December Commencement

Commencement - Chancellor speaking

TWU put its best foot forward in December as it welcomed new graduate, families and friends to a Commencement ceremony in Houston and four ceremonies on the Denton campus. A total of 1,334 students became the newest alumni of Texas Woman’s University and its Institutes of Health Sciences.

Chancellor Feyten served as Commencement speaker for all ceremonies.

In Houston the ceremony was held in the beautiful ballroom of the Hilton Americas.  Here are some backstage scenes from Houston.

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In Denton, student from the Dallas Center and the Denton campus graduated in four ceremonies.   These shots might give you a feel for what Denton Commencement is like these days.

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Inauguration Receptions – Dallas and Houston

Although the “official” inauguration of Dr. Carine Feyten took place in Denton on the 10th of November, 2015 most faculty, staff and students of TWU’s Dallas and Houston campus locations were unable to travel the distances to attend. On January 20 and 27th respectively, Dallas and Houston rolled out the red carpet to welcome the new Chancellor and President at their own Inauguration Celebrations.

Here are photo highlights including receptions with dignitaries as well as with students and faculty at each location.

Dallas – January 20, 2015

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Houston – January 27, 2015 

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Cover Story – Teaching Abroad: Kenya

Hannah and her first grade class.

Hannah and her first grade class.

Hannah Garcia, a TWU 2011 graduate in Education, has found a teaching home, at least temporarily, in an American curriculum international school in Nairobi, Kenya.  Denton is her hometown and her family is still in the area.  After 2 1/2 years she is feeling settled in Nairobi, but it wasn’t easy.  It is the academic growth of the children and their zeal for life that inspire her each day.

After graduating from TWU in 2011, Hannah took a year off to pay off her student loans and consider her future.  “I wanted to teach but felt drawn to missions, as well.  I was introduced to an organization that mixed education and missions and decided it was a perfect fit for me.”  After much prayer she knew that Kenya was the place to go.  “So I chose to embark on the adventure of a lifetime.”

Produce is available along the roadside and is very inexpensive.

Produce is available along the roadside and is very inexpensive.

“Moving to another continent while experiencing my first teaching job is basically the greatest obstacle to ever occur!  Adjusting to living in Kenya was extremely challenging, especially being so far away from family. ”  Adjusting to the drastic differences between Nairobi and suburban Texas was something Hannah had to deal with.   “I think what helped me adjust was to stop comparing experiences and simply appreciate where I am now without longing to have the best of both worlds.”

During her first year Hannah was teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) to Korean students living in Kenya while simultaneously creating an ESL program policy.  “I learned

Her class "silly picture!"

Her class “silly picture!”

during my first year of teaching that it’s not always about having the best lesson plans or using all of the latest teaching methods, but loving and supporting my students as they learn a new language and culture.”

Reflecting on her TWU education, Hannah noted that she felt comfortable and prepared when she got her first teaching job.  “The education program at TWU is stellar, in my opinion!  Teaching is an ever-changing profession so learning and flexibility are constantly required, but my time at TWU was invaluable.  I am incredibly grateful for the caring, passionate, and brilliant professors I learned from.  One particularly stands out as being a mentor and constant source of encouragement – Dr. Claudia Haag.

Dr. Claudia Haag, Associate Professor, Department of Reading
Dr. Claudia Haag, Associate Professor, Department of Reading

 “Dr. Haag continually gave advice and support as I approached graduation and started seeing teaching jobs. ”  The support of this TWU  mentor continued  as Hannah settled in Kenya.  At some point, Hannah will return to Denton to enroll in graduate school at TWU.

During her time abroad Hannah has hosted several friends and her brother.  “It was such an awesome experience to share my home with them!  They went on safari in the Maasai Mara, rode an ostrich, petted an elephant, experienced the open-air market, spent time loving on kids in a local orphanage, and enjoyed the amazing food, culture and people of Kenya.”

Thank you for sharing your adventure, Hannah.  TWU wishes you all the best!

Hannah and her bother, Christian, with their safari driver and Maasai guide in the Maasai Mara game park.

Hannah and her bother, Christian, with their safari driver and Maasai guide in the Maasai Mara game park.


Monkeys are everywhere in Kenya!

Monkeys are everywhere in Kenya!

Volunteering at an orphanage

Volunteering at an orphanage


Seeing elephants at Amboselli National Park

Seeing elephants at Amboselli National Park






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Everything Old is New Again

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Rendering of the new TWU Student Union utilizing historic Hubbard Hall. 

What could be done to provide TWU students with a much needed new student union? Land is scarce and new construction is costly. An innovative proposal is under consideration that would utilize a campus landmark, Hubbard Hall, making it once again, the heart of the campus for students.  Much of Hubbard Hall lies unused and it is one of the few buildings that has exterior space for an addition.

On February 3rd and 4th TWU Students voted to an increased fee which will provide funding for the building of a new Student Union on the Denton campus and enhanced student facilities at the Dallas and Houston campus locations.  The process, including the fee increase, still requires the approval of the TWU Board of Regents, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Legislature.  If approved, construction could begin as early as Fall of 2015.

What will the new Student Union look like?  A combination of historic preservation and innovative use of old and new space, the proposed plan would expand food service space, provide student organization meeting space and meet the needs of TWU’s ever-growing student population.  Take a video tour of the proposed addition and renovation.

Here are some links that make interesting viewing and reading!

Video tour

Student Vote Press

Comments on the Student Union project

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Remember and Honor Favorite Faculty – Dr. Mona Hersh-Cochran

IMG_0521   Honoring Dr. Mona Hersh-Cochran

Former students of Dr. Mona Hersh-Cochran, a TWU Cornaro Professor of Business and Economics, has established a scholarship endowment in the School of Management in her name. Dr. Hersh-Cochran was on campus recently to present a copy of her new book Economics: From the Dismal Science to the Moral Science — The Moral Economics of Kendall P. Cochran to the libraries.  Donors of $250 or more to this fund will receive a signed copy of her book. To make a gift or for more information on the endowment please call Robin Head at 940-898-3861 or email

Book Presentation

Book Presentation

Below is a copy of a letter from former students to encourage the funding of this endowment.

Dear Friend of Mona:

How do you honor that special someone who has made a significant impact in your life? Dr. Mona S. Hersh-Cochran has made a very significant impact in numerous students’ lives, including mine and all of us listed below. That started with her teaching us the relevance of economic theory, including problem solving skills that have helped us in many aspects of our lives. This interest guided us all toward completing our education with a major or minor in economics. Mona also helped us obtain various forms of financial assistance to complete our education, including some of us who worked as her student assistant. To this day, it was one of my toughest and most rewarding jobs. And, Mona even helped us land that all important first job after graduation to start our careers. That, as it happened in my case, turned into a rewarding 32-year career in the federal government from which I am now fortunately and happily enjoying retirement.   Many of Mona’s former students have shared similar types of experiences.

Mona taught numerous students from 1965 to her retirement in 2000. She has received numerous awards and tributes throughout her career, including the prestigious Cornaro Outstanding Professor Award at TWU. She was the first woman to receive a Ph.D. from Southern Methodist University and also the first woman Ph.D. to receive a Distinguished Alumni Award from SMU. She is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Women and Who’s Who in the World. And she received the Maura Award for Women Helping Women from the Women’s Center in Dallas, just to name a few.   Her research and teaching in the very topical area of health economics have extended throughout her career. However, many have said that we, her former students, live on as a highlight of her professional legacy.

Join us in extending that legacy by donating to the Dr. Mona S. Hersh-Cochran Endowment Fund (“Fund”). An outstanding senior student with either a major or minor in economics will be selected by the TWU School of Management for an annual scholarship beginning in 2015. Mona continues to be a dear friend and mentor in our lives to this day. With your donation to this Fund, future students will receive an important mentoring hand in completing their education and being able to focus on starting their career. Remember what an impact Mona has made in your life or that of someone you know.  Mona turned 80 on December 3, 2014, so let’s honor her and give a future student the gift of a lifetime. Each of us listed below has already made a donation, but we need your help to fund the initial scholarship in 2015 and achieve an endowment level for the Fund to be able to provide future scholarships from its earnings distributions.

Thank you so very much from those of us listed below (and so many others) who have been fortunate to be “mentored by Mona”.

Patty A. Hejney, Class of ’76;

Deborah A. Brown, Class of ‘79;

Jane Koch Carothers, Class of ‘69;

Lesley M. Tyson, Class of ‘77



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Remember and Honor Favorite TWU Faculty – Dr. Lettie Albright

Lettie's Photo   Remembering Dr. Lettie Albright

The Dr. Lettie Albright Endowment is being established in memory of Loretta (Lettie) Kathleen Albright Muckley, Professor At Texas Woman’s University (TWU), who dedicated her career to adolescent and children’s literature and the instruction of pre-service and in-service teachers in the Department of Reading.  Her academic and scholarly career spanned more than 30 years.  During her years at TWU, Dr. Albright became especially recognized for her scholarship, teaching, and service.  Her many achievements included numerous book chapters and professional articles.  Her publication of the book Ten Years of the Master Class in Teaching Children’s Literature, which she co-edited with colleague April Bedford, has been widely used in college classrooms across the nation.  To make a gift or for more information on the Lettie Albright Endowment please call Cathy Kerley at 940-898-3864 or email

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Remember and Honor Favorite TWU Faculty – Rose Nieswiadomy

Rose Marie Nieswiadomy photo (1984)    Remembering Dr. Rose Marie Nieswiadomy

Through this fund you can pay tribute to the memory of Dr. Rose Niewsiadomy, Professor of Nursing from 1974-2006.  Dr. Rose, as she was known, passed away in 2013.  She is cherished for her love of family, fiends and her charitable works.  A Texas Woman’s University (TWU) Alumna and a “Great 100 Nurse” selection, she dedicated 30 years to her TWU nursing students.  Her highly regarded textbook, Foundation for Nursing Research, is in its 6th edition and is published in multiple languages.  To honor her memory and commitment to TWU and to nursing education an endowment for nursing students has been established with the TWU Foundation.

The College of Nursing at TWU awards degrees at the Baccalaureate, Master’s and Doctoral levels. This philosophy is congruent with the mission of the university and its commitment to prepare students for leadership and service built on a solid liberal education base and quality professional programs.

Gifts may be directed to:  TWU Foundation, P.O. Box 425618 Denton, TX 76204-5618

Please make checks to TWU Foundation/Dr. Rose Nieswiadomy Endowment.

If you have any questions or would like to make a gift by credit card, please contact Robin Head at (940) 898-3861 or

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