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Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award 2008

Timothy Robert Staskus
Chandler, AZ
Senior Key Account Manager, Anheuser-Busch, Inc.
BS 1985 Psychology, minor in Geography

Tim Staskus
Tim Staskus
Remarks by Dr. Ann Marie Ellis
Dean of the College of Liberal Arts

At Texas State, Tim Staskus was an outstanding student in Psychology and Geography and an award-winning defensive linebacker, helping to lead the SWT football team to national championships. He also has had an extraordinarily successful career in the beverage industry while maintaining strong ties to his alma mater.

Tim knew at an early age that he wanted to attend Texas State. When he was 10, he came to the campus with his father to drop off his sister Patsy, who was an entering freshman. When he saw the campus, he knew it was for him. Tim, who is the youngest of six children, was the third member of his family to attend Texas State. His sister Patsy majored in physical education and education, and she was a cheerleader. His brother Chuck majored in criminal justice and has served as a sergeant on the Houston police force for 31 years.

Tim started at the University as a General Business major with a minor in Physical Education. But after taking a psychology course with Dr. Fred Fahringer and a geography course with Doc Augustin, he switched his major to Psychology and his minor to Geography. He said both professors had the ability to mesmerize students and that Doc, in particular, made students want to learn, and he put a double exclamation point at the end of that sentence. Tim was an outstanding student-athlete, making the Dean’s List many times while playing on the football team. And he recorded the highest grade of any student who has ever taken Doc’s World Regional Geography class. That’s quite an accomplishment because Doc has been teaching the class for some 40 years.

Tim’s success was consistent throughout his academic career. He tells how, upon arriving late to a biology class, another favorite professor, Dr. Bobby Whiteside, barked at him, “I know it’s hard for you muscled-up football guys to get to class on time, but anyone (and he was referring to Tim) who makes 100 on the test can be late now and then.”

Tim was equally accomplished as an athlete. He remembers Coach Jim Wacker before the football games pacing in front of the team and shaking his right hand and saying, “Oh boy! We’re going to have a great game today!” Coach Wacker once said that Tim was one of the three or four players most responsible for helping the team to win its national championships in 1981 and 1982. Tim remembers arriving in San Marcos after one of those championships and finding the campus completely draped in white toilet paper in honor of the victory. He also remembers how wonderfully cold the water was in the San Marcos River after 2-a-day football practices in August. Among Tim’s many athletic honors, he was named a Kodak All-American, a Lonestar Conference Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year, an NCAA Division 1-AA Academic All-American, an Associated Press All-American, and a Bobcat Club Defensive Player of the Year.

In the professional world of the adult beverage industry, Tim has achieved a position of national recognition. After his graduation from Texas State in 1985, he took a sales position with Brown Distributing of San Marcos, a firm that has been a strong supporter of Texas State for many years. His work with Brown Distributing led him into a career as a sales and marketing manager with prominent companies such as Labatts USA, InBev USA, and Anheuser-Busch, Inc. In each company, he has surpassed sales goals for his multi-state regions, risen through the management ranks, and earned significant company awards. In 1989, Tim met his wife Lynn while he was working for Anheuser-Busch in Houston. They have been married for seven years.

Recently, Anheuser-Busch appointed Tim as Senior Accounts Manager with key accounts in 11 states in the U.S. In less than a year he has revitalized those markets and earned the praise of top executives at Anheuser-Busch. We fully expect Tim to continue to advance professionally in a career where he has already established award-winning results.

Tim has been active in community service, organizing charity events for groups such as the Children’s Miracle Network, Muscular Dystrophy, United Way, and United Cerebral Palsy, and participating in many other charities.
Since his graduation from Texas State, Tim has maintained close ties to the Department of Geography and supported its students and programs in many ways. A couple of years ago, Doc Augustin asked Tim to serve as a team leader for a group of geography students who traveled to Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula to participate in an environmental project sponsored by the United Nations. As Doc reports, Tim didn’t hesitate to help in the effort. During the project, the students worked for hours in the tropical sun to clean Yucatan’s environmentally sensitive beaches, and Tim was always at the front of the pack as the group collected several tons of solid waste along the shoreline of Ascension Bay.

Tim also accompanied Doc last year on a trip to research and take photos for a book Doc has written about Andorra, a principality bordered by Spain and France. Tim, like Doc, is a great photographer, and some of his photos will appear in the book that will be published later this year. Doc calls Tim “a lifelong geographer who contributed to the research for the book by asking excellent questions.” He said Tim is a great travel companion: “He does all the driving and carries my camera bag when I get exhausted, Doc says he’s always in a good mood, even on the hardest of days. He has been a dear friend for more than 25 years, and I think of him like he was my own son.”

Tim returns to campus regularly to participate in the Geography Department’s annual alumni reunion and student celebration. He and his siblings have established a scholarship in the department in memory of their father, Phillip A. Staskus. Nine Geography students have received the scholarship since it was first awarded. The Geography Department recognized Tim with its Distinguished Alumni Award in 1998 and with its Distinguished Service Award in 1996 and 2004.

Tim Staskus has distinguished himself on our campus and in his career and the community. He is a true friend of Texas State, and I am very honored to present him with the Liberal Arts Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award.