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WT Seeks Nominations for 2024 Distinguished Alumni Awards

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WT Seeks Nominations for 2024 Distinguished Alumni Awards

It’s time again to honor West Texas A&M University Buffs who stand out from the herd. The Distinguished Alumni nomination period is open now through March 1. The WT Distinguished Alumni Award, first presented in 1970, honors outstanding alumni who have made significant contributions to society, and whose accomplishments, affiliations and careers have honored the legacy of excellence at WT. “The WT Alumni Association is excited to showcase the impact that WT alumni have made in their communities by their leadership, personal lives and professional accomplishments,” said Ronnie Hall, executive director of the WT Alumni Association. “Buffs are doing amazing things, and the Distinguished Alumni Award gives us an opportunity to honor these alumni.”

Nominations may be filed online at buffalum. com/distinguishedalumni- awards.html. Supporting materials may be sent to Hall at Those selected as 2024 Distinguished Alumni will be announced in August and celebrated in the fall at the Phoenix banquet during Homecoming Week.

Accomplished alumni help WT reach the goals of the University’s long-range plan, WT 125: From the Panhandle to the World. That plan is fueled by the historic One West comprehensive fundraising campaign, which reached its initial $125 million goal 18 months after publicly launching in September 2021. The campaign’s new goal is to reach $175 million by 2025; currently, it has raised more than $150 million.

About West Texas A&M University WT is located in Canyon, Texas, on a 342- acre residential campus. Established in 1910, the University has been part of The Texas A&M University System since 1990. WT, a Hispanic Serving Institution since 2016, boasts an enrollment of about 10,000 and offers 59 undergraduate degree programs and more than 40 graduate degrees, including two doctoral degrees. The University is also home to the Panhandle- Plains Historical Museum, the largest history museum in the state and the home of one of the Southwest’s finest art collections. The Buffaloes are a member of the NCAA Division II Lone Star Conference and offers 14 men’s and women’s athletics programs. Dallam and Hartley County voters will have some choice at the primary polls on March 5 – as long as they choose a Republican. No Democratic candidates registered in either county. In Dallam County races, incumbent Whitney Hill faces opposition from Jon King for County Attorney. Sheriff Shane Stevenson is opposed by James Webb. Carl McCarty, the incumbent County Commissioner for Precinct 1, is running against Brian Bezner, Clint coulter and Austin Sage. County Tax Assessor- Collector Jami Parr and County Constable Chiz Bell are running unopposed, as is Levi James, the County Commissioner for Precinct 3. In Hartley County, Sheriff Chanze Fowler is running against Eric Byrne. J D Clark, Kent Gordon and Bo McNabb have all tossed their hat in the ring for the race for County Commissioner precinct 1. After 28 years as County Commissioner, incumbent David Vincent is not seeking reelection. County Commissioner for Precinct 3 Chad Hicks is unopposed in his bid for reelection. Erin Lands Achondo is also running without opposition for reelection as District Attorney, 69th Judicial District. In the race for Page 1B Athlete of the Week The Female Athlete of the Week is Emily Gaines Primary election to offer candidate options Page 1B See HOCO on page 4A See PRIMARY on page 2B Destiny Mariscal and Angel Castro, Sophomire Homecoming Candidates.

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