Texas Tech University

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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2014 Raiders Who Rock Nominees

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