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Terry in Action- Kaylie Hartman

Kaylie Hartman (UTD 2014) was selected as 1 of 28 students in the U.S. (and the only student in Texas) to join the It’s On Us Student Advisory Committee. “Its on Us” is an initiative started by President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden to encourage students to stand up together against sexual assault on college campuses. It’s On Us asks students to take the lead on their campuses and mobilize their peers to create cultural and systemic changes.

TF: Why did you choose to get involved?
KH: I first heard about the movement from my work as a Peer Health Educator in the Universities Student Wellness Center. In my role there I spent a lot of time educating students on various aspects of physical and emotional well-being, that included sexual assault education. We hosted a big Its On Us event at our campus and in the Spring of 2016 Its On Us invited me to apply for the upcoming Student Advisory Committee.

TF: How has this experience impacted you?
KH: I am very excited to see what the upcoming year brings! It will be challenging and I know I will be very busy, but I am doing work that I love, and work that will make a positive impact on current and future generations. I am proud to be bringing change to an issue that has been so ingrained into our society and impacts so many people, of all walks of life.

TF: If you could give advice to other Terry Scholars who want to get involved, what would you tell them?
KH: Give it a shot! I applied for the Student Advisory Committee not knowing what would come of it. I had no idea I would be accepted into a committee with so many great student leaders from all around the country. At the beginning I questioned even applying but when I received a call for a follow up interview I knew it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. Looking back I am so so glad that I took the chance, remind yourself that you are an awesome student and you can make a difference! Believe in yourself and your abilities, have confidence that you have what it takes, and give it a shot!

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Terry in Action- Tiffany Rodriguez

Tiffany Rodriguez (TXST 2014) organized a school supply drive for the Pre-K Department at a local school. Texas State Terry Scholars brought their donations to the 2016 Fall Orientation.

TF: Why did you choose to get involved?
TR: I heard that the Pre-K Department at Science Hall Elementary (15 minutes away from TXST) was in dire need of help with a budget/school supplies, so I decided to coordinate the supply drive at Terry Orientation since we would have a great turn out. I choose to get involved because education is the most powerful tool we have in this world. Generally students who qualify for PREK are already at high risk with low financial support. We know how motivating it is to get school supplies at the start of each year so we wanted the children to feel special and worthy of new special things that will help fuel their learning.

TF: How has this experience impacted you?
TR: The teachers were beyond happy. The children “oooo’d” and “ahhh’d” when they saw me walk in with the supplies. They thought Santa had come, haha! Being able to donate to children in need makes us so happy. We most likely have all been in a lot of these children’s footsteps, and thanks to the Terry, we are making ourselves successful through education. We want these students to know that even at a young age education is fun and it can change your life for the better.

TF: If you could give advice to other Terry Scholars who want to get involved, what would you tell them?
TR:Donate and volunteer whenever you can! Not only is it a rewarding feeling but it will impact someone else in a positive way.

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Terry in Action- Landon Cowan

Landon Cowan (UNT 2013) presented his research at the McNair Research Luncheon, which was also attended by the university president and other administrators. Landon is majoring in Applied Behavior Analysis.

TF: Tell us about your research.

LC: My research (conducted in Florida over the summer) was about the use of a reinforcer assessment called a Progressive Ratio Assessment. This is often used to determine a specific item’a strength as a reinforcer that can be used for work/tasks. I love the field of applied behavior analysis and wanted to get involved in as many types of research as possible. Getting to go to Florida was a great way to do that! I learned a lot about the specific assessment that we were investigating, and got to explore some of the issues that clinicians and researchers have had with it when using it with children with autism. Conner Kennedy, a fellow Terry, also presented his research at the Luncheon.

TF: How has this experience impacted you?
LC: I am forever in debt to my UNT mentor, Dr. Karen Toussaint, and my host for the summer, Dr. Alison Betz for their willingness to help me grow as a researcher. I now feel more ready than ever to begin graduate school!

TF: If you could give advice to other Terry Scholars who want to get involved, what would you tell them?
LC: Be willing to get uncomfortable. It was crazy moving to Florida for 2 months, but all of the experiences that I had were priceless.

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Terry in Action- Isabella Nobile

Isabella Nobile (UH 2016) assisted UH’s eNABLE chapter in building a 3D printed prosthesis for a 6 year old girl.

TF: How did you get involved?
IN: My friend and classmate invited me to a meeting, and I was excited by the prospect of giving back to children through a STEM project.

TF: How has this experience impacted you?
IN: The experience of working with eNABLE is one I’ll never forget. I saw the little girl completely delighted by her newfound ability, and felt overwhelmed with emotion. Empowering a child through engineering has inspired me to find new ways to make a difference in the lives of more children like her.

TF: If you could give advice to other Terry Scholars who want to get involved, what would you tell them?
IN: Find people with a passion for projects!

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Terry in Action- Kendra Mack

Kendra Mack (TAMU 2013) worked with a team of other students to create a vector control application geared toward prevention of the spread of the Zika virus. She and her team presented the application at the CDC in Atlanta, GA.

TF: Why did you choose to get involved?
KM: I chose to get involved with “Innovations Against Zika” because I’m very passionate about medicine and I think that everyone needs to be involved in community health.

TF: What was the result of your visit to the CDC?
KM: We got an overwhelming amount of support at the CDC and will be continuing to finalize our application in order to get it piloted in an area being affected by Zika!

TF: How has this experience impacted you?
KM: This experience helped to show me what I’m capable in a short amount of time. I learned a lot about what I’m passionate about and it reminded me that I can make world changes from right where I am.

TF: If you could give advice to other Terry Scholars who want to get involved, what would you tell them?
KM: Get involved by learning more about the Zika virus and finding out ways you can prevent the spread of the disease in your area!

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Terry Abroad- Toul DeGuia-Cranmer

Terry School and Year
University of Houston, 2015

Where did you study abroad?
I studied Geophysics at the University of Stavanger in Norway during the Fall 2016 semester.
I was also able to visit the following places:

  • Stockholm, Sweden
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Paris, France
  • Köln, Germany
  • London, England
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands

Why did you choose to study abroad?
I chose to study abroad because through the bilateral exchange agreement in place with the University of Stavanger, I was able to get ahead in my major, which allows for me to achieve two minors; Phronesis and Computer Science. I also chose to study abroad for the opportunity to meet with other international scholars and to see different ways of doing things.


How has this experience impacted you?
The experience has encouraged me to pursue a career as a Foreign Service Officer and has given me experience to be competitive. I found that I derived great satisfaction from representing the United States while abroad. I enjoyed shattering the many misconceptions of Americans for Scandinavians and other Europeans. I also have made connections in my field of Geophysics that can potentially aid in securing a career in Oil & Gas, should I desire to. The biggest impact that this experience had on me overall is that it opened up my eyes to what is possible in terms of having a career abroad or even potentially studying abroad in pursuit of a masters degree, which would be tuition free in most of the countries I visited.


Do you have a favorite memory from your trip? If so, what is it?
My favorite memory from the trip is the frustration of being in another country and having to figure out how
to do the basic things that I take for granted on a daily basis. I found that learning how to do this in multiple-foreign countries has greatly increased my self-confidence when being placed in new or unfamiliar situations, a skill I believe to be invaluable in the information age; the age of breakneck change.


Do you have advice for others who want to study abroad?
I would tell them to do an entire semester abroad and to research the bilateral exchange agreements in place because often these agreements allow for transfer of credit for junior and senior level classes, a common complaint that I have heard from both non-traditional and transfer scholars, in preventing them from doing a full semester abroad. I would also advise them to plan their additional travels for the end of the semester and to keep in mind that the curriculum is as challenging, if not more challenging than at their respective universities.


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Terry in Action- Lance Koenig

Terry School and Year
UT- San Antonio, 2015

Name of Cause/ Project
VMC’s Community Outreach Program


What was your role?
Project Manager of VMC’s Community Outreach Program. I orchestrated events to ensure maximum participation for our leadership team and our advisors. With this program it made it so that all my employees have a sense of purpose and meaning in what they do. This is an important aspect in all careers. My team is pictured below.

Why did you choose to get involved?
You see so much negative in the world, and I wanted to make a difference, no matter how small it may have been. I have struggled throughout my entire life and there was always someone there to help. I want to do the same for others.
We have had multiple events since the creation of the program at the following non-profit organizations.

  • Habitat for Humanity: We helped build a house for someone in need and his family.
  • San Antonio Food Bank: We participated in multiple projects such as food sorting and one of my favorites, the Summer feeding program. During the summer there are multiple Children who go without lunch while they are not in school. During this event we made lunches for these children and fed over 2000 kids with the lunches we made over the multiple service experiences we had there.

How has this experience impacted you?
It was truly inspiring to see so many people step up to help out those in need. We have had 15-30 volunteers each event, and we want this to continue to grow. As this project continues the growth will make it so we can help more and more people. Currently we are building backpacks for the homeless in San Antonio.

What advice would you give to others who want to get involved with a similar initiative?
Be proactive. There are so many organizations that need your help. Whether it adopt a beach in Corpus, or the person you see every day on your way to school asking for some help, there is always a way you can give back. Show these people in need that, while there is so much negative in the world, humanity still cares.


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