Sunday, November 2, 2014

Celebrating 60 Years of Nursing Excellence at TWU

TWU Houston Center Celebrates  The celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the TWU College of Nursing
kicked off at the TWU Houston Center with an Open House featuring an exhibit curated by TWU Libraries
Woman's Collection staff.  
Celebrating 60 Years of Nursing Excellence at TWU featured uniforms and photo-
graphs commemorating the college's historic milestone.  October 9-10, 2014.  The celebration continues, with
the traveling exhibit, at the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center on November 3, 

2014 and concludes on the Denton campus of TWU in the spring of 2015.           
The University Archives, housed with the Woman's Collection of the Texas Woman's University Libraries, is honored to be partnering with the TWU College of Nursing as it celebrates six decades of nursing excellence at TWU. The Archives, administered by Woman's Collection staff, is showcasing the history of the college with exhibits at the TWU Houston and Dallas Centers, and on the TWU Denton campus, featuring photographs, uniforms, memorabilia and more from the 60-year history of nursing education at TWU.

In 1954 Dwight D. Eisenhower was president, the first color tv was made--and the TWU College of Nursing became one of six academic colleges at (then) Texas State College for Women (TSCW, now Texas Woman's University.)  In keeping with the TSCW mission, the College of Nursing was designed to provide students with the best science education and the finest professional training--something it has been doing now for 60 years.  

Carol Lubers pins a cap on a nursing student 
during the 1975 capping ceremony.  The cere-
mony marks the beginning of two years of 
professional training and education for nursing 
students.  Photograph courtesy of the 
University Archives.
To celebrate this historic milestone the College of Nursing is hosting a series of events during the 2014-15 academic year, staggered by TWU location.  Each will feature an introduction of Dr. Anita Hufft, recently named Dean of the College of Nursing, and Celebrating 60 Years of Nursing Excellence at TWU, an exhibit of University Archives materials curated by Women's Collection staff. 

The three-city celebration kicked off on October 9-10, 2014 at a TWU Houston Center Open House and continues at the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center on Monday, November 3, 2014 with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. (please RSVP to Karen Zapata at or 214-689-6510.)  View Celebrating 60 Years of Nursing Excellence at TWU in the Dallas Center lobby through November, 2014.

The festivities conclude on Sunday, April 19, 2015 with TWU Nursing: Then and Now, a "come and go" brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Hubbard Hall on the Denton campus of TWU.  The program will feature Dr. Carolyn Gunning, Professor and Dean Emerita, College of Nursing; Dr. Anita Hufft, Professor and Dean, TWU College of Nursing; and a silent auction benefitting College of Nursing scholarships (please RSVP to Chris Styers at or 940-898-2586.)  Celebrating 60 Years of Nursing Excellence at TWU will be available for viewing on the first floor of the Blagg-Huey Library and other locations.  See historic photographs of faculty and staff members and students, as well as artifacts, uniforms and other nursing ephemera and memorabilia, through May, 2015. 

Joann White learns to prepare medication 
in the Medications Laboratory, College of 
Nursing, Texas Woman's University, 1961.  
Photograph courtesy of the University 
The University Archives feature an oral history program to capture the stories and experiences of College of Nursing alumni, and are soliciting for this program alumni memorabilia, papers, uniforms and ephemera.  For those interested in providing an oral history or donating materials to the University Archives, please contact Kimberly Johnson, Coordinator of Special Collections, at or 940-898-3743.

With over 12,000 alumni, the TWU College of Nursing prepares more nurses than any other program in Texas and is among the nation's leading providers of healthcare professionals.  The first Nursing Ph.D. program in Texas and the southwest was established at TWU in 1971, making it the 5th-oldest such program in the United States.

The University Archives, which include the College of Nursing Digital Archive, house decades of historical artifacts chronicling the unique standing of TWU among Texas colleges and universities.  The Archives are housed with the Woman's Collection, the largest depository in the Southern United States of research material about women. Electronic access to the University Archives and featured collections of the Woman's Collection is available through the Gateway to Women's History.

~Sandy Cochran with Kimberly Johnson and Elaine Cox

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