College of Liberal Arts Honors Three Outstanding Alumni with Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
Ms. Deborah Tucker, MPA Political Science '81, Austin, TX.
Ms. Tucker earned her MPA in Political Science from Texas State University in 1981. She is currently the Executive Director of the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence, a position she has held since the organization began in 1998. In 2012, she won the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration Alfred M. Zuck Public Courage Award for her decades of courageous and dedicated campaigning to reduce violence against women. In 2014 Ms. Tucker was selected to become a member of the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame. She has a life-long history of dedicated service and achievements towards ending violence against women.
Mr. Robert L. Mooney, BA History '69, San Antonio, TX.
Mr. Michael R. Young, BA, MA Geography '92, Austin, TX.
Restaurateur Mike Young earned a bachelor’s degree in Geography from Texas State University and began work on a graduate degree in Geography before opening his first restaurant—Austin’s famous Mike & Charlie’s—in 1974. Today, Mr. Young is a major stockholder and President of Chuy’s Comida Deluxe, Inc., which operates several landmark restaurants in Austin—Chuy’s Fine Tex Mex, Hula Hut, Shady Grove, and Lucy’s Boathouse. Having recently sold his interest in Chuy’s restaurants in Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio, he continues as a partner in Glazing Saddles, Inc., which operates Krispy Kreme stores in Austin, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Laredo, and Waco.
Mr. Young was named a Distinguished Alumnus of Texas State in 2007. He expresses a deep commitment to helping children through a number of high-profile community service projects. Over the past 20 years, Chuy’s has collected hundreds of thousands of toys for needy Austin children through its annual Children Giving to Children Parade that serves as a toy drive for Operation Blue Santa. Chuy’s has also raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Central Texas through its annual sponsorship of 5K and Kid K Runs. In Florida, Mr. Young has constructed a vacation villa and swimming pool so that terminally ill children and their families can enjoy a week-long cost-free vacation at Walt Disney World.