Outstanding Young Alumni
Awards Banquet 2015

Friday, February 20, 2015
7:00 p.m.

Register by Saturday, February 13, 2015.
Johnson Building Multi-Purpose Room
Hardin-Simmons University

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For more information contact the HSU Office of Alumni Relations at alumni@hsutx.edu,
(325) 670-1317 or (800) 460-3908.  

Mr. Justin Furnace
B.A. 2001, History/Bible
Government and Public Affairs Specialist

Justin is Corporate Manager of External Affairs for Hilcorp Energy Company, one of the largest privately-owned oil and gas companies in the U.S. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Zion Oil and Gas, a NASDAQ listed company working to find oil in Israel. Previously, he was President of the Texas Independent Producers & Royalty Owners Assn.

Without question the relationships I developed as a student at Hardin-Simmons have been critical to my development both personally and professionally. It’s safe to say that, in large measure, much of what I have accomplished thus far in my career is directly attributable to the years I spent at HSU.

Mr. Jason Newman
B.A. 1995, English/Communication
Trial Attorney – Energy Litigation

Jason is a trial attorney specializing in energy litigation. As a partner in the Baker Botts law firm of Houston, he advises energy clients on all aspects of legal and operational issues arising from the rapid development of various oil and gas shale plays throughout the U.S.

HSU is truly home to me. I literally grew up there, following my dad around campus and going on field trips with his students to the Guadalupe Mountains and our family land. It was natural fit for me to complete my undergraduate education there.

Ms. Allison Rhodes
1995x, Political science/Economics
Investment Advisor

Allison is a vice president and private wealth advisor in the Dallas office of Goldman Sachs, working with ultra-high-net-worth families and foundations throughout the Southwest. Previously she was the Global Research Coordinator at Citi Investment Research, and served as a public relations advisor to Fortune 100 companies.

My days at Hardin-Simmons provided the grounding and confidence I needed to step out of my comfort zone, embrace risk-taking, and pursue my dreams. The wonderful faculty and fellow students, many of whom remain life-long friends, challenged and encouraged me. On this campus I was exposed to opportunities that shaped my understanding of the world. Hardin-Simmons will always feel like a second home, and I’m grateful for this University’s impact on my life.

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