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Volume 33, Number 10, May 30 - June 12, 2011


Female volunteers are needed for a Texas Woman’s University Institute of Women’s Health study to determine how a single bout of exercise influences risk factors for heart disease.

Participants must be between the ages of 18 and 44, non-smokers, not obese, not pregnant, not currently exercising more than 60 minutes a week, not on birth control, not taking any medications for diabetes or heart disease and have had a normal menstrual cycle over the past three months. Details about qualifying for the study are available at

Participants will be asked to complete four research trials (two trials will involve exercise and two will involve rest) over a four-month period. They will ingest a milkshake and will donate a small amount of blood on four separate occasions over a four-month period.

The total time commitment for this study is approximately 30 hours over a six-month period. Participants will receive financial compensation upon completion of the study and a free dietary analysis, a free blood analysis and a free fitness assessment.

For more information, contact James Rowe, research associate for the TWU Institute for Women’s Health or 81-2763.


The Texas Woman’s University Office of Lifelong Learning and the TWU School of Occupational Therapy have announced the addition of a doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in occupational therapy to the university’s online offerings.

The first group of students will be admitted into the program beginning with the fall 2011 semester. The new Ph.D. program, which will include a mix of online and face-to-face classes, will replace the on-campus program by its fifth academic year.

The program will address the current shortage of occupational therapy faculty members who hold a Ph.D.

For more information about the online Ph.D. in occupational therapy, visit or contact Dr. Sally Schultz at (214) 706-2308 or

This degree brings the number of TWU distance education degree offerings to 30.

Newsbriefs (submission information)

TWU’s University Smoking Policy, approved in February by the Board of Regents, goes into effect on June 1 on the Denton and Dallas campuses.  All designated smoking areas will be identified by signage. Houston remains a smoke-free campus in compliance with the City of Houston ordinances.  Visit for a Denton campus map showing the location of designated smoking areas and for more information.

The TWU Department of Reading will offer an Intensive Summer Literacy Tutoring session June 16-July 1.  Master’s students working toward the Texas State Reading Specialist Certificate are directly supervised by faculty during this summer reading/writing tutoring session.  The tutoring session is offered free as a community service from the TWU Department of Reading.  For more information, contact Dr. Nancy Anderson at or call 81-2227.

The United States Postal Service (USPS) is considering closing the retail services currently provided on the TWU Denton campus, but retaining the post office box delivery system.  USPS is seeking input on these changes from the campus community.  A Town Hall meeting is scheduled at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 15 in SU 113 to discuss the issue.

Update on TWU People (submission information)

Dr. Hugh Burns (English, speech and foreign language) has been selected to be the Holland H. Coors Endowed Chair in Educational Technology for 2011-2012 at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.  The intent of the Coors family is to endow this chair for the “development of education technology at the Academy and the sharing of that technology with visiting professors from other Colorado colleges and universities.” Dr. Burns is the first “Coors Chair” to come from the Humanities.  He begins his one-year appointment in July 2011 and plans to return to TWU in 2012-13.

Lewis Benavides (human resources) and the TWU Office of Human Resources recently received the Excellence in Human Resources Practices Award from the Western Region of the College and University Professional Association-Human Resources (CUPA-HR).  The award honors the achievements of college and university human resource professionals or teams at CUPA-HR member institutions who improve the quality of programs and services on their own campuses through effective human resource administration practices.  Mr. Benavides and the TWU Office of Human Resources were honored for developing the service center concept, where each member of the department acts as a resource for issues and inquiries concerning their area of expertise and also participates in campus and community activities. 

Each year, graduating seniors who attend Senior Breakfast and Lunch nominate their favorite faculty and staff members.  The spring 2011 Senior Breakfast recipients were Sheila Haley (nursing), Dr. Lybeth Hodges (history & government), Dr. Young-Hoo Kwon (kinesiology) and Dr. Linda Marshall (social work.)  Senior Lunch recipients were Dr. John Calabrese (visual arts), Janelle Davis (kinesiology), Dr. Karen Dunlap (teacher education), Shelia Lumar (family sciences) and Dr. Linda Marshall (social work).

Dr. Barbara Presnall (government) has been named an expert participant in the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Academic Course Guide Manual Learning Objectives Project.  The goal of this project is to develop specific learning objectives for courses in the board’s manual, which serves as the academic transfer course inventory for all of Texas’ community and technical colleges.

Dr. Barbara Presnall (government) participated in a panel discussing the current state of women’s rights at the Women in Film Dallas Festival. Her panel followed the screening of a film, “Iron Jawed Angels,” depicting the work of Alice Paul and Lucy Burns in the struggle for women's suffrage.

A segment on NPR’s Morning Edition focusing on the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs), for which Dr. Kate Landdeck (history) served as consultant and contributor, received a 2011 Gracie Award from The Alliance for Women in Media Outstanding Portrait and Biography.  This segment also received recognition from the White House Press Association for an online package developed in consultation with Dr. Landdeck.

Gladys Keeton (dance) was elected president of the National Dance Association Board of Directors at the AAHPERD (American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance) convention in San Diego.

Gladys Keeton (dance) presented a poster session titled “Building Lesson Plan Expertise in Pre-Service Teacher” anda program “Implementing E-Porfolios as Assessment and Career Marketing Tools” at the National Dance Association Convention in San Diego in March. The TWU International Dance Company, directed by Ms. Keeton, also was selected to perform in the National Dance Association Gala Concert at the convention.

Dr. Faisal Aboul-Enein (nursing, Houston) has been accepted as a reviewer for the Paris 2012 International Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences Research to take place in France in 2012.  Dr. Aboul-Enein will be part of a multidisciplinary academic committee that brings together humanities and social sciences (HSS) researchers, scientists, academicians, experts, engineers, developers, administrators and other HSS research-related professionals and practitioners from all over the world.  The aims are to promote multidisciplinary dialogue and mutual cross-fertilization of ideas and methods.

Dr. Gerald Goodman (health care administration, Houston) recently was inducted into the Rice University-Texas Medical Center Chapter of Sigma Xi, the scientific research society.  Nomination to the society is by invitation only.  Election of new members is based on scholarly work and contribution to science, medicine and engineering.

Dr. AnaLouise Keating (women’s studies) was the keynote speaker for the Graduate English Students' Symposium on May 7 at the University of Texas-San Antonio. Her talk was titled “This Bridge Called My Back is (potentially) for everyone! Activating Theory in the Flesh.”

Dr. Philip Yang (sociology) recently published a book titled Asian Immigration to the United States (Polity Press, 2011).  The book focuses on three central questions: What causes Asian immigration to the United States?  How do post-1965 Asian immigrants impact American society?  How do new Asian immigrants and their children adapt to American life?  This is the first book that systematically delves into post-1965 Asian immigration to the United States.

Dr. Leslie Koberna (dental hygiene) has received a Blackboard Catalyst Award for Exemplary Courses for her online course Oral Radiology, DH 3433.  Her course will be recognized at the 2011 Blackboard Conference, Bb World, in July. More information about the award is available at

The Next Two Weeks at TWU: May 30 - June 12, 2011

Mon., May 30           
  • Memorial Day holiday; university closed.

Tues., May 31

  • Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

Wed., June 1

  • Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • World No Tobacco Day, 11 a.m., stop by the Student Union for information about tobacco and maps of the new designated smoking areas on campus.

Thur., June 2

  • Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

Fri., June 3

  • Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; bookstore open 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-8 p.m.

Sat., June 4

  • Library closed; bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open 8 a.m.-midnight.

Sun., June 5

  • Library closed; bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open 2-6 p.m.

Mon., June 6

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.

Tues, June 7

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.

Wed, June 8

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.

Thurs., June 9

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.

Friday, June 10

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; bookstore open 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

Saturday, June 11

  • Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Sunday, June 12

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

Submission Information

Newsbrief Submissions
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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 Include first and last names (no initials, please) and appropriate titles (ie. Dr.)

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