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CAA Quarterly Newsletter

August 2011

College of Applied Arts Newsletter FROM THE DEAN’S DESK  College & Graduate Students, The College of Applied Arts had an excellent year and continues to improve student enrollment and external funding. The Office of Research and Sponsored Projects estimates that we received $11,425,258 in grants awarded last year, which includes a range of new grants from the Texas Department of Public Safety, USDA, McCormick's, HHS, Department of Family and Protective Services, U.S. Office of Migrant Education, Cotton and JCPA. The grants were a collaborative endeavor by over 40 faculty members from every department in the College of Applied Arts. Recently the Texas State University Department of Agriculture was notified by the USDA-NIFA that their collaborative grant proposal was funded in the amount of $ 800,000 for the first year, an additional three years will be funded based on performance, for a total of $3.2 million. This is the first Hispanic Serving Institution grant received by Texas State since being recognized as an H.S.I.

 

Dates to Remember   

September   

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During this funding period, 50 USDA fellows will participate in a one-week “traveling classroom” to the Southwest Border Food Safety and Defense Center. Students funded through this innovative program will gain one of the many certifications offered by the Department of Homeland Security, thus adding to their credentials and increasing the chances for USDA employment. “The challenge is recruiting Hispanic students into the discipline of agriculture,” said Morrish. With the activities involved with the grant, it will allow investigators to show Hispanic students the many technologically advanced areas of the discipline. This will be done through experiential learning and STEM activities. We are proud of the Colleges innovative accomplishments thus far and look forward to the coming fall semester. T. Jaime Chahin, Dean of the College of Applied Arts

Spatial Data Analysis  Lecture, Hines 104, 4  pm, see p. 12 for  details 

 

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12th Class Day  

 

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Quantitative Analysis  of Crime and  Criminal Justice,  Hines 104, 4 pm, see  p. 15 for details  

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Graduate  Information Fair,  LBJSC, 11:00 am, see  p. 27 for details 

 

The proposed project will fund community college students transferring from Laredo Community College, Palo Alto College, or Northwest Vista College to Texas State. Texas State graduate students will assist in the administration of the program and mentoring the undergraduate student body. The community college students will then transfer to complete their degree and graduate from Texas State University. Dr. Doug Morrish, Graduate Advisor for Master’s students, will assign students and faculty to research clusters to enhance the research experience of the undergraduate USDA fellows. In the 3rd and 4th year of the grant the fellows will apply to USDA for an internship opportunity somewhere in the United States.

Labor Day Holiday   

 

 

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Graduation  Application Deadline   

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October 

 

Bobcat Day   

 

 

Dean’s List Reception 

    

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Advanced  Registration Begins 

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Homecoming Game 

 

 

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November 

 

International  Research Conference  begins, see p. 26 for  details 

 

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Thanksgiving  vacation begins 

   


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August 2011

GRADUATE STUDENT SPOTLIGHT   Criminal Justice Students Travel to Russia: A Graduate Student’s Perspective Written by Elisha D. English On May 15, 2011 eight criminal justice students gathered with Dr. Vandiver at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. They were eager to board their nonstop flight to Moscow, Russia, despite the fact that the flight was 12 hours long. The eight students consisted of one Ph.D. student, Paul Reynolds, five graduate students, Ashley Barksdale, Kaleena Roy, Micah Gum, Rebecca Enslow, myself, and two undergraduate students, Angela Stewart and Kimberly Blumberg. Most of us did not know each other or we had only met briefly, having only one class together or passing each other in the halls. By the end of the trip, however, we had shared a unique experience together that brought us very close. Upon arriving at the Domodedovo Airport in Moscow Russia, after a long and tiresome flight, students were greeted by their tour guide, Nadya Pyanikova. Over the next two weeks Nadya would look after and take great care of the American students. The students were driven by van to the town of Vladimir. Vladimir is home to the program’s host agency The American Home. The American Home was founded in 1991 by Dr. Ron Pope, a former professor at Illinois State University, in an effort to aid the people of Vladimir in transitioning from a communist society to a free and democratic society. The American Home was responsible for arranging the curriculum experienced by the students while in Vladimir. The first lecture was presented by Dr. Pope. He spoke about the difficulties he and his staff encountered while building the American Home. In the building stages of the program Dr. Pope had a problem with one of his employees embezzling funds from the project. He was faced with the difficult decision of prosecuting this individual, which he did. By sharing his story, his first-hand experience, Dr. Pope offered the students a unique insight into the Russian Legal System. (Story continues on page 3)

Above: St. Basils’ cathedral (Moscow) Below: Group at a courthouse in Vladimir.


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GRADUATE STUDENT SPOTLIGHT    

A Graduate Student’s Perspective (continued) Over the next week the students would spend many hours listening to lectures at the American Home about the Russian Judicial System, police and lawyer practice, and police training programs. Additionally, the American Home arranged for students to visit the Vladimir Courthouse and Vladimir Police Headquarters. One student, Ashley Barksdale, described the visit to the Vladimir Police Headquarters as her favorite part of the entire trip. When asked why this was her favorite part Ashley said “learning and viewing their surveillance system and how they keep track of people entering and leaving Vladimir was interesting.” Ashley is a graduate student in the criminal justice program whose interests lie in national security and intelligence gathering. She said that all countries should be concerned with national security and found their surveillance system at the municipal level very fascinating. Students were also Graduate Student, Micah Gum, at given a personal tour of the Vladimir Courthouse by a a Holocaust Memorial in Moscow. prominent judge, Sergey Viktorovich Medvedev, Deputy Chairman of the Vladimir Regional Court and were allowed to tour the police mounted and animal training facilities. In addition to our focus on criminal justice in Russia, we also spent time interacting with English speaking students from Vladimir University. Alexei Altonen, a foreign languages professor at the university and correspondent with the American Home, arranged several events in which students from Texas State University could interact with students from  Vladimir  University.    Alexei  also  arranged  for  students  to  have  dinner  in  the  home  of  a  host.   This  provided  students  with  an  opportunity  to  gain  an  in‐ depth  experience  of  interacting with Russians who  were our own age.   Left to R: Kimberley Blumberg, Kaleena Roy, Angela FarrellStewart, Paul Reynolds, Dr. Donna Vandiver, Micah Gum, Rebecca Enslow, Ashley Barksdale, Elisha English Picture taken at the American Home, our host agency.

 


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GRADUATE STUDENT SPOTLIGHT   Students also toured cathedrals, art and history museums, public schools, a monastery/convent, and an orphanage; all of these allowed us to experience the historical, aesthetic, and social aspects of Russia. After nine days in Vladimir, students said goodbye and headed to the small town of Murom where a smaller branch of Vladimir University is located. In Murom students spent the night in the home of a host or host family. Hosts included students, their families, teachers, and professors from the university. Each student’s host spent time showing their student around Murom or giving them a personal look inside their lives. This was a unique experience and we were glad to have the experience. The last days of their trip in Russia students toured Moscow. In Moscow students took a riverboat tour, in which they saw the Kremlin from river, visited Red Square, Lenin’s tomb, St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Great Patriotic War (WWII) Museum, and attended the ballet at Bolshoi Theater. Even riding the Metro, the subway, in Moscow was a first time experience, and adventure, for some students! Two weeks, and a lot of cultural and learning experience later, students departed Russia and returned to Texas and its glorious, 100 degrees, summer weather. For some students this was a first time experience traveling abroad, while others were seasoned professionals. This was an amazing and one-of-a-kind learning and life experience for all. The Criminal Justice Department plans to return in May 2013, they will be traveling to Cuba in 2012. Anyone interested should contact Dr. Donna Vandiver at donnavandiver@mac.com.

Visit to Murom (ancient city).

  Angela Farrell-Stewart, (Micah Gum), Paul Reynolds, Donna Vandiver, Elisha English, Ashley Barksdale, and Rebecca Enslow.

 


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GRADUATE STUDENT SPOTLIGHT   Host Agency: The American Home http://www.serendipity-russia.com/Founded by Dr. Ron Pope (retired professors from Illinois State University) From its inception, the goal of the American Home project has been to make a positive contribution to Russia's transition from a "command" political and economic system to an open and flexible pluralist system capable of meeting the legitimate needs of the Russian public. Visitors to the American Home who are familiar with other foreign projects in Russia regularly comment on how remarkable it is that we have managed to stay in operation since 1992 and have found ways to get so much done. Several visitors have noted that we are accomplishing more with our limited resources than many much more costly projects.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." ~Margaret Mead US Embassy official on visiting the American Home in 2010: "We weren't even remotely prepared for what we saw -- an American-style house, filled top-tobottom with kids learning English with the guidance of American teachers! We stayed long enough [to see] adults appear after their workday to learn English with their peers…. What you've done… is truly incredible -- the excitement and positive energy that we witnessed…was something I'd rarely seen before. You deserve hearty congratulations…!" Our main goals: To do the best possible job with each project we take on, to remain flexible, and to provide assistance whenever and wherever we reasonably can in ways that ultimately benefit the Russian people and enhance Russian-American mutual understanding and cooperation. Every year we attempt to make improvements in our English program. We are working hard to expand and improve our Intensive Russian program. And we try to make positive contributions to each of the "special projects" where we attempt to provide assistance — such as tourism development, educational exchanges, and support for the regional basketball program.

Cathedral in Russia (right Vladimir).

Bogolyubova, outside of  


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Graduate Studies News & Events    

Master’s Graduation Candidates for August 2011  

Department of Agriculture Thomas J. Bloxham, MSAG Isaac Sitienei, MSAG

   

Department of Criminal Justice

 

Jennifer M. Ygnacio, MSCJ

 

School of Family and Consumer Sciences Megan P. Brooks, MS Occupational Education Program Shetay N. Ashford, MSIS Donna J. Harrell, MSIS James D. Johanson, MSIS James G. Nosler, MEd Graciela Sandoval, MSIS Cedric M. Scott, MSIS

School of Social Work  

       

 

   

 

   

Gabriela C. Alonzo, MSW Rebekah F. Day, MSW Claire K. Dixon, MSW Sable N. Galindo, MSW Laura K. Gavin, MSW Vanessa J. Gomez, MSW Elizabeth Halle, MSW Victoria L. Hensley, MSW Sommer M. Howser, MSW John M. McKay, MSW Olivia J. Montalvo, MSW Katia Papillon, MSW Amber L. Roberson, MSW Roseanna Sandoval, MSW Elizabeth A. Simon, MSW Irene M. Teveni, MSW

 

 

 

Congratulations to  all our candidates.  Your hard work and  perseverance will be  rewarded.  

* Graduate Advisors and Graduation Candidates please be aware that participation in the CAA Master’s Hooding Ceremony constitutes that all graduation requirements have been successfully met (thesis defense, comprehensive oral and written exams, etc.) at the program, departmental and University levels.


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Department of Agriculture   COLLABORATIVE GRANT PROPOSAL APPROVED BY FEDERAL AGENCY Recently the Texas State University Department of Agriculture was notified by the USDA-NIFA that their collaborative grant proposal was funded in the amount of $ 800,000 for the first year, an additional three years will be funded based on performance, for a total of $3.2 million. This is the first Hispanic Serving Institution grant received by Texas State since being recognized as an H.S.I.

 

The proposed project will fund community college students United States transferring from Laredo Community College, Palo Alto Department of Agriculture College, or Northwest Vista College to Texas State. Texas State graduate students will assist in the administration of the program and mentoring the undergraduate student body. The community college students will then transfer to complete their degree and graduate from Texas State University. Dr. Doug Morrish, Graduate Advisor for Master’s students, will assign students and faculty to research clusters to enhance the research experience of the undergraduate USDA      fellows. In the 3rd and 4th year of the grant the fellows will apply to USDA for an internship opportunity somewhere National Institute of Food in the United States. and Agriculture During this funding period, 50 USDA fellows will participate in a one-week “traveling classroom” to the Southwest Border Food Safety and Defense Center. Students funded through this innovative program will gain one of the many certifications offered by the Department of Homeland Security, thus adding to their credentials and increasing the chances for USDA employment. “The challenge is recruiting Hispanic students into the discipline of agriculture,” said Morrish. With the activities involved with the grant, it will allow investigators to show Hispanic students the many technologically advanced areas of the discipline. This will be done through experiential learning and In July, the Provost announced the appointment of Dr. Aditi Angirasa as Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Agriculture, effective September 1, 2011. Dr. Angirasa earned a M.S. in Economic Development and Natural Resources from California State Polytechnic University in 1973, a M.S. in International Trade and Economic Development from the University of California at Davis in 1975, and a Ph.D. in Production Economics and Quantitative Methods at Texas A&M University in 1979. Before joining Texas State in 1989, Dr. Angirasa taught at Texas Tech University, worked as an assistant vice president and economist at Security Pacific Bank in Los Angeles, and as a socioeconomics resource manager and senior economist at Tetra Tech, a Honeywell subsidiary. The College of Applied Arts nominated Dr. Angirasa for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarly/Creative activities in 1999. He is well known for his teaching, scholarship, and commitment to students. He has served as the graduate advisor for the Master of Agriculture Education degree. Dr. Angirasa’s research includes farm finance analysis, international trade, economic development, and analysis of the economic, social and environmental impact of NAFTA on the Rio Grande Valley.


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Department of Agriculture (cont.)  Faculty & Graduate Student Collaborations _________________________________________________________________________________ *McFarland, A., D. Hammond, J. Zajicek and T.M. Waliczek. 2011. Growing Minds: the development of an instrument to measure parental attitude toward nature and their child's outdoor recreation using the Dillman method, HortTechnology,. 21:225-229 Hammond, D., A. *McFarland, J. Zajicek and T.M. Waliczek. 2011. Growing Minds: The relationship between parental attitudes toward their child's outdoor recreation and their child's health, HortTechnology, 21:217-224. *DeWolfe, J., T.M. Waliczek and J. Zajicek. 2011. The relationship between levels of greenery and landscaping at track and field sites, anxiety and sports performance of collegiate track and field athletes, HortTechnology, 21:329-335. _________________________________________________________________________________ Large-Scale Composting As a Means of Managing Invasive Plants In the Rio Grande River Valley Basin, Erica Jane Meier, Texas State University; Tina Marie Waliczek, Texas State University; Michael Abbott, Texas State University. To read findings presented, go to: http://ashs.confex.com/ashs/2011/webprogram/Paper5953.html The Effects of Live Plants and Windows In Interior Spaces On Space Usage and Stress Levels of Users, Cole Etheredge, Texas State University; Tina Marie Waliczek, Texas State University. To read findings presented, go to: http://ashs.confex.com/ashs/2011/webprogram/Paper5962.html The Effect of the National Wildlife Federation's Schoolyard Habitat Program On the Science Scores, Science Grades, and Environmental Attitudes of 4th Grade Students, Benjamin J. Glover, Texas State University; Amy McFarland, Texas A&M University; Tina Marie Waliczek, Texas State University. To read findings presented, go to: http://ashs.confex.com/ashs/2011/webprogram/Paper6044.html _________________________________________________________________________________ Growing Minds: Methodology and Instrumentation for Examining Delayed Gratification and Visual Motor Integration Through a Unique Garden Program, A.J. Sommerfeld, M.S., Texas A&M University; Tina Marie Waliczek, Texas State University; Jayne M. Zajicek, Texas A&M University. To read findings presented, go to: http://ashs.confex.com/ashs/2011/webprogram/Paper5973.html Growing Minds: An Investigation of Parental Preference for Play Spaces, Amy L. McFarland, M.Ed., Texas A&M University; Jayne M. Zajicek, Texas A&M University; Tina Waliczek, Texas State University. To read findings presented, go to: http://ashs.confex.com/ashs/2011/webprogram/Paper5960.html


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August 2011

Department of Criminal Justice    

Faculty & Doctoral Student Collaborations Jonathan Allen, Doctoral Research Assistant, Department of Criminal Justice "Investigating the Spatial Relationship between Alcohol Sales Compliance and DWI Incidents" at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, (March 2011) "Residential Instability along the U.S.-Mexico Border: A Test of Social Disorganization Theory" at the American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA (November 2010) ________________________________________________________________________________ Williams, H. (2011). The Braidwood Commission reports on TASER use in Canada: An evidencebased policy review. Policing: an International Journal of Police Strategies & Management. In press. Pollock, J. & Williams, H. (2011). Using ethical dilemmas in training police. In Braswell M., McCarthy, B. & McCarthy, B. (Eds.). Justice, Crime, and Ethics, 7th Edition (pp. 91-110). Burlington, MA: Anderson Publishing. Withrow, B. & Williams, H. (2011). The utility of traffic crash data in racial profiling. Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences: Toronto, Canada, March 1-5, 2011. _________________________________________________________________________________ John McLaren, was named an Alpha Chi "Favorite Professor" this past Spring semester. _________________________________________________________________________________

Criminal Justice Student Receives Award for Criminology Thesis By Jordan Gass-Pooré, University News Service, July 11, 2011 Texas State University-San Marcos doctoral student Jaclyn Schildkraut has received the Richard Block Award for Outstanding Thesis. The annual award is given by the Homicide Research Working Group of the American Society of Criminology. Schildkraut will present the results of her Master’s thesis, Homicide in the Headlines: An Analysis of the Newspaper Reporting of Baltimore Homicides of 2010, in November at the American Society of Criminology’s annual conference in Washington D.C. The award includes a $500 prize plus travel expenses to-and-from the conference. Mark Stafford, Department of Criminal Justice professor, said the American Society of Criminology is comprised of criminal justice and criminology teachers and researchers. He said this is the first time a Texas State student has received the Richard Block Award for Outstanding Thesis. Schildkarut, a graduate of the University of Central Florida, said her thesis started as a term paper for a Master’s homicide class. She said she originally planned to research the New Orleans or Chicago homicide rate. She said she chose Baltimore because the city has a “phenomenal” homicide map that provided easily accessible data needed for her thesis. Schildkarut said Baltimore has the third highest murder per capita rate in the nation. “There were days in my study that six people died in one day, but only half of them would get reported on,” Schildkraut said. Schildkraut said what separates her thesis from others is that she only looked at crime victim information, not the offenders. Schildkraut used her media background to investigate the newsworthiness of Baltimore crimes. She said her research contradicted that of previous literature related to newsworthiness and homicide.


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Department of Criminal Justice (cont.)  University Police’s A.L.E.R.R.T. Program Gains National Attention By Mary Scheske Created Jun 29 2011 - 1:40 am; Published on University Star (http://star.txstate.edu) The way police officers respond to high-risk shooter incidents across the country has altered in part because of technique developed in San Marcos nine years ago. An Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training program established at the university continues to inspire national strides towards safety in tragedies similar to the one at Columbine High School. Terry Nichols, assistant director at A.L.E.R.R.T., said the procedure was developed in 2002 by a partnership among the Hays County Sherriff’s Office, San Marcos and University Police Department to specifically address active shooters. Nichols said deputies were instructed to stay outside critical situations and call SWAT teams prior to the Columbine shooting. “First responders really weren’t trained to go attack the problem, and Columbine taught us all in our profession that we expect more out of our law enforcement officers,” Nichols said. “If we expect more, we have to train them accordingly and that’s how the A.L.E.R.R.T. program began.” Diana Hendricks, director of communications at A.L.E.R.R.T., said the program is part of the university’s criminal justice department and receives funding through a $24 million dollar grant. Hendricks said more than 40,000 police officials utilize the special tactics around the nation to date. “When an active shooter situation happens — whether it’s a work place, a mall or at the university — UPD officers would not be the only group to respond,” Hendricks said. “SMPD and the HCSO would also arrive. The idea is to have everybody on the same page so that training goes far beyond just one agency.” UPD Cpt. Daniel Benitez said officers on duty can create teams of two to five people to enhance the efficiency of how problems are taken care of with the program. He said the first responder training classes allow departments the opportunity to attain a customary plan for shooting outbreaks. (Story continues on page 10)

 


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Department of Criminal Justice (cont.)  Police’s A.L.E.R.R.T. (continued) “The program is very effective in teaching the overall aspect of a situation and how to eliminate the source of a shooting as quickly as possible,” Benitez said. “However, you can’t really get [fully] prepared for an active shooter because you aren’t always going to get the situation you train for.” Benitez said A.L.E.R.R.T. offers other types of instruction including crisis breaching training, border rural terrain operational techniques and plain-clothes response for armed officers. He said a person without an Emergency Medical Technician license can learn how to administer first aid through classes available with A.L.E.R.R.T. Each course provides education to 25 qualified officials from the state, federal or military police areas. Several states have adopted the classes, including Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Iowa, Georgia and South Carolina. Nichols said the A.L.E.R.R.T. curriculum fostered in the city was the first standard active shooter training offered to agencies nationwide. He said the tactics were put into action during the recent Fort Hood and University of Texas shootings. “Officer Kimberly Munley, the officer who got shot and stopped the killer at Fort Hood, had been trained in our program,” Nichols said. “The officials did exactly what they had been trained and it worked. Humble beginnings right here in the little San Marcos. Master GRE content, sharpen skills with full-length practice tests, and learn proven test-taking strategies. We   guarantee your GRE score will improve. Take a FREE full-length practice GRE and find out how you would score. Get realistic practice and try your hand at the types of questions you’ll face on the actual exam. You’ll receive a personalized score report pinpointing your strengths and weaknesses. Plus, you’ll be eligible to attend a FREE follow-up Scores Back Session where you’ll have the opportunity to review your results with a GRE expert. FREE Practice Tests in Your Area: Texas State University: Alkek 118 – 119 September 23rd 1:00 - 5:00pm FREE Strategy Sessions in Your Area: Southwestern University September 28th 12:20 - 1:20pm The Princeton Review Office: Dobie Mall October 5th 6:30 – 8pm SPACE IS LIMITED. RESERVE YOUR SEAT TODAY! Register at PrincetonReview.com/Events <http://tx.direxxismail.com/track.aspx?3878192.2157242.906927076.3607.292277.> or call us at 800-2Review. —The Princeton Review GRE Team


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Department of Criminal Justice (cont.) 

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Department of Criminal Justice (cont.)  ACT Program Named Finalist for International Award The San Marcos Police Department and Texas State University-San Marcos ACT Program has been named a finalist for this year’s Herman Goldstein Award for Excellence in Problem-Oriented Policing. The prestigious international award recognizes innovative and effective problem oriented policing (POP) projects that have achieved measurable success in resolving recurring specific crime, disorder or public safety problems faced by police and the community. SMPD and Texas State were nominated for the project, Noise in Neighborhoods: Achieving Community Together (ACT) “Good police work is not always about increased enforcement,” said Police Chief Howard Williams. “Although enforcement is the solution to some problems, it is seldom effective on entrenched quality of life issues. In those cases, good policing is about solving problems, and problem solving requires a community effort. Achieving Community Together (ACT) is precisely that – a community uniting to resolve quality of life issues that concern all the citizens of San Marcos. International recognition as a finalist for the Herman Goldstein Award is high praise for everyone who has worked so hard to make ACT a success.” In 2007, the San Marcos Police Department responded to 2,833 noise complaints, their most frequent call for service. The strain between student and non-student residents because of noisy parties affected the safety and quality of life in neighborhoods. Traditional enforcement efforts to curb noisy gatherings netted no significant improvements. In June 2008, City, University, and community representatives came together to implement the SARA problem-solving model and address issues of neighborhood disorder. From this meeting emerged the Achieving Community Together (ACT) campaign, which became the foundation to reduce noise by shifting emphasis from enforcement to education and community influence. From 2007 through 2010, total calls for service for loud noise and parties decreased 16.3 percent and between 9:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. decreased 20.4 percent. Especially noteworthy was that arrests/citations for noise violations decreased 43.6 percent. These results were derived from the community becoming less dependent on the criminal justice system to handle neighborhood conflict. The focus moved to education and shared responsibility to effect longterm change. Key project team members include retired Assistant Police Chief Lisa Dvorak, Dr. Joanne Smith, Vice President for Student Affairs, Assistant Chief Chase Stapp, Commander Penny Dunn, Commander (ret.) Terry Nichols, Sergeant Martin Manzi, Fire Marshal Ken Bell, Dr. J. Pete Blair, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, and Michelle Lopez, Assistant Director of the LBJ Student Center. (Story continues on p. 13)


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Department of Criminal Justice (cont.)  ACT Program Named Finalist for International Award (cont.) "Working collaboratively with the City of San Marcos to create the ACT Program and educate both student and non student residents about positive neighborhood interaction is the right thing to do in a town that houses a major college,” said Dr. Smith. “Everyone is a „citizen‟ of San Marcos in so many ways and it only makes sense to work together to retain student and non student residents in our vibrant, growing community. “Our goal at Texas State is to help students be successful in all aspects of their lives and to graduate to hopefully become a contributing San Marcos community member,” she added. “Being recognized as a finalist for the Herman Goldstein Award affirms that our collaborative work is indeed the right thing to do for our community." Dvorak, who retired last November, has been re-hired by the City as a Community Liaison working with city and university staff, neighborhood residents, and Texas State University students through the ACT program to promote positive relationships in San Marcos neighborhoods. The winner of the Goldstein Award will be announced at the 22nd Problem-Oriented Policing annual conference in Miami, Florida on October 10th-12th. ACT also received the Texas Municipal League Municipal Excellence Award in 2009. Source: City of San Marcos NEWS, August 24, 2011 Contact: Trey Hatt, Communications Specialist, 512.393.8242 ghatt@sanmarcostx.gov Melissa Millecam, Director of Communications/ Intergovernmental Relations 512.393.8105 mmillecam@sanmarcostx.gov _________________________________________________________________________________________________

2011 – 2012 Doctoral Research Fellow Mr. Michael “Hunter” Martaindale, doctoral student is the recipient for a 2011 – 2012 Doctoral Research Fellowship. Hunter will be working with working with the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) program and Criminal Justice Professor, Dr. Pete Blair to conduct an analysis of active shooter events (e.g., Columbine, Ft. Hood, Virginia Tech, etc) that   occurred over the last 10 years (2000-2010). The goal of the research is to better understand the events and improve training programs for law enforcement and first responders. We have isolated over 100 domestic active shooter events. We are obtaining official police reports, instead of media reports, to ensure that the data are correct and to fill in any gaps in the media reports. For each event, we are coding for the number of shooters, number of victims, types of weaponry/explosives, how the event ended (police intervention, citizen intervention, etc.), relationships between the shooter and victims, timeline of the events, number of responding officers, and so on. The research project could directly impact the way law enforcement and first responders are trained to react to active shooter events and possibly save lives in the process. An additional objective is completion of a publishable manuscript. Congratulations Hunter! We look forward to reading your findings and recommendations.


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School of Family and Consumer Sciences    !

 

Faculty & Graduate Student Collaborations

Best Food FITS Program Promotes Healthy Diets in Kid-friendly Ways By Jordan Gass-Pooré, June 29, 2011 (Source: http://www.txstate.edu/news/news_releases/news_archive/2011/June2011/BestFoodFITS062911.html) The Best Food for Families, Infants and Toddlers program at Texas State University-San Marcos is changing the way San Marcos residents eat, one cooking class and restaurant menu at a time. Best Food FITS wants to increase the amount of fruits and vegetables San Marcos residents are consuming and decrease the amount of sugar-sweetened beverages. The program has worked with more than 25 local restaurants in changing their children’s menu to address child obesity. “We want to make the healthy choice the easy choice in San Marcos,” Nicole Baker, Best Food FITS project coordinator, said. Local restaurants like Cool Mint Café, Grins and Garcia’s provide the Best Food FITS children’s menu as an option. Families looking to stay healthy at home can attend a Best Food FITS cooking class. The free community cooking classes are held in the Chapultepec Adult Learning Center at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. Classes are taught by Texas State Nutrition and Food students. Baker said the Best Food FITS program is hoping to expand to area daycares and school districts. She said program representatives have gone to area daycare Imagination Station and conducted surveys with the children to teach them about healthy eating habits. Best Food FITS was started by Texas State Department of Consumer Sciences professors BJ Friedman and Sylvia Crixell. Friedman and Crixell used grant funds from the Texas Department of State Health Services to implement free community cooking classes and educational presentations at the Chapultepec Adult Learning Center. The Texas State Nutrition and Foods Program donated four fully stocked kitchens that included appliances, cooking materials, a commercial refrigerator, freezer, tables and chairs. Baker said the Best Food FITS goals have been adapted by a group in San Antonio. “(Best Food FITS) is really gaining momentum and we hope to continue going forward,” Baker said.

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School of Family and Consumer Sciences (cont.)  !

Appointment of Special Assistant to the Provost for International Student Services The Office of the Provost just announced the appointment of Dr. Ani Yazedjian as Special Assistant to the Provost for International Student Services during the 2011-2012 academic year. Dr. Yazedjian was a member of the Internationalization Task Force that was charged with enhancing the international dimension of Texas State. A recommendation from the task force was to develop and expand infrastructure, retention programs, and support services for Texas State’s international students. Her assignment specifically will entail work connected to the prearrival, arrival, and acculturation of international students through the International Office. Best wishes to Ani for success in her new responsibilities and we appreciate her dedicated services to our international students. 

 

What is Money Savvy Cats? Today’s college students arrive at college with inadequate knowledge to handle personal finances. Texas State University's Money Savvy Cats program is uniquely qualified to address this problem. Money Savvy Cat's primary mission is to improve the financial well being of Texas State students through education about personal finance, money management and credit management. The guiding principle of the Money Savvy Cats program is the belief that the best way to reach Texas State University students is through students' peers. Such students are dubbed, "Money Savvy Cats"! As such, the program employs knowledgeable students who have been prepared to provide education and information to student clients. Money Savvy Cats present educational programs on a monthly basis to the Texas State University students. In addition, dynamic seminars are provided by invitation to students in classes, clubs, residence halls and other organizations on campus. For more information contact Dr. Kim Davis at kim.davis@txstate.edu.

 


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Faculty Collaborations

Dr. Sullivan’s doctoral student Katherine Shaw (FSU) successfully defended her dissertation in May. The dissertation title is: Exploring the role of retail place attachment in online shopping. International Sullivan, P., Crisostomo, E. (2011). Global retail: Using diffusion theory to explore who enters the U.S. market? 16th Conference of the International Conference on Research in the Distributive Trades Conference, European Association of Education and Research in Commercial Distribution (EAERCD), University of Parma, Parma, Italy, June 29-July 1, 2011. Refereed Conference Proceedings: Sullivan, P., Crisostomo, E. (2011). Global retail: Using diffusion theory to explore who enters the U.S. market? 16th Conference of the International Conference on Research in the Distributive Trades Conference, European Association of Education and Research in Commercial Distribution (EAERCD), University of Parma, Parma, Italy, June 29-July 1, 2011. ____________________________________________________________________________ Jay S. Ryu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor. Research entitled "Downtown branding as an engine of downtown business success in small communities," has been published in Place Branding and Public Diplomacy. ____________________________________________________________________________ Dr. Vatsala Maitin has been awarded a grant of $150,000 from Standard Process Inc., for a pilot clinical study on the influence of symbiotic  induced alterations in gut micro flora composition on adiposity and selected markers of cardio metabolic health in overweight or moderately obese individuals. Composition of an individual’s gut micro flora is a recently established player in influencing the amount of calories extracted from diet and storage of this energy as fat. The study will investigate is beneficial alterations in gut micro flora via consumption of a combination of probiotics and prebiotics in the diet can afford any benefits in terms of weightmanagement and related health conditions. The study is currently enrolling participants and is expected to begin in September 2011. If you are interested in participating, kindly contact the Maitin lab by e-mailing maitinlab@gmail.com or calling (512) 938-2552. For more information on Standard Process Inc., click on the following link. http://www.standardprocess.com/display/router.aspx


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August 2011

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Faculty Collaborations

In May, Mr. Andrew Nance AIA, Interior Design Faculty, had Virtual Collaboration in the Teaching of Interior Design and Dance: An Investigation in Interdisciplinary Student Projects Via Digital Technology published, documenting and evaluating an “a-synchronous collaboration” project between undergraduate students in Dance and Interior Design. The article can be found in Ubiquitous Learning: an International Journal, Volume 3, Issue 3.

              

 

In June, Mr. Nance was contacted by a local family in the Historic District of San Marcos, who was interested in submitting their home to the Texas State Historic Commission. Four Interior Design students: Sarah Young, Katherine Deines, and Stephen Dahmann, volunteered to participate in creating an archival “As-Built” set, consisting of measurements and drawings of the 100 year old structure. The drawings will be submitted to the “Historic Architecture Building Survey Student Competition” in 2012. In June, Mr. Nance had three works selected for exhibit in the 13th Annual Collage, Digital & Mixed Media Juried Online International Art Exhibition hosted by Upstream People Gallery. His work was selected from 587 entries submitted by artists from around the world exploring the compositional technique of Collage. Two of Mr. Nance’s works received “special recognition” by the curator, Professor Laurence Bradshaw, University of Nebraska. Mr. Nance’s submissions and juror’s comments can be viewed at www.upstreampeoplegallery.com.

           

 


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Faculty Collaborations

In July, Mr. Nance had three works selected for exhibit in the 13th Annual Landscape Juried Online International Art Exhibition hosted by Upstream People Gallery. The exhibition received over 100 entries from artists around the world focusing on the topic of Landscape. Two of Mr. Nance’s works received “special recognition” by the curator, Professor Laurence Bradshaw, University of Nebraska. Mr. Nance’s submissions and juror’s comments can be viewed at www.upstreampeoplegallery.com.            

  Also in July, Mr. Nance was invited to exhibit his Architecture work in the Texas State University Galleries’ annual HOMEGROWN Exhibition Series, which features work by artists in the region. Entitled Drawing as Provocation: Developing Architecture, the exhibit explores the role that drawing plays in his creative practice. Gallery Director, Mary Mikel Stump, writes: “An abundance of beautiful drawings that lead to the resulting form….from process drawings to that of the finished product, Nance shares the influence and power of drawing as a design tool”. The Exhibition runs in the Texas State School of Art and Design Gallery II from July 6th through August 3rd, M-F (8a-10p), and Sat, Sun (9a-10p).  

           


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Faculty Collaborations

            Mr. Nance anticipates the completion of the Bley “Sleeping House” addition in late July, a single family residence addition designed in collaboration with Thad Reeves AIA of the University of Texas at Arlington in 2010. The addition seeks to explore advanced strategies in affordable housing design, construction, and natural lighting techniques. The existing 1200SF, 2BR, 2BA home was converted to a 4BR, 3.5BA with the inclusion of a new home familyoffice, mudroom, library, and patio. With the costs of concrete on the rise, the 1000SF addition, comprised of the three new bedrooms and associated bathrooms, sits atop a 450SF foundation. The resulting shifted upper level volume responds to the client’s request for a “floating red box”. In July, Mr. Nance submitted one conference abstract addressing the “Design Strategies” utilized in the Bley project to the Interior Design Educators Council regional conference; and one conference proposal entitled “Attempting Monumental Design in the Vernacular” to International Design Principles and Practices conference.        

 


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School of Social Work   Title IV-E Training Grant Awarded Dr. Nancy Feyl Chavkin, Director of the Center for Children and Families and Regents’ Professor of Social Work, just received $731, 794 in funding for FY12 from the Department of Family and Protective Services for Title IV-E Training. The award includes funding for 87 stipends representing 42 BSW and MSW Students who are earning degrees to work with Title IVE eligible foster care and adoption services, workshops for DFPS personnel, and training for foster/adoptive parents. The program participates in local, state, and national evaluation efforts on the effects of this training on worker and child/family outcomes. In addition to the DFPS agency staff from Regions 7 and 8, Texas State staff involved in this collaborative effort includes Michele Bauman, Abbi Mott George, Rhonda Smith, and Martha Wildberger. It is year 18 and once again, we are delighted to get the fully executed contract in such tight fiscal times! Thank you all for your support during these challenging times. Every year is something different!

Many Hats Update

The Many Hats of Supervision, sponsored by the School of Social Work, is a 40-hour course required by the state for board-approved supervisors. Dorinda Noble, Ph.D., and Andrew Marks, LMSW, presented this fun, interactive seminar in South Padre Island July 19-22, 2011. Twenty participants from across the state participated and uniformly said it was an excellent and enjoyable learning experience.   

School of Social Work Awarded Bilingual Mental Health Scholarship Program Grant The School of Social work has received continuation funding from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health for the Bilingual Mental Health Scholarship program. Dr. Mary Tijerina is the Principal Investigator for the grant award, which includes approximately $43,000 in scholarship funds for qualifying graduate students in 201112. Additional funding is provided to support programmatic activities. The bilingual scholarship program is a partnership between the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health and Texas schools of social work. With a goal of narrowing the gap between the growing need for Spanish-language mental health services in Texas and the availability of trained professionals to meet those needs, the scholarship program funds full tuition scholarships for graduate students who are bilingual and committed to working in the field of mental health following graduation. Scholarships cover tuition and fees for the full degree program. Scholarship applicants must be accepted into the Texas State Master of Social Work program, fluent in Spanish and English, committed to working in the mental health field in Texas following graduation, in good academic standing; minimum 3.0 GPA, and committed to participate in professional development activities associated with the program.


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School of Social Work (cont.)  MSW Research Forum The School of Social Work held its Research Forum on August 9, 2011. There were 24 Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and 18 Masters of Social Work (MSW) students participating this summer. The Research Forum provides graduating BSW and MSW students the opportunity to present the results of the research project from their field internship experience. During their field experience students select a research project associated with their field agency client’s services. Projects can range from program evaluations, client education program development, case analysis ! and effectiveness of client treatment modalities. Students are guided in their research by the Field Faculty Liaison, who serve as the research subject matter experts, and Agency Field Instructor who serve as client population subject matter experts. With encouragement many of the students go on to seek formal publication of their research findings. The research forum provides students the opportunity to participate in a professional presentation of their social work skills! and abilities. Once the student has graduated with their degree the experience affords the student the opportunity to continue to grow in their professional skills through other conference and professional presentation opportunities. Many School of Social Work faculty, students, Dr. Jamie Chahin, College of Applied Arts Dean and Dr. JoAnne Smith, Vice President for Student Affairs, attended the event.

 


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August 2011

School of Social Work (cont.)  August 2011 CAA MSW Orientation  

   

 

Record Number of MSW Students Attend Orientation Program A record number of new students will begin their MSW studies at Texas State this fall. A total of 71 entering students (28 advanced standing students and 43 foundation students) represent an 80 percent increase over 2010, with the increase based on a growing number of qualified applicants in the foundation program. New students attended a mandatory orientation program on August 11, 2011. The orientation program, designed to facilitate students’ transition into graduate study and promote academic success featured a number of social work faculty and current MSW students discussing various aspects of the degree program. A student-faculty panel communicated the difference between undergraduate and graduate study, faculty expectations and helpful tips and advice from current MSW students. The daylong session also featured sessions on writing for academic success, including issues of academic honesty, and a research refresher session. New students also received an overview and description of their degree sequence, field education requirements, information about registration, the TRACS course management site, and key university support services.


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August 2011

Graduate Studies News & Events   

     

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Graduate Studies News & Events (cont.) 

THIRD ANNUAL

International Research Conference for Graduate Students November 2-3, 2011 Texas State University Join graduate students from Texas State, as well as universities across the nation and around the world, for two days of research and networking. The research conference is free and open to master’s and doctoral students of all disciplines. As a participant, you will: s Present original research s Receive feedback from experienced faculty s Meet colleagues in your field s Enjoy the beautiful Texas State campus, located between Austin and San Antonio. All graduate and undergraduate students are invited to attend. Only graduate students may present. For more information go to: www.gradcollege.txstate.edu

Graduate College 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.

Call for papers deadline: September 30, 2011


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Graduate Studies News & Events (cont.)  Graduate Student Travel Fund The Graduate College has limited funds to support graduate student travel to professional meetings. To be eligible for these funds, the student must be presenting a paper or poster. The student must also be enrolled during the semester the conference is held and meet all Texas State travel regulations. The maximum allocation from the Graduate College is $300 for out-of-state and $150 for instate travel. To request travel funds, the student should obtain the required Graduate Student Travel Funds Request form, complete the form and submit the form to their department. In most cases, the student’s department and academic College also contribute funds for the student’s travel.

_________________________________________________________________ Applying for Graduation You may now apply online for graduation through the CATSWEB at the Apply for Graduation link. Please continue to view this Graduate College website for graduation instructions and important deadlines. Undergraduate (bachelor's) students need to contact the Advising Centers for specific information about applying for the undergraduate graduation. All Master's and Doctoral students must apply for graduation in order to be considered a candidate for graduation. If you believe that you are an eligible candidate for August 2011 graduation and have missed the deadline, you may send a request to apply after the deadline to Dr. Mike Willoughby, Dean of the Graduate College at gradcollege@txstate.edu. The request should include the reason(s) for missing the deadline and why you should be given the opportunity to participate in the August commencement ceremony.

 

_________________________________________________________________ Graduate Ceremony Information The commencement ceremony is our opportunity to recognize and celebrate your outstanding academic achievement. We encourage you to participate in this special celebration! Go to the following link for ceremony details. http://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/Current_Students/Graduation.html


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August 2011

Graduate Studies News & Events (cont.)  August 2011 CAA Master’s Hooding Ceremony  

 

 

 

Master’s in Agricultural Education Candidate.

Master’s in Family & Child Studies Candidate.

 

MSIS & MEd Candidates.

 

Master’s in Social Work Candidates.


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August 2011

Graduate Studies News & Events (cont.)  August 2011 CAA Master’s Hooding Ceremony  

 

 

   

 


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August 2011

Graduate Studies News & Events (cont.)  Graduate Workshops Offered This Semester FALL 2011

  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. - October 12 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. - October 14 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - October 20 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. To register for this workshop, go to the Graduate College Website.

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. Copyright handouts are available online. - October 5th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - November 4th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. To register for this workshop, go to the Graduate College Website. 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. Please re-visit this site. Future offerings will be scheduled later. Conducting Effective Research In most Graduate Programs, students are expected to conduct research and also present their research papers at conferences. The goal of this workshop is to enable graduate students to learn how to conduct research in a responsible manner, seek grants to conduct research, follow the guidelines of the institutional review board and make effective presentations at conferences.  Please re‐visit this site. Future offerings will be scheduled later.   


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August 2011

Graduate Studies News & Events (cont.)  2011 Master’s Research Fellows Department of Agriculture Ben Glover will be working with Dr. Tina Cade on the Market Viability of Edible Native Central Texan Plants. Jennifer Sembera will be working with Dr. Tina Cade on a research project dealing with composting and native species.

Department of Criminal Justice Rebecca Roberie will be working with Dr. Withrow on a Crime Analysis Survey. Rebecca Enslow will be working with Dr. Jamieson on Crime Theory and Culture.

Department of Family and Consumer Sciences Megan Bailey will be working with Dr. Ani Yazedjian on College Students’ Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors regarding Sexuality and Contraceptives. Shaniece Parker will be working with Dr. Vatsala Maitin on the Impact of selected probiotics and prebiotics on cellular lipoprotein metabolism.

Occupational Education Program Justin Williams will be working with Dr. Matthew Eichler on Distance Learning and Student Recruitment Projects.

School of Social Work Ravin McCallum will be working with the Dr. Nancy Chavkin at the Center for Children and Families on analyzing the 18-year history of the program’s Title IVE Child Welfare Program with a specific focus on completion and retention. Matthew Krugh will be working with Drs. Betsy Wisner and Mary Tijerina on assessing the potential stress management and wellness benefits of a meditation skills group for student veterans. He will also assist in conducting and assessing qualitative telephone interviews with hospital social workers regarding patterns of child abuse and neglect in Spanish-speaking families.

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Board of Regents A nine member Board of Regents appointed by the Governor governs the Texas State University System. In addition, a nonvoting student regent is appointed annually to the Board. Charlie Amato Chairman Southwest Business Corporation San Antonio Donna N. Williams Vice Chair Parsons Infrastructure & Technology, Inc. Arlington Kevin J. Lilly Avalon Advisors Houston Ron Mitchell Horseshoe Bay Resort Horseshoe Bay David Montagne Sabine River Authority of Texas Beaumont Trisha Pollard Pollard Development, L.P. Bellaire Rosanna Salazar Regent Austin Michael Truncale Orgain Bell & Tucker, LLP Beaumont Dr. Jaime R. Garza Regent San Antonio Ryan Bridges Student Regent Huntsville Brian McCall Chancellor Newsletter Editor Yolanda Quintanilla Graduate Recruiter College of Applied Arts Agriculture Building, #306 yq10@txstate.edu 245-3538


August 2011 Newsletter, Texas State College of Applied Arts