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TWU Nursing Program Celebrates 50th Anniversary

9/17/04


DALLAS — The Texas Woman’s University College of Nursing will celebrate 50 years of leadership and innovation in nursing education with alumni and friends Friday, Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. at the Wyndham Anatole Hotel in Dallas.

Serving as mistress of ceremonies for the golden anniversary celebration will be WFAA-TV anchor Macie Jepson. Rena Pederson, editor-at-large for the Dallas Morning News, will be the keynote speaker, and the Dallas Black Dance Theatre will perform. The evening also will include a silent auction.

Tickets to the dinner and celebration are $60 and available by calling (800) 250-7808 or visiting www.twu.edu/lifelong.

Sponsors of the 50th anniversary celebration include Hospital Corporation of America, Martin/Fletcher, Texas Health Resources, Children’s Hospital of Dallas, American Airlines, Baylor Health Care System, Bill Beatty, City Uniforms, Osteopathic Health System of Texas and JPS Health Network.

The college was established in 1954 with 69 students as a pioneering collaboration between TWU and the Parkland Hospital School of Nursing. Students began their studies on TWU’s Denton campus then moved to Dallas for their upper-level clinical courses.
Demand for nursing education resulted in another partnership and the college’s expansion to the world-renowned Texas Medical Center in Houston in 1960.

With more than 12,000 alumni and more than 2,300 undergraduate and graduate students, TWU has the largest college of nursing in Texas and produces more new nurses than any other program in the state.

The TWU College of Nursing was the first to offer an accelerated undergraduate nursing degree program in Texas. In 2002, faculty in the college received a Texas Higher Education Star Award from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for a nursing student retention program. TWU students’ first-time pass rate of 95.4 percent on the nursing licensure exam in 2002-2003 was higher than the state (90.8 percent) and national (87.2 percent) averages.

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For Further Information Contact:

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