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CAA Newsletter

Spring 2012

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

FROM THE  DEAN’S  DESK  

Dates to Remember

College & Graduate Students,

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This past academic year has been filled with many accomplishments for the College of Applied Arts. Two departments, Criminal Justice (Fall 2012) and Family and Consumer Sciences (Fall 2011) will become the School of Criminal Justice and the School of Family and Consumer Sciences as a result of their growth and development. The Occupational Education Program will become the Department of Occupational Workforce, and Leadership Studies and will have a new Chair Dr. Carrie Boden-McGill that is joining us from Arkansas. Dr. Rodney Runyan will be the new Director of the School of Family and Consumer Sciences who will be joining us from the University of Tennessee. In terms of grants, publications and presentations, the faculty, graduate students and staff had a very productive year. The faculty submitted over 60 grant proposals and were awarded over $12,403,960 in new and ongoing research and training grants that sustain the Center for Migrant Education, the Center for Geospatial Intelligence and Investigation, the Advance Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center, the Texas Justice Courts Training Center and the Center for Children and Families. The grants supported 37 students with graduate research assistantships in their respective departments. The actual annual expenditures are estimated at $7,646,452 for this academic year. Funding was received from Federal and State agencies and Foundations.

Deadline Extension for August Graduation Candidates

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4th of July (Classes do not meet)

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Summer Session I, Classes end at noon

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Summer Session I, Final Exams

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Summer Session II, Classes begin

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Graduate Advisor Brown Bag meeting, Pedernales, 11:30 am

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In terms of scholarship, the faculty and graduate students generated 145 peer reviewed articles and juried work, plus 4 books, 15 book chapters and delivered over 150 presentations. Thirty-four graduate students and twenty-two undergraduates were provided travel support to present at professional meetings and publish papers with faculty from the College of Applied Arts. The collective efforts of the faculty, students and staff have resulted in very positive outcomes as the College, Schools, Departments and Centers continue to grow and sustain their efforts to support faculty and students in the teaching and learning process. We look forward to the next academic year with new departmental leadership in Schools and one department. T. Jaime Chahin, Dean of the College of Applied Arts

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Hooding Ceremony, Alkek Teaching Theater, 6 pm

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Commencement, Strahan Coliseum, 2 pm

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CAA Annual Chair/Directors Retreat, McCoy Building, Conference Room, 8 am – 5 pm

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Annual College Faculty Meeting, FCS 158, Noon  


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CAA Academic Information Texas State Classified as Emerging Research University Posted by University News Service, 1/12/12 The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has reclassified Texas State University-San Marcos as an Emerging Research University. University officials were notified of the reclassification on Thursday, Jan. 12. Texas State now joins seven other Texas public universities that are already classified as Emerging Research Universities. They are Texas Tech University, the University of Texas at Arlington, and the University of Texas at Dallas, the University of Texas at El Paso, the University of Texas at San Antonio, the University of Houston and the University of North Texas. Before the reclassification, Texas State was listed in the Doctoral Universities category along with Sam Houston State University, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Texas Southern University and Texas Woman’s University. “This is a very important moment for Texas State University. It reflects an enormous amount of work undertaken and accomplished by so many people. It is the start of a new era for our university,” said Texas State President Denise Trauth. Texas State was classified as a Doctoral University in 2004, when Gov. Rick Perry issued an executive order requiring the Coordinating Board and universities to develop an accountability system for public higher education. Click here to read the rest of this press release.

Tenure and Promotion On May 29, 2012, Dr. Gene Bourgeois, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs announced the following promotions and elections to tenure effective September 1, 2012. Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of these individuals. The following is a list of those in the College of Applied Arts family.

PROMOTIONS From Assistant Professor to Associate Professor Dr. Angela R. Ausbrooks, School of Social Work

Dr. Asha L. Hegde Niezgoda, School of Family and Consumer Sciences

Ms. Caroline Hill, School of Family and Consumer Sciences

Dr. Gwendolyn Hustvedt, School of Family and Consumer Sciences      

TENURE Dr. Angela R. Ausbrooks, School of Social Work Dr. Asha L. Hegde Niezgoda, School of Family and Consumer Sciences Ms. Caroline Hill, School of Family and Consumer Sciences Dr. Gwendolyn Hustvedt, School of Family and Consumer Sciences Dr. Michelle A. Lane, School of Family and Consumer Sciences


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GRADUATE STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Meet Edy Jones Addison, Megan Bailey, & Casey Bellows This innovative team is currently studying in the Family and Child Studies Graduate Program. The data used in this research project consisted of interviews that were a subset of a larger quantative survey conducted by Drs. Michelle Toews and Ani Yazedjian Evaluating College Students’ Sexual Knowledge, Behaviors, and Attitudes. All three students were extremely excited when they heard their research was accepted in the Texas Council on Family Relations Conference in San Antonio, Texas in March 2012. The theme of the conference, “Positive Family Interactions”, was an excellent forum for the research poster, The Motivations Guiding the Contraceptive Choices of College Freshmen, written by Casey Bellows, Megan Bailey, Edy Jones, Ani Yazedjian, & Michelle Toews. Their poster was presented during the president’s reception alongside peers from universities such as Texas A & M, the University of Texas, and Texas Tech University. The experience of talking with others within the field of family and child development was an exciting and educational experience for all three graduate students. Presenting at the conference itself was a unique and remarkable experience. Each poster was presented during the reception and gave researchers the opportunity to discuss findings with other family and human development professionals. “Our topic tends to be unique amongst other researchers, and getting the opportunity to discuss sexual health with individuals who had never researched within this field was not only exciting, but a great learning experience as well,” said Casey. The collaborative process was both a challenging and gratifying experience. Working together presented the students with opportunities to develop their critical and objective thinking in terms of data analysis. Having three different opinions working together to analyze over fifty interviews provided an encompassing analysis covering a variety of perspectives between the three students. After being accepted into the conference, Casey Bellows took on the leadership role as first author. She was able to incorporate her own perspectives and those of Dr. Yazedjian, Edy, and Megan into a well-rounded poster presentation. Megan and Casey felt as though this experience helped to prepare them for their thesis work. Both students are completing a qualitative thesis and will use a similar thematic analysis approach in analyzing and interpreting their data. This research experience has especially shaped Megan’s thesis proposal in helping her to further investigate the sex education that students receive prior to beginning college. Casey will utilize her experiences to better understand the link between inner partner violence and stressor events. These three students feel very lucky and privileged to have had the direct experience in research as well as presenting materials at a conference. Utilizing the same research, Edy, Megan, and Casey will be presenting additional results from their data at the National Council on Family Relations in Phoenix, Arizona in the fall of 2012. Congratulations to Casey, Megan and Edy on their current and future success!


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Occupational   Graduate Studies NewsP& Events Education   rogram        

The Office of the Dean of the College of Applied Arts cordially invites you to attend the

 

Master’s Hooding Ceremony Class of August 2012 "The noblest search is the search for excellence." - Lyndon B. Johnson Thirty-Sixth President of the United States, 1963-1969 Texas State University Class of 1930 The Master’s Hooding Ceremony honors Scholarly Achievement & Graduate Research Alkek Teaching Theater Thursday, August 9th, 2012, 6 pm

RSVP by August 1st to 512-245-3538 For special accommodations, please contact the Office of Disability Services at 512-245-3451, at least 72 hours prior to the event.

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


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Department of Agriculture

                     

         

Bobcat Blend Program Recognized Students involved with the Bobcat Blend composting program attended the 20th annual Texas Commission for Environmental Quality Texas Environmental Excellence Award ceremony and banquet held Wednesday, May 2nd. They were presented with their Texas Environmental Excellence Finalist certificate and award. The Bobcat Blend composting project was one of 25 projects awarded honors from over 200 project applications submitted this year from all over Texas.

   

The Department of Agriculture is Proud of their Undergraduates Marissa Martinez, undergraduate in the Department of Agriculture was selected to attend the prestigious 2012 Student Diversity Outlook Forum in Virginia that was hosted by the USDA. She is an outstanding student. Click here to read the USDA article announcing the 2012 Agricultural Outlook Forum Student Diversity Program. Also, undergraduate Ag minor, Rebecca Saathoff, was selected as an intern this spring with the Texas Agriculture Teacher Association. Rebecca also applied as a White House Intern for this summer.


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Department of Agriculture (cont.) Faculty Accomplishments

Publications: Saucier, P. R., & McKim, B. R. (2011). Assessing the learning needs of student teachers in Texas regarding management of the agricultural mechanics laboratory: Implications for the professional development of early career teachers in agricultural education. Journal of Agricultural Education, 52(4), doi: 10.5032/jae.2011.04024 Saucier, P. R. & McKim, B. R., & Tummons, J.D. (2012). A Delphi approach to the preparation of early-career agricultural educators in the curriculum area of agricultural mechanics: Fully qualified and highly motivated or status quo? Journal of Agricultural Education, 53(1), doi: 10.5032/jae.2012.01001 Conference Papers Accepted: Saucier, P. R. (2012). Selected factors influencing Missouri school-based agricultural educators to teach agricultural mechanics curriculum. Paper presented at the 2012 Western Region – American Association for Agricultural Education Conference, Bellingham, WA. Saucier, P. R. (2012). Barriers influencing Missouri school-based agricultural educators to avoid the instruction of agricultural mechanics curriculum. Paper presented at the 2012 Western Region – American Association for Agricultural Education Conference, Bellingham, WA. Saucier, P. R., McKim, B. R., Muller, J. E., & Kingman, D. M. (2012). Assessing performance and consequence competence in a technology-based professional development for agricultural science teachers: An evaluation of the Lincoln Electric Welding Technology Workshop. Paper presented at the 2012 Western Region – American Association for Agricultural Education Conference, Bellingham, WA. Research Posters: Saucier, P. R., McKim, B. R., Stair, K., & Rosencrans, C. (2012, May) Meeting the professional development needs of New Mexico school-based agricultural educators: A focus on management of the agricultural mechanics laboratory. Poster session presented at the 2012 Western Region for the American Association for Agricultural Education Conference, Bellingham, WA. Innovative Idea Posters: Saucier, P. R., McKim, B. R., & Edney, K. C. (2012). Integrating science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) competencies into the Texas agricultural mechanics curriculum: A professional development model for school-based agricultural educators. Poster session presented at the 2012 Western Region for the American Association for Agricultural Education Conference, Bellingham, WA.


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Department of Criminal Justice Criminal Justice Receives New Designation as 'School' Posted by University News Service,  May 25, 2012   The Department of Criminal Justice at Texas State University-San Marcos has been redesignated as the School of Criminal Justice by the Texas State University System Board of Regents.   The designation recognizes the growth in size and prestige of the Texas State criminal justice program over the past several years. It is intended to help the school attract, recruit and retain additional high-quality students and faculty from across the country.   “It has been thrilling to participate in the unparalleled growth of such a dynamic program over the past 11 years,” said Quint Thurman, head of the criminal justice program. “We’ve progressed from a small department that excelled at undergraduate teaching to a multifaceted unit that has developed an exemplary record of achievement in research and in the acquisition of external funding.”   The school currently enrolls more than 1,000 undergraduate students, more than 100 master’s degree students and more than 40 doctoral students. In addition to traditional undergraduate and graduate degree programs, the school also administers the Center for Geospatial Intelligence and Investigation, the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) program, the Texas Justice Court Training Center and Texas CrimeStoppers. It also offers a graduate certificate in intelligence analysis.   The School of Criminal Justice receives external funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, the Department of Defense and the Texas Department of Public Safety.   “It has greatly enhanced our ability to support graduate students and has raised our visibility nationally,” Thurman said. Thurman said the school boasts an outstanding faculty, including Texas State’s first appointed research professor and internationally recognized experts in geographic profiling, environmental criminology, criminal justice ethics and macrocriminology. The TSUS Regents voted to re-designate the department as a school during their regular board meeting held May 24-25 in Beaumont on the campus of Lamar University.

Cracking Cases    

Criminal Justice professor Kim Rossmo is the inventor of the technique of geographic profiling, a method that is useful in solving serial crimes. He and his methods receive considerable media attention, and he was recently the subject of a story done by KSAT-12 television in San Antonio. You may see it here.


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Department of Criminal Justice (cont.) Professor’s Unique Algorithm Leads to Tracking of Felons The University Star, Taylor Tompkins, February 16, 2012 – 1:32 am

The television series “Numb3rs” based its pilot off of Rossmo’s research and work, which centers around using math to predict criminals’ movement and eventually track them down. “It’s helpful in getting people aware of your work,” he said. “I mean if you just publish in academic journals, it’s only read by academics. I am interested in doing work that helps police officers and furthers the aims of criminal investigations.” In his time as a police officer in Canada, Rossmo tracked a number of murders, rapists and violent criminals. His algorithm, designed to track murders by the location of their victims, has tracked serial criminals past and present and put his work in the public eye. Rossmo created an algorithm to statistically analyze the movement of serial criminals, as a police officer and criminology student at Simon Fraser University, while working on his doctoral degree. “What the algorithm tries to do is to codify the hunting process engaged in by serial criminals when they are looking for a target,” Rossmo said. “We then apply it in reverse so that we can use the location of the targets, or the victims, to determine the most probable area where the offender is based.” Rossmo has used this algorithm to help analyze a number of cases in his time as a police officer. This includes the investigation and arrest of a Lafayette Southside rapist, a sheriff’s sergeant in Louisiana who burgled and raped women for about 10 years and a pig farmer in Vancouver who killed approximately 49 women.

Cops who use math to target suspects usually doesn’t add up to a prime time television show, but it did for Texas State Criminal Justice Professor Kim Rossmo.

He has also provided insight to infamous historical cases, like that of Jack the Ripper and the Austin Axe Murderer, who killed eight people in the Austin area during the 1800s. Rossmo said making significant contributions to ongoing investigations are important and interesting, but he enjoys tackling famous crimes from the past.

(Click here to read the rest of this article.)


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Department of Criminal Justice (cont.)  

Faculty & Doctoral Student Collaborations

Leiber, Michael, Donna Bishop, & Mitchell B. Chamlin (2011). "Juvenile Justice Decision-Making Before and After the Implementation of the Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Mandate." Justice Quarterly, 28, 460-492.* *This article was selected to be showcased at the March, 2012 ACJS meetings because it was recognized by the Editor of Justice Quarterly as being one of "the most significant articles published in JQ in the past year." _________________________________________________________________________________ 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. _________________________________________________________________________________ Publications: Schildkraut, Jaclyn and Amy Donley. (Forthcoming). Murder in Black: A Media Distortion Analysis of 2010 Homicides in Baltimore. Homicide Studies. Presentations: Schildkraut, Jaclyn. “The Monster Is In Control Of The Remote: Issues of Mediatized Violence and School Shootings”. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, New York, NY. March, 2012. Schildkraut, Jaclyn and Elizabeth Erhardt Mustaine. “Movin’, But Not On Up To The East Side: Foreclosures and Crime in Orlando, FL”. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Washington, D.C. November, 2011. Schildkraut, Jaclyn. “Homicide In The Headlines: An Analysis Of The Newspaper Reporting Of Baltimore Homicides Of 2010”. Paper presented at the Homicide Research Working Group Session Meeting at The American Society of Criminology, Washington, D.C. November, 2011.


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Department of Criminal Justice (cont.)  

ALERRT Training Saves Lives in Alabama Shootout Posted by University News Service, Dec. 14, 2011

Montgomery, Ala., police say a law enforcement training program based at Texas State University-San Marcos saved lives and contributed to the swift resolution of a shooting incident at a postal facility there recently. Montgomery Police Chief Kevin Murphy credited Texas State’s Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Program for providing his officers with the skills necessary to prevent a tragedy on Dec. 1. “Without doubt, the training our officers received from ALERRT really saved lives. Montgomery, Alabama, did not receive national headlines because there was not a mass murder in Montgomery on December first – and for that we are grateful to ALERRT at Texas State and the training they provided,” said Murphy. “There is no end to the gratitude we have for this training. ALERRT gave our officers the tools and the knowledge and the confidence to save lives.” Police say a 29-year-old postal employee armed with several pistols entered the main postal facility in Montgomery at the start of his shift on Dec. 1. Multiple shots were fired. First responding Montgomery police officers – using methods taught by ALERRT trainers – entered the building and took the suspect into custody within 10 minutes of the initial 911 call. No one was injured. The suspect has been charged with two counts of attempted murder. Click here to read the rest of this news release.

Graduate Student Reviews Faculty Work A Review of “Training the SWAT Trainer: Legal Mandates and Practical Suggestions for Improving Police Tactical Performance” By Tomas C. Mijares and Marcus L. “Sandy” Wall. Reviewed by Kevin Jennings, Doctoral Student at Texas State University Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) teams have been around for decades. They differ from other police units in their use of non-standard equipment and non-standard tactics, and their ability to use these tools comes from specialized training. This book is an instruction manual for the professionals that give SWAT officers that special training. The authors use their extensive personal experience to describe why that training is important, how that training should be conducted, and the possible consequences if the officers do not receive that training. The book begins with an in depth discussion of why training is important, with discussions of historical instances of police agencies that failed to train properly. They discuss the expected responsibilities and overall goals of the trainer, including lesson plans, types of instruction, demeanor, and dress. The remainder of this review appears in the current issue of the TEXAS POLICE JOURNAL (Volume 60, Number 3) on page 13.


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Department of Criminal Justice (cont.) Dr. Richard McCleary Visits Department of Criminal Justice The Department of Criminal Justice welcomed Dr. Richard McCleary to Texas State University on February 6th. Dr. McCleary presented a lecture titled: Design and Analysis of Time Series Experiments. The lecture concerned various dimensions of time series analysis such as: time series designs and models, validity, impact models, and the rationality behind the use of time series analysis. Dr. McCleary’s proficiency in time series analysis is reflected in his recognized work that includes the book Interrupted Time Series Analysis (1980), which has continued to be used for over 30 years. Dr. Richard McCleary is currently a Professor of Criminology, Law & Society at the University of California-Irvine and has served academic appointments as State University of New York-Albany and Yale University. Dr. McCleary has instructed Quantitative Social Science at the ICPSR Summer Institute of the University of Michigan. He is past Editor of the Criminology and Public Policy, and past Associate Editor of the Evaluation Studies Review Annual, Behavioral Assessment, and Justice Quarterly.

Ph D Employment Workshop On January 17th, the Department of Criminal Justice held an Employment Workshop for students in the doctoral program. This academic year is the third year of the doctoral program, and several of our students are gearing up to enter the academic job market. The workshop was an all-day event where department faculty organized roundtable sessions on a variety of topics. Dr. David Perkins and Dr. Mark Stafford gave an overview of the interview process and discussed search committees. Dr. Bobby Vasquez and Dr. Beth Sanders presented information on curriculum vitae and cover letter preparation. Dr. Scott Bowman, Dr. Mitch Chamlin, and Dr. Donna Vandiver spoke to the students about interview questions and preparing for a job talk. To close the day, Dean Jaime Chahin met with the group and gave advice on the job search process and salary negotiations.


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Department of Criminal Justice (cont.) Department of Criminal Justice Faculty & Graduate Students Present at The American Society of Criminology (ASCJ) – New York The American Society of Criminology is an international organization whose members pursue scholarly, scientific, and professional knowledge concerning the measurement, etiology, consequences, prevention, control, and treatment of crime and delinquency. Masters students' presentations: SCHOOL VIOLENCE AND POLICY RESPONSES: AN ANALYSIS OF MASSACHUSETTS SCHOOLS, Joseph McKenna, Texas State University FEAR OF CRIME AND THE PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT: A SURVEY OF COLLEGE CAMPUS SAFETY, Tyler John Vaughan, Texas State University; Alexander Drayer, University of Northern Colorado; Brittany Lynn Groot, University of Northern Colorado PhD students: ETHNICITY, ACCULTURATION, AND OFFENDING: FINDINGS FROM A SAMPLE OF HISPANIC ADOLESCENTS, Kristina Lopez, Texas State University-San Marcos; Holly Ventura-Miller, University of Texas at San Antonio THE REMOTE IS CONTROLLED BY THE MONSTER: ISSUES OF MEDIATIZED VIOLENCE AND SCHOOL SHOOTINGS, Jaclyn Schildkraut, Texas State UniversitySan Marcos EXAMINING THE FIT BETWEEN PROBATIONERS’ ASSESSED NEEDS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES, Steve Boehm, Texas State University Professor + PhD student: CHARACTERISTICS OF ACTIVE SHOOTER EVENTS, M. Hunter Martaindale, Texas State University; J. Pete Blair, Texas State University THE IMPACT OF EXTENDING THE HOURS OF OPERATION FOR BARS ON CRIME: AN INTERRUPTED TIME SERIES ANALYSIS, Mitchell B. Chamlin, Texas State University; Sarah E. Scott, Texas State University **note the above is a poster presentation. It was in the bulletin, but may want to confirm that Mitch and Sarah did this--I think they may have pulled it last minute?? DAY LABORERS-MYTHS AND REALITIES, Pablo Martinez, Texas State UniversitySan Marcos; Barbara Smith, (Doctoral student) Texas State University- San Marcos; Coleman Elliott, (Master’s student) Texas State University-San Marcos


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Department of Criminal Justice (cont.) Department of Criminal Justice Faculty & Graduate Students Present at ASCJ – New York (cont.) Professors: AN EXAMINATION OF RECIDIVISM RATES OF FEMALE SEX OFFENDERS, Donna Vandiver, Texas State University; Jeremy Braithwaite, University of California, Irvine FACTORS AFFECTING CONSENT SEARCH PRODUCTIVITY, Brian Withrow, Texas State University THE IMPORTANCE OF PRIORS IN INFORMING POLICY, J. Pete Blair, Texas State University POSTER PRESENTATION: JUVENILE JUSTICE DECISION-MAKING BEFORE AND AFTER THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE DISPROPORTIONATE MINORITY CONTACT (DMC) MANDATE, Michael Leiber, University of South Florida; Donna Bishop, Northeastern University; Mitchell B. Chamlin, Texas State University at San Marcos ORGANIZATIONAL CITIZENSHIP OF POLICE OFFICERS, Beth A. Sanders, Texas State University OPEN SEMINAR: GEOGRAPHIC PROFILING, Facilitator: Kim Rossmo, Texas State University ROUNDTABLE: STUDYING FEMALE CRIME: A LOOK BACK AT THE LAST FIFTY YEARS Moderators: Jill Leslie Rosenbaum, California State University Fullerton; Barbara Owen, California State University, Fresno Discussants: Joycelyn Pollack, Texas State University-San Marcos; Roslyn Muraskin, Long Island University; Susan Marcus-Mendoza, University of Oklahoma AN EXAMINATION OF MINORS’ EXPOSURE TO PORNOGRAPHIC MATERIAL VIA SOCIAL NETWORKING WEBSITE Che Williamson, Sam Houston State University; Donna Vandiver, Texas State University Adjunct: WIKILEAKS, ANONYMOUS, AND THOSE WHO SEEK TO DISSEMINATE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION: OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO THE UNITED STATES


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Department of Criminal Justice (cont.) Criminal Justice Career Day The Criminal Justice Department’s annual Career Day was held on February 28, 2012. As usual the event took place in the main ballroom of the LBJ Student Center. The career fair has for several years in succession enjoyed attendance by all manner of criminal justice agencies, approximately fifty in number, and ranging from local police and corrections departments up through various state and federal guests as well. Sponsored by both the department and its campus chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Student Honor Society, the event drew attendance of approximately three hundred this year. And, for the first time ever, the Criminal Justice Department collaborated with the University Office of Career Services in important aspects of promotion and data gathering regarding the demographics of attendees. C J Career Day is designed to acquaint students with the applied roles and functions of criminal justice agencies and the career opportunities that exist within them, and to educate them about typical recruitment and hiring practices. It is also designed to better acquaint the guest agencies with the high quality of both students and graduates from the Department of Criminal Justice and other departments across the campus. For details on future events contact Dr. David Perkins at dp13@txstae.edu  

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Preparing Students for Socially Responsible Global Citizenship Workshop Held May 14-15, 2012

On May 14th and 15th, 30 faculty members from across the university participated in a workshop entitled Preparing Students for Socially Responsible Global Citizenship, sponsored by Academic Development and Assessment and organized by Ani Yazedjian (Family and Consumer Sciences), Janet Hale (Finance and Economics), Jack Mogab (Finance and Economics), and Joellen Coryell (Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education and School Psychology). Over the twoday workshop, participants heard from various guest speakers from across campus, including a panel of international and domestic students who discussed their experiences at Texas State and abroad. The featured speaker for the workshop was William Gaudelli, an expert on global citizenship education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Workshop participants were also provided opportunities to network with colleagues from across campus, developed a greater understanding of the opportunities on campus for preparing students for socially responsible global citizenship, and learned new strategies for infusing a global perspective into the curriculum. TJX – Marshalls and TJMaxx Donate $10,000 to Sponsor the Third Annual Fashion Merchandising Career Forum On February 3, Mr. Doug McHose, Senior Regional Vice-President for Marshalls presented a $10,000 check to Career Services and the Fashion Merchandising Program. The donation will be used to sponsor the third annual Fashion Merchandising Career Forum. The representatives from Marshalls meet with the Fashion Merchandising Program to discuss partnership opportunities in the future to include classroom presentations and company internships. The Fashion Merchandising Career Forum hosted by Texas State Career Services and The School of Family and Consumer Sciences will be on Feb 29, 2012 in the LBJ Student Center. Mr. Doug McHose will deliver the Luncheon address. The forum includes a full day of career planning and networking for students interested in merchandising career options. Leaders in the retail industry will be on-hand to present and interact with participants. Last year the event had over 350 attendees.


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School of Family and Consumer Sciences (cont.) !

Faculty Accomplishments

Grants: Dr. Jiyun “Yuni” Kang has received FY12 Library Research Grants of Texas State University ($2,783.17). Awards: The Family & Consumer Sciences Research Journal has selected Dr. Jiyun “Yuni” Kang as a recipient of the Emerging Scholar Award of the year. Dr. Kang has been invited to present her research and receive the award at the 103rd Annual Conference of the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) in Indianapolis on June 26, 2012. Dr. Jiyun Kang has been selected as an emerging faculty scholar by America Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) for her research "Social Shopping for Fashion: Development and Validation of a Multidimensional Scale". Dr. Kang was also selected to receive AAUW American Fellowship Summer/Short-

Term Research Publication Grants. The grants are extremely competitive. _________________________________________________________________________ Jene Laman, Professor, Interior Design Program in the School of FCS exhibited 110 artworks in a juried one-person exhibition at the Center for Contemporary Arts, Abilene, Texas. November-December 2011. He exhibited 27 artworks in a juried two-person exhibition at the Sul Ross University Gallery, Alpine, Texas, October-November 2011. He has artwork exhibited in the 13th Annual Abstraction Juried International Exhibition, Omaha, Nebraska, October 2011-November 2012. _________________________________________________________________________

Yazedjian Honored as Member of Leadership Texas for 2012 Posted by Jayme Blaschke, University News Service, January 26, 2012

Ani Yazedjian, special assistant to the provost for international student services and faculty member of the School of Family and Consumer Sciences at Texas State University-San Marcos, has been selected to join an elite network of more than 5,000 women as a member of the Leadership Texas Class of 2012. Leadership Texas, now in its 30th consecutive year, is the flagship program of the Texas-based foundation headquartered in Dallas. “Ani Yazedjian is one of 115 outstanding women leaders competitively selected from across the state to participate in the longest-running women’s leadership development program in the U.S.,” said Candace O’Keefe-Mathis, CEO of Women’s Resources. Click here to read the rest of this news release.


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School of Family and Consumer Sciences (cont.) Graduate Student Collaborative Presentation

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Professional Appointments: Dr. Ani Yazedjian was appointed to the Editorial Board of the Journal of the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. Dr. Ani Yazedjian was elected to serve as the Chair Elect (2012-2014) of the Ethnic Minorities section of the National Council on Family Relations. Dr. Ani Yazedjian was recently named Associate Director, Global Curriculum Initiatives for the Multicultural Curriculum Transformation and Research Institute at Texas State University. Dr. Ani Yazedjian is one of 115 women who were selected as members of the 2012 Leadership Texas class (http://www.txstate.edu/news/news_releases/news_archive/2012/January2012/Yazedjian012612.html). Peer Reviewed Publications: Yazedjian, A., & Toews, M. L. (2011). Breakups, depression, and self-esteem as predictors of college adjustment. Association of Higher Education Parent/Family Program Professionals Journal, 2(1), 2-10 (featured article). Refereed Conference Presentations (* indicates graduate students) Bellows, C.*, Bailey, M.*, Jones, E.*, Yazedjian, A., & Toews, M. L. (2012, March). The motivations guiding the contraceptive choices of college freshmen. Poster presented at the Texas Council of Family Relations Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX.  

Toews, M. L., Yazedjian, A., & Delgado, M. Y. (2012, March). Predictors of White and Hispanic college students’ health protective sexual communication prior to intercourse. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Yazedjian, A., & Toews, M. L. (2012, March). An exploration of the changes associated with pregnancy and the meaning of parenthood among Hispanic adolescents. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  

Yazedjian, A., & Wuestenberg, P. (2012, February). Really!? That’s what they said?: Using student focus groups for program improvement. Paper presented at the Annual Conference, on The First-Year Experience, San Antonio, TX. Toews, M. L., & Yazedjian, A. (2011, November). College students’ knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors regarding sexuality. Poster presented at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.   Yazedjian, A., & Toews, M. L., Clausen, S.*, & Jackson, R.* (2011, November). College students’ contraceptive responsibility: The role of gender. Poster presented at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.    


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School of Family and Consumer Sciences (cont.) !

Graduate students, Brittany R. Gold and Alyssa N. Rowe attended the Society for Research in Human Development's Biennial Conference in New Orleans on March 22, 2012. Where they presented a poster entitled: "A Selected Outcome Evaluation of Secondary Data from the Caminitos Project: A Parent-Involvement Intervention" Brittany and Alyssa both hold a Bachelor’s in Family and Child Development from Texas State and are currently working toward Masters in Social Work and they are both interested in animal-assisted therapies with children and their families.

Eco-Bag a Positive Impact The Fashion Merchandising program donated bags from Texas State’s Fashion Merchandising Career Forum Eco-Bag Contest for a fundraiser for Urban Roots, A Taste of Spring!! The bags from our JC Penney/Cotton Inc. sponsored Eco-Bag Contest raised good money for a local food non-profit that focuses on educating disadvantaged youth about sustainable food production.


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School of Family and Consumer Sciences (cont.) Faculty & Graduate Student accomplishments

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Merchandising Professor Lectured at Buda Chamber of Commerce

Posted by Jayme Blaschke, University News Service, April 5, 2012 Pauline Sullivan, associate professor of fashion merchandising at Texas State University-San Marcos, gave a presentation, “Place the Secret to a Distinctive Local Identity for Town Centers,” to the Buda Chamber of Commerce 11:30 a.m. on April 11. Sullivan spent a sabbatical year studying town center management as a visiting research fellow in the school of management at the University of Surrey in England. For the last 20 years her research has focused on consumer value and shopping area or community vibrancy, which she believes provides a foundation for sustainable economic development.

Graduate Students Contribute Travis Kolinek, a nutrition undergraduate student in the laboratory of Dr. Vatsala Maitin won first place for his research poster presentation entitled ‘Preliminary characterization of cell-free supernatants from Bifidobacterium longum with bioactivity towards enterocytic Fasting Induced Adipocyte Factor (FIAF) in vitro’ at the Sixth Annual Undergraduate Research Conference held in December 2011 by the Office of the Associate Vice President for Research and the Honors College of Texas State University. Graduate student Priscilla Pham was co-author. Research abstract submitted by nutrition graduate student Priscilla Pham (Thesis adviser: Dr. Vatsala Maitin) has been chosen for oral presentation at the American Society for Nutrition/ Experimental Biology meeting to be held in April 2012 in San Diego, CA. Dr. Vatsala Maitin will be serving as a student/postdoc mentor for the Dietary Bioactive Components RIS of the American Society for Nutrition at EB2012, alongside other professionals from academia, industry and regulatory organizations. Juanita Escamilla, past graduate of the M.S. Nutrition program (Thesis advisers: Dr. Vatsala Maitin and Dr. Michelle Lane) was chosen as one of the 2012 USDA Graduate Fellows and invited to attend the Career Preparation Institute, a leadership development and networking program at the 7th Annual American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) National Conference in Costa Mesa, CA this past March.


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School of Family and Consumer Sciences (cont.) Program Teaches Teen Parents About Healthy Relationships The University Star, Hollie O’Connor, January 25, 2012, 2:05 am Amidst skyrocketing instances of dating abuse among adolescent relationships, one Texas State associate professor is aiming to help those most susceptible: teen parents. Michelle Toews, associate professor of Family and Consumer Sciences, gave a seminar Tuesday on how her program, Strengthening Relationships, helps teen mothers and fathers communicate and resolve conflicts more effectively. The program caters mainly to teen mothers in eight local high schools. Toews said about 20 percent of teens report being physically abused in their relationships. That number jumps to 40 percent among teen parents. Toews said about 65 percent of teen parents admitted to perpetrating violence, with men and women committing acts of physical abuse on a relatively equal level. More than 85 percent admitted to being psychologically abusive towards their partners, while more than 75 percent said they experienced psychological abuse. Educating teen parents about what abuse is and the effects it can have on their children is a key factor in reducing and eliminating it, Toews said. Many teens were unaware they were being abusive, accepting slapping and hitting as a normal part of a relationship. Click here to read the rest of this article

Interior Design Faculty Member Honored for Architectural Design Project By Paige Wilkerson, University News Service, November 9, 2011

The San Antonio chapter of the American Institute of Architects recently awarded one of its first studio awards for conceptual and unbuilt projects to A-Gruppo LLC. The design team includes collaborators Thad Reeves, Andrew Nance and Michael Kaiser. Nance is an architect and assistant professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Science, interior design, at Texas State University-San Marcos. The Cooper house project, designed by Nance and his team, is a 2,400-square-foot, single-family home to be built in Cedar Hills. The project integrates sustainable design strategies into a structure built on a difficult site. The house will contain the products of sustainability: recycled papers, inks, plastics, etc. The design will also embrace sustainability at a deeper level, at the core of its design. Passive cooling and heating will allow the house to operate with minimal to no air conditioning through much of the year. Click here to read the rest of this article


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School of Family and Consumer Sciences (cont.)    

Grande Communications Passion and Commitment Investment Club Awards $2,500 Grant to Human Nutrition Program

Grande Communications recently awarded Best Food FITS! a $2,500 grant to continue working in and with the local community in efforts to prevent childhood obesity. Best Food FITS, developed by Drs. Sylvia Crixell and BJ Friedman, was originally funded by a $150,000 competitively awarded grant from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Prevention Program. In the past 2 years Best Food FITS has united advocates for children’s health in the San Marcos community. The overriding purpose of Best Food FITS is improve diets by making it easier for children and their families to increase intake of fruits and vegetables and decrease intake of "sugar-sweetened beverages" (such as soda, flavored milk, fruit drinks, and sweet tea). Both strategies have been endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Texas DSHS as effective in battling child obesity. To date, Best Food FITS has partnered with 17 San Marcos Restaurants to improve or add children’s menus, adding fruits and vegetables, removing sugar-sweetened beverages, and improving the nutritional quality of many entrées. This research-based project involved teams of undergraduate and graduate nutrition students. Best Food FITS also partnered with the City of San Marcos to develop a cooking facility in a new adult education building at Chapultepec. Cooking classes emphasizing fruits and vegetables are now taught by nutrition students regularly in the fall and spring semesters. These classes are free to the San Marcos community. The Grande Communication grant funds will be used to support the cooking classes at Chapultepec and to fund a research-based initiative to work with area childcare directors in San Marcos to modify their menus and snacks to promote healthy eating habits.

Student Nutrition Organization The Student Nutrition Organization of Texas State University provides opportunities for all students to be involved in discussions and activities related to nutrition. Any Texas State University student interested in nutrition is welcome to join. Meetings are   held   regularly   throughout  the  fall  and  summer  semesters.  Dates  and  times  of  meetings,  workshops,  and  volunteer   opportunities  are  posted  on  the  SNO  TRACS  site,  which  is  accessible  b y  all  SNO  members.

Our objectives are: • To acquaint students with all aspects of dietetics • To broaden the scopes of educational experience through various nutritional related activities • To provide opportunities for members to become familiar with the American and Texas Dietetic associations • •

To provide  sound  nutrition  information  to  help  the  community   To  stimulate  sound  nutrition  practices  among  peers  

Become a  Member!  You  may  join  SNO  b y  emailing  breese@txstate.edu.  


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School of Family and Consumer Sciences (cont.)

P r o f e s s i o n a l P r o g r a m P r o j e c t s 2 01 2 National Winners First Place Beta Pi, Framingham State University: Engaging the Community: Polishing a Pearl Second Place Tau, University of Wisconsin—Stout: Engage In Leadership...Make a Difference Through Servant Leadership Third Place Beta Xi, Texas State University—San Marcos: Leading By Example: Providing Real World Knowledge for a Better Future Fourth Place Beta Zeta, Texas Christian University: Empowering the Women of Today and Tomorrow

Regional Winners Region 1 Beta Epsilon, State University of New York at Plattsburgh: Phi-ghting For a Cause Region 2 Beta Delta, Western Kentucky University: Fulfilling Our Call...Making a Difference : Leading the Way to Brighten Lives and Feed the Hungry Both Near and Far Region 3 Gamma Zeta, Northeastern State University, OK: The Road to Nutrition: Working Together to Build a World of Healthy People Region 4 Beta Rho, Idaho State University: Healthy Lives and Successful Futures

Beta Xi Places at National Level for Professional Project Congratulations Beta Xi on taking third place in the NATION for your professional project this year! Phi Upsilon Omicron, is an honor society in the integrated field of family and consumer sciences, the organization offers an environment empowering lifelong learning, leadership building, and ethical and scholastic excellence.


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 O ccupational Education Program

 

Graduate Research Forum

The faculty and staff of the Occupational Education Program held their Spring 2012 Graduate Research Forum, on April 27, 2012, in the Agriculture Building, room 204. Six students shared their research projects, findings and recommendations during the presentations. Dr. Carmen Romo de Vivar, a scholar in disruptive technologies and research paradigms gave the keynote address. Dr. Matthew Eichler hosted and emceed the forum. Forum Judges Dr. Betty Harkins Dr. Matthew Eichler Dr. Enrique Solis Roger Dovalina “Exploring occupational stress and identifying the correlation to absenteeism among female officers in a correctional setting.” Melissa Hood “The identification of current coping strategies for college students with learning disabilities.” Terry W. Howard “Do drug court sanctions compel participants to comply while in this alternative judicial program?” Ibrahim Ikanovic “Measuring employee attitude toward company diversity efforts.” Cheri A. Krockover "Factors relevant to elementary teachers using interactive whiteboards in math discourse." Elizabeth Ramos “Do students in the College of Applied Arts who are placed on academic probation or suspension graduate? Graduate students compete while presenting their findings at the Graduate Research Forum. Judges evaluate the presentations based on depth of research, accuracy of analysis, validity of findings, soundness and effective implementation of recommendations. This years’ Outstanding Graduate Research Award was bestowed on Ms. Elizabeth Ramos for professionally presenting a challenge in the College of Applied Arts with viable solutions.

Congratulations Elizabeth, on a job well done!


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 O ccupational Education Program (cont.)

   

Texas State Rising Star: Student Spotlight Round Rock Leader, 4/12/12, 12:11:00 pm Editor’s note: Texas State University Round Rock Campus provides upper-division bachelor's and complete master's programs in a number of academic fields during the daytime, evenings, Saturdays, and online. The Round Rock Campus brings students in Central Texas and Williamson County the same educational experience offered at its San Marcos campus. The Round Rock Leader is proud to present profiles on some of the faculty and students who make Texas State University Round Rock what it is today. Randy Custard, 52, born in Meadville, Pa. Occupational Education student, Texas State University Round Rock Campus 1. What is your field of study/major? My major is Applied Arts and Sciences. This major has an occupational emphasis and I was able to receive 24 hours of credit for database administration. Instead of focusing on one field of study like most majors, a student in the Applied Arts and Sciences major selects three areas of study. I chose psychology, career and technology education and mass communication. 2. How long have you been attending classes at the Round Rock Campus? I attended Central Texas College after high school and received an associate's degree in computer science. Four years ago my wife Sharon asked me if I would like to go back and earn a bachelor's degree. I met with the counselor at Texas State University in Round Rock to find out about their programs and made the decision to pursue my degree here. I only needed to take five lower-level core classes and a year of foreign language, before I started my course work at Texas State. I have attended Texas State for two-and-a-half years, taking 30 hours of classes. In the last semester of the BAAS program, a student does an intern project and I am doing mine with the Capitol Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. It has been tough at times and without the support of my family, friends, and work, it wouldn't have been possible. I am very proud of my GPA, which is so much better than it was  30  years  ago.   Click  here  to  read  full  article.


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 O ccupational Education Program (cont.)

Faculty &  Graduate  Student  Accomplishments  

 

Fall Graduate Research Forum

Dr. Matthew Eichler hosted the Graduate Research Forum November 17, 2011 with 7 of his student’s research presentations. Dr. Stephen Springer gave an address to the group. The judges included Dr. Gwendolyn Hustvedt (School of Family and Consumer Science), Dr. Ryan Schoenbeck (a leadership consultant), and Dr. Betty Harkins (Occupational Education Program). Mr. John Griffis, Fall 2011 MSIS graduate, was awarded the Outstanding Researcher Award for his work, “Evaluating a juvenile detention center in a Texas county: A call for a new approach”. Presentations  at  International  Graduate  Student  Research  Conference    

Three Occupational   Education   MSIS   students   presented   at   the   3rd   International   Graduate   Student   Research   Conference   at   Texas   State,   November  2  and  3,  all  directed  by  Dr.  Matthew  Eichler:    

-Ms. Diana Martinez “Hispanic Students’ Decisions to Attend a Southwestern University-The importance of Influences” -Ms. Melissa Jones, “What are the critical factors that cause students to drop out of an online course?” -Mr. Richard Courchesne, “Walden 2.1: Understanding the complexity science of technology dependency” Faculty & Graduate Student Presentation Ms. Melissa Hood (MSIS Student) and Dr. Matthew Eichler presented a staff development workshop, “Be Inspired: Misunderstandings about ADD/ADHD” to the Division of Multicultural Student Affairs at Texas State on February 24, 2012. Community Outreach Barbara Wilson attended the Senior Salute Networking Mixer at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin February 16, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. in Hein Dining Hall. She participates in this event as an alumni representative to discuss career opportunities with graduating seniors. Mrs. Wilson earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Composite and teacher certificate in business education from TLU.


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Graduate Student Accomplishment Arthur Celestin, Fall 2011 BAAS graduate, received District Teacher of the Year Award. “I am very grateful for Texas State University OCED program, the amazing staff, and Dr. Springer’s great leadership as the program’s former Dean. Because of their wonderful work preparing Career and Technology Education/Trade & Industry teachers like me, Southwest ISD and Southwest High School will keep shining brighter and brighter. Because of the OCED program, I was awarded, on February 6 of 2012, the honorable title of 2011-2012 SWISD Teacher of the Year. My commitment and dedication to the success of SWHS students will continue to make my workplace and SWISD a more pleasant and richer place to learn and work.”

OCED Alumni Accomplishment James Johanson, August 2011 MSIS Graduate, Publishes book. “When I wrote The Road to Wellness I set out to design a book that provides a road map for achieving a lifestyle of health and wellness. It recognizes that most people intuitively know how eat healthy and manage their weight, but that the problem comes from a society that encourages over consumption of food and sedentary behavior, and has resulted in a sharp increase of obesity and preventable diseases. Many diet and exercise books on the market claim to offer a formula for achieving weight loss, wellness, and fitness, but often lack to realism and honesty to help people achieve their goals. As a result, most people who try to change their health habits are successful initially, only to return to their original habits in time. The philosophy of The Road to Wellness is that a true lifestyle change is the only way to get healthy and stay healthy. I believe that the three keys to creating a lifestyle of wellness are to understand society, science, and managing your emotions. The way for the individual to overcome these trends is to broaden their understanding of how the body works, be aware of the challenges that society presents, and self-direct their thoughts in a way that instills healthy habits and builds a new lifestyle. I worked on this book with Dr. Maurice Johnson, professor of Kinesiology at Texas State. Together, we designed a philosophy for approaching wellness that will give readers the ability to succeed and empower them to maintain a healthy lifestyle”.


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School of Social Work

Four Graduate  Students  Earn  Full  Hogg  Foundation  Scholarships   Posted by Jayme Blaschke, University News Service, February 22, 2012   Texas State University-San Marcos graduate students Andres Garcia, Kathryn Kelly, Ana Gabriela Mejia and Adriana Peabody have been awarded scholarships by the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health to support bilingual mental health services in Texas. All are students in the School of Social Work. After earning a bachelor’s degree in social work from Texas State, Garcia decided to obtain a master’s degree to pursue a career in social work. His internship with Child Protective Services of San Antonio, where he assisted caseworkers in a variety of settings, further cemented his resolve. “Through my work as a volunteer and working with various populations, I knew a master’s degree in social work would help me provide the best possible service to those in need,” Garcia said. After earning a degree in English from Flagler College in Florida, Kelly had a strong desire to help those in need. Most recently she was a children’s advocate for the Hope Alliance at the Williamson County Crisis Center, where she assessed children’s emotional, physical, social and educational needs. She also provided crisis intervention for an average of six families a week. “After working in Mexico, I have a high level of cultural and linguistic understanding. Advancing my education will allow me to better serve the Latino population,” Kelly said. Passionate about helping others, Mejia decided to pursue a degree in social services. She majored in family and child development as an undergraduate at Texas State and is now obtaining her master’s in social work so she can further serve families and their children. “I am excited to serve this community and use my knowledge in children’s development to help those with mental health challenges,” Mejia said. After getting a degree in fine arts from the University of Arizona, Peabody began volunteering as a bilingual mentor to young children at SafePlace in Austin. Her experience sparked a fire within her to help people. “As my passion grew for the people I met at SafePlace, I knew I had to pursue a master’s in social work so I could better serve this community,” she said. “As a bilingual person, I can provide muchneeded services to the Spanish-speaking population.” Now in its fourth year, the bilingual scholarship program has awarded a total of 109 scholarships since fall 2008 to increase cultural and linguistic diversity in the Texas mental health workforce.


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School of Social Work (cont.) Hogg  Foundation  Scholarships  (continued)   “This innovative scholarship program directly addresses the critical need for a more culturally and linguistically competent mental health workforce,” said Octavio N. Martinez, Jr., executive director of the Hogg Foundation. “We are excited to infuse the workforce with talented and highly qualified students who have these added skills that are in such high demand now.” Scholarship recipients receive full tuition and fees. Recipients must be fluent in English and a second language chosen by the graduate program, typically Spanish. They also must commit to working in Texas after graduation providing mental health services for a period equal to the timeframe of the scholarship. Scholarships are available at all 12 Texas graduate schools of social work that are accredited or pending accreditation by the national Council on Social Work Education. Studies have shown populations of color and those who speak a language other than English are under-represented in social work and mental health professions in Texas. As a result, many people may not have access to mental health services that adequately meet their cultural and linguistic needs. Language differences can be a huge barrier in providing effective mental health services. Even when language barriers are overcome, subtle nuances such as world view, cultural beliefs, religion, family traditions and cultural norms can sometimes interfere with delivering effective treatment. The scholarships are one of many ways in which the Hogg Foundation is working to increase cultural and linguistic awareness, knowledge and skills among mental health service providers in Texas. The Hogg Foundation advances recovery and wellness in Texas by funding mental health services, policy analysis, research and public education. The foundation was created in 1940 by the children of former Texas Governor James S. Hogg, and is part of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin.

Texas State Student Veterans to Graduate with Honor Cords By Paige Wilkerson, University News Service, February 9, 2012

Texas State University-San Marcos has been frequently recognized regarding its support of student veterans. Recently, the university authorized student veterans to wear honor cords during graduation. This additional service reflects the university's commitment to being a veteran-friendly campus. "Veterans are accustomed to wearing devices on their military uniform which show their accomplishments and experiences," said Domitilo Ponce, of the Veterans Advisory Council at Texas State. "By allowing veterans the opportunity to continue this tradition embraces the university's promotion of diversity and culture acceptance." Last year, Texas State was ranked 13th in the nation among the best four-year colleges and universities for veterans in Military Times EDGE magazine. In 2009, the university was selected in the top 15 percent nationally for military friendly colleges by G.I. Jobs magazine. "The veterans at Texas State look forward to continuing this tradition with honor, pride and much

acknowledgement to Texas State, Veterans Advisory Council and all those in support of our veterans," said Ponce. For more information, please contact Domitilo Ponce at dp1248@txstate.edu.


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School of Social Work (cont.) School of Social Work Collaboration with Spirit Reins Ranch Promotes Equine Therapy Models Dr. Betsy Wisner and Dr. Mary Jo Garcia Biggs were awarded a Research Enhancement Grant and are now collaborating with Spirit Reins Ranch in Liberty Hill to study equine therapy for vulnerable adolescents and their families.

Dr. WISNER

Dr. GARCIA BIGGS

Alyssa Rowe, MSW student and graduate research assistant, has played a pivotal role in collecting and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data for the project. Alyssa, a member of the research team in 2011, continues to provide pivotal support and leadership skills for the team. She was also selected to be the first School of Social Work student to complete her internship at Spirit Reins Ranch. This is an exciting new collaboration between the School of Social Work and the Ranch. Alyssa discusses  her  personal  and  professional   experiences:       "My personal experience and relationship with an amazing mustang named Shawnee led me to choose equine-assisted therapy as my career goal. Steps along the path to achieving that goal have included volunteering at Meadow Haven Horse Rescue and the Saddle Light Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship, as well as interning and later working at Legends Equestrian Therapy. Now, working for the Texas State School of Social work and partnering with Spirit Reins Ranch has given me a unique opportunity to      view horse      from             research   therapy an   academic and perspective. I feel honored to be a part of helping to validate this incredible form of therapy."

 

ALYSSA ROWE  AND  SHAWNEE  


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School of Social Work (cont.) Research & Networking Event: Families and Children Across the Lifespan The Center for Children & Families (CCF) in cooperation with the Office of the Associate Vice President for Research, the Council for Interdisciplinary Research and Grants, the College of Applied Arts, the College of Education, and community partners sponsored a Research and Networking Event on Tuesday, March 6th 2012 in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom. Over 150 faculty, students, and community members attended. The event focused 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.  

Online MSW Student Recognized Our social work interns are doing great things in the veteran community. Please note the story about our MSW AL online student-- Danielle Sampson --who was written up in the February TexVet newsletter. She recently moved from Virginia and is a veteran in her 2nd year placement. This the link to the TexVet February Newsletter, PDF format.

Deepak Wins National Award for Paper on Population Growth By Ann Friou, University News Service, January 31, 2012

Anne C. Deepak, assistant professor of social work at Texas State University-San Marcos, has received a national award for feminist scholarship as it pertains to social work theory, research, practice, policy and education. Deepak received the 2011 Feminist Scholarship Award from the Women’s Council of the Council on Social Work Education, for her paper Sustainability and Population Growth in the Context of Globalization: A Postcolonial Feminist Social Work Perspective. The paper was presented at the 2011 Symposium on Social and Reproductive Justice, Health and Sustainability, sponsored by the Women and Gender Research Collaborative of Texas State’s Center for Multicultural and Gender Studies. The Center is in the College of Liberal Arts. In her paper, Deepak argues that world population growth can be slowed to an environmentally sustainable level if certain social, political and economic conditions are met globally, particularly in areas where women are poor. For example, Deepak argues, women around the world must have the right to determine whether they reproduce, and they must have access to good health care, including safe contraceptives, pregnancies and childbirth. Her research shows that fertility falls when women and their partners have access to family planning services. Click here to read the rest of this news release.


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School of Social Work (cont.) School of Social Work Offers Relaxation and Meditation Skills Group for Student Veterans Dr. Katherine Selber and Dr. Betsy Wisner are collaborating with BSW and MSW students to provide student veterans with an opportunity to learn relaxation and meditation skills that promote bio-psycho-social functioning. Dr. Selber, in response to a needs assessment revealing that as many as 40% of student veterans reported sleep concerns, formulated the idea for the meditation skills group. She then invited Dr. Wisner to Dr. Selber serve as the primary facilitator for the group. This is the third semester that the group has been offered on campus. This semester the group meets weekly for 8 weeks of instruction and practice in guided relaxation and mindfulness meditation. We have been fortunate to have student leadership contributing to the group’s success. Kelly Gondek and Matthew Krugh, MSW students, have helped to provide the veterans with a positive group experience. Paul Julio, BSW graduate and veteran, also provided pivotal support for the group.

According to Kelly, “Mindfulness meditation is a tool that more people should educate themselves on and practice. No matter what concerns or issues your life brings, meditation can help to

Dr. Wisner

alleviate symptoms and open your mind to new ways to cope. As a full-time master’s of social work student, who works part time as a graduate assistant and involved in organizations, I have seen a steady increase of anxiety in myself. Recently I had a breakthrough and am learning how to cope with my anxiety more effectively due to Dr. Wisner's meditation skills group for student veterans! I am so thankful to be a part of this group to help our student veterans and to help spread the word of mindfulness meditation as I embark on my professional career as a social worker! I feel like the student veterans have been open with their reactions and Kelly Gondek processing of the meditation, which will only help guide their practice and seek ways to help them effectively cope with life stressors.”          


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School of Social Work (cont.) Group for Student Veterans (cont.) Matthew Krugh was selected for a Texas State College of Applied Arts Graduate Research Fellowship and is working in the School of Social Work. One of Matthew’s projects is assisting with the group and coordinating research activities related to the group. Matthew brings a combination of research experience and a personal meditation practice to the group experience. Matthew discusses his life experience and the group: “Having been a Peace Corps Volunteer in Swaziland, Africa, I benefited in cultivating a personal practice in meditation. A stillness, Matthew Krugh and being present in the moment aided me in my service. As a Masters of Social Work student I see great value and potential in integrating mindfulnessbased approaches like meditation into our practice. My experience in this group affirms the worth and strength of meditation as a viable skill in life."

Foster Care Initiative Lands Grant to Boost Intern Support By Kristina Kenney, University News Service, January 24, 2012

Texas State University-San Marcos Foster Care Alumni Creating Educational Success (FACES) initiative has been awarded a Public Benefit Grant from Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation (TG). The award will provide approximately $90,000 over two years, helping support the goals and mission of the FACES initiative. Christine Norton, assistant professor in the School of Social Work, served as the grant’s principal investigator, along with co-principal investigator Toni Watt, associate professor of sociology. The grant will go toward resources for faculty to supervise two Master of Social Work (MSW) interns each semester who will serve as advocates in assisting and supporting students who were in foster care. Throughout the two-year award period, the outcomes, program goals, objectives and deliverables that apply to the grant will be evaluated in order to further expand this initiative. FACES is a community and campus-wide effort to help Texas State students who grew up in the foster care system achieve educational success for personal and professional stability beyond graduation. In partnership with the Central Texas Foster Care Work Group, the School of Social Work, the Sociology Department, the Vice President for Student Affairs Office and the Center for Children and Families, FACES will expand and evaluate existing direct services to foster care alumni at Texas State through recruitment, retention and graduation. Click to read the rest of this news release.


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College News & Events CAA  Annual  Awards  Banquet  

 

 

     

Interior Design projects are proudly displayed.

Social Work Faculty meet their student’s family.

 

Dr. Solis and Lt. Col. Deitschel

Criminal Justice Faculty


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College News & Events (cont.) CAA  Annual  Awards  Banquet  (continued)                                                                          

           

     

 

 

 

 


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College News & Events (cont.) CAA  Annual  Awards  Banquet  (continued)                                                                          

         

           

 

 

 


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Graduate 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 SelfService 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 deadline to apply for August graduation is June 22, 2012. If you believe that you are an eligible candidate for August 2012 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 May commencement ceremony. If you apply after July 9, your name will not be in the commencement program. DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO JULY 3RD. 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 Instruction page for details.


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Graduate Studies News & Events May  2012  CAA  Master’s  Hooding  Ceremony    

 

 

     

Criminal Justice Candidates

Family & Child Studies Candidates

 

MSIS & MEd Candidates

Social Work Candidates


CAA Newsletter

Spring 2012

Graduate Studies News & Events (cont.) Master’s Graduation Candidates for May 2012 Department of Criminal Justice Ashley L. Allen, MSCJ Rebecca J. Enslow, MSCJ Micah R. Gum, MSCJ Christopher Herring, MSCJ School of Family and Consumer Sciences Jill R. Bell, MS Erin E. Ealey, MS Brittany M. Gardner, MS Carla L. Grace, MS Amber R. Jack, MS Ryeshia Jackson, MS Robin Kondrat, MS Vickie Liang, MS Emma C. Nichols, MS Betty M. Sullivan, MS Dawn A. Wray, MS Occupational Education Program Heather D. Cook, MSIS Angela L. Dilmac, MSIS Juan G. Hernandez, MSIS Terry W. Howard, MSIS Ibrahim, Ikanovic, MSIS Cheri A. Krockover, MSIS Monica C. Lira, M Ed Elizabeth, Ramos, MSIS Shari C. Rodriquez, MSIS Thomas M. Taylor, M Ed

School of Social Work

School of Social Work

Cecilia A. Actis, MSW Maribel Aguilar, MSW Regina B. Aldridge, MSW Lynnette M. Arriola, MSW Felix, Barnhart, MSW Sarah K. Beck, MSW Megan R. Bennett, MSW Sarah B. Bolin, MSW Lacey M. Bourque, MSW Lori T. Burnett, MSW Christine H. Butler, MSW Bridget E. Cantey, MSW Leticia Cerda, MSW Emily L. Chen, MSW Heath A. Collins, MSW Kristina A. Costilla, MSW Patrick Cuff, MSW Patricia B. DeHoyos, MSW Rebeca E. De Santos, MSW Louettra R. Driver, MSW Bukola M. Farinde, MSW Tove K. Fjordholm, MSW Mark E. Fleming, MSW Shonda L. Fulcher, MSW Robyn M. Gambrel, MSW Brittany R. Gold, MSW

Kelly Gondek, MSW Rita L. Gossett, MSW Jennifer K. Grant, MSW Maggie L. Greenacre, MSW Dixie K. Hendley, MSW Misty L. Hicks, MSW Andrea Kephart, MSW Marlyn A. Lieder, MSW Cristal A. Martinez, MSW Candace R. McArthur, MSW Ellen L. Metz, MSW Sheila R. Michaud, MSW Stacey B. Minor, MSW Caroline L. Muster, MSW Victoria E. Myers, MSW Megan A. Owen, MSW Annie B. Rice, MSW Gloria R. Rios, MSW Clara I. Roberti, MSW Quantrell E. Robertson, MSW Danielle Sampson, MSW Kathryn A. Schumacher, MSW Megan M. Sharp, MSW Bridgette N. Shockey, MSW Michele L. Simonich, MSW Crystal L. Slaughter, MSW Joseph P. Smullen, MSW Gregory J. Snodgrass, MSW Veronica M. Soto, MSW Jinane H. Sounny-Slitine, MSW Stephanie N. Valle, MSW Maria D. Villarreal, MSW Audrey Withrow, MSW

* 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, completion of field hours, etc.) at the program, departmental and University levels.


CAA Newsletter

Spring 2012

Graduate Studies News & Events (cont.) May  2012  CAA  Master’s  Hooding  Ceremony                                                                            

           

     

 

 

 

 


CAA Newsletter

Spring 2012

Graduate 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 application process for the CAA Graduate Research Fellowship.

paperless              

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 for $6,250 a semester. The positions are for a 9-month duration (September 1 awarded through May 31). APPLICATION PROCESS:

Students will apply by filling out the online

     

application. All attachments will now be submitted PDF format in a compressed zip file.

COMPRESSED ZIP FILE MUST INCLUDE:

1. A one-page (single-spaced) personal statement of career goals and future plans, including why the student should be awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship. 2. 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. 3. 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).

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 Ryan Bridges Student Regent Huntsville Brian McCall Chancellor

Newsletter Editor

A member of The Texas State University System

 

Yolanda Quintanilla Graduate Recruiter College of Applied Arts Agriculture Building, #306 yq10@txstate.edu

Spring 2012 Newsletter  

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

Spring 2012 Newsletter  

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

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