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Volume 35, Number 12, July 22 - August 4, 2013

TWU RECEIVES $700,000 IN HRSA GRANTS FOR NURSING SCHOLARSHIPS

Texas Woman’s University has received more than $700,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to help economically disadvantaged students pursue a degree in nursing.

HRSA’s Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) Program has awarded TWU $609,635 for scholarships for undergraduate students pursuing a nursing degree.  The program also has awarded the university $93,790 for graduate students who are pursuing a nursing degree.

This is the second year of funding for the grant.

The application process for spring 2014 will be posted at www.twu.edu/nursing in September. The application process for fall 2013 HRSA scholarships has concluded.

For additional information regarding this funding, email the TWU Student Life Development Office at rjohnsonpiper@twu.edu.

The SDS Program was established through the Disadvantaged Minority Health Improvement Act of 1990 to increase diversity in the health professions and nursing workforce to ensure culturally effective care and reduce health disparities.  The program provides grants to eligible health professions and nursing schools for use in awarding scholarships to students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. 

TWU TO WELCOME FIRST TERRY SCHOLARS THIS FALL

Among the new freshmen entering Texas Woman’s University this fall are 16 recipients of the first Terry Foundation scholarships offered at the university.

Terry Scholars are selected from a highly competitive applicant pool of incoming freshmen who demonstrate exceptional leadership, character, financial need and scholastic ability.  The award covers the cost of tuition, fees, books, on-campus room and board and miscellaneous expenses.  The scholarships are renewable annually at the discretion of the foundation’s board of directors for up to eight semesters.

TWU’s first class of Terry Scholars includes:

  • Ishita Alam of Mansfield Timberview High School, who will major in family studies;
  • Jenna Bird of Denton Calvary Academy, who will major in nursing;
  • Christine De Ocampo of Frisco Heritage High School, who will major in nursing;
  • Corbin Dotson of Rider High School in Wichita Falls, who will major in kinesiology;
  • Amie Du of Denton’s Guyer High School, who will major in chemistry;
  • Sarah Gerken of Gainesville High School, who will major in interdisciplinary studies;
  • Janette Gula of Duncanville High School, who will major in biochemistry;
  • Keri Anne Jones of Lakeview Centennial High School in Garland, who will major in kinesiology;
  • Katherine Kellett of Martin High School in Arlington, who will major in social work;
  • Ifra Khan of Frisco Heritage High School, who will major in biology;
  • Jordan Kiefer of Allen High School, who will major in kinesiology;
  • Monica Mathis of Sherman High School, who will major in kinesiology;
  • Kristen Maxwell of Caddo Mills High School, who will major in nursing;
  • Mahaley Millican of Aubrey High School, who will major in communication sciences;
  • Ashley Price of Valley View High School, who will major in mathematics;
  • Jessica Zondag of Early High School in May, who will major in business administration-accounting.

The Terry Foundation was established in 1986 by Houstonians Howard and Nancy Terry out of a desire to help young people help themselves.  The foundation’s goal is to strengthen the state of Texas by identifying and supporting Texas high school graduates with high leadership potential.

For more information about Terry Foundation scholarships at TWU, visit www.twu.edu/terry-scholarships. 

TWU PARTNERSHIPS EARN ‘CREATE’ RECOGNITION

The Spring 2013 TWU Exemplary K-12 Partnerships submitted to the Quest for Quality: Teacher Preparation in Texas Initiatives were selected for recognition by CREATE, the Center for Research, Evaluation and Advancement of Teacher Education. 
A submission by Dr. Sandra Westmoreland (biology), Shifting form Cookbook to Inquiry, was selected for recognition as a Curriculum Enhancement Initiative University Partnership.  This partnership included the TWU Department of Biology and the Science Curriculum Departments at Northwest ISD and Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD, to align the Texas College and Career Readiness Standards with model secondary school lab activities.

A work by Dr. Holly Hansen-Thomas (teacher education) joins the Bilingual Education Student Organization (BESO) and Denton’s Woodrow Wilson Elementary through a partnership focused on fund raising and book purchases to strengthen literacy opportunities for bilingual students and their families.  This collaborative work was selected as an exemplary University-School-Community Engagement Partnership.


The Quest for Quality initiative is designed to highlight exceptional quality in university-based teacher preparation in Texas.  Quest for Quality is a collaborative between the CREATE and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.  Funding is provided through a grant from the Sid W. Richardson Foundation to the College for All Texans Foundation.

Newsbriefs (submission information)

Annual Benefits Enrollment continues through Friday, Aug. 2.  This is your opportunity to make changes to your benefits to be effective Sept. 1, 2013.  Enrollment webinars are available throughout enrollment.  Dates, login details and locations are available at http://www.ers.state.tx.us/Events/Annual_Enrollment.  The TWU Power Benefits Portal is available for all benefits-eligible employees to access voluntary benefit information.  Sign-up for most products is now available at https://twu.powerbenefits.com.

Registration is now open for the 2013 Teaching and Learning Symposium (TLS), scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22 in the ACT building on the Denton campus.  All TWU faculty, staff, adjuncts, teaching assistants and graduate assistants are invited to attend this event.  More than 40 presenters will share best practices, models and lessons learned in uses of technology both in the face-to-face classroom and in the online classroom.  Presentations will be a mix of face-to-face presentations and posters.  Lunch will be provided.  For more information, visit www.twu.edu/TLT/events.asp.  To register, go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2013TLSThe registration deadline is 5 p.m. Aug. 20.

TWU Athletics will host the 2013 Pioneer Power Sprint 5K, a race for runners and walkers, at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, July 28 on the Denton campus.  The 5K will be held in conjunction with the Pioneer Power Sprint Triathlon.  A post-race party with live music, free food and drink will be held on the Hubbard Oval.  The entry fee is $30, with proceeds benefiting the TWU soccer program.  For more information or to register, visit http://www.imathlete.com/events/2013TWUPioneerPowerSprint5K?z=1373665542010.

The TWU Community Dance Center will hold Fall 2013 classes Sept. 3 through Nov. 11.  Classes are available for all ages, with styles including swing, hip hop, ballet, jazz, lyrical/modern, country western, creative dance and ballroom.  Registration is $80 through Aug. 26.  For more information and class schedules, visit http://www.twu.edu/dance/community-dance-center-info.asp.

Update on TWU People (submission information)

Dr. Phyllis Bridges (English) has been appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of Mass Communication and Journalism, an Open Access journal that aims to publish the most complete and reliable source of information on the discoveries and current developments in all areas of the field and make them freely available online to researchers worldwide.

Dr. Phyllis Bridges (English) presented research on the Abernathy legends of Oklahoma and chaired the Folklore Section during the Southwest American Culture Association conference in February in Albuquerque, N.M. 

Dr. Mahesh S. Raisinghani (SOM) had a paper, “ITSDM: a well-defined Methodology for Design of IT Services,” accepted for presentation and publication in the proceedings of the 25th International Conference on System Research, Informatics & Cybernetics scheduled July 29-Aug. 3 in Baden-Baden, Germany.  The paper will be presented in the Special Focus Symposium on Simulation Based Decision Support and Business Intelligence.

Dr. Mahesh S. Raisinghani (SOM) accepted an invitation to serve as co-editor of the Special Issue On: Engineering and Management of IT-based Service Systems: A Systems Approach of the International Journal of Information Technologies and Systems Approach (IJITSA).  A call for papers also has been issued.  For more information, visit http://www.igi-global.com/calls-for-papers-special/international-journal-information-technologies-systems/1098.

The Next Two Weeks at TWU: July 22 - August 4, 2013

Mon., July 22           
  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

Tues., July 23

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

Wed., July 24

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

Thurs., July 25

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

Fri., July 26

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

Sat., July 27

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

Sun., July 28

  • Library open 2-10 p.m.; Bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open noon-10 p.m.

Mon., July 29

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

Tues., July 30

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

Wed., July 31

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

Thurs., Aug. 1

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

Fri., Aug. 2

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

Sat., Aug. 3

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

Sun., Aug. 4

  • Library open 2-10 p.m.; Bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open noon-10 p.m.

Submission Information

Newsbrief Submissions
Information and news about activities, programs or TWU people may be sent to the Office of Marketing and Communication through campus mail or by e-mail to info@twu.edu. The deadline to receive information is the first and third Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m. for the following week. Student information for the “People” section is not published unless it is submitted by or in conjunction with a faculty member and that faculty member’s related activities.

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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