Aggie Transition Camps would like to welcome 3 amazing Namesakes to the Howdy Camp Family!
Rusty Thompson currently serves as Director of the Department of Student Activities at Texas A&M University. Along with his administrative responsibilities, he is also an advisor to the Aggie Muster Committee. This is appropriate, as Muster is his favorite Aggie tradition. A third generation Aggie, he is a former member of the Corps of Cadets. He received his B.S. in Industrial Education in 1985 and his M.Ed. in Educational Administration in 1987, both from Texas A&M. After spending three years in the Department of Housing and Dining Services at Texas Tech University, Rusty returned to Texas A&M in June of 1990 to work in the Department of Residence Life, where he served eight years as an Area Coordinator and Assistant Director. Before moving to Student Activities, he spent seven years as an Assistant and Associate Director in the Memorial Student Center. Rusty has received several awards during his career, including Advisor of the Year at both Texas Tech University and Texas A&M, the Texas A&M President’s Meritorious Service Award, the Association of Former Students Randy Matson Award, and the RHA John J. Koldus Award. However, he considers his greatest honors as being recognized by the students of Texas A&M as a Fish Camp namesake in 1995 and a Howdy Camp namesake this year. In his spare time, Rusty enjoys involvement with his church, camping, basketball, watching all sports, and spending time with his wife, Tina ’87, daughter Brenna ’16, and son and daughter-in-law Blayne ‘10 and Janie ’08
Dr. Lisa C. Troy earned her MBA and PhD in marketing from Texas A&M University. She served on the faculties of Utah State University and the University of North Texas before returning to Texas A&M as a clinical associate professor in 2008. Dr. Troy is currently the advertising program faculty advisor in the Department of Marketing and is a member of the American Advertising Federation-Houston. She is also the advisor of the Aggie Advertising Club and the Texas A&M Advertising team, which placed ninth out of over 150 teams in the American Advertising Federation National Student Advertising Competition in 2012. Dr. Troy enjoys spending time with her family, reading, hiking, and working on animal rescue.
Tearney Woodruff (Class of ‘07, ‘08, and ‘14) is originally from Rio Hondo, Texas. After graduating in 2007 from Texas A&M, she served as a English teacher and coach for Dripping Springs High School. Tearney received her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction in 2008, and after teaching and coaching for five years, she returned to Aggieland to pursue a second master’s degree in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education. Tearney works for the Department of Residence Life and is passionate about assisting students in their transition to A&M and developing student leaders. Her favorite traditions are Silver Taps and Midnight Yell. Tearney’s husband, Chris (‘06), works for a nonprofit organization, Bat Conservation International, with international agreements. Her daughter, Aurora (Future Aggie Class of 2033), will be turning 3 in February and loves saying Howdy, Gig ‘Em, and watching the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band.