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ASU Alumni Assoc. Sets Annual Awards Dinner

September 19, 2012

The Angelo State University Alumni Association will recognize eight distinguished alumni, honorary alumni and outstanding faculty and staff during its annual Homecoming Dinner on Friday, Oct. 19, in the LeGrand Alumni and Visitors Center, 1620 University Ave.

Activities will begin with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. in the LeGrand Center’s Norris Ballroom, followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m.  Tickets are available from the Alumni Association for $60 each.  Complimentary valet parking and a cash bar will be provided.

Merl Brandon, Class of 1992 and 1998, and the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals’ (TASSP) 2012 Secondary Principal of the Year, will be honored as the 2012 Distinguished Alumnus.  Hazel Dooley, longtime ASU supporter and Alumni Association volunteer, will be named an Honorary Alumna.  Stephanie Stoebe, Class of 2000, and Lt. Col. Stephen Magnan, Class of 1992, will be recognized as the Distinguished Carr Alumna and Distinguished ROTC Alumnus, respectively.  Dr. Ewell E. “Pat” Murphy Jr., who graduated from San Angelo Junior College in 1945, will be honored as the Golden Ex of the Year.

Also recognized will be Dr. John Duke as Outstanding Retired Faculty, Dr. Sangeeta Singg for Distinguished Faculty Achievement and Wendy Storms for Distinguished Staff Achievement.

For more information and/or tickets to the dinner, call 325-942-2122.

Distinguished Alumnus – Merl Brandon

Merl Brandon earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics (cum laude), Master of Education and superintendant certification from ASU.  As the principal at Miles High School, he was named the TASSP Region XV Principal of the Year in 2003, 2008 and 2012, was a finalist for TASSP Principal of the Year in 2008 and was named the TASSP Secondary School Principal of the Year in 2012.  He was previously included in Who’s Who Among America’s High School Teachers in 1995.

Brandon actually learned of his Principal of the Year Award after he had left Miles to become assistant principal at the Central Freshman Campus in San Angelo.  This year, he is the new principal at San Angelo’s Lincoln Middle School.

Honorary Alumna – Hazel Dooley

Hazel Dooley became involved at the university through her husband, the late R.B. Dooley, who was a longtime member of the Agriculture Department faculty for both San Angelo College and then ASU.  That involvement included support of athletic teams, membership in the Faculty Women and Wives group and supplying everything from welcoming gifts for new faculty to holiday baked goods for the Administration Building.  She also volunteered for six years at the LeGrand Alumni and Visitors Center, and has endowed three ASU academic scholarships, one in agriculture and two in nursing.

Distinguished Carr Alumna – Stephanie Stoebe

Stephanie Stoebe currently mentors English language arts teachers at the Round Rock Office of School Improvement.  Earlier this year, she was named the Texas Education Agency’s 2012 Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year for her work with students as a reading specialist at Round Rock High School.  With the aid of a Carr Academic Scholarship, she earned her ASU master’s degree in 2000.  She has traveled extensively with her military husband, teaching in several states and South Korea before settling in Round Rock.

Distinguished ROTC Alumnus – Lt. Col. Stephen Magnan

A 1992 Angelo State graduate with a degree in communication, Lt. Col. Stephen Magnan returned to ASU in 2011 to take command of Air Force ROTC Detachment 847.  His previous assignment was as deputy group commander and director of exercise support for the 505th Distributed Warfare Group at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.  He has also served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, and his many military decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and NATO Medal.

Golden Ex of the Year – Dr. Ewell E. “Pat” Murphy Jr.

Dr. Ewell E. “Pat” Murphy Jr. attended San Angelo Junior College from 1943-45 and then completed Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degrees with honors at the University of Texas.  As a Rhodes Scholar at England’s prestigious Oxford University, he earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1951.  After spending time in the U.S. Air Force, Murphy worked at the Houston-based law firm Baker & Botts from 1954-92, and was chairman of its International Department from 1972-89.  He began his teaching career as a visiting professor at the University of Texas Law School from 1993-97, a distinguished lecturer at the University of Houston Law Center from 1996-2006 and an adjunct professor at UHLC continually since 2007.

Outstanding Retired Faculty – Dr. John Duke

Dr. John Duke spent 31 years as an ASU faculty member in the Mathematics Department.  From his arrival in 1968 to his retirement in 1999, Duke dedicated his life to developing and teaching rigorous mathematics courses that gave students not only exposure to that area of learning, but also a firm foundation for further study.

While at ASU, Duke also served on the university’s Research, Curriculum, Tenure and Library committees, and the Graduate Council.  He and his wife, Betty, are retired in San Angelo.

Distinguished Faculty Achievement – Dr. Sangeeta Singg

An ASU psychology faculty member since 1981, Dr. Sangeeta Singg has spent 31 years rising through the faculty ranks to full professor, directing the Counseling Psychology Program and mentoring hundreds of counseling students.  Also extensively involved in psychology research, Singg has been published 30 times, including peer-reviewed articles for professional journals and contributions to four books.  She has also directed or mentored 77 graduate student theses, 51 research courses and four student Carr Research Scholarship projects.  Her community service includes work with the American Heart Association, Rape Crisis Center and many other agencies.

Distinguished Staff Achievement – Wendy Storms

A former public school teacher, Wendy Storms utilizes that experience as director of the Educator Preparation Information (EPI) Center in the ASU College of Education.  After earning her ASU bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies-elementary education, Storms taught for several years at San Angelo’s Bradford Elementary School.  She returned to ASU for her reading specialist master’s degree and then oversaw the university’s Field Experiences program for student teachers.  She also previously co-directed the Teacher Education Department’s Pearl of the Concho Writing Project before taking her current position in the EPI Center.

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