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Liberal Arts Acknowledgements
December 2011 – January 2012
C ongratulations :
The Lannan Foundation has awarded $15,300 to Kent Reilly (ANTH) and the Center for the Study of Arts and Symbolism of Ancient America for his Southwestern Ceremonial Complex Conference in May 2012. Kent has arranged for eight of the "Great Fire" clay statues of Mississippian gods and heroes (900-1721 AD) to be brought to Texas State for study by the 2012 conference participants. In addition, Kent was formally named the official anthropologist of the Florida Tribe of Eastern Creeks. He will assist the tribe in gaining federal recognition and will also be adopted by the tribe.
As reported by the University News Service (1/31), Tomás Morín’s (ENG) manuscript, A Larger Country, has been chosen for The American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize. The annual award offers publication of a volume of poems, a $3,000 award, and distribution by Copper Canyon Press. Tomás was also profiled in the Huffington Post: .
The Geomorphology Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers has announced that Regents’ professor David Butler (GEO) is the 2012 recipient of the Melvin G. Marcus Distinguished Career Award.  The award will be formally presented at next month’s annual AAG Meeting to be held in New York City.
Dr. Jim Kimmel’s (GEO) book titled Exploring the Brazos River, published by Texas A&M Press in 2011, has won the 2011 Association of American Geographer’s Globe Book Award for Public Understanding of Geography.
Gabriella Corales , English and Communication major, has been named one of only 25 Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Fund Fellows for 2012. This prestigious national award supports students of color dedicated to teaching and creating opportunities for young students, and includes a $30,000 stipend for graduate study and teaching opportunities.
Kate Spradley (ANTH) has been elected to the governing board for the Scientific Working Group for Forensic Anthropology, which is cosponsored by the FBI and the Department of Defense Central Identification Laboratory. Its purpose is to develop best-practice guidelines and establish minimum standards for the Forensic Anthropology discipline and to disseminate guidelines, studies, and other findings that may be of benefit to the forensic community.
As reported in the University News Service (1/5/12), Texas State alumnus Kelly Frels, a 1966 graduate in Political Science, has been honored as the 2012 Leon Jaworski Award recipient by the Houston Bar Association Auxillary. Frels was a recipient of the Texas State Distinguished Alumni Award in 1978, is a sustaining member of the Liberal Arts Advisory Board, and a 2011 recipient of the College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award.
International Academic Organization Le Cercle/Pi Delta Phi (MODL) was chosen as the Bobcat Leader - Student Organization of the Month for November 2011 for their outstanding leadership, student programs, and dedication to furthering Texas State’s mission.
This year’s library research grant recipients for the College of Liberal Arts include: Alejandro Barcenas Pardo (PHIL), Emily Brunson (ANTH), Kyong Chee, (SOC), Joseph Falocco (ENG), Gloria Martinez (SOC) and Nancy Wilson (ENG).
In the News :
The University News Service (12/11) featured an article about the University’s newly established Center for Texas Public History, created and directed by Lynn Denton (HIST). The center’s chief historian is Dan Utley (HIST). The center, to be staffed by faculty and students in History’s graduate program in public history, will provide expertise in museum work, oral history, and cultural resource management to government agencies, museums, historical commissions, community organizations, and other entities that research and interpret historical information for the public.
Texas State’s Department of Anthropology is mentioned in the New York Times article (11/29),“ As Water Levels Drop, Texas Drought Reveals Secrets of the Deep” ( ).
As reported in The University Star (1/19), Rebecca Bell-Metereau (ENG) is running for the District 5 Democratic seat on the State Board of Education.
An article in The University Star (1/25), “FACES provides support to former foster care students” features Toni Watt (SOC), who was instrumental in starting the FACES (Foster Care Alumni Creating Educational Success) organization after she and Christine Norton (Social Work) received a grant to help foster care students.
Frank de la Teja (HIST) is cited in an online article, “Oil and Water Don’t Mix: What Fracking is Doing to South Texas” (1/26, KCET, The Back Forty) (
Ty Schepis’ (PSY) article, “Gender Differences in Adolescent Marijuana Use and Associated Psychosocial Characteristics,” is highlighted in a New York Times health blog from March 2011( The Times also ran his expert opinion piece, “Pot and Alcohol Each Have Risks,” in December ( Work Schepis did while at Yale is profiled (8/08) in PsychiatryOnline ( “Screening Urged to Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse.”
University web site homepage: International Studies major, Leona Osinga (with a double minor in French and Geography), is newly featured in “Rising Stars.” She was chosen as a Bobcat Leader for November 2011 by the CASO Office for her outstanding leadership and dedication to the French Club, Le Cercle Francais; International Studies major Lauren Roig is newly featured on the video “Rising Stars: Texas State Pride.”
President Trauth observed in News from the Hill (12/15) that several national news organizations, including the New York Times, have reported on Anthropology’s forensic research with the remains of a Native American woman that may date back hundreds or thousands of years. The remains were discovered in Georgetown as a result of receding Texas lakes and rivers, caused by the ongoing drought.
Hillviews (Fall-Winter 2011, Vol. 41.1) featured the following Liberal Arts faculty and alumni for their noteworthy accomplishments:
Gene Bourgeois (HIST), new Provost for Texas State.
Walter Wright (POSI), for his efforts in helping to reduce global carbon emissions by improving Panama’s rainforest.
Fritz Hanselmann (ANTH), chief underwater archaeologist for Texas State, is profiled in an article about his coming to the University to study the San Marcos Springs. Hanselmann works through a partnership between Texas State’s Center for Archaeological Studies and the River Systems Institute.
Senior sociology major Jessica Saenz is profiled as President of the Student Alumni Chapter at Texas State.
Alumnus Tom Kowalski, 1978 Political Science graduate, is featured as one of the five latest Distinguished Alumni at Texas State.
Grants :
Vince Luizzi (PHIL) has received a grant from the Fulbright Specialists Program to work against corruption in the universities of Bosnia Herzegovina. This assignment will last approximately six weeks and will take place late this spring.
Ty Schepis (PSY) is principal investigator on a research grant award titled “Impulsivity, Risk Taking, Stress and Nicotine Abstinence in Young Adult Smokers” that has been funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.