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Below is a message from Angelo State President Ronnie D. Hawkins Jr. regarding Angelo State University’s plan for the Fall 2021 Semester

I am excited to announce that Angelo State University will return to face-to-face instruction as our primary academic format for Fall 2021. Classes that were taught face-to-face before the start of the pandemic will return to that format for the Fall 2021 term.

For the Summer 2021 terms, we will offer online courses to meet student demand, but will also provide in-person courses, at 75% classroom capacity, for our students who choose to spend the summer here in San Angelo.

For us to be successful and keep our campus community healthy and safe, I encourage everyone to continue to follow the guidance of medical professionals and to consider getting the COVID-19 vaccine. We will review the need for continued safety protocols for the summer and fall at the end of the spring semester.

The health and safety of our campus community remains our top priority. Should conditions change, we will have a contingency plan in place and be prepared to pivot.

I know this year has been one filled with challenges, and I thank you for all the sacrifices you have made, as well as your patience and cooperation as we navigated the changes of the last year. There truly is no family like the Ram Family, and I look forward to welcoming our entire family back to campus this fall.

Rams Rise!

Ronnie D. Hawkins Jr
President
Angelo State University

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Kevin Rudaski of Waldorf, Md., a cadet in Angelo State University’s Air Force ROTC Detachment 847, has been awarded a Project Global Officer (Project GO) Scholarship that will fund Russian language studies through Indiana University this summer.

Project GO is an initiative of the Defense Language and National Security Education Office that provides scholarships to ROTC students for critical language studies.

Rudaski’s scholarship will pay for his tuition, fees, books and other expenses to participate in a virtual Russian language and culture program from June 1 to July 30 in Indiana University’s Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies.

The Russian program classes will meet four hours per day, and students pledge to speak only Russian in class and during various activities. Students also have access to conversation sessions with native speakers. Classes are practical and oriented to helping students develop speaking proficiency and acquire the cultural knowledge and habits they need to interact appropriately and confidently in a Russian-speaking community. Classes are designed according to the best practices of the National Russian Flagship Language Program and the IU Russian Flagship Program.

An intelligence and analysis major at ASU, Rudaski is minoring in Russian and is currently enrolled in Russian 2312, the capstone Russian language course taught by Ewa Davis, instructor of Russian.

“In addition to our regular class time, Kevin and I have been working separately on expanding his Russian language skills,” Davis said. “Needless to say, Kevin is a bright and studious gentleman. It is truly rewarding to see such enthusiasm and devotion in a student.”

A cadet major in ROTC Det. 847, Rudaski is also president of ASU’s Russian Club student organization. He is set to graduate in May and has been accepted into the Master of Science in Foreign Service graduate program at Georgetown University.

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For the fourth straight year, the Angelo State University Cheer Team has won national titles at the United Spirit Association USA Collegiate Championships based in Anaheim, Calif. Events were conducted virtually this year with results announced March 22.

ASU’s 25-member co-ed Cheer Team won two national championships and recorded one national third-place finish in the Collegiate Game Day division, including:

  • First Place – College Band Chant Contest
  • First Place – College Situational Sideline/Crowd Leading Contest
  • Third Place – College Fight Song Contest

The Collegiate Game Day division was combined into the USA West Coast Championships this year. Contests featured teams from dozens of colleges and universities throughout the U.S. competing in a variety of divisions and categories, including Game Day, Show Cheer, Jazz, Hip-Hop and Pom-Pom.

The ASU Cheer Team previously won 2018 and 2019 national championships in the Show Cheer division, as well as 2020 national championships in the Collegiate Game Day division.

ASU Cheer Team members include:

  • Gabriel Brito of Odessa
  • Kaia Brooks of Leander
  • Hallee Carlson of San Angelo
  • Jillian Courtade of Devine
  • Ashlee Covos of Odessa
  • Alexis (Lexie) Crouch of Midland
  • Aftyn Cummings of Uvalde
  • Jamyiah Derrough of Lancaster
  • Erin Dyer of Brownwood
  • Kayla Elmore of San Antonio
  • Nicholas Griffin of Sherman
  • Keaghan Holt of Seguin
  • Katelan House of San Angelo
  • Marc Lecocq of Liberty Hill
  • Cody Luzadder of Midland
  • Idalis Olvedo of Kerrville
  • Alexis Overstreet of Killeen
  • Hannah Philpot of San Antonio
  • Julyssa Ramirez of Hondo
  • Sofia Regalado of Eden
  • Suzanna Sanchez of El Paso
  • Alexis Sauceda of Childress
  • Jackilyn Sykes of Sonora
  • Kora Young of Harper
  • Serena Gomez of San Angelo (Mascot)

Next up for the ASU Cheer Team is a trip to the College Classic National Invitational cheer competition April 10-11 in Orlando, Fla. ASU will enter two Show Cheer routines and compete in Mascot and Stunt Group contests.

The ASU Cheer Team is coached by Kaylee King and her graduate assistant, Lauren Ortiz of Medina.

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Dr. Renee Foshee of the Angelo State University accounting faculty has been appointed to the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy (TSBPA) by Gov. Greg Abbott for a term that will run through January 2027.

The role of the TSBPA is to protect the public by ensuring that persons issued certificates as certified public accountants (CPAs) possess the necessary education, skills and capabilities, and that they perform competently in the profession of public accountancy.

“I am honored to have been selected by the governor to serve on the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy,” Foshee said. “As a former public accountant, I try to bring a real-world perspective to the classroom. It is an exciting time to be part of the CPA profession, and there is high demand for accounting graduates. The accounting profession is evolving and adopting new technology, which is replacing repetitive accounting functions. Future accounting graduates will be using deeper skills and knowledge earlier in their careers to become comprehensive business advisors.”

A native West Texan, Foshee spent a decade as a CPA in San Antonio before joining the ASU faculty in 2018 as an assistant professor in the Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance within the Norris-Vincent College of Business (NVCOB).

Dr. Renee Foshee Dr. Renee Foshee“My parents were cotton farmers in the community of Loop in Gaines County,” Foshee said. “I grew up on the farm, and all of my primary and secondary education was at Loop ISD, a little Division 1A school. My dad was very hard-working and a successful farmer. He and my mom always stressed that my sisters and I go to college and get an education.”

Foshee now passes that education on to her ASU students in the classroom. She is also a member of the NVCOB’s Teaching Quality Assurance Committee and her department’s Curriculum Committee and Accounting Curriculum Sub-Committee, as well as the student internship coordinator for the accounting program.

Off campus, Foshee is a member of the San Angelo CPA Society, San Antonio CPA Society, Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, American Accounting Association and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Also a lawyer, Foshee is licensed by the State Bars of Texas, California, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and she is a member of the American Bar Association.

Foshee holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Abilene Christian University, a Master of Accountancy from Texas State University, a Juris Doctor law degree from Texas Tech University, and Master of Laws degrees from Southern Methodist University and Temple University.

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Dr. Drew Curtis of the Angelo State University psychology faculty has been appointed president-interim of the Psychological Association of Greater West Texas (PAGWT), the area branch of the Texas Psychological Association.

In that position, Curtis will serve the PAGWT’s executive committee and its membership of licensed psychologists through a commitment to promote excellence in the practice of psychology. He succeeds fellow ASU psychology faculty member, Dr. Sangeeta Singg, who was recently appointed to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists.

Dr. Drew Curtis Dr. Drew Curtis“It is a great honor and privilege to serve the Psychological Association of Greater West Texas and to continue ASU’s tradition of leadership in the organization,” Curtis said. “I welcome the opportunity to serve the excellent licensed psychologists and River Crest Hospital, who are working diligently to meet the mental health needs of San Angelo and surrounding areas.”

“Serving PAGWT is also an opportunity to develop relationships for our counseling psychology graduate students and to model the importance of collaboration, consultation and continuing education among mental health practitioners.”

Curtis has also received some international attention for a research article he co-authored titled “Pathological Lying: Theoretical and Empirical Support for a Diagnostic Entity.” He has been interviewed for stories in Italy’s La Repubblica national newspaper and the science podcast “Naruhodo” in Spain. The research article has also been featured in various industry journals, including Psychology Today, Psych News Daily and Flourishing Life, and has led to two book contracts with the American Psychological Association.

“The article has received attention,” Curtis said, “largely because it is a first of its kind to conduct a large-scale, theory-driven, empirically supported study that corroborates the existence of pathological lying, which has not yet been formally recognized within the ‘Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders’ or the ‘International Classification of Diseases.’ Our work could be instrumental in moving toward formally recognizing pathological lying as a distinct disorder, which will aid in research of its treatment.”

An ASU faculty member since 2013, Curtis is an associate professor of psychology, director of ASU’s nationally recognized counseling psychology graduate program, and president of the Southwestern Psychological Association. He is also the author of two books:

  • “Foundations of Abnormality: Myths, Misconceptions, and Movies” (2018)
  • “Abnormal Psychology: Myths of ‘Crazy’” (2016)

In addition to his books, Curtis has been published in a wide variety of professional journals, including the International Journal for the Advancement of Counseling, Journal of Relationships Research, North American Journal of Psychology, American Journal of Psychological Research, International Journal of Health Sciences Education, Journal of Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, and others. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Sam Houston State University and his doctorate from Texas Woman’s University.

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