Author Archives: Audrey Webb

Student Life: Financial Tips

Preparing for your future at Texas State and beyond

by SLAC

Make sure you apply for available scholarships. [photo by 401(K) 2013 / flickr.com]

Make sure you apply for available scholarships. [photo by 401(K) 2013 / flickr.com]

As semester’s end approaches, consider the following for future semesters:

Will you be able to get relatives and/or friends to help financially?

Can you find scholarships for which you are eligible at Texas State or other institutions? Go to Financial Aid and Scholarships (J. C. Kellam, Suite 240, 512.245.2315, www.finaid.txstate.edu/) for information and check with your major department every semester as scholarships they offer vary from semester to semester. Also, ask friends, employers and contacts for leads: Some organizations and churches offer scholarships. Keep in mind that scholarships can be an asset to your résumé or vita!

Can you get a job while attending college that doesn’t interfere with your studies or, better, one that augments your education? If you’re a freshman, check with Personalized Academic and Career Exploration (PACE) in the PACE Center and online at pace.txstate.edu/. For on-campus jobs for all Texas State students, check out Texas State’s Career Center at www.careerservices.txstate.edu/, including Jobs4Cats, and ask places on campus (or off) that you frequent (like SLAC, the library, the student center, or a local coffee shop) to see if they are hiring. And don’t forget to consult Financial Aid to see if you are eligible for assistance via work-study funding, as this makes you a more desirable applicant for on-campus jobs.

Do you need a loan or grant (local, state, or federal) to continue at Texas State? If so, will one be available? Again, look to Financial Aid and Scholarships for information. Remember that you can add competitive grants to your résumé /vita.

Keep in mind that what you do now to be financially solvent, academically successful, build your work experience, and win scholarships and awards will prepare you for life beyond college!

Student Life: Down on the Farm

Preparing for Spring

by Emily Arnold

Well, nobody said it would be glamorous! Emily Arnold learns about the best ways to fertilize crops.

Well, nobody said it would be glamorous! Emily Arnold learns about the best way to fertilize crops.

The Freeman Ranch staff gave us permission to collect horse manure from the horse pen at the ranch. Horse manure is the best kind of manure for composting because of the animals’ digestive tract as well as their diet. They are by definition “hind-gut fermenters,” which means the absorption of nutrients from their food doesn’t begin until the end of the digestive tract. This makes their waste higher in nutrient content. Also, the horses at the ranch are fed entirely pesticide- and herbicide-free grass.

Once we collected the horse manure, we put some aside in a compost pile, and we applied some directly to rows that are currently empty. Because of the high nutrient content, we went in with rakes and manually tried to break it down and mix it into the soil. If we were to try and plant directly into the manure without letting it sit, the plants could get burned from high levels of nitrogen and die. We have been watering the rows with the manure in it to speed up the break down, and hopefully when we go to plant in week or so, the soil will be more fertile and give our plants some extra nutrition.

Students: Megan Holmes

Open to Opportunities: Grad student finds reward in her passion

by Megan Holmes

Photo of Megan Holmes

By expressing her opinions and taking a chance, Megan got an opportunity to expand her network and gather new insights. Well done!

I’m a Bobcat for life! I earned my bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in forensic psychology here at Texas State and I’m currently completing my master’s in agricultural education. My soul’s drive is to make an impact in the lives of high school students through agriculture.

One of the things I love most about Texas State are the dedicated professors.  The professors here have a genuine interest in my personal success. Continue reading

Student Organizations: H.E.A.T.

Compassion knows no borders

by Audrey Webb

The Human-Environmental-Animal Team (H.E.A.T.) is a community service organization dedicated to humanitarian work, environmental conservation and animal welfare, all while focusing on positive activism. Rather than focusing on conventional sad statistics and depressing photos, H.E.A.T. aims to incorporate humor, art and creativity into projects to help solve real-world issues.

In September and October of 2011, Bastrop community members experienced tragic losses during the fires that swept the area. A Texas State student wanted to find a way to help. She found the opportunity through H.E.A.T., one of Texas State’s 360+ student organizations. Continue reading

Alumni: Brianne Corn

Gear shifts: Alumna follows her heart and chases down a life-long dream

By Audrey Webb

If it's got a motor and wheels, Brianne Corn will race on it.

If it’s got a motor and wheels, Brianne Corn will race on it.

A study abroad program changed Brianne Corn’s life in ways she had never intended. In her final semester at Texas State, Corn enrolled in two courses in Italy: Italian art history and street photography. At that point, her plan was to graduate, then travel to Greece to photograph the 2004 Summer Olympics. But after a daring drive up a mountain in a rental car, Corn steered her life in a whole new direction.

On a day off from class, Corn started racing Italian drivers up a curvy mountain road — “misbehaving,” she admits with a grin — and when she finally pulled over, her heart still racing, she had what she can only refer to as an epiphany, “literally in the shadow of a castle,” she recalls.

“I asked myself a question: ‘If you won the lottery, and money was no object, what would you do?’ My answer was that I would become a rally car driver,” says Corn.

She completed her degree — a B.S. in digital and photographic imagery with an art/design minor — ditched her plans for Greece and set out full throttle to fulfill a dream that had begun when she was growing up in Victoria, Texas. Continue reading

Students: Andrew Osegi

Keeping it real: Balancing family and fantasy gives student firm footing

By Audrey Webb

Among the many family members who will be cheering when Andrew Osegi crosses the stage this weekend is his proud mother (right).

Among the many family members who will be cheering when Andrew Osegi accepts his diploma is his proud mother (right).

Journalism major Andrew Osegi has had a remarkable year. Not only is he graduating this week after just three years at Texas State — taking courses during both summer sessions each year put him on the fast track to earning his diploma — but his contributions to the social media efforts of Texas State University’s Office of University Marketing resulted in his being named “Student Employee of the Year” — a fine feather to stick in his graduation cap.

Osegi, 21, believes much of his success is due to his ability to set and keep priorities. For example, regardless of what has gone on in his academic life — no matter how many papers there were to write or how many finals there were to study for — one of Osegi’s top priorities has been watching “Game of Thrones” with his sister every Sunday night. Continue reading

Happenings: Women and Gender Research Collaborative Symposium

Gender issues highlighted during National Women’s National History Month

By Audrey Webb

Around the world, political, social and environmental issues, such as climate change, have an impact on gender. (Photo courtesy of Duda Arraes / flickr.com)

Political, social and environmental issues, such as climate change, have an impact on gender equality.
(Photo: Duda Arraes / flickr.com)

On March 3, 1913 — just 100 years ago — 5,000 women marched to the White House to demand their right to vote. In the U.S., women have won many fundamental rights since then, but both here and around the world, gender inequality remains an issue to be addressed.

The third annual Women and Gender Research Collaborative Symposium, which will take place in the LBJ Student Center Multipurpose Room this Friday, March 29, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., draws international scholars to present their research on a variety of topics that have an impact on gender equality, such as food security, climate change, domestic violence and women in sports. Continue reading

Happenings: Feria del Mariachi

Annual festival celebrates music
of Mexico, young performers

Photo of mariachi ensemble

Texas State’s Mariachi Nueva Generación will perform at the Feria del Mariachi concert March 23.

By Audrey Webb

The origin of the word mariachi has been the source of some debate. Some linguists believe it comes from the French word mariage (marriage), while others claim its origin is in the name of the wood commonly used for dance floors in Mexican dance halls. If you want to know the true meaning of mariachi, we suggest you leave the lingo wrangling to the historians and just attend this weekend’s 14th annual Feria del Mariachi. Continue reading

Happenings: Bobcat Build 2013

Bobcats build good will with
San Marcos residents

Bobcat Build is the second-largest student-run community service project in all of Texas.

Bobcat Build is one of the largest student-run volunteer events in all of Texas.

By Audrey Webb

Every guest knows it’s common courtesy to say thank you to your host. That’s the basic premise behind Bobcat Build, an annual volunteer event that salutes the citizens of San Marcos for hosting the Bobcat family in their hometown.

Bobcat Build volunteers perform a variety of tasks based on requests made by San Marcos citizens. In last year’s event, approximately 3,400 students, staff and faculty members participated in 168 various community-building activities, such as weeding a community garden to washing windows to painting a house to removing debris from a vacant lot.  Continue reading

Happenings: Ballet Folklórico

Ballet Folklórico's colorful costumes capture the essence of Mexico's rich cultural history.

Ballet Folklórico’s colorful costumes capture Mexico’s rich cultural history.

Dancers deliver a taste of Mexico

By Audrey Webb

If most of what you know about Mexico was learned at a Taco Bell drive-through, take advantage of an on-campus opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of our neighbors to the south by attending a performance of The University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA)’s Ballet Folklórico.

The internationally acclaimed troupe, now in its 43rd year, will stop at Texas State on Sunday, February 17, as part of its current tour of Alegria Temporada 2013. The performance combines culture and colorful costumes in choreography that blends contemporary movement with traditional folk dances of numerous states and regions across Mexico. Continue reading