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Volume 34, Number 12, July 23 - August 5, 2012

ENERGY STAR NAMES TWU AS A TOP SCHOOL FOR LOW CARBON IT

Texas Woman’s University recently was named as one of the top five universities in the U.S. who have contributed to the national Energy Star Low Carbon IT Power Campaign.

Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy designed to protect the environment through energy-efficient products and practices.

According to Energy Star’s website, the Low Carbon IT Campaign is a nationwide effort to assist and recognize organizations for reducing the energy consumed by their information technology equipment.

As a contributor to the campaign, TWU has pledged to activate power management features on university monitors and computers to save energy.

“We are proud to be part of this effort to reduce the carbon footprint of our technology operations,” said Robert Placido, TWU associate provost for technology and chief information officer.  “The efficient use of computers and monitors is not just good for our bottom line, it’s good for the environment.”

The EPA started its Energy Star program in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency.  More than 12,000 organizations are Energy Star partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes, buildings and businesses. For more information, visit www.energystar.gov.  

ACADEMY TO PROVIDE PEER SUPPORT FOR TEACHING, LEARNING

The TWU offices of the Provost, the Graduate School, Undergraduate Studies and Distance Education recently kicked-off the inaugural Pioneer Teaching and Learning Academy (PTLA), a yearlong experience that will provide expert peer support and a forum for growth in teaching and learning.  
Participants (known as PTLA Scholars) are assigned to a mentor, and each pair is grouped with two TWU instructional designers for the duration of the academy experience.  The academy will provide education and development activities for face-to-face, hybrid and online teaching and learning practices.
 
Five scholars and master instructors were selected for the inaugural Pioneer Teaching and Learning Academy:
Dr. Agatha Beins (women’s studies), mentored by Dr. Karen Dunlap (teacher education);
Dr. Rebecca Fredrickson (teacher education), mentored by Dr. Diane Brown (occupational therapy);
Dr. Laura Trujillo-Jenks (teacher education), mentored by Dr. Larry Petterborg (physical therapy, Dallas);
Dr. Jessica Gullion (sociology), mentored by Dr. Barney Sanborn (kinesiology); and
Dr. Josephine Chan (occupational therapy, Houston) mentored by Dr. Charlotte Stephenson (nursing, Houston).

The PTLA started with a workshop held June 25-27 in Denton.  Both the mentors and scholars will have academy requirements to fulfill throughout the upcoming academic year including development sessions, course observations, teaching and learning conference attendance, faculty development presentations, submission to a peer journal and more.
 
For more information about the Pioneer Teaching and Learning Academy, contact the Office of Distance Education at DE@twu.edu or (940) 898-3409.

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.

Due to renovation of the parking area located on Bell Avenue on TWU’s Denton campus, both the parking lot and sidewalk nearest the Institutional Development Building (IDB) will be closed through Friday, Aug. 3.

The Phoenix (Oracle) R12 Upgrade project team will hold a forum on financial reporting at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 26 in ACT 301.  The meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss all financial reporting needs with the team.

Annual Enrollment ends Friday, July 27.  To make changes for the plan year beginning Sept. 1, 2012, visit www.wers.state.tx.us.  No action is required for those who do not wish to make benefits changes.

Update on TWU People (submission information)

Dr. Victorine Imrhan (nutrition & food sciences) and doctoral candidate Kathleen Davis are recruiting participants for a research study on the effect of diet on AGE (advanced glycation end products) and inflammation.  Men and women who are ages 20 to 45, overweight and healthy are invited to take part in the study.  Participants will receive free food for two days and $50 compensation at the end of the study.  For more information, contact Ms. Davis at kdavis10@twu.edu or (940) 395-8577.

Dr. Agatha Beins (women’s studies) recently presented “The Beginning and End of a Text: Using Feminist Periodicals to Rethink the Communications Circuit” at the Society for Textual Scholarship Conference in Austin.  She also presented “The Materials of Representation in Feminist Publishing” at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference in Boston and “Feminism’s Affective Topology: Women’s Liberation and Women of Color in the 1970s” at the Cultural Studies Association Annual Conference in San Diego.

Dr.  Ellina Grigorieva (math & computer science) attended the ISEE 2012 Conference, held June 14-18 in Rio de Janeiro.  As a respected reviewer for the journal of Ecological Economics, Dr. Grigorieva was invited to a June 17 reception where she met and shared ideas with other authors and reviewers, journal editors and the publisher from Elsevier.  The editor of the journal invited Dr. Grigorieva to submit a paper on ecological improvement of wastewater cleaning process and its mathematical modeling.

Dr. Jacob Blosser (history & government) was invited to tour his alma mater, College Montaigne in Angers, France, on June 8.  Dr. Blosser spoke to several classes, participated in a question-and-answer session on American education, sat in on a history class and met with students, faculty and administrators.

The Next Two Weeks at TWU: July 23 - August 5, 2012

Mon., July 23
  • 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 24

  • 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 25

  • 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.
  • Health Select Information Session, 10 a.m., MCL 101.  Video conferencing available in IHSD 3514 and IHSH 3310.

Thurs., July 26

  • 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 27

  • 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 28

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

Sun., July 29

Mon., July 30

  • 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 31

  • 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., Aug. 1

  • 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., Aug. 2

  • 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., Aug. 3

  • 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., Aug. 4

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

Sun., Aug. 5

  • 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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