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Distinguished Alumni Awards Reception 2018

May 12, 2018 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM   |   Location: Dunne Conference Center - Tschoepe Hall

2018 Honorees

Julie Kutac '01, Alzheimer’s Association professional education and research specialist

At the Alzheimer's Association, Houston and Southeast Texas Chapter, Dr. Kutac serves as the content expert for the chapter. Building on her performance experience and education at TLU, Dr. Kutac prepares and delivers engaging, evidence based education programs to healthcare providers across Texas. Dr. Kutac received her B.S. in molecular biology with a minor in theology from Texas Lutheran University, her M.A. in religious studies from Rice University, and her Ph.D. in medical humanities from the University of Texas Medical Branch. She is also the 2018 Spring Commencement guest speaker.

Jim Lindemann '62, Industry Banchares chairman of the board

Lindemann will be recognized for his dedication to TLU, the Development Board, and endowed scholarships throughout the years. Industry Bancshares is a billion-dollar company with six bank charters, 24 locations, and 400 employees in Central Texas. Previously, Lindemann served in various financial positions at Tenneco Oil including assistant treasurer, manager of reports, manager of crude oil compliance, manager of regulatory compliance, manager of administration and compliance, treasurer and market development manager. He was the first TLU graduate to receive a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and went on to receive his M.B.A. from Baylor.

Bruce Sommer '89, Lockheed Martin/NASA engineer

Bruce Sommer ’89 leads a team of Lockheed Martin engineers located across the country, who are responsible for ensuring that NASA’s Orion Multi Purpose Crew Vehicle can withstand all loading environments from launch to splashdown. Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor responsible for the design, analysis and manufacturing of the Orion spacecraft for NASA’s Deep Space Exploration missions. Sommer is responsible for the structural analysis as it pertains to multiple subsystems within the Orion Crew Module. He is also the Crew Module’s Landing Lead responsible for determining the vehicle’s overall landing impact performance. He received a B.A. in business management from TLU and a B.S. in civil engineering form Texas A&M University.

For questions, please contact Taylor Collins '14 at or call 830-372-6987. 

May 12, 2018 5:30 PM Central Distinguished Alumni Awards Reception 2018 Dunne Conference Center - Tschoepe Hall

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