Two Faculty Appointed As Endowed Chairs At Collin College
October 27, 2009 – Collin College announced the faculty appointments of its Lebrecht Endowed Chair for Scholarly and Civic Engagement and Florence Marie Dickinson Endowed Chair in Nursing.
Lesley Snelson, professor of dance, was named the new Lebrecht Endowed Chair. Joyce Sizemore, professor of nursing, was appointed to the Dickinson Endowed Chair.
Royden L. Lebrecht's $1 million gift was the largest gift from an individual philanthropist in the history of Collin College. The Lebrecht Endowed Chair for Scholarly and Civic Engagement was established March 2005 to recognize Lebrecht's commitment to education and the community. Lebrecht supported a number of charitable and civic organizations and believed that education created opportunity.
Lebrecht was born in Denison, Texas, and attended the University of North Texas. He served as a major during World War II as a pilot in some of the most dangerous missions. Lebrecht built many successful business ventures in Tucson, Ariz., and became a noted real estate entrepreneur.
Snelson-Figueroa has taught dance for more than 15 years and has performed across the United States, including in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Texas, Oklahoma and Cincinnati. Before coming to Collin College she served as adjunct dance faculty for Texas Woman's University, Tarrant County College and the University of North Texas, and was faculty and choreographer for Denton Dance Conservatory. Currently, Snelson-Figueroa is a co-artistic director of Muscle Memory Dance Theatre, a modern dance collective.
Snelson-Figueroa completed her bachelor of arts degrees in dance and business economics from Mills College and a master of fine arts in choreography and dance performance at Texas Woman's University.
The Dickinson Endowed Chair in Nursing was established by Richard Dickinson on behalf of his mother, Florence Marie, in 2006. The endowment will further the attraction and retention of highly qualified nursing faculty as well as support student scholarships.
Mrs. Dickinson was born in Pawtucket, R.I., in 1902 to Swedish immigrants. By the time she was 10, both of her parents were deceased, leaving Mrs. Dickinson and many of her siblings in the care of an orphanage. Mrs. Dickinson studied nursing at the Middlesex Hospital in Connecticut. During her career as a nurse, Mrs. Dickinson worked for a well-known family in Orange County, Calif., and in a sanitarium for tuberculosis patients.
Sizemore brings about 30 years of nursing and healthcare experience to the College. She earned a diploma of nursing from Germantown Hospital School of Nursing in Philadelphia. She earned her bachelor of science in nursing from LaSalle University, a master’s degree from Texas Woman’s University and is currently working on her doctorate in nursing education from Capella University.
She’s worked as a nurse educator at Richardson Regional Medical Center and Medical City Dallas. Sizemore’s also held positions in New Jersey and California.
For more information about giving opportunities, contact Mary Frazier, executive director, Collin College Foundation, 972.599.3145.
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