Grateful for appreciation

Many thanks to the following individuals & organizations that have honored me with their respective awards:

2017 Sigma Delta Pi chapter at TX Tech Univ.:  Alice White Service Award; 2017 Mary V. Hatfield Service to Animals Award; 2015 Ray Diekemper Lifetime of Service Award from the Volunteer Center of Lubbock; 2015 named perpetual honoree of the annual Alice V. White Humanitarian of the Year award by the East Lubbock Gateway organization, 2015 Rotarian of the Year by the Rotary Club of Fredericksburg Evening – Nimitz; 2014 Hispana of the Year from the Hispanic Association of Women / Lubbock; 2013 Gold Medalist in Communication from the Association of Women in Communications, Inc. / Lubbock Chapter; 2012 Pacesetter from South Plains College Foundation in Levelland, TX; 2010 Community Champion from the TX Tech Latino / Hispanic Faculty-Staff Association;  2007 Boots Adams Bringing Races Together Award;  2004 Queen for a Day from the TX Higher Education Coordinating Board; 1999 only Honorary Laboratorian from the Texas Department of Health; 1990s numerous excellence in public-health communication & outreach awards; 1992 Most Creative Volunteer Project from the Texas Dept. of Mental Health & Mental Retardation; 1991 Honorary Sixth Member of her classmates’ PhD dissertation committees three-decade: 1970-80-90 Named Gift Honoree when she served as biennial President of the Kansas Division & the Dodge City branch of the American Association of University Women; 1987 Athena Award from the Dodge City, KS, Women’s Chamber of Commerce; 1986 Kansas P.R.I.D.E. for a collaboration among Dodge City Community College, Saint Mary of the Plains College & the Southwest Area Vocational Technical School; 1973 100 Best Managed Farms in the US from Farm Futures magazine. 1970 golden-hog trophy during an annual Ford County, KS, Swine & Carcass Show.

As the founder &/or major donor for 81 endowments at colleges, universities, community foundations & her college fraternity, she fulfills author Malcom Gladwell’s definition of a “connector:”  a “handful of exceptional  people” with “a special gift for bringing the world together” by “moving up & down & back & forth among all the different worlds & subcultures & niches & levels.”

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