JANUARY 25, 2017
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It's time once again to nominate Texas Woman's University staff members for the Outstanding Achievement Award and the TWU Award of Excellence.

Recipients will be selected based on outstanding achievements, accomplishments or service to the university. The Outstanding Achievement Award is the highest recognition given to a staff member who exhibits loyalty, dedication, initiative and reliability. The TWU Award of Excellence recognizes the dedication of university staff.

The nomination form and supporting materials should be submitted to Melissa Ozuna in the Office of Human Resources by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24.


  • Suh-Jen Lin (physical therapy, Dallas) will study the effectiveness of promoting exercise and improving fitness for people with a spinal cord injury with a $59,000 grant from the Baylor Scott & White Research Institute.
  • Rebecca Keele (nursing, Denton) will promote physical activity and healthy eating among Hispanic families living along the southern New Mexico border thanks to a $40,000 subcontract from the Colorado Foundation for Public Health and the Environment
  • Anne Simpson (reading) will measure the impact of Descubriendo La Lectura (the Spanish version of Reading Recovery) on first-graders in approximately 30 schools in Texas, Illinois and California with a $35,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education. As the University Training Center responsible for Descubriendo La Lectura, Texas Woman's also will be a subcontractor supporting the recruitment of schools for the grant.
  • Cathy Banks and Ann Wheeler (math & computer science) are improving the content knowledge and teaching skills of 20 Fort Worth Independent School District high-need middle school mathematics teachers with $15,000 in supplemental funds from a subcontract with the University of North Texas on a U.S. Department of Education grant for "Enhancing Middle School Math Teachers' Geometry Knowledge." The project is using an activity-based problem-solving approach with the appropriate technology and curriculum aligned with Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills standards.
  • The Texas Woman's University food pantry won second place and a $500 cash prize in the 2016 NestFresh Cares Cash Contest. The national competition awarded cash prizes to two U.S. nonprofit organizations in support of their outstanding charitable efforts. Lori Richman (music and dramaentered the contest “as a total fluke.”  After receiving an email request for food pantry donations, she decided to nominate the TWU charity for the NestFresh Cares Contest, which was advertised the same day. “I had no idea that out of 300 entries, we would make the final cut. I couldn’t believe we won the $500, and I’m so glad it’s going to a worthy cause,” she said. 
  • Fitness & Recreation is bringing back Refreshing Friday! Get a free five- to 10-minute massage anytime between 1 and 3 p.m. this Friday, Jan. 27, in the Fit & Rec Lounge. Massages are first come, first served. A signup sheet will be available at the front desk at 12:45 p.m.
  • The first Cultural Café of the semester will take place at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31 in Student Union 113. Learn and share about cultural diversity in a relaxing environment. Attendance is free. Bring your lunch!
  • Khara Sherrill, senior secretary in the teacher education department, is the spring 2017 recipient of the J. Wilkes Berry Scholarship. She is returning to college to complete her degree in sociology after having taken time off to raise her family. Her dream job is to become an advocate for victims, either with a police department or in a social service organization. Congratulation, Khara!
  • Gretchen Busl (English, speech and foreign languages) announced that the English and Rhetoric Graduate Organization was awarded a Graduate Student Chapter Special Events Award from the Rhetoric Society of America. The award will support a speaker series, "Raise Your Voice: Women, Rhetoric, and Action," designed for an audience of high school, undergraduate and graduate students from February through April. You can follow the events on social media at #TWUleadHERship.
  • Mindy Menn (health studies) presented a roundtable session on "Sexual Minority Youth in the United States: Facts and Findings from the 2015 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey" at the International Conference on the Health Risks of Youth, held Jan. 4-7 in Cancun, Mexico.
  • Ellina Grigorieva (math & computer science) spoke at the Nonlinear Analysis and Dynamical Systems seminar Jan. 20 at the University of Texas at Dallas. She presented her research on the optimal intervention strategies to reduce disease or epidemic.
  • Mahesh Raisinghani (School of Management) has co-authored a manuscript, "Analyzing the Effectiveness of E-Marketing Strategies in Engaging Consumers," which has been accepted for publication in the forthcoming issue of the Journal of International Technology and Information Management. He also co-authored a paper, "The Conceptual Model for Agile Techniques and Methods," which has been accepted for presentation and publication in the proceedings of Southwest Decision Sciences Institute's 48th Annual Meeting, scheduled March 8-11 in Little Rock, Arkansas.
  • Rebecca Lapidus joined the Dallas Counseling Center at the end of last semester as a part-time counselor. She has previous college counseling center experience at Georgia State University, The Ohio State University, and the Georgia Institute of Technology, and also has run her own private practice. In addition, Linda Louden has been promoted to assistant director of counseling for Dallas and Houston. 
  • Suh-Jen Lin (physical therapy) was recognized as an "Archives Elite Reviewer" by the Archives of Physical Medicine Rehabilitation, which is the official journal of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. 
  • The Houston J. and Florence A. Doswell College of Nursing celebrated their Inaugural Gold-AACN (American Association of Colleges of Nursing) White Coat Ceremony on Tues., Jan. 24, 2017.
  • Faculty are invited to a hands-on workshop focusing on skills to teach and manage courses in Blackboard.  “Faculty Toolkit for Teaching with Blackboard” will be held from 1-3 p.m.,  Friday, Jan. 27, in room 6700.
  • Christina Bickley’s (physical therapy) poster submission has been selected as a platform presentation at the National Association of Children's Prosthetic-Orthotic Clinics meeting in March. Her presentation is titled "Longitudinal Instrumented Gait Analysis on the Use of Carbon Fiber AFOs for a Child with Cerebral Palsy." 
  • The TWU Houston Occupational Therapy program was featured in the latest Amazing Place Spirit newsletter for OT students’ implementation of a new hydration program. Amazing Place is a dementia day program for adults.
  • Under the direction of Vi Ho (nursing), several TWU Houston nursing students participated in a health fair at Tinh Luat temple Saturday in Houston. The students provided flu vaccinations, screenings for diabetes and hypertension, measured BMI, and provided counseling on healthy living with nutrition and exercise. TWU is the #campuswithaheart.
  • The TWU Houston Occupational Therapy faculty recently held a prep exam event on campus for recent graduates preparing to take the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy test. TWU faculty is committed to supporting our alumni!
  • Francie Baxter (occupational therapy) spent part of the winter break planting seeds of interest for future occupational therapists …literally! Along with other occupational therapists from across the nation, Baxter spent three days putting seeds and flowers on the first occupational therapy float ever to appear in the Rose Parade. The float was in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the American Occupational Therapy Association.
  • Professional development remains key to ensuring our faculty is among the best in Texas. Over the winter break, TWU Houston nursing faculty Peggy Landrum, Nina Fredland, Sandy Cesario, and Wyona Freysteinson attended a number of different conferences, many sponsored by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.


Jan. 26 — Leadership with TWU Tech Talk
Jan. 26 — Dance Alumni Concert
Jan. 26 — Pioneers Basketball vs. Texas A&M-Kingsville
Jan. 27 — Skype for Business: Lunch with
Jan. 28 — Houston Open House
Jan. 28 — Pioneers Basketball vs. Angelo State
Jan. 29 — Pioneers Gymnastics vs. Iowa State
Jan. 31 — Have a Great Idea, Now What?

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