TWU To Honor Distinguished Alumni
TWU To Honor Distinguished Alumni At Honors Convocation
DENTON Texas Woman's University will honor four
distinguished alumni during Honors Convocation ceremonies on
April 18 and at an awards luncheon on April 20. The four are
Diane Dwight of Spicewood, Alice Ludeman Spencer of Silver
Spring, Md., Dr. Kathryn Stripling of Houston and Dr. Kathryn
Yandell of Seguin.
Convocation will take place at 10 a.m. on April 18 in the
Margo Jones Performance Hall, located near Oakland Avenue and
The Distinguished Alumni Awards Luncheon will take place April
20 at 11:30 a.m. in Hubbard Hall, located off Administration
Drive. The cost of attending the luncheon is $20 per person, and
the deadline for registration is April 10. For registration or
information, call (940) 898-2586, visit www.twu.edu/alum or call
a 24-hour information line at (940) 898-2534.
Ms. Dwight, of Spicewood, earned her bachelor of
science degree in government from Texas Woman's University in
1976 and her juris doctorate in 1979 from the University of Texas
School of Law.
She has been licensed to practice law in the state of Texas
since 1980 and was a trial lawyer from 1981 through 1997. Her
cases focused on cancer, leukemia and lung diseases caused by
workplace exposure to asbestos and other substances.
As an advocate for workplace safety, she consulted with the
Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the American
Public Health Association on disease prevention in the workplace,
the efficacy of respirator protection and workers' rights to know
about latent dangers in the workplace. In 1996, she was an
invited delegate to a United Nations, International Labor
Organization, Round Table on Occupational Dust Diseases at
Cambridge University in England.
From 1985-87, she was vice-chair for public relations for the
Governor's Commission for Women and was a selection committee
member for the Texas Woman's Hall of Fame.
She is chair of the Texas Woman's University Foundation and a
member of the TWU Foundation board of directors. She also was a
donor and organizer for the Sarah Weddington Centennial
Leadership Conference at TWU and a member of the TWU Centennial
Alice Ludeman Spencer
Mrs. Spencer started working as a Home Demonstration
Agent for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Victoria County
in 1930, helping families deal with the problems of the Great
Depression. She married Donald A. Spencer, a biologist and
ecologist for the U.S. Biological Survey, in 1932 and had to
abandon her career at a time no two people from the same
household could hold federal jobs.
Mrs. Spencer elected to become a volunteer wildlife biologist
and immersed herself in her husband's work. She accompanied her
husband as he conducted research across the country, and became a
respected member of his research team.
Mrs. Spencer, who now lives in Silver Spring, Md., graduated
from the College of Industrial Arts in 1929 with a bachelor of
science degree in home economics and rural arts.
Mrs. Spencer's accomplishments include introducing the Home
Demonstration and 4-H programs to the city of Denver, Colo.,
serving as president of the Colorado chapter of the American Home
Economics Association (now American Association of Family and
Consumer Science), conducting food preservation programs on radio
and television, providing her herbs to the Denver Botanical
Gardens for the establishment of its formal herb garden, and
serving as a U.S. Bureau of Standards Consumer Council member.
In 1962, Mrs. Spencer and her husband moved to Maryland where
she continued her volunteer services.
Dr. Stripling graduated from TWU in 1962 with a
bachelor of science degree in health and physical education. She
later earned an M.Ed. and her Ph.D. from the University of
Houston. Today, Dr. Stripling is the superintendent of the
Houston Independent School District, the seventh largest school
system in the United States.
Returning to her hometown of Houston after graduation from
TWU, Dr. Stripling began teaching developmentally challenged
children. In the early 1970s, she began supervising more than 100
Teacher Corps interns in inner-city schools, followed by a
12-year stint as a school principal.
Her skill as an administrator resulted in her appointment as a
district superintendent within HISD. In 1994, she led a
three-year project which was the first teacher/professional
development cooperative in HISD. That same year, she was named to
the first Dream Team of Twenty Intriguing Texans by Texas
After six years as a district superintendent, Dr. Stripling
was named interim superintendent of schools for HISD on the
recommendation of U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige, who was
vacating the superintendent's post for his federal appointment.
In June 2001, Dr. Stripling was permanently appointed HISD
superintendent by the district's board of trustees.
Dr. Stripling is a past president of the Houston Association
of School Administrators and a member of the Junior League
Advisory Board, Greater Houston Partnership Education and
Workforce Committee, the Council of the Great City Schools
Executive Committee and National Staff Development Council.
Awards she has received include the Amigo Award (2001) from
the Association of Hispanic School Administrators, the Leadership
Award (2001) from the Texas Alliance of Black Educators, the
Distinguished Education Leader award (2000) from the state of
Texas and Certificate of Congressional Recognition (1997) from
Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee.
Dr. Yandell earned a bachelor of science degree in
health, physical education and recreation from Texas Woman's
University in 1960 and a master of arts in physical education and
recreation from TWU in 1965. She earned her Ph.D in physical
education from the University of Texas at Austin and completed
post-doctoral studies at TWU and UT.
In 1962, Dr. Yandell took a position as an instructor at Texas
Lutheran College (now Texas Lutheran University) in Seguin and by
1988 was director of athletics at TLU. She stepped down from that
position in 1999 and completed one more year at TLU as a
kinesiology professor before retiring.
During her tenure at TLU, she was responsible for increasing
the women's program from three sports to eight, and under her
guidance men's football was reintroduced. Dr. Yandell also has
remained at the forefront of the push for gender equity in
collegiate athletics and has worked tirelessly through the
National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) at the
local, district, regional and national levels.
Dr. Yandell has served as a consultant to the Texas Education
Agency in providing summer in-service programs on various topics
related to fitness, curriculum and adapted physical education;
served as director of the 1986 Krost Symposium, a national forum
focusing on disability issues; and served as a certified coach
for Special Olympics track and field. She was named a
Distinguished Faculty member (1981) at TLU, the Woman of
Achievement (1986) by the Sequin chapter of Zonta International,
a Minie Stevens Piper Foundation professor (1988) and NAIA
National Athletics Administrator of the Year (1996-97).
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