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News and updates for Texas State University students, faculty and staff
January 25, 2019
Issue No. 1


Dear Students, Faculty and Staff: Welcome to the start of the spring semester, and to the first edition of the new TXST CONNECTIONS newsletter. I am excited that through this new tool we'll keep our Bobcat family informed about all the latest news and happenings around our campuses. Your feedback is incredibly important to me, so throughout the semester we have scheduled opportunities to share ideas and suggestions. For students, that opportunity is coming up on February 20 during Talk with the President. Please save the date. I wish you all a happy and productive semester!


New academic degree programs
Texas State continuously strives to build academic degree programs tailored to meet workforce demand, and prepare students to make an impact in their communities. Catch up on the new programs that have recently launched (like the master's in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner), and the programs set to launch this fall (like the bachelor's in Civil Engineering). Read more


New minors explore Latina/o and African American studies
Texas State launched a minor in Latina/o Studies in the fall 2018, which focuses on the experiences of Latinos in the United States. An African American Studies minor will follow in fall 2019, to provide students a deeper understanding of the complex history, culture, and contributions of Africans and African Americans to society. Read more


What Happens When You Get Rabies? An Epidemiologist Explains
SELF – Jan. 24, 2019: Dr. Rodney Rohde, professor of clinical laboratory science at Texas State and author of a forthcoming book on rabies, talked to SELF magazine about what rabies does to the human body.

Hostage negotiators compete against each other in San Marcos
KXAN - Jan. 17, 2019: More than 300 law enforcement officers converged on Texas State University January 14-17 for the 29th Annual Hostage Negotiation Training and Competition. 

America's Best Employers For Diversity 2019
Forbes - Jan. 15, 2019: The renowned business magazine listed Texas State No. 112 nationally on its 2019 "Best Employers for Diversity" list, and 5th overall in Texas. 

They were buried without names. Now some, at least, have recovered their identities.

NY Times - Jan. 15, 2019: Since 2013, anthropologists from Texas State have gone with their students to border towns to exhume the bodies and extract DNA samples in hopes of identifying unknown migrants.

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Dr. Maureen Keeley, professor in the Department of Communication Studies, was featured in a recent article in The Atlantic regarding her work and research around end of life conversations.

Conspirare, led by Texas State's Craig Hella Johnson, was named 2019 Medal of Arts honoree for best Musical Ensemble by Texas Cultural Trust. 

Researchers led by Dr. Ron Walter, chemistry professor and director of the Xiphophorus Genetic Stock Center, contributed to groundbreaking research that identified a new sex chromosome in Xiphophorus fish.

Led by assistant professor Dr. Josh Daspit in the McCoy College of Business, students design and sell new products to raise money for charities and nonprofits.

Dr. Jovita Ross-Gordon, professor in the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology, won the Graduate College Outstanding Mentor Award.



Four Texas State students head to Dubai: Sixteen U.S. teams, two from Texas State, will vie for a $50,000 grand prize as they participate in an international business plan competition. Read more

Students embrace the theme “It’s Our Time” with powerful performances and moving speeches during the student-led 35th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Celebration. Read more

Grad student from Somalia, Fartun “Camilla” Jamal, receives grant from international women’s organization: Her post-graduation goal is to help women and orphan children gain access to education. Read more

ICYMI: Seniors showcase talent of Ingram School of Engineering: More than 100 engineering students presented their Senior Design Day projects, proposing unique solutions to real-world problems. Read more

Cabaret and Ragtime made Top Ten Lists for 2018: The Texas State Department of Theatre and Dance landed in a couple of the Top 10 lists for the year’s best productions. Read more


Student Diversity and Inclusion Welcome Receptions
January 23 - February 14: Each semester the Office of Student Diversity & Inclusion hosts several welcome receptions to connect students with peers, faculty, staff, services and resources at Texas State.

Keith Carter: Artist Conversation and Book Signing
January 27: The Wittliff Collections will host a celebration of famed Texas photographer Keith Carter, and his latest book, "Keith Carter: Fifty Years."

Round Rock Campus Faculty Speaker Series
February 5: Mr. David Angelow presents "Be an Innovator – Start Your Own Software Business!”

Talk with the President
February 20: Students, come meet with Dr. Trauth one-on-one between 3-5 p.m. in LBJSC Room 3-8.1. Share your thoughts, feedback, questions or concerns.

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