Stroke Center marks milestone anniversary
Since its launch in 1992, the Stroke Center-Dallas has provided thousands of hours of treatment to stroke patients, helping them overcome challenges and increasing their quality of life. This month, the center marked its 30th anniversary, and celebrated its history and ongoing contributions to research and rehabilitation for stroke and traumatic brain injury. For many patients, this treatment is not only transformational but provided at no cost. At the same time, the center provides exceptional hands-on training for TWU graduate students who are pursuing careers in communication disorders and other disciplines. I am proud to celebrate the many successes of the center, which will continue to profoundly impact the lives of stroke patients and their families.
Stroke Center-Dallas guests help mark its 30th anniversary
Ceremony ushers in new crop of nursing students
First-year nursing students take part in the white coat ceremony at the Dallas campus
This month, more than 240 nursing students from our Dallas and Houston campuses took part in traditional white coat ceremonies, which celebrate the beginning of their academic journey. Nurses are in high demand virtually everywhere, and the critical need for them has never been more evident than during the early days of the pandemic. Texas Woman’s is a top producer of nurses for Texas, and accounts for roughly 20% of all nursing science PhDs conferred at the state’s traditional four-year institutions. Many nurses who earn their PhDs will pursue faculty positions, which are crucial to training future nurses to address the shortage.
Chemistry faculty members tapped as national STEM ambassadors
Nasrin Mirsaleh-Kohan, PhD (on left) and Richard Sheardy, PhD
I am always pleased when members of our faculty are recognized for their exceptional performance, so I was thrilled when chemistry associate professor Nasrin Mirsaleh-Kohan, PhD, and professor Richard D. Sheardy, PhD, were named ambassadors for a national project called the Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities, or SENCER. The Texas Woman’s professors were recognized in October for their work advancing STEM learning and research. As ambassadors, they will be part of SENCER’s core leadership, serve as science advocates, advance the project’s curricular strategies, and support SENCER through workshops, symposia, conferences and mentoring. Not only is it an honor to be an ambassador, it helps raise visibility for Texas Woman’s own STEM efforts, particularly those aimed at recruiting more women into these fields.
Boo at the U promotes fun, service
It was another outstanding turnout for this year’s Boo at the U festival, which is a community-wide celebration of Halloween at the Denton campus. The event includes family-friendly activities and drew an estimated 3,500 people, including students and Denton residents. Aside from providing a safe trick-or-treating environment for children, the event collects hundreds of pounds of canned goods for the university’s food bank, which serves the Texas Woman’s community. It is a wonderful example of how the university engages with the community while also providing a critical benefit to students, staff and faculty.
Finally, I leave you with a picture of dance education major Andy Andrade, one of dozens of student volunteers who provided valuable support to this year’s Block Party to help kick off the semester. We held a reception this month to recognize their outstanding efforts. Our student volunteers are essential to the success of university events, and their work supports activities integral to our community and fosters a culture of service, which is a core value of Texas Woman’s.
Thanks for your interest in Texas Woman’s. As always, email me with your comments or questions. I am delighted that you have spent a few minutes with me today.
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