Release Date: Sept. 1, 2009
ASU Alumni Association to Honor 13 at Awards Dinner
The Angelo State University Alumni Association will recognize 13 distinguished alumni, honorary alumni and outstanding faculty during the annual Wells Fargo Homecoming Dinner Friday, Oct. 9, in the ASU Houston Harte University Center, 1910 Rosemont Drive.
The dinner will begin at 6 p.m. Oct. 9 in the University Center’s C.J. Davidson Conference Center and is open to the public. Tickets are $25 each and available from the Alumni Association. Complimentary valet parking and a cash bar will be provided.
Mickey Long, a member of the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents, and his wife, Renee, will be honored as 2009 Distinguished Alumni along with former ASU and NFL football player Clayton Weishuhn. San Angelo native and long-time ASU supporter Dale Chase will be named an Honorary Alumnus. Jeff Sefcik, Class of 1984 and 1992, and Col. Sarah Garcia, Class of 1984, will be recognized as the Distinguished Carr Alumnus and Distinguished ROTC Alumnus, respectively. LeRoy Olsak, who attended San Angelo College in the 1940s, will be honored as the Golden Ex of the Year.
Also recognized will be Dr. Alan Bloebaum as Outstanding Retired Faculty. The 2009 Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award winners by college are Dr. Norman Sunderman, Business; Dr. Kathleen Price, Education; Dr. Ed Olson, Liberal and Fine Arts; Harriet Lewis, Nursing and Allied Health; and Dr. Bonnie Amos, Sciences.
For more information and/or tickets to the dinner, call 942-2122.
Mickey and Renee Long – Distinguished Alumni
Mickey and Renee Long are long-time supporters of ASU and Mickey is the first-ever ASU alumnus to be appointed to the Texas Tech University System (TTUS) Board of Regents.
President of Westex/WLP Well Service, L.P., in Midland, Mickey was appointed to the TTUS Board of Regents on Feb. 6. He is currently a member of the Audit Committee and vice chair of the Carr Scholarship Foundation Board of Trustees. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from ASU in 1976.
Mickey is also a member of the Association of Energy Service Companies and the Texas Tech University Hall of Legacy. Before being named a member of the TTUS Board of Regents, he was an active member of the Texas Tech University Foundation, Angelo State University Alumni Foundation and the Red Raider Club National Board of Directors.
A native of San Angelo, Renee Long spent more than 28 years as an elementary school teacher after receiving her Bachelor of Elementary Education from ASU in 1976. She now enjoys traveling, reading, bicycling and teaching her children and granddaughter.
Mickey and Renee have been married since 1976 and have two daughters, Amy and Andrea, who both reside in Lubbock with their husbands, Brad King and Christopher Tirey. The Longs have one granddaughter, Katherine King.
Clayton Weishuhn – Distinguished Alumnus
An All-American linebacker, member of ASU’s only football national championship team and former NFL player, Clayton Weishuhn will forever be known one of the best players to ever take the gridiron for the Rams.
A Wall native, Weishuhn finished his ASU playing career in 1981 as the team’s all-time leading tackler with 523, a record that still stands. He also holds the single-season record with his 173 tackles in 1981. He was named All-American after his junior and senior seasons and was picked in the third round of the 1982 NFL draft by the New England Patriots. He spent six years in the NFL, five with New England and one with the Green Bay Packers.
After hanging up his cleats for good following the 1988 season, Weishuhn returned to his farm in Wall, where he remains today. He is also a member of the ASU Athletic Association Board of Directors.
Weishuhn and his wife, Diane, have three adult children, Lauren, Brandi and Shannon. Lauren plays for the ASU Rambelles basketball team.
Dale Chase – Honorary Alumnus
Despite living much of his life in exotic locales, including Alaska, Indonesia, Libya, India and Australia, Dale Chase has never diminished his support of Angelo State University.
A San Angelo native, Chase served in the U.S. Navy during WWII, then earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas and went into the petroleum industry. But, he and his late wife, Joy, continued to champion ASU. Their many contributions include the Dale and Joy Chase Scholarship, support for the Athletics Department and donations for the Dale and Joy Chase Courtyard at ASU’s LeGrand Alumni and Visitors Center.
The Chases were also very much into collecting western art, much of which is still housed in the Museum of Western Art in Kerrville. However, ASU’s West Texas Collection boasts several pieces donated from the collection and the LeGrand Center is decorated with seven donated paintings and sculptures.
Chase now lives in San Antonio and also owns a ranch in Sterling County. His son, Chip, is an investment broker in Kerrville.
Jeff Sefcik – Distinguished Carr Alumnus
A 1984 graduate of ASU, Jeff Sefcik was one of the first-ever recipients of a Carr Scholarship in 1981. He also received his M.B.A. from ASU in 1992.
A 25-year member of ASU’s Information Technology Department, Sefcik is director of process integration and senior technical architect. He oversees all the administrative computer systems, including the student system, finance, human resources and financial aid. He was co-leader of the three-year Portico project that transformed and updated all of ASU’s administrative computer systems. At the end of that project, he received a 2006 Staff Excellence Award.
Sefcik’s wife, Sherry, also graduated from ASU. The couple has three kids, Jordan, Kristen and Joshua. Jordan and Kristen both attend ASU on Carr Scholarships.
Col. Sarah Garcia – Distinguished ROTC Alumnus
The 1984 Distinguished Graduate of ASU’s ROTC program, Col. Sarah Garcia has served 25 years in the U.S. Air Force and is currently commander of the 6th Field Investigations Region at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii. In 2007, she became the first female ASU alumnus to achieve the rank of colonel and was also the first-ever Hispanic colonel in the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI).
Her previous military service includes commanding the Air Force OSI in Southwest Asia, including units in Afghanistan and Iraq, and being part of the team that formed a new international office at Headquarters, NATO.
Garcia’s parents and extended family still live in San Angelo.
LeRoy Olsak – Golden Ex of the Year
LeRoy Olsak attended ASU from 1940-41, when it was still known as San Angelo College (SAC). He then transferred to Texas Tech, but left school to join the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII. As a bomber pilot, he flew 20 missions in the Pacific Theater with, ironically, the Red Raider Bomb Group.
After the war, Olsak completed his education at Texas Tech with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering. He worked for Texas Electric Service Company for 38 years in the Big Spring/Lamesa district as customer representative, district commercial manager and local manager.
Olsak’s late wife, Sally, graduated from SAC in 1944. In July, Olsak received the Texas Pecan Growers’ Lifetime Membership Award.
Dr. Alan Bloebaum – Outstanding Retired Faculty
A member of the ASU biology faculty from 1971-2007, Dr. Alan Bloebaum shaped ASU’s pre-health program that consistently maintained one of the highest medical school acceptance rates in the state, a legacy that continues today using his blueprint for success. He was so popular that he now has a lecture hall named after him in the ASU Cavness Science Building.
An active member of the ASU Alumni Association, Bloebaum received the association’s first-ever Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award in the 1980s. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas and a Ph.D. from New Mexico State University.
Bloebaum and his wife, Laura, have two daughters, Gretchen and Heidi, who are both ASU graduates.
Dr. Norman Sunderman – College of Business
A 22-year veteran of ASU’s Accounting, Economics and Finance Department, Dr. Norman Sunderman is no stranger to awards. He also received a 2007-08 “Rammy” Award as Teacher of the Year in the College of Business from the ASU Student Government Association and the 2008 Outstanding Accounting Educator Award for small colleges and universities from the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (CPAs).
Originally a music instructor, Sunderman is also a 22-year member of the San Angelo Symphony. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University, master’s and doctoral degrees in music from the University of Michigan, and his M.B.A. and M.P.A. from Texas A&M-Kingsville.
Dr. Kathleen Price – College of Education
A native of Wisconsin, Dr. Kathleen Price has been helping mold future physical education teachers, coaches and athletic trainers in ASU’s Department of Kinesiology since 1991. She teaches biomechanics, adaptive physical education, exercise and sport for special populations, and sport and fitness programs for children.
Price received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Baylor University and then taught and coached at several public schools before coming to ASU. She received her Ph.D. with an emphasis in exercise physiology and biomechanics from Texas Woman’s University in 1992.
Dr. Ed Olson – College of Liberal and Fine Arts
Currently head of the ASU Department of Government, Dr. Ed Olson has been an ASU faculty member for 30 years. Besides leading his department, he also helped develop the ASU Honors Program and has taken 13 groups of ASU students on study abroad trips to England, Germany and Scotland since 1993.
Before coming to ASU, Olson was a lecturer and teaching assistant at the University of California-Davis, where he received his doctorate in 1978. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of California-Santa Barbara.
Harriet Lewis – College of Nursing and Allied Health
A native of State College, Pa., Harriet Lewis joined the ASU faculty in 1999 after 27 years in clinical practice. As the Physical Therapy Department’s academic coordinator of clinical education, Lewis finds facilities where students get their hands-on training and prepares both them and the professional therapists for the experience. She also teaches classes in documentation, clinical practice and practical skills. In March, she was appointed to the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Clinical Instruction Education Board.
Lewis earned her bachelor’s degree from Baylor, her PT certificate from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and her master’s degree from Texas Tech. Her husband, Preston Lewis, is ASU’s director of communications and marketing.
Dr. Bonnie Amos – College of Sciences
A member of the ASU Biology Department since 1987, Dr. Bonnie Amos is the recipient of the 2008 ASU Teaching Excellence Award and was named a Piper Distinguished Professor this spring by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation in recognition of her outstanding achievements in the teaching profession. She is also curator the Angelo State Natural History Collections’ Herbarium, which contains more than 60,000 plants specimens from Texas, the U.S. and around the world.
Amos holds her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from ASU and her Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma. She shares her Dove Creek home with four rescued dogs, Dottie, Lucy, Rosie and Sugar.