West Texas A&M NewsWirehttp://www.wtamu.edu/aspx/rss.aspxThe latest headlines and articles from West Texas A&M(c) 2007 West Texas A&M University All rights reserved.5further information regarding planning for COVID-19<div id="wysiwygcontent"><p><strong>March 12, 2020</strong></p><p>CONTACT: Ann Underwood, 806-651-2125,&nbsp;<a href="mailto:aunderwood@wtamu.edu">aunderwood@wtamu.edu</a></p><p>COPY BY: Chip Chandler, 806-651-2682, <a href="mailto:cchandler@wtamu.edu">cchandler@wtamu.edu</a></p><h1>WT Information Regarding COVID-19 Preparedness&nbsp;</h1><p><font color="#666666" face="Times New Roman, Times, serif"><span style="font-size: 18px;"><i>Stay tuned for further planning today for the University post spring break</i></span></font></p><p>CANYON, Texas &mdash; West Texas A&amp;M University will announce later today (March 12) its decision about whether the school will close following spring break. All members of the WT community should continue checking <a href="https://www.wtamu.edu/about/coronavirus-information.aspx">the University&rsquo;s main COVID-19 web page</a> for official announcements as the day goes on.</p><p>University officials are committed to helping prevent the spread of this virus by taking prudent steps to protect the campus, its students, its faculty and its staff, as well as the community at large.</p><p>As students prepare to leave for spring break (no classes scheduled for March 16-20), they are encouraged to take with them anything they would need (including textbooks and devices) in case classes are restricted to online instruction only. Students, as well as faculty and staff members, should be prepared for any contingency.</p><p>Bookmark <a href="https://www.wtamu.edu/about/coronavirus-information.aspx">the University&rsquo;s main COVID-19 page</a> for regular updates. For additional updated information about COVID-19 disease activity, you can visit the websites of&nbsp;<a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/" target="_blank">Centers for Disease Control and Prevention</a>, <a href="https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices" target="_blank">CDC Travel Health Notice</a>, the <a href="https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019" target="_blank">World Health Organization</a>, and the <a href="https://dshs.texas.gov/idcu/investigation/conditions/contacts/Randall/" target="_blank">Randall County Department of Health</a>.</p><p>Per the CDC, <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/symptoms.html">symptoms</a> of the virus are similar to the flu and include fever, cough and shortness of breath. If you have traveled or know someone who has, watch for symptoms and call your medical provider if symptoms develop. Stay home when you are sick and avoid close contact with those who are sick. It is always important to wash your hands regularly, use hand sanitizer, disinfect frequently touched objects and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p align="center">&mdash;WTAMU&mdash;</p></div>http://www.wtamu.edu/news/further-information-regarding-planning-for-covid-19.aspxThu, 12 Mar 2020 00:00:00 GMTWT's Hiranuma is Awarded by the National Science Foundation<div id="wysiwygcontent"><p><strong>March 12, 2020</strong></p><p>CONTACT: Dr. Naruki Hiranuma, 806-651-3872,&nbsp;<a href="mailto:nhiranuma@wtamu.edu">nhiranuma@wtamu.edu</a></p><div class="fb-like" data-action="like" data-href="https://www.wtamu.edu/news/wt-s-hiranuma-is-awarded-by-the-national-science-foundation.aspx" data-layout="standard" data-share="true" data-size="small" data-width="">&nbsp;</div><h1><span style="”color:">WT&#39;s Hiranuma is Awarded by the National Science Foundation</span></h1><p>CANYON, Texas&mdash;West Texas A&amp;M University&rsquo;s Dr. Naruki Hiranuma (aka Dr. Seonggi Moon) has been awarded the highly-coveted CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF).<br /><br />The $500,000 grant will support a five-year project led by Dr. Hiranuma, assistant professor of environmental sciences. The funds will be used to hire two graduate students to boost research efforts in the University&#39;s environmental science program, as well as research expenses and teaching activities.<br /><br />&ldquo;The NSF CAREER Award is NSF&rsquo;s most prestigious award in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department and University,&quot; said Dr. Angela Spaulding, vice president of research and compliance and dean of graduate school.<br /><br />A significant component of the award will support educational outreach and the training of future scientists in the Texas Panhandle region. Dr. Hiranuma plans to collaborate with the Canyon Independent School District, the Don Harrington Discovery Center, the National Weather Service in Amarillo, and Palo Duro Canyon State Park.<br /><br />&quot;I am excited about this new endeavor and an opportunity to assist WT&rsquo;s research and education community and beyond,&quot; Dr. Hiranuma said.</p><p>In the project, Dr. Hiranuma aims to fill a gap in research into why the Arctic is warming faster than the rest of the world, known as the Arctic polar amplification phenomenon. Measurements will be archived in a publicly available university database and will help improve the understanding of ice formation processes. This project directly aligns with NSF&rsquo;s 10 priority research areas, &ldquo;Navigating the New Arctic.&rdquo;<br /><br />Dr. Hiranuma also was selected in 2018 is one of 84 scientists from across the U.S. to receive significant funding for research as a 2018 Early Career Research Program Award recipient through the Department of Energy. He is one of only two NSF CAREER Award winners in WT&rsquo;s history; Dr. Arn Womble, assistant professor of civil engineering, won a 2018 NSF CAREER Award for his research in damage occurring from natural disasters.<br /><br />&quot;Dr. Hiranuma&rsquo;s research and associated achievement brings recognition to WTAMU as we continue to add these types of milestones to the WT125 goal of becoming a Regional Research University,&quot; Spaulding said.<br /><br />For more information about Dr. Hiranuma&#39;s CAREER Award, call 806-651-3872 or email&nbsp;<a href="mailto:nhiranuma@wtamu.edu">nhiranuma@wtamu.edu</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p align="center">&mdash;WTAMU&mdash;</p></div>http://www.wtamu.edu/news/wt-s-hiranuma-is-awarded-by-the-national-science-foundation.aspxThu, 12 Mar 2020 00:00:00 GMTNCAA DII South Central Regional Closed to General Public<p>&nbsp;</p><div id="wysiwygcontent"><p><strong>March 12, 2020</strong></p><p>CONTACT: Michael McBroom, director of WT Athletics, 806-651-4400,&nbsp;<a href="mailto:mmcbroom@wtamu.edu">mmcbroom@wtamu.edu</a></p><h1>NCAA DII South Central Regional Closed to General Public</h1><p><em>Updated 4:55 PM - The NCAA DII SC Regional Championships have been <strong>canceled</strong>. For ticket reimbursements, credit cards will be refunded, and for cash and check purchases, please bring your ticket and voided check if applicable to the WT Ticket Office no later than March 18 by 5 p.m.</em></p><p>CANYON, Texas<strong> &ndash;</strong>&nbsp;Due to the continued national spread of COVID-19, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced today all upcoming championships will be closed to the general public. This includes the upcoming Division II Men&#39;s Basketball South Central Region Championship to be held at West Texas A&amp;M University.</p><p>&quot;This decision is in the best interest of public health, including that of coaches, administrators, fans and, most importantly, our student-athletes. We recognize the opportunity to compete in an NCAA national championship is an experience of a lifetime for the students and their families. Today, we will move forward and conduct championships consistent with the current information and will continue to monitor and make adjustments as needed,&quot; said Mark Emmert, NCAA President.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The South Central Championship will be played as scheduled March 14 &ndash; 17.&nbsp;&nbsp; All games will be broadcast free and live (video and audio options) via GoBuffsGo.com. West Texas a&amp;M will open its 2020 tournament against Colorado Mesa at 6 p.m. on Saturday.&nbsp;</p><p>Refunds for advance purchase tickets purchased by credit card will be completed no later than March 24. If you have questions regarding a refund, please send an email to&nbsp;<a href="mailto:ticketoffice@wtamu.edu" title="mailto:ticketoffice@wtamu.edu">ticketoffice@wtamu.edu</a>. Please allow 48-72 hours for a response due to an extremely high volume of inquiries.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p align="center">&mdash;WTAMU&mdash;</p></div>http://www.wtamu.edu/news/ncaa-dii-south-central-regional-closed-to-general-public.aspxThu, 12 Mar 2020 00:00:00 GMTWT Announces Plan for Coronavirus COVID-19<div id="wysiwygcontent"><p><strong>March 12, 2020</strong></p><p>CONTACT: Dr. Helen Reyes, 806-651-2631,&nbsp;<a href="mailto:hreyes@wtamu.edu">hreyes@wtamu.edu</a></p><p>COPY BY: Chip Chandler, 806-651-2682, <a href="mailto:cchandler@wtamu.edu">cchandler@wtamu.edu</a></p><h1>WT Announces Plan for Coronavirus COVID-19</h1><p>CANYON, Texas &mdash; Online and a limited number of on-campus classes at West Texas A&amp;M University will resume Wednesday, March 25.</p><p>The University is following the severe illness guidelines in its Emergency Operation &mdash; Pandemic Plan. The primary goal of the plan is to slow the spread of the disease and maintain essential University services.</p><p>While there are no known cases directly linking COVID-19 to Randall County and the WT community, University officials are committed to helping prevent the spread of this virus by taking prudent steps to protect the campus, its students, its faculty and its staff, as well as the community at large.</p><p>&ldquo;I take my responsibility to this school extremely seriously, and the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is first priority,&rdquo; University President Dr. Walter V. Wendler said.</p><p>Students leaving campus for spring break should take all instructional materials they will need (including textbooks and devices) for distance learning.</p><p>University officials are in the process of moving instruction to online classes in as many cases as possible. Currently, approximately 65 percent of courses have moved online for the remainder of the semester. Students are encouraged to check in regularly with their teachers regarding their courses.</p><p>Residence halls will remain open through spring break. Students who wish to check out from their halls for the remainder of the semester must inform student housing (<a href="mailto:housing@wtamu.edu">housing@wtamu.edu</a>) by 5 p.m. March 17; emails should include the student&rsquo;s name, housing assignment and Buff ID number. Those planning to move out must do so by 5 p.m. March 24. Credit for housing and meal plans for the remainder of the semester for those students leaving the resident halls is being determined and will be communicated as soon as possible.</p><p>All public events, including the May commencement ceremonies, are canceled through the end of the spring semester. This includes all non-school activities scheduled to be held on University grounds. Hosting departments and entities will communicate with their audiences about refunds.</p><p>&ldquo;We are closely following expert information about COVID-19, and will continue to apply best practices according to the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization. Taking these precautionary actions will bring long-term benefit to our campus and the Texas Panhandle,&rdquo; Dr. Wendler said.</p><p>As announced March 11, the Lone Star Conference has suspended regular season competition for teams in all sports until March 30. In addition, the National Collegiate Athletic Association has canceled the Division II Men&rsquo;s and Women&rsquo;s Basketball South Central Regional Championships scheduled to take place this week at WT.</p><p>The University&rsquo;s decision to cancel all school-sponsored international travel for students, faculty and staff remains in effect.</p><p>All WT students, faculty and staff should <a href="https://wtamuweb.wufoo.com/forms/z1jrmbz71d1ggh5/" target="_blank">report any international travel, personal or business</a>,&nbsp;until further notice.</p><p>Bookmark <a href="https://www.wtamu.edu/about/coronavirus-information.aspx">the University&rsquo;s main COVID-19 page</a> for regular updates. For additional updated information about COVID-19 disease activity, you can visit the websites of&nbsp;<a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/" target="_blank">Centers for Disease Control and Prevention</a>, <a href="https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices" target="_blank">CDC Travel Health Notice</a>, the <a href="https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019" target="_blank">World Health Organization</a>, and the <a href="https://dshs.texas.gov/idcu/investigation/conditions/contacts/Randall/" target="_blank">Randall County Department of Health</a>.</p><p>Per the CDC, symptoms of the virus are similar to the flu and include fever, cough and shortness of breath. If you have traveled or know someone who has, watch for symptoms and call your medical provider if symptoms develop. Stay home when you are sick and avoid close contact with those who are sick. It is always important to wash your hands regularly, use hand sanitizer, disinfect frequently touched objects and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.</p><p align="center">&mdash;WTAMU&mdash;</p></div>http://www.wtamu.edu/news/wt-announces-plan-for-coronavirus-covid-19.aspxThu, 12 Mar 2020 00:00:00 GMTWT and Community Colleges Announce Latest Partnerships<div id="wysiwygcontent"><p><strong>March 11, 2020</strong></p><h1>WT and Local Community Colleges Make Degrees More Accessible in Small Communities</h1><p><font color="#666666" face="Times New Roman, Times, serif"><span style="font-size: 18px;"><i>Frank Phillips College, Clarendon College and Amarillo College</i></span></font></p><p>AMARILLO, Texas<strong>&mdash; </strong>Today, Amarillo College, Clarendon College and Frank Phillips College announced another partnership with West Texas A&amp;M University to bring the opportunity to earn a bachelor&rsquo;s degree to each community they serve.</p><p>Using the extensive online course capabilities of WT, each college will establish local cohorts of students pursuing their bachelor degrees and provide support services while earning the degree. Students can take a number of their courses from the community college and WT will provide the remaining credits and grant the degree.</p><p>&ldquo;In a day when a bachelor&rsquo;s degree is crucial to many of the jobs our communities need, the ability to bring this opportunity to the rural Texas Panhandle is really important,&rdquo; said Dr. Jud Hicks, president of Frank Phillips College. These sentiments were echoed by Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart, president of Amarillo College, &ldquo;This strengthens Amarillo College&rsquo;s ability to meet March 9, 2020 the needs outside the immediate Amarillo area. Our Moore County campus and Hereford campus will now be centers of expanded opportunity for economic development and community strength.&rdquo;</p><p>Tex Buckhaultz, interim president of Clarendon College added, &ldquo;Now there is an option for adults needing to complete their bachelor&rsquo;s degree, but who cannot commute to Canyon and yet want more than an online degree alone will offer.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>Innovative Program</strong></p><p>The BGS program, named for the Bachelor of General Studies degree, will incorporate prior college credit and all credit that is available through the local community college, enabling students the fastest and most cost-effective path to their degree.</p><p>Students will begin in a Career Pathways course that will help them identify their post-graduate goals and tailor their remaining courses to meet those goals. At the end of their studies students will take a capstone course that will equip them to use their degree to accomplish their aspirations.</p><p>The WT courses will be delivered online, utilizing what <em>US News &amp; World Reports </em>has identified as the top undergraduate online degree in Texas for four straight years. Students can major in General Studies or any one of more than a dozen other undergraduate online degrees.</p><p>These students will enjoy regular gatherings, and support from others living in their own communities. The result will be enhanced professional development and personal enrichment that online-only programs cannot deliver.</p><p>If interested, please contact your local community college or Patricia McCormick, WT Advisor, at 806-651-5307 or <a href="mailto:pmccormick@wtamu.edu">pmccormick@wtamu.edu</a>. Media please contact Dr. Brad Johnson, Vice President for Strategic Relations at WT, at 806-651-2034 or <a href="mailto:bwjohnson@wtamu.edu">bwjohnson@wtamu.edu</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p align="center">&mdash;WTAMU&mdash;</p></div>http://www.wtamu.edu/news/wt-and-community-colleges-announce-latest-partnerships.aspxWed, 11 Mar 2020 00:00:00 GMTNew Scholarship for WT Students Pursuing Unpaid Opportunities<div id="wysiwygcontent"><p><strong>March 11, 2020</strong></p><p>CONTACT: Steve Sellars, 806-651-2345,&nbsp;<a href="mailto:ssellars@wtamu.edu">ssellars@wtamu.edu</a></p><p>COPY BY: Brittany Castillo, 806-651-2682, <a href="mailto:bcastillo@wtamu.edu">bcastillo@wtamu.edu</a></p><div class="fb-like" data-action="like" data-href="https://www.wtamu.edu/news/new-scholarship-for-wt-students-pursuing-unpaid-opportunities.aspx" data-layout="standard" data-share="true" data-size="small" data-width="">&nbsp;</div><h1>New Scholarship Available for WT Students Pursuing Research and Internships</h1><p>CANYON, Texas&mdash;Students at West Texas A&amp;M University have new opportunity to sustain their learning experience while supporting themselves.</p><p>WT has created a scholarship this semester designed to assist students who want to pursue research experience or internships that may be unpaid or underpaid. Called the President&rsquo;s Earn and Learn Scholarship Program, the program will begin this summer. The deadline to apply is March 31.</p><p>Scholarships are awarded competitively by a selection committee that will assess the opportunity in key areas. Some of these include, but are not limited to, how the internship relates to categories in WT&rsquo;s generational plan, <a href="https://wt125.wtamu.edu/">WT 125: From the Panhandle to the World</a>, such as community life, education in rural settings, agriculture and healthcare. Other factors will be financial need and internships in the Texas Panhandle.</p><p>Awarded amount will vary based on student need but will not exceed $3,000. To view the full criteria or detailed information about WT125, visit <a href="https://www.wtamu.edu/student-support/presidents-earn-and-learn-scholarship-program.aspx">here</a>.&nbsp;</p><p align="center">&mdash;WTAMU&mdash;</p></div>http://www.wtamu.edu/news/new-scholarship-for-wt-students-pursuing-unpaid-opportunities.aspxWed, 11 Mar 2020 00:00:00 GMTUniversity Graphic Design Students Win Big at ADDYs<div id="wysiwygcontent"><p><strong>March 9, 2020</strong></p><p>CONTACT: Marcus Melton, 806-651-2790,&nbsp;<a href="mailto:mmelton@wtamu.edu">mmelton@wtamu.edu</a></p><p>COPY BY: Brittany Castillo, 806-651-2682, <a href="mailto:bcastillo@wtamu.edu">bcastillo@wtamu.edu</a></p><div class="fb-like" data-action="like" data-href="https://www.wtamu.edu/news/university-graphic-design-students-win-big-at-addys.aspx" data-layout="standard" data-share="true" data-size="small" data-width="">&nbsp;</div><h1><span style="”color:">University Graphic Design Students Win Big at ADDYs</span></h1><p>CANYON, Texas&mdash;Students of West Texas A&amp;M University won big at the 2020 ADDY Awards in Amarillo with graphic design students taking home seven gold, seven silver and special awards.</p><p>The annual event was hosted by <a href="https://aafamarillo.org/">Amarillo&rsquo;s American Advertising Federation</a> (AAF-Amarillo) on Feb. 20 at The Venue in Amarillo. Each year, members of the AAF-Amarillo organize the awards known as the ADDYs with a mission to recognize and reward the creative spirit of excellence in the art of advertising.</p><p>Winners included local businesses and media as well as students from WT. While many awards were presented, student Blake Cripps, a graphic design major from Bushland, took home top honors with Best of Show in the student category. The following students received awards.</p><p style="margin-left: 40px;">Blake Cripps, graphic design major from Bushland</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Student division - 2 Gold</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Professional division - Gold, Silver, Special Judges award for internship at Circles Co.</p><p style="margin-left: 40px;">Laramie Gill, graphic design major from Amarillo</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Student division &ndash; Gold, Silver</p><p style="margin-left: 40px;">Edgar Martinez, graphic design major from Tulia</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Student division &ndash; Silver</p><p style="margin-left: 40px;">Megan Moore, graphic design major from Canyon</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Student division &ndash; 2 Silver</p><p style="margin-left: 40px;">Maria A. Prada, graphic design major from Colombia</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Student division &ndash; Gold, 2 Silver</p><p style="margin-left: 40px;">Morgan Protsman, graphic design major from Amarillo</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Student division &ndash; Gold</p><p style="margin-left: 40px;">Rosa Strydom, studio art major from South Africa</p><p style="margin-left:.5in;">Student division &ndash; Gold, Silver</p><p><img alt="WT graphic design students win at 2020 ADDYs." src="/webres/Image/GD_addys_2020%20(002).jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 275px;" /></p><p><em>*Pictured left to right: Laramie Gill, Morgan Protsman, Maria Prada, Blake Cripps, Megan Moore, Rosa Strydom and Edgar Martinez.</em></p><p>&quot;It was a great event to celebrate the talent and hard work of our students. We appreciate the support and encouragement of our department chair, Stephen Crandall, and our dean, Dr. Jessica Mallard. We couldn&#39;t do it without the graphic design part-time instructors, their&nbsp;professional&nbsp;experience and willingness to work with the students.&nbsp;We are honored to be in such good company with the&nbsp;local advertising community and are very thankful for the AAF Amarillo,&rdquo; Marcus Melton, associate professor of art, said.</p><p>For more information about the graphic design program at WT, call 806-651-2777.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p align="center">&mdash;WTAMU&mdash;</p></div><img alt="WT graphic design students win at 2020 ADDYs." src="/webres/Image/GD_addys_2020%20(002).jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 275px;" />http://www.wtamu.edu/news/university-graphic-design-students-win-big-at-addys.aspxMon, 09 Mar 2020 00:00:00 GMTWT listed on Top 10 list of Best Online Colleges in Texas<div id="wysiwygcontent"><p><strong>March 9, 2020</strong></p><div class="fb-like" data-href="https://www.wtamu.edu/news/wt-listed-on-top-10-list-of-best-online-colleges-in-texas.aspx" data-width="" data-layout="standard" data-action="like" data-size="small" data-share="true"></div><h1><span style="”color:">WT listed on Top 10 List of Best Online Colleges in Texas</span></h1><p>CANYON, Texas&mdash;West Texas A&amp;M University was listed at No. 6 on a list of Best Online Colleges in Texas for 2020 by Value Colleges.<br /><br />The national ranking highlights WTAMU&#39;s commitment to providing online degree programs that provide the most flexibility for students.<br /><br />The ranking noted WTAMU&#39;s 14 online undergraduate degree programs, from Criminal Justice to Finance to Nursing. Students are able to choose from various course formats &ndash; 100 percent online, fully online, or hybrid/blended &ndash; that best suit their lifestyle.<br /><br />&quot;The flexible online degrees allow students to work from any location and to fit in their studies when it fits their schedules,&quot; according to the listing. &quot;It gives students a flexible solution to help with personal goals and work around obligations when they are facing challenges.&quot;<br /><br />Value Colleges is a resource for online learning and college affordability.<br />&nbsp;<br />For more information about WTAMU&rsquo;s top-ranked program, visit <a href="https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.valuecolleges.com&amp;d=DwMFaQ&amp;c=TS_ENijn1M9NMtNr9j-xjpUgh4pxjAPokefV-3yPA3E&amp;r=WP6cUOnB1aF-gb-XCvfY9KgosGqE3niWMu7eb97ijBs&amp;m=5VaIKRcW-kypqwtoL1exiMCIX8drr3DpJVUyTunRxMg&amp;s=kzTYajY8-XTa9hNWukpkgESu_3-eoBzL_As9QcoLHGY&amp;e=">www.valuecolleges.com</a>.</p><p align="center">&mdash;WTAMU&mdash;</p></div>http://www.wtamu.edu/news/wt-listed-on-top-10-list-of-best-online-colleges-in-texas.aspxMon, 09 Mar 2020 00:00:00 GMTRenowned Notre Dame Football Alumnus "Rudy" Ruettiger to Speak at WT<div id="wysiwygcontent"><p><strong>March 6, 2020</strong></p><p>CONTACT: Tammye Jackson, 806-651-8240,&nbsp;<a href="mailto:tjackson@wtamu.edu">tjackson@wtamu.edu</a></p><p>COPY BY: Brittany Castillo, 806-651-2682, <a href="mailto:bcastillo@wtamu.edu">bcastillo@wtamu.edu</a></p><div class="fb-like" data-action="like" data-href="https://www.wtamu.edu/news/renowned-notre-dame-football-alumnus-rudy-ruettiger-to-speak-at-wt.aspx" data-layout="standard" data-share="true" data-size="small" data-width="">&nbsp;</div><h1><span style="”color:">Renowned Notre Dame Football Alumnus &quot;Rudy&quot; Ruettiger to Speak at WT</span></h1><p>CANYON, Texas&mdash;The <a href="https://www.wtamu.edu/academics/learning-disabilities.aspx">Center for Learning Disabilities</a> (CLD) at West Texas A&amp;M University has postponed &quot;A Celebration of Extraordinary Minds&quot; event hosting renowned-speaker Daniel &ldquo;Rudy&rdquo; Ruettiger. The dinner ticketed-event including Ruettiger&rsquo;s speech &ldquo;Yes, I can&rdquo; will be rescheduled for a future date.</p><p>Ruettiger is widely-known for his time on the University of Notre Dame football team in 1975. As depicted in the 1993 movie &ldquo;Rudy&rdquo; by David Anspaugh, his only playing time was 27 seconds against Georgia Tech in which he sacked the quarterback. For many years, Ruettiger was the only Notre Dame football player to be carried off the field in celebration.</p><p>Much of Ruettiger&rsquo;s acclaim stems from his unwavering perseverance to attend and play for Notre Dame despite his learning challenges with dyslexia and 5&rsquo;6&rdquo; height. Notably, Ruettiger was admitted to the University after his fourth attempt, and he was able to play on the scout team, a squad that helped the varsity team with players like Knute Rockne, Paul Hornung and Joe Montana practice. Though &ldquo;Rudy&rdquo; was not the top grossing film the year it released, it has grown in popularity and become a cultural icon in regards to not only sports, but grit and inspiration as well.</p><p>Ruettiger received an honorary doctorate degree from Our Lady of Holy Cross College, the Distinguished American Award from the National Football Association, and proclamation of Official Rudy Award Day from the Governor of Nevada. He spoke at the White House during both the George W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations, and last year, Nick Nanton directed the Broadway rendition of the Emmy Award-winning documentary &ldquo;Rudy Ruettiger: The Walk On&rdquo; at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.</p><p>&ldquo;The pursuit of an education is one of the most empowering stories to tell, and for it to come from Rudy through his illustration of trying experiences with learning and sports is an exciting event for the entire community,&rdquo; said Puff Niegos, founder and board president of the CLD. &ldquo;WT is fortunate to have the Center for Learning Disabilities and its ability to bring talented and inspiring speakers to the Texas Panhandle to tell stories of overcoming adversity for bright futures.&rdquo;</p><p>In 2010, the CLD was established when the parent of a child with learning disabilities met with the dean of the college of education and social sciences at WT to discuss the needs of families affected by learning disabilities. In 2013, the Texas A&amp;M University Board of Regents designated the community partnership as a Center of Excellence.</p><p>For more information about the event or the WT Center for Learning Disabilities, contact 806-651-2335.</p><p align="center">&mdash;WTAMU&mdash;</p></div>http://www.wtamu.edu/news/renowned-notre-dame-football-alumnus-rudy-ruettiger-to-speak-at-wt.aspxFri, 06 Mar 2020 00:00:00 GMTWT's Communication Students Win at ADDYs<div id="wysiwygcontent"><p><strong>Feb. 25, 2020</strong></p><p>CONTACT: Dr. Trudy Hanson, 806-651-2800,&nbsp;<a href="mailto:thanson@wtamu.edu">thanson@wtamu.edu</a></p><div class="fb-like" data-action="like" data-href="https://www.wtamu.edu/news/wt-s-communication-students-win-at-addys.aspx" data-layout="standard" data-share="true" data-size="small" data-width="">&nbsp;</div><h1><span style="”color:">WT Department of Communication Students Win Gold and Silver</span></h1><p><img alt="2020 ADDYs" src="/webres/Image/20_2%20Addys%202020.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 394px;" /></p><p><span style="color:#696969;"><em>*Photo left to right: Cody Stephens, Chase Brady, Anna Parsons, Stevi Breshears, Darby Sparkman, Liz Moore, Savannah Tarbet, Erin Westermann, Faith Massingill, Makayla Barrientos, Agol Aloak and Melissa Hailey.</em></span></p><p>CANYON, Texas&mdash;West Texas A&amp;M University Department of Communication students won four Gold ADDY Awards, two Silver ADDY Awards and a Special Judges Award at last night&rsquo;s American Advertising Awards in Amarillo.</p><p>WT&rsquo;s Buffalo Advertising team earned a Gold ADDY for its &ldquo;Be a Dog Person&rdquo; campaign for Wienerschnitzel, as well as a Special Judges Award for that Integrated Advertising Campaign.</p><p>Maroon Productions members Chase Brady, Anna Parsons and Cody Stephens earned two Gold ADDYs for their video productions entered in the Film, Video &amp; Sound, Cinematography category: &ldquo;Buffalo Stadium Ribbon Cutting&rdquo; and &ldquo;Inaugural Game Day.&rdquo;</p><p>Chase Brady and Maroon Productions also won a Gold ADDY for the WT Fast Track Mobile App in the Film, Video &amp; Sound, Animation or Special Effects category.</p><p>Lily Gamble earned a Silver ADDY for her work on the 1910 PR website in the Online/Interactive, Website category.</p><p>The 2019 WT Bateman Team, consisting of Darby Sparkman, Keila Valdez, Adelyn Hokanson, and Agol Aloak, won a Silver ADDY for &ldquo;As We Are,&rdquo; the team&rsquo;s campaign summary designed to increase diversity in public relations. The team won in the Blogs &amp; Digital Publications category.</p><p><strong>About WT&rsquo;s Department of Communication </strong></p><p>The Department of Communication has two undergraduate programs focusing on media communication and communication studies, with a master&rsquo;s program in communication.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p align="center">&mdash;WTAMU&mdash;</p></div><img alt="2020 ADDYs" src="/webres/Image/20_2%20Addys%202020.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 394px;" />http://www.wtamu.edu/news/wt-s-communication-students-win-at-addys.aspxTue, 25 Feb 2020 00:00:00 GMTWT to Feature World-Renowned Conductor and Accomplished Cellist<div id="wysiwygcontent"><p><strong>&nbsp;20, 2020</strong></p><p>CONTACT: Mark Bartley, 806-651-2830,&nbsp;<a href="mailto:mbartley@wtamu.edu">mbartley@wtamu.edu</a></p><p>COPY BY: Brittany Castillo, 806-651-2682, <a href="mailto:bcastillo@wtamu.edu">bcastillo@wtamu.edu</a></p><div class="fb-like" data-action="like" data-href="https://www.wtamu.edu/news/wt-to-feature-world-renowned-conductor-and-accomplished-cellist.aspx" data-layout="standard" data-share="true" data-size="small" data-width="">&nbsp;</div><h1>WT to Feature World-Renowned Conductor and Accomplished Cellist</h1><p>CANYON, Texas&mdash;The School of Music at West Texas A&amp;M University will feature world-renowned musicians for the spring symphony orchestra concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27 at the Mary Moody Northen Recital Hall.</p><p>Guest conductor Shokhrukh Sadikov and cellist Emmanuel Lopez will join the WT Symphony Orchestra to perform music by Georges Bizet, Johannes Brahms, Max Bruch and Alexander Borodin. Pieces will also be conducted by Mark Bartley, Lilith Brainard Professor of Music and director of orchestral activities at WT and Portuguese graduate conductor, Francisco Maia.</p><p>Sadikov is co-founder and CEO of NAVO Inc., a non-for-profit arts organization that serves communities in the Midwest. He has appeared as a conductor with the National Symphony Orchestra and the National Radio Chamber Orchestra of Uzbekistan, the Tokyo Philharmonic, Aspen Festival Orchestra, Berlin Sinfonietta, Kazakh State Philharmonic, and newEar Contemporary Ensemble among others.&nbsp;</p><p>Lopez has spent the last twenty-eight years as a member of the highly acclaimed Harrington String Quartet and as the Periman Endowed Distinguished Artist Chair of Violoncello at West Texas A&amp;M University School of Music.&nbsp; He holds degrees from Yale University, University of Connecticut, and the Juilliard School.&nbsp; He has won numerous cello competitions and, as a recording artist, been honored with multiple Grammy Award nominations.</p><p>Admission is free and open to the public. For more information about the School of Music at WT, visit <a href="https://www.wtamu.edu/academics/music.aspx">here</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p align="center">&mdash;WTAMU&mdash;</p></div>http://www.wtamu.edu/news/wt-to-feature-world-renowned-conductor-and-accomplished-cellist.aspxThu, 20 Feb 2020 00:00:00 GMTEngler College of Business Ranks Competitively for Third Consecutive Year<div id="wysiwygcontent"><p><strong>Feb. 18, 2020</strong></p><p>CONTACT: Lynsee Bjork, 806-651-2526,&nbsp;<a href="mailto:lbjork@wtamu.edu">lbjork@wtamu.edu</a></p><div class="fb-like" data-href="https://www.wtamu.edu/news/engler-college-of-business-ranks-competitively-for-third-consecutive-year.aspx" data-width="" data-layout="standard" data-action="like" data-size="small" data-share="true"></div><h1><span style="”color:">Engler College of Business Ranks No. 2 by TFE Times</span></h1><p>CANYON, Texas&mdash;<a href="https://tfetimes.com/">TFE Times</a> ranked the Master of Science in Finance and Economics (MSFE) program offered by the <a href="http://www.wtamu.edu/academics/college-business.aspx">Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business</a> at West Texas A&amp;M University <strong>No. 2</strong> for the third year in a row.</p><p>The TFE Times is an online news platform known as the world&rsquo;s foremost academia media company that delivers news regarding business, culture and technology. The <a href="https://tfetimes.com/best-financial-economics-program-rankings/">TFE Times 2020 Best Masters of Financial Economics Programs</a> top five are listed below.</p><ol> <li>Columbia University&nbsp;<img alt="TFE Times" src="/webres/Image/TFE%20Times.png" style="float: right; width: 200px; height: 207px;" /></li> <li><strong>West Texas A&amp;M University</strong></li> <li>University of California, Santa Cruz</li> <li>Brandeis International Business School</li> <li>Bowling Green State University&nbsp;</li></ol><p>&ldquo;It is an incredible honor to be recognized by&nbsp;The Financial Engineer&nbsp;again.&nbsp;This accolade means so much since it is given by such a prestigious organization.&nbsp;The recognition is validation for our innovative program and dedicated students, faculty, and staff. I am thankful for all the people that make this honor a reality,&rdquo; said Dr. Anne Macy, Gene Edwards Professor of Finance.</p><p>The components used to measure rankings include GMAT scores, mean starting salary and bonus, mean undergraduate GPA, acceptance rate, full-time graduates employed at graduation and full-time graduates employed three months after graduation.</p><p>Current MSFE student, Julian Martinez said, &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve been working toward an MSFE degree at WT for the past 18 months. During my time in the program, I&rsquo;ve been able to experience using my developed skills in data analytics to solve problems on both a micro and macro scale. The structure of the MSFE program, which allows me to specialize in both finance and economics, has given me a unique perspective and helped me to be better equipped in my new position as credit analyst.&rdquo; Martinez works at FirstBank Southwest in Amarillo, Texas.</p><p>&ldquo;The MSFE has afforded me the opportunity to increase my marketability in my chosen field. The faculty at WT were very instrumental in my success and supported me throughout this program,&rdquo; said Christian Nelson, a 2019 MSFE Graduate who works as bursar and an instructor of Finance and Economics at Bay College in Escanaba, Michigan.</p><p>Additional rankings of the Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business can be found <a href="http://www.wtamu.edu/academics/college-business-recognition.aspx">here</a>, and more information about the MSFE program can be found <a href="https://www.wtamu.edu/academics/finance-economics-graduate-program.aspx">here</a>.</p><p>To receive your personalized plan of study, contact the Graduate Business Programs Office at 806-651-2500 or <a href="mailto:gradbusprograms@wtamu.edu">gradbusprograms@wtamu.edu</a>.</p><p align="center">&mdash;WTAMU&mdash;</p></div><img alt="TFE Times" src="/webres/Image/TFE%20Times.png" style="float: right; width: 200px; height: 207px;" />http://www.wtamu.edu/news/engler-college-of-business-ranks-competitively-for-third-consecutive-year.aspxTue, 18 Feb 2020 00:00:00 GMT