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The Tarleton Alumni Association has announced the honorees for the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Gala that has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 26 on the campus of Tarleton State University.

This yearís list of honorees includes three Stephenville residents - Mr. Fred Parker, Dr. Joe Cummings and Mrs. Barbara Taylor.

Parker, a local architect, is being recognized as Distinguished Friend for his invaluable contributions to Tarleton and the Alumni Association on projects such as the Hunewell Bandstand, Trogdon House and Military Memorial.

Former mayor and chamber of commerce president, Dr. Joe Cummings, will be honored as Distinguished Faculty Member. Having dedicated 28 years to the students of Tarleton as a professor of education administration, counseling, and psychology and associate dean of the College of Education and Fine Arts, Cummings has played a significant role in shaping a multitude of public school teachers and administrators.

Receiving the award for Distinguished Staff Member will be Mrs. Barbara Taylor. Her decades of service to Tarleton in the area of informational resources and veteranís affair, and as student registration coordinator, allowed her to touch the lives of thousands of students.

In addition to these, Cody Martin, who grew up in Proctor, will be named as outstanding Young Alumnus. Martin, who received both his bachelors and masters degrees in criminal justice from Tarleton, is an inspector with the U.S. Postal Inspections Service, certified as a dangerous mail specialist, and currently assigned to the regional offices in Fort Worth.

Three former students of Tarleton State University will also be honored as 2011 Distinguished Alumni.?Jerry Golden of Clifton, a 1968 Tarleton graduate, is a former Clifton City Administrator. Golden also holds an MA in political science from the University of North Texas. He began his career in the office of Governor Preston Smith, and has worked nationally and internationally as an energy and utility consultant for more than 30 years.

Luine Heizer Hancock, a Dublin native, attended Tarleton in 1961-1963. As a retired educator and learning disabilities specialist, she and her late husband, Dennis have been involved in civic and political organizations across the state. She is currently on staff in the office of State Senator Robert Nichols.

Terry Price, who graduated in 1972 with a degree in music education, is the director of music for Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church in Dallas and interim director of the Dallas Symphony Chorus. Price has worked with some of the greatest names in choral music, been involved in the selection of Grammy nominations for the past 27 years, and served as conductor for numerous international choirs, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Distinguished Alumni Gala is sponsored by the Tarleton Alumni Association. For tickets or additional information, contact Bonnie Peterson at 254-968-9682. RSVP to the event must be made by Monday.

The gala was originally set to take place on Saturday, Feb. 5, but was rescheduled due to inclement weather.