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Spring 2015

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

Tenure and Promotion  

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Gene Bourgeois announced the following promotions and elections to tenure effective September 1, 2015. We celebrate the accomplishments of these individuals.  

PROMOTIONS

From Associate Professor to Professor

Dr. John P. Blair, School of Criminal Justice Dr. Carrie J. Boden-McGill, Department of Occupational, Workforce, and Leadership Studies   From Assistant Professor to Associate Professor  

Dr. Matthew A. Eichler, Department of Occupational, Workforce, and Leadership Studies Dr. Omar S. Lopez, Department of Occupational, Workforce, and Leadership Studies   Dr. Kenneth Scott Smith, School of Social Work   Dr. Bob E. Vasquez, School of Criminal Justice     TENURE Dr. Matthew A. Eichler, Department of Occupational, Workforce, and Leadership Studies Dr. Omar S. Lopez, Department of Occupational, Workforce, and Leadership Studies Dr. Kenneth Scott Smith, School of Social Work Dr. Bob E. Vasquez, School of Criminal Justice

Good Neighbors Due to the severe storms over the weekend, some of our faculty and staff have incurred significant property damage or are displaced from their homes. Others are assisting immediate family members who were affected. Dr. Trauth has authorized paid Administrative Leave for regular faculty and staff to be granted at the discretion of each Vice President. Regular faculty and staff directly impacted by these extraordinary circumstances may request paid leave through their supervisory chain. Such leave will not normally exceed five work days unless specifically approved by the Vice President to exceed five days. Leave for the assistance of family members is limited to those family members listed in Section 9.01 of UPPS 04.04.30, University Leave Policy. Questions regarding timekeeping may be directed to Human Resources at 245-2557 or hr@txstate.edu

Let’s pull together and be good neighbors.


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Department of Agriculture Graduate Student Accomplishments and Accolades USDA Fellows Six of our graduate students in the College of Applied Arts – Adriana Aleman, Shawntel Lopez, Eric Molina, Dagoberto Osorio, David Vela, and Elise Claire Valdes – were selected as 2015 U.S. Department of Agriculture fellows. This national program aims to increase the number of individuals in the food and agricultural sciences. Only 20 students are selected nationally for the fellowships and Texas State had more students selected for the program this year than any other university.

USDA graduate fellow awardees are (from left, starting with fourth person in front row): Elise Claire Valdes, Shawntel Lopez, Erica Molina, Adriana Aleman and Dagoberto Osorio. David Vela is third from left in back row.

SURF Award Hallie Casey: was recent awarded a SURF Award towards her research project, A Quantitative Cross-Species Analysis of Acorn Oil. SURF stands for Student Undergraduate Research Fund. The program invites proposals from Texas State undergraduates for independent creative research projects. This initiative, developed by the Honors College and the Office of the Provost's AVP for Research and Federal Relations, is administered by the Research and Fellowship Office of the Honors College. SURF offers funding opportunities to enhance undergraduate education through independent research. Dr. Ken Mix, Assistant Professor in the Department of Agriculture serves as Hallie's project supervisor.


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Department of Agriculture (continued) Interim Chair Approved by the Provost Dr. Donna Vandiver has been appointed interim chair of the Agriculture department and approved by the Provost starting September 2015 . Dr. Aditi Angirasa will return to the faculty in the fall of 2015 and the department will conduct a national search . We want to thank Dr. Angirasa for his service and dedication to the students and the department.

Graduate Student Accomplishments and Accolades Megan Holmes’ abstract submission, "The Relationship of Compost Knowledge, Compost Attitudes, and Environmental Attitudes of College Students", for the 2015 Annual Conference of the American Society for Horticultural Science has been accepted. This year's conference features a line-up of high-caliber speakers, and we anticipate a record number of attendees.

Official Master Composter Day Travis Fifth Graders Study Composting and Recycling Graduate Student Wins USDA Essay Contest on Agriculture’s Challenges Texas State Students Selected for Costa Rica Summer Research Program Posted by Jayme Blaschke - University News Service - May 22, 2015

Costa Rica will host 13 Texas State University students--11 undergraduate and two graduate-selected to attend a two-week summer research experience June 15- 26. All of the students are part of the United States Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture-funded "Food Safety and Agroterrorism Training: Educating Our Future Workforce" (FATE) grant. The FATE grant, housed in the Department of Agriculture at Texas State, enables students to gain a meaningful education through scholarships and USDA summer internships. While in Costa Rica the students will engage in experiential learning activities from coast to coast. Students will visit with local producers of bananas, coffee, tilapia and other agriculture commodities and experience firsthand the sustainable practices in Costa Rican agriculture. The USDA-NIFA funded program is working closely with Earth University, Texas A&M University-Soltis Center and the CATIE-Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center. For more information, please contact Doug Morrish dm43@txstate.edu in the Department of Agriculture at Texas State.


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Occupational Education Program School of Criminal Justice

Faculty Accomplishments Dr. Marcus Felson’s lecture tour in June and July will include two papers at the Stockholm Criminology Symposium, one lecture at Stockholm University, Visiting Professorship at Griffith University in Ausralia for a month, keynoting a daylong event on the Dynamics of Crime Prevention in Brisbane, Australia, a book launch in Brisbane, presentations at the Environmental Criminology and Crime Analysis seminar in Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand, and presentation of the Ray Whitrod Annual Lecture to government leaders in Adelaide, Australia. Only one of the six parts of the trip receives financial support from Texas State University. Ray Whitrod's bio is here.

Geographic Profiling in Nazi Berlin: Fact and Fiction A collaborative effort between Texas State criminologist Kim Rossmo and Queen Mary University of London mathematical biologist Steven Le Comber resulted in a recently published article in Geospatial Intelligence Review, the journal of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA). The article discusses some interesting research we did on the application of geographic profiling to counterterrorism, using data from Gestapo files during the Second World War. Some interesting points: The Geospatial Intelligence Review is a confidential publication, with readership limited to the intelligence community. Consequently, we are not allowed to see a copy of the journal! (However, we were provided with copies of our article, which we can share.) This is the first time GIR has published an article written by “outsiders.” One of the figures from our article was used for their cover art (see attached image). Press release prepared by Dr. Steve Le Comber, collaborator, for Queen Mary University

ALERRT Releases Avoid Deny Defend Video for Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events


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School of Family and Consumer Sciences Human Nutrition Faculty and Graduate Student Accomplishments The following publication with Amanda Reat, a graduate of the MS in Human Nutrition program, is forthcoming in the Journal of Maternal and Child Health. Reat AM, Crixell SH, Friedman BJ, Von Bank JV. Comparison of Food Intake among Infants and Toddlers Participating in a Central Texas WIC Program Reveals Some Improvements after WIC Package Changes DOI: 10.1007/s10995-015-1697-y The following publication with Deborah Fisher, a graduate student in the MS in Human Nutrition program, appeared in the December issue of Preventing Chronic Disease. This article is accompanied by a podcast. Crixell SH, Friedman BJ, Fisher DT, Biediger-Friedman L. Improving Children’s Menus in Community Restaurants: A Best Food for Families, Infants, and Toddlers (Best Food FITS) Intervention in South Central Texas, 2011-2014. Preventing Chronic Disease. 2014;11:140361. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5888/pcd11.140361 The following publication with Hannah Thornton, then a graduate student and now a senior lecturer, was published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. Thornton HT, Crixell SH, Reat AM, Von Bank JA. Lower Intakes of Calories and Micronutrients among Infants and Toddlers Enrolled in a Central Texas WIC Program after the Package Change. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2014;46(3S):S79-S86. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jneb.2014.02.005 Drs. Crixell, Friedman, and Biediger-Friedman were awarded a contract from the Texas Department of State Health Services Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children for $249,974. Investigation of mobile technology to provide nutrition education and breastfeeding support to Texas WIC participants Texas Department of State Health Services WIC Graduate students Brittany Markides and Britta Moore in the MS in Human Nutrition program are presenting at the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Annual Meeting in Boston, MA in March 2015. Markides B, Crixell S, Biediger-Friedman L, Friedman B. Usual intakes of nutrients among children 2-5 years in Hays County, Texas, reveal nutritional risk. (poster) Moore B, Friedman BJ, Crixell S, Marceaux S. Dietary intake among home-delivered meal recipients before and after receiving meals. (oral presentation and poster competition)

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School of Family and Consumer Sciences (continued) Human Nutrition Faculty and Graduate Student Accomplishments Biediger-Friedman, L, Sosa, ET, Shields, K, Shutt, A. 2014. A voluntary approach to improve menu options in restaurants through a local collabora-tive partnership. Texas Public Health Journal. 66:1; 6-9. Sosa ET, Biediger-Friedman L, Shields K, Spitsen E, Pape C. The institutional food environment and patron choices: Findings from the ยกPor Vida! study. Journal of Health Behavior and Policy Review. In press.

Best Food FITS Program Makes a Difference at Chapultepec Homes and Adult Learning Center School of Family and Consumer Sciences Annual Award Winners 2015

Back Row, from left to right; Dr. Runyan, Kelsey Cebula, Brittany Markides, Rachel Ambrose, Molly Carter, Leslie Cuevas, Alfred Hernandez, Lynsey Curry, Emily Willis. Front row, from left to right; Morgan Baker, Kaitlin Grable, Katherine Borchery, Clarissa Espinoza Erica Velez, Jacqueline Machado and Joshua Mena.


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Military Science (Army ROTC)

Student Accolades This time of year gives us the opportunity to highlight some of the many accomplishments of our outstanding students. Among them is Army ROTC Cadet Walter Brinker, who was honored in March with the George C. Marshall Award, the training corps’ highest recognition for leadership distinction. Brinker, a Spanish major who graduated this spring, was one of 15 cadets chosen nationally for the award. The 15 honorees were winnowed from a national pool of approximately 5,500 cadets. Read more about Brinker’s award here.

George C. Marshall Award winner Army Cadet Walter Brinker (Lara Dietrich/University Star)


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Department of Occupational, Workforce and Leadership Studies Faculty Accomplishments Publications: Holtz, J.K., Springer, S.B., & Boden-McGill, C.J. (Eds.). (2015). Building sustainable futures for adult learners. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing. Springer, S.B., Lopez, O.S., Eichler, M.A., Lasker-Scott, T.***, & Boden-McGill, C.J. (2015). Negotiating experience and theory: Piloting cornerstone and capstone courses to build a sustainable future for interdisciplinary graduate degree programs. In J.K. Holtz, S.B. Springer, & C.J. Boden-McGill (Eds.), Developing sustainable futures for adult learners (pp. 269-294). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing. Boden-McGill, C.J., Cavazos, N.**, Kakas, M.**, & Noble, D. (2014). Seeing oneself in the other: A model for intercultural competence in education. In J. Gourlay & G. Strohschen (Eds.), Building barriers and bridges: Interculturalism in the 21st Century (pp. 71-83). Oxford, UK: Inter-Disciplinary Press. Sedivy-Benton, A., Strohschen, G., Cavazos, N.**, & Boden-McGill, C.J. (2015). Good ol’ boys, mean girls, and tyrants: A phenomenological study of the lived experiences and survival strategies of bullied women adult educators. Adult Learning, 26(1), 35-41.  

Conference Presentations and Proceedings: Boden-McGill, C.J. (2015). Online, face-to-face, both? Blending as a middle way to facilitate adult learning. Paper presented at the Adult Higher Education Alliance conference, Orlando, FL. Boden-McGill, C.J., & Lopez, O.S. (2014). Integrating virtual and real worlds: Using an online practicum to create hands-on learning capstone experiences. In Proceedings of the International Institute of Social and Economic Sciences 12th International Academic Conference, Prague, Czech Republic.

Grant for Veterans Instructor Served In Military, Public Office


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Department of Occupational, Workforce and Leadership Studies Faculty Accomplishments Boden-McGill, C.J., Lopez, O.S., & Fulton, I.** (2014). Making a difference for adult student success through an online practicum capstone. 2014 American Association of Adult and Continuing Education conference, Charleston, SC. Lopez, O.S., Boden-McGill, C.J., & Gottschall, P.** (2014). From sage on the stage to a guide online: Presenting graduate research to global audiences. Instructional Improvement Special Interest Group of the Commission of Professors of Adult Education, Charleston, SC. Strohschen, G., Sedivy-Benton, A.L., & Boden-McGill, C.J. (2014). Bullied women in academia. Women’s Research Special Interest Group of the Commission of Professors of Adult Education, Charleston, SC. Eichler, M.A., & Boden-McGill, C.J. (2014). Learning pods: Reverse blending from online toward face-to-face. Designs on e-Learning (DeL) conference, San Marcos, TX. Boden-McGill, C.J., & Lopez, O.S. (2014). Integrating virtual and real worlds: Using an online practicum to create hands-on learning capstone experiences. 12th International Institute of Social and Economic Sciences academic conference, Prague, CZ.

What OWLS Graduates Are Saying… As a recent grad of the OWLS MSIS Degree Program, I can tell you that I had an outstanding experience here at Texas State. The faculty and staff are above par in every regard and truly possess the desire to help you succeed. I have truly enjoyed the flexibility of the MSIS program with regard to formulating a degree plan which centered on my own needs. I was able to complete courses in leadership, communication, instructional strategies, criminal justice, career and technology and public administration. Many of the specialized courses in this program were specifically designed to facilitate adult learning and provided useful tools that are realistic to any workplace. I obtained valuable knowledge through my graduate research project and was challenged by my graduate research advisor to enhance my studies on my chosen topic. The simplest way to describe the OWLS department is that they simply cater to the adult student and make achieving the goal of obtaining a Master’s Degree enjoyable and possible. I had a truly enriching experience at both Texas State and with the Department of Occupational, Workforce and Leadership Studies. Jason Castillo, MSIS 2012


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School of Social Work School of Social Work Appoints Interim Director Dr. Karen Knox has been appointed interim Director of the School of Social Work and approved by the Provost starting September 2015. Dr. Dorinda Noble will take a sabbatical in fall and return to teaching in the Spring of 2016. A national search will be conducted in the fall of 2015. We want to thank Dr. Noble for her service and dedication to the students and the School of Social Work.

Texas State Awards Service Learning Fellowships Both Lea Velez and Christine Norton won competitive Service Learning Fellowships from the University for the coming year. Congratulations to both of them! Dr. Christine Norton was selected for the Evaluators for Mental Health Grant Programs. Her expertise in the evaluation of mental health grant programs her application was selected to b included in the Hogg Foundation Directory of evaluators. The directory will be utilized fro the purpose of identifying and selecting potential evaluators when future evaluation opportunities arise. Congratulations Dr. Norton.

Texas State Recognized for ‘Best Online Masters in Social Work’ By Mariah Medina - University News Service - April 17, 2015

The School of Social Work at Texas State University has been recognized for maintaining one of the top 18 “Best Online Social Work Master’s Programs” by the Online Master’s Programs website. Texas State ranked fifth in the United States and first in Texas. The Online Master’s Program determines rank based on a school’s commitment to consistently rewarding degrees and a school’s commitment to online graduate education. The full list can be found at www.onlinemastersprograms.org/best-social-work-programs.

Spring 2015 Top Social Work Grad Programs Announced


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Graduate Studies News & Events

The Office of the Dean of the College of Applied Arts will host a

Hooding Ceremony For the Class of August 2015 The Master’s Hooding Ceremony honors Scholarly Achievement & Graduate Research Alkek Teaching Theater Thursday, August 6th 2014, 6 pm

RSVP by July 27th 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.

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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 paperless application process for the CAA Graduate Research Fellowship. The purpose of the Graduate Research Fellowship program is to allow new 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 awarded for a 9-month duration (September 1 through May 31). APPLICATION PROCESS: Students will apply by filling out the online application. All attachments will now be submitted in 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).

The Texas State University System

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. Dr. Jaime R. Garza Chairman San Antonio Rossanna Salazar Vice Chair Austin Charlie Amato Regent San Antonio Veronica Muzquiz-Edwards Regent San Antonio David Montagne Regent Beaumont Vernon Reaser III Regent Bellaire William F. Scott Regent Nederland Alan L. Tinsley Regent Madisonville Donna N. Williams Regent Arlington Anna Sandoval Student Regent Alpine Dr. Brian McCall Chancellor

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

Spring 2015 Newsletter  

The Texas State University College of Applied Arts recognizes scholarly achievement and innovative collaboration between its faculty and gro...

Spring 2015 Newsletter  

The Texas State University College of Applied Arts recognizes scholarly achievement and innovative collaboration between its faculty and gro...

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