Salute Cheryl Malcolm
When she graduated from Happy High School in 1987, Cheryl Malcolm never dreamed she would end up at West Texas A&M University. In fact it was the last place she wanted to be.
But today, Malcolm, executive director of the Canyon Chamber of Commerce, considers WTAMU a special place, and the 1991 graduate shared her story when she presented a first time ever special achievement award at the annual chamber banquet Jan. 30.
In recognition of the University’s Centennial Celebration, Malcolm presented the Centenarian Award to West Texas A&M University, and Dr. J. Patrick O’Brien, University president, was on hand to accept. She shared a bit of history about the creation of the school and how Canyon and WTAMU began that journey together in 1909. It was in that sense of partnership that the Chamber recognized WTAMU’s 100 years.
“When I graduated from Happy High School in 1987, WT was the last place I wanted to go to college,” Malcolm said. “However, thanks to Lila Vars and several others, I soon came to realize that WT provided exactly the environment where I was comfortable and could thrive. Never did I imagine that changing my mind about college choices would impact my life as completely as it has.”
Malcolm not only earned her degree at WTAMU, she also met her husband Steve, a three-time graduate himself. She said her brothers as well as her husband’s brothers all earned degrees at WTAMU.
“West Texas A&M University has become a way of life for me and my family,” she said. "This very special place has taken great care of many of us. It has prepared and paved the way for our grandparents, our moms, dads, ourselves and our children. West Texas A&M University is our home.”
It is support like Malcolm’s that has contributed to the 100 years of success that marks WTAMU’s Centennial Celebration. The University’s Centenarian Award is now proudly displayed at the Jack B. Kelley Student Center.