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Volume 35, Number 13, August 12 - 25, 2013

TWU SCHEDULES FALL ASSEMBLY FOR FACULTY AND STAFF

Texas Woman’s University will kick off the 2013-14 academic year with a Fall Assembly for Faculty and Staff on Monday, Aug. 19.  All faculty and staff are encouraged to participate, whether in person on the Denton campus or via streamed video in Dallas and Houston.

The Office of the Provost will host an outdoor continental breakfast at 9 a.m. outside the Margo Jones Performance Hall.  The event, for faculty and Denton staff, is co-sponsored by TWU Catering.

The Fall Assembly will begin at 10 a.m. inside the performance hall.  The assembly, hosted by the Provost’s Office and the Faculty Senate, will be available via streamed video to Dallas and Houston staff in their offices and at a designated auditorium on each campus.  Chancellor Ann Stuart, who begins her final academic year at the helm of TWU, will share the successes the TWU community has achieved together as well as the challenges of the future.  Sue Schrier Bancroft, chair and presiding officer of the TWU Board of Regents will update the campus community on the search for TWU’s next leader.  Dr. Robert Neely, provost, will outline academic priorities for 2013-14.

Offices that can be closed during the assembly may post a notice indicating when they will reopen.  Offices that cannot close should arrange for coverage during the assembly.  It is expected that staff whose offices are closed will attend the assembly. 

FALL 2013 PARKING PERMIT REGISTRATION DELAYED

As previously announced, the TWU Department of Public Safety is implementing a new parking permit registration process effective fall 2013.   The most significant changes are that parking permits will be issued to the individual rather than the vehicle, and the registration process will be moved online.

Due to the change to the new system, parking permits for the 2013-2014 school year will not be available for purchase until the middle of September 2013Permit fees will remain the same for 2013-2014. 

Current parking permits will be honored until the new system is implemented.  Students, faculty and staff are asked to voluntarily comply with TWU’s Parking Rules and Regulations, which are detailed at www.twu.edu/DPS

The TWU DPS office is available to assist with the new parking process as needed. 

TWU DENTON, DALLAS CAMPUSES GO TOBACCO-FREE AUG. 15

Texas Woman’s University’s new Tobacco Policy has been accepted by the Board of Regents and will go into effect Thursday, Aug. 15.  The most significant change is that the use of tobacco products is prohibited indoors and outdoors on the Denton and Dallas campuses.  This includes all facilities, student housing units and the off-site TWU Select Apartments.  The Houston campus remains tobacco-free.

The use of tobacco products is only allowed in personal vehicles provided the windows are closed and the tobacco waste products are properly disposed of.  E cigarettes are permitted outside TWU buildings.

Students, faculty, staff and visitors are asked to comply with the university’s Tobacco Policy, which is detailed at http://www.twu.edu/policy/PolicyDocs/Policy%202.44%20University%20Tobacco%20Policy.pdf

Members of the TWU community are empowered to respectfully inform others about the policy in an ongoing effort to enhance awareness and encourage a culture of compliance.

Smoking cessation resources also are available for the TWU community.  For more information, visit http://www.twu.edu/benefits-welfare/resources-smoking-cessation.asp

Newsbriefs (submission information)

Faculty, staff and administrators are invited to participate in TWU’s Fall 2013 Pioneer Welcome Day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21 and Thursday, Aug. 22.  Volunteers are needed to assist students and their parents with moving into the residence and to provide directions and serve refreshments.  Volunteers are asked to sign up for a two-hour period.  Special T-shirts will be provided for all who participate.  Sign-up forms are available through University Housing.  For more information, contact Dr. Joe Berthiaume at jberthiaume@twu.edu.

The Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences is seeking volunteers for a study of the effects of blueberries on bone density. The study is open to postmenopausal women between the ages of 45-70 who have osteopenia, also known as bone loss.  Benefits of the study include $75 in compensation.  For more information, contact Dr. Shanil Juma at 81-2704 or sjuma@twu.edu.

Update on TWU People (submission information)

John Lawhon (General Counsel) will retire Aug. 31 after more than 35 years at TWU.  He was the only General Counsel TWU has had, and was ethics officer and public information officer for the university as well.  He had served as secretary to the Board of Regents since 1987.  In addition, he taught in the history and government department for 14 years, helping to establish the programs and curricula in paralegal studies and criminal justice.  Mr. Lawhon will continue the private practice of law for select clients in the areas where he is a board certified specialist — estate planning, probate and trusts and the area of family law.

Dr. Phyllis Bridges’ (English) research on Henry James will be featured on the American Literature program of the South Central Modern Language Association in New Orleans in October.
 
Dr. Carolyn Bednar (nutrition and food sciences) has been named editor of The Journal of Child Nutrition & Management (JCNM), a national research journal that publishes peer-reviewed research articles and other articles on current issues related to school nutrition.  The journal is sponsored by the School Nutrition Association, a national organization with more than 53,000 members.

Dr. Irene Connelly has been named director of the TWU Office of International Education.  She previously was assistant director and interim director for international education.  She holds a bachelor of arts in government from TWU and a doctor of jurisprudence from Texas Tech Law School.

Dr. Constance Ayers (nursing, Houston) has been named director of undergraduate nursing in the TWU College of Nursing.

Dr. Brenda Binder (nursing, Houston) has been named director of graduate nursing in the TWU College of Nursing.

Dr. Mahesh S. Raisinghani (School of Management) was invited to serve as a program committee member of the 2013 International Conference on Sustainability, Technology and Education.  He also served in this position last year.

Dr. Mahesh S. Raisinghani (School of Management) co-authored “The Politics of eLearning: A Theoretical Model,” which was accepted for publication in the International Journal of E-Politics (IJEP), forthcoming in 2014.

Shelly Burns (library, Dallas) met the 80-point requirement for credentialing at the senior level by the Academy of Health Information Professionals Credentialing Committee.

Genny Stidham has been named head softball coach at TWU.  She spent 16 years at the University of Central Oklahoma and guided UCO to its first-ever national championship in May.  She earned her bachelor’s degree from East Central University in 1994 and her master’s degree from Central Oklahoma in 1997.

Taylor High has been named assistant basketball coach at TWU.  He previously served as assistant women’s basketball coach at Pratt Community College in Kansas.  He earned his bachelor of science degree in sports management and fitness from Kansas in 2008.

Megan Matteck, formerly Megan Bibilone, has been named assistant coach of the Pioneers’ soccer team.  She had served as the team’s graduate assistant coach for the past two seasons.  She graduated from Midwestern State University in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in biology, and currently is pursuing her master’s degree in exercise physiology.

The Next Two Weeks at TWU: August 12 - 25, 2013

Mon., Aug. 12           
  • 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.

Tues., Aug. 13

  • 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., Aug. 14

  • 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.

Thurs., Aug. 15

  • 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., Aug. 16

  • Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

Sat., Aug. 17

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

Sun., Aug. 18

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

Mon., Aug. 19

  • Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Fall Assembly for Faculty and Staff.  Outdoor continental breakfast, MJPH, 9 a.m.; assembly inside MJPH, 10 a.m., streamed to Houston and Dallas.

Tues., Aug. 20

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

Wed., Aug. 21

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

Thurs., Aug. 22

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

Fri., Aug. 23

  • Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Second annual Freshman Commencement, 9:30 a.m., MJPH, streamed to IHSC-Houston 2120 and IHSC-Dallas 1010.

Sat., Aug. 24

  • Library closed; Bookstore open 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

Sun., Aug. 25

  • Library closed; Bookstore open noon to 6 p.m.; 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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