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THE NEXT TWO WEEKS AT TWU: Sept. 22-Oct. 5, 2003

Volume 26, Number 2, Sept. 22-Oct. 5, 2003


Enrollment at Texas Woman’s University is up 11 percent. Fall 2003 enrollment on the official census day was 9,705 students, up from 8,736 students last fall when TWU posted a 10 percent enrollment increase.

“TWU’s faculty and staff are the key to the university’s strategic growth,” said TWU Chancellor Dr. Ann Stuart. “I am proud of the work they’ve accomplished and applaud them for their tireless efforts.”

Enrollment on the Denton campus increased by 781 students, from 6,666 students in fall 2002 to 7,447 in fall 2003. Enrollment at the Dallas centers increased from 921 students to 989. Houston center enrollment increased from 971 students to 1,173. Ninety-six students are classified as off-campus this fall.

Overall, undergraduate enrollment increased from 4,817 to 5,535 students. Graduate student enrollment increased from 3,877 to 4,370.

“It’s exciting to have so many new students and to have exceeded our goals for the semester,” said Dr. Carolyn Gunning, interim provost. This fall’s enrollment goal was 8,976 students.

Most important, TWU's total semester credit hours are up 15.3 percent from 82,134 hours last fall to 95,111 hours. Student credit hours, not headcount, determine the university’s state funding.

Full-time graduate student enrollment is up by more than 46 percent. Master’s degree-level enrollment is up by 12.3 percent and doctoral student enrollment is up by 10.2 percent. Graduate students taking nine or more hours during a semester are considered full-time

On the undergraduate level, new freshman enrollment grew from 532 students last fall to 627.

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TWU will celebrate the first centennial of flight with a half-day symposium focusing on the accomplishments of women military pilots.

“Flying for Freedom: British, American and Soviet Women Pilots of World War II,” which includes a documentary and discussions by experts on women military pilots, will be Oct. 3 beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Blagg-Huey Library. Admission is free, but reservations are required because seating is limited. A luncheon featuring a panel of Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) begins at 12:30 p.m. and costs $12 per person. The deadline for program and luncheon reservations is Sept. 26. Call 8-1-3743 for reservations.

The program will begin with the documentary “Above and Beyond: 100 Years of Women in Flight” and will include comments from the film’s executive producer, Alice Carron.

Dr. Kate Landdeck (history and government) will discuss the WASPs immediately following the film. Her lecture is titled “In War and Peace: The Women Airforce Service Pilots.”

“American Fly Girls in England: The British Air Transport Auxiliary” will be Dr. Jacque Boyd’s topic. Dr. Boyd owns Aero Infosearch, which specializes in consulting with women pilots, and is a columnist for Aviation for Women. She recently was profiled in Women in Aviation: Leaders and Role Models for the 21st Century.

“Wings, Women and War: Soviet Airwomen in World War II Combat” is Dr. Reina Pennington’s topic. Dr. Pennington is director of the Studies in War and Peace program at Norwich University, where she teaches military, Russian and European history. She spent more than nine years as an intelligence officer in the United States Air Force, where she served as a Soviet analyst with F-4 and F-16 fighter squadrons.

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The TWU Theatre Department opens its 2003-04 season with Radio Gals, a musical by Mike Craver and Mark Hardwick. Performances are at 8 p.m. Oct. 8-11, with matinees at 4 p.m. Oct. 7 and 2 p.m. Oct. 12. All performances will take place in the Redbud Theatre. Ticket prices are $5 to $12. For reservations and other information, call the TWU Theatre Box Office at 8-1-2020.

Radio Gals is set in Cedar Ridge, Ark., in the late 1920s. When Hazel Hunt (portrayed by Brista Hurst of Longview) retires as the town’s music teacher, her students give her a Western Electric 500-watt radio transmitter. Following the fashion of “mom and pop” radio stations of the day, Hazel begins broadcasting as radio station WGAL. She and her all-girl orchestra, “The Hazelnuts,” come together every day in Hazel’s parlor to transmit a variety of homey chat, novelty songs and catchy jingles.

Hazel’s habit of twisting the dial until she finds a clear channel catches up with her when the “local” broadcasting signal reaches as far as Montreal. Federal radio inspector O.B. Abbott (Dennis Sloan of Dallas) arrives to shut her down, but soon falls to the flattery of The Hazelnuts and can’t help but join in the fun.

Other cast members include Maranda Mang of Hewitt; Camille Thompson of Fort Worth; Jennifer Ehrhart and Les Huey, both of Denton; and TWU music therapy professor Joe Pinson.

TWU’s production is directed by Dr. Tony Medlin, assistant professor of drama. Ruth Engel of Keene is the assistant director. Scenic design is by Jerry Dawson, with costume design by Dr. Mary Lou Hoyle, TWU professor of drama. Kari Schouveller of Wichita Falls is in charge of prop design; Stefanie Glenn of Fort Worth, sound design; and Jaymes Gregory of Haltom City, lighting design.

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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, 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 Second Annual Fiesta-off-the-Square will be from 6:30-10 p.m. in the parking lot adjacent to the Bayless-Selby House Museum, 317 West Mulberry. Performers include Charros Unidos de Dallas demonstrating their fancy roping skills, the mariachi group Mariachi Benjamin, Luis Nava Ballet Folklorico, TWU Ballet Folklorico and dance band Grupo Eternidad. A poster exhibit titled “Historic Hispanic Families of Denton County” will be on display in the museum. Bring a picnic supper, lawn chairs and enjoy the entertainment.

Soulful sounds and sizzling art await those attending the 3rd Annual ¡Fuego y Alma! International Latino Music and Arts Festival of North Texas, Sept. 27 from noon to 10 p.m. in Denton’s Civic Center Park. Admission is $4; children under 12 will be admitted free. ¡Fuego y Alma! (fire and soul) will feature Afro-Latino sounds, Latin Jazz, Chicano Blues, Latin Rock and other musical genres on three stages, poetry, vendor booths, plus a collection of Latino arts and crafts created by professional artists and college students. Children’s activities include arts and crafts and fun activities to showcase Latino culture. Musical performances throughout the day include: Havana NRG! with their Cuban and salsa sounds, Sonido Latino de America with Latin Jazz and Latino mix, Mexican Folk and Latin Rock by Natalia Novoa, Latin Rock by Alibrije, and the Salsa, Merengue and Tejano stylings of Latin Express. Other performers include the University of North Texas (UNT) Latin Jazz Ensemble, the UNT Afro-Latino Ensemble, the Booker T. Washington High School Latin Jazz Ensemble, SAAVY (Students Against A Violent Youth), the Texas Woman’s University International Folkdance Company, Mexico Magico y Foklorico and flamenco performers.

Pioneer fans. Mark your calendars for the upcoming Maroon & White luncheons at the Outback Steakhouse. It’s an opportunity to meet coaches and athletes. Luncheon dates are Oct. 8 with volleyball coach Michelle Barberee, Nov. 19 with basketball coach Charles Gabbard, Jan. 21 with gymnastics coach Frank Kudlac and Feb. 11 with softball coach Dianne Baker. The cost is $5 and the luncheons are from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, contact Patrice Frisby (institutional development) at 8-1-3863.

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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. April Bohannan, a former assistant professor in the School of Library and Information Studies, passed away. She is survived by two sons, Kevin Schlipper of Virginia and Mark Schlipper of Washington. Memorials may be sent to the Bethany United Methodist Church Building Fund, Box 77, Reedville, VA 22539.

Kelly McCullar is the new controller. He comes to TWU from the City of Huntsville where he was director of finance. Mr. McCullar is a CPA and holds an MBA from the Anderson Graduate School of Management, UCLA.

Dr. Michael Gottlieb (psychology) will receive the Texas Psychological Association’s Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award at its annual convention in November.

Dr. Claire Sahlin (women’s studies) presented a paper “The Discernment of Spirits and Matheus of Cracow’s Proposition for the Canonization of Saint Birgitta” at an interdisciplinary symposium in Vadstena, Sweden on Aug. 6. For 2003-2004, Dr. Sahlin is serving as president of the American Academy of Religion, Southwest Region.

Dr. William Cissell (health studies) is one of 10 professional health educators to be inducted into the Health Education Hall of Fame in November.

Drs. Sally Stabb and Linda Rubin (psychology) have been selected as consulting editors for the American Psychological Association journal “Psychology of Women Quarterly.”

Dr. Roberta Nutt (psychology) has been reappointed to the Editorial Consultant Board of the APA journal “Psychology of Men and Masculinity.”

Dr. April Miller (COPE) announced that graduate student Molly Motley had a book review published in the Dallas Morning News in June. She also is on the masthead as the research librarian for the periodical 2003-2004 Discover DFW, and was named as one of the contributing research librarians on a series titled “Betrayal of Trust” that ran in the DMN.

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THE NEXT TWO WEEKS AT TWU: Sept. 22-Oct. 5, 2003

Sept. 22-25

Tue., Sept. 23

Fri., Sept. 26

Sat., Sept. 27

Sun. Sept. 28

Sept. 29-Oct. 2

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Fri., Oct. 3

Sat., Oct. 4

Sun., Oct. 5