From flea market to fine art:
Professor gives new life to relics
By Billi London-Gray
Randall Reid is an alchemist. His ability to turn base metals into gold has been showcased in galleries, museums, offices and embassies stretching across the globe from San Marcos to Kuwait.
The Texas State University art professor specializes in deconstructing antique found objects — like oil cans, rulers, rakes and signs — to create new works of art. Collecting objects from flea markets, garage sales, antique stores and junk shops, Reid transforms them into minimalist masterpieces.
“My work reflects the process of aging, in that the chance and random circumstances involved in its creation are closely correlated with the physicality of growth and decay,” Reid says. “By combining raw and well-worn materials, I seek to give visual form to our relationships with the past.”
Currently on faculty development leave, Reid is working in his on-campus studio creating pieces for his upcoming solo exhibition, “Evidence of a Society,” which will be held on campus in the fall 2012 semester. In the more immediate future, his work will be on display in two upcoming events in San Marcos’ neighboring metropolises. Continue reading
Posted in Faculty, Happenings, Uncategorized
Tagged art, College of Fine Arts and Communication, Davis Gallery Austin, Faculty development, found objects art, McNay Museum, Randall Reid, School of Art and Design, Texas State, Texas State University
COEDSO chalks up success for Education Ph.D. students
Recipients of the Barbara L. Jackson Scholars Program scholarship, including Mónica M. Valadez, Genise Henry and Israel Aguilar (right) — a Texas State Doctoral Instructional Assistant and mentor for COEDSO.
By Catherine Harper
Today’s education leaders carry the torch in shaping the brightest minds of tomorrow. At Texas State, the College of Education Doctoral Student Organization (COEDSO) guides doctoral students in cultivating the next generation of scholars through learning and leadership opportunities.
COEDSO is a student-run organization in Texas State’s doctorate of education program, which, under the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education and School Psychology, offers specializations in School Improvement and Adult, Professional and Community Education. For students pursuing a Ph.D. in education at Texas State, COEDSO offers a strong support system of mentors and faculty. Continue reading
Posted in Around Campus, Rising Stars, Spotlight: Excellence at Texas State, Students
Tagged AAACE, AERA, AERC, Barbara L. Jackson Scholars Network, COEDSO, Doctoral program, Education Ph.D., Texas State
Sociology Club raises student
awareness with social science
Sociology Club member Gabriel Walker showcases the club's 2011 T-shirts.
By Catherine Harper
The Sociology Club at Texas State University prides itself on being a “different kind of club,” according to former president Chris Jordan. Centered around all facets of sociology, the study of societies, the Sociology Club provides its members with a broader insight into their daily lives and the world in which they live.
The Sociology Club is an active student-run organization in the College of Liberal Arts that is open to all students with an interest in sociology. With guidance by student officers and faculty advisor Bob Price, a professor of sociology at Texas State, the Sociology Club provides students with opportunities to learn and gain experience through sociology on campus.
Posted in Around Campus, Uncategorized
Tagged Austin Reggae Fest, Bobcat Build, Boxcar Fashion Show, College of Liberal Arts, Harvey Milk, Sociology Club, Sociology Department, Texas State, Texas State LAMBDA, Texas State University
Help Texas beat the heat:
Conserve during peak hours
From the Texas State University Facilities Department
Texas has been experiencing extreme high temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit for over 70 days. The forecast for the last days in August ranges from 100-108 degrees. This extreme heat is expected to create high electricity demand across the state, including Central Texas and San Marcos. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the system operator for the state’s bulk transmission grid, is asking consumers and businesses to reduce their electricity use during peak electricity hours from 3 to 7 p.m. daily until the extreme temperatures break.
Texas State offices and the campus community need to do their part to reduce electric consumption during this time to lessen the potential for rolling blackouts. The Facilities Department is implementing internal measures to reduce electric use. Texas State also needs your help to reduce our power consumption on campus.
Texas State offices are conserving energy through the following initiatives:
- Increase space temperature settings to 75 degrees starting at 3 p.m.
- Turn off unnecessary lights.
- Minimize the use of electric equipment and appliances 3-7 p.m.
- Minimize the use of elevators. Continue reading
KTSW’s Bookstore Blowout
amps up back-to-school Bobcats
By Catherine Harper
KTSW 89.9 FM, Texas State’s “the other side of radio” station, is hosting the semester-opening “Bookstore Blowout” today from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with live music and giveaways at the University Bookstore in the LBJ Student Center.
Students that are shopping for textbooks — or stopping by on the way to class — can grab free CDs and posters while listening to live performances, and have the chance to win tickets for upcoming shows hosted by KTSW.
The event features performances by local artists Hunter Jackson, Joe Rice, Ben Zuniga, Halleyuna Finlay, David Booth, Betsy Phillips and Colin Colby.
Check out some photos from the event and see what your fellow Bobcats have to say:
Posted in Around Campus, Uncategorized
Tagged Ben Zuniga, Betsy Phillips, Bookstore Blowout, Colin Colby, David Booth, Halleyuna Finlay, Hunter Jackson, Joe Rice, KTSW 89.9 FM, LBJ Student Center, San Marcos music, San Marcos Texas, Texas State, Texas State University
SMPD, Texas State ACT Program
nominated for international award
From the City of San Marcos
The ACT Program, a joint effort between the San Marcos Police Department and Texas State University, has been named a finalist for this year’s Herman Goldstein Award for Excellence in Problem-Oriented Policing. Continue reading
Bobcat back-to-school tips
from the experts: YOU!
We asked the Texas State University community what they recommend for getting the most out of their classes and their time at Texas State. Here’s what they said:
- Lisa Carter: Introduce yourself to your professor on the first day.
- Christine Malseed: Go to your professors’ office hours. Get to know them. It’s good practice/real networking and it helps your grade when you get one-on-one help.
- Christi Townsend: Make sure your professors know who you are.
- Stephanie Sivells: Go to class, and don’t get on Facebook or play on your laptop. Pay attention and take good notes. People will be more willing to help you if you show you care when you are there!
- Stephen Ramirez: Go to class and pay attention.
- Joe Castaneda: Half the battle is just showing up. In other words, GO TO CLASS!
- Mason Myska: Show up! Be responsible. Professors, staff and fellow students will help you, but only if you show up and ASK. Graduating college is a great achievement and graduating as a Bobcat is even better. Good luck! Continue reading
My tips for a great semester:
Ask, try and get involved.
By Dalida Umuhire
First off, I would like to welcome all the newbies to Texas State and for the legends and icons, I say welcome back! There are a lot of things that I have learned over the years that I hope will help you have a great semester.
Study Methods. I came to college with a high school mentality. Within the first few weeks, I realized that I needed to change the way I studied. Continue reading
Eat ’em up! Bobcats ready for final
fall season in Southland Conference
Texas State’s final fall sports season in the Southland Conference will give Bobcats fans a taste of what’s in store for 2012, when the university joins the Western Athletic Conference.
On the football field, Texas State will launch home-and-home series with Football Bowl Subdivision teams Texas Tech and Wyoming in 2011. The volleyball team will play in four major tournaments against opponents from coast to coast. And the soccer team has matches scheduled against programs from the Big 12, Conference USA and the Mountain West Conference. Continue reading
H-LSAMP guides star scholars
to shining achievement
Gabriel Hurtado and Miguel Cazares (from left to right) are scholars in the H-LSAMP program.
By Catherine Harper
For more than 12 years, the Houston-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (H-LSAMP) Scholars Program in the College of Science and Engineering at Texas State University has helped students establish careers in scientific and technical fields. For Gabriel Hurtado and Miguel Cazares, scholars in the program and seniors at Texas State, H-LSAMP has led to a world of opportunity.
“I’ve learned that [H-LSAMP] is about diversity,” says Cazares. “It’s about all the diverse people that go into technical fields, and the many opportunities that are there.”
Posted in Around Campus, Spotlight: Excellence at Texas State, Students, Texas State Faces, Uncategorized
Tagged Bobcat Build, College of Science, First-generation college student, H-LSAMP Scholars Program, Hispanic Association of College and Universities (HACU), Houston-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, Texas State