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Volume 33, Number 3, February 14-27, 2011

TWU TO CELEBRATE GRAND OPENING OF DALLAS CENTER FEB. 18       

Texas Woman’s University will achieve new heights in merging teaching and technology to improve patient care with the grand opening of the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center on Friday, Feb. 18. Due to limited seating, the ceremony is by invitation only.

 “With this facility, we are establishing a new threshold in providing learning environments that create a seamless transition from the classroom to the workplace,” TWU Chancellor Ann Stuart said.

The center bears the name of Texas oilman and entrepreneur T. Boone Pickens, who donated $5 million to the building’s fundraising campaign in 2006.  Mr. Pickens has been a generous philanthropist throughout his professional life.  The breadth of his nearly $700 million philanthropy is focused on improving lives through grants supporting educational programs, health and medical research and services, athletics and corporate wellness, the entrepreneurial process, at-risk youth and conservation and wildlife initiatives.

Mr. Pickens will speak at the grand opening ceremony, which will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the first floor auditorium of the new Dallas Center.  The facility is located at 5500 Southwestern Medical Avenue in the heart of the Southwestern Medical District.

During the event, TWU also will announce that Mrs. Florence A. Doswell of Dallas is donating $2 million to endow two chairs in nursing – one in teaching excellence and the other in informatics – at the Dallas Center.  Mrs. Doswell previously gave $3 million toward building the new facility.  In honor of that gift, TWU has named the college of nursing in Dallas the Houston J. and Florence A. Doswell College of Nursing. 

Mrs. Doswell’s interest in health care began during her late husband’s struggle with cancer in the 1970s.  She developed a profound sense of gratitude toward the medical professions and became involved in providing philanthropic support to health-related institutions and their students. 

“Attracting excellent faculty is essential to addressing the nursing shortage,” Mrs. Doswell said.  “It is my hope that these endowed chairs will benefit the delivery of quality patient care in Texas for years to come.”

The eight-story, 190,000-square-foot Dallas Center initially will house the university’s College of Nursing, the TWU Stroke Center-Dallas and the health systems management program, and by January 2012, its occupational and physical therapy programs.  Relocating these programs from the university’s Presbyterian Hospital campus will enable TWU to emphasize the team approach to health care now practiced in hospital settings.

The Dallas Center is built to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification standards in keeping with TWU’s goal of reducing its carbon footprint.  Later this year, TWU will add a 600-space parking garage, which will include two levels that can be used either for additional parking or classroom expansion.  

ASSET TO AWARD FIRST WILKES BERRY ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP

ASSET (Association of Service and Support Employees of Texas Woman’s University) will celebrate the awarding of the first Wilkes Berry Endowed Scholarship with a reception scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25 in the Stoddard Hall Lobby.  The scholarship presentation and remarks will be made at 2 p.m.  Refreshments will be served.  Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP by Wednesday, Feb. 23, to 81-2202.

The $500 scholarship will be presented to Christina Williams, supervisor of general services and facilities management, who is pursuing a degree in general studies with an emphasis on business administration.

ASSET established an endowment fund in 1997 for scholarships that encourage the career, educational and personal goals of non-managerial staff.  The name was changed to honor Dr. J. Wilkes Berry, former associate provost, shortly after his death in 2006.

PROJECTS FUNDED BY FACULTY RESEARCH ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM

The TWU Office of Research & Sponsored Programs has announced that the following projects have been funded by the 2010-2011 New Faculty Research Enhancement Program:

  • Dr. Marge Benham-Hutchins, nursing - Denton, “Information Requirements during Nursing Handoff,” $7,751;
  • Drs. Derek Crews and Molly Russ, management, “The Impact of Multitasking on Human and Organizational Efficiency,” $8,000;
  • Dr. Laura Hanson, biology, “Identification of Post-transcriptional Regulatory Mechanisms for Murine Cytomegalovirus Essential Genes m142 and m143,” $8,000;
  • Dr. Shanil Juma, nutrition & food sciences, “Inhibition of Osteoclastogenesis by Black Raspberry Polyphenols,” $8,000;
  • Dr. Owen Kelly, nutrition & food sciences, “The Effect of n-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids on Human Adipocyte and Osteoblast Proliferation,” $8,000;
  • Dr. Elizabeth Restrepo, nursing - Denton, “Infant Morbidity and Mortality Related to Elective Induction of Labor Prior to 39 Weeks Gestation,” $8,000; and
  • Dr. Parakat Vijayagopal, nutrition & food sciences, “Grape Polyphenols Regulate PCSK9 and Reduce Atherosclerosis in Apo E Deficient Mice,” $8,000.

The primary purpose of the Research Enhancement Program (REP) is to provide seed money so that faculty members will be able to compete more successfully for larger research grants from external sources for continuation of their research.  The REP provides support for all types of faculty research.

Newsbriefs (submission information)

The TWU drama program puts a new twist on a classic tale with its production of “She Stoops to Conquer” Feb. 24-27 in the Rebud Theater Complex.  Performances are scheduled at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25; at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26; and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.  For tickets or more information, visit www.twu.edu/drama or call the TWU Box Office at 81-2020.

Update on TWU People (submission information)

Dr. Mahesh Raisinghani (School of Management) has been invited to serve as one of the keynote presenters at the 2nd EU-Russia Innovation Forum (http://www.eurussiainnoforum.com/) in Lappeenranta, Finland May 18-19.  Dr. Raisinghani will deliver his presentation on the preparation of common innovation strategy and next practices on developing a dedicated program for joint innovation activities.

Phil Trammell has joined the Office of Institutional Development as development officer for planned giving.  He previously served as director of development with the University of Dallas.  Mr. Trammell may be reached at 81-3865 or ptrammell@twu.eduSharon Venable has assumed the role of director of development in addition to her existing role of working in corporate and community development. 

The Next Two Weeks at TWU: February 14-27, 2011

Mon., Feb. 14            
  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; bookstore open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.

Tues., Feb. 15

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.

Wed., Feb. 16

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
  • Houston Library Workshop, 11 a.m.-noon.  For more information, visit www.twu.edu/library/houston-workshops.asp
  • Pioneers Basketball vs. Central Oklahoma, 7 p.m., away.

Thur., Feb. 17

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

Fri., Feb. 18

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; bookstore open 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Nutrition and Food Sciences Seminar Series.  Guest speaker Deborah Joy Clegg, Ph.D., R.D., of Touchstone Diabetes Center, UTSW Medical Center at Dallas, will present “SeXX Matters!,” noon, ACT 301 and IHSH 3322.
  • Pioneers Softball vs. Midwestern State, 11 a.m., MSU Invitational, away.
  • Pioneers Softball vs. Eastern New Mexico, 1 p.m., MSU Invitational, away.

Sat., Feb. 19

  • Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Denton Campus Open House, 8 a.m. Hubbard Hall.  Sessions available in English and Spanish.
  • Pioneers Basketball vs. Northeastern State, 2 p.m., home.
  • Pioneers Gymnastics vs. Southeast Missouri State, 7 p.m., away.
  • Pioneers Softball vs. Missouri Southern, 1 p.m., MSU Invitational, away.
  • Pioneers Softball vs. Drury, 3 p.m., MSU Invitational, away.

Sun., Feb. 20

  • Library open 2 p.m.-midnight; bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open 2-10 p.m.

Mon., Feb. 21

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; bookstore open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
  • Pioneers Basketball vs. East Central University, 7 p.m., away.

Tues, Feb. 22

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.

Wed, Feb. 23

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
  • Pioneers Basketball vs. Texas A&M-Commerce, 7 p.m., home.

Thurs., Feb. 24

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; bookstore open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
  •  “Preserve Your Legacy: African American History in Texas.”  Guest speaker: Delicia Daniels, professor of English at Wiley College and editor-in-chief of Lone Star Legacy, 2:30 p.m., CFO 204.  Reception follows.
  • TWU Drama presents “She Stoops to Conquer,” 4 p.m., Redbud Theater Complex.  For tickets or more information, visit www.twu.edu/drama or call the TWU Box Office at 81-2020.

Friday, Feb. 24

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; bookstore open 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Nutrition and Food Sciences Seminar.  Guest speaker Jing X. Kang, M.D., Ph.D., director of lipid medicine and technology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, will present “Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Nutrigenomics,” noon, ACT 301 and IHSH 3322.
  • TWU Drama presents “She Stoops to Conquer,” 8 p.m., Redbud Theater Complex.  For tickets or more information, visit www.twu.edu/drama or call the TWU Box Office at 81-2020.
  • Pioneers Softball vs. Ouachita Baptist, 4 and 6 0p.m., away.

Saturday, Feb. 26

  • Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • TWU Drama presents “She Stoops to Conquer,” 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Redbud Theater Complex.  For tickets or more information, visit www.twu.edu/drama or call the TWU Box Office at 81-2020.
  • Pioneers Basketball vs. Southeastern Oklahoma State, 6 p.m., away.
  • Pioneers Gymnastics vs. Illinois State, Centenary, 7 p.m., home.
  • Pioneers Softball vs. Ouachita Baptist and Southern Arkansas (2 games), 10 a.m., noon and 4 p.m., Southern Arkansas Tournament, away.

Sunday, Feb. 27

  • Library open 2 p.m.-midnight; bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open 2-10 p.m.
  • TWU Drama presents “She Stoops to Conquer,” 2 p.m., Redbud Theater Complex.  For tickets or more information, visit www.twu.edu/drama or call the TWU Box Office at 81-2020.

Submission Information

Newsbrief Submissions
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.

TWU People Submissions
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.)

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