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CAA Newsletter

Fall 2013

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


Dates to Remember

College & Graduate Students,


The university had a record fall enrollment of 35,568 students and the College of Applied Arts continues to parallel the growth of the university with an increase of undergraduates. We had 3,377 undergraduates in 2012 and we increased by 5.7% to 3,568 in fall of 2013. Some of the graduate programs have also experienced significant growth. The following are the programs with their respective percentage of growth; Doctoral program 9.8%, Agriculture 31%, Family and Child Studies 5%, Human Nutrition 32%, Sustainability Studies 63%, and Social Work 2%. The total graduate enrollment for fall 2013 was 543, which includes both doctoral and master’s students. The focus for the spring, summer and fall is to enhance our pool of applicants and improve the yield and matriculation rate of students that are admitted to our graduate programs. Specific strategies to increase enrollment include tuition scholarships for new students and graduate research assistantships. The Occupational, Workforce and Leadership Studies (OWLS) Department has implemented an OWLS Ambassador program where past graduates will assist in the recruitment of new graduate students.


Registration for Spring 2014: (October 10 – November 7)


Bobcat Day


Midterms begin

November 7

Registration for Spring 2014: Ends


Veterans Day Commemoration


Hooding Ceremony RSVP Deadline, Noon


Thanksgiving break: November 27-29


T. Jaime Chahin, Dean of the College of Applied Arts


4-13 Final exams begin

CAA Graduate  Enrollment:  Fall  2013    


CAA Hooding Ceremony, Alkek Teaching Theater, 6 pm


Commencement Ceremony, Strahan Coliseum, 6 pm


Student Winter Holiday Break: December 14 – January 12

Ag Ed

39 4 17


63 217 68

45 45 41

Source: GC0369 Graduate College Freeze Data, 9/12/13 8:24 am

Last class day

FCS HN OWLS SW Sustainability Merchandising


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Studies News

College of Applied Arts Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) 2013 – 2014 Recipients Department of Agriculture Adriana Aleman School of Criminal Justice Andrea Krajewski Tyler Vaughn Doctoral Students School of Family and Consumer Sciences Kerry Whatley Family and Consumer Sciences Hillary Kotwal Human Nutrition Departments of Occupational, Workforce and Leadership Studies Nora Cavazos Josh Mittler School of Social Work Kelly Ennis Meredith Babbitt

Dean’s Graduate Student Scholarship 2013 – 2014 Recipients Alexandra Aparicio Kayla Ware

Megan Malek Hillary Kotwal Tyler Vaughn Melissa Vasquez

Arindham Ghosh Joseph McKenna Chenita Ellis Benito Perales Cleo Hill Haley Braaten Zachary Gobin

Lori McElroy Stephen Bassett Kaci Geiken Casey Freisenhahn Joslyn Kotzur Jessica Marinez

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Fall 2013

of Agriculture


Faculty Accomplishments


Saucier, P. R., McKim, B. R., Stair, K. (2013). An examination of the agricultural mechanics laboratory management professional development needs of schoolbased New Mexico agriculture teachers. Paper presented at the 32nd National   Agricultural Mechanics Committee Blue Ribbon Research Paper Session, Louisville, KY.   Posters

Saucier, P. R., McKim, B. R., & Spiess, M. (2013, September). How safe are our laboratories for student learning? A focus on the professional development   needs of California agricultural mechanics teachers. Poster session presented at the 2013 Western Region of the American Association for Agricultural   Education Conference, Lubbock, TX.  


Saucier, P. R., & Garcia, J. M. (2013, October). The physical health and lifestyle habits of Texas agriculture science teachers. Poster session presented at the 32nd National Agricultural Mechanics Committee Blue Ribbon Poster Session, Louisville, KY. Wenske, C., & Saucier, P. R. (2013, October). Diesel fuel performance in a farm utility tractor: a comparison of traditional D2 diesel fuel and biodiesel blended fuels. Poster session presented at the 32nd National Agricultural Mechanics Committee Blue Ribbon Poster Session, Louisville, KY.

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School of Criminal Justice



National Institute of Justice Research Grant Awarded

Dr. Kim Rossmo, University Endowed Chair in Criminology and Director of the Center for Geospatial Intelligence and Investigation at the School of Criminal Justice, and Dr. Lucia Summers, Assistant Professor at the same School, have received a $377,527 research grant from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), Department of Justice. The research project will run for   two years, starting January 2014, and will involve interviewing 200 offenders all over Texas to find out more about how they respond to crime prevention measures.  

The research will systematically measure the extent and nature of crime displacement, which is

the unintended shift of crime that can occur following the introduction of a preventative

measure. For example, if high visibility police patrols are introduced in a given neighborhood, crime may be displaced to another area. The aim of the interviews would be to determine, using decision trees as a methodological framework and vignettes as a data collection aid, how   offenders respond to various preventative measures. The findings from the research will   enhance   our understanding of offender decision-making and may lead to recommendations for improving crime prevention measures. A Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) will also be employed for the duration of the project.  


Faculty Accomplishments Dr. Kim Rossmo has been appointed the Chair of the Austin Public Safety Commission, the advisory body to Austin City Council on all budgetary and policy matters concerning public safety, including matters related to the Austin Police Department, the Austin Fire Department, and the Austin/Travis County Emergency Medical Services Department. The APSC makes recommendations on matters related to long-range comprehensive planning initiatives, access to and expenditure of state and federal grant funds, and other related public safety matters ( This appointment illustrates how local, state, and federal governments use Texas State University expertise and resources to assist in the development of public safety policy issues.

Accepted for publication: Chamlin, M. B. (forthcoming). "An Assessment of the Intended and Unintended Consequences of Arizona’s Self-Defense, Home Protection Act." Journal of Crime and Justice.


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School of Criminal Justice (cont.)    

Graduate Student Accomplishments

Schildkraut,   Jaclyn, H. Jaymi Elsass, and Mark Stafford. “As Seen in the News: Media  

Effects on Fear of Crime and Moral Panics.” Paper accepted for presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Atlanta, GA. November.

Elsass, H. Jaymi, Jaclyn Schildkraut, and Mark Stafford. “Connecting the Dots: Assessing the Relationship Between Fear of Crime and Moral Panics.” Paper accepted for presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Atlanta, GA. November.  

Schildkraut, Jaclyn and Glenn W. Muschert. (2014, Forthcoming). “Media Salience and the

Framing of Mass Murder in Schools: A Comparison of the Columbine and Sandy Hook School

Massacres.”   Homicide Studies, 18(1). (Special Issue: Mass Murder)   Schildkraut, Jaclyn and Elizabeth Erhardt Mustaine. (Forthcoming). “Movin’, But Not Up To  

The East Side: Foreclosures and Social Disorganization in Orange County, FL.” Housing Studies.

Schildkraut, Jaclyn and Glenn W. Muschert. (Forthcoming). “Violent Media, Guns, and Mental   Illness,” in Ben Agger and Tim Luke (eds.) Gun Violence and Public Life. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers. [Dual publication in Fast Capitalism, 10(1)]    

Doctoral students Jackie Schildkraut, Tiffany Cox Hernandez, and Jaymi Elsass were highlighted in a story on, the web version of Popular Science. The story links the recent Navy Yard shootings to research done by Schildkraut and Hernandez in their article “Laws That Bit The Bullet: A Review of Legislative Responses to School Shootings (see attached article), soon to be published in the American Journal of Criminal Justice (doi: 10.1007/s12103013-9214-6). Jaymi Elsass was also interviewed for the story. The story can be found at


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of Family and Consumer Sciences  

Faculty Accomplishments


Jiyun (Yuni) Kang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Gwendolyn Hustvedt, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Fashion Merchandising in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences have a peer-reviewed research article accepted for publication in Journal of Business Ethics, a top journal of the field of corporate social responsibility. The full citation of the article is as follows: Kang, J. & Hustvedt, G. (In press). Building trust between consumers and corporations: The role of consumers’ perceptions of transparency and social responsibility. Journal of Business Ethics. DOI: 10.1007/s10551-013-1916-7. ISI Impact Factor = 1.270, 5-year IF=1.511, SSCI Journal.

Dr. Jay Ryu, an assistant professor in the Fashion Merchandising program, has successfully completed his research fellowship with the Stockholm Program of Place Branding Research Group (STOPP) in Stockholm University School of Business last summer.


He is currently working with researchers in STOPP on a research project about product image and country image.


Chae-Mi Lim, Youn-Kyung Kim and Rodney C. Runyan, (2013). “Segmenting luxebargain shoppers using a fuzzy clustering method,” International Journal of Retailing and Distribution Management, 41 (11/12). Article accepted for publication in the Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences entitled: Seasons of Our Discontent: Do Age, Gender, Partnership and Parental Status Affect Burnout Among Interior Designers? The authors are Caroline Hill, Asha Hegde and Carl Matthews (from the University of Arkansas).


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of Family and Consumer Sciences (cont.)  

Best Food FITS

Best Food FITS, s community intervention project that promotes fruits and vegetables and elimination of sugar sweetened beverages to combat obesity. BFF was present at numerous events on campus and in the community. Faculty and students participated in demonstrations showing the sugar content of popular beverages and high sodium foods at the University's Major's Fair, at the Employee Wellness Fair, and at Central Texas Medical Center's Diabetes Dialogue. In addition, students enrolled in Ms. Karen Brasfield's class, NUTR 4367, conduct nutrition education and cooking classes at the Chapultepec Adult Learning Center every week. These cooking classes emphasize incorporating fruits and vegetables into children's and families' diets.


BFF, under the direction of Drs. Lesli Biediger-Friedman, Sylvia Crixell and BJ Friedman, is also conducting a research and intervention project with local childcare centers. This project is designed to assist childcare centers develop policies and improve menus to promote the development of healthy eating practices among young children. Graduate students involved in this research include Kristen Bates, Courtney Thompson, and Hillary   Kotwal.


FCS Distinguished Alumni Cleofas “Cleo” Rodriguez, Jr., a 1991 graduate of the Family and Child Development Program in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences, has been recognized as a 2013 Distinguished Alumni by the Texas State Alumni Association. Mr. Rodriguez is currently the Executive Director of the National Migrant Seasonal Head Start Association (NMSHSA). He is formally the Executive Director of Raising Austin, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the neediest infants and toddlers in the Austin, TX area. He has also served as a national consultant for SpecialQuest Birth-Five which provides cross-systems training on best practices for including children with disabilities and their families into early childhood programs. He is trained in the Center on the Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning in both the Preschool and Infant/Toddler Modules. Mr. Rodriguez has also trained for the Devereux Early Childhood Initiative which includes: Devereux Early Childhood Assessment, Challenging Behaviors, Children’s Social and Emotional Health, and FLIP IT. Mr. Rodriguez is proud to work on behalf of migrant and seasonal farmworker families; both his parents were migrant farmers who worked tirelessly in the cotton fields across Texas and other Southern states. When asked what his greatest accomplishment has been, he is quick to respond with being the lead homeroom parent in his son’s kindergarten class. Mr. Rodriguez is a single father of a daughter who is a junior in college and a son who is a junior in high school.


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Workforce and Leadership Studies

Faculty Accomplishments

  Publications Sedivy-Benton, A., & Boden-McGill, C.J. (2013). Unpacking the effects – identifying school and teacher factors and their influence on teachers’ intentions to stay or leave the   profession. Research in Schools, (19)4, 75-89. Research in Schools, (19)4, 75-89.   Retrieved from   Eichler, M.E., & Boden-McGill, C.J. (2013). In the nexus: Learning pods as learning micro-

societies. In V.C.X. Wang (Ed.). Handbook of research on teaching and learning in K-20 education (pp. 668-683). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.


Boden-McGill, C.J. (2013). Program Review Team, Central Texas A&M University Academic/Professional Background

Dr. Omar Lopez Other Professional Credentials 2013 Certified Sloan Mobile Learning Mastery Series, Sloan Consortium Institute  


Courses   Prepared and Curriculum Development    

2013 2013


OCED 5360C – Professional Inquiry (online), developed to prepare graduate students in MSIS and MAIS programs for a field-based practicum capstone. OCED 5360D – Field Based Practicum (online), developed for graduate students in MSIS and MAIS to implement a field-based practicum capstone. OCED 5300 Interdisciplinary Research Methods, redesigned for online delivery using Camtasia for content delivery; forums for academic interaction; and Adobe Connect for discussing and generating research project ideas.


Refereed Journal Articles Creating a Sustainable University and Community through a Common Experience. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 14(3), 291-309. 2013 Averting Another Lost Decade: Moving Hispanic Families from Outlier to Mainstream Family Research. Journal of Family Issues. Published first-online, May 15, 2013, 1-27.


Grants and Contracts Funded External Grants and Contracts 2013 Awarded Reagan High School Caminos Summer Program grant ($175,735). Fellowships, Awards, Honors 2013 Dean Nominee for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activities, Texas State University. Service Department/School (Occupational, Workforce, and Leadership Studies) 2013-2014 Faculty Senate Liaison.


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of Social Work


Award for Excellence in Online Teaching

Dr. Debbie M. Thorne, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, announced the announced

the honorees   of Texas State’s inaugural Award for Excellence in Online Teaching. The purpose

of these awards is to recognize and reward superior online teaching, provide models of excellence for fellow faculty, and encourage all faculty to continue to improve and advance the use of appropriate technology in their courses. The 2013 honorees from the College of Applied Arts are:  

Dr. Anne Deepak School of Social Work College of Applied Arts


Dr. Sally Hill Jones School of Social Work College of Applied Arts

Please congratulate these honorees and thank the selection committee for their thoughtful

assessment process. The awards will be formally presented on Friday, October 25, 2013, at 1:30

p.m. in   Alkek 105/106. Award recipients will provide a brief overview of their award-winning  

courses. The event is co-hosted by the Office of Distance and Extended Learning, Academic Development

and Assessment,   and Instructional Technologies Support. Please plan to support these fellow  

educators and RSVP on the event’s Signup page. Light refreshments will be served.

Faculty teaching online courses who are interested in applying for this award in the future can visit the award website for information about the eligibility criteria and the nomination process. Please contact Megan Weatherly in the Office of Distance and Extended Learning with any questions about the award or reception, or (512) 245-2322. ______________________________________________________________________________

‘Adventure Therapy’ Helps Abused Kids Heal Published On: Sep 25 2013 05:35:16 PM CDT Updated On: Sep 25 2013 05:41:05 PM CDT

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of Social Work (cont.)



2013 - 2014 School of Social Work Scholarships


Brown Scholarship ($2000) set amount each year; award alternates annually between BSW and MSW BSW: Kimberly Baugh




Richter Scholarship ($1300) amount varies each year; awarded annually for BSW and MSW BSW: Felicia Lynch MSW: Stephanie Reinsch

Murdock Scholarship ($1000) amount varies each year; awarded to MSW MSW: Anne W. Jones Hogg Mental Health Scholarship ($5000) not available every year; one per each MSW program in Texas MSW DP: Kristin Whitenight

Research and Networking Event

The Center for Children & Families (CCF) in cooperation with Council for Interdisciplinary Research and Grants, The Office of the Associate Vice President for Research, Texas School Safety Center, College of Applied Arts, College of Education, and the College of Health Professions is sponsoring: Research and Networking Event: Children & Families Across the Lifespan Tuesday, October 15, 2013 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. LBJ Student Center Ballroom The event will focus on connecting new faculty, graduate students, and others with existing researchers and community agencies to make new interdisciplinary research connections both on and off campus. All are welcome to attend. RSVP for attending should be sent to: If you would like to exhibit a poster, have a table with handouts, or have your research/organization presented on a running PowerPoint throughout the event please download a registration form at and send to: by October 1, 2013 or call 512-245-6600. Last year twenty-five faculty researchers and community agencies had displays. A light lunch and door prizes are being provided. We look forward to seeing you there!


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of Social Work (cont.)







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of Social Work (cont.)

Research and Networking Event for faculty and community agencies interested in Children and Families Across the Lifespan

October 15, 2013 | LBJ Student Center Ballroom | 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Exhibit Registration Form Please return by October 1, 2013 Organization Name: ___________________________________________________________________________ Contact Person: _______________________________________________________________________________ Project Title: ___________________________________________________________________________________ Address: ________________________________ City: ____________________ State: _____ Zip: ________ Phone: _____________________ Fax: ____________________ E-mail: _______________________________ Name of participant(s) (for name badges): _______________________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________ Event includes one six-foot table with two chairs, parking for non-university participants and light refreshments.

If you would like your program included in the overall PowerPoint presentation, please send 25–50 words about it and/or pictures for two to three slides to before October 8, 2013.

Can you donate door prizes?



Electrical outlet needed:



If you need more resources than the ones listed above, please e-mail with your requirements. Sponsored by: Center for Children and Families | Council for Interdisciplinary Research and Grants | The Office of the Associate Vice President for Research | Texas School Safety Center | College of Applied Arts | College of Education | College of Health Professions

Send completed registration form to: Abbi Mott George Center for Children and Families Fax: 512.245.1958 Phone: 512.245.6600 E-mail:

If you require accommodations due to a disability in order to participate, please contact Abbi Mott George at 512.245.6600 at least 72 hours in advance of the event. Texas State University is an equal opportunity educational institution. This information is available in alternate format upon request from the Office of Disability Services.


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Studies News 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 new Self-Service Banner system. 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. The extended deadline to apply for December graduation was September 27, 2013. If you believe that you are an eligible candidate for the December 2013 graduation and have missed the deadline, you may send a request to apply after the deadline to Dr. Andrea Golato, Dean of the Graduate College at The request should include the reason(s) for missing the deadline and why you should be given the opportunity to participate in the December Commencement ceremony. Late applications do not guarantee that your name will appear in the Commencement program. NOTE: If you are applying for a bachelor's degree, you must contact the appropriate undergraduate Advising Center for information about graduation application procedures or the ceremony.

_______________________________________________________________ The Difference Between Participating in Commencement and Graduating It is important that candidates and families understand the difference between "participating in commencement [walking across the stage]" and "graduating [receiving a diploma]". Please visit the Candidate Instructions page for details.


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Studies News & Events (cont.)  

Paperless Application for the CAA Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF)


In an effort to support University goals and sustainability efforts we are implementing a paperless application process for the CAA   Graduate Research Fellowship.   The purpose of the Graduate Research Fellowship        

program is to allow students the opportunity to learn more about conducting research by assisting faculty with various research projects (i.e., book, research article, grant proposal). The student will work with a professor for approximately 20 hours a week. The positions are awarded for a 9-month duration (September 1 through May 31).


Students will apply by filling out the online application. All attachments will now be submitted PDF format in a compressed zip file.



A one-page (single-spaced) personal statement of career goals and future plans, including why the student should be awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship. Two (2) letters of recommendation. At least one letter must be from a professor in an academic institution. Recommendation letters should be addressed to the GRF Selection Committee. A current, professional one-page resume. PLEASE NOTE: Submissions of transcripts are no longer necessary. They can be viewed in the Banner Document Management System (BDMS).

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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 San Antonio Donna N. Williams Vice Chair Arlington Dr. Jaime R. Garza Regent San Antonio Kevin J. Lilly Regent Houston Ron Mitchell Regent Horseshoe Bay David Montagne Regent Beaumont Trisha Pollard Regent Bellaire Rossanna Salazar Regent Austin William F. Scott Regent Nederland Andrew Greenberg Student Regent Beaumont Brian McCall Chancellor

Newsletter Editor Yolanda Quintanilla Graduate Recruiter College of Applied Arts Agriculture Building, #306 245-3538


Fall 2013 Newsletter  

The College of Applied Arts celebrates and acknowledges innovative research endeavors collaborated by its faculty and growing graduate stude...

Fall 2013 Newsletter  

The College of Applied Arts celebrates and acknowledges innovative research endeavors collaborated by its faculty and growing graduate stude...