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TWU Schedules Winter Commencement


DENTON — A Texas Woman’s University professor currently on leave while working in the nation’s capital will return to the Denton campus Saturday, Dec. 18, to address graduates during the morning commencement ceremony.

Dr. Robert Martin, a professor in TWU’s School of Library and Information Studies, currently serves as director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. He will speak during the first of three commencement ceremonies scheduled in the Kitty Magee Arena in Pioneer Hall, located on Bell Avenue. Students and family members who have tickets are invited to attend.

Dr. Beverly Mitchell-Brooks, president and CEO of the Dallas Urban League and a 1999 TWU Distinguished Alumna, will deliver the commencement address during the noon ceremony. Liza Lee, executive director of the Young Women’s Leadership Foundation and former headmistress of The Hockaday School, is the speaker for the 3 p.m. ceremony.

TWU’s Houston commencement, scheduled Sunday, Dec. 19, will include the presentation of an honorary doctorate to Dr. Richard E. Wainerdi, CEO and chief operating officer of the Texas Medical Center.

TWU Chancellor Dr. Ann Stuart will preside at each ceremony, which includes an academic procession, conferring of degrees and a commencement address.

Approximately 465 undergraduate and 486 graduate degrees will be awarded.

Times for commencement reflect candidate assignments based on specific schools and colleges participating in the ceremonies listed below. Receptions for each ceremony will follow on the second floor of the Student Center, located at Bell Avenue and Administration Drive.

  • 9 a.m. — Ceremony I for candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences. A reception will follow from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Noon — Ceremony II for candidates from the College of Health Sciences and the College of Nursing. A reception will follow from 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • 3 p.m. — Ceremony III for candidates from the College of Professional Education. A reception will follow from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

President George W. Bush nominated Dr. Martin in June 2001 to serve as director of the IMLS, a federal grant-making agency dedicated to creating and sustaining a nation of learners by helping libraries and museums serve their communities. Dr. Martin is the first librarian to lead the institute.

Dr. Martin served as director and librarian of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission prior to joining the TWU faculty in 1999.

As director of the IMLS, Dr. Martin was instrumental in launching a new grant program in 2002 to recruit and educate the next generation of librarians. The program seeks to offset a pending national shortage of librarians due to retirements. He also advanced the role of libraries and museums at the first-ever United Nations World Summit on the Information Society in Geneva, Switzerland, in December 2003. Representing the United States in a session on Cultural Policies in Knowledge Societies, Dr. Martin shared a vision of a truly inclusive information society and assisted in the drafting of the resulting ministerial statement.

Dr. Mitchell-Brooks earned her master’s degree in genetics from TWU in 1970, becoming the first African-American to gain a master of science degree in pure science from the university. She earned her doctorate in molecular biology/biochemistry through a joint program between TWU and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas.

She worked as an environmental specialist for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the city of Dallas, as well as on the faculties of Northlake College and Bishop College. She currently serves as an adjunct professor in anatomy and physiology at El Centro Community College.

Dr. Mitchell-Brooks previously served as executive director of the Greater Dallas Community Relations Commission, where she implemented the city’s first race relations conference and developed the first Martin Luther King Institute. In 1990, she became the first woman to head the Dallas Urban League. Under her leadership, the league implemented the city’s first “Building Bridges of Understanding” program and built the league’s first permanent headquarters and state-of-the-art technology center in the heart of Oak Cliff.

Lee, a nationally known leader in all-girls education, served as headmistress of The Hockaday School in Dallas for 14 years before becoming executive director of the Young Women’s Leadership Foundation earlier this year. The foundation supports an all-girls public school that opened in Dallas in August.

Under Lee’s leadership, The Hockaday School increased its minority enrollment from 16 percent to 25 percent, and total enrollment grew 20 percent. Annual giving doubled to $1.1 million, and the school completed a five-year capital campaign that raised $54 million for buildings and endowment.

Lee is past president of the National Association of Principals of Schools for Girls. She is board chair for St. Philip’s School, an African-American private elementary school in Dallas. Lee also serves on the advisory boards of the Dallas Women’s Foundation and the Dallas Performing Arts Center. She has received numerous awards, including The Maura Award, given by Southern Methodist University to recognize outstanding contributions to improving the lives of women and girls in the Metroplex; the Excellence in Education Award given by the Dallas Historical Society; and the Girls’ Champion Award, given by Girls’ Inc.

The Houston ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19, in the General Assembly Hall of the George R. Brown Convention Center. Karen Ross, executive director of CHRISTUS Spohn Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation, will be the speaker.


For Further Information Contact:

Karen Treat
Senior Copywriter
Tel: (940) 898-3456
e-mail: ktreat@twu.edu



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