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A&M-Commerce honors former graduates at annual Alumni Ambassador Forum
Dr. Dan R. Jones, president of Texas A&M University-Commerce and Stan McKee, Alumni Association president, present Alumni Ambassador Citation to Agricultural Science Alumni Ambassador Barbara Villarreal.
By Rachel Evans
Commerce, TX (March 4, 2013) – Texas A&M University-Commerce Alumni Relations and the Office of the Vice President and Provost for Academic Affairs welcomed 22 graduates back to campus as Alumni Ambassadors on Feb. 28, 2013.
Each academic department selected an alumnus/alumna to represent its division as an Ambassador at the Alumni Ambassador Forum. The official designation given to these individuals, “Ambassador,” is the highest honor a department may bestow upon its alumni.
Head Retail Sales and Office Manager at Chambersville Tree Farm in McKinney, Barbara Villarreal, was honored by Texas A&M University-Commerce department of Agricultural Sciences at the annual forum.
Villarreal graduated from Texas A&M University-Commerce in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Agricultural Science and Technology with an emphasis in Ornamental Horticulture and a Masters Degree in Agricultural Science and Technology in 2010.
“This program began in 1984 and is designed to honor graduates and the academic program from which they earned a degree,” says Derryle Peace, director of Alumni Relations. “On this day, alumni return to campus to speak to classes and/or faculty to share their experiences and insight. This opportunity provides the alumni a chance to return to campus while also interacting with our extraordinary student body, faculty and staff.”
The Forum began in the morning with a welcome reception at the Alumni Center in which the Ambassador met his/her departmental host. Their host would accompany them to the department where the Ambassador interacted with students, faculty and staff while also touring the university campus. A recognition luncheon followed at the Rayburn Student Center where the alumnus/alumna was introduced and cited as an Alumni Ambassador by their designated college. After the luncheon, Ambassadors resumed their scheduled departmental lectures and campus visits until the end of the day.
After 30 years, the Alumni Ambassador Forum has recognized 831 Ambassadors.
For more information, contact Rachel Evans, alumni communications and event coordinator for Texas A&M University-Commerce Alumni Relations at Rachel.Evans@tamuc.edu or 903-468-3085.
About Texas A&M University-Commerce: Founded in 1889, Texas A&M University-Commerce is a member of The Texas A&M University System. Located in Northeast Texas, A&M-Commerce is home to more than 11,000 students, four academic colleges, a thriving graduate school, and more than 100 degree programs. As the region’s focal point of higher education, A&M-Commerce offers students facilities ranging from a world-class science building and new student center, to a fully equipped recreational facility and recently completed music hall. The university also has convenient facilities in Corsicana, Midlothian, McKinney, Mesquite, Rockwall and downtown Dallas.
About The Texas A&M University System: The A&M System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $3.3 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, seven state agencies and a comprehensive health science center, the A&M System educates more than 120,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. Externally funded research expenditures exceed $730 million and help drive the state’s economy.
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