The Alumni Magazine of Texas A&M University-Commerce
Volume 14 Spring 2013
On the Cover The ‘E’ and ‘T’ stacked letters on the back cover represent the Old E.T. insignia that left a mark on the history and tradition of this university for almost 125 years. The artwork shows how those strong threads of pride have woven what the university is today. For both pieces of art, the artist used approximately 3,000 nails, 18 different spools of crochet thread and embroidery floss, and mounted it on whitewashed wood. Approximately 75 hours went into creating this powerful and bold statement. We welcome you to experience the creation of these pieces through a timelapse video. Visit PRIDE.tamuc.edu to watch this and other videos featured in this issue. Artist: Ashley Bryan
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a new space to grow by Sydni Walker and Taelor Duckworth
NEW RESIDENCE HALL PROGRESS
Slated to open in the fall semester of 2013, this new four-story, suite-style residence hall is designed to meet the needs of today’s independent student. Each suite has two bedrooms, a living room, sink area, and a bathroom with shower. Each floor features a lounge area, kitchen, and laundry facilities. The complex’s first floor houses a main desk, staff offices, a multi-purpose room, and an outdoor courtyard for relaxation. The new residence hall is located on the corner of Neal Street and Culver Street and puts students within walking distance of the Morris Recreation Center and the Rayburn Student Center. As President Dan Jones pointed out, this area of campus has remained unchanged for many years, but the construction of the new residence hall will provide a fresh face for this high-traffic area.
RAYBURN STUDENT CENTER EXPANSION The A&M-Commerce Rayburn Student
It has grown by 1,000 students every year
Center (RSC) is breaking ground yet again
for the last three consecutive years. The
after its creation only four short years ago.
expansion of the RSC will include a new
“The fact that we have to add on after
special events room, more office suites and
only four years, says something about our
it will double both the dining room and
growth and student involvement,” said Mary
meeting place seats available. The university
Hendrix, the Vice President of Student Access
plans to expand the building by 28,000
and Success for the university.
square feet to the south of its West Neal
As far as student growth, A&M-Commerce is one of the top five universities in the state.
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Street position. The project is expected to be completed by December 2013.
An outdoor amphitheater was constructed and opened for use in fall 2012 from what was formerly known as The East Circle. This area was built as an additional space for student organizations to host events and celebrations. Bleacher-like seating was carved from the sloping hillside, creating a grassy, comfortable space to view programming, study, or relax. There is also a stage in the center of the amphitheater with additional room for dancing, plays, or other activities.
THE MASTER PLAN The goal of the University Master Plan is to create a high quality campus environment that bespeaks the universityâ€™s mission of teaching, research, and public service. It will serve as a basis for making decisions, to improve operational efficiency, and identify flexible strategies for accommodating growth. For more on the plan, visit the website: tamuc.edu/CampusMasterPlan
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a time to celebrate by Andi Miller
A&M-COMMERCE AT ROCKWALL EXPANDING OPPORTUNITIES
&M-Commerce at Rockwall opened for the spring 2013 semester. It is a stateof-the-art facility designed to optimize students’ learning. The facility spans
25,000 square feet and is fully integrated with technology. The Rockwall location is well-equipped to carry new students into their futures with 80” Smart Boards, PolyCom video-conferencing and tele-conferencing capabilities, glass white boards, nine classrooms and multiple faculty office spaces, the Atmos Energy conference room, and a library equipped with computers and printer/copier resources. A&M-Commerce at Rockwall is nestled in the up-and-coming Rockwall Technology Park. Surrounding businesses include L-3 Communications, Graphics Microsystems, Precision Sheet Metal, EZ-Flo International, Zotec Partners, and others. To learn more, visit tamuc.edu/Rockwall
JOINING THE FAMILY ROCKWALL IS A&M-COMMERCE’S SEVENTH OFF-SITE LOCATION.
Collin Higher Education Center
Navarro Partnership-Midlothian Higher Education Center
Universities Center of Dallas
Eastfield Partnership-Eastfield College
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HONORING A LEGACY
he Keith D. McFarland Science Building was officially named on March 22, 2013. Before a packed lobby and
as a token of his appreciation for President Emeritus McFarland. President Jones said of McFarland, “With
gallery, the alumni, faculty, staff, and students
the possible exception of our founder,
of A&M-Commerce honored President
Professor Mayo, I know of no president of this
Emeritus McFarland whose tenure in the
university or any other who has dedicated
university’s highest office marked an era
more fully or given more freely of his life and
of facilities expansion, academic program
professional career than the man we honor
growth, and technological enhancement
today, Dr. Keith D. McFarland.”
heretofore unparalleled. Both Texas State Senator Bob Deuell
McFarland accepted his accolades with humility and humor, giving thanks to his
and Representative Dan Flynn spoke at the
family, especially his wife, Nancy. He thanked
naming ceremony, along with President
all of those who worked behind the scenes
Dan. R. Jones and Derryle Peace, Director of
with him to accomplish goals during his
Alumni Relations. While Congressman Ralph
presidency, noting, “Not only do we have
Hall could not attend, he sent his best wishes
those first class facilities we’re looking for, we
and a flag that flew over the capitol building
have a first class education.”
Spring 2012 2013
Texas A&M University–Commerce
new team leaders by Andi Miller
COLBY CARTHEL Ryan Ivey was introduced
Colby Carthel became the
as the new Athletic Director
19th head football coach in
on January 7 and will
on January 22. A born
serve as steward of the
motivator and all-around
Lions’ 11 intercollegiate
talented coach, he brings
athletic teams. Ivey
over a decade of coaching
was selected from more
experience and a family
than 50 applicants in the
legacy of excellence into
nationwide search by a
his new role.
committee that included
Who is Colby Carthel?
A native of Friona, TX,
athletics, the university,
Carthel graduated from
alumni, and Ryan Ivey with his wife, Kelley, and family.
Who is Ryan Ivey? A native of Mayfield, Kentucky, Ivey was a four-year letter winner at the University of Memphis as a member of the Tiger football team. He earned his bachelor’s degree in sports management in December 2004, followed by his master’s degree in sport and leisure commerce in August 2010. He met his wife, Kelley, while attending the University of Memphis and has two sons, Jett and Ace.
What does he have in store for A&M-Commerce Athletics? “I see the potential for growth at this university,” Ivey said. “My goal and vision for this program is to become one of the premier programs in all of Division II and the country.”
Why Ryan Ivey? Some of Ivey’s key contributions have come in overseeing McNeese State’s nearly-eight million dollar athletic budget and handling the business operations on a day-to-day basis. He has also been responsible for implementing new money saving initiatives within the department as well as providing fiscal responsibility.
Angelo State in 2000 with
the community. Colby Carthel with his wife, Sarah.
a degree in biology and he completed his master’s
degree in interdisciplinary studies from West Texas A&M in 2007. Carthel is married to the former Sarah Butler, one of the top volleyball players in Division II history and the current assistant coach for the nationally-ranked Lady Buffs.
Where are Carthel’s strengths? He earned a reputation as one of the top recruiters in the region as he has personally recruited or coached 13 players at the Division II level that have gone on to careers in the National Football League. Carthel’s players have not only excelled on the playing field but in the classroom; seven of his Buffs earned Academic All-Lone Star Conference honors. Carthel’s motivational attitude and wealth of experience make him a great bet for brighter seasons ahead.
What is his legacy? His father, Don, is the head football coach at West Texas A&M and the duo coached side-by-side for 11 seasons, beginning at Abilene Christian in 2000. Carthel spent the last seven seasons as the defensive coordinator at West Texas A&M and played a key role in establishing the Buffs as one of the top teams in the region.
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Colby Carthel with his father, Coach Don Carthel.
a new season DEAR LIONS, As the new Athletic
Throughout the meetings, there were two themes that
• Oftentimes in collegiate sports, it seems like the
Director for the
students are expendable—we need to remember that
1. We must do a better job of external relations and
they are students first and athletes second
Lions, I’d first like to
promoting our athletic department successes both on
say thank you to all
the playing surface and in the classroom.
the readers of PRIDE
2. We must become consistently competitive for
for your support
conference championship and national playoff
and your unflagging
enthusiasm for our
Just to recap, here are some of the questions we
• Do not do away with the UIL events—very important that we keep them here on campus as it’s a great way to recruit • The conference realignment—do not leave the LSC if it remains a viable conference, but if the top teams leave we might have to consider leaving WHAT DO YOU FEEL IS OUR BIGGEST STRENGTH?
athletic programs. It
asked at each meeting and a summary of the
was important to me
feedback we received:
that we get out into
WHAT IS THE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT’S MOST
• Location—our area is prime for activity; people are
GLARING AREA FOR IMPROVEMENT?
looking for things to do and we could be a source
and gather feedback
to begin formulating
• Athletic training program needs improvements in
ideas about how to
• Faculty support—the professors and staff speak
equipment and facilities
positively about our programs all the time • New leadership that sets a new tone
improve Lion Athletics as a
• Selling tickets and getting support for the program
WHAT IDEAS DO YOU HAVE ABOUT IMPROVING A&M-
whole. With this goal in mind,
• Attendance at sporting events (football games)
COMMERCE ATHLETICS THAT HAVE NOT ALREADY
we scheduled nine town hall
• Need more outreach into the surrounding
meetings at the university and in
media as well
• Make us more like other schools with some sport
IS THERE ANYTHING ABOUT A&M-COMMERCE
surrounding communities. We received some really good feedback from our town hall meetings. One of the most important aspects was the consistency of the feedback.
ATHLETICS THAT IS SO FUNDAMENTAL WE SHOULD PROTECT IT AGAINST ALL CHANGE?
additions (baseball/softball/tennis) • Curb appeal is old from the highways, stadium, field house and Whitley. The campus has been updated
• Football, it is fundamental and while some universities think of dropping the program, we
and enhanced, but nothing has been done to enhance athletic facilities
need to protect it ACADEMIC SUCCESS STRENGTH TRAINING SPORTS MEDICINE
With this feedback in mind, our first goal is to address the welfare of our student athletes as a whole. We plan to improve our academic performance with the academic enhancement center, renovate our strength training facilities, and put more resources into our sports medicine facility. Well-rounded and healthy student athletes are successful athletes.
Since we can’t include every question and all of the feedback from the town hall meetings here, the entire list will be posted to the Athletic Department website at www.lionathletics.com. It is vital that our stakeholders see that their suggestions were taken into consideration while creating a plan to better Lion Athletics. It is imperative that we all are on the same page moving forward so we can make Lion Athletics the power it once was. Great things are ahead. GO LIONS! Best Wishes,
RYAN IVEY, ATHLETIC DIRECTOR
Using the feedback we’ve received through the town hall meetings, we will formulate the Athletic Department Strategic Plan, which will also be posted on the website. The plan will be a living, breathing document that will guide us in everything that we do. The plan will be established to push the department, our student athletes and coaches to areas that we haven’t been in a long time. It will redefine our decision-making process to not just think outside of the box, but to ask why it has to be a box in the first place. It will help to shape and redefine the culture of athletics at A&M-Commerce by developing a clear vision, mission and core values of the department. In addition, it will address our responsibility to fiscal management and practices, revenue enhancement, branding, marketing and public relations, and an overall facility enhancement plan. At the core of everything we do, will be creating and maintaining the best experience for our student athletes, alumni, donors and fans, so that A&M-Commerce athletics will maintain a sense of pride for all of our stakeholders.
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Common Thread A
by Andi Miller
An East Texas Boy Makes a Big City Difference Spring 2013
Texas A&M Universityâ€“Commerce
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ith a colorful professional and personal story, as well as an unparalleled devotion to service, Fred Allen has become an iconic mentor and friend to some of the most powerful men and women in Texas and the nation. He is a passionate leader highly influenced by his Texas roots, and his hometown southern values have influenced powerful institutions in Dallas and beyond. “Fred has a deep understanding of issues and you can talk to him about various issues and he can zero in on what the issue really is and then give some sage, sound
boy was not
advice on what considerations you might want to take,”
suited to a life of leisure.
said Robert “Bob” Walker, President and CEO of Texas
He continued to work in cattle ranching and created a
Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) and Allen’s
wildly successful direct mail business based in Mount
friend and co-worker for 27 years.
Pleasant. With even more professional victories under his
Fred Allen an
d Bob Walke
r with VP of
When it comes to connections and networking, few
belt, he turned toward a life of service. Some of his most
people are as well-established as Fred Allen. A Mount
remarkable contributions include his time as a Mason—
Pleasant native, he is the product of humble beginnings.
including one of the organization’s highest ranks, Grand
The son of an oil field worker in the Depression-era,
Master of the Grand Lodge of Texas—and a 27-year stretch
he never dreamed he would one day rub elbows with
as a Vice President and board member at Scottish Rite.
Presidents of the United States, count celebrities
most valuable mentoring opportunities, and Allen’s
to the community.
humble southern values and charm have deeply impacted
I can’t imagine an east Texas boy like me doing as much or going as many places as I’ve been,” Allen said. But it takes much more than luck to establish
this multimillion dollar hospital devoted to serving the Dallas community and the world. “We have a very friendly relationship. Bob sometimes calls me for advice. I’m the third oldest member on the
relationships and rise to the distinctions Allen has
Scottish Rite Hospital board, so I’ve got a lot of experience
achieved. A combination of charisma, business savvy, and
to offer,” Allen said. “It’s probably the greatest institution
an analytical mind has allowed him to make great strides
I’ve ever been connected with.”
both professionally and personally. “As it turns out, I was a pretty good salesman,” Allen said of his first profession. A good salesman indeed. After his return from service in the Korean War, he took a job with the Royal Typewriter Company in Dallas and rose through their
Walker is quick to praise Allen’s service to Scottish Rite—their common passion—and his character as well. It is clear that Fred Allen is not only a grand achiever, but grounded in purpose. He may be an east Texas boy, but he makes a big difference wherever he goes. “Fred has been a mentor to me, but also to a number of
ranks from salesman to western regional sales manager
other people here at the hospital. If you think of Fred you
and eventually national sales manager based in New York
think of someone with solid character, integrity, who will
City. This phenomenal success set Allen up for his first
tell you what he thinks but will be there to support you
retirement at age 40 and a return to his Texas roots.
any time,” Walker said. “He is a very passionate individual
Even though he opted for what many would consider an early departure from the workforce, this east Texas
tees, Lee Dr
It is Scottish Rite that has afforded Allen some of his
among his closest friends, or give multitudes back “I guess I’ve just been plain lucky through my life.
Board of Trus
about what he does and what he believes in. You couldn’t have a better friend than Fred Allen. “
Go to pride.tamuc.edu to hear about the day Fred Allen learned the meaning of true power.
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By Andi Miller
A Professor’s Influence, A Parent’s Love r. Debra Nelson is a powerhouse. After a
the piece that I hold so fondly in my memory about the
a teacher, principal, and the upper echelon
university and the town. And it’s hard for me to separate
of administration, she is now the Deputy
the university and the town. I straddled both of those
Superintendent of Curriculum Development for the
because of my father and our allegiance to the university.
rapidly-growing Frisco Independent School District. But
I hold so many fond memories of the relationships.”
Debra Nelson’s career is not the whole story—impressive
After graduating high school, Nelson made the
as it is. Her love of education and her rise through its
transition to Stephen F. Austen State University in
ranks are attributable, in part, to a family legacy and love
Nacogdoches, but it was not meant to be. She transferred
of education fostered by her father, former department
back to East Texas State University the following year and
head and Professor Emeritus, M.B. Nelson.
fell into step beside former school classmates and peers, as
M.B. Nelson and his wife Netty first raised their
well as familiar professors and family friends. She changed
daughters in Bonham, Texas while he worked as
her major several times as an undergraduate, as so many
superintendent for Bonham ISD. When his older daughter,
students do, but when
Pam, graduated from high school, the family moved
she took an education
to Commerce where Nelson joined the faculty of the
course from Dr. Barbara
Educational Administration department of East Texas
Hammack, she knew she
After moving to Commerce, Debra Nelson discovered
“Like many young,
that she was inextricably tied to the university through the
foolish people, I always
Commerce community. She attended classes at Commerce
said I would never be a
High School with other professors’ children, she had
teacher because I was
community members and university dignitaries in her
reared in that. But my
home consistently, and those relationships were tightly
father wisely said to do
whatever made me happy.
“I knew lots of the university people because I either was in school with their kids or they were friends of my
parents or they went to church with us,” she said “That’s
superlative career in education with roles as
So he never encouraged me either way,”
Texas A&M University–Commerce
Nelson said. “When I took an education class with Dr. Hammack, who’s still there, I knew it was the niche for me.” After graduation from the bachelor’s degree program, Debra Nelson taught first grade in Commerce and decided to continue her education by pursuing a master’s degree; however, one of the greatest drawbacks to going further in educational administration was the thought of sitting in her father’s classes. “So many times I would go to the back of the room and sit in the corner, and he would call on me like he would every student. And I studied harder for that class and for those tests because, one, I didn’t want to embarrass him and, two, I didn’t want people to ever perceive that he was easier on me. “ Upon completion of her master’s degree, Nelson was accepted to Baylor University and the University of North Texas for her doctoral work. At the time, East Texas State University’s program in educational administration was one of the most celebrated in the state, and she struggled with the idea that she might suffer from a stigma by completing all three of her degrees from one institution if she stayed at ET. After weighing her options carefully and seeking her father’s advice, Debra Nelson decided to pursue her doctorate from East Texas State University for its quality and superb reputation, a decision that has served her well throughout her career.
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“My father had, at one time, more practicing
this, and was intimidated by others in my classes because
administrators in the state than any other professor in
I was so young. In my dad’s soft way, he kept guiding me
Texas because ET was producing so many administrators,
without telling me what to do.”
and they were so highly regarded,” Nelson said. “It always amazed me. I would hear about people flying
While M.B. Nelson passed away at the age of 78, Debra Nelson has a treasury of magnificent, heartfelt memories
in from the Valley, Arkansas, or Oklahoma. They would
of her father that she carries with her through the quiet,
fly into Dallas, pick up a rental car after they’d taught or
personal moments and into her daily workplace. M.B.
been a principal or superintendent all week. On Friday
Nelson was undoubtedly one of the greatest influences
night they would take a course or do research in the
in Debra Nelson’s life, and the lives
library. They would take a couple of classes on Saturday,
of many others in the
do research in the library again on Saturday night, and
then fly home so they could go to work on Monday.”
across the state.
The decision to complete an Ed.D. at East Texas
“It made a difference
State University also provided her with one of the most
that he always said, ‘I’m
cherished moments of her life and one of her most
proud of you. Do what you
cherished moments with her father.
want to do,’ and that’s what
“I had hoped that he would be allowed to award my
an educator does. I’m doubly
doctoral hood at graduation. But they normally don’t
blessed because he was my
allow any substitutions other than the President or Dean.
father as well. But I saw him do
But I asked him and he said, ‘Honey, I just don’t think it’s
that for people he wasn’t related
going to happen.’ Dr. Charles Austin was President at the
to. That’s what people would tell
time and unbeknownst to me, Dad had already made that
you about M.B. Nelson, ‘He was
request and it was granted.”
a kind, caring person. He cared
While President Austin actually handed Debra Nelson
about me and my family and me
her diploma, her father was allowed to award her doctoral
as an individual and he wanted
hood in a moment charged with emotion and a sense of
the best for me.’ If his legacy can
overcoming great odds.
live on through me, I’m blessed to
“I have a picture of that moment in my office, and
carry that. He impacted me as a
it’s very dear to me. I wanted to give up several times,
human being, certainly, but as an
thought I wasn’t smart enough or bright enough to do
educator as well.” Go to pride.tamuc.edu to learn more about the Nelson family.
Texas A&M University–Commerce
by Andi Miller
udge Demetra Robinson, of the Commerce Municipal Court, began her educational career in
er i n te
started having problems in
the way of many. As an 18-year-
school; he was in first grade
old mother with low self-esteem
which is a critical age. He was
and increasing obligations on
learning how to read during a
Science degree from the College
her and husband John’s time,
time they had stopped teaching
of Business and Entrepreneurship
college didn’t seem feasible.
phonics, and he was really
online at Texas A&M University-
struggling. I withdrew from
Commerce. The online degree
realized did not hit me until my
school so that I could help my
program allowed her to balance
graduation day. The moment
children succeed in school—
the commitments of family
I entered the auditorium for
always with the determination
life with the yearning to learn,
graduation and I heard the music,
that I would one day return and
broaden her horizons, and pursue
the tears started flowing.”
obtain a degree,” Robinson said.
her career aspirations.
Later, after a failed attempt and growing health concerns in her family, it seemed like higher education might be permanently out of reach, but her resolve never failed. “During my third semester
With times changing and
And Judge Robinson has not stopped there. In addition to her
technology playing a larger,
allowed me to fulfill a lifelong
post of 13 years as Commerce
more integral role in higher
dream. The university made this
Municipal Court Judge, she
at Northeast Texas Community
education, Robinson was able to
goal a reality,” Robinson said.
continues to pursue further
College, one of my children
pursue her Bachelor of Applied
“The significance of that dream
education and an active ministry.
She has also bestowed opportunities for professional growth on several A&M-Commerce students. Robinson hired interns from the university into her court to work as clerks and gain unparalleled experience to launch them into their chosen careers. “They’ve all been great. Maria Terry was a little tornado with a thirst to learn. Elizabeth Vela was a great asset as a bilingual intern with a knack for explaining our laws and regulations to our community members. And Chelsea Stanley was a breath of fresh air with a great attitude,” said Robinson. Elizabeth Vela recalled, “The first thought you have is how a judge would be serious and strict because of their position. I was nervous, but she was the complete opposite; she is fair and outgoing. She loves everyone and tries to make sure everyone has a fair shake, and I absolutely loved that about her. Everything I did in my internship, I actually do now in my current position.” In a professional world where employers require experience before many students have an opportunity or the skills to gain it, Judge Demetra Robinson reaches out a hand to the university and brings students onboard. Although she struggled with her early opportunities in education, she has found a fulfilling role and offers her interns inroads to the same contentment and success. 18
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he McKinney Avenue Contemporary art gallery in Dallas recently celebrated Michael Miller’s 20-year career as an influential artist, painting professor, and Director of Studio Art Graduate Studies at A&M-Commerce with a show entitled, Out of Commerce. The artists who showed alongside Miller—Trenton Doyle Hancock, Robyn O’Neil, Lawrence Lee, Daniel Kurt, and Jeff Parrot—have made a splash in the contemporary art world, but they began their journey in Miller’s studio classroom. For all of his accolades and accomplishments,
the intimidating exterior motivates students
for Out of Commerce by a friend of mine
what comes across most in a conversation
to do better work and Miller observes
– Alison de Lima Greene – curator at the
with Michael Miller is his willingness to
carefully and helps bring their ideas into
Museum of Fine Arts Houston. The purpose
nurture students. That does not mean hand
focus as he develops relationships with his
was to run another installation of my work,
holding or coddling—he is a little too gruff
pupils. He achieves this feat not only through
but also to make a connection to students
for that. Well-known for his cane and a
instruction, but by serving as a challenging
and former students who have graduated and
way of barking through classes early in the
mentor and sounding board.
become friends and colleagues. And that’s the
semester, he can be an intimidating guy. But Spring 2013
“I was initially approached with the idea
most rewarding thing when that happens.” Texas A&M University–Commerce
“…it’s not necessarily what they are but how they are.”
Conway Heart Loretta, 2009, acrylic on paper, 44 x 35”
IN THE CLASSROOM
It is not Miller’s style to always dictate to his classes. While his assignments in foundational courses have a clear objective, as students move through the program, they gain autonomy. By the time they reach Miller’s Advanced Painting class, he adopts a more hands-off approach based on practice and discussion. “I’m not coming to the class with assignments. By the time you make it to Advanced Painting hopefully you’ve generated sources you’re going to draw from, and that’s what I want to work with. Tell me what you want to do and let’s define that,” Miller said. Trenton Doyle Hancock, alumnus and nationally-renowned artist said, “The education that he gave me and my peers, it was like we were at an Ivy League school. In fact, some Ivy League programs don’t have professors of this quality. It was really amazing.” Time in Michael Miller’s classroom is a true exchange of artistic ideas. Miller learns from the experience of interacting with his students and helping them refine their vision. They influence his art as much as he influences theirs.
Ace Cool Disciple, 2010, Acrylic and fabric on canvas, 72x72”
“In my work, I collage fabric on paper and the fabric is sandwiched between two layers of matte medium, so it’s enclosed in acrylic. From there I’m choosing clip art from the Internet—hundreds of images, thousands before I get to the ones I care to save. And it’s not necessarily what they are but how they are. I’m interested in a gesture. One that resembles a human or something a human would do – a movement, a way of communicating with each other.” Then students become part of the action. “I hire students to be studio assistants – one or two at a time. The initial stages that you see here, I hire students to come in and do the collage work with fabrics and this clip art which is very straightforward. I do that also because it makes the challenge that much more interesting for me. That someone else is going to make design decisions I would never make. If I were to make them I’d somehow be thinking in the back of my mind how it’s going to be solved. However, if I’m dealing with someone else’s decision, I have to come up with entirely new solutions. That’s the most rewarding part of having someone else, be it students or former students, take part.”
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Happiness, 2010, Acrylic and fabric on canvas, 72x72”
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THE OTHER SIDE OF MICHAEL MILLER One of the most beneficial things Miller does for his students
is in offering honest critique and true insight. Despite his air of crankiness, Miller is not cruel in his assessments, but straightforward and eager to help students find their way. “Jeff Parrot spent time at at least one community college in Dallas
be able to read them first.’ Thank God it made sense and he went on to a really good graduate program and the rest is history.” As Miller instructs and guides his students, and as they exchange ideas and create art together, Miller has a tendency to become his students’ biggest fan, which provides abundant motivation. His greatest
and he was kind of allowed to do whatever he wanted to do without
gifts are helping students bring their own work into focus, helping
getting called on it. He would come into my studio and sit and we’d
them build confidence, and guiding them as they find their niche in the
talk while I painted.”
contemporary art world.
Miller was blunt in confronting Parrot about his direction. “Jeff, all this time you spent at your previous community
“I have several of Daniel Kurt’s drawings in the house. I came upon one in his early portfolio, and I told him what I was reading in terms
colleges, they just kind of let you get high and make stuff, right?”
of the narrative. I told him I thought he should give it to me. Another
student said I should buy it. So I said, ‘I’ll give you all the money in my
When Parrot confirmed his suspicions, Miller responded, “‘Ok,
wallet right now.’ To both of our surprises there was a lot more money in
that’s our starting point. We are going to no longer do that and
my wallet than I thought. It was a deal. I got the drawing and he got my
you’re going to be responsible for your visual documents. You have to
wallet, and I’m very happy to have it.”
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By Andi Miller
tan McKee, Senior Manager of Customer Relations
formative mentee experiences in the university and
for Oncor and member of the board of directors for
industry to heart and become a mentor in his own right.
the Community Health Service Agency, Inc. of Hunt
“Through the years we’ve had mentoring programs.
County, is not only the incoming president of the Alumni
I’ve been fortunate enough to mentor several young men
Board, he’s also a tried-and-true believer in the power
and women to be in a management roles here at Oncor.
of Texas A&M University-Commerce to transform lives
At least two of those individuals were A&M-Commerce
and establish careers. He has good reason to be filled with
grads. They’ve done very well, they’ve moved on, and
university spirit, as he is surrounded by approximately 125
achieved higher levels of opportunity within the company.
fellow alumni currently employed by Oncor. He’s also part
They have nothing but a bright future ahead of them,
of a distinguished legacy of professionals from the utility
and I’ve been very proud of my
industry, including Garland Button and
association with those mentees.”
Thomas Blakey, who graduated from
McKee has thrown himself
East Texas State Teachers College.
wholeheartedly into giving
“Tom Blakey was VP of
back to the university alongside
Operations and gave me an
his devotion to his career.
opportunity to go into my first
He has spoken to classes and
management position around
shared his knowledge through
1981. Mr. Blakey retired some
practical application teaching.
years later and has since passed
He has served as an Alumni
away, but we maintained a strong
Ambassador and member of
relationship throughout the
the Foundation Board as well
years he was here. He looked over
as four years of service as a
my shoulder and gave me great
member of the Alumni Board.
advice in helping me develop my
As he undertakes the presidency
career, and I have nothing but the
of that board, he is gathering
greatest love and admiration for
input from the 35 members as he
Tom Blakey.” Through Blakey’s superb mentorship and the education he gained in Commerce, McKee has led an illustrious career including
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anticipates their future goals. “They really want to see
the name of the university pushed forward, and
they’re really dedicated to making that happen. They’re also dedicated to making sure that the campus is noted
management positions over a
as a pristine campus and a good location for students to
variety of Oncor’s divisions and in multiple locations.
receive a quality education. And they’re very proud of the
It was professors like Dr. Dayle Yeager, Professor Emeritus of Engineering and Technology, who played a key role in McKee’s early successes in college. “Dr. Yeager was head of my department then and he encouraged me to stay in school because I was thinking of leaving. He supported me and introduced me to the
diversity represented by the university.” Stan McKee continues to build relationships and make connections with A&M-Commerce grads every day. His dedication to the university is endless and a true inspiration to all he touches. “A&M-Commerce alumni are dedicated, hardworking
folks at Mach 3 [a former student service] who offered
folks. This company is made up of grads from a lot of
me additional support. I’ve told young students, ‘You’re
different universities, but you’ll see a certain amount of
going to find a level of support at A&M-Commerce that is
pride and distinction that the A&M-Commerce grad
unparalleled to anywhere else you’ll go.’”
carries. We have a kindred spirit connection with each
In the spirit of giving back, McKee has taken those 24
other, keep up with each other, and support each other.”
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LIFE'S KEY POINTS by Lisa Martinez
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Sam Walker is an icon on and off the court to students, athletes, coaches and fans from all over this region. oach Sam Walker reached a milestone in his career on January 9, 2013 as he became the all-time winningest coach in A&M-Commerce history against Midwestern State, 74-66, taking him to 202 wins. Jim Gudger previously held that title as the head coach for menâ€™s basketball from 1969-1983. But this record alone is not what makes Coach Walker a role model in Lion Athletics.
He is known by many as an intense, focused, and determined head basketball coach who has a tendency to pace back and forth from one end of the bench to the other, but not as many know him personallyâ€”as a jokester, mentor, loving father and loyal Lion. The story of Sam Walker and his 202nd win lies within his journey to, then, East Texas State University 21 years ago , the mentors who have paved the way to his success, and ultimately to become an example to the future of college basketball.
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OLD SCHOOL RECRUITING NEVER GROWS OLD Walker began his coaching career as a
student basketball assistant for Navarro Junior College in 1987 before transferring to Sam Houston State in 1989. After graduating from Sam Houston in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and health, Walker started his tenure at East Texas State University to serve as Paul Peak’s assistant coach. A 2012 Hall of Fame Inductee, Peak moved to Texas from
Above: Coach Paul Peak
California in 1991 to continue his career at
Right: Walker and Peak, 1995
ET where he spent nine seasons as the head
Far right: Walker with two of the most influential people in his life, Dr. David Talbot and Dr. Jesse Hawthorne on his wedding day, Aug. 2, 1997. Dr. Talbot was the preacher and married Sam and Alison.
coach for men’s basketball. Peak welcomed Walker beside him on the bench, as well as in his home. “I lived in the locker room for about eight months. I bought a mattress in a garage sale, put it in the closet and brought it out at night. I thought I had it made and said, ‘This couldn’t
“Sam knows everybody in Texas in
be any better.’ I’ve got all this space and got
basketball. He knew so many people, and just
many compliments about being the first one
like crashing on my couch, he would turn in
COACH WALKER BEGAN MAKING STRIDES IN HIS CAREER IMMEDIATELY.
there and the last one to leave since my car
his expense reports and there would never be
• Earned a 17-10 record in his first season,
never left the Field House. Later, Coach Peak
a night of lodging, because he would crash
welcomed me into his home, and I shared the
on everyone’s couch every night while he was
couch with the family dog, Sasha. I would
scouting and recruiting,” Peak said.
always start off on the couch, and end up
Coach Peak officially passed the ball to
2000-2001 • Ended 2002-2003 with a 16-12 record and a third place finish in the South Division • Unforgettable 2004-2005 with a 28-5 record
on the floor since Sasha would take it over,”
Walker as Head Coach for Lions basketball
recalled Coach Walker about his first places
in May 2000 while Peak handled the Athletic
This paved the way for the 17th Lone Star
of residence in Commerce.
Director position. “He was a great find for me
Conference championship defeating West
Coach Peak believed that every athlete
and 10-2 overall in the South Division.
as an Assistant Coach. He really made my last
Texas in the title game, 77-62, and then
he coached had the potential to succeed
couple of years coaching nice, and he was just
qualified them for their first NCAA Division II
on and off the court. Peak held Walker to
taking over. When I became Athletic Director,
tournament since 1988.
that standard. “It was funny watching him
I was ready to hand it over.”
divide his time between basketball, where his passion was, and school, which he had to get done as a student. To say he was a shining example of what a student should be was a bit of a stretch, because his interest was in basketball, and he knew that was what he was going to do for the rest of his life. But, he did get it done, and I was proud of him for that because we had him on the road most of the time.” But what Coach Peak realized is while it seemed like hard work for Sam to earn his master’s degree, recruiting came naturally to him. He quickly established himself as one of the top recruiters in Texas and in the southwest region—a reputation that continues to this day. 28
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CONTINUING THE LEGACY
worked for. I’ve heard some stories about how intense he is, but people will run
his time to share and educate Sam Walker
through a wall for him. He cares about
about basketball and life’s lessons, Coach
making sure his guys graduate and grow
Walker, too, instills the same foundation
as young men, and he gets the most out of
in his future legacies.
them on the court,” Burton said. But like Peak and Coach Walker,
two people who were just loyal student
Burton also experienced humble
athletes. If being a student athlete here was
beginnings with his coach. This included
all they did, then we got more money out
Coach Walker opening up his home to
of them than we put in. Both those guys
Jason when he first moved to Commerce,
stuck around and were Assistant Coaches
and offering his couch for as long as he
and gave back to other teams. And the
needed. This East Texas hospitality would
relationship I’ve had with both those
become a constant in Walker’s legacy,
guys, different as a player, and different
and serve as a metaphor for humble
as a coach to work with, I have a strong
beginnings and dynamic teamwork. To
connection,” Walker expressed.
this day, Jason Burton, Ross Hodge and
“He taught me the importance of
Coach Walker talk constantly about the
relationships with players. The biggest
game, the wins, the losses, and on personal
thing he taught me is keeping things in
matters. Also, just like clockwork, Coach
perspective and having a balance between
Peak, enjoys the phone conversations from
coaching and your family,” Hodge said.
Coach Walker about the very same things,
Ross transitioned from player to assistant
reminiscing about the great times, and
coach for Coach Walker from 2004-2005,
always leaving off on a good note.
where he helped the Lions to the 2004-05
“I’m sure proud of the success he’s had.
Lone Star Conference Championship,
I’m proud of him; what a great coach,
and a spot in the NCAA Division II
father, and husband he is. I tell him to
keep doing what he’s doing, making
Coach Walker’s teachings have had a lasting effect on Hodge as he entered this basketball season as Assistant Coach for
people around him better people. Keep it going, Sam,” Peak expressed. Coach Sam Walker’s legacy is full and
Colorado State University where they
continues to grow as he instills the lessons
made it all the way to the 3rd round of the
from his mentors and shares his own
NCAA Tournament in Lexington, KY.
passion for basketball and his love for his
Another one of Coach Walker’s legacies is currently Assistant Basketball Coach at
athletes and coaches. Coach Sam Walker shared, “Anytime
Texas State University-San Marcos, Jason
you have a job where you have a score
Burton. The Plano, Texas native played
board in your office, you’re going to be
collegiate ball at Austin College, where
rated on wins and losses. I hope what
he was a three-year letter winner. After
my tenure here has [proved] is that our
earning his bachelor���s degree in business
successes are not solely looked at by how
administration and sports psychology,
many games we won. When I represent
he spent the 2005-2006 season as the
our university recruiting or on the floor
top assistant for Austin College’s Chris
coaching, it’s more than just trying to win
Oestreich. Jason started his MBA at Texas
that basketball game. It’s about giving
A&M University-Commerce in 2007 and
back to the people who made sure I had
joined Walker on the basketball court for
my life in order to be able to do the things
four years; three years as Assistant Coach
[I’ve been able to do] and be successful…”
before being promoted to Associate Head Spring 2013
I played for, and from the coaches I
Similar to how Coach Peak dedicated
“Len Bishop and Ross Hodge were
“He was just different from the coaches
Coach in fall 2010.
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achary Shirley, Assistant Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life, is a stranger to no one. His outgoing personality and exuberance for his role at A&MCommerce are truly infectious, and he has the perfect amount of energy for leading a successful mentoring program on campus—the African American Male Mentor Program (AAMMP). Shirley’s educational background prepared him for his current role through a deep appreciation for mentorship. He earned his master’s degree in higher education administration
from A&MCommerce, and he makes it a priority to give back to the university on a daily basis through his tireless work ethic and consistent interaction with AAMMP participants and students from across the university. The goal of AAMMP is to bring students from a variety of fraternities and sororities together to mentor new Lions who are in need of positive role models and want to experience collegiate growth. Ultimately, the plan for the program is to increase mentees’ success and provide them with a rich, well-rounded university experience while strengthening their confidence, academic abilities, and self-esteem. AAMMP began in 2010 and was established under a grant from the Higher Education Coordinating Board—secured by Dr. Mary Hendrix, Vice President of 30
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Student Access and Success—and it was presented to Shirley as a top priority when he came onboard in the fall of 2011. From its inception, the program has utilized university Success Coaches, staff members, and old-fashioned observation on Shirley’s part to identify potential mentees. In the program’s early days it was difficult to identify both mentors and mentees as students were hesitant to let down their guard, often rendered motionless by pride or a sense of the unknown. “It was like pulling teeth to get people to participate,” Shirley said. However, as AAMMP has grown semester-by-semester and gained popularity and a devoted following among A&M-Commerce students, it has
expanded to a total of 56 total mentors and mentees for the spring of 2013 – by far its largest numbers to date. Antonio (T.J.) Davis is currently a member of the AAMMP program and Shirley’s mentee for the spring 2013 semester. In his second semester, Davis has quickly shown himself to be devoted to the university experience. He is president of the Whitley Hall Association and has already participated in a national conference on the university’s behalf; he spends the majority of his time embroiled in new priorities. “I don’t even watch TV anymore. I’m always doing something, whether it’s studying or working on a program,” Davis said. Shirley first noticed Davis because he Spring 2013
The African American Male Mentor Program creates lasting connections across
social, cultural, and educational boundaries.
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spent time in the leadership office to study and get away from the social areas of the Rayburn Student Center. As Davis’s involvement in the university grew, he again came to Shirley’s attention. “When I was recruiting mentees for this semester I said, ‘Find that T.J. boy.’” Shirley insisted, “I know he’s going to do big things at Commerce.” While the original goal of AAMMP was mentoring African American male students, the program has diversified and expanded as the need has arisen. Spring 2013 is the first time mentees receive both male and female mentors to give them an expanded view of their college experience and a breadth of opinion they did not receive before. AAMMP participants make lasting relationships and enduring connections with their mentors that often remain strong throughout their tenure at A&MCommerce. Likewise, they meet faculty and staff who continue to cultivate a mentorship relationship with them throughout their college careers.
The AAMMP program and Zach Shirley have found a way to create bonds and connections across campus, across races and genders, educational backgrounds, and programs of study. They offer an experience to students to involve them deeply in the A&M-Commerce community, and those who are genuinely involved are far more likely to graduate and succeed. As a young program, AAMMP—like its students—has a bright future. Students are not the only ones who grow and gain fulfillment from the AAMMP program. Shirley insisted, “This has been a life-changing experience. People often undervalue the importance of making connections, and that’s what we do here.”
Back row – left to right – Dr. Shonda Gibson, Mara E. Lane Busby, H. Gordon Allen, Janice LaMendola, Jean Conway, Ed.D., Dr. Marty Crawford, Dr. Kevin J. Eaton, Jency Standerfer Holbert, Dr. William C. Attridge, Rebecca Tuerk, William Thomas Allison, Ph.D., Dr. Mary Cimarolli Front row – left to right – Douglas L. Hoppock, Bobby R. Francis, Dr. Jeremy P. McMillen, Barbara C. Villarreal, Paul Rountree, M.D., John T. White, Tony L. Stout, Don C. Hodges, Don C. Hodges, Jimmy D. Shirley
epartments across campus have chosen former students to serve as Ambassadors, inviting them to return to campus to
Bobby Francis meets with music students.
interact with students and faculty. This is the highest honor that a department may bestow upon its alumni. Over the past 30 years, 809 Ambassadors have returned to campus to participate in the Annual Alumni Ambassador Forum. The most recent Alumni Ambassador Forum took place on February 28, 2013 on the A&M-Commerce campus. Ambassadors spent time teaching individual classes and speaking to students, visiting with faculty and staff in their respective departments, and they gathered for a luncheon held in their honor.
Dr. William Attridge speaks to an psychology class.
Texas A&M University–Commerce
Gold Blazers 2013
Gold Blazers The Gold Blazer Award is presented annually to alumni who have provided outstanding service to the Alumni Association and the university. Sandra Doyle (Class of 1975) earned her bachelor’s degree in
Robert V. “Buddie” Barnes, Jr.
of the North Dallas Chamber and Rockwall Area Chamber boards, North Texas Commission executive board, Urban League of Greater Dallas board, Chairman of the Corporate Partners board for the Dallas Library, Texas Workforce Commission board, the Center for NonProfit Management board, Greenville and Rockwall Boards of United Way, and Friends of Fair Park board. Doyle is a graduate of Leadership Dallas and Leadership Rockwall and participates as a mentor in the North Dallas Chamber and the Dallas Regional Chamber’s Young Professional’s mentoring program and Big Brothers Big Sisters. She was also a recipient of the 2009 Dallas Business Journal’s 25 Top Women to Watch award. A native of Dallas, Doyle and her husband reside in Heath, Texas.
home economics in preparation for her career in business. She now
Robert V. “Buddie” Barnes, Jr. (Class of 1976) grew up
serves as the Director of Public Affairs for Atmos Energy Corporation
in the construction industry and received his bachelor’s degree
overseeing public affairs managers throughout Texas. Before
in industrial technology with a double major in architecture and
joining Atmos, Doyle was director of gas transportation marketing
business management. In 1976, he began working for his father-in-
for TXU Gas.
law’s company, Dee Brown Masonry, Inc., and became the first contact
Doyle has been active in various industry and community
administrator. After Dee Brown Masonry, Inc. was closed down in
associations as well as civic and charitable organizations. She is
1990, Barnes became President and CEO of Dee Brown, Inc. and
chairman of the A&M-Commerce Foundation board, past chairman
Masonry Technology, Inc.
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In January 2008, Barnes was named Chairman of the Board and
Oscar Faye Williams
campus for assisting the Advancement Services office and other
CEO of DBI. His son, Robert V. “Rob” Barnes, III was named DBI’s
groups within the school in the stewardship of donors for the last
third President and CEO. Barnes continues to serve the construction
six years by making personal telephone calls to thank them for their
industry through a multitude of service and professional endeavors,
gifts and letting them know that each and every person is important
while his son runs the family business.
to the university.
His service to the university includes his recent activities as Chairman of the A&M-Commerce Foundation and President of
Oscar Faye Williams (Class of 1973) completed her
the A&M-Commerce Distinguished Alumni Chapter.
bachelor’s degree in biology and sociology and went on to begin
Billy Marshall (Class of 1968) taught and coached at the
her career as a laboratory technician at Parkland Memorial Hospital. However, the isolated nature of the work was not well-suited to this
middle school and high school level for twelve years. He was a board
lively alumna’s personality. She eventually made a switch to zoning and
member of the Dallas Coaches Association for four years, and during
code enforcement where she used some of her established skills but in
that time, he was the youngest head coach in the Dallas Independent
a new capacity. Fast forward 30 years, and Williams made the decision
to retire from her position with Fair Park Community Relations. Never
In 1980 he transitioned to Texas Instruments, and when it was
one to take life slowly, she now trains professionals all over Texas in
purchased by Raytheon, he was one of only four people chosen to
code enforcement via her position as Senior Training Specialist for the
combine Raytheon, TI, Hues and E-Systems. After the merger, Marshall
Texas Engineering Extension Service.
was chosen as Director of Enterprise Services which put him in
Ms. Williams also maintains a rigorous and well-established
charge of all facilities, grounds, maintenance and computer support
relationship with the university through her sorority, Delta Sigma
nationwide for Raytheon. He retired from Raytheon in 2000.
Theta, Theta Nu chapter. Williams has helped establish scholarships for
Mr. Marshall is perhaps best known on the A&M-Commerce Spring 2013
students, and she is a member of the Alumni Relations board. Texas A&M University–Commerce
Distinguished Alumni 2013
The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to alumni who have achieved outstanding success in their chosen profession.
Carl S. Richie, Jr.
Carl S. Richie, Jr. (Class of 1981) has worked on all three levels of government—local, state and federal. He began his legislative career by serving as a fellow to a member of the U.S. Congress. Then he served as a legislative assistant for two state senators before becoming Deputy Chief of Staff to Texas Governor Ann W. Richards and led the governor’s ethics task force, which established the Texas Ethics Commission, and he became the agency’s first interim director. In March 1991, Richie was one of 60 people to be named “A Rising Star” in American politics by Campaigns and Elections magazine. He was also one of 35 individuals selected to participate in the Henry Toll Fellowship and was elected President of the 1993 Henry Toll Fellowship Class. The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce named Richie Volunteer of the Year for his work in education and workforce development and for governmental relations. He is also recognized as one of 2007’s Best Lawyers in America by Woodward/White, and he received the Healthcare Heroes Award by the Austin Business Journal in 2007. Recently, he has served as Vice President of Government Affairs for TXU Energy, where he managed the company’s state legislative and regulatory advocacy team and external consultants. He also managed the employee-based political action committee and its associated activities. Richie is a board member for Sendero Health Plans, treasurer of Austin Area Research Organization, president of the Board for Southwest Housing Compliance Corporation, commissioner for Housing Authority of the City of Austin, and parliamentarian to Board of Governors, National Association of Housing & Redevelopment Officials. Currently, Richie serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Commissioners for the Housing Authority for the City of Austin. He has earned the highest awards that can
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Congressman Mike Conaway
be given to a public housing commissioner. He represents
Congressman Mike Conaway (Class of 1970) came to
clients before the Texas legislature on many public policy
A&M-Commerce after graduating from Odessa Permian High School.
issues. He also represents clients in administrative matters
He received his BBA degree in Accounting. He was recently sworn in
before state and federal agencies in the areas of campaign
for his fifth term in the U.S. House of Representatives and represents 29
finance, energy matters and housing issues.
counties in central and west Texas. Conaway served in the Army from 1970-1972 and became a Certified
Toby Harty (Class of 1968 and 1969) comes from
Public Accountant in 1974. He has worked as a Chief Financial Officer
a long line of Lions. Her mother, siblings and several
at a bank, and from 1981-1986 was the Chief Financial Officer of
relatives hold degrees from A&M-Commerce. She worked
Arbusto Energy, Inc. Soon after former President George W. Bush was
as a secretary in the counseling center during her time on
elected Governor of Texas, Bush appointed Conaway to the Texas State
campus, and after graduation, she became Dean of Women
Board of Public Accountancy where he served for seven years, the last
at Southwest Missouri State University.
five as chairman.
Once Texas A&M University in College Station began
He is the chairman of the House Ethics Committee, a deputy
admitting female students, the campus was in need of a
Republican whip and a member of the House Agriculture, Armed
Dean of Women. Harty applied and became the first and
Services and Intelligence committees. He has sponsored legislation
only Dean of Women at A&M in College Station. When
to create a simpler and fairer tax system, increase accountability in
the government decided it was discriminatory to have
government funding, and protect small businesses and family farms
gender-specific deans, Harty’s position was eliminated.
from tax increases. Conaway’s background as a CPA motivates him to
She has held varied positions during her professional
push for fiscal responsibility in Washington, including reducing the
career, including employment in Dallas at Club Corp of
America, Athletics and Wellness.
On the Agriculture Committee, Conaway serves as the chairman
She returned to campus in 2009 to be a member of the
of the Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk
Silver Leos graduate course in memoir writing. She is also
Management, working to protect the interests of rural America
a contributor to the newly released Memories of Old E.T.
and its farmers.
Harty is now retired and lives in her birthplace, Yantis, with her husband, Jim.
A Midland resident and an ordained deacon in the Baptist church, Mike and his wife Suzanne have four children and seven grandchildren.
Texas A&M University–Commerce
Distinguished Alumni 2013
Ben L. Scholz
Dr. Paul Rountree
Dr. Paul Rountree (Class of 1965) received his bachelor’s degree
company. While there, he changed the corporate
in chemistry, biology, and English before graduating from medical
structure of the company to C-corporation and became
school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in 1969.
the President and CEO of Producers Compress, Inc.
In 1972, Rountree became the director of the East Little Rock
Scholz Farms, which continued the original business, but
the Department of Family Practice at the University of Arkansas for
changed a few things. The primary sources of revenue
Health Sciences. He returned to Texas as Gulf Coast Regional Medical
became corn, grain sorghum, wheat, beef, cattle and
Director for Union Carbide Corporation in 1989.
hay. He adapted the newest technical electronics for
The American Board of Preventive Medicine certified Rountree in
more efficient operations of equipment and developed a
1990. He frequently contributed professional articles and book chapters
minimal-till cropping system for better opportunities for
on topics in the field of occupational medicine while working at the
improved net returns.
University of Texas Health Center in Tyler (UTHCT). After being
Scholz was a charter member of the Wylie Area
recognized as Teacher of the Year many times, he retired in 2006
Chamber of Commerce promoting several events for
from UTHCT as the Houston Endowment Distinguished Professor
scholarship and philanthropy. He also served on the
in environmental science.
Planning and Zoning Commission for the City of Wylie.
After retirement, and never one to rest for too long, he was offered
Currently, Scholz serves as President of the Texas
employment with ExxonMobil Corporation as Manager for Medicine
Wheat Producers Association; Director of the National
and Occupational Health in the Baytown Complex and currently works
Association of Wheat Growers and U.S. Wheat
as Assistant Manager for Medicine and Occupational Health in North
Associates; and Chairman of Forage Committee for a
America. Rountree also served in the Navy and retired as a Captain in
regional Texas AgriLife Extension program called “Big
the Medical Corps with 26 years of service.
Program” presenting educational programs to improve
Ben L. Scholz (Class of 1969) received his bachelor’s degree in technical agriculture while forming a partnership with his father
understanding of quality forages for regional livestock producers.
in a farming and ranching operation called Scholz Farms. He had
Robert “Bob” Lee Walker (Class of 1970)
the responsibilities of management, marketing, planning and
became Administrative Assistant at Parkland Memorial
computerizing financial records.
Hospital in Dallas shortly after his graduation from
In 1999, Scholz became General Manager of a cotton warehousing 38
He formed a legal partnership with his wife called B
Community Clinic, and he was also appointed Assistant Professor in
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Robert “Bob” Lee Walker
Dr. Cliff L. Wood
administrative coordinator where he oversaw Woodlawn Hospital, a
Dr. Cliff L. Wood (Class of 1966, 1967 and 1973) became
facility for psychiatric and extended care. He
Director of Student Activities for Tarrant County Junior College
was also in charge of emergency services for Parkland.
shortly after receiving his master’s degree in science. After graduating
He spent time as an assistant administrator for Doctors Hospital
with his doctorate in education from A&M-Commerce, Dr. Wood
in Dallas from 1976 to 1979. After his time there, Walker joined Texas
served as Dean of Institutional and Student Services for the Houston
Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. He was promoted to Hospital
Administrator in 1982, and in 1989 he was named Executive Vice
President and Administrator. Bob Walker was elected President and CEO by the hospital’s board of trustees in January of 2012. He has served as a member of the Texas Hospital Association board
He spent time at Northern Virginia Community College as an associate professor of human services and psychology as well as the chairman of visual arts and engineering on campus. He was acting
of trustees, chairman of the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council board
Provost for three months and Instructional Dean for six years at
of trustees, a board member for the Ronald McDonald House in Dallas
Montgomery College. From 1987-2004, Wood was Vice President of
since 1986 and sits on the board for Special Camps for Special Kids.
Academic Affairs for the County College of Morris in Randolph,
He has been in leadership roles for United Way campaigns and was
chairman of the Shelton School Learning and Evaluation Center board
Wood has received many awards including: JCC Rockland “J”
of directors for three years. Walker was awarded the Trinity University
Award, Patterns for Progress Regional Achievement Award, Spring
Leonard A. Duce Award for Excellence in Health Care Administration
Valley NAACP Humanitarian Award, Nyack College Social Justice Day
in 1992. He holds Fellowship status in the American College of Health
Award, ACT (Adults Caring For Teens) Inc. Mentoring Award, New
York Community College Trustees Special Award of Recognition, and
Walker is an avid runner and has served on the board of directors for the Dallas Marathon since 1997. He ran the Boston Marathon three times and has run several others throughout his adult life. He is a proud
Nyack Branch NAACP 2010 Award in Appreciation for Empowering the Future of Our Youth. Currently, he serves as President of Rockland Community College in
Eagle Scout, a 33 degree Scottish Rite Mason, and a member of Lake
Suffern, New York. Dr. Wood has served on several boards for charity
Pointe Church in Rockwall where he previously served on the Elder
and community service organizations. He has been published many
Board. He and his wife, Pat—an alumna—have been married for 46
times, and is a respected professional in the field of education.
years and have two children. Go to pride.tamuc.edu to hear each Distinguished Alumni and Gold Blazer tell their story. Spring 2013
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noteworthy college of business & entrepreneurship
Dr. Chuck Arize, Regents Professor in the Department of Business Administration and MIS, recently received the College of Business and Entrepreneurship Dean “STAR” Award for outstanding service to the college and university during the 32nd Annual Honors and Awards Banquet. He also received the Professor of the Year award for 2013 from the Hunt / Hopkins County African American Leadership Conference as well as the MLK Lifetime Achievement Award. The
Wyman Williams, Director of Development, with Dr. Dale Funderburk, Interim Dean
A&M-Commerce Faculty Senate named an award in his honor: The Augustine Chuck Arize Award for Imagination in Teaching.
Dr. Jennifer Flanagan, Assistant Professor of
Dr. Mildred Golden Pryor, Professor of
Business Administration and MIS, received the
Management and Faculty Mentor, won an
Silver Wheaton Best Paper Award for “Online
outstanding research award from the International
VS Live Taught: Analysis of Gender and Course
Academy of Business and Public Disciplines for
Format in Undergraduate Business Statistics
an article entitled “Strategic Leadership and
Courses,” in Management, Marketing, and MIS
Scenario Building: What Happens When You
for the Academy of Business Research’s spring
Don’t Know What You Don’t Know?” Co-authors
2012 conference in New Orleans.
were Dr. Christine Alexander, Dr. Sonia Taneja, and Dr. Charlotte Larkin.
Jay Garrett, Assistant Professor of Business Law Studies, recently traveled to India and made two
Tina Lancaster, Instructor of Management
presentations. He was also invited to Punjabi
Information Systems and MIS Advisor,
University as the guest of honor at an
completed the SAP TERP10 course during
international symposium on women’s rights and
August 2012. This course led to her certification
the security of women at which he made a
as a SAP Associate Consultant. With this
presentation on empowerment of women
certification, qualified students at
A&M-Commerce will be offered the TERP10 certification course at a reduced rate through
Dr. Srinivas Nippani, Professor of Finance,
the university’s membership in the SAP
recently had work abstracted by the Chartered
Financial Analyst Review which is the top financial practitioner periodical in the
Dennis Pitalua, (BBA/MIS 2012) was one
profession. In addition, he has been cited by the
of the first students to receive the SAP
Washington Post and Huffington Post.
University Alliances Certificate of Completion, which the Department of
Dr. Sonia Taneja, Assistant Professor of
Business Administration and Management
Marketing and Management, won the spring 2012 Student Recognition
and Information Systems began offering in
Award for Teaching and 2012 Junior Faculty Research Award for
2011. Dennis is using his knowledge
outstanding and innovative efforts in scholarly activities. She published
of SAP in his new position as a Buyer 1 with
“High Performance Executive Teams”
Triumph Aerostructures - Vought Aircraft Division in the DFW
in American Journal of Management in 2013 (Co-authors Dr. Mildred
area. Dennis uses SAP Manufacturing Enterprise Planning to build
Golden Pryor and Scott S. Sewell). Dr. Taneja published a paper entitled
static purchase orders and maintaining them by using an in depth
“Strategic Crisis Management: A Basis for Renewal and Stability?” in
understanding of SAP navigation.
the 2013 Southwest Academy of Management (SWAM) Proceedings. 40
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noteworthy Dr. Henry H. Ross, instructor in the
college of education & human services
Department of Health and Human Performance, was recently chosen as the President-Elect for the Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (TAHPERD). TAHPERD is one of the largest membership-driven organizations in the state. Dr. Ross has served in several leadership positions within the organization and engaged in numerous professional presentations since becoming a member in 1999. Devon Herrman, Associate Director of Development, with Dr. Gail Johnson, Interim Dean
Dr. Curt A. Carlson, of the Department of
Betty A. Block, Department Head and Professor
Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education,
in the Department of Health and Human
is a cognitive psychologist, and he conducts
Performance, was awarded the 2012 National
experimental research in the area of eyewitness
Distinguished Administrator Award from the
identification, emphasizing the roles of specific
National Association for Kinesiology in Higher
memory and decision-making processes. He
Education for her outstanding leadership as an
recently received a grant from the American
administrator in the field of kinesiology.
Psychological Association to support his research. Dr. Maria Hinojosa, Assistant Professor of Dr. Barbara Hammack, Associate Professor of
Educational Leadership, received the
Early Childhood Education in the Department
Distinguished University Faculty award at the
of Curriculum and Instruction, was selected into
Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher
the Chancellor’s Academy of Teacher Educators.
Education conference in January 2013. The award
The Academy is a recently-developed initiative of
recognizes superior levels of professionalism and
the Texas A&M University-System
accomplishment in the areas of teaching,
acknowledging teaching excellence. Only five
research, or service.
faculty throughout the system were selected for this distinction this year.
Dr. Brittany Hott, Assistant Professor of Special Education, received the Teacher Education
Dr. Shonda Gibson, the Executive Director of
Division Research Roundtable Award for “Effects
Global Learning, Quality Enhancement
of Response Methods on the Mathematics
Planning Coordinator and professor of
Performance of Secondary Students with
Psychology and Management, has recently
Emotional or Behavioral Disorders.”
worked with two international students, Natalia Assis and Andrea Slobodnikova, to get them involved in research. Through this work, they were able to get their data published by twelve
Dr. Madeline Justice, Professor in the
different publications. In addition, Dr. Gibson has been published by
Department of Educational Leadership—and
both the International Journal for Development Education and Global
who also received the Emotional Intelligence
Learning and the International Journal of Business and Public
Personal Achievement award last year—made
Administration within the last year.
two presentations at the 10th Annual Institute for Emotional Intelligence this year
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noteworthy college of humanities, social sciences & arts Dr. Carrie Klypchak, Director of Theatre Graduate Studies and Associate Professor of Theatre in the Department of Mass Media, Communication and Theatre, has been named the University Theatre Educator of the Year in the state of Texas by the Texas Educational Theatre Association. She was honored in Houston at the end of January 2013. Dr. Klypchak teaches John McCarty, Associate Director of Development, with Dr. Salvatore Attardo, Dean
acting, directing, and performance theory courses and directs productions for the University Playhouse.
Dr. Melinda Schlager, Associate Professor
Barbara Frey, Art Professor, has been awarded
of Sociology and Criminal Justice, recently
the 2013 National Council for Education of the
authored Rethinking the Reentry Paradigm: A
Ceramic Arts Excellence in Teaching Award.
Blueprint for Change. This text explores the
According to NCECA, “Recipients of the
dimensions and dynamics of the offender
Excellence in Teaching Award are individuals
reentry problem and proposes a new narrative
who are near or at the end of a career dedicated
for thinking about and responding to this
to the practice of teaching; have demonstrated
important criminal justice concern.
excellence in their own creative work; have previous recognition for and a history of awards in teaching; and
Dr. Jiaming Sun and Scott Lancaster authored
have highly visible former students in the field.”
Chinese Globalization: A Profile of People-Based Global Connections in China published by
Vaughn Wascovich, Assistant Professor in
Routledge and released in February. The
the Department of Art, participated in four
book examines the explicit effects of global
exhibitions across the country with his work,
connectivity on local culture and society in
Welcome to the Hard Times: Photographs of
post-reform mainland China. It focuses on
individual level globalization in China and how global socialization impacts local residents’ behaviors, lifestyle, value orientation and the consequence
Dr. Ted Hansen, Professor of Music and Regents
of local transformation. Jiaming Sun is
Professor, has received his 15th consecutive
Associate Professor in the Department of
award from the American Society of Composers,
Sociology and Criminal Justice and Scott
Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) for his work as
Lancaster is Associate Librarian.
a composer. His work has been performed at Carnegie Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center
Ginger Cook, a second year graduate student in the Master of Fine
for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.,
Arts’ program, represented the university and the Fine Arts
and on National Educational Television.
program in several national and international venues in late 2012
and early 2013. She also participated in an Artistic Production
Nick Thomas and Lucy Giron, A&M-Commerce Visual
Artist Residency program in Puebla, Mexico this past summer
Communications seniors, received merits at the annual “One
based on her self-portraiture work in graduate school.
Show” Young Ones Competition in New York City.
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noteworthy college of science, engineering & agriculture The Dr. Keith D. McFarland Science Building. During his distinguished 39-year career at Texas A&M UniversityCommerce, Dr. Keith D. McFarland served the university as a full professor, Head of the Department of History, Dean of Graduate Studies and Research and, ultimately, as University President for 10 years. His exceptional leadership and determination improved not only academic programs, but students’ lives on campus. The building, named in his honor, recognizes his achievements, unwavering service, and dedication to the university.
Dr. Grady Price Blount, Dean, with Wayne Davenport, Senior Director of Development
Professor Matt A. Wood arrives as the new
Dr. Grady Price Blount—College of Science,
Department Head for Physics and Astronomy.
Engineering and Agriculture Dean—has been
Dr. Wood received his bachelor’s degree in
re-elected to the Board of Directors of the Texas
physics from Iowa State University, and his
Space Grant Consortium.
master’s degree and doctoral degrees in astronomy from the University of Texas in Austin. The A&M-Commerce Department of Physics and Astronomy has
Professor Carlos Bertulani is a new member
joined the Southern Association for Research in Astronomy (SARA).
(2012-2015) of the Committee of Education of
SARA is a telescope consortium that operates two 1-meter-class
the American Physical Society. The committee
telescopes located at two premier observatory locations: Kitt Peak
oversees physics education-related efforts in
National Observatory in Arizona and Cerro Tololo International
K-12, undergraduate, and graduate education,
Observatory in Chile, South America.
and develops strategies to increase the number of undergraduate majors in physics.
Dr. Sang C. Suh, Department Head of Computer Science, was elected 8th President of the Society
Nikolay Sirakov “Dermoscopic diagnosis of
for Design and Process Science (SDPS) at their
melanoma in a 4D space constructed by active
17th international conference held in Berlin,
contour extracted features” has been accepted
Germany, in June 2012.
by the Journal of Computerized Medical Imaging and Graphics for publication. The paper is already in press for hard copy and posted online by the Journal.
The Department of Agricultural Sciences “Northeast Texas Initiative for Cooperative Development (NTICD)” has been selected for funding
Dr. Bao-An Li, of the Department of Physics and
in the amount of $175,000 from the Small Socially-Disadvantaged
Astronomy, has been named a Regents Professor
Producer Grant (SSDPG). Dr. Jose Lopez is Assistant Professor of
by the Texas A&M University System. It is the
Agribusiness and coordinator on this project. Dr. Bob Williams,
highest award a faculty member can receive and
Dr. Jim Heitholt, and Dr. Curtis Jones are collaborators. The NTICD
a wonderful recognition of Dr. Li’s work.
will reach out to community members and help develop relationships among socially disadvantaged producers in northeast Texas.
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noteworthy graduate school & research A&M-Commerce has won and brought home the “traveling” award for having the most winners at the 10th Annual TAMUS Pathways Student Research Symposium. It was held November 9-10, 2012 at Texas A&M University at Galveston. There were 291 student poster entries and 48 oral presentations from all of the TAMU System Institutions participating. 97 A&M-Commerce Students Attended, as well as 13 faculty members who served as judges. We received the traveling award for the most winners, a total of 8 winners overall. The following are the student winners and the type of session they competed in. Poster Session Winners -
Oral Session Winners –
Undergraduate, Top 5%: Sravan Vemuri, Life Science; Marshall Joyce, Life Science
Master’s: Vince Liberato, Alexandra Pirkle
Master’s, Top 5%: Ashjan Khalel, Life Science; Katie Shipman, Soc. Sci.-Humanities
Doctoral: Andrew Spencer, Michelle Tvete
texas a&m university-commerce libraries Summer 2012, Sean
Other presentations by Librarians during the 2012-2013 Academic Year:
Anderson and Sue Weatherbee had an
“Speed Weeding: Improve Your Library Collection in 5 Hours a Week” Emily Witsell
article published in the
and Dr. Scott Lancaster at 2012 Library Without Walls Conference in Tulsa, Ok,
Computers in Libraries: “Growing a Technology
“Digital Popcorn: Making Media Better” Sean Northam and Adam Northam at
Equipment Service in an Academic Library.”
Educause West/Southwest Regional Conference, February 2013.
Andrea Weddle and Adam Northam had an
“Skype in the Classroom” Dr. Scott Lancaster and John Atabaev at TAMU Teaching
article published in Dialogue, a publication of
with Technology Conference, February 2013.
the Society of American Archivists titled “Introducing the voices of the greatest
“Presenting the Web: One Institution’s Foray into Digital Preservation through Web
generation to the
Archiving” Jeremy Floyd at Indiana University of American Archivists Student
Chapter’s “We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat: Archival Growth in the Modern Age”,
using WWII oral history
interviews to promote undergraduate research.” The article was about their ongoing work with
“The Emerging Figure of the Author in the Paratext of the Works of Early Modern
Honor’s College students to expand the
Publisher William Ferbrand” Scott Lancaster at Society for Textual Scholarship
university’s WWII Oral history collection.
Conference held in Chicago, March 2013.
Gail Johnston and Sarah Northam attended the
“Sarah’s Top Ten for Facebook” Sarah Northam at Oklahoma Library Association
Association of Research Libraries Assessment
Annual Conference, April 2013.
conference in October 2012 in Charlottesville, VA. They were selected to present their poster
“Weeding an Academic Library A-Z” Marsha Keenan, Sandy Hayes, and Dione Mahan
titled, “Avoiding the Runaround: Implementing
at the Innovative User Group’s annual conference in San Francisco, April 2013.
Desk Stats to Improve User Experience.” The
“A Practical Approach to Web Archiving: Applying Archival Theory to Websites and
poster was awarded
Social Media Pages” a Panel presented by Jeremy Floyd, Andrea Weddle, and Adam
Judge’s Choice by ARL in the Reference and
Northam, at the Society of Southwest Archivists annual meeting in Austin, May
Research Services division. They presented on
2013. Each of them are presenting a separate paper for the panel. Jeremy Floyd
the same topic at TLA Annual Assembly in
presented for the lightning round “Things they Never told you in Graduate School”
at the same conference.
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Judy Sackfield, Associate Athletic
Director for Academics/Senior Women’s Administrator, held the Interim Athletic Director’s position from August 2012– January 2013. During this time Judy led the Department of Athletics through the football, soccer, and volleyball seasons, helped complete the search for the new Athletic Director, Ryan Ivey, while still performing the duties for two vital roles in collegiate athletic programs. The university wants to express their sincere gratitude to Judy Sackfield for her loyalty, dedication and passion for Lion Atheltics and the future of the program.
Ryan Ivey, Athletic Director, with Taylor Fore, Associate Director of Development for Athletics
Danny Mason – LSC Linebacker of the Year; All-LSC First Team selection; Beyond Sports Network Second Team All-American; Daktronics First Team All-Region; LSC Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 1); Beyond Sports Network National Player of the Week (Sept. 3)
Callie Annett – LSC All-Academic Team; Capital One Academic All-Region selection
VOLLEYBALL Coach Case won 20 games, improving from 11 last year as volleyball
finished fifth and qualified for the LSC tournament.
Dorian McCradic – LSC Freshman of the Year; All-LSC selection
Rachel Robertson – LSC Offensive Player of the Year, All-LSC First
Luis Romero – All-LSC selection
Team selection; Ranked nationally in three categories (kills, hitting percentage, points); Finished her career ranked third all-time in
career kills; Three-time LSC Offensive Player of the Week
Sam Walker – Surpassed Jim Gudger as all-time winningest coach in
(Sept. 4, Sept. 11, Oct. 30)
A&M-Commerce history (Jan. 9, 2013)
Jordan Neal – All-LSC Second Team selection; Four-time LSC Setter of
Andrew Davis – Capital One First Team Academic All-American; LSC
the Week (Sept. 4, Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Oct. 30); Fifth Lion with back-to-
Academic Player of the Year
back 1,000 assist seasons; LSC All-Academic Team Preston Whitley – All-LSC honorable mention selection; Surpassed Breanne Snyder – All-LSC honorable mention selection
1,000 career points
Michaela Spicer – LSC Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 16)
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Advanced to LSC semifinals with 80-79 win over co-champ Abilene
Eva Brutto – All-LSC First Team selection; NSCAA All-Region Third Team selection
Nicole Anderson – LSC Co-Coach of the Year
Anitra Wright – All-LSC Second Team selection
Breanna Harris – All-LSC Second Team selection; LSC Player of the Week (Nov. 17)
Brionna Minde – LSC leader in assists, among leaders in points; NSCAA All-Region Third Team selection; LSC Academic Player of
Danielle Dixon – All-LSC honorable mention selection
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noteworthy achievements, awards, and new additions Dr. Marila D. Palmer joined the university as Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness and Planning. She previously served as Assistant Provost at East Texas Baptist University. She has also served as an evaluator and presenter at over 20 institutions for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC).
John Kaulfus has assumed the position of Assistant Vice President and Dean of Campus Life and Student Development. He has 24 years of higher education experience and holds a bachelor’s degree in social work and counseling and a master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of Texas at Austin. He is currently working on his doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
The Campus Recreation Department won two awards at the 2013 NIRSA National Conference held in Las Vegas, Nevada. Art directed by Jonathan Albarado, Graduate Assistant for Marketing, the department won first place in the Comprehensive Brochure category for their Campus Recreation Program Guide and second place in the Student Publication category for their Special Events Incentive Card. The A&M-Commerce Children’s Learning Center was awarded national accreditation by the National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs. Between 5-7% of centers in the nation achieve this level of accreditation. The CLC is licensed by the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services and earned the additional distinction of “Texas Rising Star” facility in 2010 for exceeding state licensing requirements.
Gwen Young and Cat Polivoda received awards at the Southwest Assocation of College and University Housing Officers (SWACUHO) Conference in February. Gwen Young, Assistant Director for Business Operations in the Residential Living and Learning Department, won an award for one of the top five programs presented at the conference. Also, Cat Polivoda, Graduate Hall Director of West Hall, Family Hall, and New Pride, won the Bob Huss Outstanding Graduate Student Award for the tri-state SWACUHO region.
Orientation Staff wins “Spirit of NODA” Award at Region IV Orientation Conference for the third year in a row. Two teams of students and one professional staff had proposals accepted and presented sessions at this conference.
Four students from the A&M-Commerce Honors College were accepted into post-baccalaureate medical programs. Jessica Meyer has been accepted into medical school at the Texas A&M Health Science Center. Mary Mason will attend the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in fall 2013. William Liam has been accepted to the University of Texas Medical School. Alexander Kimp will enter the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.
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A Spirit of Sam Rayburn celebration took place on February 26 in honor of a new university tradition. On campus spirit days, and in celebration of noteworthy events, the Sam Rayburn statue outside the Rayburn Student Center will don blue and gold spirit items. The first of these was a blue and gold striped scarf knitted by Dr. Donna Dunbar-Odom of the Department of Literature and Languages.
A&M-Commerce was named a University Partner by ¡Adelante! U. S. Education Leadership Fund. This designation enables students to apply for exclusive partner scholarships. Spring 2013
KETR received four first-place honors in the 2012 Texas Associated Press Broadcasters awards. Matt Meinke won first and second place in actuality-production. First place in the website category went to ketr.org, which is managed by Jerrod Knight and staff. First place in the serious feature category was awarded to Knight for his “Bob Aikin: In Memory.” First place in the light feature category was awarded to Knight and former KETR news director Scott Harvey for “The Lions Take New York.” In sports, KETR’s John Mark Dempsey, Kevin Jefferies and Harvey received honorable mention in the best sports play-by-play category. Deborah Smith, administrative assistant, retired after 19 incredible years with the station. Cristy Boucher comes to KETR from a university in New Hampshire and will take the reigns as administrative assistant. ght: ager, Jerrod Kni s general man R’ ET K .9 88 of From the desk ho listen arts of those w art, and the he he ent, we y m nm of ai rt m te ther, and en From the botto ea w s, w ne radio r ei KETR for th our little public and rely upon inue to give to nt co y. u sit yo er t iv or the supp of our un thank you for on the campus which rtheast Texas, no in ultiple sources, re m he by n ed io nd fu operat en tion be s ha d the Corpora de, KETR For over a deca e supporters, an at or on rs rp co pe , y rs er al membe ight guess, ev include individu PB.) As you m C e th ho r, w (o on g rs dcastin and ever y pe for Public Broa doesn’t listen, 00,000 each 88.9 probably ar he make raising $1 N A n C ca at who Th . ve gi t obably doesn’ e in. DOES listen pr where you cam grads task, but that’s lt y of a few ETSU sit ro ne year a difficu ge le ib ed cr p came in el e H th to was reached! In 2012, thanks al of $100,000 go mni fty lu lo A e e th th t, or then from who led the eff al donors, and itydu rs vi ve di ni in U of M e & the Texas A from a multitud om fr en th d an a whole, Foundation as ound, dation! un Fo ce broadcasting ab er Comm ing for public nd here in fu to on s ly at re re u formation yo Today, while th in d an s w ne sit ketr.org and the unbiased u. When you vi we know that yo of e us ca be s is safe ur checks to PO northeast Texa hen you mail yo w d an future ” n, io at this st g to ensure the click “support 9, you’re helpin 42 75 M TX & , A ce e er th m citizens and Box 4504, Com formative e is to provide in os d rp an pu l, se na ho io ucat of a station w entertaining, ed nment for mmunity with learning enviro l na sio es Commerce co of pr a as e g. rv se tin as to and dio broadc programming, excellence in ra ue rs pu to ts en university stud
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Rex Giddens, Associate Vice President for Business Services and Director of Employment Services, has worked at A&M-Commerce for the last 41 years in a number of increasingly responsible jobs, from inventory clerk to interim vice president for business and administration. He has helped the university grow and change through property acquisitions including agreements that allowed the school district to build its new high school on property leased from the university. Giddens was also the university representative on agreements that helped secure the future of the Northeast Texas Children’s Museum and that brought Wal-Mart into Commerce. In addition to his service to the university, Rex Giddens is a combat veteran of Vietnam. He was a Staff Sergeant who led his men into combat in 1969. Prior to joining the university, he held jobs in a steel mill, worked as a construction worker on I-30, and helped build bridges over Lake Palestine and Lake Cypress Springs. The university is humbled by and thankful for Mr. Giddens’ unflagging service and dedication to his fellow man over these many years. We wish him all the best in retirement.
Luis Franco, Director of Hispanic Outreach and Student Programs, was elected to the State Board of the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education (TACHE) as Secretary.
Brenda Morris took on the role of Director of Advancement Services when Alicia Wittkopf was offered a wonderful opportunity to become Executive Director for Hunt Regional Healthcare in February.
Dr. William R. “Railroad Bill” Ogden retired his Sunday night bluegrass program, which had been on the air for over 20 years.
C L A S S notes Joe Bob Johnson (B.S. ’64) was recently Jack D. Mayo (B.S. ’57, M.Ed. ’61) was honored by the Van ISD Education Foundation as a distinguished alumnus.
Ruth A. Stallings (B.S. ’56) has been named the 2012 Distinguished Alumna for Paris Junior College.
Mary Jane Vance (B.S. ’55, M.Ed. ’59, Ph.D. ’76) has recently published her book Mary of the Angels.
Dr. George W. “Bill” Whitt (B.S. ’53, M.Ed. ’63, Ed.D. ’78) writes that his brother Eugene Paul Whitt, Jr., J.D., passed away December 19, 2011. Eugene retired from the Department of the Air Force where he was Director of Computer Design and after retirement he practiced law for several years in Alabama. He was a math major at ET from 1953-1954 before transferring to the University of Texas to complete his degree in engineering. He received a M.S. in computer science from the American University in Washington, D.C. and his Doctor Jurisprudence from Jones Law School in Montgomery, AL.
inducted into the Trinity Valley Community College Hall of Fame.
Education at Sam Houston State University after 48 years in education, 28 of which have been at Sam Houston State.
Wayne (B.S. ’64) and Wanda Galyean (B.S. ’64, M.Ed. ’68) of Sulphur Springs recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Lanny “Hoss” Huggins (B.S. ’67) was inducted recently into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame in a Houston Ceremony. He began his radio career at stations KFTV and KPLT in his hometown, Paris, TX and continued in Tyler at KZAK and KROZ. He is now a semi-retired senior account executive at CBS 19 TV in Tyler. He is married to the former
Gail Witmer (B.S. ’64).
Valley Community College Hall of Fame.
Jon F. Mallard (B.B.A. ’63) retired after 32
Curtis Culwell (M.Ed.’79, Ed.D. ‘91)
years with Valley View Bank in Overland Park, KS.
announced his retirement after 14 years as the superintendent of Garland ISD.
Dr. Michael J. Murphy (Ed.D. ’83) is currently a forensic psychologist and qualified examiner in Massachusetts, as well as Director of Mental Health Services at the Barnstable Sheriff’s Office. This involves oversight of mental health services to a correctional facility housing about 450 men and women. As a forensic psychologist and qualified examiner he testifies in trials evaluating the possible future dangerousness of individuals who have been convicted of sexual or other violent offenses. His time is split between Massachusetts and Vermont and he loves to cross country ski, hike, bike and swim. New England is nearly as lovely, though not quite as large or diverse, as Texas!
Bill O’Neal (B.A. ’64, M.A. ’69) has recently been appointed by the governor as Texas State Historian based on his more than 40 publications on Texas and southwest history. His daughter is
Berri O’Neal (B.S. ’96, M.S. ’98, Ed.D. ’02), Executive Director of the Universities Center at Dallas.
Dr. Genevieve Brown (B.A. ’63, M.A. ’68, Ed.D. ’79) has retired as Dean of the College of
Richard Scott “Scotty” Conley (B.S. ’70, M.S. ‘73) was recently inducted into the Trinity
Charles Don Easterling (B.S. ’71, M.S. ’71) and his wife Beverly celebrated 50 years of marriage on December 1, 2012.
Dr. James C. Goode (B.S. ’70, M.S. ’80, M.Ed. ’83) is now retired from teaching (inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in 2006) and is in the process of working on his next blues album to be released in March (www.ruffkuttblues.com).
Governor Jackson (B.S. ’73) The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators appointed Governor Jackson, financial aid director at Texas Woman’s University, to its Higher Education Act Reauthorization Task Force. Jackson was one of 16 financial aid professionals nationwide to be selected. The task force will draft proposals on issues and specific statutory changes needed for the federal student aid programs and their delivery systems. The task force is expected to complete its work by July 2013 and present a final report to the association’s membership at the 2013 national conference in Las Vegas.
Jimmie H. McDaniel (M.S. ’71) and his wife Russ L. Cuffee, Jr. (B.S. ’71) was enshrined into the Marcus Whitman Central School’s (formerly Middlesex Valley Central School) High School Athletics Hall of Fame in Rushville, NY. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in 1971, he settled in the Arlington, Texas area and raised his 3 children with his wife, Dr. Deborah Cuffee (B.S. ’75). He enjoyed a 25 year career with the Xerox Corp. as a sales executive and now serves as President/CEO of RLC Enterprises, where his primary focus is raising money while producing benefit golf events for nonprofit organizations and corporate golf outings.
Brenda K. Gunter (B.A. ’79, M.Ed. ’82)
Jane recently celebrated 50 years of marriage. The couple resides in Tyler.
Brenda Shuttlesworth Staples (B.S. ‘78) has led the support group, PALS, prosthetic and limb deficient support group for amputee children and their families, connected with Texas Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas, for 30 years. She has been married to David for 34 years, and they have two sons, Zachary and Noah.
Reavis Z. Wortham’s (B.S. ’76, M.Ed. ’84) book The Rock Hole has been named a finalist for the coveted national Benjamin Franklin Award in the mystery/suspense category.
retired after teaching high school English for 33 years. She owns Mother Nature’s Gifts in Iowa Park, TX.
Rod W. Carnahan (B.S. ’63) was honored by Daingerfield High School as a distinguished alumnus.
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Fred J. Allen (M.M. ’87) was honored by the College of Fine Arts at Stephen F. Austin University with the faculty achievement award for teaching.
Patrick S. Canty (B.A. ’82) has been promoted to Regional Vice President for AIM Media Texas.
Mark Scheu (B.S. ’80, M.S. ’83) was honored with the Honorary American FFA Degree-Teacher—a national award to those who advance agricultural education and FFA through outstanding personal commitment. He is with Daingerfield ISD.
Dr. Donnya Stephens (Ed.D. ’81) was recently honored as Distinguished Educator at Stephen F. Austin’s Leadership Legacy Celebration. At the ceremony on November 2, 2012, a portrait of her was unveiled to be hung in the Department of Secondary Education and Educational Leadership as the first African American professor in the department.
Joe M. Wardell (Ed.D. ’98) was honored by the
Joanna V. Kortik (B.S. ’09) a native of Myakka
Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce as Businessman of the Year.
City, Florida has released her first book titled Five Keys to Becoming an Unstoppable Warrior Mom based on her experience as a new mom. Her book helps moms identify and practice tangible activities to care for themselves both mentally and physically as they take on the time-demanding role of being a mother.
Billy F. Watkins (B.B. A. ’94) was recently inducted into the Wildcat Hall of Honor at Sulphur Springs High School. He is currently the head golf and varsity kicking coach at Rockwall High School.
Ricky D. White (B.S.C.J. ‘92) recently accepted a lieutenant position with the Department of Public Safety in Waco.
Hong Yin (M.S. ’95, Ed.D. ‘97) and Yan Sun (M.F.A. ‘96) published a book, The Unity of Nature and Humanity - Chinese Mausoleum Stone Sculptures in the Tang Dynasty in 2012. It was published by Sanqin Publishers, Shaanxi Publishing Group. This book comes as a result of years of research and writing about the stone mausoleum sculptures of China, especially those of the Tang Dynasty.
Gary Alderson (M.Ed. ’10) has been Brenda Duncan Adcock (B.A. ’94) received her Ph.D. in Spanish from Texas Tech University in December 2012.
Robert John Clare (M.Ed. ’96) is the new principal at Hudson Middle School in Sachse.
Phillip R. Riley (M.S. ’98) is the new principal of St. Monica Catholic School in Dallas.
Zanetta Siciliano (B.B.A. ’97) and her husband have been featured on FOX News, WFAA TV and the History Channel’s Invention USA for their product Hail Protector. She states that “Hail Protector is our latest success and my education has been such a big reason for any career success and has been a powerful force behind my entrepreneurship.”
Arthur David Sloan (Ed.D. ’93) was recently honored by Daingerfield High School as a distinguished alumnus.
Deborah J Timmerman (M.Ed. ’94) is the new principal of St. Joseph Catholic School in Waxahachie.
appointed Assistant Principal at South Davis Elementary School in the Arlington ISD.
John R. Bear (B.S. ’05) and his wife Amanda
Adam Michael Krafka (B.S. ’07) married Meaghan Murphey on October 6. The couple resides in Greenville.
Ray R. Merrill (M.Ed. ’02) is the new principal at Sachse High School.
Kelly J. Moeller (M.S. ’07) is the new principal at St. Mary of Carmel Catholic School in Dallas.
Audrey Maree Poe (B.S. ’08, M.S. ’10) became the wife of Dr. Eric Lee Ketchum on October 20, 2012. The couple will reside in Lone Oak.
Josh D. Ragsdale (B.S. ’02) was selected to be the head coach of the “East” squad in the North American All-Star Showcase Classic at Pennington Field in Bedford on June 15, 2013. This is a Dallas vs. Fort Worth High School All-Star Football game.
Chad Tackett (B.B.A. ’02) was married on October 20, 2012 to Emily Haney. The couple resides in Fort Worth.
recently celebrated the birth of their child, Brianna, on August 4, 2012.
Angela R. Caviness (M.M. ’98) became the bride of Brandon L. Pedigo on November 27, 2012. Angela is currently the director of bands at RL Turner High School in Carrollton.
Nancy Jo Pace Duggan (B.S.I.S. ’06) was recently elected to the Scurry-Rosser ISD Board of Trustees serving a three year term.
Phillip Easley (B.B. A. ’08) and his wife Sara are proud to announce the birth of their son, Kaiden James, born on August 16.
Shonda Ann Moore-Gibson (B.A.A.S. ’08, M.B.A. ’09, M.S. ’11, Ph.D. ’12) received
Leigh Ann Florian LeBus (M.Ed. ’11) and Robert B. Echols were married July 14, 2012 in Longview, TX. The couple will reside in Granbury.
Bradley K. Eatherly (B.B.A. ’10) was married to Jennifer Shay Perry on July 7, 2012 and the couple will reside in Paris.
Jaclyn N. Tyler (B.A.A.S. ’11) was recently promoted to an administrative officer position at Austin Bank in Jacksonville.
Caleb A. Slinkard (B.A. ’12) was named editor of the Greenville Herald Banner.
her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University-Commerce on December 15, 2012.
Christopher F. Grey (M.Ed. ’03) is the new principal at Armstrong Elementary in Sachse.
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1930s Margaret Erlena Jolly (B.A. ’38, M.S. ’44) 9-26-2012.
John Carter (B.S. ’49, M.Ed. ’61) 04-12-2012. Elma Whitener Chaloner (B.S. ‘47, M.Ed. ’50) 11-11-2012. Alice S. Cahmon (B.S. ’41) 12-2011. Thomas J. Chapman (BS ’48) 12-18-2012. Kathryn Blakey Daniel (B.S. ’48) 12-24-2012. Jean Gibson Enochs (B.S. ’49) 8-23-2012. Otis R. Hammock (B.S. ’42, M.Ed. ’62) 10-13-2012. Jack D. Johnson (B.S. ’49, M.A.’56) 01-032013. Eva Nell Kennedy (B.S. ’49, M.A. ’65) 02-24-2012. Betty Jean Banks LaRue (B.S. 48) 11-6-2012. Velma Earlene Hignight McFatridge (B.A. ’44, M.A. ’51) 11-30-2012. Lucille Morgan O’Neil (B.A. ’42, M.Ed. ’43) 02-25-2012. Jean Corley Owen (B.A. ’49, M.Ed. ’57) 4-3-2012. Robert “Bob” Peery (B.S. ’47, M.Ed. ’52) 12-3-1012.
Virginia Herman Brown (M.Ed. ’53) 2-16-2012. C.T. Tom Bryant (B.S. ’51) 04-9-2012. Don J. Cartwright (B.M. ’56) 01-06-2013.
Kent Charles Cregg (B.A. ’60) 3-18-2012. William Sanders (Sandy) Cunningham (B.B.A. ’65) 10-24-2012.
Jerry Rayburn Crouch (B.S. ’56) 10-23-2012.
Connie Ann Scott Desmond (B.S. ’69, M.E. ‘78) 12-4-2012.
Jearl W. Dunavin (B.A. ’55, M.Ed. ’61) 10-16-2012.
Jack P. Elliott (B.S. ’66) 1-17-2012. Patsy Jean Camp Gossett (B.S. ’52) 9-17-2012.
Lewis Harry Flewharty (B.B.A. ’53) 4-2012. Patsy Jean Camp Gossett (B.S. ’52) 9-17-2102.
William Perry Grabbs (B.B.A. ’61, M.B.A. ’64) 9-27-2012.
Lewis Ray Hartman, Jr. (B.S. ’51, M.Ed. ’55) 01-17-2013.
David A. Griffin (B.S. ’60) 8-8-2012. Jerry Harmon Harlan (B.S. ’62) 7-14-2012.
James Elbert Holland (B.B.A. ’59) 9-5-2012.
Jerry Don Lambert (B.B. A. ’66) 11-8-2012.
Kenneth Hudson, Sr. (B.S. ’54, M.Ed. ’63, Ph.D. ’67, M.S.L.S. ‘87) 12-30-2102.
Mildred Beavers Bowden Jones (M.Ed. ’63) 10-24-2012.
Ralph Ray Hughes (B.S. ’59, M.S. ’72) 10-25-2012.
Toni Leonardo Lewis (B.A. ’69) 3-6-2011.
Waymon Jerry Hyde (B.B.A. ’54, M.B.A. ’58) 8-30-2012.
William C. Little (B.S. ’61, M.Ed. ’68) 10-15-2012.
Howell Day McCarley (B.S. ’48, M.Ed. ’56) 11-12-2012. Forest Lee Nation (B.B.A. ’58) 12-21-2012. Norman Prather (B.B.A. ’53, M.S. ’56) 7-21-2012. Louise Roberts (B.S. ’56) 11-15-2012. Frankie Gene Thorp (B.S. ’59, M.S. ’60) 11-17-2012.
Billy D. Lindley (B.S. ’66) 12-17-2012.
James Poindexter Lyde (B.S. ’69, M.S. ’70, M.S. 73) 9-2-2012. Clifford G. Martin, Lt. Col. USAF (Retired) (B.S. ’67) 11-24-2012. Neva Manley Mason (B.S. ’61) 2-25-2012. Bobby Joe Poole (B.S. ’60, M.Ed. ’63) 8-2-2012.
Martin Kelley Presswood (B.S. ’46) 8-11-2012.
Thomas Vaden (B.S. ’57) 7-6-2012.
Ralph Harris Poteet (M.Ed. ’61, Ph.D. ’68) 9-22-2012.
Basil Truman Ratliff (B.S. ’47, M.S. ’48) 12-12-2012.
Alfonzo “Lefty” Valls (B.A. ’48) 10-5-2012.
Don Nance (B.S. ’63, M.S. ’65) 3-18-2012.
Samuel Eugene West (B.S. ’56) 4-7-2012.
Susan Riddell (B.A. ’42) 3-12-2012.
Edwina Coltharp White (B.S. ’65, M.S. ’69) 10-29-2012.
Dr. Ronald J. Newsome (B.S. ’66, M.S. ’71, Ed.D. ’88) 4-17-2012.
Helen Riley (B.S. ’47) 9-5-2012. Sarah Olivia Thompson Sissel (B.A. ’44) 8-14-2012. Otha C. Spencer (B.S. ’41, M.S. ’46) 6-1-2012. William E “Bill” Terrell (B.S. ’48) 01-21-2013. John Charles Windell (B.S. ’49, M.Ed. ’56) 4-23-2012.
1950s Maxine Armitage (M.M. ’52) 8-7-2012. Henry Claude Battle (B.S. ’55, M.S. ’78) 8-13-2012. Kloes L. Brawner (B.S. ’58, M.Ed. 62) 12-31-2012.
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Michael “Mike” Oglesby (B.S. ’64) 3-21-2013. Joe Bob Price (B.S. ’60) 11-28-2012.
Billy Lawrence Allen (M.S. ’68, M.A. ’70, Ed.D. ’83) 10-16-2012.
Ronald Watson Prince, II (B.S. ‘66) 8-13-2012.
Zenobia Bennett (M.Ed ’68) 12-22-2012.
Lowell Robbins (B.A. ’61) 4-23-2012.
Allarea Black (M.Ed. ’64) 01-02-2013.
Dr. Kenneth Sheppard (B.S. ’61, M.S. ’62) 5-8-2012.
Charles Brock (B.M. ’64, M.M. ’68) 5-7-2012. Frederick Mark Browning (B.B.A. ’67) 9-29-2012. John Clemmons (B.S. ’61, M.Ed. ’64, Ed.D. ’74) 5-23-2012. Norma Ann Clifton (M.E. ’65) 4-20-12. Dr. Robert Oswald Cody (Ph.D. ’68) 11-2-2012.
Billy Jack Reeves (B.S. ’63) 1-13-2012.
Charles Robert Simpson (B.B.A. ’63, M.Ed. ’71) 7-4-2011. Sandra Louise Flick Smith (B.S. ’60) 10-2-2012. Billy Sorrells (M.Ed. ’69) 3-301-2012. Wayne Burch Swafford (B.S. ’67) 11-25-2012.
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in memory 1960s continued
Ralph E. Malone (B.S. ’70) 9-15-2012.
Johnnie C. Thompson (B.S. ’61, M.S. ’63) 12-20-2012.
Robert P. Marchant (B.S. ’70) 12-17-2011. Clyde Marrs (M.Ed. ’78) 02-23-2012.
Kay Minter-Tomlin (BA. ’66) 10-15-2012.
Jimmy K. McCaghren (B.B.A. ’79) 11-20-2011.
Alfred J. Turner (B.A. ’61, M.Ed. ’62) 8-8-2011.
Rickey G. McMichael (B.S. ’70, M.S. ’71, Ed.D. ’80) 04/01/2012.
Mary Lavelle Walker Venable (B.S. ’62) 8-9-2012.
Marcia A. Munson (B.S. ’74, M.S. ’80) 11-25-2012.
Jamie Joe Bible (M.Ed. ’97) 12-27-12.
Don Thomas “Bud” Wallace (B.S. ’63) 9-25-2012.
Rick L. Palmer (B.S. ’70) 9-3-2012.
William “Billy” S. Whitlock (B.M. ’85) 9-23-2012.
Mary Kathleen Heifrin Williams (B.S. ’69, M.Ed. ’72) 12-9-2012.
1970s Victor N. Abeles (B.S. ’71) 12-8-2012. Michael L. Acker (B.B. A. ’74) 2-24-2012. Renita Renee’ Bates (B.S. ’79) 08-20-2012. George Fred Baum (B.S. ’72) 5-29-2012. Wilma J. Baumgardner (.B.S. ’74) 11-7-2011. Robert Pat Bennett (B.B.A. ’75) 03-14-2012. Martha Louise Landers Bone (B.S. ’71) 08-08-2012. Bobby James Brown (B.B.A. ’78) 03-15-2012. Edward E. Brown, Sr. (B.S. ’75) 07-11-2012. Otis Donell Cobb (B.A. ’74) 9-4-2012. Larry Don Coffey (B.S. ’76) 11-2-2012. Melvia Coppedge (M.Ed. ’77) 06-07-2012. Jean Howe Cotton (B.S. ’76, M.S. ’81) 8-31-2012.
Mary Candace “Candy” Walling Post (M.Ed. ’71) 11-6-2012. Melvin K. Price (B.S. ’73, M.A. ’76, M.S. ’79) 11-4-2012. Ouida C. Richards (B.S. ’85) 11-6-2012. Cheryl Michels Roy (B.S. ’71) 03-22-2012.
2000s Jenny Jenkins (M.S. ’00) 05-16-2012. Judy Ann McKee (B.A.A.S. ’06) 06-03-2012. Sheryl Dinkel Powers (M.S. ’08) 10-10-2012.
Laura Hasley Taylor (M.S. ’72) 01-09-2013.
Judy Ann White (B.S. ’79, M.S.L.S ’80) 12-06-1932.
Mary Carroll Austin, wife of 8th President Charles J. Austin, was listed incorrectly in the spring 2012 issue. Her correct date of death was 8-19-2011.
Jesse W. Wood, Jr. (M.Ed. ’74) 07-23-2012.
Deceased Faculty/University family:
Dr. W. Carroll Adams – 12-27-2012
Thomas Ray Walker (B.S. ’79) 10-7-2012.
Judy Ann Barnes (Ph.D. ’86) 07-22-2012. H.B. Bell (Ed.D. ’81) 05-25-2012. Kae Gibbs Chaffin (B.S. ’83) 10-10-2012.
Sara Morgan Reid (M.Ed. ’87) 01-12-2013.
Pauline K. Earl Dixon (M.Ed. ’73) 09-062012.
“Jimmie” Rodgers (M.Ed. ’84) 9-11-2012.
Pauline “Polly” Merna Hendler (B.S. ’77) 01-14-2013.
Rex O. Smith (BBA 1995) 01-17-2013.
Felicia Joi Taylor (B.A. ’04) 8-24-2012.
James Franklin McMurrey (M.B.A. ’84).
Emma Rose Fenceroy (M.S. ’72) 11-2011.
Jenny R. Burton (B. S. ’99) 03-26-2012.
Charles W. Stearns (B.S. ’77, M.S. ’08) 08-14-2011.
Charlee Hendricks Coldwell (M.S. ’75) 05-04-2012.
Janie Lou Farmer (M.S. ’70) 10-14-2012.
Matthew Craig Bowers (B.S. ’98, M.Ed. ’07) 03-14-2012.
Allen E. Roundtree (M.S. ’02) 07-06-2012.
Ruth Rowntree Hatcher (M.Ed. ’85) 11-162012.
Deborah Ann Evans (B.A. ’75) 9-17-2012.
Charlotte Suzanne Barnes (B.S. ’94) 11-7-2012.
Thomas Wilson Russell, Sr. (B.S. ’77) 01-09-13.
Jerry W. Edwards (B.S. ’75) 01-04-2013.
Clara Rose Faulin English (B.A. ’72, M.Ed. ’86) 12-10-2010.
Dr. David Brooks Crenshaw – 12-27-2012 Dr. Miroslav J. “John” Hanak – 12-25-2012 Margaret Hawkins – 12-22-2012, wife of former Coach Ernest Hawkins.
John Alan Smith (B.S. ’82, M.Ed. ’88) 06-03-2012. Joyce Nan Smith (B.S. ’82)10-10-2012. Ulys “Perry” Taylor, Jr. (B.S. ’81) 11-4-2012. John Waid (B.B.A. ’80) 04-09-2012. Joseph D. Woodson (B.M. ’81) 11-2-2012.
Mary Ellen Hopkins (M.Ed. ’75, Ed.D. ’88) 03-18-2012. Karen Coker Hunt (B.S. ’70) 9-30-2012. Ursula Loewenthal (B.A. ’70) 8-9-2012.
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An Evening of Recognition & Celebration
in Retrospect The 2012 Royal Roar was something fit for kings and queens. On October 5, Texas A&M University-Commerce invited alumni and friends to celebrate and honor their gifts and achievements. Due to the growing number of generous donors, the cocktail-attire event was held at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas and featured stunning decor and entertainment. Guests were welcomed with five interactive presentations showcasing some of the exciting things happening at our university, and a silent auction was held after the reception. Atmos Energy sponsored the after-party, complete with entertainment, dancing, food and drinks, honoree photo opportunities, and a video booth to record their favorite memories of the university.
Save the Date This yearâ€™s Royal Roar will be held on October 4, 2013, so make sure to save the date! You donâ€™t want to miss out on this wonderful opportunity, and we relish the chance to express our appreciation for alumni and friends.
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I hope that you thoroughly enjoyed reading this issue of the Pride. Throughout the pages of this publication you were offered an opportunity to experience the common thread that exists among our graduates. That thread crosses generations, ethnicity, geography and religion. Next year, 2014, we will celebrate our 125 year anniversary. We have a very long, proud and rich heritage that should be shared with each other and the world. I congratulate each of the alumni who shared their stories in this issue and the countless number of you who continue to make a difference in the world. Many of us came from humble beginnings and were attracted to the university because of its location, affordability and friendly environment. I have found that a vast majority of our alumni have had very successful and meaningful careers that oftentimes go unnoticed. This magazine offers a glimpse into our legacy that should be coveted. The university had a very humble beginning as well, and is now the fifth oldest public institution in the state. Humility has been our collective mantra and is also a part of our legacy. Our successes have been minimized because we are not boastful. It is not the East Texas way. I suggest it is time to boast. We have undergone several name changes since our founding, but our DNA is still the same. The campus continues to offer a warm, inviting setting that is conducive to developing great minds and relationships. It is a joy and honor to serve you, and I am immensely proud to be an alumnus of this great university. Go Lions!
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