Scholarships and Award Recipients
2018-2019 Scholarship Recipients
Staff Council Miguel Hernandez Undergraduate Scholarship
Diana Connell | Schedule Coordinator, University Registrar’s Office
Diana has been employed at Texas State since July 2009. She has overcome a significant amount of adversity to continue her education while maintaining a high level of professionalism. Diana is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in management through the McCoy College of Business Administration.
Frances Padilla Estavillo and Theadocia Hodges Richey Staff Council Endowed Scholarship
Jennifer Wood | Assistant Director, Retention, Management and Planning
Jennifer has been employed at Texas State since November 2013. She aims to aid in the future development of the Parent and Family Relations program at the university. Jennifer is pursuing a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies through the Occupational, Workforce, and Leadership program.
Staff Council Graduate Scholarship
Jessica Schneider | Research Coordinator, College of Liberal Arts
Jessica aspires to become a professional editor and grant writer while maintaining her excellent work as a research administrator. She has been an employee at Texas State since October 2006. Jessica is pursuing a master’s degree in Technical Communication through the English Department.
2018 Award Winners
Angelika Lester Wahl Staff Diversity Enrichment Award
Cheryl Harper | Community Service Coordinator Alcohol and Drug Compliance Services, Dean of Students Office
Cheryl demonstrates her commitment to enhance diversity at Texas State through her work as Treasurer of the Coalition of Black Faculty and Staff, Chair of the Sallie Beretta Outstanding Senior Woman Award committee, and a member of the Equality U Conference Committee, which delivers an annual conference allowing participants to explore how all identities impact individual relationships, groups, and social dynamics. Cheryl honors our shared values of diversity and inclusiveness by treating everyone she encounters with dignity and respect, and her work exemplifies her dedication to promoting a safe and welcoming environment for all members of the Texas Sate community.
Deborah and James Mathews Excellence in Collaboration/Outreach Award
Stacey Bennett | Research Coordinator LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research
Stacey provides grant administration and management support for over $20 million in awards from NASA, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Education. Through this work, she builds and strengthens relationships with Texas State and community partners to support activities delivered by the LBJ Institute. Stacey’s collaborative efforts include work with the Bobcat Made Maker Space, NASA’s Johnson Space Center, New Braunfels ISD, and Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos. Stacey is always willing to help with event logistics and serves as a strong advocate for STEM education at Texas State, in public schools, and in the community.
Earl L. Moseley, Jr. Community Service Award
Yvonne Abrego Natoli | Research Coordinator McCoy College of Business Administration
Yvonne utilizes her 13 years of Texas State experience to assist faculty in the development and submission of research grant proposals. Yvonne is a tireless advocate for helping Texas State faculty conduct research that is relevant to our local communities. She was the catalyst for creating Texas State's annual Speed Networking for Researchers event, which connects faculty with local government, school, community, and nonprofit leaders. As a result, faculty collaborations have emerged to support the work of these organizations and evaluate the effectiveness of their programming. Yvonne continues to think of creative ways to bring Texas State researchers and community leaders together and is always willing to do the work necessary to execute these events.
Rodrigo Rodriguez Outstanding Custodian Award
Valerie Marrero | Custodian J.C. Kellam Custodial Team
Valerie goes above and beyond expectations to ensure JCK offices are clean and comfortable places to work. In addition to performing her normal duties, she frequently asks office staff if they need anything specific and if Valerie sees something amiss, she takes action to ensure the issue is resolved. After one of the spring downpours, Valerie noticed that water had leaked into some of the 3rd floor offices. She did not stop at notifying her supervisor of the problem… she removed items from the affected offices, set up five large dryers, and checked every few hours to see how things were going. When staff returned to those offices the next day, not only were the dryers gone, but all the office items had been put back in place. Valerie clearly takes great pride in her work and JCK staff are grateful for her work ethic as well as her positive, friendly attitude.
Staff Council Employee Excellence Award
Evy Gonzales | Director of Strategic Research Initiatives Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
Evy began in ORSP 16 years ago as an administrative assistant and now uses her extensive knowledge and expertise to provide critical support to faculty and research staff across the University in creating collaborative research teams and securing external research funding. As Texas State continues to enhance its research portfolio, Evy serves as a critical resource and effective mentor to faculty and staff alike, including supporting the annual Speed Networking for Researchers event, Translational Health Research Initiative, annual Health Scholar Showcase, and C3 (Communication, Collaboration & Creativity) Center in the College of Fine Arts and Communications. Evy adds tremendous value to Texas State’s research enterprise through her humble dedication to collaboration, team-building, networking, partnerships, and collegiality. Evy competently carries out her responsibilities in a caring and professional manner. Among the many outstanding Texas State employees, Evy serves as an exemplar of excellence.