MAY 31, 2017
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The Texas Woman's University Board of Regents will hold its regular quarterly meeting Thursday and Friday, June 1 and 2, at the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences Center-Dallas.

Agenda items for consideration include emeritus status for faculty and staff, faculty promotion and tenure, and a number of university-wide academic and operational matters.

The meeting will be available via livestream.

The Texas Woman's University Staff Council provides a vehicle for communicating staff interests, concerns and issues to university leaders. Nominations currently are being accepted to fill upcoming vacancies on the council.

Staff members may nominate themselves or a colleague to represent university staff by completing the online form. Nominations are due by Monday, June 5.
  • Judith McFarlane (nursing, Houston) will use $350,000 in continuation funding from the Houston Endowment for her five-year project to provide data to compare the health parameters and levels of violence and danger to women and children who go to shelters compared to those who seek legal orders of protection. The trajectory for women and children across multiple developmental ages will provide comprehensive data for evidence-based policy and clinical practice at the local, state, national and international levels.
  • Reminder: Bell Avenue will be closed June 1-July 29 between University Boulevard and Texas Street for repairs.
  • Congratulations to Michael Modecki (marketing & communication) who recently learned his "Lightning at Blagg-Huey Library" photo won an Honorable Mention in the 2017 Council for the Advancement and Support of Education awards. The photo is on display in the Marketing and Communication lobby.
  • The Pioneer Center for Student Excellence held its first Academic Advisor of the Year award ceremony May 18. Recipients, nominated by students, were Wylijanna Cole (nursing, Denton), Outstanding New Academic Advisor; Christopher Cooper (School of Management), Outstanding Academic Advisor; and Ashley Bender (English, Speech, Foreign Language) Outstanding Faculty Academic Advisor.
  • Mahesh S. Raisinghani (School of Management) received the 2017 Volunteer Award at the Model United Nations Conference for his service to youth and government by the Model United Nations Committee. He also was awarded the National Engaged Leader Award by the National Society of Leadership and Success.
  • Biology faculty members Heather Conrad-Webb and Tina L. Gumienny, along with members of their research groups, presented at the 44th Annual Meeting of the Texas Genetics Society April 27-29 in College Station. Research associate Lionel Faure won Best Postdoctoral Platform Presentation and also was selected for a talk. Gumienny and graduate students Kushal Bhatt, Geetha Ravindranathan, Bhoomi Madhu and Mohammed Farhan Lakdawala presented posters. Ravindranathan won Best Graduate Student Poster Presentation.
  • Linda Csiza (physical therapy) presented a poster comparing the effects of a community-based Tai Chi class vs. a home exercise program on improvement in balance and gait in people with Multiple Sclerosis at the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Conference May 25 in New Orleans.
  • Sandy Cesario and Joan Edwards (nursing) joined with adjunct nursing faculty member Patrick Palmieri and last year’s visiting scholar Juan Leyva-Moral to present “A Conceptual Framework of Research Findings Regarding the Influence of Significant Others on the Reproductive Decision-Making of Women Living with HIV” at the International Council of Nurses Congress May 29 in Barcelona. The conference included nurses from throughout the world coming together to “disseminate nursing knowledge and leadership across specialties, cultures and countries.”
  • The Academic Resource Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday June 5-Aug. 11. In addition to a wide range of services and programs, you also can take a summer siesta in the nap pod. Reserve your spot by visiting the libraries web pages.
  • Reminder: The Staff Development Committee will host the TWU Houston Center Staff Workshop from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 14 in the Legacy Room, 8th floor. The theme for the day's events is "Work-Life Balance." Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
  • The TWU Houston physical therapy faculty has prepared the Class of 2017 well, as evidenced by the record number of graduates accepted for full-time residencies. These 11 residencies include orthopedic and sports residencies at Memorial Hermann Sports and Rehabilitation, orthopedic and neurologic residencies at Harris Health, orthopedic and sports residencies at Houston Methodist Hospital and a neurologic residency at TIRR Memorial Hermann. Congratulations, faculty, on continuing to prepare the best physical therapists in Houston!
  • Melinda Cowart (teacher education) wrote a column detailing her journey to becoming a bilingual teacher that was published in the May 23 Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
  • Anita Hufft (nursing) wrote a sponsored editorial on the need for nursing faculty for the May 15 issue of TribTalk in the Texas Tribune.
  • Claudia Pyland (psychology) was interviewed by Telemundo Dallas for a May 4 special report on pedophilia. The report now is available online.
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