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Apply now for the J. Wilkes Berry, Ph.D. Memorial Endowment Fund Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded in the fall for the spring semester to a permanent full- or part-time TWU staff member enrolled in undergraduate or graduate courses at TWU. (Graduate Assistants are not eligible for the scholarship.) You don’t have to be a member of ASSET (Association of Service and Support Employees of Texas Woman’s University) to apply — just have your application materials in by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23. Visit the ASSET Scholarships page and scroll down to “J. Wilkes Berry, Ph.D. Memorial Endowment Fund Scholarship for more information and application forms.


Have you had your headshot photo taken in 2018? These photos are available for download from the university’s online photo archive: twu.photoshelter.com. On the website, click “Galleries” and then “Public” to find the Head Shots Folder. Photos are categorized by date. Please be sure to read the “How To Download” document before trying to download a photo as the instructions are very specific.

TWU’s Space Utilization Advisory Committee (SUAC) makes recommendations related to space usage and allocations, capital projects and deferred maintenance on our three campuses. The committee consists of faculty, staff and students across TWU. Visit the SUAC website for more information on committee’s work, including the space request process and forms.


Did you know ASSET (Association of Service and Support Employees of Texas Woman's University) is open to TWU staff members on all campuses? The association raises funds for the J. Wilkes Berry, Ph.D. Memorial Endowment Fund and the ASSET Scholarship to provide support for staff who are employed and/or enrolled at the university. It also provides hardship relief, fellowship and support to TWU staff; hosts professional development opportunities; sponsors the annual Halloween Costume Contest; and more. Membership is only $5. Learn more about ASSET.


  • Goals! Have you done yours? Individual goals development for the 2018/2019 performance review period (June 1, 2018-May 31, 2019) are due today (Sept. 26). You can access goals on your employee page in SharePoint. Questions? Contact Tony Yardley at 81-3563.
  • Reminder: An information session on the university’s Health and Wellbeing Initiative will take place at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28 in ACT 301 and Blagg-Huey Library 101 in Denton, with videoconferencing to room 8720 in Dallas and room 7305 in Houston. Hosted by Thad Mantaro, director of the initiative, the sessions will provide an update of the status of its five themes (Build Well, Eat Well, Mind Well, Move Well and Spend Well), theme leadership and committee structure, and fall plans. Opportunities for faculty and staff collaboration and co-branding also will be discussed. Contact Mantaro at tmantaro@twu.edu or 81-2221 for more information.
  • Faculty, staff and students have until Thursday, Oct. 4 to submit an essay for TWU’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Book-in-Common Essay Contest. Click here for contest rules and submission forms. A free screening of the Academy Award-winning movie “Get Out” will take place from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 in CFO 202. Richland College faculty members Amy Bell and Denecia Spence will lead a conversation centered around race, privilege, power, oppression, medical experimentation and culture.

  • Information sessions on the university’s Health and Wellbeing Initiative will take place at 4 p.m. today (Sept. 19) and 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28, in ACT 301 and Blagg-Huey Library 101 in Denton, with videoconferencing to room 8720 in Dallas and room 7305 in Houston on both dates. Hosted by Thad Mantaro, director of the initiative, the sessions will provide an update of the status of its five themes (Build Well, Eat Well, Mind Well, Move Well and Spend Well), theme leadership and committee structure, and fall plans. Opportunities for faculty and staff collaboration and co-branding also will be discussed. Contact Mantaro at tmantaro@twu.eduor 81-2221 for more information.
  • Reminder: Individual goals development should be underway for the 2018/2019 performance review period (June 1, 2018-May 31, 2019). Division leaders will communicate division goals to their employees so that individual goals may be linked to the university’s Strategic Plan. Employees will begin the process by accessing goals on their employee page in SharePoint. Supervisors may choose to develop their own timeline for employees and supervisors to complete the goals process. However, all goals must be submitted by employees and approved by supervisors in the SharePoint system by Wednesday, Sept. 26. Questions? Contact Tony Yardley at 81-3563.

The TWU Course Inventory Management (CIM) system is open for proposal submissions for consideration by the 2018-19 Curriculum Committee. General information on the CIM system as well as instructional videos and the process are available online on the Curriculum Committee website.

Two meetings will be held to consider course proposals: Dec. 7, 2018, and Feb. 15, 2019. All approved proposals from these rounds will be effective for the Fall 2019 semester.

For assistance with course proposals or with the CIM system, please contact Scott Martin at x81-3508 or curriculum@twu.edu. The IT Help Desk does not provide assistance with this system.

A "Writing SLOs for Course Proposals" workshop will be held 9:30-11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14, on the Denton, Dallas and Houston campuses. Faculty members proposing a new or modified course to the TWU Curriculum Committee this fall are encouraged to attend. Attendees should review the Guidelines for Well-Written SLOs and prepare a draft of course SLOs to bring to the workshop. Space is limited and an RSVP is required by noon Sept. 12. Contact Terry Senne for more information.


“Writing SLOs for Course Proposals” workshops will take place Sept. 7 and 14 on the Denton, Dallas and Houston campuses. The workshops are designed to teach faculty to create well-written student learning outcomes. Faculty members who are proposing a new or modified course to the TWU Curriculum Committee this fall are encouraged to attend one of the two workshops scheduled. Attendees should review the Guidelines for Well-Written SLOs and prepare a draft of course SLOs to bring to the workshop. Space is limited in the workshops, scheduled from 1:30-3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7 (RSVP required by noon Thursday, Sept. 6) and 9:30-11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14 (RSVP required by noon Wednesday, Sept. 12). Contact Terry Senne for more information.


The Book-in-Common's "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" Essay Contest is now open! Current students (undergraduate and graduate), staff and faculty are invited to participate in the contest. Essays should not exceed 1,000 words and must accompany a submission form, which is available for download at http://www.twu.edu/pioneer-center/book-in-common/.

Essays are due by 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018 at bookincommon@twu.edu.

A celebratory reception and poster presentation to honor participants and winners will take place at noon Wednesday, Nov. 7 in Student Union 207. Participants will have the opportunity to meet the Lacks Family!

Visit the Book-in-Common website for more information.


  • Welcome to the new academic year! If you were away this summer — or if you’re a new faculty or staff member — you may have missed a couple of stories that could save you money. Some businesses offer discounts for TWU employees. Also, if you’re commuting to the Denton campus, the Denton County Transportation Authority’s A-train will offer free rides beginning Monday, Aug. 27. (You’ll still have to pay the appropriate fares if transferring to the DART rail system or taking a DCTA Connect bus to campus.) Reminder: You can search for past Inside TWU stories by clicking on the magnifying glass icon in the upper right of the screen.
  • Payroll deduction enrollment for Fitness & Recreation memberships is now open for the 2019 fiscal year. New members should complete membership and payroll deduction forms available from Fitness & Recreation. Existing members need only complete and return the payroll deduction form. The amount of $18.25 will be deducted from each month’s paycheck beginning Oct. 1. Enrollment deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 5. Call the Fitness & Recreation front desk at 81-2900 if you have questions.

  • Registration is open for the 13th Annual Teaching and Learning Symposium, scheduled 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23 in the ACT 2 Lobby on the Denton campus. Last day to register is noon Tuesday, Aug. 21. The opening session will be available via videoconference to room 8201 in Dallas and room 5305 in Houston, followed by concurrent sessions and free lunch (with door prize drawings) in Denton. Learn more about best practices in the areas of classroom technologies, online technologies and Canvas, TWU’s new learning management system. Questions? Contact Teaching and Learning with Technology.
  • Payroll deduction enrollment for Fitness & Recreation memberships is now open for the 2019 fiscal year. New members should complete membership and payroll deduction forms available from Fitness & Recreation. Existing members need only complete and return the payroll deduction form. The amount of $18.25 will be deducted from each month’s paycheck beginning Oct. 1. Enrollment deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 5. Call the Fitness & Recreation front desk at 81-2900 if you have questions.

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