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Honoring Likeminded Folks

26 Apr


2012 Stelos Alliance Award winners

2012 Stelos Alliance Award winners


On Sunday, Stelos Alliance will honor these four individuals who continue the mission of Stelos Alliance by providing post-graduate opportunities to dynamic young people.

Learn a little about this year’s recipients:

Rex Gore

Rex Gore is the owner of PJS of Texas, a commercial cleaning company, and Cleanscapes, a commercial landscaping company. Rex has always served and supported his community alongside his wife of 29 years, Debra. Rex was involved in the founding of El Paso Éxito or the The Path to Success, a nonprofit aimed at helping employees and their children raise their academic outcomes, and recently partnered with Hudson Baird to form PelotonU — an innovative college program. PelotonU melds a college education with a mentorship model that provides the best parts of a traditional residential College experience, which provides a debt free Bachelor’s degree combined with maturity, life and job readiness..

Carrie Hurt

Carrie A. Hurt is president and CEO of Better Business Bureau serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin, and was recently named interim chief executive officer of the Council of Better Business Bureaus.  Carrie has excelled in her career at BBB since 1995 and she has turned her BBB in to one of the largest BBB’s in the country. Her BBB has been awarded the BBB Marshall A. Mott Award for excellence in outstanding communications, a Hermes Creative Award, a MarCom award and an American Marketing Association award. Her BBB has also been named a top workplace by the Austin American Statesman, as well as a top 50 Best Non-Profits to work for by the Non-Profit Times. In 2011, Carrie was named a Women of Influence by the Austin Business Journal. In 2009, she received the “Yellow Rose of Texas” award from Texas Governor Rick Perry, which recognizes outstanding Texas women for their significant contributions to Texas.

Dixie Van Eynde

Dixie Van Eynde is a counseling psychologist and coach specializing in career enhancement strategies.  Dixie spent many years working in university counseling centers helping students identify and develop their career. Since 2003, Dr. Van Eynde has been involved with LeaderSteps, a program for high school seniors that seeks to provide them with information, inspiration and specific skills and knowledge that will contribute to their development as leaders in their future careers and communities.

Don Van Eynde

Dr. Donald Van Eynde is a Professor of Management at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Don’s areas of expertise include the management of change, management education, and the development of executive teams.  From 2004–2006 Don worked with NASA’s Space Shuttle Mission Management Team on issues related to decision making and group dynamics. Working with students is Don’s passion in life.  A part of him says “it’s getting time to retire,” but the other part has trouble envisioning a time when students are no longer a major part of his life.  During his 29 years at Trinity, Don has been recognized on 38 occasions by students and campus organizations as an “Outstanding/Favorite Professor.”


This is our favorite time of year – stay tuned for individual profiles over the coming weeks


Johanna Haley: Making Stars Shine Brighter

16 Apr

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We’re excited for scholarship season! On April 28th, we’ll award almost $20,000 in scholarships to Texas State student leaders at our Stelos Alliance Awards Banquet. Our scholarship programs would not be possible without the generous support of the loyal members of the Stelos Alliance. We are fortunate to have individuals who connect with our mission and purpose – one of whom is Johanna Haley. For over 19 consecutive months Mrs. Haley has donated to the Stelos Alliance scholarship fund and has supported our mission of making stars shine brighter.

In 2007, while serving as the Texas State Alumni Association President-elect, Johanna Haley was introduced to Bill Poston and Melinda Keller while working on the annual Alumni Association Scholarship Gala. A few years later in 2010, Johanna learned about the Stelos Alliance and its focus on scholarships; it was this focus that drew Mrs. Haley to begin her monthly donations.

When asked why she donates to Stelos, Johanna replied, “I give because I can – because this is a worthy cause, because I believe in education and know that it’s not available to all without financial support. And because the Lord blessed me with a giving spirit!”

Johanna has a special connection to one of our scholarships: the Virginia Moore Chi Omega Scholarship. While attending Texas State (Or Southwest Texas as it was called back in the day), Johanna was an active member of the Alpha Zeta Chapter of Chi Omega. She recalls spending many nights with her sisters working on recruitment events in Virginia’s garage apartment; “She led by example, as a woman of strength, dignity and Southern charm,” said Johanna remembering her work with Virginia.

Mrs. Haley currently works at San Marcos High School, where she teaches professional communication and serves as the debate coach. Johanna’s dedication to education is evident through both her career and her generosity to Stelos. Johanna is a valued member of the Stelos family and evidence that the alliance is alive and well!

Bill Hogue and Student Foundation Scholarships

21 Mar


Bill Hogue was the perfect example of a true Bobcat while he attended Southwest Texas State in the late 1980’s. He was heavily involved at the university as a member of Student Foundation, an Orientation Leader and a Texas State Cheerleader. In addition to teaching classes for the Catholic Student Organization, Bill was an active member of the Kappa Alpha Fraternity.  Bill maintained his high level of involvement while working full-time to pay his way through school.

However, just six weeks after graduation in December 1987, Bill was tragically killed. His death shocked all those whose lives he touched – and to honor his memory, they created a memorial scholarship in his name.

The $5,000 scholarship award is presented every year to a member of Student Foundation who exhibits the enthusiastic pride in Texas State that characterized Bill’s college life.

In addition to the Bill Hogue Memorial Scholarship, Stelos offers five $1,000 Student Foundation Scholarships, to members of the organization for their dedication to service, loyalty, leadership and their significant contributions to Texas State.

The requirements for the Bill Hogue and Student Foundation scholarships are as follows:

Student must be classified as a junior or senior at Texas State to be eligible for the Hogue Scholarship.

  • Student must have a minimum of 54 completed hours if classified as a sophomore for the Student Foundation Scholarships.
  • Sophomore or junior classification must be enrolled 12 hours or more at the time of selection. Seniors may be enrolled less than 12 hours at the time of selection.
  • Student must be an active member of Student Foundation at Texas State.
  • Student must have an overall Texas State GPA of at least 2.50.
  • Student must have demonstrated superior leadership qualities.
  • Student must have invested a substantial amount of time and service to Texas State.
    • Students who have previously been awarded the Bill Hogue Memorial Scholarship are not eligible.
    • The recipient(s) will be in good standing with the University at the time of selection.
    • Graduating seniors are eligible to receive this Scholarship. All senior students will receive a check if he/she is graduating in May and will not be enrolled the next year.
    • Students must write and include a personal essay and updated resume.

The qualified applicant who is selected to receive the Bill Hogue scholarship will receive $5,000 at the Stelos Alliance Awards Banquet on April 28, 2013 in San Marcos, Texas; the five qualified applicants selected to receive Student Foundation scholarships will receive $1,000 awards.

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