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“I will never attend Tarleton State University.” Who knew my life-long catchphrase would come back to haunt me? And man, am I glad it did!
As a Communications major with a concentration in Public Relations and Event Management (PREM), the career opportunities are virtually endless. From non-profit organizations to corporate businesses, from politics to the music industry, there are countless roads a PREM major can take. The PREM program gives students hands-on experience, allowing us to build our portfolios and improving our chance to land a job right out of college. The faculty care about each of their students and want not only for them to succeed but to push themselves beyond what they ever imagined they could achieve.
Adding a double minor in Music was no easy task, but the faculty and staff in the Fine Arts Department are very helpful and the students are so welcoming that they create their own little family; a family I am blessed to be considered a part of.
Involved in Paradigm Bible Study, Two42 Ministries, Phi Eta Sigma, and Delta Epsilon Iota, I have been blessed to have people invest in me and encourage me to get involved on campus and invest in others. Serving as Phi Eta Sigma President and now Senior Advisor opened doors to network with members of the national honors society from universities across the United States. Being involved in Paradigm Bible Study as a member and a third-year leader has granted me opportunities to serve our campus, fellow students, and even residents as far as New Orleans, Louisiana and Joplin, Missouri.
My experiences as a Tarleton Texan have allowed me to grow as a person and have opportunities I would never have otherwise. You can’t begin to understand the incredible friendships made through each organization on campus or how close-knit of a family Tarleton truly is until you have experienced it first-hand. There’s no better decision than to attend Tarleton State University.
Once a Texan, always a Texan!
Bleed Purple, Tarleton State!
Senior, Public Relations and Event Management
Tarleton was not my first choice when I was looking at colleges during high school. My parents drove me to Stephenville for a tour. That’s all it took. I decided that this was the school for me.
My major is biology. There are a ton of subjects under biology, but I love anything to do with bacteria or viruses. I want to work with them when I graduate and start doing research. While working with these microscopic organisms, I want to study their DNA, learn which part makes us sick and possibly find a way to "turn off" those genes. I currently am doing research with a professor sequencing DNA and learning all the skills that will be useful in my future.
My Residential Leader really showed me all the amazing aspects of our school and helped me get involved on campus. I now serve as a Residential Leader and love it. This year I went through Greek Recruitment and found a place in the Phi Mu family. I love Katy Perry, and I went to her concert two summers ago. When I have the money to spare, I like to go to Golden China by the movie theatre. The quality of Chinese food is amazing for Stephenville.
Even though I am involved on campus, my grades are the number one priority. College is about attending classes and doing your best. My favorite professor so far is Dr. Peter Bell from the Chemistry department. He really interacts with the class and makes it very personal. He knows the people who were genuinely interested with the course by name and likes to make inside jokes with the class. He is always willing to go back through a concept and expand on it allowing students to understand it fully.
I am a very focused student at Tarleton. I am glad that I can show my resident students that there are many aspects to college life here. My parents were spot on, I have grown to love Tarleton and bleed purple.
Student: Caryne Hampton
Hometown: Leander, Texas
The Theater Program at Tarleton State University provides comprehensive studies in performance, design, and technical elements. Hank Baldree, a sophomore from Lipan, Texas, has immersed himself in his classes which prepare students for a deadline-driven, production-oriented career. Tarleton Theater creates an environment that allows students to take creative risks as part of the learning process, and Hank has selected to concentrate on sound design. He is a member of Tarleton Players and represents this group in the Student Government Association House of Representatives.
Hank took a few moments to talk about his life as a Tarleton student.
1. Favorite Professor
My Favorite professor is Prudence Wehnert-Skinner, because I admire her devotion to her students and to the theatre. She has taught me a great deal about technical theatre.
2. Favorite subject to study within your major
My favorite subject to study in my major is sound design because I love being able to convey so much emotion through the sounds and music of a theatrical production.
3. Favorite subject outside your major
I really enjoy math and physics courses. They have helped me a great deal in the physics and math for the Theatre.
4. Favorite theater at Tarleton moment
My favorite theatre moment at Tarleton is when I got to go to the USITT (United States Institute of Theatre Technology) Annual Convention in Milwaukee Wisconsin. I was able to learn so much from theatre professionals and other theatre students.
5. Favorite on-campus place to study
My favorite on campus place to study is upstairs in the Library - usually at one of the computers or back behind the bookcase hidden way in the back. This is normally the quietest place in library and also where I can get more of my work done.
6. Favorite off-campus place to eat and/or hang out
My favorite place to eat during the semester is Beans and Franks. It is within walking distance and they have great food and awesome coffee!
7. Favorite out of class book to read
Even though I don’t get a lot of time to read outside for class my favorite thing to read are plays - my favorite one being The Scottish Play (Macbeth).
8. Favorite musicians/band
My two favorite Musicians would have to be Danny Elfman and Hans Zimmer. I am trying to become a sound designer and they are the two that really inspire me.
My first time ever visiting Tarleton was during my sophomore year of high school in the spring of 2007. One of my football teammates had invited me out to something called the "Texan Tour.” I wasn't too thrilled because I had never heard anything about the university and I had my mind set on another school.
That all changed when I walked into the doors of the Kinesiology Building. I remember being greeted by tour guides and faculty members with extreme enthusiasm. When I walked into Wisdom Gym this doubled and I began to feed off that energy. I really fell in love with the people, campus, and strong love for traditions. As we left that day I called my mom and let her know that I was going to be attending Tarleton State University in 2010.
However, with the grades I had in high school being accepted was no easy task. That’s when the Student Success program really helped me with entrance into the university. I remember promising that I would take advantage of this great opportunity since most kids like me didn't get this kind of chance. So I made sure I stayed on top of my homework, made good grades, joined a Greek Organization, served on Freshman Representative Council, and participated in numerous campus events.
Tarleton definitely has been one of the best choices I've ever made. The family atmosphere, the love of the university’s unique history, and the strong bond with our brothers and sisters both living and deceased is matched by none. I will forever be proud to be a TEXAN!!!!!!
At first glance Andy Vazquez, a senior Business Management major from L. C. Anderson High School in Austin, appears to be a typical Tarleton State University student. He loves pizza, catching up on “The Walking Dead” on Netflix, and is excited about graduating in May, 2013.
Then there is the other Andy Vazquez who has been inducted into five honor societies: Phi Eta Sigma, Sigma Alpha Pi, The National Society of Leadership and Success, Delta Epsilon Iota, Delta Mu Delta, College of Business Honors Society, and Alpha Chi, National College Honor Society of the Top 10 percent of college institution’s juniors & seniors. He also serves the university as a Tarleton Ambassador.
The following Q&A with Andy will give you more insight into his college experience and why Tarleton makes a real difference for his future.
1. Who is your favorite professor and why?
There are many incredible professors at Tarleton but I would have to say it is a tie between Joanna Shaw and Cary Winsett. They are both really great teachers and teach every subject in a way that makes it relevant and easy to comprehend for students. They have great personalities and their passion for teaching makes class that much more enjoyable.
2. What is your favorite subject to study within your major and why?
I really like Organizational Behavior and Business Ethics because both subjects incorporate how people communicate and make decisions in businesses on a more psychological level. These studies go deeper into individual personalities, cultures, experiences, etc. and show how these differences can vary the success of an organization. I also really liked Business Strategies because it ties everything I have learned from previous semesters and it is rewarding to see how everything ties together and to really be able to understand everything.
3. What are your career aspirations?
I hope to someday run a Forbes Global 2000 company, and if I could be the founder/owner of that company then that would be incredible. After a few years of gaining real-life experiences in the business world I want to give back to the youth by becoming a college professor or finding a position at a university in which I could share my knowledge and experiences with students.
4. Who are your favorite musicians/music/bands?
My absolute favorite band of all time is a Spanish rock band called Mana, but you can never go wrong with Michael Jackson.
5. What is your favorite on-campus study location and why?
Definitely the bottom floor of the library, on a computer, because it is quiet and I do not get phone service down there.
There were several reasons, but I decided on Tarleton for my graduate degree mostly because of the faculty. I have come to know most of the mathematics faculty very well, and I am still amazed by how invested they are in their teaching. All my professors have been easily approachable and always willing and able to explain a concept that I am having difficulty with, while at the same time encouraging independent learning.
They are not only passionate teachers, but also active researchers; I have worked with one of my professors on a project involving disease modeling, and I intend to begin this summer on my next project of interest.
Attending Tarleton has been (and will be) a wholly positive experience for me. It is a huge part of who I am, and I feel it has a lot to do with my success as a student.
My current plans are to go on and obtain a Ph. D. in mathematics, and do research in whatever area I decide to specialize in. There is no doubt in my mind that my Tarleton education and the meaningful connections I’ve made with faculty and other students will prove invaluable to me in the future."
Tarleton has always been a part of my family. I am a third generation Tarleton alumna. My maternal grandparents both attended Tarleton when it was a two year institution known as John Tarleton Agricultural College. When the North Texas Agricultural College (UT-Arlington) airplane went down, my maternal grandfather was on campus. He also shared books with one of his friends during his time at Tarleton because book prices have always been high. His cousin was one of the Ten Tarleton Sisters, otherwise known as the Purple Poo, during her time at Tarleton. She tells stories about her identity almost being revealed on several occasions.
My paternal grandparents both attended Tarleton when it was known as Tarleton State College. My parents and three of my aunts and uncles attended Tarleton. My paternal grandfather asked my grandmother to marry him on the steps of the auditorium, where the Hunewell Bandstand is now. My dad asked my mom to marry him in the exact same spot 21 years later.
Tarleton has deep ties to my family, but it wasn’t the only thing to bring me here. There are so many academic possibilities at Tarleton. I was a part of the Presidential Honors Program throughout my college experience. The program added another facet to my education and I feel prepared for whatever comes my way in the future.
Tarleton has opened many opportunities to me. Through my local involvement with the Tarleton chapter of Phi Eta Sigma National Honors Society, I gained the opportunity to serve on the National Executive Committee. There is no limit to what you can achieve at Tarleton State University.
Tarleton is one of the best choices I've made in my life. Becoming a "Tarleton Texan" and being accepted into the Tarleton family has been life changing.
Being involved on campus in organizations that appeal to me not only allowed my personal self to shine, but it also allowed me to live to my highest potential. Becoming involved in professional organizations gave me a whole new outlook on life and allowed me to grow into a successful student and graduate. The opportunities that were put before me were overwhelming and rewarding. This involvement lead me to receive the Freshman Participation Award, and acceptance into some of the most prestigious honor societies such as Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Eta Sigma and others. I held several professional positions, including Vice President of University Operations for the Student Government Association, President of Colleges Against Cancer, Vice President of Texans Promoting Tolerance, and Assistant Director of Duck Camp. All of this has been made possible due to the support and motivation I received from fellow students in organizations as well as faculty members.
The most rewarding opportunity bestowed upon me was the office of Student Body President. I held this position with upmost respect, and enjoyed serving my fellow students throughout the 2011-2012 academic year. All of my successes at this university have been made possible due to the support and assistance from faculty, staff, and administration, as well as my fellow Texans and TexAnns - better known as my brothers and sisters at Tarleton State University.
Alumnus, Agriculture Business
Iowa Park, TX
I chose to attend Tarleton State University because it provides the rich history and special traditions of larger universities in Texas, while still maintaining a personable learning atmosphere. While Tarleton was close to home, living in Stephenville combined the best of small-town living with big-city convenience. In addition, I met my wife at Tarleton and as alumni, we remain connected to the Tarleton family.
The sociology program at Tarleton State University not only equipped me with the skills necessary to analyze and explain social behaviors, but also exposed me to my current field, criminal justice. The same practices of observing social interactions and collecting empirical data used in sociology are applied to explain criminal behavior and interactions among criminals, the criminal justice system, and society. My background in sociology and relationships with Tarleton faculty have shaped my worldview in a way that allows me to think critically about the simplest social relationships and the most complex social institutions.
After graduating with my Bachelor of Science in Sociology degree, I immediately began work on my Master of Criminal Justice degree while working with Tarrant County Juvenile Services. The job involved working with high-risk juvenile offenders in a secure detention facility. Once I completed the master's program, I began employment at Hill College as an instructor of criminal justice, where I currently teach a wide range of undergraduate criminal justice classes.
When I reflect on my experiences at Tarleton, I realize that I did not “go” to Tarleton; I “became” a Tarleton Texan. BLEED PURPLE!
My father, mother and sister all attended Tarleton, where my dad was a member of the Purple Poo. Their experiences and the quality educations they received ahead of their careers as public school teachers made my decision to attend Tarleton an easy one.
I knew I wanted to become a teacher one day, and after finding out more about the education program, it was obvious that I needed to attend Tarleton. Going through grade school I had teachers who were Tarleton graduates. I heard many stories about how Tarleton has prepared them very well for teaching.
When I first came to Tarleton I knew I wanted to major in education, with a focus on early childhood through 6th grade. This is my third year at Tarleton, and I am still happy I made that decision. I cannot wait to graduate and be in the classroom.
The professors here in the Curriculum and Instruction Department go above and beyond supporting their students for success, by using real life experiences and bringing the school classroom to the Tarleton classroom. My professors have the right amount of enthusiasm that is contagious, which makes future teachers confident and excited for teaching.
I feel as if the College of Education at Tarleton is more of a family and the backbone to my own educational success. I know my professors want to help prepare me to become a self-directed professional and have a systemic understanding of education.
Since becoming a Tarleton Texan I’ve grown personally by serving as a Tarleton Ambassador, being held to high academic standards by my professors, as well as taking advantage of the many opportunities for professional and career development.
Looking back, I know I made a great decision and am confident that I will leave the gates of Tarleton prepared for a successful career in educating the next generation of students.
Interdisciplinary Studies – College of Education
"There is no place like home, there is no place like home, there is no place like home," in the words of Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. I have truly found that there is no place like the home that is Tarleton State University.
I have come to find my home and family within the rock walls of Tarleton. I did not bother applying to any other University because I knew that there was no other school that could offer what Tarleton offers its students.
Tarleton provides you with faculty and staff who get to know each of their students on a personal level. We are unique individuals who are challenged on a daily basis to stand up and stand out in a positive way. We are encouraged as Tarleton students to leave a lasting legacy behind.
Our University President and Administration know students on a first name basis and encourage an open door policy to listen to student concerns. My college experience is one that I will cherish for a lifetime because I got involved and embraced the college experience with open arms.
I challenge each new student to get involved, make a difference, become a leader, and embrace the Tarleton traditions. I am Tarleton because I stand for leadership, integrity, diversity, family values, and pride in tradition.
- Alycia Pruitt, 2011 Alumna, English, Student Body President (2010-11)
"I have pushed myself to be involved in a wide array of organizations where my different abilities could shine through.
Student Government Executive Council has shown me that I am a strong leader with a striking force of professionalism and reason.
Being a Duck Camp Leader has shown me that I can be outgoing and also create and maintain interpersonal relationships.
Tarleton has built the foundation, involvement has laid the bricks, and my willingness to learn has placed the roof. Moving forward into my future will lead me to use all of the tools Tarleton State University has provided me with."
-Sy Broumley, 2010 Alumnus, Communication Studies
"I spent the last 3 years studying at Tarleton and I finished my Master's degree in Information Systems (MIS). I chose the MIS program because I wanted to learn more computer skills which would help me to locate a job, and it did find me one!
I focused on taking some programming, database, web design and multimedia classes in order to achieve my goal of study.
For my experience in Information Systems, I can say that if you want to boost your career up to a management level, or improve your computer skills and step into this field, the Master of Information Systems program is right for you!"
-Li Wang, International Student, 2010 Alumna, Master of Information Systems Graduate