TWU Honors Outstanding Students During Honors Convocation Ceremony
TWU Honors Outstanding Students During Honors
Eight Texas Woman's University students will be recognized as
outstanding students during Honors Convocation ceremonies April
10 at 10 a.m. in the Margo Jones Performance Hall, located near
the intersection of Oakland Avenue and Sawyer Street.
Deb Martin of Denton will receive the Outstanding Doctoral
Student award. Ngaryea Yayu Khoe-Yuen of Fort Worth, Jacquelyn R.
King of Wylie and Chandris Christina Soles-Hinkson of Tomball
will receive the Outstanding Master's Student award. Outstanding
Senior awards will go to Kimberly Gay of Denton, Heidi Gilroy of
Houston and Brandi Smith of Smithville. The Leman Award, for outstanding artistic contribution to TWU,
will go to Echo Norris of Greenville.
Ms. Martin is the recipient of the Outstanding Doctoral
Student award. She will graduate in May with her Ph.D. in
rhetoric with a minor in linguistics. She earned her master of
arts degree in English from TWU in 1997, maintaining a 3.91
grade-point-average. Her current GPA is 4.0. She earned her
bachelor of science degree in education from Western Michigan
Deb Martin has indeed marked a trail for others to
follow. I know I shall be following her, said Dr. Hugh
Burns, chair of the Department of English, Speech and Foreign
Languages. Frankly, I suspect we are looking at a future
president of the National Council of Teachers of English.
She is an enthusiastic teacher and an energetic scholar
with superior abilities and a major interest in rhetoric and
culture, he added.
Ms. Martin's professional goals include securing a faculty
position at a small to mid-sized university where she can
continue to study language and culture and teach composition,
rhetoric and linguistics courses. My goal as a scholar is
to bring a greater understanding to areas that perplex
humankind, she said. Through my teaching, writing and
research, I hope the world we live in will make more sense.
Ngaryea Yayu Khoe-Yuen
Before enrolling in the graduate program at TWU, Ms. Yayu Khoe
lived in New York City and had already accomplished a great deal
professionally, both nationally and internationally. She had a
solo CD album distributed by major internet music stores in the
United States, toured with Max Roach and his quintet in Europe,
performed with Dizzy Gillespie at the Newport Jazz Festival at
Carnegie Hall, among other professional accomplishments.
She will receive her master of arts in music vocal pedagogy in
May and has maintained a 4.0 GPA.
She is a woman of exceptional dedication to her goals as
a professional musician, singer, choral director and voice
teacher, said Joan Wall, professor and coordinator of vocal
studies at TWU. Ms. Khoe possesses a wonderful soaring
soprano voice that impresses all who hear her with its beauty ...
She has founded a successful community chorus in Arlington (The
Good Earth Singers) and has been invited to be the academic
principal of a Fort Worth Chinese language school. She also
directs the Fort Worth Chinese School Children's Choir.
Among Ms. Yayu Khoe's professional goals are: to write and
compile a collection of books and music on singing Chinese art
songs and Chinese folk songs for the Western world, be an
excellent voice teacher and motivate her students to achieve a
standard of excellence in creating beautiful music and be a
leader in the community to get people interested in supporting
Jacquelyn R. King
Ms. King is a true TWU pioneer woman, according to Regina
Campbell, associate professor for occupational therapy, by
accepting a service-learning internship with the Dallas County
Probate Court Guardianship Program during her first semester of
She willingly accepted the challenge, traveling
throughout the city to complete interviews with guardians and
their wards to ensure court requirements for guardianship were
being met, Ms. Campbell said. "She entered an
uncharted area of practice for occupational therapy and her
research challenges other occupational therapists to explore the
guardianship court system as a potential emerging practice
Ms. King graduated from TWU with a master of science in
occupational therapy in December 2002 with a 3.89 GPA.
My main and underlying goal as an occupational therapist
is to be able to make a difference in the lives of those needing
OT services by being a well-respected, educated therapist who
practices under strict ethical and moral guidelines, Ms.
King said. She added she would like to eventually open her own
pediatric clinic, as well as earn her doctorate and become a
professor of occupational therapy at a university.
Chandris Christina Soles-Hinkson
Ms. Soles-Hinkson is an industrious individual with an
engaging personality and commanding presence. She will graduate
in May with a master's degree in health care administration. Her
GPA is 3.94.
Chandris was selected by the National Association of
Health Services Executives to receive the First Consulting Group
Inc. President's Scholarship. She is the first TWU student to be
selected to receive this competitive national award, said
Dr. Gretchen Gemeinhardt, assistant professor of health care
Perhaps more impressive is this young woman's motivation
to increase her knowledge and experience in health care. Eager to
make the transition from teaching high school, Chandris took on
the management of a small group physician practice, Dr.
Ms. Soles-Hankson recently started a one-year residency with
the Texas Veterans Health Network. By the end of the
residency, I will have a better understanding of the roles of
senior management, will have strengthened my leadership
techniques and will be prepared and committed to entering the
role of administrative officer in one of the services within the
Veteran Affairs Healthcare Network, she said. In the
long run, the level of personal satisfaction I derive from
helping other gain access to proper healthcare will be a key
measure of career success.
Ms. Gay tried college after graduating high school but
withdrew and worked for 10 years before returning to school. She
will graduate in May with a bachelor of arts degree in mass
communications and a 3.82 GPA.
She was selected for the Freedom Forum's Chips Quinn
Scholarship/Internship Program in 2001 and recently won a Dallas
Press Club scholarship, competing with students from five
Southwestern states. She is a member of the Golden Key
International Honour Society-TWU chapter, has been named to the
National Dean's List, received the Ruth James Wingo Endowed
Journalism Scholarship Award and has been a staff writer for The
Lasso, TWU's student newspaper.
Ms. Gilroy was a leader in her class and well respected by
faculty. She graduated in December 2002 with a bachelor of
science degree in nursing with an overall 3.49 GPA. She currently
works for Memorial Hermann Children's Hospital in Houston in the
pediatric intensive care unit.
She was active in the Student Nurses Association-Houston
chapter, served as the chapter's vice president and as a delegate
to the state and national annual conventions. She was inducted
into Sigma Theta Tau, Beta Beta chapter, which is the national
honor society for outstanding nurses. She was named to the
National Dean's List and received numerous scholarships.
In addition to earning a 4.0 GPA, Ms. Smith was a member of
the nationally ranked TWU gymnastics team. She graduates in May
with a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology. She plans to
earn her master's degree in physical therapy from TWU.
She received the Kitty Magee Honor Award, has been named to
the National Dean's List, been named an NCAA Academic All
American, been named an All American Scholar, received the Redbud
Outstanding Campus Leader Award, is a member of the Kinesiology
Honor Society and was named to the NCAA Verizon 1st team
All-Region and NCAA Verizon 3rd team All-American.
"Echo Norris is the kind of student for which an honor
such as the Leman Award is intended," said Sarah Gamblin,
assistant professor of dance. Norris is completing her bachelor
of arts degree in dance and will graduate in May.
She is a dedicated dancer, a sophisticated choreographer, a
responsible and avid student and her natural leadership abilities
and artistic and personal integrity set an example for her peers.
"In many ways, Echo has surpassed one of the main goals of
higher education to become a self-directed adult. She has
taken a vital step further to become an artist in her own right,
as well as an admired member of the larger community," said
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