Denton Details, 4-11-18

  • The TWU Community offers its condolences to the family and friends of Leroy Koerner, who passed away April 7, 2018. Koerner retired from facilities management in 2017 after 13 years of service. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 12 at Slay Memorial Chapel in Aubrey.
  • The University Band and Wind Symphony will present back-to-back concerts Thursday, April 12 in the Margo Jones Performance Hall. The University Band will perform at 7 p.m., followed by the Wind Symphony Premier(e)s concert — which includes the world premiere of Peter Senchuk’s Concerto for Flute and Wind Ensemble in honor of Pamela Youngblood’s 25 years of service to TWU — at 8. Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for students and seniors. Children under the age of 12 will be admitted free. One ticket will provide admission for both concerts.
  • The TWU theatre program concludes its 2017-2018 season with Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Skin of Our Teeth. The production runs April 18-22.
  • The TWU Library is starting a Human Library and is seeking “human books” — people who volunteer to challenge prejudices through respectful conversation. The event will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Monday, April 23 (which also is World Book Day). The list of “books” includes adopted; British immigrant; campus police; first in the family; Muslim; PTSD/vegan; pansexual; stress-anxiety; and weight-loss surgery. To check out a “Human Book,” ask for a Human Library card at the library counter. For more information, contact Beth Ligeti.
  • The department of chemistry and biochemistry was well represented at the 255th American Chemical Society Meeting & Exposition March 18-22 in New Orleans. Faculty Richard Sheardy, Cynthia Maguire, Mary Anderson and Nasrin Mirsaleh-Kohan and students Anna Stopper, Lindsay Haynes, Skylar Wappes, Sara Williams, Karen Reyes, Trang Nguyen, Claudette Fraire, Tra Nguyen, Meredith Garrett, Aishwarya Lanka and Daniella Trujillo presented research at the event. The university’s KEM Club received an award for its achievements in education and green chemistry.
  • Valerie Stevenson (athletics) co-authored a study examining the effects of the Mulligan Concept Squeeze Technique for the treatment of meniscus tears that is published in the latest edition of The Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy.
  • Jake Blosser (history and government) was elected co-chair of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s History Field of Study Advisory Committee at the committee’s March 29 meeting in Austin. He also was the featured speaker at Midwestern State University’s Spring History Lecture on April 5 where he spoke on inattention in the 18th Century.  Also, as vice president of Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society, Blosser gave lunchtime remarks at the Northeast Texas Regional Phi Alpha Theta History Conference in March 24 in Commerce.
  • Jessica Harbor has been named assistant director of operations for TWU’s Health and Wellbeing Initiative. In this role, she will support programming and operational functions of the initiative, including the coordination of multiple large-scale themed areas and associated activities. Harbor most recently worked for Baylor Scott and White Health and is a certified health education specialist.
  • Drew Townsend has been named interim director of environmental health and safety in the department of risk management. He previously worked at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and has worked in laboratories at the University of Texas. He has been with TWU since December 2016.