COLLEGE OF LIBERAL & APPLIED ARTS -- GRADUATE RESEARCH CONFERENCE
The First Annual College of Liberal and Applied Arts Graduate Research Conference was held April 25, 2013. Twenty-three students presented traditional papers, fast-paced data blitzes, and poster exhibits representing five of the college's MA programs. The afternoon event's single session format provided an opportunity for students and faculty to exchange ideas about projects and how other disciplines' approaches may enhance future research. While certainly an opportunity for students to meet and mingle with colleagues from throughout the college and develop a professional network, it was their exchange of methodological approaches, theories, and perspectives which resulted in a successful conference. Dr. Brian Murphy, CLAA Dean, provided refreshments and announced the first two Dean's Research Award recipients during the closing ceremony: Ms. Alba Villegas, Exploring the Needs of Hispanic Individuals and Families in San Augustine County , Social Work, Adviser - Dr. Emmerentie Oliphant and Ms. Shannon Johnson, Emotional Crimes and Strengthen of Evidence in Mock Juror Decision Making, Psychology, Adviser - Steven Estrada .
Economics, environment and society -- the elements of the 'triple bottom line' are mutually-reinforcing,
pivotal factors in a community's quality of life, its livability. For most of the past year, students and staff members from Stephen F. Austin State University's Center for a Livable World have been on the ground in Kilgore, conducting research in their pilot livability study here, deconstructing the community in a myriad of ways, from housing, shopping, dining, parks, walkability, race relations, education, city services and more. Below are the findings of the study.