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Texas State Rising Stars

Texas State is the rising STAR of Texas. Every day, our faculty, staff and students accomplish great things, from making groundbreaking discoveries to receiving prestigious honors.

Whether they achieve success in the research lab, the classroom or on location around the world, it is the people who make Texas State a university that is on the move. Their excellence helps Texas State shine.

Select any of the amazing people featured below to meet a Texas State rising star.

 

Meet the Stars 

Students

Meaghan Patterson

Meaghan Patterson
A Full, Bright Future

Leona Osinga

Leona Osinga
International View

Priscilla Davis

Priscilla Davis
A Living Memorial

SIFE

SIFE
Business with acumen

Dawson Muñoz

Dawson Muñoz
Finding his way

LeKisha McKinley

LeKisha McKinley
Graduate student
Changing lives

Graciela Sandoval

Graciela Sandoval
Enthusiasm unleashed

Jackson Scholars

Jackson Scholars
Graduate students
Recognition and opportunities

Dmitri Kabakov

Gram Garner, John Yum and Claudia Röschmann
Graduate students
Double Dutch design

Dmitri Kabakov

Dmitri Kabakov
Graduate student
Runner. Researcher. Nanotechnologist

Mel Ferrari

Mel Ferrari
‘Intense’ student leader initiates change, prepares for political career

Jessica Salazar

Jessica Salazar
Business lessons give student-athlete an edge in fashion world

Bradley George

Bradley George
Non-traditional path leads quarterback to master’s degree

Ava Pope

Ava Pope
San Marcos native discovers a world of opportunity

Celeste Curiel

Celeste Curiel
Music student earns praise in multiple venues

Kosaku Narioka

Kosaku Narioka
International student’s intellectual curiosity leads him across the world

Gordon Taylor

Gordon Taylor
Building relationships the name of the game for a scholar-athlete

Ben Sullivan

Ben Sullivan
Study of baseball helps honor student find inspiration

Paul Goldschmidt

Paul Goldschmidt
Achieving a balance between baseball and books


John Boulanger

John Boulanger
Graduate student
Theatre grad student earns national recognition

Joel Davis

Joel Davis
Young math major contemplates freshman year and looks forward to the next

Colter Ray

Colter Ray
Ray finds a way to manage all his interests, do prize-winning work with camera

 

AMA Student Chapter

AMA Student Chapter
Second place in the international Collegiate Case Competition in 2008

Antonio Banos

Antonio Banos
American Advertising Federation Most Promising Minority Students in the nation for 2009 

Adam Brisbin, Joel Cowan and Jordan Lott

Adam Brisbin, Joel Cowan and Jordan Lott
  Fantastic Scholastic Recording Competition

Nick Clark

Nick Clark
Bobcat football player and one of 15 students in the nation recognized as a National Scholar-Athlete in 2009

Audrey Estupinan and Albert Walker

Audrey Estupinan and Albert Walker
Education majors who received two of just 25 Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowships for Aspiring Teachers of Color in 2008

Irina Gonzalez and Priscilla Riojas

Irina Gonzalez and Priscilla Riojas
Received Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowships for Aspiring Teachers of Color in 2009

Liudmila Litvinova

Liudmila Litvinova
Texas State MBA student and former Bobcat athlete who competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics

Shawn McCracken

Shawn McCracken
Discovered two new species of amphibians in the Amazonian rainforest

Nick Mustachio

Nick Mustachio
Chemistry major who won first place at a national science conference team competition

SIFE Student Chapter

SIFE Chapter
Students in Free Enterprise chapter that advanced to the Final Four at the 2008 SIFE national conference

 

 

 

 

Faculty & Staff

Oleg Komogortsev

Oleg Komogortsev
Cyber Crime

Dr. Michael Forstner

Dr. Michael Forstner
Genetics of Recovery

Wayne Oquin

Wayne Oquin
An uncommon event

Karen Chisum

Karen Chisum
Acing It

Washington Garcia

Washington García
Pianist extraordinaire

Dennis Franchione

Dennis Franchione
Texas State readies Bobcat football for the WAC

Michael Collins

Michael Collins
Discovering the past

Megan Trad

Megan Trad
Learner. Teacher. Healer.

Joycelyn Pollock

Joycelyn Pollock
Multiple passions drive powerhouse of a professor

Kaitlin Hopkins

Kaitlin Hopkins
Musical theatre program director

Christina Conlee

Christina Conlee
Providing insight into ancient culture

Jill Pankey

Jill Pankey
Viewing life through a colorful lens 


Judy Oskam

Judy Oskam
Surprise project for Mass Comm class


Alberto Giordano

Dr. Alberto Giordano
Geography professor studies the Holocaust

Byounghak Lee

Professor Mary Ann Stutts
AAF Distinguished Educator Award

Byounghak Lee

Dr. Cecilia Temponi
Sharing expertise with students in Peru

Byounghak Lee

Dr. Byounghak Lee
Prize-winning physicist explores new fields with a passion

Sandra West Moody

Dr. Sandra West Moody
Award-winning professor’s tenacity leads to higher standards, improved safety.

James McWilliams

Dr. James McWilliams
National acclaim

Federico Subervi

Dr. Federico Subveri
Center for Latino Media and Markets

Cyrus Cassells

Cyrus Cassells
Pulitzer Prize-nominated poet

Kat Conner

Kat Conner
This winning coach started Texas State’s women’s soccer program

Dr. Mayo and Dr. Holt

Dr. Elvin Holt and Dr. Sandra Mayo
Preserving an important piece of Texas history

Brock Brown

Dr. Brock Brown
Honored as a Piper Professor for superior teaching, research and mentoring

Dr. Jaime Chahin

Dr. Jaime Chahin
Migrant childhood inspired him to establish programs for the public good

Dr. Frank de la Teja

Dr. Frank de la Teja
First-ever State Historian of Texas 

Dr. Caitlin Gabor

Dr. Caitlin Gabor
Unique mating system of the Amazon molly, a species of genetic clones

Dr. Dana Garcia

Dr. Dana Garcia
Hope for Vision, which could lead to a cure for night blindness

Dr. Terry Golding

Dr. Terry Golding
Multi-functional materials that develops products using nanotechnology

Dr. Gwendolyn Hustvedt

Dr. Gwendolyn Hustvedt
Consumer preferences and the economics of going green

Dr. Benjamin Martin

Dr. Benjamin Martin
Solid-state chemistry and his potential impact

Author, Tim O'Brien

Tim O’Brien
National Book Award Winner and five-time holder of Texas State’s endowed chair in creative writing

Project Flowing Waters

Project Flowing Waters
A National Science Foundation-funded project that puts researchers into Texas schools

Jack Ransone

Jack Ransone
Top U.S. athletic training award and  selected as a medical coordinator for the 2008 Olympics

Rodney Rohde

Rodney Rohde
National recognition for his antibiotic-resistant staph research

Dr. Kim Rossmo

Dr. Kim Rossmo
Crime-fighting methodology has helped the FBI and Scotland Yard

Dr. Liz Stephens

Dr. Liz Stephens
Director of Texas State’s Central Texas Writing Project

Dr. Walt Trybula

Dr. Walt Trybula
Director of the Nanomaterials Application Center

Dr. Max Warshauer

Dr. Max Warshauer
Founder of Texas Mathworks

 

Staff


Dr. Sherri Benn

Dr. Sherri Benn
Founder of Hip Hop Congress at Texas State

Dr. Bill Covington

Dr. Bill Covington
Making cutting-edge research possible at Texas State

Nancy Nusbaum

Nancy Nusbaum
Oversees 10-year, $400 million campus improvement plan

President Denise M. Trauth

Dr. Denise M. Trauth
President of Texas State University and one of Texas’ “Most Influential Women”