StMU History Media

Works Published and Award Photos

First Article Published

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Whatalife: Harmon Dobson, the Founder of Whataburger

A photograph of a statue of Harmon Dobson, the founder of Whataburger taken in Corpus Christi, Texas | November 16, 2008 by TravelingOtter | Courtesy of Flickr
A photograph of a statue of Harmon Dobson, the founder of Whataburger taken in Corpus Christi, Texas | November 16, 2008 by TravelingOtter | Courtesy of Flickr

January 1, 1950- “I think this will be an eventful year for me.”1

While passing through the Southwest United States, particularly Texas, one will probably encounter big, tall, orange and white signs with a Texas-sized W. This is the sign of the famous Texas fast food restaurant Whataburger. The burger chain has large hamburgers, skinny long fries, creamy milkshakes, and more. Harmon Dobson founded this famous Texas hot spot in 1950. Little did he know that he was going to be the founder of an epic fast food restaurant.

Second Article Published

Don’t forget to click on the title to read the whole article on the StMU History Media website.

A Woman’s Shot at Making History: The First Female CEO of Mylan and the EpiPen

Heather Bresch at Mylan HQ
Heather Bresch at Mylan HQ

Winner of the Fall 2019 StMU History Media Award for

Best Article in the Category of “Gender”

Have you heard of EpiPens? Mylan is the company that produces these devices that deliver epinephrine to people having severe allergic reactions. Mylan Inc. is one of the world’s largest leading manufacturers of generic drugs. The company produces and markets specialty, brand-name pharmaceutical products mainly for the respiratory, severe allergy, and psychiatry markets. Founded in 1961, it was previously named Milan Pharmaceuticals, Inc after cofounder Milan Puskar. However, after management disputes, Puskar left the firm and the company changed its name to Mylan Laboratories Inc. Eventually, Mylan went into bankruptcy in 1976 which meant that the company needed new leaders, so Puskar rejoined as president. Puskar kept this role for 48 years until he retired in 2009. During that year, Heather Bresch was promoted from COO, Chief Operating Officer, to president and took responsibility for the company’s daily operations.1 Bresch kept this role until 2012 when she was promoted from president to CEO, Chief Executive Officer. This made her the first female CEO in Mylan’s history.2

StMU History Media Award Ceremony Photos

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