TWU celebrates Global Awareness Month
Texas Woman’s University is celebrating October as Global Awareness Month and will host a variety of events and activities to promote TWU’s Global Connections Initiative.
Events include exhibits, lectures and discussions, global free speech boards, dance and music performances, faculty presentations and more.
• Oct. 1-29 exhibit: “Global Connections Through Dress” in the Old Main Building, fourth floor. The TWU Fashion and Textiles Department will display global dress from five countries throughout the month. Each Monday a new display case with a new country will be made available for viewing by the university community. Displays will include general information about the country and apparel production within the country, and traditional dress worn within the country.
The specific dates for each country are as follows: Oct. 8, South Africa; Oct. 15, China; Oct. 22, South Korea; and Oct. 29, Vietnam.
• Thursday presentation: “Two Flutists Abroad” in ACT 301 from 1:30-2:20 p.m. Join Stephanie Mikus, TWU Presser Scholar and senior music therapy major, and Pam Youngblood, flute professor and music chairwoman, as they present their musical experiences abroad. As a volunteer team member for International China Concern, Mikus designed music activities for abandoned children with special needs at the Welfare Institute in Sanmenxia in the Henen province of China. Youngblood presented concerts in Germany, Austria and Slovakia as a member of the Metropolitan Flute Orchestra, agroup based in Boston.
Through photos, music and stories, they will share their discoveries about how truly universal the art of music is.
• Oct. 16 presentation: “Defending Dignity: The Immigrant Rights Movement and Its Fight against Hate” in CFO 204 from 4-5:15 p.m. Cristina Tzintzún, executive director of Workers Defense Project and a lead organizer in some of Texas’ largest immigrant rights marches, will talk about the challenges facing the immigrant rights movement. She will examine the role of race in the immigration debate and its impact on communities of color, while discussing stories of undocumented immigrants.
• Oct. 18 performance: “Music Ensemble Showcase: The French Connection” will be from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Margo Jones Performance Hall. The showcase will feature French-themed performances by TWU Wind Symphony, Flute Choir, Concert Choir and Chamber Singers. Tickets are $5 for general admission; ages 12 and younger are free.
For more information and a detailed schedule of activities, visit www.twu.edu/global .
TWU schedules open house on Oct. 20
Texas Woman’s University will host an open house for prospective students from 8 a.m. until noon Oct. 20.
Prospective students and their guests will have the opportunity to meet faculty and students, participate in a campus tour and attend sessions on admissions, financial aid, housing, student life, commuter information and more.
Prospective students also could win $1,000 to be applied to fall 2013 tuition and fees at TWU. Three awards of $1,000 each will be presented to one freshman, one transfer and one graduate student at the Denton open house.
Students must be eligible for admission to TWU to claim the awards.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. in Hubbard Hall, located on Administration Drive between Oakland Street and Bell Avenue. Information sessions are scheduled until noon, followed by campus tours that include residence halls. Free parking is available throughout the campus during the open house.
TWU receives gift for WASP endowment
Texas Woman’s University recently received its largest gift to date to support the WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) archival collection at the university.
The estate of WASP Frankie Lovvorn Bretherick gave $532,500 to the WASP Endowment Fund. The gift will allow TWU’s Blagg Huey Library — home to the national WASP archives — to continue to transfer WASP records, photographs and oral histories to digital media, thereby extending the potential uses of the historical record in support of teaching and research. The endowment also supports the library’s efforts to lend portions of the collection for exhibitions around the country.
Bretherick grew up in Texas and gained her pilot’s license while working as a nurse in the Civil Service.
She completed training with the WASP at Avenger Field in Sweetwater and was stationed at Greenville Army Air Base in Greenville, Miss.
After deactivation of the WASP,Bretherick joined the Army Nurse Corps, attended the School of Aviation Medicine and became an air evacuation nurse.
Bretherick passed away on Jan. 20 in Plano at the age of 98.
Members of WASP were the first women in history to fly for the U.S. military, serving between 1942 and 1944 at the height of World War II.
More information about the WASP can be found at www.twu.edu/library/wasp.asp .