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Volume 36, Number 11, June 30-July 13, 2014

A MESSAGE FROM CHANCELLOR CARINE M. FEYTEN

“Marking a trail in a pathless wilderness, pressing forward with unswerving courage, she met each situation with a resourcefulness equal to the need...”

The instant I read that sentence inscribed on the statue of the Pioneer Woman, I knew it spoke to the inspiration I had felt to be part of a community that so deeply respects the values underlying that full statement. That 'community' is Texas Woman's University, and today I begin my duties as Chancellor and President. I am deeply honored, humbled, and proud of this opportunity awarded me by our Board of Regents and pledge to you my full commitment to maintain and strengthen those values and our University.

Over the coming days and weeks, I will be visiting every part of all of our campuses and I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible, listening to you, and learning what makes TWU so special. In the meantime, if you see me walking or riding around either the Denton, Dallas, or Houston campus, I'd love it if you would stop me and introduce yourself.

Thank you for giving me such a warm welcome.

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TWU ADDS CLINICAL DOCTOR OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY DEGREE

Texas Woman’s University has added a clinical doctor of occupational therapy to its list of degree programs.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board granted TWU the authority to offer the doctor of occupational therapy (OTD) degree on April 24. TWU currently is accepting enrollment for the Fall 2014 semester. The program will be taught in a hybrid format, with most of the instruction online and one or two on-campus visits per semester.

The new OTD is a part-time program designed for working professionals. The curriculum consists of core coursework and individually mentored professional development in an area of specialization.

“The clinical doctorate is becoming the entry-level degree into the occupational therapy profession,” said Dr. Diane Brown, program coordinator. “Our program provides the opportunity to work closely with a mentor who has expertise in the student’s area of specialization and who will help the student set a career path in that area.”

For more information on the TWU OTD program, visit http://www.twu.edu/occupational-therapy/10376.asp or contact Dr. Brown at dbrown@twu.edu or 81-2824.

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Newsbriefs (submission information)

The TWU soccer team will host the eighth-annual Pioneer Power Sprint Triathlon and 5K on Sunday, July 27. For more information or to register, visit http://www.twuathletics.com/news/2014/5/12/GEN_0512144815.aspx

The TWU kinesiology department is seeking volunteers for a research study. Healthy adults or adults with Type 2 diabetes are needed for a warm-water immersion study. The purpose of the research is to investigate the interactive effects of elevated body temperature and exercise on improving glucose control in people who are obese and have Type 2 diabetes. Participants should have no history of any chronic illness and should not be on insulin. For more information, contact Eric Rivas at erivas@twu.edu or Dr. Vic Ben-Ezra at vbenezra@twu.edu.

Postmenopausal women who are overweight, exercise less than three days a week and have elevated blood glucose levels but do not have diabetes are needed for a study to examine the effects of a single bout of walking exercise and green tea extract ingestion on blood glucose and insulin values. For more information, contact Shannon Jordan at sjordan2@twu.edu or Dr. Vic Ben-Ezra at vbenezra@twu.edu.

Update on TWU People (submission information)

Joe Standridge has joined TWU as the associate vice president for facilities management and construction. He previously worked as chief facilities officer at Tarleton State University for 24 years.

Larisa Kliman (admissions) is the recipient of the Fall 2014 ASSET Scholarship award. Ms. Kliman received her bachelor of science degree from TWU in May 2013 and began working in the admissions office shortly thereafter. She currently is working toward a master of arts in teaching, which she plans to complete by 2016. Her goal is to earn a doctorate in school psychology and work with autistic children or students with other disabilities.

Dr. Connie Ayers (nursing, Houston), an Arnold P. Gold Foundation “Gold Humanism Scholar,” recently participated in the Harvard Macy Institute for Educators in the Health Profession. Dr. Ayers participated in an invited symposium presentation by past and present Gold Humanism Scholars, featuring presenters from the University of Chicago, Harvard, Brown, Johns Hopkins, Cleveland Clinic and more. She was the only nurse in the group.

Regina Michael Campbell (occupational therapy, Dallas) has been named a 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan. The award recognizes alumni who have achieved extraordinary distinction in their chosen field and have demonstrated exceptional service to others. Ms. Campbell earned her undergraduate degree in occupational therapy from EMU in 1969.

Dr. Mahesh S. Raisinghani (School of Management) won the Best Research Paper award for “The Politics of E-Learning” and the Best Track Chair Award for the Strategic Applications of Global Information Technology track at the Global Information Technology Management 2014 conference, held June 22-24 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His paper, titled “Agile Software Development Projects: Do Attitudes Towards Agile Matter?” was accepted for publication in the conference proceedings.

Dr. Mahesh S. Raisinghani (School of Management) elected to serve as a board member of Global Information Technology Management Association and its executive committee for the GITM 2015 conference to be held in June 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Drs. Bev Carlsen-Landy and Brandi Falley (both math & computer science) presented a paper titled “Adaptations of Supplemental Instruction: Our Course Assistants Wear Many Hats” at the International Conference for Supplemental Instruction in Chicago in May. They co-authored the paper, based on research connected with the TWU Comprehensive Student Success Program, with Drs. Don Edwards and Ann Wheeler (both math & computer science). The paper is under review for publication in siJ.

Dr. Bev Carlsen-Landy (math & computer science) presented “Creating a Culture of Success at Texas Woman’s University” at the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, held in Austin in May. The presentation summarized the challenges and successes of the implementation of supplemental instruction at TWU.

The Next Two Weeks at TWU: June 30-July 13, 2014

Mon., June 30

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

Tues., July 1
• Library open 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
• EMBA Information Session, 6-7 p.m., ACT 501.

Wed., July 2
• Library open 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

Thurs., July 3
• Library open 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

Fri., July 4
• Independence Day holiday. University closed.

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

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

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

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

Wed., July 9
• Library open 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

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

Fri., July 11
• 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 12
• Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Bookstore closed, Fitness and Recreation open 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

Sun., July 13
• Library open 2-10 p.m.; Bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open noon-10 p.m.

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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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