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CAA Newsletter Spring 2016
Fulbright Scholars
Three Associate Professors from the College of Applied Arts,   Dr. Peter B. Dedek, from the School of Family and Consumer Sciences, Dr. Christine L. Norton, from the School of Social Work,  and Dr. Omar S. Lopez, from the Department of Occupational, Workforce, and Leadership Studies (OWLS) received Fulbright  fellowships  to do International work. The Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries, and it is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. Congratulations to each of our esteemed professors.
Fulbright Scholars
Three Associate Professors from The College of Applied Arts ,   Christine Norton Social Work,  Peter Dedek  FCS and Omar Lopez OWLS   receive Fulbright  fellowships  to do International work.
Aerospace Studies (AFROTC)
On Sunday, 7 Feb, the Arnold Air Society (AAS) student organization executed a San Marcos River cleanup event.  They rented kayaks and Cadet Pisana scuba dove to gather trash and help keep their campus clean.
The Air Force Association has always been a strong supporter of AFROTC programs nationwide, and the Alamo AFA Chapter is no exception. Recently, the strong relationship the Alamo AFA Chapter cultivated with AFROTC Detachment 840 at Texas State University has paid off in tangible ways. Two deserving Detachment 840 cadets received $2,000 and one received $1,000 in scholarships with the funds generated by the Alamo AFA Chapter-administered fall golf event.

Zachary Kurek, Criminal Justice,
Freshman (Received $1,000)

Jacob Pisana, Respiratory Care,
Sophomore (Received $2,000)

Osvaldo Herrera, Criminal Justice,
Junior (Received $2,000)
In February,  our Arnold Air Society student organization’s Cadet Commander, Cadet Steven Jayme (center above), paid for incentive flights for members who are interested in flying.  There were six members who participated in this event:
  • Cadet Jayme is a previous graduate/soloist of the Daedalians’ Cadet Flight Indoctrination Program and will attend pilot training upon graduation and commissioning this Spring.
Accomplishments and Accolades
  • Lt Col Fehrman: participated in the AFROTC-wide (across 135 AFROTC units) High School Scholarship Board with 15 other AFROTC detachment commanders to score applicants’ packages.  His panel scored 185 applicants.
  • On Tuesday, 9 Feb, Lt Col Fehrman and three cadets attended the AFA Chapter meeting in San Antonio.  There were numerous opportunities that that we were able realize from this meeting:
    • Cadet Tammy Garman, our previous semester Wing Commander and current Dining Out planner, marketed our upcoming Dining Out and received significant interest
    • Cadet Steven Jayme, our Arnold Air Society Commander and AFA Chapter Cadet of the Year nominee, secured another article opportunity in the AFA’s Defender Newsletter to cover cadets’ National Conclave (professional development conference) in Dallas next month. . .our local AFA Chapter donated $2K to offset cadets’ logistics costs of attending this conference.
    • Maj Carter will attend the local AFA Chapter’s awards luncheon on 16 March with Cadet Jayme, where we expect Cadet Jayme will be selected as their winner/nominee for the AFA Cadet of the year.
    • Lt Col Fehrman was able to secure one-year free AFA memberships for all of our seniors who will commission into the Air Force this Spring.
  • The AFROTC program awarded the Wright and Adamson Endowments to eligible and deserving cadets:
    • The Wright Endowment targets 2nd generation Americans in ROTC - $5,050 was awarded to Cadet Ruiz
    • The Adamson Endowment targets children of active or retired Air Force or Army in ROTC and in specified tech majors -- $12,500 was awarded to Cadet Goodwin, and $1,000 was awarded to Cadet Chenaille
Air Force ROTC has an extremely active/professional student organization -- the Arnold Air Society -- thanks largely due to our faculty’s involvement and our supercharged cadet squadron commander, Cadet Jayme.  It’s become a true Honor Society for our cadets. Here are some pics of their recent scuba diving event at the university.
Cadet Jayme started a monthly social with Arnold Air Society cadets from UT and UTSA. February's social occurred at UT, and the next one will occur at Texas State University.
Cadet Demetri Ruiz is the local Daughters of the American Revolution award winner.  He was selected for this award based on his superior GPA/fitness and leadership as the Mission Support Group CC in the Cadet Wing.  He attended their awards luncheon with Lt Col Fehrman on 18 Feb.  Further, he was our nominee to College of Applied Arts Undergraduate Outstanding Student award as a Criminal Justice major.
Department of Agriculture
Bobcat Blend Compost
Some folks have asked about our Bobcat Blend compost and spring sales.  We’re still producing compost made from the food scraps from the cafeterias and can load you up, but production, screening and, therefore, sales have been slower because our bobcat front-end loader is currently in the shop.  We would like to bail it out, but are trying to earn the needed funds.  The Bobcat Blend students put together a video and a gofundme page.  If you are interested in helping out with the fundraising, please visit:
Thank you a bunch for all you do to support our Horticulture programs.
Accomplishments and Accolades
Dr. Tina Cade:
  • Publication: Urban Horticulture, was published by CRC Press/Taylor & Francis group. Dr. Cade is an editor and chapter author.
  • Bobcat Blend was presented with the U.S. Composting Council's Compost Program of the Year Award. Kevin Walsh, graduate student in Agricultural Education, and Jason Sanders, alumnus of the Master's of Agricultural Education program, helped Dr. Cade receive the award and represented all of the undergraduate and graduate students who have given blood, sweat and tears to the Bobcat Blend program since 2009 when composting of food scraps began on campus.
  • Bloomberg Business Article: Kittens, Cacti, and a Blue Glow: The Science Behind a Perfectly Productive Cubicle
Dr. Selin Guney: Nomination for the American Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA) Outstanding Dissertation Award

Dr. Dexter Wakefield: Dr. Wakefield will be traveling with undergraduate and graduate students to the National Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) Conference in Jacksonville, Florida.  Students attending includes: Margarita Barco, Iran Brown, Beverly Clayton, Ammonia Conway, Elizabeth Gomez, Adrian Palestino, and Michael Reno Soto.

Kathryn Michelle Benavidez,  USDA fellow, USDA/ FATE recipient and a member of the MANNERS  student organization  at Texas State.  Ms. Benavidez was recently accepted to a PhD program at Indiana University. Not only was she accepted, she was also awarded a McNair Graduate Fellowship (Stipend, tuition, & health covered for 5 years) to support her participation in the PhD program.
Ag Student Opportunity: WinField Scholarship Program
WinField is keeping the tradition of the Careers in Agriculture Scholarship Program, by announcing the kick-off for this year's offering today. Scholarships worth $1,000 will be awarded to 10 high school seniors and 10 college students in their first or second year who demonstrate scholastic achievement, leadership in agriculture and a perceived ability to contribute to agriculture in the future. Click on the button below for details.
WinField Scholarship Application
School of Criminal Justice

Texas State
Criminology Professor Helps Uncover Identity of Elusive Street Artist Banksy

Monica Silva was named the Master’s Outstanding Graduate Student for the College of Applied Arts and Tyler Vaughn was named the Doctoral Outstanding Graduate Student for the College of Applied Arts. Congratulations to both!
Assistant professor, Lucia Summers, was recognized for a peer-reviewed publication in Spanish, which she co-authored with Spanish student (Pedro Campoy Torrente) whose master's thesis she co-chaired. The title of the article is "Los precipitadores situacionales del delito: Otra mirada a la interaccion persona-ambiente" ("Situational precipitators of crime: Another look at human-environment interaction").

This was published as part of a research network they set up together with three other Spanish scholars (including Pedro) back in 2014, to promote environmental criminology research among Spanish-speaking scholars and make this field more accessible to those not fluent in English. Pedro was completing his master's in criminology at the Universidad de Castilla La Mancha in Spain.

Dr. Lucia Summers, assistant professor in the School of Criminal Justice, was the keynote speaker at 2015 IMPACT conference organized by the Loss Prevention Research Council at the University of Florida, in Gainesville, FL. The title of presentation was "Affecting Offender Decisions.", there were approximately 200-250 people attendance. The talk and event were later featured in Loss prevention professional magazine. 
Accomplishments and Accolades

Dr. Mitchell B. Chamblin: Chamlin, Mitchell B. (forthcoming) An interrupted time series analysis of the differential impact of New Jersey's BAC legislation on driver and passenger crash fatalities. Article will be published in the Journal of Crime & Justice.

Dr. Donna Vandiver
: Co-authored two publications with our doctoral students in the past week. They are available online already (ahead of print). These came out of the “research project” these students worked on while they were in my Quantitative Methods course.
  • Cunningham, S.  & Vandiver, D. M. (2016) “Solo and multi-offenders who commit stranger kidnapping: An assessment of factors that correlate with violent events.”  Journal of Interpersonal Violence.
  • Lisa Bell Holleran (Criminal justice Ph.D. student) and Donna M. Vandiver (Associate Professor in Criminal Justice) co-authored, "U.S. Homicides: Multi-Offenders and the Presence of Female Offenders" in Violence & Gender.
Dr. J. Pete Blair, professor in the School of Criminal Justice, executive director for Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training at Texas State University, which teaches police how to respond to active shooters, says Columbine sounded a "wake-up call." (click below to read more)
Dr. Marcus Felson, Professor in the School of Criminal Justice was invited to present up to ten presentations in Sweden, Australia, and New Zealand this Summer with Griffith University on Reducing Crime at Minimal Cost among other topics on Insights and Innovations in Crime Prevention Programs.
Dr. Lucia Summers was recently recognized for a peer-reviewed article co-authored with Dr. Kim Rossmo, professor and Endowed Chair (also from GII). The title of the article is "El perfil geografico en la investigacion criminal" ("Geographic profiling in criminal investigations").

This was published as part of a research network they set up together with three other Spanish scholars (including Pedro) back in 2014, to promote environmental criminology research among Spanish-speaking scholars and make this field more accessible to those not fluent in English.

Department of Criminal Justice Hosts 2016 Hostage Negotiation Competition

The Department of Criminal Justice at Texas State University hosted more than 200 officers representing law enforcement agencies from across Texas and the United States during the 26th Annual Hostage Negotiation Training and Competition January 12-14.

A special guest speaker, Andrew Brown from Police Scotland, will present a seminar on negotiations with terrorists organizations based in the Middle East.

Click here to read more

School of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS)
Runner Up, Award for Excellence in Online Teaching
Ms. Hannah Thornton has been teaching in the Nutrition and Foods Program in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences for four years. Ms. Thornton teaches both introductory and advanced nutrition courses, and she is being recognized for her online course, NUTR 3362: Nutrition and Health.
Accomplishments and Accolades
Dr.s BJ Friedman and Sylvia Crixell and Britta Moore (Masters student):  Britta Moore's thesis research was published in the Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal, Journal Article Published: "Usability of the Self-Mini Nutritional Assessment (Self-MNA) among home-delivered meal recipients in Texas."

Corey Jackson and Brittany Markides (MS students of Drs. Lane and Crixell, respectively): Selected to compete in Emerging Leaders in Nutrition poster contest at Experimental Biology 2016 conference to take place in San Diego, CA.

Our Fashion Merchandising students had an educational and exciting experience in NY at the National Retail Federation (NRF) Big Show Student Program. 12 students from our program attended the conference and attended many great sessions including Keynote speech by Mindy Grossman, CEO, HSN. We visited several companies including Orion, Giggle, and Jack Rogers which will be hosting several internships for our students in the summer.

In addition, our students interviewed with several companies including, Wal-Mart, Nordstrom, Crate & Barrel, and many more. We enjoyed the Educator meeting where we discussed new trends in recruiting and listened to a presentation on current trends in retail which will help us update our classes this semester.

Several of the students attended this event on a travel scholarship from National Retail Federation and Kohl's. These students included:
Christy Rodriguez
Itzel Becerra
Kasandra Arteaga
Emily Willis
Dr. Sylvia Crixell and Brittany Markides (student): Abstract submitted to the Experimental Biology Conference for April 2016 was selected for the Emerging Leader in Nutrition Science Poster Competition Presentation by the American Society of Nutrition.


Ms. Hallie M. Nix and Dr. Ramona Salcedo Price, assistant professor of Human Nutrition in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences were awarded a Student Undergraduate Research Fund (SURF) grant towards their project: THE EFFECT OF OBESITY ON THE PROGRESSION OF NONALCOHOLIC FATTY LIVER DISEASE AND NUTRITIONAL INTERVENTION. The Undergraduate Research Program invites proposals from Texas State undergraduates for independent creative research projects. This initiative, developed by the Honors College and the Office of the Provost's AVP for Research and Federal Relations, is administered by the Research and Fellowship Office of the Honors College. SURF offers funding opportunities to enhance undergraduate education through independent research.
Department of Occupational, Workforce, and Leadership Studies (OWLS)
Carrie Boden-McGill, professor in the Department of Occupational, Workforce, and Leadership Studies, is co-author of Enhancing Writing Skills, an anthology that provides published and aspiring writers resources for sustaining, enhancing and evaluating their writing skills. The chapter themes focus on genre-based writing, creativity in writing, mechanics of writing, academic writing, and writing as a business. Enhancing writing skills is beneficial to diverse writers as it impacts the community, working, and educational environments.
(Above left) Dr. Lopez, recently attended the 2016 Round Rock Youth in STEAM Conference at Round Rock High School. Shown with Dr. Lopez is Peggy Mica, Round Rock ISD Coordinator, Career & Technical Education, and an OWLS student in the MEd Management of Technical Education program.

(Above right) Dr. Lopez, was one of three judges for the second year on the Austin Better Business Bureau’s BBB Torch Awards for Ethics. Presenting a certificate of appreciation to Dr. López for serving as a judge is Carrie A. Hurt, President and CEO of the Austin BBB, and a Texas State recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award and a Stelos Award for outstanding leadership.

Dr. Omar Lopez, associate professor in the Department of Occupational, Workforce, and Leadership Studies has been recommended for the Fulbright Specialist Roster.

Fulbright Specialist Roster
Award Letter

School of Social Work

2016-17 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Recipient

Congratulations to Dr. Christine L. Norton, associate professor in the School of Social Work, who has been awarded a 2016-17 Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant. This is a very competitive award and a great honor and opportunity for Dr. Norton, who will be in Taiwan in the Spring 2017 semester for this project. The core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program provides approximately 800 teaching and/or research grants to U.S. faculty and experienced professionals in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. In addition to several new program models designed to meet the changing needs of U.S. academics and professionals, Fulbright is offering more opportunities for flexible, multi-country grants.

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program

Accomplishments and Accolades

Dr. Christine L. Norton
  • National Research Presentation: Santa, J., Gass, M., Petree, M., Tucker, A., Hall, J., Mills, L., & Norton, C.L. (2016, February 10). The NATSAP Research Designation Program: Questions and Answers about NATSAP’s newest initiative. Presented at the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) Conference, La Jolla, California.
  • Peer-reviewed article published: Liermann, K., & Norton, C.L. (2016). Positive relationship outcomes between parents and adolescent children following a therapeutic wilderness program for struggling teens. Contemporary Family Therapy: An International Journal.

Spring 2016 Commencement

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, May 12, 13, and 14, 2016

Strahan Coliseum

Saturday, May 14, 2016, 2:00 p.m.

College of Applied Arts

The Graduate College
(click here for Commencement Ceremony details)

May 2016 Hooding Ceremony

This ceremony recognizes scholarly achievement, research and academic rigor. This intimate setting provides closure to a milestone in students' lives amidst their faculty, family and friends.

Evans Auditorium
Thursday, May 12, 6 pm
Candidates please RSVP by submitting your Participation Form (click button below) by noon on
Monday, April 25, 2016.

Hooding Ceremony Participation Form

College of Applied Arts Newsfeed

The CAA recognizes and celebrates the collaborative and innovative research endeavors of its faculty and graduate student body.

Submissions for the Summer 2016 semester are currently being accepted through our NEW CAA Newsfeed link. What is submitted is precisely what will be added to the newsletter. The new format has the option for recipients to subscribe to the newsletter, and/or share it. The CAA Newsfeed link is always available on the front page of the CAA website. Click below to submit you next research accomplishment, printed publication, conference presentation, etc.

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