Student Life News

TWU to participate in NIRSA 2020 Recreation Movement

TWU, along with more than 100 colleges and universities, will participate in the NIRSA 2020 Recreation Movement, a virtual fitness challenge that began September 17 and runs through the end of the fall semester.

Pioneers vote! Make your voice heard

Learn more about voter registration and TWU events leading up to the November election to encourage civic engagement. 

Vandagriff Endowment Scholars Announced

Texas Woman’s announced this week that two students, Miteshri Prajapati and Anne-Marie Alford, have been selected to serve as Vandagriff Endowment Scholars for the 2020-2021 academic year.

TWU Takes the ALL IN Democracy Challenge

TWU joins more than 160 universities in committing to voter registrataion and participation through the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge. 

TWU Disability Services streamlines processes for students, faculty

TWU’s Disability Services for Students (DSS) has launched a new automated system, myDSS Online, that simplifies many processes for both students needing to request accommodations as well as faculty needing to implement accommodations.

TWU Career Connections opens applications for Urban Fellows Program

TWU’s Career Connections Center will accept applications for its Urban Fellows Program September 1-18. The program provides financial support to students who intern with nonprofit, community or government organizations--positions that are traditionally unpaid. 


Open Letter to TWU Students

We are all in this together. Read more from Monica Mendez-Grant, Ed.D., Vice President for Student Life.



Pioneer Pact for Fall 2020

Take the Pioneer Pact. Pledge to protect yourself and others when you are on campus this fall. 

Parking Decals on sale August 3

Parking decals for the Dallas and Denton campuses go on sale online Aug. 3 on the TWU Parking Portal. Learn more about parking rates, lots and new options.

TWU student participates in WCC panel

On Tuesday, July 28, TWU's own Uzochi Onwukwe, Student Government Association President, will participate in a virtual town hall with Democratic Vice Presidential contender and five-term Congressional Representative Karen Bass (D-CA) to discuss matters of importance to student leaders from women’s colleges.

TWU launches app to help students connect

TWU is launching a new mobile app for Fall 2020 designed to help students connect with each other. Nearpeer, available for free on the Android or iOS app store, provides a convenient way for TWU students to meet other Pioneers

COVID-19 Update - Return to Campus, Fall 2020

Dr. Grant's message was sent to students and parents regarding the return to campus for Fall 2020. 

TWU introduces the Jane Nelson Institute Legacy Leaders program

Building on its mission of empowering and educating the next generation of leaders, Scholar Programs at Texas Woman’s University has launched the Jane Nelson Institute Legacy Leaders program, a multi-year, structured experience designed for exceptional student leaders with a heart for serving their communities.

TWU Statement about Racial Violence

Statement from Monica Mendez-Grant, Ed.D., vice president for Student Life. 

2020 Outstanding Student Awards

Each year, the TWU Alumni Association selects outstanding students and honors them at Homecoming. This year five students were selected.

TWU Bookstore Hours Changing

The TWU Bookstore, located on the first floor of Brackenridge Hall, will continue to modify hours as the needs of students evolve and we slowly return to campus.


TWU’s student-run newspaper wins big at TIPA

Although students working at TWU’s student-run newspaper, The Lasso, were unable to attend the annual Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA) conference, the pandemic did not stop them from winning 14 awards!

TWU’s Little Chapel-in-the-Woods receives more accolades amid shutdown

This week, TWU’s Little Chapel-in-the-Woods was selected by the readers of the Denton Record Chronicle and DentoRC.Com as Best of Denton Winner for 2020 in the Wedding & Event venue category and was also selected as one of the top chapels in Texas by Here Comes the Guide, a wedding planning website.

TWU announces Redbud Award winners

TWU's Center for Student Development virtually announced the winners of the Redbud Awards, recognizing student leaders, student organizations and advisors for outstanding leadership and service to the TWU community, on April 15.

Sandee Mott Named WGCA Regional Administrator of the Year

Sandee Mott, Director of Athletics at Texas Woman's University, has been honored by the Women's Collegiate Gymnastics Association (WGCA) as a Regional Administrator of the Year. Winners were selected by a vote of the coaches in each division. 

Greek Awards Announced

Greek Awards for the 2019-2020 academic year were announced via TWU Greek Life’s Instagram and Facebook stories on April 8.

TWU former student selected for Fulbright

Diana Funk, who received her Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from TWU in 2015, has been awarded a grant through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

COVID-19 Update: Regalia returns

Due to the postponement of commencement for spring 2020, there have been some changes to return policies for graduating students who have purchased regalia.

Unemployment resources for TWU students

If you are one of the millions who have been laid off or furloughed, here are a few resources that may help TWU students navigate the process. 

What TWU students need to know about Census 2020

As part of TWU’s push to promote civic engagement, the university is encouraging students to participate in the “Count Me In/Cuenta Conmigo” Census 2020 Campaign.

COVID-19 Update: Campus Bookstore

Your TWU Campus Bookstore is offering several FREE eBook, courseware and shipping programs as students transition to online learning. 

COVID-19 Update: ALL Students

As the University transitions to online delivery of courses, TWU is committed to helping students complete the semester within the context of this new normal.

COVID-19 Update: Residential Students

Residential students are encouraged to return to their permanent residence. Check-out will begin Wednesday, March 18. 

Extending spring break, coronavirus

In a letter to students, Dr. Feyten communicates modifications in TWU’s operations in response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Feminine hygiene products available at no cost to TWU students

Spearheaded by TWU’s Student Government Association (SGA) and concerned graduate students, the university is piloting a free menstrual product program in order to provide students with access to products.

Student parents find helpful resources, support at TWU

Raising kids while juggling the demands of a college education often complicates matters for families, but resources at Texas Woman’s provide student parents with a much needed boost.

Health and Wellbeing brings program to TWU for Women’s History Month

TWU’s Health and Wellbeing Initiative will host a unique program for Women’s History Month in March: “the body: a home for love,” presented by Deun Ivory on Mar. 24 from 6:30-8 p.m.

Sara (Lowe) Lilly named head synchronized swimming coach

Sara (Lowe) Lilly, one of the most successful and respected competitors and coaches in the history of synchronized swimming in the United States, has been selected as the Head Synchronized Swimming Coach at Texas Woman's University, Director of Athletics Sandee Mott announced Wednesday.

Grand Opening of the Student Union at Hubbard Hall, Feb. 25

Texas Woman’s University will celebrate the opening of the Student Union at Hubbard Hall on February 25 with a kick-off ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. on the second floor near the information desk.

TWU drag show emceed by national celebrity, promotes inclusion

Texas Woman’s University’s Student Union, Housing and Residence Life, Residence Hall Association, Diversity, Inclusion & Outreach, PRIDE and Helping Hands will host “Kings, Queens & Non-Binary Beings” drag show at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12 in the southwest ballroom of the Student Union at Hubbard Hall.

TWU to be early voting site for primary elections

Texas Woman’s University will serve as an early voting site for 2020 primary voting Feb. 18-28. Voters will cast their ballots in Brackenridge Hall (formerly known as the Student Union), room 207.

Paul Smith named TWU assistant athletic director

Texas Woman’s University announced today that Paul Smith will become the university’s next assistant athletic director for communications, effective February 6.

New retail dining options available in Student Union at Hubbard Hall

As the Student Union at Hubbard Hall renovations near completion, Pioneer Kitchen has cooked up new options for the TWU community. Retail dining in the building includes an expanded, full-service Chick-fil-A and Qdoba Mexican Eats as well as other concepts.

Spring 2020 Parking Update

TWU has made some changes to parking for Spring 2020. 

TWU Career Connections launches new digital platform

Texas Woman’s University has launched a new digital platform designed to improve student engagement, optimize communication and cultivate a career culture on campus.

TWU Athletics opens search for two new coaching positions

Texas Woman’s University has doubled down on the expansion of its competitive sports model and has begun the search process for the university’s first stunt and synchronized swimming coaches. 

Self-Care Activities for Dead Week

As TWU students return to campus after the Thanksgiving break, they will find a host of activities to help bring on the calm during this pre-finals week, including family friendly activities. 

Pioneer Kitchen offers more than just new dining options

With the opening of the new Dining Hall, Pioneer Kitchen has added more than just a state-of-the-art facility and expanded menu. It has also introduced new options that make it easier than ever for faculty, staff and students on the go to grab a bite.

Sandee Mott named TWU director of athletics

Texas Woman’s University announced today that Sandee Mott will become the university’s next athletic director effective January 2, 2020.

TWU receives gold seal for excellence in student voter engagement

At the 2019 ALL IN Challenge Awards Ceremony held to recognize colleges and universities committed to increasing college student voting rates, Texas Woman's University received a gold seal for achieving a student rate between 40% and 49%. 

TWU named Best for Vets: Colleges 2020

Texas Woman’s University has been named one of the best colleges for veterans, coming in at No. 47 in the nation, according to Military Times.

TWU named National Outdoor Champion among D1 universities

Texas Woman's University beat out 98 other universities across the nation and claimed the title of National Outdoor Champion!

Dining Hall Grand Opening scheduled for Oct. 28

Texas Woman’s University will officially open the long-awaited Dining Hall on Oct. 28 with a ribbon cutting at 11:15 a.m.

Pumpkins, ghouls and more return to TWU for Boo at the U

Boo at the U, the popular, annual fall festival returns to Texas Woman's University at the Denton campus Student Union, located on the southwest corner of Bell Avenue and Administration Drive, on Oct. 24 from 5-8 p.m.

TWU to serve as polling site for early voting in Denton

As part of the civic engagement initiative at Texas Woman’s University, the university has announced that it will serve as an early voting site in Denton County for the upcoming November election.

New online store expands availability of TWU merchandise

Texas Woman’s University in conjunction with Follett has launched . The site features items not found in the campus store and offers the option of discounted employee and departmental purchases.

Dallas Mavericks host TWU college night

Get your tickets now for the first Texas Woman’s University Spirit Night at the Dallas Mavericks on Nov. 18.

TWU seeks title of National Outdoor Champion in AORE Campus Challenge

Texas Woman’s University will join 98 other universities across the nation to participate in the AORE Campus Challenge, a competition that seeks to promote getting outdoors and getting active. The challenge officially kicks off September 16 at 10 a.m. with a “Walk Out” with Dr. Feyten in front of Fit & Rec and ends October 13.

Vandagriff Endowment Scholar Announced

Keith Crabtree, a Texas Woman’s University graduate student pursuing a degree in exercise and sports nutrition, has been selected to serve as the inaugural Vandagriff Endowment Scholar.

TWU Housing offers free drop-in child care for students

Texas Woman’s University has announced a new drop-in child care service for students starting in September from 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at the Clubhouse in Lowry Woods.

TWU to celebrate grand opening of Parliament Village

Texas Woman’s University will officially open Parliament Village, including Mary’s Hall on Aug. 23 at 9 a.m.

Pioneer Pride dance team claims bragging rights

The Texas Woman’s University Pioneer Pride dance team placed first in Division II schools during the National Dance Team Camp held in Dallas on the SMU campus July 20-22, beating out DBU, Tarleton and Angelo State.  

TWU salutes women veterans, hosts activities

June 12 is Women Veterans Day in Texas, and this year Texas Woman’s University will partner with the Women Veterans of America, Chapter 48 to celebrate our women in military service and veterans on Saturday, June 15.

TWU students embrace volunteerism, help local nonprofits

Texas Woman’s University student organizations, provided more than 16,000 volunteer hours to local nonprofit organizations this past academic year.

D'Abrosca tapped to be next TWU student regent

Texas Woman’s University junior Lexi D’Abrosca has been appointed by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to serve as the next student representative on the Texas Woman’s University Board of Regents. Her term expires May 31, 2020.

TWU Athletics Director to lead new Pioneer MoneyWise Center

Texas Woman's University officials today announced the creation of a new center to help students manage their finances and have appointed Chalese Connors to lead the strategic effort. Connors has served the university for more than two decades, including the past 18 years as director of athletics. In her new role, she will be charged with building a center that will educate students about financial literacy and student loan debt.

TWU’s Pioneer Pride wins Academic Championship

Texas Woman’s University’s competitive dance team, Pioneer Pride, recently posted the highest grade-point average among all teams at the American Dance/Drill Team Collegiate Championships.

TWU Partners with JCPenney for “Suit-Up” Event

Texas Woman’s University and JCPenney have teamed up to provide a 40 percent discount to students, alumni, faculty and staff on Sunday, Mar. 31 in Denton at the Golden Triangle Mall from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. and in Frisco at Stonebriar Mall from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.

TWU joins campuses nationwide in effort to be voter friendly

Texas Woman’s University is one of six institutions in Texas designated as a “Voter Friendly Campus” for 2019-2020.

Distinguished TWU alumna and softball legend makes record gift to TWU Athletics

Texas Woman’s University officials today announced a gift of $500,000—the largest gift to the softball program and the single largest gift to TWU Athletics by a living alumna—from softball legend, Dianne I. Baker.

TWU named Military Friendly® for 10th time in 10 years

Texas Woman’s University has been designated as a Military Friendly® school for the 10th consecutive year.

TWU drag show features national celebrity, promotes inclusion

“Kings, Queens & Everyone in Between” drag show at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13 in the Margo Jones Performance Hall will feature national celebrity, Alyssa Edwards.

Vera Bradley custom merchandise comes to TWU

Fans can buy TWU customized Vera Bradley merchandise starting Jan. 31.

STLC Site Preparation and Parking Lot Closure

Construction for the new Science Technology and Learning Center will impact parking.

TWU coordinates "Walk to the Polls"

With a renewed emphasis on civic engagement, TWU's Division of Student Life is coordinating "Walk to the Polls" events during early voting on Oct. 24 at 4 p.m., Oct. 27 at 8:30 a.m. and noon and Oct. 29 at 4 p.m.

TWU’s mascot has a name!

When Texas Woman’s University unveiled the owl mascot last year, students, alumni, faculty, staff and community members were asked to choose the name. The votes have been tallied and a name has been chosen.

TWU presents “Boo at the U” Oct. 18

“Boo at the U” returns to the Denton campus Student Union on Oct. 18 from 5-8 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.


TWU Student-Led Video Wins $1,750 for Voter Turnout Efforts


After submitting a student-created video and a plan to turn out more students from our university in November, Pi Sigma Alpha has been awarded $1,750 to finance their voter turnout plans.


TWU signs licensing agreement with Learfield Licensing Partners

Effective July 1, 2018, TWU launched a new licensing agreement with Learfield Licensing Partners, a trademark management company specializing in collegiate licensing.

Constitution Day kicks off TWU Civic Engagement Activities

While Texas Woman’s University has historically promoted civic engagement among its students, recent initiatives beginning on Constitution Day demonstrate a renewed commitment.

Student Health Services to relocate and temporarily close

To make way for the new Student Union in Denton, Texas Woman’s University will relocate Student Health Services (SHS) from Hubbard Hall to Jones Hall. The move will begin on Friday, Sept. 14 and will continue through Monday, Sept. 17. 

TWU offers donated bikes for student use

Texas Woman’s University officials announced that bikes will be available for students and employees to use on campus for free staring Aug. 27 in a new pilot program.

Fall 2018 Housing Move-In and Street Closures


Aug. 16, 2018 — DENTON — Residential students will be moving back to campus beginning Wednesday, Aug. 22, and their return will cause some street closures and rerouting.

Volunteers will be assisting residents with move-in and pedestrian traffic is expected to be high. Drivers should expect traffic delays and congestion along Bell Avenue and University Drive near campus Aug. 22-24.

TWU wins integration award

Texas Woman’s University was recently announced as one of three winners of the 2018 Excellence Awards by CBORD, an integrated software solutions company.

Student Life Division Awards

Student Life recognized the contributions of division staff during its annual awards breakfast.

TWU announces Health and Wellbeing Initiative themes, leads

The campus-wide Health and Wellbeing Initiative at Texas Woman’s University has identified themed areas and team leads for its healthy lifestyle effort set to launch in fall 2018.

Empowering Women as Leaders provides scholarships and mentoring to TWU students

On Friday, Feb. 2, 16 Texas Woman’s University students received scholarships and were matched with mentors through Empowering Women as Leaders, a nonprofit organization that helps reshape women’s lives through education and mentoring.

TWU Redbud Awards Recognize Students

Last night, Texas Woman’s University announced the winners of this year’s Redbud Awards, an annual tradition that honors the accomplishments of TWU’s student leaders and organizations as well as faculty and staff organization advisors.

Terry Scholars program at TWU continues to grow

Texas Woman's University will welcome 14 new students to the Terry Scholars program this fall. The scholarship program, sponsored by the Terry Foundation, provides funding for outstanding students to attend one of 13 public universities in Texas, including TWU.

Endowment established in memory of TWU student

Jaqueline Rae Vandagriff's life was cut short 19 months ago, but her memory will live on through an endowment established by her friends and family at Texas Woman's University. The 24-year old junior, who was a lifelong vegetarian and animal lover, was studying nutrition at TWU. The fund will commemorate her life by supporting an internship in the area of health and wellbeing, with a preference for students majoring in Nutrition and Food Sciences.

Family Graduation Celebration wins international award

The Association of College Unions International (ACUI) recently recognized Family Graduation Celebration at Texas Woman’s University as the 2018 Collaborative Program of the Year. The university’s Student Union and Campus Alliance for Resource Education worked with 10 other collaborative partners to create this unique experience for students and their families.

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