The Most-Read Giving Stories of 2018

Ten of our most popular stories from 2018. Have you read them all?

Throughout 2018, the generosity of alumni and donors had an unquestionable impact as near-record fundraising levels and strong investment returns continued to strengthen the Texas Tech University System’s momentum.

But behind those numbers are incredible stories of bold vision and life-changing impact.

From envisioning the future home of Texas Tech’s on-the-rise basketball programs to tackling West Texas’ shortage of mental health care, philanthropy is driving our institution’s biggest advances.

Here are our reader’s favorite giving stories from 2018.

  1. Kirby Hocutt, Dusty Womble and Chris Beard with Texas Tech University student-athletes

    Meet the Man Focused on the Future of Texas Tech Basketball

    With a practice facility on the drawing boards, Texas Tech University is investing in its basketball teams. Dusty Womble is helping make it a reality.

  2. Chancellor Robert Duncan

    Bringing Light to the Shadows of Health Care

    New institute, philanthropy lead Texas Tech's system-wide focus on mental health.

  3. Collage of images from Frank Miller's life

    Few Words, Big Heart

    A man of secrets, Frank Mitchell Jr. lived a life devoted to family, country and Texas Tech. His final gift honored his alma mater and his engineering professor.

  4. Texas Tech University mortar board and athletic equipment

    Athletic Scholarships Score Big in Classroom, Recruiting

    How philanthropy made a difference for five Texas Tech student-athletes.

  5. J.T. and Margaret Talkington

    An Impact Impossible to Measure

    J.T. and Margaret Talkington's legacy of giving continues to make a mark on Texas Tech and a difference in the Lubbock community they loved.

  6. Ron Milam talking to Texas Tech University students

    Texas Tech History Professor Honored for Teaching Excellence

    Ron Milam spent decades trying to forget Vietnam. In the classroom, he found a reason to remember and a career worthy of the Texas Tech University System's highest faculty honor.

  7. Texas Tech University System leadership and new board directors, from left, Don Maddox, David Segrest, George McMahan, Steve Gray and Patrick Kramer

    Texas Tech Foundation Names New Directors

    Steve Gray, George H. McMahan, David Segrest and Leslie Ward appointed to volunteer board.

  8. Kendra Rumbaugh with TTUHSC medical students

    TTUHSC Surgery Professor Honored for Research Excellence

    Kendra Rumbaugh's quest for new weapons to fight nature's nastiest superbugs earned her the Texas Tech University System's highest faculty honor.

  9. Heather Warren-Crow leading a classroom discussion with students

    TTU Interdisciplinary Arts Professor Honored for Research Excellence

    Heather Warren-Crow's performance art challenged media subjectivity and earned her the Texas Tech University System's highest faculty honor.

  10. Recipients of the 2018 Chancellor's Council Distinguished Teaching and Research Awards

    Chancellor's Council Honors Top Faculty with Teaching and Research Awards

    Fourteen faculty received the Texas Tech system's highest honors, made possible by annual membership gifts to the Chancellor's Council.

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