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TWU NAMED A TOP MILITARY FRIENDLY SCHOOL

TWU DRAMA SCHEDULE INCLUDES PERFORMANCE IN IRELAND

NEWSBRIEFS

UPDATE ON TWU PEOPLE

THE NEXT TWO WEEKS AT TWU: August 24-September 6, 2009

 

Volume 31, Number 17, August 24-September 6, 2009

 

TWU NAMED A TOP MILITARY FRIENDLY SCHOOL

G.I. Jobs magazine has named Texas Woman’s University one of its top Military Friendly Schools for 2010. TWU is among the top 15 percent of universities, colleges and trade schools nationwide to receive this honor from the magazine that embraces America’s veterans as students.

“TWU is proud of its commitment to serving the needs of students from all branches of the military,” said TWU Provost Dr. Kay Clayton. “TWU believes in providing veterans with the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful in their careers as they transition to the private sector.”

According to G.I. Jobs, Military Friendly Schools actively recruit veterans or active military and implement military-friendly policies for their continuing education.

At TWU, military- and veteran-focused offerings include:
• Active recruitment of veteran students and the website www.twu.edu/veterans, which has admissions information specifically for veterans, including checklists; information on veterans’ benefits, financial aid and scholarships; and a list of TWU support services;
• A Veterans Affairs Center on campus to assist with the GI Bill and other veteran education benefits;
• Online and blended degree programs that offer veterans flexibility in their school and work schedule; and
• An active TWU Student Veterans Association.

G.I. Jobs magazine provides education, transition assistance and job opportunities for active military and veterans. In addition to its recognition of colleges and universities, G.I. Jobs ranks companies that are vet-friendly and promotes attributes that veterans bring to the private workplace. For more information regarding G.I. Jobs and its list of military friendly schools, visit www.militaryfriendlyschools.com.

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TWU DRAMA SCHEDULE INCLUDES PERFORMANCE IN IRELAND

The TWU Drama program’s eclectic 2009-10 season includes an original theater piece to be developed and performed on both sides of the Atlantic, and a “Potluck Playfest” to be written, rehearsed and performed within a matter of hours.

TWU Drama once again will collaborate with Patrick Sutton and Ireland’s Gaiety School of Acting to create an original work titled “The Half Moon Couple.” The development process will begin in Denton in October with a weeklong workshop run by Sutton, director of the Gaiety School of Acting. Once ideas have been solidified, Sutton will return to Ireland where he will team up with writer Martin Maguire to continue the development of an original play. In December, TWU students will travel to Dublin, Ireland for three weeks to participate in the intensive rehearsal process. The final product will be an hour-long play that will be performed in Dublin at the historic Smock Alley Theatre Jan. 15-16, 2010. The show will be brought back to TWU where performances will run at the Redbud Theater Feb. 18-21, 2010.

The remaining TWU Drama schedule offers something for everyone. The season will explore several genres of theatre beginning with a contemporary drama, moving on to a Greek classic and an original theater piece, and ending with a timeless musical revue.

All shows (excluding the Dublin performance) will take place in TWU’s Redbud Theater Complex, located on the northwest side of historic Hubbard Hall on the university’s Denton campus. Tickets for all shows are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. For a complete schedule, and to reserve tickets online visit www.twu.edu/drama and click on “Box Office.” For more information, call the TWU Box Office at (940) 898-2020.

The season opens Oct. 8-11 with the contemporary drama, “Dead Man's Cell Phone” by American playwright Sarah Ruhl. When a woman answers a dead man’s ringing cell-phone, she thrusts herself into the mysterious relationships he left behind. This critically acclaimed new play provocatively examines the nature of our most cherished relationships in a culture drowning in technology. Directed by Dr. Patrick Bynane, TWU assistant professor of drama.

Steven Young, TWU’s new assistant professor of drama, makes his TWU directorial debut Nov. 19-22 with the classic Athenian tragedy “Oedipus The King” by Sophocles. One of the three Theban plays, “Oedipus The King” tells the story of the doomed King of Thebes and his quest to save his plagued city. In order to save his people, Oedipus must bring the murderer of the former King of Thebes to justice. As he begins to unravel the mystery surrounding the killer’s identity, Oedipus is forced to confront the secrets of his own past that will lead to his eventual ruin.

The season will close with the Parisian musical revue “Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris” by Eric Blau and Mort Shuman, directed by TWU drama program director Sharon Benge. Performances run April 22-25, 2010. Presented in conjunction with the TWU music department and music director Dr. Soojeong Lee, the show features 25 songs written by the Belgian born singer-songwriter Jacques Brel. Known for his poetic lyricism and his interest in exploring the gritty reality of life, Jacques Brel is considered to be one of the most prolific European songwriters of the 1950s and ’60s. Debuting in 1968, “Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris” is an English translation of 25 of his songs written between 1956 and 1968. The original cast featured a small company, but Benge has chosen to stage the show with a much larger cast that will include music and dance ensembles comprised of TWU students.

In addition to the main stage season, TWU Drama events include a “Potluck Playfest,” a play festival where students will write, direct and perform short plays all within a 24-hour time period. Performances will run Jan 29-30, 2010 at 8 p.m. Student-directed One Acts will run March 4-7, 2010. A night of cabaret-style musical performances will run in the Redbud Theatre Complex March 25-28, 2010.


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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 Texas Woman’s University department of visual arts presents “Questioning the Trees and the Bushes,” an exhibition in honor of John Weinkein, former professor and chairman of the department, who passed away March 26 after a short battle with cancer. The exhibition, which began Aug. 11, continues through Tuesday, Sept. 1 in the East and West galleries of the TWU Fine Arts Building. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. A reception is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 1 in the foyer of the Fine Arts Building. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. For more information, call 940-898-2533 or visit www.twu.edu/visual-arts.

The TWU Office of Marketing and Communication will discontinue publishing of the Faculty/Staff Directory beginning with the 2009-2010 school year. Faculty and staff are encouraged to use the online directory at www.twu.edu. Publication of the departmental directory, which lists the main telephone and fax numbers of each department, will continue.

The east entry/exit to Old Main Building currently is blocked off for interior repairs. It is expected to re-open by Friday, Aug. 28.

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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.)

Condolences are extended to the family and friends of Dr. Patricia Sullivan, former TWU vice president for academic affairs, who passed away Aug. 20, 2009 following a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. Dr. Sullivan was a TWU faculty member from 1979 to 1981, returning to TWU in 1987 as vice president of academic affairs. She served as TWU’s interim president from 1993-94 following the departure of Dr. Shirley Chater. Dr. Sullivan became the first female chancellor of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1995, retiring from that post in 2008. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Charles Sullivan of Greensboro.

A retirement reception for Sara Pinson (College of Arts and Sciences dean’s office) will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25 on the 13th floor of CFO.

Faisal Aboul-Enein (nursing, Houston) has published a paper titled “Treatment of obesity by herbal mixtures containing CNS stimulants: Public awareness on the possible harmful effects” in the Texas Public Health Journal.

Dr. Carmen Cruz (Counseling Center) attended and presented at the 117th Annual American Psychological Association Convention in Toronto, Canada on Aug. 7. She was the discussant for “Rainbow Action Against Racism,” a panel on dealing with racism within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

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THE NEXT TWO WEEKS AT TWU: AUGUST 24-SEPTEMBER 6, 2009

Mon., Aug. 24 -Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

Tues., Aug. 25 -Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

Wed., Aug. 26 -Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

Thur., Aug. 27 -Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

Fri., Aug. 28 -Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; bookstore open 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Fitness & Recreation open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
-Pioneers Soccer vs. Dallas Baptist, 7 p.m., away.
-Pioneers Volleyball vs. Hillsdale/Colorado State-Pueblo, 2:30 p.m./7:30 p.m., away.

Sat., Aug. 29 -Library 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
-Pioneers Volleyball vs. Colorado at Colorado Springs/Wayne State, 12:30 p.m./5 p.m., away.

Sun., Aug. 30 -Library closed; bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open 2-10 p.m.
-Pioneers Soccer vs. Grambling State, 1 p.m., away.

Mon., Aug. 31 -First day of fall 2009 classes.
-Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; bookstore open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.

Tues., Sept. 1 -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. 2 -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. Dallas Baptist, 7 p.m., away.

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

Fri., Sept. 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.-10 p.m.
-Pioneers Volleyball vs. Southern Arkansas/Washburn, 1:30 p.m./6:30 p.m., home.

Sat., Sept. 5 -Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open 8 a.m.-noon.
-Pioneers Volleyball vs. UT-Permian Basin/Harding, noon/5 p.m., home.

Sun., Sept. 6 -Library 2 p.m.-midnight; bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open 2-8 p.m.
-Pioneers Soccer vs. Incarnate Word, 1 p.m., away.


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