Centennial Book Release, Signing Planned for March 22
West Texas A&M University’s Centennial book, Always WT, will be released with a signing party from 3-6 p.m. Monday, March 22 at Cornette Library. A second book signing is planned for 7-9 p.m. Saturday, March 27 at the library.
Dr. Marty Kuhlman, associate professor of history, is the author of the University’s Centennial history book. He was chosen as the book’s author in late 2004 and even though the University has been a big part of his life, he still spent more than 1,000 hours researching WT’s 100-year history.
“I loved writing this book, especially about the changes in the lives of students from where they lived to what they did such as going to movies or concerts or streaking,” he said. “I also enjoyed looking at how the University fit into U.S. history. All the personalities also were fun to write about, and the evolution of the mascot was intriguing.”
Kuhlman joined the WTAMU faculty in 1994, but his ties to the University go back to the very beginning. His grandfather, Herman Kuhlman, immigrated from Germany and settled in Canyon City in 1909, the same year the Texas Legislature established West Texas State Normal College. Herman, his son Alvin, who graduated from West Texas State Teachers College in 1948, and his grandson Marty, who earned three degrees from WT, have all been witness to various stages of the school’s history.
And much of that history is covered in Always WT. The 550-page book is filled with interesting facts about the University from its establishment in 1909 to its current day plans for the second century, all supported with photographs that depict student life, events and activities through the years. Dr. Sue Park, professor emeritus of English, served as editor of the book, and Centennial book committee members who read and offered comments on every chapter of the book included Beth Duke, the late Dr. Fred Rathjen, Geneva Schaeffer, Dr. J. Pat Stephens and Jodi Thomas.
Always WT can be ordered online at wtamu.edu/wtbook or available for purchase beginning March 22 at University Bookstore. For more information about Always WT, contact Kuhlman at 806-651-2420.