November 2, 2012
More than 600 supporters of HBU enthusiastically gave Charles Krauthammer, Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist and political commentator, a standing ovation before his remarks at the 2012 Spirit of Excellence Gala, Nov. 1, at the Hilton Americas Hotel. In light of the upcoming presidential election, Krauthammer gave a timely keynote address on the essence of the American experiment.
Gala chairs Sherry and Jim Smith were pleased to announce that $1.4 million was raised to benefit the HBU School of Nursing and Allied Health, which continues to meet the highest national standards in nursing education. Dan Wolterman, CEO of Memorial Hermann, also spoke about his organization's great relationship with HBU, as well as the importance of nursing given the current nursing shortage in the U.S.
HBU presented the Spirit of Excellence Award, its highest tribute, to Dr. Diane and Stanley Williams for their work on the Morris Cultural Arts Center and their generous support of the University's live mascot program, among other projects, and to AT&T for its commitment to supporting programs and projects that promote academic and economic achievement while addressing community needs. Dr. Allene Lucas, who has served HBU in a variety of roles since being introduced to the University by its first president, received the President's Lifetime Volunteer Award.