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Greenpeace scientist is first recipient of Chancellor's Alumni Excellence Award



DENTON – Internationally known Greenpeace scientist and Texas Woman’s University Alumna Pat Costner is the first recipient of the TWU Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award. She is being honored for her groundbreaking work in chemical production policy making.

The TWU Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award, which may be given up to twice a year, recognizes alumni for their exceptional career and public achievements. Recipients are honored permanently on a recognition wall in the foyer of Hubbard Hall. Selection for the award is determined by a committee of university faculty, administrators, alumni and students.

“While my years of work as a public advocacy scientist offers great personal satisfaction, receiving the TWU Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award is an incredibly uplifting affirmation of the value the university places on work in the interest of public health and the environment,” Ms. Costner said.

During her 20-year career with Greenpeace, Ms. Costner played a key role in worldwide campaigns to eliminate the manufacture and use of chlorinated chemicals. She served as the director of the U.S. Toxics Campaign and advanced to a senior scientist with the Greenpeace International Science Unit before retiring in 2004.

Her work has influenced international, national and regional waste management and chemical production policies and regulations. She also wrote the book “We All Live Downstream,” considered a seminal work on the management of human waste.

Ms. Costner received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry and mathematics from TWU in 1961 and her master’s degree in organic chemistry from the university in 1964.

In conjunction with the establishment of the award, Chancellor Ann Stuart has given $120,000 to establish the Ann Stuart Fund to Underwrite the Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award. Dr. Stuart’s gift will fund a 20-year program designed to bring the recipient of the TWU Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award to campus to share his or her experience and expertise with the university community. The TWU academic department from which the recipient graduated will organize the TWU Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award event, which will begin in 2012 and continue annually through 2032.

“Our many alumni who are successful in their careers and in public service are a testament to the quality of a TWU education,” Chancellor Stuart said. “I am giving this gift so we can showcase our outstanding alumni and bring them back to TWU to engage in the academic life of the university.”

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Karen Garcia
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