Tag Archives: Faculty

Faculty: Kenneth H. Margerison

History professor rewarded for his dedication and service to teaching

By Mindy Green

Photo of Kenneth H. Margerison

Kenneth H. Margerison is the 20th Piper Professor from Texas State University.

Faculty member Kenneth H. Margerison is fascinated by the past and the way that people in earlier time periods dealt with the opportunities and problems they faced. Convinced that we have much to learn from the experiences of previous eras, he provides the opportunity for his students to gain insight and respect for history.

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Spotlight: Jaime Chahin

Texas State’s Chahin to be honored
as Texas A&M Distinguished Alum

By Texas A&M University-Kingsville Alumni Affairs

A photo of Dr. Jaime Chahin

Dr. Jaime Chahin

KINGSVILLE — Three alumni of Texas A&M University-Kingsville, including Texas State dean Jaime Chahin, will be honored Oct. 22 when the Javelina Alumni Association hosts its annual Distinguished Alumni luncheon at the Grand Ballrooms in the Memorial Student Union Building.

The recipients of the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award are:

Faculty: Mike Forstner

Texas State herpetologist works to help
Houston toads hop off endangered list

Bufo houstonensis, the Houston toad.

By Billi London-Gray

Blind salamanders. Fountain darters. Texas wild rice grass. The home of the Bobcats is also home to endangered species and environmental advocates. But looking beyond the San Marcos River, a Texas State University biology professor has been working persistently to help restore populations of endangered Houston toads.

Texas State professor Michael Forstner, who holds the Alexander/Stone Chair of Genetics in the Department of Biology and has taught at the university since 1999, is one of the foremost experts on the Houston toad. He has been studying and raising awareness about the species since 1995.

“Effectively all field research on the taxon during the past decade has been completed by Texas State faculty and students in biology,” Forstner says. “My group represents the current lead for science-based recovery efforts, provides data useful to applied and theoretical aspects of small population biology, amphibian recovery, and amphibian population declines.” Continue reading

Texas State Updates: Faculty Honors

Texas State University announces
promotions, tenure for faculty

The office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Texas State announced 46 promotions and 40 elections to tenure for members of the faculty on Friday. The changes become effective Sept. 1. Continue reading

Rising Stars: Double Dutch Design

With professor’s guidance, Texas State grads work with Dutch design firms

Gram Garner and John Yum in Amsterdam, 2010

By Billi London-Gray

They didn’t go for the tulips and windmills, the bikes and canals, or the beer and soccer. Gram Garner and John Yum went to the Netherlands for the design firms.

“The Netherlands have the most designers per capita, and they are world leaders for wonderful creative work,” says Texas State communication design professor Claudia Röschmann.

Garner and Yum both developed strong admiration for Dutch designers while they were Röschmann’s students. With help from Röschmann, plus hard work and significant stores of moxie, Garner and Yum both secured internships and then jobs with their “dream companies” – Undog and Dietwee, respectively – in the Netherlands.

Watch the video below or read the full story about their experiences in the Texas State Rising Stars archives.

Faculty: Jean Laman

After 37 years, retrospective celebrates work of retiring art professor

Jean Laman

Jean B. Laman’s artistic career is woven across nearly half a century of experience. From her first group exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art in 1966 to her 37-year tenure on the faculty at Texas State University-San Marcos, Laman has created a lasting legacy both through her work and through her students.

“Jean B. Laman: Points of Departure,” a retrospective of her work, will open Thursday at Gallery II in the Joann Cole Mitte Building on campus. The show will examine Laman’s work and explorations in celebration of her upcoming retirement from the Texas State faculty in May. Mitte Gallery director Mary Mikel Stump will curate the show. Continue reading

Cheatham Street Warehouse: Part 3

Texas State alum, professor is ‘Godfather of Texas Songwriters’

By Christian Wallace ‘10

Kent Finlay, the owner of Cheatham Street Warehouse and “Godfather of Texas Songwriters,” was born in Brady, Texas in 1938. The oldest of James and Grace Short Finlay’s five children, he was raised on a farm north of Brady in McCulloch County near the small community known as Fife.

Music was an integral part of Finlay’s upbringing. His earliest memories of music are, as a three-year old, listening to KNEL, a 250-watt radio station out of Brady. The Finlay home was often filled with the music of relatives, who played in bands throughout the area. Music was a staple of family gatherings and was the main event of many nights spent under the West Texas stars.

At the conclusion of a vacation bible school one summer, the seven-year old Finlay, along with three other boys, performed the traditional gospel song, “Do Lord,” to a whopping crowd of seven or eight people. It was after this performance that the music bug bit him.

“People said it was good, and, man, I was hooked,” Finlay recalls.
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Rising Stars: Megan Trad

For radiation therapy leader, compassion is the key in all her roles


By Billi London-Gray

Few people would think of hospice work as being synonymous with classroom studies. But for Professor Megan Trad and her radiation therapy students at Texas State University, caring for dying patients provides the best lessons.

Trad came to Texas State to further her own education as an undergraduate. She then worked as a radiation therapist at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, where she researched the benefits of mentoring on radiation therapy students for her graduate thesis.

Now a professor of radiation therapy and a doctoral student in the College of Education, Trad is changing the way radiation therapy students are trained. She’s started a new service learning program that connects her research on educational methods and her students to the heart of healing through hospice volunteering.

Read more of Megan Trad’s story at txstate.edu/rising-stars.