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Hueston to Speak at WTAMU Summer Commencement

Aug. 8, 2012

COPY BY:    Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

Hueston to Speak at WTAMU Summer Commencement

Commencement Information for Students

CANYON, Texas—Dr. Harry Hueston, associate professor of criminal justice at West Texas A&M University, will serve as the keynote speaker when the University conducts its summer commencement exercises at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17 at the First United Bank Center on campus.

A total of 290 students have applied for summer graduation, including 204 undergraduates, 84 graduate students and 2 doctoral candidates.

Each year the summer commencement speaker is the current recipient of the University’s coveted Magister Optimus Award. The award, which translates to “best teacher” was presented to Hueston last fall for the 2011-2012 academic year. Hueston joined the WTAMU faculty in 2000 after retiring as the chief of police at the University of Arizona. He brings real life experience to his University classroom with more than 30 years in law enforcement under his belt. He has served in the United States Army Military Police and in various positions in Arizona, California and Ohio.

Dr. Harry HuestonHe is the co-author of a textbook titled Terrorism 101, and his expertise in law enforcement plays an important role in his research interests as well. Hueston has collaborated on a campus project that focuses on violence in the classroom and team-taught a course in agrosecurity. Hueston also works with the University Police Department on an active shooter program for students, faculty and staff. His research and collaborations have provided topics for presentations on campus and at local, state, regional, national and international conferences. Local media also rely on Hueston’s expertise for interviews on subjects ranging from terrorism to DNA evidence, and local school districts often request him for presentations on classroom violence.

Hueston is an active member of the campus community and has served on various committees including a term as president of Faculty Senate. In addition to the Magister Optimus Award, Hueston also is the recipient of a 2011 Chancellor’s Teaching Award and a past recipient of the College of Education Educator of the Year Award and the WTAMU Service Excellence Award. He earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Kent State University in 1971 and a master’s degree in criminal justice and public administration in 1975 from Ohio State University. He received a Ph.D. in criminal justice and higher education administration in 1997 from the University of Arizona.

West Texas A&M University conducts three commencement ceremonies each year in December, May and August.




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