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Neva Cochran, TWU alumna and donor; Steve Love, DFW Hospital Council president and CEO; Alicia Becker, TWU Dallas occupational therapy major; Carine M. Feyten, Ph.D., TWU Chancellor and President; Patricia Lobos-Valle, TWU Dallas nursing major; David Pugh, TWU Dallas physical therapy major; Ellen A. Amirkhan, TWU board of regents member and TWU alumna
Texas Woman’s University celebrated the recent launch of the public phase of Dream Big, the university’s $125 million comprehensive fundraising campaign, with a special program and luncheon held at the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences – Dallas Center on October 3.
To kick off the event, Chancellor and President Carine M. Feyten provided an overview of the campaign’s three pathways or calls to action—open doors, fuel innovation and cultivate grit—and explained how the university will invest designated gifts for these pathways in scholarships and experiential learning opportunities, research, new academic programs, leadership development and an array of other initiatives benefiting TWU students and Texas residents.
Chancellor Feyten also revealed that more than $103 million has already been raised during the campaign’s quiet phase. “We are on a roll, but the race is not yet won,” she said. “In a few years, we will mark the 125th anniversary of the founding of Texas Woman’s University in 1901. When we decided to celebrate the anniversary in a Texas-sized way with our first-ever fundraising campaign, we knew it was a big dream that would require a big commitment from all of us. Looking out this morning at all of you, I know that working together we won’t just cross the finish line – we’ll sprint across with our heads up and our hearts bursting with TWU pride.”
Guest speakers at the Dallas campus celebration included Ellen Amirkhan, member of the TWU System Board of Regents and TWU alumna; Neva Cochran, TWU alumna and nutrition author and communications consultant; Steve Love, longtime TWU supporter and president and CEO of the DFW Hospital Council; and TWU students Alicia Becker, Patricia Lobos-Valle and David Pugh, each of whom shared personal experiences and insights related to the campaign’s pathways. Lisa Rampy, Interim Vice President of University Advancement, introduced the program with a video produced by TWU students and staff.
Texas Woman’s University is the nation’s largest woman-focused university system with campuses in Denton, Dallas and Houston. Founded in 1901, TWU has built a reputation on contributions in nursing, healthcare, education, the arts and sciences and business. TWU’s inclusive culture prioritizes experiential learning, leadership, service, discovery and health and wellbeing, and national media have recognized the university as a top college for student-parents, veterans and social mobility. In 2023, TWU publicly launched Dream Big, a $125 million fundraising effort to support programming, equipment, scholarships and faculty. To learn more about the campaign or the university, visit dreambig.twu.edu or twu.edu, or connect with TWU on Facebook @TexasWomansUniversity, Instagram @txwomans, Twitter @txwomans, and LinkedIn @texaswomansuniversity. #DreamBigTWU #TWU125