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TWU to honor alumni and student excellence at Accolades Luncheon April 19


DENTON — The Texas Woman's University Former Students Association (TWU FSA) and the Office of Alumni Relations present the new TWU Accolades Luncheon, formerly the TWU Distinguished Alumni Luncheon, on Friday, April 19.

The event will recognize the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award, the Hallmark Alumni honorees and the Outstanding TWU Students.

Tickets for the Accolades Luncheon are $25 each, payable to the TWU Former Students Association. The event begins with a reception at 11:15 a.m. in Hubbard Hall, followed by a luncheon also in Hubbard Hall. To purchase tickets, or for more information, call (940) 898-2586.

The 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient is Carolyn Ann “Cad” Dennehy, M.S. '82, Ph.D. '89, Professor Emerita of the University of Northern Colorado.

The new TWU Hallmark Alumni Award salutes graduates who have had a significant, positive effect on their chosen profession or on their community. The first recipients of the award are:

Carolyn Caldwell, M.S. '97, president and CEO of the Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, Calif.; and
Jessica Anne Setnick, M.S. '97, founder and owner of Understanding Nutrition, PC in Dallas.

Since the 1960s, the FSA has honored select graduating students for their excellence in scholarship and service by naming them as Outstanding TWU Students. Receiving these awards for 2012-2013 are:

Drew Curtis of Houston, doctoral candidate in counseling psychology,
Hoda Yeganehjoo of Lantana, a December 2012 master of science in nutrition graduate,
Kelly Fisher of Denton, accounting major;
Linh Huynh of Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam, mathematics major and
Barbara West of Dallas, government major (legal studies).


Dr. Carolyn Ann “Cad” Dennehy

Dr. Carolyn Ann (“Cad”) Dennehy earned two degrees from TWU – her master of science in science education in 1982 and her Ph.D. in exercise physiology in 1989. During her teaching career, she began groundbreaking research on the use of prescriptive exercise to ease the side effects of cancer treatments. Her findings were published internationally and nationally.

During 1996, her last year of teaching at the University of Northern Colorado, she co-founded the Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute, where her theories were utilized and health care students and professionals received training.

In 2002, she founded Navitas Cancer Rehabilitation Centers, Inc., to provide services to cancer patients before, during and after treatment. Navitas opened centers in Denver, Salt Lake City, and Albuquerque. In 2003, she co-authored Exercise and Cancer Recovery, a textbook that is still in use across the globe.

Carolyn Caldwell

Carolyn Caldwell received a master of science degree in health care administration from TWU in 1997. She is the Chief Executive Officer of Desert Regional Medical Center, a 387-bed acute care hospital in Palm Springs, Calif. She begins a three-year term on the American Hospital Association (AHA) Board of Trustees in 2013. She is a Fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives, a member of AHA’s Region 6 Policy Board and former chair of the AHA Institute for Diversity for Health Management.

Jessica Anne Setnick

Jessica Setnick earned her master of science in exercise physiology and sports nutrition from TWU in 1997. She is the owner and founder of Understanding Nutrition, which provides information to both patients and health providers. She conducts the Eating Disorders Boot Camp: Training Workshop for Professionals. She also is the founder of the International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians. In 2010, she authored The American Dietetic Association Pocket Guide to Eating Disorders.

Drew Curtis

In addition to his classes and doctoral research studies, Mr. Curtis also teaches several undergraduate classes in the TWU psychology department. He has been nominated twice for the Wilbert J. McKeachie Teaching Excellence Award and the Favorite Faculty: Excellence in Teaching Award. He completed his undergraduate and master’s work at Sam Houston State University, where he received two Psychology Excellence in Research awards. He currently is completing his final clinical experience at the University of Houston-Clear Lake.

Hoda Yeganehjoo

Before completing her master’s degree in December 2012, Ms. Yeganehjoo received her undergraduate degree at TWU in nutrition and food science, also completing the dietetic internship and becoming a Registered Dietitian. In her graduate studies, she is the recipient of many scholarships and scholarly awards including being named a TWU Chancellor’s Research Scholar. She has presented at the North Texas Research Symposium and co-authored a peer-reviewed article in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, as well as a book chapter. Ms. Yeganehjoo is listed in Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. She is now pursuing her Ph.D. at TWU.

Kelly Fisher

Ms. Fisher will graduate in May 2013 with a major in accounting and a minor in business administration. During her undergraduate studies at TWU, she has maintained a 4.0 grade point average. She has been awarded numerous scholarships and has held several offices in the Athenian Honor Society within the Honors Scholar Program and in the Accounting and Finance Society. Ms. Fisher serves as student vice president of the TWU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi honor society and is a member of the Golden Key honor society. She has been accepted into graduate school at TWU to pursue her MBA with an emphasis in accounting.

Linh Huynh

Ms. Huynh will graduate in May 2013 with a degree in mathematics and a minor in nutrition, having maintained a 4.0 grade point average. Ms. Huynh is a member of the TWU Honors Scholar program and a recipient of many scholarships including the TWU Former Students Association scholarship. She was selected for the Mathematical Bioscience Institute 2012 Undergraduate Summer Research project at the Ohio State University and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. She presented the results of the project at the 2012 Midwest Dynamical Systems Seminar at Notre Dame University, where she was the only undergraduate presenter. She plans to pursue her Ph.D. in applied mathematics.

Barbara West

Ms. West will graduate in May 2013 with a degree in government with an emphasis in legal studies and an overall grade point average of 3.69. A non-traditional student, Ms. West has had a diverse career path, including owning her own business. She has received presidential status in the National Society of Leadership and Success, is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Pi Sigma Alpha honor society, and is an officer of the TWU Barrister’s Club. She was selected for the International Scholar Laureate (ISL) Program and will visit China with the ISL delegation this summer.


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