Homecoming Awards

— Amanda Lott ’07

Amanda Bounds Baumle ’97

The YOUNG ALUMNA/US ACHIEVEMENT AWARD is given to former Southwestern students who have graduated in the last 10 years and whose achievements in the civic and/or professional realm set a standard of excellence. Recipients represent Southwestern’s finest young alumni and the University’s commitment to a values-centered curriculum and development of the whole person.

Visiting Southwestern for the first time during a rainy Brown Scholar weekend, Amanda Bounds Baumle knew that she would spend her next four years at Southwestern. “I loved the campus and the people,” she says. “The size of the campus, coupled with the entertainment options in Georgetown at the time, created an environment where many different types of people were thrown together and had the opportunity to form long-lasting relationships.”

After graduating from Southwestern, Baumle earned a law degree from The University of Texas and practiced labor and employment law before returning to school to earn her Ph.D. in sociology. Mark Fossett, one of her graduate school professors from Texas A&M says, “Amanda is passionate about sociology because of her concern for issues of social justice and social change. She strikes a perfect balance between pursuing issues that have great social relevance, yet at the same time is rigorous and analytic when evaluating the logic of arguments and the quality of evidence relating to the issues.”

Baumle currently is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Houston. “As a professor, I have the opportunity to share research findings with students and, at times, to aid them in examining research questions of their own,” she says. “They learn that not only should they question results provided to them, but that they have the power to explore questions and develop opinions based upon their own studies.”

Baumle focuses her research on social inequality, demography and the law. She has published books, articles and book chapters in these areas, including a forthcoming book titled Same-Sex Partners: The Demography of Sexual Orientation.

Nestor Rodriguez, a colleague of Baumle’s at the University of Houston, says, “Amanda is someone whose name will become very well known in her field in the discipline. Look forward for many great achievements to come from her in the future.”

Earl L. Moseley Jr. ’84

The CITATION OF MERIT is given to former Southwestern students who have performed exceptional civic and/or professional services in a given geographic area or field of endeavor. Recipients represent the highest standards of Southwestern University’s commitment to a values-centered curriculum and development of the whole person.

Staying close to and embracing his alma mater, Moseley continued to support and visit Southwestern even after his graduation. He began giving back to the University immediately following his commencement by serving a twoyear term on Southwestern’s Board of Trustees and forming relationships with Southwestern students. “I wanted to give back to the University and to my fraternity, Pi Kappa Alpha,” Moseley says. “While at Southwestern, I started to mature. I began to set my core values and open my mind to consider other views, to conceptualize ideas and articulate those ideas cogently. Becoming a Pike and attending Southwestern were two of the best decisions I ever made, besides becoming a Christian.”

Believing in the power of education, Moseley has more than 19 years of experience in higher education. Most of this time has been spent at Texas State University, where he currently serves as coordinator of campus activities. “The aspect I enjoy most about my role in education is the ability to influence and impact the lives of students and my peers in a positive way,” Moseley says. “It is my role to assist others in expanding their views, encouraging lifelong learning and living a values-centered life.”

For many students, Moseley accomplished just that. Clint Swindall, a former student, states, “As an adult, I look back and remember a man who simply didn’t allow young people to do what they wanted without a reminder of what was right. I don’t believe that level of character development was ever in a job description. But Earl Moseley has never just done what the job requires. He’s always focused on developing people along the way. He doesn’t do it because he was paid to do it. He simply does it because it’s the right thing to do.”

William Reed ’75

The CITATION OF MERIT is given to former Southwestern students who have performed exceptional civic and/or professional services in a given geographic area or field of endeavor. Recipients represent the highest standards of Southwestern University’s commitment to a values-centered curriculum and development of the whole person.

Will Reed is a person with both a vision and commitment to helping others, and as a United Methodist minister, has spent most of his life doing so. Concerned about the inequality of opportunity that existed in Houston’s low-income neighborhoods and aiming to empower these communities through technology, Reed and several other businessmen founded Technology for All (TFA).

As a result of Reed’s leadership and entrepreneurship, TFA had immediate success. “Will has an entrepreneurial bent to him that permits him to be more reactive than others might be to changing circumstances,” says Jack Clark, TFA co-founder. “As a result, TFA has grown to collaborate with Rice University to build a wireless cloud over a disadvantaged area in Southeast Houston, permitting children and families to have Internet access.”

Perhaps one of Reed’s most charitable endeavors took place immediately following Hurricane Katrina. After learning that people were being evacuated from New Orleans to Houston’s Astrodome, Reed and his coworkers began making calls and setting up the Astrodome Computer Technology Center (ACT Center). “Before the first bus arrived, the ACT Center was full of donated computers and volunteers. Evacuees came every day to use the computers to search for family and friends,” says Rosemarie Foster ’70, director of administration for TFA. “Working in the ACT Center for 18 hours a day for 20 straight days, Will was able to make a difference in the lives of so many who had lost so much.”

Reed’s wife, Karen, says her husband wants to make a difference in the world, and with the non-profits that he’s running and the church he’s involved in now, he is accomplishing his mission and his calling. “Will brings a powerful, positive message to everyone he is involved with,” she says.

Tim Fisher

The PEARL A. NEAS SERVICE AWARD is given to a member of Southwestern’s staff. It was established for the purpose of recognizing long and faithful service to the University and paying tribute to those who render such service. The Award is named for the late Miss Pearl A. Neas who served Southwestern for 40 years, 38 of them as registrar. Her life and character symbolized dedication of self and service to the furtherance of the University. Recipients of the award are selected on the basis of these same qualities and shall have had a lasting, positive impact on the institution that reflects its goals and aspirations.

Most people will agree that the first impression is the most important. The beauty that Southwestern’s visitors and prospective students come across upon their arrival to campus is a testament to Tim Fisher and his department’s dedication to the University. As supervisor of grounds, Fisher is responsible for the maintenance of all campus grounds, special event setups, pest control and labor support for the Physical Plant Department.

Working with one of the most unpredictable elements, Mother Nature, Fisher must be prepared for even the best laid plans to go awry. Every day he must work with factors such as stormy weather, sunny skies, ice storms, birds roosting in campus trees or a sudden change in plans for a special event. However, these obstacles are what Fisher enjoys most about his job. “Occasionally, I get called to campus at 2 a.m. when there’s been an ice storm, and sometimes this is the fun part about my job,” Fisher says. “I’ve always been an outdoors type of person, so even if it’s raining, I prefer to be outside.”

Since beginning his tenure at Southwestern on Jan. 2, 1985, Fisher has served above and beyond the call of duty. Joe LePage, director of Physical Plant, calls Fisher “the poster boy for dedicated employees,” as he is the first to the school during a snow storm and, to date, has only missed two major campus events. “Tim is the ultimate team player,” says Jaime Woody, associate dean for student life. “He doesn’t want accolades, preferring to work diligently behind the scenes to make sure your event is a success. Tim has been an asset to me, my department, and to Southwestern during his tenure. He has gone far beyond any professional expectations and has ‘saved the day’ too many times to count.”

Tim O’Neill

MR./MS. HOMECOMING is an honor given to a member of the faculty as a token of the affection and respect of former students. This award carries a special meaning because it symbolizes the strength of the University and the strong personal relationships between students and faculty. It states clearly that alumni recall with appreciation what the recipient contributed to the education and development of former students.

Throughout his 20 years at Southwestern, Tim O’Neill, professor of political science and holder of the Tower-Hester Chair, has developed a reputation for being a dynamic professor. Whether he is having a discussion with his students or playing the role of “devil’s advocate,” O’Neill pushes for his students to express and evaluate their political beliefs. “I like to think of myself as teaching politics instead of political science,” O’Neill says. “One of the many things I’ve learned in my teaching career is that the American political system works best when people disagree, listen carefully and come to an understanding of some sort of common ground.” Not only does O’Neill hope for his students to come away from his classes with new knowledge, he believes that for a class to be successful he too must come away with new ideas to share with future classes.

O’Neill also has discovered that the teaching process is very similar to his role as an advisor. Finding that the best way to advise is to listen, O’Neill has had a profound influence on his students. A former student states, “I can say without a shadow of a doubt that my experience at Southwestern would not have been the same if I had not had the privilege to know Dr. O’Neill and to call myself his student. I felt that he was always willing to make time to listen to anything I had to say, be it personal, academic gratifications or concerns. His door was always open, and I will always be thankful for that.”

Looking back on his time at Southwestern, O’Neill believes that “the human relationships and connections that take place make Southwestern a worthwhile and enjoyable place to be.”