JANUARY 18, 2017
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We're number one!

Texas Woman's University ranks first in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for graduates' earnings vs. cost, according to the Dallas Business Journal. A recent article states that Texas Woman's students graduate with median earnings of $44,600 with an attendance cost of $16,846. This gives the university an earnings-to-cost ratio of 2.65:1, meaning that students earn about $2.65 for every dollar spent to attend for a year. A great return on investment, but, as Chancellor Feyten points out in the story, there's even more value to a Texas Woman's education.


A reminder to staff employees: The deadline to complete the "Pioneering Success" Staff Employee Satisfaction Survey is Friday, Jan. 27. The Office of Human Resources and Staff Council administer the confidential survey in an effort to gather feedback on issues important to the mission and goals of the university. The survey should take about 15 minutes to complete. Once started, staff employees must complete the entire survey and cannot return to it at a later date or time. Anyone with questions about the survey should contact Melissa Ozuna at 8-1-3558.
  • Melinda Cowart and Claudia Sanchez (teacher education) and Mandy Stewart (reading) have been awarded $98,000 in continuation funding from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for "THECB Bilingual Education Funds," which provides student scholarships in the area of bilingual education.
  • Mark Sandel (social work) has been awarded $67,000 in continuation funding from a subcontract with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services on a Heath and Human Services - Administration for Children & Families grant for the Statewide PAL Teen Conference. The conference is aimed at helping youth and young adults acquire the skills and resources needed to transition successfully from foster care to adult living. 
  • Shanil Juma and Parakat Vijayagopal (nutrition & food sciences) have been awarded a $39,000 grant from the Cherry Marketing Institute for their project examining alternative treatments of osteoarthritis. The project will investigate the anti-inflammatory and joint protective effect of whole tart cherries using a monosodium iodoacetate-induced model of osteoarthritis.
  • Vic Ben-Ezra (kinesiology) has been awarded $7,000 in continuation funding from the Flow Healthcare Foundation for LEAD-UP, a community program for people with risk factors for diabetes or those who have diabetes. The program provides free access to supervised exercise and nutritional advice.
  • Shane Broughton and Nancy DiMarco (nutrition & food sciences) have been awarded $5,000 in continuation funding from Dymatize Nutrition for their project aimed at determining the impact of milk protein on performance and protein synthesis.
  • As you've probably noticed, the City of Denton has closed Bell Avenue between Administration Drive and College Street to install a new crosswalk and work on a water line for future university needs. Work is expected to be completed by Jan. 24. Pedestrians who need to cross Bell Avenue are asked to cross at the light at Administration Drive or via College or Texas streets. Drivers who want to avoid the construction may use the TWU North Remote Parking Lot north of University Drive. Shuttle service to campus is available from 7:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.
  • Vicki Zeigler (nursing) has been inducted as a Fellow of the American Heart Association. This recognition is for outstanding contributions in cardiovascular and stroke nursing and health, as well as volunteer leadership with the American Heart Association and/or the American Stroke Association.
  • Stephanie Brown has joined Student Life as associate vice president for student enrichment, health and support. In this role, she supervises deans in the Student Assistance Center, serves as emergency dean and support student veterans support services. Brown holds a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia and is a psychologist specializing in adult clinical psychology.
  • Claudette Fette (occupational therapy) will be awarded the Community Health Champion award by the Denton Community Health Clinic for her outstanding service to Denton County.
  • Anita Hufft (nursing) contributed to "A Practical Guide to Forensic Nursing," which was selected by the American Journal of Nursing as the Book of the Year in the critical care/emergency nursing category. The book also won third place in the medical-surgery nursing category.
  • Texas Woman's University Athletics will kick off the spring semester Maroon and White Luncheons at noon Wednesday, Jan. 25 at Outback Steakhouse, 300 South I-35 East. The lunch is $5 and is followed by a coaches' Q&A session. Door prizes will be awarded.
  • Speaking of Athletics, Texas Woman's student-athletes racked up more than 360 community engagement hours in November, earning a first-place ranking in NCAA Division II for the month. The hours were tracked through Helper Helper, a volunteer app that has partnered with NCAA Division II to help measure the impact student-athletes have in their community. 
  • Susan Chaney (nursing) and Vicki Brooks, 2016 graduate of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, co-authored  "Joint Pain in a Young College Athlete, " which was published in the latest issue of The Journal for Nurse Practitioners.
  • Congratulations to Mari Tietze (nursing) and co-author Susan McBride on their recognition by the American Journal of Nursing for Book of the Year  in the category of information technology for "Nursing Informatics for the Advanced Practice Nurse: Patient Safety, Quality, Outcomes, and Interprofessionalism."
  • Stephanie Woods (nursing) will collaborate with the Dallas Chapter of the Alzheimer Association for “Community Conversations.” The national program is aimed at increasing communication about Alzheimer’s and finding collaborative solutions. Woods is one of 35 community experts invited to participate.
  • Aleatha Rossler (nursing) was appointed co-coordinator for the Convergence initiative at UT Southwestern, which focuses on improving students’ learning, knowledge and understanding of health issues and common diseases, as well as collaborating and communicating within all aspects of the medical community.
  • After 28 years of service to Houston students, faculty, staff and visitors, TWU DPS Officer John Lopez is retiring. His last day is Tuesday, Jan. 31. We wish him much joy in his retirement! 
  • A team of faculty representatives from the Houston campus, including Carolyn DaSilva (physical therapy), Mindy Maziarz (nutrition), and Alex Ortiz (physical therapy), traveled to Washington, D.C., over the winter break to meet with program officers at the National Institutes of Health to discuss potential grants. The group also included Helen Everts (nutrition, Denton) Hui-Ting Goh (physical therapy, Dallas) and Health Sciences Dean Chris Ray.
  • Rupal Patel (physical therapy), working with health care professionals from three other institutes, published an article, "Effectiveness of a Group-Based Culturally Tailored Lifestyle Intervention Program on Changes in Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes among Asian Indians in the United States" in the Hindawi Journal of Diabetes Research.
  • Pushkala Raman (School of Management) wrote a column for the Jan. 18 issue of the Denton Business Chronicle.
  • Margaret Young (School of Management) wrote a column for the Dec. 21 issue of the Denton Business Chronicle.
  • Amy O'Keefe (Campus Alliance for Resource Education) was interviewed for a Denton Record-Chronicle story on the university's Holiday Gift Program and came to the Denton campus on Christmas Eve for a CBS 11 News story on the program. (And yes, Sophia did get her Easy-Bake Oven!)

Jan. 19 — Lunch & Learn
Jan. 19 — Pioneers Basketball vs. Midwestern State
Jan. 20 — Technology Services Center & Ticketing Webinar
Jan. 21 — Pioneer Preview Day
Jan. 21 — Pioneers Basketball vs. Cameron
Jan. 23 — Lightning Talks: Discover & Dialogue at TWU

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