Texas Tech University

2015 Raiders Who Rock

Texas Tech University and Transition & Engagement is honored to recognize each of the following groups and individuals as 2015 Raiders Who Rock. 

Raiders Who Rock Mutual Respect

Mutual Respect - Fierro

Hoz Fierro (Outstanding Raider Who Rocks)

Nominated by Brian Tollett and Michael Wilson

Hoz currently serves as a Transfer Ambassador at Texas Tech University. He was nominated by two of his peers. Both of his peers identified Hoz as someone that truly embodies Mutual Respect at Texas Tech through his help toward other, whether it be to transfer students or enrichments activities for those with special needs. Hoz helps students feel at ease and included in all activities through his active involvement with Transfer Ambassadors by encouraging them to become involved on campus and more. One of his nominators says, "Who is Hoz Fierro? Why should he be recognized among fellow Red Raiders? Because he dreams no little dreams."

Madeleine Cloutier
Nominated by Kacie Phillips

Bernice Flett
Nominated by Ryan Van Dusen

Pam Patton
Nominated by Alexandria Lyon

Dylan Saucedo
Nominated by Jordan Mech

Brad Yates
Nominated by Donell Callender


Raiders Who Rock Cooperation and Communication

Cooperation & Communication - Castillo

Adelaide Castillo (Outstanding Raider Who Rocks)

Nominated by Johanna Valencia

Adelaide Castillo is the Fitness and Wellness Student Supervisor for Rec Sports. Adelaide was chosen because of her passion for helping others, passion for fitness and her ability to lead. She is an all-star above keeping her GPA high, working three jobs and making a great impact on instructors in the Rec Sports program. She was nominated because she knows how to efficiently organize and lead her staff, work with students and professional staff in order to do what is best for programs. 

Jasmine Banks
Nominated by Meryl Benham

Richelle Hair
Nominated by Narissra Punyanunt-Carter

India Student Association (ISA)
Nominated by The TTU Ethics Center

Christy Norfleet
Nominated by Kym Ruiz

Stacy Poteet
Nominated by Gracen Daniel

Jordan Ryan
Nominated by Catherine Nutter

Bindu Upadhyaya
Nominated by Tenicia Bartly

Dr. Richard Verrone
Nominated by Bertha Munuku

Mark O. Webb
Nominated by Virginia Downs


Raiders Who Rock Creativity and Innovation

Creativity & Innovation - Chukwuma

Elo Chukwuma (Outstanding Raider Who Rocks)

Nominated by Donna Srader, Carol Trigg and Nicole Noble

Elo is an Electrical engineering Masters student. He assisted the University Career Center make an innovative leap by creating a Webinar called GoToWebinar to make it easier for students to attend University Career Center Presentations. Elo's willingness to always help whether it was his day off or not was always refreshing to see from the University Career Center. He created a learning environment that reaches the many on-campus and distance students. Elo's creativity and innovation made technology accessible to the University Career Center to reach current students and Alumni with life-long learning opportunities.

Holly Bosak
Nominated by Melanie Tatum

Pamela Carrizales
Nominated by Christine Self

Vanessa Garcia
Nominated by Johanna Valencia

Honors College Bell House Captains: Nadia Tello, Rachel Ortega, Nestor Rodriguez, Kayla Cox, Zack Buford, Unique Jacobo
Nominated by Bell House Heads: Sarah Timmons, Lori Lightfoot, Dr. Jim Brink

Jackie Kimbler
Nominated by Melanie Tatum

Damian Madrid
Nominated by Sydney Kim

Megan Ohlmann
Nominated by Danielle Keiner


Raiders Who Rock Community Service & Leadership

Community Service & Leadership - Hinojosa

Ileana Hinojosa (Outstanding Raider Who Rocks)

Nominated by Dr. Marla Britton-Johnson and Dr. Greg Gellene

Ileana Hinojosa is an academic adviser in Pre-Professional Health Careers who routinely exceeds the expectation of her position in the area of leadership and community service. From spending extra time when needed with students and their parents, assisting coworkers, and volunteering to represent PPHC at recruitment events, Ileana contributes generously in all of those areas by proactively keeping students on track. Teaching a Raider Ready class and advising the Texas Tech chapter of the Minority Association of Pre-medical students highlight some of what makes Ileana so special. 

Julie Davis
Nominated by Meryl Benham

Habesha Student Association (HSA)
Nominated by Ralph Ferguson

Honors College Ambassadors
Nominated by Lori Lightfoot

Justin Hughes
Nominated by Narissra Punyanunt-Carter

Stephanie Ibarra
Nominated by Meryl Benham

Caroline Owen

Nominated by Sarah L Foley

Stacy Philip
Nominated by Lindsey Collins

Britton Smith
Nominated by Rodrick Thomas

Virginia Stokes
Nominated by Shawn Adams, Samuel Pixley, and the fellowship of Canterbury Episcopal Campus Ministries

Mariah Williams
Nominated by Ann Marie Casiraghi


Raiders Who Rock Pursuit of Excellence

Pursuit of Excellence - Ponce

Alberto Ponce (Outstanding Raider Who Rocks)

Nominated by Kristina Batson

Alberto Ponce sets an example for students across Texas Tech University. He is very innovative dedicated and passionate about Architecture. He puts an exorbitant amount of time and effort to ensure the quality of his work is pristine. He is always seeking out new opportunities to learn: whether it be through reading books, entering competitions, or researching concepts on his own. Alberto has entered the Dean's Cup (a competition open to all undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Architecture) each year he has attended Texas Tech. He has won first place overall the past two years. His motto is "All day, every day." Alberto goes above and beyond as a student from advocating himself in the professional world to being involved on campus. 

Annie Archuleta
Nominated by Rodrick Thomas

Lacey Ellis
Nominated by PeeWee Roberson

Geoffrey Graybeal
Nominated by Media Entrepreneurial Students and Staff

Julie Jun
Nominated by Oak-Hee Park

April Pavelka
Nominated by Johanna Valencia

Jeremy Sedeno
Nominated by Ryan Van Dusen

Johanna Valencia
Nominated by Dr. Teddy Rodriguez

University Advising Student AssistantsNominated by University Advising and The Office of the Provost

Hannah Wilhite
Nominated by Claire Fowler

Brad Yates
Nominated by Lucy Fowler


Raiders Who Rock Public Accountability

Public Accountability

Amber Fly (Outstanding Raider Who Rocks)

Nominated by Meryl Benham

Amber Fly serves as a teaching fellow to Professor Cassie Christopher. She has the opportunity to mentor first-year students through difficult assignments and the stressful transition into law school. Amber works tirelessly on both the Business & Bankruptcy Law Journal and the Texas Bank Lawyer Publications, demonstrating her commitment to bettering the scholastic achievements of students and the law school as a whole. A colleague added, "Amber's work was on point, timely and beneficial... I can't thank her enough for easing my overburdened load. Most impressive is she did this all at a distance." Her commitment is what makes her such a deserving candidate.

Thaddeus C Brock
Nominated by Ali Joy Luempert

Dale Ganus
Nominated by Transition & Engagement Department

Grounds Maintenance Staff
Nominated by The Texas Tech Students, Faculty, and Staff

Stacy Philip
Nominated by D'Andrea Young

Monalisa Villalpando
Nominated by Tenicia Bartly


Raiders Who Rock Diversity

Dr. Larry Phillippe (Outstanding Raider Who Rocks)

Nominated by TECHniques Center Staff

Dr. Larry Phillippe is the Managing Director of Student Disability Services and the TECHniques Center. He is committed to helping all students with disabilities receive the full services provided to them under the federal Americans with Disability Act Amendment while also identifying the steps the university may take to maintain compliance. Dr. Phillippe has implemented strategies and programming to aid student veterans, students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and all other qualifying disability areas. He has promoted an environment of mutual respect, appreciate and tolerance for student on campus who have diagnosed disabilities. He was instrumental in starting an IS 1100 course in Fall of 2014 to help students with diagnosed learning disabilities, which is geared more toward students and their unique needs. Without his dedication, Texas Tech would not be considered in the world of higher education as a leader of student support services. 

Tia Angadicheril
Nominated by Jose Perez, Jr.

Price Holt
Nominated by Kevin German

Jacek Jońca-Jasiński and Fatma Jobran
Nominated by Siddesh Prabhu Malkarnekar

Devi Khajishvili
Nominated by Virginia Downs

Mariam Massound
Nominated by Macey Porter

Ronnie Mondragon
Nominated by Ryan Van Dusen

Ryan Rathmann
Nominated by Yewande Babalola

D'Andrea Young
Nominated by Jenny Sommers


Raiders Who Rock Academic Integrity

Academic Integrity - Fitzpatrick

Dr. Jacki Fitzpatrick (Outstanding Raider Who Rocks)

Nominated by Erin Kostina-Ritchey

Dr. Jacki Fitzpatrick is an Associate Professor for Human Development and Family Studies. Her nominee states that the one thing that stands out about her most, is her integrity. Dr. Fitzpatrick creates an atmosphere in her classes which sets not only class standards but expectations. She shows integrity in her research above what is required in her field of academic requirements for herself and her students, which are well developed and steadfast. Students taking Dr. Fitzpatrick's classes are held to an ethical standard that is very well established and clearly communicated throughout the semester. Students are not left to their own devices to decide where a line of academic integrity should be drawn in her class. 

Alex Greinke
Nominated by Katherine Venincasa


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