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TWU recognizes distinguished alumni


DENTON — Texas Woman’s University and the TWU Former Students Association will recognize three distinguished alumni during Honors Convocation ceremonies Thursday, April 21, and at an awards luncheon and alumni fashion show Saturday, April 23.The honorees are Dr. Margaret Beard, Dr. Betty Ferrell and Dr. Connie Sitterly.

The ceremonies are part of TWU’s Homecoming celebration, to be held April 20-24. Convocation will take place at 10 a.m. April 21 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 10:30 a.m. April 23 in the southeast ballroom of Hubbard Hall. The cost of registration is $25. For more information, call the TWU Former Students Association at (940) 898-2586 or visit www.twu.edu/alum.

Margaret Beard
Dr. Beard received her Ph.D in nursing and education from TWU, and is a retired faculty member of TWU’s College of Nursing on the Denton campus. She continues to contribute to nursing through her support and encouragement for students and her numerous publications in journals and textbooks.

In 2001, Dr. Beard’s family and friends honored her community service and contributions to nursing by establishing an endowment to benefit the Center for Community Health in Augusta, Ga. Dr. Beard established a clinic at the Beulah Grove Resource Center to make health services available and accessible to an area with limited resources. In August 2002, KEEP (Kidney Early Evaluation Program), which targets African-Americans and first-degree relatives, was added to the list of services offered at the center.

Dr. Beard has served as a consultant to Historically Black Colleges and Universities. She served Prairie View, Tuskegee, Hampton and Howard universities in the areas of research and test construction.

Betty Ferrell
Dr. Ferrell’s 24-year career in oncology nursing has focused on improving the quality of life for people with cancer. She received her doctorate from TWU in 1984 and, since 1989, has been a research scientist at the City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, Calif.

Dr. Ferrell is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She received the Oncology Nursing Society Distinguished Nurse Researcher Award in 1996, and, in the following year, she received the National Clinical Research Award from the Association of Community Cancer Centers.

Dr. Ferrell has been involved in research funded by the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the American Geriatrics Society and many more. She was co-chair of the Task Force on “Pain in the Elderly” for the International Association for the Study of Pain. Dr. Ferrell has authored four books and published numerous book chapters on pain management and the elderly.

Connie Sitterly
Dr. Sitterly, a 1991 graduate of TWU, is president of Sittcomm, Inc., and the founder of Management Training Specialists, both Fort Worth-based firms specializing in publishing, customized training and development in public and private sectors. She has developed and presented seminars and speeches for hundreds of businesses, organizations, government agencies and universities throughout the United States as well as internationally. She also serves on the National Committee for Continuing Education in Consultancy.

Dr. Sitterly is a Certified Professional Consultant to Management (CPCM), a mediator and professional executive coach for individuals, executives and teams. She has authored more than 300 articles, numerous instructor’s guides for textbooks, training manuals and a series of videos, and is a frequent radio and television guest.

She has been named to Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in Education, Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals, and was a recipient of the U.S. Small Business Association Private Sector Award.


For Further Information Contact:

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

Page last updated January 22, 2009

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