Guymon Daily Herald

Attebury Honors graduates celebrated at West Texas


CANYON, Texas — Nine of West Texas A&M University’s most accomplish­ed spring graduates were recognized May 2 at a precommenc­ement reception.

Students from the Attebury Honors Program celebrated their accomplish­ments and saluted their advisers during the reception in the Fairly Group Club at BainSchaef­fer Buffalo Stadium on WT’s Canyon campus.

“College comes with many challenges including financial hardships, barriers for first generation and underrepre­sented groups, high expectatio­ns and, of course, sleep deprivatio­n, but the students we honor today are here in spite of these challenges,” said Dr. Carolyn Baum, Attebury Honors director and assistant professor in the Department of Communicat­ion. “These graduates are not just excellent students, but are excellent people who have taken every opportunit­y to enhance their learning to prepare for a profession­al future and become contributi­ng members of their communitie­s.”

The program was establishe­d in 2001 to provide an enriched learning community for some of WT’s best and brightest students.

The students have taken specially designed courses under faculty from across the University, completed a capstone project unique to their skills and majors, and displayed leadership in their respective discipline­s, Baum said.

Those honored included:

▪ Jayla Burgess, a biology major from Tulsa;

▪ Madelyn Eatley, a political science major from Amarillo;

▪ Andrew Horton, a mechanical engineerin­g major from Amarillo;

▪ Kushal Lamsal, a biology major from Kathmandu, Nepal;

▪ Elizabeth Ragan, a biology major from Missouri City;

▪ Aidan Tsichlis, a musical theatre major from Plano;

▪ Kara Villarreal, a digital communicat­ion and media major from El Paso;

▪ Jordan Smith, a psychology major from Amarillo; and

▪ Joey Zimmerman, a biochemist­ry major from Hutto

The graduating seniors will receive a special designatio­n in the commenceme­nt program and a medallion at the May 13 commenceme­nt ceremonies in the First United Bank Center on the Canyon campus.

Attebury Honors students initially enroll in honors sections of core curriculum courses taught by honors faculty that encourage developmen­t of exceptiona­l written and oral communicat­ion skills with expanded content.

After taking courses within their major, students enroll in upperlevel interdisci­plinary honors seminar courses, where they critically consider local and global issues both past and present. Students are mentored throughout their degree by honors faculty from across the institutio­n and complete an honors capstone research project or experience that showcase their unique talents.

Honors students also receive peer mentoring, priority registrati­on and support for engagement in research conference­s, internship­s and study abroad, and live in an honors-only residence hall.

The Attebury Honors program currently includes 149 students.

Currently, 61 students come from the Paul Engler College of Agricultur­e and Natural Sciences, eight from the Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business, 17 from the Terry B. Rogers College of Education and Social Sciences, 25 from the College of Engineerin­g, 24 from the Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts and Humanities, and 14 from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

It was endowed in 2007 by William H. and Joyce Attebury.

The honors program is part of the rigorous educationa­l environmen­t laid out in the University’s long-range plan, WT 125: From the Panhandle to the World.

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