TWU Student Leader Profile


Natashia Williams, EMBA student from the Houston campus was the event chairperson for the recent TWU EMBA (Executive Masters in Business Administration) fundraising gala.  Each year as a part of the capstone project, one group is responsible for planning and presenting an event to raise funds for the EMBA scholarship fund.  This year, 2013, was special in that the event was to honor the retiring chair of the TWU School of Management, Dr. Paula Ann Hughes, who is herself a TWU alumna.

Natashia, who has her own wedding/event planning business, Treasured Events  outside of her full time professional position, wanted to chair the TWU gala because she knew that because of her experience, she could bring something new and exciting to TWU.  ” Having a group of people together to take on a daunting task exhilarated me and pushed me to my maximum and showed everyone that Team Work really does work.  Most importantly being able to honor such a great woman and superb role model such as Dr. Hughes, catapulted us to excel even more.  And of course, who would not want to be known as the trailblazing team that had an awesome Gala in Houston.”  The gala was themed around the Great Gatsby era and many dressed for the occasion.


Natashia enrolled at TWU in the MBA program upon the recommendation of a friend and has been very happy with her decision.  She completed the program in May of 2013.  “The most valuable part of the program has to be the networking and the invaluable friendships that have been forged.  Having professors that truly care about their students’ success is something that will never be forgotten.”

An only child, Natashia is the single mother of two teenage girls, Emerald, 17, and Diamond, 15 and a “feisty” Chihuahua, Onyx.  She has about 16 years of experience in the Healthcare industry.  Recently, she has transitioned to the Dallas area to work and has enrolled at the TWU campus there to pursue a second Master’s degree in the Health System program.  TWUBA wishes her all the best as she goes for her second TWU degree!



TWUBA Mentoring Initiative

Mentoring current TWU students to encourage them on their way to graduation and successful careers is one of the original goals of  TWUBA.  Executive Committee member, Claudia Deshay, has made great strides in formulating the design of the TWU Black Alumni mentoring program. Here is some information about the program from Claudia.


“TWUBA is developing a mentoring program to assist students in their adjustment to campus life, provide students with a network for healthy academic and social growth, and encourage students to contribute to the general TWU community.  The Mentoring Program will be a source for TWU alumni to share their educational and professional experience, knowledge and insights with students and with one another.

TWUBA will provide a number of mentoring options, including one-on-one mentoring and a new TWUBA Mentoring Portal. In addition to the opportunity to request mentoring, the portal will provide links to professional organizations, scholarships, blogs, conferences, and other professional activities and information.  Students and alumni will find information specific to their degree programs and professions.”

Here’s how you can participate:  E-mail Claudia at   Include in your e-mail what your degree and major were while at TWU, brief summary of your career responsibilities and attach your resume.  Claudia will be in touch with your regarding listing your name on the TWUBA website and to answer any questions you might have.


Claudia DeShay, TWUBA Mentoring Chair


Claudia DeShay earned two Library Science degrees from TWU, the master’s degree in 1993 and the doctorate in 2001.  During both courses of study, her focus was materials and services for children and young adults.  She taught courses for the School of Library and Information Studies as a graduate teaching assistant and as an adjunct faculty member.

A former Children’s Librarian for the Dallas Public Library, Claudia is currently the Education Librarian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, where she teaches Evidence-Based Medicine, Literature and Medicine, and other classes.  She also serves as liaison to several university departments, including the Department of Pediatrics and the Office of Medical Education.

TWUBA Awards Scholarships

Scholarship presentation

TWUBA members and 2013 scholarship recipients from left to right: Maj. Gen. Mary Saunders, Tyreshia Williams (student honoree), Dianne Randolph, Joleesia Berry (student honoree), Addie Davis and Debra Shepherd. (Photo: Alex Ancira, TWU Lasso)

April 25, 2013, marked an important milestone for TWU Black Alumni.  Two deserving student leaders received the inaugural TWUBA scholarships from monies contributed by TWUBA members.  And what better day to present them than after the annual TWU Founder’s Day luncheon?  “This is an historical moment for our organization and represents a collective effort to “give back” to our university while at the same time encouraging others to continue moving forward with purpose,” said Dianne Randolph, President of TWUBA.

Since its founding in December of 2009, TWUBA has been working toward its goal of presenting scholarship assistance to current TWU students of color as a means of encouraging them toward graduation.  Criteria for the TWU Alumni Black Heritage Scholarship includes being a full time student at TWU, a minimum 3.0 GPA at the time of the award, demonstrated financial need as established by the TWU Office of Financial Aid.  The recipients are selected by the General Scholarship Committee.

This year’s scholarship students are Joleesia Berry and Tyreshia Williams:

Joleesia Berry from Dallas is a junior business administration major on the TWU Denton campus.  She is the first African-American student to be appointed as Student Regent since the Student Regent program was started by Governor Perry in 2005.  Joleesia served in several positions within the  TWU Student Government Associations before being elected president for 2012-2013.  Joleesia graduated from the High School for Health Professions at the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center in Dallas in 2010.

Tyreshia “Ty” Williams is a junior, commuting from Little Elm. TX who is majoring in Kinesiology with at focus in Physical Therapy.  She is the president of the Pre-Physical Therapy club and president of the Student Foundation, a group that engages the student body in philanthropic projects to support the University.  Ty is an only child who lives with her single mother.

Your membership in TWUBA helps support the scholarship program and in addition, you may contribute directly to TWUBA scholarships.