Jo Ann Perro’s dedication to her students’ success earns her consistently outstanding evaluations.
Passion for teaching leads to rewarding career
by Joshua Book, Office of Distance and Extended Learning
Sometimes an unexpected turn in the road can take you to a great destination. Jo Ann Perro, a senior lecturer in Spanish and linguistics at Texas State University, had originally planned to study French in high school. The courses she needed wouldn’t fit in her academic schedule, however, so she chose Spanish instead. Perro excelled in the language and has enjoyed a teaching career that has spanned 32 years (18 years in high school and 14 years at the college level). Continue reading
History professor rewarded for his dedication and service to teaching
By Mindy Green
Kenneth H. Margerison is the 20th Piper Professor from Texas State University.
Faculty member Kenneth H. Margerison is fascinated by the past and the way that people in earlier time periods dealt with the opportunities and problems they faced. Convinced that we have much to learn from the experiences of previous eras, he provides the opportunity for his students to gain insight and respect for history.
Long-time faculty member honored for excellence in teaching
Dr. Steven Furney is the 19th faculty member at Texas State to be named a Piper Professor.
By Audrey Webb
Steven Furney, university distinguished professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance, has an office tucked in a corner on the first floor of the Jowers Center. The walls of his workspace there are covered with frames displaying some of the highlights of his life. Pictures of family – he’s a father to three and grandfather to five – share space with his numerous awards and his multiple diplomas, one of which he says he got unintentionally. Continue reading
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After 38 years, McCall embodies Texas State ethos with pride
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
Yazedjian joins 2012 Leadership Texas Class, inspires future leaders
Dr. Ani Yazedjian
By Catherine Harper
From the single mother who makes life-changing decisions each day to the military commander leading troops into battle, leadership comes in many forms. For Dr. Ani Yazedjian – faculty member of Texas State’s School of Family and Consumer Science and a member of the 2012 Leadership Texas Class – leadership is a learning process.
Yazedjian was selected to join the elite network of over 5,000 women as a member of the 2012 Leadership Texas Class in January 2012. The theme for this year’s class is “Texas Women Leaders: On the Highway to a Fast, Forward Future.” With a background in lifespan development and family relationships, Yazedjian is bringing her research to the forefront as an inspirational woman leader.
Read a Q&A with Ani Yazedjian about her Leadership Texas work and her take on leadership below.
From world honors to local harmony, Mungo makes music at Texas State
By Catherine Harper
Many people may think of Bugs Bunny’s interpretation of Richard Wagner when they envision the opera; however, according to Dr. Samuel Mungo — director of Opera Studies and Coordinator of Voice Area at Texas State — opera is quite attainable.
“We all have this concept of opera that it is this inaccessible, high and mighty, hoity-toity thing,” Mungo says. “I’m kind of the Joe Sixpack of opera. It’s musicals, only they sing more.”
So attainable is opera, in fact, that Mungo has dedicated his 20-year career to it. From the music halls of universities to premier stages around the world, Mungo has transformed a love of the opera to a standing ovation.
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Tagged 2002 Winter Olympics, Boston University, Carnegie Hall, El Auditorio di San Ursula, Illinois State, National Opera Association, New England Conservatory, Texas State, Texas State Faculty, Texas State Opera Studies, Texas State University, University of Colorado in Boulder
New Center for Texas Public History
helps with research, interpretation
Texas State professor Dan Utley, left, with public history graduate students in front of the "Texas White House" at the LBJ National Historical Park.
By Ann Friou
When the National Park Service needed help researching the history of a former Secret Service command outpost at the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park at Stonewall, it turned to public history professors Lynn Denton and Dan Utley in the Department of History at Texas State University.
Under Denton and Utley’s guidance, graduate students in public history undertook the project, researching a wide variety of records to complete a detailed analysis of the nationally significant historic site. The students also recommended ways to interpret the building’s historic significance to park visitors.
“The students collected many stories from Secret Service agents and others who served at the LBJ Ranch during Johnson’s presidency,” said Utley. “The stories show LBJ’s personal side and his family’s interaction with the Secret Service. Now, the Park Service will be able to relate these stories to the public through that little Secret Service building near the ‘Texas White House.’”
Requests for help with historical research and interpretation come regularly to Texas State’s History Department, enough that Denton created a new research center, the Center for Texas Public History, to respond to the requests. Denton directs the Center and Utley serves as the Center’s chief historian. Continue reading
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Tagged Center for Public History, College of Liberal Arts, Dan Utley, Department of History, Graduate Program in Public History, LBJ, Lyndon Johnson, Lynn Denton, Texas State, Texas State University
Bobcat spirit roars at Texas State Homecoming events
By Catherine Harper
Soap Box Derby
Year after year, Texas State University shines when its brightest alumni, faculty, staff, students and members of the public join in the tradition of Homecoming.
Starting the fourth week in October, Texas State will fire up a slate of Homecoming events including tailgating, Powderpuff Football, the annual Soap Box Derby and more, showcasing the ferocity of the Bobcats who keep the traditions alive. It all leads up to the Homecoming football game Oct. 29.
Check out some Homecoming history and upcoming events below:
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Tagged Alumni Association, Bobcat Athletics, Bobcat football, Bobcat Pride, Bobcat Stadium, Gaillardians, Homecoming, Homecoming Court, Homecoming Talent Show, Lyndon Baines Johnson, Powderpuff Football, Soapbox Derby, Spirit Rally, Texas State, Texas State Alumni, Texas State University, Traditions, Window Paintings