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  • Emma Kathcart (Fukuda), a student in the Department of Agricultural Sciences at Texas State University, won 3rd place in Undergraduate Poster Competition at the Western Region American Society for Animal Science meeting a few weeks ago.  She also won first place at the Small Producers’ Initiative conference in August.

  • The Blue Ribbon Research Conference was held in conjunction with the National FFA convention. Texas State University Department of Agricultural Sciences students won six of the nine awards! 

    Innovative Idea Posters

    Heibel, B., Borges, B., & Anderson, R. (2021). Incorporating a MakerSpace Project into an Introduction to Agricultural Engineering Course. Proceedings from the 40th Annual National Agricultural Mechanics Professional Development Blue Ribbon Papers Research Conference Poster Session. Outstanding Innovative Idea Poster.

    Ramos, J., Anderson, R., & Borges, B. (2021). Developing Industry Partnerships to Provide Welding Certifications. Proceedings from the 40th Annual National Agricultural Mechanics Professional Development Blue Ribbon Papers Research Conference Poster Session. Distinguished Innovative Idea Poster.

    Research Posters

    Heibel, B., Anderson, R., Borges, B., & Swafford, M. (2021). Using Virtual Reality to Determine Professional Development Needs of Beginning Welders. Proceedings from the 40th Annual National Agricultural Mechanics Professional Development Blue Ribbon Papers Research Conference Poster Session. Outstanding Research Poster

    Ramos, J., Heibel, B., Anderson, R., Borges, B., & Swafford, M. (2021). Identifying the relationship between virtual assisted welding instruction and welding performance. Proceedings from the 40th Annual National Agricultural Mechanics Professional Development Blue Ribbon Papers Research Conference Poster Session. Distinguished Research Poster

    Sykora, R., Anderson, R., Borges, B., & Swafford. M. (2021). Assessing the influence of welding sequence training on student performance. Proceedings from the 40th Annual National Agricultural Mechanics Professional Development Blue Ribbon Papers Research Conference Poster Session. Distinguished Research Poster

    Research Papers

    Haynes, J. C., Byrd, A. P., & Anderson, R.G. (2021). Revisiting the Preparation of Pre-Service Teachers in Agricultural Mechanics. Proceedings from the 40th Annual National Agricultural Mechanics Professional Development Blue Ribbon Papers Research Conference Poster Session. Outstanding Paper Presentation.

  • Wednesday, October 13, 2021

    WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) today announced a new $9.8 million award under the Preparing for Active Shooter Situations (PASS) program to the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center at Texas State University to provide multi-disciplinary, scenario-based active shooter training to first responders. The PASS program provides funds for scenario-based training that prepares officers and other first responders to safely and effectively handle active-shooter and other violent threats.

    “The COPS Office is proud to support all the first responders across the country who bravely risk their own safety to protect our communities,” said COPS Office Acting Director Robert Chapman. “The ALERRT Center is a proven leader in providing multi-disciplinary active shooter training, and we’re pleased to announce this additional funding to continue their efforts.”

    Training funded through PASS meets the goal of the 2016 Protecting Our Lives by Initiating COPS Expansion (POLICE) Act in offering “scenario-based, integrated response courses designed to counter active shooter threats or acts of terrorism against individuals or facilities.” The ALERRT Center has substantial experience with providing and tailoring cross-disciplinary active shooter training to law enforcement and other first responders nationally, and the training delivered through the PASS award has been designed to improve the safety and survivability of victims of active attack / shooter events and increase the effectiveness, coordination, and resource integration between law enforcement, fire, telecommunications, and emergency medical services when responding to these events. ALERRT was created as a partnership between Texas State University, the San Marcos (TX) Police Department, and the Hays County (TX) Sheriff’s Office to address the need for active shooter response training for first responders. In 2013, ALERRT was named the National Standard in Active Shooter Response Training by the FBI.

    Since 2017, COPS Office funding through the PASS program has provided active shooter training for approximately 55,000 first responders across the nation. The additional $9.8 million announced today will fund training for roughly 17,000 additional first responders. Additional information about the PASS program can be found here:

    The COPS Office is the federal component of the Department of Justice responsible for advancing community policing nationwide. The only Department of Justice agency with policing in its name, the COPS Office was established in 1994 and has been the cornerstone of the nation’s crime fighting strategy with grants, a variety of knowledge resource products, and training and technical assistance. Through the years, the COPS Office has become the go-to organization for law enforcement agencies across the country and continues to listen to the field and provide the resources that are needed to reduce crime and build trust between law enforcement and the communities served. The COPS Office has invested more than $14 billion to advance community policing, including grants awarded to more than 13,000 state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies to fund the hiring and redeployment of more than 134,000 officers.

  • LOCAL NEWS: October 6, 2021

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    There are many reasons why people drop out of college, and COVID-19 was a big one for many over the past 18 months.

    This is why Texas State is hoping to help those impacted by COVID-19 and get them back to school.

    It's a chance to have their own graduation day, a day that can be one of the most exciting days of your life.

    "I first walked in May of 2019," said Neurri Butler. "That's when I was supposed to be done. I had the credits and everything, but supposedly it came down to a minimum GPA or the GPA for the business school in McCoy."

    Even after walking he was going to end up back in school. 

    "So I was just going through the re-admission process, trying to find the classes, sitting on the phone with financial aid," said Butler.

    The conversations left him wondering if he was even able to finish. The way his financial aid was going to play out meant he wouldn't be able to take the courses in the order he needed to. 

    "It was one of those situations that I needed to come up with the rest of it, the money, and then be reimbursed by financial aid before I start the other class," he said.

    He would have had to find something else. That's when he found out he qualified and was awarded a new grant.

    "To go to school and whatever I needed to finish school in the midst of COVID," he explained. 

    "The Texas Reskilling Grant, a grant that was appropriated because of the CARES Act, it's an amazing opportunity. It really is," said Todd Sherron, the assistant professor who helped get the grant for the school.

    The original grant was intended to help 1,000 students with up to $2,500 to get them back to school and finish their degree. Now they're allowing students to get the funding for more than just one semester. 

    "We're really trying to reach out to those who are almost finished, 50% or more, and say, 'Hey we have some funds for you to come back to school,' and that's just a great opportunity," said Sherron.

    "It was just a blessing, really. I didn't really ask too many more questions. It's just going to help me finish," said Butler.

    It's helped more students like him reach that exciting day of graduation.

    "I just appreciate it. I really do," he said.

    For those who qualify, Sherron said the best thing to do is get readmitted and file the FAFSA. The financial aid office will then select the qualified students.

  • Dr. P Michael Supancic, School of Criminal Justice and Criminology Assistant Professor was selected to serve on the new Texas Transfer Framework Field of Study Discipline-Specific Subcommittee for Criminal Justice. This subcommittee, composed of faculty from public two-year and four-year institutions, will consider which courses to recommend for inclusion in the new Texas Transfer Framework for Criminal Justice. The workgroup’s recommendations will go to the Texas Transfer Advisory Committee for their consideration. 

  • nelson wing ag mech shopAgricultural Education teachers across the nation lack sufficient training in agricultural mechanics due to a lack of training available at the post-secondary level. The lack of training has led to low teacher self-efficacy and is a contributing factor to why teachers leave the profession. Furthermore, there is a significant shortage of skilled labor to fill industry demand. Industry leaders have identified agricultural education students as a source to fill the shortage but need rigorous and relevant instruction from their teachers. The Agricultural Mechanics Academy is a ten-day intensive professional development training designed to provide teachers with the knowledge and skills necessary to teach secondary students. Participants will receive three days of small gas engine instruction focusing on twelve modules. Each module is designed for teachers to replicate each discussion and activity in their own classrooms. The electricity portion of the Academy will lead participants through several modules including Safety, Electrical Tools, Electrical Connections, and Switches & Receptacle Identification. The welding portion of the Academy will guide participants through three welding processes. The participants will learn how to use an Oxyacetylene torch that includes cutting, heating, and welding options. The participants will learn how to weld using the Shielded Metal Arc Welding process where they will complete a butt, tee, and lap welds in the flat position using different techniques and different welding rods. On the third day of welding, the participants will learn how to weld using the Gas Metal Arc welding process using different techniques and different metal transfer processes. Contact Dr. Ryan Anderson for more information,


    Child care insecurity is a term we’ve come up with to describe limited or uncertain female with child on lap access to adequate child care.

    It factors into many Americans’ decisions whether to even have a child. Parents – mothers especially – often weigh the cost of child care in their decision to return to work. And when a kid has a disability, there may not even be child care options that meet the family’s needs.

    Read more in The Conversation.

  • Dr. Christopher Sullivan

    Effective September 1, 2021, Dr. Christopher J. Sullivan will join Texas State University as Professor and Director of the School of Criminal Justice and Criminology.

    Professor Sullivan holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Criminal Justice from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Newark.

            (Read More About Dr. Sullivan)


    The Office of the Provost recently announced 2021Dr. Nicole Wagner honorees for the Presidential Seminar Award and the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activities, Excellence in Teaching, and Excellence in Service.  

    Presidential Awards for Excellence in Teaching

    Assistant Professor rank

    Dr. Nicole C. Wagner, Department of Agricultural Sciences

    Dr. Wagner has shown an outstanding ability to make teaching and learning an exciting experience.

     Congratulations Dr. Wagner! 


  • Dr. Wagner with Ag students  Growing Strawberries in the Desert

      Dr. Nicole Wagner, assistant professor in Texas State University’s Department of Agricultural Sciences, is   leading a team of enthusiastic students who want to help Texas agriculture adapt to meet this demand. 


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    The College of Applied Arts is pleased to announce the following promotions and elections to tenure. Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of these individuals.

    From Associate Professor to Professor

    Dr. Mira Ahn, Family and Consumer Sciences

    Dr. Scott W. Bowman, Criminal Justice and Criminology

    Dr. Kenneth S. Smith, Social Work

    From Assistant Professor to Associate Professor

    Dr. Shetay N. Ashford-Hanserd, Organization, Workforce, and Leadership Studies

    Dr. Catherine A. Cherrstrom, Organization, Workforce, and Leadership Studies

    Dr. Mark H. Trahan, Social Work


    Dr. Shetay N. Ashford-Hanserd, Organization, Workforce, and Leadership Studies

    Dr. Catherine A. Cherrstrom, Organization, Workforce, and Leadership Studies

    Dr. Mark H. Trahan, Social Work


  • 15th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference logo 15th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference and Thesis Forum Awards

    We are also happy to announce our general category poster presentation award winners: 

    Kayra Tasci, 1st Place, Altered Academic Rigor in the Post-Secondary Classroom During COVID-19: How and Why, Advisor, Dr. Merritt Drewery, Agricultural Sciences

    Joshua Rogalski, tied for 2nd place, Emotional Portrayal in Popular Children's Movies: Coding Basic and Complex Emotion in Aladdin (1992) and Aladdin (2019), Advisor, Dr. Amy Weimer, Family and Child Development  

    Click here to see the online Poster Presentations.

  • Sarah M. Urquhart

    The 2021 ASID recently named our own Dr. Sarah M. Urquhart ​ Assistant professor in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences as a national 2021 American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) One to Watch Award Winner!

    Click here to read more.

  • Merritt L. Drewery

    The 2021 USDA E. Kika De La Garza Fellowship program recently informed the Department of Agricultural Sciences that  Dr. Merritt L. Drewery, assistant professor was named a fellow. As a fellow, she will be part of a dynamic network of leaders from academia and government that work to advance the excellence of education at Hispanic-Serving Institutions.

     Click here to read more.

  • Protesters sign outside Chauvin Trial

    Shortly after the guilty verdicts were revealed in former police officer Officer Derek Chauvin’s trial for murdering George Floyd, legal experts suggested Chauvin will appeal, arguing that his right to a fair trial was threatened by extensive pretrial publicity.

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  • April Chai   

    Ms. April Chai, a current doctoral student in the School of Criminal        Justice and Criminology, completed her research project titled.       "Tribulations of The New Normal: Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Gender-based Violence and Related Essential Services" has won the Crime Reduction Research Program Funding competition from the   Joint Management Team of the Office of Crime Reduction and Gang Outreach (OCR-GO), The Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor     General of British Columbia ($95,188). Read more. 

  • Message from the College of Applied Arts on the Verdict

    In the last two years alone, we have witnessed several high-profile examples of injustice. We have witnessed, for example, the El Paso Shooting, the mistreatment of immigrants, violence against Asian Americans, and, among too many others, the murder of George Floyd. These injustices are unacceptable.

    We are a place of education, and that education must be inclusive of even the most emotionally charged topics. As we engage these topics educationally, we reaffirm our values, which include honesty, compassion, and fairness. In favor of inclusivity, understanding, and a respect for differences, we reject hate and bigotry.

    We acknowledge a need to support each other and to engage in constructive and informative dialogue that promotes a greater understanding of the challenges of these uncertain times. We encourage all members of our community to take advantage of the opportunities being offered by Texas State’s Institutional Inclusive Excellence – Student Initiatives.

    Stay safe.


    Every semester Dr. Amy Weimer provides options for students to Three Leaf Design donationengage in a Service Learning project, typically consisting of volunteering at a local community location and learning from the experience. Given the Covid restrictions, this has been challenging! This didn’t stop the amazing HDFS students from finding a way to engage in service for children and families.  Three HDFS students created a website to sell handcrafted jewelry, cards, etc. and then made a $900 donation to support hospitalized children.

    Read more on the donation to Texas Children's Hospital.


    Virtual reality training for first respondersScott Smith, associate professor in the School of Social Work and director of the.   Virtual Reality and Technology Lab at Texas State University, is bringing mass casualty virtual reality training to municipalities across the country through his start-up company, Augmented Training Systems (ATS).

  • Best schools logo Criminology programs combine     principles of sociology, law, and   psychology to prepare students to   deal with criminals, understand the   justice system and work to prevent   crime. These are the top graduate  schools for criminology. Each  school's score reflects its average   rating on a scale from 1 (marginal)      to 5 (outstanding), based on a     survey of academics at peer institutions. 

    Read the methodology.

  • Mental Health in Times of Crisis: A MultidisciplinaryMental Health Image Discussion of Effects and Mitigation Strategies

    On Friday, April 9, 2021 at 12:45 p.m., the Bay State College Delta Upsilon Chapter of the Alpha Delta Nu Honor Society will be presenting Mental Health in Times of Crisis: A Multidisciplinary Discussion of Effects and Mitigation Strategies.

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  • Stop out Student Studying


    At Texas State, we are passionate about helping students achieve their college dreams and prepare to put their education to use in their communities. That’s why I am pleased to announce we have been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help up to 1,000 former students with some college credit return to Texas State to complete their degrees. Read about this significant award in the TXST Newsroom.

  • Dr. Cassandra Johnson

    Dr. Cassandra Johnson wants you to know that she isn’t looking to upend the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) means of measuring food insecurity, known as the Food Security Survey Module (FSSM). Her recent research paper, “The Four Domain Food Insecurity Scale (4D-FIS): development and evaluation of a complementary food insecurity measure” is intended to broaden what counts as food insecurity and how we assess food insecurity in the U.S.  Read more.


    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded Texas State aAg Student with lamb grant to help address two national education problems: ethnic disparity in postsecondary degree recipients, and too few qualified graduates to fill the agriculture workforce. The four-year project will position underrepresented students to achieve success in agricultural sciences. 

    Read 3eX-Ag program aims to increase underrepresented students in graduate programs via USDA grant

  • Two students walking through the Texas State Quad

    Texas State will receive a $843,895 federal grant for the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program in support of minorities and to examine the effects of community cultural wealth on Black and Hispanic women in the P-20 Computing Workforce Pipeline in Texas, according to a press release from the office of Sen. John Cornyn.

    The funding comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and is supported by Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) and EHR Core research (ECR) Programs.

  • ACCEYSS Sign


    San Marcos, TX - On January 21st, the ACCEYSS Network hosted a grand opening of the ACCEYSS​ University-Community Resource Center (U-CRC) located at 174 S Guadalupe St. Suite 105, San Marcos, TX 78666. The event began with an invocation by Lauren Lowry, San Marcos native and Senior Pastor of Sozo Church at 10:30 am, followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony from 11 to 11:30 am, and a grand opening celebration with lunch catered by Soulful Creations of San Marcos, Texas. During the event, official greetings were read from Congressman Lloyd Doggett, and proclamations were acknowledged from the State of Texas (sponsored by State Representative Erin Zwiener), Hays County (sponsored by Commissioner Debbie Ingalsbe), and the City of San Marcos. The City of San Marcos has declared January 21, 2021 as the ACCEYSS Network Day.


    The P2P Movement doing business as ACCEYSS Network, is a 501c3 nonprofit that serves as a coalition with a mission of providing underrepresented and underserved youth and families with access to STEM and Agriculture pathways through Entrepreneurship and the Arts (i.e., STEEAAM pathways). Board members of the ACCEYSS Network include: Dr. Shetay Ashford-Hanserd - Founder and President (Texas State University – Department of Organization, Workforce, and Leadership Studies), Dr. Dana M. García – Secretary (Texas State University – Department of Biology), Pastor Lauren Lowry (Sozo Church), Dr. Cara DiMattina Ryan (Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area), and Algie Thompson.  Lydia Dobbins serves as the Program Manager.


    ACCEYSS (Association of Collaborative Communities Equipping Youth for STEEAAM Success) was founded by Dr. Shetay Ashford-Hanserd as one of 70 two-year design and development launch pilots funded by the National Science Foundation’s INCLUDES program. The outcomes of the ACCEYSS project yielded creation of the ACCEYSS Model (i.e., informal K-12 STEM curriculum framework) and initiation of the ACCEYSS Network with inaugural partners from the Greater San Marcos region. Additionally, she founded the STEEAM pathways project in rural communities with partners in Luling, which was funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She has consolidated her efforts under the umbrella of the ACCEYSS Network to strengthen the STEEAAM workforce ecosystem in the Greater San Marcos region. As a “social edupreneur”, and an assistant professor in the Department of Organization, Workforce, and Leadership Studies at Texas State University, she is transforming her research into action while creating a platform for other community-engaged STEM and agriculture researchers to offer valuable resources to the local community through the launch of the ACCEYSS U-CRC. 

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    The primary goal of the ACCEYSS U-CRC is to provide connections, funding, and resources for faith-based and community organizations with a shared vision of closing the STEM equity and racial wealth gap in Hays and Caldwell counties. The ACCEYSS Network invites researchers, educators, entrepreneurs, community organizers, faith leaders, industry partners, and supporters to utilize the U-CRC’s shared resources; whether it’s a training space or meeting room for their employees, a quiet office space without a long-term lease, or a place to connect with like-minded individuals striving to make a powerful impact in their community. 


    The ACCEYSS Network Community Resource Center is available to both members and non-members alike. To learn more about memberships, networking opportunities or to become a community member, you may visit the ACCEYSS Network website at

  • Dr. Olga S. GerhartThe College of Applied Arts team recently announced a new addition to the current team. Associate Dean, Dr. Doug Morrish announced that the search and hiring process for a new Research Coordinator for the College of Applied Arts was completed. Dr. Olga Gerhart has joined our team effective January 4th, 2021. 


    Dr. Gerhart has been a Lecturer in the Texas State Philosophy Department since 2015 and has conducted health-care research among older adults and people living with dementia with colleagues in the Sociology and Communication Departments. Also, as an administrative assistant and bookkeeper of a church, she has an immense amount of experience with non-profit management and budget administration.


    Dr. Gerhart holds a B.S. in Genetics and a B.A. in Philosophy from Texas A&M University, an M.Ed. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Texas, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Texas A&M University. She enjoys reading just-for-fun, and when we are not in the middle of a pandemic, she spends her free time at the gym.  


    We extend a warm welcome to Dr. Olga Gerhart to the College of Applied Arts as the new Research Coordinator.  Her office is located in AG 308 and her office phone is (512) 245-9126.


  • three leaf designs logoDr. Amy Weimer, Professor in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences, specifically the Human Development and Family Sciences (HDFS) graduate program, recently shared an innovative service-learning project. A service-learning project generally means that students volunteer at a local school, hospital, or community center. Fall 2020, was challenging because of COVID-19 restrictions, but it didn’t stop these amazing first year graduate students from finding a way to engage in service for children and families.  Three of our HDFS students created a website to sell handcrafted jewelry, cards, etc. and donated all the profits to Texas Children’s Hospital. So far, they have raised $750.00 and have the goal of reaching $1,000.00 for their donation in January.


    Three Leaf Designs (Instagram) was created with a mission to provide instrumental support to the hospital and families to relieve stress that comes with having a hospitalized child. During the time of COVID-19, families and volunteers are not able to purchase necessary items. Our goal is to provide funds, time, and services as instrumental support to encourage healthy development in the children’s hospital. We have teamed up with Texas Children’s Hospital located in The Woodlands, Texas to contribute necessary supplies in a time with limited financial resources and support.


    To accomplish this goal, we have created an online, donation-based fundraiser called Three Leaf Designs. This online forum is an opportunity for our community to purchase handmade products in which all the profits go directly to Texas Children’s. Some of our products include earrings, embroidery, and greeting cards. We encourage custom orders so that our supporters receive the product that best suits them. We are humbled to see everyone come together to support this cause thus far and cannot wait to see where it takes us. Please let us know if you have any questions.


    Clara Duggan, Claire Gordon, & Heather Schneider are deserving of a standing ovation for their compassion and innovation during unprecedented times. These first-year graduate students are sure to make the world we live in a much better place.


  • Dr. Shailen Singh


    TEDxTexasStateUniversity is hosting 7 speakers who will be speaking on various subjects surrounding our 2021 TEDx theme AMPLIFY.  There is a diverse list of TEDspeakers, however, Dr. Shailen Singh is the only Assistant Professor from the College of Applied Arts:


    • Shailen Singh, Assistant Professor in the Department of Organization, Workforce, and Leadership Studies at Texas State University


    During this year’s event, we will also be sharing pre-recorded interviews with past speakers to find out what they have been up to since speaking at TEDxTexasStateUniversity.  

  • Dr. Donna Vandiver  The School of Criminal Justice and    Criminology recently announced that Dr. Donna Vandiver was selected to serve in the Ph.D. Coordinator position in the School of Criminal Justice and Criminology, beginning in the Fall 2021 semester. Dr. Vandiver’s goals include redoubling our efforts to recruit high-quality students from a diversity of backgrounds, increasing the contributions by our outstanding junior faculty to mentor our doctoral students, and securing more funding and other research opportunities for our students.

    Dr. Vandiver brings a wealth of successful prior experience as MSCJ Coordinator and as the interim Ph.D. Coordinator in our School, as well as serving as Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs in the College of Applied Arts. Her experience and familiarity with Graduate College processes and procedures will bring critical stability to the doctoral program as we also transition in Fall 2021 to a new Director of the School of Criminal Justice and Criminology. 

    Congratulations, Dr. Vandiver!


  •  Dr. Bob E. VasquezDr. T. Jaime Chahin recently announced the appointment of Dr. Bob Edward Vásquez as the Assistant Dean for the College of Applied Arts effective January 1, 2021.


    A proud native Texan and first-generation university graduate from the East Side of San Antonio, Professor Vásquez graduated from Brackenridge High School. With degrees in music, sociology, and criminal justice, and with graduate coursework in biostatistics, Dr. Vásquez joined the faculty in the School of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Texas State University in 2009. Since then, he has added and taught the School’s most advanced courses in quantitative methodology. A Fellow of the New Leadership Academy, Professor Vásquez is affiliated with the minor in Latina/o Studies and teaches a course in race, ethnicity and criminal justice. His students have named him Inspirational Professor, Favorite Professor, and he has received the College Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching.


    A tenured member of the core doctoral faculty, Professor Vásquez has scholarly interests in measurement, quantitative research methods, and the statistical techniques involved in modeling causes of crime. His educational breadth allows for successful collaborations across disciplines, and his work has been published in the most selective journals in his field. For his scholarship, Professor Vásquez has received a Distinguished Author Award and the College Achievement Award for Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activities.


    Please join me in congratulating Dr. Bob Edward Vásquez on his new role as the Assistant Dean for the College of Applied Arts.

  • Adult Learner Impact AwardOWLS Faculty

    Granted to Texas State University


    Each year, the Adult Learner Impact Award goes to an institution that has provided outstanding programs and services for adult learners.


    Texas State University was an early adopter of principles and processes dedicated to adult learners. Recently, department faculty completed a multi-year strategic planning process and program redesign to update and strengthen the university’s bachelor of applied arts and sciences program outcomes, curriculum, and PLA processes. 

  • Dr. Howard Williams was featured by USA Today in a story about excessive use of force: “When ‘Live PD’ cameras rolled, Williamson County deputies used more force.”

  • Dr. Kim Rossmo from the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology served as a geo-profiling consultant on Theresa Allore's murder case, revisited in a new book by the victim's brother.

    Dr. Scott Bowman, associate criminology professor, was featured in a Texas Tribune article about a police officer arrested for the fatal shooting of Jonathan Price in North Texas.


    Criminologist Dr. Sean Patrick Roche is featured in a new report by PolitiFact Texas about Austin's property crime trends.

  • Invention 2020-002 Characterization and Analysis of Water Beef ...



    Dr. Reed RichardsonThe IP committee has voted to file a US Patent for Characterization and Analysis of Water Forms (free, immobilized, and bound) in Beef by Measuring the Microsiemens of Electricity Conducted from Water Activity in Beef Samples.


  • Dr. Merritt Drewery


    “Our program, called 3eX-Ag, identifies and addresses two national education problems: ethnic disparity in postsecondary degree recipients and too few qualified graduates to fill requisite positions in the agriculture workforce.”

    The program addresses these problems through the development of curriculum that involves experiential learning, placement of students in extension positions with the agricultural workforce, and integration of students in a research laboratory.

    With over 50% minority student enrollment, TXST serves an important population in a critical time. Although our nation is currently experiencing large population growth for minorities (especially Hispanics), the number of degree recipients at the post-secondary level does not reflect this demographic shift.


  • Graduate Student Presenting Research Data

    We are pleased to announce that the School of Family and Consumer Sciences is hosting a virtual open house for their graduate programs in Human Development and Family Sciences, Human Nutrition, and the Dietetic Internship. We will provide information about the programs, application deadlines and requirements, funding opportunities, student perspectives, and key consideration to develop successful applications.  


    The Virtual Open House will be held Thursday 10/29/20 from 6pm to 8pm. For more information click here or see the flyer attached.


    Please register for this event by clicking here.

  • Emma Kathcart
    Ms. Emma Kathcart, Integrated Ag Sciences major wins URF grant


    Congratulations, to Ms. Emma Kathcart, Integrated Ag Sciences major who recently was awarded an $1000.00 URF grant towards her projectBlack Soldier Fly Larvae as a Protein Source for Beef Steers Fed Low Quality Hay.  Her project was supported in funding from the College of Applied Arts and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.


    Her award will be set up as an internal Texas State account in order to purchase the necessary research materials. Dr. Merritt L. Drewery, Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural Sciences who's concentration is on Applied Animal Sciences will be the account manager, and thus will order Emma's research materials as her undergraduate research continues.

  • USDA Logo with crop backgroundTXST’s Department  of Agricultural  Sciences has   collaborated with   other universities to receive a $300,000 grant from the USDA to conduct market research on southern aquaculture products, led by Dr. Madan Dey.

  • Robert Anthony RodriguezFormer Texas State Student, and OWLS alum, Robert Rodriguez was recently nominated for a Lone Star Emmy. Rodriguez lives in Austin and has been working with Univision as well as running his own video production business. 


    Robert Anthony Rodriguez is an American filmmaker and visual effects supervisor. He shoots, edits, produces, and scores many of his films in Mexico and in his home state of Texas. Rodriguez directed the 1992 action film El Mariachi, which was a commercial success after grossing $2 million against a budget of $7,000. 


    Rodriguez was recently nominated for a Lone Star Emmy for a news story he edited called Contra Viento y Marea.  The results will be out in November or December. 


    READ MORE: Lone Star Emmy

  • Dr. Norma Perez-BrenaThe Administration for Children and Families (ACF) recently notified the Texas State School of Family and Consumer Sciences with respect to a grant recently submitted by Dr. Norma Perez-Brena.


    Dr. Perez-Brena recently informed the College of Applied Arts that her research team recently received notice from the Administration for Children and Families that they were awarded two grants to continue providing comprehensive relationship and life skills education to adolescent parents. Below is a summary of the grant amounts:


    • SREA grant – total award $1,264,963 ($421,875/Year for three years)
    • Ready4Life grant – total award $4,570,078 ($913,815/Year for five years)
    • Total: $5.8 million

    Congratulations to Dr. Perez-Brena for her innovative work with adolescent parents that continues to make a positive impact in the community. 

  • Dr. Doug Morrish


    Dr. T. Jaime Chahin, Dean of the College of Applied Arts  announced this week the appointment of Dr. Doug Morrish as the Associate Dean of Research for the College of Applied Arts effective September 1, 2020.


    Dr. Morrish earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agriculture from Stephen F. Austin State University and his Ph.D. in agricultural education from Texas A&M University.


    After completing his doctorate, Dr. Morrish joined Illinois State University as an assistant professor in 2003 and later joined Texas State University in the same rank in 2005. Dr. Morrish earned tenure and promotion to associate professor in 2011 and promotion to professor in 2018. He has served as the Assistant Dean for the past 2 years. Dr. Morrish has taught over 18 undergraduate and graduate courses and been awarded numerous teaching awards including the North American College and Teachers of Agriculture Teaching award of Merit in 2012 and the USDA National Awards Program for Excellence in College and University Teaching in Food and Agricultural Sciences in 2010.


    Dr. Morrish’s research interests include agriculture student teacher placement methodologies and self-efficacy levels of future secondary agriculture teachers. He has also examined effective recruitment and retention strategies and the impact of learning communities on Hispanic students majoring in agricultural and life sciences. Dr. Morrish has been the project director on many research projects funded by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture USDA-HSI program in excess of $4.8 million.   

  • Stacked notebook spines

    For this year (Sept 1, 2019 – Aug 24, 2020) the College of Applied Arts had:

    • 78 grants submitted
    • 54 grants that were active at some point during the year
    • 28 grants were awarded for $18.3M
    • The College of Applied Arts grant expenditures during the year was $11.4M, the most of ANY other unit or college. The next highest earning unit was the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs for $7.7M and the College of Engineering and Science for $7.2M.


    This excellent news is definitely worth acknowledging our faculty and staffs hard work.

  • Dr. Sean P. Roche

    The School of Criminal justice and Criminology recently announced that our very own Dr. Sean Roche has been honored as a Den Namesake for Bobcat Preview.


    Bobcat Preview is an orientation program that takes place after incoming students complete the New Student Orientation (NSO), right before classes start each semester. Its goal is to welcome and connect with incoming students. For each Bobcat Preview new students are grouped into Dens. Each Den is named after a faculty or staff member who has made a positive impact on the Texas State University community.


    Namesakes are nominated by students, faculty and staff on campus.

    During the week of the program, the Dens represent the namesakes by wearing their name on their colored Den shirts as well as making chants for their Den to honor their namesake. Sean will also receive a plaque and a Den polo shirt and will be featured on social media and the Bobcat Preview website.


    Serving as a Namesake is a recognition of the wonderful impact our faculty and staff members make on campus, and he is one of only 6 faculty or staff members to receive this recognition this semester.

    Please join the College of Applied Arts in congratulating Dr. Roche on this honor!

  • Police SUV beachside

    Police impersonators are taking advantage of quarantine rules to defraud or harass, the authorities warn.



  • Food Safety logo


    The 14th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference and Honors Thesis Forum was held April 22-24, 2020.


  • Link to Agronomist Article:
    "Feeding the Future" in AGRITECH

    Dr. Nicole Wagner
    Dr. Nicole Wagner, Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural Sciences
  • Bobcat Bounty Adjusts Operations to COVID-19


    Bobcat Bounty adjusts operations

      Bobcat Bounty Details

  • Texas State student wins awards

    Scandinavian Spaces, partnered with students in Texas State University’s interior design program


  • blind justice scales





    Congratulations to all our Master's Candidates in the School of Criminal Justice. The Departmental Faculty and Staff created a special virtual message to all their Spring 2020 graduation candidates.

  • Revers Parade by Child Development Center


    Texas State Child Development Center hosts reverse parade. "We miss our kiddos!"


  • VIDEO: OWLS Faculty Show Support during COVID-19 Pandemic

    Created by the Department of Organization, Workforce, and Leadership Studies faculty for our current Undergraduate and Graduate student body.

  • Eight from Texas State recognized as 2020 Caminos Fellows

    Eight Texas State University graduate students in the College of Applied Arts have been named U.S. Department of Agriculture Caminos Fellows for 2020

    Crystal Alvarez, Fabiola Mancha, Melody Martinez, Whitney Ortiz, Anisa P. Elizondo, Zaira Suarez, Carla Vidal and Ian J. Gomez were named Caminos Fellows for their performance in the Los Caminos Thesis Competition in Food and Agricultural Sciences. 

    The American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) in partnership with Texas State, promotes the annual Caminos Thesis Competition. Competitors' theses are evaluated based on depth of research analysis, methodology and relativity to current global issues.

    The Caminos Thesis Competition is open to any Hispanic individual who is a U.S. citizen or a resident of the U.S. and has completed a master's degree between December 1, 2018 and December 30, 2019. Additionally, the thesis must have been defended by September 30, 2019, and focus on food and agricultural sciences. Theses are eligible if they are in topics related to the USDA priority areas, including food safety, climate change, sustainable energy, childhood obesity and global food security and hunger.

  • Congratulations banner

    Congratulations are in order.


    The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Gene Bourgeois announced this week, the following promotions and elections to tenure.  Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of these individuals.


    From Associate Professor to Professor

    Dr. Angela R. Ausbrooks, Social Work

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

    Dr. Christine L. Norton, Social Work

    Dr. Raphael Travis, Jr., Social Work

    From Assistant Professor to Associate Professor

    Dr. Norma J. Perez-Brena, Family and Consumer Sciences


    Dr. Norma J. Perez-Brena, Family and Consumer Sciences


    Ms. Stacy Russell
    Ms. Stacy Russell, MSW Graduate Student

    Ms. Stacy Russell, a part time MSW student, and a Title IV-E stipend recipient, completed her internship at Bluebonnet Advocacy Center in Hondo, TX. The internship at Bluebonnet Advocacy Center started out like every other internship but ended as success for our communities.  Ms. Russell balanced her internship with her full- time position at Child Protective Services.  Thanks to her commitment and drive, Ms. Russell was able to accomplish some amazing tasks before completing her 460- hours internship. 

    Ms. Russell worked closely with Mr. Edward Gentry, Director at Bluebonnet Advocacy Center.  Ms. Russell and Mr. Gentry identified a gap in services that worked perfectly as Ms. Russell’s capstone project.  The original gap was to create a parenting curriculum and create a survey tool to evaluate the program.  The original idea ended up with a need for a curriculum to help grandparents who are raising their grandchildren.  Great idea, but funding was the next challenge.

    In November 2019, Ms. Russell applied for a Wal-Mart community grant to help support the Adults Supporting Trauma Victims project at the center. A grant for $500 from Wal-Mart Community Grant – Uvalde Store was awarded in December 2019. In February 2020, a new cycle opened and Ms. Russell applied again for the center and was granted a $1,000 Wal-Mart Community Grant from the Hondo Store in April 2020.

    In January 2020, Ms. Russell applied for a grant with the Texas Bar Foundation for $5,200 to fund the majority of the “Adults Supporting Trauma Victims”. Bluebonnet Advocacy Center was notified on April 2020 that the grant was fully funded. Ms. Russell was able to secure $6,700 to help support the new project, “Adults Supporting Trauma Victims” at the Bluebonnet Children’s Advocacy Center.  With these funds, the center will fund a new educational program to help parents and caregivers of children that have experienced childhood trauma. Raising a child that has experienced childhood trauma is hard and often the parents and caregivers do not have the tools to understand what the child has experienced. This program will help educate and support parents and caregivers to better understand the trauma these children Have experienced as well as the impact of that trauma.

    As the semester was coming to an end, Ms. Russell was able to share another piece of good news.  One more grant was awarded for which Ms. Russell applied with the Women of Courage - My Safe Space Grant. The center was awarded $1,000 to redecorate the therapy room.

    Through these grant projects the Bluebonnet Children’s Advocacy Center can provide more services to fulfill their mission of protecting and enhancing the quality of life for abused and neglected children in Medina, Real, and Uvalde counties.  On behalf of Texas State University and the School of Social Work, Congratulations to Ms. Russell on a job well done! 

  • 2017-2023 Strategic Plan: November 2019 Update
    2017-2023 Strategic Plan: November 2019 Update

    The College of Applied Arts is currently in the third year of its six-year strategic plan. At this time, progress is occurring in all areas.



    Although the overall graduate enrollment has slightly declined, incentives are being implemented to increase recruitment and retention. However, graduate enrollment numbers for Spring 2020 increased compared with this time last year. The undergraduate enrollment remains steady with slightly more than 4,000 students enrolled. 



    Substantial progress is occurring in all indicators regarding scholarship. More specifically, each year the number of external grants submitted and awarded increases. Over $17 million of grant expenditures occurred in 2019, exceeding every other college in the university.



    Additionally, nearly 200 peer-reviewed publications were authored by the faculty in our college in 2019. In general, the faculty consistently increase the number of publications each year.



    The college continues to address infrastructure needs. The pavilion in Agriculture was converted with new additional office space. Hines Academic Center, which houses the School of Criminal Justice, has begun to make external repairs to the building. The construction for the Comparative Research Center for the School of Family Consumer will be completed in the next year. The Advising Center has requested new office space and will move into the newly renovated space next year to support a centralized advising center to meet the needs of our students.


    Learning Communities:

    In an effort to engage undergraduate students in research, 16 learning communities have been established that directly engage nearly 70 students in faculty-led research. This includes support of Bobcat Bounty, a food bank established to address food insecurity among our students.



    Additionally, 12 new faculty lines have been added to our college during the most recent three years.


    Overall, the College of Applied Arts is progressing towards its goals outlined in the current strategic plan. The above chart summarizes the Colleges progress to date.

  • DACA Panel Discussion on November 5th, 2019
    DACA Panel Discussion on November 5th, 2019

    This week, the Presidential Task Force on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) launched a new DACA resources webpage, including videos and frequently asked questions about the legal aspects of DACA, financial aid and resources available. The task force also convened a panel on November 5th to discuss what the forthcoming Supreme Court oral arguments about DACA could mean for "Dreamers" in our community.

  • Dr. Cassandra johnson


    Dr. Cassandra Johnson, an assistant professor in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences, participated in this year’s NIH Health Disparities Research Institute, which supports research scientists exploring issues of minority health and health disparities. 


    Link to Dr. Johnson's Research

  • Visiting Professors from Brazil, Dr. Ludmila Ribeiro & Dr. Alexandre Diniz
    Visiting Professors from Brazil, Dr. Ludmila Ribeiro & Dr. Alexandre Diniz

    The School of Criminal Justice welcomes two visiting scholars from Brazil in the Fall of 2019, Dr. Ludmila Ribeiro and Dr. Alexandre Diniz. During recent Study Abroad trips, several criminal justice faculty and 16 criminal justice undergraduate and graduate students have built alliances with professors and researchers in Belo Horizonte, including Drs. Ribeiro and Diniz.


    Ludmila Ribeiro was recently awarded a Brazilian Ministry of Education Scholarship, allowing her to visit Texas State. In Brazil, she is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and a researcher in the Center for Studies on Criminality and Public Safety, both at the Federal University of Minas Gerais. Before joining the University in 2012, she was the Coordinator of the School of Social Science at the Getulio Vargas Foundation and visiting scholar at the University of Groningen. She has a Ph.D. in Sociology, a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Public Administration, and a Bachelor’s degree in Law. During her career, she has coordinated several research projects about how the criminal justice system operates in Brazil. Her current research interests are focused on the factors influencing the length of time of homicide trials, efficacy of custody hearings, and management of the prison system.  While at Texas State, she is studying plea bargaining in the U.S., which will soon be introduced into Brazil courts.


    Alexandre Diniz holds a Bachelor’s degree in Advertisement from the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais (PUCMinas), a Master´s in Geography from Kansas State University (K-State), a Ph.D. in Geography from Arizona State University (ASU) and a Pos-Doc in Geography from McGill. He has held academic positions at the Federal University of Roraima (UFRR) and Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG). He was a visiting researcher at the Université de Lille (France) and Curtin University (Australia). Presently, he is a professor in the Geography Department of the Catholic University of Minas Gerais (PUCMinas), where he has developed several research projects on the geography of crime.

  • Texas is known worldwide as the home of cowboys and cattle ranching, but the iconic Western industry is on the verge of a high-tech upgrade.  

    Elizabeth Benavides, an assistant professor in the Department of Agriculture at Texas State University, is working with Reap, a startup focused on solutions for sustainable agriculture to develop Roper, a precision herd management technology that uses solar-powered ear tags with GPS to track livestock. The technology also allows for remote monitoring of the tagged animals' health.

    "The Roper technology will give cattle producers access to location and health records of their animals in real-time, while they are out on the range," Benavides said. "This will allow producers the ability to make strategic production decisions without the added labor of bringing all animals to a centralized location. Additional benefits include the ability to track animals remotely, which could help mitigate animal loss to predators."

    The Roper tags run on a long-range (3-plus mile) communications network, far exceeding the range of current cattle wearables. Roper provides researchers and producers with the unique ability to maximize livestock fertility and nutrition, sustainably manage grazing and pinpoint animals that are sick or distressed. 

    At Texas State, the Roper system will be used to collect geospatial in situ data, enabling new research into early-warning disease and fertility management, predator effects on productivity and the ecological benefit of rotational grazing. Roper will also be evaluated as a science-based decision support tool to help small producers save time and money while improving production efficiency.

    Roper was one of three projects selected by the New Ventures competition, co-sponsored by the Materials and Applications Research Center (MARC), National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) and Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Park, to receive research space in the STAR One building at STAR Park and a $20,000 prize. Reap is also among 74 early-stage startups accepted into the 2019 MassChallenge Texas in Austin accelerator program. The accelerator culminates in October 2019 at the MassChallenge Texas in Austin Awards Ceremony, where Reap will compete for half a million dollars in equity-free cash prizes.

    For more information, visit

    Roper Tag Technology photos

  • Healthy Start for All Texas Children

    A Texas State University nutrition researcher is working on innovative ways to make sure all Texas children have a chance to thrive.

    While we know that eating healthy — more veggies, less sugar — is great for combating things like childhood obesity and diabetes, there may be other positive outcomes to improving children’s nutrition, says Lesli Biediger-Friedman, associate professor in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences at Texas State.

    “One of the things we’re looking at is how proper nutrition impacts things like the development of healthy behaviors and getting children kindergarten ready,” she said. 

    Biediger-Friedman works closely with San Marcos area Head Start and preschools, public health workers, and parents to determine how big of a role nutrition plays in early childhood development and to get families to be more proactive about their food choices.

    Education is only part of the challenge, however. In lower-income families or rural populations, simply finding convenient, affordable healthy food options can be difficult.

    Click here to read the rest of the story.

  • Bataan Death MarchOn March 17, six members of the Texas State University Army ROTC participated in the 30th Annual Battan Memorial Death March through the desert surrounding the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.

    The annual event commemorates the 1942 Battan Death March during World War II when 60,000-80,000 American and Filipino prisoners of war were forced by their Imperial Japanese Army captors to march more than 60 miles through the Philippine jungles, facing extreme hardships. Thousands died from rough conditions, mistreatment or execution, while many perished in prisoner camps. Still, others were killed while being transported on unmarked ships that were attacked by U.S. forces.

    Click here for the rest of the story.

  • Three Texas State University students in the College of Applied Arts have been named U.S. Department of Agriculture Caminos Fellows for 2019. 

    Armando Olivas, Kasandra Perez and Megan Zamora were named Caminos Fellows for their performance in the Caminos Thesis Competition in Food and Agricultural Sciences. The American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) in partnership with Texas State, promotes the annual Caminos Thesis Competition. Competitors' theses are evaluated based on depth of research analysis, methodology and relativity to current global issues.

    (Click here to read full press release)


  • Patterson’s actions, outlined in the complaint, before the mayhem at the Closs residence were not typical of most killers, said Kim Rossmo, director of the Center for Geospatial Intelligence and Investigation in the Department of Criminal Justice at Texas State University.

    “I think one of the unusual aspects was the fact that he didn’t kill his victim within 24 hours. That’s pretty standard,” said Rossmo, the former detective inspector in charge of the Vancouver Police Department's Geographic Profiling Section.

    Rossmo also noted that while authorities say Patterson plotted the crime, he changed course as circumstances arose.

    (Click here to see trial video and read full article)

  • Pverty simulation


    Coordinated by Ms. Tanya Rollins and Dr. Angela Ausbrooks, from the School of Social Work


    The School of Social Work is hosting a poverty simulation – Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS)—on Saturday, September 22, 2018, 1-5pm, Texas State University (San Marcos campus), LBJ Student Center Ballroom. The Poverty Simulation provides participants with an opportunity to assume the role of a low-income family member living on a limited budget. The experience is divided into four 15-minute sessions that represent one week each (total of 4 weeks) in which participants must provide for their family and maintain their home.

    Could you survive a month in poverty?

    Forty-three million Americans, 15 million of whom are children under the age of 18, live in poverty every day. Many more people in America have incomes above the poverty line, but are still low enough to make them eligible for Food Stamps and Medicaid. Recent economic reports indicate continued unemployment rates which result in the use of emergency food pantries.

    It is difficult for those of us who have enough to truly understand the situations that families living in poverty experience every day - the decisions they have to make, and the fears and frustrations they feel. That is why we are inviting you to walk a mile in the shoes of those facing poverty by participating in the Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS).  As one participant commented, "This poverty simulation dramatically demonstrates how much time and energy many families have to give just to survive from day to day. It quickly dispels the myth "that people would do fine if they would only go out and get a job!"

    Please RSVP by 9/17/2018 by sending an email to

    We look forward to your participation!

  • Father Gregory Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, CAThe School of Social Work and University Lecturers Series are excited to welcome Gregory Boyle to Texas State University.
    Tuesday, September 18, 2018
    Evans Auditorium
    7 p.m.
    University Events Calendar
    Gregory Boyle is the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, California, the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world.
    A Jesuit priest, Father Boyle served as pastor of Dolores Mission Church (1986 to 1992), then the poorest Catholic parish in Los Angeles, which also had the highest concentration of gang activity in the city.
    Father Boyle witnessed the devastating impact of gang violence on his community during the so-called “decade of death” that began in Los Angeles in the late 1980s and peaked at 1,000 gang-related killings in 1992.  In the face of law enforcement tactics and criminal justice policies of suppression and mass incarceration as the means to end gang violence, Father Boyle and parish and community members adopted what was a radical approach at the time: treat gang members as human beings.
    In 1988 they started what would eventually become Homeboy Industries, which employs and trains former gang members in a range of social enterprises, as well as provides critical services to thousands of men and women who walk through its doors every year seeking a better life.
    Father Boyle is the author of the 2010 New York Times-bestseller Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion.  His 2017 book is the Los Angeles Times-bestseller Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship.
    This event is part of the 2018-19 Common Experience theme on innovation.
    Seating at Evans Auditorium will be first-come, first-served.  If you require accommodations due to a disability in order to participate, please contact 512.245.3579 at least 72 hours in advance of the event.
    For more information, contact Lea Velez ( in the School of Social Work or Common Experience director Twister Marquiss ( or 512.245.3579).

  • Texas State, Price Center partner for exercise study of seniors

    Posted by Jayme Blaschke
    Office of Media Relations
    July 9, 2018

    SAN MARCOS – Texas State University and The Price Center in San Marcos have partnered for “Connect Across Generations,” an exercise study for seniors that will examine the health impact of yoga or Tai Chi participation.

    Beginning in September, individuals 65 years or older will be recruited to attend either a Tai Chi or chair yoga class once a week during an 8-week period. At the end of the period, a focus group interview will be conducted to assess the effectiveness of the program.

    "A high priority for health research is maintaining the health of our aging society to minimize healthcare costs and allow seniors to continue to be active and productive with a high quality of life," said Walter Horton, associate vice president for research and federal relations, and chief research officer.

    Some program participants will be paired with a Texas State student participant between 18 and 25 years of age, who will attend the same exercise class as her or his “buddy.” Before and after the 8-week period, study participants will complete a paper-based survey questionnaire. Participants will be fully compensated for their once-a-week classes during the period, and upon completion of the two surveys and the focus group interview, each participant will also receive a $50 gift card.

    The study will be overseen by Eun Hae Grace Kim, assistant professor in the School of Social Work, with Kyong Hee Chee, associate professor in the Department of Sociology, serving as co-investigator. Clay DeStefano, executive director of The Price Center, Anna Broome of SMTX Yoga and Brenda Bell of Tiger Lady Tai Chi will collaborate with the research team.

    Research has shown that drop-out rates among participants in community-based exercise programs tend to be high among older adults, and this is generally attributable to a lack of social support for them. Kim and Chee have designed an intergenerational exercise buddy program embedded in existing Tai Chi and chair yoga classes at The Price Center. The Texas State researchers will evaluate various effects of the intergenerational program on participants, including their well-being.

    To learn more or register for the study, contact Chee at (512) 245-4760 or via email at For more information other Price Center activities, call (512) 392-2900 or visit

    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 188,000-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.


  • Posted by Jayme Blaschke
    Office of Media Relations
    June 20, 2018

    SAN MARCOS – The Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC) at Texas State University has partnered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to host the Texas Youth Preparedness Camp June 17-21.

    The Texas Youth Preparedness Camp is designed to increase emergency preparedness in Texas communities by providing youth with emergency response, action planning and leadership skills that enhance their capacity to assist local communities in creating a culture of preparedness. This year’s camp brought in representatives from six different states including Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Washington as well as five teams from across Texas.

    The Youth Preparedness Camp is designed and delivered using a youth-led, adult assisted process that allows students to be the decision makers with adults acting in a supportive role. Throughout the week, students and their sponsors received the full 20-hour Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) basic training, developed a community action plan and acquired the leadership skills to address emergency preparedness when they return home by implementing their action plan.

    learn more about TxSSC and the Texas Youth Preparedness Camp, visit the website at

    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 188,000-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.

    REPOSTED FROM: Texas State University June 2018 New Archive

  • 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

  • S. Aguirre
    Ms. Samantha Aguirre, M.S.C.J. alum

    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 Aguirre
    M.S.C.J., Criminal Justice
    Fulbright Program: English Teaching Assistant, Czech Republic
    Texas State Faculty Member: Dr. Donna Vandiver

    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.

    Bridge Project Represents

    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.
    For more on the winning CoSearch teams’ projects, go to:

  • Podcast on Minority Serving Institutions

    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?

    Click here to view the podcast via Facebook.

  • Dr. Chahin highlights his lived experiences
    Dr. Chahin highlights his lived experiences

    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.

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  • 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.