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Alumni: Brianne Corn

Gear shifts: Alumna follows her heart and chases down a life-long dream

By Audrey Webb

If it's got a motor and wheels, Brianne Corn will race on it.

If it’s got a motor and wheels, Brianne Corn will race on it.

A study abroad program changed Brianne Corn’s life in ways she had never intended. In her final semester at Texas State, Corn enrolled in two courses in Italy: Italian art history and street photography. At that point, her plan was to graduate, then travel to Greece to photograph the 2004 Summer Olympics. But after a daring drive up a mountain in a rental car, Corn steered her life in a whole new direction.

On a day off from class, Corn started racing Italian drivers up a curvy mountain road — “misbehaving,” she admits with a grin — and when she finally pulled over, her heart still racing, she had what she can only refer to as an epiphany, “literally in the shadow of a castle,” she recalls.

“I asked myself a question: ‘If you won the lottery, and money was no object, what would you do?’ My answer was that I would become a rally car driver,” says Corn.

She completed her degree — a B.S. in digital and photographic imagery with an art/design minor — ditched her plans for Greece and set out full throttle to fulfill a dream that had begun when she was growing up in Victoria, Texas. Continue reading

Happenings: University Galleries Summer Exhibitions

Campus art galleries showcase wide variety of local, national talent

The exhibition “Homegrown” will feature works by  artists from Eye of the Dog Art Center in San Marcos.

By Callie Gordon ’12

At Texas State, you don’t have to walk far to see changes on campus. Look inside the Joann Cole Mitte Building, where Texas State’s School of Art and Design is housed, and you’ll see even more — the University Galleries at Texas State undergo a makeover each month when new art arrives to be shared with art lovers and students alike.

Mary Mikel Stump, the gallery director, wants a variety and breadth of work available to viewers. “If someone comes for one show, I want them to not have to wait long before they can come back and see something different,” she says.

The galleries, which are free and open to the public, feature art by students, alumni, local artists, and creators from around the country and the world. On Saturday, June 23, the University Galleries will hold an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. for their newest exhibitions, Homegrown and Swarm. Continue reading

Happenings: MR Fest 2012

MR Fest takes the local stage
with Texas State’s KTSW 89.9

By Catherine Harper

Every year in April, the San Marcos Square comes alive with the sound of jangling guitars, frantic drumbeats and the shouts of frenzied fans. My Radio Fest — also known as MR Fest — takes the stage once again April 26-28.

MR Fest, a 3-day music, comedy and arts festival now in its fifth year, is sponsored by KTSW 89.9, Texas State’s “Other Side of Radio” station. With 14 venues, 98 artists, a market place and an artist’s village, this year’s MR Fest promises to be bigger than ever before. Continue reading

Happenings: Brown Bag Research Seminar

Noon event to explore the impact
of pregnancy and parenthood

By Mary Kincy

A photo of an expectant mother's abdomen.

Teen pregnancy and its impact on relationships as observed by a Texas State researcher is the topic of an upcoming Brown Bag Research Seminar.

Chelsea Houska dropped out of her South Dakota high school during her senior year to give birth to a daughter. Thanks to popular MTV reality show “16 and Pregnant” and its spinoff “Teen Mom 2,” she has done so before an audience of millions.

Not every teen who becomes pregnant and gives birth to a child does so in the spotlight,  however — and it is with these young women, who begin their journey as mothers in relative anonymity, that Dr. Michelle Toews, an associate professor in the Texas State University’s School of Family and Consumer Sciences, works.

Toews will share observations and information gleaned from five years of working with local teen parents during a Center for Multicultural and Gender Studies Brown Bag Research Seminar that will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, in the Family and Consumer Sciences building, room 177. The event is open to the public. Continue reading

Happenings: CTMH Fundraiser at Long Center

Stars play tribute to Guy Clark,
support Texas music history

Guy Clark with guitar

The Center for Texas Music History will host a 70th birthday tribute concert for Texas music legend Guy Clark on Nov. 2 at the Long Center in Austin.

By the Center for Texas Music History

The Center for Texas Music History will host the fundraising concert “Wish I Was In Austin: A 70th Birthday Tribute to Guy Clark” on Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Long Center in Austin.

The live show also celebrates the release of the double CD-set This One’s For Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark, to be released Nov. 8 to celebrate Clark’s 70th birthday. Clark was born in Monahans, Texas, on Nov. 6, 1941. Continue reading