Supporting Scholarships by Attending Feb. 5 “Double Nickel” Birthday Event Is Like Making Ripples in the Water

Article by: Melinda Eddleman

Many people look forward to celebrating their 55th birthday, so what better way to mark the occasion than with a concert featuring internationally renowned jazz saxophonist Tom Braxton? Join the Del Mar College (DMC) Foundation and Dr. Patricia Walter, chair of the Communications, Languages and Reading Department, for her “Double Nickel” Birthday on Friday, Feb. 5, for one finger-snapping, fun-filled celebration.

“You only get one chance to celebrate turning 55,” says Dr. Walter. “I no longer need candy, flowers, balloons or gifts to clutter the house. So, I decided to have a scholarship party!”

Proceeds from this event will benefit the Del Mar College Scholarship Program.

“My journey began with a scholarship to Del Mar College,” she adds. “What better way to celebrate a birthday than to support others on their journey to greatness, and who better to invite than Mr. Tom Braxton? He shares such similar visions and happens to be the most talented smooth jazz musician I know. His music moves me, and his words and actions to support youth inspire me.”

The celebration runs from 5 to 8 p.m. at the College’s Center for Economic Development located at 3209 S. Staples (corner of Staples and Kostoryz). Tickets are $25 online and $30 at the door with hors d’ oeuvres, a cash bar, silent auction and door prizes provided as part of this birthday bash. Tickets are available online at

To download a printable flyer, go to

Dr. Walter joined Del Mar’s campus community as an instructor of reading in fall 2005. Now an associate professor and department chair, the DMC alumna earned an associate’s degree in liberal arts from the College in 1988 before pursuing her bachelor’s, masters and doctoral degrees. 

Among her credits, Dr. Walter served as the faculty coordinator for the College’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) during Del Mar’s last reaccreditation process and review by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. She coordinated and supported other faculty in researching, designing and implementing “Math: The Road to Success,” which focused on faculty development efforts specific to student learning outcomes covered by the plan.

Returning to DMC and helping Dr. Walter celebrate her special day is saxophonist and composer Tom Braxton. The Lubbock native grew up in the dusty plains of West Texas dreaming of becoming a jazz musician who would someday play for some of the best-known artists and travel around the globe.

Known for his sophisticated sound on the saxophone, Braxton creates an upscale, cabaret-style, legendary supper club ambiance with his superb playing and showmanship. He’s even shared the stage with such artists as Aretha Franklin, Luther Vandross, Philip Bailey, George Duke, Jonathan Butler, Marcus Miller and Sheila E. 

To his credit and garnering rave reviews overseas, Braxton performed as a headliner during the first Smooth Jazz Europe Festival in the Netherlands and the Nile Gold Jazz Safari in Uganda. He was also a featured performer on the Java Jazz Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia, and has toured abroad with Earl Klugh in South Africa, Malawi, Mozambique and Japan as well as with Keiko Matsui in Russia, Eastern Europe, Malaysia and Japan. 

The artist has appeared on The CBS Morning Show, B.E.T’s Jazz Central, TBS, TNT, ESPN, CNN, NBC’s Inside Stuff, ABC’s Good Morning Texas, Ugandan Television, Daystar Television and more.

For more information about Braxton, visit his website at

Dr. Walter refers to a quote by actor Victor Webster: “Everything we do, even the slightest thing we do, can have a ripple effect and repercussions that emanate. If you throw a pebble into the water on one side of the ocean, it can create a tidal wave on the other side.”

Of the Feb. 5 “Double Nickel” Birthday Event, she says, “By making a ripple in the water, I can make a difference. And, so can you. Join me for a night of fun, laughter and smooth jazz!”

IN THE PHOTO: Saxophonist Tom Braxton returns to Del Mar College Feb. 5 for Dr. Patricia Walter's "Double Nickel" Birthday Bash to support DMC student scholarships. 

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