Author Archives: Billi London-Gray

Alumni: Krystle Moore

Fearless learner: Asking questions opened doors to scholarships, mentors, career path for biology grad

studio portrait of Krystle Moore

Krystle Moore ’13

By Billi London-Gray

It’s hard to believe brilliant people who tell you, “Don’t be afraid to feel dumb.” But these words are the motto of Krystle Moore, who recently completed her bachelor’s degree in biology at Texas State University. Her brave, inquisitive attitude has led her to one great opportunity after another. Continue reading

Happenings: VATS Golf Tournament

Veterans Alliance at Texas State to host golf benefit for local VFW

logo for Veterans Alliance

Veterans Alliance at Texas State (VATS) is a chartered student organization that supports student-veterans.

By Billi London-Gray

The Veterans Alliance at Texas State (VATS) is sponsoring its third annual golf tournament on Friday, April 19, at Quail Creek Country Club in San Marcos. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 3413, located in San Marcos.

“The VFW has a long history of supporting the surrounding community and providing veterans with a voice in local, state and national government,” says Jeremy Casselberry, a Navy veteran and president of VATS. Continue reading

Happenings: Peace Paper Project

Artists to bring transformative papermaking process to campus

Print of a young girl's face on handmade paper

Detail of a print on handmade paper by participants in the Peace Paper Project

By Billi London-Gray

As an artistic activity, papermaking dates back nearly 2,000 years to ancient China. The process of creating paper by hand — pulping fibers into a watery slurry, then straining the slurry with a screen to form the sheet of paper — has not changed much in the intervening millennia.

As part of the 2012-13 Common Experience theme, “A Global Odyssey: Exploring Our Connections to the Changing World,” Texas State University will help students and the community explore the art of papermaking by welcoming the Peace Paper Project to campus April 11-16. Continue reading

Study Tips: Mobile Research Apps

Take your research mobile!

By Lisa Ancelet, Head Reference Services Librarian

Research apps

Mobile apps help you research on the go.

Do you often find yourself conducting research on your mobile device or wishing you could? Alkek Library at Texas State University offers students, faculty and staff many different options to make mobile research not only possible, but easy. Continue reading

Study Tips: Spring Break

Plan ahead to maintain your academic rhythm over Spring Break

By Texas State SLAC

student studying in library with laptop

Plan time to study over Spring Break.

Spring Break is almost here! Unfortunately, semesters don’t always end when a college student’s vacation begins. Learning to manage working while enjoying your time off is an essential skill for college life and beyond.

First: Make a plan. Since your brain is still in college mode, take advantage of it. Just as in the regular semester, put what you have to get done and related deadlines on a calendar and make a schedule to be sure you study some each day and more on days you aren’t actively involved in extracurricular fun. Making a plan now will prevent stress later and keep you from completely losing the rhythm of academic life. Continue reading

Happenings: Alternative Spring Breaks

Bobcats plan to give back through alternative Spring Break trips

By Billi London-Gray

Texas State is known for its warm sense of community and welcoming atmosphere. Each spring, groups of Bobcats dedicate time over the March break to share that ethos of helpful generosity by volunteering for service projects and events around the state.

Bobcat Break — Harris County

SVC logo

Student Volunteer Connection (SVC) organizes the annual Bobcat Break service trip.

Texas State’s Student Volunteer Connection (SVC) organizes a service trip — Bobcat Break — each year during Spring Break. With a focus on habitat issues, Bobcat Break projects include travel to and service in a community that is living with a particular habitat problem. This year, Texas State volunteers will work with Habitat for Humanity in Northwest Harris County, outside Houston, to build affordable housing and serve the community. Continue reading

Study Tips: Office Hours

Office hours: Take advantage of time to get help from your professors

Professor mentoring student

Need help? Don’t forget to ask your professor!

By Texas State SLAC

It can be difficult to converse with professors before or after class. There may be too little time because the professor may have to go to another building, or another class may be waiting outside. That’s why professors designate office hours to meet students outside of classes. Yet many professors say few students use this time.

Take advantage of your professors’ willingness to help. Your professors may be formal in class yet friendly and approachable one-to-one. Follow these tips to make your approach to office visits a little easier: Continue reading

Study Tips: Interlibrary Loan

Free ILL service at Alkek lets you borrow library materials worldwide

By Jerry Weathers, Head of Access and Delivery Services

Alkek Library at night

If Alkek’s seven stories don’t have what you need, try Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services.

Have you ever had a research assignment for a class and discovered the library didn’t have everything you needed? If this happens to you again, consider giving Interlibrary Loan (ILL) a try.

ILL is a free service and is available to all CURRENT students, faculty and staff at Texas State. If the libraries at Texas State don’t have what you need, ILL staff will try to borrow from other libraries worldwide to get not only scholarly books and articles, but also items for your entertainment, such as feature films on DVD, audio books and music scores. Continue reading

Happenings: Imagine 2013

Texas State RRC hosts 5th annual
Round Rock Arts ‘Imagine’ event

Abstract painting of agave

Imagine 2013 signature artwork: Agave Movement by Michael Hammons

Developing a city into an arts and culture hub takes vision — and a lot of effort. With plenty of both, the Round Rock Area Arts Council is transforming Round Rock into a nexus of support for the visual and performing arts. And Texas State University is helping by hosting the city’s marquis arts event this year.

Imagine 2013: An Evening of Art and Music will take place on Friday, February 22, 2013, from 7-9 p.m. at the Texas State University Round Rock Campus. A celebration of visual and performing art and music from Round Rock and surrounding areas, the evening will feature an expansive art exhibit (including works by more than 75 local artists), live music, theatre performances and a silent auction. Continue reading

Study Tips: Get Back on Track

Start Smart: 9 Ways to Get Your Semester and Studies on Track

By Texas State SLAC

Students studying in library with laptop

Start smart! Reconnect with study partners from previous semesters.

Welcome back, Bobcats! As you kick off another semester at Texas State University, you face the task of re-establishing your academic routines and habits. To help you get your semester started right, the Student Learning Assistance Center (SLAC) has a nine time-tested suggestions. Continue reading