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
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
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
• 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
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 email@example.com