Texas Woman’s University is among a coalition of eight higher education institutions hosting “Consejos Colectivos: Improving STEM Success at HSIs” Feb. 27-28 at El Centro College in Dallas. The conference is designed for faculty, staff, students, administrators, employers and community members who wish to increase their understanding of opportunities and barriers for Hispanic student recruitment, retention and advancement in STEM fields.
The Texas Woman’s University Theatre Program kicks off its spring semester with The Long Christmas Ride Home, written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Paula Vogel and directed by Noah Lelek, Ph.D., assistant professor of theatre at TWU. Set during an emotionally tumultuous journey, this production daringly mixes the Western theatrical tradition with Japanese bunraku-style puppetry. The production runs Feb. 21-25.
Jacob Blosser, Ph.D., associate professor of history at Texas Woman’s University, has been elected vice president and president-elect of the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society. Blosser will serve as vice president until 2020, when he will become president of the national organization.
Over the past decade, Texas Woman’s University students in chemistry and biochemistry have turned aluminum cans into Play-Doh, sampled and analyzed water quality in the Trinity River watershed, and converted human energy on treadmills into potential electricity. For “graduating chemists with civic lenses” and addressing such social issues as sustainability, water quality and safety, TWU has been singled out for special recognition by the Association of American Colleges and Universities.
As part of an initiative to support and enrich humanities education and scholarship at minority-serving institutions, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) recently awarded two Texas Woman’s University faculty members a grant to incorporate global perspectives and experiential learning into the university’s undergraduate humanities courses. This highly competitive grant, totaling $99,803, is the first of its kind to be awarded to TWU.
The Texas Woman’s University Theatre Program continues its 2017-2018 season with Jean-Baptiste Racine’s Phaedra. TWU welcomes guest director Lydia Mackay, an esteemed actor and director who has worked in a number of Dallas-Fort Worth theaters and playhouses, including Dallas Theatre Center, Shakespeare Dallas, Theatre Three and Amphibian Stage Productions. The production runs Nov. 15-19.
Texas Woman’s University’s seventh annual Ann Stuart and Ray R. Poliakoff Celebration of Science will take place Friday, Oct. 13, on TWU’s Denton campus. The daylong celebration of “Women in Science” includes an interactive poster session with TWU science students and faculty mentors, a forum and panel discussion focusing on “Pathways and Challenges for Women in Science,” a symposium titled “Women in Science: Research at the Interface of Biology and Chemistry” and a reception.
Five Texas Woman’s University faculty panelists will discuss racial and social injustices in today’s society during “Faculty Dialogues on Race & Social Inequality: Social Justice in the Aftermath of Charlottesville.” The event, which will include a question-and-answer session with the audience, will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, in CFO 204 on TWU’s Denton campus.
The Texas Woman’s University Theatre Program will open its 2017-2018 season with The Wal*Mart-ians, an original play written and directed by Steven Young, associate professor of theatre at TWU. The Wal*Mart-ians was originally produced in Chicago, where it won the 2003 Chicago Arts and Entertainment award for best comedy of the year.
Andrea Laurent-Simpson, Ph.D., a December 2016 graduate of the Texas Woman’s University sociology doctoral program, has received this year’s Herbert Blumer Graduate Student Paper Award. This award is presented annually to the author of the best graduate student paper in the tradition of symbolic interaction by the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction.
As promised, we are sharing information about the services and the obituary for Professor and Faculty Senate Speaker Jeff Robb. Visitation is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, August 9, at Mulkey-Bowles-Montgomery Funeral Home. The celebration of his life will be held at noon, Thursday August 10, at First United Methodist Church, Denton.
Faculty, staff and student flutists from the Texas Woman’s Department of Music were featured at the 45th Annual National Flute Association Convention, held Aug. 10-13 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Candice Salyers (Ph.D. ‘14), an alumna of the Texas Woman’s University Department of Dance, has received a Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW). The goal of the $30,000 fellowship is to help women obtain tenure and further promotions by providing a year to focus on independent research.
Texas Woman’s University doctoral candidate Lela Aisha Jones was named as one of four nominees for this year’s prestigious Outstanding Emerging Choreographer Award. The winner will be announced at the 33rd Annual NY Dance and Performance Bessie Awards cocktail party and press conference Wednesday, July 12, 2017 in New York City.
Texas Woman’s University students teamed up with students from University of Central Arkansas and Collin College to win the 2017 Alberta Johnson/Ruth Hubbard Cousins Building Bonds Collaboration Award. Students from the Texas Woman’s and University of Central Arkansas Psi Chi chapters, as well as the Collin College chapter of Psi Beta, were recognized for their collaborative workshop, titled “The Gritty Team: Passion, Purpose and Success,” which was presented at this year’s Southwestern Psychological Association Annual Conference in San Antonio.
Andrea Wierzchowski, a third-year school psychology doctoral student at Texas Woman’s University, has received a 2017 Melanie Foundation scholarship for her work promoting mental health awareness and treatment for underserved children and their families. Her $1,500 award will go toward furthering her educational goals, which includes completing her doctorate and becoming a licensed psychologist.
The TWU Theatre Program’s 2017-2018 theatre season will feature an original comedy of catastrophic proportions, a classic French tragedy, an imaginative fusion of Eastern and Western theatre styles and a Pulitzer Award winner from one of America’s favorite playwrights.
TWU fashion merchandising students Alaina Miller, Andrea Rodriguez and Ashlie Wilson took home the three top awards in the Digital Store Planning and Design category at the Fashion Group International 2017 Scholarship Competition. Fashion Group International is a global, non-profit professional organization with more than 5,000 fashion industry members.
In the second year of its May Dance Concert Series, the Texas Woman’s University Department of Dance presents Ground, choreographed by associate professor Jordan Fuchs and performed by the Jordan Fuchs Company.
The Texas Woman’s University Department of Dance presents its spring DanceMakers Concert Series April 27-29 in Margo Jones Performance Hall, located on TWU’s Denton campus. The concert series will showcase the choreographic work of seven TWU undergraduate and graduate students, including four graduating M.F.A. students.
Esther Ajayi-Lowo, a doctoral student in the Texas Woman’s University Department of Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies, has been awarded the Philanthropic Educational Organization’s prestigious International Peace Scholarship. The International Peace Scholarship Fund provides scholarships for graduate study in North America to select women from countries outside of the U.S. and Canada.
Texas Woman’s University’s Katherine Sharp Landdeck’s upcoming book, which centers on the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II, has been optioned as a film by Fox 2000. This movie company was behind the recent hit “Hidden Figures.”
Thomas Kail, director of “Hamilton,” will develop the project “Silver Wings,” based on Landdeck’s upcoming book “The Women with Silver Wings.” The book is the culmination of her 20 years of research on the Women Airforce Service Pilots, who were the first women to ever fly for the U.S. military.
Congratulations to the winners of TWU's 28th Annual Science Fair. The event took place Saturday, April 8, 2017 in Pioneer Hall on TWU's Denton campus.
Sukhbir Kaur Lulla, a doctoral student in the molecular biology program at Texas Woman’s University, has been awarded the American Pain Society’s Young Investigator Travel Award. Sukhbir Kaur will use the $750 travel grant to attend and present her research at the APS Annual Scientific Meeting, which will be held May 17-20 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The Texas Woman’s University School of the Arts and Department of Music and Drama present The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, with music and lyrics by William Finn, book by Rachel Sheinkin and conceived by Rebecca Feldman. The production runs April 13-15 and 20-23, 2017.
Michael Franklin, a graduate of the TWU Department of Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies master of arts program, has been named the winner of this year’s National Education Association’s Applegate-Dorros Peace and International Understanding Award. The association recognizes one educator annually for outstanding contributions to world peace and exceptional mentorship of young students.
The Texas Woman’s University School of the Arts invites area residents to join students, faculty, staff and a special guest artist for ArtsWalk: Revolutions. Event participants will explore new perspectives in adaptive spaces by taking a walk around Pioneer Circle on TWU’s Denton campus from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 30.
Yeajean Choi, a master of fine arts student in the Department of Dance at Texas Woman’s University, is one of eight choreographers and the only U.S. student to be chosen for the World Dance Alliance's prestigious 2017 International Young Choreographer Project. Choi will travel to Kaohsiung, Taiwan this July to participate in the project’s three-week residency program.
Three national experts on women in politics will speak at Texas Woman’s University’s second annual Jamison Lecture, beginning at 7 p.m., March 29 on the university’s Denton campus. The lecture, titled “Women in Politics: A Conversation About the Future”, will be held in Hubbard Hall on Administration Drive.
Nasrin Mirsaleh-Kohan, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Texas Woman’s University, is one of five educators to be elected to the most recent class of Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER) Leadership Fellows by the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement. Mirsaleh-Kohan was chosen from a pool of more than 6,000 faculty members and academics considered to be a part of the SENCER community.
The Edible Car Contest challenges Dallas-Fort Worth area students to build small cars entirely out of edible materials. The cars are raced down a timed track and judged in several categories, including speed, ingenuity, mobility and design.
Texas Woman’s University and the University of North Texas are working collaboratively to create and deliver a Joint Master of Social Work Degree Program, which aims to prepare students for positions in health care and child and family services. Officials from both universities signed a memorandum of agreement for the proposed TWU/UNT joint degree program at TWU Jan. 30th.
Nila Ricks, Ph.D., MSW, assistant professor of social work at Texas Woman’s University, is one of 12 up-and-coming minority scholars to be recognized by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education in their Emerging Scholars Class of 2017 edition.