Tag Archives: College of Applied Arts

Spotlight: Gabriella Corales

Student’s commitment to education to be fostered by national award

By Mary Kincy

Gabriella Corales

Gabriella Corales

Gabriella Corales will be the first to admit life isn’t always easy. But for Corales, obstacles have proved to be opportunities in disguise, setting her on the path to becoming a mentor for those attending schools with high concentrations of at-risk students.

Corales, 21, will graduate from Texas State in May with a bachelor’s degree in English. Her minor is communication studies, and she plans to put that skill to work in reaching out to students she will teach in connection with her receipt of a 2012 fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Fund for Aspiring Teachers of Color.

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Happenings: Texas State Commencement

Graduation ceremonies
to take place Friday, Saturday

By Mary Kincy

A Texas State graduation candidate's mortarboard.

A onetime Bobcat decorated her mortar board with the year of her graduation.

More than the fall 2011 semester is drawing to a close for a select group of Texas State students participating in commencement exercises this weekend.

Beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, Texas State will host the first of four commencement ceremonies in Strahan Coliseum for the colleges of Education and Health Professions. At 2 p.m., the College of Liberal Arts and University College will participate in exercises, followed by the colleges of Fine Arts and Communication and Applied Arts at 6 p.m. A final ceremony, at 10 a.m. Saturday, is for students in the McCoy College of Business Administration and the College of Science and Engineering. Continue reading

Spotlight: Jaime Chahin

Texas State’s Chahin to be honored
as Texas A&M Distinguished Alum

By Texas A&M University-Kingsville Alumni Affairs

A photo of Dr. Jaime Chahin

Dr. Jaime Chahin

KINGSVILLE — Three alumni of Texas A&M University-Kingsville, including Texas State dean Jaime Chahin, will be honored Oct. 22 when the Javelina Alumni Association hosts its annual Distinguished Alumni luncheon at the Grand Ballrooms in the Memorial Student Union Building.

The recipients of the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award are:

Around Campus: Fashion Merchandising Association

Fashion merchandising students combine style with business savvy

Members of the Fashion Merchandising Association on campus.

By Catherine Harper

From dealing with designers to negotiating with wholesale retailers, fashion merchandising requires knowledge of the industry and a passion for fashion. For more than 30 years, the Texas State University Fashion Merchandising Association has taken stylized dedication to the forefront of campus, community and beyond.

FMA is a university-supported student organization within the College of Applied Arts and the School of Family and Consumer Sciences, encompassing the field of fashion merchandising. As a professional and service-based organization at Texas State, FMA provides members with an in-depth view of both the fashion world and the industry of fashion merchandising.

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Faculty: Jaime Chahin

Texas State dean shares insights
with Nicaraguan universities

Dr. Jaime Chahin

By Billi London-Gray

Jaime Chahin, the dean of the College of Applied Arts at Texas State University, specializes in creating educational opportunities. His efforts — ranging from promoting the literacy aims of the Tomás Rivera Children’s Book Award to establishing the Center for Migrant Education at Texas State, which helps the children of migrant workers — have helped thousands pursue their educational goals. This month, Chahin visited Nicaragua, where he shared his insights about improving higher education with colleagues at universities. Continue reading

Rising Stars: Graciela Sandoval

Texas State graduate student finds ways to channel energy, stay engaged

Graciela Sandoval at the Student Recreation Center.

By David King

Not long after she adopted a dog for companionship, Graciela Sandoval came home to a shocking sight in her San Marcos apartment.

Naya — a cross between a chow and a golden retriever, essentially a four-legged ball of fluff — had shredded the couch and started chewing the wall-to-wall carpet.

Even for the easygoing Sandoval, who is working on her master’s in interdisciplinary studies, her dog’s adventures were a bit much. A visit to the veterinarian confirmed that Naya didn’t have an appetite for polyurethane foam. She just needed to burn off energy. Continue reading

Spotlight: Master of Social Work Program

Texas State online master’s program ranked among top 5 nationally

The Master of Social Work online program at Texas State University-San Marcos recently was recognized as one of the best in the nation. According to The Best Colleges, Texas State’s MSW online program ranks fifth in the country.

“Due to the vast quality disparity that exists in the online education arena, we’re committed to highlighting online programs that display the highest standards of quality and credibility,” says Jeremy Alder, a representative of the awarding agency. He adds that the Texas State program has improved the stature of online education by “providing students with a truly excellent distance learning opportunity.” Continue reading

Bobcat Faces: Ashton Baran

Problem-solving senior
finds calling in criminal justice

Ashton Baran

By Billi London-Gray

Ashton Baran always has been curious about the world. From helping athletes heal to helping solve whodunits, the Texas State senior has found her calling through a quest for discovery. Continue reading

Bobcat Faces: Willow Kreucher

Criminal justice senior dreams of helping juvenile offenders

By Billi London-Gray

Ready for a change of pace, Willow Kreucher transplanted herself from Iowa to Austin nine years ago. She wanted to be closer to her family and their support as she found her path in life. Now the criminal justice major is ready for another big move: entering her career as a juvenile probation officer.

“I want to help those who can’t help themselves: children,” Kreucher says. “We were all children at one time, and we all have made mistakes; it shouldn’t mean that a kid gets written off as a problem case. I want to steer kids in the right direction so they become successful.”

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Bobcat Faces: Sarah Hadley

Fashioning A Future

By Britney Munguia

Fashion-forward senior Sarah Hadley has her heart set on graduating with a degree in fashion merchandising with a minor in business administration.

But her focus is on what happens behind the scenes instead of on the runway.

“Many schools offer a design-based program,” says Hadley, “but Texas State offers a great program focused on business.”

Aspiring to be either a visual planner or buyer for a large-scale department store, Hadley would happily accept an offer from Nordstrom or Neiman Marcus, where she interned this summer.

Besides researching current trends and target markets, Hadley also has worked as a part-time intern at the Prime Outlets marketing office.

Conveniently enough, when feeling particularly stressed, Hadley strolls through the outlets for a little retail therapy.

“As a fashion merchandising major, shopping relaxes me,” says Hadley.

Hadley, who was president of the Fashion Merchandising Association last year, says being active in several clubs and organizations is the key to a successful college experience.

“Getting involved instills school spirit, and staying involved and taking on leadership roles helps students prepare for life after college, where they will become leaders in their careers,” Hadley says.

She says her involvement has helped her leadership skills grow, as well as her confidence to succeed in life.

She also credits one-on-one help from professors, the friendliness of current students and the unique campus with helping solidify her decision to attend Texas State.

“College is about choices,” says Hadley, “and if you chose Texas State, you have already made your first right choice.”