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TWU to recognize outstanding students at Honors Convocation


DENTON — Texas Woman’s University will recognize student artistry and academic excellence during Honors Convocation ceremonies Thursday, April 20. Convocation begins at 10 a.m. in the Margo Jones Performance Hall, located at Oakland and Sawyer streets on TWU’s Denton campus.

Tina Pustizzi-Meschko of Whitesboro will receive the Pauline Bishop Leman Memorial Award for outstanding artistic achievement. Outstanding Senior awards, which are based on academic excellence and involvement in extracurricular activities, will go to Shaina Porter of Granbury and Chelsea Pearce of Garland. Saunya Bright, a master’s student from Montgomery, Ala., will receive the Outstanding Graduate Student Award.

Tina Pustizzi-Meschko

Ms. Pustizzi-Meschko, an art major, is recognized as a leader and a galvanizing force in the painting area of the TWU Department of Visual Arts. Recognizing a need for a student group specifically devoted to the needs of painters, she founded “Painters at Large,” the newest student group in the Department of Visual Arts. She also served as the group’s first president.

Ms. Pustizzi-Meschko has many juried and invitational exhibitions to her credit, including a Best of Show Award at the Kennesaw State University Juried Show in Kennesaw, Ga. She was invited to exhibit her work in a one-person show at a commercial gallery in Dallas in May. This exhibition also will serve as her bachelor of fine arts (BFA) exhibition.
Gary Washmon, TWU professor of art, said Ms. Pustizzi-Meschko’s work “exhibits a maturity of concept and style that is very unusual at the undergraduate level. Tina is always willing to push beyond the level of her previous work. She is the type of student every teacher wants — someone who thinks clearly about her artistic goals and who is willing to work extremely hard to achieve those goals.”

Shaina Porter

Ms. Porter will graduate in May with a degree in biology, with an emphasis in research. She holds a 3.889 grade point average in her major, and plans to pursue her doctorate at the University of Texas Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Science in the fall.

Ms. Porter was awarded the TWU Chancellor’s Scholarship as an incoming freshman, and she recently was named a Chancellor’s Student Research Scholar. She is active in numerous organizations, including the Honors Scholar Program, Gamma Beta Phi honor service organization, Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society and the Athenian Honor Society, in which she served as president in 2004-05. Ms. Porter completed the Summer Undergraduate Research Program at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in 2005, where she participated in a mapping project to delineate the location of the skin tumor promotion gene in mice.

“Shaina Porter has remarkable potential for success as a research scientist,” said Dr. Heather Conrad-Webb, associate professor of biology at TWU. “She has the academic ability, the thirst for answers and determination necessary for a successful career in biomedical research.”

Chelsea Pearce

Ms. Pearce will graduate in May with a bachelor of science in health studies. She holds a 3.9 GPA, and plans to continue her studies at TWU in the physical therapy graduate program in Dallas.
Ms. Pearce is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society and the TWU Honors Scholar Program. She was named “Outstanding Campus Leader” at the 2005 TWU Redbud Awards Festival, and has served as an officer in the Athenian Honor Society.

“Chelsea has dedicated herself to service here at TWU and within her community,” said Dr. Guy Litton, director of the TWU Honors Scholar Program. “She has skillfully combined her volunteer service with North Texas Rehab, Veranda Assisted Living, Denton Family Resource Center and TWU Student Health Services with opportunities at each of those agencies for professional development. In my mind, this demonstrates a considerable amount of focus and maturity.”

Saunya Bright

Ms. Bright will graduate in August with a master of science/master of business administration degree in institutional administration. She carries an overall GPA of 3.906.

Ms. Bright, a registered dietitian, currently holds the rank of captain in the United States Air Force. She previously served as chief of clinical dietetics at the First Fighter Wing Hospital at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Va. Her goal is to one day retire from her military career as a senior medical officer in command of several medical treatment facilities. She hopes to follow her military career with involvement in Veterans Affairs medical leadership and policy, then return to Alabama to teach nutrition and business.

Ms. Bright is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Dietetic Association. Her activities at TWU have included serving as vice president of the Nutrition and Food Sciences Advisory Board and as a master’s student representative on the TWU Graduate Council. She also is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society.

Ms. Bright’s academic and research advisor Dr. Junehee Kwon, assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences, described her as “one of the most responsible and self-motivated graduate students I ever had … We are excited to observe how successful she will be in her future leadership positions in dietetics and in U.S. military services,


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Karen Garcia
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Tel: (940) 898-3456
e-mail: kgarcia@twu.edu

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