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DiAnna Hynds, PhD, to serve as senior editor of 'ASN Neuro'

DiAnna Hynds, PhD, was recently asked to serve as a senior editor on the editorial board for the journal "American Society for Neurochemistry (ASN) Neuro." She will primarily work with neurotrauma and neurodegeneration manuscripts for the highly-ranked, open-access journal.

Hynds also serves as a professor in the TWU Department of Biology, an affiliate professor for the TWU Woodcock Institute for the Advancement of Neurocognitive Research and Applied Practice, and as TWU Faculty Senate speaker.

Feminist print culture and storytelling symposium co-hosted by professor Agatha Beins

A feminist print culture and storytelling symposium co-hosted and co-organized by TWU MWGS professor Agatha Beins, PhD, in collaboration with Beth Currans from Eastern Michigan University, was held Nov. 6, 2020, and attracted participants from across the nation. During "Critical Border Crossings: Stories, Texts and Their Feminist Travels" panelists explored traditional and indigenous stories, mass-market fiction, scholarly work, and ephemera to illuminate the politics and processes of storytelling and publishing.

 

Philips-Cunningham receives 2020 Reed Fink Award in Southern Labor History

Danielle Phillips-Cunningham, PhD, Associate Professor of Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies, was recently awarded the 2020 Reed Fink Award in Southern Labor History from Georgia State University.

Phillips-Cunningham will deliver a presentation at GSU on her project, titled “’We Aren’t Aunt Jemima Women’: The History of Domestic Worker Organizing in Atlanta, Georgia.” The Reed Fink Award will also support Phillips-Cunningham’s research of the Dorothy Bolden Collection at GSU’s Southern Labor History Archives.

Bolden established the National Domestic Workers’ Union of America in 1968. She also worked closely with Martin Luther King Jr., US House Representative John Lewis, Atlanta mayor Andrew Young, and US President Jimmy Carter to organize working-class Black women into the largest voting bloc in Georgia’s history. Her legacy lives on through Stacey Abrams’ Fair Fight organization, The National Domestic Workers Alliance, and other organizations that challenge voter suppression today.

Vocal ensembles bring music to unexpected heights

In November, a limited audience of TWU community members were treated to a free TWU Chamber Singers and Concert Choir performance in an unusual location: The third floor of the Oakland Street Parking Garage. The vocal ensembles, led by professor Joni Jensen, DMA, first made use of the open-air space for rehearsals and then decided to transform the spot into a unique, socially-distanced venue for “Untraveled Worlds.”

Johnathan Smilges wins Coalition of Feminist Scholars dissertation award

Assistant professor Johnathan Smilges' dissertation, "Queer Silence: Rhetorics of Resistance," recently won the Presidents Dissertation Award from the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition, the premier organization of feminist rhetoricians. The award is presented biennially to the "doctoral dissertation that makes an outstanding contribution to our understanding of feminist histories, theories, and pedagogies of rhetoric and composition.” One judge wrote the following of Smilges’s project:

“Smilges’s work savvily moves between theory and analysis, offering up important insights in the ways that silences work in queer and trans rhetorics. Their chapter on ex-gays is compassionate, smart, aware of its limitations, and deftly ties together queer theory and disability theory.”

 

TWU psychology faculty examine dynamics of bullying in new book

Texas Woman’s University psychology professors Lisa Rosen, Shannon Scott and Samuel Kim recently published “Bullies, Victims, and Bystanders: Understanding Child and Participant Vantage Points.” The book examines the complex systems involved in peer victimization and provides recommendations for bullying prevention and intervention programs.

TWU’s first graduate Student Regent finds a voice for herself, others

Now in pursuit of a master’s degree in political science, Dawna-Diamond Tyson holds, arguably, TWU’s highest student role: Student Regent. She is the first graduate student in TWU history to hold that post. While not a voting member, she acts as a voice for students on the Denton, Dallas and Houston campuses to TWU’s Board of Regents and represents TWU at the highest levels within Texas higher education. 

Doctoral candidate and alumna Angela Johnson receives Modern Language Association fellowship

TWU ESFL doctoral student Angela Johnson has been named a Modern Language Association (MLA) bibliography fellow. She will serve until 2022. 

Bibliography fellows work with approximately 100 field bibliographers, from all parts of the world, who cover subject areas, journals and languages that cannot be indexed in the New York office. Each spring, five to ten fellowships are awarded to field bibliographers who, on completion of their fellowships, receive a stipend of $500 and a certificate during the awards ceremony at the MLA convention.

Johnson earned both her MLA and MA at Texas Woman's University and currently works as a school librarian. 

A new way to serve

A Navy veteran is using her military experience to advocate for veterans, women and minorities 

Enlisting in the military was an easy choice for Chanel VanHook ― sort of.

Doctoral student recognized for outstanding achievements in journalism

Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies PhD candidate Chelle Luper Wilson (MA ‘19) is the recipient of the 2020 National Association of Black Journalists’ (NABJ) Angelo B. Henderson Community Service Award.

Wilson’s column, “Wordz of Wilson,” can be found in the Garland Journal, Texas Metro News and I-Messenger Magazine. Her writing explores the relationship between historical and current events at the intersection of race, class and gender. She also founded the Clara Luper Legacy Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to the memory of her mother, the preservation of African American history and culture, and the implementation of public service and academic programs.

Wilson will be formally recognized at the NABJ’s virtual awards ceremony Dec. 19.

TWU Theatre presents ‘Constellations’

The Texas Woman's University Theatre Program presents its second show of the season, "Constellations;" a time-bending journey between a man and a woman that explores the infinite possibilities of an infinite universe.

TWU professor wins national book prize for history of women, race and labor

Texas Woman’s University associate professor of Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies Danielle Phillips-Cunningham, Ph.D., is the recipient of a 2020 National Women's Studies Association's (NWSA) Sara A. Whaley Book Prize. This year, the NWSA committee selected only two winners out of a nationwide pool of applicants.

Christina Bejarano featured in 'Economist' article about the role of Latino men in Trump campaign

Mr. Trump's outsized support among Latino men does not spring from some imported macho yearning for a caudillo. Rather, it is a sign that Latinos are succumbing to American electoral quirks as they integrate. While Latino parents prescribe to girls a social role early on, boys are "left more to their own devices", says Christina Bejarano, PhD, of Texas Woman's University. Latinas are more likely to go to university, vote, volunteer and naturalise as American citizens.

TWU's Kate Landdeck featured on 'Stuff You Missed in History Class' podcast

Associate professor of history Katherine Sharp Landdeck, PhD, provided her expertise on the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) of WWII on a recent episode of the "Stuff You Missed in History Class" podcast. She spoke about her new book as well as Jacqueline Cochran, who was an incredible pilot, and one of the driving forces behind the WASPs. 

Write Site hosts annual North Texas Writing Center Association Conference

The TWU Write Site hosted the annual North Texas Writing Center Association Conference, which was held fully online this year due to COVID. The event was organized by Write Site Tutor Coordinator Jennifer Phillips-Denny, PhD, and all presenters were TWU faculty, staff or students. The North Texas Writing Centers Association is a subset of the South Central Writing Centers Association, which includes member schools from Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. 

Jackie Hoermann-Elliott, PhD, gave the key-note presentation, "Under (Good) Pressure: The Diastolic Effects of Writing Center Work on Tutors' Career Trajectories." Her presentation wove professional anecdotes into relevant research findings to argue that the writing center serves as an important site for fostering workplace readiness in tutors, particularly for those interested in careers in editing and publishing. 

Two ESFL graduate students were honored with awards during the event. Daniel Stefanelli and Desiree Thorpe won the Mary Nell Kivikko Excellence in Scholarship Award for their paper, "(Re)imagining Writing Centers: Strategies for Multimodal Tutoring." The Mary Nell Kivikko Excellence in Scholarship Award is designed to recognize outstanding scholarship in writing center theory and practice. They received an honorarium and presented their findings at the conference.

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TWU biology lab granted patent for anti-cancer compounds

A Texas Woman’s University biology team, led by associate professor Michael Bergel, Ph.D., has been issued a patent for three compounds that prevent the growth of human breast, lung and colon cancer cells.

TWU Theatre presents live, drive-in drama with ‘CarPark Sonnets’

The Texas Woman’s University Theatre Program will open its fall season with an innovative and experimental take on the classics. “CarPark Sonnets: A Live, Drive-in Performance of Shakespearean Sonnets and Monologues,” invites patrons to experience live theatre from the safety and comfort of their own vehicle.

Mission to create change drives Fiama Villagrana-Ocasio's passion

If student activism had a name, it would be Fiama Villagrana-Ocasio. Fiama came to Texas Woman’s University last year with an initial goal to become a bilingual audiologist. That quickly changed.

“I found that by being able to create change systematically, I could make an impact on a broader scale instead of on an individual level,” she said, explaining why she is now majoring in political science with Spanish/philosophy minors and plans to go to law school. “Being a voice for many people in my community pushed me to learn more about different challenges others may face that are different than mine.”

Alumna and U.S. District Judge Alia Moses ('83) attributes early career success to Jim Alexander's mentorship

Since she was appointed as the first female federal judge in the Western District of Texas nearly 18 years ago, U.S. District Judge Alia Moses has presided over roughly 1,000 criminal and civil cases a year. Moses recalls a mentor of her own at TWU, whose guidance and advice helped her chart her legal career.

That mentor was one of her government professors, Jim Alexander, PhD, who not only advised her on career decisions but actually helped secure a spot for her to take the law school entrance exam. He also created a barrister’s club at TWU, which brought in law school recruiters to visit with prospective students. She remains in contact with Alexander to this day.

“It’s amazing how God puts these mentors in your life. I wonder if they realize what kind of impact they are having on you when they are your mentors,” Moses said.

Public service a common denominator in congresswoman’s career

If there is a gene for leadership and public service, it can be found in Sylvia Garcia’s DNA. The Texas Woman’s University social work graduate (BA '72) and current U.S. congresswoman representing Houston’s 29th District is no stranger to being in leadership posts and helping disadvantaged people. 

As a first-term congresswoman, Garcia in 2020 became the first Hispanic – and one of three women – to ever be selected as an impeachment manager in a presidential impeachment trial.

Grad student’s plays win big on national, international stage

Texas Woman’s University graduate student Lindsay Hayward is generating a lot of buzz in the theatre community. Already an accomplished performer with more than 80 productions under her belt, Hayward can now add “award-winning playwright” to her extensive list of talents and achievements, which includes singing, dancing and stage combat.

Phillips-Cunningham named a 2020 Public Voices Fellow for the South

Danielle Phillips-Cunningham, Ph.D., associate professor of Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies, was recently accepted into the incoming cohort of 2020 Public Voices Fellows for the South, a partnership of The OpEd Project, Morehouse College, the Advancing Black Strategists Initiative, Yale, Northwestern, and The University of Texas in Austin. The one-year fellowship is focused on creating a cohort of thought leaders in the arena of social justice (racial, gender, economic and beyond) representative of the South. Her participation in the fellowship program is also supported by the Institute for Women’s Leadership. 

Nixed study abroad plan leads to once-in-a-lifetime teaching experience

TWU mathematics education student and Terry Foundation Scholar Nhi Chau planned to study abroad at the University of Auckland in New Zealand this semester, followed by a trip to visit family in Vietnam over winter break. When the pandemic hit, she was forced to cancel her much-anticipated journey.

Gray Scott's micro and speculative fiction earns industry accolades

Gray Scott, Ph.D., associate professor of English and self-described "writer of occasional truths and recreational falsehoods," is making a name for himself in micro and speculative fiction.

Fashion student designs store for children with disabilities, wins scholarship

TWU student Taylor Davis, a double-major in fashion design and fashion merchandising, was awarded first place and a $2,500 scholarship in the digital merchandising store planning category of this year’s Fashion Group International (FGI) of Dallas Scholarship Competition. Davis’ winning design concept, “Metrix,” imagines an adaptive clothing boutique designed for children with special needs. 

Three biology student-athletes honored with 2020 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar awards

Eight Texas Woman's University student-athletes have been honored by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education as recipients of the 2020 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar award. Three of the eight recipients are biology majors: London Archer (senior, basketball), Isabel Goyco (junior, gymnastics) and Isabel Vega (junior, volleyball).

TWU's Meg Griffiths co-founds 'A Yellow Rose Project' to commemorate 19th Amendment

Assistant professor of photography Meg Griffiths co-founded 'A Yellow Rose Project' to commemorate to the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment. More than 100 women across the U.S. were invited to join in the photographic collaboration, which showcases works in response, reflection or reaction to the ratification of the woman suffrage movement milestone.

Spectrum News: TWU's Interactive Theatre Troupe takes a look at awkward situations

“I like to describe it as presenting an impossible puzzle to the audience which they are then invited to come and try to fix,” said Talia Gritzmacher, the assistant director for the Interactive Theatre Troupe at TWU. “What they find out, though, is it’s not about fixing — it’s about trying to learn as much as possible about a very complicated subject.”

Pioneers@Work are testing for COVID-19

TWU alumni at the American Institute of Toxicology (AIT) Laboratories, a division of HealthTrackRx, are at the forefront of the battle against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). AIT employees, including 23 graduates of TWU STEM programs, have been working around the clock to conduct, aid and enhance COVID-19 detection within 24-48 hours of sample receipt.

TWU alumna paints mural honoring Southlake woman who died of COVID-19

While scrolling through Facebook in the weeks after City of Southlake employee Darlene Rubio's death, Hill came across a painting by artist Gayle Bunch of the nation's flag covered with words related to the pandemic. Bunch said the pandemic and her college professors at Texas Woman's University inspired her to paint the flag. "I loved when my instructors would have art that recorded history because they didn't have photographs," Bunch said. "So I got to thinking about how artists record, and I thought, well, this is a good time to do that. We're becoming so together as a nation from coast to coast. [The pandemic] made us more together than anything we've had in a long time."  

TWU students tapped for civics leadership forum

TWU students frequently strive to make a difference in their communities, and two undergraduates are going to do just that after being selected as Texas Civic Ambassadors (TCAs) by the New Politics Forum at the University of Texas at Austin. This prestigious program provides opportunities for college students destined for civic leadership.

Meet Esther Ajayi-Lowo: A one-woman army in the fight for reproductive justice

Doctoral student Esther Ajayi-Lowo is giving a voice to the diverse perspectives of marginalized women through teaching, research and advocacy. Her dissertation, “Decolonizing Childbirth: Women, Traditional Birth Attendants and Reproductive Justice in Nigeria,” explores the significance of indigenous birthing knowledge and women’s socio-cultural and spiritual birthing standpoints for reproductive justice in her home country of Nigeria.

The show must go on: TWU Theatre announces 2020-2021 season

The TWU Theatre Program’s 2020-2021 season launches with experimental formats, a quintessential Bernstein musical and a new take on a Greek classic. The season opens with CarPark Sonnets: A Live Drive-In Performance of Shakespearean Sonnets and Monologues, a new and playful take on The Bard’s classic sonnets and soliloquies.

U.S. Department of State awards $35,000 grant to Benner, Phillips

The U.S. Department of State has awarded a $35,000 grant aimed at increasing education abroad opportunities for minority students to William Benner, PhD, an assistant professor of Spanish, and Annie Phillips, PhD, executive director for International Affairs.

ESFL's Phyllis Bridges discusses TWU's new pandemic collection with KRLD radio

To help chronicle the impact of COVID-19 and add rich context to its ongoing challenges, Texas Woman’s University is embarking on a project to collect writings in multiple forms. It's a new collection called Voices of the Coronavirus Pandemic: The Chancellor Carine M. Feyten Collection. KRLD's John Liddle talked with Phyllis Bridges, Cornaro Professor of English at TWU about the project.

TWU-UNT Joint Master of Social Work program gains accreditation

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) has granted initial accreditation to a Joint Master of Social Work (JMSW) degree program offered by Texas Woman’s University and the University of North Texas through June 2024.

Feminist activist donates archives to Texas Woman’s University

Feminist activist Marcia Niemann recently gifted her personal archives to the Texas Woman’s University Department of Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies and Blagg-Huey Library Woman’s Collection. The Marcia Niemann Feminist Activism Collection will include court testimonies, music records, protest buttons, signs and rare books related to the women's movement from the 1970s-1990s.

TWU, UNT partner to expand autism assessment access

The Texas Woman’s University Woodcock Institute and Department of Psychology and Philosophy are partnering with the University of North Texas Kristin Farmer Autism Center to create a new joint clinic that will increase access to autism spectrum disorder (ASD) assessment services across the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

Ratonia Runnels interviewed about COVID-19 test disparities in Latino population

Denton County racial demographics mirror the national trend — with people of color disproportionately affected by COVID-19 in both positive cases and deaths. 

“In terms of COVID more specifically, it’s really just a melting pot of contributing factors when we look at who has to work outside of the home, who lives in multigenerational or multifamily homes, who has the best access to care. … It’s pretty clear the level of susceptibility,” said Texas Woman’s University professor Ratonia Runnels, who has also researched health disparities.

TWU launches new biotechnology master’s degree

To support one of the state’s top six industry sectors with greatest economic growth potential — biotechnology and life sciences — Texas Woman’s University will launch a new program this fall that combines biology and business with an industry internship.

Governor taps political science major Tyson as TWU student regent

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has selected Dawna-Diamond Tyson of Frisco as the student representative on the Texas Woman’s University Board of Regents. Tyson, who earned her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from TWU, is currently pursuing her master’s degree in political science at the university.

Phillips-Cunningham awarded grant to research educator, labor activist

Texas Woman’s University associate professor of multicultural women’s and gender studies Danielle Phillips-Cunningham, Ph.D., was recently awarded a Franklin Research Grant in the amount of $6,000. The grant will support her ongoing Library of Congress research into the previously unexamined life of Nannie Helen Burroughs, a philosopher, educator, religious leader and civil rights activist.

Dr. Brandi Felderhoff featured in DRC article about grief, death during pandemic

Brandi Felderhoff, Ph.D., LCSW, a social work professor at Texas Woman’s University, said under the veil of the pandemic, traditional processes of grieving have changed. Felderhoff, who specializes in nursing home and end-of-life settings, said a lack of connection is a significant loss.

From not being able to say a proper goodbye to being unable to congregate in groups to console each other, “everything has changed,” Felderhoff noted.

Palomares-Fernandez featured in DFW Child article, 'How To Help Your Child Deal with a Traumatic Situation'

Ronald Palomares-Fernandez, Ph.D., licensed psychologist and associate professor at Texas Woman’s University, was recently featured in the DFW Child article, "How To Help Your Child Deal with a Traumatic Situation." 

"Being able to talk openly with your child, and having them feel comfortable and willing to talk openly with you, is a skill that should be developed and nurtured,” said Palomares-Fernandez.

Alumni scholarship program helps grads gain new skills

Texas Woman’s University has launched a scholarship initiative that entices alumni to return to their alma mater for graduate school so they can expand their skills or change their career path.

Theatre student takes the virtual stage at Spring 2020 commencement

Alexander Delacruz-Nunez is dead-set becoming a professional performer. However, he recognizes that due to COVID-19, he may have to put some of his goals on hold in order to get his bearings in the industry.

Butterfly garden wins Business Yard of the Month award

The TWU Bettye Myers Butterfly Garden has received the May Business Yard of the Month award from Keep Denton Beautiful. Designated as a Monarch Waystation, the butterfly garden boasts a lovely variety of flowers, including coneflowers (bachelor buttons), poppies, evening primrose, larkspur, phlox, gerbera daisy, and cornflowers. Find Phase II of this garden by the Little Chapel in-the-Woods and enjoy the Carroll Abbott Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary is a section of the garden dedicated to the memory of Carroll Abbott.

Olivia Andrade selected for Texas Nonprofit Theatre summer internship

TWU Theatre student Olivia Andrade has been selected for a Texas Nonprofit Theatre (TNT) summer internship. Over 100 students apply for the opportunity annually, and only ten are invited to the TNT annual conference for a weekend of interviews, at which time four are selected to participate. 

Graduating senior Olivia Arratia participates in NFL's 'Women's Empowerment Draft'

Graduating senior and Terry Scholar Olivia Arratia was one of 32 women from 20 universities who participated in the recent nationally recorded  NFL Women’s Empowerment Draft of amazing women in history. Olivia and her counterparts wore a portrait of iconic women leaders on an NFL-style jersey, and each described the life and contributions of the woman featured on her jersey. Olivia paid tribute to Houston-born Selena, the “Queen of Tejano music.” 
 
“It was a powerful experience,” said Olivia. “I hope this inspires women of all ages to achieve their dreams and fight for what is right. And what better school to represent (in this national project) than Texas Woman's University.”

TWU alumna, religious trauma therapist Dr. Kathryn Keller featured in Dallas Observer profile

The kind of trauma specific to religious indoctrination isn’t, for most people, a frequently occurring topic of discussion — except when a sect is discovered with sister wives or a former Scientologist goes rogue with a tell-all — but it's the subject of Kathryn Keller’s lifework.

Along with business partner and fellow TWU alumna, Dr. Justine Kallaugher, Keller is co-owner of Dallas Therapy Collective. Keller earned a doctorate in counseling psychology from Texas Woman’s University. Now she specializes in trauma and religious and spiritual abuse.

TWU Biology provides Denton County with coronavirus testing supplies

The Texas Woman’s University Department of Biology is supporting local COVID-19 testing by supplying Denton County Public Health with tubes of virus transport media (VTM) and nasal swabs for specimen collection.

Texas Woman’s STEM project awarded $2 million grant

A team of Texas Woman’s University faculty have been awarded $2,448,091 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund a project aimed at improving retention and graduation rates for students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

Katherine Sharp Landdeck's 'The Women with Silver Wings' now available

Associate professor of history Katherine Sharp Landdeck’s new book, "The Women with Silver Wings: The Inspiring True Story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II," is available today in audio, ebook and hardcover formats.

More than 1,100 women from across the nation earned their silver wings under perilous conditions, and many of these unsung heroes are telling their stories for the first time. From debutantes to Pearl Harbor survivors and from housewives to first female pilots to break the sound barrier, Landdeck has delved deep into the lives of these incredible women.

Listen to Landdeck’s interview with Krys Boyd on KERA's Think>>

Dr. Ron Palomares-Fernandez discusses Texas pro-bono telehealth initiative in response to COVID-19

TWU Psychology's Ronald Palomares-Fernandez, Ph.D., KH, discuss the Texas Psychological Association's pro-bono mental health and telehealth services in response to COVID-19 with ABC KVUE.

TWU Dance presents virtual dance concert ‘1200 Seconds’ April 24

The Texas Woman’s University Department of Dance is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by presenting its first virtual dance concert, “1200 Seconds.” The online event will feature 20 60-second dance solos in a digital video streaming format on Facebook Watch and Instagram TV Friday, April 24 at 7 p.m. 

Science and art amid a crisis

TWU chair of visual arts, Vagner Whitehead, Ph.D., and chair of biology, Juliet Spencer, Ph.D., weigh in on the challenges and triumphs their students and faculty have experienced while transitioning their labs and workshops online. “I expect to see breakthroughs for people who are restrained by the notion of what art should be,” said Whitehead. While the set up is less than ideal, Spencer has been impressed by how quickly students and teachers alike have been able to make the switch to an all virtual model.

Up close & personal: Educators consider how intimacy direction will shape school theater programs

Local university theater teachers and their students say the new discipline feels familiar and new all at once. For TWU Theatre director Patrick Bynane, an intimacy director doesn’t just help companies stage intimacy.

“They’re also providing what also what might be best referred to as an emotional safety net,” he said. “For the actors — and I suppose the director as well — [the intimacy director is there] so that there is an additional set of eyes to observe the process of staging a moment that involves moments of intimacy. 

$1 Million Grant Program to Aid Women’s Businesses Hurt by COVID-19

Women-owned small businesses in Texas suffering financial losses associated with the coronavirus pandemic were thrown a lifeline today after the Center for Women Entrepreneurs at Texas Woman’s University announced a million-dollar grant program to help get them back on their feet.

Jessica S. Gullion's pandemic novel, "October Birds," now free, open access

In search of reading material relevant to current events? All COVID-19 and pandemic-related content published by Brill is now free and open access. Included in the collection is the novel “October Birds: A Novel about Pandemic Influenza, Infection Control, and First Responders,” written by TWU’s own Jessica Smartt Gullion, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology and associate dean of research for the College of Arts and Sciences.

Biochemistry major Grace Short provides warmth for cancer patients

Mother-daughter duo Amy and Grace Short, with the help of their loved ones, established their organization, Yarn for Hearts, where together they knit and crochet items in hopes of providing warmth for cancer and blood disease patients.

“[The goal of the organization is to] make people feel like there is actually people out there thinking of them, letting them know it’s not just them out there,” Hoffman said. “Not everyone has a family that’s there for them, that can make stuff like that for them.” 

TWU Music's Sam Flippin invites string players to join Virtual Orchestra

Texas Woman's University has launched its "Virtual Orchestra 2020" project to help musicians collaborate and make music together, even when they can't be in the same room.

"Like many of you, we find ourselves suddenly unable to meet together and rehearse, and we do not know how long this situation will last.

We've decided to take inspiration from Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir Project, and create our own virtual orchestra, as a way to make music with one another, and we'd like to invite other musicians to join us," said Sam Flippin, project organizer and TWU Orchestra Director.

The project will start with “Adoration,” a piece written by American composer Florence Price, and arranged for string orchestra by Elaine Fine.

If you are a string player and interested in being a part of this project, visit the TWU Virtual Orchestra website for more information.

TWU biology graduate student Daisy Cantu is pioneering pain research for women

As a young girl growing up in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, Daisy Cantu was fascinated by the natural world and dreamed of becoming a doctor. She hoped to find a role model in the medical field who could provide some guidance, but as a child, she was struggling just to find a long-term living situation and a permanent family.

Dean, Director of Development host alumni dinner in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Abigail Tilton, Ph.D., Dean of the TWU College of Arts and Sciences, and Patton Griffith, Director of Development for the College of Arts and Sciences, visited with alumni at a dinner held Wednesday, February 19, at the Lona Cocina restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. 

TWU’s top scholarship awarded to McKinney HS senior

Sometimes, surprises aren’t just big, they’re transformational, too.

And for Caroline Deitch, whose outstanding academic credentials put her near the top of her senior class at McKinney High School, the surprise was a full-ride scholarship to Texas Woman’s University.

Incandescent: 'Shining Lives' recalls women behind landmark case

The Denton Record-Chronicle covers the TWU Theatre production These Shining Lives, a true story about workers harmed by an unprincipled employer. Guest directors Susan Carol Davis and Sharon Barnhill lead the show. 

2020 Edible Car Contest winners announced

Texas Woman’s University hosted its 22nd annual Edible Car Contest Friday, Feb 21. The contest challenged Dallas-Fort Worth area grade school students to combine their creative ideas with principles of mathematics and physics.

Jamison Lecture to feature ‘The Hate U Give’ author, ‘Hope Nation’ editor

Angie Thomas, New York Times bestselling author of “The Hate U Give,” and Rose Brock, Ph.D., editor of “Hope Nation: YA Authors Share Personal Moments of Inspiration,” will speak at Texas Woman’s University’s fifth annual Jamison Lecture, beginning at 7 p.m., March 5. The lecture, titled “The Power of Books: Inspiring Hope and Fighting for Social Justice,” will take place in the new Hubbard Hall Student Union auditorium on TWU’s Denton campus.

TWU choir to perform at music educators’ centennial convention

The Texas Woman’s University Concert Choir has been selected to perform at the 2020 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Centennial Clinic/Convention Feb. 13 in San Antonio. TWU is one of only two collegiate choral ensembles invited to perform out of more than 150 entries.

Carla Robertson (BS '85): Mending seams and broken dreams through education, community service

For Texas Woman’s alumna Carla Robertson (BS ‘85), fashion has always been a do-it-yourself endeavor. At the age of six, Robertson learned how to sew from her mother. By the time she was 12, she was making all of her own clothes, and at 16, she began sewing custom creations for private clients.

Students invited to register for TWU Edible Car Contest

Registration for Texas Woman’s University’s 22nd annual Edible Car Contest is under way. The contest, which is open to students in grades 6-12, will take place from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, in the Multipurpose Classroom and Laboratory Building auditorium.

Sociology PhD student Vanessa Ellison brings plant-based eating to local food desert

Sociology doctoral student Vanessa Ellison is keen on greens. Through a recently awarded Pioneer Center for Student Excellence experiential learning grant, she will launch her passion project, “Power of Your Plate: A Juneteenth Summit.”

TWU sociology PhD student receives 2020 Virginia Chandler Dykes scholarship

Aubree Evans, a graduate student pursuing her Ph.D. in sociology with a concentration in social stratification and the sociology of higher education, will receive the 2020 Virginia Chandler Dykes scholarship from the College of Arts and Sciences. By fall 2021, Evans plans to complete her dissertation, which focuses on power in higher education.

TWU Theatre presents ‘These Shining Lives’

The Texas Woman’s University Theatre Program opens its spring 2020 season with “These Shining Lives,” the story of one woman’s courageous fight for justice and workplace rights. All performances will take place in the Redbud Theater Complex, located on the north side of Hubbard Hall on TWU’s Denton campus. 

TWU theatre student finds independence in community

Texas Woman’s theatre student Alexander Delacruz-Nunez felt drawn to acting from an early age, but convinced himself that his hearing disability would prevent him from becoming an effective performer.

TWU to host citizen science symposium Jan. 31

Texas Woman’s University will host the Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities Center for Innovation Southwest Spring 2020 Symposium, titled “Citizen Science: The Impact on our Communities by Plastics in Our Environment,” Friday, Jan. 31. The event will take place 9 a.m.-6 p.m. in room 259 of the Ann Stuart Science Complex, located on TWU’s Denton campus.

ESFL professor and chair's Zora Neale Hurston collection hits shelves, tops 2020's most anticipated book lists

Congratulations to TWU ESFL's Genevieve West, Ph.D., editor of Zora Neale Hurston's short story collection, Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick. The collection, which hits shelves today, includes 8 "lost" Harlem Renaissance tales and has already received a rave review from The New York Times. It is one of Forbes' and Newsweek's most anticipated books of 2020, and the Miami Herald and Seattle Times, among many others, also listed the book in their "5 most highly anticipated books of 2020."

Texas Woman’s history professor elected president of national honor society

Texas Woman’s University history professor Jacob M. Blosser, Ph.D., was elected president of Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society at the society's biennial national convention in San Antonio Jan. 4. Blosser is the youngest-elected president in the society’s history.

The Perfect Blend: Cheryl Brown (BGS '19)

A Texas Woman’s degree is helping one student fulfill a culinary passion nearly 30 years in the making.

TWU dance alumni and kNOwBOX co-founders launch podcast, present film festival

Martheya Nygaard and YeaJean Choi, former classmates in the dance program at Texas Woman’s University, founded kNOwBOX last year when they weren’t sure where their respective careers would take them and wanted to keep collaborating. Using film, video and social media, they want to help dance artists transcend geography and expand their imaginations. Lovers of dance can glimpse kNOwBOX’s dream of the future in Oak Cliff Dec. 13-15. 

TWU community learns firsthand about women in politics from experienced office holders

TWU students, faculty and staff learned the creative ways women get involved in politics to make a positive difference in their communities with Pioneering Politics: How Far Have We Come? on November 13.

TWU theater invents play to dive deep into 'Loss'

The latest production on the Texas Woman’s University stage doesn’t come from a script. It borrows from the real life of directors Noah Lelek and Ilana Morgan, a TWU theater class and the actors performing the play.

Lelek said the play has worked like a collaboration. The cast shows up for rehearsals ready for the unexpected and primed to solve problems that can arise when you’re creating a story each day. It pushes students out of the comfort zone of preparation. They can’t memorize lines before each rehearsal because the dialogue changes. They can’t map out every move because Morgan is leading them in building dance and movement for each rehearsal.

TWU to host annual SCI-SW Regional SENCER Symposium Jan. 31

The annual SCI-SW Regional SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) symposium is scheduled for 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, Jan 31, 2020, in ASSC 259. The topic of the symposium this year is "Citizen Science: The Impact on our Communities by Plastics in Our Environment" and will focus on this very critical issue from different views. This event will be held as a Zero Impact event.

In addition to an outstanding line up of speakers, KEM Club is sponsoring a competition for all TWU students to make 4-6 minute videos. The symposium will focus on the global crisis of plastic from multidisciplinary views including the science, environmental, economic, policies, and health related impacts of plastics.

Poet Laureate educates and inspires at writing workshop, poetry reading

2020 Texas Poet Laureate Emmy Pérez visited Texas Woman’s University on Wednesday, Nov. 13, to lead a daytime writing workshop followed by an evening poetry reading. Pérez draws much of her inspiration from her personal relationships and natural surroundings. Her experiences working with Native American reservation communities, female prison inmates and young people in juvenile detention centers have shaped her work. Her travels along the Texas borderlands and Rio Grande Valley informed her most recent collection, "With the River on Our Face."

TWU Theatre presents ‘The Architecture of Loss’

The Texas Woman’s University Theatre Program continues its 2019-2020 season with the world premiere of “The Architecture of Loss” Nov. 20-24. The production will integrate elements theatre, dance and music to explore and express feelings of loss, grief and healing in the aftermath of death.

Texas Poet Laureate to lead TWU writing workshop, poetry reading Nov. 13

Texas Woman’s University will host a writing workshop and poetry reading led by the 2020 Texas Poet Laureate, Emmy Pérez, on Wednesday, Nov. 13. Both events will take place in Administration and Conference Tower Building room 301 on TWU’s Denton campus.

Chemistry educator honored with 2019 Chancellor's Alumni Excellence Award

Texas Woman’s University alumna and internationally recognized chemist E. Ann Nalley, Ph.D., has been named the 2019 recipient of the TWU Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award. Throughout her career of more than 50 years, Nalley, the Clarence L. Page Endowed Chair of Mathematics and Science Education at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma, has worked to advance the visibility of women in the traditionally male-dominated chemistry field.

TWU to host Pioneer Research at the Mall Nov. 2

Texas Woman’s University faculty and students will present their research to the public 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, in the Golden Triangle Mall food court. Pioneer Research at the Mall is an annual event designed to engage the Denton community in discussions about current and upcoming research projects taking place at TWU.

TWU to host eighth annual Celebration of Science

Texas Woman’s University will host its eighth annual Ann Stuart and Ray R. Poliakoff Celebration of Science Friday, October 18, on TWU’s Denton campus.

TWU Theatre presents ‘Macbeth’

The Texas Woman’s University Theatre Program opens its 2019-2020 season with William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.” Directed by associate professor Steven Young, “Macbeth” tells the tragic tale of a warrior who receives a prophecy that he will become the king of Scotland.

Jill Wheeler brings children’s musical theatre to Denton’s center stage

Jill Wheeler, an undergraduate theatre student at Texas Woman’s University and owner of Curtain Call Productions, is rewriting the script for children’s musical theatre. Rather than borrowing pages from musical theatre standbys like Matilda or You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, Wheeler creates original musicals for her students, allowing for more focus on each individual and their unique talents.

New MWGS chair brings insight and expertise in Latina politics and leadership

Christina Bejarano, Ph.D., is a nationally recognized author, speaker and adviser on Latina electoral politics and political candidates in the U.S. Her work focuses on the role of women in politics, particularly how women of color shape and influence the electoral environment as voters and candidates.

Texas Woman’s STEM project awarded $1 million grant

The National Science Foundation has awarded Texas Woman’s University a five-year, $999,794 grant to support scholarships and projects aimed at increasing the number of students and graduates in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

TWU student wins national advising research award

Texas Woman’s University doctoral candidate Elia S. Tamplin has received the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Student Research Award for their presentation, "Research on Women-of-Color Professional Experiences in Higher Education." Tamplin will be recognized with a plaque and a one-year membership at NACADA’s annual conference in Louisville, Kentucky October 20-23.

TWU alumna Nitashia Johnson wins Sony Creator-in-Residence Award

Texas Woman’s University alumna Nitashia Johnson recently completed her residency in the 2019 Sony Alpha Female Creator-in-Residence Award Program, which included $25,000 in grant money, $5,000 in film and photography gear as well as mentorship, networking, exhibition and educational opportunities.

Katherine Sharp Landdeck featured in History Channel D-Day documentary, NPR Air Talk interview

Associate professor of history Katherine Sharp Landdeck, Ph.D., recently took part in A&E's documentary film D-Day: The Untold Stories, which airs on the History Channel this week and will be available online until July 9, 2019. She also was a guest on the NPR 89.3 KPCC (Los Angeles) show Air Talk, taking part in a discussion about D-Day and the Americans who fought in WWII.

Environmental chemistry class tests local air and water for harmful pollutants

Students in an environmental chemistry class at Texas Woman’s University are learning first-hand how harmful pollutants are affecting air and water quality in their own community.

TWU herbarium director receives conservation award

Texas Woman’s University biology professor and herbarium director, Camelia Maier, Ph.D., received the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) Conservation Medal at the 120th Annual State Conference of the Texas Society Daughters of the American Revolution. In addition to the medal, Maier received a certificate from Texas State Regent Susan Tillman at the awards dinner in Houston in March.

TWU to dedicate math and technology success center in honor of Don Edwards, Ph.D.

Texas Woman’s University will rename its math tutoring center in honor of retiring TWU Department of Mathematics and Computer Science professor and chair, Don Edwards, Ph.D. The “Dr. Don Edwards Mathematics & Technology Success Center” dedication ceremony will take place during a retirement reception at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Apr. 23 on the third floor of the Multipurpose Classroom and Laboratory Building.

Jones awarded third national study abroad award

Texas Woman’s University junior Kayla Jones has been awarded two top national study abroad awards totaling $4,375 to study in London this summer.

TWU student to present undergraduate research at Capitol

Texas Woman’s University biology senior Hanna McDonald will be among a select group of undergraduate researchers from across the state presenting their work at the Undergraduate Research Day at the Texas Capitol in Austin on April 1.

TWU Theatre presents ‘Cabaret’

 The Texas Woman’s University Theatre Program will conclude its 2018-2019 season with the Tony Award-winning musical Cabaret, written by Joe Masteroff, John Kander and Fred Ebb. The show will run April 4-7 and 11-13.

TWU presents ArtsWalk: Learning the Land April 4

The Texas Woman’s University School of the Arts invites area residents to join students, faculty and staff for ArtsWalk: Learning the Land. Event participants will interact with works by artist and designer Molly Sherman and explore sites on TWU’s Denton campus and surrounding areas. This free, all-ages event will be held from 5:15 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 4.

TWU Jamison Lecture to feature US Congresswomen Sylvia Garcia and Kay Granger

U.S. Congresswomen Sylvia Garcia and Kay Granger will speak at Texas Woman’s University’s fourth annual Jamison Lecture, beginning at 7 p.m., March 21 on the university’s Denton campus. The lecture, titled “Women on the Rise: Reflections on the 2018 Election,” will take place in Margo Jones Performance Hall on Pioneer Circle. The lecture is free and open to the public.

TWU Concert Choir breaks out onto the main stage at national ACDA conference

The TWU Concert Choir, conducted by Joni Jensen, DMA, professor of voice and director of choral activities, presented a 30-minute program twice at the 2019 American Choral Director's Association (ACDA) 60th Anniversary Jubilee National Conference Friday, March 1, 2019. The conference was held at the Kauffman Performing Arts Center in downtown Kansas City.

The invitation to perform was a rare honor, with more than 225 choirs auditioning for 27 conference spots, chosen via a blind, multi-level jury process. "This was truly a landmark experience for all of our members, who were able to see the high caliber they are being associated with, and to realize how far they’ve come- shoulder to shoulder with best choirs, receiving standing ovations. This event legitimizes all the hard work we’ve done. We’ve been stretching our way forward and have finally broken out onto the main stage," said Jensen.

TWU breaks ground on new Science and Technology Learning Center

The building will be a four-story, 80,000-square-foot facility at the northwest corner of North Bell Avenue and Texas Street, and will be home to graduate and undergraduate research laboratory space for biology, chemistry and biochemistry, nutrition and food science, and psychology programs.

2019 Edible Car Contest winners announced

Texas Woman’s University hosted its 21st annual Edible Car Contest Friday, Feb. 8. The contest challenged Dallas-Fort Worth area grade school students to combine their creative ideas with principles of mathematics and physics.

TWU Theatre presents ‘Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight’

The Texas Woman’s University Theatre Program opens the Spring 2019 semester with Emilie: La Marquise de Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight, written by America’s most produced contemporary playwright, Lauren Gunderson.

Music and dance centers offer supportive environments for lifelong education

Texas Woman’s University invites children, teens and adults to register for Spring 2019 Community Music and Community Dance Center lessons. Classes are taught by faculty members or graduate students at TWU’s Denton campus and include introductory, intermediate and advanced courses, culminating in a recital performed for an audience of friends and family.

TWU's Carlo Pezzimenti performs at the Vatican

A Texas Woman’s University professor will be having the experience of a lifetime playing at the Vatican in Rome. “We have this beautiful art form,” said guitar professor Carlo Pezzimenti. “All we need to do is just share that with other people.”

If music is the gift, then Carlo Pezzimenti is the messenger. Watch the CBS 11 video>>

Carlo Pezzimenti has played at Carnegie Hall. He’s performed with orchestras, and has toured Europe, South America and China. The adjunct music professor at Texas Woman’s University performs for the first time at the Vatican on Friday. Read the Denton Record-Chronicle feature>>

TWU CAS Dean and Theatre Program faculty, alumni present on student sexual assault

Abigail Tilton, dean of the TWU College of Arts and Sciences, Noah Lelek, theatre faculty member, and two recent theatre program alumni took part in a presentation about reporting student sexual assault during the closing plenary session of the 2018 annual meeting of the Council of Colleges of Arts & Sciences in Chicago. The interactive presentation was about faculty roles and responsibilities in reporting cases of student sexual assault.

TWU Theatre presents ‘Mother Courage and Her Children’

The Texas Woman’s University Theatre Program continues its 2018-2019 Season with Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children, directed by associate professor Steven Young. Performances will take place Nov. 14-18 in the Redbud Theater Complex. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. The Saturday matinee will be a pay-what-you-can performance. 

TWU faculty, students to present research at the mall

Join Texas Woman’s University faculty and students as they present their current research projects to the public Nov. 3 at Denton’s Golden Triangle Mall. The free, all-ages event will take place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the mall food court.

Department of Visual Arts to host annual student art exhibition

The Texas Woman’s University Department of Visual Arts will host its annual John Weinkein Juried Student Art Exhibition Oct. 13-Nov. 16 on TWU’s Denton campus. The exhibition will feature works by current TWU students from the studio arts, graphic design, art education and art history programs.

TWU to host seventh annual Celebration of Science

Texas Woman’s University will host its seventh annual Ann Stuart and Ray R. Poliakoff Celebration of Science on Friday, October 19 on TWU’s Denton campus. Featured speakers for the event, which celebrates “Women in Science,” are Ann E. Jerse, Ph.D., professor of microbiology and immunology at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland; Alison Smith, Ph.D., chief engineer of materials analysis at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division in Crane, Indiana; and Juliet V. Spencer, Ph.D., professor and chair of the TWU Department of Biology.

TWU Theatre presents ‘The Birds’

The Texas Woman’s University Theatre Program opens its 2018-2019 Season with The Birds. Written by Conor McPherson, The Birds was adapted for the stage from Daphne du Maurier’s novelette published in 1952 – the same novella that inspired Alfred Hitchcock’s legendary film. 

TWU faculty recognized for extraordinary contributions to citizen science

A team of Texas Woman’s University Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty recently received the William E. Bennett Award for Extraordinary Contributions to Citizen Science. The award, presented by the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement, recognizes professor and chair Richard Sheardy, Ph.D., assistant professor Nasrin Mirsaleh-Kohan, Ph.D., and senior lecturer Cynthia Maguire, M.S., for their success in promoting civic engagement and social responsibility through their courses and degree programs.

TWU student wins top prize in national art contest for people with disabilities

Hannah Werchan, a 22-year-old senior art student at Texas Woman’s University, won first prize and $10,000 in the Kennedy Center’s 2018 VSA Emerging Young Artists Competition, a program that recognizes and showcases the work of artists with disabilities between ages 16-25. Her winning painting, "Growth," is an impressionistic self-portrait that conveys her experience living with Stickler Syndrome, a rare connective tissue disorder.

TWU student uses feminist scholarship, activism to create global change

By the time Esther Ajayi-Lowo earns her doctoral degree from Texas Woman’s University in 2021, she already will have amassed an impressive list of achievements. Since arriving at TWU in 2015 to study multicultural women’s and gender studies, she has received two International Peace Scholarships from the Philanthropic Education Organization (PEO); published a book chapter chronicling the same-sex marriage prohibition act in Nigeria; and presented papers at national conferences on sexuality education, reproductive justice and female genital mutilation— all while balancing her personal commitments as a wife and mother to three young children.

Alumna Kamica King offers healing and hope through the power of music

Award-winning singer/songwriter Kamica King uses music to inspire and help people through some of the most difficult times of their lives.

Texas Woman's music professor earns third Fulbright grant

Texas Woman's University Music Professor Richard Shuster, DMA, has a special attachment to Hungary and, in particular, with the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. In January 2019, he will head to the academy to teach piano literature courses on a Fulbright Scholar Grant. This isn't his first experience at the school or with the Fulbright program, however. Twenty years ago, Shuster studied piano and chamber music at the prestigious school on a Fulbright Student Grant.

TWU Theatre announces 2018-2019 season

The Texas Woman’s University Theatre Program’s 2018-2019 season will feature a stage version of a classic thriller, an epic drama lambasting the contradictions of war, a passionate examination of love and science, and a raucous Broadway masterpiece. All performances will take place in TWU’s Redbud Theatre Complex, located on the northwest side of historic Hubbard Hall on the university’s Denton campus. Tickets for all shows are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. 

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