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Alumni Excellence Award event set

Nationally known advocate for women in the sciences and Texas Woman’s University alumna Anngienetta Johnson will be honored during the second Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award ceremony Tuesday.

Johnson will speak on “My Place in Space and My Climb to Get There” and will receive the award from TWU Chancellor Ann Stuart. The ceremony begins with a reception at 5 p.m. in Room 302 of the Multipurpose Classroom and Laboratory (MCL) Building, located on the corner of Bell Avenue and College Street. For a map of the campus, visit

Johnson is being honored for her significant contributions to NASA, her advocacy for women in science and her volunteer work. During her 40-year career with NASA, Johnson’s duties included co-directing payload operations on four of the first six space shuttle flights, developing NASA’s engineering programs and improving the agency’s systems operations.

She held several titles at NASA, including special assistant to the associate administrator for Safety and Security, assistant associate administrator for Education and assistant chief engineer. She retired as NASA’s senior advisor for Safety and Mission Assurance in 2009.

Johnson is recognized for being a champion for women in the sciences throughout her career and is a co-author of a chapter in the book Success Strategies for Women in Science.

She also is a dedicated volunteer for the Red Cross, managing operations for disaster relief, working with disaster victims and recruiting and training volunteers. In recognition of her work, President George W. Bush and his President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation awarded her with a national Volunteer Service Award in 2004.

Johnson received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from TWU in 1971.


Student earns national psychology award

Sonia M. Carrizales, a psychology doctoral candidate at Texas Woman’s University, recently was named Student of the Year by the American Psychological Association’s Section for the Advancement of Women.

Carrizales was honored for her contributions to SAW — where she served as the executive student representative for more than three years — her research on feminism and privilege and her contributions to the group’s newsletter. In recognizing Carrizales, SAW also acknowledged her commitment to the field of psychology outside the group, including her research on weight bias and body issues and her teaching.

Carrizales currently serves as an intern at the Nexus Recovery Center and as an instructor at TWU. She earned her master’s degree in counseling psychology from TWU and her bachelor’s degree in psychology and economics from the University of North Texas.

The APA’s Society of Counseling Psychology and is a national group of professionals and students that focuses on the psychological counseling of women. For more information, visit .


‘Boo at the U’ festival scheduled for Thursday

Treats, train rides, carnival games and a haunted house will be part of Texas Woman’s University’s “Boo at the U” Fall Festival.

The free event will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the TWU Student Union, located at Bell Avenue and Administration Drive.

Those attending are encouraged to bring a canned good per person to help support the TWU Food Pantry. For more information, call 940-898-3641.