Interns to Benefit from Wanda Cash Endowment
After 10 years and thousands of students, Wanda “Fluffy” Cash recently retired as associate director of the School of Journalism. Because she has devoted her career to mentoring young journalists, the Moody College of Communication wants to honor her by establishing an endowment in her name.
Students, staff and faculty admired her professionalism, teaching skills, care and wit, and intelligence. She has literally danced her way into the hearts of students for the last decade.
But she’s much, much more. As past president of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas, she’s long advocated for open government and public access. In 2016 FIFT gave her its highest honor, the James Madison Award. At the ceremony she self-identified as a notorious troublemaker since her middle school days and encouraged other journalists to be troublemakers as well.
Cash is a first-rate journalist, a community newspaper veteran with more than 25 years of experience. She was editor and publisher of the Baytown Sun, executive editor of the Brazosport Facts, assistant managing editor of The Galveston County Daily News, and editor of the Kerrville Daily Times. She and her husband also owned a weekly newspaper. She also served her profession admirably as past president of the Texas Press Association.
She’s a frequent speaker at newspaper industry meetings, editing workshops, and in high school and college journalism classes.
In recognition of her retirement from UT and her distinguished service, we are establishing the Wanda Cash Endowment in the School of Journalism for Student Internships. It is Cash’s wish that an endowment be established to provide funds for students without the financial resources to allow them to take internships that require travel and living expenses. These internships, whether in New York City or Corpus Christi, are typically unavailable to most UT journalism students. Fluffy’s dream is to allow deserving students the best available internships.
Please make a gift today to help establish a permanent legacy in honor of Wanda “Fluffy” Cash.
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