NOVEMBER 2, 2016
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Texas Woman's University has established a Pioneer Assistance Scholarship for faculty, staff or their dependents enrolled in classes at the university.

Tuition assistance scholarships of up to $500 will be awarded. A three-member committee comprised of representatives from the Faculty Senate, Staff Council and Human Resources will review all applications and determine the scholarship award winners.

Scholarship applications must be submitted by Monday, Nov. 28 for Spring 2017 classes. More information and the application are available on the university's Academic Works system. Those with questions may contact Lisa Taylor or Angela Cagle in Human Resources.


  • The Sponsored Programs Information Network (SPIN) satabase, which includes more than 40,000 grant programs from government, private and nonprofit sponsors, is available to Texas Woman's faculty, staff and students. The database allows users to perform customized searches for funding opportunities in defined areas of interest. SMARTS, an electronic matching and funding opportunity notification in SPIN, provides investigators with a direct and targeted electronic link to national and international research funding opportunities. Click here to learn more about accessing SPIN.
  • Texas Woman's now subscribes to GrantScoop, a web-based resource for scientists who are seeking grant money. Click here to learn more about creating a user account using your email address.
  • This month's Lunch & Learn Program is scheduled from noon until 1 Thursday, Nov. 17 in ACT 605 in Denton, room 8720 in Dallas and room 5305 in Houston. JoAnne Hawthorne (Research & Sponsored Programs) will present "Reading and Understanding the FOA (Funding Opportunity Announcement)."
  • Dayna Averitt (Biology) has published an article about a new pain therapy for burn patients, including military service members and first responders, in the international magazine Pain Medicine, the official journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, and the Spine Intervention Society. The article is a collaboration with the National Institutes of Health and U.S. Army and was coauthored by Michael J. Iadarola with the Department of Perioperative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Margaux M. Salas, John L. Clifford and Jessica R. Hayden  — all with the the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research.  The article is titled “Local Resiniferatoxin Induces Long-Lasting Analgesia in a Rat Model of Full Thickness Thermal Injury. 
  • Mahesh Raisinghani (School of Management) is editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Web-Based Learning and Teaching Technologies, which recently was indexed by the Education Resources Information Center (ERIC), the world's largest digital library of education literature.
  • The grand opening of "A Life Unveiled: A Portrait of Florence Nightingale" will take place starting at 2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 3 in the first-floor living room of the Blagg-Huey Library. The exhibit reception will begin at 2 p.m., followed at 2:30 by a lecture from collection curator Tony Paterniti, Ph.D., R.N. Guided tours will be held from 3 to 3:30. The exhibit, one of the most significant collections about "The Lady with the Lamp," features Nightingale's letters, her book, Notes on Nursing, photos and other memorabilia. More information about the exhibit is available on the library's website.
  • The Center for Faculty Excellence is collecting items for the Texas Woman's food pantry, which serves more than 30 students each month. Items needed include snack bars, mixed nuts, non-perishable items such as canned foods, baby formula and baby food, and personal hygiene items. The drive will run until Thanksgiving. Bring your donations to Stoddard Hall 305 and enter your name in a drawing for prizes.
  • The TWU Staff Council invites you to join us for a free cup of coffee and donut in appreciation for all you do for the TWU community from 9-10 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 10. Staff are invited to stay for the 10 a.m. General Staff Council Meeting with guest speaker Tina Mims of TWU’s HUB for Women in Business.
  • The TWU Fellowship, an organization for Christian faculty, staff and administrators, recently was approved as a TWU Affinity Group. Officers are Nancy DiMarco, planning coordinator; Angie Griffin, event coordinator; Sandy Walker, secretary/treasurer; and Tammy Hood, communications coordinator. The group's next meeting is 12-1 Thursday, Nov. 10 in HDB 207. More information about the group is available on its website.
  • Jessica Burchfield (CARE) and Stephany Compton (library) have been invited to speak Dec. 1 at the International Forum for Women in eLearning in San Antonio. Their session, "Promising Partnerships: Connecting Student & Academic Affairs Support Services," will feature ways in which Texas Woman's has begun to collaborate across divisions to meet the needs of online students.
  • For almost two years, Janet Cunningham (nursing) worked to bring a much needed interprofessional conference to the Texas Medical Center.  By securing $10,000 from OBIX, a perinatal software data system, as well as funds from other vendors, Cunningham’s work to bring Advanced Fetal Monitoring: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Promote Patient Safety and Reduce Risk for Litigation came to fruition Oct. 28.  Some 95 nurses, nurse practitioners and midwives and 25 medical doctors participated in the TWU-led conference. As a result of the successful event, the Houston Area Collaborative Perinatal Program will begin to build a task force of physician and nurse stakeholders working together to set standards for the TMC perinatal community. TWU Houston Nursing faculty included Cunningham, Olinda Johnson and Joan Edwards.
  • There is no greater form of flattery than that of peer recognition! Carolyn DaSilva (physical therapy) received the William Gould Memorial Physical Therapy Faculty Award  at the Texas Physical Therapy Association conference Oct. 27. The award is given annually to an outstanding PT faculty member from any PT program in Texas.
  • Garry Brydges, a TWU Houston DNP to Ph.D. bridge student, is one of only 25 nurses in the nation to receive a 2017 Circle of Excellence Award from the American Association of Critical Care. The award recognizes and showcases excellent outcomes of individuals in caring for high acuity and critically ill patients and their families.  
  • Proving once again that TWU is truly the #campuswithaheart, O Jayne Bowman (OT) underwent intensive training to be able to act as a child advocate in cases involving parental rights.   Bowman was officially sworn in October 20 as a Court Appointed Child Advocate (CASA).  As an OT faculty member, Bowman teaches pediatrics including child abuse, her work with CASA will no doubt in pact her approach to teaching this course in the future.


  • Eula Oliphant (Dallas) and Bethany Ross (Denton) have been selected as the 2016-17 recipients of the Elizabeth Snapp Award for Excellence in Librarianship. Established in 2011, the award — named in honor of library director emerita Elizabeth Snapp — recognizes the excellence of professional librarians at Texas Woman's University. A cash prize of at least $500 and a commemorative plaque are presented annually to the recipient(s) of the award.

Nov. 2 — Well Woman Wednesday - Disease Prevention
Nov. 4 — Cultural Connections Leadership Conference
Nov. 7 — Veteran Coffee Stop
Nov. 7-8 — Reading Recovery and K-6 Literacy Institute
Nov. 7-11 — Veteran Appreciation Week

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