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TWU hosts Grand Opening Celebration of new Institute of Health Sciences-Houston Center on Nov. 9 at 10:30 a.m.



Texas Woman’s University will host a Grand Opening Celebration for the new TWU Institute of Health Sciences-Houston Center on Thursday, Nov. 9, at 10:30 a.m. Scheduled speakers include: Myra Crownover, State Representative, R-Lake Dallas; State Representative Lois W. Kolkhorst, R-Brenham; Robert Shepard, Chair of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board; Dr. Richard Wainerdi, President, CEO and COO of the Texas Medical Center; Chair and Presiding Officer of the TWU Board of Regents Dr. Therese Bartholomew Bevers, M.D.; and Dr. Ann Stuart, TWU Chancellor and President.

The Grand Opening Celebration will recognize the innovative public/private partnerships that the university has made with the Houston philanthropic community, allowing TWU to raise nearly $40 million in construction and programming costs for the new building without the use of state funding. Major donors to the Houston Center campaign include: The Methodist Hospital System, the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation, Houston Endowment Inc., The Cullen Trust for Health Care, The Cullen Trust for Higher Education, Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, The Fondren Foundation, the T.L.L. Temple Foundation, Inc., The Brown Foundation, Inc. and The Cullen Foundation.

WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 9 at 10:30 a.m.

TWU Institute of Health Sciences-Houston Center located at 6700 Fannin St. in the Texas Medical Center. Parking is available at The Methodist Hospital/TWU Parking Garage next to the building.


Continuing a 45-year history in the Texas Medical Center, TWU welcomed students to the new TWU Institute of Health Sciences-Houston Center in August. The new 10-story, 202,000-square-foot “campus in one building” was designed by Kirksey Architects and built by Vaughn Construction, both of Houston.

With the largest College of Nursing in Texas and its nationally ranked programs in occupational and physical therapy, TWU has a national reputation for excellence in healthcare education. TWU graduates more healthcare professionals than any other higher education institution in Texas.

From fall 1999 to fall 2004, TWU-Houston’s enrollment increased more than 50 percent, straining the existing facilities. This new facility allows TWU to dramatically increase enrollment and continue to provide Texas with highly qualified nurses and healthcare professionals for years to come.

Currently, more than 1,300 students majoring in nursing, physical therapy, library science, business administration, healthcare administration, occupational therapy and nutrition are enrolled at the TWU Houston Center. For more information, visit www.twu.edu/houston.




For Further Information Contact:

Amanda McKeen Simpson
Director of News and Information
Tel: (940) 898-3456
e-mail: asimpson1@twu.edu

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