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Accolades 2017

  • 2017 President’s Awards for Faculty Excellence

    Dr. Nicole M. Dilts (English), Dr. Susana Badiola (philosophy) and Dr. Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai (history) received the 2017 President’s Awards for Faculty Excellence.

  • Bass Anglers Club

    Two teams representing the ASU Bass Anglers Club finished in the top four and claimed prize money at the Yeti FLW College Fishing Southern Conference Tournament at Lake Sam Rayburn just north of Beaumont in February 2017.

  • Chris Miller

    Chris Miller, an animal science graduate student from New Braunfels, won second place for his research presentation at the Society for Range Management’s 70th annual national meeting in St. George, Utah, in February 2017.

  • Christian Garcia

    Christian Garcia of San Angelo received the 2017 Presidential Award as the top graduate in his class and was recognized during ASU’s spring commencement ceremonies.

  • Colten Hughes

    Colten Hughes, a member of the Rams Clay Target Team, won the Men’s International Trap competition at the Association of College Unions International’s (ACUI) Lower Midwest International Championships in San Antonio in October 2016.

  • Dr. Azadeh Bolhari and Dr. Daniel Castaneda

    Dr. Azadeh Bolhari and Dr. Daniel Castaneda of the engineering faculty were awarded a $99,997 grant from the National Science Foundation for a new research project on community water quality.

  • Dr. Carolyn Gascoigne

    Dr. Carolyn Gascoigne, dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, co-edited a new reference book for educators and researchers that was published in April 2017 by Channel View Publications.

  • Dr. Chris Ellery

    Dr. Chris Ellery of the English faculty published a new book of original poems titled “Elder Tree” through Lamar University Literary Press in fall 2016.

  • Dr. Cody Scott and Dr. James Ward

    In February, ASU received an additional $75,000 gift from the Shell Oil Exploration and Production Company to continue a rangeland reclamation research project co-directed by Dr. Cody Scott of the agriculture faculty and Dr. James Ward of the geology faculty.

  • Dr. Jamal Husein

    Dr. Jamal Husein, professor of economics, was named the new holder of the Norris Family Chair in Business in the ASU College of Business in October 2016.

  • Dr. Kenneth J. Heineman

    Dr. Kenneth J. Heineman of the history faculty was elected to a three-year term on the Council of the Pennsylvania Historical Association (PHA) in October 2016.

  • Dr. Lesley Casarez

    Dr. Lesley Casarez of the curriculum and instruction faculty was named the 2017-18 president-elect of the Texas School Counselor Association (TSCA).

  • Dr. Leslie Y. Rodriguez

    Dr. Leslie Y. Rodriguez, assistant professor of communication, was named the new editor of the Texas Speech Communication Journal, the official publication of the Texas Speech Communication Association (TSCA).

  • Dr. Loren Ammerman

    Dr. Loren Ammerman of the biology faculty was awarded a $26,998 grant sub-award by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to participate in a two-year research project dedicated to protecting an endangered bat species native to Southwest Texas.

  • Dr. Marva Solomon

    Dr. Marva Solomon of the teacher education faculty was awarded a $20,000 grant by the U.S. Department of Education through the National Writing Project (NWP) to expand the scope of ASU’s Pearl of the Concho Writing Project.

  • Dr. Sangeeta Singg

    Dr. Sangeeta Singg, professor of psychology, received the Outstanding Leadership in Psychology Award from the Psychological Association of Greater West Texas (PAGWT) at the organization’s regular meeting in November 2016.

  • Drs. Terry Dalrymple and Laurence Musgrove

    Drs. Terry Dalrymple and Laurence Musgrove of the English faculty co-edited a new anthology of poetry, fiction and nonfiction works that was published by Lamar University Literary Press in the fall of 2016.

  • Evelyn Burch

    Evelyn Burch, a political science major from Clinton, Md., represented the ASU Honors Program at the 68th Student Conference on U.S. Affairs at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in New York in November 2016.

  • Gary and Pat Rodgers Awards

    Kelsey Samsel, Dr. Cody Scott and Tara Hart received the 2016-17 Gary and Pat Rodgers Distinguished Awards honoring outstanding ASU staff, faculty and administrators.

  • Handball Club

    The ASU Handball Club finished as national runner-up in the Division II Women’s competition at the United States Handball Association’s 2017 National Collegiate Handball Championships in February 2017 in Tempe, Ariz.

  • Honors Program Students

    Four Honors Program students won awards for their research presentations at the 2017 Great Plains Honors Council (GPHC) Conference in March 2017 at Lamar University in Beaumont.

  • Jamie Akin

    Jamie Akin, executive director of development and alumni relations since 2012, was promoted to vice president for development and alumni relations in November 2016.

  • Jarret Lujan

    Jarett Lujan, a graduate student from Marfa, was appointed as the student regent for the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents for the 2017-18 academic year.

  • Joe Muñoz

    Joe Muñoz, senior executive assistant to the president, was recognized in the Pro Bono Spotlights section of the Legal Front page on the State Bar of Texas website in October 2016.

  • Michael Adeyemo and Crystal Moody

    Former graduate students Michael Adeyemo of San Angelo and Crystal Moody of Stone Mountain, Ga., received 2017 William N. Wasson Student Leadership & Academic Awards for the NIRSA South Central Region.

  • Office of Communications and Marketing

    Several staff members in the Office of Communications and Marketing won local, regional and national awards for various projects.

  • Peyton LaBauve

    Peyton LaBauve, a May 2017 graduate and former president of the ASU Student Government Association, received the 2016-17 Student Government Student Leader of the Year Award at the 36th annual Conference on Student Government Associations in February 2017 at Texas A&M University.

  • Ram Rugby Football Club

    The Ram Rugby Football Club won the National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) Cowboy Cup Championship in March 2017 in Irving.

  • Rams Powerlifting Club

    Three members of the Ram Powerlifting Club brought home medals, including one national championship, from the USA Powerlifting Collegiate National Meet in San Antonio in April 2017.

  • Sean Czarnecki

    Sean Czarnecki, a May 2017 graduate from San Angelo, won the Outstanding Student Paper Award at the annual fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union in December 2016 in San Francisco.

  • Society of Physics Students

    For the 15th straight year, ASU’s chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) received an Outstanding Chapter Award from the SPS National Council for the chapter’s activities during the 2015-16 academic year.

  • Staff Excellence Awards

    Sharla Adam (admissions) received the annual Chancellor’s Colonel Rowan Award for Execution. The President’s Staff Excellence Awards recipients were Michelle Norris (financial aid), Leadership; Tom Nurre (communications and marketing), Commitment to Excellence; Drexene Winey (psychology, sociology and social work), Customer Service; and Andrea Robledo (engineering), Innovation.

  • Susan J. Williams

    Susan J. Williams, director of affiliated military and veteran services, was named the 2017-18 spokesperson for four-year public institutions for the Texas Association of Collegiate Veteran Program Officials (TACVPO).

  • Vikash Ramnanan

    Vikash Ramnanan, a psychology major/philosophy minor from Trinidad, was selected as a program presenter and was awarded two scholarships at the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society’s annual convention in April 2017 in Louisville, Ky.

  • Wool Judging Team

    The Agriculture Department’s student Wool Judging Team claimed the 2017 Collegiate National Championship by placing first at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Collegiate Wool Judging Contest in March.