Monthly Archives: October 2011

Spotlight: Dr. Michael Collins

Collins’ lifelong work honored
by Texas Archeological Society

Collins with dig site in background

Dr. Michael Collins, pictured at the Gault site.

By Ann Friou

Dr. Michael B. Collins, research professor in anthropology at Texas State University, has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Texas Archeological Society (TAS). The TAS, which promotes the study, preservation and awareness of Texas archaeology, presented the award to Collins on Oct. 29.

Collins co-directs the world-renowned Gault archaeological site in Central Texas, where recent discoveries have changed most archaeologists’ thinking about America’s earliest inhabitants. Continue reading

Alumni: Jesse Heiman

From Texas State studies to star studios, Heiman shines onscreen

By Catherine Harper

Texas State graduate Jesse Heiman

Jesse Heiman

What do movie stars Kirsten Dunst, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jane Lynch and Will Ferrell all have in common? Jesse Heiman, a Texas State graduate and one of the most ubiquitous extras in Hollywood, has taken the stage behind these actors and more in both television and films.

Having graduated from Texas State in 2000 with a degree in English and mass communication, Heiman has climbed the ladder from his childhood dream of acting to stardom with appearances in more than 56 films and television shows throughout his career.

He shared his thoughts about his time at Texas State and his career in a recent interview with the author. Continue reading

Distinguished Alumni 2011: C.R. Arnold

Marine biologist founded fisheries
lab, led research that changed field

A photo of C.R. Arnold.

Connie "C.R." Arnold

Connie “C.R.” Arnold has been hailed as the “father of the Texas saltwater sport fishing restocking program” and is one of the most respected marine biologists in the nation.

He founded the Fisheries and Mariculture Laboratory at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas and developed it into a world-class center for research on the captive spawning of marine fishes. For his contributions in the field, he received the Texas Aquaculture Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Continue reading

Distinguished Alumni 2011: Jeff Foster

As NBA veteran, Foster returned
to complete degree, set example

A photo of Jeff Foster.

Jeff Foster

Jeff Foster promised his mother in 1999 that he would return to Texas State and finish his degree, but it wasn’t until after he had children of his own that he realized how important it was that he fulfill that promise.

“I had always anticipated doing it, but I was always busy playing basketball,” said Foster, who has spent the past 12 years as an NBA player for the Indiana Pacers. “When I finished in 2009, my kids were in the stands watching me walk across the stage. They are always talking about it, and I am hopeful that will be something that carries them through their education and the rest of their lives.” Continue reading

Distinguished Alumni 2011: Karen Chisum

Chisum shows young women how to
reach high, build pride, truly win

An image of Karen Chisum.

Karen Chisum

A name synonymous with volleyball at Texas State, Karen Chisum entered her 32nd season as the Bobcats’ head coach ranked sixth among active NCAA Division I coaches with 716 career victories at the start of the 2011 season. She is one of only 19 Division I volleyball coaches to record 700 wins. In addition to her success on the court, she also serves as an assistant athletics director. Continue reading

Distinguished Alumni 2011: Michael Bowman

Bowman’s success in manufacturing
now builds up student-athletes

A photo of Michael Bowman.

Michael Bowman

Michael Bowman planned to pursue a career in the mental health field, but a job with a steel fabricator convinced him that his passion lay in manufacturing. Thirty years later, he is president of Houston-based Hunt and Hunt Ltd., a leading manufacturer of tools for the oil and gas industry. In that capacity, he works with oil service companies throughout the world. Hunt and Hunt is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of perforating guns, special tools that prepare wells for production. Continue reading

Happenings: Wells Tower Book Reading

Acclaimed writer to read
at Wittliff Collections

By Mary Kincy

A photo of author Wells Tower.

Wells Tower, as photographed by Suzanne Bennett for The New Yorker

Wells Tower, author of Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned, will be the feature of a reading and signing event hosted by the Wittliff Collections at Texas State’s Alkek Library. A question-and-answer period is planned as well.

Tower’s writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, GQ and the The Paris Review. Additionally, he is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, the Plimpton Discovery Prize issued by The Paris Review, the Young Lions Fiction Award issued by the New York Public Library, and a National Magazine Award for Fiction. Continue reading

Distinguished Alumni 2011: Tom Kowalski

Biomedical innovator found path
through politics, starting with ASG

A photo of Tom Kowalski.

Tom Kowalski

As president and CEO for the last 16 years, Tom Kowalski has built Texas Healthcare and Bioscience Institute (THBI) in Austin into the leading advocate of biomedical science, biotechnology, agriculture and medical device innovation in the state and one of the leading voices of that industry in the nation.

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Alumni: Scott Blackwood

Scott Blackwood wins Whiting
Writers’ Award for debut novel

By Billi London-Gray

photo of author Scott Blackwood

Scott Blackwood

Texas State University alumnus Scott Blackwood is a writer on the rise. Yesterday, Oct. 25, he received a 2011 Whiting Writers’ Award, one of the most prestigious and sought-after awards for young writers, at a ceremony in New York City.

These $50,000 awards, given since 1985, annually recognize 10 emerging writers “based on accomplishment and promise,” according to the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, the organization that funds the awards in addition to supporting other work in the humanities.

The award follows the publication of Blackwood’s debut novel, We Agreed to Meet Just Here, which also won the AWP Prize for the Novel, the Texas Institute of Letters Award for best fiction, and was a finalist for the PEN USA Literary Award for fiction. Continue reading

Happenings: Bra Night Fashion Show

CAMCO hits catwalk for cancer
awareness with annual Bra Night

Bran Night posterBy Catherine Harper

Sometimes, breaking it down to the basics can help support a great cause. On Wednesday, Oct. 26, Texas State’s Cancer Advocacy Movement for Colleges and Outreach (CAMCO) will bare student-decorated bras for breast cancer awareness at the Bra Night Fashion Show, as part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.

With participation from organizations and local businesses the Bra Night Fashion Show will shine the spotlight on cancer prevention and awareness.

A reception for participants and attendees will start at 6:15 p.m. in Alkek Teaching Theater, followed by the fashion show at 7 p.m. Attendees can browse information booths, learn about cancer prevention and enter to win door prizes, which will include two iPads. Attendees also can make donations to cancer charities and register for the Be the Match marrow program. Admission to the event is free and open to the public. Continue reading