Lubbock Elks installs new officers
The Lubbock Elks Lodge installed the new officers for the 2021-22 year. Outgoing President Shane Ross handed the gavel to incoming President Deborah Evans. Taking the Leading Knight chair is Linda Singleton, Loyal Knight is Gary Gilliam and Lecturing Knight is Stacy Foix. The secretary, Kathy Mullins, and treasurer, Nancy Edge, remained in their positions for another year.
Inner Guard is Tim Lawrence, Tiler is Tammy Swack. Incoming Five Year Trustee is Joe Mike Foix. Stepping into the role of Chaplain is Matt Cairns and Esquire is Michael Muniz.
The Elks is a non-profit organization that support veterans, children with special needs and helping the Lubbock community.
Lubbock Elks present awards
Lubbock Elks Lodge President Shane Ross presented the awards for 2019 and 2020 at an awards celebration in April. The 2019 awards were not presented in 2020 due to coronavirus restrictions.
The following awards were presented for 2019:
• Citizen of the Year: Cathy Jewell, who was instrumental in organizing and providing entertainment at joint events with the Elks and KSSL radio to benefit the South Plains Honor Flight and also other local charities.
• Officer of the Year: Lee Sandlin, trustee
• Elk of the Year: Steve Russell
• Lodge Sweetheart: Shanna Ross
• Volunteer of the Year: Jackie Tannery
2020 Award Recipients are:
• Citizen of the Year: Nicci Lyons, who stepped up to help the Lodge during the coronavirus shutdown by doing some much-needed deep cleaning and other jobs that were essential to making the reopening a success.
• Officer of the Year: Kathy Mullins
• Elk of the Year: Daniel Jones
• Lodge Sweetheart: Heather Wilson
A special award was presented to First Responder of the Year Cody Ross, who is a fireman. He was awarded for his dedication to serving the citizens of Lubbock, for always striving to increase his education and training to be the best fireman possible and mentor new members to the firefighting team.
An award for Inspirational Man of the Year was presented to Matt Dawson, a local firefighter who was injured more than a year ago when working an accident scene. Matt has been through a very difficult recovery and continues to inspire everyone around him with his determination and positive attitude and his humble spirit.
Arriaga graduates Marine Corps boot camp
PFC Elijah A. Arriaga, 24, of Lubbock, graduated from United States Marine Corps boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego on April 16.
Arriaga successfully completed 13 weeks of intensive basic training at MCRD San Diego as one of 68 recruits in Training Platoon 3231. While in recruit training Arriaga accomplished the following: Expert Rifle and Fireteam Leader, graduating with the rank of Private First Class.
PFC Arriaga will report to Camp Pendleton for one month at Military Combat Training and then two months of Military Occupation Specialty school.
PFC Arriaga will return to Lubbock to complete his degree in criminal justice from Lubbock Christian University and will serve in the Marine Reserves. He will switch to active duty upon graduation.
Phi Kappa Phi inducts new members
The following people recently were initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines, at Texas Tech University:
• Lubbock: Ali Aftabi, Zackary Arbegast, David Autry, Kotono Babaguchi, Milleniah Bailey, Faith Bala, Adegbola Balogun, Matthew Barnett, Robert Baunach, Kaden Bergt, Bishwoyog Bhattarai, Kelsea Blackstock, Elyse Bradley, Claire Brown, Madison Carson, Nina Cherryhomes, Olivia Cunningham, Camila Marina da Silva Marques, Bayli Davis, Sydney DeWolf, Heather Eaton, Karina Escobar, Hayden Frick, Addis Geleta, Addelynn Gibbs, Victoria Gotwald, Courtney Gragson, Morgan Grasch, Nisha Gurung, Jose Gutierrez, Madison Hanson, Gencie Houy, Wei Hua, Fatimata Kafando, Md Nayeem Hasan Kashem, Jadyn Kennedy, Latimer Kuykendall, Aprl Langehennig, Tyllor Ledford, Daniel Lee, Katalin Lendvai, Jarett Lujan, Ethan Lumongsud, Dania Martinez, Katia Mathews, Sheena Maughan, Roberto Mendoza, Megan Metze, Madison Mok, Hannah Morgan, Madison Morse, Margaret Mou, Esere Nesiama, Phuongminh Nguyen, Lauren Nobles, Charles Oludare, Joel Palma, Nicole Paulat, Nicolas Peralta Ortega, Daniel Pimbi, Vamsidhar Reddy Poothi, Chandler Priddy, Elizabeth Reinke, Esteban Rios, Brian Roach, Daniella Romo, Edward Sanchez, Isabella Schoenherr, Claire Seigmund, Naveen Senthil, Justin Serum, Harsh Shah, Amy Sherman, Jessica Spott, Zachary Stickley, Caitlin Lauren Tayag, Jason Torres, Alex Washburn, Robert Whitmer, Anna Wilson, Emma Wood, Jonathan Woodward
• Wolfforth: Lauren Belasco and Christian Rodriguez of Wolfforth.
• Seminole: Libby Belcher
• Shallowater: Angela Crouch and Heather Frazier
• Plainview: Taryn Garza
• Sundown: Abigail Nichols
Membership into Phi Kappa Phi is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10% of seniors and 7.5% of juniors are eligible for membership.
TTU College of Arts & Sciences honors alumni, faculty
Texas Tech University’s College of Arts & Sciences recently announced the official recipients of its 2020 and 2021 Distinguished Alumni awards. Together, the two classes comprise five alumni who have been nominated and selected by the College of Arts & Sciences for their outstanding contributions and significant achievements in their professional fields.
Distinguished faculty members were also recognized, including:
• Barbara Hahn, professor, Department of History – 2020 Excellence in Research Award, Humanities
• Anthony Cozzolino, associate professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry – 2020 Excellence in Research Award, Natural & Physical Sciences
• Marc Lochbaum, professor, Department of Kinesiology & Sport Management – 2020 Excellence in Research Award, Social Sciences
• Erin-Marie Legacey, associate professor, Department of History – 2020 Teaching Innovation Award
• Jeremy Schwartz, assistant professor, Department of Philosophy – 2020 Excellence in Teaching Award
• Carole Edwards, associate professor, Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures – 2021 Excellence in Research Award, Humanities
• Michael Latham, assistant professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry – 2021 Excellence in Research Award, Natural & Physical Sciences
• Tyler Davis, associate professor, Department of Psychological Sciences – 2021 Excellence in Research Award, Social Sciences
• Yanlin Wang, assistant professor of practice, Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures, 2021 Teaching Innovation Award
• Natasja van Gestel, assistant professor, Department of Biological Sciences – 2021 Excellence in Teaching Award
The 2020 & 2021 College of Arts & Sciences Distinguished Alumni include:
• Monica Marquez (1997, 2001): Marquez earned her bachelor’s degree in biology in 1997. She went on to earn a master’s degree in higher education from Texas Tech in 2001. Today, she is the co-founder and chief innovation officer for Beyond Barriers, a global digital platform that accelerates success for women with executive coaching, high-performance training and peer-advisory cohorts. Prior to founding Beyond Barriers, she worked in management and executive roles at some of the world’s largest organizations, including Goldman Sachs, Ernst & Young, Google and Bank of America.
• Lindy Cook Severns (1972): Cook Severns earned a dual degree in English and biology in 1972. Today, she is a preeminent Southwest landscape painter, who has showcased work across the globe. Severns is the artist-in-residence at the Old Spanish Gallery and Museum, an upscale space on a heritage Davis Mountains ranch near Fort Davis, where she and her husband, Jim, reside. Her unique painting style captures an affinity for the dramatic skies and infinite horizons of the high…