MARCH 22, 2017
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After an extensive national search, Texas Woman’s University has tapped Alan C. Utter, Ph.D., M.P.H, as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, effective July 1. Utter currently serves as the interim Vice Provost for Research and a professor in the Department of Health, Leisure and Exercise Science at Appalachian State University (ASU) in North Carolina. Prior to that, he directed ASU’s Health Promotion academic degree program.

The Pioneer Proud Staff Award recognizing those who go above and beyond their regular duties has a new look.

All staff members who are recognized will receive a Pioneer Proud Thank You card with the nominator's comments noted. Recipients may choose a gift at a recognition ceremony held in the spring or summer on each campus.

You can recognize a fellow staff member by completing an online form. The site includes a link for those who would like to thank a faculty member as well.
  • The Office of Research & Sponsored Programs will host a Lunch & Learn session at noon Thursday, March 23 in ACT 602 on the Denton campus, room 8720 in Dallas and room 5305 in Houston. Christopher Ray, dean of the College of Health Sciences, will present "Talking to Your Program Officer." Attendees are asked to bring their lunch; drinks and dessert will be provided.
  • Kate Landdeck (history & government) will present a lecture on Women Air Force Service Pilots at noon today (March 22) in the second-floor Commissioner's Courtroom in the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square. The event is free and open to the public.
  • Jeff Huebner has been named head volleyball coach for TWU. He will be introduced at the Maroon and White Luncheon at noon today at Outback Steakhouse, 300 S. I-35 East in Denton.
  • Texas Woman's was part of Denton's "virtual reality" participation in the annual South By Southwest event in Austin. Discover Denton will host a free event Friday to show interested Dentonites how the SXSW attendees virtually experienced Denton. The reception, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday at Agua Dulce, 115 S. Elm St.
  • Do you know someone who's looking for summer activities for their children? Maybe it's you! The Denton campus will play host to a variety of summer camps this year. Camps range from fashion to sports to language to science, and cater to ages preschool though college.
  • The university community is invited to a retirement reception for MaryJo Costanzo (Graduate School) from 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, March 29 in the ACT second-floor lobby. Remarks begin at 2:30 p.m. Costanzo is retiring after 14 years at Texas Woman's.
  • Ron Davis (kinesiology) recently returned from Beijing, China, where he worked with Beijing Sport University in developing a program for adapted physical education and sport. He is one of six professionals on the development team working to establish a series of workshops, online courses and an adapted physical activity and sport undergraduate minor area of study at the university.
  • Bobby Lothringer (registrar) will present at the 103rd annual American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, scheduled April 2-5 in Minneapolis.
  • Karrie Fletcher (Fitness & Recreation) has been named to The Reformation Project 2017 Leadership Development Cohort and will take part in a three-month study period leading up to the cohort meeting April 5-8 in Los Angeles. The cohort's mission is to train on becoming an effective advocate for the LGBT inclusion in their churches and broader faith communities.
  • Michelle Reeves (civility & community standards), and Sonia Redwine and Amy Allison (health services) presented "Stop. Collaborate. And Prevent.," a webinar for the Texas Association of College and University Student Personnel Administrators, on March 8. The presentation focused on how a small- to medium-sized university collaborates to address violence prevention.
  • Pioneer Center for Student Excellence staff members Jessica Camp, Shaunon McClellan and Teresa Lindsay presented "Intersectionality and Academic Advising" at the National Conference on Academic Advising Region 7 Conference, held Feb. 26-28 in Tulsa.
  • Sandra Murdock (health care administration) has been selected as a member of the National Baldrige Board of Examiners. This is Murdock’s fourth consecutive year to be among those competitively selected from across the country for participation in the organization, an extramural program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). She will work with other Baldrige examiners to assess the performance of select U.S. organizations, providing feedback to improve their operation.
  • Nursing faculty members Sandra Cessario (Houston) and Fuqin Liu (Denton) led a company of graduate students and faculty members on a “Women and Family Health in China: Millennium Transitions in Policy & Practice” Study Abroad program to Beijing and Xi’an, China, over spring break. Supporting Houston faculty included Rebecca Aulbach, Judith McFarlane and Susan Mellott, who all made presentations at the Building Nursing Scholarship conference.
  • TWU Houston now has a campus career consultant! Lauren Odom will be available to begin working with students beginning March 27. Please encourage your students seeking career advice to reach out to her at extension 2331 or to drop by her office in the one-stop to set up an appointment.
  • Sarah Matteson (Campus Alliance for Resource Education) wrote a commentary on college access for former foster children that was published in the March 20 issue of the Austin American-Statesman.
  • Melissa McInnis Brown (family sciences) was interviewed for an article about the benefits of play for babies and toddlers for the "Parent's Corner" blog.
  • Sarah Gamblin (dance) was quoted in a March 18 Denton Record-Chronicle story on the "Indivisible Denton" movement.
  • René Paulson (research & sponsored programs) wrote a commentary on the challenges women business owners face that was published in the March 15 Denton Record-Chronicle and the March 17 Dallas Morning News.
  • Annie Phillips (Center for Women in Business) was quoted in a March 15 Denton Record-Chronicle story on local resources for women entrepreneurs.
  • Gina Anderson and Rebecca Fredrickson (teacher education) were quoted in a March 13 Christian Science Monitor story on a proposed California bill to eliminate income tax for teachers.
  • Wayne Brewer (physical therapy, Houston) wrote a commentary on the connection between access to preventive care and Texas women's economic outlook that appeared in the March 13 Dallas Morning News.
  • Amy O'Keefe (Campus Alliance for Resource Education) was quoted in a March 9 USA Today: College story on support programs for military veterans at universities nationwide.
  • Jerry Dawson (School of the Arts) and Timothy Wentrcek (facilities management) were interviewed for a March 11 Denton Record-Chronicle story on the new theater rigging system in the Margo Jones Performance Hall.
  • Danielle Phillips-Cunningham (women and gender studies) was interviewed March 8 on KJZZ, an NPR radio station in Phoenix, regarding International Women's Day.

March 22 — #WCW Women's History Month
March 22 — Reflection through Painting
March 23 — Staff Development Breakfast
March 23 — Staff Development Lunch, Denton
March 24 — Advanced Excel: Lunch with
March 28 — How to respond to those that need our help
March 28 — Did that Really Just Happen?

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