COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
Annual COESS Chili Cook-Off (Early Fall)
Student and faculty teams prepare taste-tempting chili recipes in a friendly competition in a high-spirited and fun-filled atmosphere. All are invited to participate and join in the tasting and listen to the live band. Trophies are awarded in various categories and the Grand Champion team receives book scholarships. The Chili Cook-Off has become an annual event that students, faculty and staff look forward to each fall semester. For information contact Dr. Robin Capt firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Panhandle Area Math and Science Conference (Early Fall)
The event provides area teachers and pre-service teachers with an excellent opportunity for professional development. The theme this year is STAAR: Support, Teach, Act, Assess, Respond. For information contact Kathy Lefever email@example.com
Annual Roberson Counseling Seminar (Fall)
The West Texas A&M University’s Counseling program hosts an annual seminar in the fall semester in honor of Dr. Janice Roberson. Dr. Roberson, who retired in 2003, was a Professor of Counselor Education who contributed to the development of the School Counseling track at WTAMU. This conference focuses on relevant counseling issues and strategies for school counselors. For information contact Dr. Yvetle Castillo firstname.lastname@example.org
Annual COESS Graduates of Distinction Recognition Reception (October)
Each fall, outstanding alumni of the college are publically recognized. These graduates have distinguished themselves through their significant personal and professional accomplishments. Recipients of the award are selected from nominations submitted to a committee composed of faculty members from each department in the college. For information or to submit a nomination, please contact the committee chair, Dr. Yvette Castillo email@example.com.
Annual Social Work Program Conference (Fall and Spring)
The Social Work Program Conference will be held October 21, 2011 at the Virgil Henson Activities Center. The Conference is organized by senior students, for students of all levels, and anyone interested in social work as a profession is encouraged to attend. Breakfast and lunch are provided, with lots of great workshops (presented by our students) and networking opportunities (with program faculty and local agencies) for all students attending. For information contact Dr. Melody Loya firstname.lastname@example.org or Ms. Cara Speer email@example.com.
Dia de los Muertos - A Celebration of Life (October/November)
An annual event celebrating diversity and Mexican culture. Students, faculty and the community are invited to enter ofrendas (altars) celebrating life and lives lived. Events Include cultural activities and a gala, generating funds for scholarships in the college. For information contact Dr. Yvette Castillo firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ethics Training for Social Work Practitioners
On November 11, 2011, the graduate Social Work advanced standing student cohort will present an Ethics training for CEU hours available to the general practice community and other MSSW graduate students. There will be a variety of Ethics workshops available and participants can earn up to 6 CEU hours of Ethics training for the daylong conference. This year will be our first year to provide this to the social work practice community, and we hope it will become an annual event. For information contact Dr. Mo Cuevas email@example.com.
TAMUS Pathways Student Research Symposium (Fall)
The 9th Annual Pathways Student Research Symposium will be held at Texas A&M University November 11th, 2011. The Symposium is hosted by a different System school every year and offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to present original research and receive feedback from experts in their field. Awards were given for poster and oral presentations by specific disciplines and for best overall presentation by academic level. Come network with students from other TAMU Universities and enjoy this research oriented event. For information contact Dr. Angela Spaulding firstname.lastname@example.org.
Killgore Research and Research Enhancement Grants for Students (Fall)
Each fall semester, the Killgore Research Committee requests proposals for Killgore Research and Research Enhancement grants. Student grant awards are made in the amount of $500. Killgore Research Center grants are restricted to proposals that impact the Panhandle of Texas directly in areas of agriculture, rural health, rural education K-16 (math and science), businesses for small communities, environmental science, and energy. Research Enhancement grants are available for all disciplines. All grant recipients will present the results of their Killgore or Research Enhancement Grant at a university-provided venue during the year following their grant award. For information contact Dr. Angela Spaulding email@example.com.
Center for Learning Disabilities Distinguished Lecture Series (Fall)
The Center annually presents nationally and internationally recognized experts in learning disabilities to area families, educators, professionals and students interested in learning disabilities. For information contact Dr. Conn Thomas firstname.lastname@example.org.The Honorable Debra McCartt Annual Conference in Public Service (Spring)
The annual conference brings together students, faculty, public service professionals and policymakers to explore issues facing communities. The conference provides networking and professional development opportunities to those committed to public service values including the development of the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve innovative solutions to the emerging challenges of public sector service and administration. For information contact Dr. Eddie Henderson email@example.com.
Annual WTAMU Social Justice Leadership Conference (Spring)
Social justice now occupies center stage as the world reaches global consciousness through rapid globalization and with so much happening around the world, we are affected here at home. Social justice is a core value that speaks to the worth of individuals to be treated fairly and justly irrespective of ethnicity/national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion and other differences. The Social Justice Leadership Conference provides a venue for meeting, learning and working together toward that end. For information contact Professor Claudia Stuart firstname.lastname@example.org.
Williams Children's Literature Collection and Reading Room Distinguished Lecture Series (Spring)
The Williams Reading Room and Children's Literature Collection serves as a nucleus for literacy education at WTAMU and the Texas Panhandle and hosts an annual Distinguished Lecture Series featuring noted authors and illustrators of children's literature. For information contact Dr. Judy email@example.com.
The West Texas A&M University’s Counseling program holds an annual seminar in the spring semester in honor of Dr. Kenneth W. Waugh, Professor Emeritus. Dr. Waugh, who retired in 1984, was a counseling faculty member who contributed to the development of the Professional Counseling program at WTAMU. This conference focuses on relevant counseling issues and strategies for mental health counselors. For information contact Dr. Melodie Frick firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual COESS Honors Events (Late Spring)
Each spring, most programs in the college host an honors recognition event. Students receiving scholarships for the next academic year and students being recognized for outstanding accomplishments are honored at these events. Friends, family members, and the public are invited to attend; refreshments are provided. For information contact the Heads of the academic departments within the college. For information contact Department Head.
Annual Summer Undergraduate Student Research (Late Spring)
Each spring, research proposals are considered from any active West Texas A&M University undergraduate student who is in good standing at the time of the project and is being advised by a faculty member. The Killgore Research Committee awards funds to students to conduct research which include the purchase of supplies, services, stipend to cover students’ wages and travel expenses if travel is considered integral. The benefits of undergraduate research include student engagement by providing faculty-mentored research experiences, the opportunity to present research, and promoting graduate education as a possibility for these students. For information contact Graduate School.
Annual WTAMU School Board Workshop (May)
School board members and superintendents from across the region attend for the annual conference for most current information and training. The Region 16 Education Service Center, the Texas Association of School Boards, and the WTAMU Educational Leadership program collaborate in presenting this valuable professional development experience for school leadership. For information contact Dr. Susan Nix email@example.com.