Sunday, November 2, 2014

TWU Virginia Chandler Dykes Recipient Announcement

Ralph Hawkins, chairman of the board of HKS, Inc., and 2015 chair of the Dallas Regional Chamber, has been named the recipient of the 13th Annual Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award, presented by Bank of Texas and Texas Woman’s University and the Texas Woman’s University Foundation. The announcement was made at the Dallas Arboretum on September 23. Texas Woman’s University’s new Chancellor and President Dr. Carine M. Feyten will present the award at the Virginia Chandler Dykes luncheon event on Feb. 19, 2015, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Belo Mansion and Pavilion.
The Hawkins Family: Ryan and Alison Parker; Susan and Ralph Hawkins; Sarah and Ryan Martin
Established in 2002, the Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award is given annually to Dallas leaders with a lifelong commitment to improving the quality of life in the community and to furthering the importance of education. The award recognizes the life work of Virginia Chandler Dykes as an outstanding health care provider, whose professional and civic achievements represent a lifetime committed to helping others.
Virginia Chandler Dykes; Regina Bruce
Prior to becoming chairman of the board of HKS, Inc., Ralph Hawkins served as its CEO for 12 years. In the Dallas area alone, HKS' designs include Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas Hamon Tower, AT&T Stadium for the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Woman's University T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center, as well as expansion of both DFW Airport's Terminal D and the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center.
Hawkins has been active in: AIA College of Fellows; William Ward Watkin Society at Rice University; AIA Academy for Health; Design Futures Council; Council of Fellows of American College of Healthcare Architects; United Way; AIA Large Firm Round Table; Construction Industry Round Table; University of Texas at Arlington Development Board Chair; University of Texas Chancellor's Executive Committee; and The Arts Community Alliance of Dallas.
TWU Regents: Nancy P. Paup; Candace Henslee, student regent; Mary Wilson, vice chair; Lola Chriss; Anna Maria Farias; Dr. Carine Feyten, chancellor and president, TWU; Sharon Venable, former regent; and Sue Bancroft, chair.
The 2014 Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award Luncheon Advisory Committee members are: Joel Allison, Norm Bagwell, Barbara Bradfield, April Box Chamberlain, John Falldine, Ebby Halliday, Sharon McCullough, Bill Patterson, and Dee Collins Torbert.
TWU Students: Ronni Boyer, Katie Kellett, Kofi Cheremateng, and Katherine Carr
The following graduate students from all four colleges will be honored at the luncheon as recipients of scholarship funds: Lenin Grajo, Ed.M., OTR, College of Health Sciences (Occupational Therapy), sponsored by Edgemere – Dallas/SQLC Charitable Foundation; Heidi Gilroy, MSN, RN, APHN-BC, College of Nursing, sponsored by Luther King Capital Management; Lena Jackson-Lynch, Ed.M, MHR, College of Professional Education (COPE), sponsored by Geraldine “Tincy” Miller; and Tawny LeBouef Tullia, MA (English), College of Arts and Sciences, sponsored by Sis Carr.
Tickets for the February 19 luncheon are $175 for silver patron; $250 for gold patron. For more information, call 940-898-3872, visit, or email

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