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Alumni Excellence Award winner named

Holly Williams, a professor of dance and associate dean of the University of Texas at Austin College of Fine Arts, was given the TWU Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award for 2014.

She was honored for her career in dance, choreography and higher education, as she has taught dance at UT since 2003. Previously, she performed nationally and internationally with dance groups and companies.

She earned her Master of Fine Arts in dance from TWU in 1994, after she received her bachelor of arts from Barnard College/Columbia University.

TWU celebrates Women’s Global Month

Throughout this month, TWU will conduct several events and activities focusing on international issues that affect women for Women’s Global Month.

Events planned include:

Today — Screening of the documentary film Escuela and a panel discussion in the Classroom and Faculty Office building, Room 202, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The film is about the lives of contemporary Mexican-American migrants and their struggles to educate their children while obtaining employment. The event is free to the public.

March 18 — TWU International Festival on the second floor of the Student Union from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is free with reservations required for lunch. The event will feature food, fashion and dancing to celebrate the diversity at TWU. To RSVP, e-mail

March 25 — Lecture and discussion on contemporary women’s education in Pakistan, featuring Dr. Mona Kazim Shah, in the CFO building, Room 203, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Shah currently serves as host and producer of the DFW radio show Politics Today, an audience-interactive radio show that focuses on politics and sociopolitical issues in Pakistan. Shah also recently founded Project Pakistan to help families and individuals in need in Pakistan. The event is free to the public.

March 26 — Screening of the documentary film Class Dismissed and panel discussion in the CFO building, Room 202, from 5 to 7 p.m. Class Dismissed was directed by Adam B. Ellick and it profiles Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani girl whose school was shut down by the Taliban. She was shot in 2012, and continues her worldwide advocacy for educating women. The event is free to the public.

For more information and a detailed schedule of activities, visit

Compiled from TWU news release.