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Old Main Society to Induct New Members, Recognize Pinnacle Award Recipients

Aug. 26, 2013

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

Old Main Society to Induct New Members, Recognize Pinnacle Award Recipients

Event to include dedication of Pedestrian Mall

CANYON, Texas—There will be an induction, a dedication and an award presentation when the West Texas A&M University Foundation hosts its annual Old Main Society induction ceremony Thursday, Aug. 29 on campus.

The Foundation will recognize new members to the Old Main Society, dedicate the Charles K. and Barbara Kerr Vaughan Pedestrian Mall and honor the Vaughans as well as Atmos Energy as 2013 Pinnacle Award recipients during the annual event. A reception begins at 6 p.m., followed by the induction of the new members in the foyer of Old Main. The Pedestrian Mall dedication will start at approximately 7:45 p.m. followed by a recognition dinner. Keynote speaker for the event is Kim R. Cocklin, president and chief executive officer of Atmos Energy.

The Old Main Society was established in 1998 to recognize individuals, organizations and corporations that have given lifetime contributions of $50,000 or more to support the students and mission of West Texas A&M. Recognition levels are Supporter, $50,000-$99,999; Sustainer, $100,000-$249,999; Ambassador, $250,000-$499,999; Patron, $500,000-$999,999; Benefactor, $1 million-$4,999,999 and Visionary, $5 million or more.

Contributions from Old Main Society donors endow scholarships and provide financial assistance to students, enhance instructional programs, provide faculty development opportunities and awards for outstanding teaching and build and enhance campus facilities.

The Old Main Society inductees for 2013 are:
• Lily Jack “Jackie” Mercer—Benefactor;Charles K. and Barbara Kerr Vaughan
• Letrecia “Puff” Niegos—Benefactor;
• Atmos Energy—Patron;
• Dr. George Eason—Ambassador;
• DeLee Taylor Carter and Lyndol B. Carter—Sustainer;
• David C. and Sandra Fincher Cook—Sustainer;
• Ann Crouch—Sustainer;
• James A. “Buddy” Davidson Charitable Foundation—Sustainer;
• Kenneth paul and Mabel Riley Jones Estate—Sustainer
• W.F. “Bill” McWhirter Trust—Sustainer;
• Dr. James R. Parker, Parker Sports Medicine and Orthopedics—Sustainer;
• Robert A. (Bob) and Mary Stewart—Sustainer;
• Lilith Martin Brainard—Supporter;
° Bill J. Chudej, FIMC Commercial Realty—Supporter;
• Great Plains Ag Credit—Supporter;
• Jan Alcorn—Supporter;
• Gary R. and Paula Moore—Supporter;
• Joseph H. and Arlene Pool—Supporter;
• Dr. Jenny Lind Porter-Scott—Supporter;
• Joe and Laura Street—Supporter
• John T. and Cora Teters—Supporter; and
• Ed and Patrecia Wright—Supporter.

The Old Main event also will include the dedication of the Charles K. and Barbara Kerr Vaughan Pedestrian Mall. Charles K. Vaughan spent 55 years with Atmos Energy, acting as the company’s first chairman, president and CEO. Atmos has recognized the couple’s leadership and dedication in making Atmos Energy one of the nation’s leading natural gas service providers with more than $500,000 in multiple gifts to the University. The company’s generous gift in August 2012 prompted University officials to recognize the Vaughans’ support of education and name the pedestrian mall the Charles K. and Barbara Kerr Vaughan Pedestrian Mall.

The Foundation’s first Pinnacle Award was presented in 2005 to recognize an outstanding donor who not only supports the University financially, but also gives of their time and labor to promote WTAMU in the community, and the Vaughans and Atmos Energy definitely exemplify that pinnacle of giving.

The Vaughans are very supportive of the University and have given generous contributions of more than $50,000 to scholarships and for renovations of the Alumni Banquet Facility. Atmos Energy has given more than $500,000 to WTAMU since 1983 including a $40,000 gift to establish the Charles K. and Barbara Kerr Vaughan President’s Honor Scholarship and $50,000 to help establish the WTAMU engineering program. Both the Vaughans and Atmos Energy not only provide financial support to the University, but students and programs also benefit from their educational leadership.



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