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Release Date: October 13, 2004

ASU Alumni to Honor Alumni, Supporters, Faculty at Wells Fargo Homecoming Dinner

The Angelo State University Alumni Association will recognize a dozen individuals during the Wells Fargo homecoming Dinner Friday, Oct. 22, as the university welcomes ASU exes and supporters back to campus for Homecoming 2004.

Bill Erwin, Class of 1933, and Brian D. Shannon, Class of 1979, will each be honored as a distinguished alumnus. Dal DeWees and Ronald N. Giddiens will each be recognized as an honorary alumnus. L. Rene Abreo will be name distinguished Carr Scholar alumnus and Capt. Christopher Craig Richardson will be honored as the distinguished ROTC alumnus.

Dr. E. James Holland will be named the outstanding retired faculty member and William G. “Bill” Edgar will be honored as the golden ex. Distinguished faculty achievement awards will be presented to Dr. Nancy G. Allen, Dr. Nancy J. Hadley, Dr. Terry C. Maxwell and Dr. Sharynn M. Tomlin.

All will be introduced at the Wells Fargo Homecoming Dinner at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 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 contacting the ASU Alumni Association at (325) 942-2122.

Bill Erwin

As a character actor recognized by both television and movie audiences, Bill Erwin has managed a show-business career for more than six decades since his graduation in 1933 from San Angelo College. From San Angelo he went to the University of Texas where he majored in journalism, but found his profession in the Curtain Club, a university drama organization.

After receiving his degree in journalism, Erwin headed for the famous Pasadena Playhouse School of the Theater, where he earned a master’s degree in theatre arts. He had his motion picture debut in 1942 in the Warner Brothers release “You’re in the Army Now” with Phil Silvers.

Military service during World War II interrupted his professional acting career, but resulted in some valuable Hollywood contacts including Frederick Brisson, who was Rosaline Russell’s husband. Following his separation from the service, Bill returned to the playhouse in Pasadena to star in a production of “The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker.” The production was a hit and served to kick-start his interrupted movie and television career.

Erwin has been part of the American television scene since its inception and has worked as a character actor in a variety of sitcoms. The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences honored him with a 1993 Emmy nomination for an outstanding performance in the Seinfeld episode “The Old Man.”

His feature picture break came with his co-starring role as Arthur, the aging bellhop in “Somewhere in Time.” The film, starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour, is today considered a Cult Classic. Producer John Hughes cast Erwin in four of his hit films: “Home Alone,” “Planes, Trains and Automobiles,” “Dennis the Menace” and “She’s Having a Baby.” One of Erwin’s favorite roles was as the orchestra conductor in “Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult.”

Brian D. Shannon

Brian D. Shannon is the associate dean for academic affairs for the Texas Tech University School of Law where he has served on the faculty for the past 16 years. Completing his ASU degree requirements in two just two years, he graduated summa cum laude with his bachelor’s degree and with the Presidential Award as outstanding graduate. He then attended the University of Texas School of Law, graduating first in his class in 1982.

Shannon then worked for the Office of the General Counsel to the Secretary of the Air Force in Washington, D.C., before returning to Texas in 1986 as an associate with the Austin law firm of Hughes and Luce.

In 1988, Shannon became a professor at the TTU School of Law, where he has served as associate dean for programs and associate dean for student affairs before assuming his current position in 2001. In recent years, he has distinguished himself with his commitment to furthering opportunities for people with disabilities through research and advocacy. His desire to address those issues is fueled in part by individuals close to him who have faced disabilities.

Shannon prepared and filed amicus curiae briefs in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court on behalf of the K-T Support Group in PGA Tour, Inc. v. Casey Martin, which sought permission for Martin to use a cart during competition to accommodate complications from Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome. The Supreme Court ultimately ruled 7-2 in favor of Martin. In 2003, Texas Gov. Rick Perry appointed Shannon to the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities. He has also been board chair for the Lubbock Regional MHMR Center for many years.

He is the son of Jacqueline and the late Dr. Charley Shannon, a former professor, coach, and head of the ASU Kinesiology Department. Shannon and his wife, Jeannine, a 1981 Angelo State University graduate, have one daughter, Julia, a junior high school student.

Dal DeWees

Retired banking executive Dal DeWees was born in Stamford, Texas, graduated from high school in Spur, Texas, and earned a B.S. from Texas Tech University in 1963.

For 29 years, DeWees worked for Texas Commerce Bankshares in various markets. In 1977, he was named chairman and CEO of Texas Commerce Bank in Hurst. DeWees served as chairman and CEO of Texas Commerce Bank in Fort Worth from 1982 to 1985. He then served as vice president of Texas Commerce Bankshares in Houston, responsible for credit quality of 23 of the Texas member banks from 1985 to 1989. DeWees was elected chairman and CEO of Texas Commerce Bank of San Angelo in 1989. DeWees served as Chairman of the Board of San Angelo National Bank from 1997 to 2004, when he retired from banking. He currently serves in an advisory capacity as chairman of the board for Hirschfeld, Inc., and D&G Consulting.

DeWees has been a prominent civic leader, serving as chairman of the board and campaign chairman of the United Way of the Concho Valley, and a United Way of Texas board member. He has served as a member of the ASU President’s Circle Board, president of Meals for the Elderly, president of Priority One Economic Development Board, a director and member of the Executive Committee of the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce, and director and committee chair for the Texas Lions Camp for Crippled Children in Kerrville.

He was chairman of the first and second West Texas Regional Domino Tournaments, raising more than $35,000 for Historic Murals of San Angelo. DeWees was appointed by Gov. George W. Bush and reappointed by Gov. Perry to the Board of Texas Agricultural Finance Authority in Austin, Texas.

DeWees and his wife, Mary, have two daughters, Kayla and Katherine, and five grandchildren.

Ronald N. Giddiens

A long-time ASU supporter, Ron Giddiens is a partner in D&G Consulting, a general business consulting and planning firm. A native of Bonham, Giddiens earned his BBA from Baylor University in 1969. In 1976 he graduated from SMU's Graduate School of Banking where he served as a lecturer.

He worked for Republic National Bank in Dallas before moving to San Angelo in 1974 when he joined Westside National Bank as executive vice president. He became bank president in 1979. Through mergers the bank became Bank of the West in 1984, Boatmen's in 1995, Nations Bank in 1998 and, finally, Bank of America. He retired as bank president and CEO in 1998.

Giddiens has a long history of civic and community involvement. He is a past president of the San Angelo Better Business Bureau, Credit Bureau of San Angelo, and San Angelo Business/Education Coalition. He has served on the board of the San Angelo YMCA, San Angelo Council Boy Scouts of America, San Angelo Chamber of Commerce, and United Way of the Concho Valley. Currently, Giddiens serves on the San Angelo National Bank Board of Directors.

He has been an avid ASU supporter for many years. He is a past president of the ASU Ram Club and a past director of the ASU President's Circle. Giddiens has worked in the ASU press box during the Ram home football games for more than 20 years and has been the game announcer for more than 15 years.

Giddiens and his wife, Janie, have two children, Jennifer with spouse Dr. Chad Johnson and Scott, Class of 1999, with spouse Iva Dakovska Giddiens, Class of 2000. Giddiens and his wife also have two granddaughters.

L. Rene Abreo

L. Rene Abreo, managing director for Securities Industry Automation Corp. (SIAC), enrolled at ASU in 1985 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force in 1989. Upon entering active duty, he served as a communications/computer officer at the Command and Control Systems Center at Tinker AFB, Okla., developing and maintaining software-intensive strategic communications systems.

At Tinker AFB Abreo became committed to furthering the state of the practice in software development. His work led to an assignment at Scott AFB in Illinois where he joined a team responsible for introducing software engineering practices to the Air Force’s 40+ software development and maintenance organizations.

While at Scott, he completed graduate work in software engineering and became certified by the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University to lead organizational assessments of software engineering practices. In 1994, he was selected from among dozens of nominees nationally to serve on the Advisory Board at the Software Engineering Institute to guide the development of the institute’s best practices for software engineering.

Abreo left the Air Force in 1997 when he was recruited by SIAC to improve the state of the practice in software engineering at their New York City facility. At SIAC he was instrumental in improving practices and bringing graduate software engineering education to the organization. He received SIAC’s Chairman’s Award for significant and lasting positive contributions to the organization. He also published Software Requirements, A Practical Approach Using the Unified Process, a book on the practice of developing requirements for software systems. In his current position, he focuses on the development of order management systems for the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

He and his wife, Sandi, have two children, Michael, 12, and Alexandra, 9.

Capt. Christopher Craig Richardson

Capt. Christopher Richardson is the executive officer to the commander and the life support officer at the 20th Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Fla. Raised in Boyd, Richardson in 1996 began studying at ASU where he was active in AFROTC, receiving the Blue Chip Award, induction into the Arnold Air Society and selection to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. While a student working on his B.A. in government, he earned his private pilot’s license.

Upon graduation in 2000, Richardson entered active duty as executive officer to the Commander, AFROTC Detachment 847. He spent one year at Laughlin AFB in Del Rio in undergraduate pilot training. Richardson’s military training has taken him across the country from Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Wash., to Undergraduate Pilot Training-Helicopters at Fort Rucker, Ala. In 2002 Richardson graduated first in his class at UPT-H with the aeronautical rating of pilot. He was named Distinguished Graduate and recipient of the AETC UPT Flying Training Award. He was promoted to first lieutenant.

Richardson attended Basic Qualification Training at Kirtland AFB, Albuquerque, NM, and in May 2003, graduated as a qualified crewmember of the MH-53J PAVE LOW helicopter. Richardson was ordered to his first assignment as MH-53J/M co-pilot at Air Force Special Operations Command, 20th Special Operations Squadron, 16th Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, Fla., last year.

He was deployed in Support of Operation “Enduring Freedom” and stationed in Africa and Afghanistan before returning to the U.S. His military decorations include the Air Force Achievement Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, National Defense Ribbon, Expert Marksmanship and Basic Training Ribbon.

In July he married Brandi Nicole Stout Richardson, ASU Class of 2002. The couple resides in Florida.

Dr. E. James Holland

Dr. E. James Holland, former professor of government and dean of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts, retired from ASU in 2003 after 36 years of service to the university.

During his ASU tenure, he was instrumental in developing the international education program that has included numerous study abroad courses dating from 1972 as well as international student and faculty exchange programs with the University of Lüneberg and the University of Hannover, Germany; the Instituto Technológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Ciudad Chihuahua, Mexico; Heriot-Watt University, Scotland; and the University of Paris-Dauphine, France.

He oversaw establishment of several new ASU degree programs, including those in international studies, communications, studio arts, and criminal justice. He also was involved in establishing various lectures, including the Faculty Lecture Program, the AEP Distinguished Visiting Faculty Program and the University Symposium on American Values, which upon his retirement was named in his honor by the regents of the Texas State University System.

During his ASU career, Holland served as associate professor of government, director of curriculum development, head of the Government Department, associate vice president for academic affairs and interim vice president for academic affairs. He served more than a quarter century as Dean of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts.

Holland received his B.A. degree in history, magna cum laude, from Southwestern University in 1959, his B.D. degree in parish ministry from Yale Divinity School, and his Ph.D. in international relations in 1967 from the American University in Washington, D.C., then returned to Texas and began his ASU career.

He and his wife, Bobbie, have two sons, David and Chris, two daughters-in-law, Christi and Jenny, and four grandchildren: Cal, Abby, Corley, and Herd.

William G. “Bill” Edgar

Bill Edgar enrolled at San Angelo Junior College in September 1941, but World War II soon interrupted his college education. Initially he served as a draftsman for the Army Air Corps and later enlisted in the Navy, serving in the western Pacific and later in Japan with the occupation forces.

Following discharge from the Navy, he returned in 1946 to San Angelo where he was a charter member of the active Naval Reserve in San Angelo for 10 years and was the first enlisted man in the Eighth Naval District to advance to the rank of chief petty officer as a reservist.

Edgar worked full-time at the Texas Employment Commission while teaching a drafting and surveying class at San Angelo College in the evenings and designing house plans for local builders on weekends. He also operated a grass seed farm on land owned by Porter Henderson. He served as Co-Chairman of the steering committee for the SAC 25th anniversary celebration in 1953 along with the late Jack Buchanan.

In a diverse professional career, he later owned and operated a nightclub in Oklahoma City, oversaw the construction and operation of an amusement park in Florida and established an international courier service in Dallas to handle highly confidential materials for banks, electronic manufacturers and oil companies.

Edgar spent the last years of his professional career as an import/export administrator with Honeywell, Inc., before retiring in 1990. Since his retirement, he and his wife, Virginia, have lived in San Angelo where he has been an instructor for San Angelo Senior Center Computer Club, serving as president in 2003.

He and his wife are both alumni as well as his sister, Mary Frances Kissko and his nephew Matthew Kissko. Their daughter Jan was a member of the last class at SAC and their daughter Fan earned both her B.S. and M.B.A. from ASU. Both daughters live in Arizona and their son, Bill, lives in Montana.


Dr. Nancy G. Allen College of Liberal and Fine Arts

Dr. Nancy Allen heads the ASU English Department. A native Texan, she received her B.S. degree in secondary education from the University of Texas at El Paso in 1968. After graduating, she taught high school English in Del Rio before moving to Williamsburg, Va., where she taught for eight years before returning to Texas. In 1977, she attended graduate school at Texas Tech University and obtained a M.A. in English. She earned her Ph.D. in 1984 and began teaching at ASU.

In addition to her teaching and administrative duties as department head, Allen also directs the Developmental Program in English and the Writing Center, a university-wide student support service. She has served on numerous department and university committees.

Allen is a member of the Texas and National Associations of Developmental Educators as well as the National Council of Teachers of English and the South Central Writing Centers Association. She has participated in numerous professional presentations and conferences and has authored a textbook for developmental writers. Allen traveled to the University of Lüneburg in Germany to participate in a European Studies Program in 1992 and 1994.

Even with the multitude of professional responsibilities, Allen finds time to provide her services to the community as a volunteer with the San Angelo Cultural Affairs Council and judge for the Regional UIL Ready Writing Contest.

She and her husband, Jim, have three children, Jim, Courtney, and Brooke, and five grandchildren, Benjamin, Sarah, Jacob, Mackenzie and Kendall.

Dr. Nancy J. Hadley School of Education

Dr. Nancy Hadley is an assistant professor of education at ASU. She earned a B.S. with a specialization in education from the University of Texas in 1971, a master of education from ASU and her doctorate in education from the University of North Texas in 1998.

She served as a computer programmer/analyst, a technology consultant/instructor as well as a secondary mathematics teacher before joining the ASU faculty. She has been the director of field experiences for the School of Education and is currently director of the instructional technology program. She also is the lead instructor for the secondary certification program. She also directs all of the technology coursework offered by the School of Education.

Hadley is active in writing articles, books and presentations for seminars. She has authored a textbook for her technology courses and has co-authored three books on “survival skills” in the world of standardized testing. Journal articles authored by Hadley have appeared in national and international publications.

A San Angelo native, she is married to Jim Hadley, who after 25 years of service as director of West Texas Rehabilitation Center in San Angelo, now operates Concho Property Management Co. The couple has two children. Daughter Jennifer McEwan is married and pursuing her doctorate in comparative studies at the University of Texas. Son Darby Hadley is an ASU sophomore pursuing a computer science degree.

Dr. Terry C. Maxwell College of Sciences

ASU biology Professor Dr. Terry Maxwell has conducted more than 25 research expeditions and field investigations on birds in places ranging from El Salvador and Belize in Central America to Ecuador, Peru, Guyana and Bolivia in South America. He has also spent extensive time studying the birds of West Texas and North America.

A San Angelo native, Maxwell received his B.S. in wildlife management from Texas A&M University in 1968 and his M.S. in biology in 1974 from ASU. He joined the ASU biology faculty in 1976 and received a Ph.D. in wildlife and fisheries sciences from A&M in 1979.

Between 1982 and 1988, Maxwell headed the Biology Department. Currently, he is a professor of biology and curator of birds for the Angelo State Natural History Collections. He has served as a visiting professor in the biological field station at the University of Oklahoma. He is a former elected member of the Texas Bird Records Committee of the Texas Ornithological Society. In 1998, the Southwestern Association of Naturalists awarded Maxwell the Robert L. Packard Outstanding Educator Award.

He has received more than $92,000 in state and federal grants for his research. He has co-authored more than 25 juried publications, including several in the Texas Journal of Science. For more than four years, Maxwell has authored the San Angelo Standard-Times Sunday column “Naturally Texas.”

In 2002 and 2004, the ASU Student Government Association selected Dr. Maxwell as the outstanding faculty member in the College of Sciences. His wife, Ann, is a former biology instructor at ASU.

Dr. Sharynn M. Tomlin College of Business and Professional Studies

Dr. Sharynn M. Tomlin is an associate professor of management in the Department of Management and Marketing, where she teaches international business and strategic management. She is also the Director of International Education for ASU. She chairs the International Education Committee, International Business Symposium and the American Electric Power Distinguished Visiting Scholar Committee.

Tomlin received her B.B.A. and M.B.A. from ASU and a Ph.D. from the University of North Texas. She has served as the president of the ASU Faculty Senate and vice-president of the Texas Faculty Senate. She was awarded the Nathan and Sylvia Donsky Distinguished Endowed Chair of Management in 2003.

For the past 12 years, Tomlin has directed study abroad programs to Germany, England and Scotland. She has organized numerous seminars and workshops dealing with international issues. Additionally, she was responsible for the curriculum development of the new international business degree, and advises all international business majors.

She is past chair of both the International Trade Committee at the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce and the International Trade Office Advisory Board. She served as the president of the Board of Governors for the North American Association for Small Business International Trade Educators. She has received two U. S. Department of Education grants that have provided scholarships and internships for study abroad as well as opportunities for faculty development and research and for international business symposia and training for the community.

Tomlin and her husband, Stuart, have two children: son Les, Class of 1996, with his wife Amanda, Class of 1996, and daughter Rebecca, Class of 1994, with her husband T.J. Tomlin has two grandchildren, Drew Weston Tomlin and Jake Reid Tomlin.