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Volume 36, Number 5, March 31 - April 13, 2014

SOLE FINALIST CANDIDATE NAMED FOR CHANCELLOR/PRESIDENT

The Texas Woman’s University Board of Regents on March 28 named Carine M. Feyten, Ph.D., the sole finalist candidate for chancellor and president of the university. Dr. Feyten currently is the dean of the College of Education, Health and Society at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

TWU Regent George Schrader, who led the national search for a new chancellor and president, said, “Texas Woman’s University needs a leader with vision, energy and a sense of purpose to meet the opportunities and challenges the university will face in the future. I was impressed with Dr. Feyten’s focus on the future of education, what students need to know to become workforce ready and how to teach them. She thinks globally and has an international perspective.”

The regents’ naming of Dr. Feyten as the sole finalist candidate begins the minimum 21-day period required by Texas law before she can be appointed chancellor and president of TWU, the nation’s largest university primarily for women.

TWU Board of Regents Chair Sue Schrier Bancroft said, “Dr. Feyten’s impressive record of scholarship, research and administrative leadership will make her a strong champion of the university.”

“TWU’s unique position in higher education in Texas demands a chancellor and president who can advance the university to even greater heights,” Mrs. Bancroft said. “I am confident Dr. Feyten is the leader who will do this. I look forward to working with her.”

Dr. Feyten will visit TWU’s three campuses April 8 and 9 to meet with students, faculty and staff. She will spend Tuesday, April 8 on the Denton campus and will travel to the TWU Institutes of Health Sciences in Dallas and Houston on Wednesday, April 9.

In receiving this news, Dr. Feyten said, “I am deeply honored to have been selected as the finalist candidate for a university that has had such dynamic growth and extraordinary leadership. I was particularly attracted by TWU’s commitment to diversity, women, and student success as well as the outstanding reputation of its faculty. I look forward to meeting faculty, staff and students in the coming weeks to gain their insights into what has made TWU the great university it is and to listen to their future aspirations. Lastly, to have this opportunity in Texas is, for me, truly inspiring!”

Dr. Feyten has been dean of the College of Education, Health and Society at Miami University since 2006. The university has an enrollment of 17,550 students on its main campus and a total of 23,390 students over three campuses. The college of EHS includes 65 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programs, an enrollment close to 3,000 students (graduate and undergraduate) on the main campus, 197 faculty and a total revenue budget of $43 million, excluding external grants, gifts and endowments.

Her many accomplishments as dean include:

• Developing and launching a strategic plan focused on a holistic and sustainable approach to all aspects of administrative, faculty and student well-being;
• Leading a capital campaign that has raised more than $27 million, well above its goal of $15 million;
• Increasing enrollment and retention rates in the college, resulting in 90 percent retention from freshman to sophomore;
• Attaining a college graduation rate of 83 percent, the highest on campus;
• Significantly increasing external grant funding obtained by the college, including a $1.5 million grant as the principal investigator;
• Establishing strong relationships with the Ohio Governor’s Office and officials at the state level; and
• Leading multiple successful accreditation efforts.

Dr. Feyten’s research interests include listening, language learning/teaching methodologies and the integration of technology in education. She has authored or co-authored more than 100 journal articles, conference papers and book chapters, and is an internationally recognized consultant and speaker.

She has held national offices in her field and won many awards, including the Florence Steiner Award for Leadership in Foreign Language Education-Postsecondary from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

Prior to being named a dean at Miami University, Dr. Feyten served as associate dean of academic affairs in the College of Education at the University of South Florida in Tampa. She also has taught undergraduate, master’s and doctoral-level courses in foreign language education, second language acquisition, applied linguistics and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). She has been recognized internationally, nationally and at the regional and statewide levels for her leadership, teaching and research.

Dr. Feyten holds a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Education, Second Language Acquisition from the University of South Florida, and an M.A. in English, Dutch, Education and a B.A. in Germanic Philology, both from the Université Catholique Louvain in Belgium. A native of Belgium, she is fluent in five languages.

If confirmed by the TWU Board of Regents, Dr. Feyten will become TWU’s second chancellor and 11th president. She will succeed Dr. Ann Stuart, who is retiring in May after 14 years as chancellor and president.

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HONORS CONVOCATION SCHEDULED APRIL 10

TWU’s annual Honors Convocation will be held in Denton at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 10 in the Margo Jones Performance Hall, followed by the University Picnic in the Pioneer Circle.

Special awards will be presented to outstanding faculty, students and staff for their dedication and contributions to Texas Woman’s University. In addition, this year’s Distinguished Alumni and Hallmark Alumni Award recipients will be introduced. Faculty, students and staff from all TWU sites are invited to attend.

Faculty and academic administrators are encouraged to march in the procession and to wear academic regalia. Robing will take place in the Green Room, adjacent to the Margo Jones Performance Hall. Student members of honorary organizations are welcome to join the procession and to sit in the center section of the hall, directly behind the faculty.

The line of march for the academic procession will form at 9:45 a.m. on the circular drive immediately in front of the Music Building and will move into the Margo Jones Performance Hall promptly at 10 a.m. Program participants, honorees and others who will be seated on the stage will precede the academic procession into the hall.

Classes on the Denton campus will be dismissed from 9:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. Offices that can be closed during this period may post a notice indicating when they will reopen. Offices that cannot close should arrange for coverage during Convocation. It is expected that staff whose offices are closed will attend the Honors Convocation. In addition, it is expected that classes that meet in Denton on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. will attend Honors Convocation.

Following Convocation and the University Picnic, faculty and staff are invited to attend a reception in honor of the award recipients. The event, hosted by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and the TWU Faculty Senate, will take place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the first-floor foyer of Stoddard Hall.

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Newsbriefs (submission information)

The 2014 Founders’ Awards will be presented at the annual TWU Founders’ Awards Scholarship Luncheon at noon Thursday, April 3 in Hubbard Hall. Charles W. “Chuck” Carpenter, president of the Denton Chamber of Commerce, and Dr. Bettye B. Meyers, TWU Cornaro Professor of Kinesiology. For more information, visit http://www.twu.edu/twunews/press_releases/14-founders-awards.asp.

Update on TWU People (submission information)

Dr. Monica Mendez-Grant, associate vice president for student life, will serve as interim vice president for student life effective May 1. Dr. Richard Nicholas, current vice president for student life, will retire effective April 30.

The Next Two Weeks at TWU: March 31 - April 13, 2014

Mon., Mar. 31

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

Tues., Apr. 1
• Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
• Dallas Campus – Global Healthcare Series (Part 3), room 3620, open to TWU faculty, staff and students. Free.

Wed., Apr. 2
• 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., Apr. 3
• Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
• Founders’ Awards Scholarship Luncheon, 11:30 a.m., Hubbard Hall Southeast Dining Room.
• Arts Triangle Walking Tour, 5-7 p.m. http://www.twu.edu/triangle/
• Pioneer Power Speakers Toastmasters Meeting, noon, BHL 234. Free. For more information, visit http://pioneerpowerspeakers.wordpress.com
• “The Effects of WWI on World History” with Dr. Graydon Tunstall, distinguished professor of history from the University of South Florida. 2:30 p.m., CFO 205. Free. http://www.twu.edu/global/events-calendar.asp
• Classical guitar concert with Carlo Pezzimenti and guest artist Brian Rowe, 7:30 p.m., Little Chapel-in-the-Woods. Free.

Fri., Apr. 4
• Library open 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
• Pioneers Softball vs. Midwestern State, 5 and 7 p.m., home.

Sat., Apr. 5
• Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Bookstore closed, Fitness and Recreation open 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
• Transfer Connection, 8:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m., CFO. Free.
• “An Evening with the Bard,” presented by TWU Opera, 7:30 p.m., MJPH. Cost is $5; children 12 and younger, free.
• Pioneers Softball vs. Midwestern State, 1 and 3 p.m., home.

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

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

Tues., Apr. 8
• 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., Apr. 9
• 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 Softball vs. St. Edward’s, 2 and 4 p.m., away.

Thurs., Apr. 10
• Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
• Honors Convocation, 10 a.m., MJPH.
• Pioneer Power Speakers Toastmasters Meeting, noon, BHL. http://pioneerpowerspeakers.wordpress.com

Fri., Apr. 11
• 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.
• TWU Accolades Awards Reception and Luncheon, 11:15 a.m., Hubbard Hall. Reception and luncheon to recognize outstanding TWU alumni and graduate students.
• Quartet for the End of Time, 7:30 p.m., MJPH. Mount Vernon Music performs music by Oliver Messiaen. Free.
• Pioneers Gymnastics vs. Brown, Seattle Pacific and Temple, USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships team semifinals, 6 p.m. CST, away.

Sat., Apr. 12
• Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
• 26th Annual Science Fair, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Pioneer Hall. http://www.twu.edu/arts-sciences/science-fair.asp
• Pioneers Gymnastics, USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships team finals, 6 p.m. CST, away.
• Pioneers Softball vs. Tarleton Sate, 1 and 3 p.m., home.

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


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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