Monthly Archives: November 2011

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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Alumni: Stephanie Stoebe

Central Texas Writing Project alum
earns Teacher of the Year award

Stephanie Stoebe

Stephanie Stoebe

By Billi London-Gray

Most teachers don’t cut their teeth working with criminal offenders. Most teachers don’t speak five languages. But most teachers don’t come within reach of Stephanie Stoebe.

The Round Rock ISD high school teacher was named the Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year last month by the Texas Association of School Administrators and the Texas Education Agency. Stoebe, a reading specialist, also is an alumna of the Central Texas Writing Project at Texas State University. Continue reading

Happenings: Diwali

Annual cultural celebration
returning to Texas State

By Mary KincyA flyer for Diwali.

The festival is marked by clay lamps traditionally lit and placed outside homes to symbolize the inner light that protects from spiritual darkness — and it is coming to Texas State.

Diwali, a five-day celebration honoring the victory of good over evil, is recognized in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Singapore, among other countries. The Indian Student Association is responsible for its annual recognition at Texas State, culminating this year from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at Alkek Teaching Theater. Continue reading

Happenings: “389 Miles: Living the Border” Screening

“389 Miles: Living the Border” brings focus on immigration to Texas State

The Texas State Department of Modern Languages will present a documentary screening of “389 Miles: Living The Border” along with a guest speaker presentation by the film’s award-winning director and producer, Luis Carlos Davis, today, Nov. 8,  from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in Centennial Hall Room G02.

Students are invited to explore the film’s presentation of the current immigration issue on the Arizona-Mexico border, with opportunities to gain more insight on the debate from the director himself in a Q&A session after the film.

Refreshments will be served during and after the film’s screening.

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Bobcat Faces: Saul Villarreal

Villarreal engineers success with
top honors at HENAAC Conference

By Catherine Harper

Saul Villareal, the first-place winner at the Oct. 8 Hispanic National Achievement Awards Conference (HENAAC).

Once in motion, the forces of knowledge can accelerate at an unstoppable speed. For Saul Villarreal, a Texas State industrial engineering student who captured first-place honors for his semiconductor research presentation at the Oct. 8 Hispanic Engineering National Achievement Awards Conference (HENAAC), an unbeatable drive continues to build momentum toward success.

Villarreal’s graduation from Texas State is set for December 2011; however, his passion for learning has not yet reached its finish. With his vigorous undergraduate experience behind him and charged career goals for the future, Villarreal’s ambitions are set to full speed.

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Around Campus: International Education Month

Month-long international focus
aims to promote global learning

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 summer course in 2011.

Texas State University will promote international education throughout the month of November for International Education Month (IEM).

Inspired by International Education Week (IEW), a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education that promotes global educational exchange, Texas State’s International Office is organizing a month-long series of events to raise awareness about international education opportunities for Texas State students. Continue reading

Happenings: Gibney Dance

Gibney Dance movement
travels to Texas State

By Mary Kincy

A photo of a Gibney Dance performance.

The Gibney Dance Company performs "View Partially Obstructed." (Photo by Anja Hitzenberger)

Extraordinary in its singular concern not only for its company, but also for community action, the acclaimed troupe of Gibney Dance will participate in a series of events at Texas State this week.

The mission of Gibney Dance is to create and perform contemporary choreography that expresses the humanity and physicality of women and men, and to enrich and reshape lives through programs that reach communities in need, according to its website. Continue reading