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CAA Quarterly Newsletter 

February 2010 

College of Applied Arts Newsletter From the Dean’s Desk 

  

Dates to Remember

The enrollment in the College of Applied Arts (CAA) continues to grow with 471 graduate students this Spring over 402 in Spring 2009. The Doctoral program in Criminal Justice admitted an additional 5 students for the Spring 2010 semester. A recent change in the doctoral programs is that future cohorts will be admitted only in the fall.

February

Dear Graduate Students,

We congratulate Drs. Vattem and Lane in the Human Nutrition program for the recognition received by three of their nutrition lab students. A research abstract by graduate student Robert Corey DeLeon, from Pawnee, TX, has been selected as a top 5 finalist for 'Best graduate research competition in Dietary Bioactive Research group. Graduate student, Christen Lester from Klein, TX was selected as a finalist for 'Best graduate research competition in Nutritional Immunology'. Both Robert and Christen work in Dr. Vattem’s Nutrition lab. This is the second time consecutively graduate research from Dr. Vattem's lab has been recognized at an international level. Jennifer Griffin, from Katy, TX, a graduate student in Dr. Lane's laboratory is currently working to map the biochemical pathway by which vitamin A exerts its effects. Ms. Griffin recently won the American Society of Nutritional Sciences Graduate Research Abstract Award and will be presenting her work at the Experimental Biology 2010 conference in Anaheim, CA in April. Graduate students interested in the Graduate Student Travel Fund for presenting a paper or poster at a professional meeting should speak with their Graduate Advisors. We continue to encourage our graduate students to take advantage of such opportunities in building their professional network. As always, we encourage and support your research endeavors. Your scholarly engagement and discovery builds the graduate study experience and has potential to impact your academic discipline. Jaime T. Chahin Dean of the College of Applied Arts

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12th Class Day

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Dean’s List Reception

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Bobcat Day

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DEADLINE: For submitting applications to Department Chairs for Outstanding Graduate and Undergraduate nominees

March 2

DEADLINE: Department Chairs will submit all applications to the Dean’s Office for Outstanding Graduate and Undergraduate nominees

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SPRING BREAK

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Southern Association Accreditation visit

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Fashion Merchandising Career Forum, LBJSC

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Bobcat Build

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RSVP Deadline for CAA: GS 101

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Bobcat Day

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Texas State Awards Day

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CAA: GS 101, 11:45 am, Ag 204

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CAA Awards Banquet, 6 pm at LBJ


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Department of Agriculture   Faculty & Graduate Student Contributions Graduate Student, Melody R. Baker, continues her research collaboration with Dr. Tina M. Waliczek, Associate Professor, on The Effect of Gardening Activities on Motor Skills Development of Pre-K and Kindergarten Students. Fine and gross motor skills play a very important part in childhood development. The famous educator, Maria Montessori, believed that children must exercise their “various coordinated movements” (i.e. motor skills), and realized that working in the garden and carrying out its related chores could actually improve motor development. There are definitely physical exercise and coordination components involved in gardening. However this connection has not been evaluated. This study investigated the relationship between gardening and motor skills in pre-k and kindergarten-aged children by quantitatively measuring students’ levels of motor development in both a control population and one that had participated in gardening activities. The study integrated a pre-test/post-test design that used treatment (gardening) and control (non-gardening) groups of pre-k and kindergarten students. Students in the treatment group participated in the Cylinder Gardening Program, which was presented through the Texas AgriLife Extension Service. The Beery Test of Visual Motor Integration (VMI) was used to test students’ motor skills. Classrooms of students were tested at the beginning and end of their 2009 spring semester. A brief general and demographic questionnaire was also sent home to parents to provide clues into other factors that may have contributed to students’ motor development and to provide a means for sorting data. Results will be used to promote outdoor activities including gardening programs for children. Graduate Student, Monica Pilat, continues her research collaboration with Dr. Tina M. Waliczek, Associate Professor, on Childhood Asthma. Childhood asthma is the most common chronic disease in children. Increases in the number of cases occurring in industrialized countries are directly linked to many factors including air pollution. Although air pollution is not believed to be a direct cause of children developing asthma, there is growing concern that air pollution triggers symptoms in those who suffer from asthma, causing an increase in incidence and severity of asthma in children. It is known that the leaves of trees can take up pollutants in the air such as ozone, nitrogen dioxide, ammonia, sulfur dioxide and particles such as aerosols and dust. The main objective for this study was to determine if childhood asthma rates in regions of Texas were related to vegetation and tree cover in city and county areas. The state of Texas was broken down into 25 different Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) for the purposes of demographic and statistical analyses. Children’s asthma data was collected from the Center for Health Statistics and the Texas Department of State Health Services for the years 2001-2006. Of the 25 MSAs, data on childhood asthma rates were available for 14. The asthma rates for each MSA was mapped and inserted into a corresponding vegetation map for each MSA using geographical mapping software. Researchers looked for visual relationships among data. Quantitative data was also analyzed using SPSS. The study compared vegetation rates and asthma rates in metropolitan areas to observe whether vegetation and tree cover led to higher or lower incidences of childhood asthma rates. Results will be used to evaluate the value of green spaces and the urban forest in city areas. *McFarland, A., T.M. Waliczek and J.M. Zajicek. 2010. Graduate student use of campus green spaces and the impact on their perceptions of quality of life, HortTechnology, 20(1)186-192. *(This is the second paper that graduate student alum, Amy McFarland, has published from her master’s work at Texas State.)


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Collaborative Research Projects  Nutrition & Agriculture Faculty Team Up Dr. Dhiraj Vattem (Nutrition, FCS) and Dr. C. Reed Richardson (Chair, Agriculture) have made significant progress on their grant “evaluating the in vivo chemotherapeutic and anti-retroviral effects of bioactive silicates”. In addition to the PI’s, a team of graduate and undergraduate students are working towards various goals of the project. Under the PI’s direction, graduate student Robert Corey DeLeon (Nutrition) has worked for several months to establish a transgenic library of Caenorhabditis elegans carrying GFP-Promoter fusions of 31 different genes involved in antioxidant response, immune functions and cell differentiation. Corey has helped in the development of various protocols for growth, culturing, and treatments. Various protocols for fluorescence microscopy, imaging and quantification have also been developed. Corey has been supported by another graduate student Christen Lester (Nutrition). Together, they have trained a number of undergraduate students from Nutrition and other departments across campus. The team has conducted the first set of experiments to study the effect of these bioactive silicates on expression of six genes important for redox signaling and mitochondrial function. Fluorescence image analysis is currently underway to quantify gene expression.

Graduate Research Recognized at International Level    “Best Graduate Research Competition Recognizes Students’ Work” A research abstract by graduate student Robert Corey DeLeon, from Pawnee, TX, (Nutrition) titled: "Modulation of Redox/Nitric Oxide Signaling by Lamiaceae Herbs in Seminal Vesicles of Lumbricus terrestris" submitted to the Experimental Biology Annual Meeting (EB) has been selected as a top 5 finalist for 'Best graduate research competition in Dietary Bioactive Research group. This research will be presented and judged at a special session held at EB to honor the finalists selected out of hundreds of entrees. Another research abstract by graduate student Christen Lester, from Klein, TX, (Nutrition) titled: "In Vivo Modulation of Innate Immunity by Dietary Spices and Herbs" has also been selected as a finalist for 'Best graduate research competition in Nutritional Immunology' at EB. Additionally, She has also been invited to make an oral presentation in a session entitled "Immune modulating nutraceuticals and functional foods." The abstracts submitted by Corey and Christen are from their MS thesis project they are doing in Dr. Vattem's lab. This is the second time consecutively graduate research from Dr. Vattem's lab has been recognized at an international Level. Research presented by Dr. Vattem's 3 graduate students Trey Hutton, Robert Corey DeLeon (NUTR) and Christen Lester (NUTR) was earlier awarded the 'Best Graduate Research Award' for the use of Lumbricus terrestris as a surrogate in vivo model for Nutrition Research at Experimental Biology Annual Meeting (New Orleans, LA).

Dr. Vattem, Corey and Christen, Congratulations on your success!


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Department of Criminal Justice   Negotiators Hone Skills The San Marcos Daily Record published the following article on January 14, 2010. For the 20th year in a row, the Texas State University Criminal Justice Department is hosting hundreds of law enforcement officials for three days of hostage negotiation training. About 250 officers and about a dozen volunteer “bad guys” re-created hostage negotiation scenarios during the annual competition. “It is our 20th anniversary, so we made it kind of special,” Wayman Mullins of the Department of Criminal Justice said. “It’s really complicated. It comes from all different angles.” This year’s scenario involves not only a siege situation with a hostile hostage taker, but background calls coming from victims to police. “This type of situation can be typical,” Mullins said. “This is a role-playing scenario that tries to mimic real life as much as possible.”

Jeri Skrocki of the Hays County Sheriff's Office makes a point during the hostage negotiations drill. (Photos by Ashley Landis, SMDR)

Mock hostage taker Aniekan Umobong. (Photos by Ashley Landis, SMDR)

The competition starts with a call and a debriefing, just like a real incident. Then law enforcement teams negotiate by phone with a hostage taker, who is actually a Texas State student in another part of the building. The negotiation teams are judged on how well they use communication, active listening skills and teamwork. “When we do this kind of training, we always ask ourselves, ‘Can we replicate the stress of a real life situation?’” Mullins said. “The answer is yes – with a $20 glass trophy.” Twenty-five teams from as far away as Canada participated in the simulation and the winning police team and corrections team were awarded a trophy at a barbecue held at the San Marcos Activity Center on January 15th, 2010.

Mock hostage taker Stephen Ledenback. (Photos by Ashley Landis, SMDR)


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Department of Criminal Justice (cont.)  Graduate Student accomplishments Felix Adam, Professional Paper, A Policy Implication of Collective Efficacy: New Perspective in the Analysis of Community Orientated Policing Tracy Dalrymple, Thesis, Study of Perceived Effectiveness of the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response (ALERRT) Active Shooter Training Program Brittani Hawthorne, Professional Paper, Examination of the Relationship between Pornography and Sexual Offender Recidivism Brian Haynes, Professional Paper, An Administrative Approach to Staff Sexual Misconduct in Correctional Facilities Victor Jackson, Professional Paper, Disproportionality with African-Americans in the Criminal Justice System Elizabeth Kanode, Thesis, Cynicism in Police Officers: Correlates and Consequences Chris Ramirez, Professional Paper, Intelligence Led Policing: An Insight in the Previous Thirty Years Corey St. Lawrence, Professional Paper, Innocent Inmates of Death Row: An Examination Across the United States Megan Walsweer, Professional Paper, Police Use of Force: Reasonable or Aggressive Patricia Hom and Stephanie Engling are assisting Dr. Pete Blair on a research project to examine when and under what circumstances an interrogation will be conducted. Data from the San Marcos Police Department is being utilized for this project. Jessica Dupalo is working with Dr. Donna Vandiver on a research project that examines the perceptions of Texas State University students in regard to their perceptions of rape. This research is being collected through a survey that has been administered to several classes. Georgianna Brain is working with Drs. Mark Stafford and Donna Vandiver on a Texas State University funded grant to identify factors that discriminate child sexual abusers from non-abusers. Data is being collected from students and a group of registered sex offenders in Austin to make comparisons.

Leadership Gratitude Thanks to the leadership of Dr. Wayman Mullins, the Department of Criminal Justice hosted its Annual Hostage Negotiation Training and Competition for the twentieth consecutive year with approximately 250 officers representing law enforcement agencies from across Texas, the United States and Canada.


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Department of Criminal Justice (cont.)  Faculty Accomplishments Pablo Martinez, Associate Professor Criminal Justice Articles in refereed journals: Martinez, P (2009). Projecting Felony Intakes to the Justice System. The Prison Journal, 89, pp 383-400 (December 2009 issue). Graduate thesis: Sarah Scott, Thesis – (2009, Member): Validation of the Travis County Texas, Risk Assessment Instrument for the Prediction of Absconding Among Adult Probationers. Professional papers: Graduate Student, Richard Palomo – Professional Paper – (2009, Chair) - Gender Bias in Law Enforcement Graduate Student, Kyla Broz- Professional Paper (2009, Chair) – Trends and Issues in Sentencing Guidelines: A Discussion of Disparities Effecting Non-Violent vs. Violent Serial Offenders in the United States Graduate Student, Adam Felix, Professional Paper – (2009, Member) - A Policy Implication of Collective Efficacy: New Perspective in the Analysis of Community Orientated Policing Graduate Student, Chris Ramirez, Professional Paper – (2009, Member) - Intelligence Led Policing: An Insight in the Previous Thirty Years Graduate Student, Victor Jackson, Professional Paper – (2009, Member) - Disproportionality with African Americans in the Criminal Justice System Conferences Attended and Presentations: Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), Annual Meeting. Boston, Massachusetts, March, 2009. Safety and Security of in Juvenile Facilities – What are the key context indicators and what can we do to improve institutional conditions? (with Guerrero, Georgen) Southwestern Association of Criminal Justice (SWACJ) Annual Meeting. Laredo, TX, October 2009. Arrest Trends in Texas Border Counties. (With Guerra, Selah – Graduate Student). Arrest and Incarceration in Texas from 1976 to 2008. (With Allen, Jonathan – Graduate Student). Guest Speaker: Developing an Adult Criminal Justice Population Projection Model for the State of Connecticut. Criminal Justice Policy Advisory Commission (CJPAC) of the Office of Policy and Management (OPM). Hartford, Connecticut, January, 2009. Levine, T. R., Kim, R. K., & Blair, J. P. (2010). (In)accuracy at detecting true and false confessions and denials: An initial test of a projected motive model of veracity judgments. Human Communication Research, 36, 82-102.


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Department of Family and Consumer Sciences    Graduate Student Research Contributions Carrie Holan is a graduate student in the MS in Human Nutrition program, conducting research with Dr. Crixell. She graduated from the Texas State Didactic Program in Dietetics in the spring of 2008. During this first semester while she is enrolled in Thesis A, she is compiling and reading the current literature for her thesis, "Attitudes, knowledge and behaviors regarding breastfeeding in a central Texas community". She will complete the design of her surveys and submit her research proposal to the Institutional Review Board in spring 2010. Seanna Marceaux, R.D. is a newly enrolled graduate student in the MS in Human Nutrition program. She is a full time employee of Meals on Wheels and More and is the Director of Nutrition Services. A graduate of the Texas State Didactic Program in Dietetics who completed her practicum experience through the Texas State Dietetic Internship, she won several awards for research and academic performance while attending Texas State. Seanna is conducting her thesis research with Dr. BJ Friedman and Dr. Sylvia Crixell to assess the impact of the services provided by Meals on Wheels and More in Austin. Her research is important because, since it’s inception in 1972, no formal evaluation has been done in this region/state regarding the nutrition and health impact of this federally funded meal program. As the program provides more than 1 million meals to community members per year, with 80% of recipients living at or below 150% of the poverty line and 68% over the age of 65, it is vital to evaluate Meals on Wheels and More in order to determine its effectiveness, provide a basis for improvement, and generate increased grant support to prepare for population growth. Given that the Austin-San Marcos area is expected to experience 300% growth in adults aged 60 years and older by 2040, Meals on Wheels and More will be instrumental in promoting the health and well being of central Texas seniors. Hope van der Heijden, a graduate student in the MS in Human Nutrition program, graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a degree in gerontology. She plans on completing the practicum experience to obtain her Registered Dietitian (R.D.) credential through the Texas State Dietetic Internship in 2010-2011. Hope has completed data collection and is conducting statistical analysis for her proposed thesis, "Maternal characteristics associated with infant and toddler feeding practices". She plans to defend her proposal in spring 2010. Hope will be presenting a poster on her research at the Texas Dietetic Association Food and Nutrition Conference and Exposition in March 2010. She submitted a poster presentation for the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Annual Meeting in April 2010 (status pending). Julia Von Bank, a graduate student in the MS in Human Nutrition program, is currently enrolled in the practicum for the Texas State Dietetic Internship, which she will complete in July 2010. At that time, she will be eligible to sit for the national exam and obtain her Registered Dietitian (R.D.) credential. Julia completed all data collection and successfully defended her thesis proposal, "Feeding Practices of Infants and Toddlers in the Special Supplemental Program for Women, Infants and Children in San Marcos, Texas" in Fall 2009. In 2010, she is scheduled to present the results of her research at the Texas Dietetic Association Food and Nutrition Conference and Exposition in March 2010. She submitted a poster presentation for the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Annual Meeting in April 2010 (status pending). 


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Department of Family and Consumer Sciences (cont.)    Graduate Student Research Contributions Research in Dr. Michelle Lane's laboratory concerns the ability of vitamin A to block colon cancer metastasis. Jennifer Griffin, from Katy, TX, a graduate student in Dr. Lane's laboratory is currently working to map the biochemical pathway by which vitamin A exerts its effects. Ms. Griffin recently won the American Society of Nutritional Sciences Graduate Research Abstract Award and will be presenting her work at Experimental Biology 2010 in April. Dr. Lane has four other staff members, both graduate and undergraduate students trying out research. They are working on various projects pertaining to vitamin A and metastasis. Dr. Lane also has a collaborative project with Dr. Vatsala Maitin and graduate student Juanita Escamilla to determine the ability of probiotic bacteria to decrease colon cancer metastasis. Dr. Lane's work is funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the American Institute for Cancer Research and an REP grant from Texas State. Three students enrolled in the Family and Child Studies graduate program are working on a study examining kindergarten readiness in a sample of preschool children from the Texas State Child Development Center and the Hernandez pre-K program, which is part of the San Marcos Independent School District. The graduate students are: Jill Chism, Hillary Koenig, and Jeanna Martinez and they work with Drs. Beth Morgan Russell, Elizabeth Blunk, and Sue Williams, respectively. The Texas State students are gathering data from children at the two sites in respect to their social competence and academic skills, which are related to Kindergarten readiness. The students will also assess the classroom environments in which the children are situated. This is the second year of the study and the progress of each cohort of children will be followed through the first grade. Dr. Vatsala Maitin’s graduate students Reese Cotten and Juanita Escamilla (co-supervised by Dr. Michelle Lane) successfully defended their MS thesis proposals. Ms. Escamilla presented her thesis research at the Graduate College International Research Conference and will be presenting a paper entitled ‘Probiotic Lactobacilli decrease invasion of metastatic human colon cancer cells in vitro’ at the Experimental Biology Meeting in April 2010. Mr. Cotten will also present part of his thesis research at Experimental Biology 2010, in a paper entitled ‘Effect of probiotics on dietary energyharvest by modulation of intestinal carbohydrate- and lipid-digesting enzymes’. Faculty Accomplishments Mr. Jene T. Laman, Professor, Interior Design had an artwork titled “Shades of Red” accepted in the 7th Annual Color: Bold/Subtle Juried International Art Exhibition at the Peoples Gallery, Omaha, Nebraska, December 2009 – November 2010. The work was awarded Special Recognition. Dr. Vatsala Maitin has a book chapter in press with Dr. Bob McLean in the biology department, entitled ‘Bioassays of quorum sensing compounds using Agrobacterium tumefaciens, and Chromobacterium violaceum.’ In Methods in Molecular Biology - Quorum Sensing Edition, Humana Press, USA. Dr. Vatsala Maitin was awarded a Research Enhancement Program grant from the university to study the ‘Role of probiotics and prebiotics in lipoprotein metabolism and prevention of coronary heart disease.’ Ms. Elizabeth Daniels is a co-investigator on this grant.


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Department of Family and Consumer Sciences (cont.)    Faculty Accomplishments continued Articles FCS Graduate Student, Brittany Kolkhorst, Dr. Ani Yazedjian and Dr. Michelle Toews have an article in press in The College Student Affairs Journal. The article, entitled “Students’ perceptions of parental support during the college years” is based on research conducted by Brittany Kolkhorst for her Master’s thesis in Family and Child Studies. Drs. Michelle Toews and Ani Yazedjian were invited to write a chapter entitled “Personal and interpersonal factors as predictors of college success among White and Hispanic college students: An overview.” The chapter will be published in Higher education: Teaching, internationalization and student issues. Presentations Drs. Ani Yazedjian and Michelle Toews presented the following posters at the annual meeting of the National Council on Family Relations: Yazedjian, A., Toews, M. L., & Kielaszek, B. J.* (2009, November). Students’ perceptions regarding their impending transition out of college. Poster presented at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA. Toews, M. L., Kolkhorst, B. B.*, & Yazedjian, A. (2009, November). A longitudinal study of attachment, college adjustment, and achievement. Poster presented at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA. Kolkhorst, B. B.* , Yazedjian, A., & Toews, M. L. (2009, November). Students’ perceptions of parental support during the college years. Poster presented at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA. *These posters were coauthored with former graduate students in the Family and Child Studies program. Former graduate student Alice Navarro and Dr. Ani Yazedjian also presented a paper entitled “Exploring Asian Indian immigrants' conceptualizations of ethnic identity” at the same conference. Other In November, Dr. Ani Yazedjian was invited to present a workshop entitled “What to expect when parenting teens” to faculty and staff as part of the Fall 2009 Professional Development series at Texas State. Drs. Ani Yazedjian and Michelle Toews were invited to present a talk entitled “The three-ring circus of academia: How you can become the ringmaster” to faculty participating in the Excellence in Teaching and Learning program at Texas State. Grants Drs. Ani Yazedjian and Michelle Toews were awarded two internal grants to examine individual and relationship factors as predictors of contraceptive use. One grant was awarded by the Associate Vice President for Research Grant ($26,000) and the other was a Faculty Research Enhancement Program Grant ($15,518).


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School of Social Work  Faculty Accomplishments PRESENTATIONS Assistant Professors Anne Deepak, Angela Ausbrooks and Amy Russell presented a paper, Transracial Adoption From a Social Justice Perspective: Eradicating Barriers and Building Bridges at the CSWE Annual Program Meeting, San Antonio, TX. Associate Professors Catherine Hawkins and Karen Knox and Assistant Professor Anne Deepak presented a paper, Global Citizenship: Presenting an Educational Model for Bridging Rights, Culture and Justice at the CSWE Annual Program Meeting, San Antonio, TX. Assistant Professors Raphael Travis and Anne Deepak presented a paper, Hip-Hop: A Bridge to Social Justice and Cultural Competency at the CSWE Annual Program Meeting, San Antonio, TX. “Evaluating Outcomes of an Intergenerational Program”, by Mary Jo Garcia Biggs, at the Council on Social Work Education 55th Annual Program Meeting, San Antonio, TX, November 7, 2009. “Global Citizenship: Presenting an Educational Model for Bridging Rights, Culture, and Justice”, with Catherine Hawkins and Anne Deepak, Council on Social Work Education 55th Annual Program Meeting, San Antonio, TX, November 8, 2009. Dr. Angela R. Ausbrooks (Faculty), Dr. Mary Tijerina (Faculty) and Natalie Diaz (Graduate Student) presented "Fostering Successful Field Placements for First-Generation College Students <http://cswe.confex.com/cswe/2009/schedule/Paper11986.html> Dr. Amy Russell (Faculty), Dr. Mary Tijerina (Faculty), Dr. Christine Norton (Faculty), Alysa Heald (Graduate Student) and Loretta Lambert (Undergraduate Student) presented "Shifting Paradigms in Social Work Research: Action Research Competencies and Curriculum <http://cswe.confex.com/cswe/2009/schedule/Paper12915.html>

PUBLICATIONS Knox, K. S., & Roberts, A. R. (2009). The social worker in a police department. In A. R. Roberts (Ed.), Social workers’ desk reference (2nd Edition), pp. 85-94. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. Marks, A.T., & Knox, K. S. (2009). Social work regulation and licensing. In A. R. Roberts (Ed.), Social workers’ desk reference (2nd Edition), pp. 148-155. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. Publications: Norton, C. (2010). Developing empathy: A case study exploring transference and counter transference with adolescent females who self-injure. Journal of Social Work Practice: Psychotherapeutic Approaches in Health, Welfare and the Community, 24(1). [First published online on 1/27/10 at: http://www.informaworld.com/10.1080/02650530903525991]


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School of Social Work (cont.)  Graduate Student Contributions

MSW Graduate Student, Erin Henry and Dr. Hill-Jones pose at the Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, held in San Antonio this past November.

OSSW mobilizes Change for Change project in Texas State Quad. Local family enjoys a better Christmas holiday because local student organization is committed to actively living out social work values.

The Organization of Student Social Workers (OSSW) is a student-led group dedicated to the Annual Program Meeting of the Council on providing service to the community, the University Social Work Education this past November and the School of Social Work. Each semester, with Dr. Sally Hill Jones. They attended the OSSW selects a community service project to conference to present a poster, which was participate in, and offers critical support to entitled AD/HD in Older Adult Women: What members of the San Marcos community. During the We Don’t Know May Hurt Them. The Fall 2009 semester, this group selected a family in Conference was held in San Antonio, TX. need who was referred to them by the San Marcos Housing Authority. This family consisted of a father and mother and their 3 children. The father had lost his job several months before Christmas, and one of their children had special needs, so they did not have the means to make Christmas a special time in their family. OSSW mobilized and collected money on the Quad through the Change for Change project. They collected almost $200, as well as solicited donations from faculty and local businesses for food and other items that the family needed. MSW student Linda Aguilar, current Treasurer of OSSW, brought the donations to the family and wished them a very Merry Christmas! MSW Graduate Student, Linda Aguilar This type of local support is what OSSW is presents check to a local family for a better committed to providing in order to actively live out their social work values. Christmas 2009. MSW Graduate Student, Erin Henry, attended


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School of Social Work (cont.)  Graduate Student Contributions MSW Graduate Student, Alisa Heald will be graduating this Spring and she has been a graduate assistant for the Social Capital, Civic Engagement of Marginalized Youth on Myspace study, funded by a grant from the REP program. The Co-PI's for this study are Dr. Anne Deepak and Dr. Amy Russell. Alisa has worked throughout the study and she is co-authoring a paper with these Social Work faculty members on the development of the scale used. This article will be submitted this year in Research on Social Work Practice for publication. MSW Graduate Student, Yvonne Mboss has started her field internship this Spring semester. It is an exciting internship with CARITAS working with the Immigrant Families Refugee Resettlement Program. Yvonne has been quite busy, during the first week, she picked up a family of 8 at the airport (at midnight), who were from Tanzania. Their language is Swahili, which does not present a language barrier since Yvonne is fluent in Swahili. She is so excited to be using her natural talents. She will begin developing a research project that will be related to clinical practice evaluation within CARITAS. MSW Graduate Student, Jessica Rotunno, is assisting Dr. Christine Norton with her Research Enhancement Grant, evaluating a new mentoring program on campus for students who were a part of the foster care system. Jessica will be transcribing qualitative data gained from a focus group with faculty mentors, among other things.

Phi Alpha Induction Ceremony Phi Alpha, a National Honor Society for Social Work, inducted 33 students (17 Graduate and 16 Undergrads) in December 2009. The purpose of the Phi Alpha Honor Society is to promote a closer bond among students of social work and to promote humanitarian goals and ideals. Phi Alpha fosters high standards of training for social workers and invites into membership those who have attained excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work. Social Work Undergraduate major junior or senior status must have completed a minimum of four social work courses and have an overall grade point average of 3.0. Social Work Graduate students must have completed a minimum of four graduate social work courses and have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 in all courses taken since beginning the MSW degree program. Phi Alpha is recognized as an official campus organization and members may choose to work individually or as a group on social work and community related projects. Phi Alpha members often serve as representatives to other Social Work schools and university committees. Students have presented papers, attended conferences, and received travel funds from the National Chapter.


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School of Social Work – Scholarship Opportunity 

Get Empowered and Apply for the 2010 HSC Scholarship Program Today! Higher education and a strong work ethic are the keys to economic prosperity. Apply for the 2010 HSC Scholarship Program and impact your life, the lives of your family members and your community. With HSC you will: Finance your Future * Learn about Yourself * Grow as a Leader * Meet Inspiring People Work with Supportive Mentors * Begin a Successful Career The Hispanic Scholarship Consortium (HSC) is now accepting applicants for the 2010 HSC Scholarship Program. A one‐ stop shop for students and funders, the program currently offers both general and specialized programs to graduating high school seniors, undergraduates and graduate students. Apply by February 15 at www.hispanicscholar.org! Leadership Development HSC encourages Hispanic students to expect more of themselves and gives them the tools and resources to accomplish such goals. Scholars receive supplemental education through an annual Scholar Leadership Conference where community leaders teach developing leadership capacity, effective communication, time and financial management, strengthening professional networks and seeding philanthropy. Save these dates: 6/24/10 – 6/26/10. $2,000 ‐ $5,000 Renewable Scholarship Awards Available *Renewable as long as students maintain full‐time status, earn a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and participate in HSC’s premier leadership training program. Eligibility Requirements *Please note that ALL applicants must meet the following minimum requirements. HSC offers several scholarship programs and some will have additional criteria. Applicants must: • Plan to enroll in an accredited two‐year or four‐year accredited college or university in the United States on a full‐time basis throughout the 2010‐2011 academic year • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale • Reside in Bastrop, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, Lee, Travis or Williamson counties • Be of Hispanic origin • Be United States Citizens or legal permanent residents with a permanent resident card or current passport stamped I‐551 QUESTIONS? Visit the Frequently Asked Questions section of our website at www.hispanicscholar.org or contact HSC directly at scholarships@hispanicscholar.org. www.hispanicscholar.org * scholarships@hispanicscholar.org * 512.450.5969 (P) * 512.834.1165 (F)


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Occupational Education Program    Faculty Accomplishments Dietz, A. S. & Porter, C. D. (2009). Observing and learning from social entrepreneurship: Transparency, organizational structure and the role of leadership. In Goldstein, J., Hazy, J. & Silberstang, J. (Eds.), Social Entrepreneurship, Systems Thinking, and Complexity, ISCE Publishing: Mansfield, MA. Dietz, A. S. & Porter, C. D. (2009). Complexity science: Non-linearity and systemic problems in organizations. Perspectives in Business, 6(2). Dr. Matthew Eichler, Assistant Professor, presented "Creating Safe Schools for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Students" at the Education Community Leadership Conference, January 29, 2010, San Marcos, Texas. Dr. Matthew Eichler, Assistant Professor, presented "Envisioning a New Sustainability in Education" at Sustainability Symposium on November 6, 2010, San Marcos, Texas Dr. Matthew Eichler, Assistant Professor, presented "Youth Leadership at its Best" at the New Career and Technical Education Teacher Conference, November 3, 2010, Austin, TX along with Ms. Sharon Pierce of Texas FCCLA and Mr. Blaze Currie of Texas FFA. Dr. Omar Lopez and Dr. Steve Springer are researching PTSD currently and will be presenting at the CPM/ASPA conference on February 12th. The presentation is related to public managers working with employees who may have symptoms of PTSD.

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Master’s Hooding Ceremony Class of 2010

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- Lyndon B. Johnson Thirty-Sixth President of the United States, 1963-1969 Texas State University Class of 1930

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Texas State University-San Marcos is a member of the Texas State University System.


CAA Quarterly Newsletter 

February 2010 

Graduate Studies News & Events  December 2009   Master’s Hooding Ceremony 

Criminal Justice Graduates, Tracy Dalrymple, Brittany Hawthorne & Megan Walsweer pose with Dr. Vandiver at the close of the Ceremony.

Family and Consumer Sciences Chair, Dr. Canabal and faculty member, Dr. Russell look on as Graduate Monique Swain responds to Dr. Toews.

Family and Child Studies Graduates, Becki Kielaszek and Monique Swain pose with Dr.s Russell and Toews at the close of the Ceremony.

Criminal Justice Chair, Dr. Thurman, Graduate Advisor for Human Nutrition, Dr. Friedman and Director of the School of Social Work, Dr. Noble, enjoy the camaraderie.

MSIS Graduates, Becky Gergen, Doug Dowlearn, Kelly Bocanegra and Brenda Clarke pose all smiles as graduates prepare to line up before the Ceremony.

Ag Ed Graduate Robin Hillegas’ family enjoy the reception in the front lobby.


CAA Quarterly Newsletter 

February 2010 

Graduate Studies News & Events (cont.)  Graduate College Workshops Offered This Semester Spring 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. To register for a workshop, visit http://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/ThesDiss_Info/T-D_Workshop/TD_Workshop_Form.html Friday, February 12th 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Location: JCK 460

CAA: Graduate Studies 101 “I’ve been accepted... Now what?” Friday, April 23 11:45 am in Ag 204 Graduate Studies Orientation RSVP to Yolanda Quintanilla at yq10@txstate.edu by Friday, April 16th

MAY 2010 GRADUATION Deadline to apply for graduation is February 12th, 2010.

Wednesday, February 17th 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. Location: JCK 460 Tuesday, March 2nd 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. For more information, go to http://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/ThesDiss_Info/T-D_Workshop.html

PLACE: Strahan Coliseum DATES & TIMES: Friday – May 14, 2010 10:00 a.m. College of Liberal Arts 2:00 p.m. College of Education 6:00 p.m. College of Applied Arts College of Science Saturday – May 15, 2010 10:00 a.m. McCoy College of Business Administration 2:00 p.m. College of Fine Arts and Communication

Newsletter Editor Yolanda Quintanilla, Graduate Recruiter yq10@txstate.edu

February 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.

February 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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