Board of Directors Meeting – June 9, 2017 Agenda

8:30 – 9:15 – New Member Orientation – Patsy Sosa-Sanchez and Shawn Saumell Conducted by Juanita Dueñez-Lazo, Pat Edwards, Anne Scott

9:30 – 10:15 – Welcome and Introductions – ACT 16

  • Get acquainted
  • Chancellor’s comments
  • Group photo with Chancellor

10:30 -12:00 – Committee Meetings

  • Honors and Awards – Regents’ Room – ACT 16
  • Membership and Development – ACT 502
  • Scholarship – ACT 602

12:00-12:45 – Lunch – ACT 16

  • Guests – members of TWU Cabinet

1:00 – 2:30 – Business Meeting – MEBH Library, #101

Welcome & Introductions – Juanita 5:00pm

Approval/Correction of Minutes from 4/1/17 meeting – 15:00 Committee/Task Force Reports

  • Finance – Sherrie Taylor, Association Treasurer 5:00
  • Membership & Development – Committee Chair 5:00
  • Scholarship – Committee Chair 5:00
  • Awards and Honors – Committee Chair 5:00
  • Gift Oversight Task Force, Barbara Rogers, Chair 5:00

Old Business – 15:00

  • Homecoming follow up – Juanita
    • Quick survey reviews
  • Operating Guidelines update – Juanita

New Business – 20:00

  • Recognition of outgoing Board Member, Kimberly Gay – Juanita
  • Votes to be taken
    • New board members
    • New fiscal year
    • Budget
  • President’s Report – Juanita 10:00
  • Executive Director’s Report – Anne – if time allows

Announce Date of Next Meeting – Juanita


Upcoming University events:

  • Faculty return – August 21
  • Pioneer Camp for new students – Denton campus and online – Friday, August 25
  • Classes begin – Monday, August 28

Recent Alumni events

Dallas Chapter meeting- May 6, Greek Isles Restaurant San Antonio meeting – May 6, Silo Elevated Cuisine

Upcoming Alumni events –

Fort Worth Chapter meeting – June 3, Kimbell Art Museum

Adjournment  2:30

Scholarship Committee

June 9, 2017

Committee members: Sarah Nelson Crawford* Martha Cavazos Fipps Nora Sierra

Juanita Dueñez-Lazo


  • Review of Association Board Confidentiality agreement
  • Review Current Selection Process
  • Decide next steps/set timeline (Univ. deadline July1)
  • Fall board meeting, 2017 – Review of University Scholarship System for fall 2018 Association Scholarship awards
  • Complete the Standard Report Form for the Business meeting


*Indicates Committee Chair

Membership and Development Committee

June 9, 2017

Committee Members: Anngienetta Johnson* Amber Murrell Paloma Rizo

Shawn Saumell

  • Review of Association Board Confidentiality agreement
  • Review statistics of alumni base and current representation
  • Review current nominees:
    • Recommend
    • Hold for further consideration
    • Not recommend moving forward
  • Process for recruitment of open positions – preparation of slate
    • Permanent secretary – to be elected at Fall 2017 meeting – exception
    • Permanent V. P. – to be elected at Spring 2018 meeting
    • Permanent Treasurer – to be elected at Spring 2018 meeting
  • Review of recruitment documents and vetting process
  • Complete the Standard Report Form for the Business meeting


*Indicates Committee Chair

Awards and Honors Committee June 9, 2017

 Committee Members:

Patsy Sanchez* Dottie Blome Barbara Rogers April Phillips Kimberly Gay

*Indicates Committee Chair


  • Review of Confidentiality agreement
  • Review of Awards the Association currently presents
  • Review of the current criteria and forms
  • Updating processes:

Nomination process for alumni awards – priority

  •  For future consideration:
    • Review alumni selection process
    • Review student selection process

Complete the Standard Report Form for the Business meeting

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Message from the Association President

juanita-head-and-shoulders     Juanita Dueñez-Lazo, Class of ’76,’89  


TWU Alumni, friends and families, “Come Home” for our Homecoming Reunion weekend!  Gather up your classmates and former roommates and return to campus to visit with favorite professors and current students.  Join other TWU Pioneers at Convocation and the Accolades Awards Luncheon to recognize our 2017 Outstanding Students, Hallmark Alumni and Distinguished Alumni.  Hear and talk with Chancellor and President Carine Feyten, meet your TWU Alumni Association Board members and visit with friends, students, faculty and staff throughout the weekend.


It’s time to share and create even more memories…wear your school colors and sing your class songs at the Maroon and White Spirit Lunch and the Reunion Dinner where we will journey through the ’60s and cheer on the Class of ’67 Golden Girls.  If you are a member of a class reunion year ending in 7 or 2 we want to welcome you in the most special way.

Whether you graduated in 2007, 1992 or somewhere in-between, whether it was TSCW or TWU, we hope you will return to campus and share in the legacy you helped to build.  Our beautiful campus awaits your arrival!  Be sure to register. 

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A True Pioneer pays it forward

1947-betty-johnston-senior-picAlumna Betty R. Johnston, recently of Lubbock, TX recently passed away but not before she designated the TWU Alumni Association, through the TWU Foundation, as the recipient of a significant part of her estate. Betty believed that her Alma Mater and the education that it provided had a significant impact on her life and her ability to create a career path.  She has entrusted the Association to use the $1.6 million estate gift to have the greatest impact on the university and its students.  She was a life member of the Association.

A graduate of the class of 1947 from when Texas Woman’s University was known as the Texas State College for Women, Johnston received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and also completed a master’s degree.  She served her country, reaching the rank of 1st Lieutenant in the U. S. Army, then completed a long career with the government in the biological warfare assessment laboratories at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah.

An avid golfer and traveler, Johnston combined these passions after her retirement by traveling with friends and playing at golf courses around the globe.  She loved to stay in hostels to experience the culture of the country she was visiting in a way she felt could not be found in a traditional hotel.

TWU Alumni Association President, Juanita Dueñez-Lazo said, “Betty was the epitome of a TWU True Pioneer.  She embodied all of the qualities of a dedicated alumna, and we are grateful for her generous gift.”  A committee, guided by the Association’s gift oversight policy, will determine the best way to use the funds to honor the memory of Betty R. Johnston.


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Cover Story – Alumni Author

weinaTexas author and TWU alumna, Weina Dai Randel, M. A. 2005 English, has received wonderful reviews for her debut historical novels about Empress Wu, the one and only female ruler of China. The inspiration for the novels, The Moon in the Palace and  The Empress of Bright Moon, date back to her childhood in China and her interest in classical Chinese literature, but she credits her time at Texas Woman’s University as the catalyst for their ultimate creation.

Empress Wu, also known as Wu Zetian, is a house-hold name in China. China was prosperous and progressive during her reign. As a powerful ruler, she championed education for women and employed women scholars in her court.  In her government, she even appointed a woman as prime minister. After many years of researching Chinese history, Weina knew that she wanted to tell the story of Chinese dynasties and particularly, Empress Wu.

After coming to the United States at the age of 24, Weina worked  as a journalist, a magazine editor and as an adjunct professor.  When considering where to enroll to study for her master’s degree, she visited Texas Woman’s University and met Dr. Hugh Burns.  “Dr. Burns, who was chair of the English Department then, was instrumental in my enrollment.  He advised me what classes to take, what skills I needed to prepare for my graduate studies, and basically every detail in enrollment. Without him, I probably wouldn’t have studied at TWU.”

Others on the faculty were very instrumental in her development as a writer and her career path, as well.  “I was inspired to write about Empress Wu, the main character of my two novels, when I took a class from Dr. Phyllis Bridges. In fact, many of her classes were inspirational. I also studied Byron from Dr. Lou Thompson, post-colonialism from Dr. Russell Greer, and Toni Morrison from Dr. Stephen Souris; each class was a treasure to me, even today.”

Writing comes easily to her, Weina says, but even so she occasionally experiences ‘writer’s block.’  “Sometimes it lasts for a day, sometimes a few weeks.  Occasionally, I have difficulty fixing some vital transitions in a story for months,” shares the author.  “Don’t give up,” she advises aspiring writers.  “Keep reading and writing.  Try to write every day, even if it’s only for 5 minutes.”  In a recent TV interview, Weina shared that her novels were rejected 82 times before being published.  Her persistence has been rewarded now that the novels have been published.  Not only have they received excellent reviews, the author has been in demand for personal appearances.  More information is available on her website.


Is there another book in progress?  “I just finished my third novel, and it’s set in China and a university in Texas. I have not decided where my next novel would be set, but it’s my focus and always my love to explore stories about women, well-known or forgotten, their struggles, and their strength.”  In addition to her writing interests, Weina and her husband are parents of two children.

Texas Woman’s University and the TWU Alumni Association congratulate Weina Dai Randel and wish her continuing success in her literary career.


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Past Presidents’ Council

For the women who have served as the president of the TWU Alumni Association, dedication to TWU does not end when their term of service ends.  Instead, each may have become a member of the Association’s Past Presidents’ Council, a group which has over the years pooled their collective talents and monies to make special contributions to the Association and the University.

At the recent Founders’ Award Luncheon, where the Association was recognized for its continuous support of the university, several members of the Past Presidents Council were in attendance including Louise Hagood, Madge Boucher Boynton, Bettye Meyers, Leigh Blair and Barbara Luther Taylor.  Certainly, the Past Presidents Council played a key role in the efforts that were recognized by the TWU Foundation at the luncheon.

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Lattice Arbor – 1981

Traditionally, the members of the Past Presidents’ Council have met annually at the Homecoming weekend each April to discuss how they might best support the university community.  Many times this involved campus beautification projects such as a lattice arbor leading to the botanical gardens or a strategically placed teak bench to provide a place to stop and rest.

Monk photo1One of the most notable and treasured contributions to the campus has been the statue of St. Francis, standing just outside the Little Chapel In-the-Woods.  In the 1950s artist Jo Roper sculpted the kneeling Saint who gently holds a bird. After 50 years of watching over the birds and squirrels and providing a spirit of peace in the gardens, the St. Francis statue was beginning to show wear.  In the year 2000 the Past Presidents’ Council provided the resources for the restoration of the statue and provided the instructions for the care and maintenance of the statue so that many more students, faculty, staff and visitors may enjoy its serenity.

Below is a listing of the women who have served as president of the Association for the past 50 years and their terms of office.

Patricia Jackson Edwards                               2012-2016

Madge Boucher Boynton                                2008-2012

Barbara Luther Taylor                                     2004-2008

Lee Blair                                                               2000-2004

Ann Ferrell Williams                                        1998-2000   

Bettye B. Myers                                                  1996-1998

*Mary Beth Foshee Scull                                  1994-1996                         

*Helen Haddix Deiker                                       1992-1994

Louise Wimberly Hagood                                 1990-1992

Karen Dillard Bluethman                                  1988-1990

Hoy Casey Gatlin                                                  1986-1988

Dorothy Mangum Kinsel                                    1984-1986

Docia Schultz Williams                                    1982-1984

*Dorothy Schmittgens Henderson                 1980-1982

*Katherine Winter Magee                                  1978-1980

*Laverne Collins Chatfield                                 1976-1978

Kathryn Coffey Ragsdale                                    1974-1976

Dorothy Anderson Holland                               1972-1974

*Nanette Keefe Reichert                                     1970-1972

Frances Sunkel Sneed                                          1968-1970

*Helen Hare Thorpe                                                1966-1968

*Denotes Deceased





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TWU Alumni Association – A Snapshot History


Old Main – First Campus Building

What is now Texas Woman’s University was founded in 1901.  In 1905 graduates of the first classes of the College of Industrial Arts gathered to create the Alumnae Association and collected the first few dollars for scholarships.  The organization has been in continuous existence since that time and has never wavered from its original mission of providing support to students of the institution.  The Association has, through many activities, supported strategic initiatives of the university including lobbying the legislature to save the school from merger to contributing money to capital projects of the school.

In the long history of the Association there have been several name changes and several different organizational structures.  Follow the historical highlights below to better understand the evolution of the Association and the current status.

1904 – First Graduate, Beulah Kinkaid

1905 – Beulah Kinkaid Fry and the 9 graduates of 1905 form the Alumnae Association

1907 – First Annual Banquet of the Alumnae Association; business, social and dance

1930s – Name changed to Ex-Students Association

1940’s – Association helps raise funds to build and furnish a new Student Union Building with their “Buy a Brick” campaign

1946 – The Ex-Students Association re-instated homecoming activities after a hiatus during the war.

1947 – Sufficient growth in the Association allowed the hiring of a full time executive secretary; association instituted a “class agent” plan

1948– Regents approve a campus building to house the offices of the Association

1950 -1953 – The Association supports President Guinn’s efforts to increase enrollment by encouraging all alumnae to “Talk TSCW” and rally to contact legislators to protest proposed cuts to the TSCW appropriation.  Alumnae also rallied against moves in the legislature to merge TSCW and North Texas State College; the Association financially supported the formation of the TWU Foundation.

1953 – Name is changed to National Alumnae Association; the goal of establishing 50 chapters was met; membership dues were eliminated in favor of donations to the TWU Foundation (the Association would get $1 of each donation for operations).

1978 – President Huey and the Association re-established Founders’ Day

1986 – Alumnae rally at the state capital with TWU faculty and staff to back President Chater as she opposes merger efforts and supports the university as an independent and autonomous entity.

2003 – The Association forms as a self-governing, all volunteer organization and changes its name to TWU Former Students Association; the Association rents the Alumni House from the university to house its headquarters

2007 – TWU Board of Regents appoints a task force to assess alumni affairs and make recommendations; the TWU Office of Alumni Relations is established and a Director is hired but not appointed Executive Director of the Association.

2012 – The Association opts to become a Chartered organization under the Office of Alumni Relations; also becomes a donation-based organization focused on raising funds for scholarships; remains at Alumni House with smaller rent; remains a volunteer organization with a part-time employee.

2013-14 – Association undertakes by-laws revision to create a smaller, more manageable governing structure

2016 – Association votes to change the organization name to TWU Alumni Association and eliminate dues; Association approves by-laws for new organizational structure; Association approves Memorandum of Understanding with the TWU Foundation; financial assets moved to the TWU Foundation; Association approves Memorandum of Understanding with the University; staff support for the Association is provided to the TWU Office of Alumni Relations.

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A Maroon-letter Day for TWU Alumni

The August 19, 2016 meeting of the TWU Board of Regents was highlighted by the signing of a new partnership agreement between Texas Woman’s University and the TWU Alumni Association, signaling new and exciting changes for university alumni.

Preceding the August agreement with the University, three other important steps had been taken by the Association:

To ensure that the Association assets are protected, the Association signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the TWU Foundation, dated April 12, 2016. Here are the key points of the agreement.

  • The TWU Foundation will accept and issue receipts for all donations made to the Association and serve as the fiscal agent for all funds including investments.
  • The Foundation will fulfill reporting requirements to the IRS, donors, and the Association.
  • The Association will retain responsibility for the administration and distribution of donations directed to the Association including distribution of scholarship funds.
  • The agreement assures that all donor directives will be honored.
  • The TWU Alumni Association will retain one seat on the Foundation Board of Directors as a full voting member.

Second, the name of the organization was changed from the TWU Former Students Association to the TWU Alumni Association.  At the annual business meeting on April 16, 2016, the vote was unanimous in favor of the name change.  Appropriate paper work was filed with the State of Texas and the name change was granted.

The third change of note was an amendment and restatement of the organization by-laws.  The proposed revisions were mailed to the membership in July, 2016 and approved as of August 1, 2016.  The new by-laws are highlighted by an open membership and a large, representative Board of Directors to govern the Association. Below are the highlights:

  • All individuals who have earned a degree or a certificate from the institution are considered members of the TWU Alumni Association.
  • Donations are welcome and accepted, but no dues are required.
  • Association chapters and other alumni groups will continue operations and be supported by the Association

The agreement signed by the Association and University recognizes the changes and assures that TWU will provide staff support and resources to the Association through the TWU Office of Alumni Relations and other entities.


Members of the Association Board celebrate with Dr. Feyten at the TWU Regents’ meeting

Current members of the Board of Directors will provide leadership for the transition to the new structure.  The Association will continue to maintain space at the Alumni House located on University Drive.

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