Monthly Archives: June 2012

Texas State Faces: Officer Sue Stewart

Diversity makes life more fun,
says UPD Officer Sue Stewart

By Audrey Webb

Sue Stewart (R) received a 2011 Excellence in Diversity award from President Denise M. Trauth.

Texas State University takes diversity very seriously, ensuring all students their education and campus involvement will not be impeded by their race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, veterans’ status or sexual orientation. This commitment is ingrained in the Texas State culture — from such programs as the Allies of Texas State to courses that lead to a minor in diversity studies. In fact, in order to register a student organization, the group’s founders must sign a statement agreeing that “the university has a special responsibility to seek cultural diversity, to instill a global perspective in its students and to nurture sensitivity, tolerance and mutual respect.”

The commitment to making Texas State a place where diversity is embraced extends far beyond written words on a page. Sue Stewart, recipient of the 2011 Excellence in Diversity staff award and a 10-year veteran of the Texas State University Police Department, embodies diversity not only as part of her job, but also as part of her life philosophy.

“Diversity is just fun. It just is,” says Stewart. “I have found that as a police officer, if you can connect with people then you can talk about things more easily. For me, it’s important to understand why people do the things they do, mainly because it’s interesting.”
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Happenings: University Galleries Summer Exhibitions

Campus art galleries showcase wide variety of local, national talent

The exhibition “Homegrown” will feature works by  artists from Eye of the Dog Art Center in San Marcos.

By Callie Gordon ’12

At Texas State, you don’t have to walk far to see changes on campus. Look inside the Joann Cole Mitte Building, where Texas State’s School of Art and Design is housed, and you’ll see even more — the University Galleries at Texas State undergo a makeover each month when new art arrives to be shared with art lovers and students alike.

Mary Mikel Stump, the gallery director, wants a variety and breadth of work available to viewers. “If someone comes for one show, I want them to not have to wait long before they can come back and see something different,” she says.

The galleries, which are free and open to the public, feature art by students, alumni, local artists, and creators from around the country and the world. On Saturday, June 23, the University Galleries will hold an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. for their newest exhibitions, Homegrown and Swarm. Continue reading

Texas State Faces: Carolyn McCall

After 38 years, McCall embodies Texas State ethos with pride

Carolyn McCall

Carolyn McCall

By Andrew Osegi

Texas State University is known for being a huge school with a small feel. The warm, welcoming atmosphere of the campus is cultivated by its faculty and staff, people who have dedicated their careers to serving Texas State students — people like Carolyn McCall.

“She is one of the most wonderful supervisors I have ever had the pleasure of working with,” said DeLara Julian, an administrative assistant who worked with McCall in the Office of Educator Preparation. “Her professionalism, courtesy and consideration for everyone with whom she comes in contact are legendary in the College of Education.” Continue reading

Alumni: First Year on the Job

Alumni share experiences, advice gleaned from first year on the job

By Callie Gordon ’12

Attending Texas State is a blend of getting an education, starting your career, and the growing up that happens along the way. Nestled in the Texas Hill Country, you spend four years learning about the world, our country and yourself, as well as more facts about LBJ than the average person will ever know.

Although your classes and professors do their best to prepare you, the transition from college to career often comes with a few growing pains. Below, four recent graduates share what they’ve learned through their first year on the job.

What was the most challenging thing about transitioning from college to career?

Leigh Morgan

Leigh Morgan

Leigh Morgan, Communication Design ’11 Marketing Coordinator at Anthony Travel @leighdotcom

In college, the proof of your hard work is often reflected in your grade at the end of the semester. Because of this, I have struggled to feel accomplished in my career, not because I’m doing a poor job, but because real-world success is less tangible than a grade. Continue reading

Study Tips: Summer School Time Management

Keeping a steady pace is key for
success in summer classes

By Texas State SLAC

It’s 1:30 a.m: You’re at your desk — a huge energy drink can precariously perched on the shortest stack of books and articles — with 456 words or 19 more algebra problems to go. Our advice? Go to bed, whether that’s a mattress, bunk or futon, and sleep. At this point your biological clock, the one that says you think better at night, is lying to you. Continue reading

Texas State Voices: Andrew Osegi

Looking for opportunities turns interests, talents into experience

Andrew Osegi

Andrew Osegi

By Andrew Emeka Osegi ’14

They say if you do what you love, it’s not work at all. I kept that in mind when it was time for me to declare my major as a freshman at Texas State University.

I chose to major in journalism because I have always enjoyed writing. I also decided to minor in anthropology to build upon my interest in world culture and diversity, concepts I gravitated to as a high school student. Now a junior in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, I know I made the right choices. Continue reading

Around Campus: HEAT

H.E.A.T. makes impact through human rights advocacy, activism

HEAT Logo

H.E.A.T. is a registered student organization at Texas State University.

By Andrew Osegi

From the shaded Quad to the sunny river, there is no denying that Texas State University’s campus is one of the most beautiful in the state. Keeping it that way is a challenge shared by everyone involved with the school, including its many dedicated student organizations.

The Human Environmental Animal Team, or H.E.A.T., is a relatively new student organization that was formed not only to keep Texas State’s environment beautiful, but also to serve people in the San Marcos-Austin community.

H.E.A.T. focuses on human right issues, animal rights, environmental preservation and community service. Food donation and animal shelter assistance, along with river and street clean-ups, are a few of H.E.A.T.’s many contributions to the community. Continue reading

Texas State Voices: Callie Gordon

Social Networking: How to Make Helpful Connections on Twitter

Callie Gordon

Callie Gordon

By Callie Gordon ’12

Being a college student, you are either on Twitter or at least feel like you need to be. Students join Twitter for a variety of reasons: news, humor, or just general narcissism. But before you define yourself in 140 characters or less, it’s important to know why you’re logging on.

Consider Twitter an extension of your personal brand. How do you want to define yourself? As far as your personal brand is concerned, Twitter can help or hurt you, depending on what you share. Continue reading