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Alumni: Laura Romero

One alumna’s journey inspired her

to make an impact on families

By Mindy Green

Photo of a preemie laying in the palm of a hand

Premature babies may require lengthy hospital stays, which can be stressful for parents and older siblings. [Photo from handtohold.org]

Recent graduate Laura Romero is making a lasting impression on some Austin families. During her graduate practicum in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences’ Family and Child Studies program, Romero developed a groundbreaking program that helps siblings of premature babies cope with familial stress during the baby’s long-term stay in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

“My research revealed that very few programs were in place for siblings of children with special healthcare needs, not only across the United States, but worldwide as well,” Romero says.

Romero developed Sibling Sundaes to fill that void.

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Faculty: Steven Furney

Long-time faculty member honored for excellence in teaching

Dr. Steven Furney is the 19th faculty member at Texas State to be named a Piper Professor.

By Audrey Webb

Steven Furney, university distinguished professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance, has an office tucked in a corner on the first floor of the Jowers Center. The walls of his workspace there are covered with frames displaying some of the highlights of his life. Pictures of family – he’s a father to three and grandfather to five – share space with his numerous awards and his multiple diplomas, one of which he says he got unintentionally. Continue reading

Happenings: Spread Love, Not Bugs

‘Spread Love, Not Bugs’ message
delivered for Valentine’s Day

From Health Promotion Services

National Condom Day banner“Spread Love, Not Bugs” is the theme for National Condom Day, which will be celebrated Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the mall area outside the LBJ Student Center on the Texas State University campus. The event is dedicated to spreading awareness about sexual health, pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention. Continue reading

Texas State Updates: Flu Prevention

Stop the flu before it starts with simple prevention measures

Texas is one of 25 states reporting “widespread” flu activity. This classification is based on the number of recent lab-confirmed flu cases statewide as reported to the Centers for Disease Control.

The Student Health Center at Texas State University has seen a significant increase in lab-confirmed flu cases this week, including both type A and B flu. The flu appears to be spreading more rapidly now than in the last few weeks.  All members of the campus community are encouraged to follow these guidelines to prevent the spread of flu on campus:

  1. Stay home while sick. This is the single most important measure to prevent spread of flu.
  2. Isolate yourself for three days after the onset of flu symptoms or until you’ve been fever-free for 24 hours, whichever period is longer.
  3. Cover coughs. Dispose of tissues immediately after use, and avoid reusing tissues and contaminating your hands.
  4. Wash hands frequently, especially before touching your mouth, nose or eyes.
  5. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
  6. Get a flu vaccination. It isn’t too late, especially for persons at high risk, including pregnant women, young children and persons over 65 years of age.

Most cases of flu can be managed with over-the-counter medications and bed rest. However, persons who are very ill or have medical conditions that increase their risk for complications from the flu (chronic heart and lung disease, diabetes, asthma, compromised immune system) should seek medical care at the onset of flu symptoms. Pregnant women, young children and persons over 65 years of age also should seek medical care if they experience flu-like systems.

Early use of anti-viral medication such as Tamiflu or Relenza can prevent complications and shorten the duration of illness. For more information about the flu, visit the CDC website.  To schedule an appointment for evaluation or a flu shot, students can call the Student Health Center at 512.245.2161.