Monthly Archives: March 2011

Around Campus: Mystic Music Festival

Music event helps increase
awareness of local talent

By Britney Munguia

The third annual Mystic Music Festival will be Saturday at the LBJ Student Center Outdoor Amphitheater from 5 p.m. to midnight.

Created in 2008, Mystic Music Festival was brought to life with the intention to promote and encourage musical talent in San Marcos. Continue reading

Texas State Updates: Jack Ransone

Ransone to serve as head trainer
for U.S. at world track championships

Dr. Jack Ransone

Dr. Jack Ransone, a member of the faculty in Texas State’s Department of Health and Human Performance, has been named the head athletic trainer for Team USA’s track and field squads at the 2011 IAAF World Championships in Athletics.

The meet will be in Daegu, South Korea, Aug. 27–Sept. 4.

He also has been invited to be a keynote speaker at the Korean International Congress on Athletics prior to the start of the championships.

Ransone has been at Texas State since 2003 and has been the medical coordinator for the San Antonio Spurs since 2010. A 1982 Texas State graduate, Ransone earned his doctorate in exercise science from the University of New Mexico and a fellowship from the American College of Sports Medicine.

He serves on the Sports Medicine and Science Executive Committee for USA Track and Field, and was medical coordinator for the U.S. track team at the 2008 Olympics.

Help Wanted: Social Media Intern

Can you Tweet? Blog? Update
Facebook? All at once?

The Office of University Marketing at Texas State is looking for a student intern to help with social media. Read more about the job here.

Apply through Jobs4Cats, job No. 21212.

Oh yes, and be prepared to share a desk with Bob the Cat, if he ever comes back from spring break:

Alumni Profiles: Chase Katz

For Bobcat Entrepreneur, Kolaches Fit College-Town Market

By Britney Munguia

Chase (left) and his brother Seth (right), owners of Dos Gatos

Chase Katz, a 2009 Texas State graduate, put his creative juices to work when he began researching the San Marcos market, looking to invest in a new business venture.

Conveniently located next door to Mochas & Javas, a popular study spot for students, Katz and his brother Seth opened Dos Gatos Kolaches on June 6, 2009. Continue reading

Help Wanted: Social Media Intern

Texas State University’s
Marketing Office wants YOU!

As part of our continual efforts to showcase the amazing talents and develop the global clout of the Texas State community, we’re on the hunt for the next Texas State social media student intern.

We’re looking for a go-getting, wordsmithing, pun-producing, fact-finding, Bobcat-loving Texas State student interested in developing wicked Tweeting, blogging, Facebooking and cross-promoting social media skills as a member of the University Marketing team.

Interested? Read on. Continue reading

Around Campus: Farmers Markets

Dates set for final spring farmers markets on campus

By Billi London-Gray

Shad Smith and Kendall Watkins of Full English, a cafe in South Austin, sold meat pies and other pastries at the fall 2010 farmers market.

Gather your reusable shopping bags and mark your recycled-paper calendars. The last two Texas State Farmers Markets of the semester are scheduled for Thursday, April 7, and Thursday, May 5. Both events will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Quad.

Farmers markets featuring the organic delicacies of local farmers, beekeepers, cheese makers and shop owners have become part of the scene at Texas State, thanks especially to Texas State junior Layne Duesterhaus. Inspired by the Common Experience farmers market, held Sept. 29, 2010, he was determined to bring more market events to campus.

“I wanted to make a farmers market available to students so that they can have convenient access to high quality, organic, locally grown food items,” Duesterhaus says. “Buying from a farmers market not only supports the local economy in a direct way but it’s also good for your health and good for the environment.” Continue reading

Study Tips: The End Is Near

Take smart steps now as you race toward the finish line

By Texas State SLAC

Just a little over two weeks ago you were counting down the days until spring break, and five weeks from now you’ll be heading into finals. So what’s the best use of your time to maintain good grades or pull up any that are lagging? Continue reading

Happenings: Trade Up Days

Turn polos of the past
into Bobcat pride at Trade Up Day

Previous Trade Up Days on the Quad

Exchange your old school garb for a free, fresh Texas State tee at Trade Up Day.

Bring a shirt from another university, college or high school and trade up to a Texas State shirt.

Members of the Texas State Alumni Student Chapter will be on the Quad at the San Marcos campus Wednesday from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. or until they run out of T-shirts. The Student Alumni Chapter will also collect donations for the Lighting the Way campaign to replace the victory star on top of Jackson Hall.

The Texas State Alumni Association Student Alumni Chapter works to build pride and traditions on campus. Student member benefits include alumni networking opportunities and discounts at local business. Email for more information or visit the Alumni Association website.

Alumni: Jesse Heiman

Website honors graduate
as ‘greatest background actor’

Jesse Heiman, class of 2000.

The blog Hypervocal has anointed Texas State graduate Jesse Heiman as the Most Important Background Actor of Our Generation.

Heiman, who graduated in 2000 with a degree in English and mass communication, has appeared in more than 40 movies and television shows, according to his resume on

Many of his roles are uncredited, but the blog lauds him for his regular appearances in both movie and television roles.

He was a semi-regular on the NBC show Chuck and also was seen on-screen in the Oscar-nominated film The Social Network.

The WolfGnards blog posted a feature about him, including a series of his TV ads, in 2009.

Rsearchers at Hypervocal found clips of him in a variety of roles and put them together in a short video:

You can follow Heiman on Twitter and become a fan on his Facebook page.

Happenings: Earth Day Recycling

Texas State to mark Earth Day
with electronic waste collection

Texas State and PSC Environmental Services are joining to to celebrate Earth Day with the university’s third annual RecycleNow Electronic Waste Collection Event.

Computers, cell phones, printers, scanners, televisions, gaming consoles, VCRs, DVD players and a variety of other electronic devices will be accepted for recycling on April 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bobcat Stadium parking lot. There is no charge, and the entire San Marcos community is free to participate.

The drive will not accept appliances, microwaves and household hazardous waste, and Texas State students, faculty and staff should bring personal items only. University-owned items must continue to be processed through the Central Receiving Warehouse.

Texas State IT Security recommends cleaning data from electronic devices using information at its website.

More than 20,000 pounds of items were collected last year.

Other Earth Day events at Texas State include the Aquarena Center’s fifth annual event.