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Volume 34, Number 20, November 12 - 25, 2012

TWU DRAMA PRESENTS ‘DANCING AT LUGHNASA’

The nature of family, lost love and missed opportunities is explored as the Texas Woman’s University Drama program presents Brian Friel’s “Dancing At Lughnasa” Nov. 14-18.

Performances will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14; 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15; 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18.  All performances will take place in the Redbud Theater Complex, located on the north side of historic Hubbard Hall on TWU’s Denton campus.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.  To reserve tickets online or for more information, visit www.twu.edu/drama or call the TWU Box Office at 81-2020.

Set in Donegal in 1936 during the festival of Lughnasa (in Celtic folklore, when the harvest is welcomed), the play tells the bittersweet story of the five unmarried Mundy sisters: Kate, Maggie, Agnes, Rose, and Chris.  When two different men from the sisters’ past suddenly reappear, the sisters must confront past regrets and learn how to adapt to the changing dynamics in their world.  All of this is viewed through the eyes of Michael, Chris’ son, as he attempts to come to terms with his family’s legacy.

The Tony Award-winning play originally was presented in 1990 at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. 
 
TWU Professor Emerita Sharon Benge directs the production.  The cast includes Desiree Fultz, Averie Bell, Heather Alverson, Claire Watson, Kristi Smith, Paul Engle, Seth Johnston and Colton Jones.  University of North Texas scenic designer Ken Verdugo provides the set design.  The lighting design is by TWU technical director Michael Stephens.  TWU assistant professor Rhonda Gorman is the costume designer, and assistant professor Steven Young is the dialect coach.  Choreography is by Karen MacIntyre, and the original music is by Stephanie Mikus. TWU students Chelsea Reeves and Hayley Yates designed the sound and props, respectively.  Taylor Reed serves as stage manager, assisted by Elizabeth Blake.

TWU HONOR SOCIETY RECOGNIZED FOR EXCELLENCE

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi recently recognized the Texas Woman’s University chapter as one of only 19 Chapters of Excellence in the U.S.

According to the society, the Chapter of Excellence award is given to only a few chapters that comply with the society’s national standards and demonstrate an active commitment to excellence. The society has more than 300 chapters in the U.S.

By receiving the Chapter of Excellence distinction, TWU’s Phi Kappa Phi chapter is being recognized as a thriving organization that meets frequently, holds annual initiations and applies often for Phi Kappa Phi’s select scholarships, grants and fellowships.

“Being acknowledged as a Chapter of Excellence continues the TWU tradition of supporting students in their pursuit of academic success,” said Dr. Lynn Akin, TWU Phi Kappa Phi chapter president and associate professor of library science. “This award also recognizes our students, who compete nationally to receive Phi Kappa Phi fellowships and scholarships.”

In recent years, TWU members have received the prestigious Phi Kappa Phi graduate fellowship, including Sarah Adams in 2012, Rae Lynn McFarlin in 2010, Rachel Zimmerman in 2009 and Shaina Porter in 2006. TWU students also have received the organization’s Award of Excellence scholarship.

Chapters achieving the Chapter of Excellence distinction receive:

  • A $500 award to use for student scholarships,
  • A commendation letter from the society sent to chapter officers and campus administrators,
  • A special recognition on the society’s website and publications,
  • A specially designed logo for use in chapter communications, and
  • Recognition advertisements in local media and educational journals.

Newsbriefs (submission information)

Save the Date: The Festival of Lights winter lighting ceremony will take place Tuesday, Nov. 27.  The ceremony begins at 5:15 p.m. in front of Old Main, followed by a candlelight procession down Redbud Lane to the Hubbard Hall Oval, where the lights will be turned on at approximately 5:45 p.m.  Refreshments will be served.  The TWU community is invited to attend this special holiday event.

TWU will host a Sports Demonstration Night for wounded Iraq and Afghanistan veterans from 6-9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19 in the Kitty Magee Arena in Pioneer Hall.  Known as Project INVEST (Injured Veterans Entering Sports Training), activities will include rock climbing, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair soccer and sitting volleyball.  All sports are Paralympic or nationally competed sports.  Admission is free, and all equipment will be provided.  For more information, contact Dr. Ron Davis, rdavis4@twu.edu or Michelle Enos at menos@twu.edu.

“Clearances:  Seamus Heaney’s Sonnets in Memory of His Mother” is the topic of discussion for the next Professor’s Corner, scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 at the Denton South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley.  The presenter for this session is Dr. Carl Smeller of Texas Wesleyan University.  The program is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.  For more information, contact Dr. Stephen Souris at ssouris@twu.edu or 81-2343.

Update on TWU People (submission information)

Dr. Carmen Cruz (counseling services) presented “Multicultural and Feminist Supervision in the 20th Century” at the 35th Annual Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies (ACCTA) Conference on Oct. 2 in Baltimore, Md.  Dr. Cruz is the co-chair of the Standing Committee on Diversity for the organization.

Dr. Philip Yang (sociology) and Kavitha Koshy (Ph.D. candidate in sociology at TWU) recently published an article titled “Trends in Whites’ Perceived Black-White Residential Integration, 1972-2008” in the Journal of Public and Professional Sociology 4(1): Article 6. They also presented a paper, “The ‘Becoming White Thesis’ Revisited,” at the 107th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, held Aug. 17-20 in Denver.

Dr. Rae Langford and Dr. Anne Young, (both nursing, Houston) co-authored a nursing research text targeted toward undergraduate nursing students.  Recently published by Pearson, the text is titled “Making a Difference with Nursing Research.

Dr. Susan Chaney and Dr. Susan Sheriff (both nursing, Dallas) presented “Creation of a Weekend/Online Baccalaureate Nursing Program” Nov. 1 at the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Odyssey 2012 conference in Ontario, Calif.

Dr. Terry Senne (academic assessment), Dr. Gay James (health studies), and Mary Williford-Shade (dance) presented “One Plan Fits All: Tailoring the Academic Assessment Plan Design” at the 2012 Assessment Institute held Oct. 28-30 in Indianapolis.  The institute is considered to be a premier national venue for assessment in higher education.

The Next Two Weeks at TWU: November 12 - 25, 2012

Mon., Nov. 12           
  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.

Tues., Nov. 13

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
  • College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Spotlight Series: “Timeless Ideals: Images of Women in Magazine Advertising,” presented by Jana Perez (visual arts).  Stoddard Hall 308, 12:25 p.m.  Free.
  • Pioneers Basketball vs. Ouachita Baptist, 6 p.m., away.

Wed., Nov. 14

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
  • Professor’s Corner: “Clearances:  Seamus Heaney’s Sonnets in Memory of His Mother,” presented by Dr. Carl Smeller, Texas Wesleyan University, 7 p.m., Denton Public Library South Branch.  Free.  For more information, contact Dr. Stephen Souris, ssouris@twu.edu or 81-2343.

Thurs., Nov. 15

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
  • TWU Guitar Ensemble Concert, 7:30 p.m., Little Chapel-in-the-Woods.  Free admission.  81-2500.
  • Pioneers Volleyball vs. Texas A&M-Commerce, Lone Star Conference Championship, 5 p.m., away.

Fri., Nov. 16

  • 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.
  • Pioneers Volleyball, LSC Championship semifinals, 7:30 p.m., away.

Sat., Nov. 17

  • Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Open House, Denton campus, 8 a.m., Hubbard Hall.
  • Pioneers Basketball vs. Texas A&M-International, 2012 Marriott Champions Circle Pioneer Premiere, 2:30 p.m., home.
  • Pioneers Volleyball, LSC Conference Championships finals, 2 p.m., away.

Sun., Nov. 18

  • Library open 2 p.m.-midnight; Bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open noon-midnight.
  • Pioneers Basketball vs. Central Oklahoma, 2012 Marriott Champions Circle Pioneer Premiere, 4 p.m., home.

Mon., Nov. 19

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
  • Sports Demonstration Night for wounded Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, 6-9 p.m., Kitty Magee Arena in Pioneer Hall.  Free admissions, equipment provided.  Questions? Contact Dr. Ron Davis, rdavis4@twu.edu or Michelle Enos, menos@twu.edu.

Tues., Nov. 20

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
  • Discover Scuba, 1 p.m., indoor pool.  Dive for credit in KINS 1441.  Bring your swimsuit.  Free to faculty, staff and students.

Wed., Nov. 21

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

Thurs., Nov. 22

  • Thanksgiving Day holiday; university closed

Fri., Nov. 23

  • Thanksgiving holiday; university closed.
  • Pioneers Basketball vs. Colorado Christian, Colorado Christian Tournament, 5 p.m., away.

Sat., Nov. 24

  • Library closed; Bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Pioneers Basketball vs. Northwest Missouri State, Colorado Christian Tournament, 4 p.m., away.

Sun., Nov. 25

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

Submission Information

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