Arkansas Tech University

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Arkansas Tech University
Seal of Arkansas Tech University
Established 1909
Type Public University
President Robert C. Brown until 30 June 2014
Robin E. Bowen takes office 1 July 2014
Students 11,379
Location Russellville, Arkansas, United States
Campus Rural
Colors Green and Gold          
Mascot Wonder Boys (men)
Golden Suns (women)
Arkansas Tech University

Arkansas Tech University (ATU) is a comprehensive regional institution located in Russellville, Arkansas, United States. The university offers programs at both baccalaureate and graduate levels in a range of fields. The Arkansas Tech University–Ozark Campus, a two-year satellite campus in the town of Ozark, primarily focuses on associate and certificate education.


Early history (1909–76)[edit]

Aerial view of Arkansas Tech University, 2008

The Second District Agricultural School was created by Act 100 of 1909 of the Arkansas General Assembly It was decided on February 10, 1910, to found the school in Russellville. On October 26, 1910, the first classes were held in Russellville. The original purpose of the school was to offer classes leading to a high school degree. Later on, the school took on the first two years of college instruction, and the school's name was changed to Arkansas Polytechnic College by the General Assembly in 1925 to reflect this change in purpose. At this time, the course work leading to a high school diploma was phased out and in 1931, Tech formally only offered courses leading to a college degree.

Recent history (1976–present)[edit]

The school took on its current name of Arkansas Tech University on July 9, 1976.

In the fall of 2003, Arkansas Tech University announced it intended to overtake the state vocational school, Arkansas Valley Technical Institute, in Ozark, the seat of Franklin County. As of July 1, 2004, the Ozark campus has acted as a satellite campus of Arkansas Tech and has begun offering coursework leading toward an Associate of Applied Science degree in various subjects.

From 1997-2010, enrollment at Arkansas Tech increased by 131 percent. The university marked its 12th consecutive record enrollment in fall 2010 with 9,814 students.

Arkansas Tech has invested $180 million in upgrades to its infrastructure since 1995 and the university has added more than 40 new academic programs of study under the leadership of Robert C. Brown, who has served as president of Arkansas Tech since 1993. In April, 2014, Dr. Robin E. Bowen was unanimously selected by the university trustees selected to succeed Dr. Brown; when she takes office on 1 July 2014, she will become the first woman to lead a four-year, public Arkansas university.[1]

Mission statement[edit]

Arkansas Tech University, a state-supported institution of higher education, is dedicated to nurturing scholastic development, integrity, and professionalism. The University offers a wide range of traditional and innovative programs which provide a solid educational foundation for life-long learning to a diverse community of learners.

International and Multicultural Student Services Office[edit]

The Office of International and Multicultural Student Services is dedicated to providing student support services which enhance the college experience for international and multicultural students. Programs and activities are designed to encourage the intellectual and social development of students by providing opportunities for cross-cultural interaction. The achievement of academic excellence and the development of sensitivity, understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity throughout the campus community provide the foundation for all support services.

Facilities on National Register of Historic Places[edit]

Several Tech buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[1]

  • Old Art Building—Retired academic building.
  • Caraway Hall—Residence Hall, renovated in 2005.
  • Hughes Hall—Residence Hall, renovated in 2010
  • Techionery—Academic building, mainly used as a theatre shop and performance space by the ATU Theatre Department.
  • Williamson Hall—Academic building, renovated in 2003 to include kitchen facilities.
  • Wilson Hall—Residence Hall.


College of Applied Sciences[edit]

College of Arts & Humanities[edit]

College of Business[edit]

College of Natural & Health Sciences[edit]

College of Education[edit]

College of Professional Studies and Community Outreach[edit]

Graduate College[edit]

Academic Centers[edit]

Student life[edit]

Residential halls[edit]

University Commons
  • Baswell Hall
  • Brown Hall
  • Caraway Hall
  • Critz-Hughes Complex
  • Jones Hall
  • Nutt Hall
  • Paine Hall
  • Roush Hall
  • South Hall
  • Stadium Suites
  • Turner Hall
  • University Commons
  • Wilson Hall
  • M Street Hall

Greek system[edit]


Baseball pitcher Bryson Morris in 2014

Arkansas Tech participates in NCAA Division II athletics as a charter member of the Great American Conference. Tech was a member of the Gulf South Conference from 1995 to 2011. Previously, Tech was a member of the Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. The university fields four men's and six women's varsity sports, as well as a club sports program:


Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field
  • Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field (football, capacity 6,500)
  • Tucker Coliseum (basketball/volleyball, capacity 3,500)
  • Tech Field (baseball, capacity 600)
  • Chartwells Women's Sports Complex (tennis, softball)
  • Hull Building (sports medicine, training, intramurals)

Fight song[edit]

Athletics logo (c. 1982)

Fight on, Arkansas Tech,
Fight on to victory!
Break through to run up the score,
Conference Champions once more!
Fight! Fight! Fight!
We'll back you all the way,
Cheering for triumph always!
Go! Fight! Green and Gold,
Wonder Boys, You're Number One!!!


Arkansas Tech University has dual nicknames: men's athletic teams are called the Wonder Boys, while the women's teams are called the Golden Suns.

On November 15, 1919 John Tucker, a 17-year-old freshman from Russellville, scores two touchdowns and kicks two extra points to lead the Second District Agricultural School Aggies to a 14-0 upset win over Jonesboro. In newspaper accounts following the game, Tucker and his teammates were referred to as "Wonder Boys," and the nickname remains to this day. Tucker was labeled as "The Original Wonder Boy" and was associated with the school for the rest of his life. He went on to play on the University of Alabama's Rose Bowl team in 1931 and served Arkansas Tech in a variety of roles - including coach, athletic director and chemistry professor - between 1925 and 1972. Two buildings on the Tech campus - Tucker Coliseum and Tucker Hall - are named in his honor.[2]

Tired of being referred to as the Wonder Girls or Wonderettes, the female athletes of Arkansas Tech held a contest in the spring of 1975 to determine what their new mascot would be. Several names were nominated, but in the end, the athletes selected Golden Suns as their new nickname.[3]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Election of New Arkansas Tech University President is Historic for State. 22 April 2014, retrieved 13 May 2014
  2. ^ "Robert Dale, R-68". Retrieved January 1, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Jane English's Biography". Retrieved December 7, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Jon Eubanks, R-74". Retrieved January 4, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Andrea Lea, R-71". Retrieved January 1, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Kelley Linck, R-99". Retrieved January 3, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Boyd Anderson Tackett". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 21 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Steve Womack". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 21 June 2013. 
  • Walker, Kenneth R. 'History of Arkansas Tech University 1909-1990', Arkansas Tech University, 1993.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 35°17′40″N 93°08′02″W / 35.294371°N 93.133783°W / 35.294371; -93.133783