Distinguished alums return for Academic Forum

TSU Alumni Academic Forum

Tarleton State University

Monday, September 23, 2013

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Five former Tarleton students returned to their alma mater on Monday to visit with students from each of the university’s five colleges as part of the annual Alumni Academic Forum.

Initiated in 1993 to recognize outstanding graduates of each of Tarleton’s academic colleges, the event allows the alumni honorees the opportunity to interact with current students in a classroom setting and to share their personal success stories—how the university prepared them for life after college and advice on pursuing a career in their chosen field.

This year’s Alumni Academic Forum honorees and their respective colleges included: Sid Miller, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; Debbie Parum Gardner, College of Business Administration; Britney Webb, College of Education; Dr. Paula Martin, College of Liberal and Fine Arts; and Dale Cherry, College of Science and Technology.

Dr. F. Dominic Dottavio, president of Tarleton, welcomed the honorees to campus at a breakfast. The honorees were also recognized during a luncheon at which time they were presented with awards marking their participation as Alumni Academic Forum presenters. Serving as keynote speaker during the luncheon was Dr. James Kirby, professor of mathematics.

About the Alumni Academic Forum honorees:

Sid Miller owns and operates the Miller Nursery and Tree Company in Stephenville. He’s a former teacher, school board member and served six terms in the Texas House of Representatives. He led the legislative effort to create Tarleton’s Southwest Regional Dairy Center.

Debbie Parum Gardner is vice president of franchise services for Schlotzsky’s. Her responsibilities include managing franchise relations for some 200 partners in the chain, overseeing all public relations and communications, and managing the customer service department.

Britney Webb is the clinical site coordinator and senior lecturer of athletic training at Texas State University in San Marcos. She is active in professional organizations. In 2007 she was the recipient of the Southwest Athletic Trainers Association James Dodson New Horizons Award and in 2011 was named the same association’s Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award.

Dr. Paula Martin is an assistant professor of history and director of women’s studies at Georgia Southwestern University in Americus, Ga. A book based on her dissertation, “Suzanne Noel: Twentieth Century Feminist, Activist and Cosmetic Surgeon,” is forthcoming form Ashgate Press in its “History of Medicine” series.

Dale Cherry is a technical and program specialist in the Workforce, Academic Affairs and Research Division of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. His responsibilities include integrating available technologies into the processes that help make programs more efficient.


Tarleton State University
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