April 22, 2013
COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, firstname.lastname@example.org
Three to Receive WTAMU’s Distinguished Alumnus Awards
CANYON, Texas—West Texas A&M University’s Alumni Association will recognize the best of the best when it presents its most prestigious award during the 50th annual Phoenix Banquet at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 8 at the Jack B. Kelley Student Center, Legacy Hall.
The Alumni Association presents its Distinguished Alumnus Award to successful WTAMU graduates who contribute time and support to the University and to humanitarian causes. The Alumni Association reviewed 30 nominations for the Distinguished Alumnus Award, and the 2013 recipients are J. Evetts Haley (posthumous), Cody Myers and Ed Wright.
J. Evetts Haley Sr. ’25 (posthumous award)—History was his passion and in 1925, J. Evetts Haley Sr. graduated from West Texas Normal College with a bachelor’s degree in the subject he loved so much. He worked as the field secretary for the Panhandle-Plains Historical Society and interviewed area pioneers for a lasting legacy and archive of the Texas Panhandle region. His work led directly to the creation of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum. Haley, a rancher, historian, author and political activist, wrote more than 20 books as well as numerous articles about the American West and is probably best known for his book Charles Goodnight Cowman and Plainsman. He also established the Nita Stewart Haley Memorial Library and History Center in Midland more than 40 years ago to preserve the western heritage and continues today to provide unparalleled research resources for students, researchers, writers and the recipients of WTAMU’s Haley Endowed Professorship of Western Studies and the Haley Scholars. His role in preserving the history of Texas is remarkable and marks him as a distinguished alumnus of WTAMU.
Cody Myers ’79, ’87—Cody Myers attended West Texas State University on a trumpet scholarship and graduated with bachelor’s degree in 1979 and a master’s in education in 1987. For the past 15 years he has served as the director of fine arts for the Amarillo Independent School District, sharing his love and passion for music with students of all ages. He is recognized as a leader in music education and shares his expertise as a director, administrator, mentor, educator, contest judge, clinician and motivator locally and across the state and region. He’s know to go above and beyond to help music programs grow and improve. He is the recipient of numerous awards and has proudly served on the boards of several professional organizations. Myers is a dedicated teacher and often credits WT for his success in a field that he loves. He is devoted to his alma mater and helps recruit students, attends concerts and recitals and often serves as a guest lecturer in the School of Music.
Ed Wright ’70—Ed Wright graduated from WT in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in animal science. He was a very active student on campus and his passion and commitment for WT continue today. As one of the leading independent cattle buyers in the nation, Wright is often asked to lead seminars and serve on industry panels. He is a strong supporter of 4-H and FFA programs and ready to help those in need. He also gives guest lectures each year at WT, where he has donated both his time and money to the alumni efforts in the Department of Agricultural Sciences. Wright and his wife Patrecia have established the Ed and Patrecia Wright Agriculture Support Fund, and he is an active member of the Agriculture Development Association and the Buffalo Club. He also supports WT athletics and is a true ambassador for the University.
Reservations for this year’s banquet are $40 per person and can be made by calling 806-651-2311.