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TWU Announces 2004 Founders’ Award Recipients


DENTON — Frank Martino, DeBerry Funeral Directors and the late Dorothy and Wendell Mayes are recipients of the 2004 Founders’ Award presented by Texas Woman’s University, the TWU Foundation and the Former Students Association of TWU.

The awards will be presented at a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 20 in Hubbard Hall. Tickets for the event are $25 per person. Patron seats are available for $60. Benefactor tables for eight are available for $500. Reservations are required by Monday, Feb. 9, and may be made by calling the TWU Office of Institutional Development at (940) 898-3863.

Frank Martino, Chairman Emeritus of Russell-Newman Inc., is a past chairman of the TWU President’s Council, now known as the Chancellor’s Circle. Russell-Newman Inc., has been a major contributor to TWU for many years.

DeBerry Funeral Directors has been a consistent supporter of TWU for more than a decade, contributing to the Chancellor’s Circle, Pioneer Athletics and general scholarships. It also was the first donor to the outdoor pool renovation fund.

Dorothy Mayes attended TWU when it was known as the College of Industrial Arts. Wendell Mayes was serving as chairman of the TWU Board of Regents at the time of his death in 1970. The Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Endowed Scholarship, established in their memory by their children, is awarded to a Brownwood High School graduate enrolled full time at TWU.

Founders’ Day was known as Pancake Night when the Ex-Students Association started it in 1924. When the school was renamed Texas State College for Women in 1936, the event was given its present name.

Observance of Founders’ Day was discontinued from 1955 until 1978, when former TWU President Mary Evelyn Blagg-Huey asked the National Alumni Association, now the Former Students Association, to assume responsibility for planning the event.


For Further Information Contact:

Karen Treat
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Tel: (940) 898-3456