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Many Things to Consider a bizarre turn of events in November to learn through the media that Texas Tech University President M. Duane Nellis was a finalist for the presidency at the University of Wyoming. Why, the question was asked, would he want to leave Tech for Wyoming? Both Nellis and his wife, Ruthie, repeatedly had said how much they loved Texas Tech and Lubbock. It was even more bizarre to read reports that Nellis told students and faculty at Wyoming that he was “uncomfortable” with the administrative structure here. The implication was that he was having difficulty with Chancellor Robert Duncan. How would anyone have “difficulty” working with Bob Duncan? He would have to be the easiest person in the world of academia with whom to work. After that report, most people felt that the handwriting was on the wall and Nellis would soon be gone. He announced that his resignation would occur Jan. 22. Back to his application at Wyoming. This thought is pure speculation on my part, but it would seem that perhaps, for whatever reason or reasons, Nellis felt as though the situation for him was not good here and that he ought to seek employment elsewhere. If that were the case, then his application at Wyoming would make more sense. Otherwise, it doesn’t make any sense. Nellis was a very easy person with whom to work. He was tremendously supportive of the Texas Tech Alumni Association. Jim Douglass and I sat on his cabinet. He included us in all his recruiting events throughout the state. He attended all our ring ceremonies and handed out rings to every student. He attended our student leader reception early in the fall and stayed until the last student left. He continually praised the Alumni Association publicly for our support of the university. In short, he was a strong advocate. So we begin a search for a new president, and John Opperman, Ph.D., has been named interim president. He is a great choice because John has solid experience here and in Austin. He will not be a candidate for the job. Opperman has served as vice chancellor for academic affairs for the Texas Tech system since June. Prior to that position, he had been vice chancellor for policy and planning since 2002. From 1996 to 1999, he was vice chancellor of administration and finance and chief financial officer for the Texas Tech University System. In those roles, he has served under all four Tech chancellors to date–John Montford; David Smith, M.D.; Kent Hance and Robert Duncan. He has served as director of budget, policy and planning for Gov. Rick Perry and also was a special adviser to the lieutenant governor on public and higher education policy and the state budget. Opperman and Duncan once worked together as aides for then-Sen. John Montford, who later became the first chancellor at Tech.
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Opperman received his bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech and his master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. his basketball team provided Tech faithful with plenty of entertainment and excitement this year and great hope for the future. At the end of the regular season, he was named Coach of the Year in the Big 12, the first Tech basketball coach to be named in the Big 12 since the league started. The Red Raiders were selected for the NCAA playoffs for the first time since 2007 finishing 9-9 in a conference that had six teams ranked in the top 20. If we had hit free throws (9 of 19) it is possible that we might have beaten Kansas. They lost a buzzer-beater shot to Baylor. They turned the ball over twice in the last two minutes and it cost them a win over West Virginia. After losing those heartbreakers, when we finally won a close one against OSU in overtime, things began to change. They never lacked for effort. I have never seen a team work harder and give it everything they have more than this group. After beating three ranked teams in a row, you could just see that they had gained confidence. Our program is 100 percent better than it was before Tubby Smith became coach. He is a class act, and his players really bust their bottoms playing for him. In the previous six years, Texas Tech has had only one season above .500 (2009). We have not finished higher than ninth in the Big 12. Our combined Big 12 record is 29-89. That is 25 percent. This year you left the games with the feeling that things are getting better and there is hope for the future.
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A B OUT E V E RY 3 0 years, Lubbock experiences a “blizzard.” As most of you know, the day after Christmas, it rained and then it snowed 11.2 inches. The precipitation was accompanied by winds up to 60 miles per hour. The temperature was in the 70s Christmas Day. We had planned to fly to Houston to attend the Texas Bowl on Dec. 29, but all flights in and out of Lubbock were obviously cancelled until Dec. 30. Even if we could have gotten on a flight, I am not sure we could have driven to the airport. When I opened the garage door Monday afternoon (Dec. 28) the snow was piled up chest high. We had to hire someone to remove the snow. Weeks later, there were still piles of snow on parking lots and in neighborhoods because the weather had not warmed sufficiently to melt everything. This event also marked the second time I have been snowed in and unable to travel to Houston for a Tech bowl game. The first came in 2001. It was not a blizzard but enough to foul air travel.
As a result of the Blizzard of 2015, I think I saw most of every bowl game played, and most were not worth watching. The big exception was TCU’s stunning comeback against Oregon. It was also impressive to see Baylor run over and through North Carolina without their first or second team quarterback. The rest of the Big 12 performances were negative The last big snow event here took place in 1983. It snowed almost two feet. I remember getting up that morning. I was obviously much younger and ready to go. I backed out of the garage and managed to get one residence lot down the street in about 45 minutes. I then backed up into the garage and got back in bed. That event took place after Tech had reopened, and everything was shut down for days. Fortunately, this recent event took place during the time Tech was closed for the holiday break. T HE HE I S M A N M EMORI A L TROP H Y annually recognizes “the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. Winners epitomize great ability combined with diligence, perseverance, and hard work.”
I wonder if those characteristics were really considered by the voters when they selected Johnny Manziel and Jameis Winston in the last few years? By contrast, Navy Quarterback Keenan Reynolds was not even invited to this year’s ceremony. This young man will be serving our country when he graduates. He is just the fourth player in NCAA history to rush for 30 or more touchdowns in a season (did it in 2013) and just the seventh player in NCAA history to score 30 or more touchdowns in a season. His 64 career touchdowns are the most in school history and the most by a quarterback in NCAA history. The 64 career rushing touchdowns are tied for the fourth most in NCAA history among all players. He is eighth behind Ricky Williams of Texas for third, nine behind Travis Prentice of Miami of Ohio for second and 13 behind Wisconsin’s Montee Ball for first. It’s kind of a sad commentary on the state of our society.
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TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY’S COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES & NATURAL RESOURCES HONORED SIX DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI ON FEB. 15 AT THE UNIVERSITY’S MCKENZIE-MERKET ALUMNI CENTER. The Distinguished Alumni & Outstanding Young Alumni Awards honor alumni who have made significant contributions to society and whose accomplishments and careers have brought distinction to the college and to the professions associated with agriculture and natural resources. The honorees were JODY BELLAH , Throckmorton, Texas, received a bachelor’s in agricultural economics in 1981, and is the owner and manager of Jody Bellah Ranch; BERHL ROBERTSON, JR. , Lubbock, received a bachelor’s and master’s in agricultural education in 1985 and 1992 and is the superintendent of Lubbock Independent School District; FRANK MITLOEHNER , Woodland, California, received a doctorate in animal science in 2000 and is a professor and air quality CE specialist with the University of California-Davis’ Department of Animal Science; CHAD DAVIS , Lubbock, received a bachelor of landscape architecture in 1994 and is the firm principal with Parkhill, Smith & Cooper, Davis; JAMES ANDERSON , Ph.D., of Reedsville, West Virginia, received a doctorate in wildlife science in 1997 and is the Davis-Michael Professor of Forestry and Natural Resources at West Virginia University; and SCOTT ASHER of Greensboro, North Carolina, received a master’s in crop science in 1998 and is the Eastern Region Agronomic Service Manager with Bayer CropScience. In addition, the college recognized one alumnus with the 2016 Outstanding Young Alumni Award: MATTHEW SCHERTZ of Washington, D.C. Schertz earned a bachelor’s in agricultural and applied economics in 2001 and is the policy director for the House Agriculture Committee.
LORETTA BRADLEY, PH.D., THE COORDINATOR OF COUNSELOR EDUCATION IN THE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, WAS APPOINTED BY GOVERNOR GREG ABBOTT TO THE TEXAS STATE BOARD OF EXAMINERS OF PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS FOR A FIVE-YEAR TERM. The board is responsible for licensing, examination and rulemaking in the field of professional counseling, which includes more than 21,000 counselors in the state. VICKIE SUTTON, A PAUL WHITFIELD HORN PROFESSOR IN THE TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW AND THE DIRECTOR OF THE CENTER FOR BIODEFENSE, LAW AND PUBLIC POLICY, IS OFFERING A SHORT COURSE ONLINE ON SPACE LAW. Sutton has plans to create a full course that will be offered through the Texas Tech School of Law beginning in Spring 2017. Lawyers specializing in space law will be responsible for determining the laws and regulations that will guide free enterprise in space, from international treaties to state law.
SU-JEONG HWANG SHIN, PH.D., AN ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, AND KRISTI GAINES, PH.D., AN ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, BOTH IN THE DEPARTMENT OF DESIGN IN THE COLLEGE OF HUMAN SCIENCES, CREATE CLOTHING FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM. The line of sensory clothing helps children with autism control some of the factors in their environment, thereby acting as a stress-reliever. The professors noted that most lines of therapeutic clothing look like therapy clothing, and they set out to design a line that looked like typical clothing while also being beneficial to the wearer. Shin and Gaines, along with two undergraduate research assistants, Rachel Ruhman and Taylor Dawson, spent a year testing a variety of fabrics and designs to determine what best fit the needs of prospective clients. Their design line includes standard wardrobe fare, such as T-shirts, skirts, pants and hoodies, but each item has a feature appealing to those with Autism Spectrum Disorder. For example, a jacket might have textured tabs in the pockets, called “fidgets,” designed for just that, subtle fidgeting. A hoodie comes equipped with sound proof padding around the ears in order to block noise. The research for their line is ongoing.
NEWS TEXAS TECH’S COLLEGE OF EDUCATION’S ONLINE MASTER’S DEGREE SPECIALIZING IN SPECIAL EDUCATION WAS RANKED 10TH IN THE NATION. Best Choice Schools examined programs based on their faculty-student ratio, acceptance rate, graduation rate and net cost. The program’s success is based on its focus to apply core competencies in the classroom instead of merely passing tests. Students in the master’s program can choose from nine specialties: deaf and hard of hearing; educational diagnostician; general special education; orientation and mobility; visual impairment; dual sensory impairment; applied behavioral analysis; autism; and special education transition. Students in master’s level courses can get a master’s degree, a graduate certificate or certification in a specific area. West Virginia University (No. 13) was the only other Big 12 Conference school in the top 30. TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY’S JERRY S. RAWLS COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION WAS RANKED FOR THE THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR BY MILITARY TIMES AS A 2016 BEST FOR VETS BUSINESS SCHOOL, COMING IN AT NO. 23 NATIONALLY. In total, 180 schools in the United States were considered and only 77 schools were listed. Each school was evaluated on university culture, student support, academic outcomes and quality, academic policies and cost and financial aid. According to the rankings, the Rawls College of Business succeeded most in academic support with a 95 percent rate of military course completion. Texas Tech has more than 2,000 military students enrolled and more than 250 faculty and staff members who are veterans. The Military and Veterans Programs, housed under the Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement, and the veteran faculty and staff members work together to help each military student succeed in earning a degree and transitioning from military to civilian life by mentoring and showing dignity and respect for those who served.
TEXAS TECH PARTICIPATED IN RECYCLEMANIA FOR THE FOURTH YEAR IN A ROW. Recylemania was an eight-week tournament, from Feb. 1 through March 28, that ranked colleges and universities based on their recycling efforts. Schools are ranked in various categories including per capita and waste minimization. Texas Tech competed against 300 other universities, including five other Big 12 universities.
Chancellor Robert L. Duncan addresses the audience at the Texas Academy of Science, held at the Texas Tech University campus at Junction.
THE LLANO RIVER FIELD STATION AT THE TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY CAMPUS IN JUNCTION HOSTED THE TEXAS ACADEMY OF SCIENCE MEETING MARCH 4-6. More than 500 scientists, educators and staff members gathered for collaboration and exchange of ideas on a variety of science-based subjects. Scientists specializing in subjects ranging from mathematics and conservation ecology to environmental science, freshwater and marine biology and science education attended the event. The meeting included sessions covering a wide range of topics, lectures and a reception and awards banquet. The final day of the trip, attendees were able to choose from a variety of field trips including a kayak trip on the South Llano River, a trip to the Enchanted Rock and Bamberger-Selah Ranch, the Fort McKavett State Historical Site, Caverns of Sonora and the Northern Llano Uplift.
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TEXAS COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE SID MILLER VISITED LUBBOCK AND THE TEXAS TECH CAMPUS FOR THE TEXAS ALLIANCE FOR WATER CONSERVATION’S WATER COLLEGE, HELD JAN. 20. The event showcased innovative products and techniques that can be used to produce an economically viable crop while using a conservative amount of irrigation water. Presenters at the college included Commissioner Miller as well as representatives from the Texas Water Development Board, Cotton Inc., Pioneer Hi-Bred and Bayer CropScience. The TAWC is a partnership of producers in eight Texas counties along with several ag-centric businesses, universities—Texas Tech being one—and government agencies.
While attending the TAWC Water College in January, Texas Commissioner of Agriculture Sid Miller also attended a reception honoring the three national champion teams within the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources: the Livestock Judging Team, the Meat Judging Team and the Ranch Horse Team.
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CONSTRUCTION OF THE $15 MILLION PHASE II ADDITION TO THE RAWLS COLLEGE OF BUSINESS BUILDING IS ONGOING. The new three-story, 38,000-square-foot addition will match the current building’s architecture and was designed by Parkhill, Smith and Cooper, who designed the original building. Lee Lewis Construction, who built the original structure, is the contractor for the expansion. The completion date is set for Fall 2016.
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Like most of Texas, Lubbock enjoyed spring weather well before the official first day of spring on March 20. Yellow and red tulips left a carpet of color in flowerbeds all over campus, trees were blooming pink, white and purple, and there were many days of cloudless blue skies. This photo was taken on the west side of the Administration Building on one of those unseasonably warm spring-like days.
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The Polkadot Alley owner Ashley Elles White in The Polkadot Mini section of the store.
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When Ashley Elles White ’02 decided to try her hand at F-commerce, she took Facebook by storm. It wasn’t like she dipped her toes into the entrepreneurial waters of the Facebook market; it was more like a cannonball. Since its inception in 2007, her business, The Polkadot Alley, had been primarily web-based. In 2011 she decided to create a Facebook storefront because she recognized there was a scarcity of shopping options for women’s and children’s clothing on the social media site. The Polkadot Alley was rolling along, enjoying reasonable success with the added Facebook presence. Then came “the dress.” On July 11, 2012, Ashley posted for sale on her Facebook page a sports dress that came in an array of college colors. “I remember it was a Wednesday night and I was working and periodically checking my sales on that dress,” recalls Ashley, who received her bachelor’s in business marketing. “The sales numbers kept going up and up, I couldn’t believe it. I woke up my husband to show him. We sold more than $10,000 worth of that dress that night.” With about 10,000 likes on The Polkadot Alley’s page at that time, she saw sales begin to skyrocket. By the end of the year, she amassed $400,000 in sales. The following year, in 2013, The Polkadot Alley far surpassed 2012 and drew in more than $1.5 million in sales on her Facebook page alone. Her achievements caught the attention of the New York Times and USA Today. The Polkadot Alley was a sensation. It’s important to note that her success didn’t occur overnight, except that it did…and it didn’t. There was “the dress,” which was a pivotal moment for The Polkadot Alley, and that can be considered a sort of “overnight” success. It was a one-night explosion in sales that marked a rapid uptick in her sales. But, really, Ashley had been building a foundation for success since her first sales in 2007.
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When Ashley graduated from Tech in 2002, she went to work for an advertising agency in Dallas, Miller Ad Agency. She then moved to Florida’s Anna Maria Island in 2003, where her mother lives. For a while Ashley was a waitress at The Longboat Key Club, a long-term subtitute teacher at a nearby school and ultimately accepted a job teaching accounting and marketing and sponsoring the student council at Manatee High School in Bradenton, Florida. In 2006 she moved back to Dallas and took a job at McKinney’s brand new Boyd High School, where she taught marketing and was again the student council sponsor. It was around this time her best friend, Krissy Hektor White ’02, a graduate of the Restaurant, Hotel & Institutional Management program at Tech, became engaged to her college sweetheart, Michael White ’03, who received his BBA in management. “Ashley and I have been best friends since we were 16 years old,” says Krissy, who is a chef at a small private hospital in McKinney. “We went through high school together and both ended up choosing Tech.” It was while preparing for Krissy’s wedding in 2007 that Ashley met James White, Michael’s brother, also a Red Raider. The two hit it off, began dating, and, in 2008, Ashley moved back to Lubbock to be near James, who is in business with his father at Jim White Insurance. Ashley taught business this time at Cooper High School in Lubbock during the 2008-2009 school year and continued building up The Polkadot Alley, which has since changed immensely. “When I first started out, I was making personalized towel wraps,” explains Ashley. “I monogrammed them and sold them for wedding and shower gifts. Then the cheerleading sponsor from the school where I’d taught in McKinney placed a huge order for her cheerleading squad.” And it didn’t stop with the large cheerleading squad order. Requests began to roll in. She began adding items to her website to sell: Mud Pie items and some clothing and accessories. During that first and only school year at Cooper, she watched her small business grow to the point she needed to hire employees. “She was coming home from a full day of teaching, and working until well after midnight on her
business,” says Ashley’s husband James. “She was filling orders, monogramming, building her website, just constantly working.” By the end of the 2008-2009 school year, Ashley felt it was time to quit teaching business and devote herself full time to her own business. One of her first employees was McCall Sanderson ’13, whose younger sister Marlee Sanderson ’15 was a former student of Ashley’s. McCall received a bachelor’s in early childhood development from Texas Tech and now teaches third grade in Midland at Bowie Elementary School, a fine arts magnet school. “I started working for Ashley in 2008,” says McCall. “I started out helping package her products and shipping them, because her business was online. Then she taught me to sew and embroider, and I started making towel wraps for her.” McCall worked for Ashley off and on throughout her time at Texas Tech, and she was there when “the dress” sale happened in 2012. By 2012, Ashley and James had married—in 2010—and had their first baby, Ellesyn, on Nov. 11, 2011 (Yes, that’s 11-11-11!) “I remember vividly the big sale, ‘the dress,’” says McCall. “I remember sitting in her living room, we were crying, overwhelmed, and we were using pencil and paper trying to organize the sales and determine how we were going to bill and ship all those dresses. I think we sold more than 400.” McCall recalls countless late nights in the White’s small garage, creating and packaging items for The Polkadot Alley. “Having been there since almost the beginning, it has been neat to see it going from a small business run out of a garage to a full-blown store,” says McCall. The Polkadot Alley still offers personalized items, but is also a women’s clothing and accessories boutique. Krissy, Ashley’s best friend and sister-in-law, has supported Ashley since The Polkadot Alley’s earliest days—as an employee, friend and sometimes business adviser. “I remember how excited she was when she got her first monogramming machine,” says Krissy. “Watching her business grow has been amazing, I can still remember her first couple sales. And she was one of the first businesses to have auction sales offering women’s clothing and personalized gifts on Facebook.” Krissy recalls “the dress” sale as well, and notes that was the moment Ashley and her employees realized the company had grown to the point it required a new invoicing system. After much investigation, Ashley went with Soldsie, a company that caters to Facebook businesses and manages invoicing, payment processing and order management. All items are still shipped from The Polkadot Alley store in Lubbock.
As mentioned earlier, The Polkadot Alley uses auctions to sell items on Facebook. Here’s how it works: Two sales are held on Facebook weekly, on Wednesday and Sunday nights starting at 8:45, Texas time. On the day of the sale, preview photos of sale items are posted so followers can have a peek at what’s going up later that evening. Sales used to end at midnight, but since she has her website featuring many of the same items, there is no limited shop time. However, there is always the chance the item may sell out if customers wait to order. Customers are notified 15 minutes prior to sales and rules for the auction are posted. Around 30 items are posted for each sale. Once the sale begins and the clothing and accessories photos begin posting, buyers may then post a comment such as: sold, size M. Only a handful of each item is available. Shoppers must register with Soldsie (the invoicing company) in order to purchase items. Soldsie then invoices the customer and the invoice link takes them to the website to pay. Customers must pay quickly, because whoever pays their invoice first gets the item. Ashley notes, “They sell out as they sell out, so you may be the first to comment but if you wait to pay it could be gone.” Customers can post questions about sizes and shipping and then have them quickly answered by employees, which makes the shopping experience much more personal. That personal touch is, Ashley says, one of her store’s strengths. From the beginning she has shared with Facebook fans details about her daughter Ellesyn, to whom she referred as Baby Polkadot, and dubbed her second baby the newest Polkadot. She also posted store updates, surveys and personal and family updates. When Ashley decided to open a brick-and-mortar store, build a house and became pregnant with her second child, The Polkadot Alley fans were able to follow and comment on her progress. That feeling of friendship is something many businesses can’t provide.
If you’re wondering what the heck F-commerce is, it’s this: the Facebook version of e-commerce. Business owners create a storefront on Facebook where they sell merchandise. And Ashley was one of the first to do so with women’s and children’s clothing, and she did it in a massive way.
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“I use what I sell, In the span of five years, The Polkadot Alley went from being run out of a garage, then out of a 1,500-square-foot warehouse. When Ashley toyed with the idea of a store, husband James was behind her. “Knowing how driven she is, I’ve always had 100 percent trust in her that she would make The Polkadot Alley a success,” he says. “I wanted her to have a storefront besides Facebook and Lubbock needed a boutique that catered to younger women.” Ashley began searching for the best location for a store. “I visited every shop in town to make sure that what I planned to carry was original,” notes Ashley, who says she has always refused to carry clothing or accessories that she wouldn’t wear. “I’m adamant about that; if I don’t like it, I won’t order it. I don’t want to settle for a sale by compromising what I’m about.” Although she says she has no background in fashion or decorating, you’d never know it from looking at her shop, her inventory and her home. When she decided on a 5,000-squarefoot location that was formerly a ski shop and is across the street from her husband’s office on 50th Street, she knew exactly how she wanted the shop to look. She proceeded to design the entire store with her typical flair, mixing flash, prep and tony and coming off with fabulous results. She even added a children’s section, The Polkadot Mini, brimming with original, irresistible clothing, shoes and doodads for babies, toddlers and young children. Ashley is incredibly engaging, energetic and passionate about The Polkadot Alley. “I use what I sell (referring to her Apothecary items), I love what I sell,” she says. “I love going to market. This business is like my first baby.” And speaking of babies, as mentioned earlier, at the same time she was preparing to launch her store, she was also designing and working with contractors building a brand new home, and she was pregnant with her second child, Harrison. “I had all three of these huge, amazing projects going on at the same time,” she says of March 2014. She and James weren’t prepared for what came next. Baby Harrison was born March 18, 2014, with complications. “All of our tests were normal,” says Ashley. “We were expecting a typical delivery, just like with our first.” But immediately following Harrison’s birth, it was clear to the parents and medical staff that the baby boy was going to have trouble breathing. He was born with Bilateral Choanal Atresia and an incomplete cleft lip, which means his nostrils were not open, and Harrison’s were sealed off with bone. The Whites’ world stopped turning. They anxiously awaited verdicts from numerous doctors who were trying to determine how best to solve the issue. Babies can’t eat if they can’t breath
Ashley reviews orders with an employee.
The Polkadot Alley offers body products, as well as candles in the Apothecary section.
I love what I sell.”
The White Family, from left: James, Harrison, Ashley and Ellesyn.
through their noses, that was the most immediate concern. Eventually Ashley and James found a world-renowned craniofacial surgeon in Dallas who had a plan. “Dr. Sparks at Covenant was our neonatologist who was amazing and made us realize he (Harrison) had to have a trach (tracheostomy for breathing),” Ashley explains. “The trach went in at three weeks old and stayed in until 15 months old when he decided he was done with it, and pulled it out. He is a tough cookie. As of last week (in March) he has been put under 27 times. About 10 of those were scans or MRIs, etcetera, and the rest have been surgeries and procedures. His amazing craniofacial surgeon Dr. Genecov (Dallas craniofacial surgeon) basically created the nose that he has now. He worked miracles and we are so thankful for him. The trach is still out and although we have lots of procedures left…he is doing great.” From the time Harrison was only weeks old until the age of two, he has undergone 17 surgeries to build and open his nasal passages, grueling for the patient and his worried parents. This has required trips to Dallas and back, ambulance rides, one scary fixed-wing flight from Lubbock to Dallas, lots of sleepless nights and ultimately, lots of counting their blessings. Ashley is open about their initial heartache, noting there was nothing that could have prevented Harrison’s problem. It just happened. He’s normal cognitively, a sassy, funny, active toddler who never slows down. She notes that his needs have taken priority over business, and customers have followed along with Harrison’s ups and downs through the past two-plus years because Ashley posts updates on The Polkadot Alley’s Facebook page, which now boasts more than 108,000 likes. Business hasn’t remained at the same pace as it did in 2013 for a couple reasons. Ashley set aside business priorities for baby priorities, and Facebook has changed as well. Even though The Polkadot Alley has an enormous Facebook presence, the way Facebook now handles business pages has changed greatly. Their algorithms dictate what customers see posts, which means all 108,000 fans will never see every post, unless the business owner pays to promote the post, which can become exorbitant. In her typical spirited manner, Ashley has forged on, expanding her website as an additional place to shop for women and their littles. And even though she’s expecting her third baby in August, she has no plans to slow down. For those who know her best, and her 100,000-plus fans, that’s no surprise. Ashley took a fresh and simple idea and combined it with ingenuity and energy and created a booming business that’s constantly adapting and improving while, at the same time, spreading a little joy.
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The North entrance hallways and sitting area.
The courtyard that also serves as a lab space for students.
One of the new classrooms in the extended Bayer Plant Science Building. One of the new classrooms in the extended Bayer Plant Science Building.
Plants found in the newly built classroom.
Bayer PLANT SCIENCE
Building After two years of vision and programming sessions and construction, the $14.3 million Bayer Plant Science Building is forging new opportunities for students, faculty and the agricultural community as a whole. On Oct. 30, 2015, the building was completed thanks to donors, including the primary donor and longtime partner, Bayer CropScience. The collaboration added around 21,000-square-feet of much-needed laboratory and office space while also renovating more than 2,400-square-feet of interior and exterior space in the Plant Science Building. The new facility connects at the second floor and runs north-south from the west end of the former Plant Science Building. The new facility belongs to the Department of Plant & Soil Science, which consists of 28 faculty members who conduct research on a large scale, from the cellular level to large-scale eco-systems. The department offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as a doctorate and four postgraduate certification programs. Thanks to this new addition, the department will expand its research mission, give researchers the tools to focus on global challenges facing the agricultural industry, and enable students to learn through first-hand experiences in real-time laboratories. Michael Galyean, Ph.D, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources, says the existing research partnership between Texas Tech and Bayer CropScience has already resulted in important scientific discoveries such as the sequencing of the cotton genome and a greater understanding of the chemical and physical properties of cotton fibers. “Technologies developed from this partnership will increase the speed of genetic selection for improved cotton varieties that have superior fiber quality, greater drought tolerance and higher yields,” Galyean says. “Discovering additional uses for cotton fiber that will enhance cotton’s position in the global textile market are also part of the long-term goals of this unique partnership in research.” The building was tied into an older one. “The facility is fascinating, as it connects to an existing facility and also creates an inner micro-courtyard, which directly reflects the Spanish Renaissance design principles applied by William Ward Watkin, Texas Tech’s original campus master planner,” says Michael Molina, vice chancellor of Facilities Planning & Construction. “We worked with Bayer Plant Science Department and made sure to put in plants students could study and analyze. It really is a living, breathing lab for students to have handson training.”
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The new Bayer building that holds offices for Bayer employees. The Seeds Innovation Center for Bayer off of Ninth Street.
A display of plants being used in the newly built classroom in the Bayer Plant Science Building.
“The addition of new critically needed laboratory space and offices for faculty and graduate students combined with renovations to the existing building will ensure the department continues to provide research solutions for the agricultural and natural resources community and will further enhance its position as a leader in research and graduate education on campus.”
Capping off the courtyard is the north face colonnade, the beautiful archway that faces 15th Street. The courtyard features a Texas sandstone and bronze sculpture by artist Rebecca Thompson titled “Rain Stone.” The art is part of the Texas Tech Public Art Collection. According to the artist, “Rain Stone” was created as an interactive experience designed to integrate with the courtyard space while highlighting the importance of earth’s natural resources. Visitors are encouraged to walk between the sculptures through the courtyard path and view the ancient past of soil that is revealed on the west face. During rains, the bronze waterway will direct water to the handmade bronze bowl, which then flows to the landscape nearby. This piece is a meditative reminder of sustainability, erosion and the important event of rain. Primary Texas crops are illustrated on the bronze relief, including cotton, sorghum, sunflowers and grapes. After stepping through the building’s north doors, visitors are welcomed by a sitting area to the left, which faces a wall adorned with bright sunflowers. To the right is the doorway to a state-of-the-art office area, with friendly staff ready to assist in any educational or professional need. Further down the hall is one of the large lab areas, outfitted with equipment as well as desk areas for students to utilize during lectures. The second floor houses a highly secure lab area, requiring credentials for admittance. Across from the lab is another sitting area surrounded by windows, which brightens the smaller space.
Offices for faculty in the Bayer Plant Science Building.
A sitting area for students upstairs in the Bayer Plant Science Building.
Artwork in the courtyard by Rebecca Thompson titled “Rain Stone.” The bronze wall has a patina, which creates the bluish-green tints.
Molina says the addition to the existing facility was fairly seamless, including tying in to the university’s infrastructure. At Tech, there is an underground tunnel system that carries water, steam and electrical wiring under the majority of the buildings. Molina noted that the university opted to upgrade the current tunnel system by building tunnel extensions as well as a vault underground the new structure, which will enable workers to easily access the underground system for maintenance issues. The new structure continued the Spanish Renaissance architecture, which ties the building in with the historic campus buildings. One of the ways the university maintains the same look on buildings new and old, Molina says, is using a brick they like to refer to as the “Texas Tech blend,” which is produced by Acme Brick. Acme has been able to continue the historical articulation of the brick fabrication, allowing Texas Tech’s new construction to blend seamlessly with historic structures. The clay tile roofs atop each building across Texas Tech are genuine clay tiles. Tech has a three-blend pallet that uses tan, red and grey colors. Again, Molina says there are percentages used by the tile company that create a specific Texas Tech blend. Just as with the bricks, this proprietary blend ensures uniformity among all campus structures.
The courtyard in between Goddard and Bayer Plant Science Buildings
Galyean says Texas Tech is indebted to Bayer CropScience and the many other donors to this project for their continual support of the college’s programs. “The opening of the Plant Science Building is a significant milestone in the history of the Department of Plant & Soil Science and the College,” Galyean said. “The addition of new critically needed laboratory space and offices for faculty and graduate students combined with renovations to the existing building will ensure the department continues to provide research solutions for the agricultural and natural resources community and will further enhance its position as a leader in research and graduate education on campus.”
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TEXAS TECH AND TIER ONE STATUS A Q&A with Lawrence Schovanec, Ph.D., Provost, Texas Tech University PHOTO BY KRIS BARTON
I N F E B R UARY IT WAS AN NOU NCE D THAT TE X AS TECH U N IVE R S IT Y ACH I EVE D TI E R ON E STATUS U N DE R TH E CAR N EG I E CLAS S I F ICATION S OF I N STITUTE S OF HIGHER EDUCATION. TECH WAS ONE OF THE UNIVERSITIES AMONG 115 SCHOOLS DE S IG NATE D I N ITS H IG H E ST RAN KI NG FOR R E S EARCH ACTIVITY. ALU M N I KNOW IT’S A B IG DEAL, B UT MAY NOT U N DE R STAN D W HY. TH E STAF F OF TH E TE X AS TECHSAN MAGAZINE REACHED OUT TO PROVOST SCHOVANEC TO FIND OUT MORE.
WHAT, EXACTLY, IS TIER ONE DESIGNATION AND WHAT DID WE HAVE TO DO TO RECEIVE IT?
In the 2015 Carnegie Classification of U.S. postsecondary institutions, Texas Tech was included in the category “Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity.” Although, there is not one universal descriptor of Tier One, this designation is often perceived as attainment of Tier One status among research institutions. There are, however, other recognitions of Tier One, such as membership in the Association of American Universities or inclusion in the list of “Top American Research Universities” published by the Center for Measuring University Performance. WHAT DOES TIER ONE DESIGNATION MEAN FOR TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY?
To be included among the 115 universities listed in the Highest Research Activity category is certainly external affirmation that Texas Tech University has achieved benchmarks that place it among an elite group of institutions. WHO/WHAT ENTITY OVERSEES AND MAKES DECISIONS ABOUT TIER ONE DESIGNATIONS?
The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Learning HOW LONG HAS TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY BEEN WORKING TOWARD RECEIVING TIER ONE DESIGNATION?
The first conversations about Tier One began as early as 20 years ago. At that time Texas Tech began to develop strategic goals that were often identified with well-accepted characteristics of national research universities. DOES THIS DESIGNATION AFFECT RANKINGS SUCH AS U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT’S ANNUAL LIST?
The Carnegie ranking would only affect the USNWR list in how it might affect our reputational ranking, which is a significant part of the ranking methodology. IS EVERY UNIVERSITY ELIGIBLE FOR THIS DESIGNATION, OR IS IT SPECIFIC TO PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES?
The Carnegie classification system includes seven different categories, from doctoral to associate degree-granting institutions. Only the 335 doctoral universities could achieve the Highest Research Activity category. This includes private and public. WHAT OTHER SCHOOLS IN THE BIG 12/TEXAS HAVE THIS DESIGNATION?
All Big 12 schools have attained this distinction, except Baylor, TCU and Oklahoma State. COULD WE EVER LOSE TIER ONE DESIGNATION?
In the most recent reclassification, 15 institutions moved from the second research category to the top, and eight moved down from the top to the second. So, it is possible that any institution could lose their highest classification.
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by jean ann cantore photos courtesy of archive of modern american warfare
How history is preserved and displayed is constantly evolving. Once upon a time, books, papers, photographs and drawings were the only records kept, but technology has added an entire new layer of digital records. The Archive of Modern American Warfare at Texas Tech University is a repository dedicated to military events from 1975 to the present. An important focus of the archive is on digital materials. Much like The Vietnam Center and Archive, of which the AMAW is a branch, this newer archive focuses on gathering items not only to preserve history but also to serve as teaching tools for generations to come. Founded in 1989, The Vietnam Center and Archive is the largest collection of Vietnam War materials outside of the National Archives in Washington, D.C. The Archive of Modern American Warfare has existed since 2007. “We realized that there were no other projects in existence to help preserve the history of those veterans and conflicts like we were doing for Vietnam veterans,” says Stephen Maxner, Ph.D., director of The Vietnam Center and Archive. “Based on our success with the VNCA, we decided to expand our project to include veterans who served in conflicts that occurred after 1975.” Andrew Hinton, special projects archivist for the AMAW says that the focus is on major conflicts after 1975 such as Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Operations Joint Forge and Joint Endeavor, the Global War
THE NICHOLAS R. ERVIN COLLECTION, ARCHIVE OF MODERN AMERICAN WARFARE
Andrew Hinton, left, and Stephen Maxner, Ph.D.
A desert camouflage uniform.
THE WILLIAM BLACKWELDER COLLECTION, ARCHIVE OF MODERN AMERICAN WARFARE
on Terrorism, Operations Provide Relief and Restore Hope, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. “We are seeking digital materials from those events, as most of the records from those time periods are in the form of emails, blogs, text and instant messages, oral histories, digital photographs and digital videos and audio recordings,” he says. Hinton notes that personal records from the Vietnam Era are still being donated by veterans 50 years after the war ended since most of that material is paper-based and physical. In contrast, veterans of more recent wars have a lot of personal records that were born-digital and are therefore more ephemeral. There is a need to acquire those digital records while they are still available. “There is an urgency to gathering material before it disappears,” he says. “Anyone can contribute items, not just veterans. Military families and others may have digital photos, Word documents, email exchanges and other things from that time period.” Current holdings include documents saved on servers. These items have been verified for authenticity using special software. In addition, there are videos from the collection of an Explosion Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technician. The videos are of the veteran’s EOD unit disposing of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) that they had collected in the course of duty. “As most of us have learned in recent years, when dealing with personal digital pics and videos, much of this kind of material is ephemeral and can be easily lost—inadvertently deleted—hard drive crashes, lost or damaged phones, lost flash media, corrupted files, etc. all contribute to making digital materials more at risk of being lost to history than with previous generations,” Maxner says.
A cap donated by a service member of the 321st Field Artillery Regiment. Their motto is "Noli Me Tangere," which is Latin for “Don’t Tread On Me.”
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THE DANIEL AYALA COLLECTION, ARCHIVE OF MODERN AMERICAN WARFARE
Taken in Iraq by an Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician during a 2007 tour.
THE DANIEL AYALA COLLECTION, ARCHIVE OF MODERN AMERICAN WARFARE
Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit patrolling for improvised explosive devices.
THE JIM CLONINGER COLLECTION, ARCHIVE OF MODERN AMERICAN WARFARE
A photo from a service member of a Psychological Operations task force operating in Iraq shows a soldier standing in front of a line of MRAP (Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicles at an unknown U.S. Army base.
“Here we are, fifty years after the beginning of the Vietnam War, and we can still rely on Vietnam veterans and their families having boxes and footlockers full of incredible documents, photos, slides, films, and other materials that will help us as we continue to learn about that experience. We do not think the same will be true 50 years from now when we will be looking back on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. “Some veterans and their families might have taken steps to preserve digital materials, but we are concerned that the vast majority of those materials will be lost forever. That has made starting the AMAW and working with younger veterans today all the more important.” In addition, the archive has some physical records such as propaganda pieces, flags, uniforms, a bombshell casing and published materials. “Currently, we are in the basement of the Mathematics Building, but we hope to have a new building to house both The Vietnam Center and Archive and the Archive of Modern American Warfare,” Hinton says. The new facility will have outdoor spaces for military artifacts and vehicles. Hinton says that they anticipate this facility will become a national museum of the Vietnam War. “The most significant way in which we hope the AMAW will expand will be through the development of an online digital material donation system,” Maxner says. “We want to make the process of donating those materials as easy as possible. Another factor to consider is that younger veterans are typically leading rather busy lives–going to school, starting careers and families, and not thinking very much about their historical legacy. We hope that having an Internet-based donation system will make it more user-friendly and easier for young veterans to create their online collections and donate their digital materials. Of course, researchers will be able to access materials through the portal as well.” For more information about the Archive of Modern American Warfare or to learn how to donate materials, visit amaw.ttu.edu, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 806.834.5971. For more information about The Vietnam Center and Archive, visit vietnam.ttu.edu, email email@example.com or call 806.742.9010.
A closer look AT T H E
school of law COMPILED BY KARI ABITBOL S C H O O L O F L AW
THIS STORY IS THE 10TH IN A SERIES ABOUT EACH O F T H E C O L L E G E S AT T E X A S T E C H U N I V E R S I T Y. M A Y / J U N E 2 0 16
IN A BLINK
Dean Darby Dickerson
★ Established in 1967 ★ 575 current students ★ 45 full-time faculty members; 38 adjunct ★ More than 8,000 alumni ★ Seven live-client clinics, three academic centers, nine dual-degree programs and three concentration programs
Texas Tech University School of Law is a dynamic community committed to providing students with an outstanding legal education that trains them to become outstanding lawyers and leaders in their chosen fields. When our students graduate, they are prepared to practice. They are known for their dedication, strong work ethic and resourcefulness. Tech Law alumni have become successful lawyers, judges, business leaders and government officials. Students are our first priority, and we supply a welcoming, supportive environment with professors who are passionate teachers and innovative scholars. Our community is also committed to giving back. We have a Public-Service Graduation Requirement under which J.D. students give back 30 hours in pro bono and community-focused service. Not only does this program allow our students to help clients who could otherwise not afford legal services, but it gives them valuable handson experience with clients, attorneys and judges. We also provide students with many other opportunities to gain valuable experience, such as live-client clinics, full-time externships and a leadership-development academy. Whatever your career goals may be, Tech Law can furnish the education to achieve them. 28
BRIGHT SPOTS THE LAW SCHOOL’S ADVOCACY PROGRAM boasts 36 national and international championships, and has been in the top-10 of the University of Houston’s Blakely Advocacy Institute’s rankings of best Moot Court programs for six consecutive years.
As one of only 20 law schools whose legal-writing professors are primarily tenured or tenure-track, Texas Tech Law is committed to leadership in legal-writing. In August 2015, the law school was selected as the national headquarters of SCRIBES—THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF LEGAL WRITERS. Texas Tech School of Law is the first law school in the nation to partner with the Center for Brain Health at UT–Dallas and its Brain Performance Institute in a cognitive-training program called SMART—STRATEGIC MEMORY ADVANCED REASONING TRAINING . During Fall 2015 orientation, first-year students were introduced to nine cognitive strategies to maximize brain performance, minimize stress and improve productivity. The law school’s PRO BONO PROGRAM provided underserved people throughout Texas with more than 3,700 hours of legal aid during 2014– 2015. Texas Tech School of Law also enacted a Public-Service Graduation Requirement starting with the Fall 2015 entering class. THE ACADEMY FOR LEADERSHIP IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION , a threephase program of lectures, workshops and self-directed leadership projects, teaches students various soft skills needed to succeed in practice.
Regional championships at the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition. From left: Rob Sherwin, School of Law director of advocacy programs; Elizabeth Hill ’12; Brandon Beck ’12; Allie Hallmark ’12.
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Professor John Watts teaches torts, evidence, products liability, constitutional law, civil procedure and the laws and ethics of war.
ACCOLADES ★ Texas Tech School of Law has won the University’s Departmental Excellence in Teaching Award in two of the past five years. Two professors have been recognized with the Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Teaching Award since Fall 2013, and seven professors are elected members of the prestigious American Law Institute.
★ Texas Tech School of Law is the only law school in the country to have had an entire court—the Seventh Court of Appeals in Amarillo—teach a full-year course.
★ The law school has received eight “Best Value” designations by preLaw magazine. ★ In March 2015, the Texas Indigent Defense Commission recognized Texas Tech Law and Dickens County with a Gideon Recognition Award for their successful collaboration in forming and maintaining the Caprock Regional Public Defender Office through the law school’s clinical program.
★ In its July/August 2015 issue, D CEO Magazine credited the law school’s Regional Externship Program—the only fulltime externship program in Texas—as “a proving ground for a new kind of in-house counsel—one who graduates already attuned to the needs of the C-suite.”
There were 182 students enrolled in the 2015 incoming class.
Thirty-two time National/International Advocacy Champions are, front row, from left, 3Ls John Roddy Pace, Katherine Handy, Delaney Crocker and Caleb Miller. Back row, from left, are competition judges Julie Walbroel, The Honorable Caroline Tesche and Stetson Law Associate Dean Michael Allen.
Texas Tech School of Law faculty
Professor Tracy Pearlâ€™s areas of focus are environmental law, criminal law and criminal procedure.
Students at the School of Law observe a court visit.
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Texas Tech Alumni Association
Honors Three Distinguished Alumni
Honorees are recognized for their outstanding accomplishments and significant contributions toward furthering the excellence of Texas Tech University. BY KRISTINA W. BUTLER | PHOTOS BY BRETT WINEGARNER The Texas Tech Alumni Association (TTAA) honored three graduates as the 2016 Distinguished Alumni of Texas Tech University at a reception and dinner Feb. 26 at the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center. The honorees are Mark Lanier, Class of 1984; Laura Nieto, Class of 1995; and Jaston Williams, Class of 1971. The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor bestowed to alumni by the Alumni Association and the university. The award recognizes and honors alumni who have made significant contributions to further the excellence of Texas Tech through outstanding accomplishments, careers and/or through extraordinary measures of service. The evening includes a reception, dinner and a program featuring video biographies highlighting the life of each honoree. Nominations are accepted from members and friends of the Alumni Association and Texas Tech faculty and staff. Attendance at Texas Tech is a requirement to be eligible for nomination, although receiving a degree is not necessary. Distinguished Alumni are selected by a committee of alumni and university officials. Lanier graduated in 1984 with a juris doctorate from the Texas Tech School of Law. He is the founder of The Lanier Law Firm, with offices in New York, Houston, Los Angeles and Palo Alto, California. An attorney, author, teacher, pastor and expert storyteller, Lanier has earned international recognition as one of the country’s top trial lawyers based on courtroom battles involving some of the world’s largest companies. Described as one of the decade’s most influential lawyers by The National Law
Journal in 2010, Lanier continues to support his alma mater, serving on the Texas Tech School of Law’s Foundation Board. In 2006, he and his wife, Becky, donated $6 million to the school for the creation of the Mark and Becky Lanier Professional Development Center. Nieto graduated from Texas Tech in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree from the College of Media & Communication. She serves as senior manager of community affairs and grassroots at Southwest Airlines. Nieto has a passion for and expertise in community outreach to diverse audiences and has formed a powerful team that develops strategic relationships with key constituencies and national leaders with various segment audiences. She is a member of the company’s Diversity Council, a fellow of the National Hispana Leadership Institute’s Executive Leadership Program and was recently named to the Top 25 Latino Leaders list. Williams is a Texas Tech alumnus from the College of Visual & Performing Arts. A playwright, performer, writer, teacher and West Texas native, Williams is best known for his performances in the “Greater Tuna” series. Williams continues to use his talent to entertain with hilarious yet insightful portraits of his characters. His work with the Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research at Texas Tech led to the creation of the BurkTech players, a performance group composed of Burkhart students and Texas Tech students who work collaboratively to present public performances.
Michael Galyean, Ph.D. Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
Recognized as one of the 20 Influential Farm Animal Veterinary Professors in the nation by Vet Tech Colleges.
sports COM PI LE D BY J EAN AN N CANTOR E
Texas Tech’s Tubby Smith Selected as Sporting News National Coach of the Year BY MATTHEW DUNAWAY, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, TEXAS TECH ATHLETICS COMMUNICATIONS
Tubby Smith collected his eighth career National Coach of the Year March 8. TWO DAYS A FTER being selected Big 12 Coach of the Year (March 6), Texas Tech men’s basketball coach Tubby Smith was named Sporting News National Coach of the Year announced by the publication. For Smith, it marks his eighth National Coach of the Year award. He was the consensus National Coach of the Year in 2003 while at Kentucky and was the first to sweep the national coaching awards since 1975 when Indiana’s Bob Knight accomplished the feat. Smith is the second Texas Tech basketball coach to secure a National Coach of the Year honor. Marsha Sharp was the 1993 National Coach of the Year when the Lady Raiders won the NCAA Championship. Smith has led the Red Raiders to a 19-11 record and a 9-9 Big 12 mark facing the nation’s toughest schedule in the nation’s No. 1 RPI rated conference. The last time Texas Tech collected nine Big 12 wins and .500 conference finish was in 2006-07. The Red Raiders captured three straight Top 25 victories against then No. 14 Iowa State, No. 21 Baylor and No. 3 Oklahoma in mid-February for the first time in program history. Under Smith’s leadership, the Red Raiders were the first team in Big 12 history to be chosen 10th or lower in the conference preseason poll and earn a NCAA Tournament bid. In addition, three Texas Tech players were named All Big 12 Honorable Mention– Toddrick Gotcher, Aaron Ross and Zach Smith. Gotcher has registered a team-leading 11.2 points per game and reached double figures a team-best 17 times which includes four of his last five outings. He racked up a career-best 24 points at Oklahoma State on Feb. 20 which fueled Tech’s first win in Stillwater since 2002-03. Gotcher is ranked inside the Big 12’s Top 10 with 2.0 treys per game on a 40.3 shooting percentage. Ross has provided a spark off the bench with a team-high 12.5 points per game in Big 12 action, good enough for 13th place on the Big 12 leaderboard. He has rattled
off 10-plus points in 14 of his last 16 games which included a career-long eight-game run and a career-high 25 points versus TCU on Feb. 23. Ross has knocked down a league-best 91.9 percent of his free throws and dialed up a 44.2 three-point percentage which was fourth in Big 12 games. Smith has compiled 10.0 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. The 1.5 blocks are fourth whereas the 7.2 rebounds are sixth among the Big 12 leaders. He has amassed 25 blocks over his last 13 outings and totaled 90 career blocks which rank ninth in program history. Smith has garnered double figures in five of his last eight outings ignited by a career-best 23 points against TCU on Feb. 23. Visit www.TexasTech.com for the latest news and information on the men’s basketball program. Fans also can follow the program on its social media outlets at www.Facebook.com/TexasTechMBB and @TexasTechMBB on Twitter.
Men’s Basketball Falls to Butler in NCAA Tournament First Round, 71-61 The Red Raiders finish the season with a 19-13 record and the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance since the 2006-07 season. BY MATTHEW DUNAWAY, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, TEXAS TECH ATHLETICS COMMUNICATIONS
in a team-leading 18 points off the bench, but the Texas Tech men’s basketball team had its season come to a close with a 71-61 loss to Butler in the March 17 NCAA Tournament First Round at PNC Arena on the North Carolina State campus in Raleigh. The Red Raiders (19-13) collected 19 wins, the most for the program since their last NCAA Tournament appearance during the 2006-07 season. Butler (22-10) advances to face top-seed and No. 4 Virginia who was an 81-45 winner over Hampton in the second round. “I certainly want to commend Butler,” Texas Tech head coach Tubby Smith said. “They certainly did the things that they had to do. Their defense—they stepped up their defense and made some big shots. I’m really proud of how my guys competed. It’s been a good season, sorry it’s ending.” For Williams, he tallied 12 of the 18 points during the second half. He was 7-of-14 from the floor and knocked down four of Texas Tech’s seven threepointers. Williams finished his career with 682 points over his two seasons with the Red Raiders. Aaron Ross added 10 points and six rebounds. He reached double figures in 14 of his final 18 appearances. The Ross-Williams duo played a major role in Texas Tech scoring 30 of the game’s 36 bench points. Justin Gray dialed up 10 points, six rebounds and two assists followed by Zach Smith’s eight points, four rebounds and two blocks. The two blocks gives Smith 92 career blocks which is the most in program history for a player’s first two seasons besting Tony Battie who compiled 91 blocks during the 1994-95 and 1995-96 seasons. Keenan Evans turned in six points coupled with a career-best seven rebounds and a career-high tying six assists whereas Toddrick Gotcher notched five points in his final game in a Tech uniform. Gotcher capped his career with 952 points aided by 138 three-pointers. Texas Tech compiled a 25-of-54 shooting effort and knocked down 5-of-18 from three-point territory. The Red Raiders were 4-of-9 at the free throw line. The nine foul shots were a season-low for Tech. Butler knocked down 25-for-51 from the field and converted on 9-for-17 on three-pointers. The
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Bulldogs were an efficient 12-for-16 from the charity stripe. Butler garnered a 34-28 rebounding advantage and scored 16 of the game’s 25 points off turnovers. Kellen Dunham racked up a game-leading 23 points and hit five of Butler’s nine treys. Tyler Wideman chipped in 14 points and seven rebounds followed by Andrew Chrabascz totaled 13 points. Kelan Martin came away with all 11 of his points in the final 10 minutes. The first 30 minutes featured eight ties and 13 lead changes before Butler ripped off 23 of the contest’s last 36 points. Martin broke a 48-48 tie with a pair of triples on the delayed fastbreak 30 seconds apart and turned a steal into a two-handed dunk to make it 56-48 with 7:34 remaining. The Red Raiders fired back with five quick points on a Gray runner and a Williams three-ball on the right baseline. Then, Williams got a steal but was forced into a turnover which turned into a Dunham triple to stretch Butler’s lead back to 59-53 at the 6:21 mark. Texas Tech would get as close as four points on two occasions, the latest at 62-58 with 4:10 left after Williams rattled home a three-pointer. The Bulldogs responded with nine straight points down the stretch before a Williams trey at the buzzer made the final margin, 71-61. “I think they’re a well prepared and well-coached team,” Smith said. “They’ve been here before. They’re very physical. That’s one thing you have to have when you get to this level. I thought their endurance, their stamina, their leadership from Roosevelt (Jones) made the difference. In a tournament like this, you’ve got to make shots. We’ve struggled to make some easy baskets today.” The two teams split the first 14 points during the opening 3:03. Texas Tech put together a 12-4 run sparked by Ross who connected on a turnaround jumper and a pair of three-pointers to give the Red Raiders a 19-11 advantage with 9:55 to go. Butler used an 11-2 spurt fueled by seven points courtesy of Dunham to grab a 26-23 edge with 3:44 remaining. The Bulldogs took a 30-28 lead into halftime following a Dunham three-pointer inside the final minute. Neither team took more than a one possession lead during the first 10 minutes of the second half. “We have everybody back except for Toddrick and D-Will,” Smith said. “I think it sets up pretty good. I think the experience of being here, and that taste of losing—you don’t want to have that experience again. I think they’ll understand just how hard they have to work in order to get back here. It’s not a given just because you have experienced players. A lot of things can happen. I think we have a good group of guys in Norense, Zach, Keenan and Justin. They’ve been the backbone of the program. You can tell that they were sort of physically outmatched as far as strength and just bulk. I think that’s an area that with maturity and getting in the weight room, I think those things will be key.”
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Sheryl Swoopes Inducted Into Naismith Hall Of Fame Swoopes becomes first former Texas Tech basketball player to earn the honor BY BLAKE ZIMMERMAN, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, TEXAS TECH ATHLETICS COMMUNICATIONS PHOTO COURTESY OF TEXAS TECH ATHLETICS COMMUNICATIONS
basketball great Sheryl Swoopes was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the NCAA Men’s Final Four, in Houston, Texas, on Monday (April 4) morning. Swoopes’ induction comes 23 years to the day after the Lady Raiders’ 1993 NCAA Championship. She becomes the first Tech basketball playermen’s or women’s to achieve this honor. Finalists needed 18 of 24 votes from the Honors Committee for election. Swoopes was the consensus national player of the year in 1993, the Lady Raiders’ national championship season. She averaged 28.1 points per game that year, which ranked second nationally. As a Lady Raider, Swoopes set 30 different women’s basketball records, including four Final Four records, three NCAA tournament records, four NCAA championship game records and eight Texas Tech school records, including the single-game school record for points (53), which still stands. Her No. 22 jersey was retired on Feb. 19, 1994. Swoopes went on to the WNBA, where she was a three-time WNBA MVP, two-time scoring champion, four-time WNBA champion, three-time defensive player of the year and six-time allstar. She also represented the United States numerous times, including the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games. The Class of 2016 will be enshrined during festivities in Springfield, Mass., Sept. 8-10, 2016. Tickets for the various Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2016 Enshrinement events are on sale at www.hoophall.com.
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Bill Dean, Ed.D. ident and CEO Executive Vice Pres sociation As Texas Tech Alumni
175 Military Addresses 12 Foreign Countries 28
VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS 2.2% ARTS & SCIENCES 24.7% AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES & NATURAL RESOURCES 9.2% ARCHITECTURE 1.9% JERRY S. RAWLS COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION 25.4% EDUCATION 7.0% EDWARD E. WHITACRE JR. COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING 12.7%
HUMAN SCIENCES 11.0% HONORS 0.1%
MEMBERS BY COLLEGE
MEDIA & COMMUNICATION 5.8%
ANNUAL CONTRIBUTIONS (IN MILLIONS)
TOTAL TEXAS ALUMNI: 193,556
TOTAL U.S. ALUMNI: 214,448
Consecutive years membership contributions have increased
Increase in Total Membership
45 5 35 21 83 6 34
MEMBERS BY STATE
66 114 57
2015 financial impact STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS
$180,000+ Amount of money that was awarded through the TTAA Endowment Trust
Red Raiders who received scholarships through the TTAA Endowment Trust
EXCELLENCE GRANT PROGRAM
Three grants worth
TTU Virtual Life Program
Master of Social Work Program
Department of Kinesiology & Sport Management
student engagement STUDENT LEADERSHIP RECEPTION
STUDENT ALUMNI BOARD
The TTAA hosted the
Texas Student Alumni Association, co-hosted the District IV CASE
second annual Student
ASAP Student Leadership Conference. More than 100 student leaders
Leadership Reception. More than 100 student leaders met and listened to former Texas Tech
The TTAAâ€™s Student Alumni Board, along with the University of North
from the region spent two days networking and learning how to make their respective organizations and universities better.
President M. Duane
The Texas Tech Legacy
Nellis talk about the
Program provides children
importance of being a great leader and the good path they were already blazing.
and grandchildren of TTAA members a fun way to start learning about Raiderland at an early age. Members receive Texas Tech birthday cards and gifts throughout their membership.
Legacies were registered in the Legacy Program as of Dec. 31, 2015, which was an increase of 1,607 from 2014.
our grads OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT GRADUATES
5,172 2015 graduates were given a year of free membership from the Presidentâ€™s Office The Texas Tech Alumni Association has partnered with the Office of the President to provide every undergraduate with a complimentary membership in the TTAA. This program is designed to engage new graduates and foster a lifelong connection with their alma mater.
Official Texas Tech Class Rings were sold in 2015
distinguished alumni award Since 1967, the Texas Tech Alumni Association has presented the Distinguished Alumni Award to the most prestigious graduates of Texas Tech University for their professional achievements, contributions to society and support of the university. Past recipients have governed states, flown space missions, sung leading roles in the great opera houses of the world, served as CEOâ€™s and military commanders, won Olympic Gold Medals and even performed heart surgery on celebrities such as Larry King and David Letterman.
MICA R. ENDSLEY, PH.D.
M. DAN HOWARD, CPA
TERRY E. FULLER
Chief Scientist United States Air Force Arlington, Virginia
Founder Howard, Cunningham, Houchin and Turner, LLP Lubbock, Texas
President Phoenix PetroCorp, Inc. Frisco, Texas
Chancellor Robert L. Duncan, Endsley, Fuller and Howard.
lauro f. cavazos award The Lauro F. Cavazos Award is presented to individuals who have made a positive impact on the university through outstanding accomplishments, acts of service and/or financial support. The award was created in 1987 in honor of Lauro F. Cavazos, Ph.D., a sixth-generation Texan who served as the 10th president of the university. He was the first Texas Tech alumnus and first Hispanic to achieve that distinction. Jerry S. Rawls was selected as the 2015 recipient of the Lauro F. Cavazos Award.
distinguished service award The Distinguished Service Award was established in 1977 to recognize outstanding service to Texas Tech University or the Alumni Association. Alumni, friends of Texas Tech, as well as current and former employees of the university are eligible to receive the award or to submit a nomination. Gerald Dolter, Ph.D., was selected as the 2015 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award.
top techsan awards Recognized as individuals who exemplify team spirit and extraordinary work proficiency, four individuals were honored at the Texas Tech Alumni Associationâ€™s 2015 Top Techsan Luncheon.
Joined by Raider Red, the 2015 Top Techsan Award winners are, from left, Robert Stubblefield, Scotty Hensler, Alicia Oliva Knight and Cory S. Powell.
2015 national board of directors EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE President Tom C. Sellers ’77 Sulphur Springs
Immediate Past President Renée Underwood ’78 Lubbock
President Elect Linda Rutherford ’88 Carrollton
Endowment Trust Board and Alumni Board Finance Chairman William D. “Bill” Brown ’76 Austin
Executive Vice President & CEO Bill Dean, Ed. D. ’61, ’65, ’71 Lubbock
NATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS
SPECIAL POSITIONS Academic Recruiting Representative Peggy Adcox Maxwell ’76 Grapevine
Arcilia Acosta ’89 Dallas
Victor Hackett, Jr. ’76 Marlton, N.J.
Timothy Parker ’94, ’96 Roswell, N.M.
Ryan Barbles ’02 Houston
Art Hall ’96 San Antonio
John Redmon ’71 The Woodlands
Athletic Council Representative Carey Hobbs ’58 Waco
Nancy Birdwell ’74 Salado
Gary Shores ’63 Wichita Falls
Secretary & Legal Counsel John C. Sims ’65 Lubbock
Michelle Bleiberg ’89 Dallas Kristina Harris Butts ’01, ’04 Washington, D.C.
Student Alumni Board Representatives Dillon Harris ’16 Dwight, Ill. Thad C. Brock ’16 Henrietta
Heath Cheek ’03 Dallas Paul Foster ’80 San Antonio Mike Gayler ’81 Coppell
Texas Tech University Ex-Officio Representative Scott Cooksey ’80 Lubbock
Randy Golden ’77 Dallas
Heidelberg ’00 Midland Sandy Henry ’67 Lubbock
Jerry Smith ’65, ’67 Dallas
Staci Hernandez, M.D.
Barry Street ’79 Kress
’99, ’03 Georgetown
Bobby Waddle ’55 DeSoto
Nancy Isom ’80 Idalou
T. John Ward ’64 Longview
Ginger Kerrick ’91, ’93 Webster
Louis Bryant Williams, Jr. ’61 Kerrville
Vicki Nixon ’73 Lubbock
Texas Tech Alumni Association And Subsidiary Consolidated Statement of Financial Position For the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2015 Assets
Cash & Cash Equivalents 1,468,557 Receivables Accounts Receivables 330,776 Contributions Receivables 72,983 Employee Receivables 2,366 Inventory — Prepaid Expenses 235,634 Restricted Cash and Receivables 290,808 Property and Equipment 5,794,091 Cash Surrender Value of Life Insurance Policies 240,776 Other Assets 2,658,581 Total Assets 11,094,572
Consolidated Statement of Activities For the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2015 2014
2,831,970 81,788 244,934 1,356 — 103,679 47,946 6,010,451 240,776 2,323,719 11,886,619
Liabilities & Net Assets Liabilities
306,664 9,678 121,261 127,313 22,835 — 85,169 163,325 — 836,244
343,106 — 145,223 126,213 46,559 316,197 22,552 73,470 — 1,073,320
Unrestricted Temporarily Restricted Permanently Restricted Total Net Assets
9,981,547 — 276,780 10,258,327
10,524,577 — 288,722 10,813,299
Total Liabilities & Net Assets
Accounts Payable Retirement Payable Accrued Liabilities Payroll Liabilities Accrued Compensated Absences Ring Deposits Due to Affiliate(s) Deferred Revenues Notes Payable Total Liabilities Net Assets
Sales and Commissions Contributions Unrestricted In-Kind Contributions University Support Restricted Sponsorships Rental Income Programs and Special Events Techsan Magazine Revenues Royalty Income Investment Income Insurance Proceeds Gain (Loss) on Sale of Assets Assets Released From Restriction Miscellaneous Income Total Revenue Total Revenues and Other Support
2,143,427 500 110,000 22,330 65,900 353,570 401,987 125,236 310,113 (12,526) — — 13,875 2,706 3,747,545 3,747,545
2,164,040 — 75,000 270,450 61,400 311,512 382,318 112,890 384,982 213,456 — (3,294) — 7,504 4,186,646 4,186,646
Program Expenses Fundraising Expenses Management & General Expenses Total Expenses
2,450,811 691,955 959,750 4,102,516
2,293,743 879,745 892,873 4,066,361
Increase in Net Assets from Operations Contributions to Endowment Trust
Net Assets, Beginning of the Year Net Assets, End of the Year Unaudited Financial Information Financial Information provided by Texas Tech Alumni Association Accounting Department
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Lubbock, that I wanted to stay here.
— Jordan Backus —
Jordan Backus, a content developer for Tyler Technologies in Lubbock, works on a project.
It took moving away to realize that I wanted to be in
The best thing anyone can say about their career is that they chose it and never settled for it. And if there is one thing that is true about Jordan Backus, it’s that she’s not settling. Backus grew up primarily in the eastern United States–Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky, before heading west to New Mexico, and ultimately to Lubbock, Texas. “I originally came to Lubbock to attend Lubbock Christian University, but I had some trouble deciding what to major in,” Backus said. “Eventually, I transferred to Texas Tech.” Once at Texas Tech, Backus consulted with an advisor, enrolled in the classes she needed to take and graduated with a technical communication degree in December 2013. “When I graduated, one of the girls I had class with had a brother who owned a software company in Lubbock,” Backus said. “She invited me to apply around the time I graduated, so I applied, interviewed and got the job. I found what I needed in Lubbock and stayed until something else came along.” The next opportunity came by the way of a friend who knew of another local company looking for a technical writer. “At the time I was told about the job, the company was based in Lubbock,” Backus said. “When I interviewed, I found out that they were in the process of moving to north Austin. It was a requirement that if they made the offer I would have to move as well.” ADVERTORIAL
As it happened, the offer was good and Backus made the move to Round Rock. But three short months later, she made the choice to come back and continue her career in Lubbock. “People were definitely surprised that I wanted to come back to Lubbock, especially so quickly,” Backus said. “When everyone found out that I was moving to north Austin, it was a big deal, a big change. But I had just decided that Lubbock was where I wanted to be.” For Backus, it made sense beyond the simple desire to be back home among family, friends and familiarity. “The cost of living is a lot cheaper and I missed that,” she said. “I was making more money there, but I wasn’t bringing home as much as I could in Lubbock, making less. I took a little bit of a pay cut to come from Round Rock back to Lubbock, but I technically make more because my rent is so much cheaper. It makes more sense to live in Lubbock longterm. I wanted to be somewhere I could settle down and stay for a while.” Now Backus not only calls the “Hub City” home, but has found a professional home at Tyler Technologies. “I am a content developer,” Backus said. “I maintain webhelp systems for several of our products and create overview tutorial videos for different processes, as well as edit and format various documents.” Despite the fact that Tyler Technologies is the largest company in the country solely dedicated to providing software and services to the public sector, to Backus, the company culture feels more family than tech company. “[Tyler] puts employees first,” Backus noted. “They want to make sure that whatever you need, you have it, that you have a good work/life balance, that their employees are taken care of and happy. That is probably the biggest thing that defines the culture here.” It’s not only something that sets Tyler Technologies apart, but other local IT companies such as Mandry Technology Solutions. “Everything we do is rooted in purpose and achievement,” Jack Bohannon, vice president of operations at Mandry Technology Solutions, said. “Our passion is technology, but our purpose is to enrich our people, our clients and our community.” Couple that people-centric focus with a desire to create cutting-edge solutions, and it’s no wonder Lubbock’s IT landscape is growing at a remarkable pace. The challenge, however, is raising awareness about the local opportunities – a task the Lubbock Economic Development Alliance (LEDA) has faced head on. “One of LEDA’s roles is to act as conduit between job seekers and businesses,” Christine Allen, director of workforce development and Foreign-Trade Zone 260, said. “One way we’re doing that is through a web portal– www.return2lbk.org–that serves as a one-stop-shop featuring concentrated, valuable job opportunities.” Not only does LEDA provide information and links to a large number of IT job openings, they also provide links to other jobs available in the community.
Jordan and her boyfriend, Colby Heatwole, enjoy a night at the First Friday Art Trail.
“Fortune.com recently listed Lubbock as one of the top 10 cities to find a job,” John Osborne, president and CEO of LEDA, said. “More and more of our [Texas Tech] alumni and former residents are finding out there are greater opportunities to move back to Lubbock than ever before.” When it comes to IT positions, it seems there will be no shortage of opportunity any time soon. “A lot of technology start-ups are moving into and beginning here in Lubbock,” David Bateman, owner and manager of AmpliSine Labs, a company specializing in process automation software for the oil and gas industry, said. “Lubbock has a small-town feel, big city resources and it’s a well-rounded city with a strong economy. We’re starting to see the growth of Lubbock as a technology hub for West Texas.” In addition to a growing IT community, Lubbock offers shorter commute times, a low cost of living and an excellent quality of life, according to Osborne. “Lubbock is home to a robust music and cultural scene that includes internationally recognized museums, famous theaters and musical venues and a wide array of art galleries,” Osborne said. “Lubbock also features a variety of restaurants, retail and more. Couple that with excellent educational facilities, family-friendly neighborhoods and a low cost of living, and you will see why Lubbock is a great choice.” But that’s not what makes the “Hub City” special to Backus. It was her choice to make it her home. “I didn’t grow up in Lubbock,” she said. “But I have been here my entire adult life and that’s part of why it feels like home. It seems like everywhere I go there are memories tied to that side of town or that restaurant. It’s all a part of a memory somehow. It took moving away to realize that I wanted to be in Lubbock, that I wanted to stay here. Somehow it is part of who I am and who I have grown into as an adult and I love that about Lubbock.” For more available IT positions and other employment opportunities in Lubbock, please visit www.return2lbk.org or call 800.687.5330.
Jordan in a team brainstorm at Tyler Technologies.
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/ / / P L AT I N U M Mr. Greg Borum and Nora Chang ’95 Mr. Michael C. Conley ’13 Mr. & Mrs. Nathan P. Nash ’05 (Rachel Nash) Mr. & Mrs. Robbie R. Sartain ’79 (Kathleen M. Sartain ’79) Mr. & Mrs. Phil D. Staley ’70 (Sharon D. Staley ’71)
///GOLD Mr. & Mrs. William L. Bailey, II ’82 (Michelle Bailey) Mr. Leslie D. Bond, Jr. ’79 Mrs. Peggy Clark ’64 Dr. & Mrs. John Gonzalez ’94 (Linda Gonzales) Mr. Mark L. Hazelwood ’71 Mr. & Mrs. Tom W. Kendra (Anne-Marie Kendra ’77) Mr. & Mrs. Mark A. Key ’94 (Cynthia D. Key) Mr. Gaylon R. Kornfuehrer ’57 Mr. & Mrs. Michael R. Nelson ’02 (Carrie Nelson) Mr. & Mrs. T. Kevin K. Nelson ’92 (Ginger P. Nelson ’92) Mr. Bruce A. Pike ’97 Dr. & Mrs. Jimmie L. Reeves (Kathryn Reeves ’77) Mr. & Mrs. Matthew A. Reiter ’96 (Tracie G. Reiter ’97) The Hon. & Mrs. T. John Ward, Sr. ’64 (Elizabeth C. Ward ’86) Dr. & Mrs. Gary B. Wood ’73 (Sheryl Wood)
/ / / S I LV E R Mr. Josh Abbott ’05 Mr. & Mrs. B. Scott Asher ’98 (Stephanie J. Asher ’99) Mr. Ted G. Barron ’77 Ms. Cindy W. Brown ’90
Mr. & Mrs. Michael K. Glenn ’78 (Vickie L. Glenn)
Mr. & Mrs. Tom E. Link ’62 (Jennie L. Link ’63)
Ms. Kristen B. Harrison ’07
Mr. Theodore J. Lyons ’05
Mr. & Mrs. Gregory A. Hicks ’82 (Jacquelyn A. Hicks)
Mr. & Mrs. Drayton McLane, III (Amy K. McLane ’97) Mr. & Mrs. David H. McLellan ‘76 (Theresa B.McLellan)
Mr. & Mrs. Jim A. Hightower ’76 (Dr. Cheryl W. Hightower ’75)
Mr. & Mrs. John A. Monroe (Julia L. Monroe ’86)
Mr. & Mrs. Jay W. Holland ’72 (Sue A. Holland)
Mr. & Mrs. I. Joseph Morales, Jr. (Melissa L. Morales ’87)
Mr. & Mrs. Allan Hooks (Katherine Hooks ’87)
Mr. & Mrs. J. T. Stumph (Denise Stumph ’96)
Mr. & Mrs. Roy B. Jarnagin ’77 (Martha M. Jarnagin)
Dr. & Mrs. William H. Tullis ’74 (Jane Tullis)
Mr. & Mrs. Clinton J. Johnson ’93 (Christy S. Johson ’94)
Mr. & Mrs. John L. Wilson ’74 (Connie Turner Wilson ’85)
Mr. & Mrs. Jerry D. Killion ’80 (Kristi M. Killion ’81)
Mr. & Mrs. Larry D. Zeagler ’74 (Luz Zeagler)
Mr. & Mrs. S. Ray King ’75 (Teresa King ’74)
Mr. Thomas J. Zweifel ’05
Ms. Laura A. Klein ’08
Ms. Kimberly C. Klimt ’82 Mr. & Mrs. Robert K. LaMaster ’79 (Karen LaMaster)
Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Anderson ’92 (Marisol Anderson ’94)
Mr. & Dr. Bryan Landwermeyer (Margaret Landwermeyer ’89)
Mr. William N. Bader ’08
Ms. Sidney C. Laurentz ’03
Mr. Benjamin S. Bahimann ’09
Mrs. Kelli D. Lovelace ’89
Mr. & Mrs. Chad G. Benton ’95 (Lisa D. Benton ’93)
Ms. Sheri A. Loving ’83
Mr. & Mrs. C. L. Boggs (Ann Boggs)
Mr. & Mrs. Terry S. Marriner (Cindy L. Marriner ’95)
Mr. & Mrs. Gregory L. Boggs ’74 (Iwana Boggs)
Mr. & Mrs. Jeremy B. Mercer ’01 (Tammine A. Mercer ’02)
Mr. Robert D. Anderson ’82
Mr. & Mrs. C. Brian Borthwick ’93 Mr. & Mrs. Keith B. Bowen ’81 (Sunni Bowen ’82) Mr. & Mrs. Jeffry G. Brunson ’11 (Julie Brunson) Mr. & Mrs. Terry G. Bucher ’80 (Sue S. Bucher ’80) Mr. & Mrs. Keith M. Burch ’00 (Brenna L. Burch ’06) Mr. & Mrs. Marcus A. Byerly ’97 (Christy Byerly) Ms. Elisa Cardenas ’07 Mr. & Mrs. Tom E. Carr ’76 (Lori M. Carr) Mr. & Mrs. Croft Casey ’78 (Judith I. Casey) Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey T. Chase ’00 (Lauren M. Chase) Mr. & Mrs. Bryan K. Crawford ’83 (Tracy Crawford) Mr. Phil F. Crowder ’70 Mr. & Mrs. Garrett T. Crowell ’91 (Deborah Crowell)
Mr. & Mrs. Jon Neal(Karmen K. Neal ’99) Mr. & Mrs. Brandon Nelson (Ashley E. Nelson ’04) Mr. & Mrs. Peter H. Shaddock, Jr. ’91 (Julia M. Shaddock) Mr. Robert Tom Short ’81 Mr. & Mrs. Steven D. Smiley ’87 (Deanna D. Smiley ’88) Mr. & Mrs. W. H. Snyder ’70 (Charlotte M. Snyder) Dr. & Mrs. Joel Starnes (Janelle Starnes ’00) Mr. & Mrs. Bryan Stevenson (Lacey Stevenson ’99) Mrs. Michelle H. Strauss ’98 Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth N. Tijerina (Lindsey E. Tijerina ’04) Mr. & Mrs. Jon Vars ’71 (Sharon Vars ’68)
Gary R. Byrd, Ph.D. ’76
Mr. & Mrs. Mike J. Cunningham ’74 (Alice A. Cunningham ’74)
Mr. Casey D. Cowley ’06
Ms. Elizabeth J. Dijsh ’79
Mr. & Mrs. Richard L. Creamer ’90 (Amy Creamer ’90) Mr. & Mrs. David R. Doyle ’82 (Allison Doyle)
Mr. & Mrs. Christopher P. Dollahon ’08 (Leah R. Dollahon ’07)
Mr. & Mrs. Kyle S. Elliott ’86 (Jacqueline M. Elliott)
Mr. & Mrs. David R. Doyle ’82 (Allison Doyle)
Mr. Guy N. Fields, III ’74
Mr. & Mrs. Kyle S. Elliott ’86 (Jacqueline M. Elliott)
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Ashlee R. Ford, DPT ’10
Mr. & Mrs. Stephen R. Feldman ’79 (Allison Feldman ’80)
Mr. Robert D. Armstrong ’11
Mr. & Mrs. Paul E. Heinrich ’91 (Melissa Heinrich ’91)
Mr. & Mrs. Roderick S. Williams ’10 (Samantha Williams) Mr. & Mrs. Garth S. Wright ’80 (Sabrina A. Wright) Dr. & Dr. Anthony G.Yost ’11 (Lindsay B. Yost ’11)
Mr. Tanner S. Adams ’13
Mr. & Mrs. Jim A. Hightower ’76 (Dr. Cheryl W. Hightower ’75)
Mr. Andrew J. Fickman ’88
Mrs. Jennifer E. Babus ’05
Mr. & Mrs. William Fitzgerald (Susan Fitzgerald ’92)
Ms. Lacey B. Baggett ’05
Mr. & Mrs. Bryan P. Horton ’02 (Megan Horton ’02)
Mr. & Mrs. Charles D. Frisbie ’76 (Betty Frisbie ’76)
Mr. Keith D. Baker ’07
Mr. & Mrs. Steve M. Hurt ’71 (Debbie L. Hurt ’72)
Mr. & Mrs. Robert G. Gantt ’68 (Betsy Gantt)
Ms. Patricia Schifani ’73
Mr. & Mrs. Dale K. Jakeway ’95 (Kimberly L. Jakeway ’95)
Mr. & Mrs. A. Wayne Garrett ’66 (Lou Garrett)
Mr. & Mrs. Matthew E. Berwald ’03 (Jana Berwald ’01)
Mr. & Mrs. Jacob C. George, Jr. ’92 (Jamie P. George ’93)
Mr. & Mrs. Kent B. Best ’87 (Gina M. Best ’02)
Mr. & Mrs. Wilson G. Jones ’88 (Lendy L. Jones)
Mr. & Mrs. Eric Kuefler (LeAnne Kuefler ’92)
Dr. & Mrs. David E. Boliver ’62 (Edna A. Boliver)
Mr. & Mrs. Tyler M. Lucas ’11 (Wesley C. Lucas ’10)
Mr. & Mrs. Dustin S. Shields ’97 (Kelly Shields)
Mr. J.P. Bosco
Tosanwunmi C. Maku, Ph.D. ’07
Ms. Cayla L. Smith ’09
Ms. Shawna Braden ’08
Mrs. Dalila O. Marquez ’13
Mr. Jeffrey L. Snyder ’15
Mr. & Mrs. Beau A. Broussard ’14 (Courtney E. Broussard ’14)
Dr. & Mrs. John C. Martin ’09 (Caitlin E. Menard ’15)
Dr. Carol Stanley ’69
Ms. Jacqueline Martinez ’14
Mr. & Mrs. Alan R. Staples ’92 (Marcia A. Staples ’92)
Mr. Kenneth L. Brown ’91
Mr. & Mrs. Dennis P. Maupin ’75 (Betty J. Maupin)
Mr. & Mrs. Bruce D. Browne ’83 (Leslie Browne)
Ms. Becky McElroy ’73
Mr. & Mrs. Stephen J. Stephenson ’67 (Frances A. Stephenson ’66)
Mr. Bradley D. Burhman ’88
Mr. & Mrs. Alvin R. McLoughlin, Jr. ’76 (Ellen McLoughlin)
Mr. & Mrs. Matt L. Stewart ’92 (Claudia M. Stewart ’92)
Mr. Clayton A. Carnley ’12 Dr. & Mrs. James T. Carthel ’57 (Carol M. Carthel ’58)
Ms. Krista L. McPhail ’13
Mr. & Mr. Austin H. Stratton (Mark S. Stratton ’05)
Dr. & Mrs. Finis L. Cavender ’60 (Jeanie W. Cavender)
Mr. & Mrs. Ladan A. Moore (Olivia A. Moore ’15)
Mr. & Mrs. William C. Streeter ’73 (Anne R. Streeter)
Ms. Cindy L. Christensen ’98
Ms. Eminence A. Northcutt ’06
Mr. Malcolm V. Sweeney ’13
Mrs. Bonnie H. Clary
Ms. Sarah J. Osburn ’02
Mr. Saad A. Syed ’13
Mr. William R. Cooper ’15
Mr. & Mrs. Chase M. Paxton ’03 (Sarah Paxton)
Mr. & Mrs. Matthew A. Thompson ’94 (Brenna Thompson)
Mr. Jeffrey R. Coupe ’86
Ms. June P. Pinkston ’79
Ms. Amanda D. Thompson ’13
Mr. Garrett E. Couts ’14
Mr. & Mrs. Dustin L. Porter (Shelley R. Porter ’98)
Mr. & Mrs. Joe D. Tidwell ’93 (Lianne Tidwell ’93)
Ms. Nancy H. Craig ’15
Mr. & Mrs. Ed Quintana ’85 (Fabiola Quintana)
Mr. & Mrs. Phillip S. Tyson ’94 (Stephanie A. Tyson ’95)
Mr. Richard L. Cullar ’89
Mr. & Mrs. Brian M. Razloznik ’06 (Hayley Razloznik)
Mr. & Mrs. Gabriel Valdez ’02 (Yvonne M. Valdez)
Mrs. Gay Dale ’61
Mr. Derrick D. Redmon ’02
Mrs. Betty Van Ness
Mr. Clayton T. Davis ’13
Mr. & Mrs. Gary D. Rider ’70 (Theresa Rider ’76)
Mr. John R. Verity ’11
Mrs. Jacalyn M. DeLange ’73
Mr. & Mrs. Tommy H. Rigsby ’79 (Julie C. Rigsby ’81)
Mrs. Patricia B. Wheeler ’88
Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Dillard (Lisa A. Dillard ’11)
Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Roberts ’88 (Denise Roberts ’90)
Mr. George S. Winton ’83
Dr. Daniel Dominguez ’11
Ms. Shelby Z. Roe ’07
Mr. & Mrs. J. Gordon Wolfe ’82
Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence M. Doss ’99 (Julie Doss ’99)
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Rogers (Alisa K. Salley Rogers ’89)
Mr. & Mrs. Davey N. Wright ’13 (Sarah E. Wright ’12)
Mrs. Kelly L. Dunning ’86
Mr. Christopher T. Rohde ’92
Mr. Samuel M. Young ’11
Mr. Charles H. Eckstein ’00
Col. & Mrs. Matthew D. Sanford ’92 (Glenda M. Sanford)
Dr. & Mrs. Ronald Zhao ’94 (Hujun Zhao)
Mr. & Mrs. Justin D. Edwards ’03 (Rebecca L. Edwards ’05)
Mr. & Mrs. David Sauceda, III ’00 (Brandi Sauceda)
Mr. & Mrs. Jim T. Stoller ’87 (Martha G. Stoller)
Mr. & Mrs. Jess A. Emerson, Jr. ’01 (Lauren Emerson) Mr. Ziggy R. Estrada ’00 Mr. & Mrs. Randy A. Fields ’85 (Donna B. Fields) Mr. & Mrs. Christopher K. Fleming ’07 (Jillian Fleming ’05) Mr. & Mrs. Armando G. Garcia ’76 (Mollie B. Garcia ’76) Mr. & Mrs. Jimmy Gibbs (Carla Gibbs ’04) Mr. & Mrs. Gary D. Godwin (Sandra K. Godwin ’80) Ms. Patricia A. Graham ’70 Mrs. Kimberly N. Graham ’06 Mr. Joshua B. Green ’09 Mr. & Mrs. Paul J. Grimmer ’77 (Glenda S. Grimmer ’77) Mr. & Mrs. Tommy D. Haney ’68 (Sandra C. Haney) Mr. Scott E. Henderson Mr. & Mrs. Ronald W. Henson ’80 (Sylvia Henson) Mr. & Mrs. Matthew D. Hodges ’94 (Sheryl Hodges) Mr. & Mrs. Kevin S. Hopson ’83 (Suzanne F. Hopson) Mr. Richard N. Jespers ’86 Mr. Caleb A. Jones ’09 Mr. Trey Kimbrough ’89 Mr. & Mrs. Brad M. Kloiber ’91 (Shayla C. Kloiber ’93) Mrs. Amy R. Krakowski ’95 Mrs. Cassie H. Kulbeth ’06 Mr. & Mrs. Mark T. Laney ’86 (Lee Ann Laney)
Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey A. Lee ’99 (Kate Lee) Mr. & Mrs. Jon D. Locke ’86 (Amy Locke ’87) Mr. & Mrs. Jarrett K. Louder ’15 Mr. Harry K. Loung ’07
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The 1966 “La Ventana” yearbook features the Tyrian Rifles. “Under the direction of commander James F. Scott, the Tyrian Rifles is one of Tech’s finest precision drill teams. “Primarily for entering freshmen who want more out of Army ROTC, the Tyrians help the new cadet grasp a better part of military understanding. Up until this year, the Tyrian Rifles fired the 75 mm howitzer at all major sporting events. “Their primary function is drill competition, and they have won several marching events. “The Tyrian Rifles were recognized by the United States Continental Army as one of the top seven units to be designated as a counter-insurgency unit. The Tyrians of Tech, under their new reorganized program, have begun to expand and grow upward in the ROTC program.” 50
BOOKS JODI PRICE KOUMALATS (aka Jodi Thomas) (BS ’70 Human Sciences) Amarillo, Texas, a longtime author of romance novels, announced the publication of her most recent book, “Rustler’s Moon,” a Ransom Canyon romance novel. The story is about three strangers at life’s crossroads who each has a difficult decision to make. Thomas is a fifth-generation Texan, New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author who bases most of her novels in Texas. In 2002, she was named a Texas Tech University Distinguished Alumna.
ANDY YOUNG (BA ’99 Counseling, Ed.D. ’03 Counselor Education) Lubbock, authored a book about his work as a crisis counselor and hostage negotiator with the Lubbock Police Department. The book, “Fight or Flight,” is an intensely emotional story that sheds light on the ins and outs of those involved in crisis situations. His expertise in this field brings compassion for the victims, families and law enforcement involved in traumatic events. Andy’s unique combination of extensive knowledge from his doctorate in counselor education, and personal experiences from serving on negotiating teams, makes this thrilling book one of a kind. The book can be ordered from his website: http://www.drandyyoung.com or from Amazon.com.
1976 MICHAEL SHEEHAN (BA Psychology)
Aledo, Texas, was named to Fort Worth, Texas magazine’s 2015 list of Tarrant County’s “Top Attorneys.” Sheehan was selected in the field of Civil Law-Litigation and was nominated by peers.
1977 JANET STOCKTON PARKER (BS Human
Sciences) Dallas, Texas, graduated on Dec. 18, 2015, from the University of Missouri with a doctorate in human environmental sciences with an emphasis in architectural studies. Janet is
serving as the program chair for the Interior Design Department and the Dean of Academic Affairs at The Art Institute of Dallas. This is her 29th year with the institute.
1978 LYNNE STEWART (BS Education)
Dallas, Texas, a former Texas Tech cheerleader, is the owner of SUPERIORHIRE, a staffing company in Dallas. Lynne’s company handles job placement for companies and also places individual clients in new careers. Her husband is Clifford.
1985 JOEL RAPP (BS Advertising) Lexington, Kentucky, celebrated his company’s15year anniversary. Joel’s business, Right Place Media, was founded in 2001 and is now one of the largest media agencies in the Southeast. He started his career in media at a full-service advertising agency in San Diego. From there, he has worked at agencies in Phoenix, Louisville and Chicago, before settling in Lexington. Right Place Media manages the media strategy, planning and buying assignments for clients across the country in a myriad of categories ranging from automotive and banking to restaurants and retail. His wife is Kim.
1988 CHRIS B. HOFFMAN (BS Landscape Architecture) Clinton, Mississippi, was selected as 2016 President-elect for the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards. He will take office as president in fall 2016 through 2017. He has been in the landscape architecture business for 27 years and a sole proprietor in his own business since 1994. Chris’s award-winning firm prepares and submits site design, grading and drainage and construction detailing plans to city and county governments as part of the site plan review for mixed use development, offices, commercial and retail space, educational and health care facilities, industrial sites, subdivisions and residential developments. He has been a full member of the American Society of Landscape Architects since 1991. His wife is Laura.
1989 JOHN CASSTEVENS (BS Construction
Engineering Technology) San Antonio, Texas, was named the president of
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A special thank you to our top-level members for their continued support. Diamond ($5,000 or more annually) Mr. & Mrs. Grant F. Adamson ’81 (Nelda S. Adamson)
Mr. Rowland Lawson ’84
Mr. & Mrs. Bryant Bonner ’95 (Whitney Bonner ’96)
Mr. & Mrs. Richard Perkins (Joyce W. Perkins ’64)
Mr. & Mrs. Richard Breedlove ’70 (Lorrie Breedlove)
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Pubentz ’98 (Rebecca Pubentz ’99)
Mr. & Mrs. Donald G. Chenault ’82 (Vicki L. Chenault)
Mr. & Mrs. John Scovell ’68 (Diane Scovell ’68)
Mr. & Mrs. Jason Elliott (Robin Elliott ’95)
Mr. & Mrs. Barry C. Street ’79 (SuDeline Street ’79)
Mrs. Helen J. Geick ’61
Mr. & Mrs. Randall W. Vines ’84 (Dona E. Vines ’86)
Mrs. Peggy B. LaFont ’61
Platinum ($2,500 to $4,999 annually) Mr. & Mrs. G. Barney Adams ’75 (Kandy Adams ’75) Mr. & Mrs. Mike Baca (Jan W. Baca ’70) Mr. & Mrs. James P. Bennett ’02 (Christi Bennett) Mr. Greg Borum Dr. & Mrs. Edward Broome ’68 (Jan L. Broome ’68) Mr. & Mrs. Robert F. Brown ’59 (Elena R. Brown) Mr. & Mrs. Robert W. Broyles ’51 (Helen P. Broyles) Lt. Col. Mark H. Bryant ’83 Mr. & Mrs. Steve Burleson ’83 (Elizabeth Burleson ’84) Mr. & Mrs. Clay Cash ’97 (Ashley B. Cash) Ms. Nora Chang ’95 Mr. Michael Conley ’13 Mr. & Mrs. Lynn F. Cowden ’80 (Lisa Cowden) Mr. Richard R. Davila, II Mr. & Mrs. Enoch L. Dawkins ’60 (Frances Dawkins) Mr. Daniel F. Frye, III ’73 Mr. Ralph G. Goodlet, Jr. ’82 Mr. & Mrs. J. Todd Gregory ’85 (Nancy Gregory) Mr. & Mrs. B.R. “Rip” Griffin (Geneva Griffin ’51) Mr. & Mrs. Will B. Hagood ’69 (Karen Hagood ’71)
Mr. & Mrs. Ronnie D. Hammonds ’68 (Nancy L. Hammonds) Mrs. Julianna Hawn Holt ’69 Mr. H. Wayne Henry ’75 Mr. Bob L. Herd ’57 Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Hix ’70 (Leslie Hix ’71) Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Holloman ’80 (Karlene Holloman) Mr. Peter M. Holt Mr. & Mrs. Don J. Howe ’71 (Vickie Howe) Mr. & Mrs. Ken V. Huseman ’75 (Jaye M. Huseman) Mr. & Mrs. Tom W. Jacobs ’87 (Jerri L. Jacobs) Mr. & Mrs. Parker Johnson ’97 (Victoria Johnson) Mr. & Mrs. Justin Mason (Denise Mason)
Mrs. & Mrs. Mark R. McGuire ’83 (Nancy Q. McGuire ’77) Mr. & Mrs. Michael McKenzie ’68 (Barbara McKenzie ’69) Mr. Glenn D. Moor ’84 Mr. & Mrs. Nathan Nash ’05 (Rachel Nash) Mr. & Mrs. Stephen S. Poore ’90 (Christina B. Poore) Mr. & Mrs. Joe H. Price (Mary Jo Price ’53) Mr. Michael R. Proctor ’90 (Julie Proctor) Mr. & Mrs. Ben H. Ralston ’76 (Jeannie Ralston ’77) Mr. & Mrs. John W. Redmon ’71 (Ann R. Redmon ’71) Mr. & Mrs. Steve D. Reichmuth ’72 (Barbara Reichmuth) Dr. Nancy R. Ruff ’69 Mr. & Mrs. W. Joseph Sammons ’78 (Susan Sammons ’78) Mr. Robbie R. Sartain ’79 Mrs. Sammie Saulsbury ’58 Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth H. Sheffield, Jr. (Catherine Sheffield ’79) Mr. & Mrs. James E. Skinner ’74 (Alice B. Skinner) Ms. Anita R. Smith ’63 Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Smith ’65 (Gail Smith ’68) Mr. & Mrs. Marlis Smith ’54 (Shirley Smith ’54) Mr. & Mrs. Tom S. Stacy ’75 (Melinda M. Stacy) Mr. & Mrs. Phil D. Staley ’70 (Sharon Staley ’71) Mr. & Mrs. Dale V. Swinburn ’65 (Cheryl Swinburn) Mr. & Mrs. Max Swinburn ’67 (Doris Swinburn) Mr. David F. Thomas ’83 Mr. & Mrs. Fred A. Underwood ’71 (Pam Underwood) Mr. Tommy W. Velasquez ’93 Mr. & Mrs. John B. Walker ’68 (Lisa A. Walker) Mr. & Mrs. Edward Whitacre ’64 (Linda Whitacre ’65) Mr. Dan White ’79 (Debbie White) Mr. & Mrs. John W. Wilkins, Jr. ’88 (Karen Wilkins)
*As of March 16, 2016
Gold ($1,000 to $2,499 annually) Mr. & Mrs. Mike R. Abbott ’63 (Diane Abbott) Mr. & Mrs. Kevin L. Acosta (Arcilia C. Acosta ’89) Mr. Darrell W. Adams ’81 LCpl. & Mrs. Rodney B. Adams ’05 (Emily Adams) Mr. & Mrs. Robert B. Adcox ’95 (Keeley K. Orman-Adcox ’95) Dr. & Mrs. Richard G. Alexander ’58 (Janna Alexander) Mr. Robert Allen (Janice Allen) Mr. & Mrs. Ronald G. Althof ’79 (Deirdra Althof) Mr. & Mrs. Bruce E. Anderson ’91 (Melissa Anderson) Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Anderson ’80 (Cynthia Anderson ’78) Mr. & Mrs. David Anderson ’84 (Susan Anderson ’85) Mr. & Mrs. Dennis W. Anthony ’75 (Loraine C. Anthony) Mr. & Mrs. C Kevin Atkins ’81 (Gay Atkins) Mr. & Mrs. William Bailey ’82 (Michelle Bailey) Mr. & Mrs. Charles W. Baker ’73 (Leslie E. Baker) Mr. & Mrs. David E. Barber ’65 (Sandra R. Barber) Ms. Peri Barker Meyer ’81 Mr. & Mrs. Brad S. Barrett ’93 (Kimberly Barrett ’94) Mr. & Mrs. Carl A. Beard, Ph.D. (Robin Beard ’12) Mr. & Mrs. Joe Beaty ’69 (Patricia Beaty ’75) Mrs. Cat Benoit ’11 Dr. Francille Bergquist ’68 Mr. & Mrs. Oran H. Berry, III ’71 (Linda L. Berry ’70) Mr. & Mrs. Brent C. Bertrand ’87 (Tonya H. Bertrand ’86) Mr. & Mrs. Ronny R. Beavers ’94 (Jennie R. Beavers) Mr. & Mrs. Colin R. Blair ’96 (Carolyn D. Blair ’95) Mr. William C. Bomberger ’79 Mr. Leslie D. Bond ’79 Mr. & Mrs. Bennie R. Brigham ’65 ( Mary Brigham ’66) Mr. & Mrs. Ben P. Britten ’82 (Patricia M. Bitten) Mr. & Mrs. Larry R. Britton ’69 (Judith A. Britton) Mr. C.H. Brockett ’75 Mr. & Mrs. Randy L. Broiles ’79 (Cindy L. Broiles) Mr. Alan D. Brown ’69 Mr. & Mrs. Eddie M. Brown ’60 (Billie G. Brown) Mr. & Mrs. Robert F. Brown ’59 (Elena Brown) Mr. & Mrs. William D. Brown ’74 (Karen E. Brown ’74) Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Bryant ’73 (Rebecca Bryant) Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Buckalew ’72 (Shelley Buckalew) Dr. J. Fred Bucy ’51 Mr. & Mrs. Jack L. Byrd ’56 (Marline C. Byrd) Mr. & Mrs. Larry Byrd ’57 (Patricia Byrd) Mr. & Mrs. Gary R. Cain (Melissa Cain) Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Cameron (June C. Cameron ’64) Mr. & Mrs. Ben D. Campbell ’77 (Marsha B. Campbell) Mr. John Brady Campbell ’07 Mr. & Mrs. Howard R. Carlson, IV ’08 (Ali Carlson) Mr. David R. Carter ’87 Ms. Maria R. Carter ’87 Mr. & Mrs. R. Don Cash ’66 (S. Kay Cash ’67) Mr. & Mrs. Eugene C. Chambers ’66 (Carole Chambers) Mr. & Mrs. Donald R. Champion ’69 (Robbie Champion ’69) Mr. & Mrs. Mark A. Cina ’75 (Anne G. Cina) Mrs. Peggy Clark ’64 Dr. David S. Cockrum ’94 Ms. Deidra R. Conner Mr. & Mrs. Llyod Coppedge ’70 (Judi C. Coppedge) Mr. & Mrs. Paul M. Coppinger ’84 (Belinda Coppinger) Mr. & Mrs. David Copple ’91 (Marquel Copple) Mr. & Mrs. Holt Cowden ’00 (Kaye Cowden ’78) Col. Jimmy D. Cox ’63 Mr. & Mrs. Brenton A. Croley ’96 (Carrie E. Croley ’95) Dr. & Mrs. Charles F. Cruser ’76 (Salty Cruser) Mr. & Mrs. Tim G. Culp ’81 (Annette L. Culp ’81) Mr. & Mrs. Charles Cummings ’59 (Barbara Cummings) Mrs. Nelda Dalby Mr. & Mrs. Jim Daniel (Mary Daniel ’78) Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth G. Davis ’84 (Lisa G. Davis) Mr. & Mrs. Sean D. Davis ’86 (Donna Davis) Dr. & Dr. Miles R. Day (Audra R. Day ’99) Dr. & Mrs. Bill F. Dean ’61 (Peggy M. Dean ’66) Mr. & Dr. Ruud DeMoor (Carrie E. DeMoor ’05) Ms. Jane B. Dickson ’74 Mr. & Mrs. Mike K. Dobbins ’88 (Tracy Dobbins) Dr. & Mrs. Michael A. Doherty ’73 (Ginger R. Doherty) Mr. & Mrs. Jim A. Douglass ’70 (Patti Douglass ’85) Mr. & Mrs. Michael Dowdey ’88 (Cynthia Dowdey ’88) Mr. & Mrs. John C. Downs ’66 (Edie Downs) Captain & Mrs. David A. Drake ’82 (Paige A. Drake) Mr. & Mrs. Patrick N. Drennon ’78 (Tracie Drennon) Mr. Atlee R. DuBose ’96 Chancellor & Mrs. Robert L. Duncan ’76 (Terri G. Duncan) Mr. & Mrs. Robert W. Eakens ’72 (Bonny Eakens) Mr. & Mrs. Gayle M. Earls ’59 (Dolores J. Earls) Mr. & Mrs. Stan J. Edwards ’68 (Jane Edwards) Mr. & Mrs. Michael S. Erspamer ’73 (Patty Erspamer ’74) Mr. Quinton A. Farley ’81 ’85 Dr. W. T. Fogarty ’80 Regent & Mrs. L. F. Francis ’78 (Ginger G. Francis ’79) Mr. & Mrs. Ricky Gaddis (Melinda Gaddis ’84) Mr. & Mrs. Chris S. Gelanos ’68 (Carla J. Gelanos ’69) Mrs. Kelle L. Gambill ’85 Dr. Steven G. Gamble ’67 Mr. & Mrs. James L. Gaspard ’72 (Dinah A. Gaspard ’72) Mr. & Mrs. William D. Gibson ’80 (Karen A. Gibson ’85) Mr. & Mrs. S. Todd Gibson ’97 (Rebecca Gibson ’96) Dr. & Mrs. John Gonzalez ’94 (Linda Gonzalez) Mr. & Mrs. Bryan B. Gossett ’73 (Nancy K. Gossett) Mr. & Mrs. Robert Graves ’70 (Susan Graves) Mrs. Andrea Gray ’98
Hon. & Mrs. William Gray ’64 (Lanette Gray) Mr. & Mrs. Thomas R. Green ’64 (Mary Ann Green ’64) Mr. & Mrs. Dan Guy (Terri S. Guy ’73) Dr. & Mrs. Nadim G. Haddad ’88 (Christine Haddad) Mrs. Karen Hamel ’93 Chancellor Emeritus Kent Hance ’65 Mr. & Mrs. Keith R. Hansen ’68 (Glenda G. Hansen) Mr. Rodney M. Harden ’74 Mr. & Mrs. Owen Harrison ’73 (Lois Harrison) Dr. Robert I. Hart ’80 Mr. & Mrs. Jim Hart ’83 (Susan M. Hart ’83) Mr. Douglas Harvey ’01 Mr. & Mrs. Tim A. Hatch ’51 (Tommie A. Hatch ’51) Mr. Mark Hazelwood ’71 Mr. & Mrs. Daniel W. Heinchon ’81 (Nita C. Heinchon ’81) Mr. & Mrs. Alan R. Henry ’64 (Cassandra L. Henry ’67) Mr. & Mrs. Richard L. Hervey ’73 (Emilee G. Hervey) Mr. & Mrs. Christopher S. Hicks ’06 (Emily G. Hicks ’05) Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Hilbun ’95 (Stephanie Hilbun ’95) Dr. & Mrs. William W. Hinchey ’74 (Joann C. Hinchey) Mr. W. Embry Hines ’65 (Martha J. Hines ’89) Mr. Robert W. Hodge, II Mr. & Mrs. Gregory R. Hoes ’86 (Lori Hoes) Mr. & Mrs. Ted Hogan Jr. ’77 (Joellen Hogan ’76) Mr. & Mrs. Kevin P. Holleron ’94 (Mona Holleron) Mr. Stanley K. Horton ’86 Mr. & Mrs. Stephen J. Howard ’02 (Katherine A. Howard) Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Huckabee ’91 (Robin Huckabee ’92) Mr. & Mrs. James Huckaby ’66 (Clara J. Huckaby) Mrs. Rachel E. Hudson ’04 Mr. & Mrs. Drew M. Ingram ’79 (Laura J. Ingram ’79) Mr. & Mrs. Rex Isom ’78 (Nancy Isom ’80) Mr. & Mrs. Jeremy W. Johnson ’00 (Trina D. Johnson ’99) Mr. & Mrs. Wilbur H. Johnson ’65 (Patricia J. Johnson) Mr. & Mrs. H. David Jones ’69 (Cindy R. Jones) Mr. & Mrs. Troy D. Jones ’57 (Lona F. Jones) Mr. Van Josselet ’74 Mr. & Mrs. Phillip S. Kahlich ’09 (Kara Kahlich ’09) Mr. & Mrs. Scott Kawecki ’94 (Misty Kawecki ’96) Mr. & Mrs. R. Scott Kellerman ’76 (Marian Kellerman) Mr. & Mrs. Michael Kelly (Heather Kelly ’01) Mr. & Mrs. T.W. Kendra (Ann-Marie ’77) Mr. & Mrs. Mark A. Key ’94 (Cynthia Key) Mr. Jeffrey C. Kikel ’12 Major Anthony D. Killa ’95 Mr. & Mrs. M. Chris Kirksey ’84 (Betsy B. Kirksey ’83) Mr. & Mrs. Terry G. Knighton ’80 (Patricia Knighton) Mr. Gaylon Kornfuehrer ’57 Mr. & Mrs. Brandon Lairsen ’01 (Heather Lairsen ’01) Mr. & Mrs. A. Lance Langford ’87 (Brenda Langford) Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Lathem ’94 (Carol Lathem ’94) Mr. & Mrs. Ryan Laudermill ’01 (Mindy Laudermill) Mr. & Mrs. Lanny G. Layman ’77 (Joni Layman ’79) Mr. Brian C. Levea ’03 Mr. & Mrs. Justin Lian (Lauren E. Lian ’05) Regent & Mrs. Mickey L. Long (R. Renee Long) Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Loveless ’93 (Stacy Loveless ’92) Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Lunday, CPA ’86 (Susan Lunday) Dr. & Mrs. Julio F. Madrigal ’82 (Dolores Madrigal) Mr. & Mrs. Mark Malone ’87 (Darcy Malone) Mr. Scott A. Mauk ’95 Mr. & Mrs. Wendell W. Mayes, Jr ’49 (Mary Jane Mayes) Mr. & Mrs. Mark T. McCloy ’73 (Annette McCloy) Mr. & Mrs. Brian F. McCoy ’75 (Wetonnah L. McCoy) Mr. & Mrs. Paul McDonald ’81 (Karen P. McDonald ’81) Mr. & Mrs. George G. McDuff ’58 (Beverly J. McDuff ’54) Mr. & Mrs. Don E. McInturff (Pauline L. McInturff ’48) Mr. & Mrs. Mike S. McKee ’85 (Cammye S. McKee ’85) Mr. & Mrs. Ryan McKenzie ’98 (Kathleen McKenzie ’04) Mr. & Mrs. George H. McMahan (Linda M. McMahan) Mr. & Mrs. Kevin McMahon ’73 (Karen McMahon’73) Mr. & Mrs. Robert McNaughton ’84 (Anne McNaughton ’76) Mr. & Mrs. C. Aaron McNeece ’64 (Sherri McNeece) Mr. & Mrs. Kyle J. Meismer ’03 (Jacklyn Meismer) Mr. & Mrs. Orlando D. Mendoza ’83 (Rosa Mendoza) Ms. Patsy Middleton ’57 Mr. & Mrs. Robert B. Miers ’82 (Sarah Miers) Mr. & Mrs. Lon E. Miller ’71 (Gertrude P. Miller ’65) Mr. & Mrs. Jacob A. Miller ’01 (Erica Miller) Mr. & Mrs. Tim G. Miller ’82 (Kyla Miller) Mr. & Mrs. Dudley Montgomery ’52 (Patty Montgomery) Mr. Michael J. Montgomery ’76 Mr. & Mrs. Robert C. Moore ’56 (Dorothy E. Moore) Mr. & Mrs. Joshua C. Moose ’04 (Kristin M. Moose ’04) Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Morris ’99 (Leslie Morris) Mr. Kevin G. Morton ’83 Mr. & Mrs. Fred H. Moseley ’67 (Janet Moseley ’65) Mr. & Mrs. Tommy Mrazek ’75 (Debra Mrazek ’81) Mr. & Mrs. James A. Mueller ’80 (Kathleen M. Mueller) Ms. Jennifer L. Neff ’91 Mr. & Mrs. Mike Nelson (Ann Y. Nelson) Dr. Susan E. Nelson Mr. & Mrs. Michael Nelson ’02 (Carrie Nelson) Mr. & Mrs. T. Kevin Nelson ’92 (Ginger Nelson ’92) Mr. & Mrs. Jerry W. Nevans ’81 (Shelli Nevans) Mr. & Mrs. Lyndel A. Newsom ’55 (Billie Newsom) Mr. Coby B. Nichols ’98 Mr. & Mrs. Benny D. Nixon ’74 (Vicki Nixon ’73) Mr. & Mrs. Michael W. Norton ’85 ’90 (Melanie Norton ’86 ’93) Mr. & Mrs. David Overholt (Selena Overholt ’02)
Mr. & Mrs. John C. Owens ’71 (Cynthia Owens ’73) Mr. & Mrs. D. Jarrett Pallanes ’09 (Kayla T Pallanes) Mr. Bob J. Paradiso ’79 Mr. Paul E. Parkinson ’74 (Crystal Parkinson) Mr. & Mrs. Gary S. Payne (Debbie Payne) Mr. Roberto Pena, Jr. ’93 Mr. Gary R. Petersen ’68 Mr. & Mrs. Mike J. Petraitis ’79 (Martha M. Petraitis ’81) Mr. & Mrs. J. Steven Phillips ’93 (Stacey Phillips ’93) Mr. & Mrs. David R. Pickering (Lugene L. Pickering ’77) Mr. Bruce A. Pike ’97 Mr. & Mrs. Cody W. Plowman (Shannon M. Plowman ’85) Mr. & Mrs. David E. Proctor ’91 (Cindy B. Proctor ’90) Mr. & Mrs. Vernon Pruett ’78 (Debra Pruett) Mr. & Mrs. Scott R. Pullen ’80 (Carroll A. Pullen) Dr. & Dr. Phillip H. Purdy (Andrea R. Purdy ’81) Mr. & Mrs. Terry H. Putman ’69 (Mendy W. Putman ’81) Mr. & Mrs. Gil H. Radtke ’82 (Ann G. Radtke) Mr. Jerry S. Rawls ’67 Mr. Samuel M. Ray, IV ’66 (Sandra L. Ray) Mr. & Mrs. Jeffery F. Rea (Michelle S. Rea) Dr. & Mrs. Jimmie Reeves (Kathryn Reeves ’77) Mr. & Mrs. Matthew Reiter ’96 (Tracie Reiter ’97) Ms. Asusena Resendiz ’04 Mr. & Mrs. David Ricks ’82 (Jill Ricks) Mr. & Mrs. Walter Rinehart ’60 (Joyce Rinehart) Mrs. Janet O. Rippy Mr. & Mrs. C. Charles Robinson ’01 (Rena Robinson ’00) Mr. T.C. Robinson, IV, M.D. ’89 Mrs. Kathy Hager Roberts ’72 Mr. & Dr. Keith J. Rogers (Brooks Rogers, M.D. ’87) Ms. Terry L Rolan ’85 Mr. & Mrs. Robert T. Rose (Susan Rose ’76) Mr. & Mrs. John E. Roueche, III ’88 (Elise W. Roueche) Mr. & Mrs. John H. Saenz ’96 (Suzanne M. Saenz ’95) Dr. & Mrs. Martin Salazar ’78 (Margie Salazar) Mr. & Mrs. Alan J. Sales ’75 (Kathy A. Sales ’74) Dr. Alan C. Schauer ’77 (Regina Schauer) Mr. & Mrs. Ryan W. Schneider ’01 (Mindy B. Schneider ’02) Mr. & Mrs. Ricky C. Scott ’81 (Lori J. Scott ’80) Mr. & Mrs. Joe M. Shannon ’89 (Brooke M. Shannon ’88) Mr. Josh M. Shuster ’00 Dr. & Mrs. Kevin Sieck ’95 (Tisha Sieck) Ms. Sharon J. Simandl Mr. & Dr. Reagan W. Simpson (Nancy D. Simpson ’75) Mr. Kenneth L. Slack, Jr. ’71 Mr. & Mrs. Bobby L. Smith ’80 (Sabrina T. Smith) Mr. & Mrs. Drue Smith ’93 (Jill A. Smith ’92) Mr. & Mrs. James Smith ’98 (Donna Smith) Mr. & Mrs. John P. Smith (Ashlee M. Smith ’07) Mr. & Mrs. Lucian Smith ’74 (Kristin Smith ’76) Mr. & Mrs. Marlis Smith ’54 (Shirley Smith ’54) Mr. Robert D. Smith ’82 Mr. & Mrs. William Snyder ’55 (Sally Snyder) Mr. & Mrs. Stephen R. Souter ’71 (Jill H. Souter) Mr. & Mrs. Bryan A. Springston ’81 (Sheri E. Springston ’81) Mr. & Mrs. Clifford Stewart (Lynne Stewart ’78) Mr. & Mrs. James H. Stone ’50 (Evelyn Stone ’48) Mr. & Mrs. Larry G. Strickland ’70 (Linda F. Strickland) Mr. & Mrs. Ron W. Stroman ’70 (Carolyn S. Stroman) Mrs. Amy L. Taylor ’91 Mr. & Mrs. Lance L. Taylor ’99 (Dawn M. Taylor ’00) Mr. & Mrs. Tommy Taylor ’85 (Gwen Taylor) Ms. Allison L. Thompson ’02 Mr. & Mrs. Mark Thrash ’96 (Tracy Thrash) Mr. & Mrs. Fred Timberlake, Jr. ’68 (Kay G. Timberlake) Mr.& Mrs. Christopher Traylor ’86 (Laura Traylor) Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Turner ’68 (Diane Turner ’68) Mr. & Mrs. Jidge Verity (Chris M. Verity ’71) Mr. Bobby G. Waddle ’55 Mr. & Mrs. David W. Walker ’51 (Virginia C. Walker) Mr. & Mrs. Ben B. Wallace ’76 (Patricia H. Wallace) Mr. & Mrs. Mike Walsh ’70 (Colette Walsh) The Honorable T. John Ward ’64 (Elizabeth Ward ’86) Mr. James M. Watson ’58 Mr. & Mrs. Charles W. Weber, III ’77 (Debra Weber) Mr. & Mrs. Dan G. Webster, III ’61 (Molly I. Webster) Mr. & Mrs. James S. Werner ’91 (Cheryl E. Werner ’91) Mr. & Mrs. David G. Wight ’64 (Carla Wight) Mr. & Mrs. D. Andy Williams ’91 (Camille Williams) Mr. & Mrs. Chris Williams ’86 (Lezlee Williams ’87) Mr. & Mrs. Lewis Williams ’57 (Jamelle Williams) Mr. & Mrs. Tom W. Williams ’85 (Molly Williams ’84) Ms. Mary Jane Williamson ’62 Mr. & Mrs. L. E. Willis, III ’84 (Lorie L. Willis) Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Winkelmann (Ashley Winkelmann ’07) Mr. William C. Winters ’08 Mr. & Mrs. Gary B. Wood ’73 (Sheryl Wood) Mr. Lee Wright ’87 Mr. & Mrs. Gary L. Wright ’78 (Melinda Wright ’80) Mr. & Mrs. W.B. Wright (Beth Wright ’80) Dr. & Mrs. Scott W. Wyrick ’87 (Lenore P. Wyrick) Mr. Robert York Mr. Wesley B. Youngblood ’74 Mr. & Mrs. Greg M. Zielinski (Donna J. Zielinski)
*As of March 16, 2016
alumni news Joeris General Contractors as part of its succession planning process. Casstevens was the company’s chief operations officer and will now be responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the company’s three offices and 377 employees, as well as taking the lead in the firm’s strategic planning. John is a former construction project manager and project executive and has been with Joeris for more than 20 years and is one of the firm’s employee-owners. Joeris General Contractors is and employee-owned firm and is active in markets ranging from K-12 to higher education, retail, medical, office, industrial and more. His wife is MICHELLE BLACKBURN (’98 BA Education). MIKE GUSTAFSON (BS Physical Education, ’05 Ph.D Education) Lubbock, Texas, was the recipient of the 2016 American Baseball Coaches Association Meritorious Service Award.
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alumni news Mike has served as president and CEO of the College Baseball Foundation since 2009 and has been instrumental in the development of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Lubbock. The Meritorious Service Award is presented to a person who has proven himself/herself in service to amateur baseball and the ABCA. He played baseball for Texas Tech from 19861989. He and his wife, DANA MCGARR (’93 BA Education), a junior high science teacher, have two children. DAVID E. LEWIS (BA Architecture)
Portland, Texas, was awarded the American Institute of Architects 2015 Honor Award for Community Service. Lewis has exhibited dedication to the community through his volunteerism and extended public service while maintaining his private design practice
for more than three decades. Lewis served the city of Portland for 13 years on the Portland Zoning Board of Appeals, Portland Planning and Zoning Commission and five years on the city council, including one year as mayor pro tem.
1995 KAI KRAMER (BA History) Houston, Texas, was named a partner for Baker & McKenzie in the practice of tax law. Kramer advises American and multinational companies on domestic and international transactions and tax disputes and has a broad range of experience in U.S. Federal Income Tax law. Kai was a member of the men’s tennis team while at Texas Tech.
2000 JOHN RIGGINS (BS Engineering) Allen,
Texas, was named to Engineering News-Record Texas & Louisiana magazine’s 2016 Top 20 under 40 list. Each year, the magazine honors outstanding architecture, engineering and construction professionals by selecting 20 individuals under the age of 40 who represent the “Best-of-the-Best” in their careers. With more than 15 years of experience in the construction industry, John has worked on numerous projects throughout Texas and has built strong relationships within the industry. He is an active member of The Real Estate Council and serves on its 2016 Associate Leadership Council steering committee and devotes countless hours
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2002 ROB VARTABEDIAN (BA Philosphy) Fort Worth, Texas, was named to Fort Worth, Texas magazine’s 2015 list of Tarrant County’s “Top Attorneys.” Rob was selected in the field of Oil & Gas and was nominated by peers. He is employed by Thompson & Knight LLP and represents oil, gas and energy companies in a wide range of litigation matters including lease termination litigation, other trespass to try title claims, claims for breaches of implied covenants to an oil and gas lease, contract interpretation issues, royalty disputes, suits for breaches of joint operating
agreements and surface use disputes. In addition to his energy litigation expertise, Rob also handles commercial and employment disputes in other industries. He has been named to the Texas Rising Stars® list by Thomson Reuters from 2011-2016.
2003 JESSICA GOSSETT (BS Elementary
Education) Boerne, Texas, was named 2016 Teacher of the Year at Cibolo Creek Elementary School in Boerne Independent School District. She has taught kindergarten since 2006, has led grade level workshops for her campus and district and is active on numerous campus-based committees. She is active in her church and enjoys
spending time with her three sons in the outdoors on the family ranch. Her husband is BRIAN SILLS (’04 BS Communications Studies).
2004 MATTHEW SCHOLES (BA Management) Rosenburg, Texas, was selected by readers of the Fort Bend Focus magazine as Fort Bend’s favorite lawyer. Scholes became a self-employed attorney Sept. 1, 2012, when he opened the Law Office of Matthew F. Scholes in Richmond, Texas. He offers expertise in numerous areas of law, including adoption, civil litigation, collections, consumer disputes, corporate law, divorce and probate (wills/estate planning). His wife is Jennifer.
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2006 ADAM REED (BS Architecture, MAR ’08 Architecture) San Antonio, Texas, was promoted to partner and is now the youngest partner at Ford, Powell & Carson Architects & Planners firm, where he has worked for six years. His focus is urban and community design. He and his wife Krista Sexton, have one daughter.
2009 ALAN SALE (BA Political Science, MS ’11 Political Science) Dallas, Texas, was named the special projects director for the United States Chamber of Commerce. The U.S. Chamber of Congress is the world’s largest business organization representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors and regions.
2010 WESLEY POLK LUCAS (BS Public Relations) Lewisville, Texas, was recently hired as the communications manager for the Frisco Convention & Visitors Bureau. Wesley has more than nine years of experience in the travel and tourism industry. In her new position, she will work with the director of marketing and communications to promote the destination and its stakeholders to potential leisure and business travelers through media outreach, editorial campaigns and social media efforts. Her husband is TYLER LUCAS (BS ’11 Agricultural Economics).
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In Memoriam RICHARD L. ALLMAN ’81, Harrisonville, Missouri, died Jan. 26. CHERYL WEBB BENNETT ’78, Addison, Texas, died Jan. 29. KACEY DAVID CALLAWAY , a student, Magnolia, Texas, died Jan. 22. JEAN HARGRAVE CARLTON ’72, Round Rock, Texas, died Oct. 8. WILLIAM H. CRENSHAW, JR. ’58, Kingsland, Texas, died Jan. 15. ROBERT W. DEAHL former faculty member, Lubbock, died Sept. 2.
Robert, a professor emeritus of trombone and former associate director of the School of Music at Texas Tech University, is survived by his wife LORA DEAHL , Ph. D., a faculty member. THOMAS BOB HAMILTON ’50, Jayton, Texas, died Jan. 20. ZACHARY DAVID KAFER , a student, Pearland, Texas, died Jan. 14. REV. MARVIN CLEM KITTEN ’52, Opelousas, Louisiana, died Jan. 12. MONCURE “PAT” MACKENZIE ’42, Lubbock, died Dec. 18.
CHARLES WILLIAM MCMURRAY ’58, Athens, Texas, died
Nov. 11. WILLIAM E. CAMP-ROMERO ’89, Lubbock, died Dec. 23. JONATHAN DENBY ROSS , a student, Lafayette, Louisiana,
died Jan. 25. RUTH NEIL KUYKENDALL SORENSON ’81, Lubbock,
died Jan. 25. ALEX CHRISTOPHER WATKINS ’10, Lubbock, died Jan. 18. FRED WESTMORELAND ’76, Midland, Texas, died Jan. 6. He is survived by his wife DEBRA WESTMORELAND , a
former faculty member. CHLOE HERRIN WELLS ’50, Lubbock, died June 13. She is survived by her husband DEL WELLS ’50.
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JUSTIN REX , a junior electronic media and communications major, was named a finalist in Photographer’s Forum’s 36th annual College & High School Photography Contest. Rex’s photo, left, is of a candlelight vigil at Memorial Circle on Nov. 18, held by the Texas Tech French Club for the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks. He took the photo while on assignment for The Daily Toreador, the student newspaper.
time in school history, the advocacy team from the Texas Tech University School of Law has won the title at the 66th Annual National Moot Court Competition hosted by the New York City Bar Association in February. The Texas Tech team of third-year law students C.J. BAKER, SHELBY HALL and KRISTEN VANDERPLAS reached the finals to face a team from the Georgetown University Law Center. In addition to the overall championship, Hall was honored as having the top legal brief in the competition. The competition, held each year since 1950, is considered the oldest and, by some, the most prestigious moot court competition in the country. This victory marks the third time in the last six years Texas Tech has won the competition and the 37th advocacy championship in the history of the Texas Tech School of Law. FOR TH E FOU RTH
Representatives of the Texas Tech Alumni Association Student Alumni Board attended the CASE ASAP District 4 conference in Stillwater, Oklahoma, in March. Members who attended are, bottom row, from left, are ALEX ARNOLD and THAD BROCK ; top row, from left, are AUBRIE ROBISON; MADISON PERKINS , SAB adviser, and D’LANIE DONNELL.
from Texas Tech’s Department of Plant & Soil Science were honored in January at the Beltwide Cotton Conferences in New Orleans. DEEPKIA MISRA , a doctoral graduate student in plant and soil science, won the student poster award competition. Her project was titled “Genetic mapping of fiber quality traits in upland cotton using SSR markers.” MISHA MANUCHEHRI , a doctoral graduate student in plant and soil science, took second place in the Ph.D. oral presentation contest at the Weed Science Research Conference. Her presentation was titled “Auxin Technology in High Plains Cotton.” More than 1,000 cotton farmers, ginners, university scientists and industry representatives attended the three-day Beltwide Cotton Conferences, which is coordinated by the National Cotton Council. T WO GR A DUAT E S T UDE N T S
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