FEBRUARY 22, 2017
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In a historic vote, the Texas Woman’s University Regents on Feb. 16 elected Anna Maria Farias, Esq., of San Antonio as chair and Nolan E. Perez, M.D., of Harlingen as vice chair of the TWU Board of Regents. Farias’ election marks the first time in TWU’s 116-year history that a Hispanic woman will serve as the chief governing officer of the university’s governing board. 

Farias and Dr. Perez also are believed to be the first Hispanics to serve simultaneously in the top two leadership positions of a public university’s governing board in Texas.


Unit managers and/or supervisors will distribute personalized merit pay notification letters during the week of Feb. 17-27 to all faculty and staff eligible for merit pay. These letters will indicate the amount and percentage of individual merit pay.

Is your department hosting a camp this summer? The Marketing and Communication department will write one press release with information on all TWU summer camps for distribution and publication on the university's website. If you want your camp publicized, please send the following information to no later than Friday, March 3:

  • Name of Camp
  • 1-2 sentence description
  • Dates/times of camp
  • Cost
  • How to register
  • Point of contact for more information (name, email, phone)
  • Mark you calendars for the February Lightning Talks, beginning at 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27 in ACT 502 in Denton, room 3514 in Dallas and room 6305 in Houston. Speakers include Ann Johnson (nursing, Dallas), Sandy Cesario (nursing, Houston), Nasrin Mirsaleh Kohan (chemistry & biochemistry, Denton), Marsha Neville (occupational therapy, Dallas), Mandy Golman (health studies, Denton) and Carolyn Moore (nutrition & food sciences, Houston).
  • Talking to the program officer is an important step in assuring a good fit between the proposal and funding priorities, but speaking with them can be intimidating. Chris Ray, College of Health Sciences dean, will discuss strategies for speaking with program officers during the Lunch and Learn program Thursday, March 23. The program will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in ACT 602 on the Denton campus, room 8720 in Dallas and room 5305 in Houston. Bring your lunch; the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs will provide drinks and dessert. 
  • The Office of Marketing and Communication invites Denton campus faculty and staff to participate in a professional head shot photography session. All sessions will take place in the ACT 2 lobby. Sessions are scheduled from 2 to 5 p.m. today, Wednesday, Feb. 22; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 25; and 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 26. Participation is first-come, first-served. You will be asked to sign a photo release form before being photographed. We recommend that you wear professional business attire; wearing all black, all white or large-patterned clothing is not recommended.
  • Faculty and staff are invited to participate in Denton's first National Eating Disorder Association Walk Saturday, Feb. 25. Research suggests that, with a student body of about 15,000, it's likely that about 3,000 TWU students have a diagnosable eating disorder and 6,000 have eating disorder symptoms. Find out more about the walk and register via the organization's website.
  • No time to schedule (or wait for) a blood test or seek outside fitness advice? Check out TWU's Pioneer Performance Clinic! Faculty and staff can receive a 15% discount off a wide range of services, from measuring resting metabolic rate and cardiorespiratory fitness to bone density and body composition measurements. Keri Stoner-Davis (adjunct, nutrition & food sciences) is a registered dietician who can provide expert advice in sports nutrition, weight management, diabetes, pediatrics and more. The clinic also is open to students and the public. Call x2799 or email for an appointment.
  • Ronald S. Palomares (psychology & philosophy) was appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott to a five-year term on the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists. The board oversees the licensing and regulation of Texas licensed psychologists, licensed psychological associates and licensed specialists in school psychology.
  • Bilingual education faculty Melinda Cowart, Claudia Sanchez and visiting professor Patsy Sosa-Sanchez are presenting at the 46th annual National Association for Bilingual Education conference Feb. 22-25 in Dallas. Students from the TWU Bilingual Education Student Organization representing the university at the conference were Maria Silva, Maria Flores, Wendy Carreto Aguilar, Tanya Naffarratte, Cristal Torres, Amy Foster, Esperanza Garcia, Gladys Acosta, Josue Arita and Maria Villanueva Perales.
  • Susan Mellott (nursing) presented “Human Factors, Leadership, & Assessment” at a Christiana Care Health System workshop held Feb. 8 in Newark, Delaware.
  • The Feb. 20 International Festival hosted by Student Life was a huge success! Twenty-two countries were represented with additional Center for Global Nursing Scholarship tables and representation for study abroad programs by both Health Care Administration and the Education Abroad program. Approximately 250 people participated in the event.
  • TWU Houston students, faculty and staff created more than 200 Valentine’s Day cards that were delivered to children of all ages at Texas Children’s Hospital. Two master in health administration (MHA) students were captured delivering the cards by a KPRC, Channel 2 news crew. Thank you to all who participated!
  • The Center for Global Nursing Scholarship hosted a short-term visiting scholar from Lima, Peru. Nurse Paola Acuna spent several days learning from health care professionals at The Woman’s Hospital of Texas, the Women’s Pavilion at Texas Children’s Hospital and TWU faculty members. Paola will be able to take the experience and knowledge she gained in Houston back to her colleagues in Peru. A special thank you to Joan Edwards, Susan Mellott, Sandra Cesario, Peggy Landrum and Anne Koci, who all took time to meet with Paola, carrying on the mission to share nursing knowledge across all borders.
  • The Office of Technology supported the StudentsACT “I (love) TWU Tech" event last week. More than 150 students stopped by to participate in the event by spinning the wheel of technology and learning more about services offered at TWU Houston.
  • Asha Vas’ (occupational therapy, Dallas) study on the use of a gist reasoning test in identifying certain cognitive deficits in patients with traumatic brain injury, published in the Journal of Applied Biobehavioral Research, has been prominently featured in the media this week, including News Medical, Medical XpressPublic Now, Sciencemag and Eureka Alert!, just to name a few.
  • Nominations for the TWU Award for Outstanding Contribution to the TWU Libraries will be accepted through March 20. Staff members working in any TWU library are eligible. The award may go to an individual, a group or a department. Nominations must be sent to Versinia Gooden.

Feb. 22 — Thriving as a Minority in a Majority World
Feb. 22 — Soul Food Dinner
Feb. 22 — TWU Drama Presents: Lovesong
Feb. 23 — MBA Executive Track Info Session-Dallas
Feb. 23 — Lovings' Story
Feb. 24 — Advanced PDFs: Lunch with
Feb. 26 — Pioneers Gymnastics vs. Oklahoma
Feb. 27 — Lightning Talks: Discover & Dialogue
Feb. 27 — Patent: Protecting Your Intellectual Property
Feb. 27 — Social Justice Through the Spoken Word

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