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October is Global Awareness Month at TWU


DENTON — Texas Woman’s University is celebrating October as Global Awareness Month and will host a variety of events and activities to promote TWU’s Global Connections Initiative.

“The activities this month reinforce the Global Connections Initiative’s theme of ‘Explore the World at TWU’ and will help us in our goal of creating a campus climate of global awareness and understanding,” said Dr. Ann Staton, dean of the TWU College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Staton co-directs the initiative with Dr. Richard Nicholas, vice president for student life.

Events during October include exhibits, lectures and discussions, global free speech boards, dance and music performances, faculty presentations and more.

Highlights of this month’s activities include:

  • Oct. 1-29 – Exhibit: “Global Connections Through Dress” in the Old Main Building, Fourth Floor. The TWU Fashion and Textiles Department will display global dress from five different countries throughout the month of October. Each Monday a new display case with a new country will be made available for viewing by the university community at no charge. Displays will include general information about the country and apparel production within the country, and traditional dress worn within the country. Free.

The specific dates for each country are as follows:
Oct. 1: Japan
Oct. 8: South Africa
Oct. 15: China
Oct. 22: South Korea
Oct. 29: Vietnam

  • Oct. 2 Event: Documentary film “Papers: Stories of Undocumented Youth” CFO 202, 6:30-8:30 p.m. A guided discussion will take place after the film finishes. This event is sponsored by Women’s Studies, TWU Commuter Services and University Housing. For more information on the film, visit
  • Oct. 4 Presentation: “Two Flutists Abroad” in ACT 301 from 1:30-2:20 p.m. Join Stephanie Mikus, TWU Presser Scholar and senior music therapy major, and Dr. Pam Youngblood, flute professor and music chair, as they present their musical experiences abroad in July and August of this year. As a volunteer team member for International China Concern, Stephanie designed music activities for abandoned children with special needs at the Welfare Institute in Sanmenxia in the Henen province of China. Dr. Youngblood presented concerts in Germany, Austria and Slovakia as a member of the Metropolitan Flute Orchestra, a professional group based in Boston. Through photos, music and stories, they will share their discoveries about how truly universal the art of music is.
  • Oct. 16 Presentation: “Defending Dignity: The Immigrant Rights Movement and Its Fight against Hate” in CFO 204 from 4-5:15 p.m. Ms. Cristina Tzintzún, executive director of Workers Defense Project and a lead organizer in some of Texas’ largest immigrant rights marches, will talk about the challenges facing the current immigrant rights movement. She will examine the role of race in the current immigration debate and its impact on communities of color, while discussing stories of undocumented immigrants. This event is co-sponsored by The TWU Department of Women’s Studies and TWU Commuter Services.
  • Oct. 18 Performance: Music Ensemble Showcase: The French Connection 7:30-9 pm. Margo Jones Performance Hall. This year's showcase will feature French-themed performances by TWU Wind Symphony, Flute Choir, Concert Choir and Chamber Singers. Tickets are $5 for general admission; ages 12 and younger are free.

For more information and a detailed schedule of activities, visit

Launched in 2009, the goal of the TWU Global Connections Initiative is to provide global opportunities, experiences and connections for TWU students, faculty, staff and the community. The initiative also is charged with helping all TWU students become global citizens with the knowledge, skills and abilities to excel in learning, living and working in a global, diverse and complex society.

Media Contact:

Amanda Simpson
Director of Media Relations

page updated 10/2/2014 10:59 AM