TCR Grad Blog

Graduate director's blog for the Technical Communication and Rhetoric Program at Texas Tech University

Christy Barbee to Leave as of Feb 5

Posted by Joyce on January 25, 2010

After seven years of service as the department’s graduate program assistant, Christy Barbee is leaving the Department of English for a promotion to Unit Coordinator at the TTU Advising Center. Christy’s final day here will be February 5.

The 2005 recipient of the Chancellor’s Award of Excellence for exceptional service, Christy has always been conscientious about the job she does and has contributed daily to both the efficiency and humanity of the department.

She has organized the annual Graduate Student Recruiting Weekend, bringing approximately 30 prospective students to campus to meet with faculty and other students. In this effort, she has coordinated lodging and catering as well as transportation to and from the airport and managed travel reimbursements to visitors and payments to hotels and restaurants. She has been indefatigable in making sure that all invited guests (both students and their partners) were taken care of before, during, and after their visit and would leave with a positive impression of Texas Tech University and the Department of English.

She has made sure that correspondence with prospective students is timely, friendly, and informative and has been meticulous in keeping track of applications and admissions. She has carefully prepared the letters to admitted students, including specifications for their stipends and the duties associated with their appointments as GAs/TAs/GPTIs.

She has assisted with scholarships and awards, tracking applications, creating and printing award certificates, and assisting faculty in organizing the department’s annual awards reception.

She has always made time to visit with graduate students and to appreciate their anxieties and difficulties (financial, emotional, and cultural) in adjusting to Lubbock and managing graduate school.

She has tackled a growing job (growing with the graduate programs) with impressive sensitivity, courage, creativity, and grace. She has adapted to change and risen to challenges, always ready to offer a hand, an ear, or a shoulder. We are immensely grateful that she did all of this with us and for us.

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