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Poet Laureate Speaks to TTU English Class

Poet laureate in TTU English classJUAN FELIPE HERRERA, 2015 U.S. Poet Laureate, stopped by the Department of English to visit with students before making his keynote address at TTU's "Celebrate Diversity" Awards Banquet on Oct. 5. "Celebrate Diversity" is an annual awards event produced by the Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Community Engagement.

HERRERA WAS APPOINTED the nation's 21st poet laureate earlier this year, becoming the first Mexican-American to hold the position. Herrera is the author of 30 books, including collections of poetry, prose, short stories, young-adult novels and picture books for children.

Brent Lindquist with Juan Felipe HerreraW. BRENT LINDQUIST, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, introduced Herrera to the audience after welcoming remarks by Senior Vice President Juan S. Munoz, Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Community Engagement. Herrera's address was followed by a few words from TTU President M. Duane Nellis and award presentations by Paul A. Frazier, Associate Vice President, Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Community Engagement. Cory S. Powell, Director of the Lauro Cavazos & Ophelia Powell-Malone Mentoring Program, closed out the evening.

THIS YEAR'S AWARDS were presented to:

  • Marciano & Martha Morales, founders of Caprock Foundation, receiving the Senator Robert L. Duncan Community Champion Award.
  • Kent Meredith, CFE, CASP, Assistant Vice President of Auxiliary Services and Director of the United Spirit Arena, receiving the Inclusive Excellence Award.
  • Chris Snead, Associate Vice President of the Texas Tech Alumni Association, receiving the Inclusive Excellence Award.