Inauguration Watch Party

cupcake  Many TWU students and staff gathered in the Student Union To watch the live stream of the inauguration. They celebrated in style!  Treated to traditional red velvet cupcakes and sparkling water, the students joined in the celebration and picture taking –with Dr. Feyten!.

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Inauguration Speakers

Printed program

Dr. Feyten’s Inauguration ceremony included representatives of 16 different universities and a large group of dignitaries.  The dignitaries, representing government, TWU constituents and other institutions of Higher Education spoke on behalf of their institutions or positions bringing messages of congratulations and well wishes.

Myra Crownover, Texas state Representative was one of the government representatives to bring greetings.

Myra Crownover, Texas state Representative was one of the government representatives to bring greetings.

Landon Dickerson, Student Government Association President, spoke on behalf of the TWU student body

Landon Dickerson, Student Government Association President, spoke on behalf of the TWU student body

Dr. Renu Khator, Chancellor and President of the University of Houston

Dr. Renu Khator, Chancellor and President of the University of Houston

Dr. Lee Jackson, Chancellor of the UNT System, brought greetings from the University of North Texas

Dr. Lee Jackson, Chancellor of the UNT System, brought greetings from the University of North Texas

Chris Watts, Mayor of the city of Denton, congratulated Dr. Feyten on her Inauguration

Chris Watts, Mayor of the city of Denton, congratulated Dr. Feyten on her Inauguration

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Breezy Inauguration Processional

Faculty ready   Following the Inauguration Luncheon, faculty from every department and all campus locations lined up on a beautiful, breezy day.

Gary and Dr. Feyten          processional2          Processional

dancer processional   A highlight of the processional was the grace of TWU dance students placed all along Redbud Lane “directing” participants to the proper location.

singers

Next stop, Margo Jones Performance Hall for the seating of the stage party and faculty.

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TWU Former Students Association – Scholars Reception

TWU FSA Scholars in the foyer of Hubbard Hall at a September 27, 2014 reception in their honor.

TWU FSA Scholars in the foyer of Hubbard Hall at a September 27, 2014 reception in their honor.

The TWU FSA and the TWU FSA Denton Area Chapter recently recognized 2014-2015 scholarship students at a Saturday morning reception on the Denton campus.  Special guest and featured speaker was Dr. Carine Feyten, Chancellor and President of TWU.  More than 100 were on hand to recognize the current students and their families.  The awarding of scholarships to current students by alumni dates back more than 100 years.

In 1905, ten College of Industrial Arts (now TWU) graduates attended the first meeting of the Alumnae Association and each gave 50 cents to a memorial fund intended to “defray expenses while attending school.”  In 1914 the fund reached more than $200, and to this day, those gifts continue to grow.  Since then, current students, alumni, family members, and friends of the University contribute time, talent, and financial resources to provide scholarships to our students.

Scholarships awarded by the TWU Former Students Association recognize excellence in scholarly inquiry, stewardship, and volunteer service to the university and the community.  These generous awards provide many students with the financial support and encouragement required to complete their education and begin professional careers.

Join the TWU FSA and your membership dollars will contribute to this long-standing scholarship tradition.

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TWU Alumna Returns to Direct Play

Alumna Vickie Washington and cast members of 'Speech and Debate'

Alumna Vickie Washington and cast members of ‘Speech and Debate’

The Department of Drama welcomed alumna, Vickie Washington, 1975,  Speech and Drama, as a guest director for ‘Speech and Debate,’ this year’s initial offering for the TWU Theatre.  Ms. Washington is a respected stage director in the North Texas region as well as a faculty member at the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas.  This production marks her debut as a director at the Redbud Theater Complex at TWU.

The TWU students enjoyed the energetic and enthusiastic style with which Vickie approached the production.  ‘Speech and Debate’ is a bit of a dark comedy that requires a special touch.  When asked how she would approach the material Vickie replied “With joy, openness and determination.  We are going to have a ball!”  The play ran through the first two weekends in October.

TWU Alumni Connection was curious to learn what made her want to come back to TWUVickie head shot to direct this production.  “I got asked!  Seriously, I had the good fortune to have Rhonda Gorman (TWU faculty) costume a production of ‘Fences’ that I directed.  She invited me to the campus to see a production of ‘Cherry Orchard.’  I loved it, I was nostalgic, and I’m thrilled to be invited back to direct.”

Here is a bit of Q and A that we had with Vickie regarding her time at TWU:

TWU Alumni Connection: What brought you to TWU for your education?

Vickie: My plan was to become a social worker and save the world!  I only wanted to attend one school, Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio.  I applied there and to one other school, Washington University; got accepted to both.  I thought my work was done!  Then I found out we needed money!  Soooo, when it became evident I wasn’t gong to Ohio, my cousin, a graduate of TWU encouraged me to apply and a love affair began!

TWU Alumni Connection: When you attended in the ’70s, the original Redbud Theatre was in use.  What do you remember about working in that space?

Vickie: Joy, fun… long hours… television studio… funky dressing rooms… house full of excited children for the Children’s Theatre performances…being very afraid of that tall ladder… standing onstage during rehearsal and watching and hearing the main drape literally split and fall apart from dry rot… creating great theatre with talented, committed, silly, brilliant, hardworking young women AND being so thankful I lived just a stone’s throw away in Stark Hall!!

TWU Alumni Connection:  What productions do you remember working on while at TWU?

Vickie: Beatrice in ‘The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds;’ The Duchess in ‘Alice in Wonderland;’ The Genie in ‘Aladdin’ (gold from head to toe, than you very much!); Catherine in ‘The Grass Harp’ and othersAs a member of the department I worked on every show in one capacity or the other.

TWU Alumni Connection: How did your time at TWU prepare you for your career in the theatre?  What successes do you think it helped you achieve?

Vickie: As a member of the Drama Department, I had the privilege of learning every aspect of theatre thus understanding the interconnectedness and the equal value of each component.  I also learned what I was better at and, conversely, what was not a strong area for me.  Studying the craft of theatre at a woman’s university, I learned that as a woman, everything was open to me; that has been a VERY important lesson as I have traversed my way in the world of theatre.

TWU Alumni Connection: What do you enjoy most about your work at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas?

Vickie:  The energy of the students; their willingness to explore.  Working with seasoned theatre professionals and theatre educators, who value theatre and also enjoy sharing the gift and the knowledge of theatre with young people.  I love the work that we create.  It’s a pretty amazing department!

Vivkie Washington works with TWU students onstage

Vickie Washington works with TWU students onstage

Thank you Vickie for coming home to TWU to direct!  TWU  wishes you all the best.

 

 

 

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Sharing a Book-in-Common at TWU

Book-In-Common-logoNo matter where you live, you can join with the TWU family in an exciting new initiative, the TWU Book-in-Common.  This academic year TWU students, faculty and staff will be reading and discussing ‘This I Believe II: More Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women,’ edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman.  Gediman met with faculty in August, 2014, and then with students in October to share his experiences in compiling this edition.  Facultly across all disciplines will have the opportunity to incorporate essays from the book into the individual class plans.  In addition, other discussions and activities centered around the contents of the book.

Have you read the book?  Tell us about your favorite essays by commenting here.

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A Legacy of Generosity

Carolyn Y. Looney. M. S. 2013, Deaf Education

Carolyn Y. Looney. M. S. 2013, Deaf Education

A new scholarship, the Carolyn Yvonne Looney Scholarship in Deaf Education was awarded for the first time this summer for the 2014-2015 academic year in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Due to the generosity of a remarkable young woman who, when she learned that she had only a short time to live, along with her parents endowed a scholarship so that other TWU students could attain their goals.

In May of 2013, after faculty within her department had determined that Carolyn had completed the requirements for her Masters Degree in Deaf Education, TWU awarded her degree posthumously, with her parents, Charles and Paula as well as her younger sister Elaine, accepting the degree.

Such an act of selflessness was right in character for Carolyn, who was known as “Care” to family and friends. Despite being born with a severe hearing loss in one ear and having difficulty pronouncing words she did not hear clearly, Carolyn did not let that interfere with doing the things she set her mind to. She participated in marching band in high school and was recognized with the “Takes a Lickin’ and Keeps on Tickin’” award. No matter what the endeavor, she contributed wherever help was needed. Carolyn excelled in science classes and dreamed of becoming a teacher.

Determination was another characteristic that Carolyn personified throughout her life. Despite the disappointment of not being accepted at Texas A&M her freshman year, she attended UT San Antonio becoming an honor student and transferred to TAMU the next year to fulfill the goal of graduating as an Aggie. Holding a degree in Bioenvironmental Science, she interviewed for more than 30 teaching positions without being hired. But true to her nature, Carolyn pitched-in where needed, as a substitute teacher in math, science and special education and in Kids Involvement Network, an after-school program within San Antonio’s North East Independent School District. One-on-one tutoring was a strength, and she became a valued tutor for several years in the Math Lab at St. Philip’s College.

Carolyn had a long-time interest in and had developed some proficiency in American Sign Language (ASL) and with encouragement from a supervisor to seek an advanced degree, she enrolled at Texas Woman’s University to earn her degree in Deaf Education. She hoped to teach math and science to hearing impaired children.

Although she fought a gallant battle against cancer, “Care” passed away on December 3, 2012, at the age of 32. A few days prior to her death she and her parents decided to set up a scholarship endowment at TWU to help fund graduate education and/or teacher certification for those wishing to teach Math and/or Science to students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing. TWU was able to establish that fund in her name so that contributions could be made in her honor.

Elaine, Charles and Paula Looney at TWU in June to meet Lindsey Fry, recipient of Carolyn's scholarship.
Elaine, Charles and Paula Looney at TWU in June to meet Lindsey Fry, recipient of Carolyn’s scholarship.

Carolyn’s family came to TWU in June to meet Lindsey Fry, the first recipient of the Carolyn Yvonne Looney Scholarship in Deaf Education. They presented her with an engraved award to recognize her selection to receive the scholarship. Lindsey, a May 2014 graduate of TWU began her graduate studies in the summer with the goal to teach math to middle school students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Lindsey is the mother of three young boys and has worked as an interpreter for the deaf.

TWU recognizes the courage of Carolyn and the generosity of her family. Her legacy will live for many years, beginning with a deserving student, Lindsey Fry.

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