ACU Honors Alumna Frances Thompson of Dallas

for immediate release April 1, 1998

Dr. Frances M. Thompson of Dallas, professor of mathematics at Texas Woman's University, received a 1997-98 Abilene Christian University Distinguished Alumni Citation Sunday, March 29.

The 3:15 p.m. presentation was during a reception honoring Thompson from 2:30-4 p.m. at Saturn Road Church of Christ, 3030 Saturn Rd., in Garland.

The Distinguished Alumni Citation recognizes distinctive personal and professional achievement of ACU alumni who have merited the honor and praise of peers and colleagues. Only four individuals among ACU's 75,000 alumni will receive the honor this year, one representing each college and one chosen at large. Thompson was chosen at large.

Thompson, a 1963 ACU graduate, has made significant contributions to the preparation and teaching methods of the mathematics educators throughout Texas.

Her unique instructional techniques, which enable students to better understand and retain concepts, are documented in several books she has authored including "Hands-On Math" and "Five-Minute Challenges," as well as Texas Education Agency training modules for algebra, problem solving and math in elementary grades.

Thompson served on the state leadership team that worked in conjunction with the Texas State Systematic Initiative to strengthen the math skills of elementary teachers. Currently, she is on the editorial board of Texas Mathematics Teacher and is an evaluator for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

At TWU, Thompson specializes in graduate-level math instruction for teachers and received the Excellence in Teaching, Research and Service Award for junior faculty members in 1992. She speaks often at conferences and teacher in-service workshops and serves on ACU's Mathematics Department Visiting Committee.

She coordinates primary grade Bible classes at her church, Saturn Road; has conducted Bible teacher workshops in Texas, Canada and South America; and has co-authored a Bible school curriculum series published by Gospel Teachers Publications, titled "God's Eternal Word."

Thompson received her master's degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1967 and her doctoral degree from the University of Georgia at Athens in 1973.

About 150 miles west of the Dallas/Fort Worth area, ACU is affiliated with the churches of Christ and has an enrollment of more than 4,500 students.

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