Spotlight: Sallie Beretta Award

Nominations sought for annual
Sallie Beretta Award

Sallie Beretta

Each year since 1963, Texas State has presented the Sallie Beretta Outstanding Senior Woman Award, based on leadership, scholarship, character, potential and loyalty.

Sallie Ward Beretta served on the board of regents for Texas’ teachers colleges from 1933-51, usually as the only woman. She was the chairwoman of the committee overseeing Texas State for 12 years, and in 1947 a dormitory on campus was named in her honor.

In 1951, she presented the university with 126 acres of land on the Blanco River, land now known as University Camp.

Beretta began her life in public affairs in 1912, and she was part of a wide range of civic programs in San Antonio. At one time, she was known as Texas’ Bluebonnet Lady for her efforts to plant seeds of the state flower on roadsides. Her complete biography is at the Handbook of Texas Online.

Her legacy lives on with the Beretta Family Foundation, which sponsors historical and educational projects around the state.

This year’s Sallie Beretta Award will recognize a woman who graduated in August 2010, December 2010 or who will graduate in May 2011.

To make nominations, go to the award homepage, download a form, fill it out and return it to the Dean of Students Office, LBJ Student Center 5-9.1, by Feb. 1.

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