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Texas Tech Human Development and Family Studies Newsletter
Welcome to another great issue of HDFS Buzz, the newsletter of the Texas Tech University Department of Human Development and Family Studies. As we enter the summer season, we are excited to inform you about the exciting things that have happened this spring semester.

Our faculty are being recognized across campus for their excellence in teaching, research, and service on a global scale. Our students are sharing their impactful research at national conferences. We celebrate the Center for Adolescent Resiliency’s United Future Leaders program being selected for the 2019 Gold Medal Award. See how HDFS senior Mickenzie Brownlow’s international service led to her selection as the Maynette Derr Williams Service award winner. 

I encourage you to send us your latest news and accomplishments to share with the HDFS community. Thank you for taking the time to read about the latest news in Human Development and Family Studies. We encourage you to visit our website to see our recently added “Give Now” feature, which provides an opportunity to support our programs through the HDFS Fund for Excellence. Stay tuned for the next issue of HDFS Buzz, coming this September. 
Ann M. Mastergeorge, Ph.D.
Department Chair
Rockwell Endowed Professor
Department of Human Development and Family Studies
College of Human Sciences
Stephanie Shine, Ph.D. Presented with Global Engagement Community Award
HDFS proudly congratulates faculty member and Early Childhood Program Director, Dr. Stephanie Shine, on the Global Engagement Community Award at the Global Vision Awards Ceremony. This award celebrates commitment to globalization efforts at Texas Tech and in higher education, awarded in recognition of her contributions to international understanding and engagement in the greater Lubbock community. 
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Join us on the journey to discover how our alumni are continuing a legacy of improving and enhancing the human condition. Let us help you tell your story. We would love to hear about your life after Texas Tech and reconnect with our HDFS and EC alumni. Please update your contact information on our website so that we can share your story and share other stories with you.
Human Development and Family Studies Participates in Parent Engagement Summit
February 22-23, HDFS Chair Dr. Ann Mastergeorge, Dr. Elizabeth Trejos-Castillo, Dr. Dana Weiser and Associate Chair Mitzi Ziegner attended the Texas Tech Parents Association’s first Parent Engagement Summit where they served as speakers and round table discussion leaders. Topics of the summit included engaging with Texas Tech University, cross-generational conversations and changing family dynamics.
Department Highlights
  • Dr. Malinda Colwell received the Texas Tech President’s Academic Achievement Award for 2019. The criteria for this award include excellence in achievement across the teaching, research, and service missions of the university. Dr. Colwell was recognized at the 2019 Faculty Honors Convocation in April.
  • Dr. Sylvia Niehuis was selected as one of the recipients of the Texas Tech President’s Excellence in Teaching Award for 2019. Dr. Niehuis' dedication to teaching and educating students is attributed to receiving this award.
  • HDFS students attended the TXCFR conference on February 28 - March 1. Five students presented posters during the student poster competition, and HDFS senior Karsen Davis tied for first place. HDFS student Austin Ross was elected as TxCFR undergraduate board representative. Other student presenters included Lucero De-Paz, Johnathan Moore, Catie Nolan, and Madalyn Hildreth.
  • Congratulations to the Center for Adolescent Resiliency (CAR) and their United Future Leaders program for being honored with a 2019 Gold Medal Award by the Lubbock Professional Chapter of the Association for Women in Communications. Learn more >>
  • Undergraduate students Alyssa Baldwin and Karsen Davis both of whom received National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) Honors. This honor recognizes their accomplishments in academics, leadership, and community service. Congratulations also to their award mentors—Dr. Dana Weiser and Dr. Shera Jackson.
  • 2019 Raiders Who Rock Nominees in HDFS included Dr. Jacki Fitzpatrick and Stacy Johnson for Pursuit of Excellence, Jenna Moye and Dr. Dana Weiser for Unsung Hero, and Mitzi Ziegner in the Community Service and Leadership category.
  • The Department of Human Development and Family Studies held its annual Pizza with Profs event on March 7 for students and faculty members in the Human Sciences Canyon Room. Students enjoyed free pizza, a chance to talk with their professors outside the classroom, games, and door prizes. Student prize winners were Stephanie Cross, Mary Claire Akin, Dani Clower, and Amanda Wiggs. View Photos >>
  • Alumna Andrea Yeric says her experience in Human Development and Family Studies program prepared her for graduate school. Learn more >>
HDFS Major Mickenzie Brownlow Selected as Maynette Derr Williams Service Award Winner
For the past seven years, Mickenzie has traveled to Malawi, Africa with Circle of Hope International where she teaches and mentors students from preschool to 7th grade, assists in health and wellness checks, and instructs house moms on appropriate child development and childcare practices. This award is presented to one senior in the College of Human Sciences each academic year. The recipient receives a gift of $500 from the Maynette Derr Williams Foundation. HDFS celebrates Mickenzie's recognition and wishes her luck as she pursues a career in Occupational Therapy after graduation.
Undergrad research conference
Undergraduate Research Conference: HDFS Honorable Mention
Congratulations to Human Development and Family Studies Associate Professor Dr. Sylvia Niehuis and undergraduate student Karsen Davis for the recognition of honorable mention for the 2019 Outstanding Undergraduate and Mentor Researcher award. 
Monday Morning Brown Bag with Bagels Series: Careers Outside Academia
On February 25, the HDFS Monday Morning Brown Bag with Bagels series focused on a panel that spoke on careers outside academia. Panel members were Dr. Lyndol Loyd, Sharon Bass, Nancy Trevino-Schafer, and Mitzi Ziegner. All panel members were Texas Tech HDFS graduates, and each attributed much of their professional success to skills they learned in the department.
HDFS Participates in 2019 Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Biennial Meeting
Human Development and Family Studies graduate student and faculty attended the SRCD conference in Baltimore on March 20-23. During the biennial meetings, attendees participated in graduate research, round table discussions, and poster sessions. 
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