Texas Wesleyan University is a private, coeducational, liberal arts university founded by the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, in 1890. The main campus is located in the Polytechnic Heights Neighborhood of Fort Worth, Texas, United States. Its mascot is the "ram." Wikipedia.
News Article | December 5, 2016
The International Nurses Association is pleased to welcome Jonathon T. Ponder, DNAP, MSNA, CRNA, to their prestigious organization with his upcoming publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare. Jonathan is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist currently assisting patients at the Abilene Regional Medical Center in Abilene, Texas. Furthermore, he is affiliated with Abilene Regional Medical Center, Hendrick Health System, and Covenant Health System.With over 13 years of experience, Jonathon holds an extensive expertise in all facets of nursing. Jonathon T. Ponder graduated with his Nursing Degree in 2003 from Covenant Health System: Nursing School, followed by his Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Lubbock Christian University in 2006. An advocate for continuing education, Jonathon went on to obtain his Master of Science Degree in Nurse Anesthesia from Texas Wesleyan University in 2008, before his Doctorate of Nurse Anesthesia Practice from Wolford College in 2015. Additionally, Jonathon holds certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Basic Life Support, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. To keep up to date with the latest advances and developments in the nursing field, Jonathon maintains a professional membership with the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. Jonathon attributes his great success to consistency, persistence, and his great instructors. When he is not assisting his patients, Jonathon can be found weightlifting or competing in short distance triathlons. Learn more about Jonathon T. Ponder here: http://inanurse.org/network/index.php?do=/4134120/info/ be sure to read his upcoming publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare.
News Article | October 28, 2016
DALLAS, TX, October 28, 2016 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign is a year-long series of messages preached by evangelist and bestselling author, Daniel Whyte III, aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with those who are unbelievers. It also seeks to remind Christians to keep "the main thing the main thing" throughout the 2016 election year, and this is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation. Daniel Whyte III believes that the "problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord's Great Commission which is to, 'Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature' and who have refused to obey God's repeated commands to 'pray without ceasing' for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders." Christians are encouraged to pray that the right candidate will win in November and to vote for the candidate that the Lord gives them peace about voting for. But Whyte warns against getting caught up in the political circus like much of the world and the media. He states, "Nothing much is going to change until people trust Christ as Saviour and get their hearts right with the Lord." The Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign is inspired by three Bible verses found in 1 Corinthians 2:2, Acts 5:42, and 2 Timothy 2:4. If you know someone who is not a believer in Christ or who is searching for something more in life, please share this series with them via email or through the multiple forms of social media. The Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign is being aired live each day on GospelLightSociety.com, GospelLightHouseofPrayer.com, GoToChurchOnline.TV, GLBN.TV, Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Periscope, Spreaker, and Facebook Live. This sermon series is also made available on demand each day on GospelLightSociety.com, GospelLightHouseofPrayer.com, GoToChurchOnline.TV GLBN.TV, DanielWhyte3.com, iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, Buzzsprout, BlogTalkRadio, Vimeo, YouTube, GodTube, Gospel Light World Radio, BCNN Radio 7, Evangelio Luz Mundo Radio, GLM Podcast Network, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Google+, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Genius, Snapchat, Instagram, TuneIn, Flickr, and iHeartRadio. It is also available in 100 languages, on over 700 sites around the world, and for the deaf. We give God the glory that thousands have listened to these messages already and many have made professions of faith. You may support the Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign and the ministry of Gospel Light Society International by purchasing one of three e-books: Just Jesus: The Greatest Things Ever Said About the Greatest Man Who Ever Lived (Volumes 1, 2, and 3) for $2.99 each. You can download each e-book immediately to your computer or mobile device from Amazon.com. Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel's Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor's degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master's degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University's Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.
News Article | November 10, 2016
Mr. Avery, who has over 25 years of experience in the healthcare finance field, will present “Building a Complete Picture of Hospital Readmissions.” The presentation will cover the following topics: current state of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, readmission success stories and tools and resources for managing a readmissions reduction program. “It’s an honor to be able to speak to a group of healthcare professionals who understand and appreciate the data associated with hospital readmissions,” said Mr. Avery. “I look forward to both giving the presentation and having the chance to discuss this subject with the audience.” Seth Avery has over 25 years of experience as a healthcare executive, serving as auditor, consultant, Administrator and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Mr. Avery has served as the CFO for a major teaching hospital in Texas and as the Executive Director of a leading New Jersey Medical School. He has worked at government, for-profit, and not-for-profit health care providers, as well as at a Big 6 organization. Mr. Avery has been certified by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) as a Certified Professional Coder (CPC) and is a past member of the National Advisory Board for the AAPC. He has a B.S. from Campbell University, an M.A. in Economics from the University of New Mexico and a Juris Doctor from Texas Wesleyan University. He is also a 14-year veteran of the U.S. Military, serving both as a member of 5th Special Forces Group and as a Medical Service Corps officer. He is a frequent speaker at Healthcare Financial Management Association conferences and presents webinars providing education on various healthcare finance topics. AppRev is a privately held Healthcare Business Intelligence company based in Temple, Texas, providing services and technology to more than 80 hospitals throughout the United States and Bermuda. AppRev delivers results through services and technology that allow hospitals and clinics to improve revenue cycle performance. The company’s solutions are provided via web delivered Service Supported Software™ and include Charge Accuracy, Charge Review, Denials Intelligence, Pricing Analytics, CDM and DSH services. All AppRev solutions employ ongoing measurement of revenue cycle improvements and can be tailored to meet customer-specific requirements.
Schmitz K.W.,Georgia State University |
Teng J.T.C.,University of Texas at Arlington |
Webb K.J.,Texas Wesleyan University
MIS Quarterly: Management Information Systems | Year: 2016
The confluence of widely available malleable technology and the "bring your own device" (BYOD) trend creates a new dynamic for information technology innovation in the workplace. Nontechnical users are empowered to adapt pliable technology in the course of normal usage episodes. We develop a theoretical perspective of adaptation behaviors by extending the adaptive structuration theory (AST) to the level of individuals, and present a topology of adaptation behaviors to capture the rich landscape of this emerging phenomenon. Based on this new theoretical perspective, we propose a research model and perform a survey study targeting young professionals to empirically investigate adaptation of malleable IT by users. Our findings reveal the compounding effects of four distinct adaptation behaviors including the insight that task adaptation mediates the effect of technology adaptation on individual performance. This study contributes by providing a theoretical framework for examining adaptation behaviors, extending AST to the level of individuals, and addressing specific criticisms of AST in the information systems literature.
Hand M.M.,Texas Wesleyan University |
Thomas D.,Louisiana Tech University |
Buboltz W.C.,Louisiana Tech University |
Deemer E.D.,Purdue University |
Buyanjargal M.,University of Houston-Downtown
Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking | Year: 2013
Online social networks, such as Facebook, have gained immense popularity and potentially affect the way people build and maintain interpersonal relationships. The present study sought to examine time spent on online social networks, as it relates to intimacy and relationship satisfaction experienced in romantic relationships. Results did not find relationships between an individual's usage of online social networks and his/her perception of relationship satisfaction and intimacy. However, the study found a negative relationship between intimacy and the perception of a romantic partner's use of online social networks. This finding may allude to an attributional bias in which individuals are more likely to perceive a partner's usage as negative compared to their own usage. Additionally, it was found that intimacy mediates the relationship between online social network usage and overall relationship satisfaction, which suggests that the level of intimacy experienced in a relationship may serve as a buffer that protects the overall level of satisfaction. © Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
News Article | February 23, 2017
Darcy L. Knapp-Fricks Recognized as a Professional of the Year by Strathmore's Who's Who Worldwide Publication Mansfield, TX, February 23, 2017 --( About Darcy L. Knapp-Fricks Ms. Knapp-Fricks has over 20 years experience in a variety of industries including real estate, investments, cattle production and ranching and self storage. She is the President and Co-Owner of Knapp Sisters Rental, Ltd, started with her sister, Shelly Knapp, in 1999, which specializes in land rentals, Knapp Sisters Cattle Company which focuses on cattle production and ranching, D&S Investments and The Knapp Sisters Self Storage, The Storage Barns which consists of five self- storage building facilities. They are open 7 days a week. Ms. Knapp-Fricks is responsible for land rentals, agricultural and ranch management. She provides, maintains and manages rental properties and real estate. The Knapp sisters are members of the Texas Self Storage Association, the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, the Arlington Historical Society, the Mansfield Chamber of Commerce and the Better Business Bureau. Born November 7, 1961, Ms. Knapp-Fricks attended the University of Texas at Arlington and Texas Wesleyan University. She was featured in an article regarding her family donating land to make a historical park. In her spare time she enjoys time spent on her ranch in South Texas and travel. Darcy and Shelly owe their success to their grandfather and all that he worked so hard to obtain and it is their honor to show respect to his efforts. Their business was rated the #1 U-Haul dealer in the State of Texas and #3 U-Haul dealer in the U.S. Springtime is just around the corner and Knapp Sisters Self Storage can help with your spring clean out needs. Spring Clean-Out Specials are coming soon. For further information, contact About Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide highlights the professional lives of individuals from every significant field or industry including business, medicine, law, education, art, government and entertainment. Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide is both an online and hard cover publication where we provide our members’ current and pertinent business information. It is also a biographical information source for thousands of researchers, journalists, librarians and executive search firms throughout the world. Our goal is to ensure that our members receive all of the networking, exposure and recognition capabilities to potentially increase their business. Mansfield, TX, February 23, 2017 --( PR.com )-- Darcy L. Knapp-Fricks of Mansfield, Texas has been recognized as a Professional Of The Year for 2017 by Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide for her outstanding contributions and achievement in the fields of real estate, agriculture, investments and self storage.About Darcy L. Knapp-FricksMs. Knapp-Fricks has over 20 years experience in a variety of industries including real estate, investments, cattle production and ranching and self storage. She is the President and Co-Owner of Knapp Sisters Rental, Ltd, started with her sister, Shelly Knapp, in 1999, which specializes in land rentals, Knapp Sisters Cattle Company which focuses on cattle production and ranching, D&S Investments and The Knapp Sisters Self Storage, The Storage Barns which consists of five self- storage building facilities. They are open 7 days a week. Ms. Knapp-Fricks is responsible for land rentals, agricultural and ranch management. She provides, maintains and manages rental properties and real estate. The Knapp sisters are members of the Texas Self Storage Association, the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, the Arlington Historical Society, the Mansfield Chamber of Commerce and the Better Business Bureau.Born November 7, 1961, Ms. Knapp-Fricks attended the University of Texas at Arlington and Texas Wesleyan University. She was featured in an article regarding her family donating land to make a historical park. In her spare time she enjoys time spent on her ranch in South Texas and travel.Darcy and Shelly owe their success to their grandfather and all that he worked so hard to obtain and it is their honor to show respect to his efforts. Their business was rated the #1 U-Haul dealer in the State of Texas and #3 U-Haul dealer in the U.S.Springtime is just around the corner and Knapp Sisters Self Storage can help with your spring clean out needs. Spring Clean-Out Specials are coming soon.For further information, contact www.knappsistersselfstorage.com About Strathmore’s Who’s Who WorldwideStrathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide highlights the professional lives of individuals from every significant field or industry including business, medicine, law, education, art, government and entertainment. Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide is both an online and hard cover publication where we provide our members’ current and pertinent business information. It is also a biographical information source for thousands of researchers, journalists, librarians and executive search firms throughout the world. Our goal is to ensure that our members receive all of the networking, exposure and recognition capabilities to potentially increase their business. Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Strathmore Worldwide
News Article | April 24, 2016
It all started with World of Warcraft. The year was 2004, and Mary Anne Clark, a professor of Biology at Texas Wesleyan University, had logged into the massive online role playing game for the first time. Having not been much of a gamer before, Clark had been brought to WoW by her husband after much prompting. Yet after her first experience in a virtual world, Clark was hooked—not just by the prospect of nearly unlimited quests, but also by the novel research opportunities afforded by an environment in which real people interacted in a virtual space. Although others have made use of WoW for research purposes (such as the epidemiologists who studied the ‘corrupted blood incident’ to model real world disease transmission), according to Clark, the WoW environment proved to be too limiting for doing the type of hard science she had in mind. Fortunately, at around the same time, a mutual friend introduced Clark and her husband to Second Life, a massive virtual world launched by Linden Lab in 2003. Unlike WoW, the virtual world of Second Life is almost entirely user generated. By making use of a specially tailored scripting language, the ‘residents’ of Second Life can make an unlimited number of modifications to their environment. It was this degree of freedom that drew Clark to Second Life as a virtual world fit for pedagogy, and after some short scripting tutorials she set about making the community’s first genetics lab: Genome Island. Today, visitors to Genome Island will find a beautiful virtual genetics laboratory, packed full of dozens of genetic simulation experiments and rendered with an astonishing attention to aesthetic detail. They can stroll through the Genome Garden or dine in the Chromosome Cafe, yet when Clark was first starting her pet project in 2005, Genome Island was little more than an interactive cell model housed in a crude rendition of St. Thomas’ Abbey, the old haunting grounds of renowned geneticist Gregor Mendel. “Genome is a model of my own mental landscape when I am thinking about genetics,” said Clark. “However, I did want to produce simulations of real experiments, both historical and contemporary, that would generate data that could then be analyzed according to scientific principles. And I wanted it to be pretty.” According to Clark, who has built the vast majority of Genome Island and its experiments herself, the core structure of Genome Island took a few years to complete. She worked on it in her free time and funded the project from her own pockets. Before long, Genome Island was a full-fledged member of SciLands, a once thriving community of science oriented projects hosted by institutions ranging from NASA to NPR. It began to host a number of far-reaching tutorials and experiments, which allow users do everything from play dress up in their own genetic code to learning about sex linkage at the Island’s Cattery, Clark’s homage to Judith Kinnear’s CatLab. By 2007, Genome Island was ready for a test run with a group of advanced genetics students. Clark would have her students perform experiments in the virtual environment and over the course of her trial run found that virtual environment significantly helped facilitate learning. Yet as Genome Island continued to grow and house more experiments, so did the costs associated with maintaining the virtual laboratory. Despite her enthusiasm about teaching in a virtual environment, it became clear that if Clark was unable to find funding for the Island, all of her hard work would collapse under the weight of server fees. Fortunately, relief came following the successful trial run in the form of a grant from Texas Wesleyan University in 2007, which has footed the nearly $2,000 annual bill for Genome Island ever since. In 2009, Clark began hosting entire semester-long courses entirely in the virtual environment, an approach she has kept up to this day. Genome Island quickly became a popular resource among educators and according to Clark, the Island is now frequented by professors and their pupils from a number of different institutions. As Clark sees it, there are a number of advantages to taking genetics education into a virtual space. For starters, it allows for students to participate in far more experiments than would be possible to host in any one particular course held in a brick-and-mortar setting. Moreover, the ability for students to be embodied in avatars adds a more ‘social’ element to online learning, which outside of experiments like Genome Island, often occurs on text-based message boards. Genome Island wasn’t the only university to use Second Life as a virtual classroom and lab, but it is certainly one of the longest lasting. At over a decade-old, Genome Island has managed to avoid the fate of similar institutions, such as Woodbury University, which was shut down by Linden Lab after it became a haven for harassment and various forms of griefing. Although Clark has seen her fair share of trolls on Genome Island (she had just finished clearing out a herd of My Little Ponies which had mysteriously come to occupy the Island’s Population Genetics Platform when we spoke), she partly attributes the Island’s lack of trolls to its relatively low traffic rate, as compared with other virtual learning spaces like Woodbury. Considering the amount of educational material and research potential harbored on Genome Island, its low user traffic rate is a marvel in itself, but Clark said she isn’t surprised. Despite her successes with taking science education virtual, her colleagues have been less receptive to the idea than she had hoped, something she chalks up to the learning curve associated with scripting in Second Life. Still, Clark is quick to cite a number of other projects, such as Virtual Islands for Better Education, as examples of the increasing recognition of virtual worlds as viable education spaces. “The advantages of learning in a virtual world are related to working in an active learning environment that encourages exploration and discovery,” said Clark. “Second Life is adaptable to many disciplines and Second Life still has an active educational community.” While the proliferation of virtual learning environments bodes well for the future of online education (or at least promises to make it significantly less boring), it is unlikely that any new virtual institution will ever come close to matching the awesome originality of Genome Island.
Loenneke J.P.,University of Mississippi |
Thiebaud R.S.,Texas Wesleyan University |
Abe T.,University of Mississippi
Rejuvenation Research | Year: 2014
Currently, sarcopenia is commonly diagnosed using the appendicular lean mass calculation derived from the dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) estimate. However, the DXA estimate of lean mass only gives a regional estimate of body composition and cannot differentiate different muscle groups. In contrast, diagnostic B-mode ultrasound can provide reliable estimates of individual muscle groups and may provide a method for earlier detection of sarcopenia. This may be important because it appears that the loss of skeletal muscle with age appears pronounced in certain muscle groups of the lower leg, while only minimally affecting others. This has been demonstrated in several large cross-sectional studies as well as a longitudinal investigation. In addition, this site-specific loss of muscle mass is associated with declines in muscle performance. We wish to suggest that the ultrasound estimate of muscle thickness may be a useful measurement to include when quantifying the age-related loss of muscle mass. Although the DXA is commonly used, changes in the anterior portion of the thigh may be occurring but may not necessarily be detected by the DXA estimate. This site-specific estimate coupled with a measure of muscle strength/performance may provide clinicians with a more complete picture of muscular changes with age. © 2014, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
Lee D.M.,Texas Wesleyan University |
Nichols T.,Texas Wesleyan University
International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance | Year: 2014
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to identify the challenges when recruiting and retaining rural physicians and to ascertain methods that make rural physician recruitment and retention successful. There are studies that suggest rural roots is an important factor in recruiting rural physicians, while others look at rural health exposure in medical school curricula, self-actualization, community sense and spousal perspectives in the decision to practice rural medicine. Design/methodology/approach – An extensive literature review was performed using Academic Search Complete, PubMed and The Cochrane Collaboration. Key words were rural, rural health, community hospital(s), healthcare, physicians, recruitment, recruiting, retention, retaining, physician(s) and primary care physician(s). Inclusion criteria were peer-reviewed full-text articles written in English, published from 1997 and those limited to USA and Canada. Articles from foreign countries were excluded owing to their unique healthcare systems. Findings – While there are numerous articles that call for special measures to recruit and retain physicians in rural areas, there is an overall dearth. This review identifies several articles that suggest recruitment and retention techniques. There is a need for a research agenda that includes valid, reliable and rigorous analysis regarding formulating and implementing these strategies. Originality/value – Rural Americans are under-represented when it comes to healthcare and what research there is to assist recruitment and retention is difficult to find. This paper identify the relevant research and highlights key strategies. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Burgert J.M.,Texas Wesleyan University
Health Policy and Technology | Year: 2014
Provision of safe and effective anesthesia relies on an adequate and uninterrupted supply of anesthetic drugs and drugs used to manage complications throughout the perioperative period. The confluence of regulatory and communication barriers impede the ability of the pharmaceutical industry, government and healthcare institutions to effectively respond to anesthetic drug shortages. These impediments directly threaten the health and safety of patients undergoing surgical and diagnostic procedures in the United States. The most common causes of drug shortages are product or quality issues and manufacturing capacity issues.This paper presents 2 policy alternatives directed towards the most common causes of drug shortages; an FDA-operated stakeholder communication center and a public/private partnership communication center. The feasibility of the 2 alternatives was assessed against 5 criteria including population benefit, ethics and equity, cost feasibility, administrative feasibility and political feasibility. Selection of the most favorable alternative was based on the final score from a decision matrix presenting evaluation criteria weighed against each proposed alternative.The final result reveals the public/private communication center as the most feasible alternative. This is consistent with stakeholder agreement that early, accurate communication and coordination will help mitigate and prevent present and future shortages. Specifically, the public/private center will improve the current state of communication, protect proprietary information and provide stakeholders with information regarding manufacturing, supply, distribution, and business issues encouraging coordination of action to attack the root causes of drug shortages. © 2013 Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine.