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SLIS RECEIVES NEARLY $730,000 FOR PELSC PROJECT

DIMARCO NAMED 2007 DISTINGUISHED SCIENTIST

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UPDATE ON TWU PEOPLE

THE NEXT TWO WEEKS AT TWU: July 2-15, 2007

 

Volume 29, Number 13, July 2-15, 2007

SLIS RECEIVES NEARLY $730,000 FOR PELSC PROJECT

The Texas Woman’s University School of Library and Information Studies has received a grant of $691,323 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and a second grant of $38,400 from Tocker Foundation to implement its Professional Education for Librarians in Small Communities (PELSC) project. 

TWU, the Texas Library Association and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission will provide a matching amount of $442,074 in both cash and in-kind services for the project.

The PELSC project offers an online degree program that will enable library workers currently serving in small and rural communities throughout Texas to earn a master’s degree in library science.  The project will provide full support for tuition, fees and travel stipends.  Participants will form a cohort and be assisted throughout their study by mentors who are professional librarians in public libraries in Texas.

“We are extremely excited about the PELSC project,” said Dr. Robert Martin, the Lillian Bradshaw Professor of Library Science at TWU and the principal investigator of the project.  “This truly leverages the potential for online learning at the advanced degree level, and builds on what the State Library has already accomplished with its Small Library Management Training Program.”

The Small Library Management Training Program (SLMTP), administered by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, provides management skills to non-MLS library staff of small community libraries in Texas.  Eligible applicants for the PELSC project must have completed the SLMTP or be on schedule to complete it by the first semester of their study.  Participants in the PELSC project will be required to attend an orientation event at the beginning of their program, and are expected to receive their degree in two calendar years.

More than three-quarters of the public libraries in Texas serve communities with populations of fewer than 25,000.  Few of these libraries are managed by a professional librarian — one having earned a master’s degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association.
“This program will result in a significant improvement of the management of libraries serving small communities,” said Dr. Ling Hwey Jeng, director of TWU’s School of Library and Information Studies and co-principal investigator of the project.  “That means better library services for people living in small communities, and more effective use of public resources in those communities.”

The grant period begins July 1, 2007 and continues through June 30, 2010.

For more information on the PELSC project at TWU, contact Dr. Martin or Dr. Jeng at 81-2602.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums.  The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.

The purpose of the Tocker Foundation is to distribute funds principally for the support, encouragement and assistance to small rural libraries in Texas.

 

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DIMARCO NAMED 2007 DISTINGUISHED SCIENTIST

Dr. Nancy DiMarco, professor of nutrition and food sciences at Texas Woman’s University, recently was named the 2007 Distinguished Scientist by the Texas Dietetic Association (TDA). 


According to the TDA, the award is given to a TDA member who has made outstanding and significant contributions to research in the field of dietetics, nutrition, food science or related sciences.


“Being recognized by your peers is wonderful, but truly I could not have received this award without the support of my husband, children, students, colleagues and staff, because they made it possible,” Dr. DiMarco said.

Dr. DiMarco, who also serves as the director of TWU’s Institute for Women’s Health, performs research in the areas of osteoporosis and the effects of diet, exercise and hormonal status on bone metabolism throughout the lifecycle, and the impact of nutrition education on elementary school children’s food selections and bone mineral density.  She is a member of the American Society for Bone & Mineral Research, American Society of Nutritional Sciences, American College of Sports Medicine, American Dietetic Association (ADA), Dietitians in Research, Sports and Cardiovascular Nutritionists, North Texas Dietetic Association, and Phi Kappa Phi.  She also created the new subunit SCAN (Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutritionists) for Sports Dietetics-USA and serves on the specialty workgroup that created the certification examination for the Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics.

For more information on the TDA, visit www.nutrition4texas.org.

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NEWSBRIEFS

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.

The TWU Student Union’s annual Pool Party has been rescheduled for Wednesday, July 11.  TWU faculty, staff, students and their families are invited to the event, to be held from 7-9 p.m. at TWU’s outdoor pool.  Door prizes and food will be provided.  Anyone interested in attending is asked to RSVP by Friday, July 6 to Christy Raines at craines@mail.twu.edu.

 

UPDATE ON TWU PEOPLE

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.).

Dr. Jody L. Vogelzang (nutrition and food sciences) was among the national leaders of the American Dietetic Association selected to attend the ADA’s fourth Leadership Institute, held June 7-10 in San Diego.  Dr. Vogelzang serves the ADA as a House of Delegates director.  Participation in the institute — an intensive certificate training program in the theory and practice of leadership, is limited to fewer than 300 of ADA’s nearly 67,000 members throughout the country.  This is the second time Dr. Vogelzang has been invited to attend the leadership training.


Pat Driscoll (health systems management-Dallas) has been elected to a three-year term on the board of directors for Jewish Community Services.  She also recently was elected to a two-year term on the board of directors for the Texas Health Industry Council.

Dr. Sandy Cesario (nursing-Houston) was a special guest co-author of a column with Dr. J. Strichler in the Journal of Nursing Administration, 37 (6), 257-260.  The column, titled “Preparing nurses for a leadership role in designing healthcare facilities,” mentions the course Dr. Cesario developed and taught at TWU last fall in collaboration with Hill Rom.

Dr. Carol A. Kominski (Institutional Effectiveness and Research), in collaboration with the Academic Assessment Advisory Committee, hosted a workshop on June 15.  The workshop, titled “Assessment and Technology Working Together,” included presentations and discussion by all colleges of the university.  Applications of various tools available to faculty to assess their programs and track student progress were presented.  Roundtable discussions dealt with course and faculty assessment and assessment in distance learning.  For further information or to be placed on the distribution list for future workshops, please contact Dr. Kominski at 81-3029 or CKominski@twu.edu.

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THE NEXT TWO WEEKS AT TWU: JULY 2-15, 2007

Mon., July 2            -Library open 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; bookstore open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fitness & Recreation open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
                                   
Tues., July 3            -Library open 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness & Recreation open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
                                   
Wed., July 4            -Independence Day holiday; university closed.
                                               
Thur., July 5            -Library open 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; bookstore open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fitness & Recreation open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
                                                           
Fri., July 6            -Library 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; bookstore open 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-8 p.m.

Sat., July 7            -Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open 8 a.m. to noon.
                                   
Sun., July 8            -Library open 2-10 p.m.; bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open 4-8 p.m.
                                   
Mon., July 9            -Library open 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; bookstore open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fitness & Recreation open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
                                   
Tues., July 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.
                                               
Wed., July 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.
                                   
Thur., July 12            -Library open 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; bookstore open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
                                   
Fri., July 13            -Library open 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; bookstore open 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-8 p.m.
                                   
Sat., July 14            -Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open 8 a.m.-noon.
                                   
Sun., July 15            -Library open 2-10 p.m.; bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open 4-8 p.m.



 

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