<P>TXSTATE.EDU27 I came to Texas State when the new McCoy College building opened, and the university seemed like a place of vitality and excitement. Things have become even more exciting as Texas State has expanded over the last eight years and has now joined the group of schools aspiring to be National Research Universities. My greatest challenge was obtaining an education, which required working many nights and part- time during the day while attending college. As a student, graduate student and young faculty member I had a great deal of help from senior faculty, editors and leading researchers. My greatest achievement has been helping students, graduate students, alumni and young faculty to succeed. This seems only ?tting since so many people were generous with their time and energy when helping me over the years. I want students to be able to analyze information and to successfully communicate the results of their analysis. My courses are writing intensive and involve statistical modeling, so they emphasize effective communication. My research involves spatial econometric modeling, with a goal of improving existing methodologies or providing new ones. Working with agricultural economists, biologists, economists, environmental scientists, epidemiologists, geographers, neurosurgeons, regional scientists, transportation engineers and urban planners has made it clear there is a great deal of room for improving methodologies. I would tell prospective students that the courses I teach have three times as many students at other large universities, which limits those instructors when it comes to applied statistical modeling experiences, and limits the ability of students to interact with their talented classmates. I would tell prospective faculty that Texas State has the best administrative leadership of any university I have worked for, from the president down to the level of department chairs. There are ample opportunities for cross-college collaboration without the usual barriers, and our best students are as good as those at any university. Texas State is truly a rising star. My greatest achievement has been helping students, graduate students, alumni and young faculty to succeed. This seems only ?tting since so many people were generous with their time and energy when helping me over the years. Jim LeSage, Ph.D. | Department of Finance and Economics Fields Endowed Chair of Urban and Regional Economic Development BIG NUMBERS, BIG FUTURE</p> <UL><LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/688/emtmyzymj/1/1/">Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/688/emtmyzymj/2/2/">Inside-Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/688/emtmyzymj/3/3/">Page-1</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/688/emtmyzymj/4/4/">Page-2</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/688/emtmyzymj/5/5/">Page-3</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/688/emtmyzymj/6/6/">Page-4</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/688/emtmyzymj/7/7/">Page-5</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/688/emtmyzymj/8/8/">Page-6</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/688/emtmyzymj/9/9/">Page-7</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/688/emtmyzymj/10/10/">Page-8</a></LI> 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