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Briefly: Pioneer Pride Dance adds new members, Redbud nominations open

Pioneer Pride Dance team adds three members

Texas Woman’s University’s dance team has recently recruited three new members for the 2021-2022 academic school year. The team welcomes Brook Gray from North Richland Hills, Shea Rooks from Fort Worth and Madi Sly from Garland. 

“I am thrilled to be adding such talented ladies to our 2021 roster,” head coach Allison Fields said. “Our commits embody strength, poise, hard work, and positivity, all of which are qualities to which our team strives. 2021 is going to be a great year for Pioneer Pride Dance.”

Gray currently attends Birdville High School and has been dancing competitively for 16 years. She is a first-place solo winner, a member of the National Honors Society and serves as president of her school’s drill team.

Sly currently attends Northwest High School and is the captain of the Northwest Sidekicks Drill Team, which has won multiple awards including Showtime Grand Champions and Officer Line, and Best of the Best team and Officer Line. Sly is also a Showtime First Division Soloist. 

Rooks currently attends Lakeview Centennial High School and will be transferring to TWU from Dallas College Eastfield Campus. She was on the All-American Dance Team for two years where her team earned WOW Factor, Sweepstakes, Gussie Nell Davis and Gold Best Overall honors twice. They also won the Judges Award four times, Outstanding Team, Best in Class team, Best in Class 2020 honors and third overall in Best of the Best.

Student Government Association meeting – Jan. 28

The SGA held their bi-weekly meeting Jan. 28 where members expressed their goals for the campus and the association for this semester.

College of business senator Imma Lugtu said that one of her goals this semester is to host a staff appreciation event sometime this February.

Residential senator Ashley Tang is currently planning residential contests and care packages for students living on campus. She said she is eager to host these events as her goal for this semester is to try to bring students together during the pandemic. Tang also briefly mentioned her interest in hosting a Q&A panel for residents to ask questions about the campus and campus living.

SGA spring election applications closed on Feb. 4, and campaigning will begin Feb. 10. Candidates will campaign until March 5, and voting will begin March 2.

Fit & Rec aquatics events

The Fit & Rec is hosting a variety of aquatic events and activities for students, staff and faculty to participate in.

The swim clinic, taking place Feb. 8 and Feb. 22, 6-8 p.m. in Pioneer Hall, will have swim instructors available that will help run through swim skills as well as give critique or feedback on technique for those who attend.

Aquatic Adventure Night, occurring Feb. 10, 6-8 p.m. in Pioneer Hall, will be an opportunity for those interested in kayaking to learn how to use a kayak and paddle board. 

Registration is currently open for all students for Water Olympics Week, occurring March 1-4, and will be closing Feb. 21. Students can register individually or as a team and can choose to participate in either one or multiple of the daily events happening throughout that week. 

Additionally, the Fit & Rec will be hosting water boot camp every Tuesday and Thursday and swim lessons per registration that will begin March 15. 

Urban Fellows Program

Applications for the Urban Fellows Program will be open Feb. 8-26. The program provides scholarship opportunities to eligible undergraduate and graduate students who obtain unpaid summer or semester internships at nonprofit, community or government organizations. The program’s mission is to “provide financial support for students who desire an opportunity to gain valuable internship experience at organizations that are historically unpaid,” according to the program’s webpage. 

Those interested are advised by the program to watch this video before applying. Additional information on application requirements and criteria can be found here.

TWU Redbud Award nominations 

The Redbud Award nominations are currently open and will be accepted through March 3. 

The awards ceremony, hosted each spring by the Center for Student Development, recognizes student leaders, student organizations and advisors for outstanding leadership and service to the campus community. To participate in nominations, click here.

Little Chapel-in-the-Woods receives award

The American Institute of Architects Dallas recently honored Little Chapel-in-the-Woods with its Historic Architecture Award. 

Structures recognized in this category must be at least 75-years-old with minimal modifications and remain in use for their original purpose. The chapel stands at 82-years-old and continues to be a place of reflection for students, staff and faculty and hosts as many as 120 weddings, on average, annually.  

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