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Texas State Voices: Andrew Osegi

Looking back: Three unforgettable years at Texas State University

Once on campus, I hoped to take advantage of my time as an undergraduate.

Andrew Osegi, Class of 2013

By Andrew Osegi

As I look back on my three years at Texas State University — I’m about to graduate with my bachelor’s degree in journalism on May 11 — an eruption of mixed feelings floods my memory.

I feel excitement when I recall my first day on campus as a freshman. Fresh out of high school from McAllen, Texas, attending Texas State was the next big step in my life. While traversing the steps of the beautiful, foreign campus, the promise of adventure kept me eager for new experiences. As I became a seasoned Bobcat, my expectations to meet new people, explore new ideas and grow as a person were consistently met.

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Student Spotlight: Kolten Parker

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.

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

Around Campus: Nature Activities and Conservation Efforts in San Marcos

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. They are considered a threatened species.

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

Around Campus: The University Star

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

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

Alumni: Mike Kickirillo

Director of Spurs Broadcasting visits Texas State, advises future graduates

By Andrew Osegi

Spurs basketball

Spurs Basketball

Excitement was buzzing all around the classroom. Students in Larry Carlson’s Sports As News class gathered their note-taking materials as the instructor and his anticipated guest chatted near the entrance.

In an effort to examine the challenges of media coverage in sports, Mike Kickirillo, director of broadcasting for the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs and a Texas State alumnus, visited his alma mater Tuesday, Jan. 29, to answer questions from aspiring mass communication professionals.

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Around Campus: New Year’s Resolutions for Texas State Students

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

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:

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Holidays: Winter Break

Make the most of opportunities during the winter break

By Andrew Osegi (@AEOsegi)

mother and daughter at sewell park

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.

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Study Tips: Finals Prep 2012

Finals: How to prepare
without going to extremes

By Andrew Osegi (@AEOsegi)

Woman studying in library

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.

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Happenings: International Education Month 2012

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

Students: Stephanie Daul

Texas State junior awarded
prestigious scholarship

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
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