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  • Students Prepare Poinsettias


    Arkansas Tech University students are learning first-hand about plants while preparing for a poinsettia sale later this semester. Students enrolled in the floriculture course at Arkansas Tech will spend the semester studying flowering plants. To apply what they are learning in the classroom, the students will also tend to approximately 1500 poinsettia plants. "The students are responsible for growing the poinsettias this semester," said Dr. Jim Collins, professor of horticulture. "From watering the plants to trimming the leaves, the students work in the greenhouse and are able to apply what they are learning." The sale is set for Thursday, Dec. 3 and Friday, Dec. 4. A wide variety of cultivars will be available, and the funds from the sale will be utilized for additional greenhouse equipment and supplies. Learn more about the Department of Agriculture at Arkansas Tech.

  • Annual Paint War Thursday


    Arkansas Tech University students will have a chance to relieve stress Thursday evening during an annual Student Activities Board event. The paint war is set for Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Campus Recreation Fields. Students wishing to take part are encouraged to wear old clothes, as the paint may stain clothing. Participants taking part will each receive goggles, a hair cap and paint. In all, several dozen gallons of paint will be provided for participants to use during the event. The event is free to all Tech students.

  • New Season, New Offense for Wonder Boys

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    A new-look offense directed by a new coordinator and a new quarterback makes its debut Thursday night for Arkansas Tech University. The Wonder Boys will begin the 101st season of Arkansas Tech football by visiting Southern Nazarene University for a Great American Conference contest in Bethany, Okla. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. The game can be heard over KCJC 102.3 FM and Defensive improvement has been the hallmark of Raymond Monica’s first two seasons as Arkansas Tech head football coach. The Wonder Boys have gone from 11th in the GAC in total defense the year before his arrival to seventh in the GAC in that category in 2013 and third in the conference in total defense in 2014. Monica said he knew at the end of last season that the next step in the process was establishing a new offensive identity for his program. “Me and Coach (Kurt) Corbin (co-defensive coordinator) talked about Auburn’s offense,” said Monica, recalling a conversation shortly after the 2014 season. “We wondered if there might be an offensive analyst out there who knows that offense.” That offensive analyst turned out to be Brent Dearmon, who spent the last two seasons on head coach Gus Malzahn’s staff at Auburn. “It didn’t take me long once I met with Coach Dearmon that he was the guy we wanted to be here at Arkansas Tech,” said Monica. “We put a huge emphasis on the offense during spring practice. The players have bought into everything we’re coaching. They’re excited about it, and I’m looking forward to Thursday to see where we are offensively.” It is anticipated that the first snap of the new hurry-up, no-huddle era at Arkansas Tech will be taken by senior quarterback Arsenio Favor. A product of Montgomery, Ala., Favor passed for 3,117 yards, rushed for 787 yards and accounted for 42 touchdowns at Stanhope Elmore High School. He signed with the University of Southern Mississippi, where he redshirted in 2010 and appeared in five games during the 2011 season. Favor recovered from a knee injury in spring 2012 to start three games for the Golden Eagles that fall, but a coaching change yielded a proposed position change to tight end. Favor instead transferred to Alabama State University. During his first start for the Hornets on Oct. 12, 2013, against Prairie View A&M, Favor completed 9-of-13 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown before a second-quarter knee injury ended his season. He persisted in his studies and graduated from Alabama State in 2014, making him eligible to transfer to another institution, pursue further studies and play out his final season of football eligibility. Favor was on course to do just that at NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision member University of Alabama-Birmingham before that institution decided to shelve its football program for the 2015 season. UAB’s loss was Arkansas Tech’s gain. “(Favor) has worked extremely hard to get to this point,” said Monica. “He worked hard in the summer and got to meet the players. He formed a bond with his teammates. He’s the quarterback and the leader of that group. I’m excited about watching him play. The thing about Arsenio is he can make as many plays with his feet as he can with his arm.” While Favor makes his debut on the offensive side of the ball for Arkansas Tech on Thursday night, senior linebacker Logan Genz will appear in his 33rd game for the Wonder Boys’ defense. Genz, a 2015 preseason All-American, enters the season with 352 career tackles. One more will allow him to surpass Mike Gurule, who made 352 tackles for Arkansas Tech from 1990-93, and become Arkansas Tech’s all-time leader in that category. “I see him talking more,” said Monica when asked about Genz’s leadership qualities. “I always say you don’t put an age on a leader. Logan was a team captain last year, and I know he’s looking forward to getting that tackle so it’s done. He gets everyone lined up and communicates well. I feel like he should have an outstanding season this year.” Southern Nazarene was 9-3 during its final full season of NAIA membership in 2011, but the transition to NCAA Division II has proven to be a challenge for the Crimson Storm program. SNU is 2-31 over the past three seasons, and it will enter Thursday’s game on a 22-game losing streak. Each of the Crimson Storm’s final four losses in 2014 was by 10 points or less. “Southern Nazarene did a really good job down the stretch last season and played a lot of close games,” said Monica. “We just need to worry about ourselves…execute, hang onto the football, try to get some turnovers and play as hard as we can each and every down.”

  • Across Campus: Semester Expectations


    The semester is just getting started for Arkansas Tech students in Russellville. Whether it's transitioning to college, selecting a field of study or getting involved, several students share what they hope the semester holds in this week's Across Campus segment. Be sure to log back on next week for another Across Campus segment.

  • ASBTDC Announces September Seminars


    Area business owners will have the opportunity to learn more about ways to improve their business during several sessions hosted by the Arkansas Small Business Technology Development Center (ASBTDC). The following seminars will be offered during the month:
    • Put Your Business on the Map with Google – Thursday, September 17, 1:00-2:30 p.m, at First Security Bank’s Community Room in Clarksville. No cost, but registration is required.
    • Most Costly Mistakes of Small Businesses in Hiring & Managing Employees - Friday, September 25, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the Fort Smith Public Library. No cost, but registration is required.
    • QuickBooks for Beginners – Tuesday, September 29, 9-12:30 p.m. at Beall Barclay & Company in Fort Smith. Cost is $65.
    • QuickBooks Day-to-Day – Tuesday, September 29, 1:30-4:30 p.m. at Beall Barclay & Company in Fort Smith. Cost is $65.
    Those wishing to attend a seminar should register by calling (479) 356-2067 or online at The regional office of the ASBTDC at Arkansas Tech is designed to assist new, existing and expanding businesses by offering a variety of services including consulting, training and market research. Learn more about the Arkansas Tech ASBTDC.