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TWU announces 2010 distinguished alumni


Karen DePauw Claudine Sherrill Dr. Rosemary Luquire Virginia Chandler Dykes

From left:  Dr. Karen DePauw, Dr. Claudine Sherrill, Dr. Rosemary Luquire and Virginia Chandler Dykes.

DENTON — One is a nationally recognized leader in graduate education. Another is known as the “grandmother of adapted physical activity.” The third is a highly ranked nursing administrator, and the fourth is renowned in North Texas for her philanthropic leadership. All have made their mark in their distinctive careers and communities and have been named as the 2010 Distinguished Alumni by Texas Woman’s University and the TWU Former Students Association.

Dr. Karen DePauw, vice president and dean for graduate education at Virginia Tech; Dr. Claudine Sherrill, TWU professor emerita of kinesiology; Dr. Rosemary Luquire, senior vice president and corporate chief nursing officer for Baylor Health Care System; and Virginia Chandler Dykes, noted philanthropist and a retired occupational therapist, will be recognized at the TWU Distinguished Alumni Awards Luncheon on Friday, April 23.

The luncheon will be held at noon in the Southeast Ballroom of Hubbard Hall. Tickets are $25. For more information or tickets, call the TWU Office of Alumni Relations at (940) 898-2586 or visit

The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor given to a TWU graduate. Recipients represent the high ideals of the university as demonstrated in their professional accomplishment, leadership and community service.

Dr. Karen DePauw

In her role as a university administrator, Dr. Karen DePauw has been a strong advocate for diversity and equity in higher education and has spoken at national conferences on the changing roles and responsibilities of faculty facing the 21st century university.

Dr. DePauw has held several leadership roles in graduate education. She was a founding member and facilitator/chair for the Virginia Council of Graduate School and recently served as the president of the Council of Southern Graduate Schools.

She has received many national and international awards in her profession, including the Philip Noel Baker Award (outstanding research) from the International Council on Sport Science and Physical Education; Fellow, American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education; and a Distinguished Scholar Award and Distinguished Administrator Award from the National Association for Kinesiology and Physical Education (NAKPEHE).

She has received many local and state awards and has been a distinguished lecturer and scholar at many universities. She has written seven books, more than 40 professional journal articles, and more than 30 chapters in books and proceedings. She was invited to be a keynote speaker or made major presentations at more than 150 national and international meetings and has served in several roles with the United States Olympic Committee.

Dr. DePauw earned her bachelor’s degree from Whittier College, her master’s degree from California State University, Long Beach, and her Ph.D. in kinesiology from Texas Woman’s University.

“TWU provided an environment through which academic goals can be realized and a sense of community that encouraged and empowered success,” Dr. DePauw said. “I’m pleased and honored to be recognized as a TWU Distinguished Alumna.”

Dr. Claudine Sherrill

Before being named a professor emerita 2003, Dr. Claudine Sherrill served on the TWU kinesiology faculty for more than 40 years. She is an internationally recognized scholar in the field of adapted physical education and often is referred to as the “grandmother of adapted physical activity.”

Dr. Sherrill has written multiple books, including a widely used textbook that has been translated into several languages and is in its sixth edition. She has published more than 90 journal articles and 26 book chapters, made more than 150 professional presentations and is a member of 15 professional organizations.

Dr. Sherrill has received many awards and served in many leadership positions in professional organizations and recently completed her term as president of the International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity. She is credited with developing TWU’s adapted physical education program, and as a result of her efforts TWU is recognized globally as one of the most outstanding universities to produce adapted physical activity professionals. Graduates of this program are in leadership positions around the world, and several of her students have been recognized by TWU as distinguished alumni.

Dr. Claudine Sherrill received her bachelor’s degree from TWU and her master’s and Ph.D. in health and physical education from Columbia University.

“To receive the TWU Distinguished Alumna recognition reinforces my desire to keep learning, serving and sharing,” Dr. Sherrill said. “Attending TWU was a dream come true and the source of so many of my lifetime beliefs, values and commitments. Receiving an honor from one’s home university among family, mentors and friends is simply the best.”

Dr. Rosemary Luquire

As the senior vice president and corporate chief nursing officer of the Baylor Health Care System, Dr. Luquire is responsible for professional nursing practice and quality improvement for a nationally recognized hospital system with 15 facilities and 6,000 nurses.

Prior to her current position, Dr. Luquire was the senior vice president, chief nursing officer and chief quality officer at the St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System in Houston. Her leadership there resulted in St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital being recognized as the first Magnet Hospital in Texas and the southwestern United States. Magnet designation is a national program that assures consumers of the highest standards of nursing practice and innovation.

Dr. Luquire’s many honors include: Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, David J. Fine Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Southern Mississippi, Nursing Media Electronic Award from Region VI of Sigma Theta Tau International, TWU Great 100 Nursing Alumni, University of Texas Health Science Center Houston Outstanding Alumni, Outstanding Nursing Leader by the Texas Nurses Association, Premier National Award for Quality from St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Houston Award for Excellence from the Better Business Bureau and the University of Houston and Research Utilization Award from Region III of Sigma Theta Tau International.

Dr. Luquire has published 29 articles in professional journals. She has given 80 professional presentations, including eight internationally and 21 nationally. Her professional volunteer services include: a member of the board of trustees for the Baylor Medical Center at Carrollton; vice chair of the Magnet Commission, American Nurses Credentialing Center; Chief Nursing Officers Council of the University Health System Consortium; and president of District 9 of Texas Nurses Association. She currently serves on advisory boards for four university nursing programs, including the TWU College of Nursing.

Dr. Luquire received her undergraduate degree from Emory University, her master's degree in nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and her Ph.D. in nursing from TWU.

“My learning experience at TWU provided me with a framework for problem solving and an enhanced sense of inquiry,” Dr. Luquire said. “The progressive faculty created a supportive environment that fostered my ability to persist through multiple competing priorities and complete a longitudinal dissertation. I am honored to be recognized as a distinguished alumna and appreciative of the contribution that TWU makes to higher education.”

Virginia Chandler Dykes

As a healthcare provider and through her many civic activities, Virginia Chandler Dykes has spent a lifetime committed to helping others.

During her professional career, Mrs. Dykes was director of occupational and recreational therapy at Baylor University Medical Center for 26 years, and she developed and supervised the occupational and recreational programs in rehabilitation, adult and adolescent psychiatry, eating disorders, hand splinting and acute physical disabilities. She established the occupational therapy internship programs at Baylor with 23 universities participating, including TWU. She also developed a recreational therapy internship program and also created the “Boomerang Club” — the first support group in Dallas for stroke patients and their families.

Mrs. Dykes has held numerous positions in both the Texas Occupational Therapy Association and the American Occupational Therapy Association. Because of her service, she was awarded life membership in the Texas Occupational Therapy Association and was recognized as the organization’s Occupational Therapist of the Year in 1989.

She presented works and papers in Germany, Russia and Scandinavia, including the sought after “Adult Visual Perceptual Assessment” booklet and testing materials used to evaluate adult perceptual dysfunction. This remained a popular testing tool throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe for more than 10 years. She also wrote and designed the splints for the “Lightcast II Splint Manual” published by Merck, Sharp and Dohme.

Upon retirement in 1988, she devoted more of her time to cultural and charitable organizations and became actively involved in the Dallas Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Dallas Arboretum Women’s Council, Theater III, TACA Board of Governors, Baylor Medical Center Foundation and Chi Omega Sorority, where she was recognized as the Outstanding Chi Omega Alumni in 2006.

She always retained her love of occupational therapy and TWU, where she received her occupational therapy training. To honor her mentor and former chair of the occupational therapy department, she and her husband Roland Dykes established the Fanny B. Vanderkooi Annual Lectureship for the TWU School of Occupational Therapy in 1993. It enabled the school to bring outstanding leaders in the field to TWU students, faculty and clinicians. In 2002, TWU established the Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award and luncheon to raise scholarship funds for the university and heighten the awareness of TWU’s presence in Dallas. In 2005, she was appointed to the Board of Regents for TWU.

Ms. Dykes received her bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University and her graduate occupational therapy degree from TWU.

“I have always been thankful for the education and training TWU provided me in the field of occupational therapy,” Mrs. Dykes said. “I am extremely honored to be given this very outstanding award of distinguished alumni for 2010, and I intend to continue to give back to this university in appreciation for what I know to be one of the greatest gifts I have received.”

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