TWU Christian Fellowship Seeks Affinity Status

christian-leadershipThis spring, the university set up standards for informal organizations to become official university affinity groups. The link can be found at

The application requires each group to present their mission, officers and annual activities or events within the affinity group application. TW Christian Fellowship has begun the process to complete the application by electing officers for the next year. The nomination form has been sent through the listserv. This is a critical step to completing the application. The advantages of becoming an official affinity group is being able to use TWU email system to announce meeting and reserve facilities.

This new infinity group process creates a wonderful opportunity to build awareness of the TWU Christian Fellowship group and the Christian values that are so important to many of our faculty and staff. The leadership team met in May and has already planned the events & dates for 2016-17. You can find them on the homepage menu under “upcoming” events. We also plan to move our monthly meetings to Thursdays in the new year since many of you indicated that this day is better than Wednesday. We hope that you will consider becoming involved in the leadership team or serving as an officer. Each officer has specific assignments that split the work up between many people. This approach is to encourage more people to join in so the operational responsibilities are kept at a low level. This has worked well over the past years. Please pray for the election of officers and for our ongoing work together – encouragement and faithfulness – Ephesians 2:10

We look forward to a exciting year!

TWU Christian Fellowship Leadership Team

“Cheating in College – Where it happens and Why Students Do It?”


On March 30th – in Student Union room 206 at 12 noon,  Nancy DiMarco will lead an important discussion with a faculty panel on “Why Students are Tempted to Cheat in College.” Kyle Voyles,  TWU Executive Director of Civility and Community Standards will share some opening comments on recent TWU trends and how TWU is addressing these Honor Code violations.

Simple economic incentives encourage students to cheat, so the practice is unlikely to abate anytime soon without a major system overhaul, Carol Poster writes for Inside Higher Ed.

Students have many options available to them when it comes to cheating that save time and are cost-effective. For example, Poster says, suppose a student must choose between spending 20 hours to write a term paper or working. She can earn $180 for 20 hours of work at her job and buy a term paper online for $80, meaning she has $100 left over that she wouldn’t have earned if she had written the paper herself.


Please invite a faculty or staff to join this discussion.

Nancy DiMarco, PhD, RDN,CSSD is the Director of the Institute for Women’s Health and Professor of Nutrition and Food Sciences. She has taught for almost 35 years at TWU. In addition, she is the pianist and lay speaker for her local church.

Join Us For February’s Event

Mika picture selfie

Bring a friend and join us:

February 11th, 12-1pm in SU206

TW Fellowship will host guest speaker

                   Mika Sumpter

of TWU’s Baptist Student Ministry and students.                                             

The BSM is a collegiate ministry that desires to lead others to Christ, develop others as disciples, ground and transform others in and by the word of the gospel, to connect them to the life and mission of the church. In whatever we do, word or deed, we do it in the name of the Lord in hope that every student at Texas Woman’s University can be exposed to the saving grace of the Gospel.” 

 Some fun facts about the BSM are that they love to host events that involve feeding students.  Every Wednesday is Free Lunch at the BSM.  Every Monday night they host worship nights, 7:00 to 8:00 pm, where students gather to praise, worship and read scripture.  The BSM is open all day with free Wi-Fi, an open lounge, study areas and a coffee shop called Grounded Café where students can grab a quick  pick me up for half the price around campus.

Mika has been the director of TWU BSM since 2000 and her love for students is evident.   Mika is married to Greg and has two teenage sons.   Upon graduation from Arkansas State University, she served at an area church as their university minister.  Before joining TWU she left Arkansas to attend Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth.

TW Fellowship Celebrates Earth Day with Gene Gumfory April 23rd at Noon in SU 207

                Denton Bible Church Community Garden - Shiloh Field

Join us on Thursday, April 23rd at Noon in SU207 for our final TW Fellowship gathering of the semester. In celebration of Earth Day, Gene Gumfory will discuss how volunteer-based gardening ministry, Shiloh Field, serves the needs of the local community through providing produce to several organizations. Last year they harvested over 28,000 pounds of produce at the community garden.

Denton County is home to Shiloh Field, a community garden where locals and volunteers plant, weed and harvest food for those in need. Just three short years ago, Gene Gumfory, a Denton businessman, was donated 14-1/2 acres to start a garden. Today, it is a total of 18 acres with 129 plots. Shiloh Field is located on Nottingham Drive, between Mingo Rd. and Audra Lane, Denton, Texas

The Community Garden serves the local community by teaching and providing a place for individuals to grow vegetables, and by providing free produce to those who have a need. Jesus said, “Feed my sheep!” and through the Community Garden we hope to answer that call both physically and spiritually.  The produce that was donated the first year was about 12,000 pounds. The donated produce goes to the local food bank, other ministries in Denton County, and those in need.

Serve Denton to share at November meeting

Serve DentonDirector Pat Smith will be sharing the mission of Serve Denton at our TWU Christian Fellowship meeting on November 13 at 12 noon. The meeting will be held in Student Union 206-207.

Their mission – Nonprofits spend countless hours each year raising enough money to fulfill their mission and keep their doors open. What if they no longer had to worry about paying rent and could share utilities with a dozen or so organizations in the same building? Serve Denton vision is to develop a 16-acre central campus in Denton where nonprofits will pay $1 a year for rent and share costs for utilities, sending more of the dollars our community gives straight to the people who need it most.

The campus will also help improve cooperation among nonprofits, show people in our community where they can get involved, expand our community resources, and create opportunities for many people in need to become self-sufficient when they find the help they need all in one place.

Pat Smith is the Director of Local Outreach at Denton Bible Church where he leads efforts to build bridges with the community to meet physical needs and develop spiritual relationships.  Pat oversees sixteen ministries to include Vision Ministries, SWEAT Team, Denton Dental Mission, Mercy Heart and the Community Garden.  He is also the Executive Director for Serve Denton, a nonprofit organization developing a one-stop social service center.

Prior to assuming his current position, he was Vice President for Hunt Development Group, where he led real estate development efforts for the Hunt Companies supporting military installations in recapitalizing family housing.   Pat’s Air Force experience has focused on large-scale construction and program management at a variety of locations in the U.S. and Middle East.  He worked on the $1.5 billion Peace Shield command and control system for nation of Saudi Arabia from 1987 to 1992.  He led the $125 million reconstruction of Homestead Air Force Base in the wake of Hurricane Andrew from 1992 to 1995.  He served at the Pentagon from 1997 to 2000 where he managed a $2.8 billion program for real property maintenance and services for all Air Force installations.  Pat commanded the DoD Fire Academy from 2000 to 2002, where he led a major expansion of firefighter graduates in the wake of 9/11, and led the development of advanced training in weapons of mass destruction response and urban search and rescue.  From 2002 to 2004, he served as Base Civil Engineer and commander of the 578-person 60th Civil Engineer Squadron at Travis Air Force Base.  In 2003, he led the build-up of Sheik Isa Air Base, Bahrain in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, accomplishing $55 million of construction in six months’ time.  In 2004, Pat returned to Denton where he commanded the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps detachment at the University of North Texas.  In 2006 he led the Air Force’s housing privatization program, managing a $5.7 billion portfolio of homes and successfully completed ten major projects in a two year period.  Pat retired from the Air Force as a Colonel in 2008 after 24 years of service.  His military decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and Meritorious Service Medal.