Distinguished Young Alumni to Be Honored at Pigskin

Oct. 30, 1998

Three young Baylor University alumni will be honored during Homecoming at Pigskin Revue at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6. The Baylor Alumni Association will recognize the graduates for outstanding contributions to their profession, business or life work and for bringing honor to their alma mater. The three alumni to be honored are Jeff Dunham, Karen Engle and Roland Garcia Jr.

Dunham, a Dallas native, is a 1986 Baylor graduate. He was recently honored as Male Stand-Up Comedian of the Year at the American Comedy Awards and is the only person to win the prestigious Ventriloquist of the Year Award twice. Dunham started working on his ventriloquist act while still a Baylor student, creating his now-famous characters: Walter, Peanut the Woozle and Jose Jalapeno-on-a-stick. He has made numerous appearances on The Tonight Show and tours across the country, recently adding Bubba the Redneck to his repertoire of characters. Dunham appeared during Chapel Forum in Waco Hall earlier this fall. He is scheduled to host his own show on the Fox network later this fall.

Engle graduated with honors in 1984 and subsequently graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1989. A Texas native, she is currently a professor at the University of Utah College of Law specializing in immigration, human rights and employment discrimination law. Engle has authored and co-authored many articles. She is an Associated Scholar and Advisor to the New England Center for International Law and Policy and has been a guest lecturer at the University of Helsinki and the UCLA School of Law. Engle participated in the South African Caucus on Law and Gender and was an official observer of the 1995 Haitian elections.

Garcia graduated cum laude with distinction in the honors program in 1981. A Corpus Christi native, Garcia is a partner in the Houston law firm Liddell, Sapp, Zivley, Hill and Laboon, L.L.P. While working full-time as a computer analyst at Shell Oil Company, he earned his juris doctor degree from South Texas College of Law in 1986. After briefly serving as attorney for the Texas Supreme Court, he joined his current firm and has served as lead counsel in numerous high-profile cases. Garcia is president of the 22,000-member Texas Young Lawyers Association, through which he has pioneered many programs including the Aspiring Youth Program. It provides career guidance, mentoring and self-esteem programs to at-risk middle school students. Garcia has received the Outstanding Young Houstonians Award from the Houston Chamber of Commerce and Houston Jaycees, along with a number of other community service awards.

Tickets to Pigskin Revue can be purchased for $10 for adults and $8 for students. For ticket information, call the Baylor Ticket Office at 710-3210. For additional Baylor Homecoming information, visit the Homecoming web site at http://www.baylor.edu/~Homecoming/ .

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