• January 28, 2020

Odessa American: Anniversaries

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GOOD NEWS: Permian Basin Fair & Expo received top honors at TAFE

Permian Basin Fair & Exposition was awarded for their marketing and communication campaigns. The awards were announced during the Texas Association of Fairs and Events (TAFE) convention on Jan. 11 in Galveston.

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GOOD NEWS: Law Enforcement Appreciation Day
GOOD NEWS: Marathon Chamber abuzz for 2020

MARATHON Marathon Chamber of Commerce welcomed a new slate of officers at its first meeting of the year Jan. 9.

GOOD NEWS: Donation

Odessa Study Club hopes to support and enrich the Ector County Library by donating children’s books. Pictured are: Cathi Boutin, Julie Brown and Pam Crutcher.

GOOD NEWS: FBCU welcomes chief lending officer, announces promotions

First Basin Credit Union has welcomed the new year by adding a new member to the senior management team.

GOOD NEWS: Senior Life

Senior Life Midland, photo not available, received a check for $500 that supported their Meals on Wheels’ holiday pantry.

GOOD NEWS: Excellence Award

Bond-Coat, Inc. was awarded the Permian Basin Local Employer of Excellence award at the Texas Workforce Commission annual conference held on Dec. 4-6, 2019. Bond-Coat Inc. is a leading coating company, located in the Permian Basin for 45 years. Bond-Coat found a niche within the community by hiring individuals with criminal backgrounds, helping them to restart their lives. The company embraces a “homegrown” attitude of training their employees. Over 90% of their management team started at the ground level and moved up with guidance from senior leadership. Pictured are, from left, back row: Gail Dickenson, Workforce Board COO; Roseanne Eaden, Workforce Board Member; Willie Taylor, Workforce Board CEO; Arlett Toliver, Workforce Solutions Project Director; and Noe Salazar, Workforce Board Member. Front row: AnnMarie Murtaugh, Workforce Board Member; Sue Mercer, Workforce Board Chair; Michael Patterson, Bond Coat General Manager; Joe Thaggard, Bond Coat Sales/Marketing Manager; and Mary Lou Acosta, Workforce Solutions Operations Manager.


GFWC Tau Lambda Study Club held their annual Christmas Party on Dec. 11, 2019 at Jazz Cafe in Monahans. Members enjoyed varied lunches of their choice. Pictured are, from left, standing: Nancy Williams and Mary Vongsavath. Seated: Valerie Sanders, Faye Mayhall, Margie Williamson, Patsy Pickering, Bettye Ice, Linda Grant, Lavelle Counts, Jo Brown, Shirley Bagley and Donna Haupt. Not pictured: Bonnie Moore, Kayla Murphee and Cozy Taylor. Members exchanged Christmas ornaments or decors. Ice and Bagley provided Christmas table decors such as lighted Christmas miniature trees or hats, candy cane and balls. Counts distributed a chocolate sweets platter for everyone that included brownies, Ferrero truffles, and chocolate coated strawberries and candies. Vongsavath gave cheers to each one with personal bottles of Sweet Red wines and choices of tomatoes such as heavenly villagio marzano, sweet campari, or grapes from Village Farm. The Club Health Program on diabetes “What You Should Know” held on Nov. 20, 2019 in the Ward County Event Center was well attended. Dr. V. Narguna an endocrinologist from Odesssa Medical Center Hospital provided information on diabetes. For information, email mvonus@yahoo.com.

GOOD NEWS: JROTC Military Ball
GOOD NEWS: She Said Yes
GOOD NEWS: Donation

The Complex Community Federal Credit Union recently donated West Texas Strong tumblers to Odessa Police Department officers.

GOOD NEWS: Back Up the Blue

The Hollingsworth Head Start Center presented a Christmas program on Dec. 20. They honored the Odessa Police Department officers and first responders with snacks and cards.

GOOD NEWS: Donation

The Greater Texas Ford Dealers recently donated $12,500 to the Odessa Police Department.

GOOD NEWS: In Appreciation

The Earl S. Bailey American Legion Post No. 430 and American Legion Auxiliary recently treated the Odessa Police Department to water and snacks.

GOOD NEWS: Sul Ross Dean's List

ALPINE Sul Ross State University has announced its fall 2019 Dean’s List.

GOOD NEWS: Assistant Sul Ross VP earns Ed.D

ALPINE Graduating Sul Ross students were not the only ones to walk the stage this fall. One of the University’s executive administrators also achieved her goal of earning a doctorate degree.

GOOD NEWS: Christmas Caroling
GOOD NEWS: Names in the News


MC’s special advisor to the president receives prestigious leadership award

MIDLAND The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) presented Deana Savage, Midland College special advisor to the president, with the Demetria N. Gibbs Outstanding Chair Award on Dec. 9.

GOOD NEWS: Sul Ross supporter, community leader receives honorary degree

ALPINE Longtime friend of Sul Ross State University and Alpine community leader Elena Pena Gallego received an Honorary Bachelor of Arts Degree during the fall commencement Dec. 13.

GOOD NEWS: Sul Ross Fall Graduates

Sul Ross State University Alpine and Middle Rio Grande Campuses held fall 2019 commencement Dec. 13-24.

GOOD NEWS: Department of Education inducts 2019 members

ALPINE The Sul Ross State University Department of Education welcomed ten students into the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society during a ceremony on Dec. 12.

GOOD NEWS: Sul Ross President Bill Kibler to retire

ALPINE Sul Ross State University President Bill Kibler has recently announced his retirement.

GOOD NEWS: Pinning Ceremony

The Midland College Associate Degree Nursing students were pinned at a ceremony on Dec. 12 in the Allison Fine Arts Building Wagner & Brown Auditorium. The pinning ceremony is a tradition for nursing schools, marking the transition from nursing school to nursing practice. The nursing pin has a long and honorable history. The tradition of pinning began in 1860 when Florence Nightingale was awarded The Red Cross of St. George by Queen Victoria for her service in the Crimean War. Nightingale shared this honor with her nursing school students by giving each graduate a badge. By 1916 the pinning ceremony became an established tradition of nursing schools. Nursing graduates are: Grace Adewoyin, Genessa Avara, Kellsie Beran, Maria Briceno, Falyn Chesnut, Haley Cleveland, Alexandria Corpus, Marisol Corral, Sophia Cuevas, Nicole Doelling, Alaina Granado, Austin Holloway, Victoria Leonard, Alexis Martinez, Madeleine Messer, Stella Odoyo, Karime Ortiz, Kyle Parker, Marlene Patton, Violet Paz, Francisca Rodriguez, Hissel Sotelo and Ericka Whittaker. Students who received special awards are: Falyn Chesnut, Academic Excellence Award; and Falyn Chesnut, Kyle Parker and Marlene Patton, all received the Wallace W. and Kathleen Irwin Nursing Scholarship Award.

GOOD NEWS: MC recognizes faculty for teaching excellence

MIDLAND Midland College celebrated educators for their excellence in teaching at an awards luncheon held on Dec. 3.

GOOD NEWS: Coffee with a Cop
GOOD NEWS: Career Day
GOOD NEWS: Scholarship Endowment

TXCPA Permian Basin recently presented a $65,000 check to The University of Texas of the Permian Basin to increase the scholarship endowment for accounting students. This money is added to the $35,000 they donated in early February 2019, bringing the total scholarship endowment to $100,000. The money will be used to help the increasing number of accounting students at UTPB pay for their educational expenses. TXCPA Permian Basin’s goal is to continue adding money to the scholarship to help future accounting students pursue their career in accounting. TXCPA Permian Basin, the local chapter of the Texas Society of CPAs, maintains a strong relationship with UTPB, offering programs, networking opportunities and resources to students at the local college. “TXCPA Permian Basin is proud to present this scholarship money for accounting students at UTPB. They are our future workforce and leaders. They are the young men and women that we’ll be hiring in the near future and our chapter is proud to invest in their careers,” Chad Valentine, CPA, president of TXCPA Permian Basin, said. For more information about TXCPA, visit www.tscpa.org. Pictured are, from left: Wendell Snodgrass, vice president of Institutional Advancement; Steven Beach, dean of College of Business; Sandra Woodley, UTPB president; Chad Valentine, TXCPA Permian Basin president; and J.D. Faircloth, TXCPA Permian Basin president-elect.


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