Texas Tech College of Human Sciences Honors Alumni

Texas Tech University's College of Human Sciences named the recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award, New Achiever Award and Lifetime Distinguished Service Award Monday (March 5).

Written by: Ben Samples

Texas Tech University’s College of Human Sciences named the recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award, New Achiever Award and Lifetime Distinguished Service Award Monday (March 5).

The Distinguished Alumni Award is given to graduates of Texas Tech’s College of Human Sciences who have advanced the reputation of the college through their record of significant achievements.

The recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award:

•    Iva Lea Barton, a former educator at Frenship High School and retired president of two family broadcasting companies, KOKE AM/FM and KLEA AM/FM, where she oversaw operations for 22 years. Barton was also president of the Bookmark Book Review Club and a master flower show judge with the Fort Worth Garden Club for over 26 years. She currently owns the Halley House Bed and Breakfast in Salado and is involved in various commercial real estate development projects in the area.   

•    Leanne K. Lamke, chair and head of the Human Development and Family Studies Department in the College of Human Sciences at Auburn University. She is the former director of the Auburn University Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program in the Office of the Vice President for Research.  Lamke later co-founded the Auburn University Annual Undergraduate Research Forum which provides a venue for undergraduates to present their research to a broader community. She developed several new courses at Auburn and chaired the committee responsible for developing the undergraduate Minor in Human Development and Child Development. Lamke has won numerous awards including the Student Government Association’s Outstanding Faculty Award, the Auburn Alumni Association’s Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award and the Distinguished Teaching Award of the International Society for the Study of Personal Relationships. She currently holds the prestigious Earnest G. Osborne Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Family Studies presented once every two years by the National Council on Family Relations. In 2005, Lamke received the highest teaching honor ever bestowed upon an Auburn professor when a faculty committee and Provost John Heilman selected her as one of the two inaugural winners of the Gerald and Emily Leischuck Endowed Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching.

•    Martha Kaiser Justice, president of The Premier Company – Houston’s oldest and most established direct mail and print company. While attending Texas Tech, Martha was a member of Phi Upsilon Omicron honorary, Mortar Board and Pi Beta Phi sorority. Justice, who is heavily involved in community service, has helped raise over $100,000 for the advancement of education in today’s youth. Under Justice’s leadership, The Premier Company has received recognition including the Better Business Bureau Spirit of Texas Award for Quality in 1992, 1996 and 2000; the Bureau’s Award of Distinction in 2006; and the Texas Family Business of the Year Award for three years. 

The New Achiever Award is given to graduates – within the last 12 years – who have enhanced the reputation of the College of Human Sciences through their emerging record of achievements.

The recipient of the New Achiever Award:

•    Brianna Nelson Goff, an associate professor of marriage and family therapy in the School of Family Studies and Human Services at Kansas State University. Goff earned her master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Kansas State University in 1993 and her philosophy doctorate from the College of Human Sciences at Texas Tech University in 1998. At Kansas State she developed the Trauma Research, Education and Consultation (TREC) program, a team of students and faculty who research and study various aspects of human traumatology – the study of injuries caused by accidents or violence to a person. The TREC team has conducted research involving military couples which has provided increased awareness of the stress faced by soldiers and their partners. Goff is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies as well as the President’s Commission on Multicultural Affairs at Kansas State. She was awarded Kansas State’s College of Human Ecology Dawley –Scholer Award for faculty excellence in student development in 2003. Goff was recently selected to be the project coordinator for the development of a state-wide plan for disaster behavioral health, which will address preparedness activities, response coordination, and recovery services in the event of a Presidentially declared disaster or other public health emergency.

The Lifetime Distinguished Service Award is reserved for those who have significantly advanced the college and its goals of excellence in teaching, research, and service. Candidates for this award may, or may not be graduates of the college.

The recipients of the Lifetime Distinguished Service Award:

•    Choc Hutcheson, retired sports columnist for the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal and news and sports director for KCBD-TV. In 1991, Hutcheson was inducted into the Texas Tech School of Mass Communications’ Hall of Fame and was named Distinguished Alumnus by the Texas Tech Alumni Association in 1996. In 2005, he received the Lauro F. Cavazos Award from the Texas Tech Alumni Association.

•    Virginia Hutcheson, member of both the College of Human Sciences Alumni Association and the Dean's Advisory Council for Development.

•    Together the Hutchesons established the C.R. and Virginia Hutcheson Professorship in the College of Human Sciences and also endowed the Jack and Vivian Broyles Scholarship. The Hutchesons are members of the Spur Society and the Chancellor's Council. In 2006, they received the Association of Fundraising Professionals Lubbock chapter’s 2006 Philanthropists of the Year Award.    

Contact: Heather Johnson, senior business assistant, College of Human Sciences, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-3031, or heather.l.johnson@ttu.edu