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Volume 34, Number 17, October 1 - 14, 2012

OCTOBER IS GLOBAL AWARENESS MONTH AT TWU

Texas Woman’s University is celebrating October as Global Awareness Month and will host a variety of events and activities to promote TWU’s Global Connections Initiative. 

“The activities this month reinforce the Global Connections Initiative’s theme of ‘Explore the World at TWU’ and will help us in our goal of creating a campus climate of global awareness and understanding,” said Dr. Ann Staton, dean of the TWU College of Arts and Sciences.  Dr. Staton co-directs the initiative with Dr. Richard Nicholas, vice president for student life.

Events during October include exhibits, lectures and discussions, global free speech boards, dance and music performances, faculty presentations and more. 

Highlights of this month’s activities include:

  • Oct. 1-29 – Exhibit: “Global Connections Through Dress” in the Old Main Building, Fourth Floor.  The TWU Fashion and Textiles Department will display global dress from five different countries throughout the month of October.  Each Monday a new display case with a new country will be made available for viewing by the university community at no charge.  Displays will include general information about the country and apparel production within the country, and traditional dress worn within the country.  Free.

    The specific dates for each country are as follows:
    Oct. 1: Japan
                Oct. 8: South Africa
                Oct. 15: China
                Oct. 22: South Korea
                Oct. 29: Vietnam
  • Oct. 2 Event: Documentary film “Papers: Stories of Undocumented Youth” CFO 202, 6:30-8:30 p.m.  A guided discussion will take place after the film finishes.  Women’s Studies, TWU Commuter Services and University Housing sponsor this event.  For more information on the film, visit www.papersthemovie.com/about_papers/index.html.
  • Oct. 4 Presentation: “Two Flutists Abroad” in ACT 301 from 1:30-2:20 p.m. Join Stephanie Mikus, TWU Presser Scholar and senior music therapy major, and Dr. Pam Youngblood, flute professor and music chair, as they present their musical experiences abroad in July and August of this year.  As a volunteer team member for International China Concern, Stephanie designed music activities for abandoned children with special needs at the Welfare Institute in Sanmenxia in the Henen province of China.  Dr. Youngblood presented concerts in Germany, Austria and Slovakia as a member of the Metropolitan Flute Orchestra, a professional group based in Boston.  Through photos, music and stories, they will share their discoveries about how truly universal the art of music is.
  • Oct. 16 Presentation: “Defending Dignity: The Immigrant Rights Movement and Its Fight against Hate” in CFO 204 from 4-5:15 p.m. Ms. Cristina Tzintzún, executive director of Workers Defense Project and a lead organizer in some of Texas’ largest immigrant rights marches, will talk about the challenges facing the current immigrant rights movement.  She will examine the role of race in the current immigration debate and its impact on communities of color, while discussing stories of undocumented immigrants.  This event is co-sponsored by The TWU Department of Women’s Studies and TWU Commuter Services.
  • Oct. 18 Performance: Music Ensemble Showcase: The French Connection 7:30-9 pm. Margo Jones Performance Hall.  This year's showcase will feature French-themed performances by TWU Wind Symphony, Flute Choir, Concert Choir and Chamber Singers.  Tickets are $5 for general admission; ages 12 and younger are free.

For more information and a detailed schedule of activities, visit www.twu.edu/global.

Launched in 2009, the goal of the TWU Global Connections Initiative is to provide global opportunities, experiences and connections for TWU students, faculty, staff and the community.  The initiative also is charged with helping all TWU students become global citizens with the knowledge, skills and abilities to excel in learning, living and working in a global, diverse and complex society.

TWU RECEIVES LARGEST GIFT EVER FOR WASP ENDOWMENT

Texas Woman’s University recently received its largest gift to date to support the WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) archival collection at the university.

The estate of WASP Frankie Lovvorn Bretherick gave $532,500 to the WASP Endowment Fund.  The gift will allow TWU’s Blagg Huey Library – home to the national WASP archives – to continue to transfer WASP records, photographs and oral histories to digital media, thereby extending the potential uses of the historical record in support of teaching and research.  The endowment also supports the library’s efforts to lend portions of the collection for exhibitions around the country.

“The growth of our WASP Endowment demonstrates the commitment of the WASP to the work TWU is doing to preserve their history and promote their legacy to future generations,” said Kimberly Johnson, coordinator for special collections.  “Our WASP Endowment donors recognize the importance of sustainability.  Growing this endowment ensures that, as new technologies and collaborations unfold in the coming years, we can expand on the work done over the last two decades well into the future.”

Ms. Bretherick grew up in Texas and gained her pilot’s license while working as a nurse in the Civil Service.  She completed training with the WASP at Avenger Field in Sweetwater and was stationed at Greenville Army Air Base in Greenville, Miss.  After deactivation of the WASP, Ms. Bretherick joined the Army Nurse Corps, attended the School of Aviation Medicine and became an air evacuation nurse.

Ms. Bretherick passed away Jan. 20, 2012 in Plano at the age of 98.

The WASP were the first women in history to fly for the U.S. military, serving between 1942 and 1944 at the height of World War II.  More information on the WASP can be found at www.twu.edu/library/wasp.asp.

Newsbriefs (submission information)

Nominations for the 2012-13 Elizabeth Snapp Award for Excellence in Librarianship should be submitted to the Office of Institutional Development by 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29.  Monetary contributions toward the award also are accepted.  For more information, contact Phil Trammell at 81-3865 or ptrammell@twu.edu.

Update on TWU People (submission information)

The TWU community is invited to attend a tribute for the late Dr. James Espinosa, associate professor of physics, from noon to 1:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12 in room 251 of the Ann Stuart Science Complex (ASSC).  Dr. Espinosa, who passed away Aug. 23, 2012, taught at TWU for 34 years.  His widow, Clotilde Espinosa, and their children, James and Betty, will attend the event.  The family has requested that memorial donations be made to the Friends of Chemistry at TWU in his honor.  Contributions for a memorial bench outside the ASSC entrance to be dedicated in Dr. Espinosa’s honor may be made through Phil Trammell (institutional development) at 81-3865 or ptramell@twu.edu.

Dr. Susan Chaney and Dr. Susan Sheriff (both nursing, Dallas) presented “Innovations in Smoking Cessation for Nurse Practitioners” at the Texas Nurse Practitioners 24th Annual Conference held Sept. 7 in Austin.  More than 800 nurse practitioners attended the conference.

The Next Two Weeks at TWU: October 1 - 14, 2012

Mon., Oct. 1              
  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Invisible Children, an organization that works to end child soldiering in Central Africa, presentation and documentary, 6 p.m., MCL Auditorium

Tues., Oct. 2

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • TWU Alumni Painting Exhibition and Joseph Melancon Paintings, Fine Arts Building, West Gallery, continues through Fri., Oct. 26.  Joseph Melancon lecture, 4 p.m.  Reception for the artists, 5-7 p.m.  Free.
  • Global Month:  Documentary film “Papers: Stories of Undocumented Youth,” 6:30 p.m., CFO 202.  Guided discussion to follow.  Free.

Wed., Oct. 3

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • TWU Drama presents “Circle Mirror Transformation,” Redbud Theater, 8 p.m., $5 for students, children and senior citizens, $10 regular admission.  Visit www.twu.edu/drama/box-office.asp for reservations or call 81-2020
  • Pioneers Soccer vs. Texas A&M-Commerce, 7 p.m., away.

Thurs., Oct. 4

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • TWU Drama presents “Circle Mirror Transformation,” Redbud Theater, 4 p.m., $5 for students, children and senior citizens, $10 regular admission.  Visit www.twu.edu/drama/box-office.asp for reservations or call 81-2020.
  • Global Month:  “Two Flutists Abroad,” TWU Presser Scholar and senior music therapy major Stephanie Mikus and Dr. Pamela Youngblood, TWU flute professor and chair of the Department of Music and Drama, present their musical experiences abroad this summer.  1:30 p.m., ACT 301.  Free.

Fri., Oct. 5

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Bookstore open 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • TWU Drama presents “Circle Mirror Transformation,” Redbud Theater, 8 p.m., $5 for students, children and senior citizens, $10 regular admission.  Visit www.twu.edu/drama/box-office.asp for reservations or call 81-2020.
  • Pioneers Soccer vs. Angelo State, 4 p.m., away.
  • Pioneers Softball Faculty/Staff Game and Hit-A-Thon, 3 p.m., home.
  • Pioneers Volleyball vs. Angelo State, 7 p.m., away.

Sat., Oct. 6

  • Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • TWU Drama presents “Circle Mirror Transformation,” Redbud Theater, 2 and 8 p.m., $5 for students, children and senior citizens, $10 regular admission.  Visit www.twu.edu/drama/box-office.asp for reservations or call 81-2020.
  • Open House, Houston Center, 8 a.m.
  • Pioneers Volleyball vs. Tarleton State, 2 p.m., away.

Sun., Oct. 7

  • Library open 2 p.m.-midnight; Bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open noon-10 p.m.
  • TWU Drama presents “Circle Mirror Transformation,” Redbud, 2 p.m., $5 for students, children and senior citizens, $10 regular admission.  Visit www.twu.edu/drama/box-office.asp for reservations or call 81-2020.
  • Pioneers Soccer vs. Incarnate Word, 2 p.m., away.

Mon., Oct. 8

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

Tues., Oct. 9

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

Wed., Oct. 10

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

Thurs., Oct. 11

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

Fri., Oct. 12

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Pioneers Soccer vs. West Texas A&M, 7:30 p.m., home.
  • Pioneers Volleyball vs. Incarnate Word, 5 p.m., home.

Sat., Oct. 13

  • Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Pioneers Softball vs. UNT, 10:30 a.m., home.
  • Pioneers Volleyball vs. Texas A&M-Kingsville, 2 p.m., home.

Sun., Oct. 14

  • Library open 2 p.m.-midnight; Bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open noon-10 p.m.
  • Pioneers Soccer vs. Eastern New Mexico, 2 p.m., home.

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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