SWT warms up for summer commencement

Date of release: 08/02/02

SAN MARCOS,TEXAS— Friday, Aug. 9, and Saturday, Aug. 10, will see more than 1,300 students from Southwest Texas State University walk across the graduation stage at Strahan Coliseum. SWT’s new president, Denise M. Trauth, is the speaker at all ceremonies.

On Friday, undergraduate and graduate candidates from the College of Liberal Arts and College of Fine Arts and Communication will receive diplomas during a 7 p.m. ceremony.

Cristina Benavides of the Colleges of Fine Arts and Communication and Liberal Arts (double major in communication design and English) will offer student comments during Friday evening’s ceremony.

On Saturday, undergraduate and graduate candidates from the colleges of Education, Health Professions and Science participate in the morning ceremony beginning at 9:30. Candidates from the colleges of Applied Arts and Business Administration will participate in the afternoon ceremony at 2.

Cassandra Green, a student in the College of Education, will offer comments at the Saturday morning ceremony. Vim Head, a student in the College of Business Administration, will offer comments at the Saturday afternoon ceremony.

There are 1,084 candidates for bachelor's degrees this summer and 278 candidates for graduate degrees.

Trauth was named the ninth president of SWT on June 11 and assumes office Aug. 7. She came to SWT from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she served as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. Before taking that job, she served as dean of the UNCC Graduate School and as a professor of communication studies.

As provost at UNCC, she led the university’s successful push to be reclassified as a Carnegie Doctoral/Research Intensive institution. Other accomplishments included leading the school through two rounds of strategic planning with the adoption of two campuswide academic plans, the recruiting of five new deans and three associate vice chancellors, organizing and implementing a discipline-based equity study for faculty salaries and overseeing a review and revision of undergraduate general education requirements. She also oversaw the formation of the College of Information Technology and the College of Health and Human Services at UNCC. She has also held faculty and administrative positions at Bowling Green State and the University of Tulsa.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the College of Mount St. Joseph in Ohio, a master’s degree in journalism from Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of Iowa.