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Volume 33, Number 17, September 19 - October 2, 2011

TWU INCREASES ENROLLMENT FOR 10TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR

For the tenth consecutive year, Texas Woman’s University’s enrollment has grown, this fall to a record 14,740 students.

Most importantly, TWU’s total semester credit hours are up 4.9 percent to 145,994 hours, indicating that students are taking more hours.  Student credit hours, not headcount, determine the university’s state funding. 

TWU also set a record for Hispanic enrollment, which has increased 8.8 percent to 2,422 students.  TWU recently has received national recognition from both U.S. News and World Report and Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazines for its diverse student body.

The university’s new freshmen class includes record numbers of students ranked in the top 25 percent of their high school classes.  Almost 40 percent of first-time freshmen ranked in the top 25 percent of their graduating classes.

TWU’s enrollment is up 4 percent overall, with increases on all campuses.  Enrollment is up 3.5 percent in Denton, 11 percent in Dallas and 1.2 percent in Houston.

Dr. Richard Nicholas, vice president for student life at TWU, attributes the TWU Brighter Future grants for new freshmen as one of the reasons for TWU’s increased enrollment.

Last May, the TWU Board of Regents approved funding for the TWU Brighter Future grants for new freshmen to offset possible reductions in state financial aid.  University officials say the regents’ willingness to make these funds available gave students the security of knowing they had financial assistance they could rely on when state grant funding was uncertain.

Dr. Nicholas also says staff deserves credit for the enrollment increase, as they made diligent efforts to work with students individually on applications, financial aid and scholarships, and worked to process these quickly when state funding was unclear. 

All of these increases are helping the university near its 2015 Closing the Gaps goal of 14,873 students.  The Texas Closing the Gaps campaign is an initiative aimed at significantly increasing the number of students enrolling in universities and community colleges in the state by 2015.

All numbers are based on preliminary 12th class day data.  For more information or detailed enrollment figures, visit www.twu.edu.

TWU SCHEDULES GRAND OPENING OF NEW FITNESS CENTER

Texas Woman’s University will celebrate the grand opening of the TWU Fitness and Recreation Center on Friday, Sept 30.

U.S. Congressman Michael C. Burgess, former TWU Regent Harry Crumpacker II, and Sue S. Bancroft, vice chair and assistant presiding officer of the TWU Board of Regents, are among the scheduled speakers at the grand opening ceremony, which will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the gymnasium of the new center.  The building is located at the corner of Bell Avenue and Chapel Drive, south of the Stark and Guinn residence halls.

Guests are asked to RSVP their attendance to fitness_rec_opening_rsvp@twu.edu.

The 40,000-square-foot, $15.5 million facility includes a large cardiovascular exercise room with televisions mounted on most equipment, a weight room with more than 7,500 pounds of weights and dumbbells, four group exercise rooms, an NCAA-regulation basketball court that converts into two volleyball courts, an outdoor adventure area and a 30-foot indoor climbing wall with a 22-foot vertical rappelling station seldom found in a university fitness center.

The TWU Fitness and Recreation Center is more than double the space of the previous fitness facility, which was located on the first floor of Jones Hall.

TWU also will host an academic day on Friday, Oct. 7, which is underwritten by the TWU Office of the Chancellor and President, to coincide with the Fitness and Recreation Center grand opening.  “Exercise and Nutrition: Myths vs. Science” features nationally renowned speakers Catherine Jankowski, assistant research professor at the University of Colorado in Denver, and Roberta Anding, director of the sports nutrition section of adolescent medicine and sports medicine at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston.

Newsbriefs (submission information)

The Chancellor’s Annual SECC Kick-Off Luncheon supporting the State Employee Charitable Campaign will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28 in the Hubbard Hall Southeast Dining Room.  The cost to attend is $12 per person or $80 for a table of eight.  The reservation deadline is 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23.  Payment may be made with cash or by check made payable to SECC.  For reservations or more information, Malinda Potynski at mpotynski@twu.edu or call 81-3201.

The U.S. Postal Service will discontinue retail services of the TWU Post Office on Friday, Sept. 23, but will continue to serve the post office boxes. Budget supervisors have been informed of the impact of specific changes to mail delivery services.

Fitness equipment formerly used in Jones Hall is available for sale by sealed bid. Photos of the equipment are available at www.twu.edu/fmc/public.asp. Equipment may be viewed and operated during the hours of 9-11 a.m. and 2-4 p.m. beginning Monday, Sept. 19 and ending Wednesday, Sept. 28.  Bid forms may be obtained at the former Fitness Center in Jones Hall or at the reception desk in the Facilities Management Building.  Bidding will close at 5 p.m. on Sept. 28.  A public opening of bids will be held in the Conference Room of the Facilities Management Building at 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29.  Questions?  Email wbeckham@twu.edu  or call 81-3134.

Student Health Services will provide flu shots for faculty and staff on Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 8:30 a.m. until noon in the SHS office, located in Hubbard Hall off Administration Drive.  Cost is $25.  No appointment is needed.  For more information, call 81-3826.

Update on TWU People (submission information)

A retirement reception for Dr. Judith Bean (Academic Affairs) has been rescheduled for 3-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28 on ACT2.

Dr. Philip Yang (sociology) received the 2011 Research Paper Award from the Asia and Asian America Section of the American Sociological Association (ASA) at the 106th ASA Annual Meeting Aug. 20-23 in Las Vegas.  He received the award for his article, “A Theory of Asian Immigration to the United States,” which was published in the Journal of Asian American Studies 13(1): 1-34 in 2010. Kavitha Koshy, a Ph.D. student in sociology, and Dr. Yang also presented a paper titled “The Racialization of Post-1965 Nonwhite Immigrants in the United States” at the ASA Annual Meeting.

Dr. Catherine Candler has accepted the position of director of the TWU School of Occupational Therapy.

Dr. Danielle Phillips (women’s studies) published an article on August 8, 2011 titled “Who Wants to be an ‘English’ Mother? Irish and southern African American Domestic Workers in New York, 1865-1935” in the Aug. 8 edition of the Journal of the Motherhood Initiative, Demeter Press in Volume 2, Issue 1. This volume of the journal is titled “Mothering and the Environment: The Natural, The Social, The Built.”

The Next Two Weeks at TWU: September 19 - October 2, 2011

Mon., Sept. 19
  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
  • Invisible Children screening, 6 p.m., MCL Auditorium.  Free.

Tues., Sept. 20

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
  • Maroon and White Luncheon, noon, Outback Steakhouse, 300 S. I-35 East, Denton, $5.

Wed., Sept. 21

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
  • Pachanga, Hispanic Heritage Celebration, 5-7 p.m., SU Underground.  All-you-can-eat dinner, $7.58 per person (includes tax).

Thur., Sept. 22

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
  • TWU Visual Arts presents “Exposed: Sculpture by the Texas Atomic Iron Commission” lecture and discussion, 4-6 p.m., reception 5-6 p.m., East and West Galleries.  Free.
  • Pioneers Volleyball vs. Texas A&M-Kingsville, 7 p.m., away.

Fri., Sept. 23

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
  • Nutrition and Food Sciences Seminar Series, noon, MCL 505, IHSH 5305, DPH 109, IHSD 4302.  “Nutrigenomics and Cancer Prevention: Opportunities and Challenges,” with Dr. John Milner, Nutritional Science Research Group, Division of Cancer Prevention, NCI, Bethesda, MD.  Free.
  • Power of a Healthy Woman symposium, 8 a.m.-1:45 p.m. www.twu.edu/ce/Healthy-Woman.asp
  • Pioneers Soccer vs. Incarnate Word, 7 p.m., away.
  • Pioneers Softball vs. Faculty/Staff, 3 p.m., home.

Sat., Sept. 24

  • Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Pioneers Softball vs. Alumni, 1 p.m., home.
  • Pioneers Volleyball vs. Incarnate Word, 2 p.m., away.

Sun., Sept. 25

  • Library open 2 p.m.-midnight; Bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open noon-midnight.
  • Pioneers Soccer vs. Angelo State, 1 p.m., away.  

Mon., Sept. 26

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

Tues, Sept. 27

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
  • Dr. Pamela Youngblood Faculty Flute Recital, 7:30 p.m., MJPH.  Free.  81-2500.

Wed, Sept. 28

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
  • Pioneers Volleyball vs. Central Oklahoma, 7 p.m., home.

Thurs., Sept. 29

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

Friday, Sept. 30

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
  • Grand Opening, TWU Fitness and Recreation Center, 10:30 a.m.
  • Nutrition and Food Sciences Seminar Series, noon, MCL 505, IHSH 5305, DPH 109, IHSD 4302.  “Berries and Metabolic Syndrome: Clinical Observations” with Arpita Basu, Ph.D., R.D., Department of Nutritional Sciences, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK.
  • Pioneers Soccer vs. Abilene Christian, 4 p.m., away.
  • Pioneers Softball vs. Odessa College, 4 p.m., home.
  • Pioneers Volleyball vs. Arkansas Monticello, 1 p.m., home. 2011 Holiday Inn Express & Suites Classic.
  • Pioneers Volleyball vs. Arkansas Tech, 7 p.m., home. 2011 Holiday Inn Express & Suites Classic.

Saturday, Oct. 1

  • Library 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • TWU Houston Center Open House, 8:30 a.m.
  • Pioneers Volleyball vs. Southeastern Oklahoma State University, 12:30 p.m., home. 2011 Holiday Inn Express & Suites Classic.
  • Pioneers Volleyball vs. Texas A&M-International, 6:30 p.m., home. 2011 Holiday Inn Express & Suites Classic.

Sunday, Oct. 2

  • Library open 2 p.m.-midnight; Bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open noon-midnight.
  • Pioneers Soccer vs. Midwestern State, 3 p.m., away.

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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