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Center for Communication, Creativity and Collaboration

The Team

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Meet Matthew Winn

My mission is providing exceptional support to faculty and advanced students within the College of Fine Arts & Communication so that they can gain funding to accomplish their research goals. Have a great idea for a research and/or creative project? Come see me! I’ll help you develop your creative idea into a fundable and achievable project with a significant impact.

Here’s a little bit about me: Raised in South Central Texas, I graduated with my MA and BA from Texas State University’s nationally recognized Communication Studies program, with a focus in organizational rhetoric and training & development. I have several years of TXST experience as a team leader, persuasive writer, workshop facilitator, trainer, teacher, and researcher that provide me with a unique set of skills to help faculty and students pursue and obtain significant funding opportunities for their impactful ideas.  My specialties include: audience analysis, idea development, persuasive writing, relationship building and maintenance, effective facilitation and collaboration, and streamlining processes.

Want to get started? Contact me at mwinn@txstate.edu or 512.245.0040. 

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Meet Lisa Westerbeck

My focus is helping you succeed in your research and scholarly creative endeavors and provide high-level support for new programs and initiatives. While I have a background in proposal writing, my role is to help you operationalize your project upon award. When it comes time for you to do your project, I will help you navigate Texas State and accomplish your goals.

Here’s a little bit about me: I grew up in a military family and have lived all over the world and have visited 32 countries. I am an alum of Texas State with a B.A. in Anthropology and Geography and have a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Arizona.

My first experience with grant writing and grants administration began as a Peace Corps volunteer in Poland. I’ve since worked at the city, county, and regional government and academia attaining more than $7 Million over the past decade. My specialties include: grant writing, project management, relationship building and budget development. I especially enjoy helping make the process easier so you can focus on your research. 

Questions? Contact me at lisa@txstate.edu or 512.245.6719. 

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Meet Vivian Medina

As a creative director, my goal is to turn any research or inventive idea into a visual piece of art that anyone can understand and appreciate. As a student, I strive to learn as much as possible so that ultimately, I can enhance and improve my work. 

Here’s a little bit about me: I was born and raised in Tyler, TX. I am currently a junior majoring in Public Relations and minoring in International Studies. Additionally, I work for The University Star where I began as a lifestyle reporter and page designer my freshmen year, to currently running the design department as Design Editor. My specialties include: graphic and web design, HTML/CSS, news and PR writing, photography/videography and social media. 

Contact me at vjm32@txstate.edu or 903.245.8566. 

C3 Advisory Board

Contacts outside of the College of Fine Arts and Communication

The C3 Research Center works closely with the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP).  The two main contacts are Monica Swift for proposal submission and Preston Comstock for award management. 

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Monica Swift

Senior Proposal Writer
Pre Award Support, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
mswift@txstate.edu  |  512-245-6206

Preston Comstock

Senior Grant Accountant
Post Award Support, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
prc42@txstate.edu  | 512.245.7112

Learn more about the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs: 

Pre Award Support
Post Award Support
Strategic Research Initiatives
Research Integrity and Compliance
Research Records and System Services
Technology Transfer and Contracts

See complete contact list.

Find Research Coordinators across Texas State University

University Advancement works hand-in-hand with the entire campus and is dedicated to expanding community and tradition and increasing awareness and philanthropic contributions to Texas State University. Contacts for the College of Fine Arts and Communication are:

Gaby Poler-Buzali, Director, Development
g_p69@txstate.edu  |  512.245.8822

Charles Vestal, Associate Director, Foundations
c_v103@txstate.edu  |  512.245.2043