Monthly Archives: November 2011

Rising Stars: Karen Chisum

Chisum, in last Southland season,
earns acclaim, honors — and wins

A photo of Karen Chisum and two Texas State volleyball players.

Texas State volleyball coach Karen Chisum (center) is in her 32nd season as coach of the Bobcat team. Flanking her are players Caleigh McCorquodale (left) and Amber Calhoun.

By Mary Kincy

Karen Chisum counts it a privilege to be a Bobcat. “It’s not a right,” she explains. “Everyone doesn’t get to. You’re recruited out there to perform, to exceed expectations and to be successful.”

It’s advice she’s taken to heart during the course of more than three decades as coach of the Texas State volleyball team, earning a record that ranks her the sixth-winningest active head coach in NCAA Division I volleyball.

Chisum’s accomplishments were honored recently when she was named to the 2011 class of Distinguished Alumni Award recipients at Texas State (She earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the university in the 1970s.). Further acclaim came in mid-November, when the Southland Conference league office named Chisum its Coach of the Year following a 24-7 (15-1 in the Southland) record over the season that earned the 2011 team the program’s sixth Southland Conference regular season championship. Continue reading

Happenings: Last Bobcat Day of 2011

Bobcat Day gives future students
inside look at Texas State life

University Ambassador holding sign

University Ambassadors welcome future students to Bobcat Day and lead many of the day's activities.

Bobcat Days welcome prospective freshmen and transfer students to experience Texas State. Held twice each semester, these day-long events give interested students and their guests the opportunity to explore the campus and talk one-on-one with current students, faculty and staff.

The final Bobcat Day for 2011 will be this Saturday, Nov. 19, at the San Marcos campus. Subsequent Bobcat Days will be held Feb. 25 and Apr. 21, 2012. You can register online by clicking here or register the morning of the event when you arrive on campus. All Bobcat Day activities are free. Continue reading

Happenings: Poetry Readings

Honors College shines spotlight
on San Marcos, university poets

A drawing illustrating student poetry.

These illustrations by Crockett Elementary School students were created in the "Teaching Poetry to Children" Honors College program.

The Honors College at Texas State University will host a pair of poetry events this week, featuring both poets from local elementary classrooms and established writers from the university community.

For six weeks, Texas State Honors students in professor Diann McCabe’s “Teaching Poetry to Children” class have made weekly visits to Crockett Elementary School in San Marcos to present poetry sessions to 19 first- through fifth-grade classes. The aim of the Tuesday morning sessions is to introduce poetry to children through reading great poetry and encouraging students to write their own poems in response. The results are 19 books of children’s poetry, written by the San Marcos students and compiled by the Honors undergraduates who presented the poetry sessions.

On Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., young poets from these classes will read their favorite poems at the Hispanic Cultural Center in San Marcos, located at 211 Lee Street. Continue reading

Happenings: Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

Texas State events seek to start conversation about poverty

By Mary Kincy

A photo depicting an unidentified man.

Texas State's Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Nov. 13-19, is designed to raise awareness.

Some 43 million people in the United States lived in poverty in 2009, according to information from the U.S. Census Bureau. In 2010, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated 48.8 million Americans lived in food-insecure households — those defined by the World Food Summit of 1996 as households where individuals do not at all times have “access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life.”

Amid this, the Texas State Student Volunteer Connection is looking to raise awareness of hunger and homelessness, separate from but connected to poverty, by again organizing the campus’ Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Nov. 13-19. Continue reading

Alumni: Victor Holk

Putting the ‘I can’ into Americana:
Holk builds musical momentum
with album of protest songs

By Billi London-Gray

Victor Holk performing at Wittliff Collections

Victor Holk performed protest songs from his honors thesis project at Texas State University in April. He's releasing the songs as an album tomorrow.

With the understated grace that marks many folk musicians, Victor Holk introduced his honors thesis to a roomful of Texas State professors and fellow Honors Program students this past spring: “I’d like to play some protest songs for you.”

His thesis — a wide-ranging study of protest songs including the now-iconic standards of Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger and others as well as Holk’s own compositions — culminated in a 30-minute solo performance and discussion of the songs and their role in society. He also announced that he planned to complete a recorded collection of the songs.

Since graduating in May with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, Holk has transitioned from university life to the full-time pursuit of his passion for music. He will release his promised album of protest songs, With Words as Strong as Warriors, at a performance tonight, Nov. 11, at Triple Crown in San Marcos. Continue reading

Happenings: Veterans Day Commemoration

Texas State prepares
to pause, honor veterans

By Mary Kincy

A poster promoting Texas State's Veterans Day Commemoration.Texas State is once again responding to a call to action issued by a 20th-century American president — but the words are not those of the university’s lauded alumnus President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Rather, Bobcats are answering the entreaty of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who on Veterans Day 1954 proclaimed that Americans should “solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom” and should fall “to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain.”

In keeping with Eisenhower’s vision of an America united to honor its servicemen and -women, Texas State will host a Veterans Day Commemoration from 10:45-11:05 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11, in the Quad.

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Happenings: “Window to the Middle East” seminar

“Window to the Middle East” opens doors for Bobcats in study abroad

By Catherine Harper

Texas State students in front of temple in Laos

Texas State students visited a Buddhist temple in Luang Prabang, Laos, as part of the "Bobcats in Indochina" study abroad course during the summer of 2011.

Ever felt like setting out to find adventure in an exotic location? On Thursday, Nov. 10, journey to the limits of possibility with the “Window to the Middle East: Study Abroad Opportunities in Turkey” seminar  hosted by Texas State’s International Office from 11-12:30 p.m. in LBJ Student Center Room 3-5.1.

As part of Texas State’s International Education Month, the seminar invites students to explore a world of opportunity through study abroad with information about options available at Kadir Has University in Istanbul, Turkey.

Free refreshments will also be provided at the seminar by Texas State’s International Office.

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