Tag Archives: Alumni

Alumni: Distinguished Young Bobcat Award

Recent alumni create award for incoming Bobcats

by Mindy Green

Distinguished Young Bobcat Award logoAndrew 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.

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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

Texas State Voices: Andrew Osegi

Looking back: Three unforgettable years at Texas State University

Once on campus, I hoped to take advantage of my time as an undergraduate.

Andrew Osegi, Class of 2013

By Andrew Osegi

As I look back on my three years at Texas State University — I’m about to graduate with my bachelor’s degree in journalism on May 11 — an eruption of mixed feelings floods my memory.

I feel excitement when I recall my first day on campus as a freshman. Fresh out of high school from McAllen, Texas, attending Texas State was the next big step in my life. While traversing the steps of the beautiful, foreign campus, the promise of adventure kept me eager for new experiences. As I became a seasoned Bobcat, my expectations to meet new people, explore new ideas and grow as a person were consistently met.

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Texas State Voices: Sarah Binion

London 2012: Olympics provided a unique perspective on living abroad

By Sarah Binion ’01, ’04

St. Pancras Station, London, with Olympic rings

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

Alumni: Kyle Harrell

Football, business, worms and volunteering: Harrell does it all

Kyle Harrell with wife and daughter

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

Happenings: Grupo Fantasma at Texas State

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

Spotlight: RampCorp

RampCorp launches women
toward entrepreneurship

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.

A logo for the Texas State Office of Commercialization and Industry Relations.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

Alumni: Jaime Valdivia

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

Alumni: Andy Howard and Alex Lincoln

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

Alumni: Tiffany Chiu

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