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April 30, 2013

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University’s Highest Accolades Presented at Honors Banquet

Goettsche, Kraemer Named Man, Woman of the Year

CANYON, Texas—West Texas A&M University’s top student accolades were presented during the University Honors Banquet Friday, April 26 at the Jack B. Kelley Student Center, Legacy Hall on campus.

Three prominent campus organizations and one individual were honored by inclusion in the prestigious Presidential Order of the Silver Buffalo, and Nicholas Goettsche and Amanda Kraemer were named WTAMU’s Man and Woman of the Year.

Goettsche, a senior political science major from Waterloo, Iowa, is the president of the WTAMU study body. Kraemer, a history and English double major, is a member of the Catholic Student Association Student Leadership Team and preWTAMU Man and Woman of the Yearsident of PULSE.

Silver Buffalo Awards are reserved for an elite group that includes only individuals and organizations who accomplishments have brought national honor and distinction to the University. Receiving Silver Buffalo recognition at the Honors Banquet were WTAMU Buff offensive lineman Aaron Mullane, who was selected a National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete; the 2012-2013 Buff football team, which posted the best season in school history with a fourth-place finish in the American Football Coaches Association’s final poll and a trip to the Division II Semifinals; the WTAMU horse judging team, which captured national and reserve champion titles during the fall; and the Buffalo Advertising team, which for the first time in school history will compete at the national level after winning at the District National Student Advertising Competition.

Man of the Year Goettsche is the son of Steve and Sandy Goettsche of Amarillo. He has been a member of Student Government since 2009, serving on numerous committees and acting as a student senator, student senate parliamentarian pro-temp, student senate president, student body vice president and president. He still finds time for community and volunteer activities as well as Alpha Tau Omega, Student Alumni Board, Alpha Chi Honor Society, College Republicans, Leadership Board, President’s Ambassadors, The Texas A&M University System Chancellor’s Advisory Council and the Residence Hall Association. He’s made the Dean’s List and the President’s List and is the recipient of numerous scholarships.

Finalists for the Man of the Year were Goettsche, Edward Akinyemi, a senior pre-medicine major from Canyon, and Tanner Lakey, a senior sports and exercise sciences major from Amarillo.

Woman of the Year Kraemer is the daughter of Michael and Cathy Kraemer of West. She is currently a student senator for the Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts and Humanities, chair of the Rules and Appropriations Committee and active on various other student government committees including code of student life, JBK advisory board, honors, distinguished lecture and student fee advisory committee. She serves as president of PULSE, is a certified Peer Educator and a member of the Catholic Student Association Student Leadership Team. Kraemer is active in many community and church activities and the recipient of several scholarships.

Finalists for the Woman of the Year were Kraemer, Brianna Moore, a senior corporate communication major from Canyon, and Jordan Welch, a senior education major from Canyon.

A series of special awards also were presented recognizing top-performing organizations, students and advisers.
Catholic Student Association was named Outstanding Student Organization (not funded), while Outstanding Student Organization (funded) honors went to the Residence Hall Association.

Tanner Lakey, a senior sports and exercise sciences major from Amarillo, was named Outstanding Student Organization President (not compensated) for his role as president of Phi Delta Theta International Fraternity, Texas Theta Chapter. The honor for Outstanding Student Organization President (compensated) went to Man of the Year honoree Goettsche for his work as president of WTAMU’s student body.

Taylor Ritcherson, coordinator for Shirley Hall, was named Outstanding Student Organization Adviser in the not-part-of-job-description category for leadership with WTAMU’s Residence Hall Association.

And Randy Ray, director of broadcast engineering, was named Outstanding Student Organization Adviser in the part-of-the-job-description category for his work presiding over the campus radio station, KWTS: The One 91.1.



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