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THE NEXT TWO WEEKS AT TWU: May 26-June 8, 2008


Volume 30, Number 11, May 26-June 8, 2008



The Jane and John Justin Foundation has awarded $750,000 to Texas Woman’s University for its new T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center.

The new Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center combines TWU’s Parkland and Presbyterian sites into a dynamic campus-in-one building at the Parkland location.  Groundbreaking for the 190,000-square-foot facility is scheduled for 2009, with a planned opening of the building in 2011.

“The Justins’ generous philanthropic efforts, particularly in the medical field, are well-respected throughout the Metroplex,” TWU Chancellor and President Dr. Ann Stuart said.  “TWU is deeply appreciative of this generous gift from their foundation, which is a valuable investment in our students and their role as future healthcare providers for the state.”

The new institute will allow TWU — already the state’s leading provider of new nurses and other healthcare professionals — to incorporate industry-standard technology into classrooms and laboratories that will enhance career preparation for students.  Bringing together TWU’s College of Nursing, the nationally recognized TWU Stroke Center and the university’s nationally ranked programs in occupational and physical therapy will facilitate the new model of educating together the disciplines needed for a team approach to patient care.

“Jane and John always had the greatest admiration and respect for those dedicated professionals in the medical field, especially nurses and physical therapists,” said J. T. Dickenson, president of the Jane and John Justin Foundation.  “I know they would be thrilled to see how the expansion of TWU in Dallas will increase enrollment and produce more qualified healthcare professionals.”

Chancellor Stuart is leading the $55.5 million campaign for the project, of which more than $44.3 million has been raised to date.

Major donors to the Dallas building campaign include: the T. Boone Pickens Foundation; the Meadows Foundation; the Simmons Family Foundation; the Jane and John Justin Foundation; the Hoblitzelle Foundation; the Sid W. Richardson Foundation; the Hillcrest Foundation; the Texas Woman’s University Foundation; the Amon G. Carter Foundation; the Tom A. Harris Fund, the Roberta Coke Camp Fund and the Basil Georges Fund of Communities Foundation of Texas; the Pollock Foundation; the Robert Tucker Hays Foundation; Mr. and Mrs. Jere W. Thompson; Mrs. Orien Woolf; Ann Stuart, Chancellor and President of TWU; the Abe Zale Foundation; and the James M. Collins Foundation.

For more information on TWU’s new T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center, visit www.twu.edu/dallascampus.

Prominent Texas businessman and Western-boot legend, the late John Justin Jr. was the president and chief executive officer of Justin Industries Inc., a Fort Worth mayor and longtime chairman of the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show.  The late Jane Justin was an advocate for children with special needs and was instrumental in the formation of the Child Study Center in Fort Worth.  She also authored two books —“Mother Jane’s Prescriptions for Hunger” and “Collecting With a Purpose.”

Jane and John Justin Jr. established their foundation in 1992 to continue their legacy of community involvement and financial support.

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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.

Join the TWU for the Cure team as they Beat the Heat for Breast Cancer!  The TWU team will participate in the 2008 Komen North Texas Race for the Cure® Saturday, June 7 in Plano.  Transportation will be provided if needed.  Those who are unable to participate in the 5K walk may still join the team as a “sleep for the cure” team member.  Registration is $25, and participants receive a T-shirt and a TWU for the Cure visor.  For more information, contact healtheducation@twu.edu or visit  http://race.komennorthtexas.org/site/TR/Race/General?team_id=6150&pg=team&fr_id=1020&et=zW30SX6SmDBkk8gEkfKtMQ..&s_tafId=4490
The TWU community is invited to attend a debut reception for the Pioneer Breast Health and Community Outreach Program of Denton County.  The reception will take place at noon Tuesday, June 10, in room 207 of the Student Union.  Details of the program and opportunities for involvement will be discussed.  Food and door prizes will be available.  For more information, email healtheducation@twu.edu.

The TWU Athletic Department currently is taking orders for a commemorative T-shirt celebrating the Pioneers’ 2008 USA Gymnastics Women’s Collegiate National Championship.  Cost per shirt varies by size.  Orders will be taken through Friday, June 6.  Order forms are available by going to www.twuathletics.com and clicking on the “2008 USAG Collegiate National Champions” icon.

The TWU Student Union office will host its annual pool party Tuesday, June 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Outdoor Pool.  The TWU community is invited to bring family members for food, music and prizes.  Those who wish to attend are asked to RSVP by Friday, June 6 by calling 81-3343 or emailing Christy Raines at craines@twu.edu.

A limited number of staff scholarships are available for the 2008 summer term.  To be eligible, an applicant must be a full- or part-time permanent employee (graduate and student assistants are not eligible); have been employed at least three consecutive months by the start of the summer 2008 term; be in good standing if previously enrolled at TWU.  The scholarship will pay $250 toward one three-hour course, which may be at the graduate or undergraduate level. Only one scholarship per person for the summer will be awarded.  Among eligible applicants, awards will be made on a first-come, first-served basis.  For more information, contact Tonie Duperry in the Student Life Office, 81-3635.

Resources for TWU Distance Education faculty, produced by the Office of Lifelong Learning, are now available to a larger audience through the Texas Distance Learning Association (TxDLA) website and Connexions, the Creative Commons Repository of Rice University.  Dr. Keith Restine, associate director of Distance Education, along with his instructional design team, have created a blog, a wiki-based set of resources for distance educators and a set of mini-courses for TWU faculty who teach online.  These resources share strategies and helpful tips for teaching in the online environment.  Links to the blog, The Online Instructor, and the wiki, TWU ID, are available on the TxDLA website at http://www.txdla.org/resourceLibrary.asp.  Content for the Blackboard mini-courses is available through Blackboard for TWU faculty and can be shared with colleagues outside of TWU by going to http://cnx.org/ and searching for “restine” under the content tab.  This search will return all modules and collections.  Those who want to view only the mini-courses should limit their returns to Collections.  A direct link to this information on Connexions will also be made available on the TxDLA Resources site.  For more information about these resources or how you can get started teaching online, contact the Office of Lifelong learning at 81-3409.



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. Carolyn Bednar (nutrition and food sciences) is one of only nine nutrition professionals in the country selected to serve on the School Nutrition Association’s Research Committee.  The committee focuses on identifying and facilitating research on issues relevant to school nutrition.

Dr. Sandra Cesario (nursing, Houston) and her daughter, Anna, an ovarian cancer survivor, are seeking participants for a study titled “Inclusion and Exclusion in Drug Trials: Voices of Women with Ovarian Cancer.”  The purpose of the study is to explore the thoughts and feelings of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer regarding inclusion in, or exclusion from, drug trials and other cancer research.  Study participation is completely voluntary, and women are free to discontinue their participation at any time.  English-speaking women over the age of 18, who have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, are asked to participate.  The length of time since diagnosis, current status of the disease and previous participation in research do not matter.  This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of Texas Woman’s University in Houston.  Women who meet the study criteria are asked to go to https://www.psychdata.com/s.asp?SID=124688 to complete the survey via “PsychData.”  The password to access the survey is mycancer (all lowercase letters, no space).  Those with questions about the survey may call (713) 794-2110 or email SCesario@twu.edu or Cesario-Research@hotmail.com.

Faisal Aboul-Enein (nursing, Houston) is one of the nominees in the final selection process for the prestigious RADM Faye Abdullah Nursing Research Award for his international publications in chronic diseases and knowledge deficits in the general public.  His work has been a collaborative effort between researchers from Jordan.  This award is based on membership as a commissioned officer in the United States Public Health Service.

Dr. AnaLouise Keating (women’s studies) gave the keynote address March 6 at the Louisiana State University Women’s and Gender Studies Conference.  Her paper was titled “Risking the Vision, Transforming the Divides: Connectionist Perspectives on Academic Identities, Boundaries, and Lives.”  Dr. Keating also gave a keynote presentation, titled “Gloria Anzaldúa’s Legacy of Spiritual Activism,” March 27 at the University of Northern Iowa.

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Mon., May 26            -Memorial Day holiday; university closed.
Tues., May 27            - Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness & Recreation open 6 a.m.-8 p.m.
Wed., May 28            - Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; bookstore open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fitness & Recreation open 6 a.m.-8 p.m.           
Thur., May 29            - Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; bookstore open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fitness & Recreation open 6 a.m.-8 p.m.

Fri., May 30            - Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; bookstore open 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-8 p.m.

Sat., May 31            -Library closed; bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open 8 a.m. to 6 noon.

Sun., June 1            -Library closed; bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open 2-8 p.m.

Mon., June 2            - Library open 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; bookstore open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fitness & Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
                                    -TWU Outdoor Pool opens.  81-2900.

Tues., June 3            - Library open 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.                                   

Wed., June 4            - Library open 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.

Thur., June 5            -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.-midnight.

Fri., June 6            - 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., June 7            -Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sun., June 8            -Library open 2-10 p.m.; bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open 2-10 p.m.


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