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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.
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    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.    View their research idea.
    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.

    Link to story line, here.

  • 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.