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Volume 33, Number 14, August 8 - 21, 2011

TWU RANKED AMONG BEST U.S. COLLEGES FOR UNDERGRADUATES     

Texas Woman’s University is ranked among the best undergraduate institutions in the United States by Forbes magazine.

Forbes’ annual ranking of America’s Top Colleges focuses on “the things that matter most to students: quality of teaching, great career prospects, graduation rates and low levels of debt.

 “Unlike other lists, we pointedly ignore ephemeral measures such as school ‘reputation’ and ill-conceived metrics that reward wasteful spending,” said Forbes Executive Editor Michael Noer.  “In short, we try to evaluate the college purchase as a consumer would,”

Among Texas universities, TWU is ranked ahead of the University of North Texas, the University of Texas-Arlington, Texas State University and the University of Texas-San Antonio.  Only 29 of the more than 200 Texas universities made the list.

The full story is available at http://blogs.forbes.com/michaelnoer/2011/08/03/americas-top-colleges/

TWU FLUTE CHOIR TO PERFORM AT NATIONAL CONVENTION

The Texas Woman’s University Flute Choir will perform a showcase concert at the 39th National Flute Association (NFA) annual convention, scheduled Aug. 11-14 in Charlotte, N.C.  Additional TWU highlights include graduate student Cassy Hewett performing in the Professional Flute Choir and a “Music of the Americas” performance featuring Dr. Pamela Youngblood, professor of music and chair of the department of music and drama, and TWU pianist Gabriel Bita.

Twenty students from the TWU and Brookhaven College flute choirs – both of which are directed by Dr. Youngblood – will perform Friday, Aug. 12, in the Charlotte Convention Center.
This is the second national convention performance in three years for the combined TWU/Brookhaven flute choirs.  The group performed at the New York City convention in 2009.

Prior to the flute choir performance, Dr. Youngblood and Mr. Bita will be featured in a “Music of the Americas” concert in the convention center ballroom.  They will perform Bruce Stark’s “American Suite.”

Cassy Hewett, a TWU master’s student in flute pedagogy, will perform in several concerts with the NFA’s Professional Flute Choir, including a featured concert Sunday, Aug. 14.  Competition for the choir is open to professional flutists and flute teachers. Ms. Hewett, of Russellville, Ark., is a graduate assistant in the TWU music department.

This is the second consecutive year in which Ms. Hewett has been selected for the Professional Flute Choir.

The National Flute Association is the largest flute organization in the world, with approximately 6,000 members from more than 50 countries.  For more information, visit www.nfaonline.org.

Newsbriefs (submission information)

More than 150 Denton Texas National Guard soldiers will participate in a mobilization ceremony Saturday, Aug. 13 before deploying to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  The community is invited to the Soldier Farewell Ceremony for the 236th Engineer Company, which will begin at 1 p.m. in TWU’s Pioneer Hall.  The Pioneer Hall north parking lot will be closed to accommodate the 236th Company personnel.

The 2011-2012 faculty and staff parking permits for the Denton and Dallas campuses are available for purchase.  These permits will be valid until Aug. 31, 2012.  For more information, visit http://www.twu.edu/dps/parking.asp
TWU Fitness and Recreation will provide tours of the new fitness center from 11 a.m. until noon Monday, Aug. 22.  For membership information, including payroll deduction, contact Sammie Jendrusch at sjendrusch@twu.edu or call 81-2900.  The new center opens Aug. 29.

Did you know that almost one-third of TWU’s students take only online classes and almost half take at least one online class?  The Office of Distance Education invites all TWU administrators, faculty and staff to attend the 5th Annual Online Educator Symposium to learn more about this group of students, what the university is doing to support them and how you can get involved! The symposium will be held on Thursday, Aug. 25 on the Denton campus from 9 a.m. -2 p.m. For more information and to register, go to www.twu.edu/de/special-events.asp. For questions, contact the Office of Distance Education at 81-3409.

The Student Organization for Marriage and Family Therapy (SAMFT) is collecting recipes for its first-ever SAMFT cookbook.  Submit your recipe, name, picture (optional) to astokes1@twu.edu; forward to SAMFT, Family Sciences, HDB 115; or place it in the envelope on the SAMFT board next to the Counseling and Family Therapy Clinic in HDB.  Questions?  Contact Anna Stokes at the above email address or Mary Sue Green at mgreen9@twu.edu. Cookbooks will be available for sale in the fall.

Update on TWU People (submission information)

Drs. Gerald Goodman and Anne Selcer (health care administration-Houston) presented a paper titled “Fostering Transformational Leadership in Healthcare Through Appreciative Inquiry” at the Summer 2011 annual meeting of the Association of University Programs in Healthcare Administration (AUPHA).

Dr. Gerald Goodman (health care administration-Houston) was re-elected as chair of the faculty network on quality at the Summer 2011 annual meeting of the Association of University Programs in Healthcare Administration (AUPHA).

Cynthia Johnson (lifelong learning-Dallas) presented “Using Wimba Classroom in Global Health Curriculum to Promote Advocacy Skills in Undergraduate Studies” at the Sloan-C 4th Annual International Symposium on Emerging Technologies for Online Learning, held June 11-13 in San Jose, Calif.

Sena Horne joins TWU as assistant head coach of the Pioneers softball team.  She most recently served as head coach at Northwood University in Cedar Hill, coaching the Lady Knights to three consecutive NAIA National Championship Tournament appearances.

Josh Nilson has been named assistant coach of the Pioneers gymnastics team.  He previously spent six years at Utah State, including three years as an assistant coach.

The Next Two Weeks at TWU: August 8 - 21, 2011

Mon., Aug. 8             
  • 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., Aug. 9

  • 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., Aug. 10

  • 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.

Thur., Aug. 11

  • 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. 12

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

Sat., Aug. 13

  • Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open 8 a.m.-midnight.
  • Mobilization ceremony for the 236th Engineer Company, Denton Texas National Guard, 1 p.m., Pioneer Hall.  North parking lot of Pioneer Hall will be closed to accommodate the 236th Company personnel.

Sun., Aug. 14

  • Library open 2-10 p.m.; Bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open 2-6 p.m.

Mon., Aug. 15

  • Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

Tues, Aug. 16

  • Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

Wed, Aug. 17

  • Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

Thurs., Aug. 18

  • Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 19

  • Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-8 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 20

  • Library closed; Bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open 8 a.m.-midnight.

Sunday, Aug. 21

  • Library closed; Bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open 2-6 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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