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WT to Honor Students Lost During 2023-24 Academic Year

WT to Honor Students Lost During 2023-24 Academic Year

Chip Chandler
April 17, 2024

CANYON, Texas — West Texas A&M University flags will fly at half-staff April 19 in honor of students who died during the 2023-24 academic year. A student memorial service also will be held at...

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WT College of Engineering Offers Free Aid for Area Businesses Seeking Energy Grants

WT College of Engineering Offers Free Aid for Area Businesses Seeking Energy Grants

Chip Chandler
April 17, 2024

CANYON, Texas — The West Texas A&M University College of Engineering is offering free assistance for Panhandle-area business owners seeking national grants for projects that both save and create...

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‘Stethoscopes and Stilettos’ Dinner to Raise Funds for WT Nursing Scholarships

‘Stethoscopes and Stilettos’ Dinner to Raise Funds for WT Nursing Scholarships

Chip Chandler
April 17, 2024

CANYON, Texas — West Texas A&M University will celebrate 50 years of educating nurses on the High Plains at a May 3 fashion show and dinner. Reservations are requested by April 26 for “Stethoscopes...

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WT Scientists Taking Part in Research into Costly Cattle Liver Abscesses

WT Scientists Taking Part in Research into Costly Cattle Liver Abscesses

Chip Chandler
April 16, 2024

CANYON, Texas — A West Texas A&M University professor was a key member of a team investigating the causes of one of the costliest afflictions in cattle. Dr. Ty Lawrence, WT’s Caviness Davis...

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Ranchland Gift Secures Location for New WT Research Feedlot

Ranchland Gift Secures Location for New WT Research Feedlot

Chip Chandler
April 16, 2024

CANYON, Texas — Nearly 43 acres of ranchland recently given to West Texas A&M University will facilitate the construction of a new feedlot for the University. Brothers Mike and Gary Kuhlman made...

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WT Professors Win Grant to Improve STEM Education for Underrepresented Students

WT Professors Win Grant to Improve STEM Education for Underrepresented Students

Chip Chandler
April 15, 2024

CANYON, Texas — A team of West Texas A&M University researchers have won a $200,000 National Science Foundation grant to improve success rates in science classes for underrepresented students. Professors...

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WT’s Model UN Team Earns Honors at National Conference

WT’s Model UN Team Earns Honors at National Conference

Chip Chandler
April 12, 2024

CANYON, Texas — A student delegation from West Texas A&M University recently earned honors at the National Model United Nations Conference in New York City. The students, whose trip was sponsored...

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WT Horse Judging Team Rides to Victory in College Station

WT Horse Judging Team Rides to Victory in College Station

Chip Chandler
April 12, 2024

CANYON, Texas — West Texas A&M University’s horse judging team is continuing its winning ways, defeating one of the nation’s top teams on its home turf. The WT squad was named champion of...

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Native Storyteller Eldrena Douma to Headline WT Festival April 18 and 19

Native Storyteller Eldrena Douma to Headline WT Festival April 18 and 19

Chip Chandler
April 11, 2024

CANYON, Texas — A renowned Native American speaker will headline the 2024 West Texas A&M University Storytelling Festival. Eldrena Douma, who was a classroom teacher becoming a professional storyteller,...

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WT Summer Camp Registration Period Opens

WT Summer Camp Registration Period Opens

Chip Chandler
April 11, 2024

CANYON, Texas — Registration is now open for about 70 summer youth camps at West Texas A&M University. Between now and September, WT’s Extended Studies program will offer camps, clinics, academies...

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WT Launching New Summer Piano Camp; Auditions Due May 1

WT Launching New Summer Piano Camp; Auditions Due May 1

Chip Chandler
April 11, 2024

CANYON, Texas — Registration is now open for a new West Texas A&M University summer camp for young pianists. WT’s first Summer Piano Institute is scheduled for July 22 to 26 on the University’s...

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WT Professor Chosen as Official Volunteer for Paris Olympics

WT Professor Chosen as Official Volunteer for Paris Olympics

Chip Chandler
April 10, 2024

CANYON, Texas — A West Texas A&M University professor will chase gold this summer in France—not as a competitor during the 2024 Paris Olympics, but as an official volunteer. Dr. Vanessa Fiaud,...

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WT Researchers Explore Increase in Cyberbullying Against Educators

WT Researchers Explore Increase in Cyberbullying Against Educators

Chip Chandler
April 9, 2024

CANYON, Texas — Three West Texas A&M University professors were part of a team of researchers who recently published an article exploring a pandemic-era rise in online aggression against professors,...

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WT Student Body President Named Fulbright Scholar, Will Teach in Spain

WT Student Body President Named Fulbright Scholar, Will Teach in Spain

Chip Chandler
April 8, 2024

CANYON, Texas — The student body president of West Texas A&M University soon will be working with a new group of scholars an ocean away from Canyon. Filiberto Avila, a senior digital media and...

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Wendler Issues Blood Drive Challenge for WT Community

Wendler Issues Blood Drive Challenge for WT Community

Chip Chandler
April 8, 2024

CANYON, Texas — West Texas A&M University President Walter V. Wendler is challenging the campus and Canyon community to tie or beat a record high in an upcoming blood drive. This year, Coffee...

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WT Student Designers Picked for National Exhibition in Dallas

WT Student Designers Picked for National Exhibition in Dallas

Chip Chandler
April 4, 2024

  CANYON, Texas — A pair of West Texas A&M University student designers have been selected to show their work in a national exhibition. Dylan Green, a senior graphic design major from...

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De’Arno De’Armond Hired to Lead WT Digital Marketing Efforts

De’Arno De’Armond Hired to Lead WT Digital Marketing Efforts

Chip Chandler
April 4, 2024

CANYON, Texas — A longtime faculty member and administrator will lead West Texas A&M University into new frontiers in digital marketing. Dr. De’Arno De’Armond officially will assume the role...

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WT Orchestra, Choirs to Honor Late George Biffle with ‘Requiem’ Performance

WT Orchestra, Choirs to Honor Late George Biffle with ‘Requiem’ Performance

Chip Chandler
April 4, 2024

CANYON, Texas — A combined force of West Texas A&M University student musicians will perform a towering work of remembrance in honor of a beloved area music teacher. Paying tribute to the late...

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WT Sending Two Equestrian Teams to National Championships in May

WT Sending Two Equestrian Teams to National Championships in May

Chip Chandler
April 3, 2024

CANYON, Texas — Two West Texas A&M University equestrian teams have qualified to compete for national championships in May. “This is an incredible accomplishment,” said Julia Bastian, WT Equestrian...

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WT Collegiate Farm Bureau to Host Special Livestock Show for Students with Disabilities

WT Collegiate Farm Bureau to Host Special Livestock Show for Students with Disabilities

Chip Chandler
April 3, 2024

CANYON, Texas — West Texas A&M University’s Collegiate Farm Bureau will host a stock show designed for students with disabilities. Beyond the Barn will run from 10 a.m. to noon April 27 in the...

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Top WT Student Employees of 2023-24 Honored

Top WT Student Employees of 2023-24 Honored

Chip Chandler
April 2, 2024

CANYON, Texas — An undergraduate responsible for welcoming more than 1,000 new Buffs and a graduate student who played a critical role in restarting the University’s livestock judging teams were honored...

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WT’s Texas Poets’ Corner Salutes Student Poets, Historians at Spring Event

WT’s Texas Poets’ Corner Salutes Student Poets, Historians at Spring Event

Chip Chandler
April 1, 2024

CANYON, Texas — Student poets and historians were honored March 28 at the annual Texas Poets’ Corner spring event. Poetry awards were given to Debany Arciniega-Saenz, a senior public relations,...

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WT Scholarship Dinner Set to Honor Longtime Vocal Music Educator George Biffle

WT Scholarship Dinner Set to Honor Longtime Vocal Music Educator George Biffle

Chip Chandler
April 1, 2024

CANYON, Texas — Tickets are on sale now for a fundraising dinner helping establish a scholarship for vocal students in the name of a well-respected former music educator. The George Biffle Memorial...

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WT Students, Faculty Selected for Annual Exhibition at Amarillo Museum of Art

WT Students, Faculty Selected for Annual Exhibition at Amarillo Museum of Art

Chip Chandler
March 28, 2024

CANYON, Texas — Works by more than 50 West Texas A&M University students and eight faculty members have been selected to hang in a prestigious annual exhibition at Amarillo Museum of Art. The...

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WT Student Duo Places Highly in National Competition

WT Student Duo Places Highly in National Competition

Chip Chandler
March 28, 2024

CANYON, Texas — Two West Texas A&M University graduate students recently ranked highly in a national marketing competition. The duo of Mehrdad Samimi, an MBA student in the Paul and Virginia Engler...

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WT Percussion Ensemble to Perform

WT Percussion Ensemble to Perform

Chip Chandler
March 28, 2024

CANYON, Texas — The West Texas A&M University Percussion Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. April 2 in Mary Moody Northen Recital Hall on WT’s Canyon campus. The concert is free. Selections...

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WT Art Alumni to Be Featured in New Exhibition

WT Art Alumni to Be Featured in New Exhibition

Chip Chandler
March 27, 2024

CANYON, Texas — More than 50 West Texas A&M University alumni are featured in a new art exhibition opening April 1. WT’s first art program alumni exhibition will hang through April 27 in the...

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Chaos Reigns in WT Theatre’s Farcical ‘Rumors,’ on Stage April 4 to 14

Chaos Reigns in WT Theatre’s Farcical ‘Rumors,’ on Stage April 4 to 14

Chip Chandler
March 27, 2024

ANYON, Texas — Though it’s set in an era of pastel colors and big shoulder pads, there’s nothing dated about the humor in the season-ending play from West Texas A&M University Theatre. Student...

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Rural Education Initiative Launched through WT Earns Major Carnegie Grant

Rural Education Initiative Launched through WT Earns Major Carnegie Grant

Chip Chandler
March 26, 2024

CANYON, Texas — An initiative spearheaded by West Texas A&M University to help rural students earn bachelor’s degrees while staying in their hometowns has won a $200,000 grant from Carnegie Corporation...

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WT Winners of Esteemed Regional Scholarship Honored at Luncheon

WT Winners of Esteemed Regional Scholarship Honored at Luncheon

Chip Chandler
March 20, 2024

CANYON, Texas — West Texas A&M University honored 19 students chosen for a prestigious regional scholarship at a recent luncheon. The students are among thousands of students from Colorado, New...

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WT Educator Preparation Program Lauded by TEA’s Board of Educator Certification

WT Educator Preparation Program Lauded by TEA’s Board of Educator Certification

Chip Chandler
March 18, 2024

CANYON, Texas — West Texas A&M University’s Educator Preparation Program recently earned a top honor from the Texas Education Agency. WT’s program earned a commendation by the TEA’s State...

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WT Pledges Support for Students, Others Impacted by Panhandle Wildfires

WT Pledges Support for Students, Others Impacted by Panhandle Wildfires

Chip Chandler
February 28, 2024

CANYON, Texas — As wildfires ravage the Texas Panhandle region, West Texas A&M University is reaching out to support students from the impacted areas. As of the morning of Feb. 28, wildfires were...

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WT Alumni Association to Host Social Events in Houston, Fort Worth

WT Alumni Association to Host Social Events in Houston, Fort Worth

Chip Chandler
February 28, 2024

CANYON, Texas — West Texas A&M University’s Alumni Association is going on the road to connect with Buffs in two major Texas cities. The Association’s Ronnie Hall, executive director, and...

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WT to Launch New Nurse Practitioner Degree Program to Tackle Mental Health Crisis

WT to Launch New Nurse Practitioner Degree Program to Tackle Mental Health Crisis

Chip Chandler
February 27, 2024

CANYON, Texas — Nurses hoping to help tackle ongoing mental health needs in the Panhandle and beyond can soon enroll in a new online degree program at West Texas A&M University. Following approval...

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WT to Host Area’s Only Workshop for Language Teachers

WT to Host Area’s Only Workshop for Language Teachers

Chip Chandler
February 22, 2024

CANYON, Texas — Language teachers from more than 30 area schools will learn from one another during a unique workshop at West Texas A&M University. WT’s Panhandle Language Teachers Association,...

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WT Concert Band to Pay Tribute to Charleston Victims in Powerful Performance

WT Concert Band to Pay Tribute to Charleston Victims in Powerful Performance

Chip Chandler
February 22, 2024

CANYON, Texas — A piece honoring the victims of a horrific tragedy is the centerpiece of the West Texas A&M University Concert Band’s first spring concert. Omar Thomas’ “Of Our New Day Begun”...

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WT Alumni Association to Host Buff Grads at Basketball Games in Lubbock

WT Alumni Association to Host Buff Grads at Basketball Games in Lubbock

Chip Chandler
February 22, 2024

CANYON, Texas — West Texas A&M University alumni around the South Plains region can root the Buffs at a pair of Rivalry on the Range games. The WT Alumni Association will purchase tickets to both...

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Historian to Offer Insight into Oil and Gas Heritage in Texas at WT Lecture

Historian to Offer Insight into Oil and Gas Heritage in Texas at WT Lecture

Chip Chandler
February 22, 2024

CANYON, Texas — An expert on the broad implications of fossil-fuel extraction and the pivotal role of midsize cities like Amarillo will speak Feb. 29 at West Texas A&M University. Dr. Alan Lessoff,...

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Epically Awful Verses Sought for WT’s Annual Bad Poetry Contest

Epically Awful Verses Sought for WT’s Annual Bad Poetry Contest

Chip Chandler
February 22, 2024

CANYON, Texas — Shocking sonnets, lame limericks and odious odes all are welcome at the 2024 West Texas A&M University Bad Poetry Contest, presented by Brick & Elm magazine. The event will...

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WT Professor, Wife Set Up Endowment for Scholarships, Program Support

WT Professor, Wife Set Up Endowment for Scholarships, Program Support

Chip Chandler
February 21, 2024

CANYON, Texas — Gifts from a West Texas A&M University history professor and his recently retired wife will provide significant scholarship support for students in history and the arts. Dr. Bruce...

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WT’s Second Cohort of Rural Community Leaders Announced

WT’s Second Cohort of Rural Community Leaders Announced

Chip Chandler
February 19, 2024

CANYON, Texas — Educational and community leaders from around the nation have been selected for the second class of West Texas A&M University’s Rural Community Leaders Fellowship. The RCL Fellowship—a...

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Internationally Renowned Artist to Open 2024 Hamilton Piano Festival at WT

Internationally Renowned Artist to Open 2024 Hamilton Piano Festival at WT

Chip Chandler
February 16, 2024

CANYON, Texas — An acclaimed soloist and chamber musician will open the 2024 Grace Hamilton Piano Festival at West Texas A&M University. Jennifer Hayghe, chair of the Roser Keyboard and Piano...

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WT to Launch New Degree Programs in Hospitality/Tourism, Human Resources

WT to Launch New Degree Programs in Hospitality/Tourism, Human Resources

Chip Chandler
February 15, 2024

CANYON, Texas — Two new degree programs at West Texas A&M University will offer advanced new training in growing job fields. Following approval by The Texas A&M University System Board of...

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Harrington String Quartet’s ‘Sumptuous’ Concert Set for Feb. 25

Harrington String Quartet’s ‘Sumptuous’ Concert Set for Feb. 25

Chip Chandler
February 15, 2024

CANYON, Texas — Two major works of the classical canon and one of their significant predecessors are on the program for Harrington String Quartet’s next, seasonally timely concert. The quartet will...

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WT Theatre to Stage Drama at Regional Festival; Week of Previews Planned in Canyon

WT Theatre to Stage Drama at Regional Festival; Week of Previews Planned in Canyon

Chip Chandler
February 14, 2024

CANYON, Texas — West Texas A&M University Theatre’s production of “Bull in a China Shop” is one of five plays chosen to be staged at an upcoming regional festival. Ahead of a trip to the...

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WT to Offer Embedded Associate Degrees for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s

WT to Offer Embedded Associate Degrees for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s

Chip Chandler
February 13, 2024

CANYON, Texas — West Texas A&M University students soon can earn an associate degree en route to completing their bachelor’s degree, thanks to a new plan approved by The Texas A&M University...

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Buff Alumni Madness Set at Feb. 15 WT Basketball Games

Buff Alumni Madness Set at Feb. 15 WT Basketball Games

Chip Chandler
February 12, 2024

CANYON, Texas —West Texas A&M University alumni are invited to party with fellow Buffs while rooting on WT basketball teams to victory over Division II rivals Eastern New Mexico University. This...

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WT’s Great Books to Continue Discussion Series on Amarillo Native Saunders

WT’s Great Books to Continue Discussion Series on Amarillo Native Saunders

Chip Chandler
February 8, 2024

CANYON, Texas — West Texas A&M University’s Great Books Series in February will continue a set of discussions about the works of Amarillo native George Saunders ahead of the author’s upcoming...

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WT Orchestra, Amarillo Mass Choir to Offer Concerts with ‘Voice’ Finalist

WT Orchestra, Amarillo Mass Choir to Offer Concerts with ‘Voice’ Finalist

Chip Chandler
February 8, 2024

CANYON, Texas — A finalist from NBC’s “The Voice” and the Amarillo Mass Choir will join the West Texas A&M University Symphony Orchestra for special Black History Month concerts in February. Michelle...

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2024 WT Career and Internship Expo Set for Feb. 22

2024 WT Career and Internship Expo Set for Feb. 22

Chip Chandler
February 8, 2024

CANYON, Texas — More than 80 employers will meet with hundreds of West Texas A&M University students at the annual Career and Internship Expo on Feb. 22. The expo, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2...

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WT’s Online Programs Continue to Rank Highly in Prestigious U.S. News Rankings

WT’s Online Programs Continue to Rank Highly in Prestigious U.S. News Rankings

Chip Chandler
February 7, 2024

CANYON, Texas — West Texas A&M University’s online bachelor’s program ranked No. 45 in the nation and No. 3 in Texas, according to newly released 2024 rankings from U.S. News & World Report. Several...

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57 WT Students Welcomed into Teaching Profession in New Pinning Ceremony

57 WT Students Welcomed into Teaching Profession in New Pinning Ceremony

Chip Chandler
February 7, 2024

CANYON, Texas — Future teachers were formally welcomed into their profession in a new tradition that launched Feb. 6 at West Texas A&M University. Fifty-seven WT students who have been newly admitted...

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WT Approved for Chapter of National Honor Society for First-Gen Students

WT Approved for Chapter of National Honor Society for First-Gen Students

Chip Chandler
February 6, 2024

CANYON, Texas — West Texas A&M University soon will begin recruiting members for a new chapter of a national honor society for first-generation students. WT’s application for membership in the...

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WT’s Ingrassia Authors Expansive New History of Indianapolis Speedway, Auto Culture

WT’s Ingrassia Authors Expansive New History of Indianapolis Speedway, Auto Culture

Chip Chandler
February 5, 2024

CANYON, Texas — A new book by a West Texas A&M University history professor argues that the building of the world’s most famous racetrack also hit the accelerator for America’s love of cars. In...

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Free Mental Health Care App Available for All A&M System Students

Free Mental Health Care App Available for All A&M System Students

Chip Chandler
February 5, 2024

CANYON, Texas — The more than 153,000 students in Texas A&M University System schools—including West Texas A&M University—now have access to TELUS Health Student Support, a free, confidential...

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WT McNair Scholars Present Research at National Conference

WT McNair Scholars Present Research at National Conference

Chip Chandler
February 2, 2024

CANYON, Texas — Five West Texas A&M University students recently presented research at a national honors conference. The students, all members of WT’s McNair Scholars program, presented research...

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Enrollment Growth Seen in Key Areas for Spring Semester at WT

Chip Chandler
February 2, 2024

CANYON, Texas — A key enrollment metric rose in newly available numbers for West Texas A&M University’s spring 2024 semester. Semester credit hours rose to 91,658 among total number of students...

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WT Theatre to Stage Romantic Musical ‘She Loves Me’

WT Theatre to Stage Romantic Musical ‘She Loves Me’

Chip Chandler
February 1, 2024

CANYON, Texas — West Texas A&M University Theatre’s next production offers a candy-coated Valentine treat for audiences. The classic musical “She Loves Me” by Joe Masteroff, Jerry Bock and...

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WT Ensembles Picked to Perform at Music Educators Convention

WT Ensembles Picked to Perform at Music Educators Convention

Chip Chandler
February 1, 2024

CANYON, Texas — Two of West Texas A&M University’s premiere music ensembles will perform at a statewide gathering of educators. The WT School of Music’s Symphonic Band and the Chorale each...

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WT Alumni Association Launches Directory of Buff-Owned Businesses

WT Alumni Association Launches Directory of Buff-Owned Businesses

Chip Chandler
February 1, 2024

CANYON, Texas — A growing initiative by the West Texas A&M University Alumni Association is showing the impact the University has on the economy of the region and beyond. On Feb. 1, the Alumni...

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WT Alum Andy Cole Endows New Animal Science Professorship

WT Alum Andy Cole Endows New Animal Science Professorship

Chip Chandler
January 31, 2024

CANYON, Texas — To pay his way through college, Dr. Andy Cole used proceeds from crops grown on his own land on the family farm. Generations later, West Texas A&M University is reaping the benefits. Following...

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WT, Education Credit Union Team for Student Financial Literacy Workshops

WT, Education Credit Union Team for Student Financial Literacy Workshops

Chip Chandler
January 29, 2024

CANYON, Texas — West Texas A&M University students are getting a crash course in financial literacy, thanks to a partnership between the University and Education Credit Union. The Advanced Money...

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WT Alumni Association to Host Conversations with University Leaders

Chip Chandler
January 26, 2024

CANYON, Texas — The West Texas A&M University Alumni Association is promoting closer ties between alumni and their alma mater with a series of upcoming virtual meetings. The deans, or their representatives,...

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WT Art Faculty in the Spotlight in New Exhibition

WT Art Faculty in the Spotlight in New Exhibition

Chip Chandler
January 25, 2024

CANYON, Texas — West Texas A&M University art professors are featured in a new exhibition in the Dord Fitz Formal Gallery. The WT Art Program’s Faculty Art Exhibition, titled “Here We Go Again,”...

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Johnson Named WT’s Hatton Professor of Rural Community Leadership

Johnson Named WT’s Hatton Professor of Rural Community Leadership

Chip Chandler
January 24, 2024

CANYON, Texas — A newly established professorship at West Texas A&M University further confirms the University’s commitment to rural education. Dr. Brad Johnson, currently a clinical professor...

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WT Professor Co-Authors Book on New Rules on Student-Athlete Compensation

WT Professor Co-Authors Book on New Rules on Student-Athlete Compensation

Chip Chandler
January 23, 2024

CANYON, Texas — A new book cowritten by a West Texas A&M University professor examines the national impact of college athletes cashing in on their profile. In “Name, Image, and Likeness Policies:...

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WT Seeks Nominations for 2024 Distinguished Alumni Awards

WT Seeks Nominations for 2024 Distinguished Alumni Awards

Chip Chandler
January 19, 2024

CANYON, Texas — It’s time again to honor West Texas A&M University Buffs who stand out from the herd. The Distinguished Alumni nomination period is open now through March 1. The WT Distinguished...

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WT Faculty Grand Recital Part of Jan. 26 Spotlight on School of Music

WT Faculty Grand Recital Part of Jan. 26 Spotlight on School of Music

Chip Chandler
January 18, 2024

CANYON, Texas — Faculty members in West Texas A&M University’s School of Music promise a grand old time at an upcoming event aimed at potential students, as well as all area music lovers. The...

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Traveling Buffs Win $3,000 in Scholarships Through WT Instagram Contest

Traveling Buffs Win $3,000 in Scholarships Through WT Instagram Contest

Chip Chandler
January 18, 2024

CANYON, Texas — Four West Texas A&M University students not only had fun on their holiday break. They also earned a total of $3,000 in scholarship money, thanks to the University’s second Instagram...

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Forbes Advisor: WT Among Top Online Colleges in Texas

Forbes Advisor: WT Among Top Online Colleges in Texas

Chip Chandler
January 18, 2024

CANYON, Texas — West Texas A&M University is one of the top online colleges in the Lone Star State, according to new national rankings. WT ranks among nine other Texas universities in Forbes Advisor’s...

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WT Leading New Research into Families of Children with Learning Disabilities

WT Leading New Research into Families of Children with Learning Disabilities

Chip Chandler
January 17, 2024

CANYON, Texas — Parents of children with learning disabilities are sought to take part in groundbreaking new research at West Texas A&M University. Faculty members in WT’s Terry B. Rogers College...

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WT Opera Gala to Honor Dr. Robert Hansen

WT Opera Gala to Honor Dr. Robert Hansen

Chip Chandler
January 16, 2024

CANYON, Texas — Reservations are due Jan. 20 to attend a West Texas A&M University opera gala honoring the retiring Dr. Robert Hansen. The “Out of This World” gala, featuring performances...

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Wendler: WT Students to Be Provided Core Textbooks Free of Charge Beginning Fall 2024

Wendler: WT Students to Be Provided Core Textbooks Free of Charge Beginning Fall 2024

Chip Chandler
January 16, 2024

CANYON, Texas — West Texas A&M University students will be provided textbooks for all core curriculum courses beginning in fall 2024, President Walter V. Wendler announced in a Jan. 16 memo. The...

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Final Fall ’23 Commencement Numbers in for WT; Dean’s, President’s Lists Announced

Final Fall ’23 Commencement Numbers in for WT; Dean’s, President’s Lists Announced

Chip Chandler
January 12, 2024

CANYON, Texas — The final tally is 878 graduates for West Texas A&M University’s fall 2023 commencement. Overall, the University awarded 649 baccalaureate degrees, 215 master’s degrees and...

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First WT Students Completing Pilot Program Aimed to Improve Reading Education

First WT Students Completing Pilot Program Aimed to Improve Reading Education

Chip Chandler
January 11, 2024

CANYON, Texas — Eleven future teachers will celebrate a milestone Jan. 12 as they complete classwork for a West Texas A&M University pilot program aimed at improving reading across the state. The...

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CSAW’s McDonald Western Book Award Winner to Speak Jan. 23

CSAW’s McDonald Western Book Award Winner to Speak Jan. 23

Chip Chandler
January 11, 2024

CANYON, Texas — An Oklahoma historian officially will be awarded a prestigious honor from West Texas A&M University’s Center for the Study of the American West at a Jan. 23 event. Dr. Anne...

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WT to Welcome Back Students for Spring Semester

WT to Welcome Back Students for Spring Semester

Chip Chandler
January 10, 2024

CANYON, Texas — The spring semester at West Texas A&M University will begin Jan. 16, and new and returning students will be greeted with multiple activities and initiatives. When classes resume...

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WT Opera Students Take Second Place in National Competition

WT Opera Students Take Second Place in National Competition

Chip Chandler
January 8, 2024

CANYON, Texas — A trio of West Texas A&M University music students placed second in a national opera competition. Ranking highly in the National Opera Association’s Robert Hansen Collegiate...

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Small Fire Quickly Doused at WT’s Palo Duro Research Facility

Small Fire Quickly Doused at WT’s Palo Duro Research Facility

Chip Chandler
January 4, 2024

CANYON, Texas — A Jan. 3 small fire on the roof of West Texas A&M University’s Palo Duro Research Facility was quickly extinguished. According to Robert Thompson, director of WT Fire and Life...

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WT’s Great Books to Launch Discussion Series on Amarillo Native Saunders

WT’s Great Books to Launch Discussion Series on Amarillo Native Saunders

Chip Chandler
January 4, 2024

CANYON, Texas — West Texas A&M University’s Great Books Series in January will kick off a set of discussions about the works of Amarillo native George Saunders ahead of the author’s upcoming...

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New Employment Perk for WT Staff Will Benefit Region

New Employment Perk for WT Staff Will Benefit Region

Chip Chandler
January 2, 2024

CANYON, Texas — A new benefit for West Texas A&M University staff members will offer employees the chance to make an impact on their community. According to a Jan. 2 memo from WT President Walter...

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“I Am WT” hosts Myka Bailey and Thomas Rodriguez interview Dr. Sara-Louise Newcomer, the Long Professor of Companion Animal Studies, and her trained therapy dog Willow Kate on the latest episode of the podcast.

‘I Am WT’ Podcast Spotlights Sara-Louise Newcomer, Companion Animal Program

Chip Chandler
December 7, 2023

CANYON, Texas — West Texas A&M University’s student-run podcast continues its second season Dec. 7 with an episode highlighting the University’s new companion animal program. “I Am WT”...

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Simon Leech, center, president of St. Helens Outreach, and WT Alumni Association Executive Director Ronnie Hall, left, and Assistant Director Abby Waters hope that the community will help fill the shelves at The Market on Tierra Blanca during a holiday food drive.

WT Alumni Association to Launch Student Food Drive for the Holidays

Chip Chandler
December 6, 2023

CANYON, Texas — West Texas A&M University alumni and the community can do their part to combat food insecurity among WT students. The WT Alumni Association’s holiday food drive will run Dec....

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Dr. Ming Xie, left, and Dr. Li Chen recently won a national grant to study refugee populations and their preparedness for disasters.

WT Researchers Win National Grant to Research Panhandle Refugee Population

Chip Chandler
December 5, 2023

CANYON, Texas — Two West Texas A&M University professors are continuing their research into the refugee population of the Texas Panhandle, thanks to a nearly $30,000 grant. Ten teams were awarded...

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West Texas A&M University seniors Ashlyn Henslee, from left, Madison Harmon and Logan Pinter will be recognized at a Nov. 30 reception for graduating seniors from the Attebury Honors Program.

WT Attebury Honors Graduating Seniors to Be Honored at Nov. 30 Reception

Chip Chandler
November 29, 2023

CANYON, Texas — A trio of West Texas A&M University’s most accomplished students will be honored at a Nov. 30 reception. Students from the Attebury Honors Program will celebrate their accomplishments...

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WT Fall Commencement Ceremonies to Take Place Dec. 9

WT Fall Commencement Ceremonies to Take Place Dec. 9

Chip Chandler
November 28, 2023

CANYON, Texas — West Texas A&M University will celebrate the graduation of about 1,000 students during Dec. 9 commencement ceremonies. Students from the Paul Engler College of Agriculture and...

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Benefits of Educational Travel on View in Upcoming WT Student Exhibition

Benefits of Educational Travel on View in Upcoming WT Student Exhibition

Chip Chandler
November 28, 2023

CANYON, Texas — A trio of West Texas A&M University students will explore parallel worlds in an upcoming art exhibition. “Mundos Paralelos” will hang Dec. 7 to 23 in the Dord Fitz...

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Loyal University Supporters Amy and Rik Andersen Guest on ‘I Am WT’ Podcast

Loyal University Supporters Amy and Rik Andersen Guest on ‘I Am WT’ Podcast

Chip Chandler
November 22, 2023

CANYON, Texas — West Texas A&M University’s student-run podcast continues its second season Nov. 21 with an episode highlighting two faithful Buffs. “I Am WT” hosts Myka Bailey, a junior...

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WT Recital to Feature ‘Compelling’ Works by Long-Overlooked Composer

WT Recital to Feature ‘Compelling’ Works by Long-Overlooked Composer

Chip Chandler
November 20, 2023

CANYON, Texas — Works by a composer overlooked in her time will be featured in an upcoming recital at West Texas A&M University. “The Music of a Stifled Voice,” featuring compositions by Fanny...

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Cast members of WT Operas Amahl and the Night Visitors include, from left, Julian Ayala as King Kaspar, Oscar Hample as King Balthazar, Kelton Harbison as King Melchior, and Sarah Estes as Amahl. The holiday opera will be performed Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.

WT Opera to Stage Holiday Classic ‘Amahl and the Night Visitors’

Chip Chandler
November 20, 2023

CANYON, Texas — West Texas A&M University Opera will stage a beloved holiday production in its first performance of the fall. Students will present “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” an American...

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The Elicio Winds recently released its debut recording, “Convergence: Music & Cultural Legacy. Members are, from left, Dr. Virginia Broffitt Kunzer, Dr. Conor Bell and Dr. Kathleen Carter Bell.

WT Music Faculty Members Featured on New Album

Chip Chandler
November 20, 2023

CANYON, Texas — A trio featuring two faculty members from West Texas A&M University’s School of Music recently released its debut album. The Elicio Winds’ “Convergence: Music & Cultural...

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WT Concert, Symphonic Bands to Give Free Performances Nov. 29

WT Concert, Symphonic Bands to Give Free Performances Nov. 29

Chip Chandler
November 20, 2023

CANYON, Texas — Beloved classics and contemporary works are each on the bill for a night of music at West Texas A&M University. The University’s Concert and Symphonic Bands will perform at 6...

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WT Chamber Singers to Give Free Holiday Concert

WT Chamber Singers to Give Free Holiday Concert

Chip Chandler
November 20, 2023

CANYON, Texas — West Texas A&M University’s Chamber Singers will welcome the holiday season in an upcoming concert. The Chamber Singers’ Christmas concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 in...

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Hark, Hear the Bells: WT Orchestra’s Annual Christmas Concert Set for Dec. 3

Hark, Hear the Bells: WT Orchestra’s Annual Christmas Concert Set for Dec. 3

Chip Chandler
November 20, 2023

CANYON, Texas — Joyous carols will ring out at the West Texas A&M University Symphony Orchestra’s annual holiday concert. “I Heard the Bells! Music of the Christmas Season,” in conjunction...

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Christmas Events in WT, Canyon to Include Festival of Lights, Community Celebrations, Concerts, More

Christmas Events in WT, Canyon to Include Festival of Lights, Community Celebrations, Concerts, More

Chip Chandler
November 20, 2023

CANYON, Texas — West Texas A&M University will join forces with the city of Canyon to officially kick off the holiday season with several activities in coming weeks. The community is invited to...

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Marcus Smith, Education Credit Union’s CEO and chairman of the board for its foundation, addresses the 2023 graduates of the Buff $mart Money Management Bootcamp on Nov. 14.

WT Students Earn Surprise Scholarships from Education Credit Union Foundation

Chip Chandler
November 17, 2023

CANYON, Texas — Dozens of West Texas A&M University students earned scholarships Nov. 14 in a surprise presentation from Education Credit Union Foundation. In a ceremony honoring 110 graduates...

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Dr. Teri Bingham, professor of education, is one of three West Texas A&M University faculty members who joined with an Amarillo Independent School District teacher to publish research into preventing teacher burnout.

WT Researchers Explore Ways to Combat Teacher Burnout in New Publication

Chip Chandler
November 16, 2023

CANYON, Texas — As worries continue to rise nationwide over teacher shortages, three West Texas A&M University professors recently published research into the importance of self-care in making sure...

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WT Professor Part of Team Studying Conflict Resolution in Communication

WT Professor Part of Team Studying Conflict Resolution in Communication

Chip Chandler
November 16, 2023

CANYON, Texas — A West Texas A&M University professor has joined colleagues from around the country in publishing groundbreaking research into conflict management. Dr. Leslie Ramos Salazar, WT’s...

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Celebrating West Texas A&M Universitys first-ever national championship in meat judging are, front from left, Dr. Loni Lucherk, coach and Gordon W. Davis Chair in Meat Judging; Madison Colvin, Megan Miller, Mikayla Hudnall, Payton Ownbey, and Coach Megan Eckhardt; and, back from left, Dr. Ty Lawrence, WTs Caviness Davis Distinguished Chair in Meat Science; Coach Will Boyd, Elijah Mathis, Parker Franz, Ryan Heitschmidt, Bryce Hutson, Caleb Olfers, Colt Edrington, Noah Harrell and Juan-Carlos Buentello.

WT Meat Judging Team Wins National Championship in Decisive Fashion

Chip Chandler
November 15, 2023

CANYON, Texas — West Texas A&M University’s meat judging team secured its first-ever national championship in a Nov. 12 competition. The team took top honors at the Tyson International Contest...

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‘I Am WT’ Podcast Spotlights Faithful WT Supporters Harry and Maryann Hueston

‘I Am WT’ Podcast Spotlights Faithful WT Supporters Harry and Maryann Hueston

Chip Chandler
November 9, 2023

CANYON, Texas — West Texas A&M University’s student-run podcast continues its second season Nov. 9 with an episode focusing on a pair of dedicated Buffs. “I Am WT” hosts Myka Bailey, a junior...

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