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Volume 28, Number 26, August 28-September 10, 2006



The TWU Board of Regents during its Aug. 25 board meeting approved the 2006-2007 budget, which includes salary increases for faculty and staff.


Faculty salaries were compared to College and University Professional Association (CUPA) data for public institutions with a Carnegie Classification of Doctoral, Professional Dominant.  Salaries were matched by discipline and academic rank.  Salaries that are more than 5 percent below market will be brought to 5 percent below market or 3 percent, whichever is greater.


Salary floors are calculated by discipline and rank and set at 6 below the market salary.


Professional and administrative staff will receive a market salary increase or a 3 percent increase, whichever is greater.  Salary survey results for classified staff positions indicated that base salaries for all classified job grades are within 5 percent of the market.  No classified base salaries will be adjusted for the market; however, all classified staff will receive a 3 percent raise.


Pay increases will be reflected in the October 2006 paychecks.  For more information, call Human Resources at 8-1-3555.


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Texas Woman’s University’s College of Health Sciences recently was awarded a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to help provide Hispanics better access to health information over the Internet.


 “We are thrilled to partner with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on this important project,” said Dr. Jimmy H. Ishee, dean of the TWU College of Health Sciences.


Dr. Ninfa Peņa-Purcell, a visiting assistant professor of health studies at TWU, will serve as the director of the project titled “Studying Hispanics’ Use of Health Information on the Internet: Implications for Healthcare Professions.”


“Through the study I hope to determine the level of Internet use among Hispanics and compare their Internet use with other ethnic groups,” Dr. Peņa-Purcell said.  “My goal is to make recommendations to increase Internet use and improve health literacy among Hispanics.”


The grant was awarded through RWJF’s New Connections program, which seeks to bring the Foundation a broader perspective in its program planning and design.  TWU received a $41,887 grant for the yearlong study.



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The Simmons Family Foundation has awarded $500,000 to Texas Woman’s University for construction of a new TWU Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center.


“Excellent health care for Texans has been one of The Simmons Family Foundation’s defining missions,” Lisa Simmons Epstein, trustee of the foundation, said.  “We at the foundation cannot think of a better way to advance this critical mission than to support the expansion of TWU’s renowned nursing program in Dallas.  The Simmons Family Foundation is proud to be a part of TWU’s vision of educating more nurses and other healthcare professionals in a new state-of-the-art facility at the Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center.”


The Simmons Family Foundation, established in 2000, is based in Dallas.  The foundation is a support organization funded by Contran Corporation, a multinational, diversified company engaged in the chemicals, wire and steel manufacturing, titanium metals, ergonomic products and hazardous waste management industries.  The gift is being made through The Simmons Family Foundation Advised Fund of the Dallas Foundation.


“The Simmons family is renowned for its commitment to medical philanthropy, and TWU is pleased to be a part of the family’s vision for providing outstanding health care for Texans,” TWU Chancellor and President Dr. Ann Stuart said.


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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.


Applications are being accepted for Fall 2006 Staff Scholarships.  To be eligible, individuals must: be a full- or part-time permanent TWU employee (graduate assistants are not eligible); have been employed at least three consecutive months by the start of the fall 2006 term; and be a student in good standing if previously enrolled at TWU.  The scholarship will pay $250 toward one three-hour course.  The course may be at the graduate or undergraduate level.  Awards will be made on a first-come, first-served basis.  For more information, contact Tonie Duperry, Office of Student Life, 8-1-3635.


Film footage from the TWU Woman’s Collection was used in an award-winning documentary titled “Business: America’s Game — Where are the Women?”  The documentary, sponsored by WE-Women’s Enterprise of Dallas and sponsored by Betty Taylor of The Communications Department Inc., looks at the progress of women over the last century, focusing in on the establishment of WEBANC, Women Enterprises Business National Council, a certification organization for women-owned businesses.  The documentary used footage from the early 1913 Denton Education Rally in which College of Industrial Arts students marched, as well as footage from the Women Air Force Service Pilots of World War II.  The documentary won two awards in April — the international WorldFest’s platinum award as best documentary, and a CINE “Golden Eagle” as one of the best American non-theatrical films/tapes of the year from the Council on International Non-theatrical Events.  The documentary will be invited to represent America in overseas film festivals this year, and also will be the basis for a permanent exhibit at The Women’s Museum in Dallas, a Smithsonian affiliate.  The exhibit currently is in design and is expected to open in 2007.





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.).


The TWU community extends its condolences to the family of Dr. Sterling Smith (biology), who died Aug. 19, 2006, in a mountain climbing accident near Aspen, Colo.  Services were held Aug. 24 in Denton.  Survivors include his wife, Dr. Jeanetta Smith of Denton, and a son, Austin Smith of Plano.  A scholarship fund in his memory has been established and designated for an undergraduate biology major.  Contributions may be made to: TWU Foundation/Sterling Smith, P O Box 425618, Denton TX 76204-5618.


Joan Wall (music) recently was named a Member Laureate of Sigma Alpha Iota, an international music honorary fraternity.  A Member Laureate is an initiated member of the fraternity who has achieved international distinction in the music profession.

Darin Allred has joined TWU Athletics as sports information director.  He previously served as sports information coordinator for South Plains College in Levelland.  He formerly served as sports editor of the Gainesville Daily Register and as a sports announcer at KGAF-AM and KXGM-FM in Gainesville.  He replaces Melanie Robotham, who left to become media relations director for the Lone Star Conference.

Dr. David Watson has accepted the position of director of the Houston Office of Research effective Sept. 11, 2006.  He has served as vice chancellor for Sandia Operations (Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM) for the past year, and previously served as program manager for National Space Biomedical Institute Peer Review Services, InDyne, Inc., Houston.

Dr. Sandra Cesario (nursing-Houston) was the invited commencement speaker at the Rebekah Ann Naylor Scool of Nursing in Bangalore, India, on Aug. 12.  A 30-hour advanced nursing course for nursing students and recent nursing graduates provided by Cesario and another U.S. nurse preceded the graduation ceremonies.  While in India, Dr. Cesario spoke to the University of Vellore School of Nursing faculty and doctoral nursing students about Sigma Theta Tau International, the honor society for nurses.  She also spoke to nursing faculty in New Delhi on evidence-based nursing practice and test construction & development.

Nancy Gotcher and Gavin DeCuir have been promoted to academic Web designer positions.  Gotcher previously served as program coordinator for TWU’s College of Professional Education Technical Services.  DeCuir moves from his position of library assistant II in the library’s distance learning department.

College of Nursing faculty members recently were presented with 2006 Robert and Susan Doroghazi Faculty Excellence Awards.  Dr. Janet Foster (Houston) was the recipient of the Excellence in Research award.  Dr. Carol Arnold (Dallas) received the Excellence in Teaching award, and Dr. Robin Britt (Houston) was awarded for Excellence in Service.

Dr. Gail Davis (nursing-Denton) has accepted a two-year appointment to the editorial board of a new publication, “The Rheumatologist.”  The news magazine, from the American College of Rheumatology, will focus on bringing research and best practices to those working in rheumatology.

Dr. Pushkala Raman (SOM) and co-author Dr. Kartik Pashupati of Southern Methodist University presented their paper, “If Her Name Is on It, She Must Be Famous: The Impact of Naming the Spokesperson on Attitude Toward the Ad” at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Convention Aug. 2-5 in San Francisco.  Dr. Raman will present the paper “To Give or Not to Give: Providing Personal Information to On-Line Firms” at the Direct Marketing Educational Foundation (DMEF) conference Oct. 15-18 in San Francisco.  Her co-authors are Susan Brudvig and Dr. Charles Hofacker, both of Florida State University.





Mon., Aug. 28              - First day of classes for Fall 2006.

-Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; bookstore open 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fitness & Recreation open 6 a.m. -10 p.m.


Tues., Aug. 29              - Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; bookstore open 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fitness & Recreation open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.


Wed., Aug. 30             - Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; bookstore open 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fitness & Recreation open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.


Thur., Aug. 31              -Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; bookstore open 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.


Fri., Sept. 1                  -Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.


Sat., Sept. 2                 -Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; bookstore open 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Fitness & Recreation open 8 a.m. to noon.

Sun., Sept. 3                -Library closed; bookstore closed; Fitness & Recreation open 4-8 p.m.

Mon., Sept. 4               -Labor Day holiday; university closed.

Tues., Sept. 5               -Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness & Recreation open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

-Community Dance Classes begin.  For more information, call 8-1-3408.

                                    -Masako-Bita Staff Accompanist Recital, 7:30 p.m., MJPH. Free.


Wed., Sept. 6               -Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness & Recreation open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.


Thur., Sept. 7               -Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; bookstore open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fitness & Recreation open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.


Fri., Sept. 8                  -Library open 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; bookstore open 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.


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


Sun., Sept. 10              -Library open 2 p.m.-midnight; bookstore closed; Fitness & Recreation open 4-8 p.m.


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