TWU Recognizes Distinguished Alumni
TWU Recognizes Distinguished Alumni
DENTON Texas Woman's University will recognize four
distinguished alumni during Honors Convocation ceremonies
Thursday, April 10, and at an awards luncheon on Saturday, April
12. The honorees are Dr. Corina Gardea, Dr. Cecelia May Moreno,
Dr. James H. Rimmer and Mary Beth Foshee Scull.
The ceremonies are part of TWU's Homecoming celebration, to be
held April 10-13. Convocation will take place at 10 a.m. April 10
in the Margo Jones Performance Hall, located at Oakland Avenue
and Pioneer Circle on the Denton campus. The Distinguished Alumni
Awards Luncheon is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. April 12 in the
southeast ballroom of Hubbard Hall. The cost of registration
prior to March 25 is $10; after March 25, the cost is $20. For
more information, call the TWU Office of Alumni Relations at
(940) 898-2586, visit www.twu.edu/alum
or call the 24-hour information line at (940) 898-2534.
Dr. Gardea graduated from TWU in 1975 with a bachelor of
science degree in dental hygiene. As a student at TWU, she
developed a bilingual program in dental health for use by local
school and community groups. Following graduation, she served as
faculty and department chair of the dental hygiene program at El
Paso Community College.
Dr. Gardea later attended the University of Texas at Austin,
where she received a master of education degree and a doctorate
through the Community College Leadership Program, which
specializes in the preparation of community college presidents.
In October 2001, Dr. Gardea was named president of Phoenix
College, a campus with a student enrollment of 13,000 in Phoenix,
Ariz. She previously had served in a number of key administrative
roles during a 16-year tenure with the Dallas County Community
College District. During her tenure, Dr. Gardea oversaw the
Rising Star Scholarship program, which provides scholarships to
Southern Dallas County high school students who are ethnically
diverse and typically are the first in their family to enter
She received the 2002 She Knows Where's She's Going Award
presented by Girls Incorporated of Metropolitan Dallas and the
WB33's Kids Development and Achievement Fund.
Cecilia May Moreno
Dr. Moreno received her bachelor's degree in health, physical
education and recreation from TWU in 1966, and her master's in
1968. She also earned her certification as a school counselor
from TWU, her administrator certification from East Texas State
University, and has passed the Certified Public Accountant exam.
She holds a master's in business administration from Laredo State
University, and earned her doctorate in educational leadership
from Texas A&M University.
She has worked in the Laredo Independent School District for
37 years, beginning as a teacher and currently serving as
executive director for Support Services.
Dr. Moreno served on the Laredo City Council for 10 years, and
formerly served as mayor pro-tem for the city. She currently
serves on the Teachers Retirement System of Texas Board of
Trustees, and is a member of the National Council on Teacher
Retirement. She also is on the board of SER-National, an
organization devoted to job training and redevelopment. She is a
former chairperson for the Texas Municipal Group Benefits Risk
Pool Board the first woman and the first Hispanic to serve
in that position. She also is a former member of the Governor's
Commission for Women.
Dr. Moreno is a member of the Laredo Commission for Women Hall
of Fame and the LULAC Hispanic Heritage Hall of Fame.
Dr. Rimmer, a nationally recognized leader in health promotion
research for persons with disabilities, graduated from TWU in
1982 with a doctorate in kinesiology with a specialization in
adapted physical activity/exercise physiology. He currently is a
professor in the Department of Disability and Human Development
at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
He also is project director for the Center on Health Promotion
Research for Persons with Disabilities, a federally funded
program that is examining the effects of exercise and health
promotion on persons with stroke, diabetes, arthritis, spinal
cord injury, and Down Syndrome. He also serves as director of the
National Center on Physical Activity and Disability, which
distributes information on physical activity and disability.
Dr. Rimmer has received more than $22 million in grants for
disability and rehabilitation research. He wrote the textbook Fitness
and Rehabilitation Programs for Special Populations, and also
has authored more than 60 refereed journal articles and book
chapters on exercise physiology, health promotion and disability.
Dr. Rimmer was a keynote speaker at TWU's Pioneers of
the Past: Trailblazers of the Future conference in 2000.
He is an appointed member of several boards, including the
American College of Sports Medicine's Registered Clinical
Exercise Physiology Board, Life Fitness Scientific and Medical
Advisory Board, Illinois Attorney General's Recreation Access
Committee and the Illinois Cardiovascular Health Partnership.
Mary Beth Scull
Ms. Scull received her bachelor's degree in journalism at TWU
in 1947. She is a second-generation TWU graduate, as her mother
graduated from the university (then known as the College of
Industrial Arts) in 1921.
While a student at TWU, Scull served as editor of the Daily
Lass-o. She later worked as a reporter and photographer for
the Champaign-Urbana, Ill., newspaper. A series of articles on a
trip to Europe ran under the title of Scull-Duggery
in The Dallas Morning News. She also wrote for the First
International Congress on Oral Surgery in London. Her coverage of
the ladies' events was published for the Royal College of
Surgeons in England and the American Society of Oral Surgery.
Ms. Scull served as a member of the TWU Board of Regents from
1985 to 1991, and was one of the TWU regents to participate in
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. She also is a
past president of the university's alumni association and is a
current member of the TWU Old Main Society. Ms. Scull also served
on TWU Presidential Search Committees in 1985 and in 1993.
The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce presented Ms. Scull its
Pathfinders Award for her extensive volunteer service. She also
is listed in the International Directory of Distinguished
For Further Information Contact:
Tel: (940) 898-3456