The Honors Student Association (HSA) is the student-led arm of the Honors Program.
HSA promotes scholarship, fellowship and diversity, and represents the Honors Program on campus and in the community. Student leaders select speakers for campus presentations on general and professional topics and organize social and service events for Honors Program students.
President: Sharin Salam
Vice President: Emily Scott
Secretary: Tressa Reading
Treasurer: James Bautista
Historian: Jocelyn Bent
Intramural Liaison: Clay Loper
One of the things that the Angelo State University Honors Student Association proudly participates with, year in and year out, is the great community of San Angelo, Texas.
Life with HSA
Starting off at college is rough, students in HSA are encouraged to connect with each other through different social events on campus. Networks of honors students are where some of our favorite memories come from.
Students in HSA are active in on-campus intramural sports. This allows our students to spend time together competing against other on-campus teams in a variety of sports.
4/11/2022 Dr. Lindy Bankes
Dr. Bankes is a graduate of Abilene Christian University and UTHSC San Antonio. She is a board-certified psychiatrist affiliated with Shannon Medical Center. Dr. Bankes shared her journey through medical school and establishing a flourishing practice. She spoke of the challenges of being the only full-time psychiatrist in San Angelo and the surrounding areas and the impact of COVID-19 on her practice and mental health in general. Dr. Bankes, a wife and mother of three daughters, also talked about the dual challenges and gratification of balancing a busy practice with family life and the need for a strong support system to lift you up through difficult times.
2/28/2022 President Ronnie Hawkins, Jr. and Mrs. Maria Hawkins
Ronnie D. Hawkins, Jr., became the 11th president of Angelo State University in 2020 after a distinguished 37-year Air Force career, culminating is his rise to the rank of Lt. General and appointment as Director of the Defense Information Systems Agency. He is a 1977 graduate of Angelo State University, earning a BBA in computer science and becoming the highest ranking graduate of ASU’s ROTC Detachment 847. After retiring from the military, he formed the Hawkins Group, a cybersecurity and information technology consulting firm based in San Angelo. His wife of 46 years, San Angelo native Maria Hawkins, has been his partner in every venture. Together, they founded Ezra Vision Ministries to provide relief to Haiti. Mrs. Hawkins is active in numerous philanthropic and social service causes in San Angelo. The couple were named San Angelo Co-citizens of the year in 2019 in recognition of their service to the community. President and Mrs. Hawkins spoke of their time at ASU, their commitment to military service, their nonprofit work, and their vision for Angelo State University.
2/15/2022 Ambassador Tibor Nagy (Ret.)
Ambassador Nagy most recently served as US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs from 2018 until 2021. arrived in the United States in 1957 as a political refugee from Hungary. He received his B.A. from Texas Tech University, where he is an Emeritus Professor and former Vice Provost for International Affairs, and his M.S.A. from George Washington University. His 32 years of U.S. Government service included over twenty years in Africa at eight postings, highlighted by ambassadorships to Ethiopia (1999-2002) and Guinea (1996-1999). He received numerous commendations for: helping prevent famine in Ethiopia; supporting the evacuation of Americans from Sierra Leone during a violent insurrection; supporting efforts to end the Ethio-European War; and managing the U.S. Embassy in Lagos Nigeria during political and economic crises. Ambassador Nagy shared stories from his African postings and comments on current challenges in U.S. Foreign Policy.
1/28/2022 Shamim Mohammad
Shamim Mohammad is an Angelo State University alumnus with a BS in Computer Science and an accounting minor. He earned an MBA from the Kellogg Business School at Northwestern University and is a CPA. As the Executive Vice President, Chief Information and Technology Officer at CarMax, Shamim combines his deep technology expertise with his innate ability to collaborate across disciplines to drive business value and competitive advantage. Mr. Mohammad was recognized by Forbes as one of the 50 most innovative technology executives in the U.S. in 2021. He earned the highly respected CIO Leadership Award from MIT in 2020, the Capital CIO of the Year Award from the Capital CIO Leadership Association and the University of Virginia’s McIntire School Technology Leader Award in 2019. In 2017, he was instrumental in CarMax being recognized as on of the CIO Magazine’s Top 100 companies for innovative use of technology to drive business value. Mr. Mohammad spoke of his journey from Bangladesh to the United States, his time at ASU, and his rise through the executive ranks of multiple businesses, highlighting lessons learned along the way that led to his current recognition as one of the nation’s top technology innovators.