JUNE 21, 2017
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Texas Woman’s University welcomes new board officers for the TWU Foundation, which receives and administers gifts that help support the university.
Beginning July 1, Ernie McGee, city president for BBVA Compass Bank in Denton, will serve as board chair. Patricia “Patti” McCoy, director of marketing for Heritage Health Solutions and a 1981 graduate of TWU in speech/language pathology, will be vice chair. Dianne Randolph, a 1969 and 1971 TWU graduate in music, will become secretary of the board, and A. John Harper III, a shareholder in Littler Mendelson, P.C. of Houston, will serve as treasurer. McGee, the new board chair, served as board treasurer for 2015-17; Harper served as secretary.
The university thanks the outgoing board officers: Jane Erwin, a retired charitable gift funding coordinator for TWU and 1993 graduate in government, chair; and Diane Dillion, owner of PD Champs and 1979 TWU graduate in physical education, vice chair.


As a result of the University Cabinet's decision to align the Staff Performance Evaluation System and new Staff Merit-Based Compensation Program with the academic calendar, this year's performance evaluation period for staff employees will end May 31, 2018. The deadline for employees and supervisors to complete the goals portion of the 2017-2018 evaluation period has been extended to June 30 of this year.

Employees can access the timeline and an FAQ regarding goals and performance accountability for the extended review period.
After more than a half century, the white pedestrian bridge over Bell Avenue will be taken down later this week by the City of Denton. Weather and time have seriously eroded the structural integrity of this TWU footbridge—and it was permanently closed in 2008 due to safety considerations. The Chancellor will host a brief “farewell” gathering and photo opportunity today at noon at the corner of Bell Avenue and Administration Drive. 
TWU now is an academic affiliate of the Texas Space Grant Consortium. The consortium is a group of 59 state universities, industrial organizations and non-profit organizations, and government agencies that come together to ensure that the benefits of space research and technology are available to all Texans. In a broader context, the National Space Grant Program, consisting of 52 Space Grant Consortia nationwide, cooperate to achieve this goal for all Americans.

As an academic affiliate, TWU students are eligible to apply for Columbia Crew Memorial Undergraduate Scholarships and Graduate Fellowships, participate in the NASA Design Challenge team program, as well as other program and funding opportunities. The consortium also focuses on assisting new researchers in establishing research careers, enhancing research collaboration and mentorship with faculty, and conducting research aligned with NASA’s enterprises. All interested applicants should work with the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.  
  • Mark your calendars for Pioneer Research at the Mall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 4 at Golden Triangle Mall. The event will showcase TWU's work/research to the larger community. All faculty and staff are encouraged to consider participating in the event and presenting a research poster. Information about abstract submission and a schedule for participation will be available early in the fall semester. Meanwhile, if you have questions, contact Nasrin Kohan or Cynthia Maguire.
  • Christopher Bolinger (communication sciences and disorders) recently was elected to receive the Advancing Academic-Research Careers award by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. This national award only is granted to a maximum of 10 junior faculty per year and provides funding to support mentored academic and research endeavors in the field of communication sciences and disorders. Laura Green (communication sciences and disorders) will serve as Bolinger's mentor for his teaching activities for this award.
  • Deena King (compliance) wrote an article, "Auditing Compliance Sideways and Up and Down, Part 2 of a 2-part Series," which was published in the Summer 2017 issue of College and University Auditor magazine.
  • Congratulations to Mindy Menn (health studies) for successfully passing a competency-based examination administered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. to become a Master Certified Health Education Specialist.
  • Ellina Grigorieva (mathematics) will give two 30-minute invited talks at conferences in July. Her presentation at the New Horizons on Optimal Control, scheduled July 3-5 in Porto, Portugal, is titled "Optimal Treatment Strategies in Mathematical Model of Psoriasis." Next, she will present "Optimal Treatment Strategies of Psoriasis" at the special session of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Conference on Control & Its Applications July 10-12 in Pittsburgh.
  • On June 10, the Parkland/TWU Nurses Alumni Association held its annual Homecoming and Awards Luncheon on the Dallas campus. During the luncheon, the class of 1967 celebrated its 50th anniversary. Alumnus and former faculty member Tony Paterniti was the guest speaker and shared his vast knowledge of Florence Nightingale. The Association also awarded five scholarships to nursing students during the luncheon.
  • Congratulations to Rupal Patel (physical therapy) on her successful election to the American Physical Therapy Association’s Nominating Committee. The election was held June 19 at the House of Delegates meeting in Boston. The nominating committee is responsible for preparing the slate of candidates for national office each fall.
  • Alicia Lohmann (occupational therapy) received her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from South University in West Palm Beach June 17.
  • Led by faculty member Sandy Murdock (health care administration), a contingent of Master of Health Administration students were able to visit the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, despite encountering difficulties due to the British Airways computer shutdown in June. The group of 28 traveled from May 26-June 3.  They were able to prepare a mock resolution for the WHO Congress, as well as learn from other major players in world health like the RedCross and Doctors Without Borders. Specific presentations were heard on the status of Zika, tuberculosis, AIDS, and small pox, as well as concerns about global refugee health.
  • Melissa Ozuna Dillon (human resources) was quoted in a June 16 University Business story on mentoring.
  • Ron Davis (kinesiology) was featured on the June 16 WFAA Channel 8's Newsbreak program that focused on TWU's Project INVEST. Coverage included the "Party on the Plaza," an interview with sponsor Heritage Health Solutions and a Good Morning Texas segment featuring Davis.

June 23 — Transfer Orientation
June 29 — First-Year Orientation

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