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Below is a historical timeline concerning women's history at Texas Tech University. The timeline is not comprehensive but does cover many of the important events and women that shaped the university's history.
Established in September of 1980, the Tech Raiderettes were the first dance drill team in the Southwest Conference. They made their debut at the Texas Tech junior varsity's football game against New Mexico Military Institute' JV team. (The University Daily, September 23, 1980)
Joyce Davis Arterburn was named the Woman of the Year at Texas Tech in 1981.
The Southwest Conference sanctioned women's athletics in 1982, coinciding with the NCAA's offering a national championship in women's basketball. The first Women's Southwest Conference basketball tournament took place from January 28-31, 1983 in the Hofheinz Pavilion on the UH campus. Under Head Coach Donna Wick 13 female athletes competed. Carolyn Thompson was one of those athletes.
Four members of the Women's Swim Team received All-American honors, a first for that program. Honored were Kathy Dixon, Debbie Kaufmann, Dorinda Jung and Melanie Schmauch. (The University Daily, March 24, 1982)
Hired in 1981 as an assistant coach, Marsha Sharp was promoted to head coach of the Lady Raiders in 1982, a position she would hold until 2006. Under her coaching the Lady Raiders achieved national recognition as a powerhouse women's basketball team.
Janet Perez (Classical and Romance Languages) was promoted to the rank of Horn Professor.
Amy Love became the third woman to serve as Texas Tech student body president.
Lisa Clark played volleyball from 1987-1990 and, in 1987, was named Southwest Conference Newcomer of the Year.
Dr. Elizabeth G. Haley served as interim president from September 19, 1988 - June 30, 1989.
Ginger Kerrick transferred to Texas Tech in the fall of 1989 after Physics Department Chair Walter Borst helped her secure financial aid. Kerrick wanted to be an astronaut. In 1991 she secured a summer internship with NASA and by May of 1994 she was working full-time for the agency. She is recognized as the first Hispanic female NASA Flight Director. (Women@Nasa, Ginger Kerrick Celebrates 20 Years, and APS Physics bio)
Mary Jeanne van Appledorn (Music) was promoted to the rank of Horn Professor.
The Lady Raiders won the national women's basketball championship.
Also recognized this year was Jeannine McHaney, Associate Director of Athletics. Besides being named the 1993 Administrator of the Year The Women's Basketball Coaches Association she was also awarded the Outstanding Women in Education Award and the Golden Key Award from the Women in Communications organization.
Michi Atkins, a member of the women's basketball team from 1993-1996, was named Southwest Conference Woman Athlete of the Year in 1995 and 1996.
Michi Atkins was named to the All-Time Lady Raiders SWC Team in 1996 and hold the distinction of being all-time leading scorer in SWC women's basketball history. (link to the Texas Tech Hall of Honor page)
Elizabeth Haley was appointed interim Deputy Chancellor for the Texas Tech System following the departure of Mike Moses.
A professor in the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation for more than three decades, Joyce Davis Arterburn was inducted into the Texas Tech Hall of Honor in 2003. (link to the Texas Tech Hall of Honor page)
Marsha Sharp was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. (link to the Women's Basketball Hall of Honor page)
Loretta Bradley (Education) was promoted to the rank of Horn Professor.
Vivian Allen (Plant and Soil Science), Susan Hendrick (Psychology), Sunanda Mitra (Electrical Engineering), and Marilyn Phelan (Law) were promoteded to the rank of Horn Professor.
The High Riders spirit organization entered into a partnership with the Saddle Tramps and the Campus for Campus Life to coordinate the appearance schedules and financial support for Raider Red. The mascot would now be portrayed by multiple students chosen from the ranks of the Saddle Tramps and the High Riders. Kari Rodgers would the be first woman chosen from the High Riders to take on one of the secret identity of Raider Red.
Leigh Daniel was a member of the track team from 1998-2001. In 2006 she was named to the Big 12 10th Anniversary Team. (link to the Texas Tech Hall of Honor page)
Jeannine McHaney was awarded posthumously as a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient by the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators.
Jill Burness played volleyball from 1995-1996 and was the only volleyball player to have her team number retired. She was inducted in the Texas Tech Hall of Honor in 2007. (link to the Texas Tech Hall of Honor page)
Kari Rodgers, a member of the High Riders spirit organization, was revealed to be the first woman to portray Raider Red. She shared the role for two years with Tyler Bridge, a member of the Saddle Tramps spirit organization. (link to the KCBD News Channel 11, April 15, 2007, Raider Red's True Identity Revealed)
Eileen Johnson (Museum of Texas Tech / Director of the Lubbock Lake Landmark) was promoted to the rank of Horn Professor.
Susan Saab-Fortney (Law) was promoted to the rank of Horn Professor.
Lisa Clark was inducted into the Texas Tech Hall of Honor for her athletic achievements. (link to the Texas Tech Hall of Honor page)
Linda Allen (Mathematics and Statistics), Sindee Simon (Chemical Engineering) and Vickie Sutton (Law) were promoted to the rank of Horn Professor.
Sandy Butler played softball from 1998-2011 and, in 2011, was the first Texas Tech softball player to be inducted into the Texas Tech Hall of Honor. (link to the Texas Tech Hall of Honor page)
Leigh Daniel was inducted into the Texas Tech Hall of Honor for her athletic contributions. (link to the Texas Tech Hall of Honor page)
Katharine Hayhoe, Director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech, was named as one of TIME magazine's 100 most influential people in the world for her work in the field of environmental science and advocacy for action on climate change.
Jingyu Lin (Electrical and Computer Engineering) was promoted to the rank of Horn Professor.
In March of 2016, Arcilia C. Acosta was appointed to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board by Governor Abbott. Acosta graduated with a B.A. in political science in 1989 from Texas Tech and serves as the current President and CEO of CARON Industries. In May of 2015 she delivered a fabulous commencement speech at Texas Tech emphasizing the importance of investing in people rather than material gain.
Former Lady Raider Sheryl Swoopes was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on September 9, 2016.
Ginger Kerrick, representing the area of STEM, was selected by the Texas Governorís Commission for Women to be inducted into the Texas Women's Hall of Fame for 2016. The induction ceremony was held at Texas Womanís University in Denton on October 21st, 2016.
On October 3rd, Katharine Hayhoe, Associate Professor in Political Science and Director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech, participated in a televised discussion with President Barack Obama and actor Leonardo DiCaprio on climate change as part of the White House South by South Lawn event.
On June 10th, Sheryl Swoopes will be one of six inductees into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.
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