Release Date: September 21, 2006
Alumni Association to Recognize 10 at Awards Dinner Oct. 20
The Angelo State University Alumni Association will recognize 10 individuals, including a Distinguished Alumnus, Honorary Alumnus, Carr Alumnus and ROTC Alumnus, during the Wells Fargo Homecoming Dinner on Friday, Oct. 20.
Honorees at the dinner will include Barry Cooper, Classes of 1984 and 1992, to be honored as the 2006 Distinguished Alumnus. Former Angelo State basketball coach and athletic director Phil George will be recognized as the 2006 Honorary Alumnus. Bryan Vincent, Class of 1994, will be honored as the Distinguished Carr Alumnus. Lt. Col. Bobby Vance, Class of 1987, will be named Distinguished ROTC Alumnus.
Bettie and Clovis Olsak, Class of 1948, will be honored as Golden Exes of the Year and Dr. Betty Alldredge will be named Outstanding Retired Faculty Member. The 2006 Distinguished Faculty Achievement honorees by college are Johnny Fender of the College of Business, Dr. David Tarver of the College of Education, Dr. June Smith of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts and Ellen Moreland of the College of Sciences.
The Wells Fargo Homecoming Dinner will begin at 6 p.m. Oct. 20 in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center in the Houston Harte University Center on the ASU campus. Tickets are $25 per person and are available from the Angelo State Alumni Association at (325) 942-2122. The dinner is open to the public.
BARRY COOPER-Distinguished Alumnus
Cooper had an 18-year career with food and agricultural corporation Cargill before leaving the company in 2005 to spend more time with his family and to pursue other business ventures. While with Cargill, Cooper lived in Bryan-College Station, Fort Worth, Iowa and Minnesota.
Cooper was active in campus life while at ASU, serving as the president and pledge trainer of the Block and Bridle Club and as a member of the livestock and wool judging teams. He also was a recipient of the Dauson Coleman Ag Scholarship and the Katy Adell Hill Ag Scholarship. He earned his bachelor of science in animal science in 1984 and his master of science in agriculture in 1992.
Currently, Cooper is franchising his father's business, Cooper's Barbecue. He lives near Oklahoma City with his wife, Karla (B.S. '83, M.A. '85) and his daughter Kylie.
PHIL GEORGE-Honorary Alumnus
George spent 37 years at San Angelo College and Angelo State as coach and the university's first athletic director. He led the basketball team to eight Pioneer Conference titles and the 1957 National Junior College Athletic Association Championship. He stepped down as basketball coach in 1978 but remained athletic director until 1986.
In addition to basketball, George coached track, baseball, golf and the football offensive line. He coached several notable names, including former ASU and Baylor head football coach Grant Teaff and 1961 American League batting champion Norm Cash.
He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin, where he played on two Southwest Conference championship teams and the 1947 third-place finisher at the NCAA basketball tournament.
George and his wife, Toddy, live in San Angelo, where they raised their three children, Jennifer, Judy and Mike. The Georges have eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
BRYAN VINCENT-Distinguished Carr Alumnus
In 2003 Vincent founded Agilight Inc., a San Angelo-based company which manufactures a variety of low-energy, low-cost lighting products at plants in Mexico, China and Taiwan. In just three short years, Agilight has reached an international clientele of more than 1,000 customers on three continents.
He earned his bachelor's degree from ASU, where he received the first Carr Undergraduate Research Fellowship. He holds a doctorate in analytical chemistry from Texas A&M University and worked for Dow Chemical for five years before returning to San Angelo in 2003. He lives in San Angelo with his wife, Brandi ('94), and their three children Paige, J. Bryan and Jenna.
LT. COL. BOBBY VANCE-Distinguished ROTC Alumnus
In his two decades as a transport pilot in the United States Air Force, Vance has flown the C-141B Starlifter in multiple equipment and airdrop missions. He has participated in U.S. operations in Panama, Haiti, the Middle East and Afghanistan, where he worked with the fledgling Afghan Air Corps in increasing its military effectiveness.
Vance graduated in 1987 from ASU's ROTC program with a bachelor's degree in computer science. He is currently stationed at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, where he lives with his wife, Deborah ('86), and their children Allysen, Courtney, Meghan, Jack and Erin.
BETTIE AND CLOVIS OLSAK-Golden Exes
The Olsaks met in 1946 when Clovis was a student and all-conference athlete at San Angelo College. Both attended SAC before moving to College Station, where Clovis received an animal husbandry degree from Texas A&M University.
After he graduated from A&M, they returned to San Angelo, where he took up farming and ranching and where she worked for local financial institutions. Throughout their careers, they were active in numerous civic activities and continue to be avid supporters of Angelo State and the San Angelo community. The couple raised three daughters who attended ASU Cindy Hanks, B.A. '71, M.A.T. '80; Stephanie Sayers, '70-'71; and Connie Langlais, B.A. '77.
DR. BETTY ALLDREDGE-Outstanding Retired Faculty
Alldredge joined the ASU faculty in 1978 after a two-year stint at the University of Pittsburgh. She stayed at ASU for 18 years, during which she taught a wide range of English courses and designed a course on women in literature.
Since retiring, Alldredge has stayed active in ASU through her volunteer work at the LeGrand Alumni and Visitors Center. She holds a bachelor's degree from Oregon State University and master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Oregon. She has a son, David, and two daughters, ASU graduate Dr. Karen Alldredge ('85) and Denise Williams.
JOHNNY FENDER-College of Business
Fender has plenty of real-world experience to bring to his business students, having served as a decorated pilot in the Vietnam War, the commander of Goodfellow Air Force Base and the mayor of San Angelo. He has been teaching business and computer information courses at ASU since 1988.
Fender holds a bachelor's degree in engineering from Virginia Tech, a master's degree in political science from Auburn University and a master of business administration from ASU. He has two daughters, Laura Harkey ('82) of San Angelo and Elizabeth Hollis of Victoria, three grandsons and a granddaughter.
DR. DAVID TARVER-College of Education
Tarver's wide range of interests and his passion for teaching has benefited his students in classrooms in San Angelo and Germany. Tarver is always finding new ways to integrate technology into his undergraduate educational psychology courses and his graduate school counseling courses. He heads the school counseling program and leads a group of students in ASU's Luebeck, Germany, study-abroad program every other year.
Tarver holds his doctorate in counseling from East Texas State University (now Texas A&M-Commerce) and is a licensed professional counselor. He and his wife, Debbie, who works in the Student Health Clinic, live in San Angelo.
DR. JUNE SMITH-College of Liberal and Fine Arts
Smith has spent the majority of her academic career at ASU, earning a bachelor's degree in drama in 1975 and having taught in the Communication, Drama and Journalism Department since 1991. She has taught many theoretical and practical courses in the CDJ Department, and has been the department head since 2004.
Smith holds a master of arts degree from Texas Tech University and a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. She is married to ASU graduate and San Angelo Standard-Times columnist Rick Smith ('76). The couple has two teenage daughters, Anne and Katherine, both currently attending ASU.
ELLEN MORELAND-College of Sciences
Since she began teaching at ASU in 1988, Moreland has shown a knack for teaching math to all students, regardless of major or skill level. She teaches supplemental math courses for students with low entry exam scores and statistics courses for nursing and psychology majors. Her capstone course for math majors seeking teacher certification has been instrumental in ASU's having one of the highest pass rates in the state on the certification exam.
Moreland holds bachelors and masters degrees in mathematics from Clarkson College. She lives in San Angelo with her husband, Patrick, and her daughter, Kimberly.