Texas Tech University

Course Listing - by Instructor

Name Biography
Fred Bailey
Vikram Baliga Vikram Baliga is the Greenhouse and Horticultural Gardens manager for Texas Tech’s Department of Plant and Soil Science. He has a bachelor’s in horticulture with an emphasis on landscape design from Texas A&M University and a master’s in horticulture from Texas Tech focusing on deficit irrigation in Texas olive production. He is currently completing his doctorate from Texas Tech in horticulture with a focus on turfgrass and water conservation in the urban landscape.
Gail Barnes Gail Barnes holds a BBA from North Texas State University, a B.S. from Texas Tech University and is a state and federal licensed wildlife rehabilitator with over 20 years of experience.
Alwyn Barr Alwyn Barr, Ph.D., is professor emeritus of history at Texas Tech University and former chair of the history department. One of his five authored books is "Texans in Revolt: The Battle for San Antonio, 1835". He is a former president of the Texas State Historical Association.
Jason Beard
Dennis Bentley Dennis Bentley contributed to flight crew procedures and training during his 45-year career at NASA.
Ross Bigelow Ross Bigelow, Ph.D., Geography, recently visited Kipling’s home in England and came away with an abiding love of this gifted writer, his wide-ranging travels, his diverse interests and perspectives and the lasting impact he has made.
Jerry Bostic Jerry Bostic served as flight controller and in multiple other roles during his 23 years at NASA.
James Brink Jim Brink earned degrees in French and history from the University of Kansas and a master’s and doctorate degree from the University of Washington. He taught in Texas Tech University’s Department of History and spent 12 years in the Office of the Provost, finishing his 42 years at Texas Tech in the Honors College.
Pam Brown Pam Brown started her career as a theatre teacher and is now a licensed professional counselor and the director of counseling for Lubbock Cooper ISD.
Jay Brown Jay Brown has a master’s in acting and directing and has been the artistic director of the Lubbock Community Theatre since 2001.
Pete Christy Pete Christy was born in Maryland, graduated with a degree in broadcast journalism from Syracuse and went to work as a sports anchor and reporter in Philadelphia. He covered the city’s teams; especially, announcing and reporting on his favorite sport – boxing. His “I Beat Pete” sports challenges were very popular! Nominated twice for Best Sports Reporter in the Mid-Atlantic region, he won an Emmy for best Sports Show in 2004. Leaving the top five market of Philadelphia in September 2004, Pete moved to Lubbock. He continues his unique style of sports broadcasting that attracts sports fans and non-sports viewers alike. Pete has won many Texas AP Broadcasters Best Sportscast awards.
Katie & Taylor Collins Taylor Collins is the co-founder and land steward of ROAM Ranch's multispecies regenerative agriculture program. Taylor is growing supply chains of animal protein that heal and restore the planet. He and his wife co-founded EPIC Provisions and Force of Nature Meats.
Shelby Crews Shelby Crews is the director of the OLLI program at Texas Tech University. She has been an avid reader since childhood and is especially looking forward to discussing these books as a part of "The Great American Read".
Das Peach Haus staff Das Peach Haus staff
Joe DeAtkine Joe DeAtkine worked on the Apollo Lunar Landing Program and in Mission Control Management during his 37 years at NASA.
Bob Driver Bob Driver has spent many years working and teaching in the field of finance. During retirement, he continues to teach as an adjunct professor and serve on the boards for various non-profit companies.
Thomas Eastman Dr. Thomas Eastman provides care for orthopedic conditions at Baylor Scott and White. He received his medical degree from the University of Nebraska. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery.
Greg Gee Chef Greg Gee has been a chef at Cypress Street Station for 12 years. He is a graduated of the Culinary Academy program in Austin. He grew up in Victoria Texas and his favorite style of cooking is creole.
Linda Gerber Linda Gerber is the director of McCombs Center for Global Business, and senior lecturer with the Department of Marketing, McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin.
Celice Goad Celice Goad has been working with the retired population of Marble Falls since 2003. She has had extensive training on working with people of various conditions related to the aging process.
Steve Gomez Lubbock Christian University (LCU) Head Coach Steve Gomez became the seventh head coach in NCAA Division II women’s basketball history to claim multiple titles and picked up his third Heartland Coach of the Year honor. Coach Gomez enters the 2019-2020 season with a 397-122 collegiate coaching record. In 10 seasons at the helm while an NAIA institution, the Lady Chaps made 10 consecutive trips to the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship tournament, posting a 234-96 record. LCU, since transitioning into NCAA Division II, went a remarkable 25-1 overall in 2013-2014 and completed the Heartland Conference with a perfect 20-0 mark for their first perfect conference record in program history.
Adam Hahn Adam Hahn and Traeger Fuhrmann are co-founders of Wingsman Imagery based in Fredericksburg. They have launched a drone training program.
Amanda Hatchett Colby Hatchett's family has been farming in Callahan County for over 100 years so it just seems right to carry on the family tradition. Fresh out of college from A&M University, Colby and Amanda Hatchett decided to go back to their roots and start farming in addition to their full time jobs. In 2007 Colby and Amanda cleared some land for a small 2.5 acre garden spot and plowed the ground fo the first time in 40 years.
Katharine Hayhoe Katharine Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist whose research focuses on understanding what climate change means for people and the places where they live. She is a professor at Texas Tech University, hosts the PBS digital series “Global Weirding,” and she has been named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People and Fortune’s 50 World’s Greatest Leaders.
Larry Hess  Larry Hess, M.M., is a retired Lubbock ISD educator and an OLLI member. He is a professional musician, having retired after 30 years as a percussionist with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra.
Beverly Hestand Beverly Howerton Hestand grew up loving the outdoors, learning by observing, and asking many questions. In 2006 Beverly enrolled in a one - year program for Master Gardening. She owned and operated a tianning/beauty salon for 28 years. Now retired and a widow she tries to maintain her 4-acre yard located on 83-acres of farmland in southern Jones County by herself. Her late husband once told her she missed her calling because he could see the results after many hours of her labor of love in the garden. Beverly was a past president of the Anson Garden Club and continues as a member today. She loves sharing with others and teaching the techniques that make your garden blossom.
Kari Hines Kari Hines has a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from Northern Arizona University and has worked for the Texas A&M Forest Service since 2012.
Lacee Hoelting Lacee Hoelting has been the director of the Bayer Museum of Agriculture since 2008. She graduated from Texas Tech with her bachelor’s degree and Texas A&M with her master’s degree, both in agriculture.
Holle Humphries Holle Humphries earned a bachelor’s from Carnegie Mellon University and her master’s and doctorate degrees from Texas Tech. She has served as author and editor of art education publications devoted to research in public art and its implementation in the form of creating cultural heritage in West Texas.
Vickie Johnson Vickie Johnson has been a chef for 38 years. She has owned and operated two restaurants in Colorado. Combining food and art is her passion.
Elizabeth Ketchum Elizabeth Ketchum has a bachelor’s degree in visual art and a master’s degree in communications. She is an artist and hat designer whose childhood was spent in South America, Guam and Alaska, all influential for her paintings and hats.
Wes Kittley Wes Kittley is the director of track and field and the cross country head coach at Texas Tech University.
Wanda Klaus Wanda Klaus’ chemical-free cleaning journey was inspired when her daughter was diagnosed with asthma. She researched to find a way of cleaning without endangering her daughter’s health.
James Klein James Klein, Ph.D., is a retired music professor and professional conductor who has over 40 years’ experience in orchestra and opera performances.
Angelina LaRue Angelina LaRue attended McMurry University. She writes two weekly food columns that are featured in several Texas newspapers, published “The Whole Enchilada” (her first cookbook), and is working on a second book.
Devin Lowe Dr. Devin Lowe is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Immunotherapeutics and Biotechnology at the TTUHSC School of Pharmacy in Abilene, Texas. His laboratory studies immune-based mechanisms against cancer - with a focus on understanding the interplay between the immune system and tumor angiogenesis. Dr. Lowe's group also develops vaccine regimens and antibody-based therapeutics against the tumor stroma. He received his Ph.D. from the TTUHSC School of Medicine and subsequently performed his postdoctoral training as an American Cancer Society fellow at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Lowe's laboratory is extramurally funded by the DoD, NIH, and NSF.
Angela Mariani A scholar and performer of medieval music, Angela Mariani is a professor of musicology and the founder and director of the Texas Tech Collegium Musicum. In 2009, she also established the School of Music’s Graduate Certificate Program in Early Music Performance Practice.
Spencer McCombs Spencer McCombs, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC, owner of McCombs and Associates Physical Therapy, is a doctor of physical therapy and specialist in vertigo and back pain and sciatica.
Patricia Morton Patricia Morton has a master’s degree in zoology from the University of Wisconsin. She did graduate work on bats in Costa Rica. Now retired, her career included jobs at Bat Conservatory International, Texas Parks and Wildlife and The Nature Conservancy.
Murvat Musa Murvat Musa is the executive director of the Reese Technology Center, a manufacturing, technology, education and research facility located at the former Reese Air Force Base. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from George Mason University, a Master of Public Administration from Texas Tech and is also a certified public manager.
Garvin O'Neil Garvin O’Neil is a professor of practice at the Department of Hospitality & Retail Management at Texas Tech University. He is a 40-year veteran of the hotel industry, holding executive positions in some of the country’s finest properties.
Michelle Pantoya Michelle L. Pantoya received her doctorate degree in mechanical engineering from University of California, Davis in 1999 and joined the faculty at Texas Tech in 2000. She is the J. W. Wright regents endowed chair professor in mechanical engineering.
Bryan Robinson Bryan Robinson is a native of Abilene. He has been with Rentech for 5 years and serves as the Director of Projects. He earned degrees in mechanical engineering and mathematics at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He worked in engineering and construction of steam and power generation facilities for 15 years prior to joining Rentech.
Marye Tharp Instructor: Marye Tharp, Ph.D. is a retired associate professor who has taught at the University of Texas, Emerson College, and Schreiner University.
Terry Waldren Terry Waldren, Ph.D., is the owner of The Waldren Group consulting firm, whose clients include: Texas Tech, TTUHSC, City of Lubbock and United Supermarkets.
Rob Weiner Rob Weiner, M.A., M.S., is humanities librarian for the College of Visual and Performing Arts and for Film Studies at Texas Tech University. He also teaches for the Honors College and has published widely on various popular culture topics.
Forest "Buzz" Whalen Forrest "Buzz" Whalen has been a Riedel brand ambassador and trainer since 1994. He leads glass workshops throughout the southwestern United States.
Mark Wieser Mark B. Wieser has taught in public school, served as a county judge and currently spends time writing. He has published the biography of his father, who was instrumental in growing peaches in Gillespie County.

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