University-Wide News

  • Throughout November, the Center for Faculty Excellence, in collaboration with the Pioneer Center for Student Excellence, is accepting nominations to the STAR (Students for Teaching and Assignment Recognition) Symposium. Students will nominate assignments they found particularly effective in helping to engage with course content. At the end of this semester, the CFE will notify faculty members whose assignments were nominated and invite them to present a poster session on that assignment at the STAR Symposium, scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 14 on ACT 2 in Denton. (The CFE will pay travel expenses for Houston faculty who present.) The STAR Symposium's purpose is to highlight the innovative teaching strategies of TWU faculty and allow faculty to model poster presentations for students. Questions? Contact Aubree Evans.
  • The TWU Lactation Committee hosts a “Breastfeeding Your Baby While You’re Away” support session from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9 in ACT 502 in Denton, room 3510 in Dallas and room 7305 in Houston. New and expectant parents may ask questions and talk with attendees about the need to successfully breastfeed while at work. Fathers and supporters are welcome to attend. Participants should bring their own lunch. TWU is a designated Texas Mother-Friendly worksite.
  • TWU Compliance and Ethics Week is Nov. 12-16. The Office of Compliance will kick off the week with a “Selfie Station” 10:30-11:30 a.m. Monday in the ACT 2 lobby in Denton.  Denton faculty/staff can begin their quest to win a grand prize by taking a selfie with “Poster #1.” Dallas and Houston faculty/staff will have a separate selfie contest. Visit Ethics and Compliance Week 2018 Monday, Nov. 12 for instructions and qualifications. More information will be provided throughout next week via email and from supervisors.

  • The Graduate School is hosting a recruitment workshop at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16 in ACT 301 in Denton, room 8720 in Dallas and room 6305 in Houston. Guy Litton (honors program) will share ideas for recruiting honors students into your graduate programs; Ilana Morgan (dance) will discuss how her department revised a degree program to meet marketplace needs and will share no-cost recruitment strategies; and Mark Hamner (institutional research & improvement) will show how to use Coordinating Board data to learn about your program’s top competitors and how you can use that data to improve recruitment. Registration is required. If you have problems registering, contact Danita Cantu.
  • Mark your calendars for the Winners Reception and Poster Presentation for the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Fall 2018 Book-in-Common essay contest. The reception will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7 in Student Union room 207. A conversation with members of the Lacks family will take place at 4 p.m. in MCL 101, with live streaming available in room 3310 in Houston and room 4302 in Dallas.
  • Human Resources is looking for your feedback on this past year's Staff Performance Evaluation and the Staff Merit-Based Compensation Program. A confidential survey is available to those who are both staff and supervisor, supervisor only or staff only. The survey should take approximately five minutes to complete. Contact Melissa Ozuna if you have any questions about the survey.

Reminder: Share your graduating student’s interesting or inspiring story, and he or she could be featured at a December commencement! Send Executive Vice Provost Jennifer Martin the student’s name, campus, major, status (undergraduate or graduate), contact information and a brief statement on why you believe the student should be featured. Marketing & Communication will review the submitted information and contact those chosen to be featured. Information is needed by Thursday, Oct. 25.


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.


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