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The Sackler Family received a new gallery with their name on it and this one they actually contributed more than money too.  Its a gallery of testimony from various lawsuits they’ve been party too about their role in killing and destroying people and families.

Sackler Gallery

Check it out and pick your favorite Sackler

April 23, 2019

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PKP is one of the nation’s most prestigious academic honor societies for students in all academic disciplines. Invitations to join PKP are extended to juniors in the top 7.5 percent of their class and to seniors and graduate students in the top 10 percent of their class. ASU received its charter for a local chapter in the spring of 2013.

ASU’s spring 2019 inductees by hometown and major are:

San Angelo: Taylor Bickford, exercise science; Benjamin Borom, business administration; Katrina Borom, business administration; Charles Branaman, intelligence, security studies and analysis; Samantha Decker, business administration; Jessie Ehl, teacher education; Mariana Felipe, teacher education; Elizabeth Flores, teacher education; Simone Hutchison, music education; Davis Levesque, civil engineering; Megan Martinez, animal science; Borys Montgomery, business administration; Shayna Mullen, history; Park Huijun, health science professions; Andrew Perez, music education; John Raggio, communication; Britnee Raley, mass media; Bethany Ross, communication; and Christene Walker, curriculum and instruction

Andrews: Taylor Bailey, management

Big Spring: Rikee Munsell, psychology; and Garett Parrish, psychology 

Blackwell: Kacelyn Follis, social work

Brady: Kaley McBee, management/marketing

Bronte: Louie Martinez, coaching, sports, recreation and fitness administration

Brownwood: Chevy Robertson, physics

Canadian: Byanca Sanchez, teacher education

Canyon Lake: Teruko Hendricks, criminal justice

Carrollton: Christina Hamilton, exercise science

Cedar Park: Kara Naegeli, geosciences

Cherokee: Ana Barbara Uribe, business administration

El Paso: Rebecca Garcia, animal science

Floresville: James Rethaber, applied psychology

Flower Mound: Megan Gordon, animal science

Georgetown: Sara Baxter, music education

Giddings: Abigail Coates, guidance and counseling

Holloman AFB, N.M.: Rebecca Matthews, border and homeland security

Hondo: Alicia Curtis, animal science

Jarrell: Meagan Hill, civil engineering

Katy: Mayra Medina, guidance and counseling

Lubbock: Larissa Davis, nurse practitioner

Madison, Miss.: Cole Hillman, homeland security

Manlius, N.Y.: Sonja Hale, criminal justice

Midland: Jenny Delk-Fikes, nurse practitioner

Mission: Beatriz Garza-Alvarez, guidance and counseling

New Windsor, N.Y.: Heather Eliseo, guidance and counseling

Rowlett: Allyson Warren, nursing

Salado: Joshua Buckley, finance

San Antonio: Andrew Galvan, homeland security

Snyder: Alina Hernandez, mass media

Sweetwater: Debra Hefner, nursing

Uvalde: William Wolfe, applied psychology

Weatherford: Shileigh Potts, exercise science

Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society encompassing all academic disciplines. Phi Kappa Phi is considered one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies along with Phi Beta Kappa, which recognizes majors in the arts and sciences, and Sigma Xi, which honors majors in the sciences.

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(L to R) ASU's Steven Armstrong and Lance Culak with their catch that qualified them for the ...(L to R) ASU’s Steven Armstrong and Lance Culak with their catch that qualified them for the national tournamentThe two ASU teams made it into the national tournament field by placing in the top 10 at the Yeti FLW College Fishing Southern Conference Tournament on Lake Texoma just north of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex earlier this month.

ASU team members Steven Armstrong of Brownwood and Lance Culak of Fredericksburg finished sixth out of more than 100 two-person teams. Their total catch weight also fell just one ounce short of winning a top-five monetary prize. ASU’s Jon Garcia of San Angelo and Zachary Kuehler of Seymour finished in 13th place, but qualified for the national tournament because three teams that finished ahead of them had already qualified.

(L to R) ASU's Zachary Kuehler and Jon Garcia with their catch that qualified them for the na...(L to R) ASU’s Zachary Kuehler and Jon Garcia with their catch that qualified them for the national tournamentA third ASU team, Will Curlee of Round Rock and Hunter Owens of San Angelo, finished in 17th place.

The ASU Bass Anglers Club is a registered student organization. Any prize money won at tournaments goes back to the club and the university rather than to the individual winners. Paul Osmanski, assistant clinical professor of nursing, is the faculty sponsor. More details on ASU’s club sports teams are available at

Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions of dollars in prize money across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Ken., with offices in Minneapolis, FLW conducts more than 275 bass-fishing tournaments annually across the U.S. and sanctions tournaments in Canada, China, Italy, Mexico, Portugal, South Africa, South Korea and Spain.

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Staff Awards Winners (L to R): Ty Walden, Paul Hamilton, Brittany Wollman, Jon Wilcox, Curt Brade...Staff Awards Winners (L to R): Ty Walden, Paul Hamilton, Brittany Wollman, Jon Wilcox, Curt BradenThe honorees were recognized during an awards ceremony April 17 on campus. The President’s Awards for Staff Excellence recipients were selected from 76 nominees, and the Chancellor’s Colonel Rowan Award honoree was chosen from six nominees. The four Staff Excellence Award recipients each received a $1,000 honorarium and a presentation piece, while the Rowan Award winner received a $1,500 honorarium. 

Paul HamiltonPaul HamiltonPaul Hamilton, assistant director of operations for the Office of Housing and Residential Programs, received the President’s Award for Commitment to Excellence. Lauded for being “at the forefront to deliver quality service to the ASU community,” Hamilton was honored for employing his multifaceted expertise to benefit the students living in ASU residence halls. From ensuring the security of the residence halls and the efficiency of the laundry, plumbing and HVAC systems to understanding the processes of IT, the OneCard Office and Chartwell’s food services, he is able to evaluate both problems and opportunities – and make recommendations that are in the best interest of the students and the campus as a whole. From his nomination letter, “He is able to represent the day-to-day life of students and what they need…His commitment to building relationships outside his own department makes the department and the university stronger…Paul has an understanding of the things behind the scenes that make our university successful.”

Ty WaldenTy WaldenTy Walden, assistant manager of technology services in the Office of Information Technology, received the President’s Award for Excellence in Leadership. Hailed for his “extraordinary communication skills” and “uplifting attitude,” Walden was honored for consistently demonstrating his excellent leadership skills and strong work ethic to his customers, peers, team members and IT student employees. As he responds to a variety of technology issues daily, he is a team player with a “can do” attitude, takes pride in his work, and serves as an excellent role model for IT student employees and his team members. He has been the leader for a variety of critical IT projects, and he and his team have received an average service rating of 4.95 (on a 5-point scale) based on 2,736 customer surveys. From his nomination letter, “He has continually excelled and been willing to accept more responsibility…Ty spends a significant amount of his time developing and mentoring IT student employees into future IT professionals…He always has a positive attitude and creates a welcoming environment for anyone who works with him…We are fortunate to have him as part of the ASU Ram Family.”

Jon WilcoxJon WilcoxJon Wilcox, senior web and user experience developer for IT/Web Services, received the President’s Award for Excellence in Innovation. Lauded for his ability to balance a practical approach with “thinking outside the box,” Wilcox was honored for his ability to both make “behind the scenes magic” and craft “front-and-center solutions” that are seen on the ASU website and many other ASU applications. By focusing on the end user experience, he is able to build solutions that accomplish his customers’ goals and also provide a “wow factor.” He was presented additional challenges this year working through an audit of the ASU website. He has taken on those challenges in a positive way, helping position the web team, vendor partners and customers for upcoming major improvements. He has also done an excellent job sharing his ideas and skillsets with his team members and IT student workers. From his nomination letter, “Jon’s willingness to work each day at making the team think from a customer’s perspective is taking our team to new heights…He combines his innovative skills, technical abilities and leadership skills to shift the dynamic in many settings…We are continually impressed with his innovative approach and his passion for Angelo State.”

Brittany WollmanBrittany WollmanBrittany Wollman, a library assistant in the ASU West Texas Collection, received the President’s Award for Excellence in Customer Service. Lauded for her enthusiasm, flexibility and compassionate demeanor, Wollman was honored for always exceeding expectations in providing customer service, her willingness to volunteer at ASU recruiting events, and her ongoing professional development. In addition to her regular duties in the WTC, she assists in providing primary source instruction for ASU classes and assists in providing programs for middle and high school students from around the Concho Valley. She rearranges her schedule to participate in recruiting events like Night at the UC, Family Weekend and New Student Orientation. This year, she became the first library employee and one of only 30 individuals chosen to participate in the 2018-19 Leadership San Angelo program. In her spare time, she engages in her own historical research, writing and presentations. From her nomination letter, “Brittany enthusiastically takes on new roles, stepping in to help whenever she perceives a need or an opportunity to improve service…She is a person our students can look to for advice and as a role model…We look forward to the innovative ideas she is able to share in the years to come.”

Curt BradenCurt BradenCurt Braden, associate director of Information Technology, earned the Chancellor’s Colonel Rowan Award, which annually recognizes a staff member who has gone above and beyond the call of duty in carrying out a major project during the last academic year. Braden was honored for his work on several major projects, including the design and implementation of ASU’s outdoor security cameras, renovation of the press box at ASU’s football and track and field stadium, and overseeing the technology needs for all of ASU’s athletic facilities and events. He worked with University Police on installing more than 215 security cameras on campus, and the project was such a success that additional outdoor cameras are anticipated. He also put in extensive overtime to work with vendors and key campus stakeholders to design, install and test the new technology at LeGrand Stadium at 1st Community Credit Union Field, including game clocks, scoreboards, Ram TV facilities, Wi-Fi coverage, TVs and sound equipment. He also continually oversees the technology needs at other athletic events, including audio equipment for coaches and referees, credit card services, computer statistics equipment, scoreboards, game clocks and Ram TV. From his nomination letters, “He is tenacious and will stay the course until a technology need is met or a problem is solved…He not only focuses on solutions, he engages the right resources to get projects done in a timely manner…His tenacity, resourcefulness and commitment make Curt a valuable member of the ASU community.”

Other nominees for the President’s Award for Commitment to Excellence were: Amanda Ritchie, Brian Braden, Brittney Miller, Cody Riddle, Derek Salazar, Dianna Krejsa, Biology; Erika Baeza, Frosty Aguilar, Heather Crawford, Jayna Phinney, Jennifer Barrientos, Judith McAnanama, Justina Stark, Katherine Thoreson, Kaylee King, Landon Fisher, Lori Herron, Mark Hirt, Michelle Newell, Mike Gustin, Orlando Villarreal, Paula Bradley, Robert Cope, Sam Spooner, Sarah Foster, and Tonya Drost.

Other nominees for Excellence in Leadership were: Eddie Behrends, Elicia Rankin, Jeane Irby, Jessica Gooch, Meagan Word, Melissa King, Randall Jenkins, and Shirley Eoff.

Other nominees for Excellence in Innovation were: Dallas Swafford, Daniel Martinez, E.J. Smith, Ella Burnett, Jordan Hohensee, Rebecca Schkade, and Suzie Dusek.

Other nominees for Excellence in Customer Service were: Alma Valdez, Amanda Gibson, Annette Dixon, Christina van Ittersum, Cindy Weeakes, Erin Johnson, Jeff Sefcik, Jenny Hock, Jessica Albus, Jody Casares, Joshua Torres, Julia Chandler, Kailee Malleck, Keith Hoelscher, Maggie Blair, Mandy Osborne, Marla Daugherty, Mary Ann Boyd, Mary Snowden, MaryAnne Low, Melody Kelley, Nancy Thomas, Nancy Vandiver, Olivia Castro, Princess Fiel-Murphy, Rebecca Schkade, Robin Sebolt, Ruben Limon, Sandy Graves, Shonda Brooks, and Troy Hill.

Other nominees for the Chancellor’s Colonel Rowan Award were: Dallas Swafford, Jayna Phinney, Jennifer Barrientos, Joey Hereford, and Manuel San Miguel.

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Artist rendering of the new Stephens Chapel on campusArtist rendering of the new Stephens Chapel on campusThe new chapel is named in honor of longtime ASU supporters F.L. “Steve” and Pollyanna Stephens. In recognition of the honorary naming, the Stephens have fully funded construction of the chapel with a gift of $1.925 million and were present for today’s groundbreaking.

Dr. Brian J. MayDr. Brian J. May“The Stephens Chapel is going to be a beautiful building and a wonderful centerpiece for the Angelo State campus,” said ASU President Brian J. May. “The generosity of Steve and Pollyanna Stephens in funding this project is truly heartwarming because without them, building the chapel would not be possible. In addition to campus services, we look forward to hosting a lot of weddings. Today is a great day for the ASU Ram Family.”

At 3,100 square feet, the Stephens Chapel will include a portico, narthex, sanctuary, bride’s room, groom’s room/vesting, sacristy, restrooms and service areas. It will have metal-framed, brick/stone-clad exterior walls and a metal roof. The finishes will include stone tile flooring, interior brick walls, stained glass windows, custom light fixtures, wood deck ceilings and custom pews. Businesses and individuals are invited to sponsor individual pews and/or stained glass windows.

This is the second ASU facility to be named for the Stephens, whose name also adorns the Stephens Arena inside the ASU Junell Center athletics facility on South Jackson Street.

Steve Stephens is the retired chairman, CEO and co-founder of Town & Country Food Stores Inc. One of the state’s most prominent businessmen, he has been recognized nationwide for his contributions to the convenience store industry. Pollyanna Stephens is the retired co-owner, board secretary, and director of public relations and special events for Town & Country Food Stores. She also served 12 years on the Board of Regents of the Texas State University System, including a term as chairman, when ASU belonged to the TSUS.

Over the years, the Stephens have made a dynamic pair and compiled a long and enviable record of public service at the community and statewide levels. Their business, civic, cultural and philanthropic efforts have touched the lives of virtually everyone in San Angelo. The ASU Alumni Association has designated them as “Honorary Alumni” and the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce has named them “Citizens of the Year.” In March 2008, they were each awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from ASU for their longstanding support of the university.

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