A place on the web where members from the Hardin Simmmons University class of 1980 can post their stories and pictures. Members, click on the Orange Blogger icon to login and click the "+" to post. Don't forget to click "Publish". You can email Mark Fowler (see contributors) if you need a password.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Fowler Web page

You're welcome to visit our Fowler web page at: http://www.texasfowler.com/

More pictures!

Thanks for coming!

It was great seeing all those who came! I know there were lots of you who couldn't make it so maybe next time!

Monday, October 17, 2005

Gary Risley The Post-HSU Years

Annette and I enjoyed the Class of 80 25th Anniversary. Thanks to the Fowlers and Sticklands and many others who contributed to putting the weekend together.

After graduation in May of 1980, I attended Baylor Law School in Waco, Texas. I received my Juris Doctor in May of 1983. At the time I was interested in doing insurance defense and accepted a position with an insurance defense firm in Bryan, Texas. (Lawrence Thornton and Payne at that time.) After two years with that firm, I accepted a position with Moore and Palmer, also in Bryan.

The first time I had ever visited Bryan was when I went there for a job interview. Despite being a non-Aggie in Aggie Central, we really enjoyed our years in Bryan/College Station.

In the late summer of 1987, I received a job offer from my uncle, Larry Risley, to become the general counsel for then Mesa Airlines in Farmington, New Mexico. It was a tough decision to go. We loved our church, Annette was well-pregnant with our first child, and I had just been offered a partnership position. Whatever it was, we felt led to leave B/CS and head to the Four Corners Region of New Mexico.

When I joined Mesa, we had 13 airplanes and averaged a little over a million dollars in revenue. By the time all was said and done 11 years later, we had grown to $500 million dollars plus in revenue and had almost 200 aircraft. Things were tough for the company the final two years I was there, as they often are in the airline industry, but it was a great ride. My uncle retired as CEO in 1998. When the king dies, all the princes were slain, and I was out of work after Larry's retirement.

During my forced vacation, I began working on putting together a jet carrier to provide service to tour operators. The plan was put together, but the majority partner would never committ, so after a while, I gave up the plan and moved back to New Mexico. (I had moved to Texas to work on the deal, but the family had remained behind.)

An attorney I had worked with in Scout activities were talking about Scouts one day and he asked me if I was still looking for work. I said yes, and he invited me to meet with his firm to discuss the matter. (I was, and am, doing mostly commercial practice at the time.) Things went well and six or so years ago I joined the firm of Miller Stratvert P.A. MSPA is an Albuquerque-based firm which historically did insurance defense, with a large practice in medical malpractice defense. The firm was looking to expand its base, and was looking to bring in commercial attorneys, and I turned out to be one they were willing to add.

I enjoy practice for the most part, and after starting out a zero, my practice has grown substantially to where it is today. Most of the time I am as busy as I want to be. I work primarily in the areas of commercial transactions, estate planning, and water law.

Annette (Layman, class of 82) and I have three children. Garrett, our oldest, is now a senior in high school. He is an Eagle Scout, loves outdoor activities, and is learning to fly. April, our daughter, is a sophomore. She loves music and writing, and would also be in drama, but they don't allow that many fine arts electives in high school. I have not tested her, but I think she has perfect pitch. (She did not get it from me!) Ethan, our youngest, is in eighth grade. He loves to play mechanic, so don't leave anything out that you do not want disassembled! He can usually put it back together though, and if I need to figure out how something works or goes together, he is the one I call. He is very close to getting his Eagle as well.

I still love tennis, although I have not played much in the past year. I have officiated matches at the high school, college, and professional levels, and attended the USTA Officials Chair school in Florida. I had to give that up for a few years as the practice grew and the kids grew up. I have my General Class amatueur (ham) radio license. I have done a fair amount of mountain biking, and love it, but it too has fallen a bit to the wayside as the kids have gotten older and work demands more.

I have been very active in Boy Scouting for 10 plus years now. I have served in positions at the Council, District, and Troop level. I am currently the Scoutmaster of a troop I helped found 10 or so years ago.

I have also been very active in Republican politics for many years. I have served as County Chairman, a state vice-chariman, and have been to the National Covnention twice, having served once on the Platform Committee. I am currently the Probate Judge in San Juan County. (NO, NOT probation - probate - as in wills of deceased people!)

I have served on numerous charitable boards, and have been long time member of Rotary.

Flying is my disease, however. Of course, like many chronic diseases, it is very expensive. I have my private, single - engine, multi-engine, land, instrument- airplane ratings. All that means is that I may legally fly a single engine or multi-engine airplane (no seaplanes or float planes) around in the clouds. We have an interest in a Piper turbo-Saratoga, a six seat single engine airplane, which we flew to Homecoming. Three and one-half hours flying sure beats 16 hours of driving! We also just purchase with a few partners a Cessna 150 trainer to let our son use to train and to rent out to others. Hopefully we will make a little money with it!

I have gone on too long already. Annette and I have a beautiful home in Bloomfield, NM on 70 acres of land, 38 of which is irrigated. If you are ever in the Four Corners region , drop us an email in advance and let's get together!

I will try to dig up some pictures to insert later.


Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Rachael Rankin Bein

I regret that I will be unable to join any of the festivities on Saturday. Not only will I be missing my 25th reunion at HSU, but I will be missing homecoming activities at McMurry University where I have worked for almost 15 years as an administrator as well. It seems that most years, both schools have homecoming on the same weekend. This year, my son Karl, who is a junior at Abilene High School, has a very important out of town district tennis tournament in Midland. Participating in these events becomes more and more precious as time goes by and I don't want to miss it.

I have been married for almost 17 years to Bob Bein and have two sons. Karl, 16, who is a junior honors student and varsity tennis player at Abilene High School, and Erich, 13, who is in eighth grade and still plays every sport possible. We are all actively involved in the ministries of First Baptist Church. Our lives are very busy, but we wouldn't have it any other way.

I hope to hear from some of you and will check this Blog to get caught up with as many of you as possible.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Looking forward to Homecoming!

We've been working like Turks, as my Mother used to say, to get ready for your visit to the HSU campus on Homecoming weekend. It will be great fun to see everyone getting together for the first time in a while.
View the entire schedule and class-specific information at www.hsutx.edu/alumni/homecoming. The Reunion Dinner on Saturday night and Alumni-led Worship Service on Sunday morning will top off a memorable weekend.

Go Cowboys!

Britt Jones '84
Director of Alumni Relations
Hardin-Simmons University
800-460-3908 / alums@hsutx.edu

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Craig and Christi (Price) Klempnauer

Greetings from Bear Country! We moved to Waco in June, 2001, from Denver. Christi is the Assistant to the Curators at the Armstrong Browning Library on the Baylor campus and I am a hospice chaplain for Southern Care. I am also a chaplain with the DPS Waco office. Our church membership is at Columbus Avenue Baptist Church where Christi serves as the Childcare Coordinator.

Our two kids, Chad and Courtney, are both students at Baylor. Chad is a senior and will graduate in May, 2006, with a BBA degree in Management. He stays involved working with Baylor Athletic Marketing. Courtney is looking to graduate in December, 2006, with a degree in Speech Pathology. She is involved with Delta Delta Delta sorority.

Anytime you travel through Bear Country, make sure you give us a call or stop by. Our home number is 254.752.3517 and our mailing address is 524 N. 33rd Street, Waco, 76701.----The Klempnauer's

Lori Britt Hobbs

Wow! What a great way to get reacquainted! I'm glad Mark has the talent to set all this up. I certainly don't. This is my third try just to get published on the blog. Thanks Mark!

I am a third grade teacher in Georgetown. Once school starts, I usually put my nose to the ground, and don't look up until Christmas, but this year I'm actually going to take a break and go to Homecoming. I'm excited about seeing all of you again, but I have to be honest and say that I am a little nervous about going by myself. Many of you know that Bryan passed away 2 years ago after a 3 year battle with brain cancer. He fought valiantly and his faith in God never wavered. He was my rock, and I count myself blessed to have shared love and life with him. He was a wonderful dad to our son Travis, and for that I will always be grateful. Thank you to all of you who lifted us up in prayer during Bryan's illness. We felt your prayers in a way that is beyond comprehension.

Our son, Travis is a Freshman at Baylor. He is majoring in International Studies with an emphasis in Chinese. We have scratched our heads and wondered where he got his "smarts" many times, but we decided to just be grateful for it, and act like we understand what he's talking about. This has been an interesting couple of months of "cutting the apron strings" then trying to tie them back together again. I'm sure all of you that have college freshman can relate.

Well, just two weeks until Homecoming. I'd better get started on that diet.

Lori Hobbs

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Chuck Jones

Wow! Good to read news from all of you and "Thanks!" to the Fowlers for getting all this rolling. Regretfully, I won't be able to make the festivities at HSU but I hope everybody has a blast there.

After leaving HSU I immediately went into law enforcement and now I've done it so long I believe I've forgotten how to do anything else. It's been 25 years and I'm still going. I am currently assigned as the Patrol Lt. at Randall County Sheriff's Office. I've been so blessed throughout my career to wake up each day and be glad I've got the job I have.

I have also been blessed with two fantastic sons. Joe, the older, is married to Laura (Dunn) and they are both HSU graduates. GO COWBOYS! Joe teaches and coaches at a private school in Spring, and Laura is an ICU nurse at a Houston hospital. July 10th they and God gave me a beautiful granddaughter, Bryleigh. Isn't it miraculous that a guy as young as I am could already be a grandfather? Ha! The only problem with Bryleigh is she misses me sooooo much since I live so far away. Jake, the younger, is a student and lives with me. As would have been said in the 60's, "Jake is still trying to find himself." He and I are at the opposite end of the spectrum on lots of issues, but I love having him with me. These four people are the light of my life, but I feel like my sons are going to be through being kids before I'm through being a dad. Beside being my sons they are also two of my best friends.

Other additions to my family have been another mom and three siblings! As some of you know, I am adopted. In 1986 my birthmother located me and very gracefully initiated contact with me. With the blessing of my parents, I have a wonderful relationship with my birth family. Daddy died in 1987 but my mother and my birth mother, Verona, have met and get along wonderfully. I could go on for hours, but let is suffice to say it's been a wonderful chapter added to my life.

I've stayed in touch with a few HSU alumni over the years. I regularly see some who live in this area, but others I've seen in passing during some of my travels. I regret I won't make the reunion, but any of you drop a line or give a call if you'd like!

Chuck Jones
3000 W. Sundown
Amarillo, TX 79118

cell: 806-206-1804
home: 806-622-2099
work: 806-468-5858


Sunday, September 25, 2005

Ginger Tucker (La Grone)

Dear Mark and Kayla,
Thank you for your efforts to locate and communicate with the class of 1980. Your pictures are wonderful on the blog. Your daughter is as beautiful as I remember you being, Kayla. I have taken on a new role as the Executive Director of Curriculum and Professional Development at Canyon ISD, which is more time consuming than I anticipated, in addition to my school training business. So, I am unable to attend the homecoming celebrations.
But your notice has caused me to reflect on the cherished memories I have of HSU. I am so grateful for the opportunities that my time at HSU have given me. With my HSU degree I was able to return to my hometown as a teacher and to work on a master's degree. That opened a door of opportunities that I could never have dreamed. God has blessed me beyond measure, in spite of my stumbling and bumbling along the way. When I think back to the people who touched my life during those times, I am always thankful for Charlene Archer who was the HSU registrar for many years. I worked in her office during all my years there. Her encouragement and support allow many young people to pass through that office, working and earning degrees. I included a piece about her and my experience at HSU in one of my books. And, without the great teaching and encouragement of Dr. Robert Fink, I would have never written a page. Our closest friends at HSU were Sam Buddin (who has gone to be with the Lord) and Kathy Farmer Dent. Kathy (another homecoming queen) and her husband served as missionaries and now direct a Baptist campground.
My two children, Amy and Chuck, who were 4 and 6 when we came to HSU, are now wonderful adults who serve the Lord and who have given me 6 beautiful grandchildren. (Pictures below.) Sadly, they neither chose HSU; Chuck went to that little school near Bryan... and has a degree from Texas A&M and Amy is finishing hers at West Texas A&M.
[FYI: Doug Hooker and I divorced 4 months after graduating from HSU in 1980. He had served as the college minister at FBC while we were there. He now lives in Corpus Christi and has a guide boat business. I will forward the homecoming information to him.]
Sorry...I'm not a good "blogger"...

Thanks and God Bless,

3536 Marsh Place
Amarillo, Texas 79121
you may visit my website at http://www.gingertucker.com/