In the aftermath of the tragedy that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, Governor Greg Abbott outlined a number of steps to be taken by state education leaders to address the safety of Texas schools. Since that mandate was issued in February, the Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC), a research center at Texas State, has worked with schools across the state to ensure compliance with the new safety and security audits. Yesterday, Governor Abbott announced that all Texas school districts and public junior college districts are in compliance. The Office of the Governor also announced $853,000 in grant funds will be awarded to the TxSSC to assist Texas schools with preventing school violence, substance abuse, and bullying. Additionally, these funds will be used to help develop specialized training for school-based law enforcement to prevent violent crimes, improve officer-student relations, and assist with improved student learning. School safety is of paramount importance, and I applaud Governor Greg Abbott and our TxSSC for their dedication to protecting students statewide. I am proud that research at Texas State is a critical part of our state’s plan to address this serious issue.
Source: News from the Hill, An Update from President Denise M. Trauth
The Graduate College is pleased to announce that three graduate students are semi-finalists in the 2018-2019 Fulbright U.S. Student Program competition! Semi-finalists have been reviewed in the U.S. by the National Screening Committees and have been forwarded to the host country for final review. The students will find out in the coming months if they are selected as Fulbright grantees. We wish them the best as they move toward final selection status.
Samantha graduated with a B.A. in psychology and criminal justice from The University of Texas at El Paso in 2011. In addition to her selection as a Fulbright semi-finalist, she was also chosen to be one of 40 people in the country to take part in the United Nations Young Professional Programme (YPP) exams. With a background in teaching — she taught math for two years in Title I schools in Austin, TX — she looks forward to teaching abroad at schools where she can gain a global perspective to pedagogical practices. As for her future plans, she will continue to study criminal justice as a doctoral student at Texas State. She is thankful for the Fulbright campus committee members, Dr. Valentina Glajar and Dr. Andrea Hilkovitz, for helping her rework her application to showcase the experiences and qualities that make her a competitive Fulbright applicant. Special thanks to Dr. Donna Vandiver, Samantha’s study abroad professor who supports her love of travel, for her continued encouragement and recommendation to the program.
Republished from Graduate College website.
The appointment of Dr. Sylvia Crixell as the Interim Director of the School of Family and Consumer Sciences has been announced and is effective January 15, 2018.
Dr. Crixell earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from Texas State University and her Ph.D. in nutrition/biological sciences from the University of Texas at Austin.
After completing her doctorate, Dr. Crixell joined Texas State as an assistant professor in 1993 and completed her dietetic internship at the University of Central Arkansas in 1994 in order to earn the registered dietitian credential. Dr. Crixell earned tenure and promotion to associate professor in 1999 and promotion to professor in 2008. Dr. Crixell has served as the program coordinator of the nutrition program for 24 years and as the dietetics program director for 19 years, and was responsible for maintaining external accreditation during that time. Dr. Crixell has taught over 20 undergraduate and graduate courses and been awarded over 20 teaching awards at Texas State, including University Honor’s Professor of the Year 2007-2008 and The Graduate College Outstanding Mentor Award 2017-2018.
Dr. Crixell’s research interests include health and wellness of children and adults. Along with a colleague, in 2010 she leveraged a grant from the Texas Department of State Health Services Obesity Prevention Program to establish Best Food for Families, Infants, and Toddlers (Best Food FITS), a coalition dedicated to combatting child obesity in the community and surrounding areas. Many of her research initiatives are conducted under the umbrella of this organization. Dr. Crixell has been the principal investigator or co-principal investigator on research projects funded by a variety of entities, including the Texas Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, the Arthritis Foundation, Grande Communications, the Texas Education Agency, the United States Department of Health and Human Services Maternal and Child Health Bureau, and ConAgra, Inc.
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Sylvia Crixell on her appointment as the Interim Director of the School of Family and Consumer Sciences.
During the Fall 2017 semester, Dr. Christine Lynn Norton, Associate Professor of Social Work, and Dr. Kaipeng Wang and Dr. Grace Kim, Assistant Professors of Social Work, all participated in CoSearch, a two-day intensive retreat where multi-disciplinary teams of researchers and artists collaborated to develop research plans supported by C3 (the Center for Communication, Collaboration and Creativity). Drs. Wang and Kim were members of the 2nd and 3rd place teams, and Dr. Norton led her interdisciplinary team to win the CoSearch competition with a research effort called the Bridge Project, aimed at closing the literacy gaps among youth formerly involved in the foster care system by building a bridge between K-12 and higher education. Dr. Norton’s CoSearch team was invited to present this idea and speak about the CoSearch process at the TXST Innovation Lab at SXSW this spring. View their research idea.
For more on the winning CoSearch teams’ projects, go to: http://c3.finearts.txstate.edu/cosearch/cosearch-past.html
Texas State University's Dean Chahin contributed to a live Leadership Matters roundtable featuring: Join Betty Overton, Jaime Chahín, Roger Sublett & host Tanya Dawkins for a KFLA (Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance) Leadership Matters Roundtable on the evolving role of Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and Higher Education.
In increasingly polarized and contested campus and community environments, how can higher education exercise its leadership to engage the pressing issues in our society?
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Dr. Jaime Chahin, Dean and Professor of the College of Applied Arts along with Dr. Maria Cotera and Ms. Yvonne Navarrete deliver a collaborative Podcast at the University of Michigan's National Center for Institutional Diversity. This was an intergenerational podcast series highlighting the lived experiences of those from historically marginalized groups whose perspectives are critical to the University of Michigan's history. Click here to read more.
$1.9 million HRSA grant aims to enhance rural social work training
Posted by Jayme Blaschke
Office of Media Relations
September 21, 2017
The School of Social Work at Texas State University has been awarded a four-year, $1.9 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The "Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training for Professionals" grant is intended to enhance services to rural and at-risk populations.
The School of Social Work will accomplish this by increasing the number of social workers prepared to provide trauma-informed, culturally sensitive, evidence-based behavioral health prevention and intervention practices at schools, hospitals, clinics and homeless-serving agency settings, said Amy Benton, associate professor in the School of Social Work.
The cornerstone of the project is the enhanced, integrated training and stipend-supported final field opportunity for 30 Masters in Social Work students per project year. The project will include online learning modules and in-person trainings/workshops on a variety of topics related to behavioral health issues across the lifespan in the semester prior to and during final field placement. Expanded training prior to the students' entry into their field placement will result in students who are better able to implement evidence-based practices.
The project will utilize existing partners to explore opportunities for increasing the number of rural-based field placements, and offer interdisciplinary trainings/workshops from university and community-based experts that are open to participating students, field agency staff and university faculty.
About Texas State University
Founded in 1899, Texas State University is among the largest universities in Texas with an enrollment of 38,694 students on campuses in San Marcos and Round Rock. Texas State’s 181,000-plus alumni are a powerful force in serving the economic workforce needs of Texas and throughout the world. Designated an Emerging Research University by the State of Texas, Texas State is classified under “Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity,” the second-highest designation for research institutions under the Carnegie classification system.
GigaTECHs App Competition Winners Announcement
- Rondella Hawkins, Telecom & Regulatory Affairs Officer
Introduce teams (Kiwi Compute and Just in Time VR) and share the great impact these entries will make in the community
- Julia Lamorelle, Kiwi Compute
- Scott Smith, SSW Texas State University, Just in Time VR
teams 3 mins each - their experience and what this opportunity means to them and their team
- Rondella Hawkins, Telecom & Regulatory Affairs Officer
View announcement here.
Nutrition to fight cancer
Hallie Nix, who graduated in December 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences, is one of eight sisters who were home-schooled from pre-school through high school. When she was a freshman in high school, her grandfather, Frank Holland, succumbed to liver cancer. Holland, who was 82 when he died, had battled various types of cancer for some years. She remembers her mother, a registered nurse, telling her that he smoked tobacco and had poor eating habits. She pondered the correlation to his disease. “It’s significant the impact that nutrition has on everything going on in your body,” Nix says.
Doing research on the effects of obesity on liver cancer was natural for Nix for other reasons. Her mother had seven other girls to homeschool, so she’d hand Nix a textbook, assign the reading and tell her to come to her with questions. “So I started early with self-taught, independent learning,” Nix says. “I learned how to ask ‘good’ questions. That’s something being home-schooled helped with.”
Nix wishes she’d have discovered the research possibilities earlier than during a career exploration class before her senior year. So she encourages younger students to take advantage of the opportunities every chance she gets.
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2015 USDA Fellows: The American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, Inc. proudly announced the winners of the Outstanding Thesis and USDA Fellows for 2015. The Texas State Department of Agriculture had a total of 6 selected out of the 18 USDA Fellows amongst the winners. Congratulations to the following USDA Fellows; Adriana Aleman, Sustainble Food Systems, Shawntel Lopez, Sustainable Food Systems, Erica Molina, Biology-Sustainable Agriculture, Dagoberto Osorio, Agricultureal Education, Elise Claire Valdes, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, David Vela, Agricultural Education.
Aimee Jones in MCS is working with Drs. Runyan and DuPont on two separate research projects. She will produce an original manuscript using empirical data gathered by Dr. DuPont during her summer research project in New Orleans. She is also working on a new research project with Dr. Runyan, which involves constructing a new survey, gathering data and analyzing those data.
To know more about the School of Family and Consumer Sciences, click here.
Ms. Hallie Casey receives SURF award for her project, A Quantitative Cross-Species Analysis of Acorn Oil. Dr. Ken Mix, Assistant Professor in the Department of Agriculture serves as her project supervisor.
For more information on the undergraduate and graduate degrees offered in the Department of Agriculture, click here.
Dr. Jaime Chahin will be leading the discussion with the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. The discussion is a follow up to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas' 1996 groundbreaking report, 'Texas Colonias: A Thumbnail Sketch of Conditions, Issues, Challenges and Opportunities', and documents the improvements in the colonias and their resident's quality of life.