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Alumni News 2018

Abbott a 2018 TTU Distinguished Alumni

TTU alumni Josh Abbott, photo by J. Trevino

Texas Tech College of Arts & Sciences alumnus Josh Abbott, singer, songwriter, and headliner of the Josh Abbott Band, is one of three to be named 2018 Distinguished Alumni by the Texas Tech Alumni Association. Also named Distinguished Alumni this year are David Gaschen, best known for his more than 1,300 performances in the title role of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera"; and Gary Thomas, president and executive director for Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART). The three were recognized during a reception and awards dinner March 23.

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Alt Accepts New Position at Chromaflo

Kristin Alt (BS Biochemistry, TTU) has been hired by Chromaflo Technologies as a Technical Service Technician-Thermoset Americas. According to a Feb. 5 announcement, Alt will work at the Ashtabula, Ohio, facility. Her position will be responsible for color matching and supporting new product development. In addition, she will work with Quality Assurance and Manufacturing as required to facilitate the successful scale-up of new developments. Before moving to Chromaflo, Alt was a Laboratory Technician at Valspar in Garland, Texas. Ben Arnold, market development manager at Thermoset Americas, said Alt's education—her BS in Biochemistry with minors in Biology, Arabic, and Military Studies—as well as her experience would be a great addition to the Thermoset team.

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Pathirage Hired as IT Tech in Chemistry

Don Pathirage (Chemistry & Biochemistry, TTU 2017) has been hired by the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry as a full-time IT Technician, according to a January announcement by Department Chair Yehia Mechref. Pathirage will be working on the departmental website, departmental applications (Chemistry Placement Exam and Minor), and assisting Vince Wilde in the Electronics Shop—a job he filled as a graduate assistant.