2015 (Oct-Dec) News Releases

NCAA Gymnastics Championships hosted by TWU receives Sports Travel Award

2015 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships

The 2015 NCAA Women’s Gymnastics National Championships, hosted by Texas Woman’s University, Knight Eady Sports Group and the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau, received the SportsTravel Award for Best Collegiate Multi-Sport or Multi-Discipline Event.

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Family ties bind Mooneyham to university

Charlotte Mooneyham, an adjunct professor of teacher education at Texas Woman’s University, holds a photograph of her mother, Irma Shepherd, in her graduation cap and gown from what then was Texas State College for Women. Also pictured is Jacqulyn, Shepherd’s older daughter, at age 7.

Charlotte Mooneyham’s voice takes on a reverential tone when talking about Texas Woman’s University. As the university alumna talks about what TWU has meant to her family, it becomes clear why.

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Dallas faculty Patricia Driscoll joins board of one of Florida’s largest health systems

Photo of Patricia Driscoll

Professor, businesswoman, CEO, nurse, attorney and board member — the list of titles describing Texas Woman’s University Dallas faculty member Patricia Driscoll is growing thanks to her selection to serve on the Board of Trustees of Health First, a Florida-based, non-profit community health care system.

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Dallas Cowboys’ dietitian earned her nutrition stripes at TWU

Photo of Amy Goodson

As the Dallas Cowboys’ sports dietitian, alumna Amy Goodson is responsible for every morsel players and coaches put in their mouths from the start of organized team activities in April until the Super Bowl in February.

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Houston’s Patricia Bowyer receives national Outstanding Mentor Award

Photo of Pat Bowyer

For time-crunched occupational therapy practitioners, the idea of conducting research often seems impossible. But thanks to the mentorship of Patricia Bowyer, Ed.D., M.S., OTR, FAOTA, occupational therapy practitioners say they are bridging the gap between research and practice.

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Faculty Bookshelf highlights university authors

Texas Woman’s University faculty are leaders in their field, with an extensive list of books to their credit. The Faculty Bookshelf is a sampling of their recent work, listing only books written or edited by university faculty members from all three campuses during the past two years.

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Parsons' prize-winning work connects physical, immaterial

Artist, Colby Parsons

Faculty member and artist, Colby Parsons, followed up his Best of Show win in the Zainesville Contemporary Ceramics Prize exhibition — a title that carries with it a prize of $20,000, the largest prize for a ceramics competition in the western hemisphere — with a trip to Denmark to set up a show.

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TWU research results in unique training on food poisoning, allergic reaction

Culinary science student Erika Gray prepares for her food safety video shoot.

The last place you want to end up after a holiday meal is in the emergency room with food poisoning or an allergic reaction. New free food safety videos in English and Spanish, created by a team of Texas Woman’s University nutrition and food sciences faculty and students, are designed to lower that risk in America’s restaurants and home kitchens.

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TWU and Dallas VA form $3.5 million partnership

Aerial view of Dallas VA Medical Center

As a Military Friendly institution, Texas Woman’s University understands the special needs of veterans and the Veteran’s Affairs (VA) facilities that treat them.  Continuing this commitment to veterans, the university has become part of the national Veterans Affairs Nursing Academic Partnership (VANAP) to ensure veterans continue to receive the best care possible and that TWU student nurses are well positioned for careers in veteran care.

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First Terry Scholar graduate embarks on career in digital media

Although the ink on Savannah Peer’s bachelor’s degree is barely dry, the first Terry Scholar to graduate from Texas Woman’s University already is making her mark in the digital world.

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Online degree helps Fort Worth librarian help others

Leslie Drake wanted to reach all students – not just the ones in her classroom. Being a full-time teacher, mother and wife, however, didn’t leave time for sitting in a classroom to pursue the graduate degree she knew would help her achieve her goal.

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EMBA graduate takes leap of faith into pharmacy business

EMBA graduate Valerie Trang’s entrepreneurial drive and the support she received from Texas Woman’s University faculty have kept her barreling toward her goals and her new title: small business owner.

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Outstanding Houston student graduates with promise of return

National internships, faculty relationships and a goal of helping people recover from injuries are why Esmeralda Lizcano is proud to receive her master of occupational therapy degree from Texas Woman’s University in Houston Dec. 9.

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Holiday Gift Program keeps on giving

Texas Woman’s University’s annual Holiday Gift Program, which benefits the children of its students, has so far helped 296 children, but the need for even more support is greater than ever, says Jessica Burchfield, assistant director of the Campus Alliance for Resource Education.

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History faculty adds Emmy nomination to résumé

Katherine Sharp Landdeck

TWU associate professor of history, Landdeck, was the contributing producer for “Silver Wings, Flying Dreams: The Complete Story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots,” which was nominated for the historical documentary Emmy.

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Management final gives ‘A’ for real-world experience

Pushkala Raman

Final exams in Pushkala Raman’s Small Business Management class can push students right out of their comfort zone, but the exams always lead students right to Texas Woman’s University’s motto: We learn to do by doing.

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University to conduct winter commencement

Photo from TWU spring 2015 commencement.

The fall 2015 semester at Texas Woman’s University will draw to a close with commencement ceremonies scheduled Wednesday, Dec. 9 in Houston and Friday and Saturday, Dec. 11 and 12 on the university’s Denton campus.

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Festival of Lights brightens holiday season

Holiday lights in the shrubbery in front of Hubbard Hall

The Hubbard Oval on the Texas Woman’s University Denton campus came alive in lights Tuesday, Dec. 1 with the 2015 Festival of Lights. The event included performances by members of the music, dance and drama programs, goodies to eat and drink and pictures with Santa.

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NPR station spotlights TWU's help for students with no home for the holidays

From left: TWU students Chasity Jones, and Emily Williams

Local National Public Radio (NPR) radio station KERA 90.1 FM recently ran a story on how “Texas Woman's University Helps Students With No Home For The Holidays.”

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Scholarship program empowers nontraditional students

TWU’s 2014-2015 recipients of Empowering Women as Leaders (EWL) scholarships.

The path to college isn’t always direct from high school. Sometimes, there are a few more steps along the way.

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Health Studies faculty raise awareness about pre-exposure anti-HIV pill

TWU health studies faculty Kristin Wiginton, left, and Kimberly A. Parker

Two Texas Woman’s University faculty members have received a $129,788 grant to raise women’s knowledge and awareness about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), the use of anti-HIV medication that keeps HIV-negative people from becoming infected.

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Texas Area Health Education Center East relocates region office to TWU

Thomas Knight Thumbnail

Texas Area Health Education Center (AHEC) East, a state- and federally-funded program that works to place more healthcare workers in medically underserved areas, has relocated its north central Texas office to TWU’s Denton campus.

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Occupational Therapy faculty and alumni show excellence and impact at conference

What do a division chair, renowned author, executive director, and several honorary awardees at the Texas Occupational Therapy Association’s (TOTA) Mountain Central Council have in common? They are all from TWU.

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Denton Together Coalition includes TWU leadership

Texas Woman’s University student Sheryl English, a junior government major from Denton, is serving as the chair of the Denton Together Coalition, a network of Denton community stakeholders working together to promote effective and positive community relations. 

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Houston School of Physical Therapy hosts Research Day Dec. 3

Nationally recognized as an effective way to present student-based research, the Texas Woman's Univeristy School of Physical Therapy's 12th Annual Research Conference will take place from 3:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3 at the TWU Institute of Health-Sciences Center, 6700 Fannin St.

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TWU lights up blue, white and red in support for Paris

Texas Woman’s University recently showed its support for Paris with blue, white and red lights shining on the Margo Jones Performance Hall on its Denton campus Nov. 17.

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TWU alumna serves as guest artist for drama production

For Terri Tomola, working as a guest artist in the Texas Woman’s University Drama Program is like coming home — even if that home looks much different than before. 

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TWU shines a 'Spotlight on Faculty Excellence' in Denton

The fountain at TWU

TWU faculty in Denton excel in all areas of academia, in leadership and in service. Their contributions to their fields have been recognized on the international, national and state levels. These accomplishments are some of the many TWU is honoring as part of its annual “Spotlight on Faculty Excellence” celebration in November.

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TWU's 'Kids for Health' Day offers low-cost health services for children

The Texas Woman’s University Dental Hygiene Clinic and Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic are teaming up to provide low-cost dental hygiene services and hearing and speech/language screenings for local children.

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Supplemental instruction program helps students succeed

Karen Zamora, far left, a course assistant for statistics, leads a session in TWU's Supplemental Instruction Program.

A Texas Woman’s University program aimed at increasing success rates in classes that traditionally have been stumbling blocks for students has shown success of its own — including recognition from the state’s top higher education agency.

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TWU to host Pioneer Preview Day Nov. 21, 2015

Texas Woman’s University will host Pioneer Preview Day — an open house event for prospective first-year students — beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 21 on the university’s Denton campus.

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University launches ‘Pioneer Promise’ program with Denton high schools

Pioneer Proud students

Building on its legacy of providing a top-notch education to local high school graduates, TWU is launching a new “Pioneer Promise” program with the Denton Independent School District. The program guarantees TWU admission to Denton ISD high school graduates ranked in the top 30 percent of their junior class.

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Heritage Health Solutions donates $35,000 to Texas Woman’s University

Ron Davis, professor of kinesiology; James L. Rosengren, chairman and CEO of Heritage Health Solutions; TWU Chancellor Carine M. Feyten; Sean Sala, president of the TWU Student Veterans Association; Patti McCoy, TWU alumna and senior director of marketing for Heritage; and TWU Ambassador Chad Wick.

In honor of Veterans Day, Heritage Health Solutions, Inc., a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business based in Flower Mound, TX, is donating $35,000 to TWU to recognize the university’s and Heritage’s commitment to serving veterans.

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‘Military Friendly’ TWU salutes veterans

Distinguished Alumna Maj. Gen. Mary Saunders, retired

Texas Woman’s University earns national recognition for its support of student veterans as the university is set to honor all those who have served.

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TWU shines a 'Spotlight on Faculty Excellence' in Dallas

Dallas faculty include Great 100 nurses, National Institute of Health grant recipients, app developers and national award winners in nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech and language pathology and health systems management. TWU honors these accomplishments as part of its annual celebration.

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TWU Dallas campus celebrates veterans with weeklong events Nov. 3-11

Breakfasts, career exploration panels and a moment of silence are just some of the ways the Texas Woman’s University Dallas campus will honor and celebrate all veterans and service members Nov. 3-11.

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TWU's Kerley receives Advocate for Excellence in Literacy Award

Larry LeFlore and Cathy Tedrick Kerley

TWU development officer Cathy Tedrick Kerley received an Advocate for Excellence in Literacy Award during the 2015 Billie J. Askew Reading Recovery and Literacy Institute.

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TWU's Gary Ray to join Lee University Hall of Fame

Gary Ray, vice president for enrollment services at Texas Woman’s University, will be inducted into the Lee University (Cleveland, Tennessee) Hall of Fame during ceremonies scheduled Friday, Nov. 6.

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TWU Drama presents 'Third' Nov. 18-22, 2015

The Texas Woman’s University Drama Program will welcome back some old friends for its production of Wendy Wasserstein’s Third, which runs Nov. 18-22 in the Redbud Theater Complex on the TWU Denton campus.

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TWU puts a ‘Spotlight on Faculty Excellence’ in Houston

Faculty at the Texas Woman’s University Houston campus are considered among the best in the nation, with 11 selected as national fellows in nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy and health care administration.

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New adjunct, equipment add value to TWU program

James Adams in front of two new pieces of cooking equipment

Culinary science students at Texas Woman’s University will have even more opportunities to gain real-world experience thanks to two recent additions to the program courtesy of Tyson Foods, Inc.

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TWU adds online master's degrees for educators

Two master’s degree programs aimed at educators who want to further their careers were added to the roster of Texas Woman’s University online degree programs this semester.

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TWU Dallas Nursing holds Halloween Simulation

A TWU Nursing student and Kimberly Ramirez participate in a simulated emergency room

Nothing is more terrifying than the emergency room at the end of October!

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Sociology doctoral student named to award committee

Joanna Lara

The first time Joanna Lara took a medical sociology class, she knew it was her research passion. Now, the nation’s top sociology students will submit papers for her consideration.

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TWU to host Transfer Connection information session Nov. 7

Texas Woman’s University will host a Transfer Connection information session for prospective transfer students from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov 7 on the TWU Denton campus.

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Boys & Girls Clubs Texas ‘Youth of the Year’ Carla Trochez attending TWU

Carolyn Moore, Carla Trochez, and Kevin Hattery

When Carla Trochez met Texas Woman’s University associate nutrition professor Carolyn Moore during her interview for Youth of the Year at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston, little did they know that this chance encounter would lead to a full-ride scholarship to TWU, a fundraising event that raised more than $825,000 and, perhaps most importantly, a continuing student/mentor relationship that exemplifies the core values of both the Boys & Girls Clubs and TWU.

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TWU nursing students receive prestigious scholarship

Nursing students who were awarded Edith Cavell Nursing Scholarships

Six Texas Woman’s University nursing students were awarded Edith Cavell Nursing Scholarships from the Dallas County Medical Society Alliance Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. Shana Hansford, Whitney Hain, Grace Park, Soo Min Park, Michaela Cortes and Angelica Garcia each received approximately $1,000, totaling $6,000 awarded for the Fall 2015 semester

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TWU Ambassador named vice chair of ACT college board

Chad Wick, TWU Ambassador

IOWA CITY, Iowa—The ACT Board of Directors has two new leaders. Robert M. Berdahl, president emeritus of the Association of American Universities, has been selected by his peers as board chair. Chad P. Wick, TWU Ambassador and founder of the KnowledgeWorks Foundation, has been named vice chair.

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TWU receives a $200,000 grant for its G-Force program

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) recently awarded Texas Woman’s University a $200,000 grant for its G-Force student-mentorship program, designed to increase enrollment of first-generation college students in Texas.

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TWU Center for Research Design and Analysis opens Oct 20th

Texas Woman’s University opens its new Center for Research Design and Analysis at 4 p.m., Tues., Oct. 21, 2015, in room 105 of Stoddard Hall on the Denton campus. Sponsored by the TWU Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, this new center will support both qualitative and quantitative research performed by faculty and students.

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KEM Club to participate in National Chemistry Week event

Members of the Texas Woman’s University KEM Club are among nearly 150 student chemists from throughout Dallas-Fort Worth participating in a celebration of National Chemistry Week Oct. 20-24 at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.

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TWU presents 'Boo at the U' Oct. 22

Treats, train and carriage rides, carnival games, inflatables and a haunted house will be part of Texas Woman’s University’s annual “Boo at the U” Fall Festival Thursday, Oct. 22 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the TWU Student Union, located on the southwest corner of Bell Avenue and Administration Drive.

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Nursing leader Jean Watson guest speaker at recent Fall Forum

TWU Nursing Dean Anita Hufft, Jean Watson and TWU Nursing Professor Joan Edwards

Jean Watson, Ph.D., considered a global expert on the “Theory of Human Caring," recently spoke to more than 200 leaders from the Texas Medical Center and Texas Woman’s University during TWU’s annual Nursing Fall Forum, held at the TWU Institute of Health Sciences-Houston Center Oct. 2, 2015.

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First Lady Abbott celebrates gown donation

TWU fashion design students speak with Texas first lady Cecilia Abbott during the Oct. 13 reception

Texas Woman’s University welcomed first lady Cecilia Abbott to campus Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, to celebrate the addition of her inaugural gown to the Texas First Ladies Historic Costume Collection.

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TWU to honor Moody-Dahlberg with Dykes Leadership Award

TWU Ambassador Chad Wick, Chancellor Carine Feyten, Virginia Chandler Dykes, Francie Moody-Dahlberg, Kevin Dahlberg, Bob White, Susan and Ralph Hawkins

Francie Moody-Dahlberg, executive director and a trustee of the Moody Foundation as well as a director of the Moody Endowment, has been named the recipient of the 14th Annual Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award, presented by Bank of Texas and Texas Woman’s University and the Texas Woman’s University Foundation.

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Occupational therapy students visit national lawmakers during D.C. trip

TWU Occupational Therapy students in D.C.

Four TWU occupational therapy graduate students recently attended Hill Day in Washington, D.C., to advocate and educate lawmakers on occupational therapy. Occupational therapists help those with physical, mental or cognitive disorders to develop, recover or maintain daily living and work skills.

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EMBA student wins national career development grant

Chasity Crawley

TWU graduate student Chasity Crawley is one of only 60 U.S. women selected to receive a Career Development Grant from the American Association of University Women. Crawley, who is pursuing her executive master’s of business administration (EMBA) degree at TWU, joins an elite group of women selected to receive this prestigious national grant.

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Photos highlight fun Family Weekend

TWU students and their families involved in an activity at the fountain

From tailgating at the tennis courts, watching a softball game and experiencing historical downtown Denton to attending a fashion show, watching a family movie and touring university attractions — a fun time was had by the more than 1,000 TWU students and their families during the second annual Family Weekend.

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TWU hosts North Texas Adapted PE Conference

About 20 third-graders, some with Adapted PE needs, work with attendees of the North Texas Adapted PE Conference at TWU.

Showing the university’s reputation for excellence and leadership in adapted physical education — PE for students with disabilities — Texas Woman’s University is hosting the second annual North Texas Adapted PE Conference Oct. 2 through Oct. 3.

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TWU to host Graduate and Professional School Fair Oct. 12

Texas Woman’s University will host a Graduate and Professional School Fair from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12 in the TWU Student Union, located on the southwest corner of Bell Avenue and Administration Drive on the university’s Denton campus.

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TWU Drama presents 'Seven' Oct. 14-18

A powerful docudrama on seven women’s fight to be heard opens the Texas Woman’s University Drama Program’s 2015-16 season. Seven runs Oct. 14-18 in the Redbud Theater Complex.

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