Tag Archives: Alkek Library

Study Tips: Pros and Cons of Summer Classes

Summer classes require balancing relaxed mood with intense pace

LBJ Statue with two students in background

Summer on campus: There’s more room to walk but more need for focus.

By Texas State SLAC

It’s summer at Texas State. Parking’s closer. Traffic’s lighter. The river and its banks are less crowded. On campus, you can walk without dodging skateboards and bikes. Classrooms seem bigger — you don’t trip over backpacks as you squeeze between desks. If professors don’t mind, you can even prop up your flip-flops.

Only one problem: The seemingly relaxed pace doesn’t extend to studying for summer classes. If you don’t get your textbooks and the syllabus early, you may saunter unprepared into a lecture on two chapters — or an entire book!  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

Around Campus: Essential Tips

Being a Bobcat: Essential Tips for a GREAT Texas State Experience

The Rising Star of Texas

By Andrew Osegi

To the incoming freshman, the transfer student, the misinformed undergrad or the curious prospect, Texas State University can be a maze of hills, stairs, majors and student orgs. To help you navigate that maze, you need some essential insider knowledge.

With input from a few fellow students, I’ve compiled the following tips to help you make the most of your Texas State experience. These secrets can greatly impact your time at Texas State. Remember them, and you’ll do just fine. Continue reading

Around Campus: La Bella Vida

‘La Bella Vida’ talks beauty of
Texas State life on YouTube

By Catherine Harper

Cristina Ochoa, electronic media senior, is a former executive producer and co-host of "La Bella Vida."

For the past three years, Texas State electronic media student Cristina Ochoa says she’s been taking care of her “baby” — a student-run television show called “La Bella Vida.”

“The show has saved me and it’s been my joy,” Ochoa says. “It has a special place in my heart because it’s helped me so much as a Texas State student.”

“La Bella Vida” — which means “The Beautiful Life” in Spanish — is currently in its seventh semester on-air as a variety talk show directed toward Texas State students. The show is posted on YouTube every Wednesday night.

As a former executive producer and co-host on the show, Ochoa’s vision for the show has been to impact current and future Texas State audiences.

“We try to be the voice of Texas State,” Ochoa says. “The show appeals to the perspective of what a Texas State student would want to hear and what they do.” Continue reading

Bobcat Voices: Back in School

Back in school: Tips from a fellow Bobcat to start fresh, save money

By Sarah Cobb

As a senior, I’m hustling through my final semester looking for the easiest ways and cheapest means of doing things. Looking back, I know that if I had asked around in the beginning —  as a freshman — I might have found a few resources very useful.

Here are some tips I now use to save money and sanity during the course of a semester.

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Happenings: The Wittliff Collections

Texas State’s Wittliff set to kick off
new season of exhibitions, events

A photo of Frida Kahlo.

This photo of artist Frida Kahlo by Héctor García is part of a new exhibition at the Wittliff Collections.

A study in faces.

A retrospective focused on early 20th-century Mexico.

A glimpse into a world of myth and mystery.

All are part of the lineup of upcoming exhibitions at The Wittliff Collections at Texas State, a repository of a broad range of archival materials perched at the top of Alkek Library.

The Wittliff is set to open Monday, Jan. 23, with exhibitions featuring journals, correspondence and more of author Rick Riordan; the photography of Hugo Brehme; and portraits by a range of artists. A permanent exhibition featuring costumes, photographs, screenplay drafts and more associated with the production of the hit television miniseries Lonesome Dove — adapted for film by Wittliff Collections founder Bill Wittliff — will continue as well. Continue reading

Around Campus: Late Night at LBJ

LBJ Student Center
looks to bridge study gap

By Mary Kincy

An image of a dictionary, notebook and pencil.

The LBJ Student Center at Texas State will extend its hours to accommodate students studying for final exams.

A venue for study in a space more commonly used for recreation is just one of the ways Texas State is adapting to the final exam period.

Starting Sunday, Dec. 4, the LBJ Student Center opened a Quiet Study Zone on its third floor where students may retreat for individual study from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Other areas of the building are open for small group study and discussion. Continue reading

Happenings: “Window to the Middle East” seminar

“Window to the Middle East” opens doors for Bobcats in study abroad

By Catherine Harper

Texas State students in front of temple in Laos

Texas State students visited a Buddhist temple in Luang Prabang, Laos, as part of the "Bobcats in Indochina" study abroad course during the summer of 2011.

Ever felt like setting out to find adventure in an exotic location? On Thursday, Nov. 10, journey to the limits of possibility with the “Window to the Middle East: Study Abroad Opportunities in Turkey” seminar  hosted by Texas State’s International Office from 11-12:30 p.m. in LBJ Student Center Room 3-5.1.

As part of Texas State’s International Education Month, the seminar invites students to explore a world of opportunity through study abroad with information about options available at Kadir Has University in Istanbul, Turkey.

Free refreshments will also be provided at the seminar by Texas State’s International Office.

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Happenings: Wells Tower Book Reading

Acclaimed writer to read
at Wittliff Collections

By Mary Kincy

A photo of author Wells Tower.

Wells Tower, as photographed by Suzanne Bennett for The New Yorker

Wells Tower, author of Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned, will be the feature of a reading and signing event hosted by the Wittliff Collections at Texas State’s Alkek Library. A question-and-answer period is planned as well.

Tower’s writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, GQ and the The Paris Review. Additionally, he is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, the Plimpton Discovery Prize issued by The Paris Review, the Young Lions Fiction Award issued by the New York Public Library, and a National Magazine Award for Fiction. Continue reading

Happenings: Archives Day Celebration

6th annual Archives Day celebration
is coming to Alkek Library

October is National Archives Month, and on Friday, Oct. 14, as part of its sixth annual Archives Day celebration, the Wittliff Collections and the University Archives at Texas State University will present a panel on “Archives and Anniversaries.” 

A photo of the entrance to the Wittliff Collection.

The Wittliff Collections, the site of the Archives Day celebration, is located on the seventh floor of Alkek Library on the Texas State campus.

The panel will be from 2-4 p.m. at the Wittliff Collections on the seventh floor of Texas State’s Alkek Library. A moderated discussion and question-and-answer session will follow the panel, along with a catered public reception from 4-5:30 p.m. All activities are free and open to the public. Attendance at the panel is not required to attend the reception.  Continue reading