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November 2011

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

FROM THE DEAN’S DESK

Dates to Remember November

College & Graduate Students, The College of Applied Arts graduate students have been very active this fall semester of 2011 with 25 students attending meetings and presenting papers. The Criminal Justice department has sent sixteen students to present papers at the American Society of Criminology, the Academy of Criminal Justice Science, Southwest Association of Criminal Justice and a statistics workshop at the Institute of Social Research at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. The Agriculture department sponsored three students to a large scale composting conference where they presented research posters. Family and Consumer Sciences sponsored four graduate nutrition students to the Conference on Experimental Biology. Social Work sponsored two graduate students to attend the Council of Social Work Education.

19

Bobcat Day

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Halls close for Thanksgiving at 9 am

The graduate enrollment in the college continues to grow, from 440 graduate students in fall 2010 to 511 in fall of 2011, (a 14% increase). The Masters in Social Work (MSW) program experienced the most significant growth, with a pool of 350 applicants to review, 123 were admitted as new students (a 26.2% increase) into the traditional and online programs. The Criminal Justice (CJ) Doctoral Program had 19 students last fall and now has 34 this fall (a 56% increase) and is getting close to its projected enrollment goals. The masters program in CJ had a minimal increase of two students for a total enrollment of 100. In the School of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) the graduate program in Family and Child Studies continues to grow from 43 students last fall to 53 this semester (a 19% increase), the growth may be attributed to the child life studies track and the expanded intern opportunities the program is creating for students in hospitals and childcare settings.

December 1

Sustainable Product Development Forum, (See details p. 22 )

5

Last Class Day

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Final exams: December 8 - 14

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CAA Hooding Ceremony, Alkek Teaching Theater, 6 pm

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Commencement Ceremony, Strahan, 6 pm

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Winter Holiday Break: December 19 – 30 (staff) Winter Holiday Break: December 15 – January 16 (student)

January 5

Late registration: January 5 – 13

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MLK Holiday-Classes do not meet

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Schedule Changes end January 20

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First Day of Classes

   


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FROM THE DEAN’S DESK (continued) The Human Nutrition program continues to grow steadily, from 22 students last fall to 24 students this semester, and continues to recruit students to expand the program. The School of FCS is also proposing a new graduate program in Merchandising and Consumer Studies. The Occupational Education program has 63 graduate students and plans to grow to 150 students. To expand its delivery systems and become more accessible to students the program is developing an online program for the Masters of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (MSIS) degree. The Department of Agriculture currently has 14 graduate students and is expanding graduate opportunities with the recent acquisition of a USDA grant. They will offer six graduate assistantships over the next four years to enhance the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sources (MANRRS) program and the research cluster components of the grant. Both components are efforts to expand the department’s recruitment and retention efforts. The mission of MANRRS is to promote academic and professional advancement by empowering minorities in agriculture, natural resources, and related sciences. We will continue to support and expand graduate education as we enhance the graduate education opportunities available to students. T. Jaime Chahin Dean and Professor College of Applied Arts

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2011 CAA Graduate Student Enrollment   17 

Ag Ed  CJ 

98 

164 

Ph D  19 

43 

FCS  HN  MSIS 

77  22 

SW 

 

  2012 CAA Graduate Student Enrollment 14 

Ag Ed  CJ 

100 

Ph D 

222  35  53  63 

24 

FCS  HN  MSIS  SW 

Total Enrollment Comparison

440  511 

2011  2012 

  Source: Office of Institutional Research Pivot tables, data extracted 11/9/2011, Texas State University-San Marcos 


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GRADUATE STUDENT SPOTLIGHT  Meet Erin Grant, Criminal Justice Doctoral Student Erin Grant is currently a third-year student in the Criminal Justice Ph.D. program. As a member of the first cohort, she took her comprehensive exams just last month. This included two-hour portions on linear regression, quantitative methods, theory, philosophy of law, and ethics. Passing all four exams has placed Erin in the position to begin research on her dissertation and defend a prospectus in spring of 2012. Erin received her master’s degree in criminal justice from Texas State University in 2006. During her time as a student, she worked for the Center for Safe Communities and Schools, assisting with report writing and putting on conferences. Her thesis examined female juveniles in the Texas Youth Erin Grant, at the Welcome Reception Commission. Post graduation, she worked for Travis County for Criminal Justice Doctoral students, Criminal Justice Planning—first as an intern and later as a fall of 2009. research specialist associate. Some of the tasks included assisting with the implementation of a program similar to that of COMPSTAT to determine the success of various rehabilitative programs in the county. Erin holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Illinois State University, where she met her mentor, Dr. Donna Vandiver, who is now an Associate Professor at Texas State. As an undergraduate, Erin traveled to Russia with a class led by Dr. Frank Morn to explore their criminal justice system. She has hopes to attend a similar trip to Cuba in the summer of 2012. It was through the support and guidance of Drs. Morn and Vandiver that she grew to love the field of criminal justice and decided to make it her career path. Erin had always placed a high value on education; it has been her dream for many years to earn a Ph.D. and spread her love for education to students in an academic climate. In the fall of 2009, just after marrying her husband, Zachary Grant, Erin found out that she had been accepted into the new program at Texas State. While it is not a suggested path for any Ph.D. student, the new marriage has brought her support and love in the challenging environment of the program. (Spotlight continues on next page.) Erin & Zachary, on their wedding day, Summer 2009.


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GRADUATE STUDENT SPOTLIGHT (cont.)  Erin Grant, Criminal Justice Doctoral Student In the spring of 2010, Erin took steps to become a full-time student at the university. She left her job of three years with the county and began teaching the following summer. Her first class was CJ2310 Policing Systems. She is in her fourth semester teaching this class; however, in the fall of 2010 she taught Introduction to Criminal Justice course and will be teaching juvenile justice next spring. Erin is very hopeful for the future; she is working on a manuscript with Dr. Donna Vandiver using Gottfredson and Hirschi’s theory of self-control to explore the possibility that, counter to their suggestions, there is cultural invariance in levels of self-control. Data collection for this paper will begin in the next few weeks through an email survey sent out to a random sampling of the Texas State undergraduate student population. The paper will Erin continues her unique be presented at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences experience in the Criminal Justice Doctoral program, fall of 2011. Conference in New York City in March 2012. This manuscript will be submitted to a criminal justice publication shortly thereafter. The theory of low self-control, which is dismissed by some, is one of Erin’s favorite theories of crime causality. While some may claim the theory is fatalistic, she finds the theory to be hopeful and provides for some very important policy implications. The theory posits that proper parenting will aid in the creation of strong self-control, which infers the creation of parenting classes and programs to empower parents to better care for their children. Being a first-time parent of a four-month old adds to her appreciation and understanding of this theory. With her time at Texas State University coming to a close, Erin looks back in wonder at all of the challenges she has met and looks forward to the challenges to come. Her path as a student has not been traditional, yet it has been fulfilling. She cannot wait to share her joy of learning as a university professor. “Erin Grant is one of our many success stories; the faculty are very proud of her accomplishments. In the future we are eager to see how much she accomplishes. Her research, which has focused on criminological theory and its relationship to explaining variances across different races/ethnicities, will make a substantial contribution to the field. I was glad to have been her professor at Illinois State University and consider myself lucky enough to have her again as a student here at Texas State University.” - Dr. Donna Vandiver, Associate Professor, Department of Criminal Justice

Meet Henry Grant age 2.5 months Erin’s pride and joy and greatest accomplishment yet.


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 Graduate Studies News & Events   Master’s Graduation Candidates for December 2011 Department of Agriculture Melody R. Baker, MSAG Coleman L. Etheredge, MSAG Erica J. Meier, MSAG Department of Criminal Justice Christine L. Ames, MSCJ Kelly N. Barbeneaux, MSCJ Kristina O. Bone, MSCJ Sidney J. Brown, MSCJ Elisha D. English, MSCJ Jonathan Flores, MSCJ Cynthia L. Garcia, MSCJ Ashley A. Holland, MSCJ Robert Z. Hughes, MSCJ Renee Kimball, MSCJ Judith D. Pusch, MSCJ Lisbet Royston, MSCJ Yvonne M. Troyano, MSCJ Robbie M. Volk, MSCJ Lyndsey, Wells, MSCJ LaShunda Q. Williams, MSCJ

School of Family and Consumer Sciences Amanda N. Castillo, MS Jeanne E. Fyall, MS Melanie E. Herbert, MS Amber R. Lucas, MS Jordan L. Perkins, MS Laura D. Romero, MS Lauren A. Scarbo-Trotter, MS Brittany D. Tate, MS Rebecca Villagomez, MS Christi Wilde, MS Melissa B. Bowden, MSHN Jennifer R. Calderaro, MSHN Carrie L. Holan, MSHN Kaylan Olds, MSHN Occupational Education Program Will Bratton, MAIS Richard L. Courchesne, MSIS John A. Griffis, MSIS Thomas R. Helm, MSIS Melissa S. Jones, MSIS Glenda S. Jurek-Rahe, MSIS Daniel L. Leal, MSIS Diana Martinez, MSIS John D. Proch, MSIS School of Social Work Alicia T. Pace, MSW Roseanna Sandoval, 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, etc.) at the program, departmental and University levels.


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 Department of Aerospace Studies  Anthony Christian Luna Memorial AFROTC Scholarship Awarded The event was Brigadere General Christopher Luna (USAF Retired) presenting the Anthony Christian Luna Memorial AFROTC scholarship to Cadet Crystal Sampayo. Gen Luna is Distinguished Alumni from the Texas State class of 1964. The $1,000 annual scholarship is in remembrance of Gen Luna's son and is awarded to a Senior cadet with Hispanic heritage who has demonstrated superb leadership traits and potential as a future Air Force officer.

 Department of Military Sciences  ARMY ROTC COMPETES AT ANNUAL RANGER CHALLENGE COMPETITION The Texas State University-San Marcos Department of Military Science/Army ROTC participated in the 5th Brigade Ranger Challenge competition on October 28-30, 2011 at Camp Bullis, Texas. The competition brings together the best cadets from schools across the state of Texas competing in the areas of land navigation, first aid, a patrolling written examination, the Army Physical Fitness Test, and a 10-kilometer road march. The competition tests the physical and mental stamina of each cadet while exemplifying the values, which make the U.S. Army the best in the world. Texas State’s all-male team placed second overall, just three one hundredths of a point behind the overall winner.

We salute all our competing cadets for representing and representing well.


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 Department of Agriculture   Not a Waste: Bobcat Blend Embraces Environmental Protection Efforts SOURCE: The University Star, October 27, 2011, Liza Winkler

An on-campus compost project is helping to improve the earth one meal at a time. Bobcat Blend is designed to collect combined food waste, cardboard and invasive plant species from campus dining halls, cafeterias and the San Marcos River. Decomposed organic matter such as fruit, vegetables, paper and leaves form compost. The resulting compost can be used in agriculture, horticulture or landscaping work. The project began its composting efforts in 2009 with the help of Jason Sanders, former horticulture student and creator of Bobcat Blend. Seven students fuel the project, with the help of volunteers. The composting site is located at Texas State’s Muller Farm behind the San Marcos Premium Outlets, near Centerpoint Road. The site is 5 acres, and half of the area is designated for the compost piles. A retention pond is on the site as a health precaution to collect water runoff from potential pathogens within the decomposing waste. Tina Marie Cade, professor of agriculture, said some of the members of the project tried to get funding for a compost site about three years before the area was eventually built with grant money. She said the grant funding the construction of the site was received through the Environmental Protection Agency and the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality. Erica Meier, agricultural education graduate research student, said Bobcat Blend employees and volunteers compile food waste from Jones, the LBJ Student Center, nutrition labs, the Lampasas’ Coffee Forum and Commons, Jones and Harris Dining Halls. She said a total of 34,949 pounds of food waste has been gathered from all of the collection sites since the beginning of the fall semester. Meier said 16,526 pounds of food waste has been collected from Commons Dining Hall this semester. She said Commons produces the most food waste with Harris at a close second of 14,195 pounds. “People do see us out and about and every once in a while people will ask what we’re doing, so we tell them about the project,” Meier said. “Those people become more aware by seeing us actually collecting food waste and it makes a difference rather than just hearing about it.” (Article continues on next page)


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 Department of Agriculture (cont.) 

Cade said she hopes to expand Bobcat Blend into residence halls for students to put organic waste into small buckets. They would then be placed within larger containers at the end of each hall. She said composting bins are available at almost all of the collection sites for students to dump organic waste. Cade said she is looking into applying for other sustainable agriculture research grants, which can potentially fund up to $100,000. She said the project receives funding from grants and the student environmental service fee of $1 per student each semester. Tyler Barlow, agriculture senior, helps out with the project. He said anything the employees and volunteers are able to accomplish is a success, since the operation is primarily paid for by grant money. “If it was school backed and school funded that would be another thing,” Barlow said. Cade said the project reduces the amount of waste in landfills and prepares students for jobs in the industry. She said a study completed by a student showed composting saves the university about $1,000 to $3,000 in trash hauling fees per year. “[Composting is] just kind of the right thing to do,” Cade said. “Especially if you’ve visited a landfill, it’s amazing what it looks like and nobody wants to live on a giant pile of trash.”

For more information, follow Texas State composting and recycling initiatives at Bobcat Blend.


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 Department of Agriculture (cont.)  Texas Recycles Day This year the Texas State University Recycling Program will be hosting Texas Recycles Day in the Quad Tuesday November 15th. Various organizations from Texas State University and the San Marcos community have been invited to be present to help celebrate Texas Recycles Day. All these organizations promote recycling and environmental sustainability. Representatives from the Texas State Recycling Program and the invited organizations will be present to provide information, resources, and small giveaway items. Please look for the Texas State University Recycling Program information booth that will be displaying a Texas Recycles Day banner. The Texas Recycles Day http://www.texasrecyclesday.org/website has a wealth of information on going green and general recycling practices. There is a link for you to pledge to recycle and a very interesting go-to guide on tailgate recycling. You may also link to the TRD website through our website at http://recycling.facilities.txstate.edu/. The Texas State Recycling Program would like to encourage you to make an effort to recycle, especially on this day. Recycling on our campus is strictly a voluntary effort but it is the right thing to do. There are indoor and outdoor recycling receptacles for plastic and aluminum throughout campus. Visit our website http://recycling.facilities.txstate.edu/ for recycling pickup schedules and our new single stream recycling program. Please read our single stream guide since single stream recycling for our program differs most from residential programs.

Please recycle the Earth does have limits! Questions can be directed to Mario Garza at 245-7733. Not a pretty sight. Surely we can do better… Do your part. One person can make a difference.


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 Department of Agriculture (cont.)  2nd Annual Leadership Development Event November 4, 2011- The Texas State University Collegiate FFA Chapter hosted its 2nd Annual Leadership Development Event on campus this past Friday evening. Approximately 177 FFA members from 75 high schools from around Texas participated in five separate leadership development events that included: FFA Radio, Senior FFA Creed Speaking, Greenhand FFA Creed Speaking, Senior FFA Quiz, and Greenhand FFA Quiz. Dr. Doug Morrish serves as the advisor for the Collegiate FFA and Dr. Ryan Saucier also serves as the co-advisor. The following undergraduate students volunteered at this past week’s LDE contest: Clint Woller, General Agriculture with Teacher Certification Diana Morales, General Agriculture with Teacher Certification Melissa McAdam, General Agriculture with Teacher Certification Kari Bryan, Agri-Business Systems Management Amy Torres, General Agriculture with Teacher Certification Jessica Gonzalez, General Agriculture with Teacher Certification Kaley Dierlam, General Agriculture with Teacher Certification Shantel Swierc, Animal Science Megan Brayton, Animal Science Kenneth Ramirez, General Agriculture with Teacher Certification Justin White, Agribusiness - Management Maureen Victoria, General Agriculture with Teacher Certification Brittany Rivera, General Agriculture with Teacher Certification Tiffany Fryer, Agribusiness – Management Volunteering students the Ag Department is appreciative of your willingness to lead future FFA students in discovering and developing their leadership abilities. Thank you CFFA.


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 Department of Agriculture (cont.)  Faculty, Alumni & Graduate Student Collaborations Current graduate students and alum (Amy McFarland) presented research at the National American Society for Horticulture Science meetings in Hawaii in September 2011: The Effects of Live Plants and Windows In Interior Spaces On Space Usage and Stress Levels of Users http://ashs.confex.com/ashs/2011/webprogram/Paper5962.html Cole Etheredge mailto:ce1063@txstate.edu, Texas State University; Tina Marie Waliczek, Texas State University The Effect of the National Wildlife Federation's Schoolyard Habitat Program On the Science Scores, Science Grades, and Environmental Attitudes of 4th Grade Students http://ashs.confex.com/ashs/2011/webprogram/Paper6044.html Benjamin J. Glover mailto:bg1132@txstate.edu, Texas State University; Amy McFarland, Texas A&M University; Tina Marie Waliczek, Texas State University Growing Minds: Methodology and Instrumentation for Examining Delayed Gratification and Visual Motor Integration Through a Unique Garden Program http://ashs.confex.com/ashs/2011/webprogram/Paper5973.html A.J. Sommerfeld, M.S., Texas A&M University; Tina Marie Waliczek, Texas State University; Jayne M. Zajicek mailto:jmz4858@acs.tamu.edu, Texas A&M Univ Growing Minds: An Investigation of Parental Preference for Play Spaces http://ashs.confex.com/ashs/2011/webprogram/Paper5960.html Amy L. McFarland, M.Ed., Texas A&M University; Jayne M. Zajicek, Texas A&M Univ; Tina Waliczek mailto:tc10@txstate.edu, Texas State University Large-Scale Composting As a Means of Managing Invasive Plants In the Rio Grande River Valley Basin http://ashs.confex.com/ashs/2011/webprogram/Paper5953.html Erica Jane Meier mailto:em1161@txstate.edu, Texas State University; Tina Marie Waliczek, Texas State University; Michael Abbott, Texas State University Collegiate FFA Members Participate in the Annual Soap Box Derby Members of the Texas State University Collegiate FFA Chapter represented the Department of Agriculture in the Annual Soap Box Derby that is held in conjunction with other homecoming activities. Participating members were Maureen Victoria (driver), Justin White (crew chief), and Lex Fleming (speed coach). In her first two races, Maureen beat two other student organizations by a landslide. However in her third race, a car from the Non-Traditional Student Organization beat her by mere inches. Congratulations to these students for carrying on a long-standing homecoming tradition at


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 Department of Agriculture (cont.)  National FFA Agricultural Mechanics Career Development Event Dr. Ryan Saucier (Assistant Professor of Agricultural Education and Agricultural Systems Management) and several undergraduate and graduate students from the Department of Agriculture at Texas State University – San Marcos, traveled to Indianapolis, IN to facilitate the 2011 National FFA Agricultural Mechanics Career Development Event. At this event, Dr. Saucier, who serves as the National FFA Agricultural Mechanics CDE Associate Superintendent for the Environmental and Natural Resources Skill Activity, and his students, facilitated a portion of the national contest that included students using a laser leveling system and answering mathematical questions concerning animal waste characteristics, transportation, and distribution. Participants in the contest were FFA members from all 50 US states and territories and were the top winning teams from their state. In addition to their service, Dr. Saucier and his students attended the 30th Annual National FFA Agricultural Mechanics Committee Professional Development and Blue Ribbon Papers Seminar. At this seminar, Dr. Saucier presented a research paper entitled Safety in the agricultural mechanics laboratory: A needs assessment of Tennessee school-based agricultural educators. Furthermore, to enrich the educational experience of this trip, Dr. Saucier took his students on tours of two Land-Grant universities (University of Missouri and Purdue University), toured the Agronomy Center for Research and Education at Purdue University, and went on several other agricultural production oriented facility tours. Additionally, the group attended the 2011 National FFA Career Exploration Convention where they met with several hundred employers. The following students participated in this service, research, and educational experience: (Juan Garcia – Eagle Pass, TX, Agricultural Education graduate student; Diana Morales – Castroville, TX, General Agriculture with Teacher Certification undergraduate student; Kaley Dierlam – Victoria, TX, General Agriculture with Teacher Certification undergraduate student; Maureen Victoria – Katy, TX, General Agriculture with Teacher Certification undergraduate student; Brittany Rivera- New Braunfels, TX, General Agriculture with Teacher Certification undergraduate student; and Justin White- Palmer, TX, Agribusiness-Management undergraduate student.) During the trip, the group traveled over 2,500 miles and experienced multiple aspects of US agriculture.


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 Department of Criminal Justice   Faculty & Doctoral Student Collaborations Jonathan Allen, Doctoral Research Assistant, Department of Criminal Justice "Investigating the Spatial Relationship between Alcohol Sales Compliance and DWI Incidents" at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, (March 2011) "Residential Instability along the U.S.-Mexico Border: A Test of Social Disorganization Theory" at the American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA (November 2010) ________________________________________________________________________________ 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. _________________________________________________________________________________ On September 30, 2011 Dr. Tom Mijares and PhD. student Kevin Jennings presented “An Innovation in Sensory Enhancing Technology: Scientific Developments, Operational Challenges, and Legal Questions” at the annual conference of the Southwest Association of Criminal Justice. This paper was the first in a series of reports resulting from a joint project conducted with Dr. Hao Ling of the Electrical Engineering Department of the University of Texas. This research was made possible through a grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and is intended to improve the ability to “see” through opaque surfaces. This technology will help law enforcement and military personnel deal safely with hostile armed and barricaded adversaries. Dr. Ling and his graduate associates have conceived and developed the technology in its rudimentary form while Dr. Mijares and Mr. Jennings are responsible for making recommendations for operational efficacy and for identifying Fourth Amendment issues. This research is a continuous work in progress and is intended to safeguard the men and women responsible for safeguarding the citizens of America. _________________________________________________________________________________ On October 21, 2011, Professor Marcus Felson's book, CRIME IN EVERYDAY LIFE, was translated into Serbian and published in Belgrade. The book (now in its fourth edition) has also been translated into Japanese and excerpted or covered by textbooks all over the world. Professor Felson is known for originating the routine activity approach to crime rate analysis. Series Editor Professor Dorde Ignjatovic commented that this book "uses a completely different approach in explaining crime causes," and explains complex issues in simple terms. Professor Ignjatovic especially noted the relevance of this work for Serbian crime and crime prevention, even though produced by an American professor. Professor Felson was recently made an honorary member of the Serbian Criminology Association and is also an honorary member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.


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 Department of Criminal Justice (cont.)  Doctoral Student Conference Presentations The following doctoral students presented at the Southwestern Association for Criminal Justice Annual Meetings held September 29-October 1:

Steven Glassner “Exploring Characteristics of Child Sexual Abuse Cases in which Alleged Victims Were Under Age Six”

Yongsok Kim “Reformation in the South Korean Police Organization”

The following doctoral students will be presenting at the American Society of Criminology Annual Meetings to be held November 16 – 20th in Washington, DC: Jonathan Allen “Re-evaluating Statistical Significance in Criminological Research Using Bayes Factors” and “The Terror of Place: Geoprofiling the Madrid Train Bombings” Kristina Lopez “Generational Status and Offending among a Sample of Hispanic Adolescents” Michael Martaindale will be presenting a Poster entitled “Descriptive Analysis of Active Shooter Events: 2000-2010” Jaclyn Schildkraut “Movin’ but Not on Up to the East Side” and presenting as coauthor “Foreclosures and Crime in Orlando” Sarah Scott “The Effect of Defendant Characteristics on Juror Decision Making” and presenting as coauthor “Police Credibility and Jury Decision Making”


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 Department of Criminal Justice (cont.)  Research Trip to Madrid, Spain, to Study 11-M Terrorist Attack Jonathan Allen, a doctoral student in the Department of Criminal Justice, recently travelled to Madrid, Spain, as part of a team to conduct site evaluations for an ongoing research project on the geography of the Madrid train bombings of March 11, 2004. Allen is a doctoral research assistant working for Professor Kim Rossmo, the University Endowed Chair in Criminology in the Department of Criminal Justice. The project, part of the work of the Center for Geospatial Intelligence and Investigation, involves analyzing the geospatial structure of the terrorist cell responsible for the 11-M Bombings. The first stage of the research, which began in the summer of 2010, involved translating and analyzing Spanish court records to identify 33 locations utilized by the terrorists for planning, preparation, and escape purposes. The second stage, the trip to Madrid, allowed the team to verify geocoding accuracy and develop a better understanding of the characteristics of the neighborhoods chosen by the terrorists. “Travelling to Madrid really helped me understand the importance of the project and provided me a unique research experience beyond secondary data analysis,”

Three members of the research team (left to right: Dr. Keith Harries, Jonathan Allen, and Lucia Summers) at the Bear with the Tree statue in the plaza Puerta del Sol, the famous symbol of the city of Madrid.

said Allen. “I am really glad to be in a department that provides the opportunity to work with professionals outside the university as well as support for such research.” In addition to Rossmo and Allen, the research team included Dr. Keith Harries, professor emeritus of geography, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Lucia Summers, Jill Dando Institute, University College London. The trip took place from September 28 to October 4, 2011. Rural estate near Morata de Tajuña, where the Madrid train bombers prepared the explosive devices used in the terrorist attacks. This location is one of 33 sites the research team visited during the trip to Madrid.


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 Department of Criminal Justice (cont.)   Faculty Accomplishments Donna Vandiver was awarded a $480,000 federal level grant by the Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency to conduct a three-state evaluation of the most recent sex offender registration laws in three states. She is a co-investigator, along with Dr. Mark Chaffin from the University of Oklahoma, College of Medicine. The principle investigator is Elizabeth Letourneau from Johns Hopkins, School of Public Health. ________________________________________________________________________________ Marcus Felson was guest lecturer and speaker at the ESEN University in El Salvador in October, and also was interviewed by Jorge Hernandez, their leading TV news interviewer, on Frente a Frente, TCS News, and El Salvador. _________________________________________________________________________________ Jenny Lee and Austin's FOX news team spent two days at Texas State University's ALERRT Facility late September. Here is the link: http://www.myfoxaustin.com/dpp/news/crimewatch/Crimewatch%3A-Medical-Training20111003ktbcw-#axzz1ZoqGEVaw ________________________________________________________________________________ Dr. John McLaren was an invited speaker on the First Amendment and Freedom of Speech in the LBJ Teaching Theatre October 19 2011. The event was part of this year's Common Experience and was sponsored by Pi Sigma Alpha, political science honorary society. ________________________________________________________________________________

Reasonableness and Reaction Time J. Pete Blair1, Joycelyn Pollock1, Don Montague1, Terry Nichols1, John Curnutt1, and David Burns1 When the police use deadly force, their actions are judged by the reasonableness standard. This article seeks to inform the reasonableness standard by examining the ability of police officers to respond to armed suspects. The results of a reaction time experiment are presented. In this experiment, police officers encountered a suspect armed with a gun, pointing down and not at the police officer. The police officer had his gun aimed at the suspect and ordered the suspect to drop the gun. The suspect then either surrendered or attempted to shoot the officer. The speed with which the officer fired if the suspect chose to shoot was assessed. Results suggest that the officers were generally not able to fire before the suspect. Implications for the reasonableness standard and policy are discussed. XX(X) 1 –21 © 2011 SAGE Publications Reprints and permission: http://www.sagepub.com/journalsPermissions.nav DOI: 10.1177/1098611111423737 http://pqx.sagepub.com/


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 Department of Criminal Justice (cont.)   Dr. Jose Ramon Agustina Sanllehi, (jragustina@uic.es), will be a visiting professor in the Department of Criminal Justice in January of 2012. He is currently in the Department of Legal and Political Sciences at Universitat Internacional de Catalunya. Dr. Agustina is an expert in crime prevention and privacy issues, specially focused on cybercrime and youth. His academic background encompasses Criminological Theories, Criminal Law and Criminal Policy. Apart from academia, he is also working as part-time judge. He will be supervised by Dr. Marcus Felson and will be in collaboration with other researchers from Texas State, the research project he will be developing is about: Controlling juvenile hotspots and hangouts. Research interests The first interests of my research are related to crime prevention strategies within organizational settings. In this context, I am especially concerned with privacy issues and human dignity as a key factor to be considered in implementing situational and personal crime prevention. My research pretends to explore how the employer can reduce the necessity to implement surveillance at work by promoting an environment of trust and a close corporate relationship between the workers and the employer. First of all, it seems necessary to establish clear rules about how workers must use their tools and their working time. This is, of course, fundamental as a first measure that could be related to preventing crime in these situations. Secondly, loyalty has to be improved within the company. Therefore, the employer has to know the conditions or circumstances that generate crime amongst his workers. Besides, I am interested in computer crime, white-collar crime and Comparative Criminology and Criminal Law issues. All such interests are focused through an interdisciplinary approach, understanding Criminology as an integrative discipline by which one can find better solutions for the challenging issues to solve. Other fields of my research are CCTV systems and video surveillance, its ethical limits and the due respect to privacy: resiliency and its relation with self-control levels, family structure and educational styles. Sex crimes, especially child pornography and other emergent issues as the so-called "sexting". As to the CCTV research, I have been appointed LISS Expert of The Living in Surveillance Societies COST Action, a European research programme designed to increase and deepen knowledge about living and working in the surveillance age, in order to better understand the consequences and impacts of enhanced surveillance, and subsequently to make recommendations about its future governance and practice (see at http://www.liss-cost.eu/about-liss/description/). I am also (i) coordinating different research projects on Business Crime Prevention and Familiar Violence; (ii) organizing an International Conference on Business Crime Prevention with IESE Business School; and (iii) directing a working group devoted to translating into Spanish relevant works of criminologists and Criminal Law theorists within American and Anglo-Saxon academic and professional world.


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Local Learning center promotes self-sufficiency The Chapultepec Adult Learning Center in San Marcos is battling poverty, welfare dependency and childhood obesity in America. Chapultepec Homes are government assisted living and property of the San Marcos Housing Authority. The site is located off South LBJ Drive and provides housing options and selfsufficiency programs to San Marcos families in need. “There’s been a big push over the last few years to help people become more self-sufficient and not just get a helping hand, but get a hand up,” said Stewart Spencer, resident services director for SMHA. A family’s income has to be below the San Marcos mean income to qualify for Chapultepec housing. All residents sign a contract and enroll in the family self-sufficiency program. The program is designed to prepare families to support themselves and takes five years to complete. Spencer said the primary goal of the Chapultepec Homes is to improve the resident’s quality of life. Improvement is achieved by reducing their dependency on public welfare and teaching them how to live more dependently by managing money with care. Spencer received a bachelor’s degree in 1984 in social services from Southwest Texas State. His involvement with Chapultepec began in 1991 when he started working for the housing authority. Monica Cherry, former Chapultepec resident who graduated from the family self-sufficiency program in May, said she originally moved to San Marcos from Las Vegas in 2006 to improve family life. Cherry and her 8-year-old son lived with her sister for a few days. She then relocated to the San Marcos Women’s Shelter for five weeks before moving to Chapultepec. Cherry started Whirlwind Cleaning, founded with the help of the FSS Program and the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce, in 2008 as of one of the goals set for Chapultepec’s program. “I had a huge support system, but only because I worked hard while in these programs,” Cherry said. “You need self-discipline and to commit.” Cherry has maintained the business since moving out of Chapultepec. She learned the skills necessary for maintaining the business while at Chapultepec. Cherry was motivated to work hard for her son. (Article continues on next page)


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Cherry’s son received after-school care through Chapultepec while Cherry was working to save money and get her business started. “Our main goal is to bring resources from throughout the community to public housing, because one of the issues that comes up for a lot of people that are living in poverty is that they’re just not aware of what’s out there,” Spencer said. Cherry’s son, who is now in eighth grade, plays basketball for Miller Middle School, and is the ball boy for the university basketball team. Cherry said she plans to send her son to Texas State. Cherry said she has chosen not to expand the business to its full potential. Cherry wants to have extra time for her son. Cherry plans to expand when he is in college, she said. The Adult Learning Center recently built a new kitchen facility on the property. Texas State’s Best Food Fits program collaborates with Chapultepec and uses the new facility to teach a health foods cooking class. Best Food Fits offers classes that are open to anyone in the community two times a week. Sylvia Crixell, co-founder of the Best Food Fits program, said they approached Chapultepec when they learned the facility was being built and they were able to collaborate and use grant money to give the learning center an extra purpose. Crixell, nutrition professor, said every recipe is cost-efficient and accessible to lower income families and students. She said community education is an important aspect of the Best Food Fits program and she hopes for more people to take advantage of it. “We invite anyone in the community who wants to learn how to cook healthy food,” Crixell said. Source: The University Star, Oct 3 2011 - 11:01pm, Jacklynne Horne


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! Jene Laman exhibited 8 artworks in "The Paper Redux Exhibition" at Howard County Arts Council, Ellicott City, MD. September 9 – October 21, 2011. Laman’s work was accepted in the national juried exhibition sponsored by the Columbia Council on the Arts, Hudson, New York, October 1 November 11, 2011. His artwork was accepted in the All Media Juried International Art Exhibition, Omaha, Nebraska, August 1 - July 31, 2012. Laman was also invited to exhibit his artwork at the Texas Association of Schools of Art Exhibition, Fort Worth, Texas, September 1-24, 2011.

Dr. Mira Ahn, Assistant Professor, Interior Design, recently received a 2011 Housing Education and Research Association (HERA) Early Career Housing Award. This award is granted to early career housing professional who is demonstrating outstanding efforts in the field of housing through their research, teaching, and/or outreach within the first 6 years of their housing career. Referred Journal Article Dr. Jiyun “Yuni” Kang has published an article in Clothing Textiles Research Journal entitled "Motivational antecedents of social shopping for fashion and its contribution to shopping satisfaction." Refereed Conference Presentation & Proceedings Dr. Jiyun “Yuni” Kang's research titled, "Goodbye, old self! - The transformation of self-identity," has been presented at The North America Association for Consumer Research held at St. Louis in October 2011, and its proceedings will appear in Advances in Consumer Research. Publications Kolkhorst, B. B. *, Yazedjian, A., & Toews, M. L. (2011). Students’ perceptions of parental support during the college years. The College Student Affairs Journal, 29(1), 49-65. Yazedjian, A., & Toews, M. L. (2011). “He’s not there when I need him”: The disjuncture between adolescent mothers’ romantic relationship expectations and experiences. Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, 103(3), 28-34. *Former graduate student in Family and Child Studies External Grants Toews, M. L., & Yazedjian, A. (2011). Strengthening Relationships/Strengthening Families. Office of Family Assistance. $617,280. Invited Talks Yazedjian, A. (2011, October). An overview of child development and the impact of divorce on children. Invited lecture presented at the Family Mediation Training, Hays County Dispute Resolution Center, San Marcos, TX. Yazedjian, A. (2011, August). Key findings from the 2011 US 1100 focus groups. Invited talk presented at the Fall training for US 1100 instructors, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX.


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Refereed Journal Articles: (*Graduate Student, **Undergraduate Student) Sullivan P., Collier, B., Goldsmith E. (2011). Merchandising’s evolving role in Family and Consumer Sciences, Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences, 103 (2), 59-64. *Dalton, L., Sullivan P., Heitmeyer, J., DuPont, A. (2011). Exploring how World War II conservation consumption policy influenced fashion, International Journal of Consumer Studies, doi:10.1111/j.1470-6431.2011.01036.x.  

Refereed Conference Proceedings: (*Graduate Student, **Undergraduate Student) Sullivan, P., Crisostomo, E. (2011). Global retail: Using diffusion theory to explore who enters the U.S. market? 16th Conference of the International Conference on Research in the Distributive Trades Conference Proceedings (on flash drive), European Association of Education and Research in Commercial Distribution (EAERCD), University of Parma, Parma, Italy, June 29-July 1, 2011. _________________________________________________________________________________ Dr. Qing Shen recently joined Dr. Vatsala Maitin’s lab as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Nutrition. Qing moved to the U.S. after completion of her graduate training at the University of Reading, U.K. where she received a Ph.D. in Food Microbial Sciences in 2010. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology from Nanjing Agricultural University, China. Her primary research interest is to investigate the role of human gut microbiota composition and activities in relation to health status and dietary changes, in particular, prebiotic effects. Her Ph.D. research included both in vitro and in vivo methods for studying the interaction between diet and human gut microbiota. In her present role, Qing will study the impact of enrichment of beneficial bacteria in the gut via diet on body weight and some associated biomarkers of health, along with underlying gene-expression changes. Her research will thus explore dietary alterations in gut microflora as a potential strategy for weight-management. _____________________________________________________________________________

The Chronicle of Higher Education published on Thursday, November 3, 2011 October 27, 2011, 4:28 pm By Alexandra Rice Students Push Their Facebook Use Further Into Course Work (Click on the link to read the full article)


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Sustainable Product Development Forum*

Please join the School of Family and Consumer Sciences, in conjunction with the Fashion Merchandising Association for the 1st annual Sustainable Product Development Forum: Where Fashion Meets Forward Thinking.* WHEN: December 1, 2011 TIME: 5:30 PM WHERE: FCS Building, room. 135 GUEST PANEL: D r. Jana M . H aw ley, Pioneer in Textile R ecycling R esearch and A pplications, Department of Textile and Apparel Management, University of Missouri C hachi Prasad and K arem K im , Visionary Fashion Entrepreneurs Bishop of Seventh Designs, Los Angeles, CA Lauren D alton, Program M anager, G lobal Product D evelopm ent, Bureau Veritas, Seattle WA *Sponsored by a grant for Sustainable Product Development and Marketing from Cotton Inc.

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Texas State Receives Grant to Assist Families Texas State University-San Marcos received $617,280 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families to implement the Strengthening Relationships/Strengthening Families program, a relationship education program for pregnant and parenting adolescents. The program is administered by Drs. Michelle Toews and Ani Yazedjian, associate professors in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences, working under the auspices of the Center for Children and Families. The SR/SF program will provide pregnant and parenting adolescents with critical relationship skills, as previous research has found adolescent pregnancy and parenting often result in poorer psychological functioning, higher levels of relationship instability, and an increased risk of intimate partner violence. In addition, SR/SF will incorporate job readiness skills because adolescent parents are less likely to graduate from high school, more likely to be unemployed, and more likely to receive government assistance. The program will also provide financial management education in order to strengthen young families because Drs. Toews and Yazedjian have found many of the conflicts adolescent parents experience revolve around money. Therefore, SR/SF will provide pregnant and parenting adolescents with relationship education, as well as job readiness and financial management skills that will ultimately enhance their wellbeing and strengthen their families. To reach this goal, four SR/SF Facilitators will implement the program during the school day with the assistance of undergraduate and graduate interns from a variety of disciplines at Texas State. The proposed program will be delivered to adolescents enrolled in Pregnancy, Education, and Parenting (PEP) programs located in Central Texas each week over the course of the school year. These sessions will cover topics such as healthy relationships, communication skills, conflict resolution strategies, job readiness skills, and financial literacy.


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 School of Social Work   Tijerina Honored for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Work Posted by Jayme Blaschke, University News Service, September 12, 2011 AUSTIN -- Mary Tijerina, associate professor in the School of Social Work at Texas State University-San Marcos was honored for her leadership by the Texas Office for Prevention of Developmental Disabilities (TOPDD) on Sept. 9 as part of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Day. Tijerina’s work was celebrated and she was presented with the governor’s FASD Day proclamation at the state capitol’s lieutenant governor’s reception room. A member of the agency’s executive committee, chair of the Mary Tijerina FASD task force and co-chair of the agency’s Texas FASD leadership and planning collaborative, Tijerina has led the charge for a coordinated, statewide strategy on fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Sept. 9 was the launch of this innovative initiative. Fetal alcohol exposure is the most prevalent cause of preventable developmental disabilities. With one in 100 children impacted, the plan is designed to change this by implementing well researched strategies that are designed to educate and motivate people to change. “FASD touches many different areas-children with disabilities, people with chemical dependency, child welfare and minority health issues. There are very few people who have knowledge in every one of these areas but Dr. Tijerina certainly has this unique combination,” said Janet Sharkis, executive director of TOPDD. “Her vision and passion combined with her knowledge, makes Dr. Tijerina unstoppable. And as a social worker, she knows how important it is to put all the pieces together to create community change. The FASD plan that Dr. Tijerina spearheaded is truly visionary. It will put Texas out front in the nation in FASD prevention.” For more information about FASD, please go to the Texas Office for Prevention of Developmental Disabilities website, http://www.topdd.state.tx.us.

On Thursday, October 6, students from the Social Work 3350, Connecting Policy and Practice class, taught by Adjunct Lecturer, Jerry McKimmey, attended the Occupy Austin Rally. The class used the rally to open the study of historical protest movements in the United States that led to social change, including civil rights, gay rights, labor protests and veteran’s protests following WWI.


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 School of Social Work (cont.)  Chahin Honored by Texas A&M-Kingsville Posted by University News Service, Oct. 20, 2011 Dr. Jaime Chahin, Dean of the College of Applied Arts at Texas State University-San Marcos, has received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Chahin has been a long-time supporter of the higher education of Hispanic students and has made an impact in this area through his research and writing. Among his publications are Engaged Scholarship in Hispanic Serving Institutions (2009), US. Latino Psychology Handbook (2009) and Latina Immigrant Transnational Mothers: The Voices of Leaders (2007). In addition, Chahin has been the executive producer of two PBS documentaries, opened the Center for Migrant Education and received the Outstanding Latino in Higher Education Award from the American Association of Higher Education and the Hispanic Caucus. He is also the recipient of a National Kellogg Foundation Leadership fellowship (1993-96) and received the Ohtli Award from the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2002). In April, Chahin was recognized by the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District for his commitment to academic excellence through his program Caminos and Caminitos, which provides 8th grade students an opportunity to get a head start on high school during the summer prior to the 9th grade. Chahin received a bachelor’s degree in sociology and political science from Texas A&I University in 1974. A year later he received a master’s in administration and policy from the University of Michigan and in 1977 earned a doctorate in education administration from the same institution. He currently serves as an advisor for several foundations and as the treasurer of the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education.

Hogg Foundation Bilingual Mental Health Scholarship Program Grant The bilingual scholarship program is a partnership between the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health and Texas schools of social work. With a goal of narrowing the gap between the growing need for Spanishlanguage mental health services in Texas and the availability of trained professionals to meet those needs, the scholarship program funds full tuition scholarships for graduate students who are bilingual and committed to working in the field of mental health following graduation. Scholarships cover tuition and fees for the full degree program. Scholarship applicants must be accepted into the Texas State Master of Social Work program, fluent in Spanish and English, committed to working in the mental health field in Texas following graduation, in good academic standing; minimum 3.0 GPA, and committed to participate in professional development activities associated with the program. The School of Social work is in its fifth year of administering this scholarship program. Thus far, thirteen Texas State MSW students have received support through this scholarship program. Graduates are providing bilingual mental health services in a variety of practice settings including child protective services, hospice care, and state mental hospitals.


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 School of Social Work (cont.)  Faculty Accomplishments Dr. Anne Deepak had an article published, "Globalization, Power and Resistance: Postcolonial and Transnational Feminist Perspectives for Social Work Practice," in International Social Work, on August 8, 2011. At the National Association of Social Workers Conference held in Dallas in October, Dr. Anne Deepak and BSW graduates Lynz Costa-Adams and Amanda Lewis presented, "Challenging Islamophobia: Becoming Partners Through Partnership, Education and Action in Social Work Education and Practice". Dr. Anne Deepak was selected by the Council on Social Work Education's (CSWE) Council on the Role and Status of Women in Social Work Education for the 2011 Feminist Scholarship award based on the paper, "Sustainability and Population Growth in the Context of Globalization: A Postcolonial Feminist Social Work Perspective". She will be receiving the award and presenting the paper at the upcoming conference in late October. Dr. Christine Lynn Norton (Social Work) and Dr. Toni Watt (Sociology) received a $90,067 TG Public Benefit Grant to expand and evaluate services on campus for Texas State students who were in foster care. The new initiative, FACES (Foster Care Alumni Creating Educational Success) will provide two stipends for MSW interns each semester under the supervision of Dr. Norton, in collaboration with the Vice President for Student Affairs office and the Center for Children and Families, from where they will work. These interns will serve as FACES Advocates to provide support, referrals and points of contact for students who were in foster care. FACES will create a Foster Care Advisory Council made up of key personnel on campus in order to is a campus-wide effort to support foster care alumni and address the academic, financial, emotional, and academic needs of these students. Dr. Christine Lynn Norton (Social Work) was named one of seven Research Scientists nationally to serve on the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Research Council. This group works with the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs and the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Industry Council to conduct research in the area of wilderness and adventure therapy. She recently presented her research with this group at the University of New Hampshire's Browne Center, an experiential learning center that offers educational and therapeutic programs. Gwin, D., Selber, K., Chavkin, N., Williams , A. (in press). Supporting the Next Surge: Helping Veterans Transition to Higher Education. International Journal of Continuing Social Work Education, v14, 2. Selber, K., Chavkin, N., Paloma-Gonzalez, S., Williams, A. (in press). Reaching Out to Returning Troops and Their Families: Building Capacity of Community-Based Services. International Journal of Continuing Social Work Education, v14, 2.


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 School of Social Work (cont.)  Faculty Accomplishments, Announcements & Accolades Nancy Chavkin and Katherine Selber presented "Walking Alongside Heroes: Three Universities, Veterans, and Social Work Education" at the CSWE meeting in Atlanta on October 28, 2011. Dr. Katherine Selber has been appointed to the National Advisory Council of Operation College Promise, a national project of the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities. Operation College Promise aims to identify, research, and disseminate best practices across universities for supporting student veterans. Dr. Dorinda N. Noble, Professor and Director of the School of Social Work has been appointed to two select bodies that poise Texas State for increased visibility. The first is a 10-person international task force to set guidelines for clinical supervision, set in Washington DC. The second appointment is to the National 2011-2012 Leadership Academy in Aging, sponsored by the New York Academy of Medicine. This body meets four times a year. Andrew T. Marks, Senior Clinical Lecturer, BSW Coordinator, with Jennifer Luna-Idunate, Director of Career Placement and Alumni Relations, UT Austin-School of Social Work presented “Reinventing Yourself: Taking Command of Your Career” at the statewide conference of the National Association of Social Workers-Texas Chapter in Dallas October 10, 2011.

Many Hats Workshop Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at Texas State University-San Marcos OR Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at Texas State University-Round Rock campus in Round Rock, Texas Please go to the Continuing Education page on the Texas State University-San Marcos website to register for the workshop online or call their office at 512-245-2507. If you have additional questions, please contact Sonya Kraus at sk22@txstate.edu.

The Central Texas Afterschool Network (CTAN) Champions for Change Award CTAN is an active membership organization established as a collaborative effort between private and non-profit organizations in the Central Texas area that are committed to supporting providers that serve school-age children and their families during out-of-school time. CTAN’s mission is to expand out-of-school time opportunities for children, youth, and families that are diverse, accessible, balanced, and of the highest quality. CTAN promotes effective educational practices through resource sharing, networking, advocacy, research, assessment and evaluation, and collaboration among providers, families and educational institutions. The 9th Annual Breakfast of Champions: Champions for Change event celebrates the people and organizations making impacts in the afterschool community. This year’s event was held on October 18, 2011 at Mercury Hall in Austin. Dr. Raphael Travis was a 2011 awardee in the “At-large” category for working closely with the out-of-school time community of Austin/Travis County and its program quality improvement strategies.


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 School of Social Work (cont.)  Fighting to Change Foster Care Former Foster Child Works to Better the System Updated: Thursday, 03 Nov 2011, 7:27 PM CDT Published: Thursday, 03 Nov 2011, 7:13 PM CDT by Leslie Rhode Former foster child Courtney Jones, MSW student at Texas State University is fighting to make the system better. AUSTIN (KXAN) - When Courtney Jones looks at photos of herself when she was a young child, she often wonders what she was thinking at that age. "I see innocence," said former Texas foster child Courtney Jones. The photos show a time before she understood her mother was doing drugs, her father was not around and she would soon become a Texas foster child. "I entered the foster care system when I was 8 years old," said Jones. "I was sexually abused by my step grandfather. I was in the foster care system for ten years. I probably went through 20 to 30 different placements -- 16 foster homes, shelters, group homes." Not many of those homes felt like a real home to Courtney. She says her case workers would not always listen to her complaints. "I'm upstairs with the other foster kids eating for Thanksgiving, but you're downstairs with your family eating," said Jones. At times she felt like a dollar sign, knowing her foster parents were being paid to keep her. They were paid more if she was a problem child. "The higher the level, the more money they get paid," said Jones. When she was 11 years old, she was almost adopted by a foster family only to be abused again, so she went back into the system feeling like she had no where to turn. "It I felt like nobody wanted me. I felt like I couldn't be loved," said Jones. Thankfully one caseworker stood by her helping her get through high school and eventually into college. (Article continues on next page.)


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 School of Social Work (cont.)  Fighting to Change Foster Care (cont.) Former Foster Child Works to Better the System With a degree in social work, Courtney now works in the very system she wanted out of for so many years. She helps other foster youth through the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to make sure their voices are heard. "I believe this is a calling," said Jones. "I believe that God has called me to do something and make change, and I think that's what pushed me through everyday." Courtney has big plans for her future, the future of Texas foster care and the young people in the system. She is working on her graduate degree in social work and hopes to one day start a nonprofit helping young people in the foster care system.

A change coming to the Texas foster care system Courtney was part of a state panel that recommended changes to the Texas foster care system. The effort began in January 2010. The twenty-five-member panel was made up of judges, foster care providers child advocates and former foster children like Jones. In December 2010, the panel finalized their recommendations, and the Texas Legislature approved them in 2011. The recommended changes focus on keeping children near other siblings, getting children the services they need in their own communities, and giving private providers more incentive to help children make progress. One lead private provider would oversee the subcontractors across the state The Department of Family and Protective Services is currently reviewing the proposals from the private providers. The changes should start to happen sometime in the first part of 2012 in two areas of the state, although it is not known what two areas will be chosen to take part in the redesign first. The need for foster parents There are more than 6,000 foster kids who are waiting to be adopted in Texas. In Travis County 138 foster children are waiting for their so-called "forever families." There is a great need for foster parents all across the state. The Department of Family and Protective Services offers many informational meetings several times a year. Foster parents must undergo training, background checks, and a home study before being accepted. It is a lengthy and at times invasive procedure. “So proud of Courtney and the work she is doing with FACES (Foster Care Alumni Creating Educational Success!)” – Dr. Christine L. Norton, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work

Go to http://www.adoptchildren.org to find out more about becoming a foster parent in Texas.


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 School of Social Work (cont.)  Veterans Day 11-11-11 On the run up to Veterans Day 11-11-11, Dr. Katherine Selber is happy to report that after three years of very hard and dedicated work we at Texas State University are delighted to be ranked #13 in the NATION among 4 year colleges in the Military Times Edge ranking of Best for Vets Colleges 2011. (Click on the link below to see rankings.) http://militarytimesedge.com/projects/best-forveterans/best-colleges-for-veterans/2011/

This has been a very long and rewarding path that has changed my life forever. We have some of the most dedicated people on our team and some of the best veteran leaders in the country. It has been an honor to help develop our Veterans Initiative for over 2100 OEF & OIF veterans and dependents that currently call our campus home. Inspired by my own son's service in OEF/OIF, I will continue to work to make our program even better and to help others grow their programs as well.

National Roll Call The campus is participating in National Roll Call organized by Dr. Katherine Selber and her colleague Bret Morris at Eastern Kentucky (http://va.eku.edu/rollcall) you may want to stop by and help read the names of our warriors killed-in-action from Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. We begin our reading on Monday, every day through 11-11-11 in the Quad.


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 Occupational Education Program  Graduate Student and Faculty Collaborations John Griffis, MSIS student, and Dr. Matthew Eichler, Assistant Professor presented “An Evaluation of the Hays County Juvenile Center” at the 2011 Southwestern Association of Criminal Justice Conference in College Station, September 2011. Occupational Education is engaged in discussion with Alamo Colleges and other universities on a plan to assist veterans and active duty in completing the BAAS degree after going through medical training and the community college. Occupational Education is working closely with the EMT community in Round Rock to transition the EMTs from the training and community college coursework to the BAAS degree. An agreement was recently signed promoting this relationship. Barbara Wilson and the BAAS degree are being profiled in October and November at the Round Rock Higher Education Center. The information will be on the RRHEC website, RRHEC Facebook/Twitter, RRHECord Staff Newsletter, and an article in the Round Rock Leader. _________________________________________________________________________________

Graduate Information Sessions If you’re interested in pursuing a Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (MSIS) or a Master of Education in the management of technical education (MEd), we invite you call the office at 512245-2115 for an appointment. Advisors are available in all three locations. • Texas State campus, San Marcos • Round Rock Higher Education Center, Round Rock • Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio Please contact occed@txstate.edu for details. _________________________________________________________________________________

Undergraduate Information Sessions Occupational Education holds information sessions throughout the year in San Marcos, San Antonio and Round Rock for students interested in attending the BAAS program at Texas State. We invite you to attend one of these sessions to see if this is the right program for you. Advisors will be on hand to answer your questions and provide additional information about the bachelor of applied arts and sciences program, life credit, credit by exam and other issues. Directions to campus facilities.

San Marcos Campus, Texas State University-San Marcos, Pedernales Building Round Rock Higher Education Center San Antonio Area - e-mail Melvin Weathersby at mw12@txstate.edu or Betty Harkins at bh11@txstate.edu for information on an information session.


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 Graduate Studies News & Events (cont.)  About the GRE® Revised General Test One Test for Graduate and Business School. More Opportunities for Success. Getting an advanced degree can create many opportunities. The GRE® revised General Test — the most widely accepted graduate admissions test worldwide — can bring you one step closer to achieving your career goals. And there has never been a better time to take the one test that gives you more opportunities for your future. In August 2011, the GRE revised General Test replaced the GRE® General Test. Featuring the new test-taker friendly design and new questions, the revised test more closely reflects the kind of thinking you'll do in graduate or business school and demonstrates that you are ready for graduatelevel work. * Verbal Reasoning — Measures your ability to analyze and evaluate written material and synthesize information obtained from it, analyze relationships among component parts of sentences and recognize relationships among words and concepts. * Quantitative Reasoning — Measures problem-solving ability, focusing on basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis. * Analytical Writing — Measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills, specifically your ability to articulate and support complex ideas clearly and effectively. Who Takes It? Each year, about 675,000 prospective graduate and business school applicants from 230 countries/regions take the test. Applicants come from varying educational and cultural backgrounds and the GRE revised General Test provides a common measure for comparing candidates' qualifications. GRE scores are used by admissions or fellowship panels to supplement your undergraduate records, recommendation letters and other qualifications for graduate-level study. When and Where Do People Take It? The GRE revised General Test is available at about 700 test centers in more than 160 countries. In most regions of the world, the computer-based test is available on a continuous basis throughout the year. In Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea, the computer-based test is available one to two times per month. In areas of the world where computer-based testing is not available, the test is administered in a paper-based format up to three times a year in October, November and February.

Learn more about the content and structure of the GRE revised General Test. New GRE Guide to the Use of Scores (PDF)


CAA Quarterly Newsletter

November 2011

 Graduate Studies News & Events (cont.)  Graduate Workshops Offered This Semester FALL 2011 IRB Workshop for Graduate Students Graduate students whose research involves human subjects (surveys, interviews, use of secondary data, experimental research, etc.) should attend this workshop. The workshop will help students become familiar with the policies and procedures of the Texas State Institutional Review Board and the process for obtaining approval of their research. The workshop will cover the need for review and help students determine whether to submit an exemption request or IRB application. Please re-visit The Graduate College’s website. Future offerings will be scheduled later. Conducting Effective Research In most Graduate Programs, students are expected to conduct research and also present their research papers at conferences. The goal of this workshop is to enable graduate students to learn how to conduct research in a responsible manner, seek grants to conduct research, follow the guidelines of the institutional review board and make effective presentations at conferences. Please re-visit the Graduate College’s website. Future offerings will be scheduled later. *********************************************************************************

Texas State Writing Center November Events The Writing Center invites you to join us for several free workshops in the month of November! Finding Your Academic Voice Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 5:00 p.m. in FHG04 How can you join the conversation without having any idea of what to say and how to say it? This workshop will help you understand audience, voice, and diction in academic writing.

All events are free and do not require registration. In addition to the events listed above, the Writing Center provides individual counseling in writing for Texas State students at any level of study in any discipline. Appointments are available in San Marcos, online, and in Round Rock. To make an appointment, go to writingcenter.txstate.edu.

If you can’t find a convenient appointment time, drop by during our new walk-in hours: Mondays 9 a.m. to noon; Tuesdays 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Thursdays 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. For more information about the Writing Center and its services, contact Keri Fitzgerald at 512.245.3018 or keri.fitzgerald@txstate.edu.


CAA Quarterly Newsletter

November 2011

 Graduate Studies News & Events (cont.)  NEWSLETTER UPDATE The College of Applied Arts recognizes and celebrates scholarly achievement and innovative collaboration between faculty and graduate students. The newsletter is an additional electronic form to showcase the recent accomplishments, research findings, grant funding, conference presentations and publications obtained by its various programs, departments, schools, centers and institutes. Newsletter item submission should be sent to your respective Department News Collector. Agriculture: Deb Howell, dh58 Criminal Justice: Kim Truesdell, kt26 Family & Consumer Sciences: Barbara Isle, bi10 OC Ed: Patti Gibbs, pg02 Social Work: Sonya Kraus, sk22 Newsletter Editor: Yolanda Quintanilla, yq10 College of Applied Arts is going green! It is important to remember that printing and mailing of the College newsletter is an added expense during these times of budget constraints. In an effort to support the University goal of becoming a better environmental partner and an active participant in the campus wide sustainability effort, our newsletter is available in electronic form only. Should you need an alternative viewing format, please contact the Newsletter Editor directly. Archived newsletters dating back to fall of 2009 can be accessed at

Board of Regents A nine member Board of Regents appointed by the Governor governs the Texas State University System. In addition, a nonvoting student regent is appointed annually to the Board. Charlie Amato Chairman Southwest Business Corporation San Antonio Donna N. Williams Vice Chair Parsons Infrastructure & Technology, Inc. Arlington Kevin J. Lilly Avalon Advisors Houston Ron Mitchell Horseshoe Bay Resort Horseshoe Bay David Montagne Sabine River Authority of Texas Beaumont Trisha Pollard Pollard Development, L.P. Bellaire Rosanna Salazar Regent Austin

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Michael Truncale Orgain Bell & Tucker, LLP Beaumont

Go Green! Support the University Initiative to conserve the earth’s resources and preserve our environment.

Dr. Jaime R. Garza Regent San Antonio Ryan Bridges Student Regent Huntsville Brian McCall Chancellor


2011 November Issue of CAA Quarterly Newsletter