ferne Shinn Anderson Heartsill Bartlett Trust Polly Bartlett Trust Carl F. Baswell Bob Beaver James and Laurie Bibler Shannon Briggs William Elmo Browning Bill and Emily Callan Cecil Cogburn Florence C. Cooper Trust Opal Cox William and Virginia Ann Davis Cheryl Denton Deward and Anne Dopson Laura Ferguson Foundation Trust

Charles Fore Sue Frueauff Nathan G. Gordon Revocable Trust Mary Gunter Roger and Mary Gunter Vincent Harder Peggy Hawkins Theresa Herrick Tommy Hindsman James and Linda Holder Lillian Hoover Phil and Linda Jacobs Tom and Jayne Jones John Krohn Patricia Cartwright Mattingly M E Maxwell Trust Lloyd D. McDaniel Rick and Harriet Meadows Van and Marilyn Moores

IN MEMORY/HONOR OF (October 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012)

In Honor of Jill Lestage Brown Johnny and Julie Morgan

ones. Such planning may include a will, trust, and/or life


Baswell Techionery, the new student union at Arkansas Tech, has received a 2012 excellence in design bronze award from the American Society of Interior Designers South Central Chapter.

younger people who suffered the early loss of a spouse

The goal of estate planning is to provide peace of

Tech Action

Baswell Techionery earns regional design award

David and Dana Moseley Jim Murphy Jacquelin Neal The John Nutt Family Rexann Oller Ben and Terry Rothwell Jim Sanchez James and Paula Shinn Nina Sprick Thomas and Maggie Sullivan Tom and Mary Alice Tomlinson Louise Turner Barger and Doris Tygart Martha Williams Ted and Betty Williams Charitable Trust

In Honor of Robert C. Brown Johnny and Julie Morgan Pettit and Pettit Consulting Engineers Inc In Memory of Kevin Caughman Bunny and Carol Adcock Billy Baker Myrna McAnulty Mike and Belinda Neal Edward and Faye Parmer In Memory of Dana Coffman Stan and Dacie Rau In Honor of Tess Connor Steve and Connie Zimmer In Memory of Mike Croom Andy and Lou Ann Anders Kandis Croom Nancy Sloan In Honor of Don Dempsey Dan Yowell In Memory of Nona Dirksmeyer Duane and Carol Dipert Lodema Jensen Juanita Luessen Scott Williams In Honor of Martha Faulkner David and Dana Moseley In Memory of Mike Fuller Johnny and Julie Morgan In Honor of Dr. Diane Gleason Kandis Croom

In Memory of Jim Hardin Ferne Shinn Anderson Butch Booher Richard and Mary Cohoon Gilbert and Ann Cornwell John Demarco Carol Eason Joe Free Scott and Suzy Griffin Danny Bill and Donna Hindsman Chuck and Donna Horne Lance and Deana Infield Tom and Jayne Jones Keeney Trucking Inc Betty Lienhart Roy and Troylynn McSpadden Monday Bridge Club Justine Mount Jacquelin Neal Robert Parten Tommy and Linda Richardson Robert and Carolyn Roberts Mary Ann Rollans The Russel Family Trust Russellville Ladies Golf Association Hugh and Mary Silkensen Lewon Simpson Stanley and Maysel Teeter Thursday Poker Club Jim and Kay Tucker Robert A. Young, Jr. DDS Scott and Pam Van Horn

In Memory of Savannah Hintze (Continued) Hodge Family Dentistry Jones Air Conditioning Heating & Refrigeration Julie Kelso Wetzel and Betty LaGrone Lois Lawrence Little John Transportation Services, Inc. Jennifer McCrary Boyd and Debbie Osborne Robert and Carolyn Roberts Shinn Funeral Service The Smokehouse Deli Total Assessment Solutions Corp. Wesley United Methodist Church In Memory of Gary Hodges Andy and Lou Ann Anders Bill and Suzanne Harmon In Memory of Jimmie Hoover Lillian Hoover In Memory of John Hopper Charles and Margaret Pearson In Honor of Jayne Jones David and Dana Moseley

In Honor of Bill and Suzanne Harmon Johnny and Julie Morgan

In Memory of Wanda Langrell David and Shirley Dodd Farm Credit Services Charles and Patsy Kerley Leon and Mary Koziar Bob and Geanne Newman Janice Robinson

In Memory of W.R. “Bud” Harper Ben and Terry Rothwell

In Honor of Heather Larkin David and Dana Moseley

In Memory of Savannah Hintze All Saint’s Episcopal Church Anna’s Attic Bibler Brothers Lumber Co Blackstone Construction, LLC ConAgra Frozen Foods Olin and Millicent Cook DAK Subway Harps Food Stores Inc Donald Hill

In Honor of Brain Lasey Pettit and Pettit Consulting Engineers Inc In Memory of David Medlock Ben and Terry Rothwell John and Becky Womack In Honor of David Moseley Pettit and Pettit Consulting Engineers Inc

In Honor of Jim Murphy David and Dana Moseley Sam and Heather Strasner In Honor of Joie Nutt David and Dana Moseley In Memory of Glori Ann Perkins Rick and Lalita Perkins In Memory of Billy Ramsey Martha Johansen Harry Reems In Memory of Charlie Richison Mike and Patsy King In Memory of George Riley Polly Riley In Honor of Ben and Terry Rothwell David and Dana Moseley In Memory of Don Sevier Mike and Patsy King Blaine and Jolie Leeds E.C. and Katie O’Neal Dan Yowell In Memory of Lillian Lake Stewart Johnny and Julie Morgan In Memory of Christina Stinnett Bobby and Linda Rush David and Betty Snellings Thomas and Elizabeth Stinnett Pat Woodson In Honor of Doug Walton Pettit and Pettit Consulting Engineers Inc In Memory of Justin Welch Belinda Welch In Honor of Mike Wilkins UBS Financial Services Inc. In Honor of Martha Williams Cheryl Coleman

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Class Notes

Class Notes Marriages Tammy Rhodes (SSCI ’90, BUED ’95 & M.Ed. ITED ’99) and David Weaver were married on Dec. 22, 2012. They live in Russellville. Neil F. Robertson (NUCL TECH ’05) and Alisha Rene Morgan were married on Nov. 3, 2012. They live in Little Rock. John Warren Bailey (GS ’06) and Nicole Freeman were married on Oct. 21, 2012. Brad Denman (’06) and Hanna Rae Pursell were married on Sept. 8, 2012. They live in North Little Rock.

Lindsay Allison Hilliard (PTA ’12) and Joshua Staggs were married May 26, 2012. They live in Siloam Springs.

Births Tyrone Babb (HOSP ADMIN ’94) and his wife, Amanda, a son, Jace Mills, Nov. 26, 2012. Tabitha Shelton (ECED ’98 & M.Ed. ’11) and her husband, Jeff, a daughter, Aubree Faith, Jan. 10, 2013. Aubree has one brother, Bryson (9), and one sister, Macee (4). They live in Russellville. Adam Sweeney (JOUR ’00) and Lou Ellen Ford Sweeney (ALUM), a daughter, Emma Ford, Aug. 14, 2012. Emma has one brother, Morgan (9). They live in Russellville.

Kristen Alane McBride (ART ’09) and Christopher Cooper (ALUM) were married on Sept. 1, 2012. They live in Conway. Jessica Still (JOUR ’09) and Ryan Carney were married on Dec. 1, 2012. They live in Little Rock. Blake Walters (AGBU ’09) and Jessica Hall (ANS ’12) were married on July 21, 2012. They live in Dover.


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Lauren Burton (MGMT/MKTG ’10) and Creighton Parker (ALUM) were married on Oct. 13, 2012. They live in Little Rock. Kayla Noel New (ECON/SPAN ’10) and Pradeep Sapkota were married Nov. 17, 2012. They live in Little Rock. Tyler M. Tate (ECON ’10) and Jessica Rene Morton were married on July 21, 2012. They live in Maumelle. James Vernon (EAM ’10) and Jessica George (EC ’12) were married Aug. 22, 2012. They live in Little Rock.

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Matthew Parham Young (FISH/WLDLF ’10) and Elizabeth Dawn Marcoot were married Oct. 27, 2012. They live in Highland, Ill. Charles Joshua Geske (’11) and Kayla Jo Nabholz (ALUM) were married on Dec. 8, 2012. They live in Fort Smith. Jamel Damar Jones (HIST ’11) and Alexandria Nicole Jordan (ALUM) were married on Sept. 1, 2012. They live in Fort Campbell, Ky. Skylar Creel (MECH ENGR ’12) and Melissa Spaunhurst (MUED ’12) were married June 16, 2012. They live in College Station, Texas.

Brad Bradshaw (MECH ENGR ’02) and Sarah Hines Bradshaw (ECED ’03), a son, Bennett Scott, Jan. 17, 2013. Bennett has two older sisters: Lyla and Ellis Kate. Amber McCombs Holtz (MATH EDU ’04) and her husband, Rex, a son, Rex, Aug. 6, 2012. Amanda Pearson Wise (’04) and her husband, Kaleb, a son, Karson Neal, Oct. 5, 2012. Kristopher K. Muldoon (AGBU ’05) and Dawn Jackson Muldoon (SPH ’06), a daughter, Klaire Ann, Aug. 6, 2012. Klaire has one sister, Khloe (3). They live in Clarksville. Josh Nation (HIST EDU ’05) and Stephanie Mayberry Nation (ART EDU ’10), a daughter, Kynlee Ann, Dec. 25, 2012. Heath Bratton (MGMT/MKTG ’07) and his wife, Susan, a daughter, Malin Grace, Sept. 17, 2012. Jonathan Cheek (MECH ENGR ’07) and Jessica Cheek (BIOL ’08), a daughter, Presley Belle, Aug. 14, 2012. They live in Dardanelle. Randi Rachelle Timmons Gamble (LSED ’07) and Eric Wesley Gamble (SPH EDU ’07), a son, Tiberius Phoenix, Oct. 25, 2012. Tiberius has two brothers: Alexander and Maximus.

Vandy Sorrells Moore (ECED ’07) and James K. Moore (AGBU ’07), a daughter, Nellie Beth, Sept. 9, 2012. Jarod Ring (EAM ’07) and his wife, Sarah, a daughter, Adah Noelle, Dec. 22, 2012. Talina Kelley Tankersley (ECED ’07) and her husband, Josh, a daughter, Whitney Grace, Aug. 16, 2012. Whitney has one sister, Paige (9), and one brother, Jake (7). Susan Avant (NURS ’08) and Nicholas Hooten (ALUM), a daughter, Emma Marie, Feb. 23, 2012. Chris Horton (BIOL ’08) and Jessica Teaff Horton (MED TECH ’08), a daughter, Alyssa Claire, Oct. 29, 2012. Crystal Yarbrough Poe (CRWR ’08) and Nicholas Poe (MECH ENGR ’10), a son, Connor, Nov. 15, 2012. Justin Singleton (MGMT/MKTG ’08) and his wife, Melissa, a daughter, Sadie Lynne, Oct. 25, 2012. Alexandra J. Young (PSY/SPH ’08) and Brandon Riley, a son, Myles Lochlainn, Jan. 10, 2013. Diana Lopez Torrez (NURS ’10) and her husband, Brandon, a daughter, Diana, Jan. 11, 2013. They live in Russellville. Bridget Akins Wheatley (ART ’10) and her husband, George, a daughter, Channing Byce, Aug. 29, 2012. Channing has two sisters: Ava Joann (4) and Harper Addyson (2). Kimberly Lasater Aliff (ECED ’11) and her husband, Lance, a son, Rylan Garrett, Sept. 15, 2012. Rylan has one brother, Hayden (2). They live in Clinton. Michael R. Andrade (ECON ’11) and Kimberly Dawn Brown (JOUR ’12), a son, Levi Angelo, Aug. 30, 2012. Michael Cousar (IT ’11) and his wife, Elizabeth, a son, Alexander Michael, Sept. 28, 2012. They live in Dover. Jessica Hampton Thornsberry (’11) and her husband, Seth, a son, Hayden Seth, Jan. 20, 2013. Hayden has one brother, Hampton (3). They live in Russellville.

Anna Loree Vodrazka (PTA ’12) and her husband, Michael, a son, Calvin Michael, Nov. 23, 2012. They live in Pottsville. Marie Williams (HIST ’12) and her husband, Travis, a son, Emmett Douglas, Nov. 26, 2012. He has one brother, Traylon Dean (2). Sara Ornsbey Cole (’14) and her husband, Brandon, a son, Owen Keith, Nov. 27, 2012. Owen has a sister, Aria Kay (2). Kristen Floriani Watts (PSY ’14) and her husband, Fredrick, a daughter, Sophia Grace, Oct. 24, 2012. They live in Russellville.

1950s Jock Davis (BUAD ’50) received one of three 2013 Lamplighter Awards from the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association during the organization’s International Production and Processing Expo at the Georgia World Congress Center at Atlanta in January.

1960s Don Keaster (HEPE ’66) was named Russellville citizen of the year by the Russellville Area Chamber of Commerce during a luncheon on Jan. 29, 2013. Don is retired following a 38-year career as a teacher and coach in the Russellville School District.

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1970s Bruce Duderstadt (BUAD ’73) has spent much of his free time in recent years cheering for and traveling with his son, who qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in swimming in 2012 and has signed a National Letter of Intent to swim at Auburn University. Randy Laverty (’75) was appointed commissioner of Arkansas Rehabilitation Services effective Feb. 3, 2013. Laverty previously served in the Arkansas Legislature for 16 years. Wayne Drain (BUAD ’76) and June Long Drain (MUED ’75) celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on Dec. 27, 2012. Wayne is senior pastor at Fellowship of Christians Church and June is a music teacher.

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Holly Hamilton Henry (HOSP ADMIN ’07) and Chase Henry (MGMT/MKTG ’09), a daughter, Rhyen Leneigh, Dec. 19, 2012.

Damon Mobbs (MECH ENGR ’12) and his wife, Stephanie, a son, Jeffery Robert Beau, Aug. 29, 2012.

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Shane Johnson (INFO TECH ’07) and Stephanie Bridges Johnson (REHAB SCI ’09), a son, Krue David, Oct. 31, 2012.

Chantal Brothers Strong (PS ’12) and her husband, Steven, a son, Jaxon Paul, Dec. 12, 2012. They live in Ola.

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Class Notes

Obituaries 1980s Tom Jones (’82 AGBU) of Pottsville was re-elected to the Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors and to the position of secretary/treasurer. Debbie Jehnke Martin (’84) completed all of the requirements to become National Board Certified in teaching during the fall 2012 semester. She is a CTEbusiness instructor at Harrison High School. She and her husband, Mark A. Martin (’83), have two sons: Kyle and Kindall. David Gilmore (MATH ’86) received the classified support personnel award for the agricultural experiment station of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture during a luncheon at the Embassy Suites in

Todd Cooley (HEPE ’98) was hired as head football coach at Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss. Amber Brady (MGMT/MKTG ’99 & ACCT ’04) was hired as senior auditor with Frost, PLLC in Fayetteville.

2000s Kyle Drown (HIST ’01 & M.S. EMHS ’10) was promoted to lieutenant with the Arkansas State Police. Carol McElfish Swboni (AGBU ’01) is the archaeological technician for the Pleasant Hill Ranger District of the U.S. Forest Service, Ozark-St. Francis National Forest. Jeremy Browning (MECH ENGR ’02) was appointed site vice president at Arkansas Nuclear One.

Rogers on Jan. 11, 2013. Bobby E. Brown Jr. (BUAD ’87) opened his own investment firm, Bobby Brown Private Wealth Advisors, in Hot Springs on Nov. 30, 2012. Bobby has 22 years of experience in the financial services industry.



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Christie L. Bush-James (SPH ’90 & BPS EC ’10) was hired as director at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Pediatrics Head Start program at Southwest Head Start in Little Rock. Laura Ahlert Davis (BUAD ’91) joined the staff at RE/MAX of Conway as a realtor in July 2012. Martin Irwin (HIST ’91) was promoted to manager at Leonard’s Hardware in Russellville. Steve Mallet Jr. (ENGR ’93) was hired as general manager for City Corporation, water utility provider for Russellville.

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John L. Smith (ECON/HIM ’94) has served as chief executive officer at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center in Coffeyville, Kan., since August 2011. Carey James (SOC ’96) was promoted to the rank of lieutenant in the Russellville Police Department. Jason Lenderman (ACCT ’97) was promoted to president and chief executive officer of First National Bank in Hot Springs.

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Blake Cole (HIST ’98) was promoted to senior development director for the Boy Scouts of America Quapaw Area Council in Little Rock.

Abby Davis (PSY ’02 & M.Ed. PE ’04) was chosen to receive the Barbara Brewer Community Service Award from the Arkansas Tennis Association. Abby is in her ninth season as the tennis coach at Arkansas Tech. Mark Taylor (HIST ’02) was named 2012 Tri-County coach of the year by The Courier. He led Hector High School to its first football state playoffs berth since 2006.


Friends We’ll Miss

Dr. Thurman Shuller (’34) died on Nov. 24, 2012.

Wanda Jean McDaniel Langrell (EDU ’59) died Nov. 8,

Thurman served in the U.S. Army Medical Reserve Corps

2012. Wanda taught school for 32 years in the school

during World War II and advanced to the rank of colonel.

districts at Wilson, Lepanto, Greenbrier and Lamar. A

He practiced pediatrics in McAlester, Okla., for 41 years

group of her former classmates, known as the “Caraway

and was a 60-year member of the McAlester Rotary Club.

Hall Girls,” gave a one-time scholarship in her memory to

Thurman lived in McAlester. He was 98.

a math education student at Arkansas Tech. Wanda lived in Knoxville. She was 75.

Dr. Art Bradley Martin (’37) died on Jan. 27, 2013. Art served as a battalion surgeon in the 76th Infantry

Kenneth C. Bowden (BUAD ’60) died on Oct. 2, 2012.

Division with General George S. Patton’s Third Army in

While a Tech student, Kenneth was a cadet commander

Europe during World War II. He settled in Fort Smith and

for his Army ROTC brigade, a member of the baseball

practiced internal medicine at Holt Krock Clinic from

team and vice president of the Blue Key honor fraternity.

1945-1983. Art later served as medical director for the

He later served in the U.S. Army and advanced to the

Methodist Nursing Home and retired in 2003 after a

rank of major. Kenneth lived in Russellville. He was 77.

60-year career in medicine. Art lived in Fort Smith. He was 95.

Kevin worked for the Federal Emergency Management LeRoy V. Nelson (’42) died on Jan. 18, 2013. LeRoy was

Administration and responded to more than 60 federally

a veteran of World War II. He worked for Cook Paint and

declared disaster areas. Kevin lived in Bayfield, Wisc. He

Varnish Company for more than 40 years. LeRoy lived in

was 62.

Little Rock. He was 90. Michael Biggs (’85) died on Sept. 29, 2012. Michael lived William B. Allen (’43) died on Aug. 28, 2012. He served

Kelly Allums Featherston (PSY ’06) earned her Ph.D. in kinesiology from Texas Woman’s University in August 2012. She is youth initiatives project coordinator at The Cooper Institute. Kelly and her husband, Eric Featherston (HEPE ’05), live in Dallas, Texas. Cody T. Hill (HIST ’07 & M.S. CSP ’10) was hired as director of membership and events for the Morrilton Area Chamber of Commerce. Adrienne Gautier Woods (HIST ’08) graduated from the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville in May 2012. She has accepted a position at the Asa Hutchinson Law Group in Rogers.

2010s Kelli Vogt Mayer (HEPE ’10 & M.Ed. HEPE ’12) was hired as an algebra teacher and assistant softball coach at North Pulaski High School in Jacksonville.

Roger Kevin Caughman (RPA ’72) died on Jan. 14, 2013.

in Grand Prairie, Texas. He was 56.


in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He worked for Combustion Engineering in Chattanooga, Tenn., and

Jennifer Virden Holley (’92) died on May 26, 2012.

spent several years working in commercial real estate.

Jennifer lived in Stillwater, Okla. She was 46.

William lived in Chattanooga. He was 88. Ross Douglas (PSY ’02) died on Aug. 16, 2012. Ross was William P. Looney (BUAD ’50) died on Oct. 16, 2012. Bill

co-owner of Ozark Medical Billing Services. Ross lived in

served with the U.S. Navy during World War II. He worked

Mountain Home. He was 34.

with the Arkansas Highway Department for 37 years. Bill lived in Little Rock. He was 88.

Masumi Sato (HOSP ADMIN ’10) died on Dec. 17, 2012. She was 23.

Jim Hardin (BUAD ‘56) died on Dec. 28, 2012. Jim played football at Arkansas Tech. He was executive vice

Donald Wayne Sloan (HIST/POL SCI ’13) died on Nov.

president at First National Bank of Russellville before

26, 2012. Donald served in the U.S. Marine Corps for

his retirement. He was past president of the Russellville

17 years and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He held

Rotary Club and Russellville Country Club. Jim lived in

a Bachelor of Science degree from Chapman College

Russellville. He was 78.

(Calif.) and a master’s degree in psychology from the

Francis James Desiderio (EDU ’59) died on Dec. 14,

additional degree from Arkansas Tech at the time of his

2012. Frank served in the U.S. Army during the Korean

passing. Donald lived in Russellville. He was 68.

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Wayne Farms. Frank’s community service included

Milton F. Dailey (FMR FACULTY) died on Dec. 10, 2012.

Scores, schedules,

efforts on behalf of the Lions Club. He was honored at

Milton was an adjunct instructor at Arkansas Tech from

live broadcasts

the local and national levels for his efforts to combat

1987-99. He supervised student teachers in western

childhood sight issues and blindness. Frank lived in

Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma. Milton lived in Fort

Russellville. He was 79.

Smith. He was 87.

University of Central Arkansas. He was pursuing an

War era. He worked as human resources director for Anthony Sims (M.Ed. EDLD ’11) was selected as one of 25 members of the 2012-13 class of Leadership Fort Smith. Anthony is assistant principal at Fort Smith Northside High School.

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Tech Athletics Monica is a native of Garyville, La. He graduated

North Alabama won consecutive NCAA Division II

from East St. John’s High School in Reserve, La., and

national championships in 1993, 1994 and 1995 under

began his college career at Nicholls State University

the direction of head coach Bobby Wallace.

(La.). After one football season with the Colonels, Monica transferred to Northeast Mississippi Junior

UNA was 41-1 during those three championship

College and was a two-time all-state selection at

seasons. Monica served as defensive line coach and


recruiting coordinator for the Lions.

Monica began his coaching career as a student

In December 1997, Monica moved with Wallace to

assistant at Northeast Mississippi Junior College in

NCAA Division I member Temple University. Monica


served as the Owls’ defensive coordinator for eight

seasons, and from 1999-2005 he carried the title and

The course of Monica’s career was set in 1989 when

responsibilities of assistant head coach.

he enrolled at the University of North Alabama and joined the football staff as a student assistant coach overseeing the running backs.

Arkansas Tech will play its 99th season of intercollegiate football in 2013. The Wonder Boys have

an all-time record of 531-351-41 (.598), and Tech is one

Monica earned his Bachelor of Science degree in

of 10 NCAA Division II football programs with 530 or

health, physical education and recreation from North

Photographed, Below: (From left to right) The Monica Family: Lindsey, Raymond, Austin, Linda and Ray.

more all-time wins.

Alabama in 1990. He was hired as a full-time assistant football coach at UNA following his graduation.


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A journey that began 29 years ago with a long bus ride from Louisiana finally brought Raymond Monica back

Monica was head football coach at NCAA Division II member Kutztown University (Pa.) from 2006-2012.

around to Arkansas Tech University on Tuesday, Dec. 18. Photographed, Above: Raymond Monica takes questions at the press conference introducing him as head football coach at Arkansas Tech.

Monica was introduced by Arkansas Tech President Dr.

Monica guided the Kutztown University football program to unprecedented success while accumulating an

Robert C. Brown and Arkansas Tech Director of Athletics

overall record of 45-34. During Monica’s tenure as head

Steve Mullins as the 16th head football coach in Wonder

coach, the Golden Bears made their first NCAA Division

Boys’ history before a capacity crowd at Ross Pendergraft

II Playoffs appearance (2010), won their first Pennsylvania

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State Athletics Conference championship (2011) and

earned their first postseason win (2011).

“I came up here 29 years ago in a yellow school bus from south Louisiana,” said Monica during his press

In addition, Kutztown achieved its highest national

conference. “It took more than nine hours to get here.

ranking ever (No. 6 in 2011) and established a new record

There’s something about this campus I fell in love with. I

for most wins in a single season in the 97-year history

always paid attention to Arkansas Tech. I look forward to

of the program (11 in 2011) under Monica’s leadership.

embracing our rich history and meeting the alumni. When

Monica was named PSAC and NCAA Division II Super

you combine the academic tradition and the tradition of

Region 1 coach of the year in 2010 and 2011.

the football program, I think that Arkansas Tech is first

class and the sky is the limit here.”

“I feel like we will be an exciting football team to

watch,” said Monica, who was selected from among

Monica was announced as the new head football

152 applicants to become the head football coach at

coach at Arkansas Tech via press release on Thursday,

Arkansas Tech. “Game day is an event at Arkansas Tech,

Dec. 13. He succeeds Mullins, who resigned as head

and we want to maintain that atmosphere. We will work

coach on Nov. 15 and remained with Arkansas Tech as its

to improve each and every day, and we will identify young

director of athletics.

men who buy in to what we are trying to accomplish.”

The Wonder Boys became the first football program in Arkansas to earn three NCAA Division II Playoffs

While on staff at his alma mater, Monica was a part

berths (1999, 2004 and 2009), to host an NCAA Division

of one of the most storied dynasties in NCAA Division II

II Playoffs game (2004) and to win an NCAA Division II

football history.

Playoffs game (2004).

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Mullins steps down as coach, remains as A.D. Steve Mullins, the all-time leader in victories as head

Arkansas Tech finished the 2004 season with a 10-2 overall record. It was the Wonder Boys’ first season with 10 or more wins since 1971 and one of just four 10-plus win seasons in Arkansas Tech football history. The Wonder Boys became the first program in

football coach at Arkansas Tech University, resigned from

Arkansas to make three NCAA Division II Playoffs

his coaching duties on Nov. 15 and will remain with the

appearances when they reached the postseason again

institution as director of athletics.

in 2009 and finished with an overall record of 9-3.

Mullins accumulated an overall record of 96-75 in 16

Mullins established a new school record for most

seasons as the head football coach at Arkansas Tech.

wins by a head football coach when Arkansas Tech defeated Incarnate Word 40-10 on Sept. 5, 2009. It

He led the Wonder Boys to three NCAA Division II

was his 78th win as the Wonder Boys’ head coach,

Playoffs appearances (1999, 2004 and 2009) and the 1999

surpassing the previous school record that was shared

Gulf South Conference championship.

by E.O. Brown (77 wins from 1920-32) and John Tucker (77 wins from 1933-41 and 1945-47).

A three-time GSC coach of the year, Mullins was NCAA Division II South Region coach of the year in 2004 and

Arkansas Tech went on to earn its second all-time

2009. “Steve Mullins will forever be remembered as the man

He helped the university become one of the charter

victory in the NCAA Division II Playoffs with a 41-13 win

members of the Great American Conference when the

over the University of North Carolina Pembroke in an

new NCAA Division II league was formed on July 13,

opening-round game in Russellville on Nov. 14, 2009.


Photographed, Above: President Dr. Robert C. Brown and Steve Mullins celebrate the Wonder Boys’ Gulf South Conference championship after

who restored the Arkansas Tech football program and


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an overtime win over

returned us to a level consistent with our storied past,”

In his role as director of athletics, Mullins has

Under Mullins’ leadership, Arkansas Tech captured

said Dr. Robert C. Brown, Arkansas Tech president. “He

overseen the Arkansas Tech Department of Athletics

the inaugural GAC All-Sports Trophy during the 2011-12

inherited a program that had only experienced six winning

since April 16, 2003.

academic year.

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seasons in the previous quarter-century and almost immediately turned it into a winner. I would like to make a donation to the Arkansas Tech Alumni Association Scholarship: “Beyond the many victories, Coach Mullins has played an integral role in molding hundreds of young men and preparing them for life beyond football,” continued Brown. “I am pleased that Arkansas Tech will continue to

In 2000, Arkansas Tech finished 7-3 overall and was

benefit from his leadership qualities in the role of director

the only team to defeat eventual NCAA Division II national

of athletics.”

champion Delta State. The 2001 Wonder Boys were 8-2 overall. Their two losses were by a total of four points.

Mullins was selected as the 15th head football coach at Arkansas Tech University in the summer of 1997. The first landmark win of the Mullins era came on

The Wonder Boys returned to the postseason and


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