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CAA Newsletter Summer 2016
Merchandising and Consumer Studies Students Receive Thesis Awards
The Thesis Awards have been given to Master's students Desiree Hazel, Sergio Bedford, and Aimee Jones.  Their research focuses on consumers behaviors and attitudes towards fashion and merchandise in numerous aspects.
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From Associate Professor to Professor
Dr. Mary Jo Biggs, Social Work
Dr. Donna Vandiver, Criminal Justice
From Assistant Professor to Associate Professor
Dr. Melissa Y. Delgado, Family and Consumer Sciences
Dr. Jiyun Kang, Family and Consumer Sciences
Dr. Melissa Y. Delgado, Family and Consumer Sciences
Dr. Jiyun Kang, Family and Consumer Sciences
Aerospace Studies (AFROTC)
Most Improved Squadron

Texas State Air Force ROTC’s associated student organization, the LBJ Arnold Air Society (AAS), attended their national professional development conclave 25-27 March 2016 and had a blast. . .additionally, they clinched another win!  They were awarded the Most Improved Squadron among 135 AAS units from universities across the nation.

They attended this event with 1,027 cadets where they honed their understanding of leadership and strategic perspectives and made relationships with future officers that they will keep well into their military career.
 The Air Force confirmed that Capt Cassandra (Casey) Anderson will start as new faculty with us on 27 Jun.  She will be here for three years.  We started her faculty approval process with Texas State two weeks ago and are well ahead of the process to get her approved as faculty for our department.
Congratulations to one of our faculty members, Capt Adam Lawrence, who was promoted today! He departs for his six-week field training encampment tomorrow.  He will be assigned as a hands-on instructor to a 23-member cadet group comprised of cadets from universities across the nation.
  • On Wednesday, 27 April, we conducted our final Physcial Fitness Assessment and Cadet Wing Change of Command. . .congrats to Cadet Osvaldo Herrera as the Fall 2016 Cadet Wing Commander.
  • This Saturday, Apr 30, the LBJ Arnold Air Society (AAS) student organization will host a region AAS social with AAS squadrons from UT and UTSA at Sewell Park.
  • Cadets participated in the Texas State Army ROTC’s 100th Anniversary 5K run on Saturday, 23 April.  San Marcos and New Braunfels high school ROTC program cadets participated in the event and it proved to be a nice recruiting venue.
  • Our Maj Sammy Hoff award winner and our top cadets in each of the academic levels at the ceremony. This provided an opportunity to highlight our program to the other departments on campus and gave us an opportunity to cultivate relationships/goodwill with other faculty.
  • This week, we awarded an AFROTC scholarship to our most deserving sophomore.  This individual just missed the previous AFROTC scholarship SAT requirement by only 10 points. . .however, thanks to AFROTC headquarters for eliminating the SAT requirement for this subsequent scholarship opportunity! Cadet Jacob Pisana was ecstatic and humbled when we told him about it at our final Leadership Lab. . .his mother and grandmother were both at the contracting/oath session and were both teary-eyed.
  • During our Leadership Laboratory this week we conducting a Career Day event.  Lt Adam Lawrence coordinated with the Randolph Company Grade Officers Council to have nine officer from various Air Force careers participate in mentoring and information sessions for our cadets
  • This successful event proved valuable for our cadets who are still pondering what they’d like to do in the Air Force. . . included in Career Day was a military lawyer, a Logistics Officer, a Personnel Officer, a Nurse, a Pilot, a Combat Systems Officer and a Public Affairs officer.
  •  Last weekend, our cadets volunteered in one of the two large track meets this semester at Texas State University.  In an informal arrangement, we get use of the Texas State track for our Physical Fintess Assessments in exchange for our cadets’ volunteer efforts at these two track meets.
We had a successful Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force (CMSAF) visit to our campus and our Dining Out on 29 April.  Below is a picture of the CMSAF with our cadets during the afternoon and another of him with BG (Ret) Luna, who is a Texas State Alumni and long time supporter of our AFROTC.   

Also, thank you to Dr. Vandiver for attending on behalf of Texas State University and the College of Applied Arts.
Department of Agriculture

Department of Agriculture Welcomes New Chair

The appointment of Dr. Madan M. Dey as Chair of the Department of Agriculture effective June 13, 2016.
Dr. Dey earned his bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Economics from Bangladesh Agricultural University and his Ph.D. in Agriculture Economics from the University of the Philippines.
Dr. Dey is an agricultural economist with more than 28 years’ experience in teaching, research, outreach, and governance in a variety of agricultural and natural resources contexts.  He began his career in the economics of agricultural development focusing on rice.  Dr. Dey completed his post-doctoral research on the agricultural economy of Asia under the mentorship of Professor Robert Evenson of Yale University from 1991 to 1993.  He has worked in various academic and research organizations and has conducted research on several sub-sectors of agriculture and natural resources, including crop, livestock, and fisheries.
Dr. Dey has published widely in several fields of agricultural development and policy, including more than 85 referred journal articles, several books, and 45 book chapters and reviewed proceedings.  Over the past 25 years, he has led and implemented a number of pioneering, innovative, and inter-disciplinary agricultural projects in the U.S., Asia, and Africa.
Dr. Dey has a demonstrated record of leadership and administrative success.  As a regional director of WorldFish (2004 – 2007), he provided strategic vision and direction to the Asia regional operation, and managed an annual budget of approximately $6 million and led a team of 30 specialists from various disciplines in a matrix management system.  He has secured grant funding of more than $10 million during the last 20 years.
Please join me in congratulating Dr. Madan Dey on his appointment as Chair of the Department of Agriculture.

Graduate Student Featured in Greenhouse Management

Kevin Walsh, 33, Texas State University

Field of study: Composting

In his fourth year working toward a master’s degree in composting, Walsh believes the biggest challenge in entering the industry is making a name for himself. “As a new person in the industry [compared to] a lot of people who have been in it for generations in their [families], it just seems like there [are] a lot of established operations going on and so making it on your own really strikes me as the biggest challenge,” he says. To combat this, Walsh hopes to work with a small operation at first to make connections in the industry before striking out on his own. “I’d want to work under somebody who can really introduce me to the people in the industry either at a small farm, greenhouse, nursery or composting operation,” he says.

Walsh also hopes the green industry puts more emphasis on alternative fertilizers. “I would like to see a better effort for marketing of compost products, not just compost itself, but extracts and other kinds of organic fertilizers,” he says. “Because it’s kind of a niche market, it’s not really distributed at any big box stores like Home Depot. I’d rather see more of an effort to promote these true organic products.”

Ag Student Accepted to Missouri Vet School

Marissa Martinez, will be attending the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. The USDA scholarship she received is called the Adel A. Malak Scholarship. This scholarship is through the Food Safety and Inspection Services (FSIS) agency within the USDA. This is the first year the agency is providing this scholarship and she was 1 of 20 recipients chosen throughout the United States. admitted to the University of Missouri Vet School. Congratulations Marissa!
School of Criminal Justice

2016 College of Applied Arts Outstanding Graduate Student, Monica Silva

Pflugerville ISD’s First Police Chief Passes Torch

Doctoral Student, Jason Smith, was recognized in the Austin American-Statesman since he will take over as the Pflugerville ISD police chief. Mr. Smith began his law enforcement career in 1996. He served as a police sergeant and a school resource officer at Pflugerville High School. Now, he will oversee 24 school resource officers and $2.85 million fiscal year budget as the Pflugerville ISD police chief. August 19, 2016.
Graduate College's Outstanding Dissertation Award

The Graduate College recently informed the College of Applied Arts that Dr. Anne Kringen is this year’s winner of the Graduate College Outstanding Dissertation Award in the Social Sciences.  We received many outstanding nominations but the selection committee was unanimous in its choice of the winner.  Congratulations! 
Anne’s dissertation will be submitted for nomination to the Council of Graduate Schools for the competition at the national level.
On behalf of The Graduate College, we would like to thank you and your colleagues for your outstanding work in mentoring graduate students and guiding their research!  
School of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS)
Fashion Merchandising Students Share App at South by Southwest Interactive Festival

In March, Texas State students led the inaugural Innovation Lab, an event at this year’s South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin. Attendees of the event got an exclusive look at some of the game-changing technology created by our own student inventors. Student teams from a wide range of disciplines demonstrated their research and explained how their corporate partners are helping to take their new ideas to the marketplace. Close to 300 people attended this showcase, which featured projects ranging from biometric authentication and virtual reality to fashion merchandising and dating apps.

Texas State will be participating at the upcoming Smart Cities Innovation Summit June 13-15 in Austin. Student teams will showcase their research projects and activities that focus on the Internet of Things and smart cities innovation. More than 150 cities from around the world will participate in the event, and all are looking for new technologies to improve transportation, energy, water, security, and emergency infrastructure. Texas State will serve as the anchor university and will be joined by several of its corporate partners who are supporting research in these areas.

Ms. Hannah Thornton attended the Multicultural Curriculum Transformation and Research Institute, in June of 2016. This was a week long institute aimed at increasing multicultural content in the Texas State curriculum. As a result of attending this training, I have transformed Nutrition Assessment into a multicultural course.
Department of Occupational, Workforce, and Leadership Studies (OWLS)

Dr. Lopez Selected as Fellow for IELOL

Dr. Omar S. López, an Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational, Workforce, and Leadership Studies (OWLS) has been selected as a 2016 Fellow for the Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL), a leadership development program sponsored by the Online Learning Consortium and Penn State University. Now in its eighth year, IELOL fellows work with colleagues from around the world and join a growing network of higher education leaders. The IELOL community consists presently of over 275 alums.

IELOL fellows are selected through an application process and sponsored by their home institution. The five-month program spans July through November, including a week-long immersion experience. IELOL is cohort-based, requiring the thirty fellows to participate in a variety of individual, group and team projects, including a team-based case study. The blended program explores aspects of personal, local and global leadership challenges in online learning. Fellows will interact with national and international leaders in the fields of higher and online education. The program culminates with the IELOL Masters Class at the annual Online Learning Consortium conference in November. Dr. López’ project will focus on developing a working-model for college completion within the context of occupation-related competency-based education.
School of Social Work

School of Social Work Welcomes New Director

The University and the College of Applied Arts announce the appointment of Dr. Jose E. Coll as Director of the School of Social Work effective July 1, 2016.
Dr. Coll earned his bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Saint Leo University, his master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Central Florida, and his Ph.D. in Counseling Education and Supervision from the University of South Florida.
After completing his doctorate, Dr. Coll joined Saint Leo University as an assistant professor and coordinator for adult education in the Department of Social Work.  He later joined the University of Southern California (USC), School of Social Work as Chair of Military Social Work and founder of the USC San Diego Academic Center.  Dr. Coll rejoined Saint Leo University in 2011 to develop the Office of Veteran Student Services and serve as professor and director.
Dr. Coll’s research interests have been predominantly on worldview development and counseling veterans, with a focus on veteran transition.  He is the author and co-editor of numerous publications, including:  The Counselors Primer for Counseling Veterans, Linus Publications; co-editor of The Handbook of Military Social Work, Wiley Press; Student Veterans in Higher Education: A Primer for Administrators, Faculty, and Advisors, Lyceum Books; and forthcoming, Civilian Lives of U.S. Veterans: Issues and Identities, Praeger Publishing.  Dr. Coll has been the principal investigator, co-principal investigator, and consultant on a variety of research projects, yielding more than $15 million in funding.
Dr. Coll is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Executive Leadership Academy (ELA), Harvard University Institute for Management Development Program (MDP), and American Council on Education (ACE) Fellows Program.
Please join me in congratulating Dr. Jose Coll on his appointment as Director of the School of Social Work.

August 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.

LBJSC Teaching Theater
Thursday, August 11, 6 pm

Fall 2016 Commencement

Friday, and Saturday, December 16 and 17, 2016

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)

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 Fall 2016 semester are currently being accepted through our NEW CAA Newsfeed link. The next Newsletter is slated to be published in November. 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.



Friday, August 12, 2016

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