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Alumni denoted by an asterisk (*) are members of the North Texas Exes

Paula L. Land Mathis
(’72 M.Ed.), Lawrenceville, Ga., retired from teaching after 32 years of service in Dallas and the Atlanta area. She specialized in English as a second language for the last 15 years. She was twice nominated for Teacher of the Year and also was nominated for the National Teacher Hall of Fame. She will continue teaching part time after retirement.

Aaron Bonds, Corpus Christi, is the president of “A and B” College Exposure Program, helping high school student-athletes obtain athletic scholarships after graduation. He says he emphasizes that “academics comes first and foremost.”

*Robert Eoff, Princeton, has been promoted to president and CEO of Citizens State Bank in Princeton. He has 35 years of banking experience.

Freddy R. Gonzales, Dallas, a reserve lieutenant with the Dallas Police Department, received the department’s 2005 Joe C. Jones Reserve Officer of the Year Award. He has been a reserve officer for 26 years and is employed as a sales manager for Able Security and Investigations Inc. in Dallas. In 2003, while off duty, he witnessed the assault of a DART bus driver and held the suspect until on-duty officers arrived.

Larry Long (M.S.), Bloomington, Ill., is the executive director of the School of Communication at Illinois State University in Normal, Ill. He received his doctorate in 1979 from the University of Oklahoma in Norman. His wife, Penelope Long (’74, ’76 M.A.), is a faculty member at Illinois State and earned her doctorate there in 1987.

Mellanie Shepherd Clay (’81 M.Ed.), Fort Worth, was named a Fulbright Scholar to Australia. She spent five weeks with 15 other educators from across the United States traveling and learning about Australia. The group studied in Sydney, Uluru, Alice Springs, Darwin and Cairns.

Ron Pyle, Dallas, who has been an Edward Jones investment representative in Farmers Branch for 18 years, has been named a principal with the firm’s holding company, the Jones Financial Companies LLLP. He is past chair of the board of the Farmers Branch Chamber of Commerce and served on the city council from 1988 to 1997.

Marian Jacobs (’82 M.Ed.), Dallas, was selected as a Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholar. She will travel to Japan for three weeks in October and participate in a teacher program. She is an orchestra director at Wilson Middle School in Plano and is married to Stuart Jacobs (’75). Their oldest daughter was due to graduate in May from UNT with a degree in photography.

Sandra Stecher Harper (M.S., ’85 Ph.D.), Corpus Christi, has been named president of Our Lady of the Lake College in Baton Rouge, La. Since 1998 she had served as provost and vice president of academic affairs at Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi.


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