An update from President Denise M. Trauth of Texas State University

Spring III
Dear Friends,

The end of the academic year is a wonderful time: we get to celebrate the graduation of thousands of hard-working students and reflect on the outstanding achievements of our faculty.

Last week, over 4,500 candidates for graduation participated in seven commencement exercises, and by the end of the next fall semester, we expect about 9,400 candidates will have applied for graduation in 2016. As the state’s fourth-largest university, we have a profound impact on the state’s workforce, particularly in the Central Texas region, where many of our graduates will be employed.

We congratulate all of our Spring 2016 graduates as they celebrate this significant milestone in their lives.

Take, for instance, the healthcare field, where over the years our state has experienced critical shortages of nurses and allied health professionals. This spring, nearly 400 students from the College of Health Professions graduated from Texas State, including 112 from the St. David’s School of Nursing. Of those, 80 received their bachelor’s of nursing degrees. What is truly impressive about our BSN graduates is that Texas State has the state’s second-highest pass rate, nearly 99 percent, on the NCLEX-RN exam, which is the test nurses must pass to obtain their RN license.

Earlier this month, the National Academic Advising Association selected Texas State’s Personalized Academic and Career Exploration (PACE) Center as one of the association’s 2016 Outstanding Institutional Advising Program winners. The award recognizes innovative and exemplary practices at universities that have led to improved academic advising services. Since the PACE Center opened in 2012, advisors have engaged in more than 54,300 one-on-one advising sessions with first-year students.

Thanks to the PACE Center, Texas State’s goal of providing personalized services to all first-year students has become a reality.
This spring, six Texas State faculty members were chosen as Fulbright Scholars for 2016. The Fulbright recipients and the academic units they represent are: Dr. Peter Dedek, School of Family and Consumer Sciences; Dr. Christine Norton, School of Social Work; Ms. Julie Nathanielsz, Department of Theatre and Dance; Dr. Omar López, Department of Occupational, Workforce, and Leadership Studies; Dr. Augustine Agwuele, Department of Anthropology; and Mr. Hank Hehmsoth, School of Music.

The Fulbright Program, an elite, international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government, is designed to increase mutual understanding among the people of the United States and other countries. U.S. faculty chosen for the program have taught, studied, or conducted research abroad, and thousands of scholars from abroad have done similar work in the United States. Fulbright Scholars are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, and the fact that Texas State has produced so many of them speaks volumes about the quality of our faculty.

Dr. Debra Feakes, a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Texas State, was named a Piper Professor for 2016 by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation. Feakes is the 22nd faculty member from Texas State to be honored with the Piper Professor distinction, which is awarded to Texas faculty members who demonstrate outstanding dedication and service to teaching at the collegiate level. Piper Foundation honorees are chosen by committee members who look for well-rounded, outgoing teachers who are devoted to their profession and have made a special impact on their students and the community. Piper Professors are a select group in Texas, and only a handful are chosen each year. The only other institution with more Piper Professors than Texas State is UT Austin.

Dr. Debra Feakes continues the outstanding tradition of Texas State faculty selected as Piper Professors.
The softball team earned its second-ever at-large bid to the NCAA regional tournament.

Finally, congratulations are in order for the Bobcat softball and women’s golf teams, which advanced to their respective NCAA regional tournaments. The women’s golf team won the 2016 Sun Belt Conference Tournament championship earlier this spring while the softball team received an at-large bid after winning 39 games this year. The women’s golf team finished 14th in its regional tournament earlier this month and the softball team will compete in its regional tournament beginning Friday, May 20, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Texas State’s first game will be broadcasted on ESPN3 at 1:30 p.m.

The women’s golf team made its sixth appearance in nine seasons at the NCAA regional tournament.

Texas State continues to have a strong and impressive record of achievement, and we look forward to future accolades in the next academic year.


Denise M. Trauth
Office of University Advancement
601 University ​Dr. • San Marcos, ​TX ​78666
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