Texas Tech Honors Couple for Tragedy Prevention Work

Freada and Mark Warren will be honored for their establishment of the Clay R. Warren Memorial Risk Management Retreat and work on state risk-management legislation.

Written by Cory Chandler

As a part of its Family Weekend celebrations, Texas Tech University will recognize a Plainview couple Saturday (Oct. 3) for its work in trying to prevent student tragedies at Texas Tech and across the state.

Freada and Mark Warren will be joined by Sen. Robert Duncan during the Texas Tech vs. New Mexico State football game as university officials and student leaders honor the Warrens’ establishment of the Clay R. Warren Memorial Risk Management Retreat and also for their work with Duncan to implement state risk-management legislation.

Clay R. Warren, a 2002 Plainview High School graduate, died in a car accident while returning from a fraternity retreat during his fall freshman semester at Texas Tech.

Following his death, the Warren family worked collaboratively with Texas Tech to propose and design the risk management retreat in an effort to educate students and prevent future tragedies.

Since the retreat’s establishment in fall 2006, more than 1,000 student leaders in Texas Tech student organizations have participated.

Organizations include all Greek fraternities and sororities, recreational sports clubs, and a variety of other student groups. Texas Tech held the 2009 retreat Sept. 26, and more than 250 participants.

The Warrens also worked with Duncan to propose and pass legislation in Texas resulting in Texas Education Code, Section 51.9361, which requires risk management education for student organizations and advisors at all higher education institutions in the state.

“Mark and Freda Warren followed the tragedy of their son’s death with an activism that has resulted in training and education for student leaders not only at Texas Tech, but throughout the state of Texas,” said Amy Murphy, Texas Tech associate dean of students. “They continue their efforts by partnering with national fraternities and sororities, presenting on their experience, and exploring new and innovative ways to promote positive student involvement on our college campuses.”

By the end of the year, the retreat also will be memorialized with a special brick at the Texas Tech Frazier Alumni Pavilion.

CONTACT: Amy Murphy, associate dean of students, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-5433, or amy.murphy@ttu.edu