2019 7-15 dobbins

Welcome Coach Dobbins

Guest Blog: Steve Appel, Acting Athletic Director

I am happy to announce that USW has a full complement of athletic coaches with the acquisition of Lee Dobbins, Head Women’s Softball Coach. Lee’s experience and track record speaks for itself, and his student-athlete centered focus aligns perfectly with USW’s culture and mission. (more…)

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2019 6-25 kirkpatrick

USW College of Arts & Sciences Welcomes Dr. Danny Kirkpatrick as Acting Dean

Guest Blog by Dr. Ryan Tipton, Acting Provost

With Dr. Elyn Palmer transitioning to a new position as Dean of the College of Education, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Danny Kirkpatrick as Acting Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Effective immediately, Dr. Kirkpatrick will join with Dr. Palmer and me as a member of the Academic Affairs leadership team and the Dean’s Council to implement new initiatives for the 2019-2020 academic year. Dr. Kirkpatrick’s notable success in grant writing and building external partnerships and academic programs makes him a particularly valuable addition to the College of Arts and Sciences and the University. (more…)

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Transitions in Leadership

Dr. Elyn Palmer and son, Seth, [center forefront] at the Academic and Athletic Awards Banquet

Last weekend I was privileged to participate in two very different events where the subject of change held center stage. At a Kairos reunion group meeting with inmates at the Lea County Correctional Facility big changes are underway in the LCCF “Church” as the new chaplain initiates his vision for new religious programming. The next day I was blessed to serve as worship leader at the First Presbyterian Church during a service dedicated to the Pentecost. (more…)

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2019 5-21 tipton II

Thank You Dr. Guerrero and Welcome Dr. Tipton!

This week marks the final week of Dr. Larry Guerrero’s service to USW as an administrator. After four incredible years as Provost and Vice President, Larry will take over as Provost at Seminole State College where he will be in line for succession to president. While Larry’s departure means USW will lose an incredible administrator, fortunately for us Larry plans to continue teaching for our online graduate program In Health and Human Performance. (more…)

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2019 5-15 hunt

Commencements and Goings

This is that week. Commencement is finally here!

Commencement will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning, May 18, in the Jack and Mabel Maddox Student Life Center. Hannah Massey, an elementary education major and four-year standout volleyball athlete, will deliver this year’s message on behalf of the graduating class. A second student, Dr. Laura Hunt will provide the keynote address as the first ever USW student to receive a doctoral degree from University of the Southwest. (more…)

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Factfulness and Hopefulness

Stewart Sroufe stopped by our table yesterday when Caryn and I were having lunch in Cattle Baron’s to say thank you for supporting last week’s Magic Show fundraiser for PDAP and Hobbs Habitat for Humanity. Caryn, who sits on the Habitat Board, sold 40 tickets (actually she bought them and I gave them away) and worked the concession stand for the evening. (more…)

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Athletic Accolades, Announcements, and Awards

As we approach the end of the academic year, several noteworthy achievements and announcements are in order. First, let’s start with some very recent and spectacular accomplishments. Last week the USW Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Teams both won their respective Red River Athletic 2019 Conference Championships, bringing the total number of conference champions USW has earned this academic year to three, following from the Women’s Conference Championship awarded to the USW Women’s Cross Country Team last fall. Accordingly, it should come as no surprise that the Red River Athletic Conference named USW Coach Jessica Becker as RRAC Track and Field Coach of the Year. (more…)

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