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Texas Tech Alumni Association Honors 2012 Top Techsans

By Jennifer Ritz

A Texas Tech-sized congratulations to the 2012 winners of the Top Techsan Award! The Top Techsan Award, first given in 1973, honors staff of Texas Tech University for extraordinary work proficiency and an attitude of team spirit. Awardees are honored at the Top Techsan Awards Luncheon, which will be held Oct. 12. Seats are $15 each, reserve yours today! RSVP by Oct. 5

Recipients, who are nominated by current faculty, staff or students, receive a plaque and $500 during the presentation. This year’s winners are:

Katherine “Kathy” Austin Beltz, Ph.D., assistant vice president of the Information Technology Division. Beltz is recognized as a “true ‘Top Techsan’ who has given her heart, passion and impeccable work ethic to Texas Tech for the last 20-plus years.” She is known for communicating complex technical information in an easy-to-understand way.

Margaret “Margie” Ceja, academic adviser in the Edward E. Whitacre College of Engineering’s Department of Construction Engineering. Ceja is recognized for exhibiting outstanding customer service skills by serving students with “dedication, concern and empathy.” She has worked at Texas Tech for more than 10 years and is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree.

Beccy Hambright, Ph.D., program manager in the Edward E. Whitacre College of Engineering’s T-STEM Center. She is recognized for possessing strong leadership skills and is known to “finish the job right the first time,” and to have a “can-do attitude.” Hambright is also lauded for putting first the educational experiences of students and schools involved in the T-STEM program. She has worked for Texas Tech since 1991.

Shannon Hutchison, unit manager in the Edward E. Whitacre College of Engineering’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Texas Tech Center for Multidisciplinary Research in Transportation. He is recognized for going above and beyond his daily responsibilities, allowing students to contact him after hours and on weekends. He is known for treating everyone with respect, whether they are faculty, staff, student or service personnel. He has worked at Texas Tech for 11 years.