Homecoming dinner to honor individuals
Formal to focus on eight honorees
Published: Friday, October 4, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 20:10
The ASU Alumni Association will recognize eight distinguished alumni, honorary alumni and outstanding faculty and staff on Oct. 11 as part of its annual Homecoming Dinner.
“For almost four decades we have recognized eight or more outstanding individuals for their accomplishments during the Annual ASU Alumni Association Homecoming Dinner,” Alumni Association Director Kimberly Adams said. “These awards allow us an opportunity to honor alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the university. It is a blessing to celebrate the achievements of these individuals.”
Community recipients for Homecoming 2013 are former San Angelo Mayor Alvin New, Ambleside School of San Angelo Head Chris Sloan and Air Force Col. Casey Eaton. Faculty and staff recipients include Associate Director of Admissions Tara Hart, Publications Assistant Leonor Constancio and Assistant Professor in Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Alaric Williams. The Alumni Association will honor retirees Professor of Education Dr. Mack McCoulskey and Professor of Agriculture Dr. Donald Shelby as Golden Ex of the Year and Outstanding Retired Faculty, respectively.
“I am truly honored to be recognized by the Alumni Association as someone who was selected for this honor,” Hart said. “I am humbled by the individual who believed I contributed to the ASU campus community to deserve such an honor. I want the students I serve to have the same amount of connection and pride I do.”
The Alumni Association honors not only ASU alumni but faculty and staff as well. The alumni board’s nominations included staff members who demonstrated support and dedication for the development of ASU, had a profound effect on the lives and careers of students or have brought recognition to the university.
“I work with so many wonderful people on campus that are deserving of this recognition, and so I am very honored to have been selected,” Constancio said. “I hope that I can represent all the staff of ASU who work hard day in and day out to serve the many students of ASU. The staff may not always be in direct contact with all the students, but they play an important role behind the scenes to make all the pieces come together.”
Williams said one of his favorite memories is when, as he first arrived on campus, he met several faculty, and one in particular asked him how old he was. When he told her he was 31 years old, she had said, “Good Lord, I have pantyhose older than you!”
Hart’s favorite part working at ASU is serving students as they transition from prospective students to enrolled and contributing students. As a higher education professional she says she has the opportunity to work with these students and enjoys seeing them mature into community members on and off campus.
Constancio has the perspective of both staff member and student. After she was displaced in 2006, she realized experience was not the first thing employers were looking for and then realized she needed a degree. The ASU Office of Communications and Marketing hired Constancio as a publications assistant, and she later enrolled as a non-traditional communication student. She said that, as blessed as she feels to work as an ASU staff member, her favorite memory will be of the day she receives her degree.
“I always like to tell people that sometimes God puts roadblocks in your path because he has many more blessings to shower you with than the path you are currently on,” Constancio said.
The ASU Alumni Awards Dinner begins with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. in the LeGrand Center’s Norris Ballroom and is followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the alumni center for $60 per person or $100 per couple. Complimentary valet parking and a cash bar will be provided. A silent auction with items available for bids online and in person ends at 8 p.m. More information is listed on the Alumni Association website.
About the Nominees:
Dr. Donald Shelby
Dr. Donald Shelby arrived at ASU in 1973 at the start of the agricultural department’s four-year bachelor’s degree program in animal science. He taught a variety of courses for 26 years, from plant science and animal reproduction to environmental physiology and livestock management, and shaped the face and course of the department until his retirement in 1999. Shelby developed the Angus cattle herd at ASU’s Management, Instruction and Research Center, wrote the proposal to add a master’s degree program in animal science, co-founded the Block and Bridle Club student organization and founded the ASU chapter of the Delta Tau Alpha national honor society for agriculture majors. Shelby will be honored as Outstanding Retired Faculty.
Chris Sloan earned two associate degrees through the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) and University of Maryland. He enrolled at ASU after transferring to Goodfellow Air Force Base in 1992. He earned a Carr Academic Scholarship and completed a bachelor’s degree in math and science education in 1998. Sloan earned two more CCAF associate degrees before he retired in 2003 and taught in the San Angelo Independent School District. He earned a Carr Graduate Scholarship and completed his master’s degree in curriculum and instruction in 2006 and his master reading teacher and reading specialist certifications in 2008. Sloan was named head of school at Ambleside in 2012 and will be honored as the Distinguished Carr Scholar Alumnus.