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Volume 34, Number 5, March 26 - April 8, 2012

TWU FOUNDERS’ AWARD RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED

Texas Woman’s University Distinguished Alumna Ann Williams – founder and artistic director of the Dallas Black Dance Theatre – and the Denton Festival Foundation, Inc. – producer of the annual Denton Arts and Jazz Festival – will be honored for their exceptional service to the community and to Texas Woman’s University as the 2012 TWU Founders’ Awards recipients.

The awards will be presented at the annual TWU Founders’ Awards Scholarship Luncheon at noon Thursday, April 5 in Hubbard Hall.  Proceeds from the luncheon benefit the TWU Chancellor’s Endowed Scholarships, the most prestigious scholarships awarded by the university.  Established by Chancellor Stuart and other donors in 2000, these scholarships are the largest awarded by TWU and are the only academic scholarships that offer a stipend to recipients in addition to paying tuition and fees.

Ms. Williams is a graduate of Prairie View A&M University and was the first African-American student to earn a Master of Arts Degree in Dance and Related Arts from TWU.  She is a TWU Distinguished Alumna, a former member of the university’s Board of Regents and the TWU Foundation, and a past president of the TWU Former Students Association.

She was inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame in 2002.  She also was honored at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., as a part of the Masters of African-American Choreography series in 2005.  TWU awarded her an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy in Dance in 2008.  She is one of only 10 individuals to receive a TWU honorary degree in the university’s 111-year history.

The Denton Festival Foundation, Inc. was formed in 1980 with the goal of making available the highest quality of arts and music to the general public free of charge.  The Foundation produces the annual Denton Arts and Jazz Festival, which has grown into a major regional event with more than 200,000 attendees each year. 

The foundation’s partnership with TWU began in the early 1980s with TWU supplying volunteers for the Children’s Art Tent for an event called Spring Fling.  The relationship
continued when Spring Fling moved to Quakertown Park in 1991 and became the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival.  Many TWU dance, choral and music groups have performed at the festival through the years, including the TWU International Dance Company, which has participated in the festival for 21 years.  TWU has been a major sponsor of the festival since 2008.

The first Founders’ Awards were presented in 1998 to honor organizations and individuals who have supported TWU and exhibited leadership in the community.  TWU celebrates Founders’ Day to commemorate the date the university was established by the state of Texas  – April 6, 1901.  TWU, the TWU Foundation and the TWU Former Students Association host the annual TWU Founders’ Awards Scholarship Luncheon.

TWU DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI LUNCHEON SLATED APRIL 20

Texas Woman’s University and the TWU Former Students Association will honor three Distinguished Alumnae at noon luncheon Friday, April 20 in Hubbard Hall. 

A reception to greet the honorees will take place at 11:15 a.m. in the Pioneer Room.  The reception is free and open to the public.  Tickets for the luncheon, which will begin at noon in the Southeast Ballroom, are $25 each and may be purchased by calling (940) 898-2586 or emailing fsa@twu.edu.

The deadline to purchase tickets is Wednesday, April 11.

The 2012 honorees are Ms. Lillie V. Tucker-Akin, a 1958 nutrition and food sciences graduate, who has had a varied and extensive teaching career in the field of biology; Dr. Anne Myers Gudmundsen, a 1962 nursing graduate and retired family nurse practitioner; and Dr. Johnnie Patricia Jones-Roebuck, a 1964 sociology graduate who currently serves as the House Majority Leader in the Arkansas House of Representatives.

The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor given to a graduate of Texas Woman’s University.  Individuals receiving this award represent the high ideals of the university demonstrated in professional accomplishment, leadership and service to society.

Newsbriefs (submission information)

TWU’s Pioneers Gymnastics team finished third in the 2012 Midwest Independent Conference Championships, held Saturday, March 24 in Chicago.  Freshman Kayla Jones captured the vault title while junior Kristin Edwards tied for first on floor.  TWU posted a 194.050 team score and finished behind Illinois State (194.800) and the host Illinois-Chicago (194.725).  The Pioneers compete in the NCAA regional tournament beginning Saturday, April 7.

TWU staff members may apply for the ASSET scholarship through 5 p.m. Monday, April 30.  ASSET (Association of Service and Support Employees of Texas Woman’s University) awards a scholarship every year for the fall semester to a permanent full- or part-time TWU staff member enrolled in undergraduate or graduate courses at TWU during the fall semester.  Membership in ASSET is not required.  Questions?  Contact Tim Refsland at trefsland@twu.edu.

Purchasing and Accounts Payable now are combined under Procurement Services.  This newly created department will be located in the Bralley Annex and may be reached at x3536.  Pam Wilson, associate vice president of finance – budget and procurement, will lead the department.

Update on TWU People (submission information)

Dr. Susan Adams (counseling and development) is the 2012 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Association for Adult Development and Aging, a division of the American Counseling Association (ACA).  The award recognizes outstanding service to the adult development division of the ACA and to the counseling profession in general.

Dr. AnaLouise Keating (women’s studies) recently published an essay, “‘Making Face, Making Soul’: Spiritual Activism as Social Transformation,” in an edited collection, Feminist Solidarity at the Crossroads: Intersectional Women's Studies For Transracial Alliance (Routledge, 2011).

Dr. Jessica Gullion (sociology) published a chapter titled “Get the Frack Out of My Town: A Case Study in Health Activism” in the book Voices in Medical Sociology: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives edited by Cynthia Cook.

Dr. Ellina Grigorieva (mathematics & computer sciences) served as a member of the scientific committee at the 18th International Symposium on Mathematical Methods Applied to the Sciences, held Feb. 21-24 in San José, Costa Rica.

A book by Dr. Christina Gawlik (mathematics & computer science), titled Fancy Fractions: Mastering Fraction Concepts & Computations for Grades K-8, recently became available on Amazon.com.  Taylor Olivarez, a junior mathematics major who helped create the book, will showcase the project in the Student Creative Arts & Research Symposium scheduled April 17-18.

Dr. Terry Senne (kinesiology) was elected to serve a three-year term as publications coordinator on the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) Board of Directors.

The Next Two Weeks at TWU: March 26 - April 8, 2012

Mon., Mar. 26           
  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.

Tues., Mar. 27

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
  • A Morning with Dr. Maya Angelou, 11 a.m., MJPH.  Event is sold out.  Overflow area in Hubbard Hall.  Ticket and TWU ID required for admission.  For more information, call 81-3626.
  • TWU Athletics’ Maroon and White Luncheon, noon-1 p.m., Outback Steakhouse, 300 S. I-35 East, Denton.  Cost: $5.
  • Pioneers Softball vs. St. Edward’s, 3 and 5 p.m., home.

Wed., Mar. 28

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
  • Well Wednesday Community Health Fair, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Pioneer Hall.  Free.
  • “The Dual Burden of Malnutrition in India: Exploring the Mother-Child Dyad,” 2:30 p.m., ACT 301.  A presentation by Fulbright-Nehru Research Scholar Dr. Lisa Zottrelli, TWU associate professor of sociology, based on her research while in India.  Free.

Thurs., Mar. 29

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
  • TWU Arts Triangle Walking our, 5-7 p.m., free.  Tour begins at the Pioneer Woman statue in Pioneer Circle.  For more information, visit http://www.twu.edu/triangle/ or call 81-2086.

Fri., Mar. 30

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
  • Nutrition & Food Sciences Seminar: “Providing Nutrigenomic Education to Public: Are We Ready?” presented by Dr. Chandan Prasad, chair of the TWU Department of Nutrition & Food Sciences, noon, MCL 501, IHSH 4305, IHSD 3510.
  • Pioneers Softball vs. Midwestern State, 5 p.m., home.

Sat., Mar. 31

  • Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Pioneer Pace 2012 5K, check-in and late registration at 7:30 a.m., race begins at 8:30 a.m. outside the Student Union. Cost is $21 for non-students, $16 for students.  Proceeds benefit the Student Dietetic Association.  For more information, visit http://www.twu.edu/nutrition-food-sciences/student-dietetic-association.asp
  • Pioneers Softball vs. Midwestern State, 1 and 3 p.m., home.

Sun., Apr. 1

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

Mon., Apr. 2

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

Tues., Apr. 3

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

Wed., Apr. 4

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

Thurs., Apr. 5

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
  • Founders’ Awards Scholarship Luncheon, noon, Hubbard Hall Southeast Dining Room.  For more information, call 81-3863.
  • Pioneers Softball vs. Angelo State, 7 p.m., away.

Fri., Apr. 6

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
  • Pioneers Softball vs. Angelo State, 2:30 and 4:30 p.m., away.

Sat., Apr. 7

  • Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Pioneers Gymnastics at NCAA Regional Tournament, 5 p.m., Fayetteville, Ark.

Sun., Apr. 8

  • Library open 2 p.m.-midnight; Bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open noon-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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