The award honored Homeyer, a licensed professional counselor-supervisor and registered play therapist-supervisor, for her lifetime achievements, contributions and service to play therapy and the association.
A prolific play therapy author and presenter at state, national and international conferences, Homeyer twice served as president of the association’s chartered Texas branch, editor of its quarterly newsletter, chair of its credential program and assisted establishment of the university’s Texas State Play Therapy Institute.
Dr. Jovita Ross-Gordon (APCE/ADED) and Dr. Stephen Gordon (SI/EDCL) were jointly awarded the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award by the College of Education at the University of Georgia. The awards program describes Dr. Gordon and Dr. Ross-Gordon as a partner team making a significant impact in adult education and educational leadership, and notes they were instrumental in developing the first two doctoral programs in education at Texas State. One nominator said, “They are unique as a pair and either one would deserve the Lifetime Achievement Award. Together, they are a powerhouse of accomplishments for the purposes for which we educate.” In addition to the award dinner and reception hosted recently by UGA’s College of Education for Distinguished Alumni Award recipients, Steve and Jovita were also honored at a reception hosted by the department of Lifelong Education, Administration, & Policy.
Kathy Ybanez-Llorente is an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology. She earned her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and M.A. in Counseling from Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi, and B.A. in Psychology from Baylor University. Dr. Ybanez-Llorente served on Scholarship Review and Dual Language Symposium Committees, among other university service functions. Her professional service includes serving as president, committee chair, committee member, reviewer, and editorial board member for professional counseling organizations at the national, regional, and state levels. She served as a state liaison to the licensing board, was honored by the Texas Counseling Association with the Advocacy Award, and soon after was named in Senate Proclamation Number 543, commending her advocacy efforts within the counseling profession. Dr. Ybanez-Lorente was also awarded the SACES Pre-tenured Counselor Educator Award, a competitive biannual award.
Dr. Heather Trepal, SACES President-Elect,
Dr. Kathy Ybañez-Llorente, and
Dr. Anneliese Singh, SACES President
September 28, 2012
Dr. Kathy Ybañez-Llorente was recently awarded the SACES 2012 Outstanding Pre-tenured Counselor Educator Award at the 2012 Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference held in Savannah, Georgia in September. The SACES Outstanding Pre-tenured Counselor Educator Award acknowledges individual faculty members who are showing exceptional progress in the early stages of their academic career. The award is based on activities in all areas of an academic position: research, teaching, and service. Dr. Ybañez-Llorente was found to have a productive track record of research and publications and a developed research agenda that promises to develop our knowledge of counseling. The nomination highlighted Dr. Ybañez-Llorente's active involvement in service to the counseling profession across numerous leadership positions at the national and state levels. Because SACES has a separate Teaching award, the evaluation of teaching is not as critical in this award, but Dr. Ybañez-Llorente's nomination also demonstrated a solid performance of teaching counseling courses.
Texas State graduate, Dr. Megan Trad, conducted a study of HPV awareness among undergrads at the university. Co-authored with Dr. Robert Reardon, the article was recently published in Radiologic Technology. Due to a press release by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, it has been cited in a WSJ piece entitled "Study Shows Students Aren't Aware Condoms Don't Provide Full Protection From HPV."
Wendy Francik, a spring graduate of the APCE Program, received the prestigious Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award for 2013 at the Adult Education Research Conference for her dissertation research, THE NATURE OF SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING AND TRANSFORMATIONAL LEARNING IN SELF-MANAGING BIPOLAR DISORDER TO STAY WELL. This is the highest award given to a doctoral student in our field in this country.
Jovita Ross-Gordon chaired her committee, and Ann Brooks, Eric Schmidt, and Steve Furney served on her committee.
Drs. Cindy Plotts and Jon Lasser at their book signing at the National Association for School Psychology. Congratulations to them on their new textbook for school psychologists!
The first seminar given by the Institute for Play Therapy was held, Friday, February 8th. The interactive seminar was given by Dr. Linda Homeyer and Dr. Elizabeth Kjellstrand.
Dr. Michael O’Malley, Associate Professor, has received a Fulbright US Scholar Award for lecturing/research in Chile from August 2012 – January 2013. The project title is “School Improvement through Quality Educational Leadership Preparation/Understanding the Role of School Administrators in Achieving Inglés Abre Puertas Goals." Read more
"UCEA is a consortium of higher education institutions committed to advancing the preparation and practice of educational leaders for the benefit of schools and children." UCEA promotes, sponsors, and disseminates research on the essential problems of schooling and leadership; improves the preparation and professional development of educational leaders and professions; and positively influences local, state, and national education policy. The organization noted Texas State's EDCL/SI programs for their promotion of educational equity and social justice