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TWU to conduct spring commencement

The spring semester at Texas Woman’s University will draw to a close with commencement ceremonies scheduled for Friday and Saturday on TWU’s Denton campus, and Sunday in Houston.

The Denton ceremony includes candidates from TWU’s Dallas Center. An estimated 1,496 degrees will be awarded during the Denton ceremonies. The total number of degrees to be awarded, including the Houston ceremony, is about 1,764.

Students and family members who have tickets are invited to attend. The Denton ceremonies will take place at Kitty Magee Arena in Pioneer Hall, located on Bell Avenue. Receptions hosted by TWU Chancellor Ann Stuart will follow each ceremony on the second floor of the Student Union, on the southwest corner of Bell Avenue and Administration Drive.

Ceremony I is scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday. Kathleen Gibson, president and CEO of Southwestern Medical Foundation, will deliver the commencement address. Dixil Rodriguez, visiting communications professor for the International Development Program and a TWU alumna, will speak during Ceremony II at 1 p.m. Ceremony III will begin at 4 p.m., with retired U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Mary Saunders, executive director of the TWU Leadership Institute and a TWU Distinguished Alumna, addressing the graduates.

Geraldine “Tincy” Miller, a member of the State Board of Education and chairman and CEO of Henry S. Miller Cos., will deliver the commencement address during Ceremony IV, at 10 a.m. Saturday. Ceremony V is scheduled for 2 p.m. with speaker Lola Chriss, worldwide manager of the Texas Instruments Occupational Health Organization, a member of the TWU Board of Regents and a Distinguished Alumna.

The Houston ceremony will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in the George R. Brown Convention Center. Sophie Rydin, vice president of HCSS Innovative Construction Software and a TWU alumna, will address the graduates.


Two to research role of school librarians

Two TWU faculty members have received a $2,500 grant from the American Association of School Librarians for research.

Judi Moreillon, a professor in the school of library and information studies, and Teresa Starrett, a professor in the department of teacher education, will investigate the factors involved in a principal’s decision to eliminate and subsequently reinstate one or more school librarian positions. Moreillon and Starrett will also ask study participants to describe the role of the school librarian in the teaching and learning community at their schools.

The goal of “The Principals’ Perspectives on the Value of School Librarians in Teaching and Learning Case Study” is to produce a professional video that will inform, educate and advocate for the role of 21st-century school librarians in helping students, teachers, administrators and parents meet student achievement goals.

To complete their project, Moreillon and Starrett have secured the support of the Dallas school district. Working with principals in the district, the researchers will conduct inventories, individual interviews and a focus group. They will also secure video testimonials for the final video product. This data will be analyzed and compiled in a report published in AASL’s scholarly journal, School Library Research, and the American Association for School Administrators’ publication, The Journal of Scholarship and Practice. The video will be available online for use by educational stakeholders.

Theirs was one of two grants awarded.