Student Assistant Spotlight-Hunter


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Hunter

Hunter Schumann

Transition & Engagement Student Assistant

Hometown: Fredericksburg, TX | Major: Agricultural Communications


What do you like most about your job?

My co-workers

Name one thing you can’t live without.

Hulu

If you could travel to any place in the world, where would you go and what would you do?

China, Singapore, South Korea

What is something unique about you?

I have two middle names.

You can only eat one food for the rest of your life. What would you choose?

Pizza

At social media platform do you use the most?

Twitter

What is your favorite movie and/or TV show?

Mindy Project

What would you do if you won the lottery?

Move far, far away.

If you could have any super power, what would it be?

Mind Control

 

 

Student Assistant Spotlight-Kristen


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Kristen

Kristen Shafer

Transition & Engagement Student Assistant

Hometown: Greenbrier, AR | Major: Pre-Nursing

Hobbies: Spoiling my dog • Binge-watching Grey’s Anatomy • Pinterest-ing

Hobbies: I am very involved in Greek Life (I hold a Panhellenic position), and I am also a member of ALD/PES honor societies.


If you could travel to any place in the world, where would you go and what would you do?

If I could travel to any place in the world, it would probably be London. There are just so many fun places to visit there.

Tell us a joke.

My best joke- “What did the teddy bear say when he was offered dessert?” “No thanks, I’m stuffed.” Ba dum tssss.

Why did you choose your major?

I chose Nursing because I love the medical field and helping others. Also, the medical field is constantly experiencing changes and advancements, and will offer many learning opportunities.

You can only eat one food for the rest of your life. What would you choose?

If I could only eat one food for the rest of my life, it would probably be spaghetti. I could eat spaghetti every day and not get tired of it.

What social media platform do you use the most?

The social media platform I use the most is Instagram. I could spend hours on the favorites page looking at makeup artists, foodie accounts, and dogs of course.

What is your favorite movie and/or TV show?

My favorite TV show is Grey’s Anatomy. It’s just the best.

Who is your celebrity crush?

My celebrity crush is Leonardo DiCaprio. I was so obsessed with him when I first saw Titanic at the ripe age of 6, and I have been in love with him ever since. Also he deserves 10 Oscars, not just 1.

If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to?

If I could go back in time, I would travel back to the 1920s. The Great Gatsby is my favorite book and I’m obsessed with that time period.

Do you have any pet peeves?

My biggest pet peeve is people smacking their food. Please just don’t.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

The best advice I have ever been given is to make choices that scare you a little. The scariest choice is going to be the one that helps you grow the most.

Who is your role model?

My biggest role model is my mom. She has been there for me through thick and thin, and she has always been my #1 supporter. I owe all of my success to her.

 

Student Assistant Spotlight-Alex

 


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Alex Brown

Transition & Engagement Student Assistant

Hometown: Katy, TX | Major: Biology

Hobbies: Playing Guitar • Working Out at the REC

Involvement: Red Raider Orientation Captain • College of Arts and Sciences Student Ambassador


What do you like most about your job?

I enjoy working in multiple positions with Transition & Engagement, for it offers me the opportunity to make connections with diverse individuals across campus.

Do you have any nicknames?

Many of my friends call me “DJ A-Bro”, because I am always trusted to play the best music when handed the aux cord on road trips.

Why did you choose Texas Tech?

As a child, I was constantly traveling to Texas Tech to visit my sister, who also went to school here. I fell in love with the family atmosphere of inclusiveness and tradition. When it came time for me to apply for colleges, my adoration of Tech’s values and my desire to put myself out of my comfort zone by moving far away from home made Tech my clear first choice

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In five years, I see myself working as a pharmaceutical representative. This position combines my passion for biology with my love of interpersonal communication and allows me to work and travel outside the office.

Name one thing you can’t live without.

I cannot live without coffee.

If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would you go and what would you do?

I would travel to Europe and hop from country to country.

You can only eat one food for the rest of your life. What would you choose?

If I could only eat one food the rest of my life, I would choose tacos. One taco a day keeps the doctor away.

Do you have any hidden talents?

I can say the alphabet backwards. It is a quirky trick to surprise people with that my grandfather taught me as a kid.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

If I could have any superpower, I would want the ability to read minds.

Student Assistant Spotlight-Haleigh


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Haleigh Erramouspe

Transition & Engagement Student Assistant

Hometown: Corona, NM | Major: Agricultural Communications

Hobbies: Reading • Watching Netflix • Hanging out with friends

Organizations: Wool Judging Team • Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT) • Block and Bridle • Ambassadors for Agriculture


What is your dream job?
My dream job would be working with Agriculture in the Classroom. I would like to work for a state organization traveling across the state to teach agriculture to students, preferably in elementary school. I would also  be very interested in teaching agriculture internationally in developing countries. I love to travel and I currently plan on getting my Masters of Science in International Agriculture after completing my bachelors.

Why did you choose Texas Tech?
I chose Texas Tech partially because my mom went to college here and partially because I wanted a fresh start. The majority of my friends went to New Mexico State University and it was very tempting to go there. However, I knew exactly how my life would go if I went to NMSU and I really wanted a new perspective and a fresh start.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?
During a rough time, my ag teacher, Mr. Johnson once told me that when bad things happen to us we really have two choices—either we can get bitter, or get better. We can either let the situation control our attitude or we can control our attitude about the situation. This has really stuck with me and I try to remember it anytime something doesn’t go my way.

Who is your favorite professor and why?
My favorite professor is Dr. Courtney Meyers. She is teaching Communicating Agriculture to the Public, which is my favorite class I have been in so far. She is an excellent teacher and I am learning a lot in this class. She has been very willing to help me with a variety of things the past two semesters and has helped me grow as a writer and a student.

Why did you choose your major?
When I applied for Tech, I was an animal science major and I had been stuck on being a veterinarian for most of my life. However, while I was serving as a State FFA Officer my senior year of high school, I had the opportunity to travel to classrooms across the state and teach agricultural leadership workshops. I found that I loved to teach people about agriculture, especially elementary students. I also was able to see the evident lack of communication between producers and consumers and I wanted to do something to help. So, while I was at orientation, I changed from animal science to agricultural communications and I have loved it ever since.

Do you have any pet peeves?  
My biggest pet peeve is someone reading my phone or computer screen over my shoulder.

If you could only have one food for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
If I could only have one food for the rest of my life, it would be coffee. I drink at least one cup every morning, and I’m pretty sure I couldn’t live without it.

Tell us a joke.
What do you call a happy farmer? A jolly rancher!

What is your favorite movie/TV show?
My favorite TV show is Grey’s Anatomy.

 

2017 Outstanding Raiders Who Rock

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The purpose of the Raiders Who Rock program is to recognize outstanding students, faculty, and staff who make Texas Tech a better community for all of its members. The contributions of these individuals can range from exemplary accomplishments to small gestures, but each one positively impacts the quality of life for members of the Texas Tech and Lubbock communities.

Oftentimes these students, faculty/staff and organizations are involved in activities within the Lubbock and Tech Communities, and do the work that they do because it is fulfilling to them, not for recognition. With this understanding, we would like to recognize these Texas Tech community members through this program and in a way that allows someone else to initiate the Raiders Who Rock stories.

All Raiders Who Rock nominees and their nominators are honored at the Raiders Who Rock Banquet, and the top nominee from each category will be announced and will receive a special award. The Raiders Who Rock Banquet is an opportunity to publicly honor and reward students, faculty, staff and organizations who make a positive impact on the Texas Tech community.

Congratulations to all of our 2017 Raiders Who Rock!

Featured below are the top nominees from each category


Strive for Honor

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Aida Gutierrez was nominated by Laura Thomas.

The Student Outstanding Raider Who Rocks to receive the Strive for Honor award is Aida Gutierrez.

Aida currently works for the Department of Recreational Sports as a Sport Club Student Director. She leads by example and is always up for a challenge. Aida takes initiative to complete tasks that fellow staff members maybe haven’t gotten to, or have forgotten about. She never asks for individual credit or appreciation, and is always first to use language like “we” and “the team”.

The Department of Recreational Sports has over 1000 student athletes in the program, and her nominator believes it is because of Aida’s passion for the direction that has spread positivity so far throughout the program. Aida doesn’t use the word “leader” to describe herself, but you can tell that all other students and professional staff that work with her respect and appreciate everything she does while striving for honor.

Kathryn Nelson

Kathryn was nominated by Olivia Ross, Michael Ross, Marie Reinke, Thanh Tran, Natalie Campbell, Garrett Blackwell. Amanda Gunter, Megan Hatcher, Henry Oliver, and Kelly Aaron.

The Faculty/Staff Outstanding Raider Who Rocks to receive the Strive for Honor award is Kathryn Nelson.

Mrs. Nelson is currently a professor in the Landscape Architecture Department. She is multi-faceted in her professionalism, whether it is in her formal role as classroom instructor and academic advisor, or informally as a mentor and cheerleader for her students and coworkers. Kathryn takes initiative, and is known to be committed to doing the right thing. She is always supportive, dependable, helpful, and patient.

Some of her students say Kathryn is the epitome of an extraordinary instructor. She displays a commitment to treating all students and coworkers in the department with respect regardless of her work load, stress level, or any negative factors involved in her day. She understands the obligation that faculty have to students and, in turn, realizes that they deserve high value for their educational investment. She naturally is extraordinary even in, what would otherwise be, ordinary circumstances.

Unsung Hero

Dr. Kimberly Sparr

Dr. Kimberly Sparr was nominated by Nasr Sheikh and Jordan Kirksey.

The Faculty/Staff Outstanding Raider Who Rocks to receive the Unsung Hero award is Dr. Kimberly Sparr.

Dr. Sparr is currently the professor of viola in the College of Music. As a distinguished musician, with a resume that is flooded with conservatory and professional orchestral experience, she is one of the most sought-after violists in the nation. One of her many goals as a teacher is to cultivate her students’ own thinking and decision-making as musicians.

The most unique thing about Dr. Sparr, in regards to her teaching and performing is her unparalleled energy. As a person, Dr. Sparr carries a wave of contagious energy that marks her presence wherever she goes. Faculty, staff, and students become different people by interacting with her.

In the fall of 2016, Dr. Sparr was diagnosed with cancer. It was an early stage of cancer, and there was no damage done to the body. However, the treatment she received would take a toll on her. While remaining a full-time teacher, performer, and faculty member, she underwent a series of chemotherapy treatments that left her weaker. Despite undergoing a huge battle, Dr. Sparr continued to work some concerts with the Lubbock Symphony and teaching as many of her students as she could, remaining a rock star to the people who she gracefully inspired with her sheer presence.

Chad Campbell

Chad Campbell was nominated by Dr. Aliza Wong.

The Student Outstanding Raider Who Rocks to receive the Unsung Hero award is Chad Campbell.

Chad has been part of the Bayless Mentoring Program in the Honors College for the past three years. He even gave up a prestigious internship because he believed that the socioeconomically challenged children of this local elementary school needed him more.

Chad has been a constant, dependable, encouraging, hopeful presence for several children in the program. He can also be described as the quiet person in the back of the room who always provides support, who always encourages, who gives strength, inspiration, courage, hope in the endeavor. Chad tirelessly works behind the scenes to improve the projects he is involved in.

Pursuit of Excellence

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Farah Mechref was nominated by Dr. Aliza Wong.

The Student Outstanding Raider Who Rocks to receive the Pursuit of Excellence award is Farah Mechref.

Farah is currently a pre-med student whose contributions to, and achievements at, Texas Tech embody what it means to pursue excellence. She is committed to academic excellence, social justice, global vision, campus safety, human rights, and honor evermore. Dr. Wong describes her as having been at the forefront of Texas Tech.

Farah was one of only six women WORLDWIDE to participate in the Women’s Global Leadership program at the Andi Institute. Along with two American students, and three from places such as Kuwait and Lebanon, Farah was one of the six women who lived, breathed, and spoke with some of the most amazing female leaders of our age in Washington D.C.

Farah is also a senator for our student government, a member of President’s Select, a mentor for freshman, and is an ambassador in the Honors College. Her dedication and drive to make a positive impact on the lives of others, especially those here at Texas Tech, attest to her passion to make the world a better place.

The Faculty/Staff Outstanding Raider Who Rocks to receive the Pursuit of Excellence award is Dr. David Rivera.

Dr. Rivera is currently the Associate Chairperson for the Hospitality & Retail Management Department at Texas Tech. Dr. Rivera has only been a Tech employee for a few months, but has already impacted many students in the department. He is consistently meeting with students to discuss their education and career goals, and has a way of connecting to students. He works long hours, does not complain, and goes above and beyond expectations.

Dr. Rivera illustrates a productivity level that is considered to be unmatched. His enthusiasm and commitment to work are unquestioned, and his excitement for life is evident in all he does. Dr. Rivera’s passion for helping others, education and student development, along with his ability to lead, shows his determination to be the best for himself and others.

Community Service & Leadership

Kyle Jay

Kyle Jay was nominated by Maggie Gilchrest.

The Faculty/Staff Outstanding Raider Who Rocks to receive the Community Service & Leadership award is Kyle Jay.

Kyle is currently an instructor within the National Wind Institute. He measures his success by students who grow in personal and professional capacities, not by the number of A’s his students are able to obtain in his coursework. He cares as much for the C+ student that grows in knowledge and professional skills as he does for the students that excel easily in his coursework and garner A’s. He demands as much of himself as he does his students, and is always the first faculty member within the wind instructor group to attend professional development training in the TLPDC or other conferences.

Kyle embodies the Community Service & Leadership Award most through his work with the Grace Campus Project. Kyle created a student organization made up of wind students whose primary goal is to find clean energy power solutions for a non-profit homeless shelter in East Lubbock. He meets with Grace Campus administrators to discuss options for clean energy, opportunities for community service for his students, and logistics of wind power at Grace.

Rather than looking to promote our department, Kyle has decided that wind is not an economically feasible solution for Grace Campus and its inhabitants. Regardless, he and his students continue to meet at Grace Campus to volunteer, hoping that while they wait for the market to shift and clean energy to more affordable to non-profits, they can provide some relief and aid to the inhabitants of Grace Campus.

Bimali and Adhikary

Roshan Bimali was nominated by Sagar Adhikary.

The Student Outstanding Raider Who Rocks to receive the Community Service & Leadership award is Roshan Bimali.

Roshan is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering. His academic success has led to several achievements, including being elected for membership in Mortar Board. He has demonstrated a great work ethic and leadership skills during his time at Texas Tech.

Through his involvement and presidency of the Nepal Student Association, he has had a remarkable impact on the organization and its members; one of which was raising $21,000 through a four-day fundraiser to support the 2015 earthquake victims in Nepal. Roshan has served as the chairman of the Diversity Committee through Student Government, as a senator for the College of Engineering, and a member of Engineers Without Borders. His service, both on and off campus, demonstrates his passion to help others in any way that he can.

Cooperation & Communication

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The Tech Gay Straight Alliance was nominated by Zack Madrid and Allison Cattell.

The Outstanding Raiders Who Rock to receive the Cooperation & Communication award is the Tech Gay Straight Alliance.

The Tech Gay Straight Alliance is a student organization focused on encouraging other students to be open about who they are and to be accepting of others. They effectively communicate with other organizations to also demonstrate acceptance across campus.

The students who serve as officers have been extremely proactive in working together to orchestrate a number of high-impact events that serve the Texas Tech community. Through their phenomenal leadership and collaboration with other organizations, they were able to raise money to offer scholarships to students on campus, along with educational lectures. This organization’s efforts continue to enrich both Texas Tech and the surrounding community by bringing people together as they serve to educate and benefit all students at Texas Tech, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Student Assistant Spotlight-Kailey


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Kailey Corpman Profile

Kailey Corpman

Transition & Engagement Student Assistant

Hometown: Arlington, TX | Major: Global Studies and French

Hobbies: Sleeping

Organizations: Delta Gamma, Student Government Association


What is your favorite quote?

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten.”

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

A mirror.

Name one thing you can’t live without.

I can’t live without chocolate. My roommates and I keep a little bowl downstairs filled at all times and I get a piece every time I go upstairs.

Why did you choose your major?

I chose my major very spur of the moment because I wanted to challenge myself. Learning a new language is extremely hard but I’m enjoying it so far.

You can only eat one food for the rest of your life. What would you choose?

Chocolate, again. Lol

What’s your most embarrassing moment?

My most embarrassing moment was trying to take a picture of one of my ex-boyfriend’s cute friends at a get together, and my flash went off.

Who is your celebrity crush?

My celebrity crush would have to be Lip Gallhager from Shameless, he’s just simply gorgeous.

If you could have any super power, what would it be?

Invisibility.

If a genie gave you three wishes, what would you wish for?

I would wish for true happiness, world peace, and for the “perfect” body.

Who is your role model?

My role models are my friends. They each have qualities I really admire and strive to achieve.

 

Student Assistant Spotlight-Connor


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Connor Noakes ProfileConnor Noakes

Transition & Engagement Student Assistant

Hometown: Kingwood, TX | Major: Supply Chain Management

Hobbies: Watching Parks and Recreation • Eating ice cream • Hanging out

Organizations: Zeta Iota Tau (Texas Tech University Drumline), Delta Sigma Pi (Professional CoEd Business Fraternity), Tech Supply Chain Association


What is your dream job?

Being a tour manager for a large independent artist or band.

What do you like most about your job?

Getting to help people out and talking about my passion for Texas Tech University.

What is your favorite quote?

“We have to remember what’s important in life: friends, waffles, and work. Or waffles, friends, work. But work has to come third.” – Leslie Knope

Why did you choose Texas Tech?

I actually choose Texas Tech because my twin brother said he was going here and I couldn’t imagine being separated from him. (I’m fine on my own now though!!)

Name one thing you can’t live without.

Music! I am always listening to music!

If you could travel to any place in the world, where would you go and what would you do?

I would want to go to an all-inclusive resort in the Bahamas!

Describe yourself in three words.

Fun, Fresh, Funky

What is something unique about you?

I have a twin brother who goes to TTU as well.

You can only eat one food for the rest of your life. What would you choose?

Chickfila!

If you could switch places with anybody for a day, who would you be?

I would want to be Ellen DeGeneres, because she consistently gives back so generously and makes people smile.

What social media platform do you use the most?

Snapchat!

What is your favorite movie and/or TV show?

Parks and Recreation

What would you do if you won the lottery?

Pay off my college tuition and then buy a new car and throw the rest of the money in savings.

Imagine you have one week left to live. What would you do with that week?

I would spend that time eating good food with my family!

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

Take every opportunity as an experience to learn and grow from.