THE NEXT TWO WEEKS AT TWU: Dec. 20, 2004-Jan. 9, 2005

Volume 27, Number 7, Dec. 20, 2004-Jan. 9, 2005


Texas Woman’s University has received the Commitment to Student Success Award from the Council for the Management of Educational Finance and the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corp. in recognition of the university’s exemplary student loan management.

To qualify for the award, TWU had to post a Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) default rate below the 7.58 percent average for public doctoral/research universities-intensive. TWU’s default rate of 3.2 percent is not only below that sector average, but also below the overall state average of 6.4 percent and the national average of 5.2 percent.

This fall, 5,259 TWU students received FFELP loans totaling $42.9 million.

TWU maintains a low default rate by working with students to ensure they don’t borrow more than they need and through debt management counseling, said Governor Jackson, TWU director of financial aid.

“Before a TWU student begins the loan process, we help them exhaust all other financial aid opportunities — scholarships, grants, work/study programs,” Jackson said. “This way, they don’t borrow more than they need, which helps keep them out of trouble. We also discuss with students the importance of fulfilling their financial obligations.”

The Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corp. is a public, non-profit organization that administers the FFELP. The Council for the Management of Educational Finance provides leadership in default prevention and debt management throughout the higher education community.

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Psychologists, marriage and family therapists, licensed professional counselors and social workers will learn about the American Psychological Association’s multicultural guidelines and how they can be applied in clinical situations during the Ethics and Enactment of Diversity seminar at Texas Woman’s University, Feb. 11 on TWU’s Denton campus. Seminar lecturers will be Dr. Melba J.T. Vasquez, ABPP, and Dr. William Cross.

Participants who complete the program will receive six continuing education clock hours, three in ethics, from TWU. The continuing education credits will be accepted by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors, Texas State Board for Social Worker Examiners, Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists and Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists.

Cost of the seminar is $10 for Federation of North Texas Area Universities’ students, $35 for federation faculty, $85 before Jan. 31 for persons not affiliated with the federation and $95 after Jan. 31 for non-federation registrants. For information or to register, call (800) 250-7808 or 8-1-3408, or visit

Vasquez has been in full-time independent practice in Austin since 1991, and for 13 years prior, she served as a psychologist at Colorado State University and at the University of Texas-Austin Counseling and Mental Health Center. She is a past president of the American Psychological Association Division 35 and Division 17, and has been elected president of the Texas Psychological Association for 2006.

Cross is a professor and head of the doctoral program in social/personality at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. He serves on the editorial board for both the Sage series on Race and Ethnic Minority Psychology and the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development.

The seminar is sponsored by the TWU Office of Lifelong Learning, TWU psychology program and Federation of North Texas Area Universities, which includes TWU, Texas A&M University-Commerce and University of North Texas.

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The university community offers condolences to Clay Merchant (facilities management-Houston) who lost his wife, Francisca, on Dec. 13. Tess Scott in Denton (occupational therapy) and Bill Bussman in Houston (facilities management) are accepting donations to help defray funeral costs.

Betty Love, a long-time adjunct professor in the teacher education department, passed away Dec. 15. She was 68 and is survived by a son and a daughter. Memorials can be made to The Boys and Girls Club of Grand Prairie.

An abstract titled “Financial Feasibility Study: Nurse Practitioners Utilizing a Mobile Clinic in Rural Underserved Regions of Texas” by Faisal Aboul-Enein (nursing-Houston) has been accepted as a poster presentation at the 2005 American Academy of Nurse Practitioners National Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Dr. Shirley Hutchinson (nursing-Houston) and Jeannette Kernicki (nursing-Houston) have been appointed to the planning committee for the 2005 Professional Nursing Education Group Convention to be held in November in Houston.

Dr. Diane Montgomery (nursing-Houston) is on the planning committee for the 2005 Demystifying Genetics for Allied Health Providers Conference, to be held in February in Houston, and will make a presentation titled “Genetic Screening.”

An abstract titled “Nursing, Policy and Politics: Korean Nursing as an Exemplar” by Dr. Michelle Cho (nursing-Dallas) and Dr. Maisie Kashka (nursing-Denton) has been accepted for presentation at the International Congress of Nurses, May 21-27 in Taiwan.

A manuscript titled “The Labor Support Questionnaire: Development and Psychometric Analysis” by Dr. Donna Saul (nursing-Denton) and a manuscript titled “Measuring Maternal Sensitivity in Teen Mothers: Reliability and Feasibility of Two Instruments” by Dr. Anne Stiles (nursing-Denton) will appear in the Journal of Nursing Measurement, Volume 12, No. 2.

A proposal by Dr. Cindy Bruns (Counseling Center), Dr. Denise Lucero-Miller (Counseling Center) and Dr. Carmen Cruz (Counseling Center) has been accepted as a presentation for the 30th Annual Conference for the Association of Women in Psychology in February. Their presentation is titled, “Unique Issues and Challenges in Lesbian Supervision Dyads: Our Personal and Professional Reflections.” Proposals by Dr. Cruz titled “University Counseling Center Psychologists Supporting the LGBTQ Campus Community: Challenges and Strategies Related to Programs and Services” and “Challenges and Joys of Feminist Supervision” also have been accepted for presentation at the conference. The “University Counseling” presentation was prepared with three other university counseling center psychologists from around the country. A proposal titled “Self-harm: A Relational-Cultural Perspective” by Dr. Lucero-Miller and Dr. Bruns also has been accepted as a poster presentation for the conference. Dr. Bruns’ proposal “Perceived Mutuality and Severity of Abuse as Predictors of Complex PTSD Symptoms in Women Who Were Sexually Abused as Children” also will be presented, along with a proposal by Shana Hamilton (Counseling Center) titled “Domestic Violence in Women’s Same-Sex Partnerships.”

The Plano Independent School District will honor Dr. Allan Bird (communication sciences and disorders) by naming a special programs center the Dr. Allan Bird Education Center during ceremonies March 28, 2005. Dr. Bird has served more than 20 years on the Plano ISD Board of Trustees, including seven as president. The center will be located at 1300 19th Street, Plano.

Dr. Roberta Nutt (psychology) has been elected to the American Psychological Association Commission for the Recognition of Specialties and Proficiencies in Professional Psychology. Her three-year term begins in January.

Chalese Connors (athletics) announced that Pioneer volleyball players Carley Messmer and Rochelle Schneider were selected for the Lone Star Conference 2004 North Division All-Academic Team. Robin Hawkins, Courtney Jones and Melanie Pabalate were named to the LCS Commissioner’s Honor Roll. Schneider also was named to the 2004 CoSIDA Academic All-District VI College Division First Team. Pioneer soccer players Breann Morris, Melissa Williams and Nicole Godlewski were named to the LSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

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