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Texas State to be honored for 2013 SACNAS conference support

By Andrew Smith
University News Service
October 3, 2013

Texas State University is an official sponsor of the 2013 Society for Advancement of Chicanos & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) National Conference, which will be held Oct. 3-6 at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in San Antonio.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Strengthening the Nation through Diversity, Innovation and Leadership in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.”

Texas State is a Bronze Sponsor of the event, representing the university’s commitment to uphold the education-advancing goals of SACNAS. Faculty and volunteers from the College of Science and Engineering and the Graduate College will operate the Texas State booth.

Coordinating Texas State’s participation in the conference, Chemistry Department Chair William Brittain said he believes that the school’s support is of particular importance both now and in the future.

“It is projected that a significant fraction of the future work force will be increasingly diverse. It is critical that Texas State actively engage in any opportunity to improve recruitment and retention of under-represented individuals at all academic levels,” said Brittain.

Texas State will be honored for its contributions Saturday, Oct. 5 during the convention’s Sponsor Awards Ceremony and recognized for its recent introduction of a SACNAS Student Chapter to campus.

Students and faculty are encouraged to attend the conference, which will feature vendor booths, cutting-edge technology displays, lectures and cultural activities.