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2013 - 2014 TWU Chapter Officers

Yvonne Thomas, President

Town where you live: Dallas

Degree you are earning: Family Sciences

Major: Master of Science in Family Studies

What do you want to do with your degree? I would like to own and operate an adult care and learning facility. †The elderly generation is of utmost importance to all of us. They are the ones that have paved the way for our future. In this day in time, the elderly generation is not given the proper honor and respect for their contributions to family life and society. I would like to help make a change in how the younger generation in todayís society perceives, honors, and respects the elderly generation.

If you have free time, how do you like to spend it? I spend my free time with family members and close friends because family is of utmost importance to me and I truly enjoy all the time I am blessed to spend with them. In addition to spending time with family, I spend a lot of time on the following inspirational ventures:

1. Capturing special memories and past experiences of elderly family members so that I can pass the information to the younger generation of my family

2. Encouraging others to pursue their dreams and goals

3. Maintaining and updating the Thomas-McCowan family website

4. Mentoring young adults

5. Photographing special moments

6. Praising and serving God and sharing his word through inspirational writings

7. Publishing the monthly Thomas-Mccowan family newsletter

8. Teaching young women how to cook from scratch

9. Teaching elderly individuals how to maneuver through innovated technological devices and operate a computer (computer-related functions, software, e-mail, etc.)

10. Writing an inspirational book that I would like to publish sometime soon

11. Writing motivational poetry and inspirational short stories

12. Writing the 3rd edition of the ďThomas Family and Friends Blood and Spiritual TiesĒ book

Why did you want to be an EOE Officer? I would like to assist in promoting online excellence and success, assist in encouraging and motivating others to complete or obtain their education, and assist in promoting the Epsilon Omega Epsilon Honor Society to all distance education students. Additionally, I would like to combine my ideas and talents with other EOE officers in an effort to help make a difference in areas that are of importance to online students and their education endeavors.

What advice do you have for distance learners? When you are always trying to conform to the norm, you lose your uniqueness, which can be the foundation for your greatness. So, color your own lines and DARE TO BE YOUR UNIQUE SELF! Distant education incorporates distinct individuals, who in turn will become distinguished members within society.

In what ways do you stay connected to TWU being a distant learner? I stay connected with TWU by maintaining close associations with various classmates and professors, being a member of the TWU Alumni, Epsilon Omega Epsilon Honor Society, and through membership in the National Society of Leadership and Success.

Share anything else you would like us to know about yourself? †As you can see, I have a great passion and love of family, and love being uniquely creative. I started a book club in 1995 - ďWomen in UnityĒ - because I love sharing special moments with family members and friends. In the year of 2000, I started another family and friends yearly venture - ďThe Thomas Family and Friends Taste of the WorldĒ (awesome cooking contest). There is always a deep-rooted feeling of joy when I am amongst family members and close friends.

††††Alicia Kirven Lewis, Secretary

Town where you live:† Little Elm, TX

Degree you are earning: Bachelor of General Studies

Major: My concentration areas are Business, Computer Science, and Health Studies.

What do you want to do with your degree? I would like to use my degree and go into consulting or project management.† I enjoy being able to work

with others and help provide guidance in managing projects on different scales.

If you have free-time, how do you like to spend it?† I enjoy learning new things such as challenging myself with my cooking skills. I recently baked a four layered cake from scratch including the icing and decorating.† I donít consider myself a baker by any means and this was a fun experience and Iím looking forward to my next baking challenge.† I also really like watching crime shows; Law and Order and Perry Mason are my favorites.

Why did you want to be an EOE Officer? When I was inducted into EOE, it was a goal of mine that I was extremely happy to have accomplished and I was proud to be a member of an organization that recognized the challenges distant learners face. Becoming an EOE officer gives me a platform to show other distant learners that you can be involved at your college or university while not physically being on campus every day and that your hard work is acknowledged.

What advice do you have for distance learners? I believe that being organized is essential to being a distance learner.† Our schedules are usually packed with work commitments, family commitments, social commitments, and to add college to that equation can be very disconcerting, it is important to take time and plan out your schedule.† In the long run, it can help ease some of the pressure felt throughout the semester.

In what ways do you stay connected to TWU being a distant learner? Iíve learned to stay connected by making an effort to participate in campus activities offered whenever possible.† This semester my goal is to attend at least two of the plays that the Drama department puts on. This gives me an opportunity to experience the University more.

Share anything else you would like us to know about yourself?† Although being a distant learner can be difficult I feel like Iím having the time of my life.† There are challenges, but I see the light at the end of the tunnel and I know that the future is bright.†

Jennifer Glenn, Public Relations Chair

Town where you live: †Euless

Degree you are earning: †Bachelors

Major: †General Studies with a concentration in Business and English

What do you want to do with your degree?† Become a buyer and eventually a management role with my current company.

If you have free-time, how do you like to spend it? †Spending time with my fiancé, and our two kittens, Irving and Zeke and planning our November wedding!† Spending time with family and friends, reading, and watching movies.

Why did you want to be an EOE Officer? †I wanted to help EOE grow and felt that I could lend my expertise.

What advice do you have for distance learners? †Time Management is KEY!† Donít let yourself get behind or you will spend the entire semester playing catch-up and you will struggle!

In what ways do you stay connected to TWU being a distant learner? †I am connected to several facebook pages for TWU and several different organizations and check it for updates weekly.† I also check the twu webpage twice a week for any updates or new events.

Share anything else you would like us to know about yourself? ††Letís see Iíve ridding in a NASCAR stock car at over 150 MPH!† As you can tell Iím a HUGE racing fan. Iím a kid at heart and can be found coloring when I get stressed. Oh and Iím marrying my high school sweetheart later this year, it only took me 24 years to realize he was THE ONE! J

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