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TECHSAN volume 66, number 04 // The Magazine for Texas Tech Alumni

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Two New Head Basketball Coaches // Q&A with Incoming President // Texas Tech Day // Unbearably Cool

Cultivating Leadership & Tradition

“The Honors College helped me become more involved and more invested in Texas Tech. The Honors College is a community that guides and encourages me to do the best I can inside and outside of the classroom. I love Texas Tech, and I love the Honors College� Jason Judd - Saddle Tramps President, Honors College Student



New basketball coaches Two new faces lead on the basketball court.


A Q&A with Incoming President M. Duane Nellis, Ph.D. The new president talks Texas Tech.


Texas Tech Day Loyal Red Raiders promote Texas Tech.


unbearably cool Roy Seiders ‘00 developed the YETI, a famously indestructible line of coolers.

departments for your information 6 // through the arches 8 // sports 34 // association news 36 // alumni news 40 // student spotlight 60


TECHSAN volume 66, number 04

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photo on the cover by Jerod Foster // Roy Seiders ’00—co-owner of YETI® Coolers—in his Austin warehouse. photo on these two pages by Wyman Meinzer // breaking dawn

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for your information b i ll d ean e x ec utive vp & c eo

Jerod Foster

Good Deeds Tex as Te c h owes a huge debt of gratitude to Lawrence Schovanec, Ph.D., who served as interim president until M. Duane Nellis, Ph.D., came on board June 1. I think it is accurate to say that Schovanec assumed the responsibilities of the presidency in such a manner that no one really knew there was a vacancy. He took control immediately, and the university continued to move forward under his leadership. He was also highly visible at university events, recruiting efforts and alumni gatherings. It was very obvious that he has great passion for Texas Tech. I am sure he will continue to play a major role in the academic program of the university in the future.

We als o h av e a new basketball coach. Tubby Smith was named head basketball coach in March. He brings with him a very strong resume. He has 511 wins and 226 losses in 22 years as a head coach at Tulsa, Georgia, Kentucky and Minnesota. That’s a percentage of .693. He has won his regular season championship nine times and the tournament championship five times. His teams have been in the NCAA Tournament 17 of those 22 years. He has a 30-16 record and an NCAA Championship in 1998 at Kentucky. The obvious key to success is recruiting. He has had a late start, but hopefully can recruit some badly needed talent to add to what was a very young team last year. (When this column was written, Candace Whitaker had not yet been hired yet as the Lady Raiders’ coach. You can read more about her on p. 18 of this issue.)

called to our attention by the news media when students misbehave or get in trouble. This situation is true everywhere. At the same time, a great deal of the good and positive things students are involved in goes under the radar. Tech students spend an impressive amount of time in various forms of volunteer work on and off campus. Each fraternity and sorority has a designated charity they raise money for, but it doesn’t stop with that. The Greek community at Tech is involved in hundreds of community service projects each year that benefit many individuals and organizations. However, the Greeks aren’t the only ones involved in volunteering to help make this community a better place to live.

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The Saddle Tramps and High Riders are called on constantly to aid and assist various projects, both on and off the campus. The Avalanche-Journal reported April 8 that “The Salvation Army of Lubbock saved $2,000 in labor costs and completed a month’s worth of work last weekend, thanks to a group of Texas Tech students.” More than 100 students from Greek, service and religious-based student organizations volunteered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 6, for Tech Lubbock Community Day. Justin Eatherly, community relations and development director at the Salvation Army, stated in the story that, “If we would have paid all those volunteers minimum wage, we saved $2,000 in manpower alone by them doing landscape, upkeep and revamping, restoring some of our buildings and painting . . . . They really helped us because we only have two full-time staff maintenance people. The amount of stuff we did in that day would take us about a month to get done.” Texas Tech Residence Halls Association coordinated the volunteer efforts for Tech Lubbock Community Day, a longtime university tradition. Residence Halls Association President Erin Evans said, “The event was a combined effort between RHA, National Residence Hall Honorary, Student Staff Leadership Council and Raiders Helping Others.” Approximately 100 volunteers took part. The Texas Tech website reports that the Texas Tech Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter was founded in Fall 1993.   As an active Texas Tech University student organization, Tech Habitat performs a very important service to the Lubbock community by assisting in the construction of new homes for families in need in which to live and raise their children. The families work in partnership with Habitat for Humanity to build their homes. Working side by side with Lubbock Habitat for Humanity, Texas Tech University students, faculty, and staff, local high schools and churches, and many others contribute to the building of these homes. They work consistently to serve the community throughout the year and encourage others to do the same. This experience of giving to the community will inevitably carry forward throughout their lives, ultimately providing enrichment both to their community and to their individual characters. The organization strives to sustain a positive and effective working relationship with all Texas Tech students, faculty, and staff by promoting activities that entail working together as a team to bring about a beneficial contribution to our community. Examples of this community involvement include such activities as the Polar Bear 5K run, annual home blitz build, car washes, homecoming events, and annual Ha-BOO-tat neighborhood Halloween party. Another great example of Tech Habitat's involvement with the Lubbock community was the construction of the Tech Community Playground. The planning, fundraising, and construction of the playground spanned several years and was finally completed in early 2005. The Tech Community Playground, which is located in the Lubbock Habitat For Humanity neighborhood, will surely be enjoyed by all of the neighborhood children. Arbor Day is an annual campus event that involves a large number of Tech students, faculty and staff to help beautify the campus. When Texas Tech first started, most of the funds went toward the buildings, but the campus was lacking in landscape. Then, in 1937, president

Bradford Knapp decided to dedicate one day every spring to beautify the campus. On the first day of this now annual tradition, 20,000 trees were planted. It was revitalized by Debbie Montford, wife of then Chancellor John T. Montford, in 1999. Normally the day is held late in April. Each organization signs up for a spot to plant flowers and trees. Memorial Circle is the scene of live music, free food and a t-shirt giveaway. These activities are just a few of the many that Tech students participate in that make our campus and the Lubbock community a better place to live. Most of this you never hear about.

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through the arches c o m pi le d by kate lyn pe r ry

NEWS Robert Rhode

On April 19, new Masked Rider Corey Waggoner accepted the reins to newly named horse Fearless Champion from 51st Masked Rider Ashley Wenzel. Waggoner is the 52nd

student to don the mascot mask and cape. Waggoner is a junior animal science major from Lubbock who began riding horses when he was two years old. Born and raised in the Hub City, he has always been a Red Raider fan. In the coming year he will promote spirit and goodwill for Texas Tech at athletic events and other school and civic appearances throughout Texas. Waggoner and Fearless Champion will travel more than 10,000 miles and make more than 100 appearances at athletic events, rodeos and other functions during their year together.



The Texas Tech University System has partnered

The Texas Tech University System Board of Regents

with a Nigerian State University to allow students

approved a new proposed degree program: a pro-

to study at their home university for two years

fessional science master’s degree in the College

and finish at a partner institution. Chancellor

of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

Kent Hance and Oyo Executive Gov. Abiola Ajimobi signed a memorandum of understanding April 17 to explore future partnership opportunities between the Texas Tech University System and The Technical University located in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. Oyo State officials selected the Texas Tech System for its multi-campus offerings and academic emphasis on engineering, agriculture and social sciences. Ajimobi said Texas Tech and the state university system is a model for Nigerian universities. Hance said the Texas Tech System will host up to 250 Nigerian students each academic year. Nigeria is the most populous nation in Africa with more than 125 million people and has Africa’s second-largest and one of the fastestgrowing economies. Producing more than 2.5 million barrels of oil per day, Nigeria is the world’s sixth-largest producer of oil. Oyo State is located in southwestern Nigeria, and its capital is Ibadan.

The professional science degree qualifies students for employment in the public or private sector. The distance degree program offers two tracks: natural resource management, offered in the Department of Natural Resources Management; and environmental sustainability—taught through the Department of Biological Sciences. The degree will enhance the holder’s career and promotion paths.


Texas Tech University’s Department of Landscape Architecture undergraduate program ranked 11th out of more than 90 programs in the nation, according to “DesignIntelligence.”

The program, one of two in the state, is involved internationally, which includes sending students to study in places like Brazil, Italy and Mexico. The program also focuses on semi-arid landscapes, which is different than programs at other universities. DesignIntelligence, published by Greenway Communications, is the

Design Futures Council’s bi-monthly report on the future, delivering research, commentary and best practices. The Texas Tech University System generated a combined economic impact of $9.98 billion for the state of Texas in 2012, according to a report of the Texas Tech University System and its component institutions’ influence on business activity. The assessment also revealed that, for every dollar the state of Texas invests in the TTU System, the state’s economy sees more than $23 returned, which is an increase from $16 in 2011. The report indicates a substantial increase from the TTU System’s $7.37 billion statewide economic impact in 2011 and categorizes the economic impact of the TTU System in four significant areas—annual workforce contribution of alumni, employment, labor income and output. The study was commissioned by the Office of the Chancellor and prepared by Bradley Ewing, principal with the Ph.D. Resources Group, LLC.

Jerod Foster

Esophageal airsack full, the lesser prairie chicken is certainly a unique looking bird, not actually a chicken, but rather a type of grouse.

Artie limmer

The debate over listing the Lesser Prairie Chicken as threatened under the Endangered Species Act has recently flared up on the South Plains. Texas Tech scientists have been at

the forefront of research on the Lesser Prairie Chicken for more than three decades. Now, their research and that of other universities could be square in the middle of this raging debate. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must decide by Sept. 30 whether to propose listing the Lesser Prairie Chicken, a grayish-brown grouse that lives in Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas, as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The petroleum industry has already raised concerns about the potential listing of the grouse, whose habitat, stretching across the Great Plains and Southwest, have been carved up by farms, oil exploration and other development. If the Lesser Prairie Chicken is added to the threatened list, it will restrict land uses. However, if landowners and producers have previously entered one of many cooperatives established by state and federal wildlife conservation agreements—which are managed by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department—they can continue practices already in place and are protected from some restrictions.

The Rawls College of Business will house the first school of accounting in Texas. In February, the

Texas Tech University System Board of Regents Academic, Clinical and Student Affairs Committee approved the Area of Accounting in the Rawls College of Business to become the School of Accounting. There are 40 accounting schools nationwide and none in Texas. The Area of Accounting is the only one in the college that holds the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business accreditation separate from the college itself, because it’s accredited through a parallel process with a higher standard for dually-accredited accounting programs. The designation of being a school rather than an area will further distinguish it from the other areas of study in the college. Current enrollment in the accounting area is about 290 juniors and seniors, and close to 200 graduate students. The new designation will require no additional administrative costs and the school would still be part of the structure of the Rawls College.

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Lauren Pape

Texas Tech University celebrated Arbor Day April 26. Texas Tech students, faculty and staff beautified campus by spending an afternoon placing 26,000 plants around campus. The event kicked off at Memorial Circle with live music by This Century. The event was a partnership among Student Union & Activities, Hospitality Services, the Center for Campus Life, Tech Activities Board, Grounds Maintenance and the Texas Tech Ethics Center. Isaac Villalobos

Lauren Pape

Lauren Pape




PEOPLE Gov. Rick Perry announced his appointments to the Board of Regents for the Texas Tech University System. Rick Francis

of El Paso has been re-appointed, and John Esparza of Austin and Tim Lancaster of Abilene are newly appointed members. Each of the three appointees will serve a six-year term that ends Jan. 31, 2019. Francis is executive chairman of WestStar Bank and Francis Properties. He is a board member of the Medical Center of the Americas Foundation, Western Refining Inc. and BorderPlex Bi-National Economic Alliance, a board member and past chairman of Sierra Medical Center/Providence Memorial Hospital and Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and past co-chairman of Paso del Norte Group. This will be Francis’ third term on the Board of Regents. Esparza is president and CEO of the Texas Motor Transportation Association. He is an executive officer of HELP Inc., and a member of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, Trucking Association Executives Council, Texas Society of Association Executives, and College of Media and Communication National Advisory Board at Texas Tech University. Lancaster is president and CEO of Hendrick Health System. He is past board chairman of the Texas Hospital Association, a member of the American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board and Healthcare Coalition of Texas Executive Committee, and a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Glasheen, Walker, Dawson, Dean Darby Dickerson Texas Tech University School of Law honored three alumni at the Ninth Annual Law School Gala in March. William Dawson and The Honorable Sue Walker were named Distinguished Alumni, and Kevin Glasheen received the Distinguished Service Award. The awards recognize professional and personal commitment to excellence, and contributions to the law school and legal community. William Dawson ’72, ’75, of Dallas, Texas, is a partner in the Dallas office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where he represents accounting firms in professional liability disputes and leads trial teams in patent infringement and technology licensing disputes around the country. He has experience in energy industry lawsuits, white-collar criminal matters and securities litigation. He is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. Sue Walker ’86, of Arlington, Texas, was elected to serve on the Second

Kai Zhang, a Texas Tech University biology professor, received a five-year, $1.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the biochemistry of a microscopic parasite responsible for the tropical disease leishmaniasis in the hope of finding a cure. He will use the funds to study a lipid produced by the protozoa Leishmania to discover a weakness in the armor of the sometimes deadly parasite, estimated in World Health Organization literature to cause the ninth largest disease burden among individual infectious diseases. Common in areas such as South America, the Mediterranean, the Middle East and Southern Asia, the disease is endemic to 88 countries. The WHO estimates 12 million people are infected with cutaneous, mucosal or visceral leishmaniasis with 2 million new cases each year. It’s transmitted by a sandfly, which is about a third the size of a mosquito. The parasitic Leishmania protozoa live in the fly’s gut and can cause anything from itchy skin irritation or disfiguring ulcers that take months or years to heal, to a deadly attack on the body’s organs.

Court of Appeals in 2001. Before her judicial service, Walker was a solo practitioner in civil and criminal appellate law. She is a former adjunct professor of law at Texas Wesleyan School of Law, where she taught criminal appellate procedure. Walker is also a fellow of the Advanced Science & Technology Resource Center in Washington, D.C, the Texas Bar Foundation as well as a member of the American Law Institute. Kevin Glasheen ’88, of Wolfforth, Texas, is an attorney at Glasheen,

Valles & Inderman LLP and president of the Texas Tech University School of Law Alumni Association, which he was instrumental in reviving in 2012. He opened his own law office immediately out of law school and began handling personal-injury cases. In his first civil-jury trial, Glasheen won a $1 million verdict against Ethicon in San Angelo—a record verdict in Tom Green County. He was lead counsel in two of the largest railroad crossing accident cases in Texas, one resulting in a $65 million verdict and one resulting in a $46 million verdict. Glasheen was named a Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly from 2004-2010. In 2005, a poll of Lubbock attorneys selected Glasheen as best plaintiff’s personal injury lawyer. Glasheen serves on the Board of Directors of the Texas Tech Law School Foundation and the Board of Directors of the South Plains Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

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2013 Distinguished Alumni, from left, Kelly J. Beierschmitt, Ph.D.; Joe D. Gamble; Tom Jacobs; Scott P. Moore; Dean Al Sacco Jr.; Ben A. Calloni, Ph.D.; Jack L. McCavit and James Thompson, Ph.D.

The Texas Tech University Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering named Kelly J. Beierschmitt, Ben A. Calloni, Joe D. Gamble, Tom Jacobs, Jack L. McCavit, Scott P. Moore and James Thompson as recipients of the 2013 Distinguished Engineer Award on April 19 at a luncheon at the Overton Hotel in Lubbock. The Distinguished Engineer Award was established during the 1966-67 academic year to recognize the most outstanding alumni of the college. Recipients of the award must be distinguished in their profession, an inspiration to their peers and have demonstrated a continuing interest in areas outside the field of engineering. Beierschmitt graduated in 1992 with

a doctorate in industrial engineering. He began his career at Pantex, then worked for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, where he provided support to the Department of Energy’s International Nuclear Safety Advisory Group’s Chernobyl evaluation. He joined the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 2000 and is currently the associate laboratory director of neutron sciences for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He is responsible for the operation of the Spallation Neutron Source, the world’s most powerful pulsed neutron source, and the operation of the HFIR, an 85 megawatt research reactor dedicated to neutron scattering, materials irradiation and isotope production.




Calloni graduated in 1992 with a master

Jacobs graduated in 1987 with a bach-

of science and in 1997 with a doctorate, both in computer science. He is a subject-matter expert in software and security engineering and works with senior system architects of the world’s aerospace and defense corporations, as well as in the U.S. government. He has performed research in the security and safety critical domains with the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency. He is a Lockheed Martin Corporate Fellow, an honor given to only 1 percent of the corporation’s 60,000 technical employees worldwide.

elor of science in engineering technology. He has more than 24 years of experience in all facets of residential construction and development, in addition to experience in commercial construction project management. Since his career in home building began in 1988, Jacobs has served in virtually every capacity within the industry and has participated in the startup of two divisions from the ground up. He has been recognized as an innovator in the industry and is active in the development and implementation of electronic scheduling systems, electronic work order systems, and many programs related to quality and process improvement. Jacobs is president of the Houston Division for Ryland Homes, where he is in charge of all land acquisition and development, product development, sales, field operations and customer service.

Gamble graduated in 1962 with a bachelor of science and in 1963 with a master of science, both in civil engineering. He worked for NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston with the group responsible for the aerodynamics and flight mechanics analysis for human spacecraft. He supported the Gemini and Apollo programs, and was a member of the team responsible for development and verification of the Space Shuttle Orbiter entry flight control system. He later worked as NASA’s chief engineer for the Assured Crew Return Vehicle. After his retirement, Gamble was a member of the Guidance and Control Team for the Columbia Accident Investigation Board. He is a consultant with MEI Technologies in Houston.

McCavit graduated in 1970 with a bache-

lor of science in chemical engineering. He worked for Celanese Chemical Company for 35 years before retiring in 2005. Most of his career at Celanese was spent in operations and technical management at three different plant sites, including serving as operations manager at the facility in Pampa. From 2000 until his retirement from Celanese in 2005, McCavit provided strategic process safety management direction for Celanese as the company manager of process safety. He is president of JL

The Talkington Gallery of Art, the newest gallery at the Museum of Texas Tech University, was unveiled to the public for the first time at the inaugural exhibition of “AZ→NM→TX – 20th and 21st Century Art in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona,” April 5. Margaret Talkington donated funds to the museum, which allowed museum staff to renovate several thousand square feet of gallery space. The exhibition includes more than 50 pieces created by artists who worked in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. The exhibit is drawn entirely from the collections of the Museum of Texas Tech University. The exhibit is located at the Museum of Texas Tech University, at Fourth Street and Indiana Avenue. Parking and admission are free. The exhibition will continue to be open to the public for the remainder of 2013.

Michael Berman (born 1956) Predator’s View, 2007 Carbon pigment print Purchase with funds provided by the Helen Jones Foundation, Inc. © Michael Berman

Lance Letscher (born 1962) Who’s Sorry Now, 2007 Collage (54.5x33.5 inches) Purchased with funds provided by the Helen Jones Foundation, Inc. © Lance Letscher

Beatrice Mandelman (1912-1998) Winter Quartet, 1975 (one of four panels) Acrylic on canvas (20x16 inches) Gift of the Mandelman-Ribak Foundation © Museum of Texas Tech University

McCavit Consulting, LLC, a consulting company specializing in improving process safety management systems and reducing process safety incidents. Moore graduated in 1982 with a bachelor of science in electrical engineer-

ing. He has worked for American Electric Power for more than 30 years, beginning as a substation engineer in Abilene, Texas, and working his way up to vice president in 2007. His leadership and drive led to the development of innovative engineering solutions, most notably standardized and prefabricated substations and modular control buildings. Moore is vice president of transmission engineering and project services for AEP Transmission, a part of American Electric Power. He directs the capital service function for AEP Transmission, the nation’s largest electricity transmission system, comprising more than 39,000 miles of transmission line and 3,500 substations in 11 states. Thompson attended Texas Tech and received a bachelor of science in 1968, a master of science in 1970, and a doctorate in 1974, all in electrical

engineering. He has worked in academia as a faculty member and most recently as an engineering administrator. His areas of technical specialization include high voltage, electro-optics, electrical breakdown phenomena, pulsed power systems and devices, lasers, fast electrical and optical diagnostics, high power switches and dielectric materials. As an administrator, he has initiated and grown college programs to increase engineering enrollment, student graduation rates, improving classroom success and learning. Thompson is the dean of the University Of Missouri College Of Engineering, and has served in that capacity since 1994.

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New Basketball Coaches for a

New Season




Texas Tech Athletics Communications

Tubby Smith

Named 16th Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Texas Tech

Smith owns a career record of 511-226 and has led 17 teams to the NCAA Tournament By Trenten Hilburn, Associate Director, Texas Tech Athletics Communications

Tubby Smith, one of the most successful and respected coaches in the game, has agreed to a six-year contract with Texas Tech that will make him the 16th head basketball coach in school history. Smith arrives at Texas Tech with 22 years of head coaching experience where he has amassed a 511-226 career record at the likes of Minnesota, Kentucky, Georgia and Tulsa. In that time, he has claimed a National Championship (Kentucky in 1997-98), made four Elite Eight appearances, nine Sweet Sixteen appearances and has posted 20-or-more victories in 19 seasons while making 17 trips to the NCAA Tournament. “Tubby Smith is a leader with proven experience that will bring success and stability as our head coach,” Kirby Hocutt said. “He is a tremendous role model, educator and coach and I am thrilled to welcome him and his wife Donna to the Red Raider family.” Smith comes to Lubbock after six seasons at Minnesota where he led the Golden Gophers to three NCAA Tournament appearances, and two trips to the National Invitation Tournament, including a runner-up finish in 2012, and six victories over top-

10 ranked teams. Prior to Smith’s arrival, Minnesota had not defeated a top 10 team in almost three seasons. “This is a great day for Texas Tech basketball. I’m delighted that Coach Smith and Donna are joining the Red Raider family,” Interim President Lawrence Schovanec said. “I want to thank Kirby Hocutt for his diligence in bringing to Texas Tech a coach of Tubby Smith’s stature. I offer my gratitude to President Nellis for his leadership and guidance in bringing this search to a successful conclusion, and to Chancellor Hance for his support of the process.” “I am proud, as one of my first official duties as president at Texas Tech, to welcome Tubby Smith and his family to Lubbock,” newly appointed President M. Duane Nellis said. “Coach Smith’s resume and record represent a distinguished career as one of the all-time coaching greats in college basketball, and I am confident in his abilities to lead our program. I want to commend Kirby (Hocutt) and Dr. Schovanec for conducting a thorough and exhaustive search and keeping me apprised every step of the way.”

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Smith ended his career at Minnesota with a 12481 overall record, marking the eighth Gophers head coach to reach the 100-win plateau. He led the Gophers to five 20-plus win seasons during that time after inheriting a program that had won just nine games the season prior to his arrival. In his final season at Minnesota, Smith guided the Gophers to their first NCAA Tournament victory since 1990 as No. 11 seed Minnesota topped No. 6 seed UCLA, 83-63, before falling to eventual Elite Eight participant Florida in the third round. Smith guided Minnesota back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2005 in just his second season, as his 2008-09 squad sprinted out to a 12-0 non-conference record, the fifth-best start in program history. The team went on to win nine games during the Big Ten Conference schedule, added an opening round victory in the conference tournament and was awarded a 10-seed in the NCAA Tournament. With a 22-11 record that year, Smith became the first Minnesota coach to lead the Gophers to consecutive 20-win seasons in school history. It was also just the ninth time in school history the program reached the 20-win plateau. Smith continued his success the following year with 21 victories and Minnesota’s first-ever trip to the championship game of the Big Ten Conference Tournament. Minnesota garnered a No. 11 seed in the NCAA Tournament, its second-straight tournament berth, which was a feat that had not previously been accomplished in back-to-back seasons since the 1993-94 and 1994-95 campaigns that were later vacated. In his first season at Minnesota, Smith took a team that had won nine games the season before to a 20-14 record. The 11-game improvement marked the largest season turnaround in school history and tied for the second-best turnaround in Division I during the 2007-08 campaign. It was the first of five 20-plus win seasons for Smith in Minneapolis as the Gophers also went 2315 in 2011-12 with a runner-up finish at the NIT Postseason Tournament. Smith came to Minnesota with a reputation for winning at the highest level not matched by many coaches in the country. His 407 wins entering the 2008-09 season was the sixth-best record of any head




coach in their first 17 years in NCAA Division I basketball, joining such names as Roy Williams, Denny Crum, Jim Boeheim, Nolan Richardson and Jerry Tarkanian. Prior to arriving in Big Ten Country, Smith spent 10 seasons (1997-2007) in the Southeastern Conference as the head coach at the University of Kentucky. During his tenure with the Wildcats, Smith led Kentucky to the 1998 NCAA National Championship, four Elite Eight appearances, five SEC titles, five SEC Tournament titles and six Sweet Sixteen finishes. Smith led the Wildcats to an overall record of 263-83, a .760 winning percentage which ranks third in program history only behind Adolph Rupp and Rick Pitino among coaches with a tenure of at least three seasons. He averaged over 26 wins per season en route to becoming the third-longest tenured coach all-time at Kentucky. During that time, Smith was 120-40 in SEC play for a .750 winning percentage. His 120 wins were 14 more than any other program in the SEC had during Smith’s decade of dominance. He finished in sole possession or tied for first in the SEC East in seven of the 10 years and was 24-7 in SEC Tournament games. During his first season in Lexington, Smith became the first coach since Cincinnati’s Ed Jucker in 1961 to win a national title in his first year, as the Wildcats overcame a 10-point halftime deficit to top Utah, 78-69, for the 1998 NCAA Championship. It was the third straight second-half comeback for the Wildcats, who had previously trailed Duke in the regional finals and then Stanford in the national semifinals. The Wildcats closed the year 35-4 overall, the first of two 30-plus win seasons for Smith at Kentucky. During his remaining nine seasons, Smith’s teams finished with 20-or-more victories and advanced past the first round of the NCAA Tournament each year. Smith moved to Kentucky following two seasons at fellow SEC counterpart Georgia where he led the Bulldogs to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in five years in his first season. Georgia finished 21-10 in his inaugural 1995-96 season and advanced to the Sweet 16, the furthest the Bulldogs had advanced previously since 1983. Georgia upended Clemson and No. 1 seed Purdue on its way to the Sweet 16 where a last-second shot by Syracuse ended the Bulldogs season. Syracuse later advanced to the NCAA Championship game where it fell to Kentucky. After losing eight seniors and all five starters from that Sweet 16 team, Smith led a young Georgia team to a 24-9 record that matched the school’s single-season record for most wins. The Bulldogs finished the 1996-97 season third in the SEC with a 10-6 league record and eventually advanced to the SEC Tournament Championship game for the first time since 1998. Georgia finished the year ranked 17th in the final AP poll and earned a No. 3 seed in the Southeast Regional. It was the first time in school history that Georgia had recorded 20-plus wins in consecutive seasons. Following assistant coaching stops at Virginia Commonwealth, South Carolina and Kentucky, Smith got his first head coaching opportunity in 1991 at Tulsa where he totaled a 79-43 record over four seasons with two

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trips to the Sweet 16. He led the Golden Hurricane to the Missouri Valley Conference championship in both 1994-95 thanks in part to back-to-back 20-win seasons. Tulsa went 23-8 and 24-8 in his final two seasons, marking what was then the third-highest victory total in school history. Smith was named the MVC’s Coach of the Year following both seasons. Smith has been named a conference coach of the year on five different occasions during his career as he was also honored by the SEC following the 1997-98, 2002-03, and 2004-05 seasons. He was also named the National Coach of the Year following each of those seasons as well. Not only has Smith had elite success, but he has prepared his players to have all the skills necessary to make the jump to the next level. Smith has sent 19 players to the NBA during his coaching career. That list includes 2008 NBA Champion Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics as well as Jodie Meeks, Chuck Hayes, Shandon Anderson, Nazr Mohammed, Tayshaun Prince, Scott Padgett, Jamaal Magloire, Kelenna Azubuike and Keith Bogans. Other Smith players to reach the NBA include Shea Seals, Wayne Turner, Michael Ruffin, Erik Daniels, Randolph Morris, Gerald Fitch, Jeff Sheppard, Joe Crawford and Michael Bradley. The opportunity to play in the NBA was particularly sweet for Rondo, Prince and Anderson, who all realized the dream of winning NBA titles. Rondo was the starting point guard for the Celtics as they made their championship run in 2008 while Prince was an integral part of the 2004 NBA Champion Detroit Pistons. Anderson was part of a veteran group of players on the Miami Heat who claimed the 2006 NBA Championship. Nine of the players Smith has sent to the NBA heard their names called on draft day. Rondo, Magloire, Mohammed, Padgett and Prince were

each first round draft picks, while Anderson, Bogans, Meeks and Ruffin each went in the second round. Prince was also a member of the United States basketball team that won a gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. A 1973 graduate of High Point (N.C.) College, Smith was an all-conference performer as a senior before finishing his career as the seventh all-time leading scorer in school history. Smith, who earned his degree in health and physical education, was honored on Dec. 8, 2011, by his alma mater with a banner bearing his name that now hangs from the rafters at the Millis Center. Smith is the sixth of 17 children raised on a rural farm in southern Maryland. He and his wife Donna, have three sons, a daughter-in-law and granddaughter: Orlando (G.G.) Smith, who is an assistant coach at Loyola College in Maryland and his wife, Lorie, and granddaughter Jayna Marie; Saul Smith, who previously worked under his father as an assistant coach at Minnesota; and Brian Smith, an Ole Miss graduate, who is presently working as an assistant athletic director, boys basketball coach and physical education teacher at Rancho Solano Private Schools in Peoria, Ariz.

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Introduced as Lady Raider Head Coach By Travis Cram, Director of Multimedia, Texas Tech Athletics Candace Whitaker, a two-year letterwinner at Texas Tech and the point guard for a pair of Sweet 16 teams, returns to her alma mater to become the sixth head coach in Lady Raider basketball history. Texas Tech formally introduced Whitaker in front of a packed room May 22 in a press conference at the United Spirit Arena. “I am excited to welcome Candi back to Texas Tech,” Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt stated. “It is indeed special to have a former student athlete return to lead a program that they were a significant part of. Her leadership characteristics as a starting point guard and coach, her ties to West Texas, her experience as a Division I head coach, as well as the fact that she is a Red




Raider makes her the perfect fit to lead Lady Raider Basketball into the future.” Whitaker comes home to Texas Tech after spending last season as the associate head coach at Oklahoma State under Jim Littell. Prior to her time in Stillwater, she served as head coach at the University of Missouri-Kansas City for six seasons (2006-2012). Whitaker’s move to the Big 12 Conference and Oklahoma State was preceded by a five-year tenure in Kansas City where she became the school’s second-winningest head coach.

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“I think Candi Whitaker is a great fit for Texas Tech and Texas Tech is a great fit for her,” former Lady Raider Head Coach and Hall of Famer Marsha Sharp said. “Her basketball IQ and work ethic are incredible. She came out of one of the best high school programs in the country and was a great point guard at the collegiate level. She made moves early in her career that prepared her for this opportunity.” In 2011-12, she guided the ’Roos to one of the most successful seasons in school history, finishing with a 22-12 record. UMKC advanced to the Summit League Tournament title game for the first time since 2005. Whitaker’s squad capped the campaign with the program’s first-ever appearance in the WNIT. Additionally, UMKC’s win total marked the first time the program eclipsed the 20-win mark since the 1991-92 season. The 2009-10 campaign saw the’Roos post a 16-16 mark and earn their first-ever postseason berth with a trip to the inaugural Women’s Basketball Invitational. Whitaker produced three first-team all-league picks

during her time at UMKC and also had 36 student-athletes receive academic all-conference recognition. The Canyon, Texas native began her coaching career at Valparaiso, where she spent two seasons before joining the staff at UMKC as an assistant coach in 2004. Whitaker took over the program in March of 2007, becoming one of the youngest head coaches in the nation at 26. Her players followed Whitaker’s toughness on the court and in the classroom. All student athletes who completed eligibility under Whitaker at UMKC went on to graduate. Whitaker coached 36 Summit League Academic all-League selections and 14 Distinguished Scholars during her time in Kansas City. Whitaker’s move to Stillwater also marks her return to the Big 12 Conference where she spent two years as a player at Texas Tech under legendary coach Marsha Sharp. As the Lady Raiders’ starting point guard, she directed the team to a pair of Sweet 16 appearances. Prior to her stint in Lubbock, Whitaker played two seasons for current OSU head coach Jim Littell at Seward County (Kan.) Community College. She led the nation in assists during the 1999-2000 season and was also named an honorable mention NJCAA All-American. Whitaker received her degree in exercise sports science from Texas Tech and also holds a master’s degree in sports administration from Valparaiso. She and her husband, Matt, have one child, Westin.

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Incoming President

M. Duane Nellis, Ph.D.

President M. Duane Nellis and his wife, Ruthie.

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Incoming President M. Duane Nellis comes to Texas Tech from the University of Idaho, where he has served as president since 2009. His vision for the future of Texas Tech University is one that, in accordance with the university strategic plan, supports research, promotes student enrollment and success, and encourages community outreach and engagement. The Texas Tech Office of Communications and Marketing talked to Nellis about his personal interests and background as well as how he sees his role as the new president of Texas Tech.

What do you like most about being president of a university? What I like the most about being the president of a university is the opportunity to continue to work with students. When I was an undergraduate student, I fell in love with the university, and I never wanted to leave the university setting, and part of that was the opportunities: the stimulation that comes with interacting with great students, with faculty members who are on the cutting edge as far as their research activities, the stimulating work environment and being in a very attractive campus setting. I’ve always had a love for collegiate athletics, and as president, you have many opportunities to interact with not only the student athletes, but also to attend the sporting events. Certainly, the opportunities to meet fascinating people, alumni and friends of the university and corporate leaders—those are all some of the things that make for an exciting opportunity to be president. And then, finally, the opportunity to shape the future in what is a very dynamic time in higher education.

What are your impressions about Texas Tech and Lubbock so far? Very positive; it is exciting. Texas Tech, I think, is an institution that is clearly on the move to the next level of research and national prominence. The people, of course, have been terrific—very warm and very supportive. Lubbock is a dynamic city, moving forward in a lot of very positive ways. I was very impressed with not only the new developments on campus, but also the growth and new developments within the community. My impressions are very positive of campus, the new infrastructure and the effort to preserve the traditional Spanish architecture and the beauty of the campus.

In your previous comments, you consistently mention and include your wife, Ruthie. You obviously have a great admiration for her. Will she play a role at the university? She has had her own professional career as a university librarian and administrator; she was head of the biochemistry library at Kansas State when we were first there, and at West Virginia University, she oversaw the building of a new university library. She then became director of the medical school library at West Virginia. When we returned to Kansas State, she served in the commercialization arm of the university. She will play a role. She wants to be supportive of me, advance the university and be an important contributor in the community. One of her passions at the University of Idaho was to support disabled veterans and their families in an effort called Operation Education. She was the co-honorary chair to help facilitate and

support disabled veterans and their families in a variety of ways. We raised more than $1 million for that effort at the University of Idaho. She would be interested in contributing to veterans initiatives at Texas Tech and also to bringing greater awareness of university and community initiatives in ways that bring more visibility to Texas Tech and the Lubbock community.

What do you and Ruthie like to do in your free time? We enjoy spending time traveling to new and exciting areas. We both enjoy casual reading; I enjoy history, and Ruthie enjoys many different types of literature. When she has time, Ruthie enjoys cooking, and we like going out for walks and being outdoors when we have the opportunity. Of course, we love attending sporting events and look forward to cheering on the Red Raiders.

What appealed to you about coming to Texas Tech? What really appealed to me is where the institution is at in its history. This is a great time to be coming in as a new president at Texas Tech. The stage has been set with some of the new investments; including the fact that Texas Tech just recently qualified for National Research University Funds (NRUF) through the Texas State Legislature. I think the institution has an excellent core of faculty to build a stronger national presence. It was great to see the level of support for the capital campaign by alumni and corporate leaders. I think these investments will pay significant dividends in the next few years. Lastly, the fact that Texas Tech is a Big 12 institution appealed to Ruthie and me as well. I’ve been at two Big 12 institutions in the past, and I’m looking forward to getting back to the Big 12 type of institution, not just because of the quality of athletics, but also because the academic quality of other institutions like Texas Tech that are part of the Big 12. How do you think Texas Tech and Lubbock will differ from your previous experiences? I’ve had great experiences wherever I’ve been. This will be a little bigger in scale than West Virginia University and Kansas State University, but I think the similar types of institutional structure—much like a land-grant institution, plus with the commitment of the Board and the university community all have the potential in synergy to move forward in exciting ways—those are all differences. One of the differences from Idaho is that the health sciences center is not there. Having TTUHSC adjacent to main campus will provide the opportunity for collaborations between the two entities— which I think is very exciting.

In your previous positions, you have put a great deal of emphasis on research. How do you envision the future of research at Texas Tech? Research in the 21st century in general is going to be much more interdisciplinary, involving bridging across campuses. Texas Tech is poised for much more interaction across disciplines. There’s a good environment for that that exists now at Texas Tech, and we need to build around institutional strengths. With NRUF, there should be some opportunities for strategic cross-disciplinary hiring as well. We also have many J ULY / AUGUS T 2 0 1 3



“ Texas Tech, I think, is an institution that is clearly on the move to the next level of research and national prominence.” opportunities to partner with other institutions, TTUHSC, businesses and other entities to advance our research enterprise.

Texas Tech is an institution with a great relationship with its alumni, including a strong Alumni Association. What are your plans for getting to know Texas Tech alumni, and how can Texas Tech strengthen its commitment to current and future alumni? I hope to get out on the road and have a listening tour with Ruthie, where we meet alumni, especially in areas with high alumni concentrations. I want to articulate my vision and hear from the alumni as we collectively move the institution forward. There’s a great relationship right now between Texas Tech University and its alumni; Bill Dean has done a great job as executive vice president and CEO of the Texas Tech Alumni Association. I want to build on that and be visible. I always want to build on a life-long passion from Texas Tech Alumni toward strategic areas that advance Texas Tech. Also, I think people will see my passion for Texas Tech and hopefully be enthused with the leadership I am committed to provide Texas Tech as we collectively work toward new levels of national and international visibility for an institution we all care about.

Texas Tech’s most public manifestation has traditionally been its emphasis on athletics and its role in the Big 12 conference. How can athletics and academics benefit one another? First of all, we have outstanding athletic facilities and a great group of coaches with a strong tradition of student athlete success. When you have successful athletic programs, it brings great visibility nationally to the institution and gives us the opportunity to talk about quality of academic programs as well. I want to articulate the great success of our faculty, our programs, and students—such as the fact that Texas Tech has the only separately accredited accounting school in Texas and the success of law students in passing the bar at the highest rates in the state. People nationally pay attention to our university. It helps us in student recruitment, alumni giving, and bridging to our great academic programs. What impresses me about Texas Tech is that not only are the alumni passionate and giving back to athletics but that they are also providing strong support to academic programs.




How can Texas Tech and the greater Lubbock community best serve one another? Are there avenues for community involvement that can be explored? There is already a strong partnership between the university and the community, and I want to build on that positive momentum. The university strengthens the community, and a strong community and quality of life in turn strengthen the university. I hope we can develop a strong sense of community service through our students, where teams of Texas Tech students get involved in community projects. This could be very positive, and I hope to increase efforts to get our students involved in transformational learning through other community service throughout our state.

Texas Tech has made strategic efforts in recent years to increase enrollment. How do you plan to continue or alter these efforts? I think Texas Tech has been doing a lot of good things in growing enrollment, and I think there are additional ways we can be more visible. We need to be very active in the major population areas in the state. We should be doing more active recruitment of students within a 300-mile radius of Lubbock. Not only should we go after every qualified in-state student, but we need to look strategically at our recruitment of out-of-state and international students as well.

How can Texas Tech recruit high-caliber students? To go after high-caliber students, we need to have scholarship support for them. We should show them that they can be part of an exciting learning environment and have opportunities for them with a strong Honors College. Once we really build our recruitment of these students, it fosters other such students coming to Texas Tech. We can also work to promote and nominate our students for national scholarship opportunities, such as the Rhodes, Goldwater and Truman scholarships and the Fulbright Scholar Program. As we start to have success in these areas, we will be increasingly recognized nationally and internationally.

Is there anything else you would like to add? This is a great university with an even greater future. Wreck ’em Tech!

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Chancellor Kent Hance poses with the Texas Tech Congressional Interns during his visit to the Capitol for Texas Tech Day in Washington, D.C. (Randy Butts)

Members of the Student Alumni Board participated in Texas Tech Day in Austin. (Summer Chandler)

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The Texas Tech University Spring 2013 interns pose with, center, from left, U.S. Representatives John Carter, Randy Neugebauer and Mac Thornberry, all graduates of Texas Tech University. The interns are from the President’s Internship Program as well as the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources Internship Program.

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Texas Tech Day in the State Capitol for 2013 was a big success thanks to close to 200 volunteers from the Texas Tech System converging in Austin. The purpose of the day is to advocate for adequate funding for higher education. In order to do this, the Texas Tech Alumni Association invited students, alumni and administrators from all three system entities to join together and deliver our message to each legislative office. Included in the Tech delegation were administrators, alumni and parents from all over Texas, representatives from the Tech Student Government Association, the Tech Student Alumni Board, the Angelo State University Alumni Association and the ASU administration. The Texas Tech student interns working in the State Capitol this session were also part of our group. The morning saw a welcome/reception where Chancellor Kent Hance, the presidents of both Texas Tech University and Angelo State University and the Texas Tech Alumni Association’s Board president and its executive vice president and CEO addressed the entire group of volunteers. Following the opening reception, the delegation moved to the House Gallery and followed by the Senate Gallery. In both venues, the TTU System was recognized by Tech alumni in the State Legislature. As a special treat, Tech Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt along with Red Raider Head Football Coach Kliff Kingsbury were included in both Texas Tech System Day recognitions. After a Dutch-treat lunch break, there was a group photo taken on the floor of the majestic Capitol Rotunda. In the afternoon the delegation broke up into small groups and delivered a special Texas Tech System gift to the individual offices of each House and Senate member as well as to the lieutenant governor and the governor. Our alumni and supporters were allowed to “cherry pick” which office they visited in case they were personally acquainted with a particular legislator. This task was completed by mid-afternoon in time for many of the delegates to return home. Those staying in Austin were invited to attend a happy hour sponsored by the Austin Alumni Chapter.




Bobby Waddle, a member of the Texas Tech Alumni Association National Board of Directors, presents Raider Syrah to Sen. Royce West of Dallas during Texas Tech Day in Austin. (Summer Chandler)


At a reception celebrating Texas Tech Day in Washington, D.C., Congressman Lamar Smith visits with Josephine Butts, daughter of Kristina Harris-Butts, a member of the Texas Tech Alumni Association National Board of Directors who lives in D.C. and helps to organize the event. (Randy Butts)

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This year, Texas Tech University received another warm welcome in Washington, D.C., when university officials came to town in March to represent Texas Tech. Having a “Texas Tech” Day in D.C. allows our Texas Congressional Delegation the chance to hear about the exciting opportunities happening not only in Lubbock but throughout the university system. This is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year for Red Raiders in the D.C. area. Chancellor Kent Hance and several other administration officials utilized their time in D.C. to visit with members of Congress and their staff about federal issues important to the Texas Tech family. The most popular event of the trip is the Congressional reception honoring the Texas delegation on Capitol Hill. Every year, the reception continues to grow with more of our alumni, congressional interns and elected leaders attending to support Texas Tech. Chancellor Hance gave a great introduction and shared an update about the new and exciting opportunities happening for the system. Many of our elected officials were in attendance including Congressman Randy Neugebauer (R-TX) and Congressman John Carter (R-TX), both graduates of Texas Tech University. University officials also took the time to visit with the 18 Congressional Interns representing Texas Tech in Washington, D.C. Both the President’s Office and the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources have reputable internship programs that allow students the opportunity to learn more about public policy. Not only have these programs been instruments in providing a hands-on learning experience, but they have served as a springboard for students to be successfully employed in public policy after graduation. “My CASNR internship provided me with successive internships with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the House Agriculture Committee,” said Caleb Crosswhite, who was an intern in Fall 2011. “The internships opened my eyes to a world of opportunity with agricultural policy that I never knew existed and provided me with the connections necessary to land a job within the tight-knit agriculture policy community that I quickly grew to love. I’m currently attending law school part-time while working for the House Agriculture Committee, and I’m one step closer to achieving my dreams thanks to the opportunities Texas Tech provided.” “My participation in the President’s Internship Program allowed me the opportunity to work with former Congressman Henry Bonilla (R-TX),” said Ryan Geach, who was an intern in Fall 2003. “After receiving my accounting degree, I returned to Washington and landed a job at the Government Accountability Office. The internship helped me find a way to blend my accounting and public policy interests. I am currently a special agent for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Inspector General, and I use my previous experiences to protect U.S. taxpayer’s interest in federal policy. I am grateful for the opportunities Texas Tech provided to me and continues to provide for the next generation of Red Raiders. “I would encourage all students to take advantage of the internship opportunities offered by Texas Tech” More than 280 students have been chosen to represent Texas Tech in our Nation’s Capitol, increasing the visibility of Texas Tech outside of Texas. Please call either the President’s Office at 806.742.2121 or the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at 806.742.2808 to learn more about these internship opportunities.

Legislators in both Austin and D.C. received a gift of a specially designed bottle of Llano Raider Syrah. (Summer Chandler)

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Company: YETI COOLERS Year started: 2006 Annual sales: >$65 million Headquarters: Austin, Texas Owners: Red Raider Roy Seiders ’00 and brother Ryan Seiders 28



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When I visited YETI®’s 35,000-square foot shipping and receiving center in East Austin, I was a bit taken aback. Taken aback in a good way. Because of YETI®’s multi-million dollar reputation, I expected a gilded fortress. What I found was a modest, tidy facility teeming with friendly employees, most of whom looked to be under the age of 35. YETI® sits on a short street in a neighborhood that’s a mingling of warehouses and humble homes, dotted with small businesses and tiny family-owned restaurants and food trucks—small vans, carts or trailers that sell anything from tacos to kebabs to barbecue to crepes…yes, crepes. The company is housed in a former Big Red distribution center— the original Big Red sign is still affixed to the building’s exterior, a nod to East Austin’s history as a mostly industrial, blue-collar district. East Austin has been undergoing a steady trend of gentrification since the 1990s. Still, many of the original businesses and residents remain, which lends an eclectic feel to the area. When I reflected on all of this, plus what I learned about the founders of YETI® Coolers, I decided it was a perfect fit. Like East Austin, YETI® products are a composite of durability, business and pleasure. And, they’re very, very cool.

East Austin was No. 7 on Forbes magazine’s 2012 list of “America’s Best Hipster Neighborhoods.”

Seiders in his company's shipping facility in East Austin

In 2002, Seiders married Kathi Gingerich Seiders ’00, who’s also a Red Raider. Kathi credits fellow alumni Melissa Hitzfeld Pekar and Ryan Bader for introducing the couple. She graduated with a degree in multidisciplinary studies and taught elementary school four years before becoming a stay-at-home mom to their four children, three girls and one boy. Of her husband Kathi says, “I’m super proud of Roy. He’s pretty amazing and he’s an incredibly hard worker who put a lot on the line for his company.”

When most family vacations you took as a kid are to trade shows, and your father owns his own business, it’s hard to avoid the pull toward entrepreneurship. Such was the case with Roy Seiders, who comes from a long line of Texas-based capitalists—going back to the 1850s in Austin. Seiders’ father started Flex Coat, a company that sells epoxy coating for fishing rods. “Seeing my father own and operate a small business, I set my path in the business world,” says Seiders, who received his bachelor of business administration degree in management information systems in 2000. Seiders grew up in Driftwood, Texas, and graduated from Dripping Springs High School. “There weren’t a lot of kids from home who went to Tech,” Seiders explains. “I was sold on it after visiting my brother Rick (who also attended Tech). He’s two years older than I am.” Seiders says Lubbock was the perfect place for an outdoorsman to attend college. “I missed the rolling hills and big oak trees, but I fell in love with Lubbock—the region, the people and the climate,” he says. “My friends and I took advantage of all the hunting we could. We’d go right outside of town to bird hunt. We’d ask farmers if we could hunt on their land, they almost always said ‘yes.’ We were big bird hunters; we’d hunt dove, quail, pheasant, ducks and geese. My brother and I, along with a few college buddies, even lease a place now in Canadian to hunt. I love that area.”

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Duck Commanders from A&E’s hit reality show “Duck Dynasty.” Si Robertson appears at far left, Phil Robertson is center, then Jase Robertson and Willie Robertson.

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One of Seiders’ favorite sports is fishing, which he parlayed into his first small business. “I did a lot of fishing when I was growing up, mainly down on the bay,” Seiders says. “When I graduated from Tech, I didn’t even put together a résumé. I knew I’d start my own business.” Seiders left Texas Tech and started a business building bay boats. “These were higher-end boats,” he explains. “They were durable, yet simple. Everything about the boats was premium quality, except for the coolers. In these types of boats, coolers are not only used to keep drinks cold and fish fresh, but they’re also used as seats and casting platforms. Ordinary coolers weren’t holding up. The top would cave in, the hinges would snap.” He discovered a cooler that was a bit of a better option. It was manufactured in Thailand for the Australian market. For business-minded Seiders, it wasn’t long before he had a light-bulb moment. “I realized I wasn’t the only one looking for a better cooler, so I switched my focus from the highly competitive boat business to the premium cooler business. I began marketing that cooler to specialty outdoor businesses, mom-and-pop places like McBride’s in Austin.”

After establishing a strong distribution network, Seiders realized the market was ripe for a better cooler design—one that he’d begun to envision as soon as he started in the business. With this revamped design in mind, he joined forces with brother Ryan to found YETI® Coolers in 2006. YETI® Coolers are different because they are roto-molded, which makes them almost indestructible. They have thicker walls and thicker lids for better ice retention. They have a NeverFail™ Hinge system, so the lid won’t snap off, and T-Rex™ Lid Latches, sturdy rubber closures that don’t crack. There are countless other features that make YETI® a standout in the endless lineup of coolers. Seiders ensured that YETI® Coolers could take a beating in all sorts of situations, and they do. YETI®s also retain ice for days. The brothers began marketing their product to specialty retail shops that are generally overlooked by larger cooler manufacturers. They also leveraged the fact that there was no other cooler company like YETI®, and they began sponsoring and running 30-second spots on outdoor television programs. When they couldn’t afford to air commercials, they provided YETI® products to the show hosts, who usually fell in love with the product and were happy to endorse the company. One of the earliest shows on which YETI® products appeared was “Duck Commander” on the Outdoor Channel. “Duck Commander” morphed into a reality show on A&E Television titled “Duck Dynasty.” And, again, if you’re living under a rock and don’t know about “Duck Dynasty,” know this: their season finale on May 3 garnered more than 10 million viewers and the show was the No. 1 most-watched show on cable television for much of the 2013 season. Anyone who watches that show knows about YETI®. YETI®s are wildly popular.

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Jerod Foster

They’re not ® done YETI Synonymous with the outdoors, YETI® arrived at a time when the whole country’s gone, well, country. YETI® has been swept along the raging river of outdoor fever, experiencing triple-digit growth every year since its inception in 2006. Sales in 2012 hit the $65 million mark for the cooler company. Even sales of YETI®’s branded specialty items—caps, shirts, insulated cups and the like—have soared. “We sell thousands of shirts and hats,” Seiders notes. “Our brand momentum has taken off. In the last couple of years our branded items have experienced a 300 percent growth.” The company’s growth has forced YETI® to move a portion of their staff to a new office in Southwest Austin, although they still have a sizeable workforce at their original “Big Red” building in East Austin. The company’s growth can also be attributed to the expansion of the YETI® customer base. Seiders’ initial vision was to serve the serious outdoor enthusiast, especially hunters and fishermen. But, he’s moved way beyond that market. YETI® now has 12 sizes of coolers that are used by a limitless audience: oilfield workers, the medical field, military, U.S. Coast Guard, hunters and outdoorsmen, tailgaters, farmers, ranchers, construction crews, caterers and campers, to name a few. Seiders points out, “Hunters and fishermen comprise less than 50 percent of our business today.”




YETI Bear ®

The idea of YETI® as a perfect camping cooler arose when the Seiders brothers were approached by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee about testing their coolers for how “bear resistant” they were. The coolers come equipped with lids that can be locked in place with padlocks. The IGBC’s tests showed a YETI® can withstand even the most ravenous bear. The company has an amusing YouTube commercial that chronicles a Grizzly’s efforts to pry open a YETI®, to no avail. Seiders says that even though less than 1 percent of his customer base will camp in Grizzly areas, the fact that a YETI® is bear-proof is hugely popular among his market. Who doesn’t want to own a cooler that even a bear can’t demolish?

Other YouTube commercials worth watching are “500 lb. Man vs. YETI®,” and the YETI® Duck Commander commercial. They’re all examples of YETI®’s brand: a little serious, a lot of fun. For the avid outdoorsman or woman, owning a YETI® is as much a status symbol as it is a necessity. But there’s no need to be enthusiastic about nature to own one of these indestructible babies, you only need to be enthusiastic about keeping your stuff cold for a long, long time. It really is a bear of a cooler.

For more information visit: or like them on facebook: Scan the QR codes below to watch their YETI® bear and “duck dynasty” commercials.

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Texas Tech’s Best and Brightest

Cody Davis and Ify Okafor named male and female Student Athletes of the Year By Kayla Curry, Texas Tech Athletics Communications | Photos by Texas Tech Athletics Communications




Tuesday nig ht ( M ay 7) in the Allen Theater, cleats were replaced with dress shoes and uniforms were replaced with dresses and suits for the annual TECHspy’s Awards. The red carpet led attendees into the awards ceremony where the athletics department celebrated the achievements of the student athletes for the year. Each year, a male and female are chosen for the Student Athlete of the Year award. This award is not just simply about the student’s athletic accomplishments, although that is a factor. The student’s academic success and commitment to service are also two large factors in who wins the award. The envelope was opened and the Texas shaped awards were presented to Cody Davis, football, and Ifeatu “Ify” Okafor, track and field.

“It’s a great accomplishment,” Davis said. “These are the awards you are most proud of other than athletically. You get recognized on what most people don’t see and that’s the hard work in the classroom and the community.” Both, Davis and Okafor, have had very successful years at Tech with their athletic and their academic pursuits. Davis had a successful final season with the football team. He set new records, won awards, and ended his time at Tech with a victory at the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas. Davis was ranked second in solo tackles in the Big 12 and fourth in the NCAA rankings. At the end of his final season, Davis led the team with 101 tackles—the most by a Red Raider safety since 2005, 84 solo tackles and posted 17 assisted tackles.



Okafor competed in the shot put and the discus during the 2012 outdoor track season. She earned four first place finishes and eight top-three finishes in the shot put, as well as three first place finishes and six top-three finishes in the discus throw. These accomplishments are impressive but were not the sole the reason they were chosen as the Student Athletes of the Year. Another reason they were chosen was their commitment to academics. This year, Davis was named Capital One Academic AllAmerican (1st Team), Academic All-Big 12 (1st Team), and he is most proud of being awarded the National Football Foundation National Scholar Athlete Award. “That one stands out because it is one in 15 in the nation,” Davis said. “One school gets to nominate one person from every college in the U.S. and 15 are selected, so it was just a great honor.” Okafor also received the Top Senior award at the Techspys, an award given to the senior with the highest GPA in each sport. She has also had the honor of being named a Spring Chick-fil-A Community Champion twice in her college career. Okafor attributes much of her success to the constant help she received from the athletic department “Everyone has been so supportive,” Okafor said. “Every time that there is some type of situation I need help with something they go above and beyond. Felicia Martin in particular. She’ll go out of her way to make sure I have access to all the resources that I need.” Martin is the Associate Athletic Director for Academic Services and has worked with both Davis and Okafor. She has very high opinions of both athletes. “If ever there were two student athletes that represented overall our student body it would be those two,” Martin said. “We’re talking about students that aren’t just smart but are also athletic, very community minded and great people.” Martin believes that the key to all student athletes’ success is finding a balance in between their athletic and academic lives. “It’s finding that spot where you do just as well in the classroom as you do athletically,” Martin said. “Academics are as taxing as athletics and they have to find that balance.” It is clear that both Davis and Okafor found the right balance this year. Both were successful in their last year as college athletes and both have bright futures ahead. Davis has signed with the St. Louis Rams and Okafor will be attending UT Southwestern to become a physician’s assistant. Recognizing the hard work and dedication of Tech’s student athletes is the motivation behind the TECHspy’s each year. Both Davis and Okafor perfectly represent what the Student Athlete of the Year award was made to celebrate.

2013 TECHspy MAJOR AWARD WINNERS Men’s Team of the Year: Tennis Women’s Team of the Year: Soccer Coach of the Year - Men’s Team: Tim Siegel, Men’s Tennis Coach of the Year- Women’s Team: Todd Petty, Women’s Tennis Male TECHSPY: Kennedy Kithuka, Men’s Track and Field Female TECHSPY: Kim Kaufman, Women’s Golf Raider Red Congeniality: Kelsi Baker, Women’s Basketball Athletic Administrator Appreciation Award: Imelda Garcia, Athletic Training Team Community Service Award: Women’s Basketball Good Citizen Award: Summitt Hogue, Football Good Citizen Award: Kelsi Baker, Women’s Basketball Male Student Athlete of the Year: Cody Davis, Football Female Student Athlete of the Year: Ify Okafor, Women’s Track and Field Red Raider Life Skills Award: Derryn Hebert, Softball Red Raider Life Skills Award: Josh Talbot, Football Jeannine McHaney Award: Samantha Adams, Women’s Tennis

Kristy Curry to Coach at Alabama Basketball Coach Kristy Curry announced May 11 that she was resigning from her position at Texas Tech University to take the head coaching job at The University of Alabama.

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newest members C o m pi le d by Th e r e sa De n n ey








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The Texas Tech Alumni Association wishes to express appreciation to our newest members who joined at the Century level and above.

/ / / P l ati n u m Mr. & Ms. Kenneth H. Sheffield (Catherine L. Sheffield `77)

///Gold Mr. & Mrs. Gary Cain (Melissa Cain)

Mr. & Mrs. Fosty Miller `68 (Vicki Miller `69)

Mr. & Mrs. Malcolm Manchee `63 (Patsy Manchee)

Dr. & Mrs. Charles Nunnally `03 (Sherry Nunnally)

Mr. Walter Meyer, Jr. `63

Mr. & Mrs. E. E. Rankin `45 (Rebecca Rankin)

Mr. Mark Northcut `86

Mr. & Mrs. Gary Seat `68 (Phyllis Seat)

Mr. & Mrs. Eric Nyman `98 (Kelly Nyman `99)

Mr. & Mrs. Brian Simpson `99 (Jody Simpson)

Mrs. Debbie Petree `71

Mr. Brian E. Sims `07

Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan Polito `01 (Jennifer Polito `01)

Mr. & Mrs. Ivan Wilson `05 (Tiffany Wilson `05)

Mr. & Mrs. Ricky Shipp (Rolinda Shipp) Mr. & Mrs. Ryan Smith `01 (Jill Smith `01)

Mr. & Mrs. John McAnulty `96 (Michelle McAnulty `98) Mr. & Mrs. Mark McCloy `73 (Annette McCloy) Mr. Kenneth L. Slack, Jr. `71

/ / / Si lv e r RADM & Mrs. John Alexander `82 (Charlotte Alexander `82)


///Bronze Mr. & Mrs. David Albus `84 (Karol Albus) Mr. & Mrs. John Bailey `79 (Laurie Bailey) Mr. & Mrs. J. Kelley Barnes `99 (Molly Barnes) Adriana D. Barrera, Ph.D. `83 Dr. & Mrs. Steven Berk (Shirley Berk)

Mr. Paul W. Snow, Jr. `05 Mr. & Mrs. Joe Strickling `82 (Tina Strickling) Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Thornhill `03 (Shauna Thornhill) Mr. & Mrs. Bernie Waldmann `98 (Jennifer Waldmann) Mr. & Mrs. Alan Welch `73 (Becky Welch) Ms. Amy S. West `93 Mr. & Mrs. Tony Whitehead `79 (Cindy Whitehead `81)

Mr. H. Clyde Bearden `50

Mr. & Mrs. Danny Blankenship (Lane Blankenship)

Mr. & Mrs. James Bell `81 (Rhonda Bell)

Mr. & Mrs. Joshua Blowey `07 (Kandace Blowey)

Mr. & Mrs. Ronnie Blanco (Katie Blanco)

Mr. Peter S. Boecher `79

Mr. & Mrs. Charlie Bottlinger (Michelle Bottlinger)

Mr. Rhett A. Boger `00

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Mr. & Mrs. Kirk Boyd `81 (Suzanna Boyd)

Ms. Kimberly M. Cantu `07

Ms. Elizabeth M. Acosta `08

Mr. & Mrs. Robert C. Buckner `80

Mr. & LTC Preston Chapel `81 (Diana Chapel)

Mr. Syed Z. Ali `02

Mr. & Mrs. Dee Calverley `83 (Kathryn Calverley `83)

Mr. & Mrs. Billy Conner `54 (Becky Conner)

Mr. Michael Anderson `92

Mr. & Mrs. Don Cosby `77 (Pam Cosby `76)

Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Cornwall `05 (Kelsey Cornwall)

Mr. & Mrs. Jim Ball `71 (Barbara Ball)

Mr. & Mrs. P. Lewis Crossley `53 (Cynthia Crossley)

Mr. & Mrs. Barry Cribbs `70 (Marsha Cribbs `70)

Mr. Austin B. Beam `12

Dr. & Mrs. Charles Cruser `76 (Salty Cruser)

Mr. & Mrs. Andy Crowson `81 (Nancy Crowson `81)

Mr. & Mrs. Chris Beebe `04 (Leah Beebe)

Mr. & Mrs. Eugene Dawson `08 (Meghan Dawson `07)

Mr. Jack Darden, Sr. `49

Mr. Damon T. Benzaia `10

Mr. Kenneth R. Deel `51

Mrs. Sharen Dyche `72

Ms. Crystal G. Berryhill `04

Mr. & Mrs. Gary Frederick `80 (Kriste Frederick `80)

Mr. Robert J. Erger, III `10

Mr. & Mrs. Marcus Bitting `02 (Annette Bitting `01)

Mr. & Mrs. J. Lynn Glass `68 (Helen Glass)

Mr. & Mrs. Bill Felty `52 (Jane Felty `53

Mr. & Mrs. Brian Blazer `98 (Amy Blazer)

Mr. & Mrs. William Hamker `75 (Anita Hamker `74)

Ms. Kim C. Ford `83

Mr. Blake L. Bravo `12

Mr. & Mrs. Jim Hart `83 (Susan Hart `83)

Dr. & Mrs. Joel George `03 (Cheryce George)

Mr. Cameron L. Brumfield `12

Mr. & Mrs. Gus Jones `71 (Chloe Jones)

Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Harbaugh `80 (Sarah Harbaugh `80)

Mr. Jesse A. Cantu `74

Mrs. Nelda King `79

Mr. & Mrs. John Hemmi `04 (Karen Hemmi `04)

Mr. & Mrs. Zachary Carter `00 (Delisea Carter)

Mr. & Mrs. Craig Kitten `91 (Glenda Kitten `91)

Ms. Vicki L. Hicks `87

Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Casarez `93 (Pamela Casarez `92)

Mr. Timothy R. Kotrla `92

Mr. J. Duane Howell `53

Mr. & Mrs. Christopher C. Casey `99 (Diana Casey `98)

Mr. & Mrs. Gary Langford `81 (Stacy Langford `81)

Mr. & Mrs. Billy Huber `88 (Joy Huber `87)

Mr. Jonathan J. Catania `12

Mr. & Mrs. Roy Lilly `78 (Ann Lilly)

Ms. Vanessa L. Kilgore `06

Mr. & Mrs. D. Cate (Suzanne Cate)

Mr. Jonathan Masood `79 (Jackie Buford)

Cris A. Lemon, CPA `88

Mr. & Mrs. Chad Chamberlain `06 (Camille

Mr. & Mrs. Stanley McRae `71 (Lana McRae `75)

Mr. & Mrs. Scotty Lindley `85 (Terry Lindley)

Ms. Ilah C. Merriman `57

Mr. & Mrs. George Lunsford (Reba Lunsford)



Mr. & Mrs. Harry Zimmerman `93 (Cindy Zimmerman)

Chamberlain `05) Ms. Barbara M. Chandler

Mr. & Mrs. Chad Collins `95 (Jill Collins `93)

Mr. Chase E. Luft `09

Mr. Colt W. Riley `09

Mr. & Mrs. Eric Contakos `08 (Alyson Contakos `08)

Ms. Megan L. Matthews `12

Mr. Douglas C. Sahli `82

Mr. Casey D. Cowley `06

Ms. Jessica K. McLelland `11

Mr. & Mrs. Charles Schulz (Rhonda Schulz)

Mr. & Mrs. Brett Cox `05 (Molly Cox `06)

Dr. & Mrs. Rick Miller `73 (Vanetta Miller)

Mr. Phil Scott, Jr. `73

Stephen A. Cranston, D.P.M. `71

Mr. & Mrs. Caylon Miller `08 (Roane Miller)

Mr. & Mrs. Preston Sherrard `10 (Katie Sherrard)

Ms. Anna K. Critchfield `10

Mr. Mike R. Moffit `72

Mr. & Mrs. Jon Sitton `76 (Judy Sitton)

Mr. Christopher C. Crowley `10

Mrs. Mildred J. Moore

Mr. & Mrs. Donald Smith `68 (Annelle Smith)

Mr. & Mrs. Ross Cunningham `06 (Dessie

Mr. & Mrs. Monte Moore (Shelly Moore)

Mr. & Mrs. Isaias Solorzano `12 (Crystal Solorzano `08)

Mr. Thomas J. Nash `62

Mr. Craig Sparkman `09

Ms. Jennifer M. Nash `09

Mr. Ian Spector `11

Mr. Kip G. Pease Jr. `86

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Steffens `95 (Tracoe Steffens `88)

Mr. & Mrs. Michael Peters (Donna Peters)

Mr. Bobby D. Strong `11

Cunningham`07) Mr. & Mrs. Benjamin Cunningham `04 (Leslie Cunningham `04) Mr. & Mrs. Gregory Curry `89 (Melissa Moody-Curry`80)

Mr. & Mrs. Brian Pierce `93 (LaDawna Pierce `90)

Mr. & Mrs. Richard Tolley (Billie Tolley)

Mr. Joshua S. Dees `12

Brig. Gen. & Mrs. Kevin Pottinger `78 (Anne Pottinger)

Mr. & Mrs. David True `71

Mr. Bradley W. Deirlam `97

Mr. & Mrs. Darryl Pradon (Carla Pradon)

Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Vechan `51 (Doris Vechan)

Mrs. Toni Dempsey `86

Mr. & Mrs. Paul Price `69 (Sherry Price `70)

Mrs. Amy N. White `01

Mr. & Mrs. Franklin Dennison `72 (Elaine Dennison)

Mr. Jorge Quirino `02

Mr. Ernie Wright `69

Mr. & Mrs. Kent Dyson (Michele Dyson)

Ms. Sharla M. Rainer `90

Ms. Allison J. Zayler `07

Dr. Lester E. Ehler `68

Mr. & Mrs. Doyle Rexrode `62 (Marla Rexrode `63)

Mr. & Mrs. Allen Ellis (Marcia Ellis)

Ms. Melanie Richburg

Dr. & Mrs. Tim Fagan `70 (Sue Fagan `67) Mr. J. Pat Farrell `77 Mr. Matthew T. Fields `05 Mr. & Mrs. James Fincher `73 (Laura Fincher) Mr. Ruben G. Flores `94 Mr. & Mrs. Joe Flores (Ninfa Flores) Ms. Melanie B. Grellhesl `10 Mr. & Mrs. Mark Hall `02 (Anna Hall `03) Ms. Amy S. Harris `84 Mr. Robert W. Harris, Jr. `10 Mr. Justin G. Heinrich `10 Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Hobson `75 (Cheryl Hobson) Mr. & Mrs. John Hochstein `91 (Susan Hochstein) Mr. & Mrs. Richard Hodges `71 (Jeanette Hodges `76 Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Jackson `86 (Jayne Jackson) Mr. Clinton Jackson `04 Mr. & Mrs. Troy Johnston `94 (Dana Johnston `94) Ms. Sue P. Kimbrough `64 Mr. Jonathan P. Kranock `91 Mr. John R. Lankford `71 Mr. & Mrs. Adam Lawlis `08 (Lauren Lawlis `07) Mr. & Mrs. Sidney Long `58 (Carolyn Long) Mr. Joshua Longcor `09

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Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Lowry `99 (Sarah Lowry `99) Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Luddecke (Penny Luddecke)

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association news c om pi le d by j ean an n canto r e

The Highland Lakes Chapter held Texas Tech Golf Day at Escondido Golf & Lake Club in Horseshoe Bay, Texas, Sept. 25. Special guest was Texas Tech Athletics Director Kirby Hocutt. Attending the event, from left, were Bob Clifton, Brent Lewis, Tom Stacy (title sponsor), Kirby Hocutt and Kevin Black.

Also attending the Texas Tech Golf Day in Horseshoe Bay were, from left, Ted Burget; Greg Sands, head men’s golf coach at Texas Tech; George Vaughn and Steve Uryasz, senior associate athletics director at Texas Tech.

The Midland Chapter welcomed guests to the first Red Raiders football workout open to the public at Grande Communications Stadium in Midland April 6. More than 7,000 people attended the event.




getting to know Texas Tech Alumni Association Board Members

Linda S. Fuller ’69

Paul E. Parkinson ’74, ’82

In what city do you reside? Frisco, Texas.

In what city do you reside? Plano, Texas.

What is your position on the Alumni Association Board? National Board Member. What was your major and class year at Tech, plus any other degrees you may have earned? I graduated from Texas Tech University in 1969 with a bachelor of arts with a major in English. I earned a master’s in business administration from Southern Methodist University in 1973. What are the names of your family members? My husband’s name is Terry. Major activities in which you were involved as a student at Tech: Alpha Phi sorority, English tutor. What is one of your fondest memories from your Tech days? While at Texas Tech, I worked part-time in the electrical engineering department providing clerical support for Dr. Magne Kristensen, Horn Professor. This opportunity was pivotal to my career in the oil and gas industry because it introduced me to the technical language of engineering and to the importance of collegial debate, deliberation and strategic thinking. I looked forward to working in this environment. What is one thing you’ve enjoyed seeing occur recently at Texas Tech? Tech’s raising $1 billion dollars, and still counting, for its Vision & Tradition Campaign. What is your favorite book? “Moby Dick.” What are your interests and hobbies? Travel and Texas Tech. What character trait do you value highly in an individual? Integrity is what I value most in people and relationships. Humility is a close second. If you could ask five or six people to your home for an evening, who would they be? The people I would most like to get together for an evening would be my mom and dad, who are deceased, and my living family—my husband, our son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter. I would love for all of them to laugh, play and talk with each other. The setting for this reunion would be at Texas Tech to witness the growth academically, strategically and structurally. Texas Tech is becoming a world-class university as extoled by its first president, Dr. Paul Horn. It is an exciting time to be a Red Raider.

What is your position on the Alumni Association Board? I serve on the Academic Recruiting and Chapter Development Committees. What was your major and class year at Tech, plus any other degrees you may have earned? I have a bachelor of arts in English with a minor in Spanish and a bachelor of business administration in finance with an emphasis on Real Estate Finance. I graduated in 1974, served five years in the U.S. Air Force and then graduated the second time in 1982. Where are you employed and what is your position? I work for Willow Bend Mortgage in Plano and am the business development officer for the company. I recruit loan officers and open branch offices around the state. What are the names of your family members? Crystal Parkinson, wife; Max Williams, stepson; Henry Williams, stepson; Marc Parkinson, Tech graduate, who is married to Stephanie Leatherwood Parkinson, also a Tech graduate, and their daughter, Piper Caroline; Stephanie Parkinson Howard, Tech graduate, who is married to Andrew Howard, and their daughter, Margaret; and Christopher Parkinson, a fireman. Major activities in which you were involved as a student at Tech: Air Force ROTC, Alpha Tau Omega, Intramural sports. What is one of your fondest memories from your Tech days? My first Carol of Lights—cold, crisp night with the smell of piñon smoke in the air. Very cool!! What is one thing you’ve enjoyed seeing occur recently at Texas Tech? Guess it would be an understatement to say the hiring of our new head football and basketball coaches! Certainly a step in the right direction. But, from an academic standpoint, Texas Tech’s continued national recognition of its various colleges and their achievements, and the outstanding graduates Tech continues to produce. What is your favorite book? Recreationally, I like any of the Tom Clancy books. What is the last movie you saw? “Skyfall,” the latest Bond flick! What are your interests and hobbies? Flying, backpacking and camping, fishing and upland game hunting. What character trait do you value highly in an individual? Integrity. If you could ask five or six people to your home for an evening, who would they be? I would be more than content just to have my family with me! J ULY / AUGUS T 2 0 1 3



alumni news c o m pi le d by kate lyn Pe r ry

a g li m ps e at te xas tec h’s h e r itag e

Stylish students appear on the cover page of the Town and Country magazine section of the 1963 “La Ventana.”




MILITARY Left: Capt. Robert Monroe ’01, Forward Air Controller, (BBA, MSA Accounting), Corpus Christi, Texas, and, right, and 1st Lt. Luis Spradley

’09, 4th Platoon Commander (BBA

Management), both of E Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines. Robert and Luis recently returned from a highly successful deployment to Kajaki District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

1949 Wendell Mayes, Jr.

(BS Electrical Engineering)

1968 John Scovell

(BBA Accounting) Dallas, Texas, recently reunited with

Austin, Texas, recently completed a doctorate of

Ray Hunt and George Schrader to celebrate the 35th anniversary of

philosophy in finance at Walden University. His

the construction of Reunion Tower and the Hyatt Regency in Dallas,

wife is Mary Jane.

which they partnered to build. In order to prepare the building for

1967 Francisco A. Figueroa

the next 35 years, they have just finished a $50 million facelift of the 1,120-room Hyatt. The lights on the tower have also been upgraded so that The Ball can give LED light shows in panoramic color. John’s wife is Diane King Scovell (Clothing, Textiles & Merchandising).

(BSEE Electrical


Engineering) Townsend, Tenn., has been elected to the board of directors of the Presbyterian Healthcare System, New Mexico’s largest healthcare system. He was also elected to

Bob Allen ,

Friendswood, Texas, was inducted into the Pasadena

the University of Colorado Graduate School

Independent School District’s Athletic Hall of Fame in January. Bob

Advisory Council. He and his wife, Sharon,

was a standout halfback at South Houston High School, where, dur-

spend part of the year in Tennessee and part in

ing his senior year, he rushed for 1,084 yards on 170 carries. He was

New Mexico.

heavily recruited and chose to play at Texas Tech under Coach J.T. King, where he was a wide receiver. He led the Red Raiders in re-

Steven G. Gamble

(BA History, ’68 MA History,

ceiving in 1968 with 35 catches for 546 yards and four touchdowns.

’76 Ph.D. History) Portales, N.M., recently

He played professional football until injuries ended his career. His

received the 2013 Dr. Joseph E. Savoie Chief

wife is Janis.

Executive Leadership Award at the C.A.S.E.— (BAR Architecture, ’72 MFA Art) El Paso, Texas, has

Council for the Advancement and Support of

Morris Brown

Education—conference held in Fort Worth in

been elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute

March. Steven is currently the president of

of Architects. In addition to his current position as professor in the

Eastern New Mexico University.

Texas Tech architecture program, Brown was honored among dis-

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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. Grant Adamson ’81 (Nelda Adamson) Austin, TX Mr. & Mrs. Larry K. Anders ’78 (Nesa J. Anders ’81) Plano, TX Mr. & Mrs. Mike Baca (Jan W. Baca ’70) Vega, TX Mr. & Mrs. C. Bob Black ’58 (Billie K. Black) Horseshoe Bay, TX Mr. & Mrs. Bryant Bonner ’95 (Whitney Bonner ’96) San Antonio, TX Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Brawley ’95 (Sabrina Brawley ’94) Haslet, 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 Lt. Col. Mark H. Bryant ’83 (Colby Ethan) Salt Lake City, UT Mr. & Mrs. Steve Burleson ’83 (Elizabeth Burleson ’84) Midland, TX Mr. Clay Cash ’97 Midland, TX Mr. & Mrs. Donald G. Chenault ’82 (Vicki L. Chenault) Austin, TX Mr. & Mrs. Enoch L. Dawkins ’60 (Frances Dawkins) New Orleans, LA Mr. & Mrs. Gayle M. Earls ’59 (Dolores J. Earls) Frisco, TX Mr. Daniel F. Frye, III ’73 Austin, TX Mr. & Mrs. Joe Kirk Fulton ’54 (Merle Fulton) Lubbock, TX Mrs. Helen J. Geick ’61 Lubbock, TX Mr. Ralph G. Goodlet, Jr. ’82 Dallas, TX

Mr. & Mrs. J. Todd Gregory ’85 (Nancy Gregory) Fort Worth, TX Mr. & Mrs. B.R. “Rip” Griffin (Geneva Griffin ’51) Lubbock, TX Mr. & Mrs. William B. Hagood ’69 (Karen G. Hagood ’71) Dallas, TX Mrs. Julianna Hawn Holt ’69 Blanco, TX Mr. H. Wayne Henry ’75 APO, AE Mr. & Mrs. Christopher C. Herrin ’82 (Cheryl Herrin ’83) Tampa, FL 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 Ms. Kathy G. Johnson ’77 Houston, TX Mr. & Mrs. Parker Johnson ’97 (Victoria Johnson) Houston, TX Mr. & Mrs. Russell Mathis ’80 (Wendy Mathis) Midland, TX Mrs. Joan McComb ’67 Lubbock, TX Mr. & Mrs. Mark McGuire ’83 (Nancy McGuire ’77) Lubbock, TX Mr. & Mrs. Michael McKenzie ’68 (Barbara McKenzie ’69) Sulphur Springs, TX Mr. Glenn D. Moor ’84 Lubbock, TX Mr. & Mrs. Joe H. Price (Mary Jo Price ’53) San Antonio, TX Mr. & Mrs. Michael D. Pubentz ’98 (Rebecca Pubentz ’99) Kingwood, TX

Mr. & Mrs. John W. Redmon ’71 (Ann R. Redmon ’71) The Woodlands, TX Mr. & Mrs. Douglass C. Robison ’79 (Angie Robison) Midland, TX Mr. & Mrs. Robert T. Rose (Susan M. Rose ’76) Scottsdale, AZ Dr. Nancy R. Ruff ’69 Clinton, WA Mr. & Mrs. John Scovell ’68 (Diane Scovell ’68) Dallas, TX Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth H. Sheffield, Jr. (Catherine Sheffield ’79) Colleyville, TX Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Smith ’65 (Gail Smith ’68) Dallas, TX Mr. & Mrs. Marlis E. Smith ’54 (Shirley C. Smith ’54) Englewood, CO 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. Max Swinburn ’67 (Doris Swinburn) Dimmitt, TX Mr. & Mrs. Raymond P. Swofford, Jr. ’47 (Sarah Swofford ’47) San Diego, CA Mr. & Mrs. Mickey D. Tucker ’77 (Schelley A. Tucker) Cypress, TX Mr. Tommy W. Velasquez ’93 Wheeler, TX Mr. & Mrs. John P. Wald, Jr. ’80 (Karen M. Wald ’80) Southlake, TX Mr. & Mrs. John B. Walker ’68 (Lisa A. Walker) Houston, TX Mr. & Mrs. Edward Whitacre ’64 (Linda Whitacre ’65) San Antonio, TX Mr. Dan White ’79 Granbury, TX *As of May 3, 2013

Gold ($1,000 to $2,499 annually) Mr. & Mrs. Mike R. Abbott ’63 (Diane Abbott) Lubbock, TX Mr. & Mrs. Robert B. Adcox ’95 (Keeley K Orman-Adcox ’95) Dripping Springs, TX Dr. & Mrs. Richard G. Alexander ’58 (Janna Alexander) Arlington, TX Mr. & Mrs. Brian Alfaro ’92 (Kristi Alfaro) Boerne, TX Mr. Robert Allen (Janice Allen) Friendswood, TX Mr. & Mrs. Ronald G. Althof ’79 (Deirdra 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. Charles W. Baker ’73 (Leslie E. Baker) San Antonio, TX Mr. & Mrs. David E. Barber ’65 (Sandra R. Barber) College Station, TX Mr. & Mrs. Doug E. Barnhart ’69 (Nancy Barnhart ’69) Rancho Santa Fe, CA Mr. & Mrs. Joe Beaty ’69 (Patricia Beaty ’75) Coppell, TX Mr. & Mrs. Edward Benninger ’65 (Nelda Benninger) San Antonio, 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 Ms. Nancy L. Birdwell ’74 Salado, TX Mr. & Mrs. Dwaine I. Blanscet ’76 (Melissa C. Blanscet) Fulshear, TX Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Bradley ’90 (Vicki W. Bradley) Eastland, 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. & Mrs. Randy L. Broiles ’79 (Cindy L. Broiles) Houston, TX Mr. Alan D. Brown ’69 Dallas, TX Mr. & Mrs. William D. Brown ’74 (Karen E. Brown ’74) Austin, TX Mr. & Mrs. Franklin Brownfield ’52 (Mary Brownfield) Colorado City, TX Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Bryant ’73 (Rebecca Bryant) Mechanicsburg, PA Dr. J. Fred Bucy ’51 Dallas, TX Mr. & Mrs. Jack L. Byrd ’56 (Marline C. Byrd) Midland, TX Mr. & Mrs. Larry Byrd ’57 (Patricia Byrd) Dallas, TX Mr. & Mrs. Gary R. Cain (Melissa Cain) Midland, TX Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Cameron (June C. Cameron ’64) Ozona, TX Mr. & Mrs. Ben D. Campbell ’77 (Marsha B. Campbell) Houston, TX Mr. & Mrs. Cody Campbell ’03 (Tara Campbell ’06) Fort Worth, TX Mr. & Mrs. Joseph E. Canon ’64 (Jo Canon ’66) Abilene, TX Mr. David R. Carter ’87 Levelland, TX Mr. & Mrs. Eugene C. Chambers ’66 (Carole Chambers) Katy, TX Mr. & Mrs. Donald R. Champion ’69 (Robbie M. Champion ’69) Houston, TX Mr. Mark A. Cina ’75 Harker Heights, TX

Dr. David S. Cockrum ’94 San Louis, MO Mr. & Mrs. Paul M. Coppinger ’84 (Belinda Coppinger) Fort Worth, TX Mr. & Mrs. James F. Coulter (Greer N. Coulter ’97) Houston, TX Mr. & Mrs. John C. Covey ’77 (Teresa C. Covey) San Angelo, TX Dr. & Mrs. Todd K. Cowan ’81 (Veronica Cowan) Fort Worth, TX Mr. & Mrs. Holt Cowden ’00 (Kaye Cowden ’78) Midland, TX Mr. Lynn F. Cowden ’80 Skellytown, TX Col. Jimmy D. Cox ’63 Danville, VA The Hon. & Mrs. Tom Craddick ’65 (Nadine Craddick ’69) Midland, TX Mr. & Mrs. Brenton A. Croley ’96 (Carrie E. Croley ’95) Carrollton, TX Mr. & Mrs. Tim G. Culp ’81 (Annette L. Culp ’81) Midland, TX Mr. Charles Cummings ’59 Fort Worth, TX Mr. & Mrs. Jim Daniel (Mary Daniel ’78) Houston, TX Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth G. Davis ’84 (Lisa G. Davis) Tulsa, OK Mr. & Mrs. Sean D. Davis ’86 (Donna Davis) Baltimore, MD Dr. & Dr. Miles R. Day (Audra R. Day ’99) Lubbock, TX Dr. & Mrs. Bill F. Dean’61 (Peggy M. Dean ’66) Lubbock, TX Mrs. Sue A. Derr ’50 Colleyville, TX Ms. Jane B. Dickson ’74 Stephenville, TX

Dr. & Mrs. Michael A. Doherty ’73 (Ginger R. Doherty) New Braunfels, TX Mr. & Mrs. Jim A. Douglass ’70 (Patti Douglass ’85) Lubbock, TX Mr. & Mrs. John C. Downs ’66 (Edie Downs) Sadler, TX Mr. Scott Dueser ’75 Abilene, TX Dr. W. T. Fogarty ’80 Dallas, TX Mr. & Mrs. Edward J. Foster, Jr. ’58 (Ann B. Foster ’58) Plainview, TX Mr. Reynolds L. Foster ’67 Dallas, TX Mr. & Mrs. Terry E. Fuller ’77 (Linda S. Fuller ’69) Southlake, TX Mr. & Mrs. Ricky Gaddis (Melinda Gaddis ’84) Katy, TX Mrs. Belinda A. Gafford Lubbock, TX Mr. & Mrs. James L. Gaspard ’72 (Dinah A. Gaspard ’72) Dallas, TX Mr. & Mrs. Bryan B. Gossett ’73 (Nancy K. Gossett) Midland, 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. Dan Guy (Terri S. Guy ’73) Santa Fe, NM Mr. & Mrs. David H. Hadden ’78 (Pamela A. Hadden ’87) Allen, TX Mrs. Karen Hamel ’93 Lubbock, TX Mr. & Mrs. Bobby E. Hammond Jr. ’75 (Cynthia Hammond) Irving, TX Chancellor & Mrs. Kent R. Hance ’65 (Susie Hance) Lubbock, TX Mr. & Mrs. Keith R. Hansen ’68 (Glenda G. Hansen) Granbury, TX Mr. & Mrs. Joe W. Harris, Jr. ’55 (Denise M. Harris) Georgetown, SC Mr. & Mrs. Owen Harrison ’73 (Lois Harrison) San Angelo, TX Mr. & Mrs. Daniel D. Hart ’95 (April Hart) The Woodlands, TX Dr. & Dr. Robert I. Hart ’80 (Susan E. Hart) Baton Rouge, LA Mr. & Mrs. Ron C. Hatfield ’70 (Candy Hatfield) Dallas, TX Mr. & Mrs. Daniel W. Heinchon ’81 (Nita C. Heinchon ’81) San Antonio, TX Mr. & Mrs. Alan R. Henry ’64 (Cassandra L. Henry ’67) Lubbock, TX Mr. & Mrs. Scott V. Henry ’78 (Sharon K. Henry) Richardson, TX Dr. & Mrs. William W. Hinchey ’74 (Joaan C. Hinchey) San Antonio, TX Mr. & Mrs. Gregory R. Hoes ’86 (Lori Hoes) Garland, TX Mr. Stanley K. Horton ’86 Houston, TX Mr. & Mrs. Don J. Howe ’71 (Vickie Howe) Alpharetta, GA Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Huckabee ’91 (Robin Huckabee ’92) Fort Worth, TX Mr. & Mrs. James E. Huckaby ’66 (Clara J. Huckaby) Austin, TX Mr. & Mrs. Ken Huseman ’75 (Jaye Huseman) Midland, 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. Wilbur H. Johnson ’65 (Patricia J. Johnson) El Paso, TX Mr. & Mrs. Troy D. Jones ’57 (Lona F. Jones) Paradise Valley, AZ Mr. Van Josselet ’74 Dalhart, TX Mr. Phillip S. Kahlich ’09 Hereford, TX Major & Mrs. Anthony D. Killa ’95 (Carolyn T. Killa) Atlanta, GA Mr. Ryan A. Kimberling ’08 Calgary, AB Mr. & Mrs. M. Chris Kirksey ’84 (Betsy B. Kirksey ’83) Austin, TX Mr. & Mrs. Steven J. Kolb ’09 (Ansley A. Kolb ’08) Midland, TX Mrs. Peggy B. LaFont ’61 Plainview, TX Mr. & Mrs. A. Lance Langford ’87 (Brenda L. Langford) Austin, TX Mr. Rowland C. Lawson ’84 Soldotna, AK

Mr. & Mrs. Lanny G. Layman ’77 (Joni Layman ’79) San Angelo, TX Mr. Robert J. Lewis ’49 Fairfax, VA 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. Bob Mayo ’69 (Jo C. Mayo ’71) Petersburg, TX Mr. & Mrs. John N. McAnulty ’96 (Michelle McAnulty ’98) Sugar Land, TX Mr. & Mrs. Mark T. McCloy ’73 (Annette McCloy) Jal, NM Mr. & Mrs. Brian F. McCoy ’75 (Wetonnah L. McCoy) San Marcos, TX Mr. & Mrs. Chance A. McDaniel ’97 (Kaci B. McDaniel ’03) Midland, TX Mr. & Mrs. Paul McDonald ’81 (Karen McDonald ’81) Flower Mound, TX Mr. & Mrs. George G. McDuff ’58 (Beverly J. McDuff ’54) Lubbock, TX Mr. & Mrs. Don E. McInturff (Pauline L. McInturff ’48) Lubbock, TX Mr. & Mrs. M. Ryan McKenzie ’98 (Kathleen K. McKenzie ’04) Sulphur Springs, TX Mr. & Mrs. Robert McNaughton ’84 (Anne McNaughton ’76) Midland, TX Dr. John S. Menzies ’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. Lon E. Miller ’71 (Gertrude P. Miller ’65) Lubbock, TX Mr. & Mrs. Jacob A. Miller ’01 (Erica Miller) Lubbock, TX Mr. & Mrs. Charles B. Mitchell ’56 (Bettye A. Mitchell) Houston, TX Mr. Kevin G. Morton ’83 Grapevine, TX Mr. & Mrs. James A. Mueller ’80 (Kathleen M. Mueller) Spring, TX Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Munn ’61 (Janice Munn) Odessa, TX Mr. & Mrs. Lester J. Murdock (Jo Anne C. Murdock ’60) Dallas, TX Mr. & Mrs. Juan J. Nevarez ’95 (Iris R. Nevarez) Southlake, TX Dr. James D. Norcross ’87 Irving, TX Mr. & Mrs. Michael W. Norton ’85 (Melanie T. Norton ’86) Houston, TX Mrs. Keeley K. Orman-Adcox ’95 Dripping Springs, TX Mr. & Mrs. John C. Owens ’71 (Cynthia M. Owens ’73) Lubbock, TX Dr. & Mrs. Brian Papworth ’88 (Mardi Papworth) Albuquerque, NM Mr. Bob J. Paradiso ’79 Houston, TX Mr. Paul E. Parkinson ’74 (Crystal Parkinson) Plano, TX Mrs. Joyce W. Perkins ’64 Bryan, TX Mr. Gary R. Peterson ’68 Houston, TX Mr. & Mrs. Mike J. Petraitis ’79 (Martha M. Petraitis ’81) Midland, TX Mr. David R. Pickering Lubbock, TX Mr. & Mrs Stephen S. Poore ’90 (Christina B. Poore) Mercer Island, WA Mr. & Mrs. Jeffery M. Pratt (Amy C. Pratt) Round Rock, TX Mr. & Mrs. David E. Proctor ’91 (Cindy B. Proctor ’90) Georgetown, TX Mr. & Mrs. Scott R. Pullen ’80 (Carroll A. Pullen) Sugar Land, TX Mr. & Mrs. Terry H. Putman ’69 (Mendy W. Putman ’81) Colorado Springs, CO Mr. & Mrs. Gil H. Radtke ’82 (Ann G. Radtke) Houston, TX Dr. & Dr. George R. Raschbaum ’82 (Rene Raschbaum) Atlanta, GA Mr. Jerry S. Rawls ’67 Los Altos, CA Mr. Samuel M. Ray, IV ’66 (Sandra L. Ray) Plano, TX

Mr. & Mrs. Jeffery F. Rea (Michelle S. Rea) Odessa, TX Mr. & Mrs. John B. Reed ’73 (Linda A. Reed ’73) Houston, TX Mr. Richard D. Rhodes ’71 Tyler, TX Mr. & Mrs. Michael L. Riddle ’69 (Carol Riddle) Dallas, TX Mr. & Mrs. Walter Rinehart ’60 (Joyce Rinehart) Lubbock, TX Mr & Mrs. Rokki Roberts (Kathy H. Roberts ’72) Houston, TX Ms. Terry L Rolan ’85 Houston, TX Mr. & Mrs. David B. Rottino ’89 (Kim C. Rottino) Houston, TX Mr. & Mrs. John E. Roueche, III ’88 (Elise W. Roueche) Houston, TX Mr. & Mrs. Abuzar Saeed ’86 (Aasia Saeed) Freemont, TX Mr. & Mrs. John Saenz ’96 (Suzanne Saenz ’95) Seminole, TX Dr. & Mrs. Martin Salazar ’78 (Margie Salazar) Lubbock, TX Mr. & Mrs. Alan J. Sales ’75 (Kathy A. Sales ’74) Alba, TX Mr. & Mrs. David E. Salter ’72 (Lana L. Salter) Oklahoma City, OK Mr. & Mrs. W. Joseph Sammons ’78 (Susan A. Sammons ’78) San Antonio, TX Mr. & Mrs. Robbie R. Sartain ’79 (Kathleen M. Sartain ’79) Midland, MI Mrs. Sammie F. Saulsbury ’58 Tyler, TX Dr. Alan C. Schauer ’77 (Regina Schauer) Austin, TX Mr. & Mrs. Ryan W. Schneider ’01 (Mindy B. Schneider ’02) Woodway, TX Mr. & Mrs. Ricky C. Scott ’81 (Lori J. Scott ’80) Lubbock, TX Mr. Bill D. Senter ’51 Abilene, TX Mr. & Dr. Reagan W. Simpson (Nancy D. Simpson ’75) Austin, TX Mr. & Mrs. James E. Skinner ’74 (Alice B. Skinner) Dallas, TX Mr. Kenneth L. Slack, Jr. ’71 Dallas, TX Ms. Anita R. Smith ’63 Slidell, TX Mr. & Mrs. John P. Smith (Ashlee M. Smith ’07) Midland, TX Mr. & Mrs. Lucian Smith ’74 (Kristin Smith ’76) Hunt, TX Mr. Robert D. Smith ’82 Fort Worth, TX Mr. & Mrs. Phil D. Staley ’70 (Sharon D. Staley ’71) Houston, TX Mr. & Mrs. Clifford Stewart (Lynne Stewart ’78) Dallas, TX Mr. & Mrs. Larry G. Strickland ’70 (Linda F. Strickland) Colleyville, TX Mr. & Mrs. Ron W. Stroman ’70 (Carolyn S. Stroman) Midland, TX Dr. Marcus N. Tanner ’11 Wolfforth, TX Mr. & Mrs. Lance L. Taylor ’99 (Dawn M. Taylor ’00) Frisco, TX Mr. & Mrs. Fred Timberlake, Jr. ’68 (Kay G. Timberlake) Lubbock, TX Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Turner ’68 (Diane Turner ’68) Blanco, TX Mr. & Mrs. Fred A. Underwood ’71 (Pam Underwood) Lubbock, TX Mr. & Mrs. Randall W. Vines ’84 (Dona E. Vines ’86) Montgomery, TX Mr. & Mrs. Bobby G. Waddle ’55 (Shirley D. Waddle) Desoto, 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. & L. Bryant Williams, Jr. ’61 (Mrs. Brenda J. Williams) Kerrville, TX Mr. & Mrs. D. Andy Williams ’91 (Camille Williams) Dimmitt, TX Mr. & Mrs. Lewis Williams ’57 (Jamelle Williams) Montgomery, TX Mr. & Mrs. L. E. Willis, III ’84 (Lorie L. Willis) San Antonio, TX Dr. & Mrs. Scott W. Wyrick ’87 (Lenore P. Wyrick) Texarkana, TX *As of May 3, 2013

alumni news The swagger tinguished alumni in 2008 and is an active member of El Paso Chapter of AIA. He also is the educator member director for the Texas Society of Architects, and designed and illustrated “Portals at the Pass: El Paso Area Architecture to 1930.” Brown is the first faculty member in the history of the College of Architecture to be elevated to fellow. He was recognized June 21 at an investiture ceremony

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The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Texas Tech University would like to thank the following for their generous support. Donations Received for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Texas Tech University Individuals • Joyce & Bill Abbott • Len Ainsworth (in memory of Jerry Ramsey) • Roy & Leanna Allen • Mary Asbell & Allan Mackenzie • Dr. Steven & Shirley Berk • Dr. Gerry & Margaret Beyer • Dr. & Mrs. Eric Blackwell • Dennis & Diana Brink • Roni Buenaventura • Joyce Cantrell • Emma Carrasco (in memory of Bob Carrasco) • Linda Chapman • John W. Clarke • Kenneth Clowes • Betty Cogliser • David & Louise Cummins • Dr. Bill Dean • Lou Dunn Diekemper • Joe Dominey • Jim Douglass (in honor of Martha Hise) • Coby & Jannette Dufour • Mary Epps • Dr. Robert H. Ewalt • Nancy Fehleison • Leilani Fillhard • Dr. Donald & Willie Haragan 44



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alumni news

1975 Spike Wideman

(BSE Secondary

1984 Twila Braun Larkin

(BS Textile

including abduction of children. She is the only New Mexico lawyer who belongs to the organization. Her husband is Michael.

Education) Lubbock, retired June 30

Technology & Management)

after eight years as senior vice presi-

Albuquerque, N.M., a family law at-

Guy McPherson

dent of marketing, advertising and

torney of Sutin, Thayer & Browne

’87 Ph.D. Range Science) Tucson,

public relations with Peoples Bank. He

APC, was admitted in March to the

Ariz., is featured in the documentary

spent 23 years total in bank marketing

prestigious International Academy of

film “Somewhere in New Mexico

in Lubbock. Spike has joined the W

Matrimonial Lawyers, a worldwide

Before the End of Time.” Four years

Brokerage Group of Lubbock as a real

association of lawyers recognized

after leaving his tenured position at

estate agent and will begin his new po-

by their peers as the most experi-

the University of Arizona, Guy has

sition Aug. 1. His wife is Camilla Nash

enced and skilled family law spe-

created a website, “Nature Bats Last,”

cialists in their respective countries.

that focuses on the natural world . His

Membership was granted in recogni-

wife is Sheila Merrigan McPherson

tion of her background in handling

(’87 MS Interdisciplinary Studies).


(’70 BBA General Business).

(MS Range Science,

international issues in family law,

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alumni news

1989 Barry Brown

(BA Political Science)

Washington, D.C., was recently inaugurated as president of the Texas State Society of Washington, D.C., for the 2013-2014 term. Barry has served on the TSS board since 1998 as a board director, historian and congressional

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alumni news National Board of Directors. His wife

of the Frenship Independent School

the Albuquerque Metro District 3

is Jennifer.

District school board and the Frenship

office in the next year. Timothy is

Foundation for Leadership board. His

also a member of the Texas Tech

wife is Rhonda Anz Vanderburg (’93

Alumni Association National Board of

BSE Elementary Education).


1991 Troy Vanderburg


(BA Advertising)

Lubbock, has been promoted to executive vice president and commer-


(BS Civil Engineering,

(BLA Landscape

cial lending officer for Peoples Bank.

Timothy Parker

Troy joined Peoples Bank in 2004 as

’96 MS Civil Engineering) Roswell,

Architecture, ’00 MLA Landscape

chief financial officer after serving the

N.M., has been appointed by the New

Architecture) Albuquerque, N.M.,

Perryton and Frenship Independent

Mexico Department of Transportation

is the director of the Landscape

School Districts for a total of more

acting cabinet secretary to fill the

Architecture Program in the School

than seven years as their chief finan-

Albuquerque Metro District 3 Engineer

of Architecture and Planning at the

cial officer. During his nine years with

job for the next three-to-12 months, or

University of New Mexico. After 12

Peoples Bank, Troy has earned several

until permanently filled. Two of the

years at Kansas State University,

promotions and had various responsi-

biggest construction projects in the

Eric is thrilled to be back in the

bilities. Currently, Troy is a member

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in the areas of treatment and reuse,

Trustees must elect them. Justin is

wife Jill Griffin Bernard (’94 BA

assisting in overall management and

currently with Wyatt& Underwood,

Communication Studies) and children

development of the company’s North

PLLC. His wife is Brooke.

Allen and Katy, Eric will be enjoy-

Texas treatment group, and serving as

ing many Albuquerque sunsets from

a project manager.

their home’s rooftop garden that he designed.

Justin Underwood

(BA Political

1999 (BBA International

Science, ’01 JD Law) El Paso, Texas,

Ben Tiblets


has been elected to membership

General Business) Fort Worth, Texas,

in the Fellows of the Texas Bar

is co-president of Consuro Managed

Foundation. Fellows of the Foundation

Technology. The company was named


are selected for their outstanding

one of the 2013 Best Companies to

Environmental Engineering) Denton,

professional achievements and their

Work for in Texas and earned a place

Texas, has joined Freese and Nichols,

demonstrated commitment to the

in the top 10 for small companies.

a full-service professional consult-

improvement of the justice system.

Consuro is an information technolo-

ing firm, as an associate in the North

Selection as a fellow is restricted to

gies managed service provide (MSP)

Texas water/wastewater treatment

members of the State Bar of Texas.

whose comprehensive desktop and

and reuse group. Chad will be manag-

Once nominees are selected, the

server management, network adminis-

ing and delivering services to clients

Texas Bar Foundation Board of

tration, computer hardware and soft-

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alumni news ware consulting, offsite backup, asset

Lyceum, a non-profit, non-partisan

tions at Dallas Market Center. In

procurement and other advanced data

statewide leadership organization

her position, Meredith is responsible

center solutions serve clients across

focused on identifying the next gen-

for leading Dallas Market Center’s

Texas. The award was presented at

eration of Texas leaders. The Lyceum

internal and external communica-

a gala in March by Best Companies

consists of 96 men and women from

tions including public relations,

Group, Texas State Council of

throughout the state. These individu-

direct marketing, social media and

the Society for Human Resource

als begin their six years of service

employee communications. Prior to

Management, Texas Monthly and the

while under the age of 46, after dem-

joining Dallas Market Center in 2007,

Texas Association of Business. The

onstrating leadership in their com-

Meredith served as a member of the

award results were listed in the May

munity and profession and a deep

brand public relations team at The

issue of Texas Monthly.

commitment to Texas. One of the key

Richards Group on a national cause-

missions of the Texas Lyceum is to

related marketing campaign.

2002 Tieman Dippel III

educate the future leaders of Texas on (BS Agricultural & Applied

topics important to the future of the

Jodi Smith

state. His wife is Sunny.

Economics) Wilson, Texas, has been

(MBA General

promoted to vice president for First (BA Public Relations)

Business) Brenham, Texas, has been

Meredith Hite

selected to the seat of vice president

Dallas, Texas, has been named vice

United Bank since July 2002 and has

of finance in the prestigious Texas

president of corporate communica-

15 years of banking experience. She

United Bank. Jodi has been with First

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alumni news er education market and has installed

er at the Lubbock Northwest Banking

its stations at more than 250 college

Center. Jodi spends her time outside

campuses throughout North America,

of work volunteering for the New

including Tech. KwikBoost charged

Holly Danielle Craig

Home Independent School District

more than 2.5 million devices in 2012

'09 MBA General Business, '12, JD

PTA and FFA programs.

and expects to charge more than 10

Law) Dallas, Texas, joined the law

million in 2013. Joe’s wife is Carri

firm of McKamie Krueger, LLP.

2005 Joe Mecca



serves as loan documentation manag-

(BA Psychology) Coppell,

Davidson Mecca

(’06 BS Human

Development & Family Studies). Kelli Sehon

(BA Psychology)

(BA Psychology,

The firm has offices in Austin, San Antonio, Dallas and Laredo.


Texas, and Paul Mecca (BBA

Wolfforth, Texas, has been hired as

Management) recently founded

an internal auditor at Peoples Bank.

KwikBoost charging stations—a

She will be responsible for internal

Rachel Moore

simple, practical and affordable solu-

audit, Bank Secrecy Act, and compli-

Engineering, ’10 MS Electrical

tion to keep people connected on the

ance for Peoples Bank. Kelli is a certi-

Engineering) Dallas, Texas, a Texas

go across the nation and around the

fied anti money laundering specialist

Instruments engineer, led her robot-

world. KwikBoost is the leading pro-

and has more than 11 years of bank-

ics team, the “Nu-Bots: Degrees of

vider of charging stations to the high-

ing experience.

Freedom,” at the FIRST Robotics



(BS Electrical

alumni news annual competition in Houston. The

served as lobby services manager

robotics program is an after-school

and banking officer. Chelsea will be

program offered by the Boys and

responsible for marketing the bank’s

Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas. FIRST

products and services with an em-

is a yearly, multinational contest that

phasis on quality customer service for

brings teams of professionals and pre-

the bank. She will also be responsible

college students together to solve an

for the bank’s advertising program,

engineering, sports-inspired design

managing the Bank Ladies Program,

challenge. Rachel’s team consisted of

and leading the bank’s community

10-15 students who placed 34 out of

relations work in all Peoples Bank

57 teams.

locations. She has also been very active in the Peoples Bank’s award

2008 Chelsea Thompson Salazar

winning efforts in Financial Literacy education programs in the Frenship and Shallowater school districts. She (BA

will continue to oversee and develop

Public Relations) Lubbock, has been

lesson plans and classroom presenta-

promoted to marketing manager for

tions for this important community

Peoples Bank. Chelsea previously

bank effort.

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alumni news

In Memoriam Charles L. “Chuck” Anderson ’65, Lubbock, died Feb. 24. Robert N. Arnold, M.D., ’44, Lubbock, died March 3.

Elizabeth Walker Michael ’86, ’91, Plainview, Texas, died March 6. She is survived by her husband, Steven Michael ’76.

Hope Read Austin ’42, Lubbock, died April 11.

James H. Murdough, Jr. ’43, Lubbock, died Feb. 20.

Weldon M. Boyd ’45, ’49, Idalou, Texas, died April 20.

Katherine Grace Neumann '12, Austin, Texas, died March 3.

Carole Dyer Bratcher , a friend, Lamesa, Texas, died Oct. 2.

Stephen ross Payne ’49, Lubbock, died April 4. He is survived by his wife, Trois Muncy Payne ’45.

Lois Jean “Jeannie” Miller Cone ’72, Albuquerque, N.M.,

died Dec. 19.

Sergio Puga , a former student, died Jan. 29.

Jim Davis Jr. ’71, Slaton, Texas, died March 19.

George William Robinson ’69, Albuquerque, N.M. died March 27.

Jerry Lee Dickson , a former student, died Jan. 27.

Gerald Rogers , a friend, Ransom Canyon, Texas, died March 15.

Doris Tippit Dowell ’43, Garland, Texas, died March 8.

Kyle James Snyder , a former student, Lubbock, died April 10.

Billy F. “Bill” Harris ’52, San Angelo, Texas, died Jan. 2. He is

Doyle Edwin “Ed” Stephens ’58, Mesquite, Texas, died Feb. 25.

survived by his wife Betty Hall Harris ’52. W.C. Hefflefinger ’47, Lubbock, died March 29. Lloyd M. Hendrix ’49, Lubbock, died March 14. He is survived by his wife, Cleo Hall Hendrix ’50. Elbert Johnson ’52, Haskell, Texas, died April 15. Mary Seale Liles King ’48, Lubbock, died Feb. 27.

Stacia louise Clark Turner ’91, Midland, Texas, died Jan. 6. She is survived by her husband Robert Turner ’91. Carol Ann Wiley ’92, Lubbock, died March 31. Jimmy Don Wilson ’75, Lubbock, died Feb. 20. Sue Ashley WinteR ’50, Idalou, Texas, died Nov. 22. Sue Oldham Wyatt ’61, ’87, Lubbock, died April 19. She is survived by her husband, Carl W. Wyatt ’62.

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student spotlight C om pi le d by J ean An n Canto r e


Ranch Horse Team won the national champion title in April at the American Stock Horse Association (ASHA) National Collegiate Championship Show in Abilene, Texas. Thirteen teams from across the country traveled to compete for national title. Texas Tech’s team members from the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources competed in three divisions, Non-Pro, Limited Non-Pro and Novice. The team members ranked among the top 10 slots in every division. National High-Point and Reserve High-Point earners included: Kelsey Stokes , National Non-Pro High-Point Champion; Kelsey Watring , National Non-Pro Reserve High-Point Champion; Pate Stewart , National Limited Non-Pro High-Point Champion and Jordan Williams , National Limited Non-Pro Reserve High-Point Champion. Additional team and individual results can be found at For more information, visit Tex as Te c h Uni v ersity’ s

A te am of third-year students claimed Texas Tech University School of Law’s 27th national championship at the American Bar Association (ABA) National Appellate Advocacy Competition in Chicago. Reagan Marble , Ashirvad Parikh and Suzanne Taylor defeated perennial contender South Texas College of Law in the final round of the competition, taking six of seven ballots from a panel that included six federal district court judges and one judge from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Marble earned the Best Oralist distinction in the preliminary rounds and went on to become SecondBest Oralist overall. Taylor was the Fourth-Best Oralist in the preliminary rounds and Third-Best Oralist overall. Parikh’s brief ranked fourth in the nation.




L a dy R a ider C owgirls fared well at the 7th of 10 Southwest Region rodeos held in March at the Mallet Event Center & Arena in Levelland. South Plains College hosted the event. Carley Richardson senior animal and food sciences and nursing major, placed first in finals and was champion of the three-day event. Shelby Janssen , a junior, won the first round in the barrel racing out of 100 contestants, giving the Lady Rodeo Raiders a third place finish. She had the fastest time of all barrel racers.

The win marked Texas Tech Law’s fourth overall ABA championship and the third-straight year that a Texas Tech Law team has claimed one of the top two American moot court contests. In 2011 and 2012, Texas Tech Law teams won the National Moot Court Competition hosted by the New York City Bar and American College of Trial Lawyers. In related news, second-year students Stephanie Basom and Aaron Tatyrek placed second overall and won the Best Brief Award among Petitioners Briefs at the Billings, Exum & Frye National Moot Court Competition at Elon University School of Law. Associate Director of Employer Relations Ashley Withers coached the duo at the competition that hosted 35 teams representing 24 law schools. T e x a s T e c h Uni v ersity Chess Program’s “A” team repeated as Southwest Collegiate Team Champions, outscoring the University of Texas-Dallas and the University of Texas-Brownsville, both among the nation’s top-ranked teams. The event was held in March in McAllen. Texas Tech freshman Yaroslav Zherebukh won the individual championship. The tournament included 15 internationally ranked players. Texas Tech’s four-person team, in board order, consisted of Grandmaster Zherebukh, Grandmaster Hedinn Steingrimsson , Grandmaster Elshan Moradiabadi and Faig Alasgarov . Grandmaster is the highest title given in chess and is awarded only by the World Chess Federation. The Southwest Collegiate Championship is one of the final team championships of the regular school year. The Texas Tech chess team also took “Top College” at the World Amateur Team Championship in New Jersey in February.

A te a m of Texas Tech University School of Law students won the Third Annual National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition in Morgantown, W.Va., to claim the law school’s 26th national championship. In Texas Tech Law’s first trip to the tournament, hosted by West Virginia University College of Law, third-year students Tanner Hartnett of Dallas, John McIntyre and Neal Spradlin tested their brief-writing and oral advocacy skills against 23 other teams. To best their competition, they had to navigate complex and cutting-edge issues related to hydraulic fracturing. The team unanimously defeated Florida State University College of Law in the final round, which was argued before one federal circuit court judge, two federal district court judges, the former Chief Justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court, and the head of the appellate section in the Washington, D.C., office of Jones Day.


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