Recent alumni create award for incoming Bobcats
by Mindy Green
Andrew Henley and Maggie Worthington graduated from Texas State University only last year, but already they have created a scholarship for one incoming freshman who has made an impact on his/her high school campus and community.
Fearless learner: Asking questions opened doors to scholarships, mentors, career path for biology grad
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
Posted in Alumni, Spotlight: Excellence at Texas State, Texas State Faces
Tagged Alumni, auxin, college advice, College of Science and Engineering, Del Rio, H-LSAMP, Houston-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, Krystle Moore, molecular biology, pharmacy, Picloram, recent graduates, Scholarships, STEM, Texas State, Texas State University
London 2012: Olympics provided a unique perspective on living abroad
By Sarah Binion ’01, ’04
St. Pancras Station, London, with Olympic rings
(Photo by Graham Hogg)
As an American living in London, you’re somewhere between tourist and local. Your accent always indicates you’re an outsider but when you wince at the loud Americans on the tube, you know you’re a local. Living abroad makes the ordinary details of day-to-day life seem extraordinary, but it also underscores the differences between your home and host country.
Living in a city that is hosting one of the largest events in the world has been an exercise in awe and frustration. Last summer I stepped off the Eurostar train from Paris and caught my breath as I saw the newly hung Olympic rings in St. Pancras (the international station where trains arrive from Belgium and France). Suddenly the reality began to settle in that I would be living in this city when thousands of the world’s finest athletes would be coming to compete. I watched as London began to put on the finishing touches of years worth of preparation – sprucing up tube stations, posting helpful signs for confused tourists and completing construction projects (among many other things). Continue reading
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Tagged Alumni, American in London, international development, international studies degree, London, London 2012, mass communication degree, Olympics, Sarah Binion, St. Pancras, Texas State University, Tower Bridge, Tulane University, Wembley, women's football, women's soccer
Football, business, worms and volunteering: Harrell does it all
Kyle Harrell with his family
By Andrew Osegi ’14
Kyle Harrell’s connection to Texas State University began in 1993, when he signed a letter of intent to join the Bobcat football team. He graduated in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science, and coached and taught biology in the Houston area.
Four years later, he returned to Texas State as a strength and conditioning coach for the football, baseball and women’s basketball teams. A man of many talents, Harrell then co-founded Pathagility, a web-based data management system for pathology labs. Harrell currently serves as the company’s director of business development.
As for his most recent venture? Well, let’s just say it might make you squirm. Continue reading
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Tagged Alumni, Football, Kyle Harrell, Organic farming, Organic gardening, Oscar Strahan, Pathagility, Pathology software, San Marcos Texas, T Association, Texas Red Worms, Texas State Bobcats, Texas State Football, Texas State University, Worm compost
Grammy-winning Grupo Fantasma plays Texas State with four alums
Whether you’re a Latin music lover or just like moving to the music, Latin-funk orchestra Grupo Fantasma has you covered. On Saturday, March 31, the Grammy-winning ensemble — including four Texas State alumni — will take their talents to Texas State for a special performance at 7:30 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom. Continue reading
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Tagged Alumni, Encore Series, Grammys, Grupo Fantasma, LBJ Student Center, LBJ Student Center Ballroom, School of Music, Texas State, Texas State Alumni, Texas State University
RampCorp launches women
By Mary Kincy
Sue Leininger was already the owner of an Austin-based management consulting business when she had the idea for a startup company whose solutions, she thought, would attract a major client in the trade association field.
She was wrong — and a course that has evolved into what is now known as RampCorp, a program of Texas State’s Office of Commercialization and Industry Relations, helped her to see that.
“I realized by the time I finished the year that it wasn’t such a great idea and that I needed to kind of rethink,” Leininger recalls. Continue reading
Posted in Spotlight: Excellence at Texas State, Uncategorized
Tagged ACTiVATE, Alumni, business, Entrepreneurs, Office of Commercialization and Industry Relations, RampCorp, San Marcos, Sue Leininger, Terry Chase Hazell, Texas State, Texas State University
Business grad makes a splash
with Victoria aquarium business
Jaime Valdivia owns Blue Lagoon Aquariums in Victoria. (Photo: The Victoria Advocate)
As a young entrepreneur, Texas State University grad Jaime Valdivia says business is going along swimmingly.
Valdivia owns Blue Lagoon Aquariums, based in Victoria, Texas. The company, which he started on his own 10 years ago, services about 150 aquariums in local homes and offices. Continue reading
Entrepreneurial cyclists crank
business success from bike repair
Andy Howard and Alex Lincoln own The Hub in San Marcos.
By Catherine Harper
Like a marathon, the journey to success is hard-going but eventually pays off. Andy Howard and Alex Lincoln — alumni of Texas State and owners of The Hub, located on the Square in San Marcos — are taking their determination and small business knowledge to the finish line as a team.
“From the beginning, I said even if this fails, I will learn more from doing this than anything,” Howard says of opening The Hub in February 2008. Continue reading
Interest in ancient medicine leads
alum to success as acupuncturist
Tiffany Chiu, licensed acupuncturist
By Catherine Harper
From ancient China to the present, acupuncture and Chinese medicine have passed through time, bringing the mind and body together to heal. For Tiffany Chiu, a licensed acupuncturist and Texas State alumna, her dedication and passion for this ancient practice have led to a fulfilling medicinal career.
In 2007, Chiu graduated from the Texas State Honors Program with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. With her expanded knowledge of the human mind, Chiu says she was able to combine her studies in psychology with her interest in traditional Chinese medicine. In the process of finding her path in acupuncture, Chiu says she cultivated her mind and spirit toward the practice with unrelenting dedication. Continue reading
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Tagged acupuncture, Alumni, AOMA Graduate School of INtegrative Medicine, Chengdu University, Texas Acupuncture Clinic, Texas State, Texas State University, TIffany Chiu, traditional Chinese medicine, University Honors Program