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TWU announces Betty and Joe Alford and Presbyterian Hospital of Denton as 2009 Founders’ Award recipients

3/13/09


 

DENTON — Betty and Joe Alford of Denton and the Presbyterian Hospital of Denton will be honored for their exceptional service to the community and to Texas Woman’s University as the 2009 TWU Founders’ Awards recipients.

The awards will be presented at the annual TWU Founders’ Awards Scholarship Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 2 in Hubbard Hall on TWU’s Denton campus.

Seats for the event are $35 per person. Patron seats are available for $75. Benefactor tables for eight are available for $750. For information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Patrice Benfield Frisby at (940) 898-3867. Reservations are required by Friday, March 27.

“The university is fortunate to have partners such as the Alfords and Presbyterian Hospital of Denton join us in our mission of educating students to meet the needs of the citizens of Texas,” TWU Chancellor Ann Stuart said.

Proceeds from the luncheon benefit the TWU Chancellor’s Endowed Scholarships, the most prestigious scholarships awarded by the university. Established by Chancellor Stuart and other donors in 2000, these scholarships are the largest awarded by TWU, and the only academic scholarships that offer a stipend to recipients in addition to paying tuition and fees. They are awarded to TWU students on the basis of outstanding academic achievement, leadership and service in school and community activities.

As of March 13, sponsors of the Founders’ Award luncheon include: Access 1st Capital Bank; BBVA Compass; DATCU Credit Union; DeBerry Funeral Directors; Denton Record-Chronicle; First State Bank; Meridian Bank Texas; PointBank; Presbyterian Hospital of Denton; Ramey & King Insurance; Verizon; Chancellor and President, TWU; the TWU Former Students Association; and the TWU Foundation.

Nancy M. DiMarco, Ph.D., RD, CSSD, TWU professor of nutrition and food sciences and director of the TWU Institute of Women’s Health, will be the keynote speaker at the luncheon. Her speech is titled “Childhood Obesity: It’s Everyone's Responsibility.”
With a more than 50-year history of community involvement in Denton, Betty and Joe Alford have established themselves as committed leaders in promoting the city, its events and organizations, and its universities.

“It is very humbling and exciting to receive this award,” Mrs. Alford said. “We support TWU because of the intellectual richness of the university and the things it has done and is doing for the community. Denton wouldn’t be the kind of town it is without our universities, and TWU is a strong component of that.”

The Alfords have been supporters of TWU for many years, contributing to university athletics, the construction of the new Redbud Theater Complex and the TWU Redbud Revitalization Campaign. They also have been members of TWU’s Chancellor’s Circle since its inception.

“Serving TWU and the Denton community is essential to who we are and what we do,” Mr. Alford said. “The fact that we are being recognized by a university that has been so special to us in our lives is truly a honor.”

Dr. Betty Alford is a TWU professor emertita and former dean of nutrition, textiles and human development. She earned three degrees from TWU — a bachelor’s in home economics, and her master’s and doctorate in nutrition — and taught at the university for 40 years before her modified retirement in 1997.

She served as president of the Denton County Historical Commission and vice president of the Parks Foundation of Denton County. She has been recognized as a Texas Distinguished Research Dietitian and a Texas Distinguished Educator Dietitian. She is a charter member of the Denton Benefit League and a St. Andrew Presbyterian Church Elder.

Joe Alford is a former member of the Denton City Council, where he served three terms, including two as mayor pro-tem. He has been a member of the Denton Kiwanis Club for more than 50 years and currently is a member of the Denton Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Denton Arts Council and the Denton Community Theater Board of Directors. He also is a member of the Texas State Florist Association and the National Florist Association’s Marketing Committee. Mr. Alford owned and operated a floral shop in Denton for 46 years before retiring.

The Alfords have been married for 50 years and have two sons, two daughters-in-law and six grandchildren.

For more than 20 years the Presbyterian Hospital of Denton has been a leader in the Denton community, supporting various organizations, events and activities, including TWU.

Hospital CEO Stan Morton said, “We feel that it is important to support TWU with time, talent and financial resources. We look forward to continuing this relationship and finding mutual opportunities that will enhance the overall well-being of the community we both serve.”
The hospital is a member of the TWU Chancellor’s Circle and has supported TWU athletics since 1996 through a preferred provider agreement and an annual corporate sponsorship. The hospital also was a major sponsor for the USAG Gymnastics Championships, and assisted in purchasing the scorer’s table when the Kitty Magee Arena opened in 1997.

In 2006 Presbyterian Hospital of Denton partnered with the TWU College of Nursing to form the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) grant fellowship program. This program addresses the critical nursing faculty shortage by offering doctoral students stipends so they can attend school full time and graduate sooner.

Recently, third-year TWU nursing students began performing their on-site clinicals at Presbyterian Hospital of Denton. This collaboration gives the students the opportunity to stay closer to their home, form strong relationships with the hospital and be employed locally after graduation.

The first Founders’ Awards were presented in 1998 to honor organizations and individuals who have supported TWU. TWU celebrates Founders’ Day to commemorate the date the university was established by the state of Texas — April 6, 1901. TWU, the TWU Foundation and the TWU Former Students Association host the annual TWU Founders’ Awards Scholarship Luncheon.

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