DA Gala

Presented by Wells Fargo

Friday, October 21, 2016
LBJ Student Center | San Marcos, Texas

Honoring the 2016 recipients of the
Distinguished Alumni Award
and the inaugural presentation of the
Young Alumni Rising Star Award

2016 Event Photos

Distinguished Alumni Breakfast

Alumni Awards Luncheon

Distinguished Alumni Gala

Presenting Sponsor


Premier Circle
Bowman Family
Jim West

Platinum Circle
Jim T. Brown
Casey Development
Ron Lynn Mitchell
Ernie W. Sadau
Brig. Gen. Randy Starbuck

Gold Circle
Alpha Phi Alpha Alumni
Robert E. Bardwell, II

Thomas Buckner
College of Education
College of Fine Arts and Communication
College of Health Professions
College of Liberal Arts
Brenda and Patrick Cox
Department of Psychology
Division of Student Affairs

Hilary and Ernie Dominguez
The Honorable Dionicio “Don” Flores
Andrew Henley
Kappa Sigma Alumni—M. Khollman
Legacy Real Estate Group—Nicole Marburger
McCoy College of Business Administration
McCullough, Graham, Pennington, Huewitt, Stroman
Past and Present Student Government Executives
Past Presidents of the Alumni Association
School of Family and Consumer Sciences
Joanne H. Smith
Stelos Alliance
Susan Angell Enterprises, Inc.
Texas State Athletics
Texas State University Advancement

Andrae L. Turner

Maroon Circle
Carmela and Kelly Frels
Brenna J. Nance-Phillips and Paul Phillips III
Paula and Rick J. Short
Cindy and Barry Williams


Honoring the recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award:

Scott Emerson
Business Administration, ‘75
Founder and CEO
The Emerson Group

Ron Lynn Mitchell
Education, ‘72
Vice Chairman/President/CEO
Horseshoe Bay Resort

Ernie W. Sadau
Hospital Administration, ‘85
President and CEO

Diana McGinty Schick
Home Economics, ‘71
Founder, President and CEO
Creative Living International

Jim West
Political Science, ‘77
JET Maintenance, Inc., Capital Star Oil & Gas, Modelo Energy and AW Trucking

Marvin Whiteley
Biology, ‘97
Professor, Molecular Biosciences and Director of the John R. LaMontagne Center for Infectious Disease
UT Austin

Honoring the recipients of the inaugural Young Alumni Rising Star Award:

Robert E. Bardwell, II
Physics, ‘00
Propulsion Engineer and Weights and Mass Properties Engineer
Boeing Space Launch Systems

Lindsay M. Bira
Psychology, ‘08
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology
UT Health Science Center at San Antonio 

Eric S. Weaver
Clinical Laboratory Science, ’00; Masters, Healthcare Administration, ‘05; Graduate Certificate in Health Information Management, ‘11
President, Central Texas Market
Innovista Health Solutions