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Volume 34, Number 16, September 17-30, 2012

TWU POSTS 2.7 PERCENT ENROLLMENT GAIN

DENTON — Enrollment at Texas Woman’s University is up 2.7 percent to 15,135 students, marking TWU’s eleventh consecutive year of enrollment growth.

Most importantly, TWU’s total semester credit hours are up 2.8 percent to 150,083 hours.  Student credit hours, not headcount, are the basis of the university’s state funding. 

Dr. Richard Nicholas, vice president for student life at TWU, attributes the rise in enrollment to more incoming freshmen and the increased retention of undergraduate students.

TWU’s new freshman class of 1,186 students is the largest in university history, up 13.5 percent from last year.  Overall undergraduate enrollment is up 4.5 percent – with sophomore, junior and senior levels also seeing gains.

“In these times where affordability has become an increasingly important factor in choosing a college, students and their families are picking TWU because of our quality, price and overall value,” Dr. Nicholas said.  “Once students come here, they are staying here because of the university’s focus on student success.”

TWU’s retention is up 1.4 percent with 10,888 students returning to the university.

Enrollment breakdown by campus:
Denton – 12,416 students
Dallas - 1,446 students
Houston – 1,273 students

Enrollment breakdown by level:
Undergraduate – 9,451 students
Graduate – 5,684 students
All numbers are based on preliminary 12th class day data.

TWU SELECTED FOR TERRY FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

The Terry Foundation – the state’s largest private scholarship program – will expand to include students from Texas Woman’s University beginning next fall.

“TWU is proud to join the outstanding universities in Texas who are benefiting from this highly recognized scholarship program,” said Dr. Richard Nicholas, TWU vice president for student life.  “TWU is known for offering a quality education at an affordable price.  Adding the Terry Scholars program to the university scholarship offerings will assist high achieving students and reinforce our reputation.”

Terry Scholarships are awarded for a student’s freshman year of college and are renewable annually at the discretion of the foundation’s board of directors for up to eight semesters.  The award covers the cost of tuition, fees, books, on-campus room and board, as well as miscellaneous expenses.  Leadership, academic excellence and financial need are criteria considered during the selection process.

The first class of 16 Terry Scholars at TWU will be selected from a group of 33 finalists by a Terry Foundation interview panel in spring 2013.   In addition to their award, Terry Scholars at TWU will live in their own living-learning community on campus and participate in special programs designed to enhance their university experience. 

“We are delighted to announce the establishment of the Terry Foundation Scholarship program at TWU,” said Edward T. Cotham, Jr., president of The Terry Foundation.  “Terry Scholars at TWU will benefit from the university’s outstanding academic programs and growing national reputation for excellence.”

TWU’s Office of Student Life will manage the Terry Scholars program at the university.  Prospective students interested in the program should complete the general scholarship application available Nov. 15 at www.twu.edu/finaid/scholarships.asp.  TWU’s scholarship application deadline is March 15, 2013.

The late Howard Terry and his wife Nancy established the Houston-based Terry Foundation in 1986.  Since its creation the foundation has awarded more than $77 million in scholarships to more than 2,400 students.

In addition to TWU, participating universities in the Terry Scholars program are the University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University at College Station, the University of Houston main campus, Texas State University – San Marcos, the University of Texas at San Antonio, the University of Texas at Dallas, the University of North Texas and Texas Tech University.

Newsbriefs (submission information)

The Provost and Faculty Senate are providing staff luncheons on each campus to welcome back staff for the 2012-13 academic year and to thank them for their hard work.  The luncheon for Houston staff will be Wednesday, Sept. 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Legacy Room on the eighth floor of the IHSHC.  The luncheons for Denton and Dallas staff will be Friday, Sept. 21.  The Denton luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. in HDB 208.  The Dallas luncheon will take place from 1130 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Life Multi-purpose room 3620.  Staff attending their respective luncheon will receive one entry each into a drawing for more than 25 door prizes.  Staff must be present at the luncheon to receive an entry ticket; they need not be present to win.

The TWU Faculty and Staff Flu Clinic will take place from 9 a.m. until noon Wednesday, Sept. 19 and from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 at Student Health Services on the Denton campus.  Cost is $25.  Payment made be made by debit card, cash or check.  For more information, call 81-3826.

ASSET (the Association of Service and Support Employees of Texas Woman’s University) will hold its first meeting of the 2012-13 academic year at noon Wednesday, Sept. 26 in room 402 of Stoddard Hall.  A light lunch will be served.  Those planning to attend should RSVP to Allison Mabry at amabry@twu.edu.

The TWU softball team will hold two of its signature events Friday, Oct. 5 at Pioneer Field.  The third annual Faculty/Staff softball game will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m.  Faculty and staff members who want to participate may register at http://twuathletics.com/sb_output.aspx?form=46.  Admission to the game is free.  The third annual “Hit-A-Thon” fund-raiser will immediately follow the faculty/staff game.  Selected TWU softball players will participate in a home-run hitting contest, with the proceeds going to the TWU softball program.  Anyone interested in sponsoring a player should contact head softball coach Richie Bruister at rbruister@twu.edu.

Tickets are on sale for the 2012 TWU Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony.  Tickets, which are $25 each, must be purchased by Oct. 9 for the Oct. 13 event.  Tickets will not be sold at the door.  They may be purchased in person at the TWU Institutional Development Office or by using the order form available at www.twuathletics.com

Update on TWU People (submission information)

A retirement reception for Dr. Jo Ann Engelbrecht (research and sponsored programs) will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19 in the ACT second-floor lobby.  Remarks will begin at 4 p.m.

Dr. Ellina Grigorieva (math and computer science) became a member of the Editorial Board for Journal of Mathematics, Hindawi Publications. More details are available at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jmath/editors/

Dr. Mahesh S. Raisinghani (School of Management) has co-authored two papers accepted for presentation and publication in the proceedings of the Decision Sciences Institute’s 2012 Annual Conference, scheduled to be held Nov. 17-20 in San Francisco.  The first paper is titled “Contemporary Managerial Issues in Twenty-First Century Project Management.”  The second paper is titled “Increasing Quality Output of Cross-functional Teams: Methods to Measure and Enhance Performance.”

The Next Two Weeks at TWU: September 17-30, 2012

Mon., Sept. 17          
  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Constitution Day.  The Department of History and Government will present a Supreme Court Simulation at 11 a.m., MCL Auditorium.

Tues., Sept. 18

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Pioneers Volleyball vs. Texas A&M-Commerce, 7 p.m., away.

Wed., Sept. 19

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

Thurs., Sept. 20

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

Fri., Sept. 21

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Bookstore open 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Pioneers Soccer vs. Incarnate Word, 7:30 p.m., home.
  • Pioneers Volleyball vs. Eastern New Mexico, 5 p.m., home.

Sat., Sept. 22

  • Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Pioneers Softball vs. Lamar University, noon & 2 p.m., away.
  • Pioneers Volleyball vs. West Texas A&M, 2 p.m., home.

Sun., Sept. 23

  • Library open 2 p.m.-midnight; Bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open noon-10 p.m.
  • Pioneers Soccer vs. Angelo State, 2 p.m., home.

Mon., Sept. 24

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

Tues., Sept. 25

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Pamela Youngblood Faculty Flute Recital, 7:30 p.m., MJPH, free.  Reception follows.  81-2500.
  • Pioneers Volleyball vs. Abilene Christian, 7 p.m., away.

Wed., Sept. 26

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

Thurs., Sept. 27

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

Fri., Sept. 28

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Pioneers Soccer vs. Abilene Christian, 7:30 p.m., home.
  • Pioneers Softball vs. Navarro Junior College, 3 & 5 p.m., home.
  • Pioneers Volleyball vs. Cameron, 7 p.m., away.

Sat., Sept. 29

  • Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Pioneers Softball vs. Weatherford Junior College, 1 & 3 p.m., home.
  • Pioneers Volleyball vs. Midwestern State, 2 p.m., away.

Sun., Sept. 30

  • Library open 2 p.m.-midnight; Bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open noon-10 p.m.
  • Pioneers Soccer vs. Midwestern State, 2 p.m., home.

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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