Ms. Jean Walker to Retire

Oct 21 2014

Walker Enactus

Ms. Walker celebrates 20 years of service to SIFE/Enactus

Jean Walker, instructor of finance and Miller Professor of Entrepreneurship, has announced her plans to retire at the end of the 2014 calendar year.  Ms. Walker earned an undergraduate degree and M.B.A. at West Texas A&M University before joining the faculty at West Texas A&M University in 1980.  She is most identified on campus for over twenty years of service as the Sam Walton Fellow for the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE)/Enactus team at West Texas A&M University.  SIFE/Enactus has won a regional championship every year of existence on the WTAMU campus and has placed as high as top 12 on the national level.  Beyond competition success, Ms. Walker has used SIFE/Enacuts as a vehicle to positively affect the community and help her students mature into young professionals and responsible leaders.  The presence and success of SIFE/Enacuts on the WTAMU campus is a direct result of the efforts put forth by Ms. Walker.  In 1993, John Marmaduke of Hastings suggested to Dean Jerry Miller that the College of Business at West Texas A&M  establish a team.  The task fell on the shoulders of Jean Walker.  In 1994, she led a small group of eight students to regional competition for a surprising victory.  Several members from the initial SIFE team now our successful business leaders in our community that still maintain a strong affinity with SIFE/Enactus.  Today, the WTAMU SIFE/Enactus team is a regional powerhouse and one of the highest profile student organizations on the West Texas A&M University campus.  Ms. Walker has been able to successfully serve as team leader, academic parent, and lifelong friend to over 600 students that have been members of the WTAMU SIFE/Enactus team over the years.  Before SIFE/Enactus, many of these students never participated in a team activity.  The SIFE/Enactus experience introduced these students to external travel, group dynamics, networking, applied business skills, community service, ethical leadership, professional business appearance, and how to interview with Fortune 500 companies.  SIFE/Enactus has received the Presidential Order of the Silver Buffalo Award at West Texas A&M University, the highest recognition a student organization can receive at the University.  Ms. Walker received the Jack Kahl Entrepreneurial Leadership Award for the Sam M. Walton Free Enterprise Fellow of the Year in 2012.  Other awards for Ms. Walker include the West Texas A&M University College of Business Service Excellence Award in 2007, appointment as the Miller Professor of Entrepreneurship in 2011, and Career & Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Amarillo Women’s Network in 2012.

Walker, 1982

Ms. Walker in 1982 faculty photo

“We have business faculty members with impressive doctorate degrees from top institutions and distinguished research records. That being said, one of the hardest people we will ever have to replace is Jean Walker when she retires,” Dr. Neil Terry, Dean of the College of Business, said.  ” You simply cannot replace what she has built and given to our students as our Sam Walton Fellow.”

Walker’s primarily teaching areas are corporate finance and financial planning.  She has also served as Director for the West Texas Center for Economic Education since 1997, which has resulted in training and continuing education seminars for hundreds business educators throughout the region.

Her recent research and publications include:

  • Financing a Remodel: The Case of a McDonald’s Franchisee.   Journal of Case Research in Business and Economics, 5 (1), 1-12, 2012.
  • Financial Performance of Computer Network and Information Technology Services Companies in Bull and Bear Markets.   Academy of Accounting and Financial Studies Journal, 15 (4), 83-97, 2011.
  • The Determinants of Student Performance on the Business Major Field ETS Exam: Do Community College Transfer Students Make the Grade?  Journal of Human Resource and Adult Learning, 6 (1), 1-8, 2010.

COB Study Abroad Summer 2015: Scandinavia

Oct 20 2014

DenmarkThe Vikings may be gone but the exploration continues.  The College of Business is offering a Faculty-led study abroad program to Scandinavia (Denmark, Sweden, and Norway) from May 17 to May 30, 2015 during the May Intersession.  Students will investigate how design, entrepreneurship, and social democracy combine with Scandinavian culture to influence business in this part of the world.   Featured cities we will visit include: Copenhagen, Denmark; Helsingør, Denmark; Malmö, Sweden; Lund, Sweden; Gothenburg, Sweden; Älmhult, Sweden; Oslo, Norway.  Some major businesses we will visit during the program are Microsoft, IKEA, Volvo, and Norwegian Air Shuttle.  Cultural visits include Kronberg Castle (Denmark), Tivoli Gardens (Denmark), Lisenburg Amusement Park (Sweden), Holmenkollbakken Ski Park and Winter Olympic Site (Norway), and Royal Palace (Norway).  Additionally the program focuses on visiting smaller Scandinavian companies in areas focusing on IT, Marketing, Finance, Healthcare, and Entrepreneurship.  We will also partner and interact with students from the following Scandinavian Universities: Aalborg University in Copenhagen, Chalmers University (Gothenburg, Sweden), and University of Oslo. Overarching themes are the study of Scandinavian culture, governance, design, and how these shape attitudes towards entrepreneurship and innovation in these societies.  Scandinavian countries consistently achieve high marks in quality of life, innovation (particularly in IT), entrepreneurship, governance (and lack of corruption), education, and standards of living.  Many of these advantages are shaped by fundamentally different views on how to design a market-driven/capitalist society than would be experienced in the United States.  These countries are also renown for unique perspectives on design (egalitarian, utilitarian, ergonomic, human-oriented, elegant, simple, efficient).  We will investigate – via education, industry, and cultural engagement – how design, entrepreneurship, social democracy, and Scandinavian culture influence business in this part of the world.  Are you ready for 3 countries, 14 days, and 1000 kilometers in a race around Scandinavia?  Please contact Dr. Babb ( – 806.651.2440) for more information.

Computer Services, Inc (CSI) Recognized as COB Employer of the Year

Oct 19 2014

Computer Services, Inc. (CSI), a provider of end-to-end technology solutions that empower financial institutions to remain competitive, compliant and profitable, was recognized by West Texas A&M University’s College of Business as the first-ever recipient of the 2014 Employer of the Year Award.  The inaugural list of Community Award Winners highlights alumnus, community ambassadors and corporate partners going above and beyond to advance the mission of the College of Business at West Texas A&M University.  Based on recommendations from the faculty, staff, students, advisory boards, and administration in the College of Business, CSI was selected as the 2014 Employer of the Year as a result of its mature intern program, significant track record for hiring College of Business students and high degree of employee satisfaction among its alumni working within CSI’s Meridian division.

“While our community partners do not actively seek recognition for their efforts, the faculty, staff and administration want to publicly acknowledge the individuals and organizations that stand out as exceptional supporters of the College of Business,” said Dr. Neil Terry, dean and professor of economics for the College of Business. “As the recipient of the 2014 Employer of the Year Award, CSI is a true model employer with respect to how internship and employment opportunities are handled, and we are extremely grateful for their ongoing dedication to our students and university.”

Over the past year, CSI has debuted valuable technology enhancements for financial institutions, heavily focusing on providing new innovations in the fields of managed services, core bank processing, regulatory compliance and several other key solution segments to maintain consistent progression as a company.  The ongoing success and efforts of CSI’s Meridian core division, which is primarily located in Amarillo, Texas, are supported by a talented pool of employees, including 32 College of Business alumni, six of which were formerly interns.  In all, CSI’s Meridian division currently boasts 51 West Texas A&M University alumni and continues to look to the university’s College of Business for intern and full-time employee candidates.

“At CSI, our employees are our most valuable asset, so the ability to partner with an outstanding academic institution like West Texas A&M University has given us a competitive advantage in assembling a highly skilled, creative workforce,” said Roger McCoy, president and general manager of CSI Meridian.  “The caliber of students produced by the College of Business allows us to hire the best and the brightest, and we are honored by this level of recognition from the university.”

Computer Services, Inc. delivers core processing, managed services, mobile and Internet solutions, payments processing, print and electronic distribution, and regulatory compliance solutions to financial institutions and corporate customers across the nation.  Exceptional service, dynamic solutions and superior results are the foundation of CSI’s reputation and have resulted in the company’s inclusion in such top industry-wide rankings as the FinTech 100, Talkin’ Cloud 100 and MSPmentor Top 501 Global Managed Service Providers List.  CSI’s stock is traded on OTCQX under the symbol CSVI.

The complete list of  2014 College of Business Community Award winners are as follows:

  • Ambassador Award – Alan Roberson
  • Horizon Alumnus Award – Will Miller, chief lending officer & Amarillo President for FirstBank Southwest
  • Legacy Award – William and Betty Semmelbeck
  • Corporate Legacy Award – Glazer’s
  • Employer Award – Computer Services, Inc.(CSI)
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Dr. Amjad Abdullat with Edie Harvey, Dorinda Mote, and Joe Nash from Computer Services, Inc.

Donor Contributions Enhance COB Facilities

Oct 18 2014

Donor contributions are an important component for an institution to be able to offer a quality and professional environment.  The learning environment in the business school was recently enhanced by donations naming two additional classrooms and various donations establishing the Leonardo Nierman art collection.

Citizens Bank

Citizens Bank employees attend room dedication ceremony.

Citizens Bank named the computer lab as a part of their multi-faceted support for the College of Business at West Texas A&M University in addition to supporting the University’s Share Your Pride comprehensive campaign.  Room 207 in the Classroom Center now has upgraded features to the physical room and the technology students use daily.  “We are very excited to be able to offer West Texas A&M University students state-of-the-art computer and research resources,” Dr. Neil Terry, dean of the College of Business, said.  “The generosity of Citizens Bank and other donors are an important key to our programs being recognized as one of only 30 business schools in the world to earn both AACSB and ABET Computing accreditations.”  Citizens Bank, established in 1904, is a family-owned community bank with deep roots at West Texas A&M University.  From employing WT graduates to volunteering in leadership roles to offering financial support, Citizens Bank is one of the University’s most valued partners.  The Citizens Bank Open Access Computer Laboratory was established as part of the bank’s ongoing commitment to prepare the future leaders of the High Plains.  Jeff Nunn, President and CEO for Citizens Bank, serves on the West Texas A&M University Foundation Board and has been instrumental in supporting both the College of Business and the University.  “WT and the College of Business are part of the Citizens Bank family and we are so happy to be able to have our name on the Citizens Bank Open Access Computer Laboratory.  We are dedicated to the future of our region and supporting the College of Business, its students, faculty and staff, helps us ensure a strong workforce and community for years to come.”

This summer Bank of America named Classroom Center ITV Room 227 as a part of their support for the College of Business.  Room 227 in the Classroom Center now has upgraded features to the physical room and an endowment to support the long-run maintenance.  “I want to thank both the regional and national leadership of Bank of America for this investment in our students and the future of our program,” Dr. Neil Terry, dean of the College of Business, said.  Bank of America, an international banking leader has a long history in the panhandle.   They have long supported the College of Business at West Texas A&M by hiring graduates, providing scholarship funding, and serving the College’s constituents.  Ashley Allen, Amarillo Market President for Bank of America, has been instrumental in supporting both the College of Business and the University.  “We are proud to support West Texas A&M as it educates the future leaders of tomorrow,” said Allen.

A unique addition to the business school environment is the Leonardo Nierman art collection provided by Mabel Riley Jones and Friends of the College of Business.  Leonardo Nierman was born in Mexico City, Mexico in 1932.  He completed a bachelor’s in business administration at the National Autonomous University of Mexico while pursuing art and music as hobbies.  He began his formal art career when he convinced the dean of the business school to allow him to paint a mural at the department’s auditorium in 1956.  Nierman quickly developed a reputation as a leader in Latin American abstract art after exhibitions in Mexico City and Washington, D.C. in 1959.  Important aspects in his work include elements of nature such as wind, water, and lightning combined with the tonalities, rhythms, high-intensity areas, and resting areas associated with music.  His prolific career includes over 100 international exhibitions and over 60 international recognitions.  His work is in numerous collections around the world, including the Vatican, Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Museum of Modern Art in Israel, and the Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City.  The Nierman collection on display at West Texas A&M University comprises:

Ghost Ship

Ghost Ship by Nierman (1990)

  • Ghost Ship by Leonardo Nierman, 1990 (Oil on Board)
  • Birth of Lightning, 1992 (Oil on board)
  • Firebird, 1968 (Oil on board)
  • Cityscape, 1967 (Oil on board)
  • Springtime, 1975 (Oil on board)
  • Autumn Wind, 1982 (Oil on board)
  • Autumn Magic Flight, 1975 (Oil on board)
  • Love: Of Man and Woman, 1970 (Bronze statue) – Lobby
  • Storm at Sea, 1967 (Acrylic on board) – Lobby

Graduate Business Programs Earn Recognition

Oct 17 2014

COB Logo2For the second consecutive year, the West Texas A&M University online M.B.A. program has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report.  The U.S. News and World Report announced its 2014 Best Online Programs as a resource for students seeking information about online programs for degree completion and career advancement.  Only degree-granting programs were considered for the 2014 list, and rankings were based on student engagement, faculty credentials, peer reputation and student services and technology.  The West Texas A&M University online graduate business program ranks #27 overall in U.S. News and World Report for 2014.  A total of 236 online graduate business programs were considered for the 2014 rankings.  Categorical rankings list West Texas A&M University #2 for a regional university in the West, #10 in student service and technology, #19 in admissions selectivity, #24 in the student engagement category, and #53 in the faculty credentials and training category.  “We are extremely proud that the online graduate business program continues to be recognized as one of the best in the country by U.S. News and World Report,” Dr. LaVelle Mills, associate dean of graduate business programs and professor of management, said. “There are several strategic initiatives we are pursuing that will help us continue to enhance the business program in the near future but receiving external recognition is important validation for our faculty, staff, students and business community partners.”  The MBA program has a current enrollment of over 350 students from 32 different states and 22 different countries.

The Master of Science in Finance & Economics was ranked #10 in The Financial Engineer’s 2015 Financial Economics Rankings of economics and finance graduate programs.  Overall scores for the rankings are based on several factors, which include program’s acceptance rate, incoming students’ undergraduate GPA, employment after graduation, and starting salary.  Other top 10 programs include Columbia University, Brandeis University, and Saint Louis University.  “It is rewarding to be recognized among our peers for the excellence of our program, our faculty and our student outcomes,” Dr. Neil Terry, Dean of the College of Business, said. “This recognition is one of many recent external confirmations of the University’s rising prominence.”

Drs. LaVelle Mills from West Texas A&M University, Stephanie Fujii from the University of California at Berkeley, and Gerardo Okuhysen from the University of California Irvine are featured in a September 22, 2014 article by Eric Lipsky for MBAPrograms.Org offering a perspective on “How To Tell If An MBA Program Is Worth The Cost.”  The article can be accessed at the following web address:

College of Business Welcomes New Faculty Members

Oct 15 2014


Dr. Bellah

Dr. Jeremy Bellah, assistant professor of computer information systems, Ph.D. from Texas Tech University.  Dr. Bellah’s primary teaching and research areas include project management, web application development, management information systems, and database management. His research includes publications in the International Journal of Productivity and Quality Management, International Journal of Information Systems and Social Change, and Journal of Information Technology Case and Application Research.  He is a member of the Project Management Institute.  Dr. Bellah served as the director of U.S. Operations for CompuConcepts Inc. for three years before pursuing a doctorate degree.


Dr. Berry

Dr. Alison Berry, assistant professor of business communication, Ph.D. from the University of Kansas.  Dr. Berry’s primary teaching and research areas include conflict resolution & negotiation, business communication, and intercultural communication.  Her research includes publication in the Journal of Business and Leadership and Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice.  She serves as the co-advisor to SHRM and is a member of the College of Business Research & Teaching Symposium Committee.  Her service to civic organizations includes volunteering to the Family Readiness Group supporting the U.S. Army.  Dr. Berry is a member of the National Communication Association.


Dr. Fan

Dr. Shaokun Fan, assistant professor of computer information systems, Ph.D. from the University of Arizona.  Dr. Fan’s primary teaching and research areas include management information systems, system analysis & design, database, and programming.  His work includes publications in Decision Support Systems, Simulation Modeling Practice and Theory, Computer Engineering and Design, International Journal of High Performance Computing Applications, Journal of Computer and System Sciences, and Application Research of Computers.  Dr. Fan serves as associate editor for the Journal of Electronic Commerce Research and is a reviewer for IEEE Transaction on Service Computing and Decision Support System Journal.


Ms. Finchum

Andrea Finchum, instructor of management and marketing, M.B.A. from the University of Oregon.  Ms. Finchum teaches introduction to management, introduction to marketing, sales management, and recruitment & selection.  She has worked in private sector business roles for the last 22 years in various sales, marketing, and accounting roles.  Her favorite positions involved building management systems and system implementation campaigns, in general.  She has long recognized the value of good information in business and has a passion for reporting and for leveraging systems to maximize the availability of good business management information.  Prior to working in the private sector, Ms. Finchum worked with Dr. Jennifer Freyd at the University of Oregon in her work with visual cognition.


Dr. Hammer

Dr. Emily Hammer, clinical assistant professor of management, Ph.D. and M.B.A. from Texas Tech University.  Dr. Hammer’s primary teaching and research areas include human resource management, principles of management, business ethics, and training & development.  Her work includes publications in Journal of Philosophy and History of Education and Research & Teaching in Development Education.  Dr. Hammer’s research interests include student success, performance management, human resource management and talent development.  She holds memberships in American Marketing Association (AMA), Society for Human Resource Management, American Educational Research Association, and the Academy of Management.  She serves as the co-advisor to SHRM and is a member of the College of Business Global and Ethical Awareness Mission Coordination Committee.  Her corporate professional work experience includes positions with Rodan & Fields, Dillard’s, and AT&T.


Dr. Mattson

Dr. Ryan Mattson, assistant professor of economics, Ph.D. from the University of Kansas.  Dr. Mattson’s primary teaching and research areas include money & banking, macroeconomic theory, international finance, and international economics. His research includes publication in the Open Economics Review.  As a Research Associate for the Center for Financial Stability and a member of the Society for Economic Measurement, Dr. Mattson advocates the use of theoretically consistent, transparent, and rigorous economic measures and data.  Dr. Mattsons’s research interests include Divisia monetary aggregates, monetary policy, US and Latin American economic aggregates, economic development, and exchange rates.  He serve as the co-advisor to the Economics Club and is a member of the College of Business Research & Teaching Symposium Committee.


Dr. McCauley

Dr. Kelly McCauley, assistant professor of management, M.S. from Clemson University and Ph.D. from Texas Tech University.  Dr. McCauley’s primary teaching and research areas include organizational behavior, leadership, team leadership, and business ethics.  Dr. McCauley’s research interest areas include authentic leadership, charismatic leadership, emotional labor, and social psychological theories of the self.  Her work includes publications in Leadership Quarterly and Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science.  She is a member of the Organizational Behavior Teaching Society, Academy of Management, Southern Management Association, and Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology.  She was recognized in 2013 and 2014 with an Outstanding Reviewer Award by the Organizational Behavior Division at the Academy of Management annual meeting.

Dr. Salazar

Dr. Salazar

Dr. Leslie Ramos Salazar, assistant professor of business communication & decision management, Ph.D. from Arizona State University.  Dr. Salazar’s teaching areas include current issues in management communication, business communication for health care managers, and statistics for business & economics.  Her work includes publications in Communication Quarterly, TSM Business Review, Communication Teacher, and Health Communication.  Dr. Salazar is a member of the International Communication Association, International Association of Relationship Research, National Communication Association, and Western States Communication Association.  She serves on the editorial board of Communications Research Reports and serves as a peer reviewer for Family Communication, Western Journal of Communication, Sage Open, Current Issues in Education Journal, and Communication Quarterly.  Dr. Salazar formally joins the West Texas A&M University faculty in January of 2015.


Dr. Strachan

Dr. Ian Strachan, assistant professor of economics, Ph.D. from Colorado State University.  Dr. Strachan’s primary teaching and research areas include international economics and industrial organization.   Dr. Strachan’s research interests include entrepreneurship in the music industry, cultural economics and digitization, political economy, institutional economic theory, and the history of economic thought & methodology.  His research includes publication of “Breaking Up is Hard to Do: The Resilience of the Rock Group as an Organizational Form for Creating Music” in the Journal of Cultural Economics.


Welch Honored by Alumni Association

Oct 14 2014


James Welch

Amarillo native James Welch began his career with Yellow Transportation soon after earning an undergraduate degree from WT in 1976.  He rose through the ranks to serve as president and chief executive officer at Yellow Transportation from 2000-2007.  After 29 years with the company, Welch left to join Dynamex, Inc. as president and chief executive officer.  Today Welch leads YRC Worldwide and its various operating companies.  YRC Worldwide, a $5 billion transportation company, is a leading provider of LTL transportation services throughout North America.  He has more than 35 years of being involved in the transportation and logistics industry.  In addition to his work at YRC, Welch sits on the board of directors for SkyWest, Inc., a $4 billion regional airline based in St. George, Utah, and Erickson Air Crane, a $500 million manufacturer and operator of heavy lift helicopters based in Portland, Ore.  He has attended the Executive Development Program at Yale University and is a regular attendee at the Center for Service Leadership at Arizona State University.  WT College of Business students got an opportunity to learn from this nationally recognized business leader when Welch visited campus in the spring of 2013.  James Welch received the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award from West Texas A&M University at the June Phoenix Banquet.

Beta Gamma Sigma Induction

Oct 13 2014

The College of Business is pleased to announce the induction of students from West Texas A&M University into Beta Gamma Sigma. The International Honor Society of Beta Gamma Sigma membership is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in an undergraduate, master’s or doctoral program at a school accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).  Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is by invitation only to business students who have met explicit academic qualifications defined by the International Honor Society’s Articles of Incorporation and combined with chapter requirements relating to active leadership and/or service-learning.  Dr. De’Arno De’Armond, Edwards Professor of Financial Planning, serves as the chapter advisor.  Student officers are Lauren Crews serving as chapter president and Emily Gross serving as chapter secretary.  The students inducted fall 2014 by hometown and major are:BGS 2014

Allen, Texas
John Warren, M.B.A.

Amarillo, Texas
Matthew Helm, M.S.F.E.
Alan Kennon,  M.P.A.
Mary Wilhelm, M.P.A.
Timothy Willoughby, M.S.F.E.
Emily Gross, Marketing Major
Richard Jones, Management Major
James Kinter, General Business Major
Adriana Gallegos, Marketing Major
Catherine Phillips, M.B.A.
Katherine Schulte, Finance Major
Shawna Simmons, Accounting Major
Savannah Volmer, Marketing Major

Amtzell, Germany
Fabian Mueller, Finance Major

Arlington, Texas
Kevin Lawther, M.B.A. – Management

Bay City, Texas
Savannah Cornelius, M.B.A.

Bayan Lepas, Malaysia
Chern Wen Hee, Computer Information Systems Major

Boise City, Oklahoma
Lauren Crews, Finance Major

Borger, Texas
Jose Rodriguez, M.B.A. – Management

Burnaby, British Columbia
Pei-Shan Hsu, M.B.A. – Management

Bushland, Texas
Rachel Dennis, Accounting Major

Canyon, Texas
Jose Garcia, Economics Major
Verna Hodge, General Business Major
Steven Koskei, M.B.A. – Management
Kassandra Thetford, Accounting Major
Tyler Young, Finance Major

Carrollton, Texas
Christopher Musso, General Business Major

Clovis, New Mexico
Joseph Dilts, M.B.A.

Crowley, Texas
Crystal Hannemann, General Business Major

Duncanville, Texas
Rena Shrestha, General Business Major

Hereford, Texas
Carlos Rosas, M.B.A. – Management
Kristopher Terry, M.P.A. Juan Gallardo, M.B.A. – Management

Houston, Texas
Toni Lyles, M.B.A.

Hyderabad, India
Deepika Sajja, Computer Information Systems Major

Kaufman, Texas
Christina Lehman, General Business Major

Keller, Texas Michael Taylor, M.B.A.

Lewisville, Texas
Timothy Hainey, General Business

Long an Province, South Vietnam
Linh Trieu, Finance Major

Pampa, Texas
Daisy Leal, M.B.A.

Reno, Nevada
Maria Theresa Byrd, Management Major

Stinnett, Texas
Elyssa Snider, Accounting Major

Suisun City, California
Latanya Terrones, M.B.A. – Management

Texico, New Mexico
Robert Snider, M.B.A. Ethan Peterson, Finance Major

Vinh Phuc, Vietnam
Nhan Tran, M.B.A. – Marketing

Wheeler, Texas
Karen Mendoza, Finance Major

MEDIAMinds Wins Telly Awards

Oct 11 2014

MEDIAMinds at West Texas A&M University received three bronze awards as well as the People’s Choice Telly at the 35th Annual Telly Awards for its piece titled Go! The competition featured more than 12,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries.

Go! is a branded recruiting video for the College of Business produced and directed by students at WTAMU. Mostly a representative group from the marketing area of study, the students set out to “bring the College of Business to life,” according to Dustin Ratheal, senior marketing major from Canyon and director of photography for the project. The Go! piece earned awards in internet/online programs, segments or promotional pieces in the categories of education, student and recruitment for a total of three bronze awards. The recipient of the People’s Choice Telly is determined by votes of those visiting the Telly website.

The Telly Awards, founded in 1979, is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions and online commercials, video and films. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators and corporate video departments in the world. A prestigious panel of more than 500 accomplished industry professionals, each a past winner of a Silver Telly and a member of The Silver Telly Council, judged the competition.

“The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video,” Linda Day, executive director of the Telly Awards, said. “The College of Business at WTAMU accomplishment illustrates their creativity, skill and dedication to their craft and serves as a testament to great film and video production.”

Members of the Go! production crew are listed by hometown and major:Telly

Adriana Gallegos—senior marketing major
Emily Gross—junior marketing major
Elizabeth Perkins—consultant, WTAMU Class of 2013
Daniel Sahad (Na-Ji Rose)—featured artist

Travis George—M.B.A. candidate

Sann Allison—senior management major
Dustin Ratheal—senior marketing major

Liberal, Kansas
Hope LaFreniere—senior mass communication major

Keaton Mantz—junior computer information and decision management major

Gregory Moreno—WTAMU Class of 2014
Wilson Lemieux—WTAMU Class of 2014

“This new venture into the creation of an in-house marketing agency in the College of Business has already proven to be a winning strategy,” Dr. Leigh Browning, MEDIAMinds faculty adviser, said. “If you want to attract students to your area, let students tell the story. The video features the skills needed for today’s marketing professionals. They have to not only know what to do but how to do it. Many of our graduates are being asked to generate the strategic ideas, and execute them. MEDIAMinds gives students the opportunity to build a hearty portfolio that shows a company the skill set they bring to the table.”

Go! can be viewed on YouTube at the College of Business YouTube channel, on Facebook at the WTAMU College of Business, or at

SHRM at West Texas A&M University

Oct 10 2014

SHRMSociety for Human Resources Management (SHRM) is a student organization that educates students on human resources and assists them in finding gainful employment through seminars, professional presentations, clothing assistance, job shadowing, and case competitions.  SHRM invites all students in the College of Business to attend monthly meetings to learn about current human resource management issues and trends.  Additionally, students are encouraged to participate in the case competition team that aims to participate in the regional competition and, if successful at the regional level, the national competition!  For more information, please visit WTAMU SHRM on Facebook.  We look forward to seeing you at the next meeting!


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