Senior Secretary, Hydrology and Engineering (RETIRED)
Tarleton State University Box T-0390
Stephenville, Tx 76402
Lanita is the wife of Tarleton State University's Marine Biologist, Donald Keith. They are the parents of two Tarleton graduates: Dean (Computer Information Systems) was recruited off campus for a great job as a programmer/analyst for USAA Headquarters in San Antonio. He currently designs their intranet web pages. He received training and certified as a Microsoft Systems Engineer (MCSE). Wayne, a former Tarleton State University Presidential Honors Graduate in Physics, graduated from, Rice University with a Ph.D. in Space Physics. His masters and doctoral research was done at Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio,Texas. He worked on an instrument developed jointly with the Swedish Institute for Space Physics in Kiruna. In Fall 1997 and Summer 1998 Wayne had the privilege of going to Kiruna, Sweden, to work on and calibrate the instrument that was to be placed in orbit to analyze ions and electrons (MEDUSA). It was launched on a Russian Cosmos rocket in December 1998. Wayne worked on and calibrated a newer version of the instrument (MEDUSA 2) that was launched at Vandenberg, California in November, 2000, on the Munin satellite. Wayne analyzed data from the orbiting satellite. He recently received a Federal Grant to work on a "cluster" project at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. He started work in August 2003. In September 2005, he accepted a visiting professorship position at Angelo State University, San Angelo, Texas.
Lanita Keith, Senior Secretary in the Department of Math, Physics, and Engineering/Hydrology has been chosen as Employee of the Month for December. Lanita has worked for Tarleton for five years and in that time has become an integral part of her department. She projects a positive image for Tarleton and presents a professional impression to parents and future Tarleton students. According to Lanita's co-workers, "She approaches every problem as an opportunity" and she is "a trusted partner in the effective operation of the division". Congratulations Lanita and thank you for all of your hard work and dedicated service<