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August 2006

Release Date: August 9, 2006

Maxwell to Deliver ASU Summer Commencement Address

Dr. Terry Maxwell, a biology professor who has been on the Angelo State University faculty since 1976, will deliver the university's summer commencement address Saturday, Aug. 12, when more than 200 students receive their diplomas from ASU.

The commencement ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Junell Center/Stephens Arena. University officials are expected to confer 162 bachelor's degrees and 51 master's degrees upon graduates during the ceremony.

Summer commencement activities will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 11, with the commissioning ceremony by U.S. Air Force ROTC Detachment 847 in the University Center Theater. Three cadets will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Air Force.

ASU commencement speaker Maxwell received the ASU Faculty Senate Teaching Excellence Award for the current academic year. Previously, he has been honored by the ASU Alumni Association as Distinguished Science Faculty Member and twice by the ASU Student Government Association as Outstanding Science Faculty Member.

An ornithologist, Maxwell serves as curator of birds for ASU's Natural History Collections. His study of birds has taken him from Alaska to South America. His research has been funded by several prestigious institutions, including the Philadelphia Academy of Sciences, Smithsonian Institution, Louisiana State University Museum of Zoology, Texas Cooperative Wildlife Collections of Texas A&M University, Royal Ontario Museum and ASU.

In recognition of his contributions to his field of study, the Southwestern Association of Naturalists in 1998 named him the Robert L. Packard Outstanding Educator. For the past six years he has authored and illustrated a weekly column, titled "Naturally Texas," on vertebrate biota and ecological history of Texas and the Concho Valley for the San Angelo Standard-Times.

A native of San Angelo, he graduated from Central High School. He earned his bachelor's degree and Ph.D. from Texas A&M University and his master's degree from ASU. He was ASU's Biology Department head from 1982 to 1988.

Maxwell and his wife, Ann, who has B.S. and M.S. degrees in biology from ASU, share many field study experiences and a love of art. Earlier this year both were elected honorary members of the Texas Society of Mammalogists.