West Texas A&M NewsWirehttp://www.wtamu.edu/aspx/rss.aspxThe latest headlines and articles from West Texas A&M(c) 2007 West Texas A&M University All rights reserved.5WT Awards Honorary Doctorate to Longtime Educator<div id="wysiwygcontent"><p><strong>Dec. 12, 2019</strong></p><p>CONTACT: Dr. Eddie Henderson, 806-651-2603,&nbsp;<a href="mailto:ehenderson@wtamu.edu">ehenderson@wtamu.edu</a></p><p>COPY BY: Brittany Castillo, 806-651-2682, <a href="mailto:bcastillo@wtamu.edu">bcastillo@wtamu.edu</a></p><div class="fb-like" data-href="https://www.wtamu.edu/news/wt-awards-honorary-doctorate-to-longtime-educator.aspx" data-width="" data-layout="standard" data-action="like" data-size="small" data-share="true"></div><h1><span style="”color:">WT Awards Honorary Doctorate to Longtime Educator</span></h1><p>CANYON, Texas&mdash;Barbara J. Bain is to be presented an honorary Doctorate of Philosophy in Education by West Texas A&amp;M University at the commencement ceremony on Dec. 14 at the First United Bank Center.</p><p>Bain is being honored for her significant lifelong commitment and contribution to education, primarily in the Texas Panhandle, supporting the University&rsquo;s generational plan <a href="https://wt125.wtamu.edu/"><em>WT 125: From the Panhandle to the World</em></a>. Bain has been highly involved in both secondary and higher education as well as educator preparation for WT&rsquo;s undergraduate and graduate students and children of Texas. &nbsp;</p><p>Honorary degrees offer the University opportunity to recognize excellence in the fields of public affairs, the sciences, humanities and the arts, scholarship and education, business and philanthropy and social services with significant and lasting contributions to community.</p><p>&ldquo;The awarding of the honorary Doctor of Philosophy degree in Education to Mrs. Bain acknowledges the significant and lasting influence of Barbara&rsquo;s lifetime of professional service and personal philanthropy on West Texas A&amp;M University, the Texas Panhandle region, and the untold number of Texas learners who have benefitted from her dedication to public school and higher education,&rdquo; Dr. Eddie Henderson, dean of the College of Education and Social Sciences, said.</p><p>Bain, a native of Hale Center, Texas, got her start at WT with a B.S. in education in 1960. For 35 years, she gave exemplary service to the public schools in rural Texas Panhandle and New Mexico and was honored as Teacher of the Year by Dimmitt ISD in 1991.</p><p>After retirement in 1998, she continued to serve on the Dimmitt I.S.D. Board of Trustees from 1990 until 2008 as well as many other leadership positions in the Dimmitt I.S.D. Retired School Personnel Association and in the Region 16 Education Service Center Retired Teachers Association. Currently, she actively serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Canyon I.S.D. Education Foundation.</p><p>Bain is a valued member of numerous University advisory boards including the College of Education and Social Sciences Advisory Council, the WTAMU Alumni Association Board of Directors, the Buffalo Club Board of Directors, and she is recognized as a Distinguished Graduate of the College of Education and Social Sciences.</p><p>Bain&rsquo;s nomination received unanimous support of the Department of Education faculty, the dean of the College of Education and Social Sciences and provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. In addition, the Barbara Bain English Language Arts and Social Studies Model Classroom will be dedicated to the WT campus.</p><p>For more information about the <a href="https://www.wtamu.edu/academics/college-ed-social.aspx">College of Education and Social Sciences</a> or Barbara J. Bain, call 806-651-2600.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p align="center">&mdash;WTAMU&mdash;</p></div>http://www.wtamu.edu/news/wt-awards-honorary-doctorate-to-longtime-educator.aspxThu, 12 Dec 2019 00:00:00 GMTWT Recognized for 10 Top Degree Programs in the U.S.<div id="wysiwygcontent"><p><strong>Dec. 11, 2019</strong></p><p>CONTACT: Erica Fagien, 800-203-5102,&nbsp;<a href="mailto:erica@intelligent.com">hreyes@wtamu.edu</a></p><h1>WT Recognized for 10 Top Degree Programs in the U.S.</h1><p>CANYON, Texas--West Texas A&amp;M University has been awarded top ranking status for multiple degree programs by <a href="http://www.intelligent.com/">Intelligent.com</a>.</p><p>The website analyzed hundreds of schools with comparable programs on a scale of 0 to 100, with WT making it to the final list for 10 degree programs. The methodology uses an algorithm that collects and analyzes multiple rankings into one score to easily compare each university&rsquo;s degree program. The 2020 rankings are calculated through a unique scoring system, which includes student engagement, potential return on investment, and leading third-party evaluations.</p><p>WT was recognized for the following degree programs. Please visit the links to access each program&rsquo;s complete ranking.</p><p>No.1 <a href="https://www.intelligent.com/best-online-masters-in-finance-degree-programs/">Best Online Master&#39;s in Finance Degree Programs</a></p><p>No. 2 <a href="https://www.intelligent.com/best-online-mba/">Best Online MBA Degree Programs</a></p><p>No. 2 <a href="https://www.intelligent.com/best-online-mba-in-healthcare-management-degree-programs/">Best Online MBA in Healthcare Management Degree Programs</a></p><p>No. 7 <a href="https://www.intelligent.com/best-online-graphic-design-degree-programs/">Best Online Instructional Technology Degree Programs</a></p><p>No. 13 <a href="https://www.intelligent.com/best-online-bachelors-in-health-science-degree-programs/">Best Online Bachelor&#39;s in Health Science Degree Programs</a></p><p>No. 17 <a href="https://www.intelligent.com/best-online-probation-officer-degree-programs/">Best Online Probation Officer Degree Programs</a></p><p>No. 18 <a href="https://www.intelligent.com/best-online-masters-in-information-systems-degree-programs/">Best Online Master&#39;s in Information Systems Degree Programs</a></p><p>No. 18 <a href="https://www.intelligent.com/best-online-marketing-degree-programs/">Best Online Marketing Degree Programs</a></p><p>No. 31 <a href="https://www.intelligent.com/best-online-emergency-management-degree-programs/">Best Online Emergency Management Degree Programs</a></p><p>No. 51 <a href="https://www.intelligent.com/best-online-history-degree-programs/">Best Online History Degree Programs</a></p><p>The student-focused comprehensive research guide used for the ranking is based on an assessment of 1,604 accredited colleges and universities. Each program is evaluated based on curriculum quality, graduation rate, reputation and post-graduate employment.</p><p>For more information about the University&rsquo;s degree programs, please contact admissions at 806-651-2020.</p><p align="center">&mdash;WTAMU&mdash;</p></div>http://www.wtamu.edu/news/wt-recognized-for-10-top-degree-programs-in-the-u-s.aspxWed, 11 Dec 2019 00:00:00 GMTWT Communication Department Determines Best Speaker with Contest<div id="wysiwygcontent"><p><strong>Dec. 9, 2019</strong></p><p>CONTACT: Dr. Trudy Hanson, 806-651-2800,&nbsp;<a href="mailto:thanson@wtamu.edu">thanson@wtamu.edu</a></p><h1>WT Communication Department Hosts Best Speaker Contest</h1><p>CANYON, Texas&mdash;West Texas A&amp;M University&rsquo;s Department of Communication hosted the Best Speaker contest on Dec. 2 in the Fine Arts Complex, Recital Hall. Students enrolled in the basic public speaking course competed within their classes to be nominated for the final competition. Six teams vied for the title of Best Speaker by giving a group persuasive speech connected with a service learning project they completed during the course of the semester.</p><p>The winning team comprised of ShyAnne Peterson (Amarillo), Jaclyn Kaler (Springtown), Brantley Bristow (Canyon), Ashlyn Millican (Hockley) and Amanda Schoenhals (Follett) coached by instructor Paola Albarran claimed first place in the competition with their speech about the Amarillo Little Theatre.</p><p><img alt="first place" src="/webres/Image/best%20speaker%20IMG_1169_72(1).jpg" style="width: 504px; height: 360px;" /></p><p><span style="color:#808080;"><em>*Photo left to right: Amanda Schoenhals, Ashlyn Millican, Jaclyn Kaler, ShyAnne Peterson and Brantley Bristow.</em></span></p><p>The second place winners coached by associate lecturer Paula Schlegel included Conner Unwin (Amarillo), McKenna Ward (Amarillo), Abigail Avitia-Lopez (Seminole), Hannah Jaramillo (Amarillo), and Candice Brown (Amarillo) and spoke on the topic of mental health education.</p><p><img alt="second place" src="/webres/Image/best%20speaker%20IMG_1170_72.jpg" style="width: 504px; height: 360px;" /></p><p><span style="color:#808080;"><em>*Photo left to right: Abigail Avitia-Lopez, Hannah Jaramillo, McKenna Ward, Conner Unwin and Candice Brown.</em></span></p><p>Coming in at third place was the team coached by instructor Audry Palmer-Williams, which included Reganne Boyd (White Deer), Sergio Gonzales (Mesquite), Abigail House (Ft. Worth), Katelyn Penn (Amarillo) and Niraj Suresh (Potomac, MD) who spoke about the Ronald McDonald House.</p><p><img alt="third place" src="/webres/Image/best%20speaker%20IMG_1171_72.jpg" style="width: 504px; height: 360px;" /></p><p><span style="color:#808080;"><em>*Photo left to right: Abigail House, Reganne Boud, Katelyn Penn, Niraj Suresh and Sergio Gonzales.</em></span></p><p>Students based their speeches on the service learning hours completed at area non-profits. Using the skills they developed in the basic public speaking class, each group explained the need that existed, how to satisfy that need and how to visualize the results of helping the organization in their 10- to 12-minute group speech.</p><p>Judges for the Best Speaker contest were alumni of the communication department, which included Amanda Brookhart, MA in communication, Jeremy Tarango, BA in communication studies, and Marissa Rivera, BA in advertising/public relations. Cash prizes were awarded to the winning teams.</p><p>For more information about public speaking or the Department of Communication, contact Dr. Trudy Hanson, 806-651-2800 or <a href="mailto:thanson@wtamu.edu">thanson@wtamu.edu</a>.</p><p align="center">&mdash;WTAMU&mdash;</p></div><img alt="first place" src="/webres/Image/best%20speaker%20IMG_1169_72(1).jpg" style="width: 504px; height: 360px;" /></p><p><span style="color:#808080;"><em>*Photo left to right: Amanda Schoenhals, Ashlyn Millican, Jaclyn Kaler, ShyAnne Peterson and Brantley Bristow.</em></span></p><p>The second place winners coached by associate lecturer Paula Schlegel included Conner Unwin (Amarillo), McKenna Ward (Amarillo), Abigail Avitia-Lopez (Seminole), Hannah Jaramillo (Amarillo), and Candice Brown (Amarillo) and spoke on the topic of mental health education.</p><p><img alt="second place" src="/webres/Image/best%20speaker%20IMG_1170_72.jpg" style="width: 504px; height: 360px;" /></p><p><span style="color:#808080;"><em>*Photo left to right: Abigail Avitia-Lopez, Hannah Jaramillo, McKenna Ward, Conner Unwin and Candice Brown.</em></span></p><p>Coming in at third place was the team coached by instructor Audry Palmer-Williams, which included Reganne Boyd (White Deer), Sergio Gonzales (Mesquite), Abigail House (Ft. Worth), Katelyn Penn (Amarillo) and Niraj Suresh (Potomac, MD) who spoke about the Ronald McDonald House.</p><p><img alt="third place" src="/webres/Image/best%20speaker%20IMG_1171_72.jpg" style="width: 504px; height: 360px;" />http://www.wtamu.edu/news/wt-communication-department-determines-best-speaker-with-contest.aspxMon, 09 Dec 2019 00:00:00 GMTWT Students Place at TAMUS Pathways Research Symposium<div id="wysiwygcontent"><p><strong>Dec. 4, 2019</strong></p><p>CONTACT: Dr. Rex Pjesky, 806-651-2737,&nbsp;<a href="mailto:rpjesky@wtamu.edu">rpjesky@wtamu.edu</a></p><h2>WT Students Place at The TAMUS Pathways Research Symposium</h2><p>CANYON, Texas&mdash;Ten students from West Texas A&amp;M University attended the 16th Annual Pathways Student Research Symposium on Nov. 7-8 in Laredo, Texas at Texas A&amp;M International University.</p><p>Of the attendees, eight were McNair Scholars and two were part of the Attebury Honors program. Four were awarded in categories in the undergraduate competition.</p><p style="margin-left: 40px;"><strong>Health Sciences: Sports Sciences</strong></p><ul> <li>2<sup>nd</sup> Place - Kelly McCaskill, senior sports and exercise science major, honors</li> <li>3<sup>rd</sup> Place - Edie White, senior sports and exercise major, honors</li></ul><p style="margin-left: 40px;"><strong>Humanities: History</strong></p><ul> <li>2<sup>nd</sup> Place - Semaj Mitchell, senior history major, scholar</li></ul><p style="margin-left: 40px;"><strong>Social/Behavioral Sciences: Psychology</strong></p><ul> <li>3<sup>rd</sup> Place - Jonathan Gonzalez, senior psychology major, scholar</li></ul><p style="margin-left: 40px;"><strong>Other student participants included:</strong></p><ul> <li>Tasia Bos, senior biochemistry major, scholar</li> <li>Vinni Dayag, senior mechanical engineering major</li> <li>Christian Guerrero, senior biology major, scholar and honors</li> <li>Marissa Medrano, senior communication disorders and psychology majors, scholar and honors</li> <li>Chelsea Rhodes, senior psychology</li> <li>Dreyson Williams, senior sports exercise science, scholar</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p align="center">&mdash;WTAMU&mdash;</p></div>http://www.wtamu.edu/news/wt-students-place-at-tamus-pathways-research-symposium.aspxWed, 04 Dec 2019 00:00:00 GMTCSAW Opens Registration for 2020 Southern Plains Conference<p>&nbsp;</p><div id="wysiwygcontent"><p><strong>Nov. 26, 2019</strong></p><p>CONTACT: Dr. Alex Hunt, 806-651-2457,&nbsp;<a href="mailto:ahunt@wtamu.edu">ahunt@wtamu.edu</a></p><h2>CSAW Opens Registration for 2020 Southern Plains Conference</h2><p>CANYON, Texas&mdash;The Center for the Study of the American West (CSAW) will present its second biennial Southern Plains Conference, &ldquo;Representing, Modeling, and Imagining Water on the Southern Plains,&rdquo; Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 20-22, at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum (PPHM). The topic of the conference, which changes every two years, is regional water resources, especially the Ogallala Aquifer, and how water issues are understood.</p><p>Confirmed speakers include Merri Lisa Trigilio, geoscientist and filmmaker of &ldquo;Written on Water;&rdquo; Julene Bair, author of &ldquo;The Ogallala Road;&rdquo; and Kenna Lang Archer, environmental historian and co-author of &ldquo;Ogallala: Water for a Dry Land.&rdquo;</p><p>West Texas A&amp;M University faculty presenting at the conference include environmental engineer Nathan Howell, agricultural scientist Lal Almas, and environmental historian Byron Pearson. The program also includes professionals and practitioners from the region.</p><p>The conference theme, &ldquo;Representing, Modeling, and Imagining Water on the Southern Plains&rdquo; brings attention to how experts, including scientists, measure and understand the Ogallala Aquifer, and then how they help the general public see and understand it in turn.</p><p>&ldquo;This conference is really about the relationship between perception and reality,&rdquo; CSAW Director Alex Hunt said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve all heard the old saying &lsquo;perception is reality.&rsquo; If that&rsquo;s a one-way street, it&rsquo;s a dangerous idea.&rdquo;</p><p>Conference presenters will discuss their various methods of measuring and mapping water resources and how they represent this information in their research and to the public.</p><p>&ldquo;My hope with this conference is to bring attention to how our reality ought to inform our perceptions, and therefore our actions,&rdquo; said Hunt.</p><p>The conference will begin on the afternoon of Thursday, Feb. 20, with a panel discussion on the conference theme featuring a slate of cross-disciplinary perspectives. Thursday evening will feature a screening of &ldquo;Written on Water&rdquo; followed by a Q&amp;A featuring Merri Lisa Trigilio.</p><p>Friday will be a full day of panels and keynote speakers, with lunch provided. On Saturday morning, WT&rsquo;s School of Engineering will present a learning activity for K-12 students, free at the PPHM.</p><p>Sponsors for the conference include WT&rsquo;s School of Engineering and College of Agriculture, the PPHM, the Texas Panhandle Audubon Society, and the Dixon Water Foundation.</p><p>To register for the conference as an audience member, please submit contact information (including full name, phone number, email address and affiliation/location) to <a href="mailto:csaw@wtamu.edu">csaw@wtamu.edu</a>, (806) 651-5238 (please leave a voicemail if no answer), or mail to: CSAW Attn: Alex Hunt, WTAMU Box 60967, Canyon, TX 79016.</p><p>Attendee registration is $40/person and includes a dessert reception on Feb. 20 and lunch on Feb. 21. Registration is free for WT students with valid ID. Send checks made payable to &ldquo;WTAMU CSAW Southern Plains Conference&rdquo; to WTAMU Foundation, PO Box 60766, Canyon, TX 79016. Payments can be made with credit or debit card by calling the Foundation at: (806) 651-2070.</p><p>While the program is filling, CSAW is still accepting presentation proposals. Queries should be sent to CSAW director Alex Hunt, at <a href="mailto:ahunt@wtamu.edu">ahunt@wtamu.edu</a>.</p><p><strong>About the Center for the Study of the American West&nbsp; </strong></p><p>CSAW formed in the fall of 2016 with a mission of fostering the study of the American West at WTAMU and building bridges between the University, the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, and the regional populace. CSAW seeks to promote the American West both as a culturally unique region and a product of broad historical forces. Through this endeavor, CSAW remains dedicated to cultivating a critical vision of region and place in a globalized era. For more information, contact: <a href="mailto:csaw@wtamu.edu">csaw@wtamu.edu</a> or 806-651-5238.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p align="center">&mdash;WTAMU&mdash;</p></div>http://www.wtamu.edu/news/csaw-opens-registration-for-2020-southern-plains-conference.aspxTue, 26 Nov 2019 00:00:00 GMTEngler College of Business is Top Choice in The Princeton Review<div id="wysiwygcontent"><p><strong>Nov. 26, 2019</strong></p><p>CONTACT: Lynsee Womble, 806-651-2526,&nbsp;<a href="mailto:lwomble@wtamu.edu">lwomble@wtamu.edu</a></p><h2>Engler College of Business is Top Choice in The Princeton Review</h2><p>CANYON, Texas&mdash;The Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business at West Texas A&amp;M University earned the No. 23 ranking on The Princeton Review&#39;s list naming the top <a href="https://www.princetonreview.com/business-school-rankings?rankings=top-25-online-mba-programs&amp;page=2">25 online MBA programs</a> in the world for 2020. This is the second consecutive year the MBA program has earned a top 25 ranking by The Princeton Review.<br /><br />The Princeton Review chose schools list based on its 2019 surveys of institutions offering online MBA degree programs in combination with 5,100 students enrolled in the online MBA programs. Data points were weighted in more than 60 unique fields to tally the final list. Criteria focused on five areas: academics, selectivity, faculty, technical platforms and career outcomes.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><br />&ldquo;We strongly recommend West Texas A&amp;M University as an outstanding choice for anyone considering an online MBA,&rdquo; Robert Franek, The Princeton Review editor-in-chief, said.&nbsp; &ldquo;The program is exceptionally strong both academically and in the many ways it maximizes technology that enables students to interact with and learn from its superlative faculty and students all over the world.&rdquo;<br /><br />Franek noted the deep satisfaction Engler College of Business students, along with students at other top business schools on the 2020 list the company surveyed, with their educational experience. Most notably, 99 percent of the student graduates from the top 25 listing told The Princeton Review their online MBA will have a positive impact on their careers.<br /><br />&ldquo;Being able to again be recognized by The Princeton Review is validation of the hard work and diligence of our faculty and staff from those that matter to us the most, our students,&rdquo; Dr. Robert Allen King, director of graduate business programs and Wilder Professor of Business, said. &ldquo;The Princeton Review&rsquo;s rankings are based on the feedback from our graduates, so it is truly an honor to be able to have served them in a way that shows our dedication to their current and future successes.&rdquo;&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;</p><p><strong>The Princeton Review&#39;s Global List of Top Online MBA Programs (2020):</strong></p><ol> <li>Indiana University&mdash;Bloomington</li> <li>University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill</li> <li>University of Florida</li> <li>University of Southern California</li> <li>IE University (Spain)</li> <li>Carnegie Mellon University (PA)</li> <li>North Carolina State University</li> <li>Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)</li> <li>University of Utah</li> <li>Arizona State University</li> <li>Babson College (MA)</li> <li>Pepperdine University (CA)</li> <li>James Madison University (VA)</li> <li>University of Nebraska-Lincoln</li> <li>University of Texas at Dallas</li> <li>Jack Welch Management Institute (VA)</li> <li>University of South Dakota</li> <li>Syracuse University (NY)</li> <li>Auburn University (AL)</li> <li>American University (Washington, DC)</li> <li>The College of William and Mary (VA)</li> <li>University of Arizona</li> <li><strong>West Texas A&amp;M University</strong></li> <li>University of South Florida &ndash; St. Petersburg</li> <li>Santa Clara University (CA)</li></ol><p><br />Current enrollment in the University&rsquo;s MBA program is more than 1,150 students from 47 states and 23 countries.&nbsp;</p><p>To learn more about graduate business programs in the Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business, contact the Office of Graduate Business Programs at 806-651-2500 or <a href="mailto:gradbusprograms@wtamu.edu">gradbusprograms@wtamu.edu</a>.</p><p align="center">&mdash;WTAMU&mdash;</p></div>http://www.wtamu.edu/news/engler-college-of-business-is-top-choice-in-the-princeton-review.aspxTue, 26 Nov 2019 00:00:00 GMTCollege of Business at WT ranked as No. 9 on Discover Business<div id="wysiwygcontent"><p><strong>Nov. 22, 2019</strong></p><p>CONTACT: Lynsee Womble, 806-651-2526,&nbsp;<a href="mailto:lwomble@wtamu.edu">lwomble@wtamu.edu</a></p><div class="fb-like" data-action="like" data-href="https://wtamu.edu/news/college-of-business-at-wt-ranked-as-no-9-on-discover-business.aspx" data-layout="standard" data-share="true" data-show-faces="true" data-size="small" data-width="">&nbsp;</div><h1>Engler College of Business Ranked Top Ten</h1><p>CANYON, Texas&mdash;<a href="https://www.wtamu.edu/academics/college-business.aspx">The Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business</a> at West Texas A&amp;M University took the No. 9 spot on the 2020 list of <a href="https://www.discoverbusiness.us/education/online-mba/">35 Best Accredited Online MBA Programs</a> conducted by Discover Business, a comprehensive guide designed to help prospective students learn about accredited business degrees.</p><p>Of the 233 programs considered, the top ten ranking was determined by consideration of fully accredited programs with low tuition that are offered 100 percent online. Many rankings outlets use these same qualities to determine their own list of schools; however, this ranking also took into account the three-year graduation rate. The ranking list is below.</p><p><strong><u>35 Best Accredited Online MBA Programs 2020</u></strong></p><ol> <li>Creighton University</li> <li>Missouri University of Science &amp; Technology</li> <li>University of Florida</li> <li>Florida Atlantic University</li> <li>Hofstra University</li> <li>University of North Carolina</li> <li>Arizona State University</li> <li>University of Arizona</li> <li><strong>West Texas A&amp;M University</strong></li> <li>University of Utah</li> <li>UT Martin</li> <li>University of Mississippi</li> <li>University of Wisconsin MBA Consortium</li> <li>Ball State University</li> <li>Florida International University</li> <li>Southern Illinois University</li> <li>University of Delaware</li> <li>Quinnipiac University</li> <li>Central Michigan University</li> <li>SUNY</li> <li>Louisiana Tech University</li> <li>George Washington University</li> <li>Western Kentucky University</li> <li>Boise State University</li> <li>Washington State University</li> <li>University of North Texas</li> <li>University of North Dakota</li> <li>University of Memphis</li> <li>University of New Hampshire</li> <li>Oklahoma State University</li> <li>Stevens Institute of Technology</li> <li>University of Michigan</li> <li>University of Nebraska</li> <li>University of Cincinnati</li> <li>Colorado State University</li></ol><p>&ldquo;We are very proud of the overall experience our students receive within the Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business in the graduate business programs. Careful consideration is given to the overall quality, experience, marketable skills and return on educational investment of each program we offer,&rdquo; Dr. De&rsquo;Arno De&rsquo;Armond, associate dean of graduate business programs, said.</p><p>&ldquo;The three-year graduation rate provides a measure of how well a program experience keeps one motivated to finish what they started. The No. 9 Discover Business Online MBA ranking recognizes our program in good company and is testament to the hard work and dedication of our faculty, staff, students and constituents.&rdquo;</p><p>Discover Business also recognized that the number of full-time instructors teaching online MBA courses at WT is above average with 49 full-time instructors, which means that students should be able to get assistance when they require it more easily.</p><p>Additionally, the Engler College of Business was recognized by College Consensus in three categories including <a href="https://www.collegeconsensus.com/rankings/best-online-healthcare-mba/">No. 16</a> as the Best Online Healthcare MBA Programs for 2020, <a href="https://www.collegeconsensus.com/rankings/best-online-mba-programs-texas/">No. 4</a> on the list of Best Online MBA Programs in Texas for 2019, and <a href="https://www.collegeconsensus.com/rankings/best-online-information-technology-mba/">No. 7</a> on the list of Best Online Information Technology MBA Programs for 2020.</p><p>To learn more about graduate business programs in the Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business or receive your personalized plan of study, contact the Graduate Business Programs Office at 806-651-2500 or <a href="mailto:gradbusprograms@wtamu.edu">gradbusprograms@wtamu.edu</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p align="center">&mdash;WTAMU&mdash;</p></div>http://www.wtamu.edu/news/college-of-business-at-wt-ranked-as-no-9-on-discover-business.aspxFri, 22 Nov 2019 00:00:00 GMTWT History Professor Publishes Book About Grand Canyon<p>&nbsp;</p><div id="wysiwygcontent"><p><strong>Nov. 22, 2019</strong></p><p>CONTACT: Dr. Kristina Drumheller, 806-651-2816,&nbsp;<a href="mailto:kdrumheller@wtamu.edu">kdrumheller@wtamu.edu</a></p><div class="fb-like" data-action="like" data-href="https://www.wtamu.edu/news/wt-history-professor-publishes-book-about-grand-canyon.aspx" data-layout="standard" data-share="true" data-show-faces="true" data-size="small" data-width="">&nbsp;</div><h1>WT History Professor Publishes Book About Grand Canyon</h1><p>CANYON, Texas <strong>&ndash; </strong>Dr. Byron Pearson, professor of history at West Texas A&amp;M University, has finally seen 25 years of research about proposals to build dams in the Grand Canyon come to fruition in the newly published <em>Saving Grand Canyon: Dams, Deals, and a Noble Myth, </em>published by University of Nevada Press in October 2019.&nbsp;<img alt="Dr. Byron Pearson publishes book about Grand Canyon." src="/webres/Image/bpearson_5x_300_009.jpg" style="margin: 5px; float: right; width: 300px; height: 420px;" /></p><p>During the 1960s, the federal government attempted to build massive hydroelectric dams in Grand Canyon that would have altered the national park we know today. This important work traces the history of efforts to dam the Colorado River in the canyon as well as efforts to halt the projects.</p><p>&ldquo;I grew up in Arizona and have spent a lot of time in Grand Canyon. I have researched attempts to develop the Colorado River in the canyon for most of my career,&rdquo; said Pearson. &ldquo;Grand Canyon National Park, which turned 100 years old this year, is currently threatened by new dam proposals, uranium mining, and real estate development. I felt it was important to publish another book to remind people that even America&rsquo;s most sacred places will only remain protected if we care enough to act.&rdquo;</p><p>Although the heart of this book is about how Grand Canyon was protected from dams, it also debunks false narratives. The book demonstrates how the National Environmental Policy Act came to be and how the Sierra Club created a grand narrative that it saved Grand Canyon and became one of the leading environmental organizations in the world as a result. Pearson argues that the entrenched narrative has so captivated historians, writers, and filmmakers that the documented historical record is ignored in favor of a good story.</p><p>&ldquo;The reasons why the dams were defeated are incredibly complicated and are more of a function of how the political process worked at the time rather than due to the efforts of the environmentalists,&rdquo; Pearson said.</p><p><em>Saving Grand Canyon</em> is a compelling story that sets out to correct what has been falsely asserted for more than 50 years. This book will appeal to people interested in national parks, the American West, and the protection of landscapes, who want to know about attempts to dam the Colorado River in Grand Canyon, the most iconic natural wonder of them all.</p><p>Pearson&rsquo;s research and publications earned him WTAMU&rsquo;s award for Excellence in Intellectual Contributions in 2019.</p><p>Pearson teaches U.S. history courses in WTAMU&rsquo;s department of history, including Environmental History. <em>Saving Grand Canyon</em> is a follow up to Pearson&rsquo;s first book in 2002, <em>Still The Wild River Runs: Congress, the Sierra Club, and the Fight to Save Grand Canyon 1963-1968</em>, published by University of Arizona Press.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p align="center">&mdash;WTAMU&mdash;</p></div><img alt="Dr. Byron Pearson publishes book about Grand Canyon." src="/webres/Image/bpearson_5x_300_009.jpg" style="margin: 5px; float: right; width: 300px; height: 420px;" />http://www.wtamu.edu/news/wt-history-professor-publishes-book-about-grand-canyon.aspxFri, 22 Nov 2019 00:00:00 GMTHorse Judging Team Earns AQHA World Reserve Champion Title<div id="wysiwygcontent"><p><strong>Nov. 22, 2019</strong></p><p>CONTACT: Dr. John Pipkin, 806-651-2557,&nbsp;<a href="mailto:jpipkin@wtamu.edu">jpipkin@wtamu.edu</a></p><p>COPY BY: Brad Newman</p><h2>Horse Judging Team Earns AQHA World Reserve Champion Title</h2><p><img alt="AQHA Championships" src="/webres/Image/SRP_7483-J_PIPKIN%20RELEASED.jpg" style="margin: 5px; width: 700px; height: 560px;" />*<span style="color:#808080;"><em>*Photo from left to right: Sydney Reynolds (assistant coach), Isaiah Chandler, Alexis Deelsnyder, Cali Pontnack, Reilly Dhaliwal, Mallory Fulwider, Lacy Petty, Cheyenne Detherow, Kayla Burns, Emmy Jo Martinez, Baily Summers, Maggie Murphy (assistant coach) and John Pipkin (coach).&nbsp;</em></span></p><p>CANYON, Texas&mdash;West Texas A&amp;M University&rsquo;s horse judging team took the title of World Reserve Champion at the American Quarter Horse Association&#39;s World Championship Show.<br /><br />The team competed on Saturday, Nov. 16, at the annual event in Oklahoma City.<br /><br />The WT team earned a total of 3,354 points to garner the overall second-place position. Kansas State University took first place overall with 3,356 points, followed by Texas Tech University at third with 3,340 points. The event brought in 120 contestants and 16 teams competing in halter, performance and reasons.<br /><br />The team accomplishment adds to an already successful season for WT&#39;s horse judging team. The team opened its competitive season in September with an overall third-place finish at the American Paint Horse Association Collegiate World Championship Sept. 19 in Fort Worth, and was Champion at the All-American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio, on Oct. 16.<br /><br />&quot;Winning a Reserve World Championship is a fantastic accomplishment,&quot; said Dr. John Pipkin, director of the equine industry program and coach of the horse judging team. &quot;They (the team members) are outstanding judges and communicators, but more importantly, are exceptional individuals. They represent WT so well and should make everyone at WT proud.&quot;<br /><br />In individual placings, Kayla Burns, a junior agribusiness major from Molalla, Ore., was named Champion individual overall, placing first in performance and second in reasons. Teammate Baily Summers, a junior agribusiness major from Sparta, Mo., finished Reserve Champion overall, with a first-place finish in reasons, a third-place finish in halter and a seventh-place finish in performance. Mallory Fulwider, a junior equine industry and business major from Round Rock, Texas, was fifth in halter. Cheyenne Detherow, a junior agribusiness major from Ozark, Mo., finished seventh in reasons; and Isaiah Chandler, a junior equine industry and business major from Carthage, Mo., earned ninth in reasons.<br /><br />In the Limited Division of the competition, WT competitors Lacy Petty, a sophomore agriculture media and communications major from Adrian, Texas, and Emmy Jo Martinez, a sophomore agriculture education major from Pueblo, Colo., placed first and second overall respectively.<br /><br />The WT horse judging team will next compete at the National Reining Horse Association Futurity on Dec. 3 and 4, in Oklahoma City.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p align="center">&mdash;WTAMU&mdash;</p></div><img alt="AQHA Championships" src="/webres/Image/SRP_7483-J_PIPKIN%20RELEASED.jpg" style="margin: 5px; width: 700px; height: 560px;" />*<span style="color:#808080;"><em>*Photo from left to right: Sydney Reynolds (assistant coach), Isaiah Chandler, Alexis Deelsnyder, Cali Pontnack, Reilly Dhaliwal, Mallory Fulwider, Lacy Petty, Cheyenne Detherow, Kayla Burns, Emmy Jo Martinez, Baily Summers, Maggie Murphy (assistant coach) and John Pipkin (coach).&nbsp;</em></span></p><p>CANYON, Texas&mdash;West Texas A&amp;M University&rsquo;s horse judging team took the title of World Reserve Champion at the American Quarter Horse Association&#39;s World Championship Show.<br /><br />The team competed on Saturday, Nov. 16, at the annual event in Oklahoma City.<br /><br />The WT team earned a total of 3,354 points to garner the overall second-place position. Kansas State University took first place overall with 3,356 points, followed by Texas Tech University at third with 3,340 points. The event brought in 120 contestants and 16 teams competing in halter, performance and reasons.<br /><br />The team accomplishment adds to an already successful season for WT&#39;s horse judging team. The team opened its competitive season in September with an overall third-place finish at the American Paint Horse Association Collegiate World Championship Sept. 19 in Fort Worth, and was Champion at the All-American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio, on Oct. 16.<br /><br />&quot;Winning a Reserve World Championship is a fantastic accomplishment,&quot; said Dr. John Pipkin, director of the equine industry program and coach of the horse judging team. &quot;They (the team members) are outstanding judges and communicators, but more importantly, are exceptional individuals. They represent WT so well and should make everyone at WT proud.&quot;<br /><br />In individual placings, Kayla Burns, a junior agribusiness major from Molalla, Ore., was named Champion individual overall, placing first in performance and second in reasons. Teammate Baily Summers, a junior agribusiness major from Sparta, Mo., finished Reserve Champion overall, with a first-place finish in reasons, a third-place finish in halter and a seventh-place finish in performance. Mallory Fulwider, a junior equine industry and business major from Round Rock, Texas, was fifth in halter. Cheyenne Detherow, a junior agribusiness major from Ozark, Mo., finished seventh in reasons; and Isaiah Chandler, a junior equine industry and business major from Carthage, Mo., earned ninth in reasons.<br /><br />In the Limited Division of the competition, WT competitors Lacy Petty, a sophomore agriculture media and communications major from Adrian, Texas, and Emmy Jo Martinez, a sophomore agriculture education major from Pueblo, Colo., placed first and second overall respectively.<br /><br />http://www.wtamu.edu/news/horse-judging-team-earns-aqha-world-reserve-champion-title.aspxFri, 22 Nov 2019 00:00:00 GMTWT's Nursing Program Relocates to Downtown Amarillo<div id="wysiwygcontent"><p><strong>Nov. 19, 2019</strong></p><p>CONTACT: Dr. J. Dirk Nelson, 806-651-3501,&nbsp;<a href="mailto:jdnelson@wtamu.edu">jdnelson@wtamu.edu</a></p><p>COPY BY: Brittany Castillo, 806-651-2682, <a href="mailto:bcastillo@wtamu.edu">bcastillo@wtamu.edu</a></p><div class="fb-like" data-action="like" data-href="https://wtamu.edu/news/wt-s-nursing-program-relocates-to-downtown-amarillo.aspx" data-layout="standard" data-share="true" data-show-faces="true" data-size="small" data-width="">&nbsp;</div><h1><span style="”color:">WT&#39;s Nursing Program Relocates to Downtown Amarillo</span></h1><p>CANYON, Texas&mdash;The nursing program at West Texas A&amp;M University is relocating from the Canyon campus to the Harrington Academic Hall WTAMU Amarillo Center projected for fall 2021.</p><p>The move will place 250 undergraduate students and approximately 20 nursing faculty and staff in Amarillo, and it will offer greater opportunities for collaboration between the nursing program and other WT programs including communication disorders, the Panhandle Area Education Center and the Texas A&amp;M AgriLife Extension.</p><p>These partnerships will benefit from closer proximity by better promoting wellness services, such as those presented at the biannual WT Inner City Health Fair, and helping prevent chronic disease.</p><p>&ldquo;WT&rsquo;s College of Nursing and Health Sciences mission is to enhance the quality of life for citizens in our region. Moving the Department of Nursing to Harrington Hall will allow us to expand our curricula and expand our ability to enhance the quality of life for citizens in our region,&rdquo; Dr. J. Dirk Nelson, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, said.</p><p>&ldquo;Additionally, this move will place WT - with its faculty expertise, programmatic endeavors, facilities and proximity to multiple medically underserved counties - in a unique position to closely ally with the vice chancellor&rsquo;s goal of an Institute for Advancing Agriculture and Health, which will improve the well-being of Texans.&rdquo;</p><p>The relocation is in response to maxim nine aimed to foster locally responsive research and infrastructure as listed in the University&rsquo;s generational plan <a href="https://wt125.wtamu.edu/">WT 125: From the Panhandle to the World</a>. Specifically, this also will help increase the number of registered nurses with a comprehensive master&rsquo;s degree such as with family nurse practitioners and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners.</p><p>Relocation was helped made possible with a 6 million dollar investment borrowed from The Texas A&amp;M System under the leadership of Chancellor John Sharp. The announcement was made along with sharing the results of WT&rsquo;s most recent <a href="https://www.wtamu.edu/about/economic-value.aspx">Economic Impact Report</a> at the Amarillo City Council public meeting.</p><p>For more information about the WT nursing program, call 806-651-2630 or email <a href="mailto:nursing@wtamu.edu">nursing@wtamu.edu</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p align="center">&mdash;WTAMU&mdash;</p></div>http://www.wtamu.edu/news/wt-s-nursing-program-relocates-to-downtown-amarillo.aspxTue, 19 Nov 2019 00:00:00 GMTWT's Distinguished Lecture Series to Host Temple Grandin<div id="wysiwygcontent"><p><strong>Nov. 19, 2019</strong></p><p>CONTACT: Dr. Brian Ingrassia, 806-651-2470,&nbsp;<a href="mailto:bingrassia@wtamu.edu">bingrassia@wtamu.edu</a></p><h1>WT&#39;s Distinguished Lecture Series to Host Temple Grandin</h1><p>CANYON, Texas&mdash;The Distinguished Lecture Series at West Texas A&amp;M University will host speaker Temple Grandin at 7:00 p.m.,&nbsp;<img alt="Temple Grandin" src="/webres/Image/temple_grandin%20(1).png" style="margin: 5px; float: right; width: 300px; height: 300px;" /> Tuesday, Feb. 18, in the Jack B. Kelly Student Center, Legacy Hall.</p><p>Grandin, an animal science professor at Colorado State University, first gained prominence when she published her scientific article &quot;Livestock Behavior as Related to Handling Facilities Design.&rdquo; This article presented the idea that animals are sensitive to the details of their environment. She was one of the first researchers to study this aspect of the livestock industry. She has a successful career in consulting about both livestock equipment and animal welfare, and today, half the cattle in the U.S. are handled in facilities she designed.</p><p>She has been featured on NPR (National Public Radio) and a BBC Special titled &ldquo;The Woman Who Thinks like a Cow&rdquo; as well as national TV shows such as 20/20, Sixty Minutes and Larry King Live. Articles about her and her work have been published in Time Magazine, New York Times, Discover Magazine, Forbes and USA Today.</p><p>For more information about Grandin, visit her website&nbsp;<a href="http://templegrandin.com/">here</a>.</p><p><strong>About WT&rsquo;S Distinguished Lecture Series</strong></p><p>The Distinguished Lecture Series brings people of national prominence to speak on the WT campus. All DLS events are free and open to the public. For more information, please visit <a href="https://www.wtamu.edu/about/distinguished-lecture-series.aspx">here</a>.</p><p align="center">&mdash;WTAMU&mdash;</p></div><img alt="Temple Grandin" src="/webres/Image/temple_grandin%20(1).png" style="margin: 5px; float: right; width: 300px; height: 300px;" />http://www.wtamu.edu/news/wt-s-distinguished-lecture-series-to-host-temple-grandin.aspxTue, 19 Nov 2019 00:00:00 GMTNursing Program Receives Accreditation Through 2029<div id="wysiwygcontent"><p><strong>Nov. 18, 2019</strong></p><p>CONTACT: Dr. Helen Reyes, 806-651-2631,&nbsp;<a href="mailto:hreyes@wtamu.edu">hreyes@wtamu.edu</a></p><p>COPY BY: Brad Newman</p><div class="fb-like" data-action="like" data-href="https://wtamu.edu/news/wt-presents-annual-fall-into-dance.aspx" data-layout="standard" data-share="true" data-show-faces="true" data-size="small" data-width="">&nbsp;</div><h1><span style="”color:">WT Nursing Program Receives Accreditation Through 2029</span></h1><p>CANYON, TX&mdash; All nursing programs at West Texas A&amp;M University have received accreditation for the next 10 years.<br /><br />The accreditation is with the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), an autonomous agency officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accrediting agency for nursing education.<br /><br />All nursing programs, at the baccalaureate, master&#39;s, and post-master&#39;s levels, are fully accredited through 2029.<br /><br />The process of receiving accreditation involves a self-study followed by a three-day site visit from CCNE. Representatives from CCNE listed WT in April 2019, interviewing students, faculty, community partners, and administrators. The agency reviews accreditation documents and makes a recommendation to the CCNE Board of Commissioners for final approval.<br /><br />Nursing education programs must maintain accreditation with a national nursing accreditation agency for its graduates to take licensing examinations.<br /><br />&quot;We achieved the highest level of accreditation with no stipulations,&quot; said Dr. Helen Reyes, head of the Department of Nursing in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.<br /><br />WT first received accreditation with CCNE in 1990 have received reaccreditation twice more.<br /><br />WT nursing programs also have a 97 percent pass rate for students taking their licensing examinations (the National Council for Licensure Education, or NCLEX) for the first time. The Texas Board of Nursing publishes pass rates. WT&#39;s pass rate is a higher percentage than several other Texas institutions, including Baylor University, Texas Christian University, the University of Texas at Austin, and others.<br /><br />&quot;We have maintained these pass rates for several years now, and I believe that it is due in part to the dedication of our faculty, staff, and students to ensure that we are educating nurses at the highest level of quality,&quot; Reyes said.<br /><br />WT&#39;s nursing program was recently ranked No. 6 on the <a href="https://www.nursingprocess.org/online-rn-to-bsn-programs/">10 Best Online RN to BSN Programs</a>&nbsp;and No. 13 as <a href="https://www.intelligent.com/best-online-bachelors-in-health-science-degree-programs/">Best Online Bachelor&#39;s in Health Science</a> in the nation for 2020. To learn more about WT&#39;s nursing programs, contact Reyes at 806-651-2631 or <a href="mailto:hreyes@wtamu.edu">hreyes@wtamu.edu</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p align="center">&mdash;WTAMU&mdash;</p></div>http://www.wtamu.edu/news/nursing-program-receives-accreditation-through-2029.aspxMon, 18 Nov 2019 00:00:00 GMT