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TWU student one
of eight in nation to receive future leaders award
Texas Woman’s University graduate student Stephanie
Milling-Robbins was one of only eight graduate students nationwide
honored recently with the 2007 K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders
Award. The award was presented during the Association of American
Colleges and Universities’ annual meeting, held Jan.
17-20 in New Orleans.
of Denton, is pursuing both a doctorate in dance and a master’s
degree in women’s studies at TWU.
“I’m incredibly humbled by it,” Ms. Milling-Robbins
said. “It’s quite an honor, and a great testament
to TWU as an institution and to my mentors here. It’s
not just about me.”
The K. Patricia
Cross awards recognize graduate students who are committed
to developing academic and civic responsibility in themselves
and others, and who show exemplary promise as future leaders
of higher education. The eight recipients were chosen from
a pool of more than 100 nominations based on demonstrated
leadership ability or potential for exercising leadership
in teaching and learning, as well as a strong commitment to
academic and civic responsibility. For more information about
the award, visit www.aacu.org.
Dr. Jennifer Martin,
dean of the TWU Graduate School, wrote a letter of support
for Ms. Milling-Robbins’ nomination.
“I have no
doubt that Stephanie will represent TWU and her profession
as an outstanding leader in her academic career,” Dr.
Martin wrote. “She has sought out leadership and development
in so many ways at TWU, and I envision that she will continue
to be a lifelong learner — a wonderful characteristic
in an academic leader.”
has served on the TWU Curriculum Committee and the Graduate
Council. She currently serves as a member of the TWU Student
Code of Conduct Committee. She also has served as the university’s
student representative in the standards draft review process
for the National Association of Schools of Dance.
She currently is
a major institutions grant panel member for the Arts Council
of Tarrant County and Fort Worth, and also has served as a
guest artist with several dance companies.
began her professional dance career at age 17 and still performs
occasionally. However, she said, “Professional dance
doesn’t last forever, and you know that going into it.
My ultimate goal is to work in a dance department at a university.
I want to be in a place where I can continue to do interdisciplinary
work and combine my interests in dance and women’s studies.”
She is gaining
teaching experience, both in academics and the professional
field. As a graduate teaching assistant at TWU, Ms. Milling-Robbins
instructs dance technique classes and lecture classes related
to dance and women’s studies. She also has served as
a lecturer at Texas Christian University and as an adjunct
faculty member at the University of North Texas. She currently
serves as a company teacher for the Dallas Black Dance Theatre.
I’ve wanted to do, I’ve done,” she said.
“I have wonderful mentors here at TWU who have helped
me with my research and helped me get involved in things that
will benefit me as a future teacher.”
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