Thursday, July 31, 2008

Academic Advising Reorganization

From Dr. Judith Bean, Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Studies...

Under the planned reorganization and decentralization of academic advising, formerly assigned to the Academic Advising Center, the location of advisors has now changed; the former Academic Advising Center (HDB 202) has been discontinued.

A list of names, contact information, and new advisor locations by college can be found online at
http://www.twu.edu/aac/staff.asp. College advisors listed below will advise freshmen; other students will be advised as directed by the respective college advising plans.

College of Arts & Sciences (CAS)
Westley Gillum & Tasha Garrett
CFO 1204 / CFO 1203
940-898-3853/940-898-3852
wgillum@twu.edu / tgarrett2@twu.edu

Nursing (CON)
Any Nursing Advisor
ASB 216
940-898-2401
nursing@twu.edu

Professional Education (COPE)
Student Support Services
SH 211
940-898-2829
ldbell@twu.edu

College of Health Sciences (CHS)
Sonja Widman
HDB 202E
940-898-3819
swidman@twu.edu

Undecided
ACT 13
940-898-2367
advising@twu.edu

New "Pay Online" access and Important Fall '08 Dates

From Kathy Woods, TWU Bursar...

To better serve our students and their families, a ‘Pay Online’ link is now accessible on the TWU homepage as well as the Current and Future Student Pages. The link is located on the left side of the page below the main navigation. Portal access is not required. The ‘Pay Online’ link will still be available on the Portal Start Page as well as on the WebAdvisor menu.

Students can ‘Click and Pay’ by MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover or Web-Check!

IMPORTANT DATES FALL ‘08

AUGUST 19 – First Payment Deadline for students who registered April 1-August 19 – Unpaid schedules will be deleted at 6pm.

AUGUST 22 – Payment Deadline for students who register or re-register August 20-22 – NO LATE FEE – Unpaid schedules will be deleted at 6pm.

AUGUST 25 – 28 Classes & late registration begin on the 25th. A late registration fee of $50 will be assessed. Unpaid schedules will be deleted August 28 at 6pm.

Discounted Technology Purchases

From Technical Support Services...

This summer, Technical Support Services has added several vendors to our Personal Technology Center for you to purchase discounted hardware and software. The discounts are for current Staff, Faculty, and Students. We look to expand these offerings over the course of time and if you have any suggestions for adding a product or service please let us know. This summer’s newly added vendors are Dell, AT&T Wireless, and Apple.
https://portal.twu.edu/its/ptc.htm (click the “Purchasing link”)

Additionally, we can now offer FREE anti-virus protection for TWU Students and Employees. Through an agreement with Symantec you can now download virus protection directly from our Website. Please go to the Personal Technology Center to get yours now.
https://portal.twu.edu/its/ptc.htm (click the “Purchasing link”)

Note: Information Technology Services cannot provide assistance for installation, troubleshooting, or support of your personal computers or laptops.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Graduate Assistant Trainings - additional dates for Dallas and Denton!

The Office of Lifelong Learning is offering trainings for Graduate Assistants who assist with distance education courses. The training topics will include:

· Developing good communication with your students and faculty
· Managing discussion boards
· Addressing concerns and questions of online students
· Essential Blackboard tools and why you should use them


The trainings will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and lunch will be provided.

Houston GAs
August 23
RSVP Deadline: August 11
Location: Houston: IHSH 4310

Denton & Dallas GAs
August 23
RSVP Deadline: August 20
Location: TBA

These trainings are offered at no cost; however, we do ask that you register. Register now!

A day or two prior to the training, registrants will receive an email that will confirm their registration.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Graduate Assistant Position on Denton Campus

The Commuter Office has a quarter time (10 hrs weekly) Graduate Assistant position open for fall 08-spring 09. Applicants from all majors are eligible. This position requires interacting with students and the public and writing the monthly newsletter in addition to other duties. Positive and outgoing students are particularly encouraged to apply. Interested students should email a letter of interest, résumé, and contact information for three references to aokeefe@twu.edu.

Looking for ways to save money on gas?

Here are some gas saving opportunities, announced by the Office of Commuter Services:

  • High gas prices got you down? Register online for the Komen Dallas Race for the Cure® by August 1, 2008 to be entered in a drawing for a $200 Chevron Gift Card! Help find the cures for breast cancer and a chance to win free gas! www.komen-dallas.org/race look for JOIN A TEAM and then type in: TWU Pioneers for the Cure.

  • DCTA has just announced a new Guaranteed Ride Home Program effective Aug 1, 2008. This program provides a subsidized ride home in case of an emergency (up to $50 reimbursed). Each monthly or annual pass holder may use the program up to 4 times in a 12 month period. For more details please contact dcta.net.

  • Interested in carpooling? Check out alterNETrides.com accessible via the portal. Easy to register as a driver or rider!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Emergency Loans at TWU - these aren't just for tuition

TWU offers two different emergency loans - one through Financial Aid to help you cover your tuition and fees and one through Student Life for emergencies that occur in your life (i.e. - car repairs, loss of job, etc.)

Financial Aid emergency loans now only cover the first payment of tuition and fees, which is 25% of the total. They are not for the full amount shown on your bill. More information about Financial Aid emergency loans

Student Life emergency loans exist to help you with unexpected, financial needs. More information about Student Life emergency loans.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Will taking classes online help you save money for gas??

Have you been wondering how much money, if any, you are saving in gas costs by taking classes online rather than driving to campus? SUNY (State Univeristy of New York) has an online calculator that helps you figure this out.

Also, here is a link to another blog with articles about this very topic - Fueling Online Learning.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

New Payment Plan for Fall 2008

Starting this fall, the Bursar's Office is offering a new payment plan.

Old Plan - 3 total payments
Payment 1 - 50% down + $15 installment plan fee
Payment 2 & 3 made throughout the semester

New Plan - 4 total payments
Payment 1 - 25% down + $15 installment plan fee
Payments 2,3, & 4 made throughout the semester

For more details and the payment calendar, please see this explanation from the Bursar's Office.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

New TWU Website

Distance Learners,

If you've visited the TWU homepage, you may have noticed by now that the University website is getting a new look! This new look will eventually trickle across all departments and support units so don't get caught off-guard when your most frequently visited TWU pages have changed. All the information is still there, it may just be in a different place.

Yes, the DE web pages will be changed too. Information is going to be placed in what we feel is a logical location (i.e. under Current and Future Student sections) but once the new site it up, if you find yourself looking without success for information, please give us a call! We'll be glad to help you. Our main line is 940.898.3409. Have a great semester!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

PT Career Day – Houston campus

Over 30 employers have registered to participate in the Houston campus PT Career Day, including MD Anderson Cancer Center, Reliant Rehab Hospital-North Houston, Scott & White, and Harris County Hospital District to name a few. Visit http://www.twu.edu/o-cs/cdStudents.htm for a complete list of the participating employers.


This event will be held on Monday, July 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the 1st and 2nd floor lobby areas. Bring copies of your resume to distribute. Professional business attire required.