Texas Tech University

Rawls College Holds First-Ever Virtual Town Hall & Awards Ceremony

April Chavez

May 6, 2020

Town Hall

Doctoral students, staff and faculty were recognized for academic achievements and outstanding contributions to the Rawls College community.

As the Texas Tech University campus remains closed due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Jerry S. Rawls College of Business continues to innovate and adapt during these "virtual" times. On May 6, the college hosted its first-ever virtual town hall and awards ceremony in celebration of the leadership, innovation, and academic and professional excellence displayed by doctoral students, staff and faculty during the 2019-20 academic year.

Rawls College Dean Margaret L. Williams began the virtual ceremony by thanking the entire Rawls College community for their dedicated service, especially throughout the challenges of the spring semester.

"I am filled with pride, gratitude, humility and hope for all that you have done and all that you continue to do throughout these difficult times," said Williams.

Below is a full list of individuals recognized during the ceremony.

Elected Member of the Texas Tech University Teaching Academy

Jeffrey Harper
Matthew Hart

Graduate of the Institute for Inclusive Excellence

Jeffrey Harper
Tao Ma
Ann Rodriguez
Mike Ryan

Graduate of the President's Leadership Institute

Andi Romi

Texas Tech Alumni Association New Faculty Award

Daniel Taylor

Texas Tech Student Housing Professing Excellence Award

Kristen Bigbee
Jill Davis
Atul Parvatiyar
James Wetherbe

Raiders Who Rock - Above & Beyond

Laura Cardella
Janet Huston

Raiders Who Rock - Pursuit of Excellence

Vivian Luu

Raiders Who Rock - Unsung Hero

Roger Schuster

Raiders Who Rock - Cooperation & Communication Award

BACS Multimedia Group - Aaron Armstrong, Scott McDonald & Matthew Winfree

Helen DeVitt Jones Excellence in Graduate Teaching Awards

Stacy Chavez

President's Excellence in Teaching Award

Ezgi Ottolenghi

Paul Whitfield Horn Professor Recognition

William Gardner

Rawls College Top Staff Award

Nikki Bohannon (Spring 2019)
Madison Bradley (Summer 2019)
Susan Harkey (Fall 2019)

Rawls College Doctoral Student Excellence in Teaching Award

Casey Camors & Stacy Chavez, Accounting
Keunyoung (Kay) Kim, Finance
Nakul Padalkar, Information Systems & Quantitative Sciences
Lindsey Duke, Management
Corky Mitchell, Marketing

Rawls College Doctoral Student Excellence in Research Award

Xiangge "Angela" Wang, Accounting
Bobby Merriman, Finance
Kevin Harmon, Information Systems & Quantitative Sciences
Farzaneh Noghani, Management
Kelley Anderson, Marketing

Carl & Linda Stem Distinguished Faculty Research Award

Ted Waldron

Rawls College Excellence in Service Award

Mike Ryan

Rawls College Excellence in Teaching Award

Jared Harrell

Rawls College Integrated Scholar of the Year Award

Liz Karam

Length of Service Recognition

5 Years

Alexander Chaudhry
Yitzhak Fried
Michaela Gerik
Nikki Kantelis
Damian Pantoya
Laura Beth Pleasant

10 Years

Nikki Bohannon
Derek Oler
Jason Rinaldo

15 Years

Kellie Estes
Ann Rodriguez
Jess Schwintz
Drew Winters

20 Years

Brad Ewing
Geleah Sharp
James Wetherbe

25 Years

Kim Brannan
Duane Hoover

30 Years

Kimberly Boal
Zafar Miller


After 38 years of service, Roy Howell is retiring. Howell served as dean of the college of business from 1997-2001.