Release Date: September 23, 2003
ASU Alumni to Honor Seven at 75th Anniversary Homecoming Dinner
The Angelo State University Alumni Association will recognize seven individuals during the Wells Fargo Homecoming Dinner Friday, Oct. 17, as the university celebrates 75 years since first opening its doors in 1928.
Honorees for the 75th Anniversary Dinner will include Arnold Garcia Jr., Class of 1973, and Terry L. Stokes, Class of 1978, each being honored as a 2003 Distinguished Alumnus. James P. Cummings Sr. will be named the 2003 Honorary Alumnus. Dr. Viki A. Forlano, Class of 1983, will be recognized as the 2003 Distinguished Carr Scholar Alumnus, and Col. Jose P. Sosa, Class of 1976, will be honored as the 2003 Distinguished ROTC Alumnus. Dr. Charles W. Robison will be named the 2003 Outstanding Retired Faculty and Stratton W. Beesley, Class of 1942, will receive the 2003 Golden Ex Recognition Award.
All will be introduced at the Wells Fargo Homecoming Dinner at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 in the C.J. "Red" Davidson Conference Center in the Houston Harte University Center on the ASU campus. Tickets cost $20 each and reservations should be made by Oct. 3, by contacting the ASU Alumni Association at (325) 942-2122.ARNOLD GARCIA, JR.
A San Angelo native, Garcia is the editorial page editor of the Austin American-Statesman. He began his newspaper career at the San Angelo Standard-Times and except for a two-year stint in the U.S. Army, worked there from 1968 to 1974 when he joined the Austin paper.
At the American-Statesman he covered local and state government before being named assistant city editor in 1977. He also had assignments as editor and metro editor, responsible for the design and content of the local section. Immediately before becoming editorial page editor in 1991, Garcia wrote a column on local politics.
Garcia, 55, holds a bachelor's degree in history and government from ASU. He has done graduate work in government at the University of Texas. He is past president of the Headliners Club and a member of the board of governors of the Headliners Foundation, and also serves on the boards of the Crime Prevention Institute and Greater Austin Crime Commission.
He was a Pulitzer Prize juror in 2002 and chaired the Pulitzer's editorial writing jury in 2003. He has served on the mass communications advisory committee at Texas Tech University. Garcia and his wife, Linda, live in Austin. He has two children, Jennifer Jetton, a medical student, and Teo Garcia, a high school junior.TERRY L. STOKES
Stokes is the chief executive officer of the National Cattleman's Beef Association (NCBA), which he joined in 1996 as the chief financial officer. In 1999, he became executive vice president for finance and operations and then CEO in 2002. As CEO, Stokes manages a staff of 120 people and an annual budget of $62 million.
NCBA is a trade association with approximately 30,000 individual members, 45 state cattle associations and 40 national breed and industry organizations. The association seeks to increase profit opportunities for cattle and beef producers by enhancing the business climate and building consumer demand.
A native Texan, Stokes earned a bachelor's degree in animal science from ASU. He worked at Handy Packing Co. in San Angelo with his father, Jerry Stokes, and brother, Gary Stokes, before moving to Austin in 1989 to obtain an M.B.A. from the University of Texas. He then worked three years as chief financial officer and executive vice president for the Texas Beef Council.
Stokes and his wife, Beverley, a 1980 ASU graduate, live in Denver, Colo. Their son, Ryan, is a high school senior, and their daughter, Whitney, attends Oklahoma Baptist University.JAMES P. "JIM" CUMMINGS, SR.
Cummings began his banking career more than 35 years ago as a head teller at First National Bank of Lubbock. He rose through the ranks at the bank and in 1983 was named the bank's executive vice president, serving in that position until 1994 when he moved to San Angelo to become president of Wells Fargo Bank. Earlier this year he returned to Lubbock as president of community banking for the Wells Fargo Bank there.
While in San Angelo, Cummings was an ardent ASU supporter. He coordinated the Wells Fargo Distinguished Lectureship and Scholarship in Business and worked to strengthen the relationship between the San Angelo business community and the university. He chaired the ASU College of Business and Professional Studies Advisory Council and also served on the board of the ASU President's Circle. His community service locally included serving as a trustee for the San Angelo Health Foundation.
Cummings' leadership and the generosity of Wells Fargo have contributed to the success of the annual Wells Fargo Homecoming Dinner and the growth of the ASU Alumni Association.
He and his wife, Jan, have three children Paul, Mark and Marcie and three grandchildren Kamryn, Fletcher and Aftyn.COL. JOSE P. SOSA
Col. Sosa is the Director of Staff, Ninth Air Force and U.S. Central Command Air Forces, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. He served in both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
He entered the Air Force in 1976 after graduating from ASU with a bachelor's degree in history. His military staff experience includes time as Chief, Division Plans, 13th Air Force, Andersen AFB, Guam; Chief, Division and Long Range Plans, Air National Guard Bureau, Headquarters, Pentagon; and Deputy Chief, Office of Military Cooperation, Kuwait City, Kuwait. He also commanded the 11th Air Support Operations Squadron and was Deputy Commander of the Air Support Group at Ft. Hood.
As a senior navigator, he has logged more than 2,000 hours in fighter and trainer aircraft. His honors include the Bronze Star with one oak leaf cluster, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with seven oak leaf clusters, and Combat Readiness Medal with three oak leaf clusters.
Sosa and his wife, Delia (Gutierrez), ASU Class of 1976, have two children, Jason, 23, and Katherine, 19.DR. VIKI A. FORLANO
A native of Eldorado, Forlano began her San Angelo practice in 1991 and is currently a family practice physician at Shannon Clinic in San Angelo. She is involved in ASU's pre-med program and enjoys helping provide students with a better understanding of how the practice of medicine actually works.
She graduated cum laude in 1983 with a bachelor's degree in biology. Forlano was a Carr Scholar from 1981-83 and a member of Alpha Chi National Honor Society, Alpha Lambda Delta, Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society, and the Residence Hall Association.
Forlano graduated from the Texas Tech University School of Medicine in 1988, the same year she was the recipient of the award for Outstanding Student in Family Practice at the medical school's Lubbock campus. She was certified in family practice in 1991 and re-certified in 1997.
She is a member of the American Medical Association, Texas Medical Association, American Academy of Family Physicians and the Texas Academy of Family Physicians. She is also active on the San Angelo Board of Directors for the American Cancer Society.
Forlano married Kenneth Halfmann in 1999.DR. CHARLES W. ROBISON
Robison's teaching career spanned 42 years in public schools and universities, more than half of that time spent at ASU. He served as head of the ASU Department of Art and Music for 21 years. Under his direction the department grew to 200 art and music students and the faculty increased from seven to 17.
During his tenure at the university, Robison developed the first music education degree program at ASU and served as the director of music in 29 university musical productions.
In addition to his university service, he was active in the community. He received the Gold Award for more than 1,300 volunteer teaching hours for the Tom Green County Adult Literacy Council. He served in numerous civic positions, including director of the San Angelo Symphony Chorale, co-chair of the Sorantin Young Artists Competition, president of the Symphony Society Board of Directors, and state president of the Texas Association of Music Schools.
Robison received his bachelor's degree from the University of Mississippi, a master's degree from the University of Michigan and a doctorate from the University of Oklahoma. He and his wife, Shirley, live in San Angelo and have two children Lee and Chuck, both ASU alumni, and four grandchildren.STRATTON W. BEESLEY
Born in Oklahoma, Beesley moved to Fort Worth at age two, and to San Angelo in 1927 at age five. He attended local schools and graduated from San Angelo College (SAC) in 1942. During World War II he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps at Goodfellow Field.
After one year of training, his B-24 Crew was assigned to the 15th Air Force, 450th Bomb Group in Italy. His crew was shot down in April 1944 and he spent a year as a German prisoner of war. His military service earned him the Good Conduct Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with four Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, two overseas bars and the POW medal. He is Vice Commander of the Concho Valley Chapter of American Ex Prisoners of War Association.
In 1945 he married Jean Stepp, SAC class of 1942, and attended the University of Texas, finishing with a bachelor's degree in physics. A certified professional landman and geophysicist, he served as a staff geophysicist with Shell Oil Co., vice president and owner of Precision Cable Co. and Directeur General Adjoint of Societe Algerienne De Recherches Et D'Etudes Geophisiques in Algeria. Beesley currently heads Petro Land Consultants, Inc. He and his wife have a son, Stratton Worth Beesley, Jr., of Everett, Wash., a 1976 ASU graduate, and a daughter, Reece Beesley Small, of Fort Worth. They have four grandchildren, Kate Beesley, Bill Beesley, Brook Small Whitworth, Regan Small, and one great granddaughter, Anna Whitworth.