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.5Selma Marcher Joanne Bland to Speak at WT<div id="wysiwygcontent"><p><strong>Jan. 31, 2020</strong></p><p>CONTACT: Dr. Kris Drumheller, 806-651-2816,&nbsp;<a href="mailto:kdrumheller@wtamu.edu">kdrumheller@wtamu.edu</a></p><div class="fb-like" data-action="like" data-href="https://www.wtamu.edu/news/selma-marcher-joanne-bland-to-speak-at-wt.aspx" data-layout="standard" data-share="true" data-size="small" data-width="">&nbsp;</div><h1><span style="”color:">Selma Marcher Joanne Bland to Speak at WT</span></h1><p><strong>Canyon, Texas &ndash; </strong>Joanne Bland marched with Martin Luther King, Jr., in Selma in 1965, and will speak at West Texas A&amp;M University as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 26 in Jack B. Kelley Legacy Hall. Bland will speak on &ldquo;Stories of Struggle: Segregation and Civil Rights in the South.&rdquo; As a WT DLS event, it is free and open to the public.</p><p><img alt="Selma Marcher Joanne Bland" src="/webres/Image/Joanne%20Bland%20headshot.jpg" style="margin: 5px; float: left; width: 310px; height: 440px;" />Bland and her sister Lynda were the youngest participants in the march in Selma. During her lifetime, Bland witnessed and participated in some of our nation&rsquo;s most consequential civil rights battles. As an 11-year-old, Bland marched on Bloody Sunday, Turn Around Tuesday, and the first leg of the successful march from Selma to Montgomery. She bears witness to the brutality they faced and the spirit of marchers who would overcome.</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m really excited that people on campus will get to experience a snippet of what I experienced in our week-long trip to study the Civil Rights movement,&rdquo; said Alondra Villa, a senior from Tulia, who traveled with other honors students to Alabama in March 2019. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve read about experiences and read stories that were primary accounts, but this was the first time I met someone who lived through this. It will be extremely important for students to hear.&rdquo;</p><p>Bland will speak as part of WT&rsquo;s Black History Month events. Other campus events include &ldquo;We Are One&rdquo; diversity talk panel discussion at 12:15 p.m. on Feb. 11 in the JBK Senate Chamber, and a viewing of &ldquo;Selma&rdquo; with talkback at 5 p.m., Feb. 12 in JBK Legacy Hall.</p><p>&ldquo;Having heard Mrs. Bland tell her story of segregation and activism, this is truly a momentous occasion for WT,&rdquo; said history professor Marty Kuhlman. &ldquo;Bringing someone who lived and experienced what most of us have only seen in movies is a tremendous opportunity for our students and community.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>About WT&rsquo;S Distinguished Lecture Series</strong><br />The Distinguished Lecture Series was created to enhance education in the classroom by inviting people of national prominence to speak to WTAMU students and the community about important issues. For more information, <a href="https://www.wtamu.edu/about/distinguished-lecture-series.aspx">go here</a>.</p><p align="center">&mdash;WTAMU&mdash;</p></div><img alt="Selma Marcher Joanne Bland" src="/webres/Image/Joanne%20Bland%20headshot.jpg" style="margin: 5px; float: left; width: 310px; height: 440px;" />Bland and her sister Lynda were the youngest participants in the march in Selma. During her lifetime, Bland witnessed and participated in some of our nation&rsquo;s most consequential civil rights battles. As an 11-year-old, Bland marched on Bloody Sunday, Turn Around Tuesday, and the first leg of the successful march from Selma to Montgomery. She bears witness to the brutality they faced and the spirit of marchers who would overcome.</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m really excited that people on campus will get to experience a snippet of what I experienced in our week-long trip to study the Civil Rights movement,&rdquo; said Alondra Villa, a senior from Tulia, who traveled with other honors students to Alabama in March 2019. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve read about experiences and read stories that were primary accounts, but this was the first time I met someone who lived through this. It will be extremely important for students to hear.&rdquo;</p><p>Bland will speak as part of WT&rsquo;s Black History Month events. Other campus events include &ldquo;We Are One&rdquo; diversity talk panel discussion at 12:15 p.m. on Feb. 11 in the JBK Senate Chamber, and a viewing of &ldquo;Selma&rdquo; with talkback at 5 p.m., Feb. 12 in JBK Legacy Hall.</p><p>&ldquo;Having heard Mrs. Bland tell her story of segregation and activism, this is truly a momentous occasion for WT,&rdquo; said history professor Marty Kuhlman. &ldquo;Bringing someone who lived and experienced what most of us have only seen in movies is a tremendous opportunity for our students and community.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>About WT&rsquo;S Distinguished Lecture Series</strong><br />http://www.wtamu.edu/news/selma-marcher-joanne-bland-to-speak-at-wt.aspxFri, 31 Jan 2020 00:00:00 GMTTAMUS Partnership Announces an Update to the Veterinary Program<p>&nbsp;</p><div id="wysiwygcontent"><p><strong>Jan. 28, 2020</strong></p><p>CONTACT: Jennifer Gauntt, Veterinary Medicine &amp; Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&amp;M, 979-845-5053; Brittany Castillo, West Texas A&amp;M University, 806-651-2682</p><h1><span style="”color:">TAMUS Partnership Announces an Update to the Veterinary Program</span></h1><p><font color="#666666" face="Times New Roman, Times, serif"><span style="font-size: 18px;"><i>A $5 million commitment will increase the faculty needed for VERO&#39;s 2+2 program</i></span></font></p><p><font color="#666666" face="Times New Roman, Times, serif"><span style="font-size: 18px;"><img alt="VERO 2+2 program update" src="/webres/Image/1_28_20.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 525px;" /></span></font></p><p>CANYON, Texas&mdash;Officials from The Texas A&amp;M University System (TAMUS) announced on Jan. 28 a $5 million commitment to the developing 2+2 veterinary program through the Texas A&amp;M College of Veterinary Medicine &amp; Biomedical Sciences&rsquo; (CVM) Veterinary Education, Research &amp; Outreach (VERO) program on West Texas A&amp;M University&rsquo;s (WT) campus.</p><p>The additional funding from TAMUS will be used to increase faculty members from five to 23 for the VERO program. Current faculty members were secured with the support of a Legislative Appropriations Request by the Texas Education Agency.</p><p>The <a href="https://www.wtamu.edu/news/texas-a-m-university-brings-top-4-veterinary-medicine-program-to-the-texas-panhandle.aspx">VERO 2+2 program</a> is a continuation of initiatives led by the TAMUS to support the state agriculture industry and the young people of Texas. In 2019, the System committed $90 million to the establishment of a 22,000-square-foot VERO facility to house the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) curriculum and externship programs for the new clinical rotations in the Texas Panhandle, as well as the 2+2 program. The 2+2 program will allow Texas A&amp;M veterinary students to elect to spend their first two years in Canyon on WT&rsquo;s campus for increased exposure to large animal needs in rural communities.</p><p>&ldquo;Texas A&amp;M&rsquo;s 100-year-old veterinary program is an established, accredited route for students seeking their D.V.M degree,&rdquo; Walter V. Wendler, president of WT, said. &ldquo;Paired with WT&rsquo;s prime location for the cattle industry with ample opportunities to work with large animals through extern- and internships is a recipe for a prosperous veterinary services industry in Texas. We are thrilled with the seamless collaboration between these two campuses and eager to be a part of educating Texas A&amp;M veterinary students on WT&rsquo;s campus.&rdquo;</p><p>The first cohort of fourth-year veterinary students will begin clinical rotations at the Agricultural Sciences Complex on WT&rsquo;s campus starting Summer 2020. &nbsp;The first cohort of up to 18 first-year veterinary students will begin their DVM education at the VERO in Fall 2021. &nbsp;</p><p>Every year after, there will be two cohorts at one time cycling through the Canyon location before their third year at the CVM in College Station, with the option of returning to Canyon a portion of their fourth-year clinical rotations.</p><p>&ldquo;Through our VERO program, Texas A&amp;M, the CVM, and WT are prioritizing the need for rural and food animal veterinarians, needs that affect citizens of the Texas Panhandle and citizens in rural communities across the state,&rdquo; said Dr. Eleanor M. Green, the Carl B. King Dean of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&amp;M.</p><p>&ldquo;Our VERO educational team, led by Dr. Dan Posey, is working to meet these needs by helping West Texas A&amp;M gather and mentor regional students, to help them produce the best veterinary school application possible. In just three and a half years, under Dr. Posey&rsquo;s leadership, the number of successful veterinary college applications from West Texas A&amp;M has tripled,&rdquo; Green said. &ldquo;The next step is to bring them back home to serve their hometowns in the Texas Panhandle region, and the 2+2 program will be a key part of this critical next step.&rdquo;</p><p>Combining the power of the two campuses&rsquo; resources will expose students to unique, diverse learning opportunities in a large state with some underserved regions. Faculty of the VERO program encourage incoming students to engage locally and consider working in communities that have a greater need for a large animal veterinarian.</p><p>&ldquo;We are pleased to expand our veterinary medicine and biomedical sciences program to the campus of West Texas A&amp;M University,&rdquo; Texas A&amp;M President Michael K. Young said.</p><p>&ldquo;The increased funding will provide support and be of great benefit to all Texans. The 2+2 program will especially benefit large-animal care needs that are often isolated and will enhance the educational and medical care opportunities for rural Texans.&rdquo;</p><p>Approval by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, The Texas A&amp;M University System Board of Regents and the Council of Education of the American Veterinary Medical Association to finalize the program is pending.</p><p>For more information about the VERO 2+2 program, contact Dr. Dan Posey at <a href="mailto:dposey@wtamu.edu">dposey@wtamu.edu</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p align="center">&mdash;WTAMU&mdash;</p></div><img alt="VERO 2+2 program update" src="/webres/Image/1_28_20.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 525px;" />http://www.wtamu.edu/news/tamus-partnership-announces-an-update-to-the-veterinary-program.aspxTue, 28 Jan 2020 00:00:00 GMTWT Names New Registrar<div id="wysiwygcontent"><p><strong>Jan. 23, 2020</strong></p><p>CONTACT: Tana Miller, 806-651-4902,&nbsp;<a href="mailto:tmiller@wtamu.edu">tmiller@wtamu.edu</a></p><div class="fb-like" data-href="https://www.wtamu.edu/news/wt-names-new-registrar.aspx" data-width="" data-layout="standard" data-action="like" data-size="small" data-share="true"></div><h1><span style="”color:">WT Names New Registrar</span></h1><p>CANYON, Texas&mdash;West Texas A&amp;M University will welcome a new registrar to its Division of Student Enrollment, Engagement and Success.<br /><br />The University has named Diane Brice to the role, effective Feb. 3. The registrar oversees all academic student records.&nbsp;<img alt="Diane Brice" src="/webres/Image/20_1%20Diane%20Brice(1).jpg" style="float: right; width: 300px; height: 450px; margin: 5px;" /><br /><br />Brice has worked as director of Enrollment Services and registrar of Amarillo College (AC) since 2016. Previously, she was associate registrar at AC and supervisor of student records. Altogether, Brice has 30 years of experience at AC in similar roles.<br /><br />&quot;Working in the admissions and registration areas allows us opportunities to make a difference in the lives of our students,&quot; Brice said. &quot;I like being able to help people.&quot;<br /><br />The WT registrar manages registration for courses, determines academic standing for students, verifies enrollment, schedules courses into classroom spaces, processes graduation applications, provides transcripts, and ensures compliance with state and federal laws, among other duties.<br /><br />&quot;Diane&rsquo;s experience will allow her to bring some new insights and perspectives on how WT might be able to better serve our campus community,&quot; Tana Miller, WT&#39;s assistant vice president for the Division of Student Enrollment, Engagement and Success.<br /><br />Miller has served as registrar at WT for almost 15 years, but her expanding responsibilities as assistant vice president led the University to search for a candidate who would assume Miller&#39;s registrar duties.<br /><br />Brice is uniquely qualified for the job, Miller said. She is skilled at WT&#39;s student information system, a software called Colleague. Brice also is a member of the Texas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers and has worked extensively with WT in assisting students transferring from AC to WT.<br />&nbsp;<br />&quot;We have had a great working relationship between our offices,&quot; Miller said. &quot;Diane is well respected among her peers.&quot;<br /><br />WT enrolls about 10,000 students each year and has implemented several initiatives toward pursuing the statewide 60x30TX program, which is aimed at increasing the number of Texans&nbsp;with a certificate or a degree by 60 percent by 2030.<br /><br />For more information, contact Miller at 806-651-4902 or <a href="mailto:tmiller@wtamu.edu">tmiller@wtamu.edu</a>.</p><p align="center">&mdash;WTAMU&mdash;</p></div><img alt="Diane Brice" src="/webres/Image/20_1%20Diane%20Brice(1).jpg" style="float: right; width: 300px; height: 450px; margin: 5px;" /><br /><br />Brice has worked as director of Enrollment Services and registrar of Amarillo College (AC) since 2016. Previously, she was associate registrar at AC and supervisor of student records. Altogether, Brice has 30 years of experience at AC in similar roles.<br /><br />&quot;Working in the admissions and registration areas allows us opportunities to make a difference in the lives of our students,&quot; Brice said. &quot;I like being able to help people.&quot;<br /><br />The WT registrar manages registration for courses, determines academic standing for students, verifies enrollment, schedules courses into classroom spaces, processes graduation applications, provides transcripts, and ensures compliance with state and federal laws, among other duties.<br /><br />&quot;Diane&rsquo;s experience will allow her to bring some new insights and perspectives on how WT might be able to better serve our campus community,&quot; Tana Miller, WT&#39;s assistant vice president for the Division of Student Enrollment, Engagement and Success.<br /><br />Miller has served as registrar at WT for almost 15 years, but her expanding responsibilities as assistant vice president led the University to search for a candidate who would assume Miller&#39;s registrar duties.<br /><br />Brice is uniquely qualified for the job, Miller said. She is skilled at WT&#39;s student information system, a software called Colleague. Brice also is a member of the Texas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers and has worked extensively with WT in assisting students transferring from AC to WT.<br />&nbsp;<br />&quot;We have had a great working relationship between our offices,&quot; Miller said. &quot;Diane is well respected among her peers.&quot;<br /><br />WT enrolls about 10,000 students each year and has implemented several initiatives toward pursuing the statewide 60x30TX program, which is aimed at increasing the number of Texans&nbsp;with a certificate or a degree by 60 percent by 2030.<br /><br />http://www.wtamu.edu/news/wt-names-new-registrar.aspxThu, 23 Jan 2020 00:00:00 GMTWT's Abdullat to Serve as Dean of the Engler College of Business<div id="wysiwygcontent"><p><strong>Jan. 22, 2020</strong></p><p>CONTACT: Dr. Amjad Abdullat, 806-651-2443,&nbsp;<a href="mailto:aabdullat@wtamu.edu">aabdullat@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-s-abdullat-to-serve-as-dean-of-the-engler-college-of-business.aspx" data-layout="standard" data-share="true" data-size="small" data-width="">&nbsp;</div><h2>WT&#39;s Abdullat to Serve as Dean of the Engler College of Business&nbsp;</h2><p>CANYON, Texas&mdash;West Texas A&amp;M University announces Dr. Amjad Abdullat will serve as dean of the Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business through the next accreditation process by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International.</p><p>Application submission for accreditation will occur in June, and a formal review process will follow in fall 2022 and spring 2023. Dr. Abdullat&rsquo;s duties will begin when&nbsp;<a href="https://www.wtamu.edu/news/dr-neil-terry-named-new-executive-vice-president-and-provost-at-wtamu.aspx">Dean Neil Terry assumes his new role</a>&nbsp;as executive vice president and provost of the University on Feb. 1.</p><p>In 1998, Dr. Abdullat joined the faculty at WT as an assistant professor of computer information systems. He became associate dean of undergraduate business programs in 2013 and has since played a critical role in helping the Engler College of Business earn initial accreditation and reaffirmation from both AACSB and ABET, a dual accreditation that is one of only 34 business schools in the world to be held by both entities.</p><p>&ldquo;Dr. Abdullat&rsquo;s willingness to lead the Engler College of Business through this time of transition is much appreciated,&rdquo; said Terry. &ldquo;He has a strong commitment to the College of Business and will be a significant asset with respect to helping the University achieve the programmatic and fundraising goals associated with <a href="https://wt125.wtamu.edu/"><em>WT125</em></a>. Dr. Abdullat will also provide a steady hand as the college navigates the AACSB accreditation reaffirmation process.&rdquo;</p><p>Dr. Abdullat obtained&nbsp;B.S.and B.A. degrees from California State University at Sacramento and an M.B.A. from National University of San Diego as well as an Ed.D. from Pepperdine University. He is also one of the founding principles and board of directors&rsquo; member of Edmin.com, a comprehensive technology enterprise providing learning organizations with the next generation of web-based products, applications and services.</p><p>For more information about the Engler College of Business or Dr. Abdullat, contact 806-651-2524.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p align="center">&mdash;WTAMU&mdash;</p></div>http://www.wtamu.edu/news/wt-s-abdullat-to-serve-as-dean-of-the-engler-college-of-business.aspxWed, 22 Jan 2020 00:00:00 GMTWT to Host High School Students for 'Day at WT'<div id="wysiwygcontent"><p><strong>Jan. 21, 2019</strong></p><p>CONTACT: Fabiola Hernandez, 806-651-5286,&nbsp;<a href="mailto:fhernandez@wtamu.edu">fhernandez@wtamu.edu</a></p><div class="fb-like" data-action="like" data-href="https://www.wtamu.edu/news/wt-to-host-high-school-students-for-day-at-wt.aspx" data-layout="standard" data-share="true" data-size="small" data-width="">&nbsp;</div><h1><span style="”color:">WT to Host High School Students for a &#39;Day at WT&#39;</span></h1><p>CANYON, Texas&mdash;West Texas A&amp;M University will host South Plains Region 17 area high school students with a <strong>Day at WT</strong> tour in 2020 on campus.</p><p>The tours are a gesture of appreciation from Dr. Walter Wendler, University president, for the generosity received during his &ldquo;Your Community, Your University&rdquo; tour of South Plains towns in the fall. The day will include presentations about the benefits of higher education and the admissions process as well as a campus tour, including lunch in the University dining hall.</p><p>Currently, three schools have already participated in <strong>Day at WT,</strong> including Monterey High School and Floydada High School on Nov. 18 and Sundown High School on Nov. 20.</p><p>&ldquo;The regional tour this past semester to sixty-six high schools has been the continuation of a meaningful experience for me and other faculty and staff at WT,&rdquo; Wendler said. &ldquo;I appreciate the opportunity to shake these high school students&rsquo; hands and deepen my understanding of their needs while sharing the importance of having a plan, a &ldquo;plan for one.&rdquo; These tours have allowed me to return their generosity and be able to invite them and their families to campus for an invaluable and exclusive look at campus life.&rdquo;</p><p>Wendler kicked off the &ldquo;Your Community, Your University&rdquo; tours in the Texas Panhandle Region 16 area in January 2017 as an outreach initiative to spread a message about higher education and community partnerships. He continued the second leg of the tour in the South Plains region in September 2019 with even greater participation. The &ldquo;Your University, Your Community&rdquo; <strong>Day at WT</strong> campus tours are designed to expose high school students to the University environment and encourage them to consider continuing their education after high school.</p><p>For more information about the <strong>Day at WT</strong> initiative at WT, contact the Campus Visit Coordinator, Fabiola Hernandez at <a href="mailto:admissions@wtamu.edu">fhernandez@wtamu.edu</a> or 806-651-5286.</p><p align="center">&mdash;WTAMU&mdash;</p></div>http://www.wtamu.edu/news/wt-to-host-high-school-students-for-day-at-wt.aspxTue, 21 Jan 2020 00:00:00 GMTCSAW Opens Registration for 2020 Southern Plains Conference<p>&nbsp;</p><div id="wysiwygcontent"><p><strong>Jan. 21, 2020</strong></p><p>CONTACT: Dr. Alex Hunt, 806-651-2457,&nbsp;<a href="mailto:ahunt@wtamu.edu">ahunt@wtamu.edu</a></p><div class="fb-like" data-action="like" data-href="https://www.wtamu.edu/news/csaw-opens-registration-for-2020-southern-plains-conference.aspx" data-layout="standard" data-share="true" data-size="small" data-width="">&nbsp;</div><h2>CSAW Opens Registration for 2020 Southern Plains Conference</h2><p>CANYON, Texas&mdash;The Center for the Study of the American West (CSAW) will present its second biennial Southern Plains Conference, &ldquo;Representing, Modeling, and Imagining Water on the Southern Plains,&rdquo; Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 20-22, at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum (PPHM). The topic of the conference, which changes every two years, is regional water resources, especially the Ogallala Aquifer, and how water issues are understood.</p><p>Confirmed speakers include Merri Lisa Trigilio, geoscientist and filmmaker of &ldquo;Written on Water;&rdquo; Julene Bair, author of &ldquo;The Ogallala Road;&rdquo; and Kenna Lang Archer, environmental historian and co-author of &ldquo;Ogallala: Water for a Dry Land.&rdquo;</p><p>West Texas A&amp;M University faculty presenting at the conference include environmental engineer Nathan Howell, agricultural scientist Lal Almas, and environmental historian Byron Pearson. The program also includes professionals and practitioners from the region.</p><p>The conference theme, &ldquo;Representing, Modeling, and Imagining Water on the Southern Plains&rdquo; brings attention to how experts, including scientists, measure and understand the Ogallala Aquifer, and then how they help the general public see and understand it in turn.</p><p>&ldquo;This conference is really about the relationship between perception and reality,&rdquo; CSAW Director Alex Hunt said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve all heard the old saying &lsquo;perception is reality.&rsquo; If that&rsquo;s a one-way street, it&rsquo;s a dangerous idea.&rdquo;</p><p>Conference presenters will discuss their various methods of measuring and mapping water resources and how they represent this information in their research and to the public.</p><p>&ldquo;My hope with this conference is to bring attention to how our reality ought to inform our perceptions, and therefore our actions,&rdquo; said Hunt.</p><p>The conference will begin on the afternoon of Thursday, Feb. 20, with a panel discussion on the conference theme featuring a slate of cross-disciplinary perspectives. Thursday evening will feature a screening of &ldquo;Written on Water&rdquo; followed by a Q&amp;A featuring Merri Lisa Trigilio.</p><p>Friday will be a full day of panels and keynote speakers, with lunch provided. On Saturday morning, WT&rsquo;s School of Engineering will present a learning activity for K-12 students, free at the PPHM.</p><p>Sponsors for the conference include WT&rsquo;s School of Engineering and College of Agriculture, the PPHM, the Texas Panhandle Audubon Society, and the Dixon Water Foundation.</p><p>To register for the conference as an audience member, please submit contact information (including full name, phone number, email address and affiliation/location) to <a href="mailto:csaw@wtamu.edu">csaw@wtamu.edu</a>, (806) 651-5238 (please leave a voicemail if no answer), or mail to: CSAW Attn: Alex Hunt, WTAMU Box 60967, Canyon, TX 79016.</p><p>Attendee registration is $40/person and includes a dessert reception on Feb. 20 and lunch on Feb. 21. Registration is free for WT students with valid ID. Send checks made payable to &ldquo;WTAMU CSAW Southern Plains Conference&rdquo; to WTAMU Foundation, PO Box 60766, Canyon, TX 79016. Payments can be made with credit or debit card by calling the Foundation at: (806) 651-2070.</p><p>While the program is filling, CSAW is still accepting presentation proposals. Queries should be sent to CSAW director Alex Hunt, at <a href="mailto:ahunt@wtamu.edu">ahunt@wtamu.edu</a>.</p><p><strong>About the Center for the Study of the American West&nbsp; </strong></p><p>CSAW formed in the fall of 2016 with a mission of fostering the study of the American West at WTAMU and building bridges between the University, the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, and the regional populace. CSAW seeks to promote the American West both as a culturally unique region and a product of broad historical forces. Through this endeavor, CSAW remains dedicated to cultivating a critical vision of region and place in a globalized era. For more information, contact: <a href="mailto:csaw@wtamu.edu">csaw@wtamu.edu</a> or 806-651-5238.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p align="center">&mdash;WTAMU&mdash;</p></div>http://www.wtamu.edu/news/csaw-opens-registration-for-2020-southern-plains-conference.aspxTue, 21 Jan 2020 00:00:00 GMTWT's Distinguished Lecture Series to Host Temple Grandin<div id="wysiwygcontent"><p><strong>Jan. 21, 2020</strong></p><p>CONTACT: Dr. Brian Ingrassia, 806-651-2470,&nbsp;<a href="mailto:bingrassia@wtamu.edu">bingrassia@wtamu.edu</a><div class="fb-like" data-href="https://www.wtamu.edu/news/wt-s-distinguished-lecture-series-to-host-temple-grandin.aspx" data-width="" data-layout="standard" data-action="like" data-size="small" data-share="true"></div></p><h1>WT&#39;s Distinguished Lecture Series to Host Temple Grandin</h1><p>CANYON, Texas&mdash;The Distinguished Lecture Series at West Texas A&amp;M University will host speaker Temple Grandin at 7:00 p.m.,&nbsp;<img alt="Temple Grandin" src="/webres/Image/temple_grandin%20(1).png" style="margin: 5px; float: right; width: 300px; height: 300px;" /> Tuesday, Feb. 18, in the Jack B. Kelly Student Center, Legacy Hall.</p><p>Grandin, an animal science professor at Colorado State University, first gained prominence when she published her scientific article &quot;Livestock Behavior as Related to Handling Facilities Design.&rdquo; This article presented the idea that animals are sensitive to the details of their environment. She was one of the first researchers to study this aspect of the livestock industry. She has a successful career in consulting about both livestock equipment and animal welfare, and today, half the cattle in the U.S. are handled in facilities she designed.</p><p>She has been featured on NPR (National Public Radio) and a BBC Special titled &ldquo;The Woman Who Thinks like a Cow&rdquo; as well as national TV shows such as 20/20, Sixty Minutes and Larry King Live. Articles about her and her work have been published in Time Magazine, New York Times, Discover Magazine, Forbes and USA Today.</p><p>For more information about Grandin, visit her website&nbsp;<a href="http://templegrandin.com/">here</a>.</p><p><strong>About WT&rsquo;S Distinguished Lecture Series</strong></p><p>The Distinguished Lecture Series brings people of national prominence to speak on the WT campus. All DLS events are free and open to the public. For more information, please visit <a href="https://www.wtamu.edu/about/distinguished-lecture-series.aspx">here</a>.</p><p align="center">&mdash;WTAMU&mdash;</p></div><img alt="Temple Grandin" src="/webres/Image/temple_grandin%20(1).png" style="margin: 5px; float: right; width: 300px; height: 300px;" />http://www.wtamu.edu/news/wt-s-distinguished-lecture-series-to-host-temple-grandin.aspxTue, 21 Jan 2020 00:00:00 GMTU.S. News and World Report Recognizes WT Online Programs<div id="wysiwygcontent"><p><strong>Jan. 14, 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-action="like" data-href="https://www.wtamu.edu/news/u-s-news-and-world-report-recognizes-wt-online-programs.aspx" data-layout="standard" data-share="true" data-size="small" data-width="">&nbsp;</div><h1>U.S. News &amp; World Report Recognizes WT Online Programs</h1><p>CANYON, Texas&mdash;U.S. News &amp; World Report has released its 2020 Best Online Programs, and West Texas A&amp;M University&rsquo;s programs earned multiple recognitions in the coveted rankings. In addition to the No. 16 national ranking, the undergraduate programs at WT were ranked No. 1 in the state of Texas for the fourth consecutive year.</p><p>U.S. News &amp; World Report announced these rankings today as a resource for students seeking information about online programs for degree completion and career advancement. Only degree-granting programs were considered for the 2020 list, and rankings were based on engagement, faculty credentials and training, services and technology and expert opinion. Academic programs at more than 400 different universities were considered in the 2020 rankings.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="US News and World Report MBA" src="/webres/Image/US%20News%202020%20MBA.jpg" style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; white-space: pre-line; width: 220px; height: 205px;" /><img alt="US News and World Report Grad Business" src="/webres/Image/US%20News%202020%20Grad%20Business.jpg" style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; white-space: pre-line; width: 220px; height: 205px;" /><img alt="US News and World Report Bachelor's" src="/webres/Image/US%20News%202020%20Bachelor's.jpg" style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; white-space: pre-line; width: 220px; height: 205px;" /></p><p>Seven WT online programs were recognized in the 2020 rankings and all earned a U.S. News &amp; World Report badge of distinction, which places each program within the top 15 percent of the category ranking. The following programs were ranked nationally and at the state level.</p><p style="margin-left: 40px;">&bull; No. 16 in US, No. 1 in Texas - Best Online Bachelor&rsquo;s Programs<br />&bull; No. 12 in US, No. 1 in Texas - Best Online Bachelor&rsquo;s Programs for Veterans<br />&bull; No. 29 in US, No. 2 in Texas - Best Online Specialized Graduate Business Program<br />&bull; No. 12 in US, No. 1 in Texas - Best Online Specialized Graduate Business Program for Veterans<br />&bull; No. 8 in US, No. 1 in Texas - Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Program<br />&bull; No. 54 in US, No. 4 in Texas - Best Online MBA Program<br />&bull; No. 32 in US, No. 1 in Texas - Best Online MBA Program for Veterans</p><p>The 14 programs highlighted for the undergraduate bachelor&rsquo;s degree program rankings are the B.A.A.S., B.S. in communication studies, B.B.A. in computer information systems, B.S. in criminal justice, B.B.A. in law and economics, B.S. in digital collaboration and economics, B.A.A.S. in emergency management administration, B.B.A. in finance, B.B.A in general business, B.G.S. in general studies, B.S. in health sciences, B.B.A. in management, B.B.A. in marketing and B.S.N. in nursing.</p><p><img alt="US News and World Report MBA Veterans" src="/webres/Image/US%20News%202020%20Vet%20MBA.jpg" style="width: 220px; height: 222px;" /><img alt="US News and World Report Business Veterans" src="/webres/Image/US%20News%202020%20Vet%20Business.jpg" style="width: 220px; height: 222px;" /><img alt="US News and World Report Bachelor's Veterans" src="/webres/Image/US%20News%202020%20Bachelor's%20Veterans.jpg" style="width: 220px; height: 222px;" /></p><p>The graduate programs recognized in the rankings include Master of Science in finance and economics (M.S.F.E.) as a specialized graduate business program, Master of Science in computer information systems and business analytics (M.S. C.I.S.B.A.) as a graduate technology program, and the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program with concentration options in management, marketing, computer information systems and healthcare management.&nbsp;<img alt="US News and World Report Grad Computer Information Techology" src="/webres/Image/US%20News%202020%20CISBA.jpg" style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; white-space: pre-line; float: right; width: 220px; height: 248px; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px;" /></p><p>The 2020 rankings represent the first time WT was recognized in the top 10 for graduate information technology. The top 10 information technology rankings include:&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><ol> <li>University of Southern California&nbsp;</li> <li>John Hopkins University</li> <li>University of Arizona</li> <li>Virginia Tech University</li> <li>New York University</li> <li>Pennsylvania State University</li> <li>Stevens Institute of Technology</li> <li><strong>West Texas A&amp;M University</strong></li> <li>Florida State University</li> <li>Boston University</li></ol><p>The WT online rankings of the bachelor&rsquo;s, specialized graduate business and M.B.A. programs for veterans were recognized with the No. 1 ranking in the state of Texas in their respective categories. Recognition for serving veterans by U.S. News &amp; World Report is consistent with the Texas A&amp;M University System commitment to providing a welcoming environment, quality education, and path to success for veterans, dependents, and the military community.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;We are pleased by the spotlight U.S. News and World Report annual rankings continue to shine on our online programs,&rdquo; Dr. Neil Terry, dean of the Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business, said. &ldquo;Providing innovative degree options that earn national recognition for quality, while maintaining cost effective pricing, is an institutional goal for all online programs at West Texas A&amp;M University. Recognition as the leading institution in the state with respect to serving veterans and military families is also a source of great pride for our faculty, staff and alumni.&rdquo;</p><p>For more information about the online degree programs offered at West Texas A&amp;M University go <a href="https://www.wtamu.edu/academics/distance-education-online-degree-programs.aspx">HERE</a> or contact the Admissions Office at admissions@wtamu.edu or 806-651-2020.</p><p align="center">&mdash;WTAMU&mdash;</p></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><img alt="US News and World Report MBA" src="/webres/Image/US%20News%202020%20MBA.jpg" style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; white-space: pre-line; width: 220px; height: 205px;" /><img alt="US News and World Report Grad Business" src="/webres/Image/US%20News%202020%20Grad%20Business.jpg" style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; white-space: pre-line; width: 220px; height: 205px;" /><img alt="US News and World Report Bachelor's" src="/webres/Image/US%20News%202020%20Bachelor's.jpg" style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; white-space: pre-line; width: 220px; height: 205px;" /></p><p>Seven WT online programs were recognized in the 2020 rankings and all earned a U.S. News &amp; World Report badge of distinction, which places each program within the top 15 percent of the category ranking. The following programs were ranked nationally and at the state level.</p><p style="margin-left: 40px;">&bull; No. 16 in US, No. 1 in Texas - Best Online Bachelor&rsquo;s Programs<br />&bull; No. 12 in US, No. 1 in Texas - Best Online Bachelor&rsquo;s Programs for Veterans<br />&bull; No. 29 in US, No. 2 in Texas - Best Online Specialized Graduate Business Program<br />&bull; No. 12 in US, No. 1 in Texas - Best Online Specialized Graduate Business Program for Veterans<br />&bull; No. 8 in US, No. 1 in Texas - Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Program<br />&bull; No. 54 in US, No. 4 in Texas - Best Online MBA Program<br />&bull; No. 32 in US, No. 1 in Texas - Best Online MBA Program for Veterans</p><p>The 14 programs highlighted for the undergraduate bachelor&rsquo;s degree program rankings are the B.A.A.S., B.S. in communication studies, B.B.A. in computer information systems, B.S. in criminal justice, B.B.A. in law and economics, B.S. in digital collaboration and economics, B.A.A.S. in emergency management administration, B.B.A. in finance, B.B.A in general business, B.G.S. in general studies, B.S. in health sciences, B.B.A. in management, B.B.A. in marketing and B.S.N. in nursing.</p><p><img alt="US News and World Report MBA Veterans" src="/webres/Image/US%20News%202020%20Vet%20MBA.jpg" style="width: 220px; height: 222px;" /><img alt="US News and World Report Business Veterans" src="/webres/Image/US%20News%202020%20Vet%20Business.jpg" style="width: 220px; height: 222px;" /><img alt="US News and World Report Bachelor's Veterans" src="/webres/Image/US%20News%202020%20Bachelor's%20Veterans.jpg" style="width: 220px; height: 222px;" /></p><p>The graduate programs recognized in the rankings include Master of Science in finance and economics (M.S.F.E.) as a specialized graduate business program, Master of Science in computer information systems and business analytics (M.S. C.I.S.B.A.) as a graduate technology program, and the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program with concentration options in management, marketing, computer information systems and healthcare management.&nbsp;<img alt="US News and World Report Grad Computer Information Techology" src="/webres/Image/US%20News%202020%20CISBA.jpg" style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; white-space: pre-line; float: right; width: 220px; height: 248px; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px;" />http://www.wtamu.edu/news/u-s-news-and-world-report-recognizes-wt-online-programs.aspxTue, 14 Jan 2020 00:00:00 GMTWT's Commencement Ceremony Recognized More Than 1,000 Graduates<p>&nbsp;</p><div id="wysiwygcontent"><p><strong>Jan. 13, 2020</strong></p><p>CONTACT: Amy Andersen, 806-651-2931,&nbsp;<a href="mailto:aandersen@wtamu.edu">aandersen@wtamu.edu</a></p><div class="fb-like" data-href="https://www.wtamu.edu/news/wt-s-commencement-ceremony-recognized-more-than-1-000-graduates.aspx" data-width="" data-layout="standard" data-action="like" data-size="small" data-share="true"></div><h2>WT&#39;s Commencement Ceremony Recognizes Fall 2019 Graduates</h2><p>CANYON, Texas&mdash;Degrees were granted to 1,150 former students of West Texas A&amp;M University during the fall commencement ceremony on Dec. 14 at the First United Bank Center. The University awarded 762 baccalaureate degrees, 387 master&rsquo;s degrees and one doctorate.</p><p>The oldest graduate was 78 years of age and the youngest was 20. Fifty-two percent of the graduates are the first in their family to earn a college degree; 78 graduated with a perfect 4.0 GPA, and 56 are veterans.</p><p>Most <a href="https://www.wtamu.edu/academics/list/grad.html?q=graduation_list_2019fa">graduates</a> are from Texas, but they also comprised 42 states, one US territory and 11 countries including Canada, China, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, India, Kenya, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, the United Kingdom and Vietnam.</p><p>Graduates included on the <a href="https://www.wtamu.edu/academics/list/dap.html?q=dean_and_presidents_list_2019fa&amp;standing=dean">Dean&#39;s List</a> with an overall grade point average of 3.50 &ndash; 3.99 and on the <a href="https://www.wtamu.edu/academics/list/dap.html?q=dean_and_presidents_list_2019fa&amp;standing=pres">President&rsquo;s List</a> with a 4.0 wore gold cords during the ceremony. The three levels of honor recognition are Summa Cum Laude (3.90-4.00), Magna Cum Laude (3.75-3.89) and Cum Laude (3.50-3.74).</p><p align="center">&mdash;WTAMU&mdash;</p><p><strong>Note to Media:</strong>&nbsp;Students are listed by hometown and include degrees and majors.</p><p>Degree abbreviations are as follows: BA-Bachelor of Arts; BAAS-Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences; BBA-Bachelor of Business Administration; BFA-Bachelor of Fine Arts; BGS-Bachelor of General Studies; BM-Bachelor of Music; BMA-Bachelor of Business Administration/Master of Professional Accounting; BMSN-Bachelor of Science in Nursing/Master of Science in Nursing; BS-Bachelor of Science; BSMT-Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology; BSN-Bachelor of Science in Nursing; MA-Master of Arts; MBA-Master of Business Administration; MED-Master of Education; MFA-Master of Fine Arts; MM-Master of Music; MPA-Master of Professional Accounting; MS-Master of Science; MSN-Master of Science in Nursing; and SSP-Specialist in School Psychology.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p align="center">&mdash;WTAMU&mdash;</p></div>http://www.wtamu.edu/news/wt-s-commencement-ceremony-recognized-more-than-1-000-graduates.aspxMon, 13 Jan 2020 00:00:00 GMTWT's Angela Allen Recognized for Dedication to Diversity and Inclusion<div id="wysiwygcontent"><p><strong>Jan. 9, 2020</strong></p><p>CONTACT: Angela Allen, 806-651-8480,&nbsp;<a href="mailto:aallen@wtamu.edu">aallen@wtamu.edu</a></p><div class="fb-like" data-href="https://www.wtamu.edu/news/wt-s-angela-allen-recognized-for-dedication-to-diversity-and-inclusion.aspx" data-width="" data-layout="standard" data-action="like" data-size="small" data-share="true"></div><h2><span style="”color:">WT&#39;s Angela Allen Recognized for Dedication to Diversity and Inclusion</span></h2><p>CANYON &ndash; Angela Allen, chief officer for diversity and inclusion at West Texas A&amp;M University, is being recognized by The Texas A&amp;M University System (TAMUS) for her commitment and dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion.</p><p>Allen was nominated by WT President Walter Wendler as one of 12 recipients from across TAMUS universities to be honored at The Chancellor&rsquo;s Summit on Diversity on Feb. 18.</p><p>Prior to coming to WT in 2013, Allen spent more than 20 years at Amarillo College (AC) as a professor, academic adviser and <a href="/webres/Image/aallen_019_72.jpg"><img alt="Angela Allen" src="/webres/Image/aallen_019_72.jpg" style="margin: 5px; float: right; width: 300px; height: 450px;" /></a>sponsor of AC&rsquo;s Multicultural Student Organization and program director of the AC North YMCA Outreach Learning Center. At WT, she has served as an outreach adviser with College Talent Search and as interim chief of diversity and inclusion before occupying the position permanently.&nbsp;</p><p>Her work supports the recruitment and retention of underserved and underrepresented students, as well as helps to build a diverse faculty and staff. Allen was instrumental in helping build the Nathaniel and Helen Neal Multicultural Suite in the Jack B. Kelley Student Center on campus, which houses the offices for Diversity and Inclusion, First Year Experience, Campus 2 Community Experiential Learning, the International Student Department and a state of the art student lounge.</p><p>Allen is involved in state, national and international diversity and inclusion efforts. In September 2019, she was part of the NAWO Summit Delegation sponsored by the Global Institute for Diversity and Change, which included giving a Girls in Pearls Empowerment presentation &ndash; a variation of the Women in Pearls Empowerment fundraiser at WT &ndash; to women and girls in Internally Displaced People (IDP) villages in Nigeria.</p><p>Allen also was selected to participate as a member of the 2019 Leadership and Mentoring Institute sponsored by the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education and Texas Southern University. She has been awarded the Excellence in Service to Students award by the WT Chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success, Sigma Alpha Phi. Allen was selected to serve as a Fellow in Cohort 4 of NADOHE&#39;s Chief Diversity Officer Fellows Program for the 2017-2018 year.</p><p>An active member of the community, Allen serves as a board member and secretary for the St. Anthony&rsquo;s Legacy and Redevelopment Corporation (<a href="https://salarc.org/">SALARC</a>), and similarly, she has served on the board of directors for the Salvation Army, American Red Cross and the AC Ex-Students Association. Allen also is involved with the Amarillo NAACP, Amarillo Community Relations Committee and served as a loaned executive, account executive and training executive for the United Way of Amarillo.</p><p>Allen&rsquo;s professional organizations include the Texas Association for Chicanos in Higher Education, Texas Association for Black Personnel in Higher Education, Big 12 Association for Diversity Officers in Higher Education, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and she served 20 years as director of Christian Education at Johnson Chapel A.M.E. Church.</p><p>Allen earned a bachelor&rsquo;s degree in marketing at Texas Tech University and a master&rsquo;s degree in communication from WT. She is a Ph.D. candidate for a degree in college leadership at Colorado State University.</p><p>For more information about diversity and inclusion at WT, contact Angela Allen at 806-651-8480.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p align="center">&mdash;WTAMU&mdash;</p></div><img alt="Angela Allen" src="/webres/Image/aallen_019_72.jpg" style="margin: 5px; float: right; width: 300px; height: 450px;" />http://www.wtamu.edu/news/wt-s-angela-allen-recognized-for-dedication-to-diversity-and-inclusion.aspxThu, 09 Jan 2020 00:00:00 GMTHoliday Season Wraps Up with Generosity from WT Students<div id="wysiwygcontent"><p><strong>Jan. 9, 2020</strong></p><p>CONTACT: Joyce Stone, 806-651-2062,&nbsp;<a href="mailto:jstone@wtamu.edu">jstone@wtamu.edu</a>; Dr. Matt Jackson, 806-651-5258,&nbsp;<a href="mailto:mjackson@wtamu.edu">mjackson@wtamu.edu</a>; Eric Sosa, 806-651-2724,&nbsp;<a href="mailto:esosa@wtamu.edu">esosa@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/holiday-season-wraps-up-with-generosity-from-wt-students.aspx" data-layout="standard" data-share="true" data-size="small" data-width="">&nbsp;</div><h1>Holiday Season Wraps Up with Generosity from WT Students</h1><p>CANYON, Texas&mdash;As the spring semester approaches, students and their advisers at West Texas A&amp;M University wrap up another season of giving on campus for local communities in need.</p><p>The division of student enrollment, engagement and success participated in the Angel Tree program conducted by the Salvation Army, the <a href="https://www.wtamu.edu/academics/engineering-computer-science-mathematics.aspx">new College of Engineering</a> refurbished bikes for donation to local children&rsquo;s homes, and student success coordinators spearheaded a coat drive to warm those on campus.</p><p>The Angel Tree program, a seasonal endeavor by the <a href="https://www.salvationarmytexas.org/amarillo/">Salvation Army</a>, occurred at WT for the second time this year. People on campus were able to &ldquo;adopt&rdquo; a paper angel ornament from a Christmas tree of a participating organization and provide necessities to children based off the needs description printed on the ornament. With five champions made up of advisory staff members on campus, the amount of adopted angels more than doubled from last year with a total of 50. Adoption began late November and all items were delivered before Christmas.</p><p>WT&rsquo;s engineering and computer science programs coordinated efforts to refurbish bikes collected across campus to donate to kids in facilities including <a href="https://www.hpch.org/">High Plains Children&rsquo;s Home and Family Services</a> and <a href="https://amarillochildrenshome.org/">Amarillo Children&rsquo;s Home</a>.&nbsp;About 15 students partnered with 5 community volunteers Dec. 3 to replace chains and tubes as well as make minor repairs on bikes specific to a child&rsquo;s size and preference. A total of 23 bikes were gifted to children.</p><p>For the first time, a coat drive was conducted by people on campus for people on campus. More than 200 items including coats, hoodies, sweatshirts, hats and gloves were donated by faculty, staff and students for students and their families. The WT student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management provided racks, hangers and storage space, so students could come to the giveaway to shop for themselves and others. About 50 students came to pick up a couple extra layers, and the items left over were donated to Family Support Services in Amarillo.</p><p>For more information about these projects or other philanthropic initiatives on campus, please refer to the contact information above: Joyce Stone &ndash; Angel Christmas Tree, Dr. Matt Jackson &ndash; bike refurbishments, or Eric Sosa &ndash; on-campus coat drive.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p align="center">&mdash;WTAMU&mdash;</p></div>http://www.wtamu.edu/news/holiday-season-wraps-up-with-generosity-from-wt-students.aspxThu, 09 Jan 2020 00:00:00 GMTWTAMU Names New Executive Director for Alumni Association<div id="wysiwygcontent"><p><strong>Jan. 6, 2020</strong></p><p>CONTACT: Dr. Todd Rasberry, 806-651-2069,&nbsp;<a href="mailto:trasberry@wtamu.edu">trasberry@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://wtamu.edu/news/wtamu-names-new-executive-director-for-alumni-association.aspx" data-layout="standard" data-share="true" data-size="small" data-width="">&nbsp;</div><h1>WTAMU Names Executive Director for Alumni Association</h1><p>CANYON, Texas&mdash;After a nation-wide search, officials at West Texas A&amp;M University have named Ronnie Hall as the new executive director for the WTAMU Alumni Association. He will begin is duties on Jan. 21.</p><p>A well-regarded alumnus of WT, Hall graduated with a bachelor&rsquo;s degree in sports and exercise science in 1995 before earning a <img alt="Ronnie Hall" src="/webres/Image/rhall_300.jpg" style="margin: 5px; float: right; width: 300px; height: 450px;" />master&rsquo;s degree in instructional technology in 2000. In that time, Hall has remained a dedicated and loyal staff member of the University as an assistant area coordinator and area coordinator in Residential Living. Hall has supervised hundreds of student employees, trains and develops hall directors and is involved with many residential living operations including budgeting, large-scale events and policy implementation.</p><p>With nearly 25 years in higher education, exclusively at WT, Hall brings a wealth of knowledge in the expansive history and traditions of the University as well as extensive experience fostering relationships among students and alumni members. He has served as an advisor to four campus organizations, been a member of 13 committees and the recipient of eight University awards including one for a Lifetime of Service.</p><p>&ldquo;Working closely with the Alumni Board in the search process, we are excited to have Ronnie take the reins as executive director for the WTAMU Alumni Association. His extensive knowledge of WT and experience working with many alumni when they were students will position him immediately to strengthen the Alumni Association to serve from the Texas Panhandle to the world,&rdquo; Dr. Todd Rasberry, VP for Philanthropy and External Relations, said.</p><p>As executive director of the WTAMU Alumni Association, Hall&rsquo;s primary responsibility will be to cultivate an active network of former students, connect WT alumni with the University, and focus on developing opportunities that keep alumni centered on the WT experience. In addition to increasing association membership and chapter development, Hall will focus on growing volunteer participation and garnering support of alumni for the mission and vision of WT.</p><p>&ldquo;I have a deep passion for WT, campus life and the University experience after graduation. I am honored and humbled to be given the opportunity to help sustain participation among our cherished students as we build a meaningful alumni program,&rdquo; Hall said.</p><p align="center">&mdash;WTAMU&mdash;</p></div><img alt="Ronnie Hall" src="/webres/Image/rhall_300.jpg" style="margin: 5px; float: right; width: 300px; height: 450px;" />http://www.wtamu.edu/news/wtamu-names-new-executive-director-for-alumni-association.aspxMon, 06 Jan 2020 00:00:00 GMT