Department News & Research

Jon Wivagg leads survey of non-profits and hosts workshops on Grant Writing

For many nonprofits, grants are a critical lifeline that allows them to provide essential services and keep their doors open.  In particular, health and human service organizations rely heavily on private and public grant funding income. Grants allow not-for-profit organizations to deliver services to people who otherwise can’t afford them.


In an effort to increase the flow of grant money to our local nonprofits, the City of San Marcos commissioned the Texas State Institute for Government Innovation (IGI) and Department of Sociology to conduct an Environmental Scan survey that revealed that finding grant opportunities was the most pressing grant-related need among San Marcos nonprofits.  To address this need, Dr. Jon Wivagg, who teaches a graduate class in Grant Writing, will provide two presentations at the San Marcos Public Library. The presentations will cover grant identification, descriptions, and how to evaluate their usefulness. The first presentation will be on Thursday, December 14 at 3:00 p.m. with a second presentation on Wednesday, January 10th at 2:00 p.m. and both are free and open to the public. In addition to these events, the San Marcos Public Library has created a webpage about grants and grant opportunities including access to Candid Foundation Directory.

Dr. Xi Pan Publishes Study


Dr. Xi Pan publishes study linking the quality of drinking water with delaying cognitive decline in older adults

Contributing author Claude Bonazzo-Romaguera honored

The starting line : Latina/o children, Texas schools, and national debates on early education has been included in the list of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for the year. From the choice website "Every year in the December issue, in print and online, Choice publishes a list of Outstanding Academic Titles that were reviewed during the previous calendar year. This prestigious list reflects the best in scholarly titles reviewed by Choice and brings with it the extraordinary recognition of the academic library community."

Martinez selected as the Best Professor in Hays County

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Gloria Martinez has been selected as the Best Professor of Hays County for the year 2022 by the San Marcos Daily Record. The Best of Hays Awards are given out each year in a multitude of categories and are voted on by members of the community. 

Sociology Department Participates in Bobcat Build 2022

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The Sociology Department participated in the University's Bobcat Build event. Sixteen students, staff and faculty members (one not pictured) came together to benefit the Hays County Community by clearing out brush, moving branches, washing windows and even (attempting to) remove a tree stump! Thank you to all who participated! 

Johnson and Dietrich featured in Dementia Care Book Chapter

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Dr. Chris Johnson and Dr. David Dietrich have been featured in the book Dementia Care: Issues, Responses and International Perspectives. From the book site, "This book discusses the contemporary medico-social, psychological, legal, and therapeutic concerns related to people affected by dementia as a patient or as a caregiver. It provides global emerging responses to dementia." 

Jose Silva interns on Capitol Hill

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Applied Sociology student Jose Silva is currently interning for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. Jose is also a Latina/o Studies and Honor Studies minor. Learn more about Jose's story on the CHCI website

Emrys Williams Wins Employee of the Month

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Emrys has won the Texas State University Employee of the Month Award. She will be in the running for employee of the year. 

MSDA Program named top 10 in the Nation

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Intelligent has named the MSDA program as a top ten program for Gerontology for the year 2022. The article also explains why Gerontology is an increasingly important area of study. 

Dr. Bonazzo participates in Dialogue for Peace and Progress

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The event was held on October 1st as part of Hispanic Heritage Month. A recording of the event is available on youtube

Aldana Marquez publishes article on Suicide in Immigration Detention Centers

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Dr. Beatriz Aldana Marquez has published an article titled Pushing Them to the Edge: Suicide in Immigrant Detention Centers as a Product of Organizational Failure.  Also listed as authors are Guadalupe Marquez-Velarde, John M. Eason and Linda Aldana.