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Success Stories


Funding Recipients from the College of Fine Arts and Communication

These are success stories of projects conducted by professors in the College of Fine Arts and Communication.  While C3 assisted with the majority of the proposal submissions and award management, several were done independently.  We are proud of everyone’s achievements!

Project Director are embedded so you can contact them with questions about their proposal or project.

 

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  • Academic Year 2017-2018

    • Project Directors:   Kelly Kaufhold, Judy Oskam, School of Journalism and Mass Communication
      School of Journalism and Mass Communication Team:   Jenny Buschhorn, Kym Fox, Dan Seed, Jessica James, Michael Devlin, Clay Craig, Dale Blasingame and Prisca Ngondo
      Sponsor:   Texas Health and Human Services Commission
      Description:  

      To implement Phase II of the Medicare Improvements for Patients Act (MIPPA):  Statewide Media Campaign and Associated Outreach Services. 

    • Project Director and Team: Melinda Villagran, Marsha Burney, Department of Communication Studies and Paul Villagran, School of Journalism and Mass Communication
      Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
      Description: The Sexual Health Assessment and Risk Education (SHARE) project focuses on high-risk communities, specifically the LGBTQIA and veteran student populations offering educational programming, services, and training about substance use and how it is related to unintended sexual health issues, such as HIV and viral Hepatitis.

       

    • Project Director: Cindy Royal, School of Journalism and Mass Communication
      Sponsor: John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
      Description: Digital training to mass communication doctoral students to better prepare them for open faculty positions, drive curriculum innovation and influence university strategic planning to better train future journalism students for the requirements of the digital profession. Online modules begin February 2018/in-person workshop May 14-20.  http://phdigitalbootcamp.com/
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      Project Director: Mike Devlin, School of Journalism and Mass Communication
      Sponsor: Olympic Foundation for Culture and Heritage, Andrew C. Billings and University of Alabama (prime recipient)

       

    • Project Director: Mike Devlin, School of Journalism and Mass Communication
      Sponsor: Pennsylvania State University, College of Communications, Arthur W. Page Center
      Description: This study investigates the National Football League’s (NFL) participation in activities during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. Using Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and framing as a guide, the study seeks to understand which types of social media posts from sport organizations are most effective for increasing positive social media engagement and influencing cause-related behaviors, such as donation giving and increasing risk perception, and secondly, to identify how a team’s on-field performance (based on wins and losses) impacts fans’ perception of the organization’s CSR activities.

       

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      Project Director: Eugene Lee, Department of Theatre and Dance
      Sponsor:  Texas State University Crowdfunding Campaign
      Description: Since 2003, the annual Texas State Black and Latino Playwrights Conference has helped share today’s minority stories by supporting Black and Latino playwrights in developing their new, unpublished and unproduced plays through an ambitious week-long workshop rehearsal process that gives the community at large a rare opportunity to hear stories of minorities by minorities, and become part of the cultural discussion.

       

    • Project Director: Kaysie Brown, Department of Theatre and Dance
      Sponsor: Texas State University Crowdfunding Campaign
      Description: The mission of CIM TEYA! (pronounced “SIM-TAY-UH”) is to help children learn important academic and social emotional concepts by creating uniquely engaging educational programs integrated with dance and technology that instill an appreciation and excitement for dance. This Crowdfunding Campaign is to expand internationally to Trinidad & Tobago, where there is a great need for using new, engaging methods for teaching low-income children academic and social emotional concepts. Creation in Motion and CIM TEYA! have been invited to collaborate with the 2017 International COCO Dance Festival and COCO in the Community in Port of Spain, Trinidad.
    • For the Research Enhancement Program (REP), the number of REPs awarded is based on the number of proposals submitted. When more faculty apply, more faculty receive awards. While our proposal submission count was high for 2017, 25 proposals, the total amount of funding for 2017 was only $441,399 for the entire university. The College of Fine Arts received 7 awards this year for a total amount of $70,400.

      REPs awarded:
      • Bethany Johnson (Art and Design-Art Education) – West Texas Artist Residency
      • Carolyn Watson(Music-Conducting) – Perfection as Gesture: The Art of Carlos Kleiber
      • Daniel Carter (Journalism and Mass Communication-Digital) - Understanding Local Makers within Global Infrastructures
      • Tricia Burke (Communication Studies) and Michal Burns (Communication Studies) - Building a Culture of Health at Work: Assessing and Fostering Supervisor Support
      • Molly Sherman (Art and Design) - Highlander Studies: A Toolkit for Participatory Civic Engagement in Contemporary Art and Design
      • Ames Asbell (Music) and Karla Hamelin (Music) - Premiere Recordings for Viola and Cello by Female Composers
      • Kate Glasheen-Dentino (Theatre) - Negotiating the Craft of the Triple Threat: dancing, singing and acting; studying distinct breath requirements and muscular behaviors within their individual pedagogies, some components of which directly oppose one another
  • Academic Year 2016-2017

    • Project Directors: Melinda Villagran, Marsha Burney, Department of Communication Studies and Paul Villagran, School of Journalism and Mass Communication
      Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
      Description: The Sexual Health Assessment and Risk Education (SHARE) project focuses on high-risk communities, specifically the LGBTQIA and veteran student populations offering educational programming, services, and training about substance use and how it is related to unintended sexual health issues, such as HIV and viral Hepatitis.
      Contact: Melinda Villagran at mvilla@txstate.edu
    • Project Directors: Ana Baer, Vlasta Silhavy, Department of Theatre and Dance
      Sponsor: City of San Marcos Youth Commission
      Description: LEAP is a summer camp specifically designed to teach leadership, empowerment, arts, and technology to middle and high school girls while providing a mentoring component to engage local college students, businesses, and members of the community in becoming role models to these girls.
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      Project Director: Kaysie Brown, Department of Theatre and Dance
      Sponsor: City of San Marcos Youth Commission
      Description: 700 third graders from elementary schools in the San Marcos Consolidated School District (SMCISD) were bused to Texas State to experience an interactive dance concert created especially for them titled, “S.T.R.E.A.M in Motion 3.0” containing works inspired by Science, Technology, Reading/Writing, Engineering, Art, and Math.

       

       

    • Project Director: Ana Baer, Department of Theatre and Dance
      Sponsor: City of San Marcos Arts Commission
      Description: Mr. Montgomery choreographed for the Merge Dance Company’s “Irretrievable” Spring Concert. Funding allowed Merge to cover the costs of a free matinee geared to local middle schools and seniors.

       

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      Project Director: John Lopez, School of Music
      Sponsor: City of San Marcos Arts Commission
      Description: Feria del Mariachi 2017 consists of a scholastic mariachi competition for Texas high school and middle school ensembles, a first ever solo vocal competition, and an evening concert featuring winners of the solo competition, Texas State Youth Mariachi, Texas State’s own Mariachi Nueva Generación, and, to celebrate our 20th Anniversary, the Texas State Alumni Mariachi showcasing some of the best talent to ever attend Texas State University.

       

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      Project Director: Eugene Lee, Department of Theatre and Dance
      Sponsor: This project won two awards: Matching National Endowment for the Humanities Access Grant and Humanities Texas and sponsored a Texas State Crowdfunding Campaign
      Description: Since 2003, the annual Texas State Black and Latino Playwrights Conference has helped share today’s minority stories by supporting Black and Latino playwrights in developing their new, unpublished and unproduced plays through an ambitious week-long workshop rehearsal process that gives the community at large a rare opportunity to hear stories of minorities by minorities, and become part of the cultural discussion.

       

    • Contact: The Texas State Chamber Orchestra (TSCO), School of Music
      Sponsor: Texas State University Crowdfunding Campaign
      Description: The Texas State Chamber Orchestra (TSCO) is a specialized, classical sized ensemble drawn from the symphony orchestra and typically presents 2-4 concerts annually. Funding from the Crowdfunding Campaign will help with travel to Budapest, Hungary; Vienna, Austria; and Prague, Czech Republic from May 21 to May 29, 2017, performing concerts for the public in each of these cities.  

       

    • Project Director: Jason Kwak, School of Music
      Sponsor: Texas State Crowdfunding Campaign
      Description: The 8th Texas State International Piano Festival, June 3 – June 11, 2017, sponsored unique festival features of world-renowned faculty members, top-level piano students, unique programming, multiple master classes, lessons, presentations, recitals, and fun extracurricular activities. Students leave our festival inspired, motivated, and connected with lifelong friends and colleagues of music.
    • Project Director: Gina McDaniel Tarver, School of Art and Design, and Michele Greet, associate professor of modern Latin American and European art at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia
      Sponsor: Texas State Crowdfunding Campaign
      Description: Art Museums of Latin America is an anthology of eighteen essays about art museums and their varied and shifting social functions in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, and the United States. With this project, we aim to broaden the field of Museum Studies. Key texts in the field, from Carol Duncan’s foundational theoretical book Civilizing Rituals (1995) to sweeping histories such as Andrew McClellan’s The Art Museum from Boullée to Bilbao (2008), are based on in-depth examinations of museums in Europe and the United States. Art Museums of Latin America will be the first book-length scholarly publication in English on the subject and will insert a wider variety of institutions and approaches into the history of museums. The essays in our book develop detailed historical analyses, based on archival research, of specific institutions of Latin America. These studies will not only widen the field's geographical range, they will also interrogate its assumptions.
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      Project Director: Nicole Wesley, Ana Baer, Department of Theatre and Dance
      Sponsor: Texas State Crowdfunding Campaign
      Description: Since its inception in 2009, the Merge Dance Company has been providing semi-professional performance opportunities to our students by exposing them to current movement and choreographic influences from around the world. The Crowdfunding Campaign provided support to students in the Merge Dance Company to perform in the 2016 COCO Dance Festival in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

       

       

    • Collaboration: by the Department of Theatre and Dance, the Department of Philosophy, the College of Fine Arts and Communication, the College of Liberal Arts, the Office of the Provost, the Office of Equity and Access, the University Performing Arts Committee, the Student Fee Committee, and the American Society for Aesthetics.
      Sponsor: Texas State Crowdfunding Campaign
      Description: This Crowdfunding Campaign provided support to ENGAGEMENT: PHILOSOPHY AND DANCE, a festival of performing arts and the humanities, and ongoing conversations about the Arts and Humanities through the Department of Philosophy Dialogue Series. Featuring live performances and keynote speakers from the fields of aesthetics, philosophy of art, dance theory, choreography, and multi-media dance; ENGAGEMENT: PHILOSOPHY AND DANCE will also include interdisciplinary panels for scholars, practitioners, and students.
    • Project Director: M. Wright, School of Art and Design, and artist collaborator Kate Jarboe.
      Sponsor: Research Support Grant from Harvard University

       

    • For the Research Enhancement Program (REP), the number of REPs awarded is based on the number of proposals submitted, this year was a big-win for our college; when more faculty apply, more faculty receive grants.  In 2015, the College of Fine Arts and Communication had five awards totaling $64,000.  In 2016, the college submitted 31 proposals and 16 were awarded totaling $181,962

       

      REPs awarded:
      • Sean Justice (Art and Design-Art Education) – Families Learning Together
      • Jessica Mallios (Art and Design-Photography) – The Panorama Project
      • Mark Menjivar (Art and Design-Foundations) – The Execution Files:  Activating Historical Archives
      • Kathryn Moore (Art and Design-Art History) – Arabesques, Grotesques, and the European origin of Islamic art
      • Jennifer Stob (Art and Design-Art History) – With and Against Cinema:  The Place of Film in the Situationist International
      • Maia Wright (Art and Design-Communication Design) - Building Dialogue and Empathy: Combating Anti-LGTBQ Prejudice through Participatory Design
      • Miriam Sobre (Communication Studies-Intercultural Communication) and Emily Ehmer (Journalism and Mass Communication-Public Relations)- Strategic and Intercultural Communication with Refugees and Asylum Seekers in South Texas
      • Alexander Muk (Journalism and Mass Communication- Advertising) - Millennials'' Perceptions of Green Advertising:  A Cross-Cultural Study
      • Prisca Ngondo (Journalism and Mass Communication-Public Relations) - Bridging the Continental Divide: Exploring Public Relations Practices in a Developing Nation
      • Caroline Beatty (Music-Conducting) and Jonathan Babcock (Music- Conducting) - Gesture Matters:  Developing Conducting Into Conversation
      • Lynn Brinckmeyer (Music-Ensembles) - A Toolbox for Teaching Kids to Sing
      • Amanda Soto (Music Education) -  ¡Viva la Musica Mexicana! An Examination of Mariachi Pedagogy at the Collegiate Level in the State of Texas,
      • Rebecca Tast (Music Education) – A Means to an End...Pin Length: A Comparison of Pedagogical Methods for Determining an Appropriate Cello Endpin Length
      • Ana Baer (Dance) and Vlasta Silhavy (Theatre) - LEAP:  Leadership, Empowerment and Arts Project Summer Camp for At-Risk Girls
      • Michael Rau (Theatre) - Theater Director Training through an International Lens
      Other internal grants awarded:
      • Alessandro Segalini (Art and Design-Communication Design) and Teri Evans-Palmer (Art and Design-Art Education) won a Speed Networking grant –Longhands for Small Hands: Kinetic Writing Activities to Develop Critical Thinking Skills (1st Grade)
      • Michael Rau (Theatre-Directing) won a Teaching and Learning Technology Innovation Grant (TLTIG), Instructional Technologies Support - Location-Based Storytelling Using Bluetooth Beacons to Promote Theatre Projects
      • Michele Nance (Dance) and Ana Baer (Dance) won an Equity and Access grant- Building Bridges On Which to Dance: Contemporary Dance Residency with Guest Artist Rocio Luna (Morelia, Mexico). Ms. Luna choreographed for the Merge Dance Company’s “Irretrievable” Spring Concert
      • Vlasta Silhavy (Theatre) and Ana Baer (Dance) won an Equity & Access Grant - LEAP:  Leadership, Empowerment and Arts Project Summer Camp for At-Risk Girls

       

  • Academic Year 2015-2016

    • Project Directors: Melinda Villagran, Marsha Burney, Department of Communication Studies and Paul Villagran, School of Journalism and Mass Communication
      Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
      Description:

      The Sexual Health Assessment and Risk Education (SHARE) project focuses on high-risk communities, specifically the LGBTQIA and veteran student populations offering educational programming, services, and training about substance use and how it is related to unintended sexual health issues, such as HIV and viral Hepatitis.

      Contact:  Melinda Villagran at mvilla@txstate.edu

       

    • Project Directors: Melinda Villagran, Department of Communication Studies
      Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
      Description:

      The community based project aims to increase communication about alcohol-related sexual risk behaviors among Latino young adults to reduce the incidence of HIV and other sexual health outcomes of “hooking up” while impaired.

      Contact:  Melinda Villagran at mvilla@txstate.edu

       

    • Project Director: Tahila Mintz, School of Art and Design
      Sponsor: Texas State Crowdfunding Platform
      Description: Production of Woman of the Water, a documentary film providing insight into the power of water, from our universal dependence on it as a source of life and healing to its intimate connection with the feminine. 

       

  • Academic Year 2014-2015

    • Project Directors: Melinda Villagran, Department of Communication Studies
      Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
      Description:

      The community based project aims to increase communication about alcohol-related sexual risk behaviors among Latino young adults to reduce the incidence of HIV and other sexual health outcomes of “hooking up” while impaired.

      Contact:  Melinda Villagran at mvilla@txstate.edu

       

  • 2013

    • Project Directors: Melinda Villagran, Department of Communication Studies
      Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
      Description:

      The community based project aims to increase communication about alcohol-related sexual risk behaviors among Latino young adults to reduce the incidence of HIV and other sexual health outcomes of “hooking up” while impaired.

      Contact:  Melinda Villagran at mvilla@txstate.edu