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Volume 34, Number 19, October 19 - November 11, 2012

CHANCELLOR’S ALUMNI EXCELLENCE AWARD EVENT SET

Nationally known advocate for women in the sciences and Texas Woman’s University alumna Dr. Anngienetta Johnson will be honored during the second Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award ceremony Tuesday, Oct. 30 on TWU’s Denton campus.

Dr. Johnson will speak on “My Place in Space and My Climb to Get There” and will receive the second Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award from TWU Chancellor Dr. Ann Stuart. The ceremony begins with a reception at 5 p.m. in room 302 of the Multipurpose Classroom and Laboratory (MCL) Building.

Dr. Johnson is being honored for her significant contributions to NASA, her advocacy for women in science and her volunteer work. During her 40-year career with NASA, Dr. Johnson’s duties included co-directing payload operations on four of the first six Shuttle flights, developing NASA’s engineering programs and improving the agency’s systems operations. She retired as NASA’s Senior Advisor for Safety and Mission Assurance in 2009.

Dr. Johnson is recognized for being a champion for women in the sciences throughout her career and is a co-author of a chapter in the book “Success Strategies for Women in Science.” She also is a dedicated volunteer for the Red Cross, managing operations for disaster relief, working with disaster victims and recruiting and training volunteers. In recognition of her work, President George W. Bush and his President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation awarded her with a national Volunteer Service Award in 2004.

Dr. Johnson received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from TWU in 1971.

In conjunction with the establishment of the award, Chancellor Stuart has given $120,000 to establish the Ann Stuart Fund to Underwrite the Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award. Chancellor Stuart’s gift will fund a 20-year program designed to bring the recipient of the TWU Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award to campus to share his or her experience and expertise with the university community. The TWU academic department from which the recipient graduated will organize the TWU Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award event, which will continue annually through 2032.

TWU RECEIVES $3 MILLION IN FEDERAL HRSA GRANTS

Texas Woman’s University will help more economically disadvantaged undergraduate and graduate students pursue a degree in nursing with $3 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

HRSA’s Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) Program has given TWU $650,000 a year for four years to use for scholarships for undergraduate students pursuing a nursing degree. The program also has awarded the university $100,000 a year for four years for scholarships for graduate students pursuing a nursing degree.

“These scholarships will provide financial assistance to many students wanting to enter or remain enrolled in our renowned nursing program, allowing these students to better serve the state of Texas and the nation as practicing nurses,” said Dr. Richard Nicholas, TWU vice president for student life.

This marks the third consecutive year TWU has been awarded HRSA grants for student scholarships. To date, TWU has received more than $4.8 million in HRSA grants for student scholarships.

The Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) Program was established through the Disadvantaged Minority Health Improvement Act of 1990 to increase diversity in the health professions and nursing workforce to ensure culturally effective care and reduce health disparities. The program provides grants to eligible health professions and nursing schools for use in awarding scholarships to students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Newsbriefs (submission information)

The TWU Student Union will sponsor rides to the polls for early voting Monday, Oct. 29 and Thursday, Nov. 1.  Shuttles will run from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and from 4-6 p.m.  Rides will originate at the blue tent in the Free Speech area of the Denton campus.

TWU students have voted to raise the student union fee to fund a new union in Denton and to add new services and amenities at the university’s Dallas and Houston campuses.  Online voting took place Oct. 16-17 with 61 percent voting for the increased fee and 39 percent against it.  Students voted to raise the fee from $32 per semester to $149 per semester.  Assuming approval from the TWU Board of Regents, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Legislature, a potential start date for construction could be summer 2013, with the new student union opening in 2015.

Facilities Management and Construction has further developed ideas generated from the Facilities Visioning Forums held earlier this year.  Forums will be held in November to give the Denton campus faculty, staff and students an overview of future expansion possibilities on campus during the next 15 years.  Faculty/staff forums will be held in ACT 301 at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7 and 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8.  A student forum will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 in MCL 101.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2012 SECC Charity Ball: Sherlock Homies from the library and Kines Krew from kinesiology, Most Game points; Mathemagicians from math and Shock Factor from the Office of Technology, Game Points plus Participation; and COPE Amigos and Athletics, Spirit Award.  Reminder:  Donation forms are due Oct. 31.

The Fall Staff Development Day is scheduled Wednesday, Nov. 14 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Hubbard Hall Banquet Room.  The event will feature special presentations by Maj. Gen. Mary Saunders and Jean McCreery of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP).  Lunch is included, but space is limited.  To RSVP, visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HJYWVZK.  For more information, visit www.twu.edu/humanresources.

Update on TWU People (submission information)

Dr. Vickie Zeigler (nursing, Denton) co-authored an article published in the Sept. 24 online edition of Circulation, The Journal of the American Heart Association.  The article was titled “Educational and Psychological Interventions to Improve Outcomes for Recipients of Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators and Their Families: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association.”

Dr. Wyona Freysteinson (nursing, Houston) recently published an article, “Nurses’ use of mirrors as an intervention to promote patients’ acceptance of a new body image” in the Clinical Journal of Oncology. 16(5), 533-536.

Dr. Wyona Freysteinson (nursing, Houston) co-presented a poster titled “Viewing self after disfiguring surgery: Interpreting the ‘me’ in the mirror” at the St. Luke’s Episcopal Healthcare System’s Nursing Research Annual Conference, held Oct. 25.

Dr. Mahesh S. Raisinghani (School of Management) has co-authored a research paper titled “A Comparison Of Service Design Processes in Relevant International Information Technology Service Management Models and Standards” that has been accepted for presentation at the annual SIGSVC meeting at the 2012 International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2012), to be held Dec. 16-19 in Orlando, Fla.

The Next Two Weeks at TWU: October 19 - November 11, 2012

Mon., Oct. 29            
  • 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.
  • TWU Student Union sponsoring rides to the polls for early voting, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-6 p.m.  Look for the blue tent in the Denton campus Free Speech area.

Tues., Oct. 30

  • 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.
  • Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award ceremony with Dr. Anngienetta Johnson.  Reception begins at 5 p.m. in MCL 302.  Award presentation and lecture at 5:30 p.m., MCL 502.
  • 19th Annual Monster Flute Choir Concert, 7:30 p.m., MJPH.  Free.  81-2500.
  • Global Month: Global Jeopardy Game, 4:30 p.m., SU 113.
  • Global Month: Art History Studies Abroad in Italy, with Dr. John Calabrese.  1 p.m., Fine Arts Building, West Gallery.
  • Pioneers Volleyball vs. Texas A&M-Commerce, 7 p.m., home.

Wed., Oct. 31

  • 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., Nov. 1

  • 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.
  • Cultural Connections Leadership Conference, Hubbard Hall.  Continues through Saturday, Nov. 3.  81-3679 or www.twu.edu/intercultural-services/conference.asp
  • TWU Student Union sponsoring rides to the polls for early voting, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-6 p.m.  Look for the blue tent in the Denton campus Free Speech area.
  • Pioneers Soccer vs. Angelo State, LSC Soccer Championship, noon, away.
  • Pioneers Volleyball vs. St. Edward’s, 7 p.m., home.

Fri., Nov. 2

  • 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, LSC Soccer Championship 5 p.m., away.

Sat., Nov. 3

  • Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Pioneers Volleyball vs. Abilene Christian, 2 p.m., home.

Sun., Nov. 4

  • Library open 2 p.m.-midnight; Bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open noon-10 p.m.
  • Daylight Saving Time ends.
  • Pioneers Soccer, LSC Soccer Championship, opponent TBD, 1 p.m., away.

Mon., Nov. 5

  • 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., Nov. 6

  • 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.

Wed., Nov. 7

  • 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.
  • Facilities Visioning Forum for faculty/staff, 3 p.m., ACT 301.

Thurs., Nov. 8

  • 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.
  • Facilities Visioning Forum for faculty/staff, 2:30 p.m., ACT 301.
  • Pioneers Basketball vs. Hardin-Simmons (Exhibition), 7 p.m., home.

Fri., Nov. 9

  • 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 Volleyball vs. Tarleton State, 7 p.m., home.

Sat., Nov. 10

  • Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Pioneers Volleyball vs. Angelo State, 2 p.m., home.

Sun., Nov. 11

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

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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