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First woman appointed president of UTPB is commencement speaker

All Spring 2017 graduation candidates announced

Dr. Sandra K. Woodley, first female president set to take the helm at UTPB and she is the May 13 commencement speaker.

Dr. Sandra K. Woodley, first female president set to take the helm at UTPB and she is the May 13 commencement speaker.

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She is not the first female to be pegged for the president of a prestigious University of Texas System institution. However, Dr. Sandra K. Woodley will be paving inroads as the first woman president of a major university in Midland/Odessa.

Preceding her (in the statewide University of Texas System) was Dr. Diana Natalicio who has served as president of the University of Texas at El Paso for 29 years. Juliet Garcia served as president for UT Brownsville for 22 years and was the first female Mexican-American to serve as president of a college or university in the United States of America, and Dr. Blandina Cardenas was UT Pan American’s first female president, serving from 2005-2008, according to Jenny LaCoste-Caputo of UT System.

The late Ann Richards served as governor of Texas from 1991-1995,

Woodley’s time has come to lead The University of Texas of the Permian Basin into the next era. UTPB President Dr. David Watts has “grown” the University in student enrollment, accreditation programs,  student housing, online offerings, community engagement, in building infrastructure, housing and more. He will introduce Dr. Sandra K. Woodley Saturday, May 13 in order for her to present the three commencement speeches of the day and perhaps, her vision.

The University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB) will conduct Spring Commencement Ceremonies on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Graduates expected to walk the stage (having met all requirements) are numbered at 518. They will receive their diplomas in three ceremonies presented at the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center, 1310 N. FM1788, Midland, Texas 79707.

Solo finalist for the president of The University of Texas of the Permian Basin, Dr. Sandra K. Woodley, will give the commencement address at each of the 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. ceremonies.

Woodley earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Business Administration, with a focus in finance and economics, from Auburn University. She also holds a Doctor of Business Administration-Management degree from Nova Southeastern University.

Woodley served as the System’s vice chancellor for strategic initiatives, from 2010 to 2013, where she led long-term strategic planning, accountability efforts and policy research. She has worked directly with senior-level academic and professional teams and faculty to develop policies, initiatives, and analytics related to the long-term vision of the System, especially those related to improving graduation rates, degree production, affordability and student debt .From 2013 to 2016 Woodley served as the chief executive officer for the University of Louisiana System.

Currently, Woodley is engaged in multiple higher education consulting projects which include providing strategic planning during a time of transition with Kentucky State University; serving as senior strategy advisor for the National Association of System Heads; and serving as a senior fellow for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

Brian Schroeder who is the assistant controller with the Sewell Family of Companies will give the alumni address. He received his Bachelors and Masters in Accountancy from UTPB in 2009 and 2012 and was a member of the Falcon swim team from 2006-2010 during his time at the campus.

Currently, he spends his time participating in organizations such as Young Professionals of Odessa and the Bridge Church. During his free time, he can be found spending time with his wife, two sons, and enjoying a game of Ultimate Frisbee.

The Spanish Convocation, which is a ceremony that honors graduates from Spanish speaking families, will be held at 11 a.m. in the Rea Greathouse Room.

Commencement ceremonies will be live streamed and can be viewed at youtube.com/utpb or by clicking the graduation link on the UTPB homepage.

All parking areas will be available for open parking. However, carpooling and early arrival is recommended. There will be a reception held in the lobby following each commencement.

The following graduation candidates are set to walk the stage, pending meeting all requirements.

Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Art: Nathan Martin, Alberto Tena Moreno; Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Communication: Tiffany Boyd, Danielle Cox, Mariah Dansby, Alexandria Ervin-Foster, Sonia Flores, Misty Fulgaro, Julianna Hunt, Haley Jordan, Karen Liu, Ronald Marley, Christopher Murrell, Nicole Richards, Karen Rodriguez, Sammy Shelton, Krystal Skeens, William Stokes, Denise Tompkins, and Catherine       Valerio; Bachelor of Science with a Major in Criminal Justice: Colton      Jones, Bobbye Orona, and Alura Silva; Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Criminology: Erica Ancich, Taylor Box, Kourtney Garrett, Nathanael King, Robert Montalvo, McDouglas Osakue, and Katelyn Young; Bachelor of Arts with a Major in English: Shea Campbell, Kristen Casarez, Daniella Garcia, Shaylynn Kresta, Wollen  Makori, Isabella Muzquiz, Jessica Staggs, and Katie VanCuren; Bachelor of Arts with a Major in History: Jaston Brink,Raquel Carrasco, Sergio Guardiola,Tyrone Moorer, Jr., and Paul Peterson; Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Humanities: Stephen Bakondy, Kristina Cruz, and Jamie Myers; Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Political Science: Breanna De La Garza, Siham El-Bjeirmi, Erica Esparza, and Anna Vitale,

Students set to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Psychology: David Alexander, Travis Alfrey, Amanda Armendarez, Breona Bradley, Russelle Bragg, Michael Castillo, Jr., Ember Cintron, Shellie Cornatzer, Ashley Delamater, Cristela Escobedo, David Gallivan, Aarianna  Gibbons, Valerie Gutierrez, Jeanette Hart, Ricky Henry, Sylvia Hinojos, Meagan Isabell, Kelan Jackson, Marlene Lujan, Ashlee McBride, Laurie McLain, Jessica Monson, Greg Palacios, Marisa Rayos, Javaria  Siddiqui, Denise Smith, Celeste        Solis, Melissa Stone, Brenda Sweeney, Robin Tittle, Eduardo Trillo, Brandy Washington, and Kenneth Weaver; Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Sociology: Hortencia Tarin, and Austin Treviño; Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Spanish: Daisy Ruiz, Janet Ybarra; Bachelor of Fine Arts: Ricardo Peña; Bachelor of Music with a Major in Music: Allison  Bryant, Jeb Harris, Texas King, and Collie Roland; Bachelor of Social Work: Haley Hicks, Jenifer Lopez, Oscar Romo, Melissa Rubio, and Kayla Salas; Bachelor of Science in Nursing: Aubrey Aaron, Amy Abraham, Adrian Armendariz, Arely Armendariz, Annabelle Ashmore, Ashley Castillo, Valerie    Chavez, Alma Copley, René Fierro, Daniela Flores, MacKenzie Freeman, Cecilia Garcia, Karen  Hernandez, Terecita Hernandez, Demi Kirbo, Angela Kraft, Araceli Macias, Aisu Manimbo, Sarah Morris, Samantha Nuñez, Amy Rendon, Marlene Salas, Rebecca Saldana, Crystal Salgado, Yarely Tarango, and Ije Uba,

Additional UTPB graduate candidates include: Master of Arts with a Major in English: Daniella Haynes, Avery McWilliams, and Michelle Yarbrough; Master of Public Administration: Sheri Fincher, and Jaclynn Geiling, Bachelor of Science with a Major in Athletic Training: Emily Campbell, Bachelor of Science with a Major in Biology: Jeanette Cala, Mauricio Craig, Manda  Espinoza, Christopher Garcia, Vanessa Hernandez, Kelly Lease, Claudia Ortiz, Jessica Pimentel, Felix Rodriguez, Natalie Scott, Cassidy Taylor, Jacob Torre, and Kristi Williams; Bachelor of Science with a Major in Chemistry: Lesley Felix, Russel Maharaj, Anthony Martinez, Jordan McDonald, Hao-Yun Peng, Jason Snitker, Felix Rodriguez, and Cassidy  Taylor; Bachelor of Science with a Major in Computer Science: Mark Almanza, Katherine Boyd, Cassandra Cordova, Oran Dobbins, Jerry Hedin, Benjamin Kensing, Steven            Larizza, Stephen Romero, and Nathan  Pantalion; Bachelor of Science with a Major in Geology: Isaac Bancroft, Jimmy Berndt, Hunter Chapman, Benjamin Cleveland, Tabitha Fletcher, Rustam Khoudaiberdiev, and Jackson Vines; Bachelor of Science with a Major in Information Systems: Stephanie Del Toro, Amber Dominguez, and Chelsea Faries; Bachelor of Science with a Major in Kinesiology: Courtney Alcala, Jassonae Bell, Jarom Boswell, Sarita Brown, Pura Celestino, Margje Damstra, Eric Diaz, Jeffrey Guebara, Robert Hagey, Miley McKee, Shelsea Mendoza, Natalie Montoya, Alexa Mullen, Valeria Porras, Jacob Ramirez, Shanna   Taylor, Jared Thames, and Phillip Wickenheiser.

Those set to graduate are: Bachelor of Science with a Major in Mathematics: Chelsey Franco, Megan  Fuentes, Kirstie McWilliams, and Michelle Specia; Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Child and Family Studies: Martha Aguirre, Erica Alders, Mandy Beavers, Monica Bell, Christine Bringe, Caylee Byrd, Michelle Hinds, Jennifer Hutson, Rosaura Lizalde, Melana Moss, Ezveidy Pastrana, Sara Ray, Katelyn Reyna, Amanda Rhyne, and Armin Robledo; Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Multidisciplinary Studies: Iris Benson, Karen Blanton, Karina Camacho, Agueda Cortez, Daniela Diaz, Caitlin Fellers, Amanda Franco, Kaylee Fulcher, Stacy Gallier, Sydney Garcia, Melissa Hernandez, Lia Irwin, Brittany Kennedy, Jeuly Leyva, Rebecca Long, Brianna Moore, Rocio Ovalle, Lindzey Roach, Madison Rosenberger, Marissa Steele, Gentry Townsend, Sydney Upshaw, Monica Vaughn, and Omega Villanueva; Master of Science with a Major in Computer Science: Manuel Rincon; Master of Science with a Major in Geology: Daniel Akah, James Akpobome, Ettebong Emmanuel, Gregory Flum, Steven Hayes, Jessey Odu, Angela Ogbajie, Justus Onyenegecha, and Adaku Orajiaka; Master of Science with a Major in Kinesiology: Sarita Adhikary and Evelyn Wingard; Master of Arts with a Major in Bilingual Education: Rachel Leinhos, Imelda Loya, Krystal Rodriguez, Tania Russell, and Bradley Webster; Master of Arts with a Major in Counseling: Candra Duckworth, Melissa Vandenberg, Dawn Westby Garcia, and Quincy Whitehead; Master of Arts with a Major in Educational Leadership: Samantha Campos, Tabitha Castillo, Christina Cox, Kylie Hankinson, Jessica Hilbert, Richard Houston, Julia Katolik, Joy Mendoza, Joseph Phipps, Michael Pike, Pablo Resendiz, Cynthia Rodriguez, Barbara Triplett, and Steven Vigil, Jr.; Master of Arts with a Major in Reading:  LaDonna Chism, Shanna  Edwards, and Amy King; Master of Arts with a Major in Special Education: Nicole Allen, Alexandria Barr, Maria Canavá, Candace James, Jessica Mask, Katherine O’Halloran, Laura Palacios, Jennifer Quiggle, Kassidey Smith, Sandra Wilson, and Sarah Wilson; Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences: David Beck, Jr., Marco Garcia, and Ralph Warren III; Bachelor of Business Administration with a Major in Accountancy: William Adams, Gabriella Baltazar, Chelsea Battaglia, Gerardo Diaz, Jon Fields, Evelyn Garcia, Jordan Graham, Weston Jordan, Diane Macik, Elisa Saenz, and Eric Vitale.

Additional students follow: Bachelor of Business Administration with a Major in Finance: Raul Corrales and Kashyap Shrestha; Bachelor of Business Administration with a Major in Management: Reynaldo Acosta, Randolph Beckett, Deborah Bernal, Garreth Brewer, Scott Butcher, Christopher Cano, Janet Carter, Valerie Ceasar, Ashwant Channe, Kenzie Compton, Kelsi Crosson, Fabian Depablos, Aaron Eady, Mary Fisher, Paige Forest, Crystal Gaitan, Brandon Hale, Gerald Harrell, Eliseo Hernandez, Jr., Jerri Jones, Dustin Lee, Daniel Lund, Valerie Martinez, Ty Morley, Daniela Pacheco, Jasmit Pannu, Lillianna Peña, Antonio Salinas, Aiden Saunders, Travis Seider, Karen Sherrod, Caio Aguiar, Priscila Cardenas, Ryan Souza, Jonathan Stiles, Mirla Suarez, Viridiana Tarin, Taylor Thompson, Randal Toribio, Trey Weeks, Joshua Witte, Haley Wright. Bachelor of Business Administration with a Major in Marketing: Norma Alonso, Kathryn Braden, Asia Christian, Jazzmin Espinoza, Jonathan Jordan, Laura Lazcano, Araceli Lechuga, Adrian Peña, Davannah Philipp, Jason Sanders; Bachelor of Science with a Major in Industrial Technology:Patricia Baeza, Brandi Torres,Jonathan Williams; Bachelor of Science with a Major in Mechanical Engineering:Kristen Beck, Djeneba Belemou, Michael Berzoza, Jeremy Floyd, Bruce Corona Romo, Joshua Espinoza, Gustavo Fernandez, Isaac Flores, Elohi Gonzales,

José González, Arnaud Gueno Kuate, Matthew Hansen, Francisco Mijares, Jr., Anthony Morales, Cade Parkison, Danny Romero, Darren Thompson, Emmanuel Villegas, Clayton Walker, Landon Weeden, John Wiebe, and Alfonso Zubiate; Bachelor of Science with a Major in Petroleum Engineering: Macy Ayala, Delcio Bento, Julian Carrasco, Matthew Chavez, Sydnee Crosser, Robert Galvan, Mekan Hanov, Justin Hayden, Tommy Hogland, Richard Kassanga, Victoria Kuzmich, Ray Mbonu, Carlos Mendoza, Sylvaine Ndo Ondo, Ricardo Rico, Jesus Ruiz, Aaron Villanueva, Suksan Wisaetchok, and Alfredo Zavala.

 

Master of Business Administration: Maryntia Alvarado, Justin Bryant, Richard Crawford, Kristin Cummings, Rachel Duhon, Crystal Esquivel, Christian Estep, Jason Farnsworth, James Greer, Dalia Hemphill, Michael James Kumpas II, Karen Lopez, Son Ngoc, Brittanie O’Neal, Sandra Ortega, Jossolynn Pittman, Mauricio Quintela, Erica Ramirez, Ashley Rodriguez, Vanessa Rodriguez, Steven Ruiz; Master of Professional Accountancy: Stephen Chieffo, Angie Favela,

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  1. Aaron Little on May 10th, 2017 11:38 am

    Commencement ceremonies will be live streamed and can be viewed at youtube.com/utpb or by clicking the graduation link on the UTPB homepage.”

    -Actually, this is the 3rd semester the commencement will be streamed.

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