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T. Boone Pickens visits Dallas Campus

8/13/15

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 Chancellor Feyten welcomes T. Boone Pickens to the Dallas campus. 

Photos by Kristina Bowman

DALLAS — Texas oilman and entrepreneur T. Boone Pickens visited his namesake TWU building in Dallas Tuesday (Aug. 11) to see the impact of his $5 million investment in the facility. Pickens and his guests toured the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center, observed demonstrations of the nursing and health science programs offered in Dallas and saw first hand the services provided by the renowned TWU Stroke Center-Dallas.

Specific activities included a demonstration of TeleHealth in nursing, a presentation of occupational therapy and an EKSO Skelton, a display of physical therapy research and observation of patient care and therapy in the Stroke Center.

Chancellor Feyten and Pickens observe an EKSO Skelton used in Occupational Therapy. 

Pickens and Chancellor Feyten view a TeleHealth demonstration. 

The visit also was an opportunity for students, faculty, staff and patients in Dallas to express their gratitude to Pickens for his transformative gift that made the state-of-the-art Dallas facility possible. In addition, Pickens also met Chancellor Carine M. Feyten for the first time.

Pickens donated $5 million to the Dallas building’s fundraising campaign in 2006. At the time, it was the largest gift from an individual in the university’s history.

The eight-story, 190,000-square-foot TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center, which opened in 2011, is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver Certified facility. It houses the TWU’s Houston J. and Florence A. Doswell College of Nursing, the TWU Stroke Center-Dallas, the School of Occupational Therapy, the School of Physical Therapy and the Health Systems Management program. TWU’s health sciences centers in Dallas and Houston allow the university to emphasize the team approach to health care now practiced in hospital settings.

During the span of his career, T. Boone Pickens has made hundreds of billions of dollars — for others as well as himself — and he isn’t timid about “spreading it around.”

“I like making money. I like giving it away,” he has said.

The breadth of his philanthropy — more than $1 billion — often includes medical research, athletics, and academic projects. In 2006, he established the T. Boone Pickens Foundation with a $175 million endowment. The Chronicle of Philanthropy has regularly listed him among the top U.S. philanthropists. His foundation is focused on improving lives through grants supporting educational programs, health and medical research and services, athletics and corporate wellness, the entrepreneurial process, at-risk youth, and conservation and wildlife initiatives.


Media Contact:

Amanda Simpson
Director of Media Relations
940-898-3456
asimpson1@twu.edu

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