University-Wide News

  • Congratulations to this year's Staff Award recipients: Heather Davis (office of technology) - Award of Excellence, Patrice Armor (office of technology) - Outstanding Achievement Award, Sandy Owens (research & sponsored programs) - Outstanding Achievement Award, and Angie Fielder (Center for Faculty Excellence) - Deborah A. Brown and Mona S. Hersch-Cochran TWU Alumni Volunteer Leadership Award. All are invited to the Faculty and Staff Awards ceremony at 2:30 p.m., April 11, in the Library Living Room.
  • Spring course evaluations will be open April 3-13. Please mention this in your classes. To customize your evaluation, visit https://servicecenter.twu.edu/TDClient/KB/ArticleDet?ID=18005
  • Interested in being considered for 2019-2020 academic year committee membership? An online interest form is available through March 29 at https://portal.twu.edu/committees/survey.asp

  • The Pioneer Alert system has been upgraded to ensure that TWU faculty and staff receive urgent messages regarding safety, security and significant disruptions to operations. TWU faculty and staff emails have been added to the system; you may elect how you receive alerts using your personal contact information, but no longer will be able to opt out of receiving TWU email alerts. To check or make changes to your contact information in the Pioneer Alert system, log into portal.twu.edu and click “Register for Pioneer Alerts.”
  • Each year, all TWU employees who are responsible for the supervision of and/or handling of university revenue (in person or electronic cash, check and/or credit card transactions) must complete Cash Handling Training. Departments that use student workers also must ensure that students with cash responsibilities complete the training. All employees with cash responsibilities are required to have the training with a 2019 completion date. If you have completed the training since Jan. 1, no action is necessary. If you haven’t completed the training, you can access it here or via the bursar’s office homepage under TWU Employee Information Only.

  • The groundbreaking for a new building and a $500,000 gift weren’t the only news items to come out of the February Board of Regents meeting. Chancellor Carine M. Feyten provides highlights.
  • Pioneer Proud recognition is a great way to acknowledge TWU staff members who go above and beyond their normal duties by helping a student, professor, staff member or friend of TWU. This year’s ceremonies are just around the corner, and nominations now are open. Use the online form to show your appreciation for a TWU staff member by sending them a special Pioneer Proud “Thank you!” At the Pioneer Proud ceremonies, staff members will receive a Pioneer Proud “Thank You” card with your comments and a gift. The deadline to submit your nomination is Friday, March 8! Pioneer Proud recognizes all staff members, including directors, Chartwells staff, and the Campus Bookstore staff.

  • Reminder: The 2019 Staff Awards nominations are due by 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28. Nominations are being accepted for the Outstanding Achievement Award, the TWU Award of Excellence and the Deborah A. Brown and Mona S. Hersch-Cochran TWU Alumni Volunteer Leadership Award. Recipients will be selected based on outstanding achievements, accomplishments or service to TWU, so send in your nominations!
  • Textbook Affordability Pioneers, a group of practitioner-leaders at TWU who are transforming their courses to use low or no cost textbooks and educational resources, will share their perspectives in a panel discussion scheduled 10-11 a.m. Friday, March 1 in room 101 of the Blagg-Huey Library in Denton, room 8720 in Dallas and room 7305 in Houston. Light refreshments will be served beginning at 9:30 a.m. Panelists include Karen Dunlap (teacher education), Brandi Falley (math & computer science), Stacy Greathouse (Teaching & Learning with Technology) and Nasrin Mirsaleh-Kohan (chemistry & biochemistry). Registration is requested.
  • Texas Woman’s is kicking off the Process Efficiencies Initiative — one of 17 initiatives in the university’s 2022 Strategic Plan — with a goal of ensuring that TWU’s processes are as efficient, effective and user-centric as possible. Find out what a “process” is here. What processes would you most like to see improved? Submit your process improvement ideas by Friday, March 8.

  • A Pioneer Proud recognition is a great way to acknowledge TWU staff members who go above and beyond their normal duties by helping a student, professor, staff member or friend of TWU. This year’s ceremonies are just around the corner, and nominations now are open. Use the online form to show your appreciation for a TWU staff member by sending them a special Pioneer Proud “Thank you!” At the Pioneer Proud ceremonies, staff members will receive a Pioneer Proud “Thank You” card with your comments and a gift. The deadline to submit your nomination is Friday, March 8! Pioneer Proud recognizes all staff members, including directors, Chartwells staff, and the Campus Bookstore staff.
  • TWU Staff Council invites members of the staff community to apply for the TWU Staff Development Grant. Awards up to $300 are available to assist in defraying costs for professional developmental training and materials. Grant funding may be used to purchase books, subscriptions, software, workshops, webinars, materials, training and more. Staff Council strongly encourages all full-time staff members to apply. There is a rolling deadline, and applications are reviewed beginning on the 1st of every month.

The TWU Office of Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) and the Office of Technology are conducting a research study on faculty experiences with, and attitudes toward, technology and academic experiences. Faculty will receive email requests from TLT to take the survey beginning Monday, Feb. 11. Responses are requested by March 1. This study will help the university understand how faculty use technology in their teaching practice. If you have any questions, please contact the TLT Office.


  • The next test of the Pioneer Alert, TWU’s emergency notification system, is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 5. The test will be at 2 p.m. for Denton, 2:15 for Dallas, and 2:30 for Houston. Starting this semester, Pioneer Alert, will be tested at the beginning of each spring, fall and first summer session. This new protocol replaces the former monthly testing system. The emergency messaging system is used to send pertinent, timely information to the university community when safety issues arise. The alerts are broadcast via email, text and voice message. To update how you receive these notifications, visit the Pioneer Portal at twu.portal.edu and select “Register for TWU Pioneer Emergency Alerts.”
  • Mark your calendars and pack your pooch's playthings — the 2019 Pets on Campus Schedule is here! You can bring your canine companion to the office May 24, June 28, Oct. 25, Nov. 22 and Dec. 13. Be sure to follow policy guidelines, though.
  • It’s time to choose a Book-in-Common for 2020-2022! See the possible selections and make your choice known at https://www.psychdata.com/s.asp?SID=184669. Surveys are due by Thursday, Feb. 7.

  • Congratulations to the Spring 2019 recipients of the Pioneer Assistance Scholarship! The program provides tuition assistance scholarships to Texas Woman’s employees and their dependents who are taking classes through TWU. Recipients include: Faculty — Kimberly Mory (communication sciences and disorders); Staff — Joycelyn Dean-Wolf (admissions processing/registrar), Aubree Evans (Center for Faculty Excellence), Kristina Papa (e-communications and campus visit experience), Sandra Walker (enrollment management), and Kortney Kosak (technology); Dependents — Leslie Fredrickson (dependent of Rebecca Fredrickson, teacher education), Zoe Layton (Amy Layton, Research and Sponsored Programs), Jose Marcelino (Sarah Kate Henderson, registrar), Karley Bayer (Robin Bayer, finance and administration), and Margo Tanner (Scott Tanner, facilities management).

Electronic 2018 W-2 forms are now available within Oracle. To access your form electronically:

  • Log in to Oracle on any TWU campus computer
  • Choose TWU Employee Self-Service
  • W-2 Information
  • Scroll to “View or Download W2” header
  • Choose the red 2018 W2 PDF icon
  • To print, right click anywhere on the W-2 form and choose “Print”
  • Viewing your W-2 electronically is available on TWU campus computers only.

If you did not consent to receive your W-2 electronically, your form will be mailed to your home address by Jan. 31. Contact Jane Sewald if you have questions on the status of your W-2 form. If you haven’t received it by Feb. 15, you can submit a request for a duplicate copy. Contact Amanda Noday if you have other questions. 


Texas Woman’s University will host the SENCER Center for Innovation - Southwest Spring 2019 Regional Symposium Friday, Feb. 1 on the Denton campus. This year’s theme is “Democracy, Civic Engagement and Student Learning.” Nationally known leaders in the SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagement and Responsibilities) network will serve as plenary speakers, including Reid Bishop (Bellhaven University), Jessica Gullion (TWU), Cathy Middlecamp (University of Wisconsin at Madison) and Stephen Carroll (Santa Clara University). The meeting is free, but registration is requested. Attendees who wish to share successes in making civic responsibility evident in their teaching, research and community service are invited to bring a poster. You will be asked for a title and abstract when you register.


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