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TWU HOUSTON CAMPUS UPDATE

TWU SEES SEVENTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR OF ENROLLMENT GROWTH

TWU CHOSEN FOR AMERICAN DEMOCRACY PROJECT INITIATIVE

TWU GEARS UP FOR STATE EMPLOYEE CHARITABLE CAMPAIGN (SECC)

TWU PIONEERS FOR THE CURE RACING IN DALLAS, HOUSTON

NEWSBRIEFS

UPDATE ON TWU PEOPLE

THE NEXT TWO WEEKS AT TWU: September 15-28, 2008

 

Volume 30, Number 19, September 15-28, 2008

 

TWU HOUSTON CAMPUS UPDATE

The thoughts of the TWU community are with our Houston faculty, staff and students who are dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Ike.

Classes at the Houston campus will be canceled Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.  A decision about holding classes Thursday and Friday will be announced by noon Wednesday.

Please check the TWU website or call the TWU Severe Weather Hotline at 713-794-2310 for future updates.

The campus will be fully opened as soon as possible, and faculty will be flexible in working with students to ensure their successful completion of the semester.

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TWU SEES SEVENTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR OF ENROLLMENT GROWTH

Enrollment at Texas Woman’s University has risen for the seventh consecutive year, according to preliminary 12th class day data, with a record 12,469 students enrolled for fall 2008.  This marks a 2.5 percent increase from last fall.

More importantly, this preliminary data indicates that TWU’s total semester credit hours grew 1.9 percent to 122,235 hours, up from 119,956 last fall — also a record.   Student credit hours, not headcount, determine the university’s state total funding.

“We are very pleased that our programs continue to attract students who recognize the high quality and outstanding value of a TWU education,” TWU Provost Dr. Kay Clayton said.

Preliminary numbers place TWU’s Hispanic enrollment at 1,825 students, an increase of 5.7 percent from fall 2007.  TWU’s Hispanic enrollment increased 83.8 percent from 2002 to 2007, the fourth-highest among public universities in Texas.

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TWU CHOSEN FOR AMERICAN DEMOCRACY PROJECT INITIATIVE

The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) has selected Texas Woman ’s University to participate in the American Democracy Project Civic Agency Initiative, a new national program focused on encouraging students to be civic leaders in their communities.

TWU is one of 16 universities in the U.S. and the only university in Texas to be selected for the three-year program, which will begin this fall.

“One of the key duties of a university is to teach the importance of civic engagement to its students,” said TWU Provost Dr. Kay Clayton.  “This project provides another opportunity for TWU to encourage students to make ongoing civic contributions to their professions and communities.”

Dr. Katherine Landdeck, TWU associate professor of history, will coordinate the American Democracy Project Civic Agency Initiative at TWU.  The university will create an advisory board for the initiative this fall made up of faculty, staff, students and community members.

“Many faculty at TWU already are getting their students involved through various projects, and this new initiative will coordinate and expand those efforts,” Dr. Landdeck said.  “Our students will leave TWU not only understanding the importance of civic engagement, but with a strengthened sense of duty and the knowledge of how to make a difference.”

For more information, visit www.aascu.org/programs/adp/civic.htm.

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TWU GEARS UP FOR STATE EMPLOYEE CHARITABLE CAMPAIGN (SECC)

The 2008 State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) gets under way this month, giving TWU employees an opportunity to give to their favorite charities.  Your contributions help improve the quality of life for people in local communities and those around the world.

This year’s theme, “Light the Torch — Share the Dream” is a challenge to employees to dare to make a difference in their giving.

The Denton campus campaign starts Tuesday, Sept. 23 with the TWU FRIENDLY Feud, beginning at noon in room 207 of the Student Union.  Departments will play for prizes and enjoy some friendly competition while raising funds for SECC charities.

The deadline to enter is noon Friday, Sept. 19.

The “Family Feud” format will be used.  Teams should have three to five members.  Student assistants are eligible to play.  Teams can invite other department members to serve as “consultants.”  The cost is $5 per player or consultant.  For more information, contact Annita Owens at 81-3795 or aowens@twu.edu.

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TWU PIONEERS FOR THE CURE RACING IN DALLAS, HOUSTON

TWU is inviting faculty and staff to join students, alumni and the community as TWU Pioneers for the Cure during the 2008 Komen Race for the Cure® in Houston and Dallas.

The Houston race will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 at Sam Houston Park.  To register, visit www.komen-houston.org, click on “Join an Existing Team” and choose the TWU Pioneers for the Cure team. 

The Dallas race will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 at North Park Center in Dallas.  To register, visit www.komen-dallas.org, click on “Join an Existing Team” and choose the TWU Pioneers for the Cure team.  The cost for each race is $30 per participant. 

Participants will receive an official race packet from Komen, which will include the Race for the Cure T-shirt.  They also will receive a TWU Pioneers for the Cure team T-shirt, which the team will wear at the race. 

Buses will be provided from the Denton and Dallas campuses to the Dallas race.  All participants who want to ride the bus from Denton must sign up at the Fitness Center in Jones Hall on the TWU Denton campus.  The cost is $5, which includes breakfast and transportation to and from the event.  Limited space is available, so early registration is recommended.

For the past three years, the TWU Pioneers for the Cure — with team members from the Denton and Dallas campuses — have had the largest education team in the Dallas Komen Race for the Cure®.   In 2007, the team had more than 200 members.

For more information about TWU Pioneers for the Cure, visit www.twu.edu/komen.  For information about the Houston team, email vcastillo@twu.edu or call 84-2157.  For information abut the Denton/Dallas team, email smitchell4@twu.edu or call 81-2940.


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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 Chancellor’s Annual Luncheon supporting the State Employee Charitable Campaign will be held from noon until 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1 in the Hubbard Hall Southeast Dining Room.  Doors will open at 11:30 a.m., with lunch service beginning at noon.  Cost is $12 per person or $80 for a table of eight.  Reservation deadline is 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26.  Cash or checks should be made payable to SECC.  For more information or to make reservations, call 81-3201 or email dburgess@twu.edu.

“(How) Should We Celebrate Constitution Day?: Race, Gender and Civil Religion in the U.S.” will be presented in honor of Constitution Day, Wednesday, Sept. 17.  Following the presentation by Dr. Mark Kessler, chair of the TWU department of history and government, a panel of TWU constitutional law students will discuss issues raised.  The event is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. in CFO 204 and is open to anyone interested.

Join team TWU Smart Hearts at the American Heart Association Heart Walk Saturday, Sept. 20 at North Lakes Park in Denton.  For more information or to make a donation, visit www.twu.edu/heartwalk.

The TWU Reading Recovery center will host 48 teacher leaders from across a six-state network Sept. 24-26.  This year’s professional development will feature distinguished scholar Diane DeFord, professor at Clemson University.  Dr. DeFord, a noted expert in literacy coaching, has worked extensively with Literacy Collaborative and Reading Recovery.  This is an annual event during which TWU Reading Recovery/Descubriendo la Lectura offers six full days of clinical teaching experiences and in-depth study of theory, research, and practice related to early literacy intervention.   In addition to the fall session, Dr. DeFord will again be presenting at TWU on March 26-27, 2009. 

“The Power of a Healthy Woman Symposium” will take place from 8:30 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20 in CFO 202.  Registration is $10, or $15 for two participants from the same household.  The purpose of the symposium is to increase knowledge of health risks among women over the age of 16, with the intent of raising early awareness among young women for disease prevention and health promotion.  For more information, go to www.twu.edu/lifelong and click on “Continuing Education.”

 

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.).

Inez Shelton (health care administration, Houston) and family wish to thank their TWU family for the cards, flowers and prayers they received during the loss of her husband, Kenneth D. Shelton, on Aug. 26.  Your thoughtfulness is deeply appreciated.

Dr. Philip Yang (sociology) presented a paper titled “Trends in Black-White Residential Integration, 1972-2004” with Kavitha Koshy, a doctoral student in the department of sociology and social work, during the 103rd Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association in Boston Aug. 1-4.

Intro to Nursing Research (NURS 3612), a course developed by Dr. Sharon Van Sell (nursing, Dallas) has earned “Quality Matters Recognized” distinction from Quality Matters™, a faculty-centered peer course review quality assurance process.  For more information on Quality Matters, visit www.qualitymatters.org.

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THE NEXT TWO WEEKS AT TWU: SEPTEMBER 15-28, 2008

Mon., Sept. 15            - Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness & Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
                                               
Tues., Sept. 16            -Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness & Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
                                   
Wed., Sept. 17             -Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness & Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
                                    -Constitution Day Celebration, 2:30 p.m., CFO 204.  Free.
                                    -Trey Songz concert (rescheduled), 7 p.m., MJPH. 81-3620.

Thur., Sept. 18            -Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness & Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
                                    -Pioneers Volleyball vs. East Central, 7 p.m., away.
                                    -Pioneers Soccer vs. St. Edward’s, 4 p.m., away.

Fri., Sept. 19               -Library open 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; bookstore open 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 20               -Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
                                    -The Power of a Healthy Woman Symposium, 8:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m., CFO 202.  $10/$15.  81-3408.

Sun., Sept. 21              -Library open 2 p.m.-midnight; bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open 2-10 p.m.
                                    -Pioneers Soccer vs. Lamar, 4 p.m., home.
                                   
Mon., Sept. 22            -Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness & Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
                                                           
Tues., Sept. 23            -Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
                                    -Pamela Youngblood Faculty Flute Recital, 7:30 p.m., MJPH.  Free.  81-2500.       

Wed., Sept. 24             -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. 25            -Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
                                    -Pioneers Volleyball vs. Texas A&M-Kingsville, 7 p.m., home.

Fri., Sept. 26               -Library open 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; bookstore open 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
                                   
Sat., Sept. 27               -Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
                                    -Pioneers Volleyball vs. Tarleton State, 2 p.m., home.
           
Sun., Sept. 28              -Library open 2 p.m.-midnight; bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open 2-10 p.m.
                                    -Pioneers Soccer vs. Incarnate Word, 1 p.m., home.


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