2021 News Releases

TWU announces TX Women Owned Incubator Program awardees

Texas Woman’s University’s Jane Nelson Institute for Women’s Leadership has selected six recipients for its new TX Women Owned Incubator Program in partnership with The Slate, a woman-owned coworking space in Dallas.

TWU student Demetria Ober spreads wings, flies solo in Spain

Texas Woman’s social work undergraduate Demetria Ober is studying abroad in Granada, Spain this year. As an individual who experiences blindness, she never imagined having the courage to leave her support system behind in order to fully immerse herself in a foreign language and culture.

TWU joins institutions across US to marshal support for Afghan Refugees

Today, a growing coalition of more than two dozen colleges and universities across the United States, including Texas Woman’s University, joined Welcome.US in announcing the Welcome Campus Network. The network will amplify the work of higher education institutions to welcome and support newly arrived Afghan refugees.

Psychology professor receives 2021 state advocacy award

Ronald Palomares-Fernandez, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at Texas Woman’s University, has received the Texas Psychological Association (TPA) 2021 State Advocacy Award for his commitment to the advancement of the psychology profession and discipline at the state regulatory level.

TWU’s all-female design competition team scores big, brings research to life

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 to host Pioneer Preview Day Dec. 4, 2021

Texas Woman’s University will host Pioneer Preview Day — an open house event for potential first-year and transfer students — from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 4, on the university’s Denton campus.

Celebrations highlight memorable day for TWU music students

Two high-profile events held on the Texas Woman’s University Denton campus made for an unforgettable experience for two TWU music students.

Veteran’s experiences were foundation for success

Lisa Bass learned some harsh lessons early in life, which in turn led to a pattern of late starts in her adult endeavors. But as evidence that bad fortune can sometimes turn good, those combined experiences were a formula for life success.

TWU Center for Women Entrepreneurs announces StartHER grant awardees

The Center for Women Entrepreneurs (CWE) at Texas Woman’s University has selected 25 female entrepreneurs to receive $5,000 awards through its StartHER Grant Program, part of an ongoing effort to boost women-owned businesses.

Officials mark grand opening of Jane Nelson Institute for Women’s Leadership

Today, state and higher education leaders celebrated the official opening of the Jane Nelson Institute for Women’s Leadership on Texas Woman’s University’s Denton campus. 

TWU Little Chapel-in-the-Woods receives landmark architecture award

The Little Chapel-in-the-Woods secured its place in history and was recently recognized by the Texas Society of Architects during the organization’s 82nd Annual Conference and Design Expo held in San Antonio on October 7-9. The group honored the Chapel with its Architectural Landmark Award.

New TX Women Owned Incubator Program for entrepreneurs comes to Dallas

Texas Woman’s University’s Jane Nelson Institute for Women’s Leadership is accepting submissions for its new TX Women Owned Incubator Program in partnership with The Slate, a woman-owned coworking space in Dallas.

First Saturday tour at TWU set for Nov. 6, 2021

Texas Woman’s University will host a November First Saturday tour for potential first-year and transfer students from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 6 on the university’s Denton campus.

Legislature OKs $100 million for health sciences center

The Texas Legislature today authorized $100 million to construct a health sciences building on the Denton campus of Texas Woman’s University. The funding was part of a $3.3 billion campus construction project that legislators approved for Texas universities in the waning moments of a third special session.

TWU to host Pioneer Preview Day Oct. 23, 2021

Texas Woman’s University will host Pioneer Preview Day — an open house event for potential first-year and transfer students — from 8 a.m. to 12:30 pm, Saturday, Oct. 23 on the university’s Denton campus.

Boo at the U returns to TWU!

Boo at the U, the popular, annual fall festival returns to the TWU Denton campus on Thursday, Oct. 21 from 6-8 p.m.

TWU's JNIWL, The Slate partner to provide coworking space, resources in Dallas

The Jane Nelson Institute for Women's (JNIWL) Leadership at Texas Woman’s University (TWU) has partnered with The Slate, a woman-owned coworking space in Dallas, to provide women entrepreneurs comprehensive business support to help them start, grow and expand their businesses. The partnership solidifies JNIWL’s commitment to aiding the economic growth in the city of Dallas.

TWU Houston Center to host online Houston Open House Oct. 2, 2021

Texas Woman’s University will host an online open house for prospective students from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 2.

TWU to host Grad & Professional School Fair Sept. 28, 2021

Texas Woman’s University will host a Graduate School and Professional Fair from 4 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 28, on the university’s Denton campus.

TWU Theatre presents ‘Every Human: Tales of the Unanswerable’

The Texas Woman's University Division of Theatre opens the season with “Every Human: Tales of the Unanswerable,” adapted and directed by Associate Professor Steven Young. All performances will take place in the Redbud Theater Complex, located on the north side of Hubbard Hall on TWU’s Denton campus. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors

U.S. News ranks TWU among top ethnically diverse institutions

For the second straight year, Texas Woman’s University has been ranked among the nation’s top ethnically diverse institutions, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 “Best Colleges” edition, released this week. Nationally, TWU received the fourth-highest diversity index rating. In Texas, the university tied for the second-highest ranking.

TWU, Amarillo College unite to expand degree options for Panhandle communities

Texas Woman’s University and Amarillo College (AC) have partnered to create a seamless pathway to teacher certification and other programs that will effectively increase career options for Texas Panhandle communities.

TWU hosts hero pilot Tammie Jo Shults in online lecture Oct. 6

Captain Tammie Jo Shults, the widely acclaimed pilot who brought Southwest Flight 1380 in for a successful, heroic emergency landing in 2018, headlines the fall installment of the Paup Lecture Series. The free, online event is open to the public and hosted by the Jane Nelson Institute for Women’s Leadership at Texas Woman’s University. 

The virtual lecture will begin at 6 p.m., Oct. 6, 2021. Preregistration is required.

Excelencia in Education taps TWU PIONERAS program as finalist for national award

Excelencia in Education, the nation’s premier authority on efforts accelerating Latino student success in higher education, has selected Texas Woman’s University’s PIONERAS program as a finalist for its 2021 Examples of Excelencia award. 

Texas Woman’s enrolls most diverse student body ever

Texas Woman’s University enrolled its most diverse student body ever this fall, and posted significant gains among first-time-in-college students and graduate students, a preliminary census count shows.

TWU Center for Women Entrepreneurs launches new round of StartHER grants

Texas Woman’s University’s Center for Women Entrepreneurs (CWE) will be accepting submissions for its StartHER Grant Program, which encourages women-owned businesses in Texas to undertake new and innovative projects, starting on Friday, Sept. 24. The winners will be announced on Friday, Nov. 5.

TWU Music presents 9/11 memorial concert ‘Home of the Brave’

Join the Texas Woman’s University Division of Music for “Home of the Brave,” a 9/11 memorial concert featuring performances by the TWU band, choir and orchestra. The event will take place in Margo Jones Performance Hall on TWU’s Denton campus at 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 11.

TWU Dance presents Jordan Fuchs Company Sept. 10-11

The Texas Woman’s University Division of Dance presents the Jordan Fuchs Company in a concert of premieres for the stage and screen Sept. 10-11. Fuchs, a professor of dance at TWU, is joined by a cast of students and alumni for an event two years in the making.

NSF awards $1.5 million to TWU team to boost STEM activities

This summer, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded a $1.5 million grant to a team of Texas Woman's faculty members to fund a project aimed at boosting enrollment in graduate biotechnology programs and promoting career success in the biotechnology sector. The team, made up of Drs. Juliet Spencer, Diana Elrod, Stephanie Pierce and Jessica Gullion, is launching TWU-SCALE, or Scholarships and Co-curricular Activities Leading to Excellence in the Biotechnology workforce. 

COPE joins program to increase diversity in education

The TWU College of Professional Education (COPE) has been selected to participate in the Holmes Program sponsored by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), which supports racially and ethnically diverse students pursuing graduate degrees in education.

Texas Woman’s Theatre Program announces 2021-2022 season

The TWU Theatre Program’s 2021-2022 season features a modern take on a classic drama, a new spin on a seasonal favorite, a resonant exploration of race and policing in America, and a farce in verse that will leave you smiling.

Two TWU students awarded Gilman scholarships

Texas Woman’s University students Ashley Elliot and Demetria Ober look forward to expanding their worldview thanks to their recently awarded U.S. Department of State Benjamin A. Gilman ScholarshipsThe scholarships will allow Elliot, an English major, to study abroad at Harlaxton College in England for the Spring 2022 semester and Ober, a social work major, to study abroad at Universidad de Granada in Spain for the 2021-2022 academic year. 

Texas Woman’s graduate student receives second International Peace Scholarship

Elizabeth Timothy, a master’s student in the Texas Woman’s University Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies Program, has been awarded the Philanthropic Educational Organization’s prestigious International Peace Scholarship for the second year in a row. Timothy’s award will allow her to continue pursuing her studies at TWU and develop two projects that support underserved women in Kenya.

Kinesiology program swinging success on cable program

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.

Alumna helps students take writing out of the classroom and into the mainstream

Poet, educator, LGBTQIA+ activist and TWU alumna Em Ramser (MA, MAT ‘20) once swore “up, down and sideways” that she would never become a teacher. Now, she teaches high school pre-AP English classes and designs her curriculum around professional opportunities for students, inspired by Dr. Gretchen Busl's lessons in “pop scholarship.”

Texas Woman's lists spring 2021 graduates

Texas Woman’s University has released its list of graduates for the spring 2021 semester.

Two TWU students selected for prestigious Schweitzer Fellowship program

Two Texas Woman’s doctoral candidates will spend the next year creating programs serving and advocating for members of minority communities through the prestigious Dallas-Fort Worth Albert Schweitzer Fellowship program. Paloma Silva (‘23) and Tamara Starling (‘23) are two of 13 students across North Texas selected for Schweitzer Fellowships, a cohort-based program in which graduate and medical students create innovative programs fulfilling unmet health and wellbeing needs within Dallas-Fort Worth communities.

TWU’s CWPPP sponsors free political campaign workshops for women

Building off a campaign season that saw an increase in women running for political office, Texas Woman’s University’s Center for Women in Politics & Public Policy (CWPPP) is offering free online workshops July 17 and 31 to provide practical advice about topics critical to preparing and running an election campaign. The workshops are open to women across the state of Texas.

CWE recognizes 27 women veterans with entrepreneur grants

As part of its ongoing effort to boost women-owned businesses, the Center for Women Entrepreneurs at Texas Woman’s University announces the selection of 27 female veterans in Texas to receive awards valued between $1,000 and $10,000 through its inaugural Veteran Woman Entrepreneur Grant program.

TWU releases spring 2021 deans', chancellor's lists

Texas Woman's University has released its deans' and chancellor's lists for the spring 2021 semester.

Undergraduate students who complete at least 12 graded credit hours and achieve at least a 3.5 grade point average are eligible for the deans' list. Students who have achieved a 4.0 GPA are named to the chancellor's list.

Professor develops video modeling application

When it comes to phone applications there is a saying — “There’s an app for that.” However, Minkowan Goo, PhD, an associate professor in the teacher education department at Texas Woman’s University, found that is not always the case. 

TWU Regent McDavid, husband launch $100K scholarship program

A $100,000 gift to TWU, given by Texas Woman’s University System Regent Vice Chair Stacie Dieb McDavid and her husband, David McDavid, establishes the Dieb-McDavid Scholarship Program at TWU, which will award scholarships to Class of 2021 Denton High School graduates who demonstrate a commitment to women’s leadership and plan to enroll at the university in fall 2021. 

Bill establishing TWU System becomes law

TWU officially the nation's first woman-focused university system

Gov. Greg Abbott has signed into law Senate Bill 1126, which establishes the three campuses of Texas Woman’s University as the state’s seventh university system.

TWU to host two online Pioneer Preview Days June 17, 2021

Texas Woman’s University will host two online Pioneer Preview Days — an open house event for potential first-year and transfer students — from 12-1 p.m. or 6-7 p.m., Thursday, June 17.

Alumna returns to TWU for opportunity to study nanomedicine

TWU alumna Jessica Hernandez always knew she wanted to go into the health care field and medical research fascinated her. She already was planning to return to TWU for her Master of Science in Chemistry degree when she got an email from the TWU Alumni Engagement office announcing a new scholarship exclusively for alumni pursuing a second degree from the university: The TWU Alumni Graduate Education Scholarship. She knew she had made the right decision to get her MS at TWU when she applied and was awarded the scholarship.

TWU’s all-female design competition team tackles space headaches in astronauts

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.

TWU presents virtual dance concert 'Through the Lens'

The Texas Woman’s University Department of Dance will present its spring virtual dance concert, “Through the Lens,” on YouTube at 7 p.m. April 23. The livestream event will feature faculty- and student-created screen dances and original sound scores. The event also will incorporate diverse cultural perspectives, an array of performance environments and entertaining explorations of the human condition in the age of COVID-19.

National Endowment for the Humanities awards grant to TWU faculty

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today announced that it awarded a Humanities Connections Grant of $99,426 to Texas Woman’s University. The grant will support the very first interdisciplinary and experiential learning initiative to integrate the history of Quakertown into courses at TWU. It will also enable the future development of a digital humanities archive of Quakertown-related research and reflection, which the project co-directors aim to connect to a public platform that will promote community engagement with Quakertown’s history for decades to come.

TWU taps NY faculty leader as College of Business dean

Texas Woman’s University has selected Rama Yelkur, a longtime faculty leader, professor, accomplished marketing and international business expert and board member — with a strong background in long-range planning, community outreach and fundraising — to head the College of Business. She begins her duties as dean on June 1.

TWU Theatre presents 'Hot n' Cole: A Cole Porter Celebration'

The Texas Woman's University Department of Music and Theatre presents "Hot n’ Cole: A Cole Porter Celebration!" April 22-25. You are invited to listen to the timeless classics of Cole Porter during an unforgettable evening under the stars. All performances will take place outdoors on the Margo Jones Performance Hall steps.

Top scholarship goes to Coppell senior with strong academic, service record

She developed a keen interest in soccer as a small child, but it was a 2009 trip to her parents’ homeland in Nepal that expanded Binivaa Manandhar’s thoughts to weightier matters.

Manandhar, now a senior at Coppell High School, had a vivid memory of the Nepal visit that sticks with her to this day.

CWE to launch $250,000 grant program for women veterans

The Center for Women Entrepreneurs (CWE) at Texas Woman’s University today announced its inaugural Veteran Woman Entrepreneur Grant program, which supports women veterans in Texas who own their own businesses or are interested in launching one. 

TWU hosts Democracy in Action Day for local Girl Scouts

Being a Girls Scout is about more than selling cookies; it’s about leadership too. Thanks to a grant from Communities Foundation of Texas, 125 local Scouts learned about advocacy and the legislative process during a Democracy in Action Day sponsored by TWU’s Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy (CWPPP). At this full-day, virtual event held Saturday, March 20, girls in grades 3-12 participated in activities to earn the Women’s Right to Vote patch and Democracy badge.

New Center for Student Leadership director named

Texas Woman’s University has named Lawrencina Mason Oramalu as the new director of the Center for Student Leadership, effective March 22.

Meet the educator, reservist and soon-to-be triple alumna redefining ‘family’ in the Navy

Over the last two decades, Jamie Covey has earned three TWU degrees while serving concurrently as the lead American Sign Language teacher at Denton High School and a Navy reservist. Her dissertation topic, the effects of a reservist's deployment on their support system, draws from her own experience in the military.

TWU Dallas Center to host online open house March 27, 2021

Texas Woman’s University will host an online open house for prospective transfer and graduate students interested in programs at TWU’s Dallas campus from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March, 27.

Project continues celebration of 19th Amendment

The ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution – giving women the right to vote – was a major milestone in women’s history. TWU visual arts faculty member Meg Griffiths, accustomed to examining the human experience through a camera lens, teamed with fellow photographer Frances Jakubek to mark the centennial of the amendment’s passage.

TWU to present virtual forum on legacy, roots of Capitol violence

Texas Woman’s University will host its first virtual Public Affairs Forum, “Capitol Violence: Tracing Legacies of Anti-Black Racism, White Supremacy and Anti-Semitism,” on Zoom 6-7:30 p.m., March 4. The event is free and open to the public. Participants must register in advance and are encouraged to submit questions for the panelists through the registration form. 

Jamison Lecture to feature Melba Patillo Beals of Little Rock Nine

Melba Patillo Beals, Ed.D., journalist, author and member of the Little Rock Nine — the first group of African American students to integrate Little Rock Central High School in 1957 — will speak at Texas Woman’s University’s sixth annual Jamison Lecture, part of the Nancy P. and Thaddeus E. Paup Lecture Series. The lecture, titled “Warriors Don’t Cry,” will take place online via live stream beginning at 7 p.m., March 18.

NaTasha Rogers is ready to heal the world with patience, compassion and music

Professional musician, sound engineer, entrepreneur and full-time graduate student NaTasha Rogers has a lot on her plate these days, but she juggles it all with a spirit of profound positivity and infinite strength, even in the face of adversity.

TWU to host online Pioneer Preview Day March 6, 2021

Texas Woman’s University will host an online Pioneer Preview Day — an open house event for potential first-year students — from 10-11:30 a.m., Saturday, March 6.

TWU wins $150K grant for portable transcript project

Imagine an employer quizzing a job candidate about her academic credentials and internship experiences during a pivotal interview. The employer is eager for verified information to make a quick decision.

Now imagine the prospective employee grabbing her cell phone, swiftly tapping a few keystrokes, then delivering an email to that employer seconds later with a comprehensive report on her academic background.

TWU Online Graduate Program Showcase set for Feb. 27, 2021

Texas Woman’s University will highlight its graduate program offerings during an online Graduate Program Showcase from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 27. 

Doctoral student Chelle Luper Wilson isn’t just preserving history, she’s making it

Historian, speaker, entrepreneur and social justice activist Chelle Luper Wilson is no stranger to the limelight, and her activism was recognized when she was awarded the 2020 National Association of Black Journalists’ (NABJ) Angelo B. Henderson Community Service Award. The honor, named after the late Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, is given to a journalist who goes above and beyond to make a positive impact in their community.

Texas Woman's lists fall 2020 graduates

Feb. 4, 2021 — DENTON/DALLAS/HOUSTON — Texas Woman’s University held fall 2020 commencement ceremonies Dec. 11-13. The university conducted drive-thru ceremonies due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Bejarano awarded $30K grant for Latina political participation research

The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) recently awarded a $30,000 grant to facilitate “Mujeres, Movidas y Movimiento: A Comparative Study of Latina Candidate Emergence and Political Mobilization in California and Texas.” The research project was one of nine funded by the CAWP in 2021 to help identify and address challenges and opportunities for women’s political participation.

Freeman relishes TWU’s role in battling COVID-19 virus

Sometimes, history is made in relative obscurity. Other times, historic events become apparent the instant they happen. For Tanisha Freeman and her student health team, they knew right away that they were a part of history when they received the first shipment of vaccinations to combat the global COVID-19 pandemic.

TWU releases fall 2020 deans', chancellor's lists

Texas Woman’s University has released its deans’ and chancellor’s lists for the fall 2020 semester.

Grant aims to increase STEM engagement in Indigenous communities

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $99,786 planning grant that will allow a TWU research team to develop strategies to recruit and retain more Indigenous students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

TWU to host two online Transfer Connection events Feb. 11, 2021

Texas Woman’s University will host two online Transfer Connection — an open house for potential transfer students — events on Thursday, Feb. 11. Students have the option to choose from noon – 1 p.m. or 6 – 7 p.m.

After earning bachelor’s at 70, grandmother has eye on master’s

If fulfilling her lifelong ambition of earning a bachelor’s degree wasn’t proof enough that Edna Rawson won’t let age be a barrier to her success, consider this: The 70-year-old grandmother now has her sights set on a master’s degree in social work.

U.S. News ranks graduate online programs among country’s best

U.S. News & World Report has recognized online graduate nursing and online graduate education at Texas Woman’s University as being among the nation’s best and ranked specific master’s programs in nursing education and family nurse practitioner among the country’s top 10.

TWU Houston Center to host online open house Jan. 30, 2021

Texas Woman’s University will host an online open house for prospective transfer and graduate students from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 30. TWU’s open house is geared toward transfer and graduate students interested in face-to-face and 100% online programs at TWU’s Houston campus.

TWU Student Health Services administers COVID-19 vaccine

Texas Woman’s University Student Health Services started the new year by administering its first COVID-19 vaccine to members of the TWU community on January 5.

TWU mourns passing of longtime regent, Dallas city official

He was a titan in the development of Dallas and its surrounding area, but to the Texas Woman’s University community George Schrader helped chart a bold course of improvement while maintaining a calming presence on its governing board. And on Dec. 31, 2020, Schrader died peacefully in a North Texas hospital.

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