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Young given Regent Professor Service Award

Clifford Jones / Assistant Managing Editor of Photography

December 19, 2011

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Dr. Mallory Young was recently given the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents' 2010-2011 Regents Professor Service Award, an award given to only 13 people across the state."What's most important to me is my teaching," Young said. "I was gratified of course and it was something I appreciated. It didn't make everything worth while because that's not why I teach but it also was something I appreciated to be recognized."Young, a 28-year faculty member at Tarleton State University, attended both the University of Texas in Austin and the State University of New York in Buffalo. Young has a Ph.D. in comparative literature as well as a B.A. in French.The Regents Professor Service Award was created in 1996 by the Board of Regents. Its purpose: to honor the professors who contribute, not only to their college, but to their community as well.Recipients of the award get a medallion, a certificate and a plaque that all comes in one large shadow box. "I have no clue where I'm going to put [the box] because it's huge and I have no room in my office," Young said.In addition, recipients receive $9,000 over a period of three years. "I haven't had much time this semester to think about [what I'm going to do with the money] but it will be much appreciated, for sure," Young said.Young had to put together a rather large portfolio to qualify for the award. She says that the big reason she was picked to receive the award was because of her research and publishing on "chick culture."In 2005 Young co-authored a collection of scholarly essays titled "Chick Lit: The New Woman's Fiction." It was favorably reviewed by numerous scholarly journals, and led to scores of interviews, quotations, and references in such publications as The Chicago Sun-Times, The Washington Post and The New York Times Book Review. It has since become a foundational text in the field and is frequently cited in books and articles by established scholars as well as in theses and dissertations.

Young has filled several administrative roles, serving as director of the Honors Program, assistant to the president, and head of the Department of English and Languages. As director of the Honors Program from 1988-1992, Young initiated and developed Tarleton's honors degree program, providing the first honors courses in the university's history. She had the distinct honor of teaching the first of these courses, an honors class in freshman English 112.Young is the seventh Tarleton professor to receive the award. Previous recipients include: Dr. Russell Jack (1996-97), Dr. Tom Pilkington (1999-2000), Dr. Brad Chilton (2000-01), Dr. James Kirby (2003-04), Dr. Don Beach (2007-08) and Dr. Pamela Littleton (2008-09)."To be honest, the biggest award for me is the award I get from my students," said Young. "That's what keeps mattering to me semester after semester. This matters. It's important. I feel grateful for it but what really matters to me is the students and the rewards that they give me."

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Two students awarded degrees in hospital room

The J-TAC

December 18, 2011

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FORT WORTH – Not able to make it to Saturday's commencement ceremonies this past weekend, two students hospitalized after a car accident participated in a unique hospital room graduation Friday. Tarleton President Dr. F. Domi...

Fall commencement set for Saturday

The J-TAC

December 14, 2011

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About 780 graduates are expected to walk across the stage during three commencement ceremonies on Saturday at Tarleton State University. The programs will be held in Wisdom Gymnasium with Tarleton President Dr. F. Dominic Dott...

Win money for showing Tarleton spirit

The J-TAC

December 13, 2011

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Christmas is just around the corner and there are only 10 shopping days left. Some extra money would probably help finish up the gift list that's been put off to the last minute. Dec. 14 is the last day to enter for a chance to...

Sid Miller announces he will seek seventh term

The J-TAC

December 11, 2011

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State Representative Sid Miller today officially kicked off his reelection campaign for a seventh term in the Texas House of Representatives. The Stephenville Republican is a 1978 graduate of Tarleton State University. "It has bee...

Taylor named AVP in Academic Affairs

Dawn Skinner / Staff Writer

December 4, 2011

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Dr. Diane Taylor was recently selected to serve as the Assistant Vice President for Academic Programs and Accreditation. This will allow Taylor to lead the university's program review, program approval and accreditation effort...

Divisions combine in effort to better meet academic needs

John McGee / Assistant Managing Editor of News

December 1, 2011

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In an effort to improve planning between enrollment growth and instructional capacity, Tarleton State University administration approved the merger of the Divisions of Enrollment and Information Management and Academic Affairs...

Career Services offers advice to graduating seniors

Justin Green / Staff Writer

November 30, 2011

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Career Services recently gave Tarleton State University seniors a chance to learn more about what it takes to be successful after graduation. From interview skills to financial planning, the event was geared towards students about ...

McGregor joins president’s office

Justin Green / Staff Writer

November 29, 2011

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Dr. Kyle McGregor, associate professor of agricultural and consumer sciences, in September was named Chief of Staff to Tarleton State University President Dr. F. Dominic Dottavio.McGregor said he is the first chief of staff for the Of...

Tarleton employees get birthday wish

Dawn Skinner / Staff Writer

November 29, 2011

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Nobody wants to work on their birthday and now, thanks to a new policy, Tarleton State University employees won't have to.Beginning Jan. 1, all leave-eligible faculty and staff of Tarleton will be awarded paid time off for their...

A look back at Vietnam

John McGee / Assistant Managing Editor of News

November 14, 2011

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On Wed, Nov 9, students were offered the opportunity to listen to the remembrances of three veterans; Doug Eberhardt, of the U.S. Army; Tom Smith, of the U.S. Navy; and Jerry Weatherby, of the U.S. Air Force, who all served i...

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