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Serving the West Texas A&M University community since 1919.

The PRAIRIE

Serving the West Texas A&M University community since 1919.

The PRAIRIE

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WT Student Art Exhibition Highlights Benefit of Hands-On Experience 

November 29, 2021

Copy by Chip Chandler, 806-651-2124, [email protected]     CANYON, Texas — A student art exhibition inspired by summer coursework in New Mexico will open Dec. 2.  The exhibition of...

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WT to Host Annual, Free Holiday Concert ‘Music of the Christmas Season’; Chamber Concert Also Planned 

November 23, 2021

Copy by Chip Chandler, 806-651-2124, [email protected]     CANYON, Texas — Holiday music will be sweetly sung (and played) o’er the plains at a pair of upcoming Christmas performances...

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WT Festival of Lights to Return with Winter Carnival on Dec. 2 

November 22, 2021

Copy by Chip Chandler, 806-651-2124, [email protected]     CANYON, Texas — A beloved 30-year holiday tradition will return in an expanded format Dec. 2 as West Texas A&M University’s...

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Kallen Johnson goes for broke during a practice run at the WT rodeo arena. Photo provided by WTAMU Communication and Marketing

Two WT Rodeo Athletes Near Top of Southwest Region Rankings at End of Fall Season 

November 19, 2021

Copy by Chip Chandler, 806-651-2124, [email protected]     CANYON, Texas — A pair of West Texas A&M University rodeo athletes are ranked highly in regional standings at the close of...

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WT Environmental Science Professor Contributes to Major Study on Methane Emissions 

November 17, 2021

Copy by Chip Chandler, 806-651-2124, [email protected]   CANYON, Texas — A West Texas A&M University assistant professor of environmental science helped examine weather patterns...

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Drs. Elise Wilbourn, left, and Naruki Hiranuma examine data being gathered at a Portable Ice Nucleation Experiment (PINE) chamber near Utqiaġvik, Alaska. Photo provided by WTAMU Communication and Marketing

WT Leads Climate Study in Alaska, Will Continue Monitoring Data from Canyon 

November 16, 2021

Copy by Chip Chandler, 806-651-2124, [email protected]     CANYON, Texas — A West Texas A&M University research team recently launched a study near the northernmost city in the United...

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WT Employees, Eligible Immediate Family Members to Receive Half-Off Tuition, Fees 

November 15, 2021

Copy by Chip Chandler, 806-651-2124, [email protected]     CANYON, Texas — Beginning with the Summer 1 session in 2022, West Texas A&M University employees and their eligible immediate...

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WT Receives Hand Sanitizer Donation from Texas Company 

November 12, 2021

Copy by Chip Chandler, 806-651-2124, [email protected]     CANYON, Texas — More than 250 gallons of hand sanitizer are being distributed across West Texas A&M University, thanks to...

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WT to Mark International Education Week with Student Outreach 

November 10, 2021

Copy by Chip Chandler, 806-651-2124, [email protected]     CANYON, Texas — As West Texas A&M University students begin once more to travel internationally, the University is ramping...

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Plainview Couple Named WT Family of the Year 

November 8, 2021

Copy by Chip Chandler, 806-651-2124, [email protected]   CANYON, Texas — As a kid, Zachary McDonough got into some sticky situations at West Texas A&M University football games,...

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Veterans, Active-Duty Personnel to Be Celebrated at WT Nov. 12 to 14 

November 8, 2021

Copy by Chip Chandler, 806-651-2124, [email protected]   CANYON, Texas — The U.S. military will be celebrated at West Texas A&M University’s Weekend of Appreciation from Nov. 12...

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Civil War Classic ‘Red Badge of Courage’ Next Up for WT’s Great Books Series 

November 4, 2021

Copy by Chip Chandler, 806-651-2124, [email protected]     CANYON, Texas — A classic novel about life in wartime and how we think about conflict will be in the spotlight for the next installment...

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WT Symphony Orchestra to Spotlight Area’s Young Musicians at Next Concert; Jazz Concert Also on Tap 

November 4, 2021

Copy by Chip Chandler, 806-651-2124, [email protected]     CANYON, Texas — A 14-year-old middle school student will be the featured violin soloist at the next West Texas A&M University...

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First-Generation WT Alumni Network Forming; FIRSTGEN Week Kicks Off Nov. 8 

November 4, 2021

Copy by Chip Chandler, 806-651-2124, [email protected]     CANYON, Texas — As West Texas A&M University looks to reconnect with alumni who were the first in their family to attend college,...

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Application Fee Waiver Available for Graduate Students Interested in WT’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences 

November 3, 2021

Copy by Chip Chandler, 806-651-2124, [email protected]    CANYON, Texas — Nurses, speech and physical therapists and other healthcare providers interested in expanding their career opportunities...

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Justin Gage, author of the 2021 winner of the Center for the Study of the American West’s Outstanding Western Book. Photo by WTAMU Communication and Marketing

Book on Plains Native Americans Named CSAW’s Outstanding Western Book of 2021 

November 3, 2021

CONTACT: Chip Chandler, 806-651-2124, [email protected]     CANYON, Texas — A book exploring Native American life on the Great Plains — and the bloody battles that ensued in the late...

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Andrew Boggs, WT Intern of the Year. Photo provided by WTAMU Communication and Marketing

Senior Named WT Intern of the Year; Played Crucial Role in Maintaining Xcel Energy Power Supply 

November 1, 2021

Copy by Chip Chandler, 806-651-2124, [email protected]     CANYON, Texas — A West Texas A&M University electrical engineering student who played a crucial role in ensuring that power...

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Leslie Hinojosa and Gina Woodward. Photo by WTAMU Communication and Marketing

WT Instructor, SBDC Director Win Regional Honors 

October 29, 2021

Copy by Chip Chandler, 806-651-2124, [email protected]     CANYON, Texas — A West Texas A&M University instructor and a staff member recently were honored by community organizations...

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WT Nursing’s New Downtown Amarillo Home Celebrated in Official Grand Opening 

October 27, 2021

Copy by Chip Chandler, 806-651-2124, [email protected]     CANYON, Texas — West Texas A&M University officially celebrated the Oct. 27 grand opening of a facility carefully conceived...

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WT Family Weekend to Include Family of the Year Announcement 

October 27, 2021

Copy by Chip Chandler, 806-651-2124, [email protected]     CANYON, Texas — West Texas A&M University’s Family of the Year will be announced during annual Family Weekend celebrations.  Family...

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Marc Yaffee. Photo provided by WTAMU Communication and Marketing

Native American Comedian to Headline Special Performance at WT 

October 25, 2021

Copy by Chip Chandler, 806-651-2124, [email protected]     CANYON, Texas — A Native comedian will give a special performance Nov. 3 at West Texas A&M University in celebration of Native...

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WT Scores High in National Rankings in Nursing, Plant Science, Emergency Management, Theater, More 

October 22, 2021

Copy by Chip Chandler, 806-651-2124, [email protected]   CANYON, Texas — West Texas A&M University has earned high marks in several top fields in recent rankings, burnishing its...

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The Old Ed building. Photo by WTAMU Communication and Marketing

Senate Bill 52 Will Allow WT to Begin Rehabilitation of Second-Oldest Campus Building 

October 20, 2021

Copy by Chip Chandler, 806-651-2124, [email protected]   CANYON, Texas — A venerable West Texas A&M University landmark will get new life thanks to $3.35 billion appropriated by...

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West Texas A&M University horse judging team members Sal Washington, from left, Kami Woodard, Quinn Dunham, Grace Wolfington, Sydni Nilles, Hannah McLochlin, Makenzie Knipe, Sierra Stammen, Mackenzie Berkland, Calli Montague pose following the Oct. 13 All-American Quarter Horse Congress competition with Dr. John Pipkin, Regents professor of agriculture and director of WT’s Equine Industry Program. Assistant coaches Maggie Murphy and Baily Summers are not pictured. Photo by WTAMU Communication and Marketing

WT’s Horse Judging Teams Rank Highly in Major Competition 

October 18, 2021

Copy by Chip Chandler, 806-651-2124, [email protected]      CANYON, Texas — West Texas A&M University’s horse judging teams placed highly in recent All-American Quarter Horse Congress...

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WTAMU Choir. Photo by WTAMU Communication and Marketing

WT Choirs to Perform Songs Ranging from Classical to Modern Pop in Upcoming Concert 

October 15, 2021

Copy by Chip Chandler, 806-651-2124, [email protected]     CANYON, Texas — Three West Texas A&M University choirs will present an array of musical styles at an upcoming concert.  The...

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Ralph de La Vega. Photo provided by WTAMU Communication and Marketing

Ralph de la Vega, Former Top AT&T Exec, to Headline WT’s New Stan Sigman Leadership and Innovation Series Oct. 13 

October 13, 2021

Copy by Chip Chandler, 806-651-2124, [email protected]   CANYON, Texas — An influential business executive who rose through the ranks to become one of the top leaders of AT&T will...

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WT Homecoming Queen, King Crowned 

October 13, 2021

Copy by Chip Chandler, 806-651-2124, [email protected]     CANYON, Texas — Agriculture majors from Florida and Turkey, Texas, were named Homecoming Queen and King on Oct. 9 at West Texas...

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McNair Scholars Present Research Findings

October 12, 2021

Copy by Chip Chandler, 806-651-2124, [email protected]   CANYON, Texas — Fourteen of West Texas A&M University’s top students presented research findings Oct. 12. The 14 students...

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Lance Fletcher, left, senior computer science student from Clovis, N.M., shares his research on exercise optimization with fellow student researchers Duncan Miertschin, center, and Billy Lee.

WT Students Make Important Progress in Becoming Researchers  

October 8, 2021

Copy by Chip Chandler, 806-651-2124, [email protected]      CANYON, Texas — More than two dozen West Texas A&M University students took their first steps toward becoming researchers...

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WT Event Roundup: Vocal Workshop, Latinx Poets, Great Books, Film Screening 

October 5, 2021

Copy by Chip Chandler, 806-651-2124, [email protected], and 1910 PR, [email protected]   CANYON, Texas — In addition to ongoing Homecoming Week celebrations, West Texas A&M University...

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60th Anniversary of WT’s Integration to Be Commemorated at Homecoming Dinner

60th Anniversary of WT’s Integration to Be Commemorated at Homecoming Dinner

October 4, 2021

Copy by Chip Chandler, 806-651-2124, [email protected]   CANYON, Texas — A group of pioneers first arrived on campus at the then-West Texas State College beginning in 1960 — the first...

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Ralph de la Vega, Former Top AT&T Exec, to Headline WT’s New Stan Sigman Leadership and Innovation Series Oct. 13 

September 29, 2021

Copy by Chip Chandler, 806-651-2124, [email protected]     CANYON, Texas — An influential business executive who rose through the ranks to become one of the top leaders of AT&T will...

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Pinnacle Award winners Cheryl and Alex Fairly. From left to right: WT President Walter V. Wendler, Cheryl Fairly, Alex Fairly, Dr. Todd W. Rasberry, vice president for philanthropy and external relations. Photo provided by WTAMU Communication and Marketing

Alex and Cheryl Fairly, High Plains Christian Ministries Foundation Honored by WT 

September 27, 2021

Copy by Chip Chandler, 806-651-2124, [email protected]     CANYON, Texas — Outstanding donors to West Texas A&M University were honored Sept. 23 as the University kicked off a historic...

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New Machines at WT Make Cashless Transactions Simpler for Students, Community 

New Machines at WT Make Cashless Transactions Simpler for Students, Community 

September 27, 2021

Copy by Chip Chandler, 806-651-2124, [email protected]     CANYON, Texas — West Texas A&M University is making it easier for students, faculty, staff and visitors to adapt to a cashless...

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Gerdsen Ranch, arial view. Photo provided by WTAMU Communication and Marketing

Working Ranch East of Canyon to Be Used by WT Students, Faculty Following Gift 

September 24, 2021

Copy by Chip Chandler, 806-651-2124, [email protected]     CANYON, Texas — West Texas A&M University’s land holdings are expanding with the addition of a new working ranch to be used...

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WT Launches $125 Million Fundraising Campaign, Largest in Panhandle History

September 23, 2021

Copy by Chip Chandler, 806-651-2124, [email protected]   CANYON, Texas — West Texas A&M University made history Sept. 23 with the official public unveiling of its new $125 million...

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Two WT Faculty Members Honored as Top Teachers of Future Educators 

September 10, 2021

Copy by Chip Chandler, 806-651-2124, [email protected]     CANYON, Texas — Two West Texas A&M University faculty members recently were recognized as two of the top teachers of teachers...

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Faculty Arts Show to Highlight Diversity, Talent of WTAMU professors

[Photo] Faculty art show to highlight diversity: the talent of WTAMU professors

September 7, 2021

Faculty Arts Show to Highlight Diversity, Talent of WTAMU professors

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WT Smashes Fundraising Record As Momentum Builds for Historic Campaign 

WT Smashes Fundraising Record As Momentum Builds for Historic Campaign 

September 1, 2021

Copy by Chip Chandler, 806-651-2124, [email protected] CANYON, Texas — West Texas A&M University achieved a record-setting year of fundraising in fiscal year 2021, securing more than $15...

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Diversity Week 2021 Activities to Include Speech by Shanna Peeples, More 

Diversity Week 2021 Activities to Include Speech by Shanna Peeples, More 

August 30, 2021

Copy by Chip Chandler, 806-651-2124, [email protected]   CANYON, Texas — A student organization fair, a free movie screening, a party and a speech from a former National Teacher of the Year...

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One of WT’s Live Mascots Dies Following Routine Procedure 

One of WT’s Live Mascots Dies Following Routine Procedure 

August 27, 2021

Copy by Chip Chandler, 806-651-2124, [email protected]    CANYON, Texas — One of West Texas A&M University’s two live mascots-in-training has died.  The calf known affectionately...

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Water Researcher Named WT’s New Bell Professor of Engineering 

Water Researcher Named WT’s New Bell Professor of Engineering 

August 27, 2021

Copy by Chip Chandler, 806-651-2124, [email protected]   CANYON, Texas — An environmental engineering professor who studies water woes in the Panhandle and in developing communities around...

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Dr. Betty Coneway,  Geneva Schaeffer Professor of Education and Social Sciences.
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Coneway Named WT’s New Geneva Schaeffer Professor of Education and Social Sciences 

August 24, 2021

Copy by Chip Chandler, 806-651-2124, [email protected] CANYON, Texas — A longtime early childhood education professor at West Texas A&M University has been newly appointed to an endowed...

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First-year students of the Texas A&M Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program in Canyon. Photo provided by WTAMU Communication and Marketing

Texas A&M Welcomes Largest Incoming Veterinary Class In The Nation

August 23, 2021

  Story by Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences The addition of 18 students in the inaugural 2+2 DVM program at the Veterinary Education, Research, and...

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Four WT Ag and Science Professors Awarded Endowed Professorships

Four WT Ag and Science Professors Awarded Endowed Professorships

August 23, 2021

Copy by Chip Chandler, 806-651-2124, [email protected] CANYON, Texas — Four instructors in the Paul Engler College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences will begin the 2021-22 academic year in...

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The painting Rise of Thunder by Anna Lemnitzer, the new West Texas A&M University digital art professor. Photo provided by WTAMU Communication and Marketing

Faculty Art Show to Highlight Diversity, Talent of WT Professors

August 19, 2021

Copy by Chip Chandler, 806-651-2124, [email protected] CANYON, Texas — Eight West Texas A&M University art faculty members will take part in a season-opening exhibition beginning this month. The...

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New Live Mascots Ready to Make WT Debut 

New Live Mascots Ready to Make WT Debut 

August 19, 2021

Copy by Chip Chandler, 806-651-2124, [email protected] CANYON, Texas — A pair of brand-new Buffs are ready to rumble onto the campus of West Texas A&M University. Two new live mascots...

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Classes to Begin at WT’s Revitalized Baptist Community Services Nursing Education Floor 

Classes to Begin at WT’s Revitalized Baptist Community Services Nursing Education Floor 

August 18, 2021

Copy by Chip Chandler, 806-651-2124, [email protected]    AMARILLO, Texas — A new era in nursing education in the Texas Panhandle will dawn Monday with the official opening of West Texas A&M...

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