JUNICK FOUNDATION DONATES $50,000 TO TWU

TWU VISUAL ARTS TO HOST ITALIAN NIGHT DINNER, AUCTION

TWU DANCE DEPARTMENT PRESENTS DANCEMAKERS 2004

LITERACY SUMMIT SET DURING READING RECOVERY INSTITUTE

NEWSBRIEFS

GRANTS ANNOUNCED

UPDATE ON TWU PEOPLE

THE NEXT TWO WEEKS AT TWU: Nov. 8-21, 2004


Volume 27, Number 5, Nov. 8-21, 2004

JUNICK FOUNDATION DONATES $50,000 TO TWU

In recognition of a $50,000 building campaign gift from the Junick Foundation to TWU, the wellness center at TWU’s new Houston campus will be named the June C. and Richard A. Anderson Fitness Center. The Andersons, who were life-long advocates of physical fitness and preventive health care, established the foundation.

“My parents were always interested in preventing illness and staying healthy,” said Chris Anderson, the couple’s daughter and foundation trustee. “TWU trains health professionals to be prevention oriented and to emphasize health promotion. My family is delighted to contribute to TWU’s building campaign, as we need nurses, nutritionists, health care administration professionals and occupational and physical therapists for our aging population.”

TWU will break ground in February 2005 on its new urban campus at the Texas Medical Center.

“We want the students, faculty and staff at the Houston campus to have a place to keep themselves healthy,” said TWU Chancellor and President Dr. Ann Stuart. “The Junick Foundation’s gift means they will have an outstanding facility in which to do so.”

Recognizing changing needs in health care education, TWU’s new 10-story, 202,000 square-foot campus is designed to accommodate both current and future teaching methods and practices. The campus will have four 40-seat classrooms; two 40-seat distance education classrooms; five 60-seat classrooms; four 120-seat lecture halls; one 250-seat lecture hall; seven 4-person study rooms; four nursing labs, an anatomy lab, a 120-seat computer lab and a media center. Amenities include an outdoor plaza, four feet above street level; a one-stop student center and five student lounges.

The new campus will allow TWU to more than double its Houston enrollment to 3,000 students.

TWU established its Houston campus in 1960 by expanding its nursing program to the Texas Medical Center. Today, the campus serves almost 1,300 students majoring in nursing, physical therapy, library science, health care administration, occupational therapy and nutrition.

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TWU VISUAL ARTS TO HOST ITALIAN NIGHT DINNER, AUCTION

A taste of Italy comes to TWU on Tuesday, Nov. 9, as the university’s visual arts department hosts an Italian Night dinner and silent art auction.

The dinner and auction will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. in the TWU Fine Arts Building, located at Texas and Oakland streets. Tickets, which will be available at the door, are $8 for adults and $5 for children and TWU students. For more information, call 8-1-2530.

The dinner will feature a buffet of Italian cuisine, including a variety of pasta dishes, salads and pizza. The silent art auction will feature works by TWU students and faculty and will include paintings, photos, sculpture and more. All proceeds from the dinner will benefit Delta Phi Delta (the art honor society) scholarships. Proceeds from the art auction will go to the artists and to Delta Phi Delta scholarships.

Dr. John Calabrese, TWU professor of art history, said Italian Night began in 1984 when, after returning from a tour of Italy, he showed slides of his trip and had a potluck dinner.

“It just got bigger and bigger, and now it’s become a tradition,” he said.

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TWU DANCE DEPARTMENT PRESENTS DANCEMAKERS 2004

A diverse range of choreographic visions highlights DanceMakers 2004, presented Nov. 18-20 by the TWU Department of Dance.

Performances are at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 and at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 19 and 20 in the Margo Jones Performance Hall, located at Oakland and Sawyer streets on TWU’s Denton campus. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for students and seniors, and $4 for TWU students. For more information, call 8-1-2089.

Among the pieces to be performed are: “Backgammon,” which explores the nature of human personalities in the context of game-playing; “The Last Laugh,” in which three quirky yet powerful women team together to let go of love lost and get even with those who wronged them; a work inspired by the life and work of artist Jackson Pollock; and a piece relating to the celebration and joy of life, using Brazilian and Afro-jazz music in a tribute to those who pass through our lives.

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LITERACY SUMMIT SET DURING READING RECOVERY INSTITUTE

More than 40 million Americans are functionally illiterate, impacting health and economic development as well as education. Addressing literacy as a community issue is the purpose of the Texas Literacy Summit, to be held in Dallas during Texas Woman’s University’s Reading Recovery Institute.

The summit will be held from 5:14 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in Dallas. The $15 registration fee includes dinner and a keynote speaker. Tickets are required. For more information, or to register, visit www.twu.edu/o-ll/literacysummit.htm or contact Michael Simmons at msimmons@mail.twu.edu or call 8-1-3408.

The summit will link adult/community programs and childhood/school-based programs to encourage conversation about the wide range of efforts available to address the literacy issue. Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about exemplary community literacy programs and to share information about their own experiences.

The summit is sponsored by the TWU College of Professional Education in partnership with Verizon and Dallas Reads.

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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.

The pulse of the natural force of the sea is captured in a video installation of artwork by Tanya Synar, the new sculpture faculty member in the Texas Woman’s University Department of Visual Arts. “The Sea,” an installation involving video, audio and running water, and “Source Crossing,” an observation of water and its relationship to light and movement, will be on exhibit through Nov. 23 in the West Fine Arts Gallery. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and admission is free. A reception for the artist is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12. For more information, call 8-1-2530. Synar’s work was inspired by her yearly pilgrimages to the rugged Pacific Northwest coastline.

Canadian artist Steve Gibson will give a public forum titled “Performing the Text” on Thursday, Nov. 11 from 2:30-4 p.m. in ACT 501. Gibson, an associate professor of multimedia at the University of Victoria, is in Denton to set up his “Gesture and Media System” — a motion tracking system that uses infrared cameras and trackers to measure user position in 3D space. User motion is programmed to control sound, light and images for performances, installations and videos in real-time. Dr. Dene Grigar (English), Sarah Gamblin (dance) and Tanya Synar (visual arts) will be utilizing the system for art and teaching.

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GRANTS ANNOUNCED

Dr. JoAnn Engelbrecht (research and sponsored programs) announced the following faculty have received grants:

Dr. Jim Alexander (history and government) received a $429,193 subcontract for the period from Sept. 1, 2004 to Aug. 31, 2005 from Sam Houston State University on a grant from the State of Texas for the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas.

Dr. Monica Mendez-Grant (student life) and Juanita Duenez-Lazo (student life) received a $361,320 award for the period from Sept. 1, 2004 to Aug. 31, 2005 from the United States Department of Education for the Education Alliance: Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP).

Dr. Jean Pyfer (health sciences) received a $193,887 award for the period from Sept. 1, 2004 to Aug. 31, 2005 from the U.S. Department of Education for “Preparation of Personnel in Minority Institutions: Project INSPIRE.” The purpose of the grant is to prepare adaptive physical education doctoral students to train teachers to work with diverse learners with disabilities within the context of the family, school and a variety of communities, including high poverty areas.

Dr. Linda Marshall (sociology and social work) received a $187,649 subcontract for the period from Sept. 1, 2004 to Aug. 31, 2005 from the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services on an award from Health and Human Services-Administration for Children and Families for the “IV-E Child Welfare Training Project.” The project is designed to increase the number and qualifications of bachelor of social work degree graduates who enter child welfare practice, ultimately increasing the number and qualifications of practitioners who are well prepared for Child Protective Services work.

Dr. Kathryn Tart (nursing-Houston) and Dr. Sally Northam (nursing-Denton) received a $149,358 award for the period from Sept. 1, 2004 to Aug. 31, 2005 from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for the “Nurse Educator Web-Technology Outreach Network.” The aim of the project is to recruit and retain nursing faculty by extending online graduate nursing courses and offer the academic skills that enable nurses to have a successful career in nursing education.

Dr. Allan Bird (communication sciences and disorders) received a $112,434 grant for the period from Sept. 1, 2004 to Aug. 31, 2005 from the Texas Education Agency for the Speech/Language Pathologist Distance Learning Master’s Degree Project.

Dr. Junehee Kwon (nutrition and food sciences) and Dr. Carolyn Bednar (nutrition and food sciences) received a $77,603 award for the period from Sept. 1, 2004 to Aug. 31, 2005 from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for “Development of a Comprehensive Coordinated Nutrition Education Program to Reduce Obesity Risk of Hispanic Children.” The program is proposed to increase fruit and vegetable intake of Hispanic and non-Hispanic children in grades K-2 to reduce the risk of obesity.

Dr. Clay King (nutrition and food sciences) received a $43,000 award for the period from Sept. 1, 2004 to Aug. 31, 2005 from the Texas Food and Fibers Commission for a project titled “The Health Impact on Trans Fatty Acids Found in Frying Oils and Various Fried Foods.”

Dr. Kelley Moseley (health care administration-Houston) received a $36,819 grant for the period from July 1, 2004 to June 30, 2005 from the Health Resources and Services Administration for the “Health Administration and Traineeship and Special Project.” The project is designed to provide opportunities for persons from under-served communities to pursue a career in health administration, enhance opportunities for graduates to be employed in public and nonprofit health organizations and provide continuing education for persons currently in public and nonprofit health settings.

Dr. Clay King (nutrition and food sciences) received a $36,000 grant for the period from Sept. 1, 2004 to Aug. 31, 2005 from the Texas Food and Fibers Commission for a project titled “Industry Interaction and Technology Transfer.” The purpose of the project is to disseminate, transfer and apply information and research data obtained from products in the Product Development Lab. Areas of particular interest include content and nutritional concerns of trans fatty acids and acrylamides found in thermally processed foods.

Dr. Cheri Dragoo (fashion and textiles) received a $32,050 award for the period from Sept. 1, 2004 to Aug. 31, 2005 from the Texas Food and Fibers Commission for a project titled “Educating Tomorrow’s Apparel Designers in Creative and Functional Applications of Texas Natural Fibers.”

Dr. Huanbiao Mo (nutrition and food sciences) and Dr. Luis Cisneros-Zevallos (horticulture science-Texas A&M) received a $30,000 grant for the period from Sept. 1, 2004 to Aug. 31, 2005 from the Texas Food and Fibers Commission for a project titled “Bioassay-directed Extraction and Characterization of Peanuts and Cottonseeds: Derived Phytochemicals with Nutraceuticals Potentials.” The goal of the project is to develop an optimize a process to obtain isoflavone- and phenolics-rich fractions from cottonseeds and peanuts, with the anticipation of using these fractions as ingredients in foods or nutraceuticals.

Dr. John Radcliffe (nutrition and food sciences-Houston) and Dr. Victorine Imrhan (nutrition and food sciences-Denton) received a $24,000 grant for the period from Sept. 1, 2004 to Aug. 31, 2005 from the Texas Food and Fibers Commission for a project titled “Use of Cottonseed Oil and Other Vitamin E-rich foods to Improve Vitamin E Intake.” The project will demonstrate the feasibility of using vitamin E-rich foods to meet recommended daily allowances and to achieve levels that may help prevent disease.

Dr. Judy Johnson-Russell (nursing-Dallas) and Dr. Sharon Van Sell (nursing-Dallas) received a $19,219 award for the period from Sept. 1, 2004 to Aug. 31, 2004 from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for the “Patient Simulation Laboratory Retention Project.” The project is methodology for increasing senior level nursing student retention by expanding the student’s knowledge and building confidence through use of human patient simulators.

Dr. James Johnson (chemistry and physics) received a $17,000 award for the period from Sept. 1, 2004 to Aug. 31, 2005 from the Joint Medical and Dental Schools Application Service for the Joint Admissions Medical Program. The program supports and encourages highly qualified, economically disadvantaged students to pursue a career in medicine. JAMP also awards undergraduate scholarships to students accepted into the program.

Dr. Richard Nicholas (student life) received a $10,106 subcontract for the period from Sept. 1, 2004 to Aug. 31, 2005 from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on an award from the U.S. Department of Labor for the “Go Center: TWU Collegiate G-Force Project.” The mission of each Collegiate G-Force chapter is to increase college enrollment rates of Texas high schools.

Dr. Victorine Imrhan (nutrition and food sciences-Denton) and Dr. John Radcliffe (nutrition and food sciences-Houston) received a $9,000 award for the period from Sept. 1, 2004 to Aug. 31, 2005 from the Texas Food and Fibers Commission for a project titled “Effect of Cottonseed Oil vs. Corn Oil on the Concentration of Vitamin E and Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor in Serum and Prostate Gland: Implications for the Prevention of Prostate Cancer.”

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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.)

Dr. Winifred Mallam (math and computer science) has been elected treasurer of the Research Council on Mathematics Learning (RCML) for 2004-2006. Previously, she served the council as a member of the Conference Committee. RCML seeks to stimulate, generate, coordinate and disseminate research efforts designed to understand and/or influence factors that affect mathematics learning.

Dr. Gail Davis (nursing-Denton) presented “Bone Health/Osteoporosis Knowledge Status of Older Adults-Starting a Bone Health Intervention” at the 2004 Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Rheumatology/Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals held Oct. 17-21 in San Antonio. She also received the 2004 Membership Recruitment Award from RHP in recognition for sponsoring the most new members.

Dr. Josephine Chan and Dr. Jean Spencer (occupational therapy-Houston) represented TWU at the American Society of Hand Therapists Annual Meeting, Oct. 21-24 in Charlotte, N.C. They presented a pre-conference institute on their research, “Adaptation to Hand Injury: Integrating Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches.”

Dr. Mary Frances Baxter (occupational therapy-Houston) was named Academic Educator of the Year at the Texas Occupational Therapy Association’s Mountain Central Conference 2004, which was held in Sugar Land, Oct. 22-24. This award recognizes an OTR who has made outstanding contributions to academic education. The following OT faculty members contributed to the education programs at the conference with presentations of their research: Kathlyn Reed, “Scope of Practice” and “Teaching School-based Occupational Therapy”; O. Jayne Bowman, “Using Rood Frame of Reference to Evaluate Upper Extremity Function” and “Comparison of Adults with Parkinson’s Disease to Normal Adults on the Design Copy Test”; Kathlyn L. Reed, Virginia K. White, and Harriett Davidson, “Occupational Wellness: An Intervention Approach”; Gayle Hersch, “Adaptation to Residential Settings by Elders” and “Assessment of Person and Environment with Stroke Survivors”; Mary Frances Baxter, “Lifestyle and Adaptation of American Quilters: An Exploration”; and Virginia White also presented a poster, “Hope in a Child with a Developmental Disability.”

Dr. Dene Grigar (English) presented a paper titled “Myth and Network Systems,” with Dr. John Barber (University of Texas-Dallas) at the Society of Literature and Science, Oct. 15. The conference was sponsored by Duke University, Durham, N.C.

TWU assistant softball coach Marty Blowers has been promoted to associate head coach. She had been assistant coach and compliance coordinator since December 2002.

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