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TWU Celebrates Homecoming; 100th Anniversary of Kinesiology Dept.


DENTON — Texas Woman's University will celebrate homecoming April 9-13 and the 100th anniversary of the Department of Kinesiology during the week's festivities. Other activities during homecoming week include the Sixth Annual Student Creative Arts and Research Symposium, convocation, class reunions, programs by the dance and drama departments and a campus wide student art installation.

A reception to mark the Department of Kinesiology's 100th anniversary will take place at 8 p.m. April 11 in Pioneer Hall, located off Bell Avenue between University Drive and Administration Drive. Former United States Olympian Lucinda Williams Adams will be the guest speaker, discussing women in sports. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. Tours of Pioneer Hall and kinesiology labs also will be available that evening.

Ms. Adams ran the third leg of the U.S. team's 4 x 100-meter relay in the 1960 Olympic games in Rome, winning the gold medal. At the 1958 Pan-American Games in Chicago, Ms. Adams won three gold medals and set an American record for the women's 220-yard dash. Today, she serves as an associate director of comprehensive health, physical education and driver education and safety with the Dayton, Ohio, public schools.

"TWU started offering exercise and physical activities to students 100 years ago through the Department of Elocution and Music," said Dr. Jerry Wilkerson, chair of the Department of Kinesiology. Over the course of a century, the department's name changed several times until it became the Department of Kinesiology.

Immediately before the centennial reception, a plaque honoring the late Kitty Magee will be unveiled outside the main entrance into Pioneer Hall's Kitty Magee Arena. A plaque honoring kinesiology graduates who have been named TWU distinguished alumni also will be unveiled at the same time inside the north entrance to Pioneer Hall.

The Academic Alumni Chapter of Kinesiology will dedicate a statue in the memory of former TWU teacher and administrator Dr. Anne Schley Duggan at 2:30 p.m. April 11 on the lawn south of the Institutional Development Building, located at the northwest corner of Bell Avenue and Administration Drive.

"She Gave Us Wings" is a gift from the alumni chapter. Dr. Duggan served as a teacher and later an administrator of programs in health, physical education, recreation and dance at TWU from 1939 to 1973.

"Dr. Duggan was a woman before her time — a real titan," said Mary Ella Montague, chair of the kinesiology alumni chapter. "She put women's issues to the forefront. She gave us a feeling there was no ceiling. That makes her worthy of being remembered."

TWU Distinguished Alumna Rosanne Keller created the bronze sculpture.

Also celebrating an anniversary during homecoming is the Institute for Women's Health.

A luncheon to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Institute for Women's Health at TWU will be April 11 at 11:30 a.m. in Hubbard Hall, located at the intersection of Bell Avenue and Administration Drive. Dr. Sydney Bonnick, M.D., F.A.C.P. and medical director for the institute, will be the guest speaker.

The cost is $20 and the deadline for reservations is April 4. For reservations, call (940) 898-2588.

The Institute for Women's Health develops and supports research projects that investigate the causes and prevention of conditions and diseases that affect women.

Convocation, where faculty, staff and student awards will be presented, will take place at 10 a.m. on April 10 in the Margo Jones Performance Hall, located off Oakland Avenue and Pioneer Circle. A picnic for students, faculty and staff will take place following convocation (11:45 a.m.) along Pioneer Circle.

A complete listing of homecoming activities can be found at, or call (940) 898-2586.


For Further Information Contact:

Roy Kron
Director of News and Information
Tel: (940) 898-3456