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TWU, FORT WORTH ISD RECEIVE $1.65 MILLION GRANT TO ADDRESS TEACHER SHORTAGE

 

PROFESSOR RECEIVES GRANT TO STUDY NURSING STUDENTS, STRESS

PIONEER PROUD! STAFF AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR SUMMER

NEWSBRIEFS

UPDATE ON TWU PEOPLE

THE NEXT TWO WEEKS AT TWU: JULY 31-AUGUST 13,2006

 

Volume 28, Number 24, July 31-August 13, 2006

 

 

TWU, FORT WORTH ISD RECEIVE $1.65 MILLION GRANT TO ADDRESS TEACHER SHORTAGE

 

Texas Woman’s University and the Fort Worth Independent School District will partner to address critical teacher shortages in the FWISD using a $1.65 million Transition to Teaching grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

 

One of only 20 Transition to Teaching grants awarded nationally, the grant covers five years, with first-year funding of $236,315.

 

“We were thrilled to be awarded the grant, and we’re excited about partnering with TWU,” said Dr. Catherine Dikes, director of the Fort Worth ISD’s Grants and Development Department.  “This is a great opportunity for us.”

 

The goal of the Fort Worth ISD program, titled “HQ-ED: Highly Qualified Educators for Diversity,” is to recruit 120 teacher aides, recent college graduates without education degrees and mid-career professionals for intensive teacher preparation in math, science, bilingual education and special education.

 

“Teacher shortages are soaring,” said Dr. Claudia Sanchez, assistant professor of teacher education at TWU and co-author of the grant proposal.  “It’s important to bring highly qualified teachers into the classroom, especially in these high-need areas.”

 

During the initial phase of the program, teacher aides within the district who have associate’s degrees will earn their bachelor’s degrees and teacher certification through courses offered by TWU.  Those classes begin in January.

 

The program also will recruit mid-career professionals to become certified teachers through TWU’s master of arts in teaching (MAT) program.  TWU’s MAT program prepares individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree for initial teacher certification while they also earn a master’s degree.

 

Transition to Teaching grant funds will be used to help pay the tuition and fees for participants in the program.

 

“The purpose of these federal grants is to help find innovative and effective ways to prepare teachers well,” said Dr. April Miller, former dean of TWU’s College of Professional Education.  “We don’t have just a traditional teaching program anymore.  We have different programs for the different types of people who want to become educators.  That’s exciting.”

 

For more information on the Transition to Teaching grant, visit www.ed.gov/programs/transitionteach.  For more information on TWU’s MAT program, visit www.twu.edu/mat.

 

 

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PROFESSOR RECEIVES GRANT TO STUDY NURSING STUDENTS, STRESS

 

Dr. Ann Malecha (nursing-Houston) has received a $16,900 grant for her study titled “Preparing the Future Nursing Workforce: A Pilot Study Examining Stressors and Nursing Student Success.”

 

Forty TWU nursing faculty and nursing graduate students — 20 from Houston and 20 from Dallas — have volunteered to help conduct the study as part of the Nurses And Personal Stressors (NAPS) research team.

 

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Education and Research Center, located at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston’s School of Public Health, is funding the study.

 

“The purpose of the study is to identify the type and extent of various stressors associated with nursing students’ academic and professional successes and failures,” Dr. Malecha said.  “We hope to provide crucial data on the relationships between personal and interpersonal stressors and success in nursing school and, eventually, success on the job.”

 

Starting this fall, all TWU junior I nursing students at the Houston and Dallas centers will be recruited to participate in this four-year study.

 

The study will examine personal and interpersonal stressors, such as depression and verbal abuse, during the last two years of nursing school and then two years into their professional practice. Data will be compared between those participants who remain in the nursing program and those who leave the program, and will be collected whether or not they are employed post-graduation.

 

“Over the years, nursing faculty have observed that students who encounter personal stressors such as financial stress, traumatic events such as death of family members or major life changes such as pregnancy, appear more likely to experience academic difficulty,” Dr. Malecha said.  “Faculty also keep in touch with alumni and are aware of ongoing issues between personal stressors and success as a professional registered nurse.”

 

“These committed educators want to be part of the solution to the nursing shortage,” Dr. Malecha said.

 

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PIONEER PROUD! STAFF AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR SUMMER

 

Winners of the Pioneer Proud! Award for summer 2006 recently were announced.  The award is presented each semester to individuals who go above and beyond their ordinary responsibilities to assist faculty, staff, students and friends of TWU.  Nominations may be made by going to www.twu.edu/staffcouncil/pioneerproud.htm.

 

Denton awardees were: Mike Elias (academic advising); Marcella Ettinger, Elizabeth Floyd and Kathy Roberts (academic affairs); Karen Ishee (academic financial services); Shelly Key (admissions); Glen Ray and Kathy Woods (bursar’s office); Melissa Carr and Trisha Van Duser (Center for Student Development); Deb Burgess (chancellor’s office); Susan Fisher, Kathleen Hedges and Linda Kobler (COPE); Marilou Anderson and Candice Peacock (controller’s office); Susan Myatt (dance); Shirley Saunders (dental hygiene); Chris Carney, R.D. Forrester, Sandy Hammond, Samantha Farmer, Nichole Miller, Dewayne Mills, Cindy Sansom, Pauline Silva, Phyllis Sprabary and Dominga Tovar (facilities management); Heidi Miller (financial aid); Malinda Potynski (finance and administration); Sara Wimmer (health sciences); Judy Prouty (health studies); Vicki Johnson (Help Desk); Beth Yelverton (Honors Scholar program); Jo Cohn (housing); Deana Wesley (human resources); Rachel Khoo (Institute for Women’s Health); Brenda Grossie (institutional effectiveness); Cathi Gordon (institutional research); Lindsey Haynes (intercultural education); Dolores Montoya and Margaret Peguero (intercultural services); Cheryl Dutcher (international education); Wally Campbell, Brian Elmore, Casey Foulds, Ivan Lee Sr., Vicky Mantor and Gordon Sallee (ISS); Matthew January (IT); Zane Santos, Cori Trevino and Tim Wolf (ITS); Gay Blalock, Gavin DeCuir, Mickey Dudley Russell, Tracey MacGowan, Annita Owen and John Sullivan (library); Julie Brown, Colleen Ferguson, Cindy Howell, Lauri King and Allison Mabry (lifelong learning); Anne Downing (MBRS); Jay Kay (music); Tesse Scott (OT); Mary Beth Daugherty (PT); Beth Palmer (Pioneer Hall); Jamie Render and Charlsa Kern (printing services); Maybelle Demore and Carol Pearce (purchasing); Laura Rocchio (registrar’s office); Marsha Bradley, Jane Graham, JoAnne Hawthorne, Diane LaGrone, Tracy Lindsey, Rene Paulson and Annie Plummer (research and sponsored programs); Brenda Mallory (SLIS); Connie Gray (student health services); Tony Archer, Brandon Bay, Rhonda Beauchamp, Shane Moser, Pam Strong and Andrea Vaughn (student records); Connie Smith (teacher education); and Lisa Hansen (visual arts).

 

Parkland awardees were: Chantel Brightman (administration); Paula Cook (cashier); Syreeta Clavier, Maryann Milligan and June Roberts (nursing); Jackie Barton (public safey); and Travis Bragg (student life).

 

Houston awardees were: Melissa Gonzales (administration); Marlene Heckel (admissions); Carlos DaSilva (IT); Marilyn Goff (library); Connie Jennings and Sheila Washington (nursing); and Deb Unruh (student life).

 

The Denton award ceremony was held July 27.  Dallas and Houston will announce their ceremony dates soon.

 

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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.

 

Institutional Effectiveness and Research will sponsor a web conference on e-portfolios from noon until 2 p.m. Wed., Aug. 9.  The conference will take place in ACT 301 on the Denton campus, Room 277 at Dallas Parkland, and MGJ 1011 at the Houston Center.  A description of the conference may be found at www.academicimpressions.com/pdf/0806-e-portfolios.pdf.  For more information, contact Carol Kominski (Institutional Effectiveness and Research) at 8-1-3029.

 

 

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. Peggy Blake Gleeson (physical therapy-Houston) was elected vice president of the Education Section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

 

Dr. Peggy Mancuso and Elaine Ballard (nursing-Dallas) presented “Could It Be a Parasite?” at the 21st national Conference of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners on June 21.  They also presented “Principles of Precepting” at the Nursing Grand Rounds Parkland Health and Hospital System on June 29.

 

Dr. Robert S. Martin (SLIS) has joined the board of directors of the Urban Libraries Council.  The council, a membership organization of North America’s premier public library systems and the corporations that serve them, acts as a forum for sharing best practices resulting from targeted research, education and forecasting.

 

Several TWU College of Nursing faculty and graduate students represented the university during the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing’s 17th International Nursing Research Congress July 19-22 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  Representing the Houston faculty were assistant professor Betty Henderson; associate professors Dr. Sandra Cesario, Dr. Rae Langford, Dr. Shirley Hutchinson, Dr. Chris Hawkins and Dr. Brenda Binder; professors Dr. Anne Young, Dr. Carolyn Adamson, Dr. Judith McFarlane, Dr. Robin Britt and Dr. Peggy Landrum; Houston doctoral students Vi Ho, Anecita Fadol, Rosie Pine, Gloria Beriones, Cheryl Lindy, Claudine Dufrene and Nena Bonuel; and Denton doctoral student Asphodel Yang, whose co-presenters were Dr. Patti Hamilton and Dr. Gail Davis.  Dr. Lea Ann Matura, a December 2005 graduate of TWU who currently is conducting a postdoctoral fellowship with the National Institutes of Health, conducted two presentations using information from her dissertation.  Recent TWU nursing graduate Ainslee Neibert also presented a paper.

 

Results from the recent TWU Staff Council elections have been confirmed.  Representatives are: EEOC 7 — Jason Brison (ISS) and Joye Williams (human resources); EEOC 8 — DeAnna Taylor (nursing) and Allison Peterson (Lifelong Learning); EEOC 9 — Toni Duperry (student life), Pamela Hill (COPE) and Tesse Scott (occupational therapy); EEOC 11 — Charlene Scott (facilities management); Dallas/Presbyterian Center — Lucile Gouin (occupational therapy); Houston Center — Elizabeth Davis (physical therapy).

 

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THE NEXT TWO WEEKS AT TWU: JULY 31-AUGUST 13, 2006

 

Mon., July 31               - Library open 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; bookstore open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fitness & Recreation open 6 a.m. to midnight.

 

Tues., Aug. 1                - Library open 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; bookstore open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fitness & Recreation open 6 a.m. to midnight.

 

Wed., Aug. 2               - Library open 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; bookstore open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fitness & Recreation open 6 a.m. to midnight.

 

Thur., Aug. 3                -Library open 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; bookstore open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m. to midnight.

 

Fri., Aug. 4                   -Library open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; bookstore open 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

 

Sat., Aug. 5                  -Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; bookstore closed; Fitness & Recreation open 8 a.m. to noon.

Sun., Aug. 6                 -Library open 2-10 p.m.; bookstore closed; Fitness & Recreation open 2-10 p.m.

Mon., Aug. 7                -Library open 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; bookstore open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fitness & Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight

 

Tues., Aug. 8                -Library open 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness & Recreation open 6 a.m. to midnight

                                   

Wed., Aug. 9               -Library open 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness & Recreation open 6 a.m. to midnight

                                     

Thur., Aug. 10              -Library open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; bookstore open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fitness & Recreation open 6 a.m. to midnight

                                   

Fri., Aug. 11                 -Library open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; bookstore open 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

                                   

Sat., Aug. 12                -Library closed; bookstore closed; Fitness & Recreation open 8 a.m.-noon.

                                   

Sun., Aug. 13               -Library closed; bookstore closed; Fitness & Recreation open 2-10 p.m.

 

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