Arthur F. Beyer Distinguished Alumnus (click to watch video)

  Greg Pogue

Dr. Gregory Pogue is the Deputy Executive Director and Senior Research Scientist for the IC2 Institute at The University of Texas at Austin. Greg graduated from Midwestern State University with a bachelor’s degree in biology and earned his Ph.D. at Texas A&M University. One of his most significant honors was to serve as athletic trainer for Gerald Stockton’s MSU basketball teams from 1983-87. Other honors earned at MSU include Clark Scholar, Hardin Scholar and Alpha Chi Scholar. Greg also gave the 2008 commencement address at MSU.

Greg has pursued an unconventional career mixing academic, entrepreneurial and technology commercialization pursuits. As a scientist, Greg has contributed many original scientific articles from biotechnology to rhetoric and been a prolific inventor of new technologies. He has held senior positions in a venture capital fund and led six entrepreneurial ventures. During his leadership at the IC2 Institute, companies in the Austin Technology Incubator and FASTForward incubators have created greater than  $1B impact in the Austin community. The best practices to grow startups have been brought to more than 14 countries and incubators have been started in three states in India, three countries in Africa and Vietnam.

Greg is the son of Wichita Falls mainstays Gene and Jean Pogue. His father founded Gene’s Tasty Burger and his mother taught nursing for many years at Vernon College.

 


Dillard College of Business Administration (click to watch video)

Jeff Gregg 

Jeff Gregg graduated from Midwestern State University with a degree in accounting in 1981 from the Dillard College of Business Administration.

A longtime CPA, Jeff has served the Seymour, Texas community for decades. A partner and public accountant for Eide Bailey LLP, Jeff has been the Wichita Falls Chapter public affairs/PAC chair since 1995.

The small college atmosphere was a fit for Jeff, who said the late Bob Madera, an MSU professor for 38 years, was his mentor, adviser, and biggest fan. Jeff served on the MSU Board of Regents from 2012-18.

Jeff also served as the radio voice of Seymour High School from 1991-2012, and he authored a book on Texas restaurants in 2011.

It's a family of Mustangs. Both of Jeff’s parents, Charles and Gracie, attended Wichita Falls High School and Midwestern State. His father, Charles, graduated in 1955 with a degree in animal husbandry. Jeff’s wife, Becky, graduated from MSU Texas in 1992, and one daughter, Kristen, graduated in 2017. Another daughter, Katie, graduated from North Texas in 2011. 


Prothro-Yeager College of Humanities & Social Sciences (click to watch video)

Emily Farris

Emily Farris is the Assistant Director for Educational Services and Research Initiatives at the Tennessee Center for the study and treatment of dyslexia. 

Emily received her bachelor's in psychology with a minor in mathematics, graduating summa cum laude from MSU in 2005 and completed her master's degree at MSU in 2007. Emily began her career at the University of California San Francisco, followed by stops at the University of Texas-Arlington, where she earned a Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award in 2011, and the University of Texas-Permian Basin (2013-18), where many of her students earned research honors.

She has authored many published articles and led workshops in her field, including "What every parent should know about dyslexia; identification and intervention in your child's school." She also wrote about the memory and functional brain differences of U.S. veterans with Gulf War Illness. 


Lamar D. Fain College of Fine Arts (click to watch video)

Shawn Duthie 

Shawn Duthie is in his 19th year of teaching at Holliday High School where he also serves as UIL Academics Coordinator.

Shawn graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from MSU in 1997.  He is a member of the Texas Speech Communication Association and the Texas Educational Theatre Association. Shawn loved his chance to learn from Ron Fischili, Laura Jefferson, Don Henschel, Elizabeth Lewandowski, Eunice Neely, Emerson Capps and Gene Newton at MSU. His favorite memory was hosting the American College Theatre Festival in 1996. 

Shawn has mentored 21 individual UIL state champions (2003-19) plus eight Speech Team Championships winners. His group helped HHS win the UIL Class 3A Academic state championship in 2018-19.

Shawn has served as the cooperating teacher for MSU students seeking a secondary teaching credential. He still enjoys the chance to perform on stage, carrying on the legacy of MSU theatre when he gets the chance.  


Gordon T. & Ellen West College of Education (click to watch video)

Mark Lukert  

Mark Lukert has spent more than 40 years in the education field after graduating from Midwestern State in 1976. As a John Maxwell certified trainer, Lukert teaches workshops and gives keynote speeches on teamwork and leadership. He was elected to the WFISD Board of Trustees in 2018.   

Mark served on the Texas Elementary Principal Supervisor's Association executive committee for 10 years and was the TEPSA state president in 2003. He was a principal in Coppell, Texas, from 2004-09, and he was also the state president of the Texas Association for the Improvement of Reading for two years. Among his certifications are Deaf Education, Speech and Hearing Therapy, and Language/Learning Disabilities.

The Throckmorton, Texas, native published the book Prince Buddy of Lakeside in 2008 about a poodle who became an important part of a school family.

Mark and wife Debbie married in 1976 and they have four children; Kris, Kolter, Kaleb, and Katy. The Lukerts were named Wichita Falls Family of the Year in 1993.


McCoy College of Science, Mathematics & Engineering (click to watch video) 

Richard Tell  

Richard Tell, a life fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, has 51 years of experience working on issues related to radiofrequency (RF) hazards. He got his start in physics and mathematics at Midwestern State and earned his bachelor's in 1966 and earned in master's in radiation sciences at Rutgers University in 1967.

Richard has authored 84 publications or presentations, including a win for Best Paper Award in 1979 from the Journal of Microwave Power and Electromagnetic Energy.

He has served on the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) and presently sits on the NCRP Nonionizing Radiation Advisory Panel. During the first 20 years of his professional career within the federal government, he worked first for the Center for Devices and Radiological Health and then for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where he served as Chief of the Electromagnetics Branch.

Richard and his wife Valeria Ann, have three children and two grandchildren.  Richard has been a licensed amateur radio operator since 1959. 


Robert D. & Carol Gunn School of Health Sciences & Human Services (click to watch video)

Julie Vazquez 

Julie Jaimes-Vazquez is a Civil District Attorney in Wichita County, specializing in child abuse cases. Julie grew up in Wichita Falls, and she earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Midwestern State University in 2015, graduating magna cum laude.  Julie earned her juris doctorate from Texas Tech University School of Law. 

She remembers fondly her chance to participate in Study Abroad, which helped her put things in perspective.  She is thankful for the support from friends, staff, and advisers at MSU.

Julie was elected by fellow graduates to give the farewell remarks at the school's hooding ceremony in December 2017. "No matter where life takes you I hope you remember not to lose yourself in work and to make time for family and friends," she said.   

 


Alumni Association SPIRIT Award

Kirk Dunlap

Kirk Dunlap's goal is to "pay it forward." The 1992 Midwestern State University graduate did his best to achieve that even before he walked the graduation stage.

Kirk is in his 25th year with the Arlington Police Department. Safe to say, he has put his criminal justice/political science degree to great use. When he was a student at MSU, Kirk helped organize and establish the first predominantly black fraternity: Alpha Phi Alpha Inc.

Kirk’s greatest desire is "to serve others in a fashion that their abilities shine to the forefront." He has shined as a School Resource Officer since 2001, winning a "Tuesday Teacher" honor for outstanding techniques in motivating students to excel.

In addition to serving the public in Arlington, Kirk also continually gives back to MSU Texas. He is a lifetime member of the MSU Texas Alumni Association and is an active member of the Minority Alumni Association and Alpha Phi Alpha. Kirk supports the MSU Texas annual fund and assists MSU admissions with recruitment.

Kirk and his wife, Angela, have been married for 25 years. Both daughters, Mikayla and Morgan, followed dad to Midwestern State. Mikayla graduated from the Department of Radiology, and Morgan is a senior in the Gordon T. & Ellen West College of Education. Kirk played football at MSU in 1989, the second season after the program was restored.