Texas State Technical College Nursing Graduates Honored


Six nursing students were honored at an April 28 pinning ceremony celebrating their graduation from Texas State Technical College with associate degrees, the school said in a news release.

Honored at the ceremony were: Marylou Russell, Terri Rickman, Kenna Logan, Ruth Ochungo, Chelsea Gunville-Schied and David Josh Geron.

“You have shown that you will not abandon your patients,” Lisa van Cleave, head of the TSTC nursing division, told the graduates, according to the release. “You will fight for them. I know you will do great things.

TSTC offers an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree at its Sweetwater and Harlingen campuses, and offers a Professional Nursing Certificate program in Breckenridge, Sweetwater, and Harlingen.

Texas State Technical College nursing students honored at an April 28 pinning ceremony, left to right: Marylou Russell, Terri Rickman, Kenna Logan, Ruth Ochungo, Chelsea Gunville-Schied and David Josh Geron.  Not pictured: Michelle Jones.

Tartleton names new college dean

Rafael Landaeta will be the first dean of Tarleton State University’s new College of Engineering – currently the School of Engineering – the university said in a recent press release.

Landaeta, who is currently associate dean for undergraduate education at Old Dominion University’s Batten College of Engineering and Technology in Norfolk, Va., will take up his new role effective June 1 – pending Texas approval. A&M University System – according to the release.

Raphael Landaeta

Landaeta holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and a Masters in Engineering Management from the University of Central Florida, as well as a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from UNITEC Venezuela. The American Society for Engineering Management presented Meritorious Service Awards in 2006 and 2012, and he was elected a Fellow in 2014.

Technology Campus Receives Research Ranking

The Carnegie Classification of Institutions recently designated Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center as a four-year Special Research Institution (Very High Research Intensity University), TTUHSC said in a press release Wednesday.

“We are proud of our world-class faculty and outstanding doctoral trainees who have worked together to earn TTUHSC’s designation as a world leader in health-related academic research,” says McMahon, Ph.D., vice -TTUHSC Senior Chair for Research. and innovation, said in the statement.

The classification places the school among 22 specialized four-year research universities in the country with a curriculum focused on health care and medicine, research and other specialized fields, according to the statement.

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TSTC opens new labs

Texas State Technical College will celebrate the opening of its EMS program’s immersive interactive labs during ribbon-cutting ceremonies Wednesday at its Abilene and Brownwood campuses, TSTC said in a press release.

The Abilene event will begin at 10 a.m. at TSTC’s Industrial Technology Center at 2082 Quantum Loop, followed by a second ceremony at 2 p.m. at 305 Booker St. on the Brownwood campus.

The new labs will allow instructors to replicate a variety of environments to help prepare students for real-life situations, according to the release.


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