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One Big Controversy controversy several years ago about the recommendation to change the University Seal, nothing has generated more e-mail messages, letters, phone calls and faxes than the firing of Mike Leach. As with the seal controversy, your alumni association has tried to be responsive to these communications and to make sure the university administration was also aware of them, although many of these complaints also went to the administration. In the earlier controversy, the board of the Texas Tech Alumni Association took a very strong stand against changing the official seal and against restricting the use of the Double T. In that case, the Board of Regents was responsive to our concerns. The Leach firing is a little different. Although the vast majority of the approximately 500 communications I have responded to were from people upset at the firing, there have also been a good number on the other side. Since the hiring of Coach Tommy Tuberville, there has been a noticeable increase in positive responses. It would be almost impossible to try to represent the viewpoints of ALL of our alumni on this subject. What we have tried to do is listen, be responsive and make sure the administration is aware of these concerns. In the days immediately after Coach Leach was fired, we asked the administration to be as forthcoming as possible about the reasons behind the action they took. Texas Tech issued an official statement followed by a letter from former football players and current regents Jerry Turner and John Scovell. We posted both of those responses on our Web site and on social media. We did the same with the two interview stories with Chancellor Kent Hance that the Lubbock AvalancheJournal ran. Many alumni remained skeptical after these statements were released. There has been little communication since then, but that is understandable because litigation is involved. The last few days of December and the month of January were interesting, to say the least. Mike Leach had a very strong following among the “fans” of Texas Tech. They took his firing personally. I talked with and corresponded with a number of individuals who simply did not even want to have a discussion of what happened. Their opinion was that Coach Leach had been unfairly railroaded out of his job and they did not want to even consider that there was another side the to the story. Perception is reality.
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One female caller in particular stands out in my mind. At one point I said to her, “You mean to tell me that you want to disavow your degree, your husband’s degree and your two children’s degrees because of the firing of a football coach?” Her response: “A winning football coach.” I said, “So the most important thing to you about Texas Tech is winning football games?” “Yes,” she emphatically responded. My only comment at that point was, “That is a very sad commentary.” At that, she hung up. I have supported Texas Tech athletics all my life, and I also like to win. But, to hear people say that they are not going to renew their membership in the alumni association and they are going to stop giving to Texas Tech because of an athletic issue is depressing. I have a hard time trying to understand why people would want their names completely removed from the Texas Tech database because they “never want to hear from Texas Tech again.” I respect their opinions. I just disagree with their actions. The major point we attempted to make when responding to individuals and in our official statements was that Texas Tech University is bigger than all this controversy and will be here long after these events are history. The focus of the Texas Tech Alumni Association is to support the growth and development of our university. We try to do so in a variety of ways: • Hundreds of student scholarships awarded • Honors College Initiative • Equal Access Scholarship Initiative • The Texas Tech Legacy Program • Professorships and new faculty awards • Academic recruiting • Continuing education and other student/faculty aid • Red Raider Orientation • Legislative networking • Official Texas Tech class ring program • Texas Tech lapel pins for graduates • More than 61 local chapter events • Distinguished Alumni and Top Techsan Awards • Annual Alumni Association Scholarship Banquet (The Matador Dinner) Withdrawing your membership from the association and withdrawing support of the academic program at Texas Tech, as many have threatened to do over the firing of a football coach only penalizes many innocent people. It restricts our ability to provide scholarships to students and academic support to both faculty and departments. It restricts our efforts to accomplish many of the items listed above. Hopefully, we can begin to move forward under a new head football coach. Tommy Tuberville brings the best resume of any football coach we have ever hired. Everyone I know at Ole Miss and Auburn has nothing but very good things to say about him. The alumni association certainly intends to support him 100 percent. There will probably be some damage to the association in the short term, resulting from these events. My hope is that it will be minimal. We have tried to be responsive and reasonable. That is about all we can do.
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People Celine Godard-Codding, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Toxicology at The Institute of Environmental and Human Health , has been awarded the
2009 United Kingdom/United States Collaboration Development Award from the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Todd Brashears, Ed.D., associate professor in the Texas Tech Department of Agricultural Education and Communications, recently was appointed to the Brazos River Authority Board of Directors. He is responsible for devel-
oping and conserving the surface water resources of the Brazos River Basin. Brashears is vice president of the Southern Region of the American Association of Agricultural Education and is a member of the National American Association for Agricultural Education, International Association of Food Protection, North American College Teachers of Agriculture and Association of Leadership Educators.
From left, Dean Walt Huffman, Regent John Huffaker, Mark Griffin and Roger Key
The Texas Tech University School of Law recognized three alumni Feb. 5 at the Sixth Annual Law School Gala and Distinguished Awards Dinner at the Frazier Alumni Pavilion. The recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award were Mark Griffin and John Huffaker . The recipient of the Distinguished Service Award was Roger Key.
The Distinguished Alumni Award is given annually in recognition of service to the bench, the bar and the public. The Distinguished Service Award is given annually in recognition of outstanding service to the Texas Tech University School of Law. Members of the first graduating class also were recognized. The class of 1970 set the stage for the law school’s success by earning a 100 percent pass rate on the Texas Bar Examination, including the five highest scores. Photo by Artie Limmer
From left, Chancellor Kent Hance, Alyce Ashcraft, Afzal Siddiqui and TTUHSC Interim President Elmo M. Cavin (not pictured, Seshadri Ramkumar)
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From left, Chancellor Kent Hance, Edward Anderson and Texas Tech President Guy Bailey
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The highest awards given by the Texas Tech University System to faculty members at its member institutions were announced Dec. 11 by Chancellor Kent Hance.
The annual Texas Tech University System Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Teaching and Research Awards go to two faculty members from Texas Tech University, the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and Angelo State University. The Distinguished Research Awards go to Seshadri Ramkumar, associate professor of environmental toxicology at the Institute of Environmental and Human Health, and Afzal Siddiqui, associate academic dean in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the Health Sciences Center. The Distinguished Teaching Awards go to Edward Anderson, professor of mechanical engineering at Texas Tech, and Alyce Ashcraft, associate professor in the Anita Thigpen Perry School of Nursing.
through the arches « Kelly Fox, Ed.D., assistant professor and coordinator for the College of Education’s Texas Tech University Off-Campus Texas Hill Country Sites, recently was awarded the Community Builder Award from the Masonic Grand Lodge of Texas.
The Community Builder Award is designed to enable a Masonic Lodge to formally recognize outstanding non-Masons who have distinguished themselves through their service to the community; to the local, state or national government; to their church or synagogue or to humanity. Jeffrey Wherry, Ph.D., Rockwell Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, director of the Institute for Child and Family Studies in the College of Human Sciences and clinical professor in the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center’s Department of Psychiatry, will serve a two-year term
as one of four steering committee members representing network affiliates for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. The NCTSN is a collaboration of academic and community-based service centers established by Congress in 2000 to raise the standard of care and access to services for traumatized children and their families. Wherry is co-director of the Policy Institute for Family Impact Seminars – Texas, working with the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas to sponsor family impact seminars with the Texas Legislature.
Texas Tech University’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources recognized six distinguished alumni Feb. 15 at the Scottish Rite Building in Lubbock.
The event honored alumni who have made significant contributions to society and whose accomplishments and careers have brought distinction to the college and to the professors associated with agriculture and natural resources. The recipients of this year’s distinguished alumni awards are James Bergan, Sidney Long, Jim Schwertner, Douglas Smellage, David Waggoner and Dennis Wilkinson. Bergan received a bachelor’s degree
from Purdue University and a master’s and doctorate in wildlife science from Texas Tech. Now, he is state director of science and stewardship for the Texas Nature Conservancy. Bergan is responsible for several programs including the Texas natural history survey, geographic information systems, conservation planning and stewardship, monitoring and research. The San Antonio resident has served as an advisory board member for Tech’s Department of Natural Resources Management and is nationally recognized for his conservation efforts in Mexico. Long received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education from Texas Tech and a master’s degree in animal science from Mississippi State University. He is a ranch owner and operator in partnership with his sons in Coke County and Sterling County. Prior to that, he served as chief executive officer/executive vice president of San Angelo’s Concho Valley Electric Cooperative and executive director of Southern
From left, James Bergan, Jim Schwertner, Dennis Wilkinson, David Waggoner, Douglas Smellage and Sidney Long
Blacklands Boll Weevil Eradication Zone in Buckholts. The Robert Lee resident has served as executive director of Blacklands Cotton and Grain Association and is a member of the Texas Food and Fiber Commission Executive Committee. Schwertner received his bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from Texas Tech. The Austin resident is president and chief executive officer of Schwertner Farms, Inc. and chairman of the board at Schwertner State Bank. He served as past chairman of the boards of Cattlemen’s State Bank in Austin, Jarrell Schwertner Water Supply Corporation, and the Texas Cattle Feeders Association. He was appointed to the Texas A&M University Board of Regents by Gov. Rick Perry in 2009 and presently serves as director of the Texas Beef Council. Smellage received a bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University and a master’s degree in horticulture from Texas Tech. He founded Lawns of Dallas in 1982 and has more than 28 years of experience providing service for commercial and residential properties. The firm specializes in maintenance services and estate-quality design for properties in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Smellage has served as vice president of the Highland Park Independent School District Board of Trustees, in addition to serving on the boards of the Dallas Country Club and Ronald McDonald House. Waggoner received his bachelor’s degree in animal science from Texas Tech and a master’s in animal science from Virginia Tech University. His master of business administration degree is from George Washington University, and his Juris Doctor degree is from Texas Tech. He is the founder of The Waggoner Law Firm with offices located in Hillsboro and Corsicana. His law practice consists primarily of banking, real estate and agricultural law. From 1997 to 2000, he served as special assistant to the president of Texas Tech. Wilkinson received his bachelor’s degree in park administration from Texas Tech. He is a principal and a landscape architect with Albuquerque’s Morrow Reardon Wilkinson Miller, Ltd., a 17-member firm. His focus is on site planning, campus planning, landscape and irrigation design, athletic facilities, construction detailing and production administration. Prior to joining the firm, he was owner and landscape architect in a small firm. The Corrales, N.M., resident is a registered landscape architect in New Mexico. may/june 2010 T E C H S A N «
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News Texas Tech University and the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Pantex Site Office announced Jan. 12 the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding that could result in
the creation of a research wind farm on NNSA’s Pantex site and the production of wind-generated electricity that could be used to operate the Pantex Plant. The MOU also contemplates an effort by Texas Tech to explore the feasibility of constructing a wind science research center on neighboring Texas Tech property. As a first step, the MOU calls for the completion of a feasibility study for the installation of wind turbine generators and the construction of related infrastructure. The research center envisioned in the MOU would include operational wind turbine arrays providing unique infrastructure and broad capabilities to support the nation’s long-term renewable energy goals. The installations also will provide workforce development opportunities, as well as the potential to develop and commercialize renewable energy technologies that will address the key scientific challenges facing the wind power industry. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center researchers were awarded more than $1 million in grants from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. The
Texas Tech University recently signed with China’s Lanzhou University two new partnership agreements that promote academic trade and open the doors for Chinese students to study in the United States.
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For the second straight year, Texas Tech University set a spring semester enrollment record.
Final Spring 2010 enrollment stands at 28,014, up from 26,528 in Spring 2009, a 5.60 percent increase. While it is much too early to make predictions about the Fall 2010 enrollment, the Spring 2009 record enrollment did foreshadow an increase in the Fall 2009 student population. Texas Tech topped 30,000 students for the first time in its history last fall with a total of 30,049.
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funds are from the first $61 million in grants for cancer research projects at academic institutions and private companies throughout Texas. These are the inaugural grants of the $3 billion to be invested in cancer research in Texas over the next 10 years. The research projects selected will investigate the causes and potential treatments for a wide range of cancers. The TTUHSC researchers who received the grants are Guillermo Altenberg, M.D., Ph.D. , associate professor in the Department of Physiology, and Min Kang, Pharm.D ., assistant professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Biochemistry.
Provost Bob Smith, representing President Guy Bailey, signed the agreements Dec. 8 with Xuhong Zhou, president of Lanzhou University. The signing came at the end of a three-day visit by a seven-member Chinese delegation composed of Lanzhou University deans and administrators. Administrators signed a general agreement for Lanzhou University to send its students to Texas Tech for semester- or year-long studies. Also, they signed a memorandum of understanding between Lanzhou University and Texas Tech’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources to create a graduate student exchange agreement. Texas Tech researchers are studying the influence of climate change on Texas surface waters. A new three-year project,
funded by $634,000 from the U.S. Geological Survey, will bring together a team of experts to learn how to model, study and predict the influence of the changes. The project is one of 18 selected for Geological Survey funding this year.
through the arches « More than 2,060 students received diplomas during fall 2009 commencement Dec. 18 and 19.
Kent Hance, chancellor of the Texas Tech University System, spoke at the commencement ceremonies. About a month after Gov. Rick Perry requested from many state-funded institutions a written plan for a 5 percent reduction in state funding through fiscal year 2011 , Texas
The first graduates of the Texas Viticulture Certification Program were recognized and presented their professional certificates Feb. 13 at Flat Creek Estate Vineyards near Marble Falls, Texas.
Tech administrators submitted a plan to Austin that outlines approximately $29.8 million in possible cuts. Equipment upgrades, faculty travel and new employee hiring are only some of the possible cuts to the Texas Tech system’s budget.
Fifteen individuals, the first to enroll in the program that began in 2007, were presented a professional certificate in viticulture and recognized by program instructors and administrators during a luncheon in their honor.
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Texas Tech Supporters Welcome Coach Tuberville Photos by Artie Limmer A group of Texas Tech supporters were among the first to welcome Head Football Coach Tommy Tuberville to the Texas Tech family. During a Feb. 12 dinner at Jones AT&T Stadium, about 100 people were introduced to Tuberville and his coaching staff. Prior to the seated dinner, Tuberville and his wife, Suzanne, visited one-on-one with the guests. Tuberville introduced each member of his coaching staff and talked about the importance of support for the athletes and how he believes a great program is more than just winning games. He shared his philosophy
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and goal for each player to graduate from Texas Tech University a better man. The Arkansas native told the audience how gracious the people of Lubbock have been to his family in their move, and he thanked everyone for a warm welcome to Lubbock and Texas Tech. "This was a fantastic event and a unique opportunity to meet the wonderful supporters of Texas Tech," said Tuberville. "I am excited to know that we have outstanding people involved with Texas Tech athletics, and I look forward to working with them all in the future."
Left: Suzanne and Tommy Tuberville visit with Jim and Jere Lynn Burkhart. Below: Texas Tech Chancellor Kent Hance (left) and Texas Tech University President Guy Bailey (2nd from right), along with Jeane and Dan Law, attend the welcome reception for new head football coach, Tommy Tuberville. Bottom left: New running backs coach Chad Scott talks with Field Scovell, M.D., and David Seim. Bottom right: Cloyce and Anita Talbott
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While at Texas Tech, Robert was a Saddle Tramp and involved in student government. He received his bachelor’s of business administration in management. From left: Kim Fancher, wine specialist; Robert and Tammy
Aahhhhh, chocolate, what a luscious indulgence! The sweet treat is ideal for countless occasions, whether you’re celebrating or commiserating. Nine out of 10 Americans say they love chocolate; Americans consume more than 3.1 billion pounds of the creamy deliciousness a year. Following hotly on the heels of chocolate as a favorite delight is wine—amateurs and connoisseurs alike can find a variety of wine to suit their taste buds. So, it stands to reason that when you pair the two, it’s nirvana.
A “SWEET” CHANGE OF BUSINESS Tech alumnus Robert Anderson ’76 spent his life in the oil and gas industry. He was born and raised in Midland and spent most of his 30-year career as an independent consultant, marketing crude oil and natural gas. He and his wife, Tammy, moved to Granbury in 2005, where Robert began working the natural gas market of the Barnett Shale. In 2008, he retired. “Many people ask me, ‘After 30 years in the oil and gas industry, why did you choose a chocolate and wine store?’” Robert says. “To begin with, the last time I was involved in food sales, I was 14 years old and had a job at a concession stand. I had a great time (with that job), and that sticks with you. “When I retired, we decided to take a year to travel before I decided what I wanted to do with my life. I was too young to just sit back and do nothing. When we traveled throughout the United States, we were continuously drawn to wine and chocolate shops. My wife and I became chocoholics at a young age and we thoroughly enjoyed the
extensive samplings on our travels. When the movie ‘Chocolat’ came out (in 2000), Tammy and I went to see it. I remember on the drive home, we both agreed that, if we ever left the oil and gas industry, that we’d love to procure a chocolate shop.” When they returned home from their year of travel, Robert began researching the chocolate and wine business. “I recognized the growing trend to pair wine and chocolate,” he explains. “I discovered, after performing a lot of research, that it is unusual to find a shop that offers both wine and chocolate.” He had been renting an office on the second floor of a century-old building on Granbury’s historic town square. The building’s owner was relocating his high-end women’s apparel shop to the storefront next door and wondered if Robert wished to rent the coveted space once the dress shop was moved. The Andersons desired an old world look for their shop and knew the spot would be ideal for their sweet shop.
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NOT ONLY GOOD, BUT GOOD FOR YOU Irish writer and poet Oscar Wilde said, “Everything in moderation, including moderation.” Wilde’s words may make dietitians shriek, but according to Anderson, consuming lots of chocolate is beneficial for health. “People ask me, ‘When should you eat chocolate, just for dessert?’’ he says. “I say, ‘No! Start in the morning. It’s fuel for the day, and consuming it prior to a meal suppresses the appetite. You’ll reduce your caloric intake and fat consumption.’” Robert has his own success as proof. "I lost 21 pounds eating lots of dark chocolate," he says. "I eat a minimum of six ounces a day, sometimes more when I'm testing new varieties of chocolates. I spent 60 days sampling dark chocolate and ate the same thing I ate before, but my portion sizes were reduced because I wasn't as hungry." The best thing about chocolate and wine, besides their sumptuous natures, are the health benefits. Dark chocolate and wine both contain antioxidants, which neutralize free radicals. “Science has long held that damage done in the body by free radicals is linked to heart disease, certain cancers and physical degenerative maladies associated with the aging process,” he says. “Antioxidants in the bloodstream can help eliminate free radicals, potentially reducing the risk of acquiring these diseases.” Antioxidants are also found in leafy vegetables and fruits. Robert doesn’t suggest eliminating fruits and veggies, he just points to the fact that wine and dark chocolates are healthful as well. Something that makes the idyllic chocolate shop so exceptional is the quality. “We specialize in what we call gourmet chocolate, which means the product is at least 35 percent cacao (cocoa), and we consider that milk chocolate,” says Robert. “The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) requires only 10 percent cacao in order for a food to be called chocolate. So, most large-scale chocolate manufacturers traditionally produce chocolate with around 10 percent cocoa. The rest of the product is made up of sugar, which is habit-forming and bad for your health.
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“We offer chocolates with no less than 35 percent cacao, from there we go all the way to 100 percent cacao; products that are 83 percent cacao and higher are our baking and culinary chocolates. We carry about 20 brands of chocolates.” When the Andersons began searching for a purveyor of chocolates they would sell in their shop, they were prepared for a long process. “For our primary glass display case, we needed to find the world’s best chocolate provider, and we were prepared to search the world for that,” Robert says. “Before departing on a planned European research trip, a friend suggested we travel 45 minutes south of Granbury to Hico to sample Wiseman House chocolates. We made four trips there and deduced that they produce the world’s finest chocolates in Hico.” The Anderson’s shop has a small kitchen where they have begun to produce their own chocolates, and they now produce about 15 percent of the chocolates they sell. Quality is imperative to the Andersons. Robert is particular about where his shop’s chocolate is harvested, preferring single-origin producers. “Our base chocolate comes from four main origins: Ghana, Africa; Maracaibo, Venezuela; Bolivia, South America; and Madagascar, Africa,” he says. “The product from these places comes from the same cacao plant year after year. Most large-scale chocolate producers use a blend of cacao for their candies, which results in a lower-quality chocolate.” As for the wine, they offer a selection from 15 wineries—four are Texas wineries: Becker Vineyards in Fredericksburg; Messina Hof in Bryan; Llano Estacado in Lubbock and Barking Rocks in Granbury. The other wines are from California, Spain, Italy, Chile and New Mexico. “The New Mexico wine is from the Black Mesa Winery in Velarde, New Mexico, near Santa Fe,” he says. “We sell their Black Beauty Chocolate Wine, which actually contains chocolate. It’s a red table wine that’s served chilled and should be served with milk chocolate as a dessert course.”
Part of the beauty of The Art of Chocolate is that Robert and Tammy champion the blending of two ancient edibles: chocolate and wine. According to Robert, just as with wine, there really is an art to enjoying these two fine products. “You treat chocolates much the same way you do wine,” he explains. “Lightly rub it to release the aroma. Then, take a small bite, allow it to melt on your tongue to taste the subtleties, whether it’s fruity or nutty, then, take a sip of wine. It really is an experience to savor. I have general guidelines for pairing wine and chocolate.”
Robert ’s suggestions: Percent Cacao 35 percent cacao 50 percent cacao 60 percent cacao 70-72 percent cacao
Chocolate Type milk chocolate light dark chocolate medium dark chocolate very dark chocolate
Wine Pairing chardonnay, port or an ice wine merlot or syrah pinot noir or merlot. a full bodied wine, such as a cabernet sauvignon
The Art of Chocolate Shoppe is dedicated to chocolate, showcasing not only delectable gourmet chocolates and award-winning wines, but also artwork that celebrates both the food and drink: “We call it a three-legged stool,” Robert notes. “We sell wine and chocolates, but are also an art gallery. We display the Christian-inspired art of Sara Drescher Braswell. She produces old European poster art of chocolate and wine, and we promote her art.” They also sell wine glasses hand-painted by one of their daughters. (See photo at far left.) They have three grown children, one son and two daughters.
Each Saturday Robert and Tammy offer free tastings of wine and chocolate.
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TASTE TEST The Andersons enjoy educating their patrons about wine pairings, and Robert often speaks at local clubs and civic organizations about the topic. His reverence for chocolate and wine has rewarded him with a steady flow of customers, one of whom is a local business owner who is also a Tech alumna, Cathy Casey ’82. “We use The Art of Chocolate’s chocolates for our turn down service and girlfriend weekend, and it has made a nice addition to our packages,” says Casey, owner of upscale The Inn on Lake Granbury (featured in a previous issue of the Texas Techsan). “My husband and I are members of a dinner club, and when we host, we serve their chocolates; it’s a nice treat. Robert will also set up private tastings at his shops for my patrons, which is something extra we offer our guests. I love their chocolates because they are pretty and delicious; it’s a nice touch. I also recommend their chocolates as party favors for the weddings I plan here at The Inn on Lake Granbury.”
Nine out of 10 Americans say they love chocolate; Americans consume more than 3.1 billion pounds of the creamy deliciousness a year. Named for Confederate General Hiram B. Granbury, Granbury was established in 1863 with the construction of the Hood County Courthouse. Many of the shops on the town square are registered historic landmarks. The town also boasts 8,310 acre Lake Granbury. The town seamlessly blends the old with new and offers a variety of shopping, restaurants and water recreation. Granbury is in Hood County and is located roughly 40 miles southwest of Fort Worth.
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Since opening in May 2009, Robert says business has been brisk, thanks to summer visitors to the lake and year-round tourists who love shopping on Granbury’s celebrated town square. “We experienced a phenomenal Christmas season,” he says. “But, Valentine’s sales eclipsed the holiday season. We had our singlebiggest sales day Feb. 13.” While America is in the midst of an economic slump, the markets for chocolate and wine have experienced an uptick, most likely because both are an affordable indulgence—you might not have the resources for a trip to Napa Valley or Mexico, but for a reasonable sum, you can enjoy the unsurpassed luxury of velvety chocolate and a healthy dose of wine. “We think we’ve found a recession-proof business,” Robert says. “Chocolate and liquor are at the top of the list of items that have fared well (during the recession).” Part of the reason for The Art of Chocolate Shoppe’s success is its location and quality products, but what keeps clientele coming back is the Anderson’s passion for the products they sell as well as their dedication to creating memorable, joyful experiences for chocolate and wine lovers. If you’re interested in your own heavenly tasting experience, contact Robert Anderson at The Art of Chocolate Shoppe via telephone, 817-579-0075; e-mail, artofchocolate@ sbcglobal.net; or visit their Web site www.theartofchocolateshoppe.com.
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described, you would think this place is Anycity, U.S.A. It has a population of almost 5,500. It has places to eat, do laundry and get haircuts. Dentists, physicians and lawyers practice here. Residents celebrate holidays, play sports and have picnics. The one big difference between this locale and any other city in the United States is that this place floats. The USS Abraham Lincoln, America’s fifth Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, was named in honor of the 16th United States president. The ship’s keel was laid Nov. 3, 1984, in Newport News, Va., and the vessel was christened and commissioned Nov. 11, 1989, in Norfolk, Va. The ship’s homeport is now Everett, Wash., a port city about 30 miles north of Seattle. When not at home, the carrier is deployed in response to military action or humanitarian need. Every successful city has a strong leader, and the USS Abraham Lincoln is no exception.
Alexander poses next to the captain’s chair in Lincoln’s Navigation Bridge following Abe’s change of command ceremony Jan. 28. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brad Wages.)
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Capt. John D. Alexander has assumed command of the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) this year during a change of command ceremony in January. He has had more than 27 years of active service in the Navy. “I had always wanted to fly in Navy jets since I was in junior high school,” Alexander says. “At the end of my freshman year of college, I switched majors to mechanical engineering as a means to improve my competitiveness for the Navy’s aviation program. I ultimately met and was recruited by an Officer Recruiter on campus. “I was accepted into the Navy’s aviation program during my second year at Texas Tech University. Subsequently, after graduation from Texas Tech in August 1982, I started Aviation Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Fla., and was commissioned an ensign in the Navy, Dec. 10, 1982.” He completed a master of arts in defense studies at King’s College, University of London and completed studies at the Royal Naval Staff College Greenwich (United Kingdom); the U.S. Navy Nuclear Propulsion Program; the Joint Forces Staff College and the Navy Executive Development Course from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.
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Life on the
USS Abraham Lincoln Commissioning | Nov. 11, 1989 Complement with air wing | Nearly 5,500 Length | 1,092 feet Maximum speed | In excess of 30 knots Height, keel to mast | 206 feet, 6 inches Breadth at height | Deck 257 feet, 5 inches Flight deck area | Approximately 4.5 acres Displacement | 97,500 tons Spaces and compartments | Approximately 3,200 Propulsion | Two nuclear power plants Main engines | Four Propellers Four | Five blades each, 21 feet high, 11 tons apiece Rudders | Two, 29-by-22 feet, 45.5 tons apiece Anchors | Two, 30 tons apiece Anchor chains | 1,082 feet, 308,000 pounds Shipboard telephones | More than 1,900 Aircraft elevators | Four Catapults | Four Evaporators | Four (distilling more than 400,000 gallons of fresh water per day, enough for 200 homes) Air conditioning capacity | 2,530 tons (enough to serve 800 homes) Meals prepared daily when underway | More than 20,000 Bread baked daily | 600-800 loaves Sodas consumed daily | 13,000 Milk consumed daily | 600 gallons Hamburger consumed daily | 620 pounds Eggs consumed daily | 180 dozen Vegetables consumed daily | 800 pounds Fruit consumed daily | 900 pounds Laundry cleaned daily | 5,550 pounds Haircuts given daily | 250 Courtesy of Lt. Cmdr. William Marks, APR Public Affairs Officer USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72) Carrier Strike Group Nine
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Former USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Commanding Officer Capt. Patrick D. Hall, left, and Alexander pause for a moment during the reception following Lincoln’s change of command ceremony Jan. 28. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kat Corona.)
Alexander completed sea duty assignments as an A-6E Bombardier/ Navigator with the “Boomers” of VA 165 embarked in USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), the “Silver Foxes” of VA 155 embarked in USS Independence (CV 62), Cruiser Destroyer Group 3 as Strike Operations Officer embarked in USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and the “Main Battery” of VA 196 for his Aviation Department Head tour embarked in USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). After transition training in the EA-6B, he commanded the “Black Ravens” of VAQ 135 embarked in USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and additionally deployed to Incirlik, Turkey. He was executive officer of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and then commanded the Amphibious Transport Dock ship USS Juneau (LPD 10), forward deployed in Sasebo, Japan. He has more than 3,200 flight hours with 687 carrier landings. For his accomplishments, he was named COMNAVAIRPAC Naval Flight Officer of the Year in 1994. In 1996, he presented the Grand Prize essay for the United Kingdom Naval History Contest. Personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Air Medal (3 strike/flight awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 awards), and various unit, campaign and service awards. “My job now is to think big picture,” Alexander says. “The nature of the Navy is to support our nation’s interests as well as the security of our citizens and our allies through not only power projection but also deterrence, humanitarian assistance and strategic engagement. Carriers play a leading role in each of those mission areas. “The current Maritime Strategy recognizes the economic links of the global system we live in and how any disruption due to regional crises—manmade or natural—can adversely impact the U.S. economy and quality of life.”
At the change of command are, from left, Scott Cooksey; Kelly Overley, Ed.D.; Capt. John Alexander; Chancellor Kent Hance; Doug Hayward; Chuck Nolan; Chris Linkenhoger; John Wolf and Scott Self.
The USS Abraham Lincoln, often referred to as “Abe,” is a very busy place. Since it was commissioned, the ship has had several deployments. The first was when Iraq annexed Kuwait; however, the plan changed when Mount Pinatubo on Luzon Island erupted. The ship became part of an armada that moved 45,000 people to safety. Abe later participated in Operation Desert Storm. The ship has deployed several times, including once eight months ahead of schedule. It has participated in Operation Desert Storm, Operation Southern Watch, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. In addition, Abe has participated in numerous humanitarian efforts, including Operation Unified Assistance, which delivered goods and aid to victims of the tsunami in Southeast Asia in December 2005. “Most recently we completed a very intensive $350 million maintenance period,” Alexander says. “The ship finished its work ahead of schedule and is now in excellent condition to deploy later this year. Over the past nine months, there were more than 2,000 shipyard workers and contractors on board, completing a combined 320,000 man-days of work. Lincoln’s crew also contributed 54,000 man-days in getting Lincoln back to full capability, in addition to simultaneously completing thousands of days of training.
“The last deployment was in the summer of 2008, and we’re preparing for our next deployment later this year. “On an aircraft carrier we learn to do many things at once. For example, we’re simultaneously preparing to certify the flight deck for carrier landings, preparing for an intensive inspection of our engineering and combat systems, practicing firefighting, damage control and anti-terrorism drills, testing our anchors, and getting ready to onload ammunition while at sea. All of that will take place in the first month of my command. It’s definitely busy.” Alexander and his wife, the former Charlotte Scott (BSE ’82), live in Washington with their children, Andrew and Casey. Looking back on his career and how he got to the point where he is now, Alexander points to his time at Texas Tech. “Without knowing it at the time, Texas Tech proved to be the university experience that I was searching for. The reputation of its engineering college and the education I received was outstanding. I enjoyed the brotherhood surrounding Sigma Chi and met my future wife. The atmosphere was honest and straightforward, where you seldom met a stranger. It truly set the foundation for my life’s work.”
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Drew DeBerry was only 28 years old when he accepted his current position as deputy commissioner of agriculture for Texas. To some, it might seem astonishing that someone so young was appointed to such a lofty position. But, every stage of his life prepared DeBerry for his current position. DeBerry grew up in Olton, a town of about 2,000 souls that lies 50 miles north-northwest of Lubbock. His family farmed and also operated a custom harvesting business. DeBerry raised livestock and showed animals in 4-H. He followed his older sister, Dawn DeBerry Stump, to Texas Tech—Stump is a ’96 agricultural economics graduate of Texas Tech, who works for Sen. Saxby Chambliss-R, Georgia, on the U.S. Senate agriculture, nutrition and forestry committee. At Texas Tech he chose to major in agricultural and applied economics but didn’t limit his experiences to his major. He was a member of the Student Agricultural Council and Agri-Techsans, a student group that recruits top students to Tech. In 1998 he joined the university’s legendary Meat Judging Team, known for winning numerous national championships. While in high school, his judging team won state and national titles in meat judging. He was also an employee in the meat science laboratory. “He worked several years for us in the meat lab,” comments Mark F. Miller, Ph.D., professor of Meat Science and Muscle Biology, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, and San Antonio Livestock Show Distinguished Chair in Meat Science. “He has a great personality and was an exceptional worker. He always
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stepped up when the Meat Science Association hosted a dinner; he was a player in the whole event and was always an enormous help. “As for his current position, he brings outstanding leadership to the role of deputy commissioner. He offers a great voice for agriculture, has grass roots appeal and he hasn’t forgotten where he came from. I’m excited because I think he does a superior job for the agriculture community.” DeBerry notes that his decision to judge meat ranks as one of his most important decisions in life, because it’s how he met Gayle Locke DeBerry ’99, his wife and mother to their three children. He says marrying Gayle was his No. 1 decision. DeBerry’s political journey began with an internship in Austin during his senior year, in the fall of 1999. “I applied and was accepted to the College of Ag’s (College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources) Government Internship Program,” he says. “I had the option of working in D.C. or Austin. I was willing go wherever I was needed. I ended up placed with Sen. Duncan (Sen. Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock).” Landing in Sen. Duncan’s office was fortuitous for DeBerry because it launched his successful career in public policy.
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DeBerry loves his alma mater and credits the university, along with a great family upbringing, for his success: “Texas Tech introduced me to my wife,” he says. “We have three perfect kids. To characterize what Tech has done is impossible; it follows you through your entire career. From Austin to D.C. and everywhere in between, you’ll find alumni relations. I was so fortunate to attend a university where my professors cared about my well-being and what happened to me after college. Particularly in the College of Ag, there were activities for me to be involved in that allowed me contact with professors and the deans, who all truly care and want students with degrees in agriculture from Texas Tech to stand out.”
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“I was deeply engaged in legislation and it was perfect for me,” he observes. “He was a good mentor, and he wanted me to work on what interested me.” Duncan says that providing interns, or as he calls them, fellows, with a valuable learning experience is imperative. “My staff and I try to integrate them (fellows) into the legislative process,” Duncan says. “I have had several fellows work for me during the legislative process who have had active roles in the legislative process and have worked at the Capitol. It’s a rigorous program, and you have to learn to think on your feet. When Drew came to me, he was used to making decisions under pressure and making quick judgments, mostly due to his training on the Texas Tech meats team. “Something that stood out about Drew was his varied background in agriculture and his solid ability to communicate complex issues, which is what is needed with my job as a legislator. It’s imperative that my staff is good about keeping informed in a brief and concise manner. “Something else I appreciated about Drew is how he could apply common sense and logic to complicated problems, especially with legislative and complicated issues. He was always able to separate the wheat from the chaff and come to a…conclusion, he was adept at dealing with difficult issues. He is an excellent negotiator.” DeBerry credits Senator Duncan for helping launch his post-college career by introducing him to Susan Combs (former Commissioner of Agriculture of Texas), who was George W. Bush’s national chairwoman for agriculture on his 1999 campaign. Duncan says recommending DeBerry to Combs was a simple choice because he proved his worthiness repeatedly during his tenure as a legislative fellow. “She (Combs) needed someone to help with the campaign, and I was hired by her one week prior to finishing my classes at Tech,” DeBerry says. “I took my last final and drove to Austin that day. I worked on the presidential campaign for Bush, and along the way, I met countless influential people.” Two of the people he met while serving as the national agriculture coalition director of the 2000 campaign for President Bush were Ann Veneman, who was ultimately selected as Secretary of Agriculture by President Bush shortly after he took office, and Karl Rove, Bush’s senior adviser and Deputy Chief of Staff. Veneman and Rove inquired about DeBerry’s plans after the campaign, and he mentioned working in Washington or Austin in an agriculture-related position. When Al Gore, the Democrat contender for president in 2000, finally conceded his loss, DeBerry put together an event in Austin in late December. “The event was at the Driskill Hotel, and Secretary Veneman told me then she wanted me in D.C.,” he recalls. “I said that I’d promised my wife we’d stay in Austin. Shortly after that, Karl Rove called me and said, ‘So, you’re going to D.C.?’ I replied, ‘No.’ Then he said, ‘It wasn’t a question, you are going to D.C. We would really like you there.’
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“So, I requested a Christmas break, and he said, ‘Fine, see you Jan. 2.’ It was a humbling experience to have people like that take a chance on me.” In 2001, he moved to D.C. as part of the White House transition team and was picked by senior White House staff and Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman to represent the United States Department of Agriculture as the White House liaison. He maintained the position as the USDA’s White House liaison for four years until the new secretary, Mike Johanns, asked him to serve as the USDA’s Deputy Chief of Staff. DeBerry says he and Gayle thoroughly enjoyed their time in Washington, but both knew their real home was in Texas. Both of their families own property; DeBerry’s family owns farmland in Olton and Tahoka, while Gayle’s family ranches in Wharton, Texas. In late 2007, the couple was expecting their third child, daughter Jessica, when DeBerry received an irresistible offer. Newly elected Texas Commissioner of Agriculture Todd Staples wanted to appoint DeBerry to the position of deputy commissioner of agriculture of Texas. “We got the news just 24 hours before Gayle was scheduled to be admitted to the hospital to deliver Jessica,” he says. “Both our families were there, so it was an extra special delivery.” The DeBerrys were headed home.
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I do improves the lives of families like the one that raised me."
The DeBerry family, Drew and Gayle, with their children, from left, Parker, age 5; Jessica, age 3 and Austin, age 6.
“I met Drew…at the end of 2006,” says Texas Commissioner of Agriculture Todd Staples. “He came highly recommended for the position. He has a working knowledge of agriculture issues. From being raised in cotton country to serving as Deputy Chief of Staff at USDA, he brings a great deal of experience and leadership to help manage a broad area of responsibility at TDA and to promote an industry that represents 9.5 percent of our state’s economy.” DeBerry’s relatively young age was not an issue for Commissioner Staples. “Success is about matching desire with opportunity,” says Commissioner Staples. “Drew brings a passion for agriculture and has maximized his previous experiences, beginning with his collegiate education and internship with the Texas State Senate to his service as White House liaison at USDA and as Deputy Chief of Staff at USDA where he managed both national and international issues.” Today DeBerry is involved in management of the Texas Department of Agriculture, including policy surrounding its many regulatory and assistance program efforts. As deputy commissioner, DeBerry, along with Commissioner Staples and the chief of staff, oversee more than $400 million in programs each year. The Texas Department of Agriculture has one of the broadest missions of any government agency, (for a detailed list, go to www.TexasAgriculture.gov and select Programs.) “The TDA administers school lunch and breakfast programs, adult and child daycare feeding programs and food commodities distribution to food banks, as well as programs that more directly benefit agriculture, such as ag lending, pesticide regulation and ag and residential pest control. We also monitor fuel pumps for accuracy, we regulate fuel quality… we deal with a wide range of issues and large number of stakeholders. I also help the Commissioner establish policy for the TDA.” DeBerry is passionate about what he does. Growing up on a working farm, then majoring in agricultural economics and judging meat at Texas Tech, he dealt with every area of agriculture. He realized that, by being a part of the political process, he could directly help the agriculture industry. “When I went to work for Senator Duncan, I quickly realized that working in public policy was where I was meant to be,” he says. “It’s rewarding to know that what I do improves the lives of families like the one that raised me. Also, I am fortunate to work for a man who challenges me every day.” may/june 2010 T E C H S A N «
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y the time football season rolls around this fall, a new structure will be part of the Lubbock skyline. Raider Park will be a 563,584-square-foot parking garage north of Jones AT&T Stadium. The building will be 11 stories high and designed in the Spanish Renaissance style of the Texas Tech campus, with a few modern twists. The Texas Tech Alumni Association has partnered with Tao Development Group of Lubbock and the Red Raider Club to develop the facility. The alumni association will be offering gameday parking spaces for $1,500 each per year. Students may purchase parking spaces for use during the week for $350 each per semester. In addition to parking for passenger vehicles, the facility will have 18 RV spaces with hookups for sale for $5,000 each per year. Fans can join the The Champions Club at Raider Park for a tax-deductible donation of
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$1,500. Becoming a member of The Champions Club gives them game-day parking access at Raider Park. As a member of the Champions Club, people receive exclusive access to an 18,000-square-foot bar on the top floor and a sports bar on the ground floor on game days. The bars will be open to the public. “This project will provide Red Raider fans the opportunity to park in a secured and covered structure that is only 525 feet from Jones AT&T Stadium,” said Bill Dean, Ed.D., executive vice president and CEO of the Texas Tech Alumni Association. “Aside from game days, Raider Park will help alleviate some of the parking issues faced by Texas Tech students.” Membership in the Champions Club is completely separate from membership in the Texas Tech Alumni Association. The parking spaces are not sold in conjunction with Red Raider football tickets.
As part of the Marsha Sharp Freeway construction, the Texas Department of Transportation has constructed a pedestrian bridge between Raider Park and the stadium, which is a bonus for Champions Club members. It is at the corner of the parking garage and leads directly to the corner of the stadium. “We are really excited about the opportunity to serve our fan base with additional parking and glad to team up with the Texas Tech Alumni Association and Tao Development Group to help us create a great game-day environment for our student athletes, coaches and fans,” said Steve Uryasz, assistant athletic director for the Red Raider Club. Clayton Isom, CEO of Tao Development Group, projects that the project will create approximately 300 new jobs during the next few months of construction and 25 to 30 permanent jobs.
“With the recent slowdown of commercial projects in this market, we are proud to say that this project should have a huge impact on the local economy,” Isom said. “It is our hope that Raider Park will return this historic location to the cornerstone of TTU once again.” Isom notes that the structure will have minimal impact on the nearby Arnett-Benson neighborhood. He explains that all ingress and egress will be on Boston Avenue. This latest construction project will be one both of practicality and pride. It will provide much needed parking for the campus, and it also will enable members of the Champions Club an opportunity to enjoy exclusive perks. For more information about the Champions Club at Raider Park or to purchase a parking permit, please call (806) 742-GAME (4263) or visit www.TechChampionsClub.com.
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Since its inception in the mid-1920s, Texas Tech has grown from a small college to a major university with campuses spread across the state of Texas. Some of these campuses are new, some older. But, chances are, as alumni, you know only a little about these “Off-Campus Campuses.” Five of the Texas Tech University System off-campus sites will be covered, and I have asked employees from four of Texas Tech's off-campus campuses to write a feature story about their respective programs. I compiled the story on Angelo State in this issue.
Jennifer Ritz, Associate Editor
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It’s hard to believe almost three years have passed since Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas, became part of the Texas Tech University System—it was official Sept. 1, 2007. Previously, Angelo State was part of the Texas State University System. An interesting note about Angelo State is that the town in which it’s located, San Angelo, was one of the original towns considered in 1923 for the site of Texas Tech University. So, in a way, things have come full circle, since ASU is now part of the Tech family. ASU started out San Angelo Junior College in 1928 and was funded by local contributors who desired a college their region and local taxes. There were 112 students enrolled the first year San Angelo Junior College opened, and six students received diplomas that first year in May 1929. In the 1960s, the institution transitioned to a four-year state university, and in 1965 the name was changed to Angelo State University. Read on for more information about the university and the town of San Angelo. If you wish to learn more about Angelo State, visit their Web site: www.angelo.edu.
Founded: 1928 Affiliation: Texas Tech University System Campus: 268 acres Students: 6,387 (55 percent female and 45 percent male) (63.3 percent Caucasian, 25.1 percent Hispanic, 8.0 percent African-American, 1.8 percent Asian, 1.8 percent other) Programs: Nearly 100 majors spread among 40 undergraduate; 23 graduate, including one doctorate; and one associate’s degree program Teaching faculty: 254 Student-to-faculty ratio: 19:1 Semester cost estimate: In-state tuition and fees for 15 credit hours is $3,069. Room and board with a maximum meal plan is $3,628. Average book cost is $575. School colors: Blue and Gold Mascot: Rams and Rambelles Motto: “Fiat Lux,” which is Latin for “Let there be light.” Athletics: NCAA Division II and Lone Star Conference member; five men’s teams: baseball, basketball, cross country, football and outdoor track and field; seven women’s teams: basketball, cross country, golf, outdoor track and field, soccer, softball and volleyball
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Roscoe is the crown—some might say clown—prince of Angelo State University. Seen at most athletic events and many community activities, Roscoe lets his actions do his talking, whether it is leading cheers, handing out candy to children or greeting freshmen when they arrive on campus. A perpetual junior with a major in animal science and a minor in communications, Roscoe D. Ram is the son of Buck and Ewenice Ram of San Angelo. He is the only campus persona seen to wear his letter sweater everywhere. In his spare time, he hangs out with the brothers of Pi Kappa Alpha. Roscoe made his first appearance in 1970 when Wiley Burrus put on a fur-and-felt ram´s head constructed around a motorcycle helmet and appeared as Roscoe Ram I. Burrus would serve two years as Roscoe before passing the crown, err head, on to C.A. Cockrell in 1972. Though their names are known to posterity, the identity of subsequent Roscoes has been kept secret by his Pike brothers. After all, a celebrity of his magnitude needs a little privacy now and then.
A purebred Rambouillet ram, Dominic stands as a proud symbol of Angelo State University and the institution’s ties to the region and its people. The first Rambouillet ram “Shorty” was donated to the college in 1940 by area rancher D.T. Jones, who had two daughters attending the school. Jones´ generosity typified the West Texas spirit and the support ASU has had throughout its history from the people of San Angelo and the surrounding area. The ram was an appropriate symbol for the institution and the region because San Angelo has long been the center of the Texas wool and mohair industry and the home of the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association. ASU´s Agriculture Department maintains a herd of Rambouillet sheep on its ranchlands outside of town, and Dominic is selected from that herd, based upon his demeanor and the sweep of his horns. Until 1964 the ram went by a variety of names, but that year the student body held an election to decide his permanent moniker and “Dominic” won out. *Information from Angelo State University’s Web site.
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San Angelo, a Jewel on the Concho
San Angelo, the county seat of Tom Green County, is about 185 miles south-southeast of Lubbock. According to the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce’s community profile, updated in 2004, San Angelo’s residents number just north of 103,000. San Angelo has a rich military history: San Angelo is home to Goodfellow Air Force Base, a non-flying base that was established in 1940 and still operates today, and the historic Fort Concho, which was established in 1867 to protect settlers during the westward expansion that followed the Civil War. The fort was abandoned in 1889 and today is a national historic site (www.fortconcho.com), boasting 23 original and restored structures. One of the reasons Fort Concho was constructed in San Angelo was the Concho River. The city of San Angelo has created a showpiece on the river with the Vistor Center. (See photo at left.) There is also a marvelous playground and walking/running paths along the river. Another star in San Angelo’s crown is the abundance of water available for recreational purposes. There are three lakes: Lake Nasworthy, O.C. Fisher and Twin Buttes Reservoir which offer bird watching, fishing, hunting and other activities. The region surrounding San Angelo is also known for its rich hunting and ranching heritage. The town has restaurants for all palates, the Museum of Fine Arts as well as Angelo Civic Theatre, the San Angelo Symphony and San Angelo Civic Ballet. There are several other art galleries and museums. One of the town’s biggest bragging rights is the weather, and due to its location in the Sun Belt, the climate is, on average, warm and dry—add to that the culture and the town’s low cost of living to all the other positives about San Angelo, and you can see that it’s a jewel of town.
Aerial view of Lake Nasworthy, including San Angelo State University Lakehouse, where university activities are often held.
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Big 12 Indoor Championship Results From Athletic Media Relations AMES, Iowa - The Lady Raiders finished in second for the second-straight year with 115 points, and freshman Bryce Lamb was named the Big 12 highpoint performer after winning the long jump and triple jump at the Big 12 Indoor Championships in February. The Lady Raiders scored the most points in program history at an indoor conference meet. The 115 points was behind only Texas A&M’s 130.5 points. The No. 9 Red Raiders placed fifth in the men’s race with 74.5 points. Oklahoma won the men’s race with 114 points while Nebraska was second with 110. Tech brought home the most conference titles in program history with seven over the two-day meet. The men’s triple jump came down to the final jump, and Lamb came through again for the second night in a row. The freshman jumped a school and Big 12 meet record and has now moved to second on the NCAA descending order list with his mark of 16.47M (54’00.50”). He is the fourth person to win both the men’s triple jump and long jump at the Big 12 Indoor Championships. Teammate Darrell Roddickjumped 16.10M (52’-10”) to place third and earned all-conference honors. The Lady Raiders middle distance had two double champions with Caroline Karunde and Purity Biwott. Karunde gave Tech the mile title for the third time in four years, running a NCAA provisional time of 4:40.82. She was followed closely by Biwott who was second with a NCAA provisional mark 4:41.31. Biwott turned around roughly an hour and a half later and won the 800M. The race was one of the best of the day as the junior transfer took the lead coming off the last curve of the race running a NCAA provisional time of 2:07.04. Latoy Williams won the men’s 600Y with a time of 1:08.92 and became the second Red Raider to win the title. It is his first Big 12 title. Highlights were everywhere throughout the day for Tech on day two of the Big 12 Indoor Championships. Omo Osaghe set a new school record in the 60M hurdles running a NCAA automatic mark of 7.63. It took a 7.59 by defending 60M hurdle NCAA Champion Oklahoma’s Ronnie Ash to unseat Osaghae as hurdle
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champ. Jansen Hyde ran a personal-best and NCAA provisional mark of 7.76 to place fifth. The women’s 4x400M relay ran of Candace Jackson, Trudeann Clarke, Kelsey Lloyd and Taylor Evans ran a season best and NCAA provisional time of 3:36.30. The squad finished second and it is the third-fastest time in school history. Caroline Karunde continued her busy weekend by leading the Lady Raiders in the 3000M. She ran a 9:20.10 to place third with her sister Winrose Karunde behind her in sixth with a 9:31.03. Gladys Kipsang finished the 1000M in a time of 2:51.29 finishing in third. She earned her second all-conference honors of the weekend. Thomas CattinMasson in his first conference championship, placed seventh in the 1000M running a 2:29.98. Terra Evans was named All-Big 12 in both the 60M and 200M. She placed fourth in the 60M tying the school record with a 7.39. Her 200M time was a 23.97 and finished in seventh place.
sports « Lloyd added a seventh place in the women’s high jump to her busy weekend. She cleared 1.71M (5’-7.25”) and overall competed in seven events over two days. The Red Raiders had Lyle Leong clear 2.10M (6’-10.75”) to earn all-conference honors and placing sixth in the men’s high jump. Gilbert Limo ran a 4:17.58 in the men’s mile to finish in seventh place. Markus Henderson was named All-Big 12 running a 6.83 in the 60M to cross the line in sixth. Meshawn Graham earned her first allconference honors in the 600Y. She ran a 1:28.60 to place eighth. Tech had two Lady Raiders earn allconference in the 400M. Trudeann Clarke (54.11) and Erica Alexander (56.12) placed fourth and eighth, respectively. The men’s 4x400M relay wrapped up the Big 12 Indoor Championships. Bryce Brown, Zach Plinario, Jamaal Butler and Williams ran a NCAA provisional time of 3:09.56 to place fourth. The Lady Raiders lead the women’s race with 48.50 points
Red Raiders come in at No. 15 in this week’s ITA rankings From Athletic Media Relations After posting three wins last week, including two over nationally ranked opponents, the Texas Tech men’s tennis team climbed up three spots to No. 15 in this week’s (March 8) Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings. This ranking is the highest for Tech since being ranked 15th during the 2008 season, in which they finished the year at No. 20. During the 2005 season, the Red Raiders were ranked as high as No. 9 and finished the year No. 12 — both were the highest season and year-ending rankings for Tech. The Red Raiders (12-1) were on a 10-match winning streak after capturing the title at the HEB Tournament of Champions Classic last weekend (February) in Corpus Christi. Tech defeated Louisiana-Lafayette, 4-0, in the first round match before beating then No. 64 Western Michigan, 4-0. The Red Raiders went on to defeat No. 23 BYU, 4-1, in the championship match. On the year, Tech’s top two players - No. 12 Raony Carvalho and No. 58 Gonzalo Escobar are a combined 19-2.
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Mr. & Mrs. Don P. Olive `79 (Cindy Olive `79)
Mr. & Mrs. Mark T. Tatum `85 (Terrie A. Tatum `85)
Mr. Jason A. Orck `07
Mr. B. Lane Thompson `85
Mr. & Mrs. James Melton `77 (Keim Melton) Mrs. Connie S. Merritt `76
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Mr. & Ms. Stephen L. Rohde (Susan J. Akers `85)
Mr. David M. Spriggs `09
Mr. & Mrs. Chris M. Trujillo`85 (Merry M. Trujillo `82)
Mr. & Mrs. Foy D. Williams `64 (Jo A. Williams)
Ms. Jacqueline R. Wittmuss `81 Mr. & Mrs. Brian Zielinski (Casey B. Zielinski `03)
Texas Tech Alumni Association Annual Report 2009
Letter from the Executive Director Dear Alumni Association Member: The past year was a most interesting one for the Texas Tech Alumni Association. Work began last fall on the expansion of the Merket Alumni Center. We expect it will be completed this June. The expansion will double the size of the ballroom and will add an entry parlor, new marketing offices and a new catering kitchen. It will also add a bride’s room because we have a large number of weddings and wedding receptions in our building from early spring to mid-fall each year. Although we did not officially launch the Texas Tech Legacy program until this January, it unofficially began in the fall. Each Legacy participant will receive a welcome letter and gift, a personalized membership card, annual birthday greetings, and invitations to Legacy Program events throughout their membership. At various stages of childhood, legacies will receive exclusive gifts to remind them that they are part of the Texas Tech family. Gifts include items such as a children’s story book, piggy bank, backpack and key chain. I am pleased to report that the association was successful in securing $1 million in pledges for scholarship dollars in the Honors College. Members of the Alumni Association’s National Board of Directors, led by Rex Vardeman, spearheaded this effort. We also have been active in the area of legislative advocacy for the university. Although we cannot spend association dollars to influence political decisions, we can work to provide information to interested alumni and encourage them to get more involved to assist Texas Tech regarding legislative issues. After a successful 2009 Texas Tech Day in Austin, we are working on ways to improve our efforts for 2011. Other than the controversy several years ago about the recommendation to change the University Seal, nothing has generated more e-mail messages, letters, phone calls and faxes than the firing of Mike Leach. As with the seal controversy, your Alumni Association has tried to be responsive to these communications and to make sure the university administration was also aware of them, although many of these complaints also went to the administration. Hopefully, we can begin to move forward under a new head football coach. Tommy Tuberville brings the best resume of any football coach we have ever hired. Everyone I know at Ole Miss and Auburn has nothing but very good things to say about him. The Alumni Association certainly intends to support him 100 percent. There will probably be some damage to the association in the short term resulting from these events. However, my hope is that it will be minimal. We have tried to be responsive and reasonable. That is about all we can do. We thank you for your continuing support of the Alumni Association and Texas Tech University. If you have any questions or if I can be of assistance to you, please contact me at 806.742.3641, ext. 226, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bill Dean Executive Vice President and CEO Texas Tech Alumni Association
2009 National Board of Directors Executive Committee President Barbara E. McKenzie ’68...................... Sulphur Springs President-Elect Nelda Laney ’65........................................... Hale Center Immediate Past President C. Rex Isom ’78..................................................... Idalou Executive Vice President & CEO Bill Dean, Ph.D., ’61, ’65, ’71.............................Lubbock Special Positions Academic Recruiting Representative Peggy A. Maxwell ’76.....................................Grapevine Athletic Council Representative Carey Hobbs ’58..................................................... Waco EASI/Diversity Representative Telea J. Stafford ’94................................Flower Mound Endowment Trust & Finance Chair William D. “Bill” Brown ’74..................................Austin Secretary & Legal Counsel John C. Sims ’65................................................Lubbock Texas Tech University Ex-Officio Representative Kelly Overley ’92...............................................Lubbock Board Members Ryan Barbles ’02............................................... Houston Nelda Benninger ’68................................... San Antonio William D. “Bill” Benton ’78........................Van Alstyne Kristina Harris Butts ’01...................Washington, D.C. Jimmy Carmichael ’74................................ Brownwood James P. Cummings ’67.....................................Lubbock Edward Franco ’70.................................................Irving Linda Fuller ’69.............................................. Southlake Kent Hance ’65..................................................Lubbock C. Clifton Hoskins ’76............................ Corpus Christi Joan McComb ’67..............................................Lubbock Sam Medina ’73.................................................Lubbock Paul Parkinson ’74................................................. Plano Brenda Peters-Chase ’74 ................................. Houston Terry H. Putman ’69, ’72.........Colorado Springs, Colo. Mickey Rogers ’89.............................................Lubbock Linda Rutherford ’88.....................................Carrollton John F. Scovell ’68.................................................Dallas Clay Sell ’89............................................................Dallas Thomas C. Sellers ’71........................... Sulphur Springs Stephen R. Souter ’71................................ San Antonio Telea Stafford ’94.....................................Flower Mound Renée Underwood ’78.......................................Lubbock Rex J. Vardeman ’61..............................................Dallas David K. Waggoner ’83................................... Hillsboro
TTAA Membership Breakdown Members by State WA 99 OR 61
MA 37 RI 5 CT 22
NJ 47 DE 9
VA 228 NC 144
OH 59 KY 43
NH 10 VT 1
MD 63 DC 26
SC 52 GA 109
Members by College
Mass Communications 4.91%
Visual & Performing Arts 2.09% Arts & Sciences 24.03%
Human Sciences 9.71%
1.0 Engineering 12.20%
Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources 9.84%
'09 Business Administration 27.62%
Total U.S. Alumni
Total Texas Alumni
*These numbers reflect those alumni for which we have a current mailing address.
Alumni Association Awards Distinguished Alumni Awards The Texas Tech Alumni Association honored Douglas E. Barnhart, Larry D. Johnson and Wyman Meinzer as 2009 Distinguished Alumni. Douglas E. Barnhart is chief executive officer of Makena Consulting Inc., a consulting company for large construction, engineering and construction management firms, and chairman of J. Reese Construction, Inc. Both firms are based in San Diego, Calif. The West Texas native graduated with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Texas Tech in 1969. He served initially in the Republic of Vietnam and later as a U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps Officer managing naval construction projects in San Diego. He then joined C.E. Wylie Construction Inc. In 1983, he started Barnhart Inc., which eventually grew to a yearly sales volume of more than $532,000,000.00. He sold the company in 2008. At the time, Barnhart Inc. was ranked among the top 12 general contractors in California and among the top 100 in the country. Barnhart then founded Makena Consulting Inc. and J. Reese along with several real estate companies. He and his wife, Nancy, have two daughters, Tara and Tami. Well-known Houston, Texas, businessman Larry D. Johnson is the founder, president and chief executive officer of The Johnson Development Corporation. A native of Kress, Texas, in the Texas Panhandle, Johnson entered Texas Tech on a football scholarship. He earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics in 1961 from Texas Tech. He then attended the University of Texas Law School and eventually relocated to Houston. He then embarked on a career in real estate development. He began his career founding and serving as president of a Houston real estate investment and development firm for nine years until he merged it into a public company in 1970. For the next five years, he served as president of a subsidiary of First Realty Investors. Today, he heads The Johnson Development Corporation, an award-winning residential and commercial land development company. The company, founded in 1975, has developed numerous master-planned communities, such as Sienna Plantation, Fall Creek, Riverstone, Woodforest, Tuscan Lakes, Edgewater, Sweetwater Cover, Berkshire and Silverlake in Houston, and Towne Lake, BridgeMill and Lake Arrowhead in Atlanta, Ga. His company has been named a top 10 developer by the Web site Tops in America. He and his wife have five children, Nick, Chad, Scott, Jennifer and Larry. The name Wyman Meinzer is synonymous with photography. For years, he has been delighting people with his depictions of the Texas landscape and the creatures that inhabit it, as well as other parts of the globe. The Knox County, Texas, native grew up on a ranch. He earned a bachelor’s degree in wildlife management from Texas Tech in 1974. After graduation, he spent five years as a professional predator hunter. He also was a crop adjuster for what was then called the Agricultural and Stabilization and Conversation Service (ASCS) in 1974, which eventually became the FSA. For the next two years, he worked as a research associate on a coyote research project at Texas Tech University. Since 1982, Meinzer has been a photographer and author. His work has appeared in more than 250 magazines worldwide, such as Smithsonian, Natural History, Time, Newsweek, Aububon, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Texas Highways, U.S. News and World Report and BBC Wildlife. He also has produced 22 books, with more underway. His career has been featured in Southern Living magazine, the High Profile section of the Dallas Morning News and Texas Co-Op Power Magazine, as well as in the book “Texas Men: Big Guns, Rising Stars & Cowboys” by Martana. He was twice featured in an HGTV program “Building Character” that focused on his career and his historic home in Benjamin. He and his wife, Sylinda, live in Benjamin, Texas. They have two sons, Hunter and Pate, and two daughters, Sara and Maggie.
Alumni Association Awards Cavazos Award Senator Robert Duncan was honored with The Lauro F. Cavazos Award at the Texas Tech Alumni Association’s 2009 “A Matador Evening: The 49th Annual Homecoming Dinner.” Duncan has provided both countless hours of public service and financial support to Texas Tech University, West Texas and Texas as a whole. Duncan, who earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from Texas Tech in 1976 and a J.D. from Texas Tech Law School in 1981, has served for 26 years as a state representative; 10 years as District 83 Representative and 12 years as District 28 Representative. He also has served as Chairman for the State Affairs Committee and is a member of the Finance Committee, Jurisprudence Committee, Natural Resources Committee and the Budget Conference Committee. Duncan is also a partner with the Crenshaw, Dupree & Milam, L.L.P. Law Firm. He is a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of Texas, Texas Association of Defense Counsel, and the Defense Research Institute. Duncan is a member and past director of the Lubbock County Bar Association, sits on the advisory board of the Southwest Institute of Addictive Diseases and serves on the executive committee for the National Conference of Insurance Legislators. The Lauro F. Cavazos Award recognizes individuals who have made a positive impact on the university through outstanding accomplishments, acts of service and/or financial support.
Distinguished Service Award Janie Ramirez was honored with Distinguished Service Award at the Texas Tech Alumni Association’s 2009 “A Matador Evening: The 49th Annual Homecoming Dinner.” Ramirez graduated from Texas Tech University in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in bilingual secretarial in the College of Arts and Sciences. Ramirez currently serves as an Outreach Programs Administrator in the College of Education. She served as the president of the Hispanic Association of Women, chair and vice chair for Keep Lubbock Beautiful, served on the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Editorial Board, Raiders Rojos National Alumni Board, Texas Tech School of Nursing Advisory Board and served on the Texas Tech University Staff Senate. The Distinguished Service Award recognizes outstanding service rendered to the Alumni Association or Texas Tech University.
Top Techsans The Texas Tech Alumni Association honored four outstanding Texas Tech staff members at the 2009 Top Techsan Luncheon. The 2009 honorees were James Abbott, Ph.D., Associate Director, High Performance Computing Center; David Hougland, Director of Sports Broadcasting, Athletic Department; Christine Johns, Senior Specialist, Undergraduate Admissioins; Sally Logue Post, Director, Communications & Marketing. Each of the four honorees received a plaque and a cash award of $500 during the presentations. Each honoree was recognized for his or her extraordinary work proficiency and an attitude of team spirit within the Texas Tech family.
Alumni Association Highlights Social Media In 2009, the Texas Tech Alumni Association launched its comprehensive social media strategy. The TTAA began using Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and its own blog to keep Red Raiders aware of Alumni Association and university happenings around the country. By the end of 2009, we had: • 486 Followers on Twitter • 2018 Fans on the Facebook FanPage • 1242 Members of the Official Texas Tech Alumni Association Facebook Page • 552 Members of LinkedIn • 360 Friends of RaiderBling • 25 TTAA Chapter Groups (monitored by Chapter Presidents) • 4,066 unique views to www.TTUAlumniBlog.org Raider Ranch Raider Ranch, which has been partnered with the Alumni Association for several years, is a master-planned, gated community for those 55 and better located in the heart of Lubbock. This resort-style property offers individual villas, condominium-style residences and Horizon Bay Traditions at Raider Ranch, which is a full-service stand-alone community offering the perfect complement of assisted living services for older adults who need help with daily living activities. The property had its official grand opening in the fall and the number of residents is steadily growing. Proceeds from this partnership help the Alumni Association fund scholarships and other support projects for Texas Tech. Legislative The Texas Tech Alumni Association legislative advocacy efforts were in high gear in 2009. The year began with the TTAA helping to sponsor and organize Texas Tech Day at the state capitol in Austin. The TTAA’s National Board coordinated its winter meeting so that the board members could be in Austin to attend the Tech Day events. Alumni from around the state were invited and more than 200 of them came to Austin to show their support for Texas Tech. The Alumni Association also worked to sponsor and organize Texas Tech Day in Washington, D.C. During these celebrations, the Texas Tech message is shared along with the needs of the university. The purpose is to help increase the funding provided to Texas Tech from these legislative bodies. The Legislative Committee of the TTAA National Board was also instrumental in getting the word out about the Proposition 4 initiative that was approved on election night, November 3. This amendment will create an independent research university fund that will allow research universities in the state of Texas to achieve national prominence as major research universities. Texas Tech is one of seven schools in the state of Texas vying to become the state’s next Tier One research institute, and the passage of this Proposition was a critical first step in this process. Ring Savings Plan After more than five years of research and planning, the Alumni Association was able to implement an automated Ring Savings Program in 2009. This program allows Texas Tech students to have a payment plan for their Official Class Ring by putting $75 per semester on their tuition. The students can then redeem the money they have set aside when they are eligible to purchase a ring. The TTAA had been administering this program manually for several years, but in 2009, this process moved to an electronic format. Texas Tech students were now able to see this option as part of their online portal to the university’s student services Web site. This move helped to increase the number of participants in the program from less than 50 to more than 500 by the end of the year.
Merket Alumni Center Expansion
Merket Alumni Center Expansion Project Continues Construction progresses on the Peggy and Bill Dean Expansion to Merket Alumni Center, set to be complete in Spring 2010. The Texas Tech Alumni Association (TTAA) broke ground May 12, 2009, on the Peggy and Bill Dean Expansion to Merket Alumni Center. And by the time 2009 ended, the project was well on its way to completion. The TTAA wanted to keep the doors open to the existing banquet halls for as long as possible. Therefore, the project began on the west side of the building and worked its way east to connect with the existing structures. After several months of working around the functioning banquet halls, the project reached the point of needing to connect the new addition to the existing structure. So, beginning in midDecember 2009, the Merket Alumni Center closed its doors for construction. The renovated Merket Alumni Center is scheduled to open its doors once again in June 2010. The fall of 2009 also saw work begin on the Anders Courtyard, which will be on the east side of the President’s home. Many brides have their weddings and receptions on the east lawn and now they will have an even more beautiful setting for their events. Scheduled for completion in spring 2010, the expansion project will almost double the present Merket Alumni Center by adding 10,694 square feet. A new, second entrance into the facility will open into the Peggy and Bill Dean Grand Reception Hall. Three new banquet/meeting rooms will be constructed on the west end of the building. Other features in the addition include a new serving kitchen with storage; a new circulation, staging and planning office; a bride’s room and new restrooms. The existing kitchen will be remodeled into an office suite for the association’s marketing department. Two memorial groves will be planted on the grounds, and a second courtyard will be built to the east, featuring an outdoor gazebo and bronze sculpture of the Official Texas Tech Class Ring. There are still numerous opportunities for you to support this project. Please call 806.742.3641 or visit www.MerketExpansion.com for more information.
Texas Tech Alumni Association and Subsidiary Financial information provided by Becky North, Chief Financial Officer
Consolidated Statement of Financial Position December 31, 2009 and 2008 2009 Assets Cash & Cash Equivalents 3,670,646 Short-Term Investments – Receivables – Accounts Receivables 179,814 Contributions Receivables 177,620 Other Receivables 431 Due from Affiliate(s) 68 Note Receivable-Related Party – Inventory 8,411 Prepaid Expenses 105,033 Restricted Cash & Receivables 3,050,154 Property & Equipment 4,537,640 Cash Surr. Value of Life Ins. 221,665 Note Receivable-Related Party – Other Assets 1,915 Total Assets 11,953,398
Consolidated Statement of Activities For the years ended December 31, 2009 and 2008
4,450,361 – – 71,721 119,869 1,641 – 5,704 14,877 88,809 873,666 2,895,612 221,665 4,296 2,511 8,750,732
Liabilities & Net Assets Liabilities Accounts Payable 72,221 Retirement Payable 401(K) ESA 8,097 Accured Liabilities 33,992 Payroll Liabilities 102,188 Sales Tax Payable – Accrued Compensated Absences 957,355 Ring Deposits – Due to Affiliate(s) 104 Deferred Revenues 186,952 Total Liabilities 1,360,908
71,228 – 29,261 110,224 – 45,354 11,600 – 149,124 416,791
Net Assets Unrestricted Temporarily Restricted Permanently Restricted Total Net Assets
9,903,052 424,424 265,013 10,592,490
7,238,610 825,662 269,669 8,333,941
Total Liabilites & Net Assets
2009 Revenue Sales & Commissions 125,860 Contributions Unrestricted 1,753,333 In-Kind Contributions – University Support 110,000 Restricted 32,650 Sponsorships 62,900 Rental Income 221,138 Programs & Special Events 193,097 Texas Techsan Magazine Revenues 138,891 Royalty Income 662,794 Investment Income 54,529 Insurance Proceeds – Building Fund Expansion 2,188,344 Gain (Loss) on Sale of Assets – Miscellaneous Income 5,396 Total Revenue 5,548,932 Net Assets Released from Rest. – Total Revenues & Other Support 5,548,932
2,483,981 – 110,000 – 76,467 291,880 244,714 182,529 566,524 142,397 – – – 2,759 3,540,541 – 3,540,541
Expenses Program Expenses 1,879,880 Fund Raising Expenses 598,930 Management & General Expenses 811,573 Total Expenses 3,290,383
2,298,086 572,453 655,387 3,525,926
Increase in Net Assets 2,258,549 Net Assets, Beginning of the Year 8,333,941 Net Assets, End of the Year 10,592,490
734,965 7,598,976 8,333,941
Unaudited Financial Information
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Texas Tech Class Ring and Leaders Plaza The Texas Tech Class Ring and Leaders Plaza, to be located on the grounds of Merket Alumni Center, will include a two-ton bronze replica of the Official Texas Tech Class Ring, one of the most popular and fastest growing Tech traditions since it was first introduced in 1999. It will be surrounded by 16-by-8 inch cast stone pavers that will honor the leadership achievements of Texas Tech alumni and friends who are donors to the project. The pavers may include degrees, graduation years, honors, leadership roles, career accomplishments or similar information. Priced at $750, each paver may be paid over three years. Pavers for $750 each – payable over three years – will line the Leadership Plaza and will be a permanent monument to the donors’ leadership roles during their years at Texas Tech or from their careers. For more information, contact Texas Tech Alumni Association at (806) 742-3641.
PROJ ECT UPD ATE Fundraising for Merket Expansion Tops $3 Million
is targeted for the Peggy and Bill Dean Expansion to Merket Alumni Center, now in its final phase of construction. Fundraising chairwoman Nelda Laney announced during spring break that pledges totaling $3,011,464 have been made by Texas Tech alumni and friends toward the $4 million project budget. Many donors are choosing to participate in the Texas Tech Class Ring and Leaders Plaza by purchasing engraved 12" x 8" cast stone pavers that highlight their achievements at Tech or since graduation. (See March/April 2010 Techsan) Priced at $750 each and payable over three years, the pavers will be a perfect complement to the 6'3" bronze sculpture of the class ring that will be a popular photo spot on campus. Complete details about the project are available at www.MerketExpansion.com, or by contacting Jim Douglass at email@example.com or (806) 742-3641.
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Alexander, Dr. Chuck and Keri Anderson, John & Edna Bednarczyk, John & Cassandra Black, Brandon & Erin Brenner, Wich Butler, Roy Calhoun, Frank Carruth, Julian & Dolores Carter, John & Erika Chisum, The Honorable Warren & Omega Clark, Robert & Penni Dannevik, Paul & Katherine Day, Weldon & Patricia Elmer Tarbox Children's Partnership Greenwood, William & Carla Grimes, Roy & Jerry Haley, Dr. Elizabeth & Dr. Glenn Jones Hancock, Dain & Marian Harper, Charles & Betsy Heitkamp, Scott & Carrie Henthorn, Chad & Heather Howard, Kay & Dan Huffman, Walter & Anne Irwin, Jeff Johnson, Frank & Linda Johnson, Larry & Suzie Johnston, Danny & Pat Lankford, Hugh & Kristi Lyons, Ken, Jr. and Cheridan McClure, Glynda McKenzie, Ryan & Kathleen Merrill, Ryan Minnis, Michael Moore, Robert & Dorothy Morris, Marvin & Peggy Nobles, Ross Pe, Dr. Win and Ms. Thit Wint Peters-Chase, Brenda Rieck, Irene Robertson, Elson & Lori Rosson, Dorothy
Rudd, Jim & Brenda Sawyer, Tom Sawyer, Tom & Abigail Sawyer, Zach & Victoria Schrank, Craig & Jill Sell, Tom & Kyla Snyder, William & Sally Staudt, Mark & Amanda Teesdale, Chris & Deborah Thomasson, John Russell & Elizabeth Thomasson, Russell & Gracelyn Waddle, Bobby & Shirley Ward, T. J ohn & Elizabeth Wayne, Geoff & Leslie Webb, Trey & Jennifer
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Sid F. Spear (BA Journalism) San Antonio, Texas, plays golf twice a week at his retirement home in San Antonio. He was managing editor of The Toreador from 1939 to 1940. As director of public affairs at Cape Canaveral from 1957 to 1961, he opened the Cape to the news media, built press sites for them, and furnished transportation to and from the Cape so that space and missile activity could be accurately reported there. He is retired from the U.S. Air Force and the Lockheed Martin Corp. After leaving Lockheed Martin, he spent seven years as a homebuilder in central Florida. At 92, he travels extensively and is a crack shot at the pistol and rifle range.
’ 62 Thomas “Tom” Laney (BSE Secondary Education) Henderson, Texas, a retired pilot with Continental Airlines, served as moderator of Grace Presbytery, the governing body of 175 Presbyterian churches in northeast Texas, during 2009. His wife is Patricia Park Laney (’62 BA Mathematics).
’ 65 Carolyn Pohl Limmer (BS Home Economics Education) Snyder, Texas, retired, taught home economics in Snyder Independent School District for 32 years. She and her husband, Howard, have two sons.
Brig. Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. (BS Civil Engineering) is commander, 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy. A command pilot with more than 2,700 flying hours, including 81 combat hours, he commands the only permanently assigned U.S. Air Force fighter aircraft wing in NATO’s Southern Region. The wing conducts and supports air combat operations and maintains munitions for NATO. The wing has approximately 4,200 active-duty military members, nearly 300 U.S. civilians and 600 civilian employees. The wing’s mission is driven by two combat-ready F-16C fighter squadrons and an air control squadron. Gen. Brown has held various squadron and wing level positions during operational assignments to include
instructing in the F-16 Division, USAF Weapons School. His staff tours include aide-de-camp to the chief of staff of the Air Force; air operations officer, U.S. Central Command; and deputy chief, Program Integration Division, Directorate of Programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force. Gen. Brown has served as a fighter squadron commander, commandant of the USAF Weapons School, and commander of the 8th Fighter Wing. Prior to his current assignment, he was director, secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff Executive Action Group, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. His wife is Sharene.
James E. Cato (BS Electrical Engineering, ’69 MS Electrical Engineering, ’71 Ph.D. Electrical Engineering) Huntsville, Ala., recently was inducted by Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc. into its prestigious Engineering Fellows Program for his extraordinary lifetime contributions in the fields of engineering and science. His wife is Patty.
William E. Miller (BA Psychology) Lubbock, recently was named executive director of the Reese Technology Center, successor entity to Reese Air Force Base. His wife, Linda Riek Miller (’73 BSE Secondary Education, ’79 M.Ed. Reading Education), is a faculty member at South Plains College.
’ 69 John Jay Vollet III (BA Biology, ’70 MS Biology) Dallas, Texas, recently retired from Pfizer, Inc. after 29 years in oncology research. He accepted a new position in medical affairs, auto-immune diseases with UCB, Inc., an Atlanta, Georgia-based Belgian bio-pharma company. He has been an adjunct professor of microbiology at Eastfield College in Mesquite, Texas. He and his wife, Lucy, enjoy extensive travel.
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Kay Watson Fulton (BA English) Lubbock, retired in 1993 from a job as assistant director of occupational therapy at Rancho Los Amigos Rehabilitation in Downey, Calif. After 30 years in California, she moved back to Lubbock, where she enjoys spending time with friends.
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’ 75 Larry W. Hicks (BS Dairy Management, ’80 JD Law) El Paso, Texas, managing shareholder of Hicks and Llamas, P.C., married Georgia on April 11, 2009.
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The Texas Tech Alumni Association would like to offer a special thanks to our Platinum and Gold members for their support. Platinum ($2,500 or more annually)
Mr. & Mrs. G. Barney Adams ‘75 (Kandy Adams ‘75) Lubbock, TX Mr. & Mrs. Larry Anders ‘78 (Nesa Anders ‘81) Plano, TX Mr. & Mrs. Mike Baca (Jan W. Baca ‘70) Vega, TX Mr. & Mrs. Edward Benninger, Jr. ‘65 (Nelda Benninger ‘68) San Antonio, TX Mr. & Mrs. C. Robert Black ‘58 (Billie K. Black) Horseshoe Bay, TX Mr. & Mrs. Bryant Bonner ‘95 (Whitney R. Bonner ‘96) San Antonio, TX Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Brawley ‘95 (Sabrina Brawley ‘94) Keller, TX Mr. & Mrs. Richard Breedlove ‘70 (Lorrie Breedlove) Spring, TX Mr. & Mrs. Robert F. Brown ‘59 (Elena Brown) Lamesa, TX Mr. & Mrs. Robert W. Broyles ‘51 (Helen P. Broyles) Fort Worth, TX Mr. Clay Cash ‘97 Midland, TX Mr. & Mrs. R. Don Cash ‘66 (Kay Cash ‘67) Lubbock, TX Mr. & Mrs. Donald G. Chenault ‘82 (Vicki L. Chenault) Austin, TX Mr. & Mrs. Kemp Copeland ‘83 (Janet Copeland) Houston, TX Mr. Floyd Cotham ‘83 Dallas, TX Mr. & Mrs. Enoch L. Dawkins ‘60 (Frances Dawkins) New Orleans, LA Mr. Gayle M. Earls ‘59 Frisco, TX
Mr. Daniel F. Frye, III ‘73 Austin, TX Mr. H. Wayne Henry ‘75 APO, AE Mr. & Mrs. Bob L. Herd ‘57 (Patsy N. Herd) Tyler, TX Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Hix ‘70 (Leslie Hix ‘71) Houston, TX Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Holloman ‘80 (Karlene Holloman) San Francisco, CA Mr. & Mrs. Peter M. Holt (Julianna Hawn Holt ‘69) Blanco, TX Mr. & Mrs. Tom W. Jacobs ‘87 (Jerri L. Jacobs) Katy, TX Mr. & Mrs. Leon Jeffcoat ‘66 (Patricia E. Jeffcoat ‘66) Midland, TX Mr. & Mrs. Russell Mathis ‘80 (Wendy Mathis) Midland, TX Mrs. Joan McComb ‘67 Lubbock, TX Mr. & Mrs. Michael McKenzie ‘68 (Barbara McKenzie ‘69) Sulphur Springs, TX Col. (ret) & Mrs. Michael Morse ‘63 (Constance Morse) Marble Falls, TX Mr. & Mrs. R. Northcutt ‘82 (Karen Northcutt ‘84) The Woodlands, TX Mr. & Mrs. James R Pendell ‘81 (Belinda J. Pendell) Clint, TX Mr. R. Maxey Pinson ‘47 Oklahoma City, OK Mr. & Mrs. Joe H. Price (Mary Jo Price ‘53) San Antonio, TX Mr. & Mrs. John W. Redmon ‘71 (Ann R. Redmon ‘71) The Woodlands, TX
Mr. & Mrs. Michael L. Riddle ‘69 (Carol Riddle) Dallas, TX Mr. & Mrs. Robert T. Rose (Susan Menelaides Rose ‘76) Scottsdale, AZ Ms. Nancy R. Ruff, Ed.D. ‘69 Clinton, WA Mr. Marlis E. Smith ‘54 Englewood, CO Mr. & Mrs. William B. Snyder ‘55 (Sally M. Snyder) Saint Petersburg, FL Mr. & Mrs. Stephen R. Souter ‘71 (Jill Souter) Alamo Heights, TX Mr. & Mrs. James H. Stone ‘50 (Evelyn B. Stone ‘48) Hattiesburg, MS Mr. & Mrs. Barry C. Street ‘79 (SuDeline Street ‘79) Kress, TX Mr. & Mrs. Dale V. Swinburn ‘65 (Cheryl Swinburn) Tulia, TX Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Swofford, Jr. ‘47 (Sarah Swofford ‘47) San Diego, CA Mr. & Mrs. Randall Vines ‘84 (Dona Vines ‘86) Montgomery, TX Mr. & Mrs. John Wald ‘80 (Karen Wald ‘80) Southlake, TX Mr. & Mrs. Edward Whitacre ‘64 (Linda Whitacre ‘65) San Antonio, TX *As of March 16, 2010
Gold ($1,000 to $2,499 annually) Mr. & Mrs. Terry L. Adams ‘78 (Deborah T. Adams) Henrico, VA Mr. & Mrs. William A. Adams ‘71 (Linda R. Adams ‘71) Arlington, TX Mr. & Mrs. Grant Adamson ‘81 (Nelda Adamson) Austin, TX Mr. & Mrs. Robert B. Adcox ‘95 (Keeley K Orman-Adcox ‘95) Dripping Springs, TX Mr. John Albert ‘09 Irving, TX Mr. Richard G. Alexander, D.D.S. ‘58 (Janna Alexander ‘58) Arlington, TX Dr. B. L. Allen ‘48 Lubbock, TX Mr. & Mrs. Ronald G. Althof ‘79 (Deidra R. Althof) Newburgh, IN Mr. & Mrs. David Anderson ‘84 (Susan Anderson ‘85) Lake Oswego, OR Mr. & Mrs. Dennis W. Anthony ’75 (Loraine C. Anthony) Friona, TX Mr. & Mrs. M. Todd Barnes ‘91 (Amy Barnes) Tyler, TX Mr. Paul M. Barowsky ‘00 (Sarah Barowsky) San Antonio, TX Mr. Danny Bates ‘78 Dallas, TX Mr. & Mrs. William D. Benton ‘78 (Paula M. Benton) Van Alstyne, TX Mr. & Mrs. Oran H. Berry, III ’71 (Linda L. Berry ‘70) San Angelo, TX Mr. & Mrs. Brent C. Bertrand ‘87 (Tonya H. Bertrand ‘86) Round Rock, TX Mr. & Mrs. Hubert P. Bezner ’49 (Victoria M. Bezner) Dallas, TX
Mr. & Mrs. John F. Bickley, III ’74 (Sandi Bickley) Garland, TX Mr. David D. Bishop ‘88 Arlington, TX Mr. & Mrs. John E. Blake ‘49 (Carol J. Blake) Austin, TX Mr. & Mrs. Michael Bridges ‘81 (Cindy Bridges) The Woodlands, TX Mr. & Mrs. Bennie R. Brigham ’65 (Mary G. Brigham ’66) Dallas, TX Mr. & Mrs. Larry R. Britton ’69 (Judith A. Britton) Arlington, TX Mr. Oscar Brown ‘51 Arlington, TX Mr. & Mrs. William D. Brown ‘74 (Karen E. Brown ‘74) Austin, TX Lt. Colonel & Mrs. Mark Bryant ’83 (Paula H. Bryant) Salt Lake City, UT Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Bryant ’73 (Rebecca E. Bryant) Mechanicsburg, PA Dr. J. Fred Bucy, Ph.D. ‘51 Dallas, TX Mr. & Mrs. Steve Burleson ’83 (Elizabeth G. Burleson ’84) Midland, TX Mr. & Mrs. Larry R. Byrd ’57 (Patricia A. Byrd) Dallas, TX Ms. Caren C. Caffrey ‘86 Sharpsburg, GA Mrs. Barbara M. Carter ‘79 Antioch, CA Mr. David R. Carter ‘87 Levelland, TX Mr. & Mrs. Eugene C. Chambers ‘66 (Carole Chambers) Katy, TX
Mr. Mark A. Cina ‘75 Harker Heights, TX
Dr. & Mrs. Kenneth Ciolli (Kim Ciolli ‘91) San Antonio, TX
Mr. & Mrs. Mark A. Conrad (Christy D. Conrad ’92) Spring, TX Mr. & Mrs. Richard N. Cook ‘74 (Mary Cook) Katy, TX Dr. & Mrs. Todd K. Cowan ‘81 (Veronica Cowan) Fort Worth, TX Mr. Brenton A. Croley ‘96 (Carrie E. Croley ‘95) Carrollton, TX Mr. & Mrs. Tim G. Culp ‘81 (Annette Culp ‘81) Midland, TX Mr. Charles Cummings ‘59 Fort Worth, TX Mr. Frank M. Cushing Falls Church, VA Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth G. Davis ‘84 (Lisa G. Davis) Tulsa, OK Mrs. & Mrs. Tom D. Davis ‘50 (Marjorie Davis) San Angelo, TX Mr. & Mrs. Sean D. Davis ‘86 (Donna Davis) Baltimore, MD Dr. Miles Day & Dr. Audra Day ‘99 Lubbock, TX Dr. & Mrs. Bill F. Dean, Ph.D. ’61 (Peggy M. Dean ’66) Lubbock, TX Mrs. Sue Derr ’50 Colleyville, TX Ms. Jane B. Dickson ’74 Stephenville, TX Mr. & Mrs. Jim A. Douglass ‘70 (Patti Douglass ‘85) Lubbock, TX
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Dowdey ‘88 (Cynthia Dowdey ‘88) Richardson, TX Mr. & Mrs. John C. Downs ’66 (Edie Downs) Sadler, TX Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Dry ‘73 (Laura Dry) Flower Mound, TX Mr. & Mrs. Scott Dueser ‘75 (Carla Dueser) Abilene, TX Mr. Michael Earthman Houston, TX Ms. Patricia A. Erwin ‘77 Taylor, TX Mr. & Mrs. Robert L. Fannin ‘70 (Linda B. Fannin) San Antonio, TX Mr. & Mrs. Francisco Figueroa ‘67 (Sharon M. Figueroa) Richland, WA Mr. Clyde L. Fincher ’30 San Benito, TX Mr. & Mrs. Edward B. Franco ‘70 (Nora Franco) Irving, TX Mr. & Mrs. Terry E. Fuller ‘77 (Linda S. Fuller ‘69) Southlake, TX Mr. & Mrs. Ricky Gaddis (Melinda Gaddis ‘84) Katy, TX Mr. & Mrs. David Gates ‘85 (Jill Gates ‘85) Madison, MS Mr. & Mrs. Mariano Gomez, Jr. ‘90 (Elena Gomez) Austin, TX Dr. & Mrs. James C. Graham ‘63 (Rachel S. Graham) Creve Coeur, MO Mr. & Mrs. Thomas R. Green ’64 (Mary Ann Green ’64) Fair Oaks Ranch, TX Mr. & Mrs. Steve Greer ‘68 (Dolores G. Greer) Lubbock, TX Mr. & Mrs. J. Todd Gregory ‘85 (Nancy E. Gregory) Fort Worth, TX Dr. & Mrs. Dan M. Guy (Terri S. Guy ’73) Santa Fe, NM Dr. Nadim Haddad ‘88 Potomac, MD Mr. & Mrs. David H. Hadden ‘78 (Pamela A. Hadden ‘87) Allen, TX Mrs. Karen Hamel ‘93 Lubbock, TX Mrs. Amy R. Hammer ‘72 Falls Church, VA Mr. & Mrs. Bobby Hammond ‘75 (Cynthia Hammond) Woodland Hills, CA Chancellor & Mrs. Kent R. Hance ’65 (Susie Hance) Lubbock, TX Ms. Bobbie C. Harris Opelika, AL Mr. & Mrs. Joe W. Harris ‘55 (Denise M. Harris) Bellingham, WA Mr. & Mrs. Owen Harrison ‘73 (Lois Harrison) San Angelo, TX Dr. Robert I. Hart, M.D. ’80 & Dr. Susan E. Hart, M.D. Baton Rouge, LA Mr. & Mrs. John W. Harvill ‘72 (Jean R. Harvill) Harvey, LA Mr. & Mrs. Marc Hayes (Amy Hayes ‘96) Lubbock, TX Mr. & Mrs. Daniel W. Heinchon ‘81 (Nita C. Heinchon ‘81) San Antonio, TX Mr. Scott E. Heinzman ’87 Hanover Park, IL Mr. Homer L. Hensley, IV ‘96 Lubbock, TX Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Herrin ‘82 (Cheryl Herrin ‘83) Tampa, FL Mr. & Mrs. Gregory R. Hoes ’86 (Lori Hoes) Garland, TX Mr. & Mrs. Don J. Howe ‘71 (Vickie Howe) Alpharetta, GA Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Huckabee ’91 (Robin Huckabee ’92) Fort Worth, TX Dr. Tim Huckabee ‘87 Southlake, TX Mr. & Mrs. Drew M. Ingram ‘79 (Laura J. Ingram ‘79) Midland, TX Mr. & Mrs. Rex Isom ’78 (Nancy Isom ’80) Idalou, TX Mr. & Mrs. Larry D. Johnson ’61 (Suzie E. Johnson ’62) Houston, TX Mr. Van J. Josselet ‘74 Dalhart, TX
Major & Mrs. Anthony D. Killa ‘95 (Carolyn T. Killa) Atlanta, GA Mr. & Mrs. Derrick Kirkpatrick ‘01 (Kimberly Kirkpatrick ‘01) Pflugerville, TX Mr. & Mrs. Curt Langford ‘90 (Jill Langford ‘90) Lubbock, TX Mr. & Mrs. Charles Latch ‘71 (Linda Latch) Houston, TX Mr. Rowland C. Lawson ’84 Soldotna, AK Mr. Robert J. Lewis ’49 Sea Island, GA Mr. & Mrs. Russell H. Logan ‘51 (Carol L. Logan) Colleyville, TX Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Loveless ‘93 (Stacy Loveless ‘92) Cos Cob, CT Mr. & Mrs. Larry K. Lowe ‘67 (Ashley Lowe) Lubbock, TX Mr. & Mrs. Wendell W. Mayes, Jr ‘49 (Mary Jane Mayes) Austin, TX Mr. & Mrs. Brian F. McCoy ’75 (Wetonnah L. McCoy) San Marcos, TX Mr. & Mrs. John L. McCoy ’70 (Lynnda J. McCoy ’68) Haslet, TX Mr. & Mrs. George G. McDuff ‘58 (Beverly J. McDuff ‘54) Lubbock, TX Mr. & Mrs. M. Ryan McKenzie ‘98 (Kathleen McKenzie ‘04) Sulphur Springs, TX Dr. John S. Menzies, D.V.M. ‘75 Cleburne, TX Ms. Patsy Middleton ‘57 Austin, TX Mr. & Mrs. Robert B. Miers ‘82 (Sarah Miers) Abilene, TX Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Mikolajczyk ‘60 (Hilda Mikolajczyk) Broussard, LA Mr. & Mrs. Jacob A. Miller ‘01 (Erica Miller) Lubbock, TX Mrs. Martha H. Miller ‘49 Brenham, TX Mr. Charles B. Mitchell ‘56 (Bettye A. Mitchell) Houston, TX Mr. Glenn Moor ‘84 Lubbock, TX Dr. Joshua H. Moore ‘04 & Dr. Christina M. Moore ‘03 Tulia, TX Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Moore ‘94 (Kathryn Moore) Plano, TX Mr. & Mrs. Patrick E. Munn ‘61 (Janice Munn) Odessa, TX Mr. Paul C. Nader, M.D. ‘81 Austin, TX Dr. & Mrs. Raghu Narayan ‘71 (Barbara Narayan) Conroe, TX Mr. & Mrs. H. Jack Naumann (Melinda Naumann) Midland, TX Mr. & Mrs. Mark Neas ‘92 (Gaylynn Neas) Dayton, MD Dr. James D. Norcross ‘87 Irving, TX Mr. & Mrs. John C. Owens ’71 (Cynthia M. Owens ’73) Lubbock, TX Dr. & Mrs. Brian Papworth ‘88 (Mardi Papworth) Albuquerque, NM Mr. Paul E. Parkinson ‘74 Plano, TX Mr. Gary R. Petersen ‘68 Houston, TX Mr. & Mrs. Mike J. Petraitis ‘79 (Martha M. Petraitis ‘81) Midland, TX Mr. David R. Pickering Lubbock, TX Mr. Ivan W. Pinney ‘07 The Woodlands, TX Mr. & Mrs. Stephen S. Poore ‘90 (Christina Poore) Mercer Island, WA Mr. & Mrs. Bradley P. Poteet ’96 (Gina M. Poteet ’97) Houston, TX Mr. & Mrs. Billy Power ‘47 (Ruby Power ‘44) Lubbock, TX Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey D. Price (Barbara D. Price ‘74) Boerne, TX Mr. & Mrs. Scott R. Pullen ‘80 (Carroll A. Pullen) Sugar Land, TX Mrs. Mendy W. Putman ‘81 Colorado Springs, CO
Mr. & Mrs. Gil H. Radtke ‘82 (Ann G. Radtke) Houston, TX Mr. & Mrs. Ben Ralston ‘76 (Jeannie Ralston ‘77) Wichita Falls, TX Mr. Jerry S. Rawls ’67 Los Altos, CA Mr. & Mrs. Steve Reichmuth ‘72 (Barbara Reichmuth) Dallas, TX Mr. J. Ross Relyea ‘53 Oklahoma City, OK Mr. & Mrs. Paul E. Rider ‘67 (De De Rider) Lubbock, TX Mr. & Mrs. Charles Rippy ‘84 (Michele Rippy) Flint, TX Mrs. Kathy H. Roberts ‘72 Houston, TX Mr. & Mrs. Douglass C. Robison ‘79 (Angie Robison) Midland, TX Ms. Terry Rolan ‘85 Saint Louis, MO Mr. & Mrs. John E. Roueche, III ‘88 (Elise W. Roueche) Houston, TX Mr. & Mrs. Bari A. Sadler ‘02 (Mary K. Sadler ‘02) Baytown, TX Dr. & Mrs. Martin Salazar, Ed.D. ‘78 (Margie Salazar) Lubbock, TX Mr. & Mrs. Keith Samples ‘77 (Megan Samples) Calabasas, CA Mr. & Mrs. Robbie R. Sartain ‘79 (Kathleen M. Sartain ‘79) Midland, MI Mrs. Sammie F. Saulsbury ‘58 Monroe, LA Dr. Alan C. Schauer, D.D.S. ’77 Austin, TX Ms. Anita R. Smith ‘63 Slidell, TX Mr. & Mrs. Jerry V. Smith ‘65 (Gail P. Smith ‘68) Dallas, TX Mr. & Mrs. Lucian Smith ‘74 (Kristin Smith ‘76) Hunt, TX Mr. Robert D. Smith ‘82 Fort Worth, TX Mr. Garrett L. Spradling ’04 Borger, TX Mrs. Karisa P. Sprague ‘01 Loveland, CO Mr. & Mrs. Scott D. Stedman ‘98 (Tamie Stedman ‘98) Frisco, TX Mr. & Mrs. Larry G. Strickland ‘70 (Linda F. Strickland) Lake Arrowhead, CA Mr. & Mrs. Max S. Swinburn ‘67 (Doris Swinburn) Dimmitt, TX Mr. & Mrs. R. Brian Teal ‘95 (Jessica Teal ‘96) Dallas, TX Mr. & Mrs. Don D. Thetford ’56 (Mary B. Thetford) Houston, TX Mr. & Mrs. Fred Timberlake, Jr. ’68 (Kay G. Timberlake) Lubbock, TX Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Traylor ‘86 (Laura Traylor) Austin, TX Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Turner ‘68 (Diane Turner ‘68) Blanco, TX Mr. & Mrs. Fred A. Underwood ‘71 (Pam Underwood) Lubbock, TX Mr. Ralph Waggoner ‘49 Wichita Falls, TX Mr. & Mrs. John B. Walker ’68 (Lisa A. Walker) Houston, TX Mr. & Mrs. Ben B. Wallace ’76 (Patricia H. Wallace) Corpus Christi, TX Mr. & Mrs. Dan G. Webster, III ‘61 (Molly I. Webster) San Antonio, TX Mr. & Mrs. Herman Wheatley, Jr. ‘65 (Barbara Wheatley) Brownfield, TX Mr. & Mrs. Bryant L. Williams, Jr. ‘61 (Brenda Williams) Kerrville, TX Mr. D. Andy Williams ‘91 (Camille Williams) Dimmitt, TX Mr. Lewis Williams ‘57 Montgomery, TX Mr. & Mrs. James S. Young ‘49 (Peggy B. Young) Lubbock, TX *As of March 16, 2010
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’ 83 S. Ali Abbasi (BAR Architecture Structure, BSCE Civil Engineering) Clarksville, Md., recently was invited to serve on the American Water Resources Association’s Policy Technical Committee. His wife is Fatim.
’86 Keith M. Driggers (BBA Economics) Tallahassee, Fla., recently was appointed chief executive officer of Florida Home Builders Insurance, Inc. and president and manager of Global Construction Insurance and Risk Services, L.L.C. Both companies are wholesale insurance brokers serving the construction industry. He and his wife, Kimberly, have two children.
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» alumni news John P. Jennings (BAR Architecture Design) Natick, Mass., recently was named associate vice president of Cannon Design, a large architecture and engineering firm with offices in the United States, Canada, Shanghai and Mumbai. He works as a project manager
in the firm’s healthcare practice. His wife is Stephanie.
Christopher R. Traylor (BA Telecommunications) Austin, Texas, recently was named commissioner for the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services. He previously was the associate commissioner for Medicaid
and the Children’s Health Insurance Program at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. His wife is Laura.
’ 87 Charlie Hodges (BGS General Studies) Fort Worth, Texas, is owner and operator of Hodges PR Services and Consulting based out of Fort Worth. The firm specializes in providing public information, crisis communications and new media services to cities. Hodges also provides branding, market identity and research services for cities and businesses. His wife is Lisa.
’88 Deborah Salvey Arndorfer (BBA Marketing) Frisco, Texas, is president of Supply Link Inc., a Frisco-based manufacturer’s representative group that is celebrating its sixth year of business. Arndorfer and her husband, Tim, have two children.
’92 Nolan J. Baker (BS Electrical Electronics Tech) Las Vegas, Nev., recently passed the New Mexico Fire Protection Professional Engineer exam, which validates knowledge, technical expertise and commitment to public health, safety and welfare. Passing the exam is a significant accomplishment in the fire protection field. Baker is a fire protection engineer for the Clark County Building Department in Las Vegas. His wife is Terri. Fritz Reinig (BGS General Studies) Austin, Texas, and his wife, Jane, announce the birth of their son, Vance Patrick, on Dec. 30. They also have a daughter.
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’93 Nelson H. Balido Jr. (BA Spanish, BS International Trade) San Antonio, Texas, is president of Border Trade Alliance. His wife is Sandra. Rudy Ritz (BS Agricultural Education, ’94 MS, ’09 Ed.D.) Lubbock, and his wife, Jennifer Bell Ritz (’94 Agricultural Communications, ’95 MS Agriculture), announce the birth of their third son, Reagan Theodore, on Nov. 6. Rudy is an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural Education and Communications at Texas Tech, and Jennifer is the associate editor of the Texas Techsan magazine.
’94 M’Lyn Turner Hefner (MSA Accounting, BBA Accounting) Murphy, Texas, and her husband, Kris, announce the birth of their second son, Hudson Kolt, on June 13, 2009.
’ 97 Brent F. Ross (BA Journalism) Lubbock, is associate vice president of the Texas Tech Alumni Association. His wife, Aleesa Miller Ross (’98 BA Journalism, BA English), is career center director for Texas Tech’s College of Mass Communications. They have three children.
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» alumni news Cole Webb (BSENV Environmental Engineering, MENVE Environmental Engineering) San Antonio, Texas, and his wife, Lisa Wright Webb (’95 BS Human Development and Family Studies, ’97 M.Ed. Elementary Education), announce the birth of their daughter, Kendall Draper, on Nov. 20. They also have a son. Amy Howard Wente (BBA Finance/Real Estate) Katy, Texas, has two daughters and works for ConocoPhillips.
’98 Christopher B. Aylor (BS Civil Engineering) Big Sandy, Texas, and his wife, Stacia Zwigart Aylor (’97 BS Human Development and Family Studies), announce the birth of their third son, Virgil Joseph, on April 6, 2009.
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’00 Mark D. Gourlie (BSME Mechanical Engineering) Roanoke, Texas, a quality engineer with Peterbilt, married Christine Schwartz (’98 BBA Management), a senior human resources analyst with PepsiCo, Sept. 6, 2008.
Brian Adams (BBA Finance/Real Estate) Keller, Texas, and his wife, April Gibbs Adams (’99 BA Communication Studies), announce the birth of their second child, Emma Ryan, on Nov. 7.
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» alumni news Shawn M. Baxter (BBA Marketing) Frisco, Texas, and his wife,
Jennifer Christian Baxter
(’03 BBA Finance, ’04 MBA General Business), announce the birth of their first child, Emily Joy, on Oct. 28.
Jonathan R. Grammer (BA English) Amarillo, Texas, an attorney, recently announced that Grammer Land and Exploration has opened a new office in Austin, Texas. Grammer Land and Exploration is a privately held oil and gas exploration company with offices in Amarillo; Tulsa, Okla.; and Denver, Colo. Jon R. Watkins (BS Clinical Lab Sciences, ’06 MD Medicine) Plainview, Texas, is part owner of a family medicine clinic in Plainview with his partners Travis King (’06 MD Medicine), Brianne Locker Williams (’06 MD Medicine), and Mark McClanahan. Watkins’ wife is Page House Watkins (’01 BSN Nursing).
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Tim M. Shore (BA Public Relations) Keller, Texas, regional manager for Balfour, and his wife, Anna, announce the birth of their first child, Carter Louis, on Dec. 28.
Daryll M. Gremillion (BA Political Science) Austin, Texas, recently was hired as finance director of Nyle Maxwell Auto Group’s Taylor, Texas, store – Nyle Maxwell Chrysler Dodge Jeep.
Paul R. Codd Jr. (BS Exercise and Sports Sciences) Lubbock, married Megan on Nov. 14. He works for Regional Lighting Sales and is the current Saddle Tramp sponsor.
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In Memoriam Billy D. Armstrong ‘72, of Amarillo, Texas, died Oct. 10.
Ellen Ruth Morrow , a former faculty member, of Grandfield,
John R. Ball ’56, of Georgetown, Texas, died Nov. 14.
Okla., died Jan. 23. Kim A. Morse ’77, of Fort Worth, Texas, died Jan. 22. Jeffrey W. Oliver ’90, ’95, of Shallowater, Texas, died Feb. 14. Polly Baber Richards ’64, of Dallas, Texas, died Oct. 28. Lt. Col. John Norman Rogers ’67, of Lubbock, died Feb. 16. Rhianna L. Rutledge , a student, of Arlington, Texas, died Dec. 24. Art L. Savage ’72, of Sacramento, Calif., died Nov. 21. Tommy Lynn Scrivner ’93, of Marietta, Ga., died Oct. 27. G. Lynn Shurbet ’57, ’73, of Lubbock, died Feb. 7. George B. “Rusty” Tirey ’50, of Concord, N.H., died Dec. 12. Mark A. Townsend ’36, of Aurora, Colo., died Jan. 29. He is survived by his wife, Del Samac Townsend ’44. Tanda Colwell Trussell ’79, of Plano, Texas, died Oct. 10. Irene Sharrock Wilson ’73, of Lubbock, died Jan. 14.
Stephanie Hutchinson Barton ’93, of Plainview, Texas, died Feb. 16. She is survived by her husband, Brent A. Barton ’91. Alma Faye Carter ’50, of Dumas, Texas, died Nov. 19. Glynna Williams Englund ’66, of Slaton, Texas, died Jan. 23. Otice A. Green ’49, of Lubbock, died Feb. 7. Joe Lee Halpain ’57, of Seven Points, Texas, died Nov. 15. Clo Ann Ethridge Hanst ’61, of Granbury, Texas, died Aug. 19. She is survived by her husband, John L. Hanst ’63. Glenn E. Hunt ’55, ’57, of Riverside, Calif., died Jan. 6. Lonnie Dean “Primo” McCurry ’41, of Eastland, Texas,
died Feb. 17. John Z. Means , a former student, of Hudson Oaks, Texas,
died Jan. 25. Ross L. Montgomery ’46, of Abilene, Texas, died Feb. 22.
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John Beck , third-year law student, was selected by the American College of Bankruptcy as a 2010 Distinguished Law Student. He was chosen as the Fifth Circuit recipient. The Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, and Tenth Circuits also chose their distinguished law students for 2010. Students are nominated by a college fellow or professor. Students must have outstanding academic credentials and an interest in bankruptcy law. Nominees are considered by their circuit council, which selects one student from each circuit. The First, Second, Third, Fourth, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits will select students in 2011. The winners received an all-expense paid trip to the college’s annual induction ceremony and events in March in Washington, D.C., where they had the opportunity to meet the most distinguished bankruptcy practitioners and judges in the country. The American College of Bankruptcy is an honorary professional and educational association of bankruptcy and insolvency professionals. The college plays an important role in sustaining professional excellence.
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David Forrest , candidate for a Ph.D. in fine arts with an emphasis in Music Theory, won both student paper awards at the joint meeting for the Texas Society for Music Theory and the South Central Society for Music Theory for his paper “TwentiethCentury Organum: Parallel Harmonization in the Music of Benjamin Britten.” The two societies had separate program committees and, therefore, each independently came up with their own decision. The Texas Society for Music Theory and the South Central Society for Music Theory are two separate organizations that held a joint conference in February at the University of Houston. Research papers were submitted to both societies by students and professors from universities across North America. Paper selections for both societies are blind which means the program committees do not know the name or student status of submitting authors. David’s research will be published in the Spring 2010 issue of Music Theory Spectrum, the premier research journal in the area of music theory. The title of the article is “Prolongation in the Choral Music of Benjamin Britten.” T exas T ech C hapter of Society of Physics Students (SPS) has received the 2010 Marsh W. White Outreach Award from the American Institute of Physics to help fund their outreach project titled “Physics Day,” submitted by Daniel Dominguez , principal proposer and president of the SPS, and Sung-won Lee, Ph.D., faculty adviser. The students have been involved in several outreach activities to promote physics awareness to K-12 students and the community.
Sudheer Jinka , doctoral student in the Department of Environmental Toxicology at The Institute of Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH), has received a $3000 scholarship from the Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF). IFF scholarships are prestigious in the field of technical textiles and are administered by Industrial Fabrics Association International, Roseville, Minn. Chloe Beddingfield and her adviser, Aaron Yoshinobu, Ph.D., presented new data and interpretations of various
structures on the surface of Enceladus at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco, Calif., in December. Beddingfield utilized recent NASA-CASSINI images of very high resolution to document glacial-like features surrounding the southern pole of the moon. Images analyzed over the past year have documented active geyser-like features that emanate from the tiny moon (502 km diameter) and add material to Saturn’s E ring. Her results suggest that there may be an extensive subsurface ocean beneath the icy crust.
Henrietta Goodman , doctoral student in creative writing in the Department of English, has received a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize. The prize, given for a submission of three poems, includes a $2500 award. John Southard was recently awarded the Russell Weigley Travel Grant from the Society for Military History. This grant will fund John’s trip to Virginia in May for the annual Society for Military History meeting where he will present a paper on U.S. Marine Combined Action Platoons in Vietnam.
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T exas T ech’s horticulture judging team placed second at the annual meeting of the American Society for Horticultural Science-Southern Region in February in Orlando, Fla. Carson Bledsoe , a senior landscape architecture major, placed third in woody ornamental identification. Winai Sitthigarana , a senior landscape architecture major, took second place in fruit and nut judging. Other team members were Amanda Delgado , a senior landscape architecture/horticulture, and Matt Orr , a senior horticulture major. Adam Purnell , a master’s graduate student from San Antonio, won first place honors in the event’s graduate paper competition. His presentation was titled, “Determination of Quercus series Virentes heredity in Texas." The American Society for Horticultural Science-Southern Region is a regional society of more than 400 members that encompasses 14 southern states.
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