December 11, 2012

Todd Marshall
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Texarkana Independent School District Names Ethel Pauley Jones and Vicki Schultz as 2012 Distinguished Alumni

Texarkana, TX -- Texarkana Independent School District will honor two of their own – Ethel Pauley Jones (Dunbar High School Class of 1956) and Vicki Schultz (Texas High School Class of 1974) - as the 2012 Distinguished Alumni during events which will be held on Friday, December 14.

A Student Leadership Breakfast will be held from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. at the Dan Haskins Student Center at Texas High School, 2112 Kennedy Lane. This event will offer leadership students from Texas Middle School and Texas High School the opportunity to hear from the honorees to learn first-hand how the example that you set for others and for yourself begins at an early age and builds a strong foundation for personal and professional growth.

From 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., a Distinguished Alumni Luncheon will be held at the Texarkana Country Club, #1 Country Club Drive, where the two women will be presented and awarded the honor of 2012 Distinguished Alumni.

Following graduation from Dunbar High School in 1956, Ethel Pauley Jones continued her education at Prairie View A&M University receiving a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1959. She began her career the following year as a Master Teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District working with student teachers from Dartmouth College and University of Southern California. By 1971, Jones had earned her Master of Science in Education from California State University. She went on to receive her Superintendent and Principal Certifications from USC in 1973.

During her professional career, Jones has served in many roles - from Supervisor of Student Teachers at USC and East Texas State University (now Texas A&M University – Texarkana) to teacher for the Department of Defense in West Germany. As an administrator with Texarkana Independent School District, she served as Director of Career Education, Supervisor of Curriculum & Instruction, Assistant Principal of Westlawn Junior High and Texas High School and as Principal for Dunbar Elementary School, earning Principal of the Year accolades.

Jones lent her talents to the state and national levels by serving as a consultant to the U.S. Office of Education and the Texas Education Agency. She was asked to testify before the U.S. Civil Rights Commission on the importance of early childhood education, served on the Texas Governors’ Advisory Commission for Bill Clements and Ann Richards and was selected as 1 of 90 black leaders in the country to work with the Assault on Illiteracy Programs.

Her service to the Texarkana community has included board appointments to: Housing Authority of Texarkana, Texarkana Regional Arts & Humanities Council, Texarkana Museums System, United Way of Greater Texarkana, Caddo Council Boy Scouts, Texarkana Chamber of Commerce and the Historic Landmark Preservation Commission and Civil Service Commission for the City of Texarkana, Texas. Jones is a member of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School National Alumni Association, Tri-Schools Alumni Association and Alpha Kappa Alpha, where she was named Soror of the Year.

She has received several honors and awards, including the Red River Army Depot EEOC Outstanding Black Member of Bowie County, NAACP Achievement Award, Texarkana Black Chamber of Commerce Lee Grant Simpson Education Award, Alpha Phi Alpha Martin Luther King Achievement Award and Phi Delta Kappa Educational Excellence Award. Jones was honored during the Phi Beta Sigma/Zeta Phi Beta Tribute to African American Women and was listed as an Insight News Black History Maker.

She is married to Nathan E. “Tricky” Jones, Jr. and they have two children – Nathan Jones, III and Caroline Jones Harris. They have also been blessed with two grandchildren – Nathan Jones, IV, a junior at Morehouse College and Madeline Grace Jones who attends Townview High School in Dallas, TX.

Vicki Schultz is the Ford Foundation Professor of Law and Social Sciences at Yale Law School. An expert in law and social science, the workplace, discrimination and the family, she has written and lectured widely on a variety of subjects related to antidiscrimination law and employment law, including sexual harassment, sex segregation on the job, work-family issues, working hours and the meaning of work in people’s lives.

Following her graduation from Texas High School in 1974, Schultz received her Bachelor of Arts from University of Texas at Austin and then her Juris Doctor from Harvard University. A former trial attorney for the United States Department of Justice - Civil Rights Division, she began her academic career at the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she became interested in law and the social sciences. At Yale Law School, Schultz runs the Workplace Theory and Policy Workshop and has also headed the Work and Welfare group, an interdisciplinary group of scholars who study inequality. 

Her work includes Feminism and Workplace Flexibility, The Sanitized Workplace and The Sanitized Workplace Revisited, Sex and Work, The Need for a Reduced Workweek in the United States, Life’s Work, Reconceptualizing Sexual Harassment and Telling Stories About Women and Work: Judicial Interpretations of Sex Segregation on the Job in Title VII Cases Raising the Lack of Interest Argument.

Schultz is writing an intellectual history of antidiscrimination law, Antidiscrimination Law as Disruption that documents the conceptual frameworks for understanding and addressing discrimination that have dominated the field historically and traces the emergence of a new framework that treats the formation of social identities such as gender and race as fluid processes in which institutional dynamics play a significant role.

Her work has been influential in both law and the social sciences; her work on sexual harassment, for example, has been cited in the fields of sociology, economics, psychology, and business. Schultz has also been cited in the courts and the national news media. She has been quoted in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Ms. Magazine and many major newspapers; she has appeared on The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, The CBS Evening News, ABC World News Tonight, Good Morning America and National Public Radio.

Schultz has held a number of significant professional posts, fellowships and visiting professorships. She is a past President of the Labor and Employment Section of the Association for American Law Schools and a past Trustee of the Law and Society Association. Schultz was selected as an Evelyn Green Davis Fellow at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, a Fellow at the Center for the Advanced Study of Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and a Whitney Humanities Center Fellow at Yale University. She was a visiting professor at Harvard Law School in 2008-09, and, more recently, the MacDonald-Wright Visiting Professor of Law and Faculty Chair of the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law in 2010-11.

Schultz divides her time between homes in Woodbridge, CT and Los Angeles, CA with her daughter Natalie Schultz-Henry and their cat Jack.

Since 1992, TISD has sponsored a Distinguished Alumni Awards program to recognize the outstanding personal and professional achievements of their alumni. These outstanding former Texas High School and Dunbar High School graduates are models to current and future alumni in terms of their professional, leadership and ethical standards. Past award recipients have been:
Truman Arnold, Dr. Lenox Dial Baker, Miller Barber, Melvin Bradley, Ned Burns, Dr. William Dorland, Lt. Col. Norman “Ken” Dyson, Theron Goynes, Dan Haskins, David Kusin, Gary Kusin, Prudence Mackintosh, Donald Ray McNeal, George McWilliams, Rick Minter, Jerry “Boo” Mitchell, Jr., Lt. Col. Daniel Oosterhous, H. Ross Perot, Dan Petty, Col. Willie Pollard, Jr., Collin Raye, Bill Rogers, Marjorie Scardino, Robert Wickliffe “Wick” Temple, Dr. David Tilson, III, Sheilah Walker and Dr. Steve Woodle.

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