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West Texas A&M University Alumni Association eNewsletter
West Texas A&M University
Alumni Association eNewsletter
November 2016

West Texas A&M University Alumni Association eNewsletter - Let's Catch Up,

YOU could Be the Match

West Texas A&M University's Police Department and friends are hosting a Be the Match bone marrow registry drive for students, employees and the community on Nov. 28th to help a young mom (Ann Marie Herbst) in her need for a donor match, and in loving memory of Nora Lyn Williams (granddaughter of UPD employee Meri Lyn Odell).

Monday, Nov. 28
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Registration involves a simple cheek swab.

Location: Jack B Kelley Student Center Commons
(visitor parking is available next to the JBK building, behind The Box)

Did you know? Most bone marrow donations involve a non-surgical outpatient procedure to collect blood stem cells via the bloodstream!

A Celebration of Generosity

Nov. 29 is Giving Tuesday

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and celebrate generosity. The event is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving to celebrate the holiday giving season and inspire others to give back in meaningful ways.  

Each gift makes a difference. Lives are touched and students are changed for the better - every day, with every gift. WTAMU joins the Amarillo Area Foundation in promoting the event, which has inspired giving around the world, bringing about real change in real places. 

Join in the spirit of giving this Nov. 29th and give at From the students, parents and staff of West Texas A&M University, Thank You.

Share #GivingTuesday on social media and celebrate WTAMU. Spread the word on this day of giving and great blessings.

Bob and Mary Stewart Scholarship Endowment

Bob '72, and Mary Stewart have established The Bob and Mary Stewart Athletics Scholarship Endowment with a $1 million gift to the University.  The Stewart's are longtime Buff and Lady Buff fans, and their gift will benefit all varsity athletic teams at WT. 

Watch the scholarship announcement at  


Against all odds . . . and currents

by Jon Mark Beilue
Amarillo Globe-News

The day was nearly 37 years ago, but Doug Tanner ’64, can still recall several details—up to a point. He was a field archivist, working for the University of Virginia. Tanner was in his VW van, returning to the library where he worked. On Dec. 7, 1979, he came through a turn signal in Charlottesville where he made a left turn. Then, like a flash, came a car. It was from the other lanes of traffic facing the opposite direction at the stop light, speeding into his lane to get around them. “The last thing I remember was pulling my wheel to the right,” Tanner said.

An 18-year-old kid, a groundskeeper at the university, was legally drunk. He, of course, walked away. Tanner did not. The head-on crash, among several injuries, crushed both legs and put him in the hospital for months. His left leg never really healed. Skin and bone grafts didn’t work. While he was living near Denver in 1981, doctors determined it was best to amputate just below the knee.

For the full story and update - click here.

Fannie Lou Carter 1911-2016

We were honored to recognize the 105th birthday of WT's oldest alumna, Fannie Lou Carter, on November 11th.  Ms. Carter passed away a few days later, on Friday, Nov. 16.

Fannie survived the great flu epidemic of 1918, cast her first vote for Franklin D. Roosevelt and was a school teacher for many years. Feeling there was still more to learn, she returned to college and received a Master of Education degree from West Texas State College in 1961. Fannie's advice to others was, "Always, always be nice."

From the Director

Dear Buff Family:
I hope you're reading this month's newsletter thinking about how you also can be a part of giving back to your university and community. WTAMU did not become the great institution it is without the passion and generosity of so many dedicated alumni and friends. Buffs Give Back is not just a slogan - it's the way we should challenge ourselves to live each day. 

We'd love to hear how you've shared your time, talents and treasure this holiday season in ways that are meaningful to you. Have a safe and blessed Thanksgiving - and as Ms. Fannie said, "always, always be nice."

Becky Stogner


Upcoming Events

Nov. 28
Be the Match bone marrow registry drive, Jack B. Kelley Student Center Commons
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Community, students and staff are welcome.Sponsored by West Texas A&M University Police Meri Lyn Odell and Kelsey Williams

Nov. 29
Buffs Give Back night at Eveline Rivers, 6:30 - 8 p.m., register at

Dec. 2
Deadline for Distinguished Alumni Award nominations.

Dec. 2
Annual Carol of Lights Celebration and Christmas Open House - you're invited!
5:30 p.m. - Alumni and friends are invited to join us on the north side of Old Main as we light up the campus for the holiday season. Enjoy hot chocolate, cookies, holiday caroling and performances by WT's Brass Choir and Chorale. Toys for Tots donations accepted.  Hosted by the WTAMU Residential Hall Association.

6 - 9 p.m. - After caroling, make your way to Panhandle Plains Historical Museum where the entire museum will be bustling with Christmas activity. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there, along with children's holiday crafts, cookie decorating, storytelling and songs by Canyon's K-8th grade choirs.  Free admission - suggested donation is one can of food per person to benefit High Plains Food Bank.

Dec. 3
PPHM Christmas Open House, 1 - 5 p.m.

Dec. 16
Ring Ceremony, 4 p.m., Jack B. Kelley Student Center, Legacy Hall (note the change in time)

Dec. 17
Winter Commencement and Alumni Pinning, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
First United Bank Center - for details on upcoming events
University calendar - for a complete schedule of campus events
gobuffsgo  - for complete schedule of WT athletic events

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