2017-2018 Graduate Studies Catalog

20 1911. She married Herman Arthur Pender who also attended Simmons College. She served as a trustee of Hardin-Simmons University for 28 years, following in the footsteps of her father, George Lee Paxton, for whom Cowden-Paxton Hall was named. Mary Paxton Pender, a great patron of the arts, was particularly interested in the School of Music and its students. She was named a patroness by Sigma Alpha Iota national women’s fraternity. This scholarship is in recognition of her many years of support for Christian education and music. Hubert C. and Grace V. Toombs Endowed Memorial Graduate Scholarship Hubert and Grace Toombs established this scholarship through two gift annuities in 1990 and 1997. The scholarship will benefit promising and/or exceptional students in graduate programs. The dean of graduate studies, in consultation with the Graduate Council, will select recipients of this scholarship. Eligibility will include a minimum GPA of 3.0 for an initial award and 3.5 to renew the scholarship. Watts Alpha Chi Endowed Scholarship This scholarship was established in 1967 by the members of Alpha Chi honoring Dr. Otto O. Watts, longtime head of the HSU Chemistry Department, and his wife, Lela May. With this scholarship Alpha Chi members honored the Watts for a lifetime of service as sponsors of Alpha Chi. Recipients shall be worthy graduate students having financial difficulties. They must have an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and are selected by the sponsor of Alpha Chi and the dean of graduate studies H ONORS AND A WARDS Hemphill Graduate Honor Award The HSU Graduate School recognizes the outstanding master’s/doctorate candidate at the May commencement exercises with the Hemphill Graduate Honor Award. This award recognizes the graduate who has excelled in his/her academic studies, possesses character and behavior consistent with the university’s purpose, and exhibits potential for significant contribution to his/her chosen field. The recipient is selected by the Graduate Council. This award has been endowed by the late Dr. Lee Hemphill and the late Mrs. Lunelle Nix Hemphill. Dr. Hemphill served as vice president of development and was a vice president emeritus. Graduate Dean’s Award of Excellence The HSU Graduate School recognizes the outstanding master’s candidate at the December commencement exercises with the Graduate Dean’s Award of Excellence. This award recognizes the graduate who has excelled in his/her academic studies, possesses character and behavior consistent with the university’s purpose, and exhibits potential for significant contribution to his/her chosen field. A committee of graduate program directors in conjunction with the dean of graduate studies selects the recipient. This award is funded by an anonymous endowment. H ONOR F RATERNITIES AND S ORORITIES Several organizations with local, state, and national affiliation are open to graduate students at Hardin-Simmons University. Membership is earned by achievement or standing.  Alpha Kappa Psi, Eta Kappa Chapter, national professional business fraternity  Alpha Mu Gamma, Gamma Zeta Chapter, national collegiate foreign language honor society  Kappa Delta Pi, Xi Sigma Chapter, national society in education  Phi Mu Alpha-Sinfonia, Theta Lambda Chapter, national professional male music

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