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College of Applied Arts Newsletter A Member of The Texas State University System

Dates to Remember

FROM THE DEAN’S DESK Dear College & Graduate Students, Greetings & welcome to the beginning of the fall semester. Last year the faculty, staff and students in the College of Applied Arts had an excellent year of accomplishments in terms of the following indicators: During Fall 2009, Spring 2010 and summer the college’s faculty taught 20,806 students with 12% in Agriculture, 28.8 % in Criminal Justice, 35.7% in Family and Consumer Sciences, 4.3% in Occupational Education, 16% in Social Work and 3.2% in Military and Aerospace Studies. This will continue to increase with additional students and enrollment growth. The number of peer review articles increased by 19% from 49 to 61. With the continuous research productivity and growth of the faculty, this outcome will continue to increase by at least 5%. The number of faculty academic presentations increased by 30% from 71 to 101during this last academic year. This will increase by 5% with travel support for the faculty. In terms of external funding the College submitted 101 grant proposals for a total of $45,045,621 and we received $11,504, 647 from 30 proposals that were funded. We plan to continue to submit grants and increase funding by 5%. Graduate and undergraduate students conducted research and collaborated with faculty. Graduate students presented 18 papers and undergraduates presented six papers at professional meetings. The College provided $7,567 to support student travel to conferences and professional meetings. The Office of the Dean will continue to support student travel to academic meetings. The College also allocated and awarded 13 graduate research fellowships at the Masters level to our respective departments. To increase graduate enrollment, we awarded 50 graduate tuition scholarships to new graduate students enrolled in a minimum of 6 hours. For the first time ever, Hispanics now comprise more than 25% of the Texas State student body. There are 7,910 Hispanic students enrolled at Texas State this fall. Should the university sustain a 25% or greater Hispanic enrollment, it will be granted the federal designation of Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and be eligible for additional federal funding in the future. We encourage faculty and staff to continue to engage themselves with the students and their discipline by teaching, engaging in scholarship and soliciting external grants. The college expects to grow and continue to improve the teaching and learning outcomes. Jaime T. Chahin Dean of the College of Applied Arts

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Deadline to apply for Graduation

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From Field to Fantasy FCS Building, 2 pm (For details see page 19)

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College Council Meeting, Ag 300, 8:30 am

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FCS Building Dedication

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Bobcat Day

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CJ Guest Lecturer, Dr. Colin Loftin, Ag 204, 5 pm

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College Council Meeting, Ag 300, 8:30 am

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Graduate Advisor Meeting, Pedernales Building, 9 am

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CAA Graduate Studies 101 (Graduate Orientation) Ag 204, 2- 5 pm

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CJ Memorial Golf Tourney Kerrville, TX

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Texas State Homecoming Game vs. Northwestern State

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College Council Meeting, Ag 300, 8:30 am

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College Council Meeting, Ag 300, 8:30 am

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CAA Awards Banquet April 2010

The College recognizes academ ic achievem ents, tenacity, leadership and selfdiscipline in academ ic endeavors.

D inner, cam araderie & departm ental awards are part of the evening’s festivities.

Pictures can be viewed and downloaded at http://www.um ktg.txstate.edu/photos/Applied-Arts-Banquet-2010/index.htm l

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Department of Agriculture GRADUATE STUDENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS M Ed graduate, Monica Pilat, successfully presented her research last year in St. Louis at the American Society for Horticultural Science meetings. The title of her thesis is “The Effect of Tree Cover and Vegetation on Incidence of Childhood Asthma in Regions of Texas.” She worked as a Graduate research assistant at the San Marcos Nature Center and helped as a teaching assistant in the Horticulture classes. Monica has one child and is expecting the arrival of her second child very soon. She works as a garden center manager at the HEB in Victoria, TX. M Ed graduate, Jason Sanders, worked as a graduate research assistant at the San Marcos Nature Center and was in charge of collecting university cafeteria waste for the Bobcat Blend composting project. The title of his professional paper is “Bobcat Blend - The Development of a Campus Composting Collection and Education Program at Texas State University.” He successfully presented his research in Palm Desert, CA at the American Society for Horticultural Sciences meetings. Organics By Gosh in Austin, TX, has hired Jason. You can read more at http://www.organicsbygosh.com/

MEET THE NEW FACULTY ADDITIONS Meet Dr. P. Ryan Saucier, ryansaucier@txstate.edu, the newest assistant professor to the Ag Ed team. Dr. Saucier will be teaching the Intro to Ag Engineering (AG 2373), Metals and Welding (Ag 2374), Administration and Supervision of Vocational Education (Ag Ed 5318), Advanced Welding Processes and Design (AG ED 5371E). Dr. Saucier will work with Dr. Morrish and the new lecturers in the department to prepare students interested in a career in Ag Education.

Mr. Philip C. Payne, pp26@txstate.edu, earned a BS in Geology from Texas State University-San Marcos. He is a professional registered land surveyor in the State of Texas. Though he will be teaching the Land Surveying (Ag 3455) in the department he will continue with his current employer, Byrn and Associates. 3


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Department of Agriculture (cont.) MEET THE NEWEST LECTURERS Dr. Alice Le Duc, fl12@txstate.edu, is a Texas educated botanist who has recently returned from Duke University where she was public education director for the beautiful Duke Gardens. Her subject is “Landscape Design Resources” and will include useful ideas for creating Texas landscapes. She earned her Ph.D. in Botany from University of Texas in 1993. Dr. Le Duc will be teaching Landscape Management (Ag 4304).

Dr. Kenneth Mix, km77@txstate.edu, earned his Ph.D. at Texas State in Aquatic Resources. He earned his Master’s from Texas A&M in Range and Wildlife Science. He earned his undergraduate degree from Ball State University in Natural Resources and Environmental Management. Has served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for Texas State where he taught Economic Entomology and Soil Science for the Ag department. Recently he was an intern for the Texas Department of Environmental Quality, public drinking water section and was a research advisor for Red Panda Network in Nepal. He is teaching Agronomic Crops (AG 2313), Organic Gardening (Ag 3308) and Soil Science I (AG 3426). Mr. Jim Missildine, jm239@txstate.edu, is a retired AG Teacher who earned a BS in Agriculture from Texas State University and an M. Ed from Texas State University. He is currently working at CEV Multimedia as a sales consultant. Mr. Missildine brings 29 years of experience as an Ag science instructor at Marion High School where he trained National FFA teams in AG Mechanics and Livestock Judging. He also trained State competing teams in Dairy products, Meats judging; AG sales; Ag mechanics; and Livestock Judging. Mr. Missildine will be teaching: Livestock Selection and Evaluation (AG 3345) and will serve as the Texas State Livestock Judging Team Coach. Mr. Pat Real, pr19@txstate.edu, is a retired AG teacher who earned a B.S. in Agricultural Education at Texas A & M University 1974 and then earned his M. Ed. At Texas A & M University 1979. (We won’t hold that against him.) He has certifications in Power and Machinery; General Ag Mechanics; Ornamental Horticulture and Aquaculture. Mr. Real brings 35 years of secondary teaching experience in Ag Science to the Texas State campus. He currently manages and operates the family farm. He is an active member of Vocational AG Teachers Association of TX (VATAT) & the State Agricultural Mechanics Committee representing Area VII. He will be teaching Agricultural Structures and Environment (AG 3353). 4


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Department of Agriculture (cont.) Faculty Accomplishments

Peer Reviewed, Double Blind journal articles McKim, B. R., & Saucier, P. R. (In Press). An Excel-based mean weighted discrepancy score calculator. Journal of Extension. Peer reviewed, double blind conference proceedings Saucier, P.R., & McKim, B.R. (2010). Agricultural mechanics laboratory management professional development needs of Texas agricultural education student teachers. Paper presented at the 2010 Association for Career and Technical Education Conference, USA. McKim, B.R., Saucier, P.R., & Reynolds, C.L. (2010). Laboratory management in-service needs of Wyoming secondary agriculture teachers. Paper presented at the 2010 American Association for Agricultural Education Conference, USA. Saucier, P.R., Tummons, J.D., Terry, Jr. R, & Schumacher, L.G. (2010). Professional development in-service needs of Missouri agricultural educators. Paper presented at the 2010 American Association for Agricultural Education Conference, USA. Saucier, P.R., Tummons, J.D., Terry, Jr. R, & Schumacher, L.G. (2010). Professional development in-service needs of Missouri agricultural educators. Paper presented at the 2010 Southern Region of the American Association for Agricultural Education Conference, USA. Peer reviewed, double blind poster abstracts Saucier, P.R., Tummons, J. D., Schumacher, L.G., & Terry, Jr. R. (2010). FFA professional development needs of Missouri agricultural educators. Poster session presented at the 2010 National American Association for Agricultural Education Conference, Omaha, NE. Saucier, P.R., Terry, Jr. R., & Schumacher, L.G. (2010). Characteristics of Missouri agricultural mechanics programs: A generational review. Poster session presented at the 2010 National American Association for Agricultural Education Conference, Omaha, NE. Saucier, P. R. & Tummons, J. D. (2010). Professional development through winter technical institutes: Agricultural electrification. Poster session presented at the 2010 National American Association for Agricultural Education Conference, Omaha, NE. Saucier, P.R., & McKim, B.R. (2010). Agricultural mechanics experience of Texas agricultural education student teachers. Poster session presented at the 2010 Western Region of the American Association for Agricultural Education Conference, Great Falls, MT. Saucier, P.R., Terry, Jr. R., & Schumacher, L.G. (2010). Characteristics of Missouri agricultural mechanics programs: A generational review. Poster session presented at the 2010 Southern Region of the American Association for Agricultural Education Conference, Orlando, FL. Saucier, P.R., Tummons, J. D., Schumacher, L.G., & Terry, Jr. R. (2009). FFA professional development needs of Missouri agricultural educators. Poster session presented at the 2009 North Central Region of the American Association for Agricultural Education Conference, Lincoln, NE.

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Department of Agriculture (cont.) Faculty Accomplishments

Peer reviewed, double blind poster abstracts Saucier, P. R. & Tummons, J. D. (2009). Professional development through winter technical institutes: Agricultural electrification. Poster session presented at the 2009 North Central Region of the American Association for Agricultural Education Conference, Lincoln, NE. Peer reviewed workshop proposals Saucier, P. R., Association for Career and Technical Education Conference, Presenter, Avoiding Disaster: Safely Managing and Utilizing an Agricultural Mechanics Laboratory for Effective Student Instruction, Las Vegas, NV, December 2010 Research awards Saucier, P. R., Distinguished Manuscript, American Association for Agricultural Education, “Professional Development Needs of Missouri Agricultural Educators”, 5/2010. Saucier, P. R., 1st Place, Outstanding Research Manuscript, Western Region – American Association for Agricultural Education, “Laboratory management in-service needs of Wyoming secondary agriculture teachers”, 4/2010. Saucier, P. R., 1st Place, Outstanding Research Paper Presentation, Western Region – American Association for Agricultural Education, “Laboratory management in-service needs of Wyoming secondary agriculture teachers”, 4/2010. Saucier, P. R., 2nd Place, Outstanding Graduate Student Research Poster, Southern Region – American Association for Agricultural Education, “Characteristics of Missouri Agricultural Mechanics Programs: A Generational Review”, 2/2010. Saucier, P. R., 1st Place, Outstanding Research Poster, North Central Region – American Association for Agricultural Education, “FFA Professional Development Needs of Missouri Agricultural Educators”, 9/2009. Saucier, P. R., 1st Place, Outstanding Innovative Poster, North Central Region – American Association for Agricultural Education, “Professional Development through Winter Technical Institutes: Agricultural Electrification”, 9/2009. **************************************************************************************************************************

Angirasa, A. & Morrish, D. G. (2010). Can small farms survive in the economies of size-driven environment?. Southwestern Economics Association annual meetings, Houston, TX. March 31-April 2, 2010. (Paper Presentation) **************************************************************************************************************************

Colbath, S. A. & Morrish, D. G. (Accepted for publication – 2010). An Analysis of the Spatial Effects of Population Density on the Agricultural Knowledge of College Freshmen. North American colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Journal. Colbath, S. A. & Morrish, D. G. (Accepted for publication – 2010). What do college freshmen know about agriculture? An evaluation of agricultural literacy. North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Journal. Rocka, T. R. & Morrish, D. G. ( Accepted for publication – 2010). Public school administrators’ ratings of the biological and physical science competencies needed by beginning agricultural science instructors. North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Journal. 6


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Department of Criminal Justice Faculty Accomplishments On June 17, 2009, Dr. Brian L. Withrow, (Associate Professor of Criminal Justice) testified before the House Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties in Washington DC. Dr. Withrow was invited to testify before this committee by Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY). He spoke on the use of racial and ethnic information in suspect classifications. Dr. Brian L. Withrow and San Marcos Police Chief Howard Williams, who is also a doctoral student, are conducting research on the use of accident records to estimate the driving population. Similar measures have been used for decades by traffic engineers to measure the relative risk of accident involvement among various types of drivers. Dr. Withrow and Chief Williams hope to use this measure as a benchmark in racial profiling research. Dr. Brian L. Withrow and San Antonio Police Department Officer Brian Reyes, who is also a doctoral student, are conducting research on consent searches. This research will test the 'Thin Slicing' theory that is the subject of Malcolm Gladwell's popular book called Blink. ********************************************************************************* Dr. Donna Vandiver co-presented "When College Students Become the Main Culprits of Crime: An Examination of the Copyright Issues Associated with Music Piracy" with former TSU, criminal justice adjunct professor Dr. ChĂŠ D. Williamson at the seventh annual Athens Institute for Education and Research conference. ********************************************************************************* Dr. John A. McLaren, published: Henson, Verna, McLaren, John, and Stone, William E., "Texas Hospital Administrators' Perceptions of the Effectiveness of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs)', International Journal of Sociological Research, Vol.2, Nos. 1-2 (December 2009, 101115.)

Hot Off the Press! Dr. Brian Withrow’s new book, The Racial Profiling Controversy: What Every Police Leader Should Know, has just been published! If you don't understand the problem of racial profiling, you could be adding to it. If you don't understand the solution, you could be destroyed by it. Dr. Withrow is one of the nation's leading racial profiling experts, and has successfully defended more police officers and agencies against racial profiling accusations than any other on record, his book spotlights: *Truths and misconceptions about racial profiling: What is it and what it isn't. *Steps you and your agency should take to avoid and defend against racial profiling accusations. *Advice for creating policies and procedures that protect against profiling problems and minimize legal risk. *Rare insights into strategies plaintiff's attorneys use to build profiling cases against officers and other agencies. No politics. No spin. Just real facts and proven solutions! 7


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Department of Criminal Justice (cont.) The Department of Criminal Justice is Proud to Announce The

Texas State University-San Marcos Lecture in Crime and Justice Presented by Colin Loftin, Ph.D.

Dr. Loftin is Professor of Criminal Justice at the University at Albany, State University of New York, which offers an internationally renowned doctoral program. Loftin is a Fellow in the American Society of Criminology (ASC), and was recently elected Executive Counselor for the ASC. He is past Associate Editor of the Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Law and Society Review, and the American Sociological Review, and was a member of the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Understanding and Preventing Violence. Dr. Loftin will present a public lecture titled:

The Validity and Invalidity Measures of Homicide The lecture concerns the use and misuse of official data on violent crime, and will demonstrate that crime statistics are neither accurate nor inaccurate. Their validity instead depends on the context and use of the data.

Please Join Us on October 18, 2010, 5:00-6:20 PM Agriculture Building, 204 Dr. Loftin will also meet with our Ph.D. in Criminal Justice students to discuss current and postdoctoral goals, and possible ways to pursue and accomplish them (1:00PM-2:00PM in Hines 104). Our students will then participate in a workshop titled, Evaluating Causal Arguments, led by Loftin in Hines 104 at 2:00PM-4:00PM. For further information, contact Professors Bob Edward Vรกsquez (Bob.Vasquez@txstate.edu) 8


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Department of Criminal Justice (cont.) MEET THE NEWEST ADDITIONS TO THE CJ PROFESSOR TEAM Dr. Marcus Felson’s research focuses on the everyday, not the exotic: How do the day-to-day realities of life produce opportunities for crime? And equally as important, how do you work within these realities to develop measures to reduce crime opportunities, and thus lower the crime rate? Felson’s extensive research in these areas has resulted in practical approaches to reducing crime, with a special focus on preventing business crime. He has taught classes to police officers, and created Crime Prevention Service, a web site to educate business-owners in anti-crime strategies, located at crimeprevention.rutgers.edu. In 1997, Rutgers graduate students, under Felson’s direction, conducted a well-publicized study and determined that strategic changes in building design and policies had significantly reduced crime in New York’s Port Authority Bus Terminal. Felson’s expertise extends to urban crime and crime rate trends, as well as business crime and crime prevention. He is scheduled to teach CJ 4340 (Crime Theory & Victimization) and one doctoral class. **************************************************************************************************************************

Dr. Beth A. Sanders has a M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati. She began her academic career at Kent State University and spent several years working in public health at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Child Health Statistics Center. In 2001, Dr. Sanders joined the faculty at Thomas More College where she served as Department Chair and Co-Director of the Freshman Seminar program for several years. She has served as a consultant to municipal police departments in the areas of officer selection, officer promotion and community relations, and sat on the Promotion board for the Kentucky State Police. Her work has recently appeared in Journal of Criminal Justice Education, Deviant Behavior and Policing. **************************************************************************************************************************

Dr. Mitchell Chamlin received his Ph.D. in sociology from SUNY-Albany in 1985. He served eight years on the faculty of the Department of Sociology at the University of Oklahoma and seventeen years on the faculty of the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati immediately prior to coming to Texas State. His research focuses on explicating the linkages from macro-level, structural conditions on various dimensions of crime and crime control. Drawing on insights garnered from pluralistic conflict, anomie, and deterrence theories, he has published over 60 peer-reviewed articles, many in the top journals of the field (Criminology, Justice Quarterly, and the Journal of Quantitative Criminology). Currently, he serves on the advisory boards of Criminology, Criminal Justice Policy Review, and the Journal of Crime and Justice. His graduate level teaching is in the areas of criminological theory, macro-criminology, the philosophy of science, and time series analysis. 9


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Department of Criminal Justice (cont.)

 Benefiting the Kurt Knapp Memorial Scholarship Fund The Scholarship fund honors Kurt D. Knapp, a State Trooper with the Texas Department of Public Safety, killed in the line of duty on May 8, 2004.

6th Annual Kurt Knapp Memorial Golf Tournament Scott Schreiner Municipal Golf Course 1 Country Club Drive Kerrville, Texas 78028 877-660-7200 or local (830) 257-4982

October 23, 2010 12:00 p.m. Shotgun start Registration starts at 11:00 a.m. 4 Person best ball format (green fees, cart, lunch and dinner included)

$70.00 per player

($80.00 per player if registered on or after October 16th)

Donations for the Kurt Knapp Memorial Fund can be mailed to: Kurt Knapp Memorial Fund 216 CR 240 McCoy, Texas 78113

Proceeds will benefit the Kurt Knapp Memorial Scholarship Scholarships will then be awarded to Local area High School College bound seniors For questions or more information please contact: Todd Jennings (830) 889 – 5867 (Fredericksburg) or James Salaz (830) 377 – 7634 (Kerrville)

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Department of Family and Consumer Sciences Human Nutrition Program News The MS in Human Nutrition had eight (8) students graduate in August. These students are: Ashwini Bakane Corey DeLeon Juanita Escamilla Jennifer Griffin Christen Lester Erin Rigney Ashley Vineyard Julia Von Bank

As part of earning the MS in Human Nutrition, Corey, Juanita, Christen, Jennifer, and Julia successfully completed theses research on a variety of topics related to basic research related to functional components of foods and their activity on metabolic processes, mediation of cancer metastases by vitamin A, and applied research related to the consumption of complementary foods by San Marcos infants and toddlers. In addition to earning their Master's degrees, Erin, Ashley and Julia also completed the accredited Dietetic Internship at Texas State and are now eligible to sit for the exam to become Registered Dietitians. Nine students successfully completed the intensive 10 month accredited Texas State Dietetic Internship. Completion of this program makes these students eligible to sit for the exam to become Registered Dietitians. These students engaged in over 1200 hours of supervised practice, along with taking 9 hours of graduate coursework.

Congratulations to Elissa Basham Jeannette Ely Anna Macnak Erin Rigney Mandy Seay Ashley Silva Ashley Vineyard Julia Von Bank Erik White

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Department of Family and Consumer Sciences (cont.) FACULTY ACCOMPLISHMENTS Drs. Elizabeth Blunk, Sue Williams, and Elizabeth Russell are preparing for the fall implementation of the research project, Caminitos: Pathways to School Success for Families and Children, which has received funding from the Kennedy Foundation. Dr. Jaime Chahin was instrumental in identifying this funding source for the project. The Caminitos project will be implemented at Hernandez Elementary School in San Marcos and involves four-year-old pre-K children and their parents. The purpose is to facilitate the school success of the children through enhancing parents’ understanding of their critical role in this process. An important component of the project will be a toy lending library with high quality, developmentally appropriate toys focusing on math and literacy skills, which can be checked out and taken home for parents and children to use. Parents will also attend seminars that are planned around parents’ interest in these topics: children’s math skills, literacy, nutrition and physical activity, as well as other topics they select to cover. Three graduate students are also heavily engaged in working on the project. They are Hilary Koenig, Jeanna Martinez, and Meagan Brooks; Mila Escamilla, an incoming graduate student, will join the research team in the fall semester. ********************************************************************************* Dr. Gwendolyn Hustvedt, Assistant Professor, Fashion Merchandising, presented a "Review of Energy Efficient Laundry Studies Conducted by the US Department of Energy" to the Household Technology and Sustainability Program Committee of the International Federation for Home Economics at their Council Meeting in Sligo, Ireland. President Trauth in the Presidential Awards also recognized Dr. Hustvedt for Excellence in Teaching for demonstrating an outstanding ability to make teaching and learning an exciting experience. Congratulations Dr. Hustvedt!

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Teaching Dr. Gwendolyn Hustvedt

********************************************************************************* Dr. Jiyun Kang co-authored, "Hedonic and utilitarian shopping motivations of fashion leadership” published in Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management, 2010, Vol. 14, No. 2, pp. 312-328.

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Department of Family and Consumer Sciences (cont.) GRADUATE STUDENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS Two graduate students in the MS in Human Nutrition program, working under the direction of Dr. Sylvia Crixell, successfully defended their theses in summer 2010. Julia Von Bank defended "Evaluation of Feeding Practices of Infants and Toddlers at the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children in San Marcos, Texas" on July 1, 2010, and graduated in August. Julia will be a lecturer in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences in 2010-2011.

Hope van der Heijden defended "Maternal Characteristics and Infant and Toddler Feeding Practices in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) in San Marcos, Texas" on July 7, 2010. Hope was accepted into the Texas State Dietetic Internship and will begin that program in September.

Bret Adams, who has served as Administrative Assistant III in Family & Consumer Sciences for the past ten years, completed her Master’s in Geography this spring and is scheduled to graduate in August. She presented her thesis research on “The effects of Distance and Quality-of-Life Consequences for Refugee-Hosting Populations in Tanzania” at the Association of American Geographers national conference in Washington, D.C., in May.

Dr. Vatsala Maitin's student Juanita Escamilla (cosupervised by Dr. Michelle Lane) successfully defended her Master's thesis entitled 'Role of Probiotic Bacteria in the Prevention of Colorectal Cancer Metastasis' and graduated in August.

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School of Social Work Faculty Accomplishments Drs. Nancy Chavkin and Karen Brown have received $781, 968 in funding from the Department of Family and Protective Services to prepare students for careers in Title IV-E public child welfare. Through this university/agency partnership, 42 social work students will receive specialized education and support, and faculty will develop innovative, research-based curriculum modules for best practices in the field of public child welfare. Currently, fewer than 25% of child protective service workers in Texas hold a Bachelor (BSW) or Master degree in Social Work (MSW). Education and training will focus on enhancing caseworker skills necessary for administering the Title IV-E foster care program. In addition, to providing support for current students, the funds will support trainings for current DFPS Title IV-E staff and for foster and adoptive parents in Region 7 and Region 8 of Texas. In the past sixteen years, Texas State has prepared more than 300 students for public child welfare. Drs. Karen Knox, Mary Jo Garcia Biggs, and Sally Hill-Jones presented their research (and collected data) on “Healthy aging: Social work and health care professionals’ perspectives” at the International Changing Health Dublin 2010 Conference in Dublin, Ireland on July 1, 2010. Drs. Mary Jo Garcia Biggs and Dorinda Noble presented their paper, “Building a bridge to overcome geographical barriers to social work education” at the 2010 Joint World Conference on Social Work and Social Development in Hong Kong, China on June 13, 2010.

Drs. Mary Jo Garcia Biggs, Karen Knox, and Sally Hill-Jones presented their research on “Healthy aging: Social work and health care professionals’ perspectives” at the 2010 Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences in Honolulu, Hawaii on June 4, 2010. Drs. Mary Jo Garcia Biggs, Cynthia Simpson and Mark Gaus (both from Sam Houston State) published an article “Using a team approach to address bullying of students with Asperger’s Syndrome in activity-based settings” in Children & Schools Journal.

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School of Social Work (cont.) Great news! Dr. Christine Norton's edited book, Innovative interventions in child and adolescent mental health, has just been published! Here is the bibliographic information: Norton, C. (Ed.). (2011). Innovative interventions in child and adolescent mental health. New York, NY: Routledge/Taylor & Francis. Here's the link to the book: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415879842/ Dr. Betsy Wisner of our faculty contributed a great chapter on Meditative practices for children and adolescents. Congratulations, Christine! And congratulations on the chapter, Betsy! Dr. Betsy Wisner, Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work, along with school of social work MSW graduate student David Gwin and Dr. Barbara Jones were notified of the publication of the article: “School-based Meditation Practices for Adolescents: A Resource for Strengthening Self-Regulation, Emotional Coping, and Self-Esteem” in the July 2010 special issue of the journal Children & Schools. Dr. Wisner also presented a paper on this topic at the 6th International Conference in Health and Mental Health in Dublin, Ireland during the summer of 2010. Dr. Wisner, in collaboration with School of Social Work professors Dr. Karen Brown and Dr. Catherine Hawkins also presented papers on the topic of meditative practices for self-care and on the topic of spirituality and social work at the same international conference. Many Hats of Supervision Professional Development Course The School of Social Work offered the Many Hats of Supervision professional development course in Galveston, Texas in July 2010. The workshop, offering 40 continuing education hours, is offered several times a year to licensed social workers by the School’s Director, Dorinda Noble, Ph.D., LCSW, and Andrew T. Marks, LMSW, the School's Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Coordinator. The course develops and improves supervision skills for supervisors in a variety of public and private social service agencies and social workers seeking professional development. The course meets the requirements of the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners rules to become an approved social worker supervisor. The “Board Approved Supervisor” designation is needed if a supervisor is working with social work licensees seeking the Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) designation or the Independent Practice Recognition (IPR) for the Licensed Bachelor Social Worker (LBSW) or Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) levels of licensure. Participants in the workshop complete 30 hours of classroom work and then complete 10 hours through on-line assignments. Topics include the legal liability of supervisors, supervisee evaluation, dealing with personnel conflict, developing a professional business and practice model and the regulation of social work practice and social workers in Texas among many other topics. This marks the 5th year the course has been offered by the School of Social Work. The School has offered the course in and around Central and South Texas including San Antonio, South Padre Island, Galveston, Salado and San Marcos. 15


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School of Social Work (cont.) EMPOWERMENT TODAY SUMMARY The School of Social Work at Texas State university-San Marcos hosted the Empowerment Today roundtable for young African American men July 15. Drs. Raphael Travis and Angela Ausbrooks headed the Rountable. The Roundtable was developed from the assumption that healthy habits, behaviors, biological functioning and even genetic expression is optimal only when in partnership with healthenhancing environments. The Roundtable sought to use an exciting combination of video, music, cutting edge research and activities to help a group of African American youth aged 13-18 take a closer look at the different environments in which they interact with and ones they can help create. The overall purpose was to help youth identify and build upon pathways to empowerment and thus improve the quality of their environments. We drew from a positive youth development perspective. Therefore, regardless of youth history, labels, appearance or circumstance, we sought to build on their existing strengths to help them maximize their potential. Current theories, research and community-based strategies let us know that there is a critical mass promoting a positive, assetbased outlook on young people. This outlook posits young people as rich in strengths and active contributors toward improvements in themselves and their communities. Young people are not passive receivers of what adults have to offer; instead they are co-architects of their own health and well-being. This workshop, with 13 participants, provided a unique way for youth to look at the obstacles and opportunities that often exist in their lives. We looked at the interaction between street and school. We look at how early life impacts later life. But most importantly we looked at supports and opportunities available to them, we helped them identify new and improved goals using these resources, and then develop strategies for healthy decisionmaking. Objectives were for youth participants to: 1. Identify obstacles and risks to healthy development 2. Identify ways to discover and use meaningful supports and opportunities, including positive relationships 3. Revise personal goals for health, resiliency and well being 4. Develop and use strategies for healthy decision-making 16


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School of Social Work (cont.) Texas State Graduate Student Awarded Hogg Foundation Scholarship Texas State University-San Marcos student Arnold “Arnie” Williams is one of 10 students in Texas graduate social work programs to receive $50,000 in special scholarship awards honoring the 70th anniversary of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. Williams, a former journalist and a 12-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, has a special interest in working with military veterans who are transitioning back into civilian life. A master’s degree in social work will better equip him to work with men and women who experience mental health conditions as a result of multiple tours of duty and exposure to combat and its related traumas. “Men and women in the military attach such a high level of stigma to mental health issues while on active duty. They don’t want to be seen as a liability to their fellow soldiers and they place the utmost value on combat readiness,” Williams said. “When they return to civilian life, they often carry that same stigma and hide their symptoms. Attending to both their mental and physical needs is crucial to successful readjustment to civilian life.” In recent years the Hogg Foundation has awarded five $5,000 Ima Hogg scholarships annually to graduate social work students who plan to provide mental health services after graduation. The scholarship program was created in 1956 by Ima Hogg to attract students to mental health careers. This year, the Hogg Foundation doubled the number of scholarships to mark its 70th year of promoting mental health in Texas. The foundation was created in 1940 by the children of former Governor James S. Hogg and has awarded millions of dollars in Texas to support mental health services, research, policy analysis and public education. “Miss Ima truly was gifted in her vision for improving mental health in Texas. The scholarship program she created five decades ago is more relevant than ever today as Texas faces a serious and widening gap between the mental health workforce and the need for services,” said Octavio N. Martinez, Jr., executive director of the Hogg Foundation. Scholarship recipients must attend a Texas graduate social work program that is accredited or pending accreditation by the national Council on Social Work Education. The Hogg Foundation is part of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin. For more information, contact Merrell Foote at (512) 471-9142 or via email at merrell.foote@austin.utexas.edu.

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School of Social Work (cont.) !

Graduate Student Accomplishments

Summer Research Forum The School of Social Work held its Summer Research Forums on August 11th for the BSW and MSW Direct Practice interns and on August 13th for the MSW Administrative Leadership interns. The BSW students presented their Agency Macro Projects, the MSW Direct Practice interns’ posters reported the findings of their Practice Evaluation Projects, and the Administrative Leadership students presented their Agency Research Projects. Social Work faculty and agency field instructors, as well as family and friends of the students, attended the events. The posters show the valuable contributions that our interns make to the agencies and their clients. The School congratulates all of the interns on their excellent research and evaluation projects.

Job Well Done Everyone, Congratulations! Excellence in Diversity Awards Announced Dr. Trauth in a campus-wide memo announced the recipients of the Excellence in Diversity

Awards for 2010: Dr. Katherine Selber, Professor, School of Social Work, and Dr. T. Jaime Chahin, Dean, College of Applied Arts. These awards are given annually to one faculty member and one staff member who provide exceptional commitment to diversity at Texas State University-San Marcos by promoting the University’s diversity goal. Congratulations to Dr. Selber and Dr. Chahin.

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Occupational Education Program Faculty Accomplishments Dr. Matthew Eichler, Assistant Professor, co-organized the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Allies Pre-conference of the Adult Education Research Conference along with Ted McCadden, a doctoral student at Pennsylvania State University – Harrisburg. This was held June 3 at California State University, Sacramento. Dr. Eichler, also presented and published a paper, co-authored by Dana Dudzinska-Przesmitzki, a doctoral student of the University of Connecticut, entitled “If Physicians ‘Don’t Ask’ and LGBT Patients ‘Don’t Tell’ Then Who’s Talking? Educational Strategies for Addressing Health Care Disparities Facing LGBT Patients” at the Adult Education Research Conference and Western Region Research Conference on the Education of Adults held June 4-6 at California State University, Sacramento.

Graduate Studies News & Events 1, 2, 3, SMILE! Photos from the May 2010 CAA Master’s Hooding Ceremony can be viewed and downloaded at the following link. http://www.umktg.txstate.edu/photos/ applied-arts-spring-10/ Photos from the August 2010 CAA Master’s Hooding Ceremony can be viewed and downloaded at the following link. http://www.umktg.txstate.edu/photos/ Applied-Arts-Hooding-Summer10/ The College of Applied Arts Photo Gallery can be found at the following link. http://www.appliedarts.txstate.edu/Gr aduate-Studies/CAA-PhotoGallery.html

From Field to Fantasy THE ART OF COSTUME PRODUCED FOR THE TEXAS CITRUM FIESTA SEPTEMBER 30, 2010 GRAND OPENING HISTORIC TEXTILES & APPAREL GALLERY 2 – 4 PM FAMILY & CONSUMER SCIENCES BUILDING, 158

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CAA: Graduate Studies 101 Graduate Student Orientation Friday, October 22nd 2 – 5 pm in Ag 204 RSVP to Yolanda Quintanilla at yq10@txstate.edu by Friday, October 15 

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CAA Master’s Hooding Ceremony May 2010

M Ed Graduate, Jennifer M atthews, D epartm ent of Agriculture

M SCJ Graduates,

MSIS and MEd Graduates,

Occupational Education Program

M SW Graduates,

D epartm ent of Crim inal Justice

School of Social W ork

M aster’s Graduates,

Candidates in the procession to begin

Fam ily & Consum er Sciences

the M aster’s H ooding Cerem ony

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CAA Master’s Hooding Ceremony August 2010

Candid sm iles before the Cerem ony, School of Social W ork Cohort

MSIS Graduates,

Occupational Education Program

M Ed Graduates,

M SW Graduates,

D epartm ent of Agriculture

School of Social W ork

M S in H um an N utrition,

Professor M aitin congratulates one of

Fam ily & Consum er Sciences

her successful students!

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Graduate Studies News & Events

Second International Research Conference for Graduate Students November 3-4, 2010 Texas State University-San Marcos Join graduate students from Texas State, as well as universities across the nation and around the world, in making presentations from a variety of fields at a conference sponsored by the Graduate College. • Students will present their original research and receive feedback on their presentations from experienced faculty members. • Master’s and doctoral students from all disciplines are encouraged to participate. The conference will take place on the beautiful Texas State University campus, located between Austin and San Antonio. The conference is free and open to all graduate students currently enrolled in colleges and universities. For more information go to www.gradcollege.txstate.edu

A member of The Texas State University System

If you require accommodations due to a disability in order to participate, please call 512.245.2581 at least 72 hours in advance of the event.

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Graduate Studies News & Events Workshops Offered By the Graduate College for Fall 2010 Graduate College Thesis/Dissertations Workshops This workshop is designed to help the student become familiar with Graduate College guidelines for formatting and submitting a dissertation or thesis. All workshops offered this semester are identical. Thursday, September 30th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 p.m. Location: JCK 460 Wednesday, October 20th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Location: JCK 460 IRB Workshop for Graduate Students Graduate students whose research involves human subjects (surveys, interviews, use of secondary data, experimental research, etc.) should attend this workshop. The workshop will help students become familiar with the policies and procedures of the Texas State Institutional Review Board and the process for obtaining approval of their research. The workshop will cover the need for review and help students determine whether to submit an exemption request or IRB application. Monday, September 13th from 12:30 pm to 1:30 p.m. Location: JCK 460 Presenter: Dr. Jon Lasser, IRB Chair Copyright for the Graduate Student This workshop is offered by the Graduate College and Alkek Library and will be of benefit for all graduate students. Knowing how to ethically and legally use materials in your applied research projects, thesis, dissertation, and publications and how to fairly use materials in your teaching and presentations is an essential obligation for graduate students. This workshop will provide an introduction to copyright, with an emphasis on author rights and appropriate steps for acquiring and demonstrating permission to use materials in research publications. Responsible teaching and presentation practices (e.g., use of materials in TRACS and in face-to-face teaching) will also be covered. Tuesday, September 28th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 p.m. Location: Alkek Library 105/106 Wednesday, October 13th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 p.m. Location: Alkek Library 105/106 For details contact you may contact Sonya Garza at sg42@txstate.edu or at (512) 245-2581. 23


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Graduate Studies News & Events Fall 2010 Graduate Tuition Assistance Scholarship Recipients Caroline Muster, MSW Erik Boie, MSW John McKay, MSW Michele Simonich, MSW Rebeca Dos Santos, MSW Lori Burnett, MSW Sable Galindo, MSW Elizabeth Halle, MSW Megan Sharp, MSW Alicia Pace, MSW Amber Roberson, MSW Gabriela Alonzo, MSW Gian Cervantes, MSAG Ben Glover, MSAG Sherri Fuller, MSAG Lisbet Royston, MSCJ Veronica Simonds, MSCJ Jonathan Flores, MSCJ Jessica Heavner, MSCJ Christopher Herring, MSCJ Ashley Barksdale, MSCJ Tyler Hemphill, MSCJ Amy Morris, MSCJ Priscilla Pham, MSHN Hannah Thornton, MSHN Amy Hiller, MSHN Shaniece Parker, MSHN Erik White, MSHN Brandon Jamison, MSHN Vickie Liang, MSFCS Dawn Wray, MSFCS Ryeshia Jackson, MSFCS Emma Nichols, MSFCS Milagros Escamilla, MSFCS Justin Williams, MSIS Susan Palmer, MSIS Pamala Lynch, MSIS Michelle Tippins, M Ed Cheri Krockover, MSIS Sidra Bhatti, MSIS Laura Czepiel, M Ed

Scholarship Recipients (continued) Jonathan Allen, Ph.D. Kevin Jennings, Ph.D. Yongsok Kim, Ph.D. Kristina Lopez, Ph.D. Juan Sandoval, Ph.D. Anna Williams, Ph.D. Jeremiah Hicks, Ph.D. Tammy Bracewell, Ph.D. Antwan Floyd, Ph.D.

 The College of Applied Arts (CAA) awarded fifty (50) $ 1,000 scholarships to new graduate students for the Fall 2010 semester. Eligible students are those who are new to graduate studies and will enter any of the CAA programs (Agriculture, Criminal Justice, Family and Child Studies, Child Life Track, Human Nutrition, Occupational Education, or Social Work). The College receives a portion of the scholarship funds based on departmental enrollment. Scholarships, academic excellence and research opportunity are part of the ongoing student centered focus in the CAA. As a result of these efforts full time graduate student enrollment continues to increase.

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Graduate Studies News & Events Congratulations to the 2010 Graduate Research Fellowship Recipients The College awarded 13 Graduate Research Fellowships for the fall 2010 semester and increase of 5 from fall 2009. The purpose of the Graduate Research Fellowship program is to engage graduate students with faculty in research collaboration. Department of Agriculture: Erica Meier will continue working with Dr. Tina Cade on “A Study Looking at the Invasive Species of the Rio Grande River Basin” and Alyson Ivey, will continue working with Dr. Douglas Morrish on a project entitled “The Implementation and Effect of Active Student Organizations, Clubs, and Judging Programs on Recruitment and Retention of Incoming Freshmen”. Department of Criminal Justice: Stephanie Engling is working with Dr. Pete Blair. In her first year of fellowship, she collected data on cases that were assigned to detectives at the San Marcos police department. This involved converting more than 500 case files into electronic format. After this was completed, she coded all 500 files for the presence or absence of more than 50 variables. We are currently working on analyzing and writing-up this data for submission to a peer-reviewed journal. Stephanie will also work on examining the confession cases to see if the evidence corroborates the confessions. She will also be examining the cases to look for instances of verifiable truth and deception. Cheri Rowden is working with Dr. Jeff Cancino. In her first fellowship year, she collected and entered three of four independent data sources (violations, sales tax receipts, and DWI) associated with the Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission (TABC) and the San Antonio Police Department. Three years (20062008) of data were collected. This fall, she will begin to collect the final source of data, which will consist of DWI fatalities, blood-alcohol levels, and toxicology reports. Ms. Rowden intends on using these data for a professional paper/thesis. Lisbet Royston will be working with Dr. Wayman Mullins on "The selection, training and utilization of crisis negotiators: A determination of accepted practices." Veronica Simonds will be working with Dr. Joyce Pollock on "Splitting the Baby": Discipline and Arbitration in Police Departments.” Family and Child Studies Program: Ryeshia Jackson will be working with Dr. Michelle Toews on the Strengthening Relationships project. Human Nutrition Program: Priscilla Pham will be working with Dr. Vatsala Maitin on her thesis title, which is 'Role of probiotic bacteria in the regulation of diet-induced obesity'. Occupational Education Program: Justin Williams will be working with Dr. Matt Eichler and Dr. Omar Lopez. He will be working on a project entitled “Interdisciplinary research problems in occupations, education, media, and culture.” He will be working on several main projects under these topics: Allies and masculinity, Popular media literacy, Recruitment and geography in diverse education programs and Vocation and identity. School of Social Work: Patrick Cuff will be working with Dr. Raphael Travis on his project examining the juvenile recidivism of African American and Latino youth. Katia Papillon you will be working with Dr. Angela Ausbrooks on her project for improving educational outcomes for foster youth. Brittany Gold will be working with Dr. Nancy Chavkin on her multi-agency project, examining turnover and retention strategies of Texas State alumni who completed the child welfare-training project. Alyssa Taylor will be working with the Center for Children and Families (CCF) doing research on minority 4 and 5 year olds for the Caminitos Project. Dr. Morgan Russell and Dr. Chavkin are jointly supervising the research project.

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Graduate Studies News & Events Graduate Advisor Meeting

Board of Regents

Pedernales Building OCED Conference Room Friday, October 22nd, 9 am 

The Texas State University System is governed by a nine member Board of Regents appointed by the Governor. In addition, a nonvoting student regent is appointed annually to the Board.

Graduate Advisors for the Fall 2010 Semester Agricultural Education Dr. Douglas Morrish dm43@txstate.edu Criminal Justice Dr. Brian Withrow Master’s Program

brian.withrow@txstate.edu Dr. Mark Stafford Doctoral Program

stafford@txstate.edu Family and Consumer Sciences Dr. Elizabeth Morgan-Russell Child Life Track

er15@txstate.edu Dr. Michelle Toews Family & Child Studies

mtoews@txstate.edu Dr. BJ Friedman Human Nutrition

bf04@txstate.edu Occupational Education Program Dr. Steven Springer ss01@txstate.edu School of Social Work Dr. Mary Jo Biggs Online Program

MaryJoBiggs@txstate.edu Dr. Ted Watkins On campus program

Ron Blatchley (2011) Chairman BMB Homes Bryan | College Station Charlie Amato (2013) Vice Chairman Southwest Business Corporation San Antonio Kevin J. Lilly (2015) Avalon Advisors Houston Ron Mitchell (2015) Horseshoe Bay Resort Horseshoe Bay David Montagne (2015) Sabine River Authority of Texas Beaumont Trisha Pollard (2013) Pollard Development, L.P. Bellaire Michael Truncale (2013) Orgain Bell & Tucker, LLP Beaumont Donna N. Williams (2011) Parsons Infrastructure & Technology, Inc. Arlington Christopher Covo (2011) Student Regent San Marcos Brian McCall Chancellor

Newsletter Editor Yolanda Quintanilla Graduate Recruiter College of Applied Arts Agriculture Building, #306 yq10@txstate.edu 245-3538

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August 2010 Newsletter, Texas State College of Applied Arts  

The College of Applied Arts celebrates and recognizes scholarly achievement from its faculty and graduate student body.

August 2010 Newsletter, Texas State College of Applied Arts  

The College of Applied Arts celebrates and recognizes scholarly achievement from its faculty and graduate student body.

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