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Luke Altendorf and Catharine West ’95 Selected for 2017 Director’s Award

The Director’s Award for Outstanding Service to Honors Programs was created in 2010 to recognize significant contribution to and support of the efforts of the University Honors Program on campus. The 2017 recipients of the Director’s Award are Mr. Luke Altendorf and Ms. Catharine West ‘95.

Luke Altendorf, 2017 Director’s Award Recipient

Mr. Altendorf the Director of the Memorial Student Center (MSC).  He has served in this role since December of 2006 and is responsible for oversight of the MSC’s leadership development programs and its fine arts series, lecture series, and concert series. Mr. Altendorf received his undergraduate degree in Journalism/Public Relations and his Master of Science Degree in Counseling and Student Personnel Administration.  He is active in the Association of College Unions International and has served in many leadership roles in this professional organization.

Catharine West ’95, 2017 Director’s Award Recipient

Ms. West is the Development Relations Coordinator for the Memorial Student Center. She coordinates fundraising for the department, advises the MSC Business Associates of Development, coordinates the Stark Northeast Trip for future law and MBA students and the Champe Fitzhugh Honors International Leadership Seminar. Ms. West, the daughter of a mechanical engineering professor, was raised in College Station, and graduated with an undergraduate degree in marketing from Texas A&M.

Both Mr. Altendorf and Ms. West have been instrumental in helping to create a culture of excellence in the Honors community on campus by leading the Champe Fitzhugh Honors International Leadership Seminar for incoming National Merit freshmen. Affectionately referred to as the “Italy Trip,” the seminar is a partnership between the MSC and Honors that has helped students realize the interconnections between culture and progress and to step into leadership roles across campus to help achieve these goals at Texas A&M. In addition to this important work, Mr. Altendorf and Ms. West are being recognized for helping to establish and strengthen connections between the MSC and the University Honors Program by making access to the enriching programs of the MSC a benefit of participation in Honors.

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Dr. Dave Parrott Selected for 2016 Director’s Award

The Director’s Award for Outstanding Service to Honors Programs was created in 2010 to recognize significant contribution to and support of the efforts of the University Honors Program on campus.

The 2015 recipient of the Director’s Award is Dr. Dave Parrott.

Dr. Dave Parrott 2016 Director's Award Recipient
Dr. Dave Parrott 2016 Director’s Award Recipient

LAUNCH: Honors thanks Dr. Parrott for sharing his wealth of knowledge about higher-ed law with Honors students in small seminars and workshops, as well as providing guidance and professional development for LAUNCH staff. We wish Dr. Parrott well as he heads to the University of Florida, and are confident that his influence will continue to bear positive results for our staff for years to come!

For a list of previous recipients, visit the TAMU HUR Faculty Awards page.

Bio

Dr. Parrott earned his doctorate at the University of Louisville in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Student Affairs Administration.  His dissertation research focus was racial identity development.  Additionally, he holds an M.A. in College Student Personnel and a B.S. in Business Management from Western Kentucky University.

Dr. Parrott will begin his tenure as Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Florida on June 1, 2016.  He has served as Dean of Student Life, Executive Associate Vice President, and Executive Associate Vice President and Chief of Staff at Texas A&M University.  Prior to his arrival at Texas A&M University, Dr. Parrott was the Associate Dean of Students and later the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at Western Michigan University.  Before arriving at Western Michigan University, he served in a number of capacities at Western Kentucky University including assistant hall director, hall director, assistant director of housing, director of residence life, assistant to the vice president, and assistant dean of student life.

Dr. Parrott has taught higher education legal issues at Western Kentucky University, Western Michigan University, Bowling Green State University and Texas A&M University. Dr. Parrott has also consulted extensively in the areas of race relations, conflict management, legal issues, and student conduct policies and processes.  He has served on the faculty for the Gehring Academy, the national training academy for student conduct officials, and for the Student Organization Institute, the national training institute for those who supervise or train advisors of student organizations.

Dr. Parrott has served on the Board of Directors for the Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA) (formerly ASJA) in the following capacities: Director at large, President-elect, President, and immediate past President.  Most recently he served as Chairperson for the ASCA Foundation.  Additionally, he is active in the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and has presented numerous times at both NASPA and ASCA. Dr. Parrott is a charter member of ASCA, an honorary member of the Golden Key Honor Society, and was awarded Life Membership in Delta Sigma Pi – the International Business Fraternity.  He is the 2013 recipient of ASCA’s highest honor, the Donald D. Gehring Award that is given in recognition of sustained exceptional individual contributions to the field of student conduct administration. Also, Dr. Parrott was recognized by the National Orientation Directors Association (NODA) with the 2013 President’s Award.

Dr. Parrott is married to Dr. Kelli Peck Parrott, and they have two sons, Jackson (11) and Jason (9).  Dr. Parrott enjoys listening to vintage music, coaching, being a sports spectator, speaking to groups, fishing, shooting target pistols, tinkering with old Jeeps, admiring muscle cars, and doing small projects in his garage.

Dr. Donald J. Curtis, Jr. Selected for 2015 Director’s Award

The Director’s Award for Outstanding Service to Honors Programs was created in 2010 to recognize significant contribution to and support of the efforts of the University Honors Program on campus.

The 2015 recipient of the Director’s Award is Dr. Donald J. Curtis, Jr.

Dr. Don Curtis, 2015 Director's Award Recipient
Dr. Don Curtis, 2015 Director’s Award Recipient

Honors and Undergraduate Research thanks Dr. Curtis for his unending support of University Honors and Honors education at Texas A&M in general. His dedication to and high standards for the Cornerstone Honors Program in the Liberal Arts as well as his willingness to give of his time and energy to mentor colleagues across campus in the art of Honors is greatly appreciated. Dr. Curtis also provided critical insights and suggestions as we revised University Honors and developed the Common Honors Information page and Common Honors Application. His close personal attention to the College of Liberal Arts Honors Program enabled many students to have enriching educational and personal experiences while at Texas A&M.

Bio
Dr. Don Curtis currently serves as the Assistant Department Head for Undergraduate Programs in the Department of Public Health Studies in the Texas A&M Health Science Center, a position he has held since March 2015.

Dr. Curtis has been at Texas A&M since 1993 and previously served as Honors Programs Coordinator in what was then the Office of Honors Programs and Academic Scholarships, Director of Undergraduate Student Services for the College of Liberal Arts, and Assistant Dean for High Impact Programs in Liberal Arts.

He has undergraduate degrees in biological science and history from the University of Nebraska and an MA in military history from NU  as well.

Dr. Curtis received his doctorate from Texas A&M University in 2000 with a specialty in American Military and Diplomatic History.  He is the author of Hard Times Come Again No More:  General William S. Graves and the American Military Intervention in Siberia 1918-1920.  Dr. Curtis has authored several articles in military history and the applications of  honors programs and learning communities in higher education.

Dr. Curtis was named the Wells Fargo Faculty Mentor of the Year in 2014 and was a 2013 Fish Camp Namesake.  He is a past President of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society at Texas A&M and has served as a University Scholars Faulty Mentor.

Dr. Curtis has been married to his wife Kari for sixteen years.  They have a nine year old son, Ben, a lab/hound mix and an antisocial cat.

Our warm congratulations and well-deserved thanks go to Dr. Curtis for his strong support of Honors. We will be presenting the Director’s Award to Dr. Curtis at the HUR Recognition Ceremony on Thursday, May 14, 2015. For a list of previous recipients, visit the TAMU HUR Faculty Awards page.

 

Dr. Kenith Meissner Selected for 2014 Director’s Award

The Director’s Award for Outstanding Service to Honors
Programs was created in 2010 to recognize significant contribution
to and support of the efforts of the University Honors Program on
campus.

2014 Director's Award Plaque
2014 Director’s Award Plaque

The 2014 recipient of the Director’s Award is Dr. Kenith Meissner.

To see a list of previous recipients, visit the TAMU HUR Faculty Awards page.

Dr. Suma Datta presents the 2014 Director's Award to Dr. Ken Meissner
Dr. Suma Datta presents the 2014 Director’s Award to Dr. Ken Meissner

Bio

Dr. Ken Meissner, 2014 Director's Award recipient
Dr. Ken Meissner, 2014 Director’s Award recipient

Dr. Meissner is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and the director of the Engineering Honors program. Dr. Meissner has been actively involved with Engineering Honors since shortly after his arrival at Texas A&M. He served as departmental coordinator from 2005-2010 and has served as Director since 2010.

Dr. Meissner earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Lehigh University and received his doctorate from the University of Arizona in 1994.

Dr. Meissner’s Nanomaterials and Biophotonics Lab focuses on using nanostructured materials and optical techniques for biomedical imaging and sensing applications.