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Midwestern State University

Through this edition of the Wai-Kun, the staff hopes to uncover the lives of MSU students. With the turn of each page, we believe that more insight is being given about the lives of the individual students that are represented. Some students express their uniqueness through campus activities, sports, organizations, or by going Greek.









For 47 years, the Artist-Lecture Series Committee has been bringing keynote speakers to the MSU campus for students as well as the community to enjoy. This year’s speakers included Valerie Plame Wilson, Mark Shields, Brave Combo, Reed Timmer, Collins Tuohy, and Christopher Gardner.


Cowboys Stadium Mustangs Dominate Lions Students, Family and Alumi gathered at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas as Midwestern State opened the Lone Star Football Festival against Texas A&M Commerce on September 16, 2011. This was only the third neutral territory game the Mustangs have competed in since 1988. A&M Commerce got off to a quick start with a 73-yard drive ending in a touchdown within the first five minutes of the game. The Mustangs quickly recovered with a drive of their own to tie it up. The Mustangs did not take the lead until the second quarter, but once they did, the Lions would not take control again. MSU rolled through the second half to end the game with a 63-17 win making it the first neutral territory win since 1988. The event was celebrated, by fans, with tailgating at the stadium.





With over 25 events and activities put on by school organizations, Homecoming week was just a preview to The Greatest Game on Earth. Earth The week kicked off with a Lip Sync Competition, followed by a visit from comedian Paul Varghese, a Banner Competition, Torch Lighting Parade and Bonfire, the MSU Cardboard Boat Race, and a Homecoming Parade. This week would not have been complete without the MSU Volleyball and men and women’s Soccer events. All of these exciting activities led up to The Greatest Game on Earth where the Mustangs defeated the Abilene Christian Wildcats. 10


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Fantasy of Lights

In the late 1920’s, Mr. and Mrs. L.T. Burns celebrated their first Christmas together by placing a Christmas tree on their porch, decorated with a single blue bulb ornament. Even though the gesture was small, it was very meaningful to the couple. As Mr. Burns became more successful in life, the two continued the tradition that begun during the first year of their marriage. Each year they set up more elaborate displays, even after the death of Mr. Burns. At the passing of Mrs. Burn in the 1970’s, the displays were left in the care of Archer City, who eventually turned the exhibits over to MSU so that the Christmas spirit of the Burns family could live on for the years to come. The community pulled together to refurbish the displays and during the 1974 Christmas season, they could finally be enjoyed by everyone in the area. Now, 20,000 lights are placed on MSU campus buildings and 34 displays are set up each year. With an estimated 200,000 visitors each year, it is safe to say the Burns’ Christmas spirit has lived on. 12

Finals Frenzy



Great Day of Service


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Zombie Crawl & 5k

In light of the new phenomenon infecting pop culture, the Wichita Falls Downtown Proud initiative hosted the Zombie Crawl and 5K on October 29, 2011. The event was open to the public and gave excitment to many MSU students. Participants could sign up either as a zombie or a survivor, and were given the option to participate in either the Zombie Crawl through downtown Wichita Falls, or the 5K, which included a postapocolyptic obstacle course. Awards were given for fastest time and costumes.



Bilingual Education Student Organization Organization BESO are advocates for emerging English learners. They help others master their native language, develop English speaking and writing skills and maintain their culture. BESO strives to enhance the overall academic achievement of English,as a second language, learners, while promoting bilingualism and biliteracy for the future leaders of our country.


Armed Forces Veterans Organization


P.R .O .U .D. Providing Respect for Others, Unity, and Diversity



National N ational A Association ssociatio for the Advancement of Colored People

The NAACP was founded in 1909, making it the nation’s oldest and most influential civil rights organization. It strives to ensure equal rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and discrimination. NAACP holds more than a half-million members and supporters throughout the United States and the world. 23

University Programing Board Student Government Association Awards

Many of the most exciting events on campus, including: Welcome Week, Finals Frenzy, Family Day, Homecoming, and much more are brought to us by UPB and Student Development & Orientation! UPB is responsible for bringing in featured entertainers, a cinema series, and several other special events to MSU.


Honors Program


American Society of Mechanical Engineers


Circle K International Circle K International is a service, leadership and friendship organization. They provide service to the local and the world communities. CKI provides its members with opportunities to grow as individuals and share in the priceless experience of giving back to a greater cause. Members volunteer at the annual Pancake Festival, Wichita Falls Easter Egg Hunt at Lucy Park, Food Bank Can Sculptures at Sikes Mall, and Habitat for Humanity.


A MISMMISA ISA is aan n organization comprised of an enthusiastic group of Indian students coming together,

from all sorts of different fields of study, to represent the glory and shine of the Indian culture and heritage, as well as spread words of brotherhood. Every year, MISA organizes the festival of lights ( Diwali ) with a lot of zeal and passion. They not only contribute in making the cultural tree of MSU diverse, but also play a crucial role in many of the activities held by themselves or fellow organizations. They strive to keep the love and warmth amongst one another alive as they keep the fire of wisdom bright.


Wesley Campus Ministry


Student Ambassadors The Student Ambassadors are a group of 50 diverse students who represent different classifications, majors, and ethnic backgrounds. The students are representative student leaders at important functions around campus and the community. Throughout each year, they have the opportunity to further develop their leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills.



United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund UNICEF, works “for the survival, protection, and development of all children worldwide through education, advocacy, and fundraising” (US Fund to UNICEF). UNICEF also focuses its efforts on establishing gender equality and helpings children with HIV/AIDS.


Social Workers Acting Together

Association for Disability Advocacy





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Midwestern State’s football team dominated the Lone Star Conference postseason awards with Brandon Kelsey being named offensive Player of the Year, Davis Little was named the Receiver of the Year and Jimmy Pipken garnered LCS Freshman of the Year honors to name just a few. The Mustangs claimed the Lone Star Conference title by finishing with a perfect 10-0 season, making school history with the first unbeaten regular season. Their streak came to an end in the second round of the NCAA Division 2 playoffs where they were defeated in overtime by just one touchdown.



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Cross Country The MSU Mustangs Cross Country team had a history breaking season, they captured their first Central Region Championship this year and ranked tenth in the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches’ top 25 for the first time. They made their third trip to the NCAA Division II championship on November 19th, where they finished in 11th place on a snowy and muddy track. Brissia Montalvo finished as the 27th runner achieving All American Status. Montalvo’s teammates also finished respectively with Ashley Flores, Janel Campbell and Michelle Krezonoski placing 20th, 21st and 25th. Their coach, Koby Styles, received the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association South Central Region Coach of the Year honors for a second time.



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Dome Magic

The Mustangs had yet another history making season. The team claimed the number one spot in the NCAA Division II South Central Region and won the regional championship. In their third consecutive appearance in the NCAA Division II Elite Eight, MSU was defeated by just one point.



Women’s Soccer


Men’sMustangs Soccer in Action This year marked the sixth consecutive season for the MSU Men’s Soccer team to advance to the NCAA Division II post season. They finished up the season claiming the 16th spot in the National Soccer Coaches’ Association of America Division II Top 25 poll. Midwestern State’s Doug Elder was named NSCAA/Mondo South Central Region Coach of the Year for the sixth time, while five of his players were placed on the Daktronics All-South Central Region team. MSU senior Ryan Spence was named a second-team All-America for the 2011 season.




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Men’s Golf



Women’s Tennis


Men’s Tennis






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Clark Scholar

The Clark award was established in 1976 to honor E.B. Clark, a former chairman of the Board of Trustees of the MSU Foundation, and carries with it a $1,500 scholarship award. It is presented each spring to a student in his or her junior year.

Sarah J. Bradfield Sarah Bradfield, a criminal justice major, was named the 2011- 2012 Clark Scholar. She is a member of Texas Alpha Gamma Chapter of Alpha Chi, Association for Disability Advocacy,UPB, and the Student Government Association.Bradfield joined the United States Air Force in September 2001, where she was a top graduate in Washington, D.C. She plans on graduating with honors and aspires to work for the FBI’s Civil Rights Division. 74

Hardin Scholar

The Hardin Scholar is the university’s highest award for academic excellence. It began in 1961 by the Hardin Foundation and is presented each spring to a student during his or her senior year. A $2,500 scholarship award is given with the honor.

Rebecca L. Cuba Rebecca plans to graduate in May 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies – Special Education. She is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, Phi Eta Sigma, and Kappa Delta Pi, Texas Association for the Improvement of Reading, MSU Catholic Campus Center, and the Texas Council for Exceptional Children. Cuba is a volunteer for Special Olympics and is a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church. 75

Viola Grady Leadership Award

Kendall R. Neu The Viola Grady Scholarship is awarded to one student each year that exemplifies outstanding leadership qualities. The award honors Viola Grady for her twenty-six years of dedicated service as the Dean of Students. The scholarship carries a $1,000 prize.

James L. Stewart Service Award

Catholic Campus Ministry The James L. Stewart Service Award is given each year to an outstanding student organization in honor of Mr. James L. “Jiggs� Stewart. Mr. Stewart served as Vice President for Administration for twenty years. The award carries a $1,000 prize and is given to a student organization which exemplifies commitment to community service at MSU and the Wichita Falls community. 76

Outstanding Woman of the Year

Ashley N. Campana

Outstanding Man of the Year

Kyle K. Christian

Outstanding Graduate Woman

Outstanding Graduate Man

Joslyn S. Johnson

Jim N. Harrison 77

Outstanding Student Awards

Outstanding Senior Woman

Outstanding Senior Man

Outstanding Junior Woman

Outstanding Junior Man

Kamila A. Bell

Linh M. Vo


Jason A. Witte

Isaac J. Davis

Outstanding Sophomore Woman

Outstanding Sophomore Man

Outstanding Freshman Woman

Outstanding Freshman Man

Nicole L. Matthews

Sara S. Cuba

Eric B. Binnion

Joseph A. Hadwal


Greek Woman of the Year

Kristina Morales

Outstanding Honor Studemt

Zachary Davis

Kyle K. Christian 80

Greek Man of the Year

Student Government Association Awards

Faculty Member of the year

Dr. Jeffrey Hood

Staff Member of the Year

Mr. Gary Neal

Advisor of the Year

Ms. Sue Henson

Senator of the Year

Ms. Natasha Sutherland 81

Dillard College of Business Administration Outstanding Accounting Student

Outstanding Economics Student

Shevonne S. Lewis

Kyle K. Christian

Outstanding Finance Student

Outstanding General Business Student

Outstanding Management Student

Caitlin L. Niemann

Chad D. Downend

Linda D. Watkins

Outstanding Management Information Systems Student

Outstanding Marketing Student

Outstanding Graduate Student in Business Administration

Nicandro Delgado

Anthony M. Carlson

Jim N. Harrison


Outstanding Sport & Fitness Management Student

Outstanding Elementary Education Student

Outstanding Secondary Education Student

Outstanding Special Education Student

Jamir Claxton

Jamie R. Tasker

Jade A. Horn

Megan E. Reynolds

Travis and Evalyn White Student Teaching Award

Travis and Evalyn White Student Teaching Award

Travis and Evalyn White Student Teaching Award

Outstanding Graduate Student in Education

Jennifer L. Downing

Sarah M. Fields

Angelina E. Chapa

Maria C. Delgado

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Lauren A. Cotton

Outstanding Kinesiology Student

Sean M. Evers

Gordon T. & Ellen West College of Education 83

Outstanding BAAS Student

Rachel A. Dehoyos

Outstanding English Student

Outstanding Student in Foreign Language

Outstanding History Student

Lindsey C. Applegarth

Mariette Smithen

Erik B. Lewis

Outstanding Student in Humanities

Outstanding International Studies Student

Outstanding Political Science Student

Outstanding Graduate Student in Humanities and Social Sciences

Alyssa N. Smith

Kamila A. Bell

Casey E. O’Donnell

Brittany J. Norman

Outstanding Sociology Student

Vinson Award in Creative Writing

Outstanding Psychology Student

Emily S. Suhr

Lindsey C. Applegarth


Wakonda S. Lofland

Prothro-Yeager College of

Humanities and Social Sciences

College of Science and Mathmatics

Outstanding Biology Student

Outstanding Chemistry Student

Varayudh Keokhumcheng

Jared L. Dopp

Outstanding Clinical Laboratory Science Student

Outstanding Computer Science Student

Outstanding Environmental Science Student

Outstanding Geosciences Student

Kyle F. Francis

Lauren F. Hudson

Matthew S. Farris

Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Student

Outstanding Physics Student

Outstanding Graduate Student in Science and Mathematics

Christopher S. Burdette

Kagan H. Love

Sanjeev Mahabir

Asher Auguiste

Outstanding Mathematics Student

Joshua J. Yosten


Lamar D. Fain College of Fine Arts


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Brittney N. Cottingham

Outstanding Art Student

Outstanding Mass Communication Student

Sarah M. Fields

Dimery R. Michaels

Outstanding Music Student

Outstanding Theatre Student

Maria A. Souliotis

Laura A. Payne

Outstanding Athletic Training Student

Outstanding Criminal Justice Student

Outstanding Dental Hygiene Student

Linda J. Aguilera

Martha J. Rivera

Outstanding Exercise Physiology Student

Outstanding Radiologic Science Student

Outstanding Respiratory Care Student

Whitney N. Frie

Andrew J. Anderson

Alyssa D. Fairbanks

Keith W. Gates


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Outstanding Nursing Student

Ria Prakashbhai Outstanding Graduate Student in Health Sciences and Human Services

Andrew J. Lindsey

College of Health Sciences and Human Services

Outstanding Social Work Student

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We trust that this edition of the Wai-Kun UNCOVERED the lives of students here at Midwestern. The long standing tradition has once again been submitted to the university as a written record. We would like to thank all of the students, faculty, and staff who submitted pictures this year. We hope that you enjoyed this publication. Until next time,

Loren & Shelby

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