News & Events
Representatives from the Peterbilt Motors Company and the Peterbilt Women’s Initiative presented a check to Texas Woman’s University on Sept. 26 on the TWU campus. The funds will support the Texas Space Grant Consortium (TSGC) Design Challenge team, comprising of undergraduates from the School of Health Promotion and Kinesiology, in its Fall 2022 competition.
As a woman working in biomechanics, Texas Woman’s doctoral candidate Noelle Tuttle is dedicated to the outreach for and education of more women in the field, especially minorities who have had little to no exposure. Thanks to grants from the Biomechanics Initiative, she was able to further that mission by co-hosting virtual and in-person events in Denton and Ecuador to inspire future practitioners and researchers.
A Texas Woman’s team comprised of three School of Health Promotion and Kinesiology students demonstrated impressive knowledge and placed second overall in the Kinesiology Student Bowl during the Texas Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) 2022 Meeting in February.
As non-engineers competing in a NASA-sponsored engineering design challenge, an all-female team of Texas Woman’s University kinesiology seniors knew they’d be heavy underdogs. But they defied conventional wisdom and won, making history in the process.
Agueda Gomes grew up in the Angolan civil war. Today, the Texas Woman’s University doctoral student is working to help the people of her country affected by the war and improve educational opportunities in the region.
The role of a soldier and a physical therapist is to serve others, and Texas Woman’s December 2021 kinesiology graduate Alexandra Pritchett is an outstanding example of how to do both well.
Five Texas Woman’s kinesiology seniors turned classroom theories into a real-world device by competing in the Texas Space Grant Consortium Design Challenge Showcase November 16-17. The TWU team, named The Oneiroi, was the only all-female team competing and won best overall team, along with best poster, best peer review and best video. They also placed second overall in the presentation category. All five team members are December 2021 graduates.
TWU Kinesiology alumna Cathy Sellers, BS ’75, enjoyed a career of over 40 years in coaching track & field that included positions at public schools, universities and serving as an administrator for USA Track & Field. In 2003, Sellers joined the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee as the manager of coaching.
Now, more than ever, women are succeeding in traditionally male-dominated career fields, but they are still underrepresented when it comes to leadership positions in sport management. Two Texas Woman’s community members—alumna Lisa Langston, a PhD in Kinesiology with a Sport Management concentration graduate, and current PhD student Grace McDowell—are changing that, bringing hard-earned skills and sheer determination to their leadership positions, while serving as role models for future generations of women.
Sarah Rich (PhD ’81), an international promoter and advocate of physical education for all, has created the Sarah M. Rich, Ph.D., Adaptive Sport Scholarship Endowment to support graduate students studying adaptive physical education (APE).
Former biomechanics graduate student Chris Como visited TWU to film a segment for the Golf Channel program, Swing Expedition. Como visited with his former teacher, Young-Hoo Kwon, PhD, professor and director of the Biomechanics Laboratory in the School of Health Promotion & Kinesiology.
Texas Woman’s kinesiology-biomechanics alumna Kirsten Tulchin-Francis (PhD ’12), a self-proclaimed science and math geek, has spent more than 23 years combing those two passions with athletics and medicine to achieve success in the field of biomedical engineering. Her experiences as a researcher and teacher are now inspiring other generations of females to make names for themselves in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.
For the past few years, Texas Woman’s biomechanics and motor behavior graduate students have participated in National Biomechanics Day (NBD), an annual event designed to introduce high school students to the field of biomechanics. Though the 2020 events were cancelled due to COVID-19, TWU came roaring back this April with virtual events to both educate and inspire future researchers.
Five Texas Woman’s kinesiology seniors brought research to life by competing in the Texas Space Grant Consortium Design Challenge Showcase April 20-21. The TWU Athena V team, the second all-female TWU team to enter the competition and the only all-female team competing this spring, placed seventh overall. All five team members will graduate this May.
A career in academia, as a professor, was the long-term goal for health sciences alumna Elizabeth Burns, PhD ’78, ’81. Now retired, she and her husband have created a generous endowment as part of their estate plans to fund scholarships for full-time undergraduate students as part of the Elizabeth H. Burns and John M. Burns Scholarship Endowment.
Texas Woman’s summer 2020 graduate Sandhya Manjunath (MS in Kinesiology - Sport Management) hopes to one day introduce sport management programs across the nation in India. Thanks to the education and experiences she received from TWU, she is on track to make that dream a reality.
Five Texas Woman’s kinesiology seniors turned classroom theories into a real-world device by competing in the Texas Space Grant Consortium Design Challenge Showcase November 17-18. The TWU Athena V team, the first all-female TWU team to enter the competition and the only all-female team competing, placed fourth overall.
Experiential projects at Texas Woman’s encourage learning through a dynamic process where students develop knowledge, skills and values from direct experiences outside of a traditional academic setting. Four School of Health Promotion and Kinesiology PhD students will be doing just that thanks to the 2020-2021 Experiential Student Scholars Program offered by the TWU Pioneer Center for Student Excellence.
Texas Woman’s researchers will launch a first-of-its-kind study this year when they investigate how equine-assisted therapy could benefit adults with Parkinson’s disease, thanks to a research grant awarded by the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI).
Working as a physical therapist in Maharashtra, India, Texas Woman’s kinesiology doctoral May graduate Manisha Rao (MS ’13) provided rehabilitative support to patients with medical, neurological and orthopedic conditions. But, as she helped patients with their rehabilitation, she felt the need to upgrade her knowledge and skills on therapeutic exercise.
Fifteen Texas Woman’s School of Health Promotion and Kinesiology students received an outstanding professional development opportunity by attending Move United’s 2020 Virtual Leadership Conference May 11-15.
Texas Woman’s kinesiology students once again demonstrated their creativity, ingenuity and ability to work across disciplines by competing in the Texas Space Grant Consortium Design Challenge Showcase April 23-24. The TWU Good Vibrations spring team placed sixth in the overall top design teams and third for Best Peer Review.
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, people are continuing to find ways to help their friends, neighbors and local communities— and TWU students are no exception. Several College of Health Sciences students have taken up the call to help however they can.
Two teams of kinesiology students proudly represented Texas Woman’s and the School of Health Promotion and Kinesiology by competing in the Texas Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (TACSM) Student Bowl Competition against 36 teams representing 23 universities. The TWU Maroon Team, which earned second place in the competition, consisted of Kylie Eynon, Maddie Hoffman and Dreanna McAdams. The TWU White Team consisted of Samantha Brandt, Madeline Boutwell and Ansah Qureshi.
Associate Professor Rhett Rigby discusses how horse riding plus brain-building exercises may help kids with autism, ADHD
Associate Professor Rhett Rigby, PhD, researches how a combination of horseback riding and brain-building activities may help improve motor skills in children with neurodevelopmental conditions like autism-spectrum disorders and ADHD.
Kiran Kanwar’s area of research may not be the kind you’d expect to be conducted on a typical college campus. But then, Kanwar isn’t your typical researcher.
At 63, she just completed her Ph.D. in kinesiology with a concentration in biomechanics.
Texas Woman’s University sends its third team of senior undergraduate kinesiology students to the Texas Space Grant Consortium Design Challenge Showcase in Houston this week. They will compete against engineering and technology teams from universities across the state who are working to solve research problems identified by NASA. TWU’s Good Vibrations will be the only team to have a project focused on the human aspect of space travel.
A unique sports camp for students who are blind, visually impaired or deafblind has set up shop at Texas Woman's University in Denton. Camp Abilities Texas gives local children and teens with sight impairments the chance to experience sports like gymnastics, swimming, indoor rock climbing, tandem biking and beep baseball. Camp instructors, many of whom are enrolled in the School of Health Promotion and Kinesiology, get hands-on experience in their fields while also giving campers one-on-one instruction in adapted physical education. The one-week camp, which is put on by the Denton Public School Foundation, takes place each summer.
Texas Woman’s alumna Luci Romberg has come a long way since her time as a two-sport student athlete at TWU. Today, she’s a professional stuntwoman in some of the world’s biggest blockbusters and part owner of a freerunning business.
Texas Woman’s University professors Kathleen Davis, Ph.D. (nutrition and food sciences) and Marilyn Massey-Stokes, Ed.D. (health promotion and kinesiology) recognized a need for new approaches to combat childhood obesity. A current research project may give them the answers – and it may be as simple as picking up a cellphone.
Veterans Run | Bike | Roll event - April 6, 2019
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
All are invited to join fellow veterans and families at this run, bike and wheelchair event to be held April 6 at South Lake Park, 556 Hobson Lane, Denton, TX 76205.
Schedule of events:
7-8 a.m. - Registration & Sign In
8:30 a.m. - 3K Fun Run/Walk
8:35 a.m. - 3K Bike
8:45 a.m. - 1.2K Wheelchair
Event sponsored by Texas Woman's University and Project INVEST.
For more information, contact Ron Davis at email@example.com of 940-898-2589
Kinesiology senior Audra Romans made the most of her Texas Woman’s undergraduate experience as an Honors Scholar, Pioneer Ambassador, Kinesiology Club member and student employee in several departments on campus. Then, during her final semester, Romans and five other kinesiology students competed and won first place as TWU’s inaugural team in the Texas Space Grant Consortium (TSGC) Design Challenge, sponsored by NASA.
The first time was a charm for a team of six Texas Woman’s University students who won best overall team accolades at the Texas Space Grant Consortium (TSGC) Design Challenge Showcase held in Houston on Nov. 12.
A Texas Woman’s kinesiology team is going where no TWU students have gone before – a project competition in support of space exploration.
Texas Woman’s University’s biomechanics labs provide a way for our Kinesiology students to combine classroom theory with real-world application. A group of these students put this experience into practice on National Biomechanics Day 2018, when they invited 27 Aubrey high schoolers into the labs for a fun day of movement and motion. Their creative event recently received top recognition from the American Society of Biomechanics.
As a Texas Woman’s honors student, Ayana Georges (B.S. ‘18) knew she wanted to make a difference in the world of kinesiology. This prompted her to begin her award-winning research, which received top honors at the 2018 Great Plains Honors Council (GPHC) Conference held in March.
Time to Cheer for Project INVEST - June 16-18
Put on your TWU gear and come to Channel 8’s Daybreak Party on the Plaza, 5-7 a.m., June 16, at WFAA’s Studios at Victory Park (3030 Olive Street) in Dallas. Help us cheer for TWU’s own Ron Davis, PhD, kinesiology professor and organizer of Project INVEST, who will be on camera promoting the Southwest Military Wheelchair Basketball Conference Tournament being held this weekend in TWU's Pioneer Hall in Denton. Free breakfast will be provided at the Daybreak Party.
Project INVEST (INjured Veterans Entering Sport Training) offers injured, ill and wounded military, both active duty and veterans, adaptive sports and activities at various locations across North Texas. Our mission is to serve those who have served by building strength through sport and confidence through competition.
All activities related to the basketball tournament are free to the public. An exhibition game between first responders and veterans will be held at 6 p.m., June 16, at the Cross Timbers YMCA, 2021 Cross Timbers Road, in Flower Mound. On June 17–18, tournament play continues at TWU. All are welcome.
KINS Alum Awarded School Teacher of the Year Honor
After graduating from TWU with her bachelor's (2010) and master's (2013) degrees in kinesiology, Nicole Arrington was ready to be a physical educator - and an excellent one at that. Arrington recently was named 2017 Teacher of the Year at Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences (TABS) in the Fort Worth ISD.
"I do my utmost to instill in my students the love of movement not just in the gym but outside of it as well," she said.
With this recent award, her enthusiasm for her school and her students was recognized by her fellow teachers. Arrington has taught at TABS for six years.
"TWU's kinesiology department made the most impact on me as a successful physical educator, as did the health and education departments," she said. "I can't thank my professors at TWU enough for instilling in me the desire to make a significant difference in the lives of young people."
Page last updated 3:02 PM, September 27, 2022