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Volume 34, Number 22, December 10 - 23, 2012

TWU TO CONDUCT WINTER COMMENCEMENT DEC. 14 AND 15       

The Fall 2012 semester at Texas Woman’s University will draw to a close with commencement ceremonies scheduled Dec. 14 and 15 on TWU’s Denton campus.

Students and family members who have tickets are invited to attend.  The ceremonies, which include graduates from the Denton, Dallas and Houston campuses, will take place in the Kitty Magee Arena in Pioneer Hall.  Receptions hosted by TWU Chancellor Dr. Ann Stuart will follow each ceremony on the second floor of the Student Union.

Approximately 764 undergraduate and 742 graduate degrees will be awarded during the ceremonies.

Dr. Pat Holden-Huchton, retired dean of the TWU College of Nursing and an alumna of the university, will deliver the commencement address for Ceremony I, scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14.  Dr. Raquel Schmitz, vice chancellor for administration for the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, will speak during Ceremony II, scheduled at 2 p.m.  Dr. Schmitz also is a TWU alumna.

Ceremony III will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, with Justice Lee Gabriel, Place 7 of the Second Court of Appeals of Texas, addressing the graduates.  Cathy Bonner, chairman of Service King Collision Repair Centers and its board of directors, will speak during Ceremony IV, scheduled at 2 p.m.

Times for commencement reflect candidate assignments based on specific schools and colleges participating in the ceremonies.  For more information, visit http://www.twu.edu/registrar/graduation-info.asp.

TWU RECEIVES NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION GRANT

Texas Woman’s University recently received a $599,863 grant from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) program. 

The university’s S-STEM program will use the funding to award scholarships to STEM majors at TWU.

The award is the second of two four-year NSF grants awarded to the university for a total of $1.19 million.

The TWU program is titled Quantitative and Analytical Sciences for Academic Reinforcement and Success.  Scholarships of $5,000 to $10,000 per year will be awarded to TWU students majoring in the STEM fields.

According to Dr. DiAnna Hynds, program director and TWU associate professor of biology, the university’s program is increasing the STEM workforce in the United States by providing cross-disciplinary training in quantitative and analytical science for S-STEM scholars and TWU STEM majors.

“Boundaries between traditional STEM fields are narrowing, and many jobs require training where these fields meet.  Our program prepares S-STEM undergraduates for these exciting careers,” she said.

Each year, the TWU S-STEM program provides scholarships for approximately 20 academically talented, but financially challenged, students.  Dr. Hynds and her fellow S-STEM program co-directors Dr. Mary Anderson (chemistry and biochemistry), Dr. Junalyn Navarra-Madsen (mathematics and computer science) and Dr. Brian W. Beck (biology) administer the program and mentor the students to ensure they meet their academic goals.

More information on how students can apply for the scholarships is available at www.twu.edu/sstem.

Newsbriefs (submission information)

TWU’s annual poinsettia sale is scheduled from 9-10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 17 in the Hubbard Hall Pioneer Room.  Ten-inch red poinsettias will be sold for $9 each, and 6.5-inch red poinsettias will be sold for $5 each.  Cash or checks are accepted – no credit cards. 

Just in time for the holidays, the TWU Student Association for Marriage and Family Therapy is selling the “From the Heart of TWU” cookbook, featuring recipes donated by TWU students, faculty, staff and administrators.  The cost is $10 (plus an additional fee if shipping is required).  To order a copy, email Hillary Hernandez at hhernandez1@twu.edu or Perry Green at pgreen5@twu.edu.

More than 850 educators from throughout the United States attended the 2012 TWU Billie J. Askew Reading Recovery and K-6 Literacy Institute held Nov. 8-9 in Dallas.  The Institute, now in its 23rd year, featured lectures from noted authors and professionals in the field of literacy.  More than 60 sessions covered topics on a variety of literacy strands including comprehensive literacy, K-6 literacy instruction, English language learners (ELL), technology and more.

The next Professor’s Corner session, titled “Celtic Mythology and Folklore: Influences and Legacies,” is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12 at the Denton South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley.  TWU’s Dr. Guy Litton will present the session, which focuses on Celtic mythological origins of folktales and fairytales drawing upon William Butler Yeats’ collection titled “Iris Fairy and Folk Tales.”  Questions?  Contact Dr. Stephen Souris at ssouris@twu.edu or 81-2343.

Update on TWU People (submission information)

The TWU community extends its sympathies to the family and friends of Dr. Rose Spicola, Cornaro Professor Emerita, who died Nov. 21, 2012 in Tampa, Fla.  Dr. Spicola was a reading and early childhood professor at TWU for more than 30 years.  She co-founded the Fall Forum in Reading at TWU, which now is called the Rose Spicola Forum in her honor.  Memorials may be given to The Lillian Rizzo Spicola Doctoral Scholarship in Reading or Friends of Reading at TWU, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.  Memorial gifts for TWU should be directed to Patrice Frisby, Development Officer-Annual Giving, TWU, PO Box 425618, Denton TX 76204-5618.

Each year, graduating seniors who attend Senior Breakfast or Senior Lunch have the opportunity to nominate their favorite faculty and staff members.  Those individuals with the most nominations are recognized at the breakfast or lunch.  Faculty and staff members who were recognized this year were: Dr. Karen Dunlap (teacher education), Dr. Kenneth Foster (psychology & philosophy), Judy Franz (COPE), Dr. Rebecca Fredrickson (teacher education), Dr. Judy Gasser (reading), Dr. Turner Hogan (mathematics), Dolores Kearney (nutrition & food sciences), Angelica Landeros (intercultural services), Dr. Linda Marshall (social work) and Dr. Jody Piro (teacher education).

Dr. Phyllis Bridges (English) presented a paper titled “Jane Roberts Wood and Her Ties to Texas” at the South Central Modern Language Association conference in San Antonio on Nov. 10.  Dr. Bridges was elected chair of the Southwestern American Literature section for the 2013 conference in New Orleans.

Dr. Mahesh S. Raisinghani (School of Management) has co-authored a manuscript titled “Web-based Decision Support for E-Business Strategies: A Balanced Scorecard Approach” accepted for publication in the International Journal of Information Technology & Decision Making, a peer-reviewed scientific journal published by World Scientific covering the application of information technology to decision-making in areas such as bio-informatics, fuzzy logic, neural networks and online business.

Dr. Betty M. Duson (counseling center) co-presented a workshop at the annual American University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD) conference titled “Ethical Decision Making: Integration of Subjective and Objective Processes.”  The half-day pre-conference workshop was presented on Oct. 20 in Newport, R.I. 

Suzanne Sweeney (libraries, Denton) presented “Safe Channel: OCLC’s Article Exchange” at the 10th TexShare Interlibrary Loan Conference sponsored by Amigos Library Services and the Texas State Library on Nov. 15.  Library staff from across the country and from Canada attended this online conference presentation.

Jimmie Lyn Harris (libraries, Denton) is the 2012 recipient of the Elizabeth Snapp Award for Excellence in Librarianship.  She was selected from nominees that included librarians from the Denton, Dallas and Houston campuses.

The Next Two Weeks at TWU: December 10 - 23, 2012

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

Tues., Dec. 11

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

Wed., Dec. 12

  • 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, 7 p.m., Denton South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley, Denton.

Thurs., Dec. 13

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

Fri., Dec. 14

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Bookstore open 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
  • Fall 2012 Commencement ceremonies, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Pioneer Hall. http://www.twu.edu/registrar/graduation-info.asp
  • Visual Arts MFA Graduating Exhibition Reception, 5:30 p.m., East and West Galleries.

Sat., Dec. 15

Sun., Dec. 16

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

Mon., Dec. 17

  • Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
  • Annual poinsettia sale, 9-10:30 a.m., Hubbard Hall Pioneer Room.  Poinsettias $9 and $5 each.

Tues., Dec. 18

  • Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.

Wed., Dec. 19

  • Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.

Thurs., Dec. 20

  • Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.

Fri., Dec. 21

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

Sat., Dec. 22

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

Sun., Dec. 23

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

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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