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CAA Newsletter Fall 2016
Aerospace Studies (AFROTC)
Ms. Veteran America visits
Texas State University

If you ask most veterans or military personnel if they knew that Ms. Veteran America existed, you’d likely get a resounding “no.” However, this past October, 25 finalists were selected among 120 contestants for this title at the competition for it in Washington DC. This competition benefits the Final Salute, Inc. nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide housing for homeless female veterans and their children.

Ms. Molly Mae Potter was selected as Ms. Veteran America at this competition, and she’s already become an inspiration for college students who are a part of the AFROTC-associated Arnold Air Society (AAS) and Silver Wings (SW) student organizations at Texas State University. Ms. Potter was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) following an explosion that occurred when she was deployed as an Air Force flight test engineer to Afghanistan in 2010. Both her military experiences and performance at the Ms. Veteran America competition were recently highlighted in the Air Force Association’s Air Force magazine.

The students in the AAS and SW organizations at Texas State University hosted her on Tuesday, 6 Dec 2016, and were motivated by candid discussions with her on her resilient struggle with PTSD. They went away from the event with a little deeper understanding of some of the issues that many of our veterans contend with and were humbled by her willingness to come to interact with them at Texas State University.

Whitney Abshier (Arnold Air Society), Ms. Molly Mae Potter, Emily Dunn (Silver Wings)
We recently hosted Ms. Veteran America. It turned out to be an inspirational visit for our students who are in our AFROTC-affiliated student organizations, the Arnold Air Society and Silver Wings.

Thursday, 1 Sep, a representative from the local Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)  awarded one of our cadets (Cadet Herrera, Cadet Wg/CC) a $1,200 scholarship.
Our cadets played a huge part in activities for the Texas State football game against both the University of Houston on Sat, 24 Sep, and Incarnate Word this past September.  They participated in the Bobcat Roundup, Color Guard and Push Up Squad (only 3 pushups needed against University of Houston. . .score was 64 to 3!)
Accomplishments and Accolades
  • We are proud to have Cadet Bomersbach as the only female of 8 total cadets selected for Air Liaison Officer Phase II training AFROTC-wide this semester.  Further, she’s only one of the two females out of 40 people selected Air Force wide from AFROTC, the Air Force Academy and active duty for this opportunity.  This is the next step in her hopes of being selected for this elite career field. The Air Liaison career field just opened up for females within the last few years, and in 2015 only two out of 173 members in the career field were female. She’s been working hard at improving her physical abilities in preparation for this rigorous training that will occur at Camp Bullis from 25 Sep – 1 Oct.
  • In September, we handed out $1,200 Texas State stipends/scholarships to three of our non-AFROTC scholarship recipient cadets for their superior performance last semester.  Two were for Term 4.0s and one was for the male who most improved his fitness scores. I am very grateful to Texas State University in allowing me the opportunity to provide these tangible awards to deserving cadets each year.
  • On Wed, 28 Sep, 21 junior/senior Woodland High School AFJROTC cadets came to visit. Great job by Major Casey Anderson and our recruiting team in making this happen to promote Texas State University and AFROTC.
  • On Friday, 30 Sep, our Recruiting Team visited Canyon HS in New Braunfels.  They spoke with several students who are interested in coming to Texas State University and some who are planning on joining AFROTC.
  • A prior cadet who is still motivated to support the Air Force and AFROTC is starting a Silver Wings unit here at Texas State University. Silver Wings is a sister service organization to the Arnold Air Society (cadet-only student org).  It’s composed of civilian students who want to support the Air Force/military and participate in some events put on by the Arnold Air Society. She already has eight individuals who are going to be a part of Silver Wings, and we are working through the details of sponsoring/initiating this student organization with the university. Faculty member Casey Anderson is our student org liaison and is fully engaged/aware of their planning efforts.
Texas State University Air Force ROTC
Senior Leader Enlisted Commissioning Program (SLECP) Student
Air Force ROTC Detachment 840 at Texas State University is proud to have SSgt Jason Cathey as part of their team.  SSgt Cathey is special – he’s an active duty Air Force Airman who is attending Texas State University with all expenses paid under the new and extremely competitive Senior Leadership Enlisted Commissioning Program (SLECP).  The SLECP program began last year and provides a mechanism for designated Air Force senior leaders to direct-select exceptional performing enlisted Airmen for commissioning.  Those selected must complete their bachelor’s degree in three years and then attend Officer Training School (OTS) before commissioning into the Air Force as an officer.
This program allows 16 of the highest-level Air Force leaders to select one enlisted person per year for this opportunity.  SSgt Cathey won his nomination from Gen Robin Rand, Commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, for factors of outstanding performance as an Airman, demonstrated leadership potential and for exemplifying the Air Force’s Core Values.  He chose to take advantage of this opportunity at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX.

SSgt Cathey is fully immersed in his new job of being a college student, but also volunteers in augmenting the AFROTC Detachment 840 staff in mentoring their cadets.  He’s on track to graduate in Spring 2019 with a degree in Business Administration.  Afterwards, he’ll attend OTS and commission into the Air Force with hopes of becoming a fighter pilot.
Texas State University Air Force ROTC
Cadet Emily Bomersbach
Phase II of Air Liaison Officer (ALO) Candidate Process
The Air Force created the Air Liaison Officer (ALO) career field to ensure seamless coordination between other branches of our armed forces for optimal use of airpower.  ALOs are imbedded with Army and Marine units to direct air and artillery strikes from ground locations.  Their training and work is physically, mentally and technically intense in order to operate alongside some of the military’s most elite special operations teams.  In 2015, only two out of 173 members in the career field were female.
This month, Texas State Air Force ROTC Cadet Emily Bomersbach was notified of her selection to the second phase of the candidate process.  This is significant as she was the only female out of the eight ROTC candidates selected nation-wide for this phase of training.  Also, she was one of only two females out of the forty total candidates Air Force-wide including those from ROTC, the Air Force Academy and active-duty Air Force.  Detachment 840 is proud of Emily and wishes her the best of luck in this next phase of training from 25 Sep – 1 Oct 2016 at Camp Bullis, Texas.
The funeral for Colonel William Reese was held on Thursday, 15 Sep, in San Antonio. Colonel Reese was a previous Texas State AFROTC commander from 1983-1985, he was admired by his cadets even as they went through the Air Force and are either now retired or senior officers. Senior-ranking officers that were honed under his tutelage include Major General Giovanni Tuck, Major General Kelley, Brigadier General Robert LaBrutta and Brigadier General Jon Michel.
Department of Agriculture
The MANRRS club at Texas State University.
(YouTube video, check it out!)
Accomplishments and Accolades
  • Holly Ratcliff, undergraduate student was published in the Undergraduate Research Journal from this past spring semester.  Attached is the journal & her article’s title is: “Too Much Water Hast Thou, Poor Ophelia”: An Object-Oriented Reading Of Hamlet”
USDA Announces $8.4 Million to Support Minority and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers

Texas State Proudly Announces
Career Preparations Institute

The American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, Inc. (AAHHE) in partnership with Texas State University is pleased to announce the Career Preparation Institute and the Caminos Thesis Competition in Food and Agricultural Sciences. The Institute and Competition are made possible thanks to a grant ($275,00) provided by the United Stated Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

The Career Preparation Institute is open to any Hispanic individual (must be a U.S. Citizen or a resident of the U.S.) working on a Masters degree in Food and Agricultural Sciences.

Military Sciences (AROTC)
Texas State Army ROTC had five cadets participating in the Army 10-Mile Run on 8-9 Oct 16. Although the weather was colder than what the cadets were used to, they all completed the run as a Bobcat should. The cadets that represented Texas State were Cadets Nardone, Horton, Adams, Casarez, and David. Upon completion of the run, the cadets took in some sightseeing of D.C.s popular tourist sights.
LTC Garcia, CDT Garcia, and CDT Puentes supported the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities Conference in San Antonio, Texas.  LTC Garcia served as a member of the Federal Panel and CDT Puentes and Garcia assisted LTC Garcia during the Leadership Workshop.
As part of the upcoming Veterans Day activities, the James Bowie Elementary School invited veterans from the Texas State Army ROTC program; LTC Garcia, MAJ Douglas, CPT Moore, and MSG Hansen to conduct a Q&A session with the 4th and 5th grader students.
As part of the upcoming Veterans Day activities, the James Bowie Elementary School invited veterans from the Texas State Army ROTC program; LTC Garcia, MAJ Douglas, CPT Moore, and MSG Hansen to conduct a Q&A session with the 4th and 5th grader students.
Accomplishments and Accolades

Command initiatives by Line of Effort:
Recruit and Access
  • MAJ Douglas, CDT Johnson (MS II), CDT Lovato (MSIII) and CDT Notzon (MS IV) participated in the BobCat Day on 15 Oct 16.  We saw over 3,419 student and guests and acquired 3 solid leads.
  • We welcomed SSG Candice Wade as our newly assigned AGR on campus recruiter.  Besides educating our cadets on USAR/NG opportunities, she will also assist with height, weight, and taping after our APFTs.             
  • LTC Garcia and MAJ Douglas met with a campus Marketing and Advertising Student who is working with McCann Erickson to advertise and promote the Texas State Army ROTC program.
Texas State University had their Veterans Day ceremony in the afternoon, and our cadets provided a joint color guard and usher duty. BG/Dr.(ret) Locker was the guest speaker.  He is a Texas State Distinguished alumn who culminated his AF career as a commander of a medical group at Keesler AFB, MS.
School of Criminal Justice
Drs. Donna Vandiver and Mark Stafford with co-author, Dr. Jeremy Braithwaite (University of California-Irvine) have written a textbook, Sex Crimes and Sex Offenders, Research and Realities, due to be published December, 2016. The textbook provides an overview of social scientific theory and research on sex crimes and sex offenders. Most other books on the market are focused on a single issue—such as treatment, rape, pedophilia, theory, etc. This book is unique in that it covers the most current theory and research along with individual cases of sex crimes (e.g., Kobe Bryant, Jerry Sandusky, and other case studies), effectively linking theory and research with the realities of sex crimes and sex offenders as well as their victims. Vandiver, Braithwaite, and Stafford are careful to dispel myths and to focus on the heterogeneity of sex crimes and sex offenders, and not on any one issue or population or theory. Instead, they weave a framework using a full range of theoretical concepts and research data to integrate their discussions of crimes, offenders, victims, treatments, and policy implications. The result is a valuable resource for students and early-stage researchers investigating sex crimes or offenders.
The School of Criminal Justice
congratulates the following doctoral students who successfully defended dissertations this Fall.

Lisa L. Bell Holleran
DISSERTATION TITLE: “Future Dangerousness in Texas Death Penalty: A Content Analysis”
Lynn M. Greenwood
DISSERTATION TITLE: “An Exploratory Study of Juvenile Probation Officer Job Stress and Stress Related Outcomes.”
Joseph M. McKenna
DISSERTATION TITLE: “Examining the Use of Full-Time Police in Schools: How Roles and Training May Impact Responses to Misconduct”
Dittita Tititampruk
DISSERTATION TITLE: “Offender’s Decision Making: An Assessment of Convicted Burglars in Thailand”
Accomplishments and Accolades
  • Dr. Scott W. Bowman, Associate Professor and Masters Program Coordinator, along with Dr. Howard Williams, were quoted in an article on Texas police shootings.
On October 21st, Dr. Wayman Mullins received the Negotiator of the Year Award by the the National Tactical Officers Association, at their annual Negotiator Division annual conference for his contributions and service to the field.  Also, the same week, he was received an Honorary Life Membership from the Texas Association of Hostage Negotiators at their annual conference in San Antonio for his contributions to the field of hostage/crisis negotiations.
School of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS)
Dr. Yuni Kang, Associate Professor, of Fashion Merchandising, received the 2016 “Rising Star” award for research, and also a “paper of distinction” award with one of our MCS graduate students. from ITAA. ITAA is the top international organization for fashion and apparel.
Department of Occupational, Workforce, and Leadership Studies (OWLS)
Accolades and Accomplishments
  •  Shetay N. Ashford, Ph.D., Assistant Professor previously published article was placed in a special issue of NSF-funded ITEST projects: Stories from ITEST: Inspiring Young People to Pursue STEM Careers.
  • Dr. Carrie Boden-McGill, Professor was recognized as “Favorite Professor” by the Alpha Chi National Honor Society.  Also, OWLS students Sandra Brooks and Michael Knox (and former OWL Autumn Guel) were inducted. 
  • Dr. Catherine A. Cherrstrom, Assistant Professor, Dr. Carrie Boden-McGill, Professor and John Bixby, master's student and OWLS GRA. "Need Tech?: Technology Tools for Adult Educators to Enhance Teaching, Training, and Learning" was presented at the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education Conference in Albuquerque, NM.
  • Dr. Todd Sherron, Coordinator of Prior Learning Assessment, and Dr. Carrie Boden-McGill, Professor, presented "A Comparative Analysis of Prior Learning Assessment Programs" (roundtable) at the 35th Annual Research-to-Practice (R2P) in Adult and Higher Education Conference in Albuquerque, NM.
  • Dr. Omar S. Lopez, Associate Professor, made presentations on the accounting profession to two McNeil High School classes enrolled in Accounting, a Career and Technical Education (CTE) course. Using the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) profile on the accountant professional, he organized the students into teams and engaged them in a Jeopardy-game format. The team with the most correct answers received Texas State t-shirts. Dr. Lopez then discussed Texas State’s Accounting program, and the process for applying to college. He closed his presentation with an overview of how to earn college credits through the College Board’s CLEP program while still enrolled in high school. Dr. Lopez also serves the high school as a judge for students competing in the CTE Entrepreneurship course.
  • Dr. Omar S. Lopez, Associate Professor, completed the Online Learning Consortium’s Blended Learning Mastery Series, a nine-week online training program focused on the research, teaching and assessment of courses which blend face-to-face and online activities into one course experience. Through a series of workshops, Dr. Lopez explored relevant research, practices, and technology to redesign OCED 4360 BAAS Capstone course to plan for and maximize online and in-class learning, and to create a positive learning experience of connectedness among students as well as between students and instructor. A pilot of the new course design is planned for spring 2017.
  • Dr. Omar S. Lopez, Associate Professor, presentation titled "Beating the High Cost of Completing College: Strategies and Options" was hosted by the Texas State Faculty Speaker Series on Monday, October 3 at the Round Rock Campus. In his presentation, he highlighted various pathways for earning credits toward an affordable college degree. Participants also learned how these pathways differ in terms of cost and time toward on-time graduation, and how they can activate these pathways within their own context (e.g., public school, college, workplace, military, etc.).
  • Dr. Omar S. López, Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational, Workforce, and Leadership Studies (OWLS) completed the 2016 program: Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL), a leadership development program sponsored by the Online Learning Consortium and Penn State University. The five-month program spanned July through November, including a week-long immersion experience. IELOL was cohort-based, requiring the fifty participants to engage in a variety of individual, group and team projects, including a team-based case study. The blended program explored aspects of personal, local and global leadership challenges in online learning. Participants also interacted with national and international leaders in the fields of higher and online education. The program culminated with the IELOL Masters Class at the annual Online Learning Consortium conference in November. Dr. López’ project focused on developing a working-model for college completion within the context of competency-based education in workplace settings.
Graduate Student Accolades and Accomplishments
  •  The Outstanding Interdisciplinary Research award for Fall 2016 goes to Mr. Shawn Bryan, a graduate student in our Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies.
    Shawn’s study, Saudi Student Preferred Teaching Methods of American Transnational Instructors, investigated Saudi student preferred teaching methods of American transnational instructors in a technical education program. This qualitative case study collected experiences of Royal Saudi Air Force cadets enrolled in aviation apprenticeships. As Saudi Arabia moves toward a knowledge-based economy, effective teaching methods of transnational instructors ensure more Saudis enter the workforce with the skills needed to achieve a global model of excellence on all forefronts.  His study is under review for publication in a peer-review journal.
    Congratulations, Shawn, on this recognition!
School of Social Work

Accomplishments and Accolades

  • Assistant  Professor  Montezuma  Garcia receives Robert Wood Foundation  invitation as an emerging researcher.
  • Dr. Rose Pulliam, Assistant Professor and her Social Work students traveled to Ghana to apply social work learning objectives to meet community needs.  Upon arrival in Ghana they visited potential service learning sites to determine needs that they would be able to address.  They decided to work with the students and teachers at Paulina’s Queensland School in Agbogloshie slum, spending time engaging with the students, faculty, and administration.  They purchased supplies to stop the nursery from being flooded when it rains.  Also, they began a library for teaching and learning with the little ones. Dr. Pulliam presented at the first Service-Learning Fellow Excellence program in September.
  • Ms. Velez, Senior Clinical Lecturer, BSW Program Director, and her Social Work students partnered with Mariposa Retirement Community as part of an intergenerational, mutually beneficial experience of student and elder working together to build a greater sense of community.  Students and elders were partnered together based on common interests and spent one day per week together for eight weeks sharing tips about technology, books of interest, life lessons, and musical interests.  Students were able to experientially understand the impact of engagement throughout the life-span as well as the invaluable knowledge our elders possess. Ms. Velez also participated in the first Service-Learning Fellow Excellence program in September.

Graduate Student Accomplishments and Accolades

  • Staci K. Willingham, Graduate Student,  was selected as a recipient of the Graduate Merit Fellowship.  This prestigious fellowship, which is designed to support your pursuit of a master’s degree at Texas State University, is awarded only to graduate students of the highest quality.
College of Applied Arts

Fall 2016 Commencement

Strahan Coliseum

Saturday, December 17, 2016, 10:00 a.m.

College of Applied Arts 1
  School of Criminal Justice
  School of Social Work

Saturday, December 17, 2016, 2:00 pm

College of Applied Arts 2
Department of Aerospace Studies

Department of Agriculture
School of Family and Consumer Sciences
Department of Military Science
Department of Occupational, Workforce, and Leadership Studies

The Graduate College
(click here for Commencement Ceremony details)

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