Tarleton celebrates record, 10K enrollment

10K Student Celebration

Tarleton State University

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Tarleton celebrated its record, 10,000 enrollment with speeches, T-shirts, the Purple Poo, and music and dancing Oct. 10, as hundreds of faculty, staff and students gathered on the lawn of the Trogdon House.

“Students, this celebration is about you,” said Dr. David Weissenburger, associate vice president for enrollment management, who served as master of ceremonies. “Not long ago, you chose Tarleton, and I hope you agree it was the smartest choice of your life.”

Weissenburger noted that Tarleton now has 10,281 students, including 2,233 freshmen, both the largest number ever, who come from 41 states and 25 countries. “More and more people are discovering how great it is to be a Tarleton Texan,” he said.

Tarleton President F. Dominic Dottavio spoke about “days to remember” in Tarleton’s history—the day it was created, the day it joined The Texas A&M University System, the days it became a four-year college and then a university—and said the 10,000 student landmark was such a momentous day.

10,000 students, Dottavio added, “reflects our aspirations to not just be a good university but to be the very best.” But no matter the growth, he added, “I promise Tarleton will always be a family.”

Dr. Karen Murray, provost and executive vice president of academic affairs, introduced Tarleton’s 10,000th student to enroll for the fall semester, Khanh Do, a freshman pre-nursing major from Plano.

Do was presented with an iPad from Sodexo, the university’s food service provider, and a gift certificate from Follett, the university’s bookstore vendor.

Dr. James Hallmark, vice chancellor for academic affairs at The Texas A&M University System, greeted the crowd on behalf of the System, Chancellor John Sharp and the board of regents. Only 500 colleges and universities in the nation have enrollments of more than 10,000, he said, “and now there are 501. Congratulations on this outstanding accomplishment.”

At the end of the event, President Dottavio and Chris Ireland, assistant professor of fine arts, unveiled a portrait of founder John Tarleton made with the names of Tarleton’s 10,000 students. The portrait will hang in the Barry B. Thompson Student Center.

The event featured the Sound and the Fury Marching Band, the Texan Stars dance team and, of course, an appearance by the Purple Poo.

Tarleton’s Southwest Metroplex Center in Fort Worth celebrated prior to evening classes on Oct. 10 by handing out cupcakes and 10K T-shirts to students. Tarleton students at Navarro College in Midlothian and at the University Center at McLennan Community College in Waco had the same opportunity to mark the milestone enrollment.


Tarleton State University
A member of The Texas A&M University System

Contact: Joe Michael Feist

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