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Volume 34, Number 11, July 9 - July 22, 2012

CESARIO RECEIVES AWHONN’S HIGHEST HONOR 

Dr. Sandra Cesario, professor of nursing at the Texas Woman’s University Institute of Health Sciences-Houston Center, recently received the 2012 Distinguished Professional Service Award from the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), the highest honor given by the organization.   

Dr. Cesario was recognized for her more than 30-year career in nursing practice and for her advocacy, teaching and research in women’s health and newborn care.   

“This award reflects my passion for nursing and promoting the health of women and newborns,” Dr. Cesario said.  “I am humbled to receive such an important award from my peers.” 

A longtime AWHONN member, Dr. Cesario currently is the Ph.D. coordinator and a professor at the Nelda C. Stark College of Nursing at TWU’s Houston Center.  She is considered a national expert in women’s health and has conducted extensive research in ovarian cancer, second stage of labor management, newborn abandonment and design of health care systems.  She has received numerous honors, including AWHONN’s 2011 Excellence in Writing Award, the Good Samaritan Foundation Silver Award for Excellence in the category of Nursing Faculty, the Texas Organization of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Education Innovations in Teaching Award and the TWU Distinction in Teaching Award. 

Dr. Cesario is a founding member of the Nursing Institute for Healthcare Design, a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a member of the Oncology Nursing Society, Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, the Texas Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau International - the honor society for nurses.  She received her bachelor of science in nursing from Fort Hays State University, her master of science in nursing from the University of Oklahoma and her Ph.D. in nursing from TWU.  

AWHONN has more than 24,000 members worldwide.  For more information, visit www.awhonn.org.  

TWU AWARDED $743,036 GRANT TO EDUCATE NEW LIBRARIANS 

The Texas Woman’s University School of Library and Information Studies is one of 32 library organizations in the nation and one of four in Texas to receive a 2012 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).   

TWU received a $469,999 grant from the IMLS.  TWU and its partners – the Texas Library Association (TLA) and the Dallas Public Library – also are matching the grant with $273,037 in funds for a total of $743,036 to establish the Literacy Matters: Educating Librarians to Serve Families with Young Children project.  

Dr. Maria Cahill, TWU assistant professor of library and information sciences and co-principal investigator of the project, says its goal is to recruit participants to enroll in TWU’s Master’s of Library Science program and specialize in early literacy in order to provide library services for communities with underrepresented populations.  Qualified applicants to the program will receive tuition scholarships, travel stipends and professional mentorship from children’s librarians throughout the state.  Details on the program are available at www.twu.edu/slis

“This project seeks to increase the pool of librarians who can work with children to nurture the early literacy skills critical to lifelong success,” Dr. Cahill said.  “These funds have the potential to impact many families with young children in Texas and give them a leg up in terms of literacy learning.” 

Dr. Ling Hwey Jeng, director of TWU’s School of Library and Information Studies and co-principal investigator of the project, added, “Partnering with the TLA and the Dallas Public Library on this project allows us to extend our outreach and provide more children’s librarians for underserved areas in Texas.”

TWU JOINS THE OP-ED PROJECT NATIONAL INITIATIVE

Texas Woman’s University has joined a national effort to dramatically increase the influence and contribution of women’s voices in today’s society. 

TWU, the nation’s largest university primarily for women, is the first public university to be associated with The Op-Ed Project, a yearlong social venture founded to increase the number of women contributing to key commentary forums – newspaper opinion columns, television and radio talk shows, etc. – that traditionally have been dominated by men.  According to the project’s website, 85 percent of the op-eds in the nation’s top newspapers and online sites are written by men.  

The Op-Ed Project is conducting Public Voices Thought Leadership programs with a handful of universities including Yale, Princeton, Stanford and Fordham.  The TWU program combines TWU faculty members with leaders of nonprofit agencies in North Texas – the first group consisting of both activists and scholars in the national program.  For a list of names of the program’s participants, visit www.twu.edu/history-government/op-ed-2012.asp

TWU began its relationship with The Op-Ed Project by hosting a session on the Denton campus in March 2011.  That initial program was funded by The Boone Family Foundation, which, along with The Embrey Family Foundation, saw the opportunity this year to expand on TWU’s commitment to civic engagement with a yearlong program that focuses on increasing the advocacy efforts of North Texas nonprofit organizations.  

“This program is about more than just op-ed columns,” said Dr. Katherine Landdeck, TWU associate professor of history, who is coordinating the TWU program with Dr. Barbara Presnall, professor of government.  “It’s about getting new voices into the world of thought leadership – opening the door to those who otherwise might not have the chance to even look in the window of leading new ideas.” 

The project will feature four quarterly seminars designed to expand ideas and generate concrete results, editorial support from media mentors and monthly media calls with high-level insiders at media outlets including the New York Times and CNN.  For more information, visit www.theopedproject.org.

Newsbriefs (submission information)

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. 

Annual enrollment information sessions and fairs are scheduled on TWU campuses in July.  A Health Select information session will be held 10 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in MCL 101, with video conferencing in IHSD 3514 and IHSH 3310.  ERS will conduct campus visits from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, July 17 in IHSH 3134 and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, July 18 in IHSD 2504.  For a complete schedule of fairs and Webinars in Texas, visit http://www.ers.state.tx.us/Events/Annual_Enrollment/  

Parking permits for 2012-13 will be available online and in the Department of Public Safety’s parking office Monday, July 16.  For more information, visit www.twu.edu/dps/parking.asp  

TWU recently hosted Camp Eye Can, a three-day sports camp for visually impaired Denton County youth.  Staff from the camp collaborated with TWU faculty and graduate students in the areas of adapted physical activity and sport nutrition.  For information on volunteering for the 2013 summer camp, contact Dr. Lisa Silliman-French at lsillimanfench@twu.edu.

Update on TWU People (submission information)

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.)

The TWU community offers its condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Sondra Ferstl, who passed away July 5, 2012 after a yearlong battle with cancer.  Dr. Ferstl served as TWU’s associate dean for research fro 1988 until her retirement in 2003.  Services were held Monday, July 9 in the Chapel of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Denton.  Memorials may be made to the League of Women Voters of Texas, 1212 Guadalupe St., No. 107, Austin, TX 78701 or the League of Women Voters of Denton, P.O. Box 424945, TWU Station, Denton, TX 76204. 

Dr. Ann Stuart (chancellor’s office) participated on a panel at the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA) Symposium on June 25 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas.  Dr. Stuart was one of three chancellors/presidents who spoke on “What’s Going On – Presidential perspectives on current issues in college athletics.”  The symposium was part of the National Association of College Directors of Athletics and Affiliates convention. 

Chalese Connors (athletics) participated on a panel with the NCAA Pathway Program participants on June 26 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas.  Ms. Connors was one of three area athletic directors who discussed their career progression and experiences with this group of women and ethnic minority professionals who seek to become directors of athletics. The program was part of the National Association of College Directors of Athletics and Affiliates convention. 

Lt. Elizabeth Pauley (public safety) has been promoted to director of the TWU Department of Public Safety upon the retirement of Chief John Erwin.  Lt. Pauley will assume her new post Sept. 1.  She has served TWU for 13 years as a police officer, sergeant and lieutenant.  

Mary Thompson (physical therapy, Dallas) recently received the American Physical Therapy Association, Section on Geriatrics’ Joan Mills Award.  The award was established in 1980 in honor of the section’s first president.  The award – the highest award presented by the Section on Geriatrics – recognizes a member who has generously contributed his or her time, talents and efforts to the development of the section.

The Next Two Weeks at TWU: July 9 - July 22, 2012

Mon., July 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.-10 p.m. 

Tues., July 10

  • 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., July 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. 

Thurs., July 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.

Fri., July 13

  • 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.
  • TWU Volleyball Youth Team Camp, 9 a.m.-noon, Pioneer Hall.  Continues through Sun., July 15.  Designed for girls entering third through fifth grade in fall 2012.  Questions?  Visit twuathletics.com and click on the “Camps” link, or call TWU volleyball assistant coach Todd Lyles at (940) 363-4744.
  • TWU Volleyball Youth Team Camp, 1:30-4:30 p.m., Pioneer Hall.  Continues through Sun., July 15.  Designed for girls entering sixth through eighth grade in fall 2012. Visit twuathletics.com or call (940) 363-4744. 

Sat., July 14

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

Sun., July 15

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

Mon., July 16

  • 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., July 17

  • 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., July 18

  • 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., July 19

  • 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., July 20

  • 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., July 21

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

Sun., July 22

  • Library open 2-10 p.m.; 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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