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Scholarships and Award Recipients


2018-2019 Scholarship Recipients

Staff Council Miguel Hernandez Undergraduate Scholarship

Diana ConnellDiana 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

Jenner WoodJennifer 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 SchneiderJessica 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, Angelika Lester Wahl Staff Diversity Enrichment AwardCheryl 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, Deborah and James Mathews Excellence in Collaboration/Outreach AwardStacey 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, Earl L. Moseley, Jr. Community Service AwardYvonne 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, Rodrigo Rodriguez Outstanding Custodian AwardValerie 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, Staff Council Employee Excellence AwardEvy 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.


2017-2018 Scholarship and Award Winners

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  • Staff Council Miguel Hernandez Undergraduate Scholarship

    Ms. Patricia Clarke | Coordinator, University Registrar

    Ms. Clarke is a non-traditional student who is completing a Bachelor of Applied Arts with a Major in Occupational, Workforce, and Leadership. According to her Texas State colleagues, Patricia demonstrates a commitment to professionalism, a strong work ethic, and dependability.

    Staff Council Graduate Scholarship

    Ms. Elizabeth Hewett | Coordinator, Student Business Services

    Ms. Hewett, who earned a Master’s Degree in Education, is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Developmental Education. Her long-term goals include determining the effectiveness of campus resources accessed by specific student populations and identifying additional resources that may be necessary to address student needs at Texas State.

  • Angelika Lester Wahl Staff Diversity Award
    Mr. Fermin Torrez | Assistant Director, Custodial Operations

    Mr. Torrez actively supports Texas State’s diversity-related goals through his service on the Finance and Support Services Diversity Committee and by providing a welcoming environment for the many diverse staff members at the University.

    Deborah and James Mathews Excellence in Collaboration/Outreach Award
    Dr. Carl Van Aacken | Coordinator, Learning Lab, Student Learning Assistance Center

    Dr. Van Aacken demonstrated his conscious effort to support collaboration through his work with the 2016-2017 Common Experience theme, A Century of Conflict: Dialogues on the U.S. Experience of War since 1917. Further, Carl’s experiences in the U.S. Army make him an invaluable resource to the veteran students who utilize the SLAC Learning Lab as he goes above and beyond to ensure they have the support they need to be successful at Texas State.

    Earl L. Moseley, Jr. Staff Community Service Award
    Ms. Maggie Hutchins-Wagner | Grant Specialist, Department of Geography

    Ms. Hutchins-Wagner contributed countless hours to the San Marcos community through her work with the Greenbelt Alliance and advocacy for the Purgatory Creek Natural land acquisition, including post-flood restoration. Maggie also provided support to local Boy and Girl Scout students.

    Rodrigo Rodriguez Outstanding Custodian Award
    Mr. Joe Carter | Custodian, LBJ Student Center

    In addition to performing his job duties at a high level, Mr. Carter often takes personal time to contribute to educational initiatives and provide support to students and staff alike.

    Staff Excellence Award
    Mr. Brendan Scott | Coordinator, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

    Mr. Scott has demonstrated continuous dedication to collaboration by working with many campus departments and entities to improve processes, customer service orientation, and performance at Texas State.

  • To support these scholarships and awards, Staff Council raffles off Red Parking Permits each Spring. This year’s winners were:

    Ms. Kelly Dunn | Administrative Assist III, College of Health Professions

    Ms. Joanne Palmer | Intellectual Property Contract Specialist, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs