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August 29, 2019

Excerpt from President Denise M. Trauth’s 2019 Fall Convocation address: Celebrating Discovery, Diversity and Distinction

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As part of the DREAM Project, Texas State College of Education students travel to the Dominican Republic to teach English to youth living and working in the streets so they can pursue careers in tourism.

Texas State University President Denise M. Trauth highlighted several student achievements during her 2019 Fall Convocation address on August 20 to faculty and staff. Below is an excerpt from that speech regarding student accomplishments at Texas State. 

Let me share a few of the wonderful achievements of our students from the past year

  • A nutrition student won an Outstanding Graduate Research Award from the Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior for collaborating on a federally-funded project to incorporate new technology into a program that provides food to low-income mothers. 
  • A health administration junior placed in the top three in the 2019 American College of Healthcare Executives essay competition for his work on the Integration of Artificial Intelligence and Healthcare Human Resource Management. 
  • Students studying abroad from the College of Education are working with nonprofits in the Dominican Republic to bring English language and literacy to adolescent youth living and working in the streets. 
  • A student organization in the McCoy College was selected by Microsoft as one of four U.S. university teams to participate in a Community Impact Pitch-Off competition. These students pitched a mobile app a local food bank could use to efficiently distribute food to more people. 
  • Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s most selective multidisciplinary collegiate honor society, awarded seven of our students studying liberal arts, science and engineering, and education the Love of Learning Award in 2018. This brought the total number of 2018 awardees from Texas State to eleven—the most of any university in the nation. 
  • A student in our inaugural class in the Ph.D. program in Applied Anthropology won Best Doctoral Paper at the annual International Research Conference for Graduate Students for her research on the use of bone microstructure to differentiate human from nonhuman mammals. 
  • This summer, a music education major won the tenor saxophone position with the World Youth Orchestra Project in Austria as part of one of Europe’s largest music festivals for wind and brass instruments.

I am continually impressed by the entrepreneurial spirit of our students. For example, the Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization doctoral program combines STEM research and training with entrepreneurship to help students create groundbreaking, commercially viable products. Since 2014, the MSEC program has helped launch five interdisciplinary student-led companies, which include MBA students from the McCoy College of Business Administration, and MFA students from the College of Fine Arts and Communication. 

I’m also very proud of our student-athletes. Athletics celebrated several Sun Belt Conference championships during the last year: the women’s regular season soccer championship; the volleyball regular season championship and Sun Belt tournament championship; the women’s indoor track and field championship; the men’s outdoor track and field championship; and the baseball regular season championship. These victories culminated in Texas State’s winning the Sun Belt Conference All-Sports Trophy, the Vic Bubas Cup, for the first time. 

And, in the most recent release by the NCAA of Division One Academic Progress Rate data, five of our 16 athletics teams achieved a perfect Academic Progress Rate: men’s golf, women’s golf, soccer, tennis, and softball. Their scores place them far above the national average within NCAA Division One. Two of those five teams -- women’s golf and tennis -- received Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA after they posted perfect multi-year APR scores. The tennis team has had a perfect APR for the past 14 years! 

To view the President’s full convocation speech, click here.

For more information, contact University Communications:

Jayme Blaschke, 512-245-2555

Sandy Pantlik, 512-245-2922