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Wednesday, August 8, 2001

Hester graduates from Texas Tech

The Chancellor, the President Board of Regents, Faculty and Graduating Class of Texas Tech University announce that Darren Clay Hester is receiving a degree of Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics at the Commencement Ceremony Saturday morning, Aug. 11, at the United Spirit Arena in Lubbock.

Hester planning to further his education by pursuing a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Doctor of Philosophy in Bioengineering.

While attending Texas Tech University, Hester was a member of: Pi Tau Sigma-National Honorary Mechanical Engineering Fraternity where he served as President; College Engineering-Engineering Ambassadors where he served Vice President; Texas Tech College of Engineering Peer Mentor program where he was awarded Peer Mentor of the Year, 1998-1999; Dean's List (four awards); Golden Key National Honor Society; American Society of Mechanical Engineers; and The Texas Society of Professional Engineers.

Hester grew up in Pecos and graduated Pecos High School in 1984. His favorite teachers were Mr. Workman, Mrs. Rankin and Mrs. McNutt.

He is the oldest son of Wanda J. Martin and the brother of Janice D. Hester both of Pecos and the brother of Scott Bratcher of Chicago, Ill.

Hester is currently living in Lubbock, where he is working as a Project Design Engineer. He is married to Nichole Hester, who is pursuing a degree in Chemical Engineering and they have two children ages 5 years and three months.

State Rep. Pete P. Gallego to address Commencement

State Representative Pete P. Gallego will deliver the address in the new facility bearing his name as Sul Ross State University conducts summer commencement exercises Saturday, Aug. 11.

Ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. in the Pete P. Gallego Center, and will mark the first public function in the new building, which serves as an athletics, special events and physical education facility. One hundred seventy-three students are candidates for graduation at the Alpine Campus and Rio Grande College

Ceremonies will begin with the processional Pomp and Circumstance played by Ellen Boyd, associate professor of music. Dr. Raymond A. Beaulieu, associate professor of mathematics, will be the mace bearer, and faculty marshals are Dr. Paul A. Lister, professor of English, and Dr. Avinash K. Rangra, professor of chemistry.

The Rev. Charles Johnson, director of the Wesley Student Center, will deliver the invocation. The audience will sing God Bless America, directed by T. Rex Wilson, professor of music and education. Sul Ross President R. Vic Morgan will deliver the welcome and Nancy Neal, chairman of the Board of Regents of the Texas State University System, will introduce Gallego.

Dr. David L. Cockrum, vice president for Academic Affairs, will announce recognitions and honors, and Morgan will confer the degrees. Following awarding of diplomas, the audience will sing Alma Mater, followed by the recessional, Postlude in G Major, played by Boyd.

Gallego, an Alpine native and Alpine High School graduate, received a bachelor's degree in political science from Sul Ross in 1982 and a doctor of jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law in 1985.

He is a sixth term member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 74, representing Brewster, Culberson, Hudspeth, Kinney, Jeff Davis, Maverick, Pecos, Presidio, Terrell and Val Verde counties. The district spans about 34,000 square miles and contains nearly two-thirds of the Mexican border.

Gallego is the first Hispanic to represent this border district. He was the first freshman member and first ethnic minority member ever elected as chair of the House Democratic Caucus, a position he held from the 73 through the 76 sessions. He presently chairs the General Investigating Committee and is a member of the Committees on Appropriations and Elections and the Texas Sunset Advisory commission. He served on the joint House/Senate Conference Committee on Appropriations for five sessions (73rd-77th). Recently Speaker of the House Pete Laney selected Gallego to serve on the Select Committee on Teachers Health Insurance. He is also chairman of the Mexican-American Legislative Caucus.

He has received substantial civic, governmental and educational recognition. He was selected as one of 20 Texas Monthly, Ten Best legislators following the 76 Legislative session, and was awarded a prestigious Henry Toll Fellowship by the National Council of State Governments, recognizing him as one of the nation outstanding young leaders. Common Cause of Texas awarded him the Star of Texas public service award, and a coalition of Texas victims groups named him an Advocate for Justice.

Gallego has been honored by the Texas State University System, the University of Texas System and the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas in appreciation for his support of higher education. He has been inducted into the Sul Ross State University Hall of Honor as an outstanding booster, and was named a Distinguished Alumnus by the Sul Ross Ex-Student Association (now Alumni Association).

He continues to live in Alpine, where he heads the Southwest Texas law office of Davis & Wilkerson, P.C., concentrating in the areas of medical malpractice and insurance defense.

OC returns to regular hours

Starting Monday, Aug. 13, Odessa College will return to regular business hours, with most offices open 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The Continuing Education department will be open 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Continuing Education drive-thru booth will be open 8:30 a.m. until 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., on Friday.

For more information, contact Odessa College at 335-6400.

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