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APRIL MODEL RAM: Samantha Batten Crumrine

March 13, 2019

Our Model Ram for April is Heart Gallery of Northwest Texas’ founder, Samantha B. Crumrine.

Name:  Samantha Batten Crumrine

Degree: Bachelor’s in International Business

Graduating year: 2011

Please give us a little bit of your background, your hobbies, what you like to do you in your spare time, etc. 

I was born in Lubbock, TX and raised in San Angelo by my mom and dad, Lela & Paul Batten. I went to school at Wall ISD from kindergarten through my senior year. In 2000 I took off to the big city of San Antonio, TX right after I graduated from high school.  I flunked out of college on my first try at UTSA. I found working more enjoyable than school and did not go back to college until after my first child was born. In 2006, I went through a divorce, became a single mom with a one year old baby boy, and simultaneously discovered there were 200 kids in foster care from Tom Green County. My eyes were opened to domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, and the effects of these on children here in San Angelo. I was moved to do something about it.  My dream is to build a therapeutic children’s village near San Angelo, TX to serve children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and/or neglect.

I enrolled at Howard College in 2006 and graduated with my Associate’s in Business in 2008.  I transferred in (not before begging the business school dean, lol) to ASU in 2008 and graduated with my Bachelor’s in International Business in 2011.

My husband, Douglas Crumrine, and I met while I was finishing my bachelor’s degree at ASU.  I’m now a mom of four beautiful kiddos who range in age from 3-14 years old.  Douglas has adopted my son, we have had two girls together, and we adopted our oldest son out of the foster care system in 2017.  My hobbies involve eating with family and friends, watching my kiddos do the things they love, listening to live music, and dancing with Douglas.  I serve on the board of directors for Here I Am Orphan Ministries out of Brenham, TX as well as New Journey in San Angelo, TX.  I am currently pursuing my Masters in Social Work at the University of Texas at Arlington and certification in Natural Lifemanship (a trauma informed equine assisted therapy model). 

What is your current occupation?

I am currently a stay at home mama to my four precious kids – spending what feels like eternity doing laundry, helping with homework, driving them all over creation, and stealing all the sweet snuggles I can.  I’m also pursuing my Masters in Social Work online through the University of Texas at Arlington.  My current field placement is in the social work department at Shannon Medical Center where I work two days per week.   

While at ASU were you involved in any organizations or teams and what was your role?
  • Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity – VP of Community Service
  • First Generation Student Organization - Mentor
  • Nontraditional Student Organization – Member
  • Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls – Shoe Drive Coordinator
  • Tom Green County Children’s Advocacy Center – CASA Advocate
In what ways did ASU help you to achieve your goals after graduation? 

Immediately after graduating from ASU, I founded a local 501(c)(3) called the Heart Gallery of Northwest Texas.  The mission of the Heart Gallery was to recruit adoptive families for children who were waiting for adoption in our local foster care system.  109 children who were featured in our Heart Gallery were adopted into their forever families.  I met all of the folks who co-founded and made up the board of directors while I was studying at ASU.  An accounting classmate, a business fraternity friend, a technology friend, contacts in the community, church friends…everyone who was involved with building that nonprofit I met during my time at ASU.  ASU also taught me the basics of building a business that I needed.  More than anything, though, the relationships I was able to build at ASU have helped me to achieve my goals after graduation. 

What skills did you take away from ASU?

I took away skills both in business and in life when I graduated from ASU. My writing, research, analytical, and marketing skills were honed throughout my education and helped with building a business. Life skills I learned like networking, decision-making, creative thinking, and assertiveness have been beneficial to me since graduation.

Were there any faculty or staff that made a difference for you during your time at ASU

Dr. Klingemann taught both of my history courses at ASU. I am not a history buff and I find memorizing history information to be extremely difficult. History was never my favorite subject.  Dr. Klingemann had a way of making history interesting and he pushed us - especially in our writing abilities. I remember writing extensive essays for exams in his course. Those essays sharpened my writing skills across my degree plan. His course was tough but he shared his own personal testimony of earning his education. Dr. Klingemann inspired me to reach out to foundations in search of scholarships and fellowships in order to further my education beyond my Bachelor’s degree. 

Dr. Tomlin was my capstone professor in the business school.  Dr. Tomlin encouraged me to participate in an International Scholar Laureate Program Delegation on Business in Australia.  I spent several weeks one summer learning from top business schools in Australia and traveling with students at the top of their class from across the country.  It was one of the most memorable experiences of my undergrad education. 

Dr. Bankston served as both a professor and as our Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity faculty advisor.  Dr. Bankston has always supported my dream of building a therapeutic children’s village here in San Angelo and continues to make introductions, keep in contact, and write letters of recommendation for me in pursuit of my goals.  Dr. B is a huge part of my success and I consider him a friend I can call on to this day. 

What is one of your fondest memories of ASU?

My fondest memory of ASU was walking across the stage at graduation and hugging my 6 year old son afterwards.  ASU helped me instill the value of life-long learning in my children – something I didn’t even realize was happening at the time. 

Can you please provide a quote about your experience at ASU/what ASU means to you?

ASU is a launch pad for big dreamers. 

  • Samantha Crumrine spends most of her time now as a stay at home mom to her four children while pu...
    Samantha Crumrine spends most of her time now as a stay at home mom to her four children while pursuing her Masters degree online in social work.
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