HE’S QUITE THE BUZZ SETTLING IN ONE SMART COOKIE LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE PROST!
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Look at these excited Legacies and their TTAA Legacy Club gifts! We hope all our children enrolled in this program have enjoyed their exclusive Texas Tech-themed gifts. Remember, we can never have too many photos, so be sure to submit your picture at texastechalumni.org/LegacyPhoto or use the hashtag #TTAALegacy if you haven’t already.
Does seeing these photos make you wish you enrolled your Red Raider-to-be in the Legacy Club? Don’t miss out again! Mark your calendars for Jan. 3, 2023, as that’s when we’ll open our Legacy Club enrollment for 2023. Current TTAA members will be able to register their little ones for $19.23 per Legacy. Learn more about enrollment, benefits and more at texastechalumni.org/LegacyClub.
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Ava Cuellar, 3 Grayson & Sydney Estrada, 4
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photo on these two pages by Wyman Meinzer | HARVEST MOON. cover photo by John Weast | KIMBERLY POWELSON CANTU ‘07 HAS MADE A SWEET LIFE AS OWNER OF SUGARISTA COOKIE SHOP.
HE’S QUITE THE BUZZ
Texas Tech welcomes a new Masked Rider horse and he has made quite a “Buzz” around campus.
SETTLING IN Now that Fearless Champion has retired, where did he go?
ONE SMART COOKIE
Cantu jettisoned a career as a successful accountant for a sweet new gig.
IS THE BEST MEDICINE
William E. Flanary, M.D., aka Dr. Glaucomflecken, keeps people in stitches.
Carol Clendenin Snider and her late husband, Ron, revitalized an iconic restaurant and several businesses in downtown New Braunfels.
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Just got the Summer ’22 magazine!!! Awesome job. Did I tell you that Stan Alcott was my big brother in Tramps? I didn’t even know that he was the very first Raider Red!!!
John Hart ’03 Tyler, Texas
Loved the article about the new football coach. Made me want to attend a game in Lubbock. Well done.
Tom Parish ’65 League City, Texas
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SUMMER OF ’22 ISSUE
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IT ONLY HAPPENS ONCE EVERY 100 YEARS
IT’S BEEN AN EVENTFUL SUMMER leading up to our centennial, cruising the Danube with our Traveling Techsans, holding our summer National Board meeting, welcoming legacies at Legacy U, hosting Red Raiders at the Races in Ruidoso, meeting with fellow Techsans at Texas Tech Nights with the Astros and Rangers and attending many alumni chapter events. I’ve been asked if I’m ever in the office. I am more than I’m not, but I’m often with alumni where they are. There’s nothing more fulfilling and rewarding than getting better acquainted with our alumni, of all ages, where they proudly represent the Double T. Every Red Raider has a story, and I can’t ever hear enough of them.
Texas Tech University announced its centennial celebration in Allen Theatre on Aug. 25 with a historic and inspirational production by students in the theater and dance department. They told the story of Texas Tech’s first century, paying homage to the school’s Dairy Barn, the history of the Masked Rider, our community’s resilience and resolve following the Lubbock Tornado and steady emergence into the leading research institution we are today.
The Dec. 2 Carol of Lights® officially begins an exciting year-long celebration. If you haven’t attended Carol of Lights® in many years, we encourage you to return this fall, especially with everything planned, a reunion representing decades of grads from our first 100 years.
Our centennial year will also include the Goin’ Band’s appearance in the 2023 “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.” It was a sight to see in Hemmle Recital Hall when Wesley Whatley, representing Macy’s, announced the news to band members. He referenced Macy’s desire to choose one of the best bands in the land for the 3 million people
who will watch the parade in person, along with more than 20 million who will watch nationally on NBC. The fanfare reminded me of the story when Amon Carter and Will Rogers funded the Texas Tech band’s train trip to Fort Worth to the football game against TCU in 1926 because they wanted the people of Fort Worth to see a real band. It was the band’s first road trip. Band director Dean Killion later coined the name “Goin’ Band.”
True to its moniker, the Goin’ Band performed at a St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin in 1995. It Is now goin’ to New York for its biggest stage ever in ManhaTTan.
Speaking of stages, we will host centennial celebrations for alumni in Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin, Houston and San Antonio. All alumni are invited to participate in these centennial events and to volunteer at least 100 hours in local communities this fall, throughout 2023 and beyond, in honor of our university’s 100th year. The goal is to document more than one million combined volunteer hours by recording this service time on the 100.TTU.edu and texastechalumni.org websites. Red Raiders are already actively volunteering, but we want to collect all these hours during the centennial. In addition to individual efforts, many alumni chapters are already planning localized volunteer efforts in conjunction with Founders Day on Feb. 10. What a great way to get plugged in and involved with one of our active local chapters,70 and growing.
Special thanks to President Lawrence Schovanec, who has attended several chapter events this summer, touting our university’s continued growth and success. He acknowledged the increasing scrutiny of higher education because of many factors, including increasing cost and student debt. He stated that universities need to do a better job of articulating the value and the many positive impacts of a college education, both for the individual and our state. He provided information about earnings, employment and quality of life that make a compelling case for obtaining a college degree. Texas Tech graduates fare well in all these categories. As it relates to graduation rates and debt, Tech continues to show improvement. For the academic year just completed, Tech students achieved record four and six-year graduation rates, up 5% and 12%, respectively, over five years prior. In the last three years, the
Macy’s Wesley Whatley, center, delivers the good news to the Goin’ Band. At left in the photo is Joel Pagán, director of the Goin’ Band from Raiderland. At right is Lawrence Schovanec, Ph.D., university president.
THINKING BIG CURT LANGFORD, PRESIDENT & CEO
The Aug. 25 celebration performance.
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percentage of students graduating with debt and the amount of debt they carry have dropped. These improvements are critically dependent on scholarships, which your membership and support helps us administer above and beyond university support.
We have a record freshman class enrollment of about 6,900 this fall with total enrollment again exceeding 40 000, the second highest in the Big 12. The university continues to prioritize student success and Tech’s stature as a national research university continues to grow. In August, Texas Tech received a grant of more than $50 million
from the National Science Foundation, the largest grant in its history, to establish a research center to address the production of fertilizer. Tech was one of four universities in the U.S.to be selected as a site for a new research center, the others being Columbia University, Duke and Ohio State.
President Schovanec often tells prospective students that one of the biggest resources they will have as a Red Raider is the reputation and success of the graduates who preceded them. This is a tribute to our alumni, how they get the job done and give so much within their communities and to Texas Tech. I couldn’t agree more as we’re continually reminded of the grit, the hard work and the solid reputation of our grads, far and wide — a tradition we will carry into the next 100 years.
Thank you for your loyal support of Texas Tech and the Alumni Association
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UPE FLUECKIGER HAS BEEN NAMED THE NEW DEAN OF TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY’S COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE. Flueckiger has served as the college’s interim dean for the past year and was one of four candidates considered for the position.
Flueckiger, a native of Switzerland, came to Texas Tech in 1998 as a lecturer. Registered as a member of the Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects (SIA), Flueckiger has practiced architecture internationally in Europe and North America. Much of his professional career has been focused on modular and small housing.
Since arriving at Texas Tech, Flueckiger has taught more than 100 courses to undergraduate and graduate architecture students. During that time, he also was awarded the Texas Tech Alumni Association New Faculty Award, the Professing Excellence Award, the Dr. Michael A. Jones Faculty and Staff Award, the President’s Excellence in Teaching Award and was inducted into the Texas Tech University Teaching Academy, among other honors.
TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY’S CAMPUS LOCATED IN SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA, WHICH OPENED IN 2018, GRADUATED ITS INAUGURAL CLASS MAY 21. The graduating class from the new campus had six graduates, all representing the College of Human Sciences. The graduates are the first class to earn a Texas Tech degree completely outside the United States. The campus offers students in Central America an opportunity to earn credits necessary for undergraduate or graduate degrees. The programs offered are through the Jerry S. Rawls College of Business, the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering, the College of Arts & Sciences and the Department of Hospitality & Retail Management within the College of Human Sciences. The campus is supported through income generated by student enrollment and revenues collected from Promerica Group, a highly reputable multinational conglomerate of companies operating throughout Central and Latin America.
WITH SUPPORT FROM THE LEADERSHIP OF TEXAS TECH, THE TEXAS TECH ALUMNI ASSOCIATION AND THE TEXAS TECH MILITARY & VETERANS ALUMNI NETWORK (MVN) PLAN TO ADD A TEXAS TECH MILITARY & VETERANS TRIBUTE WALK AT MEMORIAL CIRCLE. The tribute walk will honor military service mem bers and veterans who attended Texas Tech. It will be located on the grassy area east of Pfluger Fountain, between the two Medal of Honor monuments. The area will be surrounded by a brick walkway dedicated to all service members who attended Texas Tech.
The feature will also include a walkway plaque honoring Texas Tech Purple Heart recipients or those wounded or killed in action. Any Texas Tech alumni or affiliate who served in the military may be represented on a purchased brick, paver or bench in the designated area. Non-military and the public may sponsor a current Texas Tech military servicemember or veteran.
Memorial Circle has been an integral part of the Texas Tech campus as a place to remember and honor our fallen service members, and students. In 1948, the Tech War Veterans Association dedicated this area to “All Whose Service Has Brought Honor to College and Country.”
Located near the main campus entrance, Memorial Circle is the most recognizable and appropriate location to honor the many Texas Tech military and veterans who have served or are serving our nation.
TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY’S SPRING 2022 COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES MAY 13 AND 14 INCLUDED THE LARGEST GRADUATING CLASS IN UNIVERSITY HISTORY. Approximately 4,700 undergraduate and graduate students received their diplomas and 128 School of Law students were hooded.
THE TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY SYSTEM’S STATEWIDE ECONOMIC IMPACT REACHED $16.4 BILLION FOR THE 2021 FISCAL YEAR. The report on the TTU System and its component institutions’ influence on business activity cate gorizes the economic impact of the TTU System in four significant areas — annual workforce contribution of alumni, employment, labor income and output.The combined employment impact of the TTU System marked 45,000 jobs, which measures the total jobs sustained from operations, employees, research, students and university-related visitors. The report also showed that for every dollar the state invests in the TTU System, the state’s economy sees more than $22 returned.
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THE NATIONAL RANCHING HERITAGE CENTER AT TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCED THE SINGLE LARGEST GIFT IN ITS HISTORY. The $3.5 million gift from The Cash Foundation serves as the lead gift to help build The Cash Family Ranch Life Learning Center, an interactive and immersive ranching education experience. The Cash Foundation is among 21 supporters of the project.The proposed Cash Family Ranch Life Learning Center includes interactive exhibits on animal and plant agriculture, range management, the role of cowboys and more alongside an immersive version of the ranch from the “Hank the Cowdog” book series by John R. Erickson. The center seeks to teach the public about what is involved with ranching and how it contributes to the care of livestock and land.
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THE CAROL OF LIGHTS ® IS ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE YEAR ON THE TEXAS TECH CAMPUS. This year’s 64th Annual Carol of Lights® — slated for Friday, Dec. 2, 2022, — is especially exciting, as it marks the kickoff of Texas Tech’s Centennial celebration.
Sponsored by the Texas Tech Residence Halls Association, the event is attended annually by more than 20,000 Texas Tech students and local residents. The first Carol of Lights® was organized in 1959 with 5,000 lights. In 1961, the event was officially named the Carol of Lights® and had grown to 16,000 lights. The ceremony has continued every year except in 1972, when Texas Tech canceled the event because of the university’s energy conservation policy.
In late September, a team from the University Physical Plant begins securing lights on the buildings. They work daily for more than a month to have the buildings ready for the celebration. A 38-foot Christmas tree with a five-foot star was updated in 2014 to include all white LED bulbs. The tree, purchased in 2014, is also sturdier and more reliable.
Members of the Women’s Service Organization (WSO) build the 20-foot wreath made of fresh-cut pine limbs on the Science Building. The pine branches used to adorn the wreath are cut by the university’s grounds crew on the Texas Tech campus. Alpha Phi Omega and Chi Rho place 3,000 luminaries around Memorial Circle the night of the ceremony.
TEXAS TECH, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH 19 OTHER UNIVERSITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY, ANNOUNCED THE FORMATION OF THE NEW ALLIANCE OF HISPANIC SERVING RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES (HSRU).
This new alliance consists of every university that has been both categorized as R1 by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education
The 20 HSRU Alliance universities together enrolled 766,718 students in the Fall 2020. Of those, 33 percent, or just under 255,000, were Hispanic. The alliance hopes to double the number of Hispanic doctoral students and increase the number of Hispanic professors in its universities by 20% before 2030.
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THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS HAVE HIRED FORMER RED RAIDER DARVIN HAM AS THE NEW HEAD COACH.
Ham has been an assistant coach in the NBA since 2011 and spent the last four seasons as an assistant coach for the Milwaukee Bucks. The new role will mark his first time as a head coach.
He played for the Red Raiders from 1993-1996, and played in the NBA for nine seasons, which included him winning the Slam Dunk Contest in 1997 and an NBA title with the Detroit Pistons in 2004.
He is famous for shattering the backboard in an NCAA tournament game against UNC — Chapel Hill.
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TEXAS TECH ATHLETICS ANNOUNCED A $200 MILLION INVESTMENT INTO THE FOOTBALL PROGRAM. The plans include construction of a new south end zone building to Jones AT&T Stadium, which will connect it to the new Dustin R. Womble Football Center. While the $200 million has not been fully raised, construction is expected to begin in late November after the regular 2022 football season has ended. The facilities will include more than 300,000 combined square feet and blend modern design and technology elements with Spanish Renaissance architecture that is signature to Texas Tech. The south end zone building will feature an expanded concourse and club level, coaching offices, home and visitor locker rooms and additional premium suites as well as a new Double T scoreboard on top. The Womble Football Center will add a second floor for new team and position meeting rooms as well as a multipurpose walkthrough space. Construction is expected to be completed in time for the 2024 football season.
TEXAS TECH WILL INDUCT SEVEN FORMER LETTERWINNERS INTO ITS HALL OF FAME AS WELL AS THE LATE TOMMY MCVAY INTO THE HALL OF HONOR ON OCT. 28. The Texas Tech Hall of Fame, reserved strictly for former athletes, will welcome former All-Big 12 defensive back Kevin Curtis, men’s basketball standouts Gene Knolle and Norman Reuther, baseball All-American pitcher Matt Miller and former track and field AllAmerican thrower Patience Knight as part of the 2022 class. Chris Martin, who was previously announced as part of the 2020 class, will be enshrined in October, alongside the rest of the 2022 inductees, as she was unable to attend the 2021 events.
McVay, meanwhile, will be recognized posthumously in the Hall of Honor for his longtime contributions as Texas Tech’s director of football operations. McVay, who passed away in August 2020, dedicated 20-plus years as part of the Red Raider football program where he oversaw many of the administrative duties under five different head coaches up until his passing.
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He’s Quite the Buzz
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Buzz, a nine-year-old quarter horse gelding originally from Shallowater, Texas, has been selected as the next horse to serve in the Masked Rider Program. Caroline Hobbs, the 61st Masked Rider and junior animal science major, is his first official rider.
“I’ve been with Buzz working with him for prob ably, almost a month,” Hobbs says.“He definitely has taken it with such a big stride and is such a big and kind heart. He definitely shows that to the public.”
The Masked Rider program at Texas Tech is among the most iconic college traditions in the nation. However, finding a jet-black horse who can perform the unique duties required by the program is no cakewalk.
“You know, it’s hard to find a horse, especially a black horse, to be able to do a job like this,” Hobbs said. “You’re asking so much of them, to go into situations that even as a rider you’re not sure what you’re going to get into and so being able to fully trust him is vital.”
Sam Jackson, Ph.D., equine director for the Masked Rider Program and a professor within Tech’s Department of Animal & Food Sciences, has been responsible for picking the last four horses.
“It’s mainly word of mouth in terms of finding where those horses are,” Jackson says. “Then I call the owner and find out specifics like age, size and level of training. The horses that look like they have a chance of doing it, I ride and evaluate those horses at their place.”
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Texas Tech University’s search for a new mascot has been all the ‘buzz’, but the hunt to find a replacement for Fearless Champion, also known as Woody, is finally over!
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While riding the potential horses, Jackson tries to get a feel for their demeanor and how they will react in different situations. If he feels like they are unsafe and unpredictable, they will not move forward in the selection process.
“If they still look promising, we try to get them on campus,” Jackson says. “Then we’re going to expose them to a lot of stimuli that they would potentially encounter. So we involve the band and cheer, and in this case, we were able to take three horses to the spring game.”
After enduring significant stimuli exposure to gauge a horse’s demeanor, the final test that potential horses must pass is a standard exam from a veterinarian. It is vital that the horse is physically sound enough to serve in the program for the next five to 10 years. Once selected, the most valuable thing the Masked Rider’s horse can bring is the ability to learn through experience, Jackson says.
“The horse that can learn from his experiences, he’ll be a lot different horse in two months,” Jackson said.“The first time he’s on campus, he has learned to walk over curbs; that’s not something a horse normally does. He sees all those things and he looks at them and goes through them and realizes it didn’t hurt him, and now it’s more comfortable next time he does it.”
As in years past, a public contest was held to select the next stage name for our new steed and more than 7,000 submissions were entered. Centennial Champion was the winning name selected by the committee.
Being Centennial Champion’S first Masked Rider, Hobbs said that she is looking forward to all of the firsts during her year of service.
“I think the public will see, you know, as we go down on that field and make that phenomenal and huge run across the field,” Hobbs said. “It’ll be the first time for both him and me and even
Coach McGuire. Being able to kind of have a first for everybody has definitely been a been a cool experience.”
In his past life Centennial Champion was accustomed to working cattle, competing in roping events and general recreational riding. Now his transition from being a regular horse, to fulfilling the duties and responsibility associated with being the face of Texas Tech has come in stride, Hobbs says.
“He has grown so much even just in like the day-to-day life,” Hobbs said.“He’s figuring out his job and he knows that he’s going to be ridden multiple times a week and he’s going to have to put in the work.”
Outside of his daily job requirements, Centennial Champion is a good-natured horse with a big spunky personality.
“His biggest thing is his personality,” Hobbs said. “He’s so expressive with his eyes, ears and his movements. So many people have noticed his eyes and are saying how kind he is, how sweet he is, and how patient he is.”
With football season just around the corner, Centennial Champion and Hobbs will electrify spectators nationwide and showcase one of the best college traditions out there.
“I’m excited to see how this year goes and see how he does, and I think I think he’ll do great,” Hobbs says.
“His biggest thing is his personality. He’s so expressive with his eyes, ears and his movements. So many people have noticed his eyes and are saying how kind he is, how sweet he is, and how patient he is.”
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InWhen it was announced that Fearless Champion was retiring, the first question on most folks’ mind was: Where will he go?
There is a process when a Masked Rider horse is retired. Former riders apply and a committee determines which applicant has the best plan of care. Fearless Champion was awarded to former Masked Rider Corey Waggoner ’14 and his wife, Katelyn Waggoner,’16, DVM.
Yep, you read that right. Katelyn is a vet. She practices at Mobile Veterinary Practice, an equine-exclusive practice located in Amarillo. Katelyn has a close working relationship with Michelle Bessire, DVM, of Brock Veterinary Clinic and Laszlo Hunyadi, DVM, of the Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine, both of whom have treated Fearless Champion in the past. This relationship allows for collaboration with Corey and Katelyn to provide continuity of care.
“Having Woody with us is such a pleasure,” says Katelyn. “What makes Woody unique is how he talks and interacts with us more than any of our other horses. It’s so fun to be greeted by a nicker every time we walk by, and it’s especially uplifting for me after a long day of work at the clinic.
“I am so happy to be able to provide great maintenance therapies to make sure that Woody feels the best throughout his retirement. He served many years for TTU, and he deserves to be pampered to the max. I am a veterinarian certified in animal chiropractic and soon to be certified in veterinary acupuncture. In addition to providing the routine veterinary
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care that Woody needs, I have been performing chiropractic, acupuncture and shockwave treatments on him to keep him feeling happy and healthy.”
The couple resides just outside of Amarillo on acreage with pipe fencing, horse barns and plenty of pasture to flit about.
“I will also continue the care Fearless is currently receiving for his previously diagnosed orthopedic issues, focusing on any rest and rehabilitation needed,” says Corey, who works for Cargill Animal Nutrition and Health managing bulk feed ingredient logistics for animal feed production across the United States. “My long-term care goal is to provide a happy and healthy retirement for Fearless Champion by ensuring he gets proper health care going forward. This includes routine veterinary services, exercise, therapeutic treatments, and emergency care if needed.”
A bonus for Fearless Champion is that he was welcomed by a number of other horses owned by the Waggoners.
“He is settling in well,” Corey says.“He’s loving his retirement life. He is stall mates with one of the geldings. Woody has a couple girlfriends now. He spends a lot of his time at the fence smelling and loves biting the mares. Let’s just say he has a pretty big head right now with all the attention the mares give him.”
“My long-term care goal is to provide a happy and healthy retirement for Fearless Champion by ensuring he gets proper health care going forward.”
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Always competitive, Cantu was the 2002 Oklahoma state champion pole vaulter her senior year at Duncan High School.
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They’re vibrant, delectable and often very clever. The cookies crafted by Kimberly Powelson Cantu, owner of Lubbock-based Sugarista, are refreshing in the world of cookie art. Decorated sugar cookies made by other bakers may be ornate beauty queens, but they’re often dry and flavorless. Sugarista’s baked delights are as tasty as they look — the cookies are soft and buttery, and the icing is rich and smooth. When studying Sugarista’s social media, one might think Cantu has studied the art of pastries.
Surprisingly, this talented baker earned a bachelor of business administration and master of science in accounting in 2007. She worked for an accounting firm in Fort Worth and as a tax manager in an oil and gas firm in Dallas for eight years. She was successful, and the jobs were lucrative.
However, living in a bustling, crowded city with a long work commute was frustrating. Add to that the stress of a job that didn’t fit her bubbly and extroverted personality. It was a one-two punch that eventually took its toll both mentally and physically.
“It was kind of a bunch of little things that added up,” Cantu explains of her switch from accounting to small business owner. “I had bought myself a Cadillac. I’d always wanted one. I had just moved into this three-story townhome. I was single, had this brand-new townhome and I had bought my little dream car. And about six months in I thought, ‘It’s just a car.’ It was like, all of a
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sudden, all the material things that had driven me, I had them. There was no longer this push to get them.”
She began to ponder a different life, although she wasn’t quite sure what that would be.
“I started baking to relieve stress,” Cantu says. “My friends and coworkers began to request certain items. As I started baking more and realized how much it reduced my stress. I thought, ‘Maybe this would be a good fit for me.’”
When she finally decided to walk away from accounting and the big city, she began considering where she’d like to land. She was born in Odessa, and her father’s work in the oilfield saw the family bounce between the West Texas oil patch, the Houston area and finally, Duncan, Oklahoma. Her parents are both native Texans, and her father never lost his love for the Lone Star State.
“When I was growing up, I was always a bit of a daddy’s girl,” she says. “My dad would say, ‘I don’t care where you go to school, but go to school in Texas.’”
While determining which Texas university to attend and having already visited Texas A&M and University of Texas, Cantu says she somehow convinced her parents to let her travel with her best friend — just the two young women alone — to attend the 2001 Texas Tech vs. Texas A&M football game in Lubbock.
“And we go to that game and we walk in and the stadium’s just pulsing like it’s alive,” says Cantu. “I thought, ‘This is different.’ And Texas Tech wins the game. And the student section, they storm the field, they tear down the goalpost, they marched across the field and they began to poke the A&M section with the goalpost, there’s fights breaking out — I was like, ‘I have to go school here!’”
There was also the fact that Cantu’s grandfather had grown up in Lubbock and she always felt like she had roots here.
“To me, Lubbock was always home.”
She had loved her time at Texas Tech and always missed Lubbock. So, in 2019, Cantu packed up her belongings and moved back to Lubbock. She established Sugarista Jan. 31, 2016, and spent some time using her kitchen to bake while building up her customer base. She then began renting a commercial kitchen at night while the restaurant was closed. By March 16, 2019, she was able to open a storefront at 3412 34th Street in Lubbock.
“AS I STARTED BAKING MORE AND REALIZED HOW MUCH IT REDUCED MY STRESS. I THOUGHT, ‘MAYBE THIS WOULD BE A GOOD FIT FOR ME.’”
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Dubbed the “Empress of Cookies,” by a Lubbock publication, Cantu embraces the title.
The iced cookie options at Sugarista are only limited by one’s imagination. Beyond those, however, are rice crispy treats (original, Fruity Pebble and Cocoa Pebble) and traditional cookies. Some flavors are seasonal.
Red Velvet Snickerdoodle Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Chocolate Craze Oatmeal Cinnamon Chip Sugar Sprinkle Oatmeal Raisin Premium Favorites Caliente Craze Sea Salted Caramel Eclipse (Half Brownie Half Chocolate Chip) Nutella Stuffed Mint Mocha Brew’in Oats And Chocolate Chip Brew’in Oats And Peanut Butter Unicorn Swirl Iced Sugar Cookie
Spring Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Brown Sugar Summer Lemon Fall Pumpkindoodle Ginger Crinkle Gingerbread Man
Winter Cocoa Peppermint Oatmeal Cranberry
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If clients present an idea, Cantu can create a decorated cookie to fit. She didn’t take classes. She didn’t have training. She used her wits and work ethic to create a successful bakery creating top-quality cookies and treats that are as delicious as they are cute.
“My ingredients are a lot more expensive than, even, say, some of my competitors, because they’ll use oils and ingredients that are cheaper,” she explains. “But to me, that just doesn’t taste as good.”
She says her iced cookies have only eight ingredients. And while the content list is brief, the process of making the cookies isn’t. Call four or more days in advance to order, because the iced cookies take three days to complete. On day one there’s mixing the dough and baking it, time to allow the cookie to cool, then applying the first layer of icing. Day two the second layer of icing and details are added. By day three, the icing has hardened enough to package the cookies — she individually packages each cookie in a sealed cellophane envelope.
While she has help seasonally, Sugarista is mainly a one-woman show. She’s lugging the 50-pound bags of sugar and flour herself. She’s wrangling three-gallon vats of dough. She handles the ordering and fulfillment and the front counter. Fortunately for her, her accounting background comes in handy when it comes to organizing orders and balancing the books.
“It takes a very special kind of person (to start a business), you can’t be scared to fall on your face, because I did,” she says. “I fell on my face multiple times. And you have to learn that your life changes in every way. In my first year in business on my Facebook page I created a list titled, ‘Here are the changes…’”
Gone, says Cantu, are indulgences like her once-a-month massage and occasionally going out to a nice restaurant to enjoy a steak and nice glass of wine. Instead of shopping sprees she’s constantly in search of on-sale butter, she swapped her new Cadillac for a used pick up and instead of chasing money, she’s chasing a dream.
“Now I drink boxed wine, if I get to drink wine at all,” she says.“Your whole life gets flipped upside down. And it’s both good and bad.”
Becoming her own boss was definitely an adjustment. Cantu says just as she was starting to stabilize her business, the tsunami of Covid bore down. She had opened her storefront almost a year to the day before the world shut down.
For those who know this human dynamo, it’s no surprise that she has powered through. She finds herself incredibly busy these days, especially during the late fall and Christmas season. She is in love with her business and in love with her adopted hometown, and that’s just about the sweetest reward she could ask for.
SHE USED HER WITS AND WORK ETHIC TO CREATE A SUCCESSFUL BAKERY CREATING
TOP-QUALITY COOKIES AND TREATS THAT ARE AS DELICIOUS AS THEY ARE CUTE.
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The saying “laughter is the best medicine” is thought to have origins as early as ancient times. Yet, no matter its beginning, the idea has proven scientifically to be true.
For most people, going to see the doctor is unsettling. Can you imagine how great it would be if a doctor could make you feel better simply by injecting a dose of situation-appropriate humor during a visit?
William E. Flanary, M.D., an ophthalmologist in Wilsonville, Oregon, is just such a guy. An eye physician by training, he clearly understands the importance of vision. He also has great compassion for people suffering from conditions unrelated their eyes.
“Dr. Glaucomflecken,” — as he’s known in the comedy world — enjoys using humor to put people at ease. Even his stage name elicits chuckles.
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“People often call my office to make appointments with ‘Dr. Glaucomflecken,’” he says. “People also refer to me as ‘Dr. Glaucomo,’ ‘Dr. Glockenflecken,’ ‘Dr. Glockenspiel’ and ‘Dr. G.’
“I always loved to make my friends laugh in high school. I still do. Growing up in Deer Park, near Houston, I had the opportunity to perform at comedy clubs and also at school assemblies. In college, I continued to do standup.”
Flanary’s talents have earned him gigs as a popular speaker/entertainer at medical conferences and other gatherings worldwide. In addition, his latest medium for delivering laughs is Tik Tok. He has crafted a whole slew of funny improvisations on the site, where he plays both a doctor and a patient in conversation.
All of his Tik Tok segments are based on real experiences. In one Tik Tok scene, “A Pediatrician Hosts A Birthday Party,” Dr. G., complete with a sparkly unicorn headdress, portrays a children’s doctor. He opens by greeting everyone with,“Hey, you kids, are you ready to have some fun while following the American Academy of Pediatriacs Safety Guidelines?”
The doctor also answers questions from his young guests.
“Sorry, Connor, we don’t have any balloons. You could aspirate and then we’d have to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ in the emergency department.”
And . . .“Hey, Emma, I’m so glad you have a pool at home. I just decided not to turn my house into a deathtrap ... we don’t even have bathtubs in this house. Kids can drown in two inches of standing water.”
Then, just before launching into lifesaving lessons, Dr. G. says, “Joey, the minute you and your second grade friends learn the Heimlich Maneuver is the minute I’ll have grapes in this house.”
“A big part of my comedy is shedding light on the very complicated health care system,” Flanary says. “I want to make people laugh and also help them understand health care.”
Although gifted at standup, Flanary never planned to make a career of the comedy profession. In fact, in junior high, he decided that he wanted to become a physician. He set his sights on reaching that goal.
When it was time for college, the physician didn’t think twice about pursuing “the family route” of attending Texas Tech University. His mother, Candace Buckley Flanary ’78; father, Ronald L.“Ron” Flanary ’78,’83; sister, Katie E. Flanary Payne ’02 and brother, Michael E. Flanary ’14, are all Red Raiders.
“We grew up in the Houston area but had family in Andrews and Odessa, so we visited those places often and were familiar with West Texas,” he notes. “Of course, we’re all big Texas Tech fans.”
“Humor and laughter are great ways to develop relationships, so as a physician, I find they’re really helpful with fostering the patient-physician relationship.”
-WILLIAM E. FLANARY, M.D.
A sampling of
G’s many characters includes, from top: the neurologist, the anesthesiologist and the emergency physician.
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Flanary majored in cell and molecular biology, which he says he thoroughly enjoyed. He graduated from Texas Tech summa cum laude in 2008.
Before you think that all “Dr. G.” did during his college career was study — especially because of those high grades — you should know that he truly celebrated life outside of the classroom.
“I really enjoyed my time at Texas Tech, and I was very involved in my undergraduate research,” he says.“I also loved sports and went to all the games. I also was a member of the Ultimate Frisbee Team, which was a big hobby sport in 2004. We had a local tournament and also went to tournaments in Austin, Dallas and New Mexico.
“I lived in Gordon Hall while at Tech and was a community adviser, which is similar to a resident adviser. In addition, I also was a student in the Honors College.”
One very important part of his college experience was meeting his then-fiancée/now wife, Kristin Wood Flanary, who graduated with her bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2008.
Kristin now is the communications manager and program director for the Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education & Talent Development in Wilsonville.
“We had planned to go to the same school when we graduated so she could earn a master’s degree in experimental psychology and I could attend medical school,” he says.
“We both applied to several schools. She got into a program at Dartmouth University, so I made sure to apply there, although it was late in the application process. In the meantime, I was accepted by the University of Houston. I didn’t hear from Dartmouth until March, and the last day of interviews, I had one with them. Then I was waitlisted.
“Two weeks before school started, I was getting ready to move to Houston when I found out I was accepted to Dartmouth.”
The Flanarys married and also became parents to their two children while pursuing advanced education.
Flanary says that for medical school, each student was paired with a physician on faculty. His preceptor was an ophthalmologist. Admittedly, at that time, Flanary says he wasn’t even sure what ophthalmology entailed. After experiencing and making rounds in many other areas of medicine, including surgery, he realized that studying and treating the human eye was what he enjoyed.
“My favorite surgery is cataract surgery,” he says. “I like that I can almost immediately improve someone’s quality of life with it.”
Before he became a full-fledged doctor, Flanary experienced a health crisis of his own. During his last year of medical school, he discovered he had testicular cancer. His treatment was successful. Then, two years later, he learned the cancer had recurred. Fortunately, his second treatment also worked, and he received a clean bill of health.
Then, a couple of years ago, while sleeping, he suffered a totally unexpected heart attack. His wife saved his life by performing CPR until rescuers arrived.
Today, Flanary is healthy but remains diligent about keeping up with his well being. A bonus for him is his sensitivity to his
patients is heightened by his personal experiences both as patient and physician.
“Knowing a lot about medicine is a definite benefit with my own health scare,” he says. “Yet, sometimes, as a doctor, you know too much. You know symptoms, statistics and survival rates. It’s a double-edged sword. The first time I had cancer, I already knew the prognosis.
“It’s also a challenge dealing with health insurance, particularly prior authorizations. I’m now more open to talking with patients about insurance and costs. I’ve been on both sides of it now, so I try to be very transparent, as so much of health care is not.”
Tickling people’s funny bone adds to his appeal among patients and audiences. He and Kristin have traveled the world for his speaking engagements, most recently to Tuscany, Italy. He also has given the commencement address at the Yale University medical school and been keynote speaker at a conference in Hawaii.
“Social media had afforded my family a lot of opportunities,” says. “I plan to continue using it to help others.”
For more information, visit drgcomedy.com or visit him on TikTok.com.
Kristin and Will Flanary.
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By Jennifer Ritz | photos by David Smith
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hen I met with Carol Clendenin Snider at the historic Krause’s restaurant in downtown New Braunfels, she had with her Beck, an enormous rescued German Shepard that likely outweighs her. Her almost constant companion, he’s a vivid juxtaposition against her diminutive size.
But you’d be fooled if you thought Carol’s personality is similar to her petite frame. Her energy is huge, her smile is bright and contagious. Every staff member greets her enthusiastically, going out of their way to say hello or stop to give her heartfelt hugs.
As we sat in the cavernous biergarten attached to Krause’s, one employee stopped and insisted we sample a box of chocolates from a recent trip. Carol ordered a green juice, and insisted I try it…I was not disappointed.
But then, Krause’s never disappoints. It’s one of many places in this town — founded in 1845 — Carol and her late husband, Ron, brought back to life.
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Carol grew up in Lubbock. She attended college at Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, before returning to Lubbock to complete her bachelor of fine arts in art education in 1973.Upon completing college, she was offered an adventure of sorts.
Her older brother was in med school at Tulane University. Her sister-in-law was working for the Royal Orleans hotel and invited Carol to move to New Orleans and helped her secure a job as a waitress at the hotel’s restaurant.
“I packed up my dog in a U-Haul and moved to New Orleans,” Carol says. “I had always wanted to be a waitress. And I met Ron in New Orleans; he was a customer and immediately we were attracted. We dated for four months and decided to get married. It was a very short romance.”
Ron, who was from Indiana, was managing a restaurant at One Shell Plaza in New Orleans. When his company informed him they were transferring him to Houston, he suggested they get married. Carol’s parents were surprised at the brief courtship, but helped the young couple plan a December wedding in Lubbock.
The Sniders moved from Houston to Kansas, where both their son (Christopher) and daughter (Megan), were born. They then moved back to Houston where Ron started a company building wooden playgrounds.
“Ron was a visionary,” remarks Carol, who says her late husband loved being an entrepreneur.“I took him a picture of a swing I’d found and said,‘You ought to build this for the kids.’ So, we built one and then we put it out in the front yard and he said, ‘I think we could make a business out of this.’”
They hired several draftsmen and began building the playgrounds in their three-car garage in Houston. Soon they had a robust business, Gym-N-I Playgrounds, Inc. Carol says when the couple received an enormous lumber shipment in their front yard, neighbors began to grumble. Ron suggested she and her mom find a suitable town to settle in.
“Mom and I drove around and found New Braunfels,” she says. “And I went home and I said, ‘I think I got it.’”
That was in 1984. They purchased land and constructed a Gym-N-I factory. Ron sold Gym-N-I in the early 1990s. Before he sold the playground equipment company, Ron had established in 1989 the New Braunfels Smoker Co., one of the first of its kind to mass-produce smokers and grills.
Ron Snider, Carol's husband, who passed away in 2021, was a visionary and an enormous part of many successful ventures.
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Ron loved to smoke meat, so creating the perfect smoker was right up his alley. Ron’s design followed that of most homemade smokers crafted in Texas: a large drum and grill to hold the meat with a smoker box on the side that allowed for cooking with indirect heat and smoke. Where his design varied was in its more compact size and the ability to box the smoker and assemble it at home. Soon New Braunfels Smokers were a household name and a mass-market product. He sold that company in 1997 to Charbroil.
In between Gym-N-I and New Braunfels Smoker, in 1990, Carol began teaching art at Lone Star Elementary in the New Braunfels Independent School District. It was a job she says she absolutely loved. She taught for 16 years.
“She puts a lot of value on people who create,” says daughter Megan, who works at the nearby Red Stag, a downtown shop offering men’s goods and home furnishings. “We’ve always enjoyed that type of thing; we even recently took a pottery class together. I painted her a picture for a Mother’s Day present. My parents’ home is filled with art.”
Carol’s artistic vision served her well in the classroom, but it also served the Snider family and New Braunfels. Ron saw what things could be and Carol helped bring his concepts to life. They were a team, she says. While her line of work was vastly different from her husband’s, their son Christopher notes his mom was always a huge part of the family’s businesses.
“My mom has always been an active participant in my dad’s businesses,” says Christopher, who started his own business, Tito’s, an international business
that packages pickled jalapenos and pickles at its New Braunfels factory. “The whole family always sat around the dinner table and talked about business. I can just imagine how much she and my dad discussed the businesses when my sister and I weren’t around. My dad always said my mom was the emotionally intelligent one — she’s great with people.”
In 1996 Ron, with a business partner, became involved in purchasing and remodeling properties in downtown New Braunfels. Some of their projects include the Seekatz Opera House, the 1910 and 1920 Richter Buildings, the former newspaper and radio station building at 188 Castell St., Bingo Café and the Palace Theater, which houses Red Raider-owned Myron’s Prime Steakhouse.
One of Carol and Ron’s proudest ventures is that of Krause’s Café and the adjacent Farmer’s Market. Reopening Krause’s — which was shuttered in the mid-1990s — was a huge accomplishment for the Sniders, and very well-re ceived by long-time New Braunfels residents.
Krause’s is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For more information visit www.krausescafe.com
An outside wall of Krause’s boasts a rambling mural honoring many German traditions
A plaque displayed near the Krause’s mural explains the German culture, including a description of the Stammtisch table, that is still present in New Braunfels today.
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New Braunfels has a thriving downtown boasting many historical structures. Visitors have long flocked to the tworiver town for recreation on the Comal and Guadalupe, but the heart of town has a lot to offer as well.
A quick sweep of the area shows off classic German architecture. That’s something the Sniders loved about the town they chose to call home, especially since Ron had German roots himself. In 2002, when the opportunity arose to purchase a New Braunfels icon, Krause’s Café, Ron and his business partner snapped it up. For about eight years the restaurant was operated by a German family under a different name, but it floundered. Eventually the Sniders decided to jump into the restaurant business and reopen as Krause’s Café.
Then the labor of love to get things just right ensued.
The original Krause’s Café was opened in 1938 and moved to its current location on South Castell Avenue in 1948. The Krause family owned and operated the café until closing its doors in 1995. Customers enjoyed typical Central Texas fare, items such as enchiladas, burgers and steaks. Everything was made in-house: there was a sausage-making room and a bakery that created fresh German pastries such as stollen and strudel. The restaurant even sold tamales to go.
While the old Krause’s had something for everyone, it had something special for just a few of the town’s residents. The café was known as a power restaurant in old New Braunfels, housing a Stammtisch table—which translates from German to “regulars table.” Community leaders and folks of influence gathered informally around this table to plan and make decisions.
Today, as a nod to the original, a long table still sits where the original Stammtisch table did, right next to the kitchen doors.
I remember visiting with Ron, not long after he reopened in 2016, about perfecting the current Krause’s Café menu, which leans heavily toward German food. They’ve also put together stellar breakfast options. German New Braunfels natives came forward to make suggestions to the new owners about which recipes were best for certain dishes.
From left: Christopher, Carol and Megan at the Krause’s Bierhalle. Carol is grateful her children and grandchildren are close by and noted how hard Christopher has worked with her to ensure Krause’s remains a great success.
The soon-to-expand Krause’s Farmer’s Market is always crowded.
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“Potato salad was the hardest one,” recalls Carol. “It was really funny. Everybody kept bringing in samples of what it ought to taste like. You can imagine.”
Whether enjoying a schnitzel or sausage, diners can rest assured it’s authentic and came from local cookbooks and old recipe boxes of some of the town’s original families. One of the most well-received parts of the revitalized Krause’s is the 11,000-square-foot bierhalle, modeled after genuine German bierhalles. Serving more than 100 beers on tap, there’s something for every beer drinker. There is also an outdoor biergarten with a stage for live music.
Carol, along with son Christopher, now oversees operations at Krause’s.
“When my Dad knew he was terminal, he brought me into the fold so that I could help run Krause’s (with my mom),” says Christopher. “There’s not a table in the restaurant that we didn’t sit at while we discussed his vision for Krause’s.”
Carol notes that Christopher has become an integral part in managing Krause’s, that’s in addition to running Tito’s.
“I owe a lot of credit to Christopher,”Carol says. “He works so hard helping me with Krause’s.”
Christopher notes he never envisioned being in business with his mom but is thoroughly enjoying it. Carol loves that the restaurant is again a centerpiece of New Braunfels. A bonus to the restaurant’s refurbishment and expansion is the Farmer’s Market. Held each Saturday in the parking lot between Krause’s and the 188 Restaurant next door — also owned by Carol — the event is
full-to-overflowing. She is now involved in a massive expansion of the Farmer’s Market with the recent purchase of an old agricultural co-op two doors down from Krause’s.
Carol loves the idea of her Farmer’s Market as another community gathering spot.
“Ron and I were selling at flea markets in Houston to make money and as we traveled, we visited all kinds of markets,” Carol says, explaining how she and Ron decided to open their Farmer’s Market. “Growing up in Lubbock, my dad would always take me with him on Saturdays to the fruit stands. New Braunfels had a very small market on Friday afternoons and when we got the property at Krause’s we decided to start a market in the parking lot. We later added the covered area and solar panels. New Braunfels needed this feature of gathering and shopping and supporting our farmers. We worked hard to recruit good vendors and are still always looking to improve. The biggest improvement will be moving the market to the co-op property and increasing the size.”
Carol has ambitious plans for the Farmer’s Market expansion. The co-op project will be an amazing addition to downtown with restaurants, shops and community events. She notes that it is their biggest project so far. The current market supports about 70 vendors, and it’s expected the new space will allow more than 100 vendors.
Both Krause’s Café and the Farmer’s Market are jewels in New Braunfels’ downtown. They’re bright and joyful fixtures, much like their spirited owner.
Krause’s Bierhalle was designed to be an airy location that welcomed thirsty patrons as well as their dogs.
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By Nick Grumbles
Photos courtesy of Nick Grumbles
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As far back as second grade, I have been captivated by boats. I enjoy looking at them, climbing on board, peeking inside the cabins, and even drawing pictures of them. In 2006, at age 13, I visited the Turnagain Arm, a body of water outside Anchorage, Alaska, and became inspired to build one. After graduating from Texas Tech’s engineering school in 2015, I began saving money and decided to call my would-be boat the TurnAgain. Despite this eternal desire of mine, I lacked the space, tools, and knowledge necessary for boat building, not to mention, I did not know how to sail. Many years would pass until a serendipitous encounter with a fellow alumnus would allow me to realize my dream of building a boat.
In 2019, my college sweetheart Anna Lee (Wind Science, 2017) and I relocated from Fort Worth, Texas, to Seattle, Washington, for my job. Shortly after moving, Anna Lee and I ventured across Puget Sound on a whim to visit the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival. It was at this spritely gathering of boatwrights and enthusiasts, professionals and amateurs, sailors and land lubbers that by complete happenstance we stepped aboard this beautiful 21-ft. wooden sailboat to introduce ourselves to Larry and Patty Cheek. While admiring the craftsmanship, we made a remarkable discovery: Both were Texas Tech graduates. They met while in school and married shortly before graduating in 1970 with degrees in journalism and music respectively.
As it turns out, Larry was not only a journalist, but an author, magazine contributor, retired creative writing professor, and an accomplished boat builder. Needless to say, we hit it off. A short time later, they invited us to their home on Whidbey Island for lunch and afternoon sailing. With a taste for late summer sailing on the Salish Sea, I was marveled by this couple who achieved similar dreams to my own. A few months would pass before I worked up the courage to propose an idea. In exchange for boat building experience, I offered to help Larry build his next boat. He declined, but graciously counter-offered with an opportunity to help build my first boat. And so it was agreed. Together, Larry, Anna Lee, and I would build a 14-ft wooden sailboat in Larry’s workshop with his tools and of course with his guidance. They even offered to teach us how to sail it.
With designs from French naval architect Francois Vivier, we started working around Halloween 2020. We used marinegrade plywood for the hull and several varieties of hardwood
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the hull and its cream interior. The hull with its vivid hue now contrasted nicely with the deeper shades of murky blue water. The boat dipped down as I climbed in, all of its wonderful woodwork shimmering in the daylight.
Larry handed me the two oars and pushed us off. Pulling in the bowline, I glanced up to see Larry and Patty standing proud on shore. We made eye-contact and exchanged a relieved smile. Whew! It floats. I turned around to position myself for rowing and looked back at Anna Lee seated near the tiller. The moment began to feel like a dream. Then my mind wandered to that time we built an accidental angle in the back and that pesky extra centimeter. Chuckling to myself, I recalled Anna Lee’s clever suggestion for the boat’s name after our mistake. A name that was not only unique but simple, relatable yet symbolic, comedic and yet justified. Her words replayed in my mind: “Instead of calling it the TurnAgain, we should call it the MeasureAgain.” What an elegant name thoughtfully chosen to describe an amateur-built wooden sailboat. My reflection was interrupted by Anna Lee shouting “You can barely tell one side is longer than the other!”
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Whether you live in Lubbock or just come back to visit, look for a feature called “Gown + Town” in each issue. This section highlights a special place or event in the Lubbock area that mustn’t be missed.
The Cactus Theater: Lubbock’s Most Historic Entertainment Venue
BY JEAN ANN CANTORE
NO TRIP TO THE DEPOT DISTRICT of Lubbock would be complete without a visit to the Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Ave. The popular entertainment venue, which opened in 1938, offers programming for every taste. From bigname performers such as Christopher Cross to local favorites such as the Caldwell Kids, revues and tributes to performers — and everything in between — live performances are readily available in The 806.
“My goal is to book a balanced variety of entertainment for everyone in Lubbock and this region to enjoy, and that dictates taking a lot of chances,” says Lubbock native and Red Raider Darryl Holland, owner and promoter of the Cactus since 2016. “We book 110+ shows yearly, including dozens of regional, national and international touring acts: singer-songwriters, duos, trios, gospel acts, comedians, Big Bands, musical-theater troupes and specialty acts like a magician, ventriloquist or dog show. We recently rented the theater for a first-of-its-kind on our storied stage: a body building competition.”
An entrepreneur since he was young, Holland always had an interest in promoting concerts. He knew he needed a venue where acts could perform and considered restoring the aged Granada Theater in
Plainview, Texas. When those plans didn’t materialize, he ultimately purchased the Cactus Theater in Lubbock.
“I think many folks don’t realize that the Cactus was unceremoniously shuttered, stripped of its contents and exterior ornamentation and used as a scrap iron warehouse for 25 years after it closed in 1958,” Holland says. “As a kid and young adult growing up in Lubbock, I had no idea the Cactus had ever existed because there was no curbside indication.
“Only the older generations knew of the theater’s early life until it was acquired by a group of local investors led by music producers Don and Terri Caldwell — and re-opened in late 1994.”
For the next 20 years, the Caldwells showcased local performers and original productions. They helped to grow talent in West Texas. When Holland acquired the theater, he continued to embrace the Caldwell tradition of live performances as well as to add different offerings.
This fall, the theater will begin showing classic movies on the big screen. This addition to the lineup is somewhat of a return to the venue’s original roots as a movie theater, from 1938 to 1958.
“We have recently decided to commit more time and programming toward screening important classic films and occasional new art house releases and specialty documentaries where we see a good fit,” Holland says. “We want to showcase very early classics, underappreciated film noir, cult classics and independent films that never made it to a screen in Lubbock. There’s a LOT of territory that can be covered and a special niche that we hope cinephiles will seek out and embrace as we get more established in that effort.
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COMING UP AT THE CACTUS
Sept. 18: Blues Master Albert Cummings
Sept. 30: Free Fallin’: The Tom Petty Concert Experience
Oct. 4: Christopher Cross: 40th Anniversary Tour
Oct. 7: Blackwater Draw - LIVE! Benefit for PTSD Center
Oct. 18-19: CMA of Texas Awards and Documentary Film
Oct. 21: The Wilder Blue
Dec. 7: Celtic Angels Christmas
Dec. 10: Will Hearn’s The Grand Ol’ Christmas Show
Dec. 14: Dailey & Vincent Christmas
Dec. 16-17: Caldwell Kids Christmas
Dec. 18-19: Cactus Family Christmas Celebration
“We work closely with Triple J Chophouse, directly across the street from us,” he says. “It’s been a long tradition for many of our patrons to eat there prior to a show at the Cactus, and that symbiotic relationship thrives in the tradition of ‘dinner and a show.’ Down the street, you’ll find our show posters by the door at Cast Iron Grill, and not too far from the district, our hotel partner is MCM Eleganté. They help the Cactus tremendously by hosting many of our performers at their hotel and oftentimes shuttling them to the airport or to the theater, and we value their help with rooms tremendously.”
Holland notes that many reno vations to the theater have taken place in the past six years, the most noticeable updates being a new state-of-the-art sound system, full LED stage lighting and motorized trusses; new carpet; aisle lighting; new seats (generously donated by Texas Tech when new upgrades to Maedgen Theater commenced) with cupholders; stonework around the stage and lighting booths; cedar planter boxes out front; LED uplighting on the exterior above the marquee; and very recent concession and lobby major remodel to better serve customers.
“I love this historic theater because it’s a local treasure to generations of people all across the South Plains. Scores of performers and patrons have come through its doors, from the early days when it was exclusively a movie house through the past 28 years after it was re-birthed to stage live theater, comedy, concerts and scores of special events,” he says.
Holland notes that his biggest supporter is his wife, Stephanie. The two teamed up previously to start and run Holly Hop Ice Cream Shop on 34th Street
in Lubbock in 2008. They sold the popular eatery last year when Stephanie retired.
Holland also is quick to praise his team.
“From our concessions team led by longtime employees Julie Arriaga and BeBe Robinson to box office manager
Trina Ehlers and cleaning team headed by Mary Spencer, her son Sean and his buddies; to our recent fixture on sound, Spencer Wells, we run a tight but steady ship, and I’m eternally grateful for all of them and what they bring to the table.”
Of course, without performers and the audience, there would be no Cactus Theater.
“The intimacy, uniqueness and sense of history that patrons and performers feel when they come through the doors of the Cactus are what make it a very special place,” he says.“It’s hard to describe in words what it feels like when the house lights go down...performers hit the stage...stage lights and sound kick in — it’s maybe the greatest feeling I know....magical and transformational.”
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Times of Reflection and Celebration
BY JENNY SPURRIER, ED.D.
ALREADY ON THE HORIZON, TEXAS TECH is preparing for a celebration. Next year, 2023, will mark the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the institution. The centennial offers an opportunity for Texas Tech to celebrate the accomplishments of the past 100 years. Yet, this will not be the first celebration of an anniversary. Tech has had several. A visit to the University Archive’s reference files at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library helps chronicle some of the previous anniversaries.
Within the files are numerous printed items. For example, an initial celebration was for the “Silver Anniversary” in 1950. This was based on the start of classes in the fall of 1925. For this, the university published “Bulletin of Texas Technological College: Silver Anniversary 1925-1950” (Volume XXVI, Number 4). This bulletin begins with a look back at the accomplishments. It notes the importance of faculty and students. There are several photos as well as some charts. Of note, is the following passage, “Any great technological college should never lose sight of the fact that men and women must learn to live together happily in a world that is withstanding constant pressure.” Although the institution is no longer viewed as a “technological college,” these words still ring true. For the silver anniversary several events were recognized such as the dedication of the Museum (then located in Holden Hall), the silver anniversary homecoming game, and an anniversary program.
The next anniversary mentioned in the reference files is the ruby. A program for the annual board dinner reads, “Forty Years Forward: 1925-1965.” This is followed by the semicentennial celebration for 1973-1975. Numerous items are related to the 50th anniversary. Engineering produced a booklet on distinguished engineers tied to the university. Another publication, with an introduction by Clint Formby, included information about the institution by decade as well as images from the decade. Decades reflected years for the institution such as 1935-1944.
Another item, “Goals Development Report” by Committee 50, looked at the past but provided possible guidance on where the university might go into the future. One recommendation included in the report was “The committee recommends that Texas Tech University continue to improve the quality and quantity of its research programs.” This recommendation continues to be relevant.
In 1998, there was a 75th anniversary recognizing the accomplishments of the university. One item in this reference folder is a copy of a speech given by Gordon Treadaway (class of 1930). The speech was delivered at a “75th Anniversary Campaign Preview” in Summer 1997. The speech was on “What Texas Tech means to me.” In it, Treadaway denotes that the people of the institution helped shape Tech. He
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credits them with contributing to the “…challenging and rewarding experience…” he had as a Texas Tech student. Another item in the reference file is a Lubbock AvalancheJournal insert. The piece includes articles on a variety of topics. Some articles included are about the name change, university traditions, sports articles (including mention of the Lady Raiders NCAA Title), the addition of the Health Sciences Center, and other items of interest relating to the first 75 years. Page 31 lists a chronology of Texas Tech, beginning in 1923, with Gov. Pat Neff signing Senate Bill 103 that established the college and ending with the 75th anniversary celebration in 1998, which was also the beginning of the Horizon Campaign. These anniversaries have paved the way for the upcoming one. Texas Technological College has evolved into Texas Tech University. The first 100 years saw the institution go from a small technological college into a top Tier 1 research university that it is today. As we reflect on past accomplishments, we should celebrate the progress and achievements and remember all those who have contributed to Texas Tech’s success. So, “Guns up” to all Techsans and the others who helped make TTU great!
Note: The University Archives at the SWC/ SCL also has various collections related to past celebrations as well as materials documenting the history of Texas Tech. For more information about the history visit: Texas Tech University General Timeline“From here, it’s possible” at https://swco.ttu. edu/University_Archive/TTUtimeline.html
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The first 100 years saw the institution go from a small technological college into a top Tier 1 research university that it is today.
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THE TEXAS TECH ALUMNI ASSOCIATION WISHES TO EXPRESS APPRECIATION TO OUR NEWEST MEMBERS WHO JOINED AT THE CENTURY LEVEL AND ABOVE. COMPILED BY DAWN MORENO AND SUSAN BOWEN
Mr. Donald ’80 & Mrs. Susan ’81 Sinclair
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WELCOME, NEW TEAM MEMBERS
BY CURT LANGFORD
THE TEXAS TECH ALUMNI ASSOCIATION continues to evolve as new employees join our team, bringing new energy and enthusiasm. We welcome these team members and are excited to work with them.
EVERETT CORDER, communications coordina tor, is in charge of chapter communications, event listings and social media postings for the association. An Amarillo native, he has a BA in journalism from Texas Tech University, 2016, and an MA in communication from Angelo State University, 2018.
Everett spent three-and-a-half years as assistant sports information director at Lubbock Christian University. He handled all media aspects for all those teams and most of the streaming for the entire athletic department and also did play-byplay for the Chaparral baseball team.
His parents, Doyle and Christy Corder, are graduates of the Texas Tech School of Music.
Everett is about to celebrate his one-year anniversary with his wife, Haley Stephens Corder, who has a BBA in accounting, 2020.
RENEE GONZALES DAVIS, director of chapters, is a proud native of Brownfield, Texas, a lifelong Red Raider and a second-generation graduate of Texas Tech University. She is the daughter of Jose and Teresa Zamora Gonzales ’91,’02. Renee holds a BA in sociology from Texas Tech, 2001.
Renee oversees and manages our almost 80 TTAA chapters. She works with them to create a foundation for engagement among alums and future Red Raiders to connect with the university and with one another. Our chapters bear the banner and spread the Red Raider Spirit by serving as chief ambassadors, promoting academic recruitment for the university system.
Her prior work experience includes serving as inventory manager, Alderson Auto Group; director of sales and marketing, 40RE! Golf; and business development consultant, RGD Consulting.
An avid community service volunteer and fundraiser, Renee serves on the Covenant Foundation Board of Directors and is Lubbock Children’s Health Clinic marketing and fundraising chair. She serves on the YWCA of Lubbock Board of Directors and Talkington School for Young Women Leaders Advisory Board. She also is a member of the High Point Village Enterprise Committee and the Hispanic Association of Women.
Renee and her husband, Calvin Davis, the United States Small Business Administration West Texas District Office district director, have two children, Toren and Teklyn.
We’re also pleased to share that COURTNEY
JORDAN has rejoined the TTAA staff as associate vice president of development.
Courtney has a BBA in accounting from Texas Tech University, 1986. She has been a development officer for the Rawls College, where she was a member of the Excellence
in Banking campaign, which raised $11 million in about six months to endow a new program to develop banking leaders.
She spent a majority of her career in the banking industry in Abilene, Dallas and Lubbock but also had a successful career in sales with AT&T and Pitney Bowes from 2000-2007.
Courtney has served on local boards raising money and aware ness for organizations where her family has been directly involved, including the YWCA, High Point Village and South Plains Council of Boy Scouts of America. Courtney and her husband, Doug, have four boys, two of whom graduated from TTU Rawls COBA in 2019 and 2021. Doug has a BBA in finance from 1978 and a J.D. from 2004. He is an attorney with Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott.
ANDREA BROYLES WATSON , director of com munications, holds a BA in journalism, 1998, and an MA in interdisciplinary studies, 2015, with an emphasis on mass communication, sports marketing and public administration, both from Texas Tech.
The Loveland, Colorado, native worked in the TTU Student Media (now Toreador Media) department for nearly 20 years, most recently as assistant director, sales, marketing & design manager, and media adviser. Her duties included advising students about legal and ethical issues, career opportunities, training and the overall quality of newspaper, website and yearbook. She was responsible for daily critiques of the newspaper, coaching sessions with staff reporters, information technology issues and computer maintenance.
Andrea also served as adjunct instructor in the College of Media & Communication for several years. Prior to those positions, she was a features writer for the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal for more than three years.
Her husband, George Watson, is associate director for Texas Tech University Communications & Marketing.
The newest TTAA employee is APRIL YULE , who works as an accountant at the association. She has lived in Lubbock for a year-and-a-half, after living in Midland, Texas, for 10 years. She is originally from North Carolina.
April brings with her experience in data entry and invoicing, which will be part of her new job. Her duties for the association will include creating receipts for gifts and working with balance sheets for Endowment Trust. She looks forward to taking on these and other tasks and wants to help wherever she can.
She has one daughter, Everlea, who is almost two years old and is “her world.” April spends a lot of time with family and friends when not working.
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RED RAIDERS WITH A PASSION FOR TRAVEL
BY JIM DOUGLASS
FOR 70 RED RAIDERS, SUMMER 2022 was very memorable thanks to their participation in the TTAA”s Traveling Techsan program. This year’s “Spotlight Trip” was a cruise on the scenic Danube River with a special stop in Oberammergau, Germany, to witness the World Famous Passion Play.
The adventure began with a flight to Prague and then boarding the luxurious Scenic Amber Riverboat. The excursions included stops in Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau, Melk and Vienna, finishing up in Budapest. The Order of the Day included great weather, wonderful scenery, delicious meals, informative tour guides and terrific memories.
For many, the highlight was the historic Passion Play, an amazing event that is performed in the summer every 10 years. The Play originated in 1634 when the Black Plague was rampant throughout Europe. The villagers prayed to be spared and their prayers were answered. The play is an act of gratitude that has continued for almost 400 years.
The Traveling Techsan program offers a variety of vacations throughout the year. They are open to all Red Raider alumni, fans and friends. The Spotlight Trip for 2023 will be a July cruise to Sweden and the Baltic States. Visit the TTAA website for the details.
Lunch on the Vltava River in the Czech Republic.
Traveling Techsans group photo at Palais Liechtenstein in Vienna, Austria, prior to a private concert featuring the best of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss II.
Excursion to St. Vitus Cathedral within Prague Castle.
The group at Prague Castle.
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RICHARD GAYNOR ALAN HENRY MAC THORNBERRY LESLIE WARD DA THE TEXAS TECH ALUMNI ASSOCIATION INVITES YOU TO CELEBRATE OUR DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI 2022 HONOREES $1,000 - Table of 8 $100 - Individual Tickets PURCHASE TICKETS & LEARN MORE at texastechalumni.org/DA. 2022 Distinguished Alumni Dinner Friday, Nov. 11, 2022 TECH TRADITIONS selected items already discounted 50% off in store and onlineshop at visit our website at shoptechtraditions.com FALL 2022 47
Cool Pines, Warm Friends, Hot Races
BY JIM DOUGLASS | PHOTOS COURTESY OF TRAVELING TECHSANS
IN JULY, 130 TEXAS TECH alumni and friends gathered in the cool pines of New Mexico for the annual Red Raider Weekend at Ruidoso Downs. The festivities began on a Friday with golf at Rainmakers Resort & Club. Under the leadership of volunteer Chair David Deason, close to 50 golfers enjoyed the cool weather, the challenging course and great fellowship with other Red Raiders.
The next day, we filled up a large portion of the Turf Club at Ruidoso Downs. After a buffet lunch, the races began while everyone placed their bets and cheered on their selections.
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FOR THE SECOND YEAR, RED RAIDER grandparents had an opportunity to teach their grandchildren, ages seven to 13, about Texas Tech University. The grandparents and kids spent two nights in a residence hall on campus, which includes dining there. In addition to touring campus and being introduced to traditions such as “The Matador Song,” they also met special guests such as university President Lawrence Schovanec, Raider Red, the Pom Squad and Red Raider football players.
The evening continued with a concert outside of the track featuring Texas Tech alumnus Josh Abbott and his band, with more than 1,200 in attendance. The weekend of fun and games was very successful with many participants already making plans for next summer’s event.
To learn more about Texas Tech Alumni Association activities and opportunities, please visit our website at texastechalumni. org or download our TTAA app and follow us on social media.
Participants attend classes based on their choice of 10 “majors.” Offerings include All Things Agriculture, Mission: Engineer It!, Multimedia Story Telling: Once Upon a Time in the Land of the Red Raider, Raiderland in Bloom, Soaring with STEM and Wreck ’Em Games and Gaming Design.
This year’s group was even larger than last year’s, the inaugural year, with 170 guests. At the end of the event, the newly-minted Red Raiders took part in a graduation ceremony celebrating their completion of Legacy U. President Schovanec and Provost Ronald Hendrick presented each with a certificate. This year, the Texas Tech Alumni Association received the Clarion Award for the Best Special Event — In Person — from the Association of Women in Communications for the inaugural 2021 Legacy U.
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Wishing Our Former Team Members Well
THE TEXAS TECH ALUMNI ASSOCIATION has a long history of having talented team members. Just as we welcome our newest talent, we wish the best to the following team members who have moved on in their careers. The TTAA team is part of a tradition dating back to the association’s beginnings in 1927.
DANIEL GROVER ’07, accountant, 13.5 years
HOPE HUNEKE ’19, communications coor dinator, three years
BRITTA TYE ’99,’05, director of special events and engagement; adviser, Student Alumni Board, six years
DAYME WALTHER ’04, director of chapters, 17 years
BRETT WINEGARNER ’13, communications coordinator and then director of commu nications, seven years
We were recently saddened to learn of the passing of Vicki Rutledge Helton ’02, who served as TTAA’s receptionist for 11 years (1990-2001).
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ADONIS ARMS , a friend, Denver, Colorado, has signed an Exhibit 10 contract with the Denver Nuggets. An Exhibit 10 contract is a one-year minimum salary contract that essentially works as a training camp invite. During his career as a Red Raider, Adonis averaged 9.3 points per game and 4.5 rebounds per game.
BRYSON WILLIAMS, a friend, Miami, Florida, will join the Miami Heat’s summer league team. Bryson transferred from UTEP to Texas Tech for his final college season. He was the leading scorer last season, averaging 14.1 points per game and 4.2 rebounds per game during his season as a Red Raider.
HOLLIS O. DAVIS (BS Chemistry, MBA ’62 Management) Trophy Club, Texas, works as an aerospace consultant. His other passions include writing, singing and poetry. He has published several poetry books including “Coffee Shop Poems with Cream,” “Coffee Shop Poems – Another Cup” and “As I See It.” His wife is Pansy.
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A GLIMPSE AT TEXAS TECH’S HERITAGE Sharon Moultrie Bruner, the first Black Texas Tech Homecoming Queen, from the 1982 “La Ventana.” PHOTO RESEARCHED BY JEAN ANN CANTORE
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DON L. PARKS (BS ’65 Agricultural Economics) and his wife MINDA M. PARKS (BS ’67 Home Economics Education) Midland, Texas, have written, illustrated and published “Beside That Windmill.” The paintings by Don and story by Minda detail the history of windmills on the Great Plains greatly influenced by Don’s childhood on a family ranch and his love for the outdoors. Don is a self-taught artist and developed his craft in the evenings after work. Minda, now retired, taught in public school and worked as a reading specialist.
OTTO L. WHEELER (BBA ’71 Accounting) Austin, Texas, has published a fictional novel entitled “Charitable Injustice.” The book follows Atlanta philanthropist Anne Wentworth as she attempts to help a young, distressed woman get a fresh start away from an overbearing uncle. Old college friends, an unexpected run-in with the law, new business ventures, heartbreak, redemption and newfound hope take the reader for an unexpected journey. Otto is retired after a 48-year career in the accounting profession. His wife is Suzy.
AMY W. DAUGHTERS (BBA ’91 Management) Tomball, Texas, has published her second book, “Dear Dana: That time I went crazy and wrote all 580 of my Facebook Friends a handwritten letter.” The story details how Amy reconnected with her old camp friend Dana on Facebook, with whom she hadn’t had contact in 30 years. When Amy found out the youngest of Dana’s five children, Parker, was battling cancer at St. Jude she suddenly became inspired to write the pair letters. Sadly, Parker passed away at only 15. Not knowing what else to do, she kept writing Dana letters. Then Dana wrote her back. The two became pen pals, sharing things exclusively through the U.S. Mail for two years. The experience was profound for Amy and left her wondering: If God could use this random friend — just a Facebook person — to change my world and heart, what else was out there? So, she wrote all 580 of her Facebook friends a handwritten letter. The aftermath left Amy full of love, hope, unity and real connection. Her husband is William 1981
RANDALL T. REID (MFA Art) San Marcos, Texas, has been a professor of art and design at Texas State University in San Marcos since 1988. His modern artwork has been featured in more than 300 shows, exhibitions and galleries nationally and internationally. Randall is represented in numerous private and public collections including The American Embassy, The Arkansas Art Center, The Austin Museum of Art, The Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, The Masur Museum and The Muscarelle Museum of Fine Arts. His wife is Olivia.
LARRY G. AUTREY (BBA Accounting, BBA Finance) Westlake, Texas, CEO of Whitley Penn, and Rick Davis, CEO of Elliott Davis, will jointly serve as CEOs of the new firm, Elliott Penn LLP. The leading accounting firms of Whitley Penn LLP and Elliott Davis, LLC will join forces and merge to form Elliott Penn LLP, a business solutions firm with approximately $400 million in revenue at the time of combination. With a network of 1,400 forward-thinking professionals and 16 offices across the South, Elliott Penn will be uniquely positioned to respond to
changing market forces by fueling growth and opportunity while providing greater depth of talent and broader resources for its customers. His wife is Tiffany.
SCOTT M. ALLEN (BBA Marketing) Haltom City, Texas, was named president of the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association. His term as president will last for the 20222023 session. The NIADA was founded in 1946 and serves as the representative body for more than 38,000 used vehicle dealers in the United States. It is the only national level non-profit organization representing the independent motor vehicle industry. His wife is Jodi.
SAM J. AYERS (Ed.D. Elementary Education) Lubbock, Texas, earned rank advancement to professor at Lubbock Christian University where he teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in the School of Education. Sam also serves as the director of Graduate Education and coordinator for the Educational Leadership Program. His wife is Karla.
DAVID BOWDEN (BAR Architecture) Hillsboro, Oregon, is the director of corporate IT and information security for Riot Games, a play er-focused game developer and publisher based in Los Angeles and known for such games as League of Legends and Star Guardian. David holds eight professional certifications and is affiliated with International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) and Project Management Institute (PMI). His wife is Stacy.
DANIEL S. HART (BS Civil Engineering, BA Architecture) Austin, Texas, president of the American Institute of Architects, spoke alongside Barack Obama at the AIA Conference on Architecture. This was the first AIA conference to take place in-person in three years. Much of the conversation revolved around President Obama’s relationship to many of AIA’s strategic priorities, including the link between environmental issues and social justice. His wife is JENNIFER L. HART (BS ’92 English, M.Ed. ’97 Curriculum and Instruction)
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Mr. Lance ’99 & Mrs. Dawn Taylor ’00
Mr. Robert ’71 & Mrs. Jan Taylor ’67
Mr. David ’97 & Mrs. Carrie Teague ’98
Mr. Russell ’80 & Mrs. Jency Thoma ’82
Ms. E. Carolyn Thomas ’72
Mr. William ’83 & Mrs. Julie Thomas
Dr. Christopher & Mrs. Allison Thompson ’02
Mr. Justin ’06 & Mrs. Carolyn Thompson ’05
Mr. Robert ’75 & Mrs. Diane Thompson Mrs. Tracy Thrash
Mr. J. Dwayne ’67 & Mrs. Elizabeth Tidwell ’66
Mr. Fred ’68 & Mrs. Kay Timberlake
Mr. Ellis ’67 & Mrs. Marsha Todd ’65
Mr. Mitchell ’82 & Mrs. Tonya Toups
Mr. Chance ’08 & Mrs. Kim Turner
Mr. Jerry ’68 & Mrs. Diane Turner ’68
Mr. Lane ’89 & Mrs. Kim Turner ’90
Mr. Loyd ’76 & Mrs. Karen Turner ’83
Mr. Justin ’98 & Mrs. Brooke Underwood
Ms. Renee B. Underwood ’78
Dr. Craig ’00 & Mrs. Nancy Urban ’00
Mr. Phillip ’08 & Mrs. Liane Urrutia
Mr. John & Mrs. Tiffany Van Winkle
Mr. Larry ’21 & Mrs. Paula Vanderwoude
Mr. Brian ’93 & Mrs. Teresa Vardeman ’93
Mr. Geoffrey ’07 & Mrs. Amy Vernon ’07
Mr. Bobby G. Waddle ’55
Mrs. Catherine ’93 & Mr. Kevin Waggoner ’95
Dr. Fred P. Wagner ’50
Mr. Clint ’82 & Mrs. Risa Walker ’91
Mr. Daniel ’79 & Mrs. Bredgitt Walker
Mr. Ben ’76 & Mrs. Patricia Wallace
Mr. Corey ’95 & Mrs. Tracey Waller ’93
Mr. Todd ’99 & Mrs. Twallah Walling
Mr. Juifeng ’86 & Mrs. Lu Wang
The Honorable T. John ’64 & Mrs. Elizabeth Ward ’86
Mrs. Velma G. Warren ’77
Ms. Shannon E. Washburn ’83
Mr. Jim ’72 & Mrs. Lavenia Weathers
Mr. Samuel ’65 & Mrs. Carolan Weaver
Mr. Russell B. Webb ’91 Mrs. Molly I. Webster
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Mr. Michael ’05 & Mrs. Victoria Weems ’05
Mr. Cam ’91 & Mrs. Stacey Welch
Ms. Kendra M. Wendel ’04
Mr. James ’91 & Mrs. Cheryl Werner ’91
Mr. Michael ’93 & Mrs. Teresa West
Mr. Tom ’72 & Mrs. Gaylynn Wheat
Mr. Herman ’65 & Mrs. Barbara Wheatley
Mr. Prentice ’64 & Mrs. Marcee White
Mr. Tony ’79 & Mrs. Cindy Whitehead ’81
Dr. Kitty Harris ’83 & Mr. Morris Wilkes ’75
Mr. Bryant ’61 & Mrs. Brenda Williams
Dr. Dale ’04 & Mrs. Jennifer Williams
Mr. Scott ’74 & Mrs. Diane Williams
Mr. Thomas ’79 & Mrs. Kellie Williams
Mr. John L. Wilson ’74
Mr. Joseph C. Wilson ’87
Mr. Dusty ’81 & Mrs. Leisha Womble ’21
Dr. Gary B. ’73 & Mrs. Sheryl Wood
Mr. Mark ’77 & Mrs. Claudia Woods
Mr. Roy Worthy & Dr. Michelle Wiggins-Worthy ’21
Mr. Quinn & Mrs. Claudia Wright ’82
Mr. Gary ’78 & Mrs. Melinda Wright ’80
Mr. Stephen ’95 & Mrs. Jennifer Wright
Dr. Scott ’87 & Mrs. Lenore Wyrick
Mr. Tyler ’06 & Mrs. Emily Young
Mr. W. Brad Youngblood ’74
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School District. Wylie ISD has 18,300 students. During his weekly campus visits, David has become popular for awarding $1 to the first two to three students who give him a Guns Up sign and who can name that as Texas Tech’s hand sign. Recently, he discovered a new teacher in his district was a Texas Tech graduate and he purchased Tech t-shirts for her entire class. Wylie ISD is one of the top feeder schools to Texas Tech. His wife is CRISTY WATKINS VINSON (BBA ’92 Management Information Systems).
NELSON H. BALIDO (BA Spanish) Boerne, Texas, has been appointed to serve on the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Customs Matters and Trade Facilitation (ITAC). As a member of the committee Nelson will represent the viewpoint of Border Commerce and Security Council and the U.S. small and multicultural business engineering industry. His wife is Sandra.
MARCY A. KIRK (BA Political Science) San Antonio, Texas, has been hired to lead the men’s swimming and diving program at Westlake High School. She rebuilt the swimming and diving program at MacArthur High School in North East Independent School District in San Antonio, where her teams set school records and featured state, regional and district qualifiers.
BRUCE E. TOPPIN (BBA Finance) San Antonio, Texas, has joined Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP in its banking and financial services team. Bruce has 15 years of experience working with banks, thrifts and other financial institutions across the United States. He is an active member of the Independent Bankers Association of Texas and the Texas Bankers Association and is the former executive director of the Subchapter S Bank Association.
LAURA D. RUMMEL (BBA Marketing) Frisco, Texas, was been elected and sworn to the Frisco City Council. She won a special election filling an unexpired term, so she will be
running for re-election in May 2023. Her husband is Hayden.
WALTER L. CATHEY (BS Occupational Therapy, MS Occupational Therapy, MBA ’14 General Business) Wolfforth, Texas, has been named regional chief executive of the Covenant Health System. Walter’s career with Covenant Health started 24 years ago. For more than two decades, Cathey has served as a rehabilitation aide, occupational therapist, executive director of Rehabilitation and Neuro Services, vice president of Covenant Specialty Hospital, chief operating officer and chief executive officer of Covenant Medical Center, president of operations, and most recently as chief executive of the Lubbock market for Covenant Health. His wife is BETHANY K. CATHEY (BS ’00 Health Communication Disorders, MS ’02 Communication Disorders).
ZEKE O. FORTENBERRY (BS Architecture, M. Arch Architecture, MBA General Business) Dallas, Texas, will serve New Friends New Life as the men’s advocacy group board chair. He
is an attorney and advocates for trafficked and sexually exploited teen girls, women and their children and has handled more than 160 jury trials. He teaches trial advocacy and has served as an adjunct faculty member at Southern Methodist University School of Law. Zeke served as chair of the board for the Texas Young Lawyers Association and is a volunteer with Children’s Advocacy Center as well as a supporter of local law enforcement organizations.
WESLEY C. LUCAS (BA Public Relations) Leander, Texas, has joined Visit Austin as the director of communications. As the director of communications, Wesley will lead various communications projects including key messaging, media outreach, familiarization tours, press releases and events. Additionally, she will work with the marketing team to increase brand awareness, market perception, engagement and impressions through various activities. Her husband is TYLER M. LUCAS (BS ’11 Agricultural and Applied Economics).
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ALICIA MCDONALD (BS Apparel Design and Manufacturing, MS ’19 Environmental Design) Lubbock, owns an Etsy shop called Lilly Fiona Designs. She sells a variety of handmade jewelry. Alongside her online store, Alicia frequently exhibits and sells her work at the First Friday Art Trail and other art festivals.
SOFIA GARCIA (BS International Economics, MBA ’21 General Business) Asuncion, Paraguay, a women’s golf alumna has qualified for her first U.S. Women’s Open. Sofia finished tied for third in the qualifying event, placing her just inside the cut line as one of four players to move on to the U.S. Women’s Open. She officially turned pro following the 2020-21 season with the Red Raiders.
MAELEY J. HERRING (BS Agricultural Communications) Lubbock, Texas, has been named program manager for Student Retention in Texas Tech’s Davis College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources. She will be based in Davis College’s Dr. Bill Bennett Student Success Center and will be recruiting and retaining the best students for the college. Prior to joining the Davis College staff, Maeley served as a visitors center admissions counselor with Texas Tech Undergraduate Admissions and earlier worked as a graduate teaching assistant and Agri-Techsan co-adviser within Davis College. As an undergrad, Maeley was an intern with the Texas Techsan magazine.
PHYLIS E. GOETH ADAIR ’45; Lubbock, April 26.
LEX A. AKERS, PH.D. ’71,’73,’75; Chicago, Illinois, June 3.
MELINDA DAVIS ALDERSON ’84; Lubbock, May 23.
TOMMYE MILREE ARBUCKLE ’56; Dallas, July 22. Survived by husband, SCOTT G. ARBUCKLE ’57.
ANDREW KENT ASTWOOD ’88; Lubbock, July 16. Captain, U.S. Air Force, six years.
MACK “HOSS” ATCHESON ’42; Lubbock, July 13. One of the oldest TTU graduates at 101 years old. Survived by wife, Sandra “Sandy” Alexander Atcheson.
ARTHUR LEROY “A.L.” BAER, D.D.S. ’60; Dumas, Texas, April 28. U.S. Army Dental Corps, 1964-66.
LT. COL. BILLY WARD “BILL” BAKER, ’77; Saratoga, Wyoming, June 23. U.S. Air Force, Retired. Completed 739 combat missions during the Korean War and Vietnam War. Twenty-one medals, including the Distinguished Flying Cross. Assistant dean and director of industry relations, Texas Tech College of Engineering, 1971-1978.
MICHAEL JOSEPH “MIKE” BEDNARZ ’79; Fort Worth, Texas, May 13. Survived by wife, NELL O’BRIANT BEDNARZ ’80.
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FLORENCE RHEBA “FLO” ASHCROFT BAUGHMAN ’55; Conroe, Texas, June 28.
PAUL SIMMONS BOLTON ’66; Cumming,Georgia,June 26. Survived by wife, ANNE POWERS BOLTON ’67.
SARAH ELIZABETH “BETH” NELMS BROWN ’60; Pueblo, Colorado, July 13. Survived by husband, Kenneth J. Brown.
JIM BRUNJES, Lubbock, July 30. Worked for Texas Tech University System for 25 years, as vice chancellor and chief financial officer and in other positions. Prior to that, his varied career included teaching junior high and working for the U.S. military, NASA and Southwest Airlines. Survived by wife, Marie Meyer Brunjes.
HEIDI ANN KRESSIN BURKE ’80; Lexington, Kentucky, June 13. Survived by husband, JOHN S. BURKE, SR. ’79.
LUDONNA JANE BERRY BURNHAM ’52,’72; Graham, Texas, June 17.
BOB R. CARMICHAEL ’50; Pampa, Texas, July 25. U.S. Navy Veteran, World War II. Survived by wife, Virginia Platt Carmichael.
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BETTY SULLIVAN CARR ’80,’88; Lubbock, May 19.
ARMAND JAMES “BUD” CLEPPER ’47; McAllen, Texas, April 16. U.S. Navy Officer; Pacific Tour, World War II.
ALEX “TY” COOKE, JR. ’68; Lubbock, July 2. Served two terms as Lubbock Mayor Pro Tem and then Interim Mayor in 1996. Survived by wife, Judy Cornelison Cooke.
WILLIAM EDGAR “BILL” CRAIG, D.V.M. ’72, Temple, Texas, Dec. 29, 2021. Survived by KAREN SUE MINCE CRAIG ’72.
JOSEPH DONALD “JOE” CREE ’50; Pampa, Texas, July 28. World War II veteran.
JANE STAUBUS DAVIDSON ’82; Littlefield, Texas, Nov. 14, 2021.
ALVIN GLEN DAVIS ’52; Lubbock, June 22. President, Texas Tech Rodeo Association, 1950. First inductee, Texas Tech Rodeo Hall of Fame, 1984. Helped establish National Cowboy Symposium; executive vice president and general manager, National National Ranching Center, 1981-1993. Honorary Masked Rider, 2004; inductee, Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame, 2009. Distinguished Alumnus of TTU, 2009. Survived by wife, BARBARA HEXT DAVIS ’53.
LESA HENSON DAVIS ’90,’92; Belton, Texas, June 23. Survived by husband, Rick D. Davis.
JOHN WILLIAM DAY ’73; Dallas, June 30. Survived by wife, Vicky L. Duffin Day.
HAL STONE “ROCKY” DEAN, JR. ’75; Sheffield, Texas, July 14.
OLIVE REBECCA HUFF DEAVOURS Texas, July 7. One of the oldest TTU graduates, at age 101.
LOU DUNN DIEKEMPER, PH.D.
Longtime friend and supporter of Texas Tech.
LEA R. DOPSON, ED.D. died the last week in April.
NANCY JOE DYER, PH.D.
5. Survived by husband, Steven Hodge.
NICHOLAS BRANDON “NICK” ERWIN
July 9. Survived by wife, Robyn McNabb Erwin.
BARBARA ELAINE HOLDER EWALT
June 8. Director of medical school admissions, TTUHSC. Survived by husband, Robert H.“Bob”
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A MATADOR EVENING
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Association, the Texas Tech Spirit Programs and our alumni community.
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In honor of his service and success with the Texas Tech Meat Judging Team and their work to bring recognition and national titles to the university.Athletics and academics.
Congratulations to this year’s TTAA Homecoming award recipients! Each award will be presented at the 61st Matador Evening on Friday, Oct. 21, at the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center. Please join us for an evening of fun and celebration as we honor this group of incredible Red Raiders. To purchase tickets for the event or to learn more, visit texastechalumni.org/matador-evening. Tickets will be available through Oct. 7.
Ewalt, Ph.D., associate professor of educational psychology and leadership and Emeritus Vice President for Student Affairs.
DAVID MATTHEW “MATT” FREEMAN ’97; Marina Del Rey, California, April 25.
PHILIP DANIEL FRIDAY ’10; Midland, Texas, May 13. Survived by wife, Amanda Friday.
JO ANN RIOS GAMBOA ’93; Lubbock, July 7.
MARSHA LYNN GATTIS ’82,’90; Lubbock, April 30.
SUE SUDDUTH GILBREATH ’71; Lubbock, May 17.
THOMAS RANDALL “TOM” GREEN ’64; Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas, April 30. Survived by wife, MARY ANN ROSS GREEN ’64.
DOTTIE SUE HORCHEM GREGORY ’58; Lubbock, July 5.
GEORGE GUEVARA ’77; Lubbock, June 28. Survived by wife, Juanita Maganelles Guevara.
JUDITH ANN “JUDY” REUTER HAMELERS ’68; Houston, Texas, Nov. 20, 2020.
NANCY SUE “NAN” HAMMONDS ’68; Haslet, Texas, April 20. Survived by husband, Vernon Hammonds, II.
CLAUDE WILLIAM “PETE” HARLAND ’55,’71; Lubbock, May 23. Survived by wife, JACLYN “JACKIE” HARLAND ’61, ’03.
MURRAY “CLARK” HAVENS , Ph.D., Nashville, Tennessee March 19. Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Texas Tech University; taught from 1973-1997. Survived by wife, Carolyn Trost Havens.
STANLEY GLEN HAYS, JR. ’81; Dallas, Texas, May 29. Survived by wife, Camille Hodges Hays ’81.
VICKI RUTLEDGE HELTON ’02; Lubbock, July 31. Senior editor at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and former longtime receptionist for the TTAA.
JOSEPH “DAVID” HENDERSON ’60; Tulsa, Oklahoma, June 27. Survived by wife, Judith M. “Judy” Henderson.
CHARLIE M. HOLLAND ’88; Tahoka, Texas, July 8. U. S Navy Veteran. Survived by wife, Toy Sue Gandy Holland.
WILLIAM “LIN” HUMPHREY, JR., PH.D. ’93,’15; Miami, Florida, died in May.
SHELBY D. HUNT , Ph.D., Lubbock, July 12. Horn Professor of Marketing at Texas Tech University; taught for 42 years. Survived by wife, Suzette Emmert Hunt.
WANDA LEE MARTIN JAMES ’50; Lubbock, June 20.
BETTY LANELL LOW JANSA ’58; Lubbock, July 6.
GLENN Y. JOHNSON ’52; Lubbock, May 28.
PATRICIA “PAT” GROVES JONES ’48; Plainview, Texas, June 22.
KAREN HOOPER JORDAN ’71,’75,’90; Lubbock, May 13. Survived by husband, DAVID M. CROOK ’89.
GLADYS “JANE” BROOKS KERR ’50; Lubbock, July 6.
HERMAN ERNST KIESLING, PH.D ’60; San Angelo,Texas, July 25. Texas Army National Guard Veteran. Survived by wife, Sarah Lee Sofge Kiesling.
JAMES MICHAEL “MIKE” KING ’78; Amarillo, Texas, July 28.
JOHNNY LEE KUBACAK ’63; Brady, Texas, July 5. Survived by wife, Jan Morrison Kubacak.
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JAMES STEVEN “STEVE” LACKEY ’80; Marble Falls, Texas, June 28. Survived by wife, SARA ANN CARTER LACKEY ’80.
DANNY G. LARA ’73; Lubbock, May 1. Vietnam Veteran. Survived by wife VELMA CEBALLOS LARA ’75.
NANCY ANN JONES LIND ’59; Alberta, Canada, June 11.
WILLIE OQUIN LINDSEY ’63; Georgetown,Texas, May12. Survived by wife, Shirley D. Lindsey.
HON. PATRICIA ANN LOWRIE ’88; Slaton, Texas, May19. Former City of Slaton judge.
ADAM REID MCCAULEY ’05; Galveston, Texas, June 25. Survived by wife, Meredith Slocum McCauley.
ANDREA JAY MCDANIEL ’12; Lubbock, May 23.
ROBERT “CARROLL” MCDONALD ; Lubbock, July 6. Longtime supporter of Texas Tech. Survived by wife, Nadine Meurer McDonald.
BARBARA ANN HENSEN MAYES ’61, ’66; Crystal Lake, Illinois, May 17. Survived by husband, OLIVER L. MAYES, JR. ’63.
RAJNIKANT DASHRATLAL MEHTA , Ph.D.; Lubbock, July 16. Worked 29 years at Texas Tech University Textile Research Center and was head of chemistry research. Fellow, Textile Institute, Manchester, England; senior member, American Association of Textile Chemists & Colorists. Survived by wife, Hemlata Mehta
ALEXANDER PRAKASH “ALEX” MOHAN ’14; Houston, Texas, June 27.
CHARLES CONRAD MULLIN ’64; Granbury, Texas, July 1. Survived by wife, Melanie Mullin.
GINGER HERINGTON MURPHY ’76; Lubbock, June 9.
ROBERT ESCAR PARKER, JR..’37; Abernathy, Texas, March 29.
BURL PETTIT, Lubbock, May 29. Longtime friend and supporter of Texas Tech University;. Editor Emeritus, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.
DOMINGO PONCE, JR. ’73; Lubbock, July 11. U.S. Army 1st Air Cavalry, SP4, Vietnam. Survived by wife, Patsy Villarreal Ponce.
ALI M. QASIM, PH.D. ’88, ’95; Lubbock, May 8. Survived by wife, Sandy Qasim.
RONALD DEAN “RONNIE” RICE ’61; Pampa, Texas, May 17. Survived by wife, Joy D. Rice.
DENNIS LANE RICHARDSON ’71,’76; Lubbock, June 29. Survived by wife, Patricia S. Richardson.
JAMES ROBERT “JIMMY” ROGERS ’66; Lubbock, June 20. Survived by wife, Sandy Kay Watkins Rogers.
NELDA ANNETTE JOBE ROLLINS ’51, ’55; Abilene, Texas, May 31.
JAFAR “JEFF” SALEHI ’76; Midland, Texas, June 22. Survived by wife, DEEANN MCALPINE SALEHI ’76.
SANDRA KAY GRIFFIN SCHLOTZ ’69; Dallas, Texas, May 17. Survived by husband, Randy Craig Schlotz.
CAROLYN GAYLE SYMES SELBY ’61; Lubbock, June 22.
JOHN PATTERSON “PAT” SHEPARD ’61; Plainview, Texas, May 9. U.S. Army, Norfolk, Virginia, during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Texas Tech University College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources Distinguished Alumnus, 1998. Survived by wife, Roseanna Speer Shepard.
LISA SHERIDAN ’81; Lubbock, May 13.
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JAKE BENJAMIN SIDES ’61; Evans, Colorado, June 1. Survived by wife, Sarrah J. Sides.
DONALD ORBY “DON” SIKES ’56; Lubbock, May 29. Survived by wife, Beth Creamer Sikes.
HORACE EUGENE “GENE” SORLEY ’50,’74. Survived by wife, IMOGENE HOLMES SORLEY ’49, ’73.
JOHN WILLIAM “BILL” STANTON ’73; Petersburg, Texas, May 25. Survived by wife, Gail Stanton.
HARVEY “DALE” TARDY ’54; Lubbock, June 19.
LAVERNE SATTERWHITE TRAVIS ’79; Amarillo, Texas, June 7.
GRADDY TUNNELL ; Plainview, Texas, May 21. Longtime supporter of Texas Tech; member, Texas Tech Foundation Board and Davis College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources advisory board.
BILLY CARLTON WALKER ’57; New Braunfels, Texas, May 13. Survived by wife, Margaret Riebe Roberts Walker.
KENNETH WAYNE WALLACE ’74,’79; Houston, Texas, June 24. At Texas Tech, All-Southwest Conference
Cornerback, Gator Bowl Championship, 1973; co-winner, Donny Anderson Sportsmanship Award, 1973; Coaches All-America Game, 1974. First Black football player to graduate from TTU and first Black man to serve as head coach at a Lubbock high school. Principal of Estacado High School. Survived by wife, Carolyn Wallace.
BILLY JACK WARREN ’51; Lubbock, Jan. 14.
FRANCES GARY WATERS ’43; Lubbock, April 29.
JACQUELINE BREEDING “JACKIE” WAYGOOD ’61; Summerville, South Carolina, May 14.
MASON CHRISTOPHER WEADOK ’08; Lubbock,June 15.
MARJORAY RIDLEY WILEMON ’42; Arlington, Texas, June 4.
CODY LEE WILSON ’04; Lubbock, March 23.
CONNIE TURNER WILSON ’85; Lubbock, March 28. Survived by husband, John L. Wilson.
PHILIP M. WORLEY ’72; Elgin, Texas, April 1, 2020. U.S. Navy Vietnam Veteran.
Please note that the death entries listed in this issue were received by or on July 31, 2022, regardless of date of death.
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WHEN “I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND” came out, I was in second grade and I’ve been a Beatles fan ever since. In 2017 I learned of a Study Abroad trip (from WTAMU) to Oxford, Liverpool and London, the trip’s idea was to follow in the footsteps of C. S. Lewis and The Beatles. Other than proximity, I’m not sure of the connection. My wife and I signed up to go.
After spending a couple of days in Oxford, we arrived in Liverpool by bus. We checked into the hotel, then had free time for lunch and to wander around the area before going to the Cavern Club. Our hotel was on the Mersey, the river that gave its name to the rock-n-roll music of the Liverpool area. Walking along the Mersey we ran across these locks in the fencing; locks with initials inscribed into them. Lovelocks. I had never heard of such a thing, but my well-traveled wife knew all about them.
It seems that sweethearts inscribe their initials onto the lock, affix the padlock to a public structure (such as a fence next to the Mersey), and throw away the key (into the Mersey, in this case) to symbolize an unbreakable love, a love that will last forever. I was struck by this symbolism and it brought to mind how a photograph freezes time and what is in the photograph will remain forever.
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EVERY DAY IS A GIFT
Planned Gift Helps Ensure Scholarships for Future Nursing & Music Education Students
For several years, Bill Tilley (TTU Business Administration ’93) and Donna Scott-Tilley, Ph.D., (Nursing ’97, ’91), had discussed including a charitable gift in their estate planning. Their goal was to support scholarships at their alma maters. Someday, the couple thought, we’ll make the gift official by completing the paperwork.
The Friday after Thanksgiving 2017, Bill’s heart stopped beating.
Within minutes, and with no prior warning, Bill experienced sudden cardiac death. It’s a condition caused by a malfunction of the heart’s electrical system. Without intervention, the survival rate is less than 1%.
Donna’s training through the TTUHSC School of Nursing sent her immediately into nurse mode, performing CPR on her husband until EMS arrived. Bill beat the odds after a few days in the hospital and being fitted with a medical device to correct future arrhythmias.
With a renewed urgency, the Tilleys did what they had always planned to do. Their gift names TTUHSC School of Nursing as one of their insurance beneficiaries so nursing students, like Donna, have the opportunity to learn life-saving skills. Their gift also benefits the Texas Tech University School of Music.
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