Dr. Ross-Gordon Awarded 2013 Career Achievement Award by AAACE’s Commission of Professors of Adult Education

Dr. Jovita Ross-Gordon was awarded the 2013 Career Achievement Award from the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education’s Commission of Professors of Adult Education. She was presented this national award Thursday, November 7th at the annual meeting in Lexington, KY.

Spanning 28 years in academic research positions in the field of Adult Education since earning her doctorate from the University of Georgia in 1985, Dr. Ross-Gordon’s research in the field of adult education has significantly and positively impacted how we understand adult learners with disabilities, diversity and equity in adult education, and adult learners in higher education. With the social imperative of effective ability- and culturally-sensitive adult education, the reskilling of the world’s workers, lifelong learning initiatives, and more adults in higher education than ever before, it is at the intersection of her research strands where we find the current and future trajectory of Dr. Ross-Gordon’s impact on our field. Her body of work distinctly impacts and supports the field of adult education and stands out among scholarly educational research areas in meeting the needs of adult learners, educators, educational programs and organizations, and the workplace.

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TXST’s Homeyer Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Linda HomeyerThe department extends its congratulations to Dr. Linda Homeyer upon receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Play Therapy (APT).

The award honored Homeyer, a licensed professional counselor-supervisor and registered play therapist-supervisor, for her lifetime achievements, contributions and service to play therapy and the association.
A prolific play therapy author and presenter at state, national and international conferences, Homeyer twice served as president of the association’s chartered Texas branch, editor of its quarterly newsletter, chair of its credential program and assisted establishment of the university’s Texas State Play Therapy Institute.

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Drs. Ross-Gordon and Gordon Awarded 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award by UGA

Dr. Jovita Ross-Gordon Dr. Steve GordonDr. Jovita Ross-Gordon (APCE/ADED) and Dr. Stephen Gordon (SI/EDCL) were jointly awarded the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award by the College of Education at the University of Georgia. The awards program describes Dr. Gordon and Dr. Ross-Gordon as a partner team making a significant impact in adult education and educational leadership, and notes they were instrumental in developing the first two doctoral programs in education at Texas State.  One nominator said, “They are unique as a pair and either one would deserve the Lifetime Achievement Award. Together, they are a powerhouse of accomplishments for the purposes for which we educate.” In addition to the award dinner and reception hosted recently by UGA’s College of Education for Distinguished Alumni Award recipients, Steve and Jovita were also honored at a reception hosted by the department of Lifelong Education, Administration, & Policy.

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WSJ Cites Texas State Student Authored Study on HPV Awareness

Texas State graduate, Dr. Megan Trad, conducted a study of HPV awareness among undergrads at the university.  Co-authored with Dr. Robert Reardon, the article was recently published in Radiologic Technology. Due to a press release by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, it has been cited in a WSJ piece entitled “Study Shows Students Aren’t Aware Condoms Don’t Provide Full Protection From HPV.”

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Dr. Ybanez-Llorente Received 2013 Presidential Award for Excellence in Service

Dr. Kathy Ybanez-LlorenteKathy Ybanez-Llorente is an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology. She earned her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and M.A. in Counseling from Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi, and B.A. in Psychology from Baylor University. Dr. Ybanez-Llorente served on Scholarship Review and Dual Language Symposium Committees, among other university service functions. Her professional service includes serving as president, committee chair, committee member, reviewer, and editorial board member for professional counseling organizations at the national, regional, and state levels. She served as a state liaison to the licensing board, was honored by the Texas Counseling Association with the Advocacy Award, and soon after was named in Senate Proclamation Number 543, commending her advocacy efforts within the counseling profession. Dr. Ybanez-Lorente was also awarded the SACES Pre-tenured Counselor Educator Award, a competitive biannual award.

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