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TWU Nursing Program Celebrates 50th Anniversary


HOUSTON — The Texas Woman’s University College of Nursing will celebrate 50 years of leadership and innovation in nursing education with alumni and friends Friday, Nov. 5 at the Houston Junior League, 1811 Briar Oaks.

Guest speaker for the 11 a.m. luncheon will be Dr. Shirley Sears Chater, former commissioner of the Social Security Administration and former president of TWU. Being honored at the luncheon is Dr. Carolyn Gunning, retired dean of the College of Nursing and former interim provost of TWU.

Tickets to the luncheon and celebration are $50 and available by calling (713) 794-2101 or by e-mailing

Sponsors of the 50th anniversary celebration include Health Education Systems Inc. of Houston.

The college was established in 1954 with 69 students as a pioneering collaboration between TWU and the Parkland Hospital School of Nursing in Dallas. 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.


For Further Information Contact:

Roy Kron
Director of News and Information
Tel: (940) 898-3456