1999 Service Award Recipients
Bowman has served as director of alumni
relations since 1994, as assistant dean
of student life for 11 years, and as
an area coordinator for SHSU housing
for two years.
Bowman married and moved to Lamesa in
June of 1999. The Alumni Association
Advisory Board voted during their February
meeting to present her the award in recognition
of her many activities on behalf of the
university which have been above and
beyond the call of duty.
While in her present position, Bowman
has traveled to alumni gatherings throughout
the state, and coordinated establishment
of an Alumni Relations $500,000 Enrichment
Endowment. She has previously received
a Residence Life service award (1982),
Certificate of Volunteer Service from
Texas Governor Ann Richards (1993), the
SHSU Staff Excellence Award (1993), and
a "Sammy" Award (1996) for
campus service from the Division of Student
Buckow Jr., who lives in Kingwood near
Houston, earned his bachelor of science
degree in advertising/art in 1956, worked
as a graphic designer for 24 years and
as sales representative for the Wetmore
Printing Company for 17 years prior to
his retirement in 1997.
Buckow has served as board member and
president of the Houston Art Directors
Club, as a mayoral appointment to the
Municipal Arts Commission of Houston,
member of the American Institute of Graphic
Arts and board member of the Houston
chapter, and member of the Epsilon Psi
chapter of Sigma Chi.
He has contributed names and addresses
of "lost" alumni and designed
and took the photographs for the latest
SHSU alumni membership brochure.
Jack Follis lives in Meridian, Miss.,
where he is chaplain supervisor for the
Mississippi Baptist Health Systems. He
earned his bachelor's degree from Sam
Houston State in 1960, became an ordained
minister in 1965, and earned four degrees
including his doctorate from the New
Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
His work has included pastoring a church
in Lakeshore, Mississippi and serving
as chaplain for a New Orleans hospital,
for the Orleans Parish Prison, and for
a psychiatric hospital.
Despite being located a couple of states
away for most of his professional life,
Follis has maintained an active interest
in SHSU and has been an excellent recruiter,
with a brother, a cousin, three nephews
and two nieces having also attended SHSU.
Harper, who earned bachelor's and master's
degrees in education from SHSU in 1972
and 1975, lives in Madisonville. She
is an educational specialist with the
Region VI Education Service Center, and
has also worked in the Madisonville and
Rockport-Fulton school districts.
Harper served as the SHSU Alumni Association
Advisory Board president in 1996-97 and
was an Advisory Board member from 1989-98.
She is a charter member and lifetime
member of the SHSU Parents' Association
and has won a number of honors and awards.
Organizations which have honored her
include Phi Delta Kappa, Bluebonnet Council
of the Girl Scouts of America, Brazos
Valley Counseling Association, SHSU Parents'
Association, Madison County Chamber of
Commerce, SHSU College of Education,
and Future Homemakers of America.
Holland, who earned his bachelor's degree
in 1976 in criminal justice, lives in
Huntsville and is a consultant to a Huntsville
automobile dealership. For 14 years he
was owner and manager of Holland Chevrolet-Nissan
Holland served as a drug counselor for
the U. S. Army in the Vietnam War, is
a member of the Huntsville Rotary Club,
past president of the Bearkat Booster
Club and the Huntsville/Walker County
Chamber of Commerce, a member of the
Walker County Fair Association, and is
former chapter adviser of Pi Kappa Alpha
Holland served on the Alumni Advisory
Board for several years, was especially
helpful in providing loan vehicles for
the SHSU athletic and alumni areas while
in the auto business, and has hosted
receptions on behalf of the university.
Marks of Huntsville earned a bachelor's
degree from Lamar University and master's
degree from the University of Arkansas,
is a retired elementary school teacher
with 26 years service, and is the wife
of SHSU president Bobby K. Marks.
She has earned honors and recognition
from the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor
Society, and Kappa Kappa Iota Honor Society
at Lamar University and Kappa Delta Pi
National Honor Society at the University
She is a former member and past president
of the Huntsville Study Club and past
president of Sam Houston University Women,
was named a teacher of the month in the
Huntsville school district in 1994, and
was listed in "Who's Who Among American
Educators" in 1991.
Moss of Huntsville was among six members
of an Iola family attending Sam Houston
State in 1963, a distinction noted by
U. S. Senator Ralph Yarborough and entered
into the Senate record.
She has worked as a departmental secretary
at Texas A&M University, as a bookkeeper
for Pickett Bookkeeping and Tax Service,
as secretary-bookkeeper for the National
Intercollegiate Rodeo Association and
as receptionist for Dr. Charles Monday.
Organizations for which she has performed
service and held offices include the
First Baptist Church of Huntsville, Chi
Omega Sorority, Girl Scouts, Texas PTA,
Huntsville Study Club, Huntsville Book
Review Club, Huntsville Area Newcomers,
SHSU University Women, SHSU Parents'
Association, General Sam Houston Folk
Festival, Sam Houston's Raven Rangers
and Sam Houston Memorial Museum.
Staggs of Huntsville, who retired in
1986 and continued teaching part-time
until 1993, was named by the SHSU board
of regents as professor emeritus of education.
He earned his bachelor's degree from
the State College of Arkansas, master's
from George Peabody College for Teachers,
and doctorate from the University of
Staggs came to Sam Houston State in
1960 and served 13 years as director
of the Department of Education, increasing
faculty numbers from 11 to 40, increasing
programs and establishing and maintaining
important standards which have led to
the establishment of SHSU's second doctorate,
in education administration, in 1997.
Staggs served on many university councils
and committees, as president of the university
chapter of the American Association of
University Professors, has worked on
behalf of the First United Methodist
Church and numerous other organizations,
and has worked extensively for Rotary
International, which this year is presenting
him with its "Service Above Self
Wilkinson of Huntsville earned bachelor's
(1965) and master's (1967) degrees from
SHSU. He taught and coached in the New
Caney, Splendora, and Huntsville public
schools before joining the Walker County
Juvenile Services Department in 1981.
In 1990 he became a supervisor in that
department, and in 1991, director.
His non-university service has included
work on behalf of Calvary Baptist Church,
Huntsville Little Dribbler Association,
Huntsville Youth Baseball Association,
Huntsville Parks and Recreation Board,
and Huntsville school district bond committee
A member of the 1963 NAIA National Championship
Baseball team at SHSU, he has continued
his interest in and service to SHSU athletics
though the Letterman Association and
the Bearkat Club, which he has served
as vice president/fundraising and president,
and has raised more than $500,000 for
the Bearkat Club.