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Learning 'will never be wasted'
Arthur A. Nelson Jr.

Age: 62

Occupation: Dean and professor, School of Pharmacy, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Amarillo

Where did you receive your education?

Tarpon Spring High School, Fla.; B.S. and M.S., Northeast Louisiana State College; doctorate, University of Iowa.

How has your education played a role in your life today?

As a college professor, then school administrator of three different pharmacy schools, my entire career focus has been on education. The internal satisfaction of learning has been a significant stimulate and enjoyment in my life. Education equipped me with the abilities to direct my own learning throughout a lifetime.

What was your greatest educational challenge and how did you overcome it?

My high school education in math and sciences was not strong. To be successful, I had to actively seek personal help from my professors and ask fellow classmates to help tutor me to catch up with many of the advanced math, and chemistry concepts I missed in high school.

What is the value of your education?

Stolen from the TV ad, my education has been priceless. Most critical has been the quality of the intellectual side of my life that has developed as a result of making education and learning a priority.

What would you say to someone who's undecided about continuing their education?

Education is an investment in your future, financially and mentally. Any additional learning, regardless of the subject area, will never be wasted.

What made you realize the importance of education in your life?

The lives of my father and mother demonstrated the importance of education. My father was a minister who earned his master's degree in divinity before entering the ministry, and my mother was a registered nurse.

Did you ever think about quitting? What made you keep going?

When I was married, I thought about not going forward to earn my doctorate degree. There were the anticipated costs of starting a new life, and my wife was still in college working towards her degree. As an encouragement for me to complete my education, my parents went without to give us money each month so that we both could go to college. Although the amount they gave us was not sufficient to pay our bills, their personal sacrifice at a very difficult time for them financially was a significant motivator to complete our education.

2009 Stories
2008 Archive
calendar of events
  • January 11
    Kickoff of 2009 Program
    Find out what Celebrate Education is all about in this special section in your Sunday paper.
  • March 7
    Regional Spelling Bee, West Texas A&M University
    The annual Regional Spelling Bee will feature the top spellers from the Amarillo area. The top five winners will receive scholarship money ranging from $500 to $5,000 and the winner will travel to Washington, D.C., in June to represent the area in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
  • Spring and Fall
    Amarillo Reads community-wide reading projects.
    Dates and details TBA
  • April
    Amarillo Education Matching Grants Program. Exact date TBA
  • April 10
    What's a Kid to Do Special Section
  • April 12
    What's a Kid to Do at the Amarillo Civic Center
    This event will focus on activities and camps for children to participate in during the summer..
  • May 8-29
    Beating the Odds
    A series of stories published daily in the Amarillo Globe-News during the graduation season that profiles people who have inspiring stories to tell about the degree they are about to receive.
  • May 12
    Ready for the Real World program at Amarillo Civic Center
    AISD juniors get training on what's going to face them in a little more than a year.
  • May 16
    Best and Brightest Special Section
  • May 16
    Best and Brightest Event at West Texas A&M University
  • Fall
    Discover College Day
    Fifth graders from area schools visit college campuses.
  • October 1
    Great Jobs Special Section
    Focusing on well paying jobs available in the area that people may not know about.
  • November 2
    Career Education Special Section
    Focusing on businesses and others in the community helping young people gain a career vision.
  • November
    Yes You Can Event
    Designed to help people gain information about the next level of education from GED to PhD. Date TBA.
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