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GRETCHEN AND SONNY WILLIAMS LEADERSHIP AWARD RECIPIENTS

WOMEN OF THE MIDDLE EAST SUBJECT OF THOMPSON LECTURE

TWU TRUNK-OR-TREAT OCT. 21

TWU DRAMA PRESENTS THE THURBER CARNIVAL

TWU CONCERT CHOIR PUTS FOCUS ON AMERICAN MUSIC

CHANG TO BE GUEST PIANIST AT TWU

PEZZIMENTI TO PERFORM IN TWU’S LITTLE CHAPEL

KRASSIMIRA JORDAN TO PERFORM AT TWU

ANITA PERRY GOWN ON DISPLAY AT TWU

GRANTS ANNOUNCED

NEWSBRIEFS

THE NEXT TWO WEEKS AT TWU: Oct. 11-24, 2004



Volume 27, Number 4, Oct. 11-24, 2004

GRETCHEN AND SONNY WILLIAMS LEADERSHIP AWARD RECIPIENTS

Dallas business and civic leaders Gretchen Minyard Williams and J.L. “Sonny” Williams are the 2005 recipients of the Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award, presented by TWU and the TWU School of Occupational Therapy.

The Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award was established in 2002 and is given annually to Dallas residents who represent the caring, commitment and leadership Mrs. Dykes exemplifies.

“Texas Woman's University is proud to honor these Dallasites for their commitment to building a better and stronger community,” said TWU Chancellor and President Dr. Ann Stuart. “They lead by example and demonstrate we all can make a difference.”

Dr. Stuart will present the award Jan. 25, 2005, during a luncheon at the Dallas Country Club.

Gretchen Minyard Williams is co-chairman of the board and co-CEO of Minyard Food Stores Inc. J. L. “Sonny” Williams is president and COO of the grocery chain.

“My father always taught us that nothing is more important to our society, and consequently our city, than giving back to the community in which we serve,” Mrs. Williams said. “We care about the people who shop with us. We care about the neighborhoods in which we do business. We care about making a difference in the lives of people who live in the same community as ourselves.”

The couple received the 2004 Neighborhood Partnership Award from the Food Marketing Institute for the Minyard First Class Teachers Program, a teacher appreciation program that awards $1,000 to a different teacher each week and a matching $1,000 to the teacher’s school. They also received the 2003 Obelisk Award for Arts Partnership from the Dallas Business Committee for the Arts, the 1999 Civic Service Award from the Jewish Day School’s Akiba Academy and the 1995 Texas Family Business of the Year-Community Involvement Award from the Texas Institute of Family Business.

As a health care provider and through her civic activities, Mrs. Dykes has spent a lifetime committed to helping others. She is known internationally for her work in occupational therapy. Locally, she is known for her leadership in many cultural and charitable organizations.

Mrs. Dykes completed the graduate occupational therapy program at Texas Woman’s University in 1954 after earning her bachelor of arts degree in art and psychology from Southern Methodist University in 1952. She was director of the Occupational and Recreational Therapy Department at Baylor University Medical Center for 25 years. Mrs. Dykes developed and supervised the occupational and recreational therapy programs at Baylor in rehabilitation, adult and adolescent psychiatry, eating disorders and hand splinting. She also founded the Boomerang Club, the first support group for stroke patients and their families in Dallas.

Her community service activities include establishing the annual Fanny B. Vanderkooi Endowed Lectureship for the School of Occupational Therapy at TWU; serving on the board of directors for the Dallas Opera, Theater III, Fort Worth Opera, Dallas-Fort Worth Ballet, Les Femmes du Monde and Dallas Theater Center Guild; serving as president of the Diana Dean Head Injury Guild; and chairing the auxiliary board of the Healing Environment Program at Baylor.

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WOMEN OF THE MIDDLE EAST SUBJECT OF THOMPSON LECTURE

Social anthropologist and author Dr. Nancy Lindisfarne will offer insights into women of the Middle East during the 14th Annual Joyce Thompson Memorial Lecture, Nov. 9, at TWU. The lecture will begin at 2:30 p.m. in MCL. Admission is free and open to the public.

Dr. Lindisfarne has done ethnographic fieldwork in Iran, Afghanistan, Turkey and Syria. She was a senior lecturer on the anthropology of the Arab world at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and she has published more than 60 articles on gender, marriage and Islam.

The Joyce Thompson Lectureship is an annual event honoring the memory of Dr. Joyce Thompson, professor of English, who served as a member of the TWU faculty from 1977 until her death in 1992 at the age of 48. She was the founder of the Women and American Literature and the Ethnic Literature courses at TWU.

Author of more than 30 published works, Dr. Thompson’s major writings included Marking A Trail: A History of the Texas Woman's University, Texas Women: The Myth/The Reality and Ladies' Firsts: A Miscellany.

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TWU TRUNK-OR-TREAT OCT. 21

Treats, hayrides, carnival games and a haunted house will be part of TWU’s Fall Festival, Oct. 21 from 6-8 p.m. at the TWU Student Center. Admission is free and open to the community. For information, call 8-1-3641.

More than 500 children attend the festival each year, which includes trunk-or-treating — TWU’s version of trick-or-treating. Cars, decorated for the season, will line the horseshoe driveway between ACT and the Student Center and treats will be given away from their trunks.

“We hope the Denton and TWU communities make plans to bring their children, neighbors and friends to the festival and join us for a night of fun,” said Kyle Voyles, director of the Student Center.

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TWU DRAMA PRESENTS THE THURBER CARNIVAL

TWU’s Theatre Department continues its 2004-05 season with James Thurber’s “The Thurber Carnival” Oct. 15-17 in Margo Jones Performance Hall.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15 and Saturday, Oct. 16, with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, Oct. 17. Tickets are $5 for students and senior citizens and $12 for adults. For reservations or more information, call 8-1-2020.
Thurber’s witty short stories and cartoons were a popular mainstay of The New Yorker magazine in the 1930s and ’40s. He is best remembered for his character Walter Mitty, a henpecked husband who daydreams of a more exciting life.

“The Thurber Carnival” is based on Thurber’s short story by the same name. The series of small plays, written in 1933, won a Tony Award in 1960. Thurber portrayed himself in the 1960 production for a total of 88 performances.

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TWU CONCERT CHOIR PUTS FOCUS ON AMERICAN MUSIC

American music will fill the air as the TWU Concert Choir performs Thursday, Oct. 14. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Margo Jones Performance Hall. Admission is free. For more information, call 8-1-2500.

“American Music – New and Old” will feature works by current composers as well as music representing America’s heritage.

“The first half of the concert will be newer music by American composers who are making a name for themselves,” said Dr. Susan Stewart, TWU choral activities coordinator and concert conductor.

The concert will open with Rene Clausen’s “Psalm 100,” followed by “Songs of Meditation” by Stephen Paulus. The latter works include texts taken from female writers from ancient times, Stewart said. The choir also will perform the traditional folk songs “Shenandoah,” “Deep River” and “How Can I Keep From Singing,” and will end the concert with two African-American spirituals, “Lily of the Valley” and “Ride On King Jesus.”

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CHANG TO BE GUEST PIANIST AT TWU

Internationally known pianist Fenia I-Fen Chang will perform Tuesday, Oct. 12 at TWU. The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Margo Jones Performance Hall. Admission is free. For more information, call 8-1-2500.

Dr. Chang, an assistant professor of music at Texas A&M University at Commerce, has performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe, her native Taiwan and China. She began her career at age 11 by winning the first Taipei Kawai International Piano Competition. She made her solo debut that same year.

Dr. Chang holds performance degrees from The Julliard School and a doctorate from the University of Maryland.

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PEZZIMENTI TO PERFORM IN TWU’S LITTLE CHAPEL

The acoustics in TWU’s Little Chapel-in-the-Woods will add to the ambiance as Carlo Pezzimenti presents a guitar recital Monday, Oct. 18. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m., and admission is free. For more information, call 8-1-2500.

Pezzimenti, an adjunct assistant professor at TWU, will perform music by Latin American composers Leo Brouwer, Ernesto Garcia de Leon and Alberto Ginastera — composers who rarely are heard in the United States, he said. “Their music is characterized by an abundance of subtlety and nuance.”

Pezzimenti began studying guitar at age 13 while living with his family in Italy. He often traveled during the summer to Santiago do Compostela, Spain, to study under Andres Segovia, “the father of classical guitar.” Pezzimenti eventually earned a degree in music from the prestigious Morlacchi Conservatory in Perugia, and soon after started his professional career.

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KRASSIMIRA JORDAN TO PERFORM AT TWU

Internationally known pianist Krassimira Jordan will perform Wednesday, Oct. 20 at TWU. The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Margo Jones Performance Hall, Admission is free. For more information, call 8-1-2500.

Jordan, an artist in residence and professor of piano at Baylor University, began her formative musical training at age 4. She made her recital debut at age 7, and later studied under Stanislav Neuhaus and Emil Gilels. She has won a number of prestigious awards, including the Alfredo Casella, Alessandro Casagrande, Clara Haskil and Rio de Janeiro international piano competitions.

Jordan has performed throughout Europe and in Mexico, Brazil, Japan, South Korea and the United States.

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ANITA PERRY GOWN ON DISPLAY AT TWU

Visitors to TWU now can rub shoulders with the state's first lady Anita Perry, or rather with the blue-gold couture evening gown she wore for her husband’s inauguration as governor.

Mrs. Perry’s dress is the latest addition to a collection of 40 gowns housed at TWU. Her gown is on display in the Texas Women's Hall of Fame, located in Hubbard Hall. The Hall of Fame, which falls under the umbrella of the Governor’s Commission for Women, was created to honor the state’s most outstanding women, including former first ladies, teachers, athletes and astronauts. Currently, 114 women have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Admission to the Hall of Fame and gowns collection is free. Both exhibits are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except during university holidays. Special arrangements for groups wishing to visit the exhibits on other days and times can be made through TWU’s Office of Conference Services at 8-1-3644.

Mrs. Perry’s gown is a modified Rose Taft design worn Jan. 21, 2003 for Gov. Rick Perry’s inauguration. The silk dress has an overlay of blue-gold netting, along with embellishments of lace and beading, on the bodice and sleeves.

Other dresses in TWU’s collection are located in ACT, including the gowns of former U.S. first ladies Mamie Eisenhower, Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson and Barbara Bush. TWU’s gowns collection began in 1940 as a statewide project for the Texas Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

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GRANTS ANNOUNCED

Dr. Jo Ann Engelbrecht (research and sponsored programs) announced the following grants:

Dr. Marcia Hern (nursing-Denton) and Dr. Maisie Kashka (nursing-Dallas) received a $20,000 subcontract from the Texas Department of Health on an award from Health and Human Services for the “Texas Department of Health Graduate Scholarship.” TWU will award the funds as a stipend to support the education of graduate nurses who have a focus on public health.

Dr. Young-Hoo Kwon (kinesiology) received $11,943 from Biomec Services for the period from Sept. 1, 2004 until the funds are expended for the “ Biomec Services Agreement.” The project will fund a graduate research assistant who will assist with searching for, obtaining and reviewing literature on current topics and principles in ergonomics; assist with data collection during ergonomics evaluations and assist with data analysis.

Dr. Tommie Nelms (nursing-Denton) received $2,488 from Sigma Theta Tau International and the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care for the period of Aug. 1, 2004 to July 31, 2005 for a project titled “A Study To Develop A Disclosure To Children, Intervention For HIV/AIDS Infected Women.” The purpose of the study is to develop an intervention to help and support women in disclosing an HIV/AIDS diagnosis to their children.

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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, by fax at 8-1-3463 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 publication. 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.

Dr. Stephen Souris (English) announced that any undergraduate or graduate student with a 3.0 grade-point-average and a love of literature and the English language can become an associate member of the Beta Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, an international English honor society. The cost is $10. Associate members can participate in all the group’s activities, including the production of an annual literary journal and a scholarship competition. For information, e-mail woodsgirl@hotmail.com.

TWU sophomore Kimberly Beck will discuss her experience as a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) research trainee and her work on a project to grow wheat in microgravity Oct. 22 from 3-4 p.m. in room 203 of CFO. Admission is free. For information, call 8-1-2351. Beck was the only student from Texas assisting NASA scientists with biology, ecology and spaceflight research this summer as part of a six-week traineeship program at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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THE NEXT TWO WEEKS AT TWU: Oct. 11-24, 2004

Oct. 11-14

Thur., Oct. 14

Fri., Oct. 15

Sat., Oct. 16

Sun., Oct. 17

Oct. 18-21

Tue., Oct. 19

Wed., Oct. 20

Fri., Oct. 22

Sat., Oct. 23

Sun., Oct. 24


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