Congratulations to Kathy Milthorpe ’82, named a 2015 Mays College of Business Outstanding Alumni

Kathy Milthorpe 2013 PhotoAnnually, Mays Business School honors graduates that have led lives of distinction, embodying these Aggie characteristics with the Mays Outstanding Alumni Award.  The alumni chosen for the award represent the best of the best at Mays. They are chosen on a basis of their personal and professional success in life, as well as their contributions to the greater good.

Congratulations, Kathy Milthorpe, 82.

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Birth Order Influences in Your Success

Bark Leader 2014 Wienkie-332015 Jefferson Award winner, Judy LeUnes is an Aggie ’76 and married 36 years to TAMU professor Arnold LeUnes ’60. She taught in public schools for 30 years and is working as a Public Education Consultant and School Improvement Consultant.  She teaches, she leads, she is a catalyst for change with a compassionate heart and grandmother to “two perfect granddaughters who will one day be Governor and Lt. Governor.”

What birth order is she?

At the March WFSN First Thursday at Messina Hof, Judy guided us through the process of finding out the results of our birth order. This was an active, fun workshop to assist Aggie Women in learning about how one’s birth order influences what kind of person you are, what job you choose, and so on.  I think we all left this session with a better understanding of self, the members in our organizations, and whether to lead or go along with others. Her training was based on Dr. Kevin Leman’s book, The Birth Order Book ….Why You Are the Way You Are

In our participating group there were only children, first-borns, middle children, and last born.

My personal take-aways were:

  1. There are obvious differences between first-borns, middle children and babies. First-borns and only children are very similar. Only children seemed to be more similar with each other than the rest.
  2. Family culture, education, friendships, and marriage relationships have a definite effect on the birth order. Out of the 4 options of birth order characteristics, I wrote down 3 to which I could relate.
  3. Scariest birth order was the last-born who are the “life of the party”; “most likely to get away with murder” and “best con artists”. They could also be the top sales person.
  4. Middle children learn to be the best mediators and are best at “flying under the radar” which my son calls being “invisible”.
  5. First-borns like rules and in fact seem to like to hold everyone else to those rules. The good news is that they take action if action needs to be taken.
  6. Only children are usually like first-borns on steroids and little adults at an early age.
  7. Dr. Leman’s book is definitely worth reading and applying to life and business.

And yes, Judy is a first-born.

Join us next month at First Thursday at Messina Hof, on April 2, 2015, 5:30-7:30. This time of connection is for all Aggie Women. Our guest speaker will be Kristen Cox ’83 talking about “Healthcare in Texas and How It Impacts your Life”. Wine and non-alcoholic beverages are available. There is no charge to attend.

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Congratulations to Carri Baker Wells ’84, named a 2015 Distinguished Alumni

Carrie Baker Wells - Distinguished AlumnCongratulations to Carri Baker Wells ’84 for being named one of the 2015 Distinguished Alumnus, the highest honor bestowed upon a former student of Texas A&M University.  She served as president of the 12th Man Foundation and led projects such as the design and completion of Kyle Field’s successful Zone Club, critical to raising funds for the Zone expansion; she is a law firm executive whose community service includes raising more than $1 million for San Antonio public schools. Wells learned about the honor in a surprise announcement March 2 at a San Antonio A&M Club luncheon at Aggie Park.

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First Thursday, February 5th with Sue Redman ’80 and Molly Underwood ‘99

The WFSN had another fabulous First Thursday event at Messina Hof last week.  Our guest speakers, Sue Redman ’80 and Molly Underwood ’99, spoke about the history of women at A&M, the history of the WFSN and 8 ways to get/stay involved with the WFSN.  Read on to hear what they said.

“We had the distinct honor of presenting a history of women at A&M, the history of the WFSN and what it means to us.” – Sue Redman ’80 and Molly Underwood ’99.

Many former students and current students were on hand to hear Sue’s and Molly’s remarks. In attendance were student representatives of Aggie Financial Women’s Association (AFWA) and a new organization, yet to be named of women from the Bush School.

History of Women at A&M

In 1963 President Earl Rudder announced that women were to be admitted into graduate programs at Texas A&M University and by the spring semester, 183 women were enrolled. Some of the first women to enroll were required to sign a contract stating that they would withdraw if the new policy was withdrawn.  By 1966, women were admitted into all graduate and undergraduate programs – and we haven’t looked back. In fact, female student represent 47.6% of all students enrolled in the fall semester of 2014, which is just short of the national average of 56.8% of female students enrolled in universities across the country.

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This is the page from the 1963 Yearbook that portrayed women in a question mark – asking if women would last at A&M. Sally Sheppard’s photo is circled.

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In 2014, she would become the 3rd female to receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Molly listed some of the “Aggie Women Firsts:” in 1981 the first woman on a full athletic scholarship (Linda Cornelius Waltman ’79) and first woman to command a Battalion in the Corps of Cadets (Doriot Mascarich ’81) and in 2002 the first woman president of the 12th Man Foundation (Carrie Wells ’84) and in 2008, the first woman drum major in the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Bank (Samantha Kropp ’10).

 History of the WFSN

Sue then discussed the history of the WFSN.  The Women Former Students’ Network was formed in 2008 in the year of the 45th anniversary that women were admitted to the University.  The WFSN was formed to eradicate the question:  “Where are all the women former students?”  In 2008, only one woman had ever received the Distinguished Alumnus Award, very few women former students were receiving the Outstanding Alumni from their Colleges and very few women were receiving teaching or researching awards.  There were few women on the Texas A&M Board of Regents or 12th Man Foundation and no women on the Texas A&M Foundation Board.

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In 2014, women comprised 156,000 or 71% of the total living former students. The 1990’s and 2000’s saw the greatest growth in percentage of women enrolled at Texas A&M.

In 2007, a survey was sent to women former students asking them what might interest them to connect or reconnect with the University.  Their responses indicated they would be interested in meeting with students and participating in a scholarly activity with women faculty.   In summary, the overwhelming response by these women former students was they wanted to “give back to Texas A&M University.”

Thus the WFSN was formed with its mission of enhancing the excellence of Texas A&M University by promoting the active engagement of women in the educational, charitable, and cultural life of the institution.  In January/February 2008, an article, entitled A Deeper Connection, was published in the Texas Aggie that announced the formation of the WFSN.  The floodgates opened with correspondence from the women former student community expressing interest and support for the organization.

Sue discussed some of the accomplishments made by the WFSN in its first 7 years:

  • Established a 45 Women Endowment and raised and funded 2 President’s Endowed Scholarship for two women students
  • Nominated two of our members (Glenda Mariott ’79 and Sally Sheppard ’63) and they received the Distinguished Alumnus Award
  • The WFSN has been instrumental in getting several of our members appointed to their College Advisory Councils and have received Outstanding Alumni awards from their colleges

8 Ways to Give Back

Sue and Molly concluded their remarks by listing 8 ways to get involved with the WFSN, as it begins its 8th year:

  1. Become a WFSN Member/Renew Membership
  2. Join a Committee
  3. Come to First Thursdays at Messina Hof
  4. Become a Mentor
  5. Become an Aggie Expert
  6. Donate to WFSN initiatives that support students and faculty
  7. Introduce a woman Aggie to the WFSN
  8. Bring a woman student to a First Thursday

Join us at the next First Thursday at Messina Hof on March 5th to hear Judy LeUnes ’76 speak about “Birth Order and Success.”

Gig ‘em Aggie Women!

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