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Alumni: Curtis Grimes

From Texas State to Hollywood Hills, Grimes’ talent resonates with ‘Voice’

By Catherine Harper

Texas State alumnus and country singer Curtis Grimes got his start on NBC's "The Voice."

Texas State University alumnus Curtis Grimes could not have imagined that one call would change his life in January 2011. After auditioning earlier that month for NBC’s “The Voice” — a singing competition moderated by celebrity judges — Grimes’ country stylings hit the mark with producers and he was on his way to stardom.

“They reached out to me at first with an e-mail saying they’d like me to audition after they’d seen some of my shows on YouTube,” Grimes says. “The whole experience was awesome.”

After flying to Hollywood, Grimes worked with music coach Cee Lo Green each week of auditions, making it to the quarter-finals on the show. His success with the singing competition has awarded him national exposure, with his new album Doin’ My Time hitting the Top Texas 15 and his new single “Irresponsible” on airwaves last month.

Before his singing success, Grimes was immersed not in music but in baseball as a pitcher at Centenary College in Shreveport, La. After transferring to Texas State in 2005, however, Grimes struck a chord with the music scene in San Marcos.

“Texas State definitely influenced me music-wise, since the country scene is so strong down there,” Grimes says, speaking from his tour stop in West Texas. “It’s kind of a central hub of country music. There were artists like Randy Rogers and Ryan Turner coming from there, so it’s where I found a lot of my influences.”

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Happenings: Bobcat Sports

Texas State student-athletes
to play on over holiday break

By Mary Kincy

Texas State basketball

Earlier in 2011, Texas State men's basketball took on the University of Texas-Arlington.

While the majority of Texas State students are enjoying a much-anticipated break from all things collegiate, Bobcat student-athletes will play on during the holiday cessation of classes.

Basketball action continues when Texas State women’s basketball takes to the court at Kennesaw State University on Monday, Dec. 19, then takes on Belmont on Wednesday, Dec. 21. Continue reading

Rising Stars: Karen Chisum

Chisum, in last Southland season,
earns acclaim, honors — and wins

A photo of Karen Chisum and two Texas State volleyball players.

Texas State volleyball coach Karen Chisum (center) is in her 32nd season as coach of the Bobcat team. Flanking her are players Caleigh McCorquodale (left) and Amber Calhoun.

By Mary Kincy

Karen Chisum counts it a privilege to be a Bobcat. “It’s not a right,” she explains. “Everyone doesn’t get to. You’re recruited out there to perform, to exceed expectations and to be successful.”

It’s advice she’s taken to heart during the course of more than three decades as coach of the Texas State volleyball team, earning a record that ranks her the sixth-winningest active head coach in NCAA Division I volleyball.

Chisum’s accomplishments were honored recently when she was named to the 2011 class of Distinguished Alumni Award recipients at Texas State (She earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the university in the 1970s.). Further acclaim came in mid-November, when the Southland Conference league office named Chisum its Coach of the Year following a 24-7 (15-1 in the Southland) record over the season that earned the 2011 team the program’s sixth Southland Conference regular season championship. Continue reading

Texas State Updates: Bobcats in Baseball

Two former Bobcats make
pro baseball debuts

Kubitza

Third baseman Kyle Kubitza and pitcher Joe Dvorsky, both selected in the Major League Baseball draft earlier this month, have launched their pro careers in different corners of the country.

Kubitza joined the Danville (Ga.) Braves in the Rookie-level Appalachian League on June 21, and he has appeared in seven games for the Atlanta Braves’ affiliate. He was the organization’s third-round draft selection.

Dvorsky

Dvorsky made his debut a day later, pitching an inning for the Great Falls (Mont.) Voyagers in the Rookie-level Pioneer League. He was the 35th-round pick of the Chicago White Sox. Continue reading

Texas State Updates: Bobcats in Baseball

Goldschmidt to compete tonight
in Southern League homer derby

Goldschmidt

Former Texas State first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, who leads all Double-A players in home runs this season with 22, will take part in the Southern League Home Run Derby tonight in Jackson, Tenn.

The competition is part of the league’s all-star celebration. The all-star game, in which Goldschmidt is a starter for the Southern Division, is Tuesday.

Pitcher Mike Hart continued his hot streak last week. Hart, a reliever for Class A Burlington, has given up just two hits and no runs in June.

Here’s the weekly update of former Bobcats playing pro baseball: Continue reading

Happenings: Hear Coach Fran

Franchione to speak
at Bobcat Club luncheon

Dennis Franchione

Texas State coach Dennis Franchione will discuss the future of Bobcats football at a luncheon in Austin next month.

Sponsored by the Bobcat Club, the event will be July 13 at noon at the Austin Club, 110 E. 9th St. Tickets are $25, with tables for 10 available for $250.

He will talk about Texas State’s transition to the Western Athletic Conference, the university’s growth and the upgrades being made to the athletic facilities, including the $32 million addition to Bobcat Stadium. Continue reading

Texas State Updates: Golf

Bobcats’ Alastair Jones
advances at British Amateur

Alastair Jones

Texas State golfer Alastair Jones has advanced to the match play portion of the British Amateur Championship after finishing second in the stroke play part of the tournament in Merseyside, England.

Jones, who is from Cardiff, Wales, shot a 3-under-par 68 in the second round. He finished the two rounds at 140, just behind Greg Eason of the University of Central Florida.

Sixty-four golfers advanced to the match play part of the 116-year-old event. Competition continues through Saturday. Continue reading

Alumni: Distinguished Alumni 2011

Texas State Alumni Association
selects honorees for 2011

The Texas State Alumni Association has announced five recipients of the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award, ranging from the university’s longest-tenured coach to an advocate for the state’s growing research industry.

The 2011 awards will be presented Oct. 28 at the Distinguished Alumni Awards Gala during Homecoming Weekend. This year’s honorees are:

Connie “C.R.” Arnold (BS, Biology, ’62, MA, Biology, ’63): He is the former director and now Perry R. Bass Chair Emeritus in Fisheries and Mariculture at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute, which is in Port Aransas. He joined the institute in 1977.

Karen Chisum

Michael Bowman (BAAS, Occupational Education, ’78): He is president of Hunt and Hunt, a Houston-based company that does precision machine work.

Karen Chisum (BS, Physical Education, ’72, MEd, Physical Education, ’78): She is the volleyball coach at Texas State. She has 716 career victories and is the longest-tenured head coach at the university.

Jeff Foster

Jeff Foster (BAAS, Technology, ’09): Foster is a 12-year veteran of the National Basketball Association, all with the Indiana Pacers. He returned to Texas State to finish his degree mid-career.

Tom Kowalski (BA, Political Science, ’78): He is president and CEO of Texas Healthcare and Bioscience Institute, which is a statewide public policy research organization that promotes medical research, development and manufacturing in Texas.

The Distinguished Alumni Award dates to 1959, when it was presented to then-U.S. Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson. The award acknowledges outstanding accomplishments and leadership in the individual’s chosen business, profession or life work, on a national or international level.

Texas State Updates: Jessica Salazar

Texas State student claims
prize in national competition

Jessica Salazar

Jessica Salazar, a spring graduate from the Texas State fashion merchandising program, finished second in a contest sponsored by the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists for student poster presentations.

Her entry, “Zar Golf … When Technology Meets Fashion,” detailed  embedding a system of sensors in golf clothes. Feedback from the sensors would be analyzed by a software app for a mobile device, allowing for instant feedback from a coach on a golfer’s swing.

Salazar, a native of Edinburg, played on the golf team and designed a line of women’s golf clothes while at Texas State.

Click here to see her presentation.

Texas State Updates: Bobcats in Baseball

Former Texas State pitcher
posting great stats in Class A

Here’s the weekly statistical report on former members of the Texas State baseball team playing professionally around the country, from Mobile to Tulsa.

Pitcher Mike Hart has turned into one of the stoppers in the bullpen for the Burlington (Iowa) Bees in the Class A Midwest League. Opposing hitters are batting just .188 against him, and he has 26 strikeouts in 19 1/3 innings this season, with just 10 walks.

Player Team League Level Avg. HR RBI
Thomas Field Tulsa (Rockies) Texas 2A .228 4 19
Paul Goldschmidt Mobile (D’backs) Southern 2A .333 15 43
Jason Martinson Hagerstown (Nationals) South Atlantic A .263 2 12
Matt Miller Reading (Phillies) Eastern 2A 273 0 11
Iggy Suarez Somerset Atlantic Ind. .154 0 4
Ben Theriot NW Arkansas (Royals) Texas 2A .167 0 4
             
Pitcher Team League Level W-L ERA S
Mike Hart Burlington (A’s) Midwest A 3-1 2.33 0
Kane Holbrooks Fort Myers (Twins) Florida State A 2-6 3.33 0
Scott Linebrink Braves National ML 0-1 5.87 0
Josh Walter Rancho Cucamonga (Dodgers) California A 2-1 4.95 0