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TWU student one of eight in nation to receive future leaders award

1/23/07


DENTON — 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.

Ms. Milling-Robbins, 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.”

Ms. Milling-Robbins 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.

Ms. Milling-Robbins 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.

“Almost everything 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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