Dallas Redbud Awards

The Tradition of the TWU Redbud Awards

Each year, Texas Woman’s University celebrates the accomplishments of outstanding student leaders and the faculty and staff who supports them.  This university-wide tradition, known as “The Redbud Awards Festival,” began as part of an annual event held during TWU’s Homecoming festivities on the Denton Campus, and was expanded to include an event specifically for the Dallas campus in 2011.

Redbud nominations are open late January through February. The annual celebration takes place each April on the Dallas campus. 

Outstanding Student Leader

This category recognizes students who demonstrate leadership inside and outside of the classroom by participation in student groups, professional organizations, and community service while balancing a rigorous academic program. Depending on the number of nominations received by each program, up to one student from each program represented on the Dallas campus may be selected. Self-nominations are permitted.

Faculty/Instructor Champion

This category recognizes faculty and instructors who are “champions” of student leadership development through mentoring, advising in student groups, and encouraging participation in professional organizations and community service.  Depending on the number of nominations received, up to one teacher (full or part time faculty, adjunct faculty, or instructor) from each program represented on the Dallas campus may be selected. Self-nominations are permitted.

Staff Unsung Hero

This category recognized any staff member on the Dallas Campus who goes above and beyond the call of duty to support students and create a sense of community among students, faculty, and staff on campus. One person a year will be selected for this recognition. Depending on the nomination pool, award may not be given every year. Self-nominations are permitted.

Outstanding Organization or Group

This new category will recognize any university sanctioned or registered student organization or other recognized group of students on the Dallas Campus that has made a significant contribution through community service or campus programming. One organization per year will be selected for this recognition. Depending on the nomination pool, award may not be given every year. Self-nominations are permitted, but advisor endorsements will be strongly considered in this category.

How does the selection process work?

After nominations are received, the nominees are contacted and asked to complete a bio form and fill in additional details about themselves.  A committee of students, faculty, and staff representative of the Dallas Campus is assembled to review the nominations and bio forms.  Committee members score nominees using a rubric and then rank them.  Committee members will not see the names of the nominees, and will be asked to review nominations from outside their own department.  A non-voting committee member is assigned to the task of compiling scores and rankings to determine the finalist in each category and/or department.  Only after all scoring is complete are the finalists matched to their bio information to determine who in each category and/or department is selected.  The finalists (Redbud Award Recipients) are not announced until the awards ceremony.