I am so very happy to congratulate Coach D’Angelo Garcia, grad assistant coach Maria Reynolds, and the USW Women’s Soccer team on their victory this past weekend. In a hard fought contest that ended 1-0, USW captured the University’s first ever women’s soccer conference championship last Saturday in Texarkana at the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) Championship finals match against Our Lady of the Lake. (more…)
Yesterday Dr. Melissa Mireles was honored in a brief on-campus reception as USW Alumna of the Year. Listening to Mel share her journey from a dusty Texas border town all the way to her highly successful career in health care administration at one of the top hospital systems in the U.S. gave me pause to think. You see, Mel was here when I first arrived nearly five years ago and thinking about how far she has come also made me think about how far our university has come, too.
Guest blog by Dr. Melissa Mireles, USW Alumna
Ordinarily, all of the blogs that appear in this section are edited for style and length. But this one is close to perfection just as it is and just like the person who wrote it. We are so excited to have Melissa Mireles back on campus next Monday as our Young Alumna of the Year. Mel writes:
Guest Blog by Dr. Ryan Tipton, Provost
University of the Southwest is pleased to welcome alumnae Dacia Johnson and Corina Madrid to the undergraduate academic team. Dacia returns to USW to take on the important role of Enrollment and Student Support Coordinator, a newly created position that is tailored to help students navigate the various dimensions of student support services. Corina’s return to campus will be to assume the role of Student Learning Resource Coordinator, a position that has become essential as higher education has transitioned to digital course and research materials as the main sources for student learning. (more…)
This weekend I saw a television advertisement for the new Aston Martin Vantage. Looks really impressive in red and so I briefly entertained the idea of buying one. Of course Caryn wasn’t in the room while I was contemplating this. But still, more than 500 HP with acceleration to 60 MPH in 3.5 seconds. Wow!
Last week I wrote about the unusual start to this semester when our campus community was rocked with the news of an event that took place off-campus and claimed the dear life of one of our students and injured four others. I also mentioned what we might learn from such events that help us in the future ease the suffering for those who experience tragedy anew. (more…)
At church on Sunday I watched my wife lead a children’s sermon with handmade props that she had created many years earlier when we lived in Kansas. The “props” were actually clay pots that she had created in a class she had taken at the Wichita Center for the Arts where she had worked as Controller. (more…)
If you haven’t been to Chapel this semester or ever, or you just needed extra motivation to attend, hopefully this week’s speaker will pique your curiosity. No, we will not be featuring an agnostic or an atheist, or even a Wiccan or a magician, nothing so unusual as that. Just a Presbyterian. But this one happens to be my wife. (more…)
When my cell phone started ringing after 1 AM on Sunday I knew whomever was calling would not be sharing good news. And when I saw that it was USW Athletic Director Steve Appel, I braced myself for the worst, or at least I thought I had. That would be the last of any good rest I would get for the night and for the loved ones of those directly affected I suspect. (more…)