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REGENTS APPROVE PAY RAISES

COORDINATING BOARD AWARDS TWU LARGEST GRANT IN STATE

NEWSBRIEFS

UPDATE ON TWU PEOPLE

THE NEXT TWO WEEKS AT TWU: August 27-Sept. 9, 2007

 

Volume 29, Number 16, August 27-September 9, 2007

 

REGENTS APPROVE PAY RAISES

The TWU Board of Regents during its Aug. 24 board meeting approved the 2007-2008 budget, which includes salary increases for faculty and staff.  Faculty receiving an evaluation of “meets expectations” or better will receive a 2 percent salary increase.  A salary increase of 2 percent was approved for all staff, with the exception of employees hired on or after June 1, 2007.  These employees are not eligible for this increase.  Pay increases will be reflected in the Oct. 1, 2007 paychecks.

The $194,313,832 expense budget approved by the Board of Regents was projected on a 3 percent growth in enrollment and no gain in state revenue.  The budget projects total revenue at $198,540,691.

 

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COORDINATING BOARD AWARDS TWU LARGEST GRANT IN STATE

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) has awarded Texas Woman’s University a $214,500 grant for the university’s student-mentorship program, which is designed to increase enrollment among first-generation college students in Texas.  TWU’s G-Force program received the most funding of any university in the state.

G-Force members mentor high school students, participate in college enrollment workshops and help to staff TWU-sponsored Go Centers in area high schools.  A Go Center is a physical space in a high school that offers students admission and financial aid application assistance and other information to encourage greater participation in higher education by potential first-generation college students.

“The TWU G-Force program has been a great success in exposing more potential first-generation students to the college experience,” TWU Chancellor and President Dr. Ann Stuart said.  “I am pleased that the THECB has recognized the achievements of our G-Force program and is rewarding the students with these funds.”

TWU currently operates 11 Go Centers in four North Texas counties and also has a new Mobile Go Center, funded by the THECB Foundation, that will travel to area high schools starting in the fall.  TWU’s G-Force is the largest in the state with 55 student members.

As part of the state’s new Work-Study Student Mentorship Program, the THECB is allocating funds to institutions of higher education with existing G-Force programs based on the number of student mentors in the program.

The grant will allow G-Force members who qualify for state work-study — where students are paid for their on-campus or select off-campus jobs with state funds as part of their financial aid —  to be hired as TWU student workers and be paid for their mentorship, presentation and Go-Center staffing hours.  The students, who will work an average of 15 to 20 hours a week, will receive these work-study wages in addition to stipends from TWU, which range from $400 to $1,000 per semester.

“The new work-study funding will enable more students to join the G-Force,” said Dr. Richard Nicholas, TWU vice president for student life.  “Our goal is to increase the program as we receive requests to open more Go Centers in area high schools.”

Dr. Nicholas adds that this fall, TWU will have G-Force members who were themselves mentored by the G-Force in high school.

“TWU also has seen a remarkable increase in college applicants from the high schools where we have Go Centers, and we aren’t the only university to experience an increase in applications from these schools,” he said.

More information on TWU’s G-Force and Go Centers is available at www.twu.edu/o-sl/intercultural/GoCenter.html.

 

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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.

Nearly 280 trees have been purchased to date for the Redbud Tree Revitalization Campaign, announced last spring at Honors Convocation by Chancellor and President Dr. Ann Stuart.  The deadline to purchase the trees has been extended to Sept. 15 in order to give faculty, staff and students the opportunity to begin the new academic year and still have time to participate in this campaign.  More information is available by going to www.twu.edu and clicking on “TWU Redbud Tree Revitalization Campaign,” or by contacting Carolyn Ishee, executive director of Institutional Development, at 81-3869 or cishee@twu.edu.

Applications are being accepted for fall 2007 staff scholarships.  To be eligible, staff must be a full- or part-time permanent TWU employee (graduate assistants are not eligible); have been employed at least three consecutive months by the start of the fall 2007 term; and be a student in good standing if they have been enrolled previously at TWU.  The scholarship will pay $250 toward one three-hour course at TWU.  For more information, contact the Office of Student Life, 81-3615.

The Former Students Association is requesting nominations for the Distinguished Alumni Awards.  These awards are given jointly by the association and the university to recognize alumni who have brought honor to themselves and to their alma mater.  Anyone may nominate candidates for the award, and all TWU graduates are eligible.  Nominations must be received by Sept. 15.  Awards will be presented April 19, 2008, at a luncheon honoring the awardees.  For more information, including the nomination procedure and criteria, contact the Former Students Association at 81-2586.

 

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.).

Congratulations to Amanda Simpson (marketing & communication) and her husband, Douglas, on the birth of their daughter, Audrey Marie, on Friday, Aug. 24, 2007.  The baby weighed 7 pounds, 6.5 ounces and is 20 inches long.

A retirement reception for Dr. Roberta Nutt (psychology and philosophy) will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, on ACT 2.
 
Beth Jillson is the new head basketball coach for TWU.  She previously was assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Charleston Southern University in Charleston, S.C.

Dr. Robin Britt (nursing-Houston) will join Institutional Development full time effective Sept. 1.  As the development officer at the Houston Center, she will be responsible for assisting with the strategic plan for the Institute of Health Sciences-Houston and serving as liaison with the Houston chapter of the Former Students Association.  She may be reached at 84-2042.  Dr. Britt will continue working with doctoral nursing students on dissertations.

Dr. Camelia Maier (biology) attended the 2nd International Conference on Environment Aug. 2-5 in Athens, Greece.  She presented a paper titled, “The Power of Environmental Education: Enhancing Environmental Literacy of College Students.”

Dr. Ellina Grigorieva (mathematics and computer science) presented her research titled, “Differential Game between Manufacturer, Retailer, and Bank,” at the SIAM International Conference on Control and its Applications, held June 29 in San Francisco.

Dr. Ellina Grigorieva (mathematics and computer science) was an invited speaker at the MACSI (Mathematics Applications Consortium for Science and Industry) Workshop, held July 31 at University College Cork, Ireland.  Her presentation was titled, “Hierarchical Differential Games and Pontryagin Maximum Principle.”

 

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THE NEXT TWO WEEKS AT TWU: AUGUST 27-SEPTEMBER 9, 2007

Mon., Aug. 27            -Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; bookstore open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fitness & Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
                                   
Tues., Aug. 28            -Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness & Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
                                    -Maroon & White Luncheon, 11:45 a.m., Outback Steakhouse, 300 South I-35 East, featuring TWU volleyball head coach Shelly Barberee.  Cost is $5.  For information, call 81-2378.
                                   
Wed., Aug. 29            -Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness & Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
                                               
Thur., Aug. 30            -Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; bookstore open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fitness & Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.

Fri., Aug. 31            -Library 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; bookstore open 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 1            -Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
                                   
Sun., Sept. 2            -Library closed; bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open 2-10 p.m.
                                   
Mon., Sept. 3            -Labor Day holiday, university closed.

Tues., Sept. 4            -Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
                                               
Wed., Sept. 5            -Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
                                   
Thur., Sept. 6            -Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; bookstore open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
                                   
Fri., Sept. 7            -Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; bookstore open 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
           
Sat., Sept. 8            -Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
                                   
Sun., Sept. 9            -Library open 2 p.m.-midnight; bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open 2-10 p.m.


 

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