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Gala to Commemorate University’s Centennial

The University community will join with friends, alumni and supporters to celebrate West Texas A&M University’s 100th birthday with an evening of music, dining and dancing at a Centennial Gala beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13 at the First United Bank Center (FUBC).

An overwhelming response to the event prompted University officials to change the event venue from the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum to the FUBC. A special 4 p.m. meet-and-greet reception will remain at the museum, and community members are invited to the hour-long come-and-go reception to honor past University presidents and board of regents members and their families.

The Centennial Gala, black tie optional, will begin with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. at the First United Bank Center. Dinner will follow at 7 p.m. and dancing will close out the evening. The FUBC will be transformed into a beautiful and elegant location for the event, and photos depicting the University’s 100 years will be part of the Gala theme. ARAMARK chefs from across the country will prepare a special meal for the occasion, and local jazz band Pizazz will provide the dance music. more >>

Founders Day Birthday Party Planned at WTAMU

birthday cakeThe opening of a 25-year-old time capsule will be the kickoff to a Founders Day birthday party on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at West Texas A&M University.

The time capsule will be opened at 9 a.m. in the Jack B. Kelley Student Center (JBK), Commons. It was buried beneath Terrill Lawn in 1985 and designated to be unearthed and opened in 2010. Contents of the capsule will be removed and available for viewing at the Founders Day birthday party that follows from noon-2 p.m. in the JBK.

“It’s going to be a fun event to commemorate the University’s Founders Day,” Kirk Scarbrough, student body president, said. “We hope everyone—students, staff, faculty, alumni and community members—will come and help us celebrate.” more >>

WTAMU to Host Screening of HBO Movie
‘Temple Grandin’

It will be movie night at West Texas A&M University when the Departments of Agriculture and Mass Communication host a special screening of the HBO film Temple Grandin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9 at the Alumni Banquet Facility on campus.

The movie premieres Feb. 6 on HBO and on Tuesday, WTAMU will host the special screening, along with appearances by two of the movie’s big players. Paul Lister, executive producer, and Chris Monger, screenwriter, will attend the screening and participate in a panel discussion and question-and-answer session following the movie. The event is part of the University’s Distinguished Lecture Series.

A reception, underwritten by Stanley and Geneva Schaeffer and featuring pitchfork fondue, also will be part of the evening festivities.

The HBO movie, starring Golden Globe winner Claire Danes in the title role, tells the story of best-selling author, animal scientist and autism activist Temple Grandin and reveals her strength to persevere against all odds. The film chronicles Grandin’s early diagnosis of a relatively still unknown condition called autism; her turbulent growth and development during her school years; the enduring support she received from her mother, aunt and science teacher; and her emergence as a woman with an innate sensitivity and understanding of animal behavior. With roadblocks thrown at her from every direction, Grandin managed to turn her unique talent into a behavioral tool that changed the face of the cattle industry and laid the groundwork for her career as an author, lecturer and pioneering advocate for autism and autism spectrum disorder education.

“I had the opportunity to screen this film in November in Los Angeles as an Emmy Fellow of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences,” Dr. Leigh Browning, associate professor of mass communication and director of broadcasting, said. “Once I saw it, I knew we had to bring it to the University for a screening—we are sitting here right in the cattle feeding capital of the world—what better place to see a movie about the lady who has had a major impact on that very industry.

“I immediately talked to the movie’s director and producer and asked them to come.” more >>

WTAMU Distinguished Lecture to Focus on
Gender Violence

Dr. Jackson Katz, an expert in gender violence prevention, will present “The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16 in Mary Moody Northen Recital Hall at West Texas A&M University. His presentation is part of Communication Week activities sponsored by the WTAMU Department of Communication.

Katz is an author, educator and filmmaker as well as one of America’s leading anti-sexist male activists. He is known around the world for his work in the field of gender violence prevention education with men and boys and co-founded the Mentors in Violence Prevention program in professional and college athletics. He also is the director of the first worldwide domestic and sexual violence prevention program in the United States Marine Corps. His lectures have been heard at high school and college campuses around the country, and he has conducted seminars and workshops in the United States, Canada, Australia and Japan. more >>

Theatre Design Studio to be Dedicated

West Texas A&M University will honor a retired faculty member when it dedicates the James Kemmerling Design Studio at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19 in Room 130 of the Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex.

Kemmerling retired from WTAMU in 2008 after 40 years of teaching in the University’s theatre department. The Feb. 19 dedication will include a brief ceremony recognizing Kemmerling, and a plaque bearing his name will be unveiled. more >>

I Caught You Caring

West Texas A&M University’s annual “I Caught You Caring” campaign will run Feb. 8-12 to recognize deserving employees who go the extra mile. Nominations can be made by phone, email or dropped in ballot boxes located at the Jack B. Kelley Student Center (JBK) Information Desk or the Physical Plant.

Employees nominated for acts of kindness will receive a one-time $2 credit on their Buffalo Gold Card. The $2 credit can be used at the JBK Food Court, campus vending machines, or anywhere the Buffalo Gold Card is accepted. more >>

cheryl malcolm Cheryl Malcolm
When she graduated from Happy High School in 1987, Cheryl Malcolm never dreamed she would end up at West Texas A&M University. In fact it was the last place she wanted to be. more >>


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Feb. 9—WTAMU Distinguished Lecture Screening of HBO film Temple Grandin

Feb. 11-13 and 17-20—Branding Iron Theatre production of Twelfth Night

Feb. 13—Centennial Meet and Greet Reception honoring WTAMU’s past presidents and former board of regents members

—WTAMU Centennial Gala

Feb. 15-19— Communication Week at WTAMU with various events scheduled throughout the week.

Feb. 16—”The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help,” WTAMU Distinguished Lecture Series with Jackson Katz, gender violence prevention scholar

Feb. 17—Founders Day Time Capsule Opening

—WTAMU’s Founder’s Day Birthday Party

Feb. 18—WTAMU Canstruction to benefit the High Plains
Food Bank

—WTAMU Choir Concert

Feb. 19—WTAMU 2010 Literacy Conference, featuring Erin Gruwell, author of The Freedom Writers Diary

—Dedication of the James Kemmerling Design Studio

Feb. 21—Symphonic Band Concer

Feb. 25—WTAMU Health Career Fair

Feb. 26-27—Celebrate WT, Celebrate Piano featuring Timothy Woolsey of Texas State University and WTAMU professors Choong-ha Nam and Denise Parr-Scanlin