Dr. Daniel Pugh to be Guest Speaker at Annual Louis M. Martini Winery BBQ


The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter will host Dr. Daniel Pugh, vice provost for student affairs and dean of students, at its annual Louis M. Martini Winery BBQ on Aug. 20, 2011.

This year marks the 20th anniversary for the event. Each year, members of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter gather together at the Monte Russo Ranch in Sonoma Valley, for a day full of BBQ, auctions, raffles, socializing and wine. Settled in the Mayacamas Mountains, Martini bought the vineyard in 1938, renaming it “Monte Russo” because of the red volcanic soils. Passed on through generations, the business has become a staple in California.

During the day, Jacque and her husband, Michael Martini, who is the grandson of Louis M. Martini and a third-generation winemaker, will take members and guests on a tour of the vineyards, which are known to produce their popular cabernet sauvignon wines. Guests will learn about the history of Monte Russo and be given the opportunity to sample some of the Martini wines.

Guests will also be joined by Pugh, who will be the guest speaker at the event. Receiving a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s degree in college student personnel from the University of Tennessee, he went on to attend the University of Georgia to receive a doctor of philosophy. Focusing his research on leadership and legal issues in colleges and universities, his educational background led him to pursue a career in higher education.

Serving as dean of students and associate vice president for student life at Eastern Washington University, Pugh decided to take his experience and move to Arkansas where he became associate vice chancellor for student affairs and dean of students. Now, as vice provost for student affairs and dean of students, he is the university’s senior student affairs officer.

Apart from his administrative work, he is also an associate professor of higher education in the College of Education and Health Professions’ Higher Education Leadership Program. He also serves on doctoral and thesis committees and is a member of nine professional, education-related associations.

The event will be held from 12:00-4:00 p.m. Those who are members of the Arkansas Alumni Association may purchase prepaid tickets for $25, while non-members pay $30. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $30 and the cost applies to anyone over 21 years of age.

All of the event proceeds will go to the Ernest J. Wong Scholarship Fund. This year’s event brings the chapter’s endowed scholarship total to $100,000. This year’s scholarship recipients are Jordan Sousa and Devonnie Mann.  Sousa is a senior and Mann is a sophomore “book” scholar.

If you have any questions, or need further information, contact the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter president, Maria Clayton at Maria.Clayton@ejgallo.com.

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