Monthly Archives: June 2011

Texas State Updates: Bobcats in Baseball

Two former Bobcats make
pro baseball debuts


Third baseman Kyle Kubitza and pitcher Joe Dvorsky, both selected in the Major League Baseball draft earlier this month, have launched their pro careers in different corners of the country.

Kubitza joined the Danville (Ga.) Braves in the Rookie-level Appalachian League on June 21, and he has appeared in seven games for the Atlanta Braves’ affiliate. He was the organization’s third-round draft selection.


Dvorsky made his debut a day later, pitching an inning for the Great Falls (Mont.) Voyagers in the Rookie-level Pioneer League. He was the 35th-round pick of the Chicago White Sox. Continue reading

Alumni: Edi Patterson

“Unscripted” actress lights up stage
with ad-lib and comedic talent

By Catherine Harper

The rise of a small-town actress to the stage and screen may seem like a Hollywood fairy tale. For Edi Patterson, from Texas City, Texas, the world has become her stage in a real-life rise to acting success in Los Angeles.

Patterson, a graduate from Texas State University with a BFA in acting, has showcased her comedic chops in improv theatre around the country as well as television and film. Recently joining the famous improv group, The Groundlings, in Los Angeles, Patterson has made headlines for her side-splitting improv in plays such as Jane Austin Unscripted and Tennessee Williams Unscripted. Continue reading

Texas State Updates: PAC Construction Closures

Performing Arts Center construction
to cause street closures on campus

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The Office of Facilities, Planning, Design and Construction at Texas State University will begin the installation of the construction fence for the Performing Arts Complex Phase I on July 6, 2011, at 8 a.m.

Edward Gary Street will be closed from University Dr. to Woods St. Woods St., from Moon St. to N. LBJ St., will continue to be one-way to the west.

The west sidewalk on Moon St., from University Dr. to Concho Green, will be closed. The west and east sidewalks on Edward Gary St. from University Dr. to Woods St. will be closed. The east sidewalk on N. LBJ St. from the Alumni House to the south face of Sterry Hall will be closed. Continue reading

Study Tips: Summer Time

Time: Friend or Foe?

By Texas State SLAC

It’s 1:30 a.m: You’re at your desk — a huge energy drink can precariously perched on the shortest stack of books and articles — with 456 words or 19 more algebra problems to go. Our advice? Go to bed, whether that’s a mattress, bunk or futon, and sleep. At this point your biological clock, the one that says you think better at night, is lying to you. Continue reading

Alumni: Greg Frey

Broadcasting with the stars:
Frey makes waves in radio

Frey (right) with Keith Urban

By Catherine Harper

It’s easy to turn the dial to a favorite radio station and enjoy the music, never knowing what goes on behind the scenes. However, in the competitive world of broadcast, holding the top spot and recognition is key.

Greg Frey, a graduate of Texas State University, has become a face behind the airwaves as a broadcasting director, building credibility and experience at top radio stations around the country, and has had a ripple effect on his industry. Continue reading

Alumni: Kevin Kline

Houston DJ honored by Ripken,
Energizer for cancer foundation work

Cal Ripken Jr. (left) and Energizer CEO, Ward Klein (right) induct Kevin Kline into the Energizer Keep Going Hall of Fame. Credit: Doug Miner

By Billi London-Gray

Kevin Kline has always had the drive to take things to the next level.

As a college student, the Missouri native — not to be confused with his namesake Oscar-winning uncle — transferred to Texas State in 1991 and became the starting catcher for the Bobcats while he worked on his bachelor’s degree in communication. Now a successful Houston DJ as the co-host of the weekday morning show “Q Morning Zoo” at The New 93Q radio station, he has worked tirelessly as an advocate for children with cancer.

Last Tuesday, June 21, with previous honoree and fellow cancer activist Cal Ripken, Jr. shaking his hand, Kline was inducted into the Energizer Keep Going Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Energizer’s headquarters in St. Louis, Mo. Continue reading

Around Campus: Texas State Physics Camp

Cold water that boils?
Deflated marshmallows?
Welcome to Physics Camp!

Local students watch water repidly evaporate in a vacuum chamber.

By Catherine Harper

This week at Texas State, local kids are learning about science. And loving every minute of it.

The Texas State Physics Camp, a student-run program sponsored by the Society of Physics Students, offers kids the opportunity to interact with physics through hands-on experiments and demonstrations by Texas State physics majors and student volunteers.

SPS started the camp in 2008, as the brainchild of student Amanda Gregory. She recently graduated with her master’s in physics. From the start, there has been no cost for children to attend; the one-week camp is funded by donations and SPS fundraising efforts. Continue reading

Alumni: Tiffany Chiu

Interest in ancient medicine leads
alum to success as acupuncturist

Tiffany Chiu, licensed acupuncturist

By Catherine Harper

From ancient China to the present, acupuncture and Chinese medicine have passed through time, bringing the mind and body together to heal. For Tiffany Chiu, a licensed acupuncturist and Texas State alumna, her dedication and passion for this ancient practice have led to a fulfilling medicinal career.

In 2007, Chiu graduated from the Texas State Honors Program with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. With her expanded knowledge of the human mind, Chiu says she was able to combine her studies in psychology with her interest in traditional Chinese medicine. In the process of finding her path in acupuncture, Chiu says she cultivated her mind and spirit toward the practice with unrelenting dedication. Continue reading

Alumni: Mass Comm

Texas State mass comm alumni
form networks across the country

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Texas State University has educated some of the top journalists and media producers in the Central Texas area and beyond. The program’s alumni have carried its educational innovations — from its acclaimed broadcast journalism training to its integration of emerging media platforms — into successful careers.

With networks among mentors, peers and professionals, these graduates are the movers and shakers in their fields, and continue to lead the development of mass communication for the future. Read a few of their stories below:  Continue reading

Texas State Updates: Study Abroad in Korea

Korea TaLK Program helps
students teach, study abroad

In addition to faculty-led trips and university exchange programs, Texas State students and recent graduates now have yet another option for participating in study abroad experiences.

The Institute of International Education, an educational non-profit organization created in 1919, in conjunction with the Korean Ministry of Education, Science and Technology offers the Teach and Learn in Korea (TaLK) Program, an international exchange program designed to bring more American students to Korea.

“As Texas State renews its commitment to internationalization, students and alums may find this opportunity of great interest from both a personal and professional perspective,” says Dr. Debbie Thorne, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Texas State. Continue reading