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Volume 32, Number 3, February 15-28, 2010

TWU SPRING ENROLLMENT REACHES NEW RECORD

DENTON — Texas Woman’s University has set a new record for spring semester enrollment with 13,017 students, up 9.1 percent from last spring. 

More importantly, TWU’s total semester credit hours are up 8.7 percent from last spring to 124,383 hours — also a record. Student credit hours, not headcount, determine a university’s state funding. All numbers are based on preliminary 12th class day data. 

“I applaud the tireless efforts of faculty and staff in Denton, Dallas and Houston who helped TWU achieve another semester of record growth,” TWU Chancellor Ann Stuart said. “An uncertain job market is leading to careers in stable professions, and this is where TWU succeeds by offering quality programs in health care, education and business.” 

Overall enrollment is up at all TWU campuses and in undergraduate and graduate students. 

Enrollment at the TWU Dallas Center, which includes both the Parkland and Presbyterian locations, increased 21.2 percent from last spring to 1,284 students. 

To accommodate continued growth in Dallas, TWU is building a new $55.5 million TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center, which will combine TWU’s Parkland and Presbyterian sites into a dynamic campus-in-one building at the Parkland location. The new institute is expected to open in 2011. 

Denton campus enrollment increased 7.2 percent to 10,462 students, and enrollment at the TWU Institute of Health Sciences-Houston Center grew 13.8 percent to 1,271 students for spring 2010. 

TWU’s undergraduate enrollment is up 7.3 percent to 7,523 students, and graduate enrollment is up 11.5 percent to 5,488 students.  

TWU WELCOMES WOODROW WILSON VISITING FELLOW TO CAMPUS

Dede Bartlett, a former officer of two Fortune 100 companies – Exxon Mobil and Altria – and a noted national speaker on women in business leadership, will visit Texas Woman’s University Feb. 15 to 18 as a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow.

She will discuss “Resourcefulness Equal to the Need: Surviving Career Catastrophes” at 3 p.m., Feb. 15 in the Little Chapel-in-the-Woods on TWU’s Denton campus.  The lecture is free and open to the public.  For more information, call 81-3350.  

During her visit to TWU, Ms. Bartlett will participate in several campus activities, which include class presentations on women in corporate leadership and meeting with faculty and students on the TWU Denton and Dallas campuses.  

Ms. Bartlett was vice president of corporate affairs programs at Altria Group Inc., (formerly Philip Morris), where she developed the company’s award-winning domestic violence awareness programs.  She also has served as corporate secretary of the Mobil Corporation, president of the Mobil Foundation and chair of the Board Contributions Committee, where she directed Mobil’s worldwide charitable giving programs.  

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation has developed and conducted programs in higher education since 1945.  For more than 35 years, the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows have been introducing students and faculty at liberal arts colleges to a wide range of perspectives on life, society, community and achievement.  For more information, visit www.cic.edu/projects_services/visitingfellows.asp.

 TWU DRAMA PRESENTS ‘THE HALF MOON COUPLE’ 

After a successful world premier at the Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin, Ireland, the Texas Woman’s University drama program will restage “The Half Moon Couple” by Martin M. Maguire for its American debut on TWU’s Denton campus.   

Performances will be at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18; 8 p.m. Friday, Feb 19; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21.  All performances will take place in the Redbud Theater Complex, located on the north side of historic Hubbard Hall.  Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults.  For more information, visit http://www.twu.edu/drama/ or call the TWU Box Office at (940) 898-2020. 

“The Half Moon Couple” is the result of collaboration between the TWU drama program and the Gaiety School of Acting, Ireland’s national acting school.   

The process began in October 2009 when Patrick Sutton, director of the Gaiety School of Acting, led a weeklong workshop in the Redbud Theater.  The workshop produced a series of images and starting points for writer Martin M. Maguire and composer Susan Davenport to harvest and shape into the “The Half Moon Couple.”  The process continued in December when the students traveled to Dublin.  The play, directed by Sutton, was staged and rehearsed over a three-week period, and debuted on Jan. 14 at the historic Smock Alley Theatre.

“The Half Moon Couple” is a play about the tension between what is known and not known, seen and unseen, between the dark and the light.  Two lovers fail to speak their love and suffer the consequences — A disastrous marriage.  A lost child.  Suicide.   

They set out on their separate journeys to find all the precious things that have been kept from them.  Once they realize that they must ask for what they want, the couple is finally able to find happiness.  

Rhonda Gorman, TWU assistant professor of design, created costumes for both the actors and the 8-foot-tall puppets that add to the minimal set.  Dr. Patrick Bynane, TWU assistant professor of drama, will restage the show for the Redbud Theater.

Newsbriefs (submission information)

The construction project for the new Fitness and Recreation Center has begun.  The site bordered by Redbud Lane, Chapel Drive and Bell Avenue on the west, north and east sides, respectively, and contiguous to IDB are fenced off.  There will be truck traffic from Bell Avenue to the construction site gate on Chapel Drive throughout the project.  Faculty, staff and students are advised to use other campus arteries when possible, and to use caution in the area.  Weather permitting, the construction project is expected to last through the summer of 2011 with a projected opening in fall 2011.

Update on TWU People (submission information)

Dr. Philip Yang (Sociology), with Starita Smith (doctoral student in sociology at UNT), recently published an article “Trends in Black-White Church Integration” in Ethnic Studies Review 32.1(1): 1-29.

The TWU International Dance Company, under the direction of Gladys Keeton, recently returned from a tour to Texarkana, where they performed 13 concerts in four days to more than 3,000 teachers and school children.  The IDC has had a partnership program with the Texarkana ISD for a number of years.

The Next Two Weeks at TWU: February 15-28, 2010

Mon., Feb. 15   
  • 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. 16           

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

Wed., Feb. 17

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
  • Free Mobile Mammography Screening, visitors parking lot, Denton campus.  Appointments must be made in advance by calling 1-877-637-4297.  Call 81-3833 for more information.  This service is made possible by Komen North Texas Affiliate grant funding.
  • Pioneers Basketball vs. Northeastern State, 7 p.m., home.           

Thur., Feb. 18

  • 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. 19

  • 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.
  • Seminar Series: Nutrition and Food Sciences, noon to 1 p.m.  Speakers: MS nutrition student Jordan Staats on “Physician Compliance with RD Recommendations in TPN Patients,” and PhD nutrition student Selena Smith on “Effect of High Intensity Exercise on Appetite Suppression and Gherlin Levels.”  Locations: MCL 501 and Houston Center 3322.
  • Collaborative Couple Therapy: Hidden Ethics in Therapist Couple Conversations, 8:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m., CFO 2.  Visit http://www.twu.edu/ce/Couple-Therapy.asp for more information.
  • Pioneers Softball vs. Missouri Southern, 11 a.m., and Northwest Missouri State, 3 p.m., away. 

Sat., Feb. 20

  • Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Denton Campus Open House, 8:45 a.m., Hubbard Hall.
  • Pioneers Basketball vs. Texas A&M-Commerce, 2 p.m., away.
  • Pioneers Softball vs. West Texas A&M, 11 a.m., and Midwestern State, 1 p.m., away.                                   

Sun., Feb. 21

  • Library open 2 p.m.-midnight; bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open 2-10 p.m.
  • Pioneers Gymnastics vs. Ball State and Illinois State, 1 p.m., away.
  • Pioneers Softball vs. Western New Mexico, 11 a.m., and East Central, 3 p.m., away. 

Mon., Feb. 22

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; bookstore open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
  • TWU Logo Fair, noon-7 p.m., Houston Center.  TWU logo items for sale.                                   

Tues, 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.
  • TWU Logo Fair, noon-7 p.m., Houston Center.  TWU logo items for sale.       
  • CAS Faculty Spotlight Series: “Enhanced Education Across Disciplines: Applying the SENCER Model at TWU,” 12:25 p.m., Stoddard Hall 308.  Presenters are Dr. David Rylander (School of Management) and Cynthia Maguire (Chemistry & Physics).  

Wed, Feb. 24

  • Library open 7:30 p.m.-midnight; bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 p.m.-midnight.
  • “Standing On My Sisters’ Shoulders,” the award-winning documentary, shown at 4 p.m. in CFO 203.  Free.  For more information, contact Dr. Sara Fanning, 81-2143 or sfanning@twu.edu.
  • Pioneers Basketball vs. Southeastern Oklahoma State, 7 p.m., home.                                   

Thurs., Feb. 25

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

Friday, Feb. 26

  • Library open 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m; bookstore open 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Pioneers Softball vs. Incarnate Word, 4 p.m., and Southern Arkansas, 6 p.m., home. 

Saturday, Feb. 27

  • Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Pioneers Basketball vs. East Central, 2 p.m., away.
  • Pioneers Gymnastics vs. University of Wisconsin-Stout, 7 p.m., home.
  • Pioneers Softball vs. Southern Arkansas, noon, and Incarnate Word, 2 p.m., home. 

Sunday, Feb. 28

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

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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