2016 News Releases

University announces Kay and Bob Goodman and The TWU Former Students Association as the 2016 Founders’ Award recipients

Texas Woman’s University Distinguished Alumna and former chair of the TWU Board of Regents Kay Goodman and her husband Bob, and The TWU Former Students Association will be honored for their exceptional service to the university as the 2016 TWU Founders’ Awards recipients.

The Founders’ Awards will be presented at the annual TWU Founders’ Awards Scholarship Luncheon at noon Thursday, April 7, in Hubbard Hall on TWU’s Denton campus.

Seats for the event are $40 per person. Patron seats are available for $75. Benefactor tables for eight are available for $750. For information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Patrice Benfield Frisby at (940) 898-3867. Reservations are required by Monday, March 28.

Proceeds from the luncheon benefit the TWU Chancellor’s Endowed Scholarships, the most prestigious scholarships awarded by the university. Established in 2000, these scholarships are the largest awarded by TWU and are the only academic scholarships that offer a stipend to recipients in addition to paying tuition and fees. These scholarships are awarded to TWU students on the basis of outstanding academic achievement, leadership and service in school and community activities.

The Denton Record-Chronicle and Luther King Capital Management are the presenting sponsors of this year’s TWU Founders’ Awards Scholarship Luncheon. As of March 2, TWU Kinesiology Professor Emerita Bettye B. Myers, Ph.D.; Bill DeBerry Funeral Directors; PointBank; Major General Mary L. Saunders, USAF, Retired; the TWU Office of Student Life and the TWU Institute of Women’s Health also are sponsors. Table sponsors of the luncheon are: BBVA Compass; Chancellor and President, TWU; the City of Denton; Drs. Patricia and Donald Edwards; Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton; the TWU Former Students Association; the TWU Foundation; and UMB Bank.

TWU Chancellor and President Carine M. Feyten will serve as the keynote speaker for the luncheon.

Kay and Bob Goodman

TWU Distinguished Alumna Kay Goodman is a retired special education teacher and former chair of the TWU Board of Regents. Bob Goodman is a retired chemical engineer who collaborated on three patents, one of which is held in the Smithsonian. Both are dedicated to education and providing scholarships to allow others to pursue their dreams.

TWU and Denton long have played an integral part in Kay Goodman’s life since her birth at the old Denton Hospital on South Locust. Her family lived on Woodland Drive, just one block north of TWU, and Kay was a student at the university’s nursery school as a young child. Her mother also brought 3-year-old Kay to campus in 1939 when First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt dedicated the Little Chapel-in-the-Woods.

Kay considered herself a “Tessie” (TWU’s nickname when it was known as the Texas State College for Women) since childhood, making it official when she graduated from the university in 1958 with a degree in speech therapy. She had a long career as a speech therapist before earning her master’s degree in education from the University of Texas-Dallas in 1978 and launching a second career as a teacher. Kay taught special education in Plano for several years and was named both High School Teacher of the Year for the Plano Independent School District and Civic Volunteer of the Year for the City of Plano. Kay retired in 1988 and was named a TWU Distinguished Alumna in 1993.

Then Texas Governor George Bush appointed Kay to the TWU Board of Regents in 1995, and she served as the chair of the TWU Board of Regents from 1999 to 2001.

Kay has been married to cattle rancher Bob Goodman for more than 50 years. Bob is a graduate of Texas A&M and a retired military veteran who enjoyed a long career as a chemical engineer at both American Oil and Texas Instruments. His career accolades include being named Dallas Area Outstanding Young Engineer. Since retiring in 1990, Bob is an active cattle rancher known as “The Brisket King” for his barbecue skills and manning of the grill at various events in Denton and at class reunions for TWU, Texas A&M and more.

Education and civic service are at the core of the Goodmans’ service and philanthropy, with both supporting and maintaining scholarships at their respective alma maters. They have three children, including two daughters who graduated from TWU and a son who graduated from Texas A&M, and 10 grandchildren. They live on a family ranch north of Denton and enjoy traveling and celebrating the accomplishments of their family.

The TWU Former Students Association

Since its founding in 1905, The TWU Former Students Association has worked with alumni to promote the university, raising more than $1 million in scholarship funds and providing opportunities to current and former students of the university. The FSA cultivates a lifelong community of loyal alumni and relationships between students past, present and future.

The association also has participated in major initiatives of the university, including legislative advocacy and monetary support for capital improvements.

The FSA’s goal is to provide opportunities to current and former students and friends of the university for a lifelong affiliation and volunteer partnership with TWU. The association reflects the power and spirit of its alumni through love, pride and engagement. The FSA works diligently to promote and protect the longstanding traditions and values of TWU as it progresses into its second century.  

Keynote Speaker, TWU Chancellor Carine M. Feyten

Carine M. Feyten, Ph.D., became chancellor and president of TWU – the nation’s largest university primarily for women – in 2014. She oversees a university with an annual operating budget that exceeds $256 million and serves approximately 15,000 students on campuses in Denton, Dallas and Houston. The university employs almost 1,700 faculty and staff and has an annual economic impact in the North Texas region of more than $721 million.

Feyten already has had a remarkable impact on the university during her tenure as chancellor and president. Achievements under her leadership include launching new degree programs in informatics and healthcare informatics; expanding degree offerings online and at satellite locations; enhancing community outreach; improving university infrastructure with plans for a new student union and parking garage in Denton; developing relationships with the business community and state Legislature; building the university’s leadership team; and enriching university communication.

A native of Belgium, Feyten is an internationally recognized consultant, speaker and scholar in the field of language learning, teaching methodologies and the integration of technology in education. She has authored or coauthored more than 100 journal articles, conference papers and book chapters. Feyten is fluent in five languages and previously served as dean of the College of Education, Health and Society at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and in various leadership positions at the University of South Florida for 23 years.

Founders’ Awards

The first Founders’ Awards were presented in 1998 to honor organizations and individuals who have supported TWU and exhibited leadership in the community. TWU Founders’ Day commemorates the date the university was established by the state of Texas – April 6, 1901.

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