The Texas State Usability Lab has collaborated with the Texas Department of State Health Services and was recently written into a National Science Foundation Grant to potentially test products and software that faculty in Computer Science and Engineering will design for the Austin Fire Department. Ultimately, the lab will expand: “Not just by bringing in new clients, but also by updating the technology,” says Dr. Roundtree, who recently met with the Director of Big Data and Mobile UX at AT&T Labs to tour their labs, learn ways to improve lab technology and design, and discuss opportunities for collaboration.
The Department received the good news recently that the
estate of the late L. D. and Laverne Clark has bequeathed
to the Department of English municipal bonds in the
amount almost of $659,000 that the university will convert
and add to the L.D. and Laverne Clark Literary
Endowment. This bequest is in addition to the more than
$800,000 the endowment received at its inception. In 2012, L. D. Clark authorized a revised memorandum of understanding that provided for an endowment dedicated to the creation of a writer-in-residence for the MFA program and a fiction-writing contest. The department will be working this spring to honor the terms of this MOU. Years ago, Mark Busby made contact with L. D. and Laverne Clark and fostered their interest in Texas State, the Southwest Writers Collection, and our MFA program. Since then, Mike Hennessy and Tom Grimes helped to maintain contact with the Clarks, at one time inviting L.D. to talk about writing to students bussed to campus from a nearby public school. More recently, we had occasions to be in contact with L.D. and, after Laverne's death, his niece, Mrs. Colleen Clark Carri. The Department is very grateful to Mrs. Carri, who served as the executor of her uncle's will, and we look forward to honoring the wishes and memory of L. D. and Laverne.
Dr. Komi Begedou, Assistant Professor from the University of Lome (Togo), will spend the 2014-15 academic year as a Fulbright scholar in the English Department at Texas State, researching intraracial discrimination in American Literature and working with Elvin Holt and Steve Wilson.
MFA Creative Writing in Fiction graduate — Scott Blackwood — has received widespread praise and recognition for his recently published novel, See How Small.
Since his arrival at Texas State in 2005, Dr. Octavio Pimentel has received numerous awards, most recently the 2014 Texas State Excellence in Diversity Award.
If you are a Texas State University - English Department alumni, send us news about your accomplishments so we can feature you in the future.