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Texas State faculty, staff honored during Fall 2017 Convocation

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
Office of Media Relations
August 25, 2017

Texas State University President Denise Trauth presented more than two dozen faculty and staff awards during the Fall 2017 Convocation.

This year’s recipients of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Teaching are Audrey McKinney, associate professor in the Department of Philosophy; Jennifer Buschhorn, assistant professor of practice in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication; and Dale Blasingame, senior lecturer in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

The two recipients of this year’s Presidential Awards for Excellence in Scholarly and Creative Activities are Todd Hudnall, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; and Paige Haber-Curran, assistant professor in the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education and School Psychology.

Paige Haber-Curran will also present this year’s Presidential Seminar.

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Service went to Maria Czyzewska, professor in the Department of Psychology; and Joanna Ellis, clinical assistant professor in the Clinical Laboratory Science Program.

The Alumni Association recognized Ronald Johnson, associate professor in the Department of History, as the recipient of the Teaching Award of Honor.

The Faculty Senate recognized Steven Beebe, Regents' Professor and Distinguished Professor of Communication Studies; Harvey Ginsburg, professor in the Department of Psychology; and Rodney Rohde, chair and professor in the Clinical Laboratory Science Program, as the recipients of the Everette Swinney Faculty Senate Excellence in Teaching Award.

Dennis Dunn, University Distinguished Professor and professor in the Department of History, and Dittmar Hahn, University Distinguished Professor and professor in the Department of Biology, were named 2016 Regents’ Professors by the Texas State University System Board of Regents, the 12th and 13th so honored at Texas State. In all, the System has recognized just 26 faculty members from all member institutions.

This year’s new University Distinguished Professors are Gary Beall, professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; and Nico Schüler, professor in the School of Music.

The four retired faculty members who were named Distinguished Professors Emeriti were Brock Brown, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Geography; Jesús F. de la Teja, Regents' Professor and University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History; Robert Fischer, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Modern Languages; and Joycelyn Pollock, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice.

This year’s recipients of the Excellence in Diversity Award were Ana Carillo Baer, associate professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance; and Jesse Silva, assistant director of the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion.

This year’s Excellence in Diversity Team Award award went to Joshua Love, student development specialist in the Office of Disability Services; and Stephanie Soukup, systems analyst for the Vice President for Student Affairs.

The award for 2016 Employee of the Year went to Michelle Aguilar, senior administrative assistant in the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion.

Winners of this year’s Mariel Muir Mentoring Award were Harvey Ginsburg, professor in the Department of Psychology; and Toni Moreno, grant director for Rural Talent Search in the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion.

The full text of President Trauth's convocation speech may be found at www.president.txstate.edu/about-president-trauth/select-presentations/fall-convocation-2017.html.

About Texas State University

Founded in 1899, Texas State University is among the largest universities in Texas with an enrollment of 38,849 students on campuses in San Marcos and Round Rock. Texas State’s 180,000-plus alumni are a powerful force in serving the economic workforce needs of Texas and throughout the world. Designated an Emerging Research University by the State of Texas, Texas State is classified under “Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity,” the second-highest designation for research institutions under the Carnegie classification system.

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