In April of this year, there was a “first” held on the TWU campus. TWU recognized the first recipient of the Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award. Unlike a lot of awards that recognize distinguished alumni, which this one certainly does, there is not a luncheon or dinner involved. Instead, the award recognizes alumni achievement but also adds to the body of academic knowledge by bringing the honoree to one of the TWU campus locations to share experience and expertise with the students, faculty and alumni in the honoree’s professional field. Pat Costner, the inaugural honoree, holds two degrees from TWU and was recognized for her contributions to environmental science during her many years with Greenpeace. Honorees, there will be one each semester, are recognized in a permanent display in the foyer of Hubbard Hall on the Denton campus. I’ll post again later about the second honoree, Dr. Anngienetta Johnson.
TWU’s Chancellor, Dr. Ann Stuart, has personally funded this award for 20 years so that even after she has retired the award can be given and the departments involved can continue to bring the honorees back to TWU.
I hope that you enjoy seeing a few of the photos from the reception, award presentation and the talk given by Pat Costner for the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.