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TWU Alumna Donates $25,000 For Garden

8/14/02


DENTON — A garden, funded with a $25,000 bequest from the late Nelle Johnston, a member of the Texas Woman's University class of 1942, will open Aug. 22 during a ceremony commemorating the completion of renovations to the TWU Arts and Sciences Building (ASB). The garden will be located in the ASB courtyard.

According to Ms. Johnston's wishes, the garden will be named the Carrie Belle Johnston and Mary Edna Johnston Garden after her mother and sister, respectively. Ms. Johnston, who passed away in May 2000, was executive secretary to former Dallas Mayor Erik Jonsson.

Along with being able to relax in the garden, students also will be able to view it from the student lounge in ASB.

The ceremony will take place from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the garden, which is located near the intersection of Oakland Avenue and Third Street. After a short presentation by Chancellor Dr. Ann Stuart and Board of Regents Chair and Presiding Officer Marie Martch, tours of ASB will be available. The public is invited to attend the event.

Original construction on ASB began in 1958 and the building was completed in 1960. The $4.5 million renovation project began two years ago to update the 48,163 square-foot building and make it more suited for 21st century teaching methods.

The renovated space includes three computer labs, a lecture room, three seminar rooms and 13 classrooms. Along with classroom facilities, ASB also is home to the College of Nursing, which averages 1,400 students and is the largest nursing program in the state of Texas, and the Center for Nonlinear Research.

Randall Scott Architects of Dallas is the architect for the renovation project. Constructors Inc. of Dallas is the general contractor.

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Note: The media is welcome to attend the open house on Thursday, Aug. 22 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Parking will be available on Oakland Avenue, across from the Arts and Sciences Building.


For Further Information Contact:

Roy Kron
Director of News and Information
Tel: (940) 898-3456
e-mail: rkron@twu.edu