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Volume 36, Number 1, January 13 - 26, 2014

TWU OPENS PIONEER CENTER FOR STUDENT EXCELLENCE

Texas Woman’s University launched a “one-stop shop for student success” with the opening of its new Pioneer Center for Student Excellence on Jan. 13.
Located in Suite 220 of the Blagg-Huey Library, the center brings together for the first time in one location many of the programs designed to help students achieve academic success.  These include academic advising, academic enhancement programs, internships, study abroad, experiential learning, thesis and dissertation “boot camps” for graduate students and the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) college readiness program.
“The Pioneer Center for Student Excellence will support the university’s entire undergraduate and graduate student population and assist them in achieving their personal, academic and professional goals,” said Dr. Joshua Adams, executive director of the center.
Several programs in the TWU Division of Student Life also will make presentations at the center, including career services, intercultural services and the first-generation student mentorship program known as G-Force.
For more information about the TWU Pioneer Center for Student Excellence, visit www.twu.edu/pioneer-center.

Newsbriefs (submission information)

The ring ceremony for the 2013 TWU softball team will take place during halftime of the TWU basketball game against West Texas A&M, scheduled at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26 in the Kitty Magee Arena.  The ceremony was originally scheduled in December, but was postponed due to the ice storm.  Chancellor Ann Stuart will recognize all players and coaches on the 2013 squad, and the three championship banners will be unfurled.  A reception for honorees, donors and guest will be held after the ceremony.

The Texas Woman’s University Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE)/Barnes & Noble Reading Program was among eight finalists for the 2013 Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) STAR Award, which recognizes exceptional contributions toward one or more of the goals of Closing the Gaps by 2015, the Coordinating Board’s higher education plan for Texas.  Winners were announced at a conference in November.  Dr. Rebecca Frederickson and Dr. Sarah McMahan, teacher education faculty, co-sponsor the TWU ATPE chapter.

The TWU Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences is seeking volunteers for a study of the effects of tart cherry juice on improving joint function and reducing knee pain.  The study is open to women and men between the ages of 45 and 79 who have pain associated with knee osteoarthritis.  For more information, contact Dr. Shanil Juma at 81-2704 or sjuma@twu.edu.

Update on TWU People (submission information)

The TWU community extends it sympathies to the family and friends of Ryan Hay, who passed away Dec. 3, 2013.  He was a library support specialist 1 and math and computer sciences student at TWU.  Services were held Dec. 5, 2013, in Aubrey.

The TWU community offers its condolences to the family and friends of Jason Johnson, service desk analyst III, who passed away Dec. 26, 2013.  Services were held Dec. 29, 2013.

Dr. Jennifer Martin (provost’s office) will be honored at a reception Wednesday, Jan. 15 for her 10 years of service to TWU as dean of the Graduate School.  The reception will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. on ACT2.  Cards will be available for those who wish to write her a personal note.  (This is not a retirement reception.)
 
The following changes in academic leadership recently were announced: Dr. Larry LeFlore has been named dean of the Graduate School; Dr. Gay James, associate dean, College of Health Sciences; and Dr. Brenda Binder, interim associate dean, College of Nursing, Houston.

Dr. DiAnna Hynds (biology) has announced that Prapti Mody received first prize for her poster, “A study of amyloid protein during murine cytomegalovirus infection in culture” at the North Texas Life Sciences Research Symposium on Nov. 2.  The symposium brings together student researchers from several schools in North Texas.  Dr. Hynds serves as TWU’s representative on the steering committee.

Dr. DiAnna Hynds (biology) gave invited seminars titled “Targeting Rho GTPase Signaling for Axon Regeneration” at the University of Houston School of Pharmacy on Oct. 22, and “Targeting Rho GTPases for Axon Regeneration” at Texas A&M-Commerce on Dec. 5.

Dr. Derek Crews (School of Management) has co-authored a paper titled “Aligning Culture with Human Resource Strategies” accepted for publication in the International Journal of Business and Social Science. (2014 forthcoming).  

Dr. Mahesh S. Raisinghani (School of Management) has co-authored the manuscripts, "Quality Control Standards in the U.S. Military: How Has the Focus on Quality Control Transformed the U.S. Air Force?" and "The Effects of Total Quality Management on Company Profits: A Managerial Perspective," which have been accepted for presentation at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Southeast Decision Sciences Institute (SE DSI), scheduled Feb. 19-21 in Wilmington, N.C.

Dr. Mahesh S. Raisinghani (School of Management) has co-authored a paper with Dr. Molly Russ (School of Management) that has been accepted for presentation at the Society for Advancement of Management (SAM) International Business Conference to be held April 3-6 in Orlando, Fla. The paper is titled "Escalated Commitment in Information Project Management: A Managerial Perspective."

Dr. Ellina Grigorieva (math and computer science) will present the following research papers during the Joint Mathematics Meeting of the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America, scheduled Jan. 15-18 in Baltimore, Md.: “Problems and methods that develop creativity” during the Mathematics Education session on Jan. 16; “Optimal production-sales strategies for a company at changing market price” during the Mathematics Experiences in Business, Industry and Government I session on Jan. 17; and “Methods of solving complex problems: history of mathematics approach” during the History and Philosophy of Mathematics session on Jan. 18.

Dr. AnaLouise Keating (women’s studies) recently published her ninth book, Transformation Now! Toward Post-Oppositional Politics of Change (University of Illinois Press, 2013), which invites readers to transform how they think about identity, difference, social justice and social change, metaphysics, reading and teaching.

Seventeen faculty members and graduate students in women’s studies participated in the National Women’s Studies Association conference in Cincinnati, Ohio in November 2013.  Dr. Mark Kessler presented “What's Law Got to Do with It?  Law in Transdisciplinary Women's and Gender Studies,” Dr. Agatha Beins presented “To Queer Community Archives” and Dr. AnaLouise Keating presented “Listening to '[t]hat Voice At The Edge Of Things': Womanist Speculations Into the Not-So-New Materialisms.”  Doctoral and master's students who presented papers include Lindsey Bartgis, Sheila Bustillos-Reynolds, Kamilah Hasan, Angela Johnson, Audrey Lundahl, Darci McFarland, Frances Reanae McNeal, Kimberly Merenda, Sam Schmitt, Michelle Slaughter, Jessica Spain Sadr, Jessie Valadez, and Lindsay Vancil Robertson.

Dr. Claire Sahlin (women’s studies) announced that Frances Reanae McNeal (doctoral student in women's studies) was selected as a recipient of the 2014 Scholars for the Dream Travel Award by the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC).  Ms. McNeal will present her paper, “Rhetorics of Survivance: African Native American Art as an Act of Resistance” at the CCCC convention, scheduled March 19-22 in Indianapolis.

The Next Two Weeks at TWU: January 13 - 26, 2014

Mon., Jan. 13            
  • Spring 2014 classes begin.
  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.

Tues., Jan. 14

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.

Wed., Jan. 15

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
  • Reception honoring Dr. Jennifer Martin, senior associate provost, for her 10 contributions to graduate education during her 10 years as dean of the TWU Graduate School, 3-4 p.m., ACT2.  This is not a retirement reception.

Thurs., Jan. 16

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
  • Pioneers Basketball vs. Cameron, 6 p.m., away.

Fri., Jan. 17

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.

Sat., Jan. 18

  • Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Bookstore open 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Pioneer Preview Day, featuring information for prospective freshmen, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Hubbard Hall.  81-3271.
  • Pioneers Gymnastics vs. Air Force, 7 p.m., home.

Sun., Jan. 19

  • Library open 2 p.m.-midnight; Bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open noon-midnight.
  • Pioneers Basketball vs. Midwestern State, 6 p.m., home.

Mon., Jan. 20

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.  University closed.

Tues., Jan. 21

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.

Wed., Jan. 22

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.

Thurs., Jan. 23

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
  • Pioneers Basketball vs. Eastern New Mexico, 6 p.m., away.

Fri., Jan. 24

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Bookstore open 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
  • Pioneers Gymnastics vs. NC State and William and Mary, 6 p.m., home.

Sat., Jan. 25

  • Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

Sun., Jan. 26

  • Library open 2 p.m.-midnight Bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open noon-midnight.
  • Pioneers Basketball vs. West Texas A&M, 2 p.m., home.  TWU Softball team ring ceremony to take place during halftime.

Submission Information

Newsbrief Submissions
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TWU People Submissions
Please submit “People” items (faculty and staff only) to the Office of Marketing and Communication by campus mail or by e-mail to info@twu.edu. Include first and last names (no initials, please) and appropriate titles (ie. Dr.)

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