2008 A&E Homecoming Award Recipients
Outstanding A&E Alumnus---Sidney Allen, DVM
Dr. Sidney Allen was born in Lubbock. After graduating from Brownfield High School, he attended Abilene Christian College as a pre-vet major in the Department of Agriculture through 1954. Dr. Allen completed his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M graduating in 1958. He married Jenetta Chesshir in 1960. They have one daughter, Laura Michelle and two sons, Mark David and Stephen Chesshir, and eight grandchildren.
Dr. Allen has had a long association with the US Air Force (1958-1968) and the US Army (1975-1993), retiring from the US Army in 1993.
Upon receiving his DVM, he was commissioned as a captain in the U.S. Air Force Veterinary Corps. Entering the U.S. Air Force Reserves in 1960, he served as an Associate Professor of Biology at Pepperdine College from 1960-1962. In 1963, he became involved in agriculture missions in South Korea. In cooperation with his father-in-law, Haskell Chesshir and David Goolsby, Dr. Allen established the dairy at Korea Christian College (KCC) in 1963 with the “Cows for Korea” project. KCC’s dairy influenced grassroots development of the dairy industry in South Korea. Dr. Allen was also involved in church planting and teaching at KCC. He later served as chair of the Board of Trustees for KCC from 1971-1975.
Dr. Allen returned to active duty as a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps in Pusan, Korea, commanding the Team D 106th Medical Detachment at the Pusan Port Facility in 1975. Before retiring in 1982 from active duty, Dr. Allen served in the Army Medical Corps Advanced Course in San Antonio, Texas, and as Chief for the Veterinary Branch at Fort McPherson, Georgia. He would eventually retire as a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves in 1993.
In 1982, Dr. Allen pursued private veterinary practice in College Station, Texas. Before his retirement in 2004, he began the Allen Mobile Veterinary Clinic in College Station, partnered with the Southwood Valley Animal Hospital, also in College Station, and was owner of Woodhaven Pet Clinic in Fort Worth.
After retiring from his veterinary practice, Dr. Allen became involved in Rapha International, a world-wide humanitarian non-profit relief organization associated with the Churches of Christ. He currently serves as president of the board of directors. He is an active member of the North Davis Church of Christ in Arlington where he has served as an elder since 1995. Dr. Allen continues using his veterinarian expertise with mission organizations in North Korea. He leads medical and agricultural work within an economic trade zone in the northeastern tip of North Korea, and acts as a veterinary consultant to goat farms in Mongolia.
Outstanding Young Professional ---Daniel Dominguez
Daniel graduated from ACU in December 1999 with a B.S. in Environmental Science and a B.A. in Biology. He married Syndi in March 1999 and they have four children: Ema Cheri (6), Eli Douglas (4), Elena Elyse (2) and Everet Ford (3 weeks old). After graduating, Daniel worked for a local landscaping company, a power plant in Craig, Colorado and managed a dairy in Pecos. Currently, he works as an environmental consultant with Environmental Plus, Inc, in Eunice, New Mexico.
The Dominguez family worships with the Jefferson St. Church of Christ in Hobbs, New Mexico. They are actively involved in every aspect of church from teaching Bible class and youth devotionals to World Bible School, Bible Bowl and LTC.
Outstanding Young Professional -Joseph Bunting
Joseph graduated from ACU in December 1999 with a B.S. in Agricultural Business and a BBA in Marketing. While at ACU he married Aimee. He says of Aimee, “She is the only reason I can do what I do and without her support I would not be where I am today.” They have three children, Kaytlyn (6), Gage (4) and Cooper (11 months).
After graduating from ACU, Joseph accepted a produce buyer’s position with United Supermarkets in Lubbock. From February 2000 to February 2006, Joseph was trained in many areas of the produce business including warehousing, procurement, fruit ripening, quality control and distribution. In February 2006, he began extensive training in procurement leading to taking on those responsibilities full time at the beginning of 2007. Joseph’s procurement responsibilities include Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and New York.
At the beginning of 2008, Joseph was asked to lead the produce department on a new computer program initiative that the company will fully implement in 2009. Joseph received a Positive Impact award from United Supermarkets for cultivating partner relationships to create guest solutions in December 2007. Joseph also operates a small cattle ranch in Coleman. The Bunting’s worship at the Broadway Church of Christ and have been active members since May 2000.
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