March 2024

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Service, leadership examples continue to impress

Dear Friends,

Texas Woman’s has long been a beacon of service and women’s leadership, and I am constantly impressed with the accomplishments of the people within the TWU community. In the past month alone, there were several examples of outstanding achievement I would like to share with you.

Capstone project inspires student cookbook

Alexandra Mack stands in pantry with food on shelves behind her

Major kudos are in order for Texas Woman’s senior Alexandra Mack, a nutrition and dietetics student and president of the TWU Honors Scholar Program who published Apartment Friendly Cooking, which features meals that are nutritious and inexpensive to make. Mack produced two versions, one for apartment dwellers who typically have kitchens and another for those living in residence halls and who only have access to a microwave. Virtually all of the ingredients in her recipes can be obtained at Minerva’s Market, the campus food pantry that supports students experiencing food insecurity. The idea for Mack’s cookbook came from her capstone research project, which explored ways to mitigate food insecurity among TWU students.

Four honored with leadership distinction

TWU faculty and staff members Wandaliz Turner, Holly Hansen-Thomas, Gina Anderson and Ngozi Mbue

Turner, top left; Hansen-Thomas, top right; Anderson, bottom left; Mbue, bottom right

As I noted in the introduction, Texas Woman’s recently had numerous examples of women who were tapped for significant leadership roles, among them, Wandaliz Turner, who was named to the Texas Lyceum Board of Directors. The Lyceum focuses on state and national issues as well as developing new leadership for Texas. Turner, who is associate director of the Center for Women in Government at TWU’s Jane Nelson Institute for Women’s Leadership, was a natural choice. Additionally, Holly Hansen-Thomas, PhD, and Gina Anderson, EdD, were named to the Leadership Texas Class of 2024. The outfit is the nation’s longest running women’s leadership development program, which explores an array of critical issues facing Texas and the world. Also, Ngozi Mbue, PhD, was selected as one of 10 researchers nationwide for the inaugural 2024 cohort of THRIVE by ASBMR (Advancing Bone, Mineral and Musculoskeletal Science), a developmental program that provides mentorship to early-career scientists and clinicians.

Lectures, mentorship program address healthcare access

The entrance to the Jane Nelson Institute for Women's Leadership

It is no secret that Texans in most rural counties are critically challenged when it comes to accessing healthcare. The Texas Department of Agriculture reports that 70% of Texas counties are designated as Health Care Shortage Areas or Medically Underserved Areas. Three TWU faculty members, Noralyn Pickens, PhD, OT, FAOTA; Erika Armstrong, PhD, CCC-SLP; and Kristine Morris, PhD, RN, CNE, aim to remedy that through a lecture series focused on rural healthcare that launched at Texas Woman’s on Feb. 27. The six-part series, which continues March 26 with its second lecture, is funded through a grant from TWU’s Jane Nelson Institute for Women’s Leadership. The grant also funds a student mentorship program to develop future leaders who can help address rural healthcare concerns.

U.S. News recognizes TWU online programs

The Bell Avenue entrance to the Ann Stuart Science Complex on TWU's Denton campus

U.S. News & World Report recognized TWU’s master’s online programs in education and bachelor’s online programs in business among the nation’s best in the publication’s latest “Best Online Programs” edition. Texas Woman’s online master’s education programs were ranked in the top one-third of all university online graduate education programs in the country, while the university’s online undergraduate business programs were ranked among the nation’s top half of similar programs.

Members of the TWU basketball team celebrating a Lone Star Conference win

Lastly, I leave you with this celebratory picture of the TWU basketball team expressing pure joy after finishing the regular season as the #1 team in the Lone Star Conference for the second straight year. We congratulate Coach Beth Jillson and the team for its extraordinary run and wish them continued success in the postseason.

As always, email me with your comments or questions. I am delighted that you have spent a few minutes with me today.

Warm Regards,

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