SEPTEMBER 20, 2017
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University Ambassador Chad Wick and Chancellor Carine M. Feyten led the Denton campus in a "walk out" Sept. 18 to launch the Outdoor Nation competition at TWU. 


It's time once again for the Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge, where 100 schools across the country go head-to-head for four weeks to see who can get the most people outside and active. At the end of the four weeks (Sept. 18-Oct. 15), the university with the most points will be crowned National Outdoor Champion.

Texas Woman's has placed third in the past two competitions. This year, we want to win!

You, your family members and friends can help the university earn points by walking, biking, relaxing or participating in any other outdoor activity for at least 30 minutes. Fitness and Recreation and various units from the Division of Student Life will organize events on all three campuses and will award prizes throughout the challenge for points logged, participation and other fun contests.

To get started, download the Outdoor Nation app and register for the Texas Woman's team beginning now or at any time throughout the challenge. Then, follow Texas Woman's Fit and Rec on social media for information on all the events.


As a reminder, the remote parking lot on the Denton campus is available to those displaced by construction of the West Parking Garage on Oakland Street.

The lot, located north of University Drive at Woodland and Frame streets, features complimentary shuttle service to and from the main campus from 7:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday. You can request service on Fridays by calling (940) 898-3166.

Shuttles run continuously, with pickup/dropoff locations with the remote lot and on Administration Drive, on the curb in front of Hubbard Hall. Travel time between stops, considering traffic, is approximately 15 minutes.

Public transportation is another option to parking on campus. The Denton County Transportation Authority has launched an A-train Free Fare Zone. If you commute on I-35E, consider parking at the MedPark Station and riding for free to the Downtown Denton Transit Center. Buses 5 and 6 connect to the TWU campus. Note: The fare free zone only applies to the A-train and not any connecting buses, which are about $1.25 per trip.Visit the DCTA website for more information.


TWU Staff Council invites all staff to join us for a free cup of coffee & donut in appreciation for all you do for the TWU community!   

8:30-10 a.m. Room 6305

8:30-10 a.m. ACT Lobby

8:30 -10 a.m. Room  8720
  • The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and the TWU Libraries will host the first presentation in the Fall Research Series Thursday, Sept. 28 in conference room 308 of the Blagg-Huey Library. The event will be video conferenced to room 8201 in Dallas and room 6305 in Houston. Sessions include "Using InCites to analyze institutional productivity" at 10:30 a.m.; "Determining the best place to publish your research" at 1 p.m.; and "Planning for your promotion and tenure portfolio" at 2:30 p.m. Contact Amanda Zerangue for more information.
  • Asha Vas (occupational therapy, Dallas) has been awarded a $24,000 grant from the University of Texas at Dallas Center for Brain Health for her study of the benefits of the Strategic Memory Advance Reasoning Training (SMART) program for adults in the early stages of recovery from traumatic brain injury. The 18-hour training will be spread over four to six weeks and conducted in a group format.
  • Lightning Talks are back! This series features faculty members across all three campuses presenting brief talks about their research interests. The series begins Thursday, Oct. 19 with Fuqin Liu (nursing, Dallas), Brian Fehler (English, Denton) and Joan Edwards (nursing, Houston). See the full schedule of speakers.
  • ASSET, the Association of Service and Support Employees of Texas Woman's University, is conducting a membership drive during the month of September. ASSET provides hardship relief, fellowship and support to Texas Woman's staff members. Membership is $5 for the academic year and is due to treasurer Judy Pentecost by Sept. 30. See the ASSET website for more information on how to join.
  • The Department of Visual Arts will host an artist lecture with Jenny Vogel at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26 in the West Gallery of the Visual Arts Building. Vogel's work is featured in The End and the Beginning, currently on exhibit in the East and West Galleries through Oct. 15. For more information, contact gallery coordinator Danielle Avram at x2533.
  • Marketing & Communication invites you to attend a farewell party for Amanda Simpson that will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 26, in the lobby of Stoddard Hall.  Simpson will start as the Director of Communications for the Coppell school district Oct. 2nd. 
  • Phi Kappa Phi Artist Pam Youngblood (music) will present a faculty flute recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26 in the Margo Jones Performance Hall, with Gabriel Bita on piano and Danielle Woolery on clarinet. Admission is free. The program features the Southwest premiere of Peter Senchuk's Portraits of Richka, a depiction of life in a Ukrainian village, and music by composers from Eastern Europe.
  • The North Texas Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry will be on campus from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28 in the parking lot east of Jones Hall. The food pantry will offer free produce to those in need at this event, which is open to faculty, staff, students and community members. Bring bags or boxes to carry the produce and coolers/ice packs to store it while working or in class. Contact Sarah Matteson for additional information.
  • Stephen Hood and Kristen Meyers have been named assistant gymnastics coaches. Hood previously served as women's team coach and women's recreational program director at the University of Central Florida. Meyers previously served as a graduate assistant under head coach Lisa Bowerman.
  • Mark Kessler (multicultural women's and gender studies) recently published an article, "In Search of Law in Women’s and Gender Studies: Toward Critical Womanist Legal Studies," in Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture and Social Justice.
  • The Center for Faculty Excellence is hosting "Successful Teaching Evaluation Programs: An Interactive Workshop with Peter Seldin" from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 6th. This workshop focuses on evaluating teaching. It will address student ratings, classroom observations, and the teaching portfolio  Designed for faculty members and administrators, the program will include latest research results, key issues, and red-flag warnings of what to do and what not to do in documenting and evaluating teaching. This interactive program will be presented by Peter Seldin, the author of 16 well-received books including The Teaching Portfolio and Evaluating Faculty Performance. Seating is limited. Register here to reserve your seat. 
  • More examples of our TWU Houston family serving others in the community following Hurricane Harvey: Ryan Slattery (libraries) volunteered at the GRB shelter. Marilyn Goff (libraries) volunteered at the Pearland and Dickinson community shelters. Olinda Johnson and Cathy Hueske (nursing) worked in and around their communities offering aid to those hit by the storm. Alex Ortiz (physical therapy), along with several upper-level students, spent many hours in the anatomy lab prepping for the incoming Doctor of Physical Therapy students so there would be no delay in administering the curriculum despite postponing the first week of classes. Jennifer Ellison (physical therapy) provided school supplies and scrubs for students who incurred damage.

Sept. 20 — Pachanga
Sept. 21 — Denton Research Kick-off
Sept. 23 — Houston Open House
Sept. 26 — Graduate and Professional School Fair
Sept. 26 — Houston Research Kick-off
Sept. 26 — La Vida Denton

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