Islander Alumnus Receives Times Record News ’20 Under 40’ Award in Wichita Falls

Published: February 26, 2016

Islander Alumnus Receives Times Record News ’20 Under 40’ Award in Wichita Falls

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi alumnus Newman Wong earned a spot on the 2015 Times Record News “20 Under 40,” a program which honors 20 individuals between 20 and 40 years old who impact the Wichita Falls, Texas, community through commitment to service, innovation and leadership.

“I am excited to be one of the 20 chosen to represent my city in this way,” said Wong. “I feel truly honored that my service is recognized by the community.”

Wong graduated from the Island University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a minor in Public Relations. Originally from Hong Kong, he is a first generation college graduate.  

“His abilities are recognized by all who encounter him,” said Dr. Pamela Meyer, Professor of Sociology at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “In addition to being an elected student government representative, he was recruited for the Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honor Society, presented an independent study at a national conference, was active in community service projects and formed the Asian Student Association.”

Wong currently works as a Research Analyst with the Institutional Research and Assessment Department at Midwestern State University (MSU). Wong also advises the MSU chapter of Golden Key International Honour Society. He was inducted into the TAMU-CC chapter of Golden Key in 2007.

“I was given many opportunities at TAMU-CC,” said Wong. “For example, thanks to the National Collegiate Honors Council’s ‘Honors Student of the Year’ award, I was one of the first people to take pictures for the READ posters in the Bell Library.”

Wong says he is passionate about sociology and the analytical research he does at MSU, which links collected data to retention and graduation rates, statistical skills and the development and advancement of first generation and minority students.

“The most rewarding part of my career at MSU is knowing that the data I compile is used for improving students’ experiences,” Wong said. “For instance, senior administrators sometimes use it for decision-making and some faculty and staff have used the data to secure various grants to improve students’ outcomes.”

In addition, Wong currently serves as the Vice President-Elect and Newsletter Editor of the Association of Applied and Clinical Sociology. He also serves on the boards of Wichita County Teen Court and First Step, a nonprofit designed to help victims of domestic abuse. He also volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters.

“I enjoy being a Big Brother because I can be a positive role model while having fun,” said Wong. “I’m happy to be able to mentor my Little Brother and take him to different events in the local community.”

Wong says he has fond memories of his time at the Island University and is indebted to professors and friends he met here.

“I am greatly appreciative of the opportunity I had to develop leadership skills while on campus,” he said. “The professors at TAMU-CC were more than just my teachers. They were my mentors.”

Wong’s long term ambitions are to become a senior college administrator and later a social entrepreneur.