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Houston Scholarship Luncheon Raises $160,000 in Support of Rawls Leaders

by - Nov 25, 2013

On October 29, 2013, the Rawls College of Business hosted its inaugural Houston Scholarship Luncheon. The event raised nearly $160,000 for student scholarships.

Tom Mathiasmeier, alumnus and Advisory Council member speaks to Paul Herring, Rawls College Executive Director of Development

Tom Mathiasmeier, alumnus and Advisory Council member, speaks to Paul Herring, Rawls College Executive Director of Development

“I continue to be awestruck by the commitment of our alumni and the business community to invest in the Rawls College and our students’ success,” Dean Lance Nail recalls.  “Our Houston alumni exemplify the spirit of Texas Tech – accept a challenge, roll up the shirt sleeves to get it done, and make the world a better place.”

The event included addresses from both Chancellor Kent Hance and President M. Duane Nellis.  Dean Lance Nail shared the state of the college; he was followed by speeches from Joseph Kmetz and Khaki Scrivner, inaugural members of the Rawls Business Leadership Program.

Don Sinclair, Rawls alumnus and President and Chief Executive Officer of Western Gas Holdings, LLP, introduced James T. Hackett, the keynote speaker.  Mr. Hackett is a partner of Riverstone Holdings LLC, as well a retired Executive Chairman of the Board and former CEO of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation.

Keynote speaker Mr. Hackett engages event attendees

Additionally, Terrell Taylor, the Houston Scholarship Luncheon Committee Chair, presented both the welcome and closing remarks.

“Attending the Houston Scholarship Luncheon was an amazing opportunity, and it was so awesome to be part of an event that raised nearly $160,000 for Rawls student scholarships,” said Joseph Kmetz, a junior Energy Commerce major with a minor in Technical Communication.

“There is such a powerful network of successful Rawls alumni in Houston, and events like this help us students understand the impressive reputation that Rawls graduates have built in the business world.  Meeting scholarship donors face-to-face put a personal touch on the financial support I receive in college and inspired me to continue pursuing excellence in every aspect of my life,” Kmetz continued.

The Rawls College of Business sincerely thanks all of its alumni, donors, and friends of the college for their continued support.

Event Committee (L-R): Alan Hassenflu, Ryan Smith, Clay Tarro, Terrell Taylor, Jim Holcomb, Mike Minnis, David Zugheri

L-R: Student Joseph Kmetz, Dean Lance Nail, student Khaki Scrivner

Don Sinclair with his Rawls Business Leadership Program Mentee, Joseph Kmetz

This supports the efforts outlined in the Rawls College of Business Strategic Plan. Learn more about the LEADER 2020 Strategic Plan and follow our progress on Twitter at #RawlsLeads.

Written By: Kacie Phillips