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English major Savannah Peer becomes first Terry Scholar to graduate from TWU

Although the ink on Savannah Peer’s bachelor’s degree is barely dry, the first Terry Scholar to graduate from Texas Woman’s University already is making her mark in the digital world.

In fact Peer, who is receiving her bachelor of arts degree in English this December, is so busy starting her career as the digital marketing manager for Good Life Family magazine and moving into her first apartment in Plano, that she’s unable to participate in TWU winter commencement ceremonies. Read full article here...

Reading and book signing with 2010 Texas Poet Laureate Karla K. Morton

Reading & Book Signing
October 22, 2015
4:00-5:30 p.m.
Joyce Thompson Lecture Hall
TWU Library Room 101

Karla K. Morton is a professional speaker, award-winning author, photographer, the 2010 Texas Poet Laureate and a member of the Texas Institute of Letters. Described as "one of the more adventurous voices in American poetry," she has been featured on Good Morning Texas, NPR, ABC News, CBS News and in countless newspapers, blogs, and magazines.

 You are invited to attend a reading and signing of Karla K. Morton's work during her visit to the TWU Denton Campus on Thursday, October 22nd. The reading will be free of charge, and a reception with light refreshments will follow the event.

For more information, please contact Dr. Genevieve West at 940-898-2439 or

Liberal Arts Degrees Have Become Tech's Hottest Ticket

Forbes highlights the growing trend of technology companies that hire liberal arts graduates. Software companies are discovering that liberal arts thinking makes them stronger. 

Student travel funds available

Students who have traveled in the 2013-2014 school year have one more opportunity to submit applications for travel funds.

The Student Travel Fund and Student Travel Committee are taking applications through Friday, June 11. The meeting will meet August 1 to decide on the disbursement of funds.

Applications can be found on the TWU Student Life webpage. The website includes guidelines, priorities, checklist and procedures for claiming funds.

Completed applications with 22 copies are to be mailed to:  Beth Lewis, P.O. Box 425380, Denton, TX 76204. They can also be delivered by hand to the third floor of Jones Hall on the Denton campus.

Professor’s corner offers literary discussions

Professors from Texas Woman’s University’s English, Speech and Foreign Languages Department are regular contributors to Professor’s Corner, a series of literary discussions hosted from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month by the Denton Public Library South Branch, 3228 Teasley, Denton, TX  76210. 

The series allows professors to talk about their special interests to an audience of the general public and allows for discussion of those topics. Some readings are given in advance.  The events are coordinated by Fred Kamman, Denton Public Library, and produced by Dr. Stephen Souris at TWU.

The sessions are supported by Denton Public Library, Voertman's Bookstore, Recycled Books Records CDs, Cooper’s Copies and Printing, and Humanities Texas. "This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities."

This year’s sessions wrapped up on Wednesday, June 11, with Dr. Ashley Bender discussing “Mourning and Melancholy in Two Poems by Thomas Gray.” Previous sessions in the 2013-2014 school year included: Dr. Gretchen Busl,“Contemporary Mythology and the Frame-tale Narrative: Rana Dasgupta’s Tokyo Cancelled”; Dr. Haj Ross, from UNT, “Dylan Thomas’s ‘In My Craft or Sullen Art’ & Stephen Dunn’s ‘The Sacred’; A Peek Into the Workshop of the Poet”; Dr. Gray Scott, “The Learner’s Journey: What Wizard Academies in Harry Potter and the Kingkiller Chronicles Can Teach Us about How Students Learn”; Dr. Lei Zhang, “Nobel Laureate Mo Yan’s Short Stories”; Dr. AnaLouise Keating, “Octavia Butler’s Science Fiction”; Dr. Russell Greer, “The Achievement of Thomas Hardy’s Poetry”;  Dr. Guy Litton, “Sex, Squanto, and Separatists: Why (Almost) Everything You Were Taught about the Pilgrims Is Wrong.”

For more information, go to the Denton Public Library website.

Contribute to the Scholarship Fund for Dr. Bridges

A group of former students and friends of Dr. Phyllis Bridges are working to establish a scholarship in her honor. See the letter explaining the fundraising effort. For more information on contributing to the endowment, contact Patrice Frisby, development officer in the Office of University Advancement, at or 940.898.3863.

Graduates write a book

Dr. Michele Lockhart and Dr. Kathleen Mollick, two graduates of the Ph.D. in Rhetoric program, having successfully published their first edited collection, Political Women: Language and Leadership (New York: Lexington Books, 2013), are now shifting their focus from American women and their choices of political language to those political women in leadership positions worldwide. Their second book entitled Global Women Leaders: Their World, Their Language is now under contract and scheduled to appear in Fall 2014.

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