Monthly Archives: March 2012

Spotlight: Ani Yazedjian

Yazedjian joins 2012 Leadership Texas Class, inspires future leaders

image of Ani Yazedjian

Dr. Ani Yazedjian

By Catherine Harper

From the single mother who makes life-changing decisions each day to the military commander leading troops into battle, leadership comes in many forms. For Dr. Ani Yazedjian – faculty member of Texas State’s School of Family and Consumer Science and a member of the 2012 Leadership Texas Class – leadership is a learning process.

Yazedjian was selected to join the elite network of over 5,000 women as a member of the 2012 Leadership Texas Class in January 2012. The theme for this year’s class is “Texas Women Leaders: On the Highway to a Fast, Forward Future.” With a background in lifespan development and family relationships, Yazedjian is bringing her research to the forefront as an inspirational woman leader.

Read a Q&A with Ani Yazedjian about her Leadership Texas work and her take on leadership below.

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Happenings: Women and Gender Symposium

Texas State symposium speaks out on issues of women and free speech

According to the CIA World Factbook, 49.6 percent of the world’s population are women. However, even with a roughly equal segmentation of the population, women still face inequality in employment, poverty and literacy.

On Friday, March 30, Texas State professors and students will speak out on issues of women and free speech at the “Occupy Free Speech: Getting Women’s Voices Heard” international symposium from 9-1:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room (3-15.1) of the LBJ Student Center.

The event is free and open to the public, although attendees are encouraged to RSVP to or (512) 245-2361. Complimentary lunch will be provided.  Continue reading

Happenings: Grupo Fantasma at Texas State

Grammy-winning Grupo Fantasma plays Texas State with four alums

Whether you’re a Latin music lover or just like moving to the music, Latin-funk orchestra Grupo Fantasma has you covered. On Saturday, March 31, the Grammy-winning ensemble — including four Texas State alumni  — will take their talents to Texas State for a special performance at 7:30 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom. Continue reading

Around Campus: Free Tax Preparation

Texas State students offer free
income tax preparation assistance

IRS Form 1040

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Accounting students in the McCoy College of Business Administration are providing free tax preparation services to the Texas State University community and to San Marcos residents through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Clinic. Continue reading

Happenings: WaterAid 5K

Texas State students get moving
in support of water resources, river

WaterAid logoThe WaterAid student chapter at Texas State University will be hosting a 5K run/walk event starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 24, to raise funds for WaterAid America, the San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance and the San Marcos River Foundation.

The event will start and end in Sewell Park, located on the Texas State campus near the intersection of Aquarena Springs Drive and Charles Austin Drive just north of City Park. Parking will be available in the Lion’s Club parking lot, accessible from Charles Austin Drive. The 5K course will follow beside the San Marcos River from Sewell Park to Rio Vista Park and back to Sewell Park. Continue reading

Bobcat Faces: Brad Isely and Omar Dawoud

Dawoud and Isely bring the beat to Texas State, expanding local scene

By Catherine Harper

Brad Isely (right) and Omar Dawoud (left) take the stage at one of their local shows with AfterDark Entertainment.

The beat is deafening, the lights are low — this is the atmosphere in which Texas State seniors Brad Isely and Omar Dawoud thrive and are making their move. With a motive to expand the music scene in San Marcos, Isely and Dawoud are finding their rhythm at Texas State and beyond with their startup business, AfterDark Entertainment.

“San Marcos has always had to travel to Austin and sometimes San Antonio, and now students here don’t have to travel; they can just go to the Square and see a top-notch show,” Isely, a health and fitness management major, says. “It’s about to be a town where people start to visit us instead of us having to visit them.” Continue reading

Study Tips: Midterms

Keep your focus, refresh over
spring break and finish strong

By Texas State SLAC

Woman studying in library

Choose a comfortable study area and pace yourself. Don't forget about assignments due after spring break!

Midterms are underway at Texas State. The onset of spring complicates matters. With longer days and warmer weather, spring fever can set in. While the break brings some rest, don’t forget about homework, papers and projects due when you return. Neglecting school work is an easy way to finish the semester with grades you hadn’t hoped for.

Summer is only a few weeks away. Hang in there! Follow these tips to keep your focus through this critical part of the semester. Continue reading

Happenings: Spring Break Job Search

Be the best you can be: Use spring break to prepare for success

Whatever your major, Career Services can help you climb to the top.

Successful people often say that the road to success is paved by doing something you love, taking chances and acting on your ideas. With spring break coming up at Texas State, there’s no better time to set yourself up for a bright future when you’re not soaking up the sunshine.

Whether you’re getting in the groove of your freshman year or spreading your wings to fly in May or December, getting prepared for the future can only play to your advantage. Spring break gives you time to investigate and explore your career interests, by job shadowing or gaining new experiences, making it easier than ever to get up and go on your career path.

Allison Birk, a career advisor at Texas State Career Services, offers tips for turning your spring break opportunities into career success.

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Texas State Updates: Net Impact

San Marcos organizations lend
support to Texas State Net Impact

By Gary Gannon

organization logoThe Greater San Marcos Partnership (GSMP) and the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce are lending support to the Texas State University Net Impact Program’s 2012 Green Impact Campaign by helping them align their program with local companies who are interested in participating.

Students from Texas State Net Impact, a service group committed to making a positive difference in the world with sustainable projects relating to economic, environmental and social issues, are offering free energy audits to local businesses and nonprofits that are looking to potentially reduce their operating costs and minimize their energy use. Continue reading

Alumni: Wayne Oquin

Grad gives back through annual performance collaboration

By David King

Wayne Oquin

Wayne Oquin directs students at Texas State.

The sound of teenage musicians, rehearsing as part of a summer orchestra camp, creeps through the walls of Gaila Raymer’s office in Evans Auditorium.

The air conditioner hums a white noise in the cavernous, cinderblock-walled room. The office of the production manager is home to everything from event posters to random theatrical props to odd pieces of who-knows-what.

There’s also an overstuffed couch, fronted with a cluttered coffee table. This summer afternoon, Wayne Oquin is resting on the couch, wearing a T-shirt and shorts and talking softly about topics ranging from his days of 30-credit-hour semesters to hearing Reverie, his composition for the organ, performed on National Public Radio. Continue reading