Homecoming and Reunion Activities kicked off on Friday morning, April 15, under beautiful Texas skies. The day began with a Continental breakfast enjoyed on the elegantly decorated grounds of the Pioneer Oval. Following breakfast, a touching tribute was given to the Pioneers who had recently passed away. Dr. Carine Feyten opened the Pioneers Remembered ceremony with compassionate and heart-warming remarks. Family members placed a red rose in a vase in remembrance of their loved ones. A lovely flute melody concluded the Pioneers Remembered tribute leaving the crowd in reflection.
Following the breakfast and the ceremony, the TWU community entered Margo Jones performance hall for Honors Convocation – A Celebration of Excellence. To read the list of faculty, staff, students and alumni recognized at this year’s Honors Convocation click here.
What do the Class of ’66, the former members of the BECA program, College of Nursing graduates and the members of the Students in Free Enterprise/ENACTUS all have in common? They all reunited over the Homecoming weekend! The photos above show a few highlights from the Class of ’66 reunion celebrating 50 years since graduation from TWU.
The Bilingual Education Centro De Acciόn (BECA) reunited for the first time ever. BECA was a program at TWU during the 1970’s that pioneered bilingual education in the public schools. TWU BECA students spent several days a week traveling to Fort Worth classrooms to assist and teach. The BECA alums had a lot of fun reconnecting, with some not having seen each other in over thirty years!
Also in attendance were student representatives of TWU’s Bilingual Education Student Organization (BESO). These ladies gave an informative and humorous presentation about their organization.
The College of Nursing held a Meet and Greet on the Denton Campus on Saturday afternoon. Dr. Anita Hufft, Dean of the College of Nursing and Dr. Jo-Ann Stankus, Assistant Professor of Nursing were on hand to visit with alums and discuss the happenings in the TWU Nursing program. The College of Nursing is “on the move” and the involvement of nursing alumni is needed to help move things forward. If you would like more information about the TWU College of Nursing alumni group activities you may contact Mary Ann Baker firstname.lastname@example.org 940-382-6977 or Gay Lynn Bynum 940-891-1638.
Another group reuniting this year to celebrate a 20 year anniversary was SIFE/ ENACTUS. First founded as Students in Free Enterprise but now called ENACTUS the group is an international non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action. Tania Moya, Tiana (Fenno) James, and Lauren Hoebee represented the TWU chapter of the organization during the Maroon and White Spirit Fair, showcasing the impressive trophies won this year. ENACTUS went on to place among the top 20 teams at the USA national competition in May. Read about it here
Plans are already underway for the 2017 Homecoming and Reunion activities so save the date and plan to attend, April 21 and 22, 2017.