Monday, February 24, 2014

Women's Health: Girl Talk That Matters


As every woman knows, we all need a little girl talk now and then.  This week, TWU students are invited to a one-hour gab fest centered on what matters most--your health.
Sponsored by TWU and TWU Student Health Services, all are invited to Girl Talk, an anonymous, interactive Q&A session regarding women's health, women's wellness exams and anything female.  

Girl Talk will take place on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 from 5 to 6 p.m. in Room 113 of the Student Union.

Bring your questions and curiosity, and gather with your fellow females for some girl talk you can really use.  A little shy?  Text 754295 plus your question to 37607.

For more information, contact Student Health Services via Facebook or phone (940-898-3833.)

~Sandy Cochran

Monday, February 17, 2014

Hail to the FLOTUS

Paying homage to the 46 First Ladies of the U.S. and the contributions
they have made, staff members of the TWU Libraries' Woman's
Collection have curated a display featuring photos, books and
trivia on current FLOTUS Michelle Obama and former First Ladies
Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Kennedy and more.  Located in the
Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus (
on the second floor next
to the 
Library Administration Office), the display is available for viewing 

by all library patrons throughout the month of February during regular
library hours.  Photograph by Sean Spear.
Monday, February 17, 2014 is Presidents Day, an annual American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February.  Its name, purpose and even spelling may be unclear to some (The Washington Post), but one thing is evident.  The role of First Lady of the United States (FLOTUS) is an unelected position which carries no salary or official duties, yet nonetheless comes with numerous and significant opportunities to serve this country alongside the Commander in Chief--as political and social activist, hostess of the White House, and advisor to the President.

Paying homage to the 46 First Ladies of the U.S. and their service, staff members of the TWU Libraries' Woman's Collection have curated a display featuring photos, books and trivia on current FLOTUS Michelle Obama and former First Ladies Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Kennedy and more.  Located in the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus on the second floor next to the Library Administration Office, the display is available for viewing by all library patrons during regular library hours throughout the month of February.

The Woman’s Collection is the largest depository in the Southern United States of research material about women.  Established in 1932, it is one of only four collections of its kind in the United States.

~Sandy Cochran

Monday, February 10, 2014

How Do I Love Thee?: Safe and Healthy Relationships for TWU Students

From our friends at TWU Student Health Services, a friendly reminder about "How Do I Love Thee?", a series of events centered on safe and healthy relationships to be held for the benefit of TWU students.

Healthy Relationships
12 noon to 1 p.m.
Student Union 110

Representatives from the TWU Counseling Center, Project REV and Student Health Services will be present to address students’ relationship and health questions.  

How Do I Love Thee?
12 noon to 1 p.m.

Student Union 2nd Floor
Learn and share ways to say those three little words.

National Condom Day
12 noon to 1 p.m.
Student Union 2nd Floor

Free condom goodie bags, while supplies last.

~Sandy Cochran

Vote Red

The TWU Libraries are proud to announce that the 2014 TWU Libraries Go Red! photo (right) has been posted on the National Wear Red Day site (at

Please vote (using the Vote button in the lower left-hand corner of the photo) and join us as we band together in the fight against heart disease in women. 

Go Red!

~Sandy Cochran

Sunday, February 9, 2014

The Learner’s Journey: What Wizard Academies in Harry Potter and The Kingkiller Chronicle Can Teach Us About How Students Learn

The Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the primary setting for the first six books in J.K. Rowling's
Harry Potter series, inspires
The Learner's Journey: What Wizard Academies in Harry Potter and The Kingkiller
Chronicle Can Teach Us About How Students Learn.  The next session in the Professor's Corner literary series,
Learner's Journey is scheduled for Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at the South Branch of the Denton Public
Mark your calendar.  The next session of Professor's Corner, a free discussion group devoted to quality presentations on literary topics, happens this Wednesday, February 12th.  All are invited.

The Learner's Journey: What Wizard Academies in Harry Potter and The Kingkiller Chronicle Can Teach Us About How Students Learn

Both J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter) and Patrick Rothfuss (The Kingkiller Chronicle) are former English teachers with recent blockbuster fantasy series involving young wizards at schools of magic. Although Rowling and Rothfuss seem to idealize very different kinds of teachers and students, in both stories successful learning seems to follow the same pattern, one that echoes in some ways the famous “hero’s journey” described by Joseph Campbell.  Are there lessons we can learn from these schools of magic about how to educate the young?

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Denton Public Library, South Branch (3228 Teasley, Denton, Texas, 76210.  Just south of the Teasley/Lillian Miller intersection.  MapQuest map and directions available here.)

This program is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.

Dr. Gray Scott
 is an Assistant Professor of English in the English, Speech, and Foreign Languages Department at Texas Woman’s University.  He is primarily interested in the teaching of writing,
but he takes occasional side-treks into authorship attribution, assessment, and science-fiction/fantasy literature.  He has presented previously at Professor's Corner.
Reading the session handout in advance of the session is encouraged but not necessary.
Harry Potter (Wikipedia)
Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces (Wikipedia)
Joseph Campbell’s Monomyth (Wikipedia)

The purpose of this free series is to meet a public need for high-quality presentations on literary topics by having local English professors talk about their special interests.  The presentations are aimed at the general public and allow for discussion. Readings of modest length are usually available in advance.  Gatherings are usually on the second Wednesday of specified months from 7:00 p.m. to about 8:30 p.m.  Monthly announcements are available by e-mail; to get on the mailing list, send a request by e-mail to Fred Kamman, Denton Public Library;; 940-349-8752.

Dr. Stephen Souris, Texas Woman’s University;; 940-898-2343

March 12, 2014     
Nobel Laureate Mo Yan’s short stories (Dr. Lei Zhang)
April 9, 2014    The workshop of the poet (Dr. Haj Ross)
May 14, 2014     Contemporary mythology and the frame-tale narrative (Dr. Gretchen Busl)
June 11, 2014     
Poems by Thomas Gray (Dr. Ashley Bender)
Denton Public Library, Voertman's Bookstore, Recycled Books Records CDs, and Cooper’s Copies and Printing.  This program was also made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Please join us.

~Dr. Stephen Souris

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

TWU Libraries Go Red For Women

We’re All In This Together  Texas Woman’s University students, staff
members and other library patrons—holding Go Red For Women flyers--band
together in a show of support for Go Red For Women, the annual national
initiative aimed at raising awareness in the fight against heart disease in women.
Every year, more American women die from heart disease than from every form
of cancer combined.  Blagg-Huey Library, Texas Woman’s University, Denton,
Texas.  February 5, 2014.  Photograph by Sean Spear.

Setting Up the Shot  TWU students, staff members and other library 
patrons get in place for a Go Red For Women group portrait.  Blagg-Huey 

Library, Texas Women's University, Denton, Texas.  February 5, 2014.  

Photograph by Kristin Wolski.  Follow the TWU Libraries on 
Going Red in Houston  TWU Houston ARC staff members (L-R) Yandee
Vazquez, Marilyn Goff, Celia Reeves and Jeanette Hernandez in the Go Red 
For Women spirit.  Houston ARC, Texas Woman's University, Houston, 
Texas.  February 5, 2014.  Photograph by Ruth Gonzales.

How's This?  Blagg-Huey Library Student Assistant Roxsand Beckles, TWU 
post-baccalaureate student in Biology, helps photographer Sean Spear set 
up a shot.  Blagg-Huey Library, Texas Woman's University, Denton, Texas.  
February 5, 2014.  Photograph by Sean Spear.  
~Sandy Cochran

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Taking a Stand: Join Us on 2/5/14 As We Go Red For Women

L-R: Gail, 41 (Stroke and Heart Attack Survivor); Kimberly, 50 (Heart Attack Survivor); Regan, 22
(Heart Disease Survivor); 
Christie, 51 (Heart Attack Survivor); Amy, 42 (Heart Attack Survivor);
Rachel, 29 (Heart Attack Survivor); Mary, 31 (Heart Disease Survivor); 
Lidia, 34 (Heart Disease Survivor); 

Toni, 49 (Heart Transplant Recipient); Rekisha, 34 (Heart Transplant Recipient.)  The American Heart 
Association's 2013 National Wear Red campaign.

February is the month for matters of the heart--and heart health.


The Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus--in conjunction with National Wear Red Day and Go Red For Women, the nationwide movements aimed at raising awareness in the fight against heart disease in women--is coordinating a group photo in its beautiful building on Wednesday, February 5th at 4 p.m.  The photo will be used throughout the libraries' social media to promote heart disease awareness.  We sincerely hope you can spare a few minutes out of your busy schedule to join us as we take a stand against heart disease.  

WHAT    Wear red for a group photo.  ALL are welcome--no matter what color you're wearing!

WHEN    Wednesday, February 5th at 4 p.m.

WHERE    The rotunda on the Blagg-Huey Library's first floor.  Questions?  Ask at the Information Desk (to your right as you enter the building.)

See this Go Red for Women 2014 page sponsored by the TWU Department of Health Studies.

If you think you're too young for heart disease--you're wrong.  If you think those of your gender or race don't get heart disease--you're wrong.  If you think heart disease is something that happens to other people--that you feel fine, that heart disease could never happen to someone like you or your loved ones--you are oh, so very wrong.

While heart disease concerns everyone, it particularly concerns American women--all types of American women. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in this country--women just like you and me.  There are three basic things you need to know about heart disease.

Heart disease strikes more women than men, and is more deadly than all forms of cancer COMBINED.

With the right information, education and care, heart disease in women can be treated, prevented--even ended.

   The signs of a heart attack in women may differ from those commonly found in men, and therefore can be easily mistaken for other ailments.

1)  American Heart Association
2)  My Life Check from the American Heart Association
3)  Databases, books and more information from the TWU Libraries.  See the display on the first floor of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus (across from the elevators), or contact a health sciences librarian for assistance:
Elaine Cox ( with the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus; Eula Oliphant ( or Shelly Burns ( at the Dallas Center Library; or Marilyn Goff ( with the Houston ARC.

Stay healthy.

~Sandy Cochran

Monday, February 3, 2014

National College Health Assessment: Help for a Chance to Win

In an effort to assess student health factors that impact academic performance, retention and campus life, TWU Student Health Services is participating in the 2014 National College Health Assessment (NCHA).  Data collected will be used to drive program planning that benefits all TWU students, and a select group of TWU students will have the opportunity to help by completing the 2014 NCHA survey.

Throughout the month of February, 5,000 randomly selected TWU students will be sent an email invitation, via their TWU email address, to participate.  Students are encouraged to check their email for the invitation and complete it for a chance to win a Kindle Fire and other prizes.

Questions?  Contact TWU Student Health Services (SHS) at 970-898-3826 or Sonia Redwine, SHS Assistant Director of Health Promotion, at

On behalf of the TWU students your participation will benefit, thanks for helping--and good luck.

~Sandy Cochran and Elaine Cox

Sunday, February 2, 2014

The Science Behind the Gold: Olympic Videos from the NSF and NBC

With the start of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia set for Friday, February 7th, the training and dedication of the world's best athletes in snow and ice sports will be on display through Sunday, February 23rd for all the world to see.  In sports as in life, however, there will be more going on than meets the eye.
Delving into the physics, engineering, chemistry, design and mathematics behind the world's foremost sporting event, the National Science Foundation has partnered with NBC Learn (the educational arm of NBC News) for Science and Engineering of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.  This enlightening 10-part video collection, narrated by NBC Sports' Liam McHugh, is the latest installment in the Emmy Award-winning Science of Sports series.  It features a variety of sports stories as told by some of the world's top athletes and record holders, as well as perspectives and innovative research from leading NSF-supported engineers and scientists.  Watch Physics of Figure Skating, Olympic Movement & Robotic Design, Science of Ice and seven other segments (the longest just over six minutes long) as they delve into key engineering and science concepts and cutting-edge technology and the integral parts they play in each athlete's respective sport. National Science Foundation

Catch Science and Engineering of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games on

The Texas Woman's University Libraries offer access--for current TWU students and faculty and staff members with valid Pioneer Portal login information--to NBC Learn Higher Ed, a collection of primary source videos, newsreels, documents and images. 

~Sandy Cochran