Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Six to receive distinguished alumni, rising star honors during homecoming

KINGSVILLE - October 04, 2007

Contact: Julie Navejar
kajam03@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

Six alumni of Texas A&M University-Kingsville will be honored Saturday, Oct. 13, when the Javelina Alumni Association meets for its annual Homecoming luncheon at noon in the ballrooms of the Memorial Student Union Building. Tickets to the luncheon are $25.

Each year a number of alumni are chosen for special recognition not only for their professional achievements, but also for their exemplary service to both their alma mater and their communities. This year five alumni will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award and one will receive the Rising Star Award.

Distinguished Alumni are:

Dr. D. Lynn Drawe, Class of 1964, of Sinton;
Stevens G. Herbst, Class of 1958, of Corpus Christi;
John P. Jackson, Classes of 1973 and 1975, of Rockport;
Hugh M. Morrison, Class of 1969, of Houston;
Allen J. Tarbutton Jr., Class of 1961, of The Woodlands

The Rising Star Award goes to:

Shannon Allen, Class of 1999, of Devine

Lynn Drawe
Dr. D. Lynn Drawe

Dr. D. Lynn Drawe received his bachelor of science degree summa cum laude in 1964. He is both an alumnus and a former assistant professor of the university. He currently serves as director of the Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation, where he has been employed since 1974. He has been director since 1999. He was an assistant professor in the range and wildlife department at the university from 1970 to 1974 and currently holds an adjunct professorship.

He has a strong record of community and professional service, and currently is on the advisory board for the King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management at the university. He also is chair of the newly formed San Patricio Groundwater Conservation District Board of Directors. He is one of only five people to have served as president for the state chapters of the Society for Range Management and The Wildlife Society.

His service activities include the memberships on Sinton Independent School District Board of Trustees, the Sinton Rotary Club, the Sinton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Sinton City Parks Advisory Board, among others. He has been a member of the Sinton First United Methodist Church for more than 30 years and currently serves as chair of the Finance Committee.

Drawe has served as chair of the Texas Prescribed Burning Board and on the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission Advisory Group, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Wetlands Advisory Committee and the Coastal Bend Prescribed Burning Cooperative.

Drawe said the university would always be an important part of his life. “The education and training I received at Texas A&I for my bachelor’s degree helped put me where I am today,” he said. “Upon completion of my Ph.D. in 1970, I was pleased to be hired as an assistant professor in the College of Agriculture. Even though A&I was a small university, I have always felt that the quality of education in the College of Agriculture prepares a student to enter into the agriculture industry and compete with students from any other university in the United States. The College of Agriculture has particular strengths in its wildlife and range programs. I have always felt that the college has been particularly blessed by its relationships with King Ranch. I was both pleased and honored when asked to be a member of the Advisory Board of the King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management.”

Stevens Herbst
Stevens G. Herbst

Stevens G. Herbst received a bachelor of science degree in petroleum and natural gas engineering in 1958. With nearly 50 years of experience in the natural gas industry and a proven track record as a successful businessman, Herbst is a natural addition to the list of distinguished alumni at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. He currently serves as president of Rainbow Investments Co. in Corpus Christi, a company that he founded in 1977.

After graduation, Herbst spent 14 years in industry working for Lone Star Gas Co., Transwestern Pipeline Co. and Coastal States Gas Producing Co., during which time he obtained accreditation as a Professional Engineer in Texas and Louisiana. In 1973, he entered private practice as an energy consultant. In the following years, he co- founded several companies, including Midcoast Energy Resources Inc.; Texline Gas Co.; Trans State Gas Service Co.; and Esperanza Transmission Co. “The education, guidance and the relationships that I acquired at A&I enabled me to successfully transition from corporate life to the private business sector,” Herbst said.
His professional achievements are matched by his dedication to his alma mater, where he served on the Board of Directors for the Texas A&I Alumni Association from 1974 to 1981. He was president of the association from 1978 to 1979. In addition, Herbst serves on the Industrial Advisory Board for the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering and was chair of the committee that named the college. He also has served on search committees for the college’s dean and the Dotterweich Chair positions. He and his wife, June, have been members of the President’s Circle at A&M-Kingsville since 2001 and also are long-time members of the Javelina Club.
Most recently, the Herbsts created the Stevens and June Herbst Dotterweich Chair Research Support Fund to provide resources for the Frank H. Dotterweich Chair. The fund is used to support or supplement travel to seminars, presentations or workshops; to provide student assistantships for specific research projects; to purchase equipment that may not otherwise be purchased through the university; and other activities deemed appropriate by the Dotterweich Chair.

John P. Jackson
John P. Jackson

John P. Jackson earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration, summa cum laude in 1973 and his master’s in business administration in 1975. In his home county of Aransas, Jackson is known for his business expertise, his community service and his contributions to a variety of causes. He is senior vice president for Morgan Stanley in Rockport and holds the following designations: Senior Consultant, Certified Wealth Strategist, Certified Investment Management Analyst and Accredited Investment Fiduciary. Additionally, he is president of The Education Foundation, a charitable organization that he founded in 2001 to support the Aransas County Independent School District. The goal of The Foundation is to encourage staff excellence and to support creative and innovative educational programs. To date, The Education Foundation has awarded program grants and scholarships totaling more than $375,000 in monies received from private funding sources.

Jackson remains very active at his alma mater, serving as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Foundation and a Century Club member and former president of the Javelina Alumni Association. While attending the university, he was named Javelina Academic All-American and was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.

He continues to demonstrate his compassion and dedication to the Rockport-Fulton area through his tireless community service. He is a trustee for the Margaret Sue Rust Foundation, an executive board member of the South Texas Council of the Boy Scouts of America and an Eagle Scout. He also is a member of the Texas A&M Health Science Center Advisory Board, Corpus Christi Estate Planning Council, a director of the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, member of the Rockport Art Association, the Texas Maritime Museum and the Aransas County Historical Society, among others. He has received numerous honors for his service, including the Rockport-Fulton Area Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year, Rotary Club Volunteer of the Year and the Silver Beaver Award in Scouting.

“I had two reasons for choosing to attend A&I, a chance to play collegiate football for the nationally recognized Javelinas plus a four-year academic scholarship from CP&L. I received a well-rounded education at A&I and have never regretted my decision,” Jackson said.

Hugh Morrisson
Hugh M. Morrison

Hugh M. Morrison received a bachelor’s degree in business administration cum laude in 1969. After beginning his career as an accountant with KPMG, Morrison jumped to the corporate world of accounting and finance. He became the CFO of NYSE-traded hospital firm Lifemark Corp. at the age of 28. After Lifemark was bought out in a billion-dollar deal in 1982, he began a number of stints running start-up or turn around situations in healthcare, funeral homes and cemeteries and a large dry-cleaning chain. According to Morrision, most of them were successful.

Because of his varied experience, he became a sought-after director on the boards of a number of early stage public companies. He has served as a director of seven different public companies and several private ones. He is most proud of his eight-year run as Chairman of the Board of Plano-based Advanced Neuromodulation Systems Inc., which he helped grow from a market capitalization of $40 million in 1998 to a buyout price of $1.3 billion in 2005. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Houston-based Cyberonics Inc.

At his alma mater, Morrison serves on the Board of Trustees for the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Foundation, chairing the investment committee. During his tenure, he has helped the foundation’s endowment grow from $3.5 million to more than $30 million. He also served for eight years on the Board of Directors of the Javelina Alumni Association, including a stint as president. He has been a member of the President’s Circle since its founding.

Morrison’s service also extends to the greater South Texas community, where he and his wife, Sara, have served as co-chairs of major fundraisers for Texas Children’s Hospital Auxiliary, The Parish School and the Briarwood School in Houston. He is a former member of the Board of Governors of Houston Grand Opera and a former trustee and president of The Parish School. In Harris County and in San Antonio, he helped sponsor Suits for Santa, a program aimed at providing work clothes for homeless people returning to the workforce. The Houston Coalition for the Homeless named him Humanitarian of the Year in 2003 for these efforts.

“I am very honored to be named a Distinguished Alumni of Texas A&M-Kingsville,” said Morrison. “I received an excellent and affordable education in Kingsville, which prepared me to compete successfully in the real world. This university continues to be the best gateway to success for the young people of South Texas. It must be supported and preserved if our region is to flourish.”

Allen Tarbutton
Allen J. Tarbutton Jr.

Allen J. Tarbutton Jr. earned a bachelor of science degree in petroleum and natural gas engineering in 1961. He retired as president of Mitchell Gas Services L.P. in 2002. He began his career in the natural gas industry with Tenneco Oil Co. in Agua Dulce and moved up to chief plant engineer for the company in Houston. He later went to work for Mitchell Energy and Development Corp. in The Woodlands, where he stayed for nearly 30 years.

Tarbutton participated in a number of professional organizations and activities during his career, including chair of the Task Group on Gas Plant Operations for the American Petroleum Institute; and the Gas Processors Association, where he served as chair of the GPA Technical Committee and as president. He is a charter member of the Church at Alden Bridge and is a member of the leadership team. He also is a member of the Board of Directors for the Montgomery County United Way, where he previously served as Pacesetters Chairman, Campaign Chairman and chairman of the board.

At his alma mater, Tarbutton served on the Board of Directors for the Javelina Alumni Association from 1980 to 1987. His service included terms as second vice president, first vice president and president. He has been a Century Club member of the alumni association since 1969. Tarbutton said that Texas A&I, like other institutions, had its share of icons and great leaders. For him, Dr. Frank Dotterweich was a role model. “I am proud to be one of Doc's Boys and this identification greatly aided any success I had in the natural gas industry,” he said.

Shannon Allen
Shannon Allen

The Javelina Alumni Association’s choice for Rising Star, Shannon Allen, received her master’s degree in educational leadership in 1999. She is currently principal at Rayburn Elementary School in the Harlandale Independent School District. She has been in the Harlandale I.S.D. for nearly 12 years and said her goal as principal is to encourage her students to continue learning throughout their lives.

“You go into education hoping to produce college-bound students, and I do hope to encourage them to go to college,” she said. “But more than that, I hope to produce lifelong learners and encourage them to continue learning in whatever they do. I want them to be open to learning new things.”

While at Rayburn in 2006, Allen successfully convinced an armed intruder to give up his weapon and then restrained him until additional help arrived. She said that experience does not happen to everyone and she’s glad it was resolved peacefully, but she doesn’t want it to become the defining moment of her career.

Prior to her stint as principal at Rayburn, Allen was an administrator at McCollum High School in San Antonio and a teacher at Carroll Bell Elementary.

She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio and then enrolled in Texas A&M-Kingsville’s master’s program in educational leadership. She said she entered the program expecting it to be difficult to juggle a full-time job and a master’s degree program, but her professors helped make it work. “They understood the difficulties and made it easy to juggle both, but the rigor was still there,” she said. “I came out very prepared for my career in administration.”

She played basketball at the University of the Incarnate Word and received the Heart of Texas Conference Academic Award four years in a row. She also was named the NAIA Women’s Basketball Co-Conference Freshman of the Year.

Her community service includes tutoring and mentoring at various San Antonio schools, organizing a children’s fair at the Children’s Shelter of San Antonio and participating in the At-risk Buddy Program at Nimitz Junior High.

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