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


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

Distinguished Alumni Award Nominations Now Being Accepted

The WT Alumni Association is accepting nominations for the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award.  Nominations will be accepted through Friday, Dec. 2, and recipients will be honored at the Association's annual Phoenix Banquet in the spring.

The Distinguished Alumni Award is the Alumni Association's most prestigious honor and recognizes the successes and accomplishments of our graduates.  Alumni, faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to be part of the selection process by submitting a nomination or providing supporting materials on behalf of a deserving individual.

Criteria and the nomination form for the Distinguished Alumni Award can be found at buffalum.com/DAA.  Nominations are considered for three years.

For more information, call 806-651-2311 or email bstogner@wtamu.edu.

A Homecoming Reunion Romance - 60 years later

by Michael Hughes
Amarillo Globe-News

Married six months ago, after originally meeting 60 years ago, former West Texas State University Buffalo running back Delmer Tuggle and cheerleader Barbara Beck Tuggle, both 82, embraced Saturday (Oct. 8) in front of the petrified wood fireplace at WT’s Alumni Association, she wearing his old letter jacket, he beaming proudly.

Theirs was a romantic reunion few expect, but many understand and hope for: Peering at an old yearbook, beaming at a beautiful girl from across time, contacting her over social media and initially—when she did not respond—feeling disappointed.

Delmer and Barbara Tuggle’s eyes both reflect an astonishing amount of light as they recount their own reunion Saturday (Oct. 8), following WT’s Buff-toberfest Homecoming Parade and prior to the team’s face-off against Texas A&M Kingsville.

Both fondly remember former WT head football Coach Frank Kimbrough, who led the University in a 1957 glory day, a NCAA Division I, New Year’s Day 20-13 Tangerine Bowl victory over Mississippi State University in Orlando, Fla. Both studied English at WT, but both claim to have forgotten escorting one another across the field as members of the 1956 homecoming court. And yet . . . old yearbooks reveal the truth.

Delmer pauses for a second when asked what he studied at WT, but Barbara quickly responds, “He played football.” After a career as a highway patrolman, Tuggle said he also spent more than four decades as an insurance adjuster. Barbara Tuggle is a retired English teacher.

“Things kind of came full circle when I retired and moved back to Amarillo,” he said. “I’d lost my wife, and we reunited. I got to looking at old yearbooks and I said, ‘I remember her. Let’s just see if she’s on Facebook.’ And she was. But she didn’t respond after a couple of weeks.”

Barbara said she’d been in Montana visiting her children and didn’t check Facebook very often. She didn’t have much faith in it. After meeting for coffee and talking for three solid hours, the pair said they knew they had plenty in common.  “I really didn’t think it would go anywhere,” she said. I thought he’d be a typical jock, jerk and a redneck, but he was extremely thoughtful and understanding. He was easy to be with, helpful, perceptive about people . . . and he cooks.”

Although Delmer has outlived three wives, Barbara said she didn’t believe the man could have fooled three wives over all those years.  “We never did get together in college,” he said. “But we always were friendly and knew each others presence.”

“I thought he was too good to be true,” she said. “But he wasn’t. I was told he was exceptional, a really nice, good guy, even to students two years younger than he was. He wasn’t too good to be true, after all.”

Heard from the Herd

We’re always happy to hear from our alumni—whether it’s feedback on events or when they’re helping us connect with more alumni. Read on for what we’ve heard from the herd.

Waldon Scott ’67 • Houston, Texas
Tuesday afternoon my wife and I stopped at a restaurant for a mid-afternoon snack. There was only one other table taken and it was by a man and his son. As they were leaving the restaurant, the son stopped and asked what the WT on my hat stood for. As I was telling him, his father piped up and said he played football for WT from 1968 to 1971. Here we were in a restaurant in Houston, and the only two groups of people went to WT. We talked for quite a bit, and I told them about the alumni group in Houston and how you all come down a couple of times a year to get alumni together. He was very anxious for me to send you his name and email so he could make contact with you. Another lost alumni found.

Kelsey Bratcher McGee ’01, ’03 • San Antonio, Texas
Thanks to technology I could see and hear all the Buff Spirit at Pigskin Revue via WT Homecoming Live. Pigskin was one of my favorite events I helped plan as a student and as a professional. I'm a long way from home right now, but feel like I'm part of the herd.

Norma Campbell ’94 • Brooklyn, N.Y.
I just met a guy walking down Houston Street. He was wearing a WT backpack so I flashed my WT wristband at him. What a small world! He told me he wears the backpack every day wondering if someone will recognize the WT and say something to him, which is nice. I told him I graduated in 1994 and he told me he was three years old then, which wasn’t very nice. lol. He’s class of 2014.

Have you encountered a member of the Herd when you’ve been sharing your Buff pride?  Let us know and be sure to have them connect with us at buffalum.com.

OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

Marking 50 years as a Survivor

It was something worth celebrating, and family and friends did just that with a special reception on Friday, Sept. 23 to commemorate Alice “Jo” Jackson’s 50th year as a cancer survivor. The following day, Jackson ’88, and husband Dick Jackson, professor emeritus of political science, walked in Amarillo’s Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, while daughter Sally Jo Jackson ’87, son Clay Jackson and two grandsons ran the course.

It wasn’t Jo’s first Race for the Cure. She’s participated in races in Lubbock and Amarillo before, but this time Jo was wearing 50 strands of pink beads—a strand for every year of survival. Those beads represented a milestone of hope, celebration and courage for Jo and her family as they all donned T-shirts emblazoned with Team MoJo. The shirts, designed by daughter Sally Jo, also had a special feature on the back that read—“1966-2016, Celebrating Jo Jackson, 50-Year Survivor.”

The Jacksons moved to Canyon in 1966, when Dick Jackson began teaching political science and criminal justice at WT. That was the year Jo, at the age of 29, was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had a radical mastectomy on Oct. 4, 1966, and radiation treatments followed. Annual check-ups are part of her routine now, and reports over the years have always been good news for Jo and her family.

Members of Team MoJo are from left to right: Clay Harper Jackson, Jackson Kennedy, Jo Jackson, Griffin Kennedy, Sally Jo Jackson and Dick Jackson

From the Director


Dear Buff Family:

Becky Stogner photo

Homecoming 2016 is in the books. It doesn’t get much better than watching the parade come down 26th Street and hearing the crowd as the band plays the fight song. Thank you to everyone who attended and especially to those who made a point of coming by Buff Courts Alumni Center.

For those who couldn’t be with us in person, we introduced our first-ever Homecoming LIVE! online event. With the help of Information Technology and a class of Network Security and Data Communications students, a website was produced and alumni were able to watch a live-stream of Pigskin Revue and the Homecoming Parade. They also could play games, answer trivia questions and watch videos. The online event helped more than 100 people log in for the pep rally and more than 220 alumni from 22 states and four countries watch the Homecoming Parade. It was exciting to be able to reach out to our alumni around the world, and having students help make it happen made the project even more fun for those of us involved. 

Homecoming would not happen without the exhaustive efforts of dozens and dozens of staff, students, faculty and volunteers.  We are honored to bring you together each year for Homecoming and hope you enjoyed every moment, from Fireworks to Festival to Football!  See below for photos from this year's Buff-toberfest Homecoming.

Becky Stogner
bstogner@wtamu.edu

Upcoming Events

Oct. 28
Dia de los Muertos, 5 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. gala dinner and dance. Tickets are $75 per person. For more information, call 806-651-2619 or email cnesbitt@wtamu.edu.

Nov. 3
Albuquerque Alumni Happy Hour, 6:30 p.m., Marble Brewery (downtown), 111 Marble Ave. NW.  R.S.V.P. to alumni@wtamu.edu

Nov. 5
Alumni Tailgate, 3-6 p.m., Kimbrough Memorial Stadium
Buffs vs. Angelo State, 6 p.m., Kimbrough Memorial Stadium

Nov. 12
Military Veterans Ball, 5 p.m. cocktail hour, 6 p.m. dinner, JBK, Legacy Hall. For ticket information, call 806-651-2075 or 806-651-2067.

Dec. 2
Deadline for Distinguished Alumni Award nominations. buffalum.com/DAA

Dec. 16
Ring Ceremony, 10 a.m., Jack B. Kelley Student Center, Legacy Hall

Dec. 17
Winter Commencement and Alumni Pinning, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
First United Bank Center

Visit BuffAlum.com for updates on upcoming events.

Visit the University calendar for a complete schedule of campus events.
Visit gobuffsgo for complete schedule of WT athletic events.

 

1.Make it Maroon at Cadillac Ranch  2.Tailgate Cookoff Challenge judges and alumni Lacey Thurman, Zenobia Harris Bivens and Jose Lopez enjoy a feast served by Lisa O'Brien and Scott Nelson.  3.Members of the 1956 football team celebrate the 60th anniversary of their Tangerine Bowl victory  4.The Herdsmen start the Parade with the Running of the Buffalo  5.Alumni, donors, faculty and friends enjoy a night of gourmet pizza, craft beer and live music at Starlight Canyon  6.Alumni and Future Buffs join the fun at Cadillac Ranch  7.Classmates reunite and reminisce at the Golden and Diamond Buff Reunion  8.The band shows their spirit at the Homecoming Parade  9.DJ and Kisaundra Harris spent the day dressed in Buff-toberfest style.  Photo credits: Rik Andersen, Amber Bustos, Jessie Malacara and Becky Stogner

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