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TWU announces Cene and Ken Ingram and the L.H. Hubbard Family as the 2015 Founders' Award recipients

DENTON — Community volunteers Cene and Ken Ingram, a former Texas Woman’s University Regent, and the Family of L.H. Hubbard, president of the university from 1926-1950, will be honored for their exceptional service to the Denton community and to Texas Woman’s University as the 2015 TWU Founders’ Awards recipients.

The awards will be presented at the annual TWU Founders’ Awards Scholarship Luncheon at noon Thursday, April 9, 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 Frisby at (940) 898-3867. Reservations are required by Monday, March 30.

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 one of the largest awarded by TWU and are among only a few academic scholarships that offer a stipend to recipients in addition to paying tuition and fees. They 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. TWU Kinesiology Professor Bettye B. Myers, Ph.D., and Blackridge also are sponsors. As of March 5, table sponsors of the luncheon are: AccessBank Texas; BBVA Compass; Bill DeBerry Funeral Directors; Chancellor and President, TWU; the Honorable Hugh Coleman and Bernadette Coleman; DATCU Credit Union; the City of Denton; the Denton Rotary Club; Drs. Patricia and Donald Edwards; TWU Board of Regents Vice Chair Anna M. Farias, Esq.; Meridian Bank Texas; Ramey King Insurance; TWU Regent Nancy Paup and Ted Paup; Major General Mary L. Saunders, USAF, Retired; Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton; TWU Athletics; TWU College of Nursing; the TWU Former Students Association; the TWU Foundation; the TWU Office of Student Life; and Wells Fargo Bank.

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

Cene and Ken Ingram

Well-known community volunteers and TWU supporters Ken and Cene Ingram are both native to Fort Worth. Attending Brewer Middle School, they met on a team bus trip to play a basketball game. Cene Ingram graduated as salutatorian of her Brewer High School class and played basketball at Weatherford College. She is a graduate of Weatherford College and worked for more than twenty-three years at various Dallas and Fort Worth school districts in special education before retiring from the Lewisville Independent School District in 2004.

Ken Ingram is a 1972 graduate of Texas Wesleyan University. Following college graduation, he continued his affiliation with sports by officiating basketball and softball at the high school, college, military and open level for 16 years, retiring in 1989. Mr. Ingram also had a 44-year career in in banking in North Texas, beginning at the First National Bank of Fort Worth from 1967-1983, then Texas Security Bancshares from 1983-1995 and the First State Bank of Texas/Wells Fargo from 1995-2011. He retired in 2011 from Wells Fargo as its Senior Vice President-Principal in Dallas/Fort Worth Government Banking.

Ken and Cene were married in 1968 and celebrate 47 years of marriage on March 15, 2015. They have two sons, Corey Ingram and the late Kerry Ingram; a daughter-in-law, Jenny Hill Ingram; and two granddaughters, Delaney, 14, and Ashley, 12, who live in Bridgeport.

The Ingrams always have been active in community service. Ken served on the following boards: the Texas Woman’s University Board of Regents, the Denton Rotary, the Denton State School, the Denton County Mental Health and Mental Retardation Center, the Dallas/Fort Worth Board of the American Institute of Banking, Texas, and the Fort Worth Board of the Golden Gloves organization.

The Ingrams are longtime champions of TWU as university donors, volunteers and athletic supporters. They are among TWU Athletics’ “biggest cheerleaders” and can be seen showing their TWU pride in the stands at most TWU athletic events, both at home and on the road.

“Cene and I are proud to support TWU because of its mission to offer nationally recognized programs and because it is a leader in higher education in Texas,” Mr. Ingram said. “As TWU Athletics fans, we are Pioneer Proud as we get to see first hand the drive, determination and success of TWU athletes and students. We are delighted to be a part of the TWU Pioneer family and are honored and grateful to receive the Founders’ Award.”

The L.H. Hubbard Family

The L.H. Hubbard Family has been associated with Texas Woman’s University for four generations. Dr. Louis Herman (L.H.) Hubbard served as the fifth president of the university from 1926 to 1950, which was then known as the College of Industrial Arts and changed to the Texas State College for Women during his tenure. His son, Dr. George U. Hubbard, who began working at the university in high school, has served as an adjunct professor of math at TWU for 20 years. George’s wife Billie is a TWU alumna. Their son, Dr. John Hubbard, taught in the TWU School of Physical Therapy prior to his current position as professor of anatomy at the Texas A&M College of Medicine. Finally, L.H. Hubbard’s great-grand-daughter Kelly Pinkerton White, granddaughter of George and Billie, worked in the university’s conference services division assisting with special events.

In addition to their son, George, President and Mrs. Hubbard had two other children: Louise and John (known as Jack). Louise graduated from TWU (then TSCW) and spent most of her life as a public school teacher in Texas and Pennsylvania. She was the mother of three sons: Randy, Roswell and Cary. Jack followed in his father’s footsteps by becoming dean of Sophie Newcomb, the girls’ college in New Orleans. He later served as president of the University of Southern California and as U.S. Ambassador to India. Jack was the keynote speaker at the inauguration of Mary Evelyn Blagg-Huey as seventh president of TWU. He was the father of three girls: Lisa, Melissa and Kristie.

Both Louise and Jack were married in the Little Chapel-in-the-Woods.

Dr. L.H. Hubbard is regarded as one of TWU’s most significant and prolific leaders. Accomplishments during his 24-year tenure include: creating an honors program; establishing a major in library science, a field in which the university is nationally recognized to this day; changing the name to the Texas State College for Women; and enhancing the liberal arts by strengthening faculty, facilities and curriculum. He inaugurated the campus’s concert and drama series, which brought to Denton more than 150 notable figures including Robert Frost, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Sinclair Lewis, Amelia Earhart and Frank Lloyd Wright.

His influence on campus still can be felt today as he led the efforts to build Little Chapel-in-the-Woods, Stoddard Hall, the Science Building, and the campus-dining hall later named in honor of Dr. Hubbard and his wife, Alice — Hubbard Hall. He also helped bring the Pioneer Woman Statue to the university, which serves as an unofficial mascot and icon representing the university’s commitment to educating women. In addition, he initiated the efforts of campus beautification, spearheading the planting of wildflowers and redbud trees that have made the campus into one that is known for its beauty and tranquility.

According to Dr. George Hubbard, of all the buildings President Hubbard added to the campus, the Little Chapel-in-the-Woods was closest to his father’s heart. “He envisioned it in a remote, natural setting as a place of quiet meditation, prayer and spiritual rejuvenation.”

Dr. Hubbard led TWU during World War II and championed its efforts in supporting the U.S. armed forces, including students making clothes for soldiers, raising money for the war, students working at the farms and other jobs, and students and faculty joining the armed forces for women. At the end of the war, the Office of Peace Administration named the Texas State College for Women the nation’s model wartime educational institution.

Dr. Hubbard’s tenure as president lasted longer than all his predecessors combined, and he kept TWU on course through two of the 20th Century’s most demanding times – the Great Depression and World War II. After his retirement in 1950, Dr. Hubbard relocated to Georgetown, Texas. He passed away in 1973.

Today, led by Dr. Hubbard’s son Dr. George Hubbard, the L.H. Hubbard Family is very involved at TWU, including representing the family at campus events and providing financial and volunteer support to the university.

“This honor being bestowed on the Hubbard family is really a tribute to my parents,” Dr. George Hubbard said. “Many of my father’s accomplishments have been recounted, but the real contributions of both my parents was the atmosphere of culture, refinement and academic excellence they created on this campus. Thank you for remembering them and for honoring us with them.”

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 $236 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 of more than $721 million in the Dallas-Forth Worth region.

A native of Belgium, Dr. 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. Dr. 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 presents the Founders’ Awards to help commemorate the date the university was established by the state of Texas – April 6, 1901.

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