April 29, 2010 COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, firstname.lastname@example.org
WTAMU Names Man and Woman of the Year
CANYON, Texas—West Texas A&M University’s top student accolades were presented during the University Honors Banquet Friday, April 23 at the Alumni Banquet Facility on campus.
Two campus organizations were honored by inclusion in the prestigious Presidential Order of the Silver Buffalo, and Kirk Scarbrough and Kara Jones were named Man and Woman of the Year.
Scarbrough, son of Wade and Candace Scarbrough, is a senior speech communication major from Wichita Falls. His participation in campus activities includes serving as president of the Student Body for the past year and as chief justice of Student Government in 2008-2009. He also serves as the 2009-2010 president of Lambda Pi Eta and is the chartering president of Circle K International.
Scarbrough also is an active member of the Attebury Honors Program, President’s Ambassadors, Panhandle Storytelling Guild, Readership Ambassadors and is a Peer Leader Intern. He was crowned the 2009 Homecoming King and named the Outstanding Student Organization President for 2008-2009 and Outstanding Buff Branding Peer Leader for 2008 and 2009. His community activities include the Eveline Rivers Christmas Project, High Plains Food Bank, Conner House, The Bridge, The Raising Fountains Development Project and Teen Leadership Amarillo and Canyon.
Finalists for Man of the Year were Scarbrough, Chase Davis, a senior agricultural business and economics major from Amarillo, Joseph Peterson Jr., a senior business management major from Amarillo, Jesse Reynolds, a senior geology major from Silverton, Gus Trujillo, a senior business management major from Amarillo, and Tim Vela, a senior speech communication major from Dalhart.
Jones, daughter of Paul and Susan Jones, is a senior sports and exercise sciences major from Boys Ranch. In addition to serving as president of SAGE for 2009-2010, Jones is active in many campus activities including recreational sports, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Alpha Chi Honor Society. She was crowned the University Formal Queen for 2010 and is the recipient of a Boys Ranch Merit Scholarship. She also has been named to the President’s List and the Dean’s List. Her community activities include the Eveline Rivers Christmas Project, Ronald McDonald House, Special Olympics, SAGE Bikes for Tikes, Faith City Mission and Canyon Meals on Wheels.
Finalists for Woman of the Year were Areeba Anam, a graduate student in biology from Amarillo; Abegail De La Fuente, a senior sociology major from Plainview; Jennifer Ewers, a junior sports and exercise sciences major from Grady, N.M.; Alina Garcia, a junior education major from Lubbock; Miranda Knippers, a junior business administration major from Tennessee Colony; and Maxine Ridling, a senior mass communication/broadcasting major from McKinney.
Silver Buffalo Awards are reserved for an elite group that includes only individuals, teams or organizations whose accomplishments have brought national honor and distinction to the University.
Teams receiving Silver Buffalo recognition at the Honors Banquet were:
• Lady Buff Volleyball Team, which competed for a national title for the first time since 1997 and earned a second-place finish in NCAA play.
• The WTAMU Equestrian Team captured its fourth consecutive Western Region Championship and the Hunt Seat Region Championship. The team will compete for the National Championship May 5-9 in Lexington, Ky.
Dr. Don Albrecht, vice president for student affairs, presented special awards at the banquet to recognize top-performing organizations, students and advisers.
SAGE (Students Assisting in Good Endeavors) was named Outstanding Student Organization (not funded), while Outstanding Student Organization (funded) went to Student Government.
Matt Maples, associate director of the Jack B. Kelley Student Center, was named Outstanding Student Organization Adviser (part of job description) for his work as adviser of the Leadership Board. Victoria Salas, academic coordinator for the McNair Scholars Program, was named Outstanding Student Organization Adviser (not part of job description) for her role as adviser to Kappa Delta Chi.
Elvia Cazares and B.J. Medley were named Outstanding Student Organization Presidents (non-compensated) for their work as co-presidents of SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise), and Miguel Sosa was recognized as Outstanding Student Organization President (compensated) for his role as president of the Residence Hall Association.