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October 2005

Release Date: October 3, 2005

ASU Alumni to Honor Alumni, Faculty at 2005 Wells Fargo Homecoming Dinner

The Angelo State University Alumni Association will recognize 10 individuals during the Wells Fargo Homecoming Dinner Friday, Oct. 14, as the university welcomes ASU exes and supporters back to campus for Homecoming 2005.

Nuclear scientist Diane M. Fischer and Verizon executive Michael H. Millegan will each be honored as Distinguished Alumnus.

Former ASU track athlete Dr. Kyle Longley will be recognized as Distinguished Carr Scholar Alumnus and Air Force Lt. Col. John W. Blumentritt will be honored as Distinguished ROTC Alumnus.

Former English professor Dr. Perry Gragg will be named Outstanding Retired Faculty. Retired rancher X B Cox will be presented as Golden Ex of the Year.

Distinguished faculty achievement awards will be presented to psychology professor Dr. Robert R. Mowrer, the Department of Education's Dr. Marilyn J. Eisenwine, biology professor Dr. Robert C. Dowler and Athletic Director Kathleen Brasfield.

All will be introduced at the Wells Fargo Homecoming Dinner at 7 p.m. Oct 14 in the C.J. "Red" Davidson Conference Room in the Houston Harte University Center on the ASU campus. Tickets are $20 each. Reservations should be made by contacting the ASU Alumni Association at (325) 942-2122.

Diane M. Fischer

Diane Fischer, Class of 1981, is an International Nuclear Safeguards specialist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Prior to joining ORNL, she spent more than six years at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria, as the program manager for the Department of Safeguards' Environmental Sampling Program.

Fischer's primary responsibility was to evaluate and interpret the analytical results from the swipe samples taken by IAEA inspectors at nuclear facilities, using the results to determine whether undeclared nuclear activities have occurred. She assisted the teams conducting the IAEA inspections in Iraq, Iran and Libya, and organized the first international conference on nuclear forensics. She also received a merit award for her hard work surpassing the normal expectations.

Fischer began her professional career in the United States Air Force, where she conducted high-energy laser component research and testing. She later worked with underground nuclear weapons effects testing, becoming the first woman named technical director of a Department of Defense nuclear test.

Fischer's next assignment took her to the Air Force Technical Applications Center, a nuclear treaty monitoring organization. She has also developed and taught graduate courses at the Air Force Air Command and Staff College.

Fischer received a Bachelor of Science in physics from ASU in 1981. She received a Master of Science in engineering physics from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1982.

Michael H. Millegan

As vice president for field operations CPE & federal markets with the Verizon Corporation, Michael H. Millegan is responsible for managing more than 2,300 employees nationwide.

From 2000 to 2004, Millegan led a team of more than 3,000 employees as senior vice president for Verizon Logistics.

Millegan joined GTE in 1980 and has held positions in finance, human resources, customer service, and operations. From 1997 to 2000, Millegan led GTE Wireless as the Northwest-area president, overseeing a territory encompassing Washington and Northern Idaho.

Millegan served on the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association Fraud Operations Task Force in 1996 and 1997. In his community, he has served on the advisory board for Seattle Works Day, and on the boards of directors for various organizations.

Currently, he serves on boards of the World Trade Center in Seattle and the Springs for Life Foundation. He is an executive-in-residence at the University of North Texas in Denton and serves on the Business Advisory Council for the ASU College of Business.

In 2003, Millegan was named Wells Fargo Distinguished Lecturer at ASU, and a year later was the speaker for the ASU Spring Commencement ceremony.

A native of Monterey, Calif., Millegan holds a bachelor's degree in business management and a masters in business administration from ASU. He has one daughter, Whitney, and resides in Kirkland, Wash.

Dr. Kyle Longley

Kyle Longley graduated from ASU summa cum laude in 1987 with bachelor's degrees in history and mathematics. While attending ASU, Longley received several academic scholarships. He also was an All-Lone Star Conference javelin thrower on the ASU track team.

Longley continued his education at Texas Tech University, where he received a master's degree in history and comparative literature. After Tech, Longley received his doctorate at the University of Kentucky in December 1993.

After completing his studies, Longley was a visiting assistant professor at Centre College and The Citadel before joining the faculty at Arizona State University in 1995. Currently, he is the Snell Family Deans Distinguished Professor and director of graduate studies. For his teaching, Longley has earned awards from the Kappa Alpha fraternity, Habitat for Humanity and the Arizona State Student Association.

Longley's many publications include The Sparrow and the Hawk: Costa Rica and the United States during the Rise of Jose Figueres (1997), winner of the A.B. Thomas prize for outstanding book by the South Eastern Council on Latin American Studies. Currently, he is writing three books. He has also been published in several newspapers, and acted as a consultant to various news organizations, state agencies and congressional campaigns.

Longley and his wife, Maria, live in Gilbert, Ariz., with their two children, Sean and Drew.

Lt. Col. John W. Blumentritt

Lt. Col. John W. Blumentritt, a native of San Angelo, is a distinguished U.S. Air Force officer and pilot. During his 21 years of service, he has held numerous flying, staff, and command positions worldwide. He is a command pilot with more than 3,000 flying hours in combat rescue and special operations aircraft. He also holds four masters degrees.

Since graduation and commissioning in 1983, he has served as a rescue and special-operations helicopter pilot in the United States, Asia and Europe. He earned the U.S. Air Force MacKay Trophy for commanding the most meritorious flight of a U.S. Air Force aircraft in 1994. During this mission, he and his crew fought ocean waves of 30 feet and winds of 70 knots to rescue six Icelanders stranded on top of a battered ship in a storm.

He has also served as a strategist in the Pentagon and as a squadron commander at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado.

Blumentritt is stationed at Randolph Air Force Base near San Antonio. There, he was on the personal staff of the four-star general in charge of Air Education and Training Command. He now serves as the 19th Air Force Chief of Safety.

Blumentritt is married to the former Darlene Becknell, an ASU alumna. They have one son, Christopher, and two daughters, Sonja and Ashley.

Dr. Perry Gragg

Dr. Perry Gragg joined the faculty of ASU as a professor of English in 1968. In 1971, he was named head of the English Department and held that position until he retired in 1994. A native of San Antonio, Gragg received his Bachelor of Arts degree from North Carolinas Davidson College in 1950.

From 1950 to 1952, Gragg served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army, leading a rifle platoon and company in Korea and earning a Silver Star for bravery in action in May 1952.

Gragg received his master's degree from the University of Texas in 1955, and his Ph.D. in 1960. His teaching career began in 1953, and in 1955 he became a faculty member at San Antonio College. He taught there for 13 years, serving as chairman of its English Department from 1964 until 1968.

During his 41 years of teaching, Gragg taught several hundred undergraduate and graduate courses in composition and literature, served on various advisory committees, and directed numerous master's theses. He taught graduate courses at Incarnate Word and Our Lady of the Lake universities in San Antonio.

Gragg has participated in many professional organizations and has been a volunteer in a number of community activities, including AARP.

Gragg and Marilyn Langston were married in 1956. They have three children, Susan, Alan and Michael, and one granddaughter, Casey.

X B Cox, Jr.

X B Cox's association with ASU began in 1932, when he was awarded one of the first Massie Memorial Scholarships to attend San Angelo Junior College.

Cox left San Angelo in 1933 to attend Texas A&M, and he was commissioned a lieutenant in the United States Army upon graduation in 1937.

He worked for the United States Department of Agriculture before he was called to active duty in 1941. He was assigned to the newly formed 101st Airborne Division and served with that unit during World War II. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel in 1944 at the age of 29.

After returning from Europe in 1945, Cox worked for the USDA before he left to become a full-time rancher in 1949. He also served in the Army Reserve, retiring in 1967 as a full colonel.

Cox has participated in many civic organizations, including the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Association. He also has been an active member of First United Methodist Church.

After his parents died, Cox helped establish the Mr. and Mrs. X B (M) Cox Memorial Scholarship at ASU. He was named Outstanding Alumnus of ASU in 1977, becoming the second recipient of the award.

He and his wife, Melba Ruth White Cox, have two children, Melba Ellen Cox Williams and X B Cox, III. They have four grandchildren, Herbert Eugene Williams, III, Sarah Elizabeth Williams, X B Cox, IV and Jordan Katherine Cox.

Dr. Robert R. Mowrer

Dr. Robert R. Mowrer joined ASU in 1988 as an assistant professor of psychology and was recently promoted to professor of psychology.

Mowrer graduated magna cum laude from Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania in 1978 with a bachelor's degree in psychology. He earned his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of New Mexico, where he began his teaching career as a teaching assistant.

He was awarded the National Institute of Mental Health Research Service Award from the University of New Mexico in 1981.

In 1984, Mowrer became an assistant professor of psychology at Fort Hays State (Kan.) University, where he served on several committees and advised student groups.

At ASU, Mowrer is the director of animal research, supervisor of the psychology laboratory and director of graduate assistantships. He serves on various teams, boards and committees. He also is the department adviser for the pre-physical therapy majors in psychology and the faculty sponsor for the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.

Mowrer has been honored by several professional and student groups, and he is a member of a variety of professional organizations. He has co-edited three volumes on contemporary learning theories and has numerous research publications in professional journals.

Mowrer and his wife, Gail, have two daughters, Chelsea, a political science/pre-law senior at the University of North Texas, and Shawna, a psychology sophomore at the University of Texas-San Antonio.

Dr. Marilyn J. Eisenwine

Dr. Marilyn J. Eisenwine is an associate professor in the Department of Education at ASU. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Texas Tech University.

Eisenwine, a Pecos native, taught for 25 years in Texas public schools, including seven years as a Reading Recovery teacher while working on her doctorate, which she received from the University of Texas in 2000.

Currently, Eisenwine serves on the ASU College Curriculum Committee, Research Enhancement Grant Committee and the Teacher Education Council, and is faculty sponsor for the local Mu Gamma Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education. Eisenwine is also chair of the Presidential Award Committee and a member of the Accountability Committee.

In San Angelo, Eisenwine has served as an officer and board member of the San Angelo Day Nursery, a member and volunteer for the Texas Archaeological Society, and a Neighborhood Volunteer for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Eisenwine has received many honors, including the ASU Teaching Excellence Award Runner-Up 2003-04, Professor of the Year for the School of Education in 2002 and 2004, and "Honored Educator" from the Mu Gamma Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi in 2001.

Eisenwine's husband, Steve McCormick, has an accounting practice in San Angelo. Her daughter, Kelly Havner, is a Louisiana State University graduate and a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa.

Dr. Robert C. Dowler

Dr. Robert Dowler joined ASU in 1988 as an assistant professor in the Biology Department and has been working as the Mr. and Mrs. Victor P. Tippett University Professor since 1999.

He received his bachelor's degree from Ohio State University, his master's degree from Texas Tech University and his doctorate from Texas A&M University.

Before coming to ASU, Dowler was an associate curator at Fort Hays State (Kan.) University and held a number of positions at Texas A&M. He was an assistant professor at Fordham University in New York from 1982 to 1988.

At ASU, Dowler has served on the Faculty Development and Enrichment Committee and the Animal Care and Use Committee, and he serves on the Graduate Assistantship Selection Committee.

Dowler has many professional affiliations, including sitting on the boards of directors for the American Society of Mammalogists and the Southwestern Association of Naturalists. He was president of the Texas Society of Mammalogists in 2000.

Dowler is internationally recognized as an authority on the living land mammals of the Galapagos Islands, and has traveled the Americas, Asia and Australia to pursue mammalogy research.

His awards include the 2002-03 ASU Teaching Excellence Award and the Robert L. Packard Outstanding Educator from the Southwestern Association of Naturalists in 2003.

Dowler is married to Paula Wild Dowler and has two children, Kerry Lynn and Ryan Christopher.

Kathleen Brasfield

Kathleen Brasfield is in her second year as the athletic director for the ASU athletic programs. She is in her 27th year at Angelo State and served 23 years as women's athletic director before she became overall athletic director in November.

As women's athletic director, Brasfield saw ASU win league titles in four of the six women's sports and appear in the NCAA championships in five sports, with softball winning the 2004 Division II national championship. Championship highlights include the back-to-back women's LSC track and field championship the first by any other school besides Abilene Christian four consecutive NCAA appearances by the women's basketball team and three NCAA tournament appearances by softball in just four years of existence.

While Brasfield was at the helm of the women's program, ASU had an all-American and academic all-American performer in all of the six women's sports. She also supervised the addition of women's soccer and softball to the ASU programs.

Brasfield served as ASUs volleyball coach from 1978 to 2004. During her tenure, the Belles won seven league titles, including four straight Lone Star Conference championships from 1982 to 1985. She was listed among the top five winningest active coaches in NCAA Division II at the time of her retirement from coaching.

A native of Abilene, Brasfield received her bachelors degree from Hardin-Simmons University in 1969 and her master's degree from Angelo State in 1980.