Journalism senior gains experience at university newspaper, reports at State Capitol
By Andrew Osegi
Kolten Parker, senior at Texas State University, has worked hard to get where he is today.
Kolten Parker came to Texas State in 2010 ready for opportunity.
Parker, 23, was born and raised in Stephenville, Texas, a city where dairy rules yet high school football is king. After graduating high school, Parker decided to stay close to home and pursue his first two years of higher education at Tarleton State University; however, he soon discovered a change of scenery was overdue. Continue reading
Posted in Spotlight: Excellence at Texas State, Students
Tagged academic opportunity, Barbra Jordan Media Award, Feature writing, journalism, SPJ, Student, Texas, Texas Capitol, Texas State University, Texas State University-San Marcos, TIPA, Twitter
Many local groups focus on enjoying, protecting the Jewel of Central Texas
By Andrew Osegi
The natural beauty of San Marcos, Texas is one of the most compelling reasons why so many people love to visit and live here. Located on the Balcones Fault, where the Texas hill country meets the coastal plains, San Marcos is geographically primed for its natural springs and abundance of wildlife.
The San Marcos salamander’s only habitat is the San Marcos River. It is considered a threatened species.
The San Marcos River, what many residents consider to be the life source of the city, starts its journey at Spring Lake, bubbling up from the underground Edwards Aquifer. The aquifer is home to many endangered and threatened species; those found in the San Marcos area include the Texas blind salamander, Texas wild rice, the fountain darter, the San Marcos gambusia, the Comal Springs riffle beetle, the Comal Springs dryopid beetle, the Peck’s cave amphipod and the San Marcos salamander. Continue reading
Posted in Around Campus
Tagged Conservation, education, endangered species, Environment, local habitats, Nature, Texas endangered species, Texas State, Texas State University, visitors, Wildlife
Campus newspaper shines light, trains up-and-coming journalists
By Andrew E. Osegi
Tucked away in the cozy Trinity Building on the Texas State University campus, dedicated students write, manage and edit their way to success through journalism.
The Trinity Building on the Texas State campus is University Star headquarters.
The University Star covers happenings and issues on the Texas State campus and in the San Marcos community. Published every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, the Star distributes approximately 8,000 copies in and around the San Marcos area to keep local citizens and students informed.
Founded in 1911, the Star’s mission since its inception has been to embody the voice of Texas State, a task that falls to the 120 student reporters, photographers, designers and members of the student editorial board who work together to produce the paper. Given the multitude of honors and awards the Star has received over the years, they accomplished their mission regularly. Continue reading
Posted in Around Campus, Spotlight: Excellence at Texas State, Students, Uncategorized
Tagged Andrew Osegi, Austin Humphreys, Beth Brown, Bob Bajackson, career, David Nolan, editing, Hollie O'Connor, journalism, Kym Fox, Photojournalism, San Marcos Texas, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, student media, student newspaper, student workers, Texas State, Texas State University, University Star
By Andrew Osegi ’13
Welcome to 2013, Bobcat Nation! On behalf of the university, I hope all students, new and returning, enjoyed the winter holiday.
Always be thinking ahead.
As we ring in the new year with the spring semester, now is the best time to thaw that lackadaisical frame of mind we’ve embraced over the break and set our eyes on the future.
In addition to the resolutions you may have set for yourself this year, here are five more every Texas State student should consider:
Make the most of opportunities during the winter break
By Andrew Osegi (@AEOsegi)
Spend time with family and friends over the winter break! Share your plans and ask them for ideas.
Once students turn in that final project or test, feelings of freedom can be exhilarating until school starts again in January. It’s tempting to coast through the time off, but the winter break is an ideal time for students not only to recharge, but also to look for opportunities to advance themselves academically and professionally.
First and foremost, if you have a chance to visit family and friends during the holiday season, do it. Spending time with people you care about is beneficial to the weary mind of a busy student. Friends and family are powerful generators of happiness.
While you’re visiting, sit down with your family and have a serious conversation about what you plan for your future. No matter what your standing — entering freshman or graduating senior — it never hurts to examine your ambitions and share your plans with those who know you best. Your family may have ideas or advice that can help you reach your goals or find new opportunities.
Posted in Holidays, Texas State Voices, Uncategorized
Tagged Career Services, college advice, internships, job hunting, late registration, Living off campus, off campus housing, resume, resume help, San Marcos Texas, Texas State, Texas State University, Winter Break
Finals: How to prepare
without going to extremes
By Andrew Osegi (@AEOsegi)
Alkek Library: Your home away from home.
It’s that special time of year again! As the 2012 fall semester winds down, Texas State students are gearing up for their biggest academic challenge: finals week.
Indeed, the quest for a stellar final grade will push many students to extremes, but it doesn’t have to be that way. If students take advantage of their time and resources, finals can be one of the smoothest weeks of the year.
The following tips were collected to help Texas State students shine light into the looming shadow of finals week so they can finish the semester strong.
Posted in Study Tips, Texas State Voices, Uncategorized
Tagged college advice, final exams, finals prep, good grades, Preparing for finals, SLAC, study advice, study tips, Texas State, Texas State University, university exams, University Star
Learn to go global during International Education Month
Students from the International Studies Association hosted a multicultural food fair on campus.
By Andrew Osegi
Here at Texas State University, November is an exciting month. Not only are students looking forward to heading home for Thanksgiving break, but they also have an opportunity to engage with different cultures from around the world during International Education Month.
Similar to the federally sponsored International Education Week (held Nov. 12-16), International Education Month aims to connect diverse members of the Texas State community by educating students about the global nature of the world in which we live and work. Continue reading
Posted in Around Campus, Happenings, Students
Tagged IEW, International Education, International Education Month, International Education Week, International Students, International Studies, San Marcos Texas, Study Abroad, Texas State University
Texas State junior awarded
By Andrew Osegi
Stephanie Daul, a junior at Texas State University double-majoring in accounting and finance, was awarded the 2012 Jo Anne J. Trow National Undergraduate Scholarship this past summer. The highly prestigious scholarship is awarded to only 35 undergraduates across the United States.
Stephanie Daul, third from right, with friends during reception for Business Leadership Week
Daul received the $2,000 award through her membership in the Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) Honor Society, which she has belonged to since her freshman year. Daul qualified for her scholarship due to her 4.0 GPA, involvement on campus and recommendations from well-acquainted professors. Diann A. McCabe, director of academic development in the Honors College, says Daul “demonstrates the kind of academic depth and leadership potential that we
hope to see in all Texas State students.” Continue reading
Posted in Spotlight: Excellence at Texas State, Students, Texas State Faces, Uncategorized
Tagged Academic excellence, Accounting, accounting major, Alpha Lambda Delta, finance major, Honors College, Jo Anne J. Trow, McCoy College of Business Administration, Net Impact, Panama, Scholarship, Stephanie Daul, Student, Texas State, Texas State University, TxSt