Friday Sept. 18, TWU alumna and former Clemson University professor and program director Kathleen Robinson was formally announced as the recipient of the 2015 Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award. She accepted her award and spoke to the campus.
Robinson shared in a TWU press release: “TWU provided the skills and knowledge that I have used throughout my career, particularly in the construction of training programs and curriculums for community-based organizations and government, university and nonprofit leaders.”
She added: “My graduate assistantship while at TWU provided a wealth of experience in curriculum construction, experimental teaching and research. The foundational skills and understanding gained through that experience were invaluable.”
Robinson graduated from TWU with a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Supervision in 1970. According to the press release, she “immediately became vice president of programs and publications and directed the redevelopment of an international, interdenominational girls club and camping organization that also provided leadership development for women working with girls in after-school programs.”
In the press release, Robinson’s accomplishments were summarized: “Robinson worked in development of community and regional support systems for at risk families, children and youth organizations, community-based literacy systems, holistic family centers and nonprofit human services organizations. In addition, her focus has been on systems-based approaches to community planning and policy development and social impact assessments of various community change projects.” Robinson’s career lasted 40 years.
The Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award became a TWU tradition in 2011. The award is meant to honor TWU alumni who have distinguished themselves in their careers or by contributions to society. Individuals who receive the award are asked to visit the TWU campus they attended and speak on behalf of their achievements to students, staff and faculty members. Those awarded are also esteemed with a place on the recognition wall in the Hubbard Hall foyer.