Monthly Archives: July 2010

The Texas State Photo Quiz

Test your knowledge of Texas State
through the magic of photography

Take a look at the eight photos below and see if you can answer the attached Texas State-related question. Post your answers as a comment, and we’ll provide the answers later today.

Have fun!

Who is this?

Which basketball team is this and why is it significant?

What was the original purpose of the multiple ponds at the foot of the hill?

What year was the bobcat chosen as the school's mascot?

What was the original purpose of the J.C. Kellam Building?

Who was the most famous resident of this house?

What year was the school established?

What year did the school open in this building?

Texas State Faces: Bobcats in baseball

Texas State players excelling
in minors, summer league

Around the country and around Texas, Bobcats are having a good summer on the diamonds. Here are stats for both former Texas State players in the minor leagues and current student-athletes playing in the Texas Collegiate League.


Paul Goldschmidt leads the Class A California League in home runs and doubles and is second in RBI.

Matt Miller is tied for third in the Pacific Coast League in batting average and has the most hits (124).


In the Texas Collegiate League, Brian Borski leads the league in wins, and Joe Dvorsky is tied for second. Dvorsky also pitched the first nine-inning no-hitter in league history earlier this season.

Bobcat Faces: Angelika Fuller

Geography student spends summer
working in national forests

Angelika Fuller, who will be a senior at Texas State this fall, is spending her summer as an intern with the Student Conservation Association. She is working on projects in the George Washington and Jefferson national forests in Virginia.

Fuller is majoring in geography and also is in the honors program. The topic of her honors thesis: humanitarian aid on the U.S./Mexico border.

And after graduation in May? She says she plans to ride her bicycle from Texas to Canada and back, then pursue a master’s degree.

There’s more about Fuller at the student intern bio page on the SCA website.

Texas State Faces: Faculty Honors

Texas State names recipients
of Presidential Awards for 2010

This is a e-mail distributed from university President Denise M. Trauth to the Texas State community Friday:

Dear Colleagues:

It is my pleasure to announce the 2010 honorees for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Teaching, Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activities, Excellence in Service, and the Presidential Seminar Award. These awards are given annually to faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding performance in teaching, outstanding performance in scholarship, and outstanding performance in service.

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Teaching
Professor/Associate Professor rank
Ms. Kathleen C. Peirce, Department of English
Assistant Professor/Instructor/Lecturer rank
Dr. Gwendolyn Hustvedt, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

Ms. Peirce and Dr. Hustvedt have shown an outstanding ability to make teaching and learning an exciting experience.

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activities
Professor/Associate Professor rank
Dr. Michael Forstner, Department of Biology
Assistant Professor/Instructor/Lecturer rank
Dr. Soon Jae Lee, Department of Engineering Technology

Dr. Forstner and Dr. Lee have made significant contributions to their disciplines and to the intellectual life of the university.

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Service
Professor/Associate Professor rank
Dr. Linda Homeyer, Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology
Assistant Professor/Instructor/Lecturer rank
Mr. David S. Nolan, School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Dr. Homeyer and Mr. Nolan are being recognized for their superior service to Texas State, their profession, and the community.

Presidential Seminar Award
Dr. James LeSage, Department of Finance and Economics

Dr. LeSage is being recognized for his superlative research, scholarship, and current contributions to his discipline.

A selection committee composed of faculty and students reviews nominees for each award. These selection committees worked very hard, and I would like to extend my thanks to the committee members. The awards will be formally presented at the University Convocation and Annual General Faculty meeting on Tuesday, August 24, 2010, at 9 a.m. in Strahan Coliseum.

I know all of you will join me in extending congratulations to our 2010 honorees.


Denise M. Trauth

Texas State Faces: Roly Rolon

Texas State graduate in running for title
of hardest-working person in USA

Lawrence “Roly” Rolon has five careers, and he loves them all.

The 1979 graduate, who lives in Austin, hauls trash, makes art from trash, is an actor, does silk-screening and has a lawn-care business, all detailed in the two-minute video.

He’s one of the finalists in a national contest sponsored by Mitchum called the “Hardest Working Person in America.” It features people from all walks of life, including a drill sergeant, a camp director and a blacksmith.

Texas State graduates Linsday Braun and Marty Butler were among the folks who worked on Rolon’s video.

Click here to vote for Rolon.

Bobcat Faces: The Bass Cats

Texas State’s McCollum, Cosner
named fishing All-Americans

Two members of the Texas State Bass Cats, Jay McCollum and David Cosner, were named to the first National Guard FLW College Fishing All-America Team on Wednesday.

The duo finished second at the FLW Outdoors national championships in April.

The 20-member All-America team, selected by FLW Outdoors magazine Editor Colin Moore and staff, represents the best of the best among the nation’s college anglers. Leading the team is the 2010 national champions from the University of Florida, Jake Gipson and Matthew Wercinski.

The team was compiled based on individual efforts and team contribution during the 2009 FLW College Fishing season.

Click here for the full list.

Read more about the Texas State Bass Cats

Texas State Faces: Bobcats in Baseball

Texas State players lead stats
in California, Texas Collegiate leagues

Former Texas State slugger Paul Goldschmidt has surged to the top of the California League leaders recently, as the first baseman leads the league in home runs (24, which also leads all of Class A) and doubles (tied at 28). He also is third in RBI. Outfielder Matt Miller has moved up to fifth in the Pacific Coast League in batting, at .331.

Here’s the update on all the former Texas State players in the minors:

In the Texas Collegiate League, Texas State pitcher Brian Borski leads the league with five wins. Here’s an update on Bobcats in the TCL:

Bobcat Tube Video Contest Promo

Need an idea for the video contest?
We’ve got some suggestions for you

Find out more about the Bobcat Tube Video Contest at the contest homepage.
We’re having some Facebook Friday adventures with this video, too, at the Texas State Facebook page.

Texas State Faces: William Steuer

Texas State graduate William Steuer
assists U.S. citizens attending World Cup

William Steuer, who earned the distinguished alumni achievement award from Texas State’s College of Liberal Arts in April, helped ensure the safety and enjoyment of thousands of U.S. citizens during the World Cup in South Africa.

Steuer is manager of the U.S. Consulate in Johannesburg, and he was able to rub elbows with some of the celebrities who were in the country for the World Cup.

He’s the second one from the left in the photo, which includes members of his staff – and actor John Travolta, center.

Texas State Faces: Celesta Harvey

Texas State graduate Celesta Harvey
named Miss Rodeo Texas

From the time Celesta Harvey was a girl, she had a goal: Be Miss Rodeo Texas.

Earlier this summer, she made it, as the 2009 graduate of Texas State was named Miss Rodeo Texas at the pageant in San Antonio.

“It really has been my dream to become Miss Rodeo Texas since I was 13 and over a decade later, the beauty of my dreams finally became my reality,” says Harvey, who earned a degree in mass communication with a minor in business. “I want to inspire people to have a dream and believe in it. Dreams can come true.”

Harvey, a fifth-generation Texan, is a native of San Antonio. For winning the pageant, she earned an $18,000 scholarship, a trophy saddle, a trophy buckle, a fur jacket and additional prizes. During the competition, she also won awards in the speech, personality, appearance, photogenic and horsemanship performance categories.

She is active in a number of community organizations, including Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Texas Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, Texas State Red Cross and the San Antonio River Parade Committee. Her rodeo and western heritage participation includes the American Quarter Horse Association, San Antonio Rodeo internship and the Exceptional Kids Rodeo.

She also competes in barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, break-away roping, team penning and cutting.

“I want to reach out to communities to increase the awareness of rodeo and our Western heritage,” she says. “By increasing that recognition, it is ultimately promoting the official sport of Texas and creating a new fan base for rodeo and the Miss Rodeo Texas organization. I want to be a positive role model for strong morals and values representing my fellow Texans.”

This year’s Miss Rodeo Texas competition was the 49th, and it attracted entries from across the state. As the Miss Rodeo Texas, Harvey will compete in the Miss Rodeo America pageant in Las Vegas, as part of the National Finals Rodeo. Miss Rodeo America will be named in December.

Miss Rodeo Texas website
Miss Rodeo America website