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Social Work Cohort Fundraiser Raffle

Texas Woman’s University’s Social Work Cohort hosted a fundraising raffle to raise funds for Denton Community Food Center’s (DCFC) upcoming Thanksgiving events where, date-night themed prizes were awarded to participants. The event was held Nov. 15 at 12:30 p.m. Two separate raffles took place — the first raffle’s tickets were $10 while the second raffle’s tickets were $5. With the earnings from the raffle, the TWU Social Work Department plans on helping the DCFC “relieve food-insecure households.” 

TWU Leadership Exhibition

The TWU Board of Regents recently passed a resolution to change the name of the Institute for Women’s Leadership to The Jane Nelson Institute for Women’s Leadership after State Senator Jane Nelson Nov. 8 during the Board of Regents meeting, as recommended by the Institute’s advisory council. Nelson has earned multiple accolades such as being the first woman in the state’s legislative history to chair the Senate Finance Committee as well as being the highest-ranking member of the state’s senate. 

The Board of Regents also voted to name the institute’s primary exhibition hall the Sue S. Bancroft Women’s Leadership Hall in honor of community leader and former chair of the university’s Board of Regents, Sue Bancroft. Bancroft is a community philanthropist, retired music teacher and former professional musician. 

Current Board Chair Jill Jester said that it was fitting in naming each center after two remarkable women and that this was the kind of recognition each of them deserved.

“Their contributions to Texas Woman’s University are shining examples of the kind of Texas leadership that will be celebrated by the Institute,” Jester said.

The Jane Nelson Institute for Women’s Leadership is geared towards preparing and encouraging women for future positions in business and public service.

Ride the Bus – Soccer Update

TWU’s soccer team has made it an accomplished season with a three-game winning streak and, so far, scoring nearly ten more goals than last year. To celebrate the Pioneer’s successful run, students, staff and faculty were invited to the team’s Nov. 15 match at Dallas Baptist University for their second consecutive game in the Lone Star Women’s Soccer Championship Tournament Semi-Finals. Both the ride and entry into the game were free for those who participated. Along for the journey was Chancellor Carine M. Feyton, who joined fellow Pioneers to cheer on the team. The game resulted in the Pioneers losing 2-0, eliminating them from the tournament. 

Despite the loss, head soccer coach Babak Abouzar said he continues to have great expectations for the remainder of the season.

“We need to get rest and recover, and make sure we’re healthy as we wait to hear about the regional tournament,” Abouzar said.

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