Child Abuse Awareness Month
College of Human Sciences faculty and staff partnered with the Family Guidance and Outreach Center of Lubbock to collect shoes in support of the South Plains Child Abuse Coalition of Lubbock “Don’t Walk Away” event held on April 30th at Carlisle Park. Over 2,000 pairs of shoes were collected and lined the park walkway. The shoes represented 1,453 confirmed cases of children who experienced child abuse in Lubbock last year. After the walk, the shoes were donated to foster homes, Child Protective Services, Women’s Protective Services, and the Salvation Army.
Week of the Young Child
The Child Development and Research Center celebrated the “Week of the Young Child” (WOYC) with a full week of activities. Starting with Monday, April 12, the children planted plants in the garden on the playground followed by a picnic. Tuesday, Moms were invited to have muffins with their children and, Wednesday, Dads enjoyed doughnuts. Capping off the week, the children enjoyed a dance performance by students in the Department of Theatre and Dance and was followed by a Teacher Appreciation Luncheon and a Circus on the playground. Art work, done by the children, along with information about WOYC, was displayed across campus in the Human Sciences and Education buildings, College of Visual and Performing Arts and the Library along with information about WOYC.
In celebration of Week of the Young Child, some of the Masked Riders displayed their artwork at the Texas Tech Library.
“Week of the Young Child” is an opportunity for early childhood programs across the country, including childcare and Head Start programs, to bring awareness to the needs of young children. This celebrated week aims to educate the community on the importance of early learning and early literacy, and to celebrate the teachers and policies that bring early childhood education to young children.
Kimberly Wagner, Business Manager in the Department of Design, received the College of Human Sciences Commitment Award at the Faculty and Staff Awards receptions held in April. This award goes to a full-time, non-exempt staff employee who completes a year with few absences and demonstrates a commitment to his/her job.
Vincent Sanchez, Unit Associate Director, in the Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery and Cody Adams, PC Network Support, in the Technology Services department were winners of the Kathryn Burleson Staff Service award. Vincent and Cody were recognized at the Faculty and Staff Awards reception in April. This award recognizes two staff members who consistently demonstrate a positive and helpful attitude toward faculty and students and give more of their personal energies than are required by the job description.
Jo Ann Altman, Supervisor in the Development and External Relations office, was nominated for the President’s Excellence in Diversity and Equity Staff Award.