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School of Music to Honor Haywards at Faculty Grand Recital

Jan. 23, 2014

COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

School of Music to Honor Haywards at Faculty Grand Recital

CANYON, Texas—Two West Texas A&M University alumni who are ardent supporters of the University’s music program will be honored at the annual Faculty Grand Recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31 at Mary Moody Northern Recital Hall on campus.

Jack and Helene Hayward will be honored when performing members of the WTAMU School of Music faculty present an evening of musical entertainment. The concert, an annual tradition for  more than 40 years, will feature performances by the Faculty Brass Quintet and Harrington String Quartet as well as solo performances. Plus, the WTAMU Symphonic Band and tuba soloist Jeremy Lewis will perform “Blue Bells of Scotland” as a special request from the honored couple.

The Haywards are devoted supporters of WTAMU, not only as donors, but also as students and active participants in the life of the campus. In 2012 they were presented the WTAMU Foundation’s Pinnacle Award and recognized as outstanding donors who give of their time and labor to promote the University in the community.

Both Jack and Helene came to WTAMU as retirees and enrolled as graduate students. Helene earned two master’s degrees—one in art in 2002 and a Master of Fine Arts in 2008—and Jack finished his master’s in professional counseling in 2006. Jack also became a member of the WT Marching Band and later continued to contribute to the band in several ways, including buying new marching hats each fall.

In 2008, the Haywards gifted the University with the Hayward Spirit Tower, the skyscraping timepiece that marks the north entrance to WTAMU’s Pedestrian Mall. It quickly became one of the University’s most recognizable landmarks and plays the Hayward’s requested Westminster Chimes on the hour and the University Fight Song at noon each day. They also are active members of the community and have been recognized for their support of the Amarillo SPCA and for their commitment to the art collection at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum.

The annual event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 806-651-2840.


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