Roast the Provost Event to Skewer Marcy for Good Cause

Fundraiser to benefit science program for girls.

Texas Tech University will roast Provost Bill Marcy to raise money for scholarships for Science: It’s a Girl Thing, an academic summer camp for girls in grades 5-11.

The event, which includes a silent auction and heavy hors’ dourves, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26 in the ballroom of the Student Union Building on the Texas Tech campus. Tickets are $50 per person, with reserved tables of eight available for $500.

Roasters for the event are Jim Brink, Jim Maddox, Jimmy Smith, John Burns, Jerry Hudson, Milton Smith and Dean Fontenot. Jim Douglass, associate vice president of Texas Tech’s Alumni Association and FoxTalk 950 radio host will emcee.

Science: It’s a Girl Thing (SIGT), in its ninth year of promoting future women scientists, is an offering of the Institute for the Development and Enrichment of Advanced Learners (IDEAL). SIGT is a four-day, three-night residential camp for girls entering grades 5-11. Girls reside at university residence halls on the Texas Tech campus. During the day, girls attend hands-on science classes in university classrooms and laboratories. Evenings are devoted to traditional summer fun.

The goals of SIGT are to provide girls with strong role models, spark interest in science, dispel myths and misconceptions about science and careers in science, and to introduce under-represented girls to a collegiate experience. Each year, at least half of girls who attend receive some amount of scholarship assistance and the majority of the recipients receive full scholarships. Scholarship funds for the program have grown from $2,000 to $60,000 since its inception.

Corporate supporters of SIGT include the American Honda Foundation, the Texas Tech University Office of the Provost, William Marcy; the J. F. Maddox Foundation; Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Center for the Integration of Science Education and Research, the LISD Foundation for Excellence, Lubbock Area Foundation, Communities in Schools and the 21st Century After-School Program.

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CONTACT: Martha Hise, director, Institute for the Development and Enrichment of Advanced Learners, (806) 742-2420, or martha.hise@ttu.edu.