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Volume 34, Number 9, June 4-17, 2014

TWU GETS $1.6 MILLION GRANT TO IMPROVE ENGLISH LITERACY

Texas Woman’s University has been awarded a $1.6 million federal grant to improve the literacy and language skills of English language learners in rural north Texas schools.

The U.S. Department of Education’s National Professional Development Program in the Office of English Language Acquisition recently awarded 73 grants worth $24.5 million per year for projects designed to better prepare teachers to serve students with limited English proficiency.  TWU’s Project SMARTTTEL (Science and Mathematics for All: Rural Teacher Training through Technology for English Learners) received $1,642,630.

Project SMARTTTEL is a five-year project designed to develop, implement and evaluate an online professional development program for math and science teachers of grades four through 12.  TWU’s current partners on the grant include Education Service Center (ESC) Region 11 and the Millsap, Godley, Valley View, Poolville, Paris, Little Elm, Rio Vista and Aubrey school districts.  TWU, which is seeking to partner with additional districts, will train 54 math and science teachers from these schools in such areas as multicultural education, Second Language Acquisition, English as a Second Language (ESL) methods and more.  These teachers then will mentor at least one colleague in their home districts.

Dr. Holly Hansen-Thomas, TWU associate professor of teacher education and director of Project SMARTTTEL, said the four graduate courses offered through the project will be completely online and will be tailored to the specific needs of the rural math and science teachers.  TWU will provide laptop computers for the participants to use throughout the project.  Those teachers who successfully complete the program will be allowed to keep the computers, she said.

The project includes a three-day, on-campus summer institute that will highlight research-based, hands-on strategies for English language learners.  The institute also will incorporate Spanish for the secondary classroom and provide teachers with key vocabulary and phrases to help them in working with their Spanish-speaking students.

“Because of changing demographics, many teachers in rural school districts are challenged with meeting the needs of their English language learners,” Dr. Hansen-Thomas said.  “We are excited to be able to give these teachers the tools and skills to better prepare those students for academic success.”

For more information about Project SMARTTTEL, contact Dr. Hansen-Thomas at hhansenthomas@twu.edu or Liliana Grosso at lgrosso@twu.edu.

TWU RECEIVES $500,000 FOR WASP ENDOWMENT

Texas Woman’s University – home to the national archives of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) – recently received a $500,000 gift from the estate of WASP Dorothy “Dot” Ebersbach for the endowment that supports the archives.

In addition, a gift of $100,000 was given to the WASP Endowment last fall by an anonymous donor to support the archives.

These gifts will allow TWU to continue to digitize the WASP collection of more than 1 million pieces of paper, 25,000 photographs and almost 700 oral histories.  The endowment also supports the TWU Blagg Huey Library’s efforts to lend portions of the collection for exhibits around the country.

“The WASP are not just important to women’s history; the group is a integral part of U.S. history,” said Kimberly Johnson, coordinator of special collections for the TWU Libraries.  “We appreciate these gifts tremendously, as the funds make it possible for us to keep the history and stories of WASP like Dot Ebersbach alive for future generations.”

Ms. Ebersbach grew up in Ohio and began working for her father’s construction company, which required that she learn to fly.  She quickly fell in love with flying and when the U.S. became involved in World War II, she joined the WASP.

She served both in Texas and Arizona, doing test flights and towing targets so that soldiers could practice shooting.  The work of Ms. Ebersbach and her fellow WASP was instrumental in the war efforts and freed up men to fly and fight overseas at a time when women were not combat participants.  In 2010, Ms. Ebersbach and her fellow WASP were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation’s highest civilian award for their service during World War II.

Ms. Ebersbach passed away last November at her home in Florida at the age of 96.

The WASP were the first women in history to fly for the U.S. military, serving between 1942 and 1944 at the height of World War II.  TWU’s Blagg Huey Library is home to the official WASP archives, the most extensive archival collection of WASP material in the United States.  For more information, visit www.twu.edu/library/wasp.asp

Newsbriefs (submission information)

The Texas Woman’s University drama program will provide entertainment specifically aimed at younger audiences with its production of the musical version of “Miss Nelson is Missing” June 14-24.  As of Tuesday, June 5, several performances were sold out.  To reserve tickets or for more information, visit www.twu.edu/drama or call the TWU Box Office at (940) 898-2020.

Of possible interest to TWU commuters:  You could get a week of free transit June 18-23 in exchange for a gasoline receipt.  Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), the T in Fort Worth and the Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) are joining together for a “Dump the Pump” campaign.  For more information -- including dates and locations for swapping a gasoline receipt for a transit pass -- visit http://www.dcta.net/news-events/news-and-events/menu-id-59.html and scroll down to the “Dump the Pump” story.

Update on TWU People (submission information)

Robert Placido has been named associate provost for technology and chief information office. He previously served as associate vice president for information technology services at TWU.

Dr. Mahesh Raisinghani (School of Management) has co-authored a paper titled “Measuring the Effect of Supply Chain Collaborations and Market Turbulence on Performance Outcomes” that has been accepted for publication in the proceedings of the 2012 IEEE International Technology Management Conference.  The paper will be presented at the conference, scheduled June 24-27 at the Omni Hotel and Convention Center in Dallas.

Dr. Mahesh Raisinghani (School of Management) has been invited to serve on the scientific committee of the Sustainability, Technology and Education 2012 Conference (http://www.sustainability-conf.org/) scheduled Nov. 28-30 in Perth, Australia. Dr. Raisinghani will participate in a virtual mode.

Dr. Susan Chaney and Dr. Susan Sheriff (nursing, Dallas) published, “Evidence-based treatments for smoking cessation” in The Nurse Practitioner, April 2012, 37(4), 24-32.

Dr. Chaney also was re-elected to the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Nominations Committee.  Her new term begins June 20 at the organization’s national conference in Orlando.

A course by Dr. Donna Sauls (nursing, Denton), NURS 6043: Policy, Power & Politics, has been officially reviewed and met expectations of the Quality Matters (QM) rubric.  This course is Dr. Sauls’ second recognized course and is part of the 100 percent online doctoral program in nursing science (PhD) – Denton, QM Implementation Plan.  For more information about the QM rubric, visit http://www.qmprogram.org/.  To view the complete list of TWU courses that have been recognized by QM, go to http://www.twu.edu/de/quality-matters.asp.

Heidi Ashbaugh and Morgan O’Donnell (both health studies) presented “Let’s Talk About It!: Managing Discussion in the Online Course” and “Witches, Wookies, and Blarney: Using Humor to Engage Distance Students” at the Texas Distance Learning Association 2012 Conference, held April 15-18 at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel.

Dr. AnaLouise Keating (women’s studies) recently gave the 2012 Scholarship Lecture at The Bread and Roses Center of the Department of Women’s Studies, San Diego State University.  Her talk was titled “Womanist Spiritual Activism and This Bridge Called My Back.”  Dr. Keating also participated in a multi-university roundtable on This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Colors.

The Next Two Weeks at TWU: June 4-17, 2014

Mon., June 4             
  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

Tues., June 5

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

Wed., 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.-10 p.m.

Thurs., 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.-10 p.m.

Fri., June 8

  • 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.

Sat., June 9

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

Sun., June 10

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

Mon., June 11

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

Tues., June 12

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

Wed., June 13

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

Thurs., June 14

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

Fri., June 15

  • 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.

Sat., June 16

  • Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Denton campus Open House, 8 a.m., Hubbard Hall.

Sun., June 17

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

Submission Information

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