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Alumni Reunion to Celebrate WTAMU Sweethearts at Special Luncheon

May 10, 2103

COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

Alumni Reunion to Celebrate WTAMU Sweethearts at Special Luncheon

CANYON, Texas—Kathy Davis McEntyre found hers in the trumpet section of the WT marching band. For Amber Shull Black it happened at Buff Branding, while others fell head-over-heels in class, at the Wesley Foundation, at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum and many other places across the West Texas A&M University campus.

McEntyre, Black and countless other students found love at WTAMU, and those special relationships will be celebrated during a noon Sweetheart Luncheon on Sunday, June 9 during the Alumni Summer Reunion June 7-9 on campus.

It was in the fall of 1976, Kathy Davis was the only female in the marching band trombone section, and that is where she met fellow trombone player David McEntyre.

“We were both music majors, and we spent a lot of time together in band activities,” she said.

But a knee injury sent David McEntyre home the second semester, and that is when Kathy decided she kind of liked him. When he returned to school the following fall semester, Kathy was more than happy to see him.

“The band practice field was over by Jarrett Hall and with his knee injury, that was a long way to walk,” she said. “I had a car so I offered him rides back and forth.”

The car rides did it, and the two dated for four years before marrying in 1981. Their meeting at WT is part of a family tradition. Kathy’s parents, Joe B. Davis and the former Mary Geraldine ”Jerry” Johnson met the first day of classes on the steps of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum. They were the first couple to marry in Hill Chapel on Nov. 22, 1950. Plus, the McEntyre’s oldest son, Jared met his wife Katie Smith at WT.

Today David and Kathy McEntyre both continue to play trumpet and teach band together at West Texas High School in Stinnett. Son Jared and wife Katie are both band directors in the Klein Independent School District in Spring.

Another love story began in August 1994 when freshman Amber Shull signed up for Buff Branding and attended a sock hop in the Box. A tall dark-headed boy from Panhandle asked her to dance, and thinking he was cute, she joined him on the dance floor.

“The music was loud, and he had to repeat his name three times before I learned his name was Kelly Black,” she said. “It just took that one dance, and we’ve been together ever since.”

And as coordinator of LEAD WT, Amber Black often encourages students to take part in Buff Branding.

“I tell them it’s a good place to find a great husband,” she laughs.

The couple married in August 1996, and they have two sons. Amber works at WT,AMU and Kelly is a nurse anesthetist in Amarillo.

Many, many more love stories started at West Texas A&M University. Come share yours at the Summer Reunion Sweetheart Luncheon. For more information, call the alumni office at 806-651-2311 or visit wtamu.edu/reunion.


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