Angelo State Model Ram Spring 2020
February 25, 2020
Gayle Lynn Thurman Randall
Degree(s) and Completion Date: MBA in December 1991
BBA Marketing in May, 1990
Please give us a little bit of your background, your hobbies, what you like to do you in your spare time, etc.: I came to Angelo State from Houston and walked on the cross-country and track teams; I immediately felt at home with my running mates. We spent almost all of our time together, both in and out of practices, and we shared many successes together; many of us are still friends today! I still enjoy running and am planning my first marathon after I finish the doctoral program in 2022.
What is your current occupation?: I am grateful to be a faculty member teaching management and marketing classes at the Norris-Vincent College of Business at Angelo State. It means so much to me to be able to make a difference at my alma mater. ASU changed my life forever as a student, and every day that I walk on campus or into the classroom, I hope to do the same for someone else. As a faculty member, I am also the proud advisor for our nationally-recognized Eta Theta Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi; this opportunity touches my heart, too, because I was actively involved in the chapter as an undergraduate at Angelo State. I am also a co-director for the Most Europe Study Abroad Program; I am fortunate to have the opportunity to educate our Angelo State students in 10 countries in Europe during the summers.
While at ASU were you involved in any organizations or teams and what was your role?: I was a student-athlete at ASU and ran cross-country and track. I have so many unforgettable experiences as a Rambelle. In our best year, we scored a perfect score of 15 (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th places) at both the Lone Star Conference and at the South Region Cross Country Championship meets; we were the first ASU cross-country team to advance to the national meet. I held the conference and regional titles in cross-country. I also ran the 800 and 1500 in track and loved every minute that I was able to represent ASU. I am delighted that many of us have stayed in touch through the years.
I was also a member of the business fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi; we all participated in a number of events together, which included community service, social gatherings, fundraising, and professional development. I held supporting officer positions and feel fortunate that I made so many fantastic friends – we still keep in touch to this day!
In what ways did ASU help you to achieve your goals after graduation?: ASU provided a strong academic foundation for my post-collegiate careers in manufacturing at Ethicon, Johnson & Johnson, in financial services as an advisor with Rodgers Capital, and currently as a faculty member. All three of these industries share the commonality of having a business-orientation, but they are also very diverse. I was able to succeed in these distinct industries because of the challenges and support that I experienced as a student at Angelo State. ASU is unique in that you really have an opportunity to have personal experiences with faculty, staff, and administration; this is a game changer - and it allowed me to grow more than I could ever imagine.
What skills did you take away from ASU?: Aside from thoroughly preparing me academically, the College of Business provided so much professional development for me. I was a first-generation student, and by the time that I graduated, I felt confident not only about my education, but also my communication, team building, leadership, and networking skills. We had opportunities to work together in teams, as well as research on our own; either way, the professors were always there for us. I learned a lot about what it means to be a part of the Ram Fam!
Were there any faculty or staff that made a difference for you during your time at ASU?: There were so many professors that I admired and enjoyed as a student at ASU; I can name them all! They all made me come alive in the classroom and because of them, I have had many wonderful experiences as both an undergrad and grad student.
Dr. Tom Badgett was very impactful throughout my days as an undergrad, grad, and faculty member at ASU. As an undergrad, he had encouraged me to apply for a scholarship to the Direct Marketing Institute; I never would have applied on my own, but through his inspiration, I completed the application. I was so surprised when I won and became one of 25 nationwide to attend an unforgettable conference near Chicago. Tom taught me to always reach for the stars, finish what you start, and always be on time!
Dr. Sudhir Chawla and Dr. Sharynn Tomlin were both always there for me as a student (and a faculty member!) Both supported me throughout my days and made me a stronger, better person. It is amazing that you can have such long-term relationships with the professors at ASU!
What is one of your fondest memories of ASU?: There are so many memories about ASU that touch my heart. The year that we won the regional cross-country championship is forever a cherished memory, but I also treasure the everyday memories like when it snowed and a bunch of us took cafeteria trays and slid down the hill on campus, or when it was so hot outside and we all went swimming in the campus pool, or when we all met up in the cafeteria to relax after a hard practice. ASU is a really cool place to live life and make a lot of forever memories!!
Can you please provide a quote about your experience at ASU/what ASU means to you?: Forever a ‘Belle!
Distinguished Faculty Achievement - Class of 1990 & 1991