Faculty, Student, Alumni Recognition
New MSRC Graduates
Congratulations to the 2021 MSRC Fall Graduates. We are proud of your accomplishment. Add the MSRC letters after your name because you earned it. We know you all will do great things and shine. You are Rising Stars!
Graduates Pictured (Top to Bottom): Rita Lopez Vigil, Zachary Hubbell, Jacquelyn Schenck, Genie George, Theresa Griego, Shawn Terry, Robin Garcia, Sierra Norwood, Carlynn Shaw, Samantha Gutierrez
Graduates Not Pictured: Aaron Bagley, Chelsea Dallas, Afroza Khan, JJ Valdez
Congratulations to Jennifer Sauers, BSRC graduate and current MSRC student, for being named Relief Manager at Texas Children’s Hospital. A rising star in the classroom and outside the classroom. Onward and upward!
Congratulations to Morgan Meyers, MSRC graduate in 2019, for being named Respiratory Therapy Manager at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa New Braunfels. We are so proud of all you have accomplished, Morgan. We know you will be using all you learned in the MSRC to benefit your patients and department.
Congratulations to Laura Russian, BSRC, RRT, RPFT, for having her abstract accepted at the annual North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference (NACFC). Her abstract, "Improving Home Spirometry Adherence for Out-Patient Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Clinic,” will be showcased as a presentation and poster in the Virtual Exhibit Hall. Additionally, her abstract will be electronically published in the supplement to the Journal of Cystic Fibrosis. Laura is a 2004 graduate of the Texas State BSRC program and works in the CF Clinic at Dell Children’s Medical Center. Huge applause for Laura and her valuable contributions to the CF community. Co-Authors on the project include Kathy Villagomez, RRT, Adult CF Program Coordinator, and Shine-Ann Pai, RRT, QI Coordinator and Interim Pediatric Program Coordinator.
Congratulations to Karen Blain, MSRC 2020 graduate, for being published in the November 2021 issue of RC Journal. Effect of Student Demographics, Prior Military Service, and Class Start Times on Academic Performance in a Respiratory Care Program. This is a project she worked on with Dr. Arzu Ari in the MSRC research courses. Karen is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Respiratory Care Department at UNC Wilmington. Huge applause for Karen and Dr. Ari!
Congratulations to Charnette Zaskoda, @MSRC_TexasState student for receiving the 2021 Stephen P. Mikles, EdS, RRT, FAARC Media Award. This scholarship is sponsored by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). In addition to the monetary award, Charnette will also receive full registration to the 2021 AARC Virtual International Congress. Huge applause for you, Charnette!
Congratulations to Tiffany Leonard, @MSRC_TexasState graduate in 2020, for accepting a Clinical Navigator position at PAM Rehabilitation Hospital of Round Rock. We are so proud of you, Tiffany. We know you will shine in this role! https://www.linkedin.com/in/tiffany-leonard-msrc-rrt-1b32927a
Congratulations to Jamesa Ratcliff, @MSRC_TexasState graduate in 2020, for accepting a Medical Science Liaison position at Theravance Biopharma US, Inc. We are so proud of you, Jamesa. We look forward to sharing all your future successes. https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamesa-ratcliff-msrc-rrt-62524727
Congratulations to Karen Blain, @MSRC_TexasState graduate in 2020, for accepting a Clinical Assistant Professor position in the School of Health and Applied Human Science at UNC Wilmington. We are so proud of you, Karen. Your hard work paid off. Welcome to academia!
Congratulations to Catherine Mollenkopf, @MSRC_TexasState graduate in 2018, for accepting the Manager position at A & P Quality Care Medical. We are so proud of you, Cat. Thank you for making us look good! https://www.linkedin.com/in/catherine-mollenkopf-173680144
Distance and Extended Learning Online Teaching Award-2019
The Department of Respiratory Care at Texas State University is incredibly proud of Dr. Lynda Harkins (center) for being the recipient of the 6th Annual Award for Excellence in Online Teaching. The award, co-sponsored by the Office of Distance and Extended Learning, recognizes and rewards superior online teaching. Dr. Harkins continues to be the model of excellence for fellow faculty and encourages all faculty to improve and advance their online teaching pedagogy. Dr. Harkins teaches in the Master of Science in Respiratory Care program at Texas State. Have you considered advancing your education and learning from award winning online professors? Now is the time! #getyourmsrc
Distance and Extended Learning Online Teaching Award - 2019
The Department of Respiratory Care at Texas State University is incredibly proud of Dr. Arzu Ari (center) for being recognized at the 6th Annual Award for Excellence in Online Teaching. The award, co-sponsored by the Office of Distance and Extended Learning, recognizes and rewards superior online teaching. Dr. Ari continues to be the model of excellence for fellow faculty and encourages all faculty to improve and advance their online teaching pedagogy. Dr. Ari teaches in the Master of Science in Respiratory Care program at Texas State. Have you considered advancing your education and learning from award winning online professors? Now is the time! #getyourmsrc
AARC House of Delegates Student Representative
Congratulations Tiara Flores (pictured on your left) for serving as the student representative for the Texas Society for Respiratory Care at the 2018 AARC House of Delegates and Congress. Bobcat nation is proud of you, Tiara!
Can you spot our past grads on the SDMC Transport Team picture below?
Bobcat RT's rock NICU Transport!
Graduates from Texas State's BSRC Program are everywhere across the state and country. Here you see four TxState grads (L-to-R) Minerva Rodriguez, John Alexander, Tim Farmer--NICU Transport Supervisor--and Valerie Gomez, in front of the STARFlight helicopter at St. David's Medical Center as part of the 8 RT's and 5 RN's that fly on the transport team. GO BOBCATS!
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