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TWU Social Work program participates in 10th Annual Denton County Adoption Day

The TWU Social Work Program, along with a few members of the child development program at TWU, provided the lion’s share of entertainment for children at this year's Denton County Adoption Day. Friday’s event was the 10th annual Adoption Day, as well as the largest so far. In total, 25 kids were adopted by 19 families throughout the morning and afternoon.

Each family had their adoption in a courtroom covered in stuffed animals donated by TWU, and each child had a chance to pick their favorite of the animals to take home. In addition to a new, cuddly friend, each child received a Dr. Seuss book signed by their presiding judge, attorney and others.

BSW student Guadalupe Resendiz featured in 'Women Who Lead' series

Guadalupe Resendiz didn’t waste a second of her senior year in the Texas Woman’s social work program. In between a packed class schedule, Resendiz also explored her passion for volunteer work. After discovering the International Studies Abroad (ISA) program, an education abroad affiliated partner with TWU, Resendiz found an opportunity to merge two of her passions - school and volunteer work through missions.

Alex Colvin, Ph.D., named distinguished alumnus of Brenham High School

As the oldest public school district in Texas, Brenham ISD is celebrating the proud history and achievements of the district and some of its most distinguished alumni. Alex Colvin, Ph.D., JMSW Director of Field Education, is one of four honorees to be named a distinguished alumnus.

Colvin is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, National Association of Black Social Workers, North American Association of Christians in Social Work, Texas Field Educator Consortium and the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors. He received the Texas A&M System Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award in 2008-2010 and 2012, an award given based on student input. He has authored over 20 refereed publications and has presented his research at over 30 professional conferences.

Fall 2018 Announcements


  • The TWU-UNT Joint MSW has been granted “Candidacy” status. Graduates of the program can now be licensed as social workers in Texas upon graduation.
  • Nila Ricks, Ph.D., LMSW, has been named the new TWU Bachelor of Social Work Program Director.  Ricks is not only the first African American social work faculty member to receive tenure, but also the first African American director for the social work program.
  • New assistant professor Brandi Felderhoff was recently elected to the National Association of Social Workers/Texas Chapter Board of Directors as Vice President. This is her first election to the State Board, and her term will run for three years.


Spring 2018 Pinning Ceremony

The Spring 2018 Pinning Ceremony of recently admitted TWU Social Work majors.
The Spring 2018 Pinning Ceremony of recently admitted TWU Social Work majors.

Fall 2017 Pinning Ceremony

the Fall 2017 Pinning Ceremony of recently admitted Social Work majors
The Fall 2017 Pinning Ceremony of recently admitted TWU Social Work majors.

2018 Social Work Awards Banquet

TWU Social Work faculty at 2018 Awards Banquet

Left to right: Alex Colvin, PhD; Emarely Rosa-Davila, PhD; Nila Ricks, PhD, LMSW; Linda Marshall, PhD, LMSW; Mark Sandel, LMSW; Ratonia Runnels, PhD, LMSW; Daniel "Boone" Taylor. Not pictured: Michele Bland.

Governor Abbott appoints TWU alumna to Family And Protective Services Council

Texas Governor Greg Abbott recently appointed TWU alumna Davina Hollin and eight others to the Family And Protective Services Council. The council is charged with studying and making recommendations to the commissioner regarding the management and operation of the Department of Family and Protective Services. 

Hollin is the manager of crisis programs at Denton County MHMR. She is a volunteer and advocate for foster youth and a member of ACCEPT, a group for youth, foster alumni, and young adults, and she is a former youth care worker at Cumberland Children's Home. Hollin received her Bachelor of Social Work from Texas Woman’s University and a Master of Social Work from Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Student Veteran's Association president and social work major Nikki Perez leads by example

Nikki Perez is the current president of the Student Veterans Association at Texas Woman’s University, and her path to becoming a Pioneer has been the embodiment of the new TWU motto to: “Boldly Go.” Majoring in social work, Nikki would like to use her education to work with female veterans in some manner, believing they are an under-served population.

TWU, UNT to offer Joint Master of Social Work Degree Program

Texas Woman’s University and the University of North Texas are working collaboratively to create and deliver a Joint Master of Social Work Degree Program, which aims to prepare students for positions in health care and child and family services. Officials from both universities signed a memorandum of agreement for the proposed TWU/UNT joint degree program at TWU Jan. 30th.

Texas Woman’s faculty Nila Ricks named national ‘Emerging Scholar’

Photo of Nila Ricks

Nila Ricks, Ph.D., MSW, assistant professor of social work at Texas Woman’s University, is one of 12 up-and-coming minority scholars to be recognized by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education in their Emerging Scholars Class of 2017 edition.

Texas Woman’s food pantry places 2nd in national contest

The Texas Woman’s University food pantry won second place and a $500 cash prize in the 2016 NestFresh Cares Cash Contest. The national competition awarded cash prizes to two non-profits in the U.S. out of 300 entries in support of each organization’s outstanding charitable efforts.

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