2014 Raiders Who Rock

Texas Tech University and Transition & Engagement is honored to recognize each of the following groups and individuals as 2014 Raiders Who Rock. 

All Raiders Who Rock nominees and their nominators were honored at the Raiders Who Rock Banquet, and the outstanding nominee from each category was announced and received a special award. 

  • Raiders Who Rock Mutual Respect
  • Raiders Who Rock Cooperation and Communication
  • Raiders Who Rock Creativity and Innovation
  • Raiders Who Rock Community Service and Leadership
  • Raiders Who Rock Pursuit of Excellence
  • Raiders Who Rock Public Accountability
  • Raiders Who Rock Diversity
  • Raiders Who Rock Academic Integrity
  • Raiders Who Rock Mutual Respect

    Avery Henley (Outstanding Raider Who Rocks)
    Nominated by Kami White-Waden and Johanna Valencia

    Every student, client, or faculty member Avery Henley comes in contact with is treated with respect and dignity. Avery is a student employee at the Fitness and Wellness Center at the Student Recreation center, where she is employed as a group exercise instructor for barre, a ballet toning class. No matter her client's shape, size, ethnicity, gender, or age Avery treats each of her clients with the utmost respect. Students she has taught and faculty that she has worked with speak highly of her ability to make them feel special and appreciated as individuals.

    Jamie Perez
    Nominated by Glenna Andrews

    Dr. Richard Verrone
    Nominated by Maxwell Chance Lowrance

    Yolanda Coronado
    Nominated by Kym H. Ruiz

    Heather Sides
    Nominated by Lora Sides


    Raiders Who Rock Cooperation and Communication

    Dr. Sam Jackson (Outstanding Raider Who Rocks)
    Nominated by Taylor Powell and Victor Flores

    Dr. Jackson is the Associate Chair and Associate Professor in Animal and Food Sciences. He was nominated by two of his students. Both students identified Dr. Jackson's willingness to discuss their goals, help them develop beneficial contacts, as well as help them locate professional opportunities. Most importantly, his students recognize his eagerness to listen when they discuss their future goals and standpoints. Dr. Jackson exemplifies cooperation and communication in all aspects of instruction.

    Tonette Rittenberry
    Nominated by Glenna Andrews

    Dr. Susan Tomlinson
    Nominated by Heather Medley

    Janice Hicks
    Nominated by Lin Humphrey

    Wes Condray
    Nominated by Lin Humphrey

    Dawn Moreno
    Nominated by Charlotte Miller

    Cybele (Cybbi) Barton
    Nominated by Laura Thomas


    Raiders Who Rock Creativity and Innovation

    Megan Hatcher (Outstanding Raider Who Rocks)
    Nominated by Craig Kuehnert

    In the Fall of 2014, the Guns up Forevermore Scholarship was created and implemented by Megan Hatcher, the president of the Resident's Hall Association. Megan immediately noticed the need for a peer-to-peer scholarship at Texas Tech University, and observed the opportunity to provide a creative way to put this new innovation into place. Her dedication to this scholarship is observed through her ability to raise over 7,000 dollars in contributions far before the launch of Guns Up Forevermore. Megan's countless hours of diligent work and attention has ultimately led to the opportunity for students to give back to their fellow students in a way never seen before at Texas Tech.

    Luke Cotton
    Nominated by Hosanna Anyatonwu

    Emily Lora Sides
    Nominated by Heather Sides

    Nolan Budnovich
    Nominated by Johanna Valencia

    Melanee Brown
    Nominated by Jazzmine Bustamante

    Katelyn Fowler
    Nominated by Sydney Kim

    Matt Hansen
    Nominated by William Kolodetsky


    Raiders Who Rock Community Service & Leadership

    Cassandra Rodriguez (Outstanding Raider Who Rocks)
    Nominated by Stacy Moncibaiz

    Cassandra Rodriguez displays community service and leadership as Texas Tech staff member, as a parent, as well as a member of the Lubbock community. As a Texas Tech staff member in Transportation and Parking services Cassandra develops fundraisers for the March of Dimes and encourages others to attend the Walk for Autism Awareness and CASA walks and runs. She is always the first to donate to the Toys for Tots benefit. As a parent, Cassandra instills the importance of volunteering and selfless giving to her children. Throughout the Lubbock community Cassandra and her family have volunteered as Salvation Army bell ringers, worked at homeless shelters, and delivered hot chocolate to those in need at Tent City.

    Matthew Hansen
    Nominated by Kyle Wolfe andBrian Richardson

    Melanie Tatum
    Nominated by PeeWee Roberson

    Sydney Kim
    Nominated by Catherine Argueta

    Dr. Samuel Prien
    Nominated by Taylor Powell

    Lauren Molina
    Nominated by Jill Berger

    Scott Holland
    Nominated by Sharon Yeates

    Caleb Fisher
    Nominated by Lin Humphrey

    Tiffany Montemayor
    Nominated by Allison Caddel

    Melissa Brisco
    Nominated by Shahaley Carr

    Ryan Van-Dusen
    Nominated by Maggie J. Gilchrest

    Lori Boyd
    Nominated by Angela Payne

    Freada and Mark Warren

    Nominated by William Lopez

    Tiara Price
    Nominated by Craig Kuehnert

    Heather Martinez
    Nominated by Mari Samaripas

    Eta Omicron Nu
    Nominated by Elizabeth Massengale


    Raiders Who Rock Pursuit of Excellence

    Dillon Donald
    Nominated by Kacie Phillips

    Dillon Donald sets an example for students across Texas Tech University. He pursues excellence in his academics, professional experiences, and personal lifestyle. Dillon maintains an impressive grade point average in Finance. Dillon is also highly involved in his academic college as a Rawls Business Leadership program. As an employee of City Banke Dillon not only gains academic related experience, he also financially supports himself and funds his own education. In his personal life, he is defined as a true and selfless friend. Dillon's nominator, Kacie Phillips defines Dillon as, "success driven, self-sufficient, and hard working."

    Jill Berger
    Nominated by Luke Cotton

    Irene Cox
    Nominated by Charlotte Miller

    Justine Barnette
    Nominated by Maggie J. Gilchrest

    Staci Rogers
    Nominated by Maggie J. Gilchrest

    MVP Student Staff
    Nominated by Ryan Van Dusen

    Adrian Stewart
    Nominated by Kerbi Conley

    Catherine Argueta
    Nominated by Katelyn Fowler

    Andrew (Roosie) Iarussi
    Nominated by Johanna Valencia

    Dr. Corby Kelly
    Nominated by Dr. Carole Edwards

    Kim Brannan
    Nominated by Lin Humphrey

    Brickland Easton
    Nominated by Lin Humphrey

    Shahaley Carr
    Nominated by Lin Humphrey

    Shelley Ducatt
    Nominated by Anna Young

    Esther Lucey
    Nominated by Rick Shupe

    Lori Boyd
    Nominated by Angela Payne

    Debra Crosby
    Nominated by Pat Gilliam

    Dr. Amy Murphy
    Nominated by Michael Henry

    Matthew Hansen
    Nominated by Mercedes Ojeda, Matthew McCutchen, Rachel Murdy and Kenzie Cocke

    Anita Morris
    Nominated by Narissra Punyanunt-Carter


    Raiders Who Rock Public Accountability

    Cindy Sebek
    Nominated by Dr. Keith Brigham

    In 2013, The Gracious Gift Wine business was founded by former alumni Cindy Sebek. The Gracious Gift Wine is far more than a company, it is way to feed those who are hungry all across Texas. As of March 2014 , The Gracious Gift wine profits have served over 30,000 meals to local food banks all across Texas. Her nominator and former professor tells us, "Cindy exemplifies the idea that businesses are not only accountable to shareholders, but also, other external stakeholders in society."

    Matthew Hansen
    Nominated by David Knipe


    Raiders Who Rock Diversity

    Connect to Tech
    Nominated by Dr. DeAnn Lechtenberger

    Connect to Tech is a group of psychology and education student leaders dedicated to helping students with disabilities succeed at Texas Tech University. Their team has created a student organization that puts on a variety events that allow students to develop meaningful friendships all while getting involved. This extraoridnary group of students see the importance of helping students with disabilities get the most out of their college experience.

    Noorulanne Jan
    Nominated by Noorulanne Jan

    Clayton Craig
    Nominated by Dillon Quinn

    Huda Sarraj
    Nominated by Stacy Carter, Ph.D.

    Tenicia Bartly
    Nominated by Monalisa Villalpando

    Jose Manuel Barraza
    Nominated by Ladan Zarifian


    Raiders Who Rock Academic Integrity

    Bradley K. Boyce
    Nominated by Gail E. Bentley

    Bradley is a student and an undergraduate assistant in the University Studies department. Bradley upholds academic integrity through his respect for both his peers and professors. His nominator and professor Gail Bentley expresses Bradley's respect for fellow students and his personal responsibility towards his academic efforts. She tells us, "his work is indicative of earning his grade honestly, respect for me as his instructor to grade his unique work fairly, and a high level of personal responsibility for his individual work" . Bradley's willingness to learn and exceed expectations identifies his integrity in academics.

    Carlos Casarez
    Nominated by Erika Casarez


    2014 Raiders Who Rock Nominees

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    Photos are arranged alphabetically by nominee's last name.