Tag Archives: College of Fine Arts and Communication

Students: Andrew Osegi

Keeping it real: Balancing family and fantasy gives student firm footing

By Audrey Webb

Among the many family members who will be cheering when Andrew Osegi crosses the stage this weekend is his proud mother (right).

Among the many family members who will be cheering when Andrew Osegi accepts his diploma is his proud mother (right).

Journalism major Andrew Osegi has had a remarkable year. Not only is he graduating this week after just three years at Texas State — taking courses during both summer sessions each year put him on the fast track to earning his diploma — but his contributions to the social media efforts of Texas State University’s Office of University Marketing resulted in his being named “Student Employee of the Year” — a fine feather to stick in his graduation cap.

Osegi, 21, believes much of his success is due to his ability to set and keep priorities. For example, regardless of what has gone on in his academic life — no matter how many papers there were to write or how many finals there were to study for — one of Osegi’s top priorities has been watching “Game of Thrones” with his sister every Sunday night. Continue reading

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

Faculty: Randall Reid

From flea market to fine art:
Professor gives new life to relics

By Billi London-Gray

Randall Reid is an alchemist. His ability to turn base metals into gold has been showcased in galleries, museums, offices and embassies stretching across the globe from San Marcos to Kuwait.

The Texas State University art professor specializes in deconstructing antique found objects — like oil cans, rulers, rakes and signs — to create new works of art. Collecting objects from flea markets, garage sales, antique stores and junk shops, Reid transforms them into minimalist masterpieces.

“My work reflects the process of aging, in that the chance and random circumstances involved in its creation are closely correlated with the physicality of growth and decay,” Reid says. “By combining raw and well-worn materials, I seek to give visual form to our relationships with the past.”

Currently on faculty development leave, Reid is working in his on-campus studio creating pieces for his upcoming solo exhibition, “Evidence of a Society,” which will be held on campus in the fall 2012 semester. In the more immediate future, his work will be on display in two upcoming events in San Marcos’ neighboring metropolises. Continue reading

Around Campus: Public Relations Student Society of America

PRSSA students gain PR savvy,
network with peers and pros

By Catherine Harper

Texas State PRSSA Students attend a Tri-Chapter meeting at UT this past April.

In the field of public relations, professionals agree with the adage, “the more experience, the better.” According to Charles Kaufman, internship coordinator and professor of public relations campaigns at Texas State, becoming involved in student organizations and internships is the best way to gather experience for a career.

“Student organizations and internships provide more experience and opportunities to sharpen your skills,” Kaufman says. “Anything you can do to enhance those skills is another step to your professional development.”

For public relations students, the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) helps members take a step beyond the classroom into the world of public relations. As a professional student organization in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, PRSSA provides an opportunity for valuable networking and experience among peers and professionals.

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Alumni: Edi Patterson

“Unscripted” actress lights up stage
with ad-lib and comedic talent

By Catherine Harper

The rise of a small-town actress to the stage and screen may seem like a Hollywood fairy tale. For Edi Patterson, from Texas City, Texas, the world has become her stage in a real-life rise to acting success in Los Angeles.

Patterson, a graduate from Texas State University with a BFA in acting, has showcased her comedic chops in improv theatre around the country as well as television and film. Recently joining the famous improv group, The Groundlings, in Los Angeles, Patterson has made headlines for her side-splitting improv in plays such as Jane Austin Unscripted and Tennessee Williams Unscripted. Continue reading

Rising Stars: Georgia Young

Theater master’s graduate
broadening her horizons

By David King

The graduate program in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Texas State attracts, as chair John Fleming describes it, a healthy mix of students.

It has some coming straight out of undergraduate work and some 20-year veterans of the theater. Its students have a wide range of interests, from acting to writing, props to directing.

And it also has students like Georgia Young, a native of Massachusetts whose bachelor’s degree was in journalism. She will be awarded her master’s degree Thursday, just days after her 30th birthday and less than a month after earning one of her field’s most-prestigious honors: a scholarship to the O’Neill National Critics Institute.

The institute is an intensive two-week workshop for drama critics at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Conn. Participants will be turning out work and having it evaluated by their peers as well as established writers in the field. Continue reading

Social Media Etiquette

Being Internet savvy
can have its perks

By Britney Munguia

Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are online tools that students should be using to their advantage, say two Texas State social media experts.

But students also need to remember to proceed with caution, say Kym Fox and Cindy Royal, who both are lecturers in the School of Mass Communication and Journalism. Continue reading

Spotlight: Lupe Flores

For Texas State class act, Kennedy Center spotlight feels great

By Billi London-Gray

What started with a class assignment quickly became a national stage production for Lupe Flores.

The Texas State University grad student, who is pursuing a master’s in playwriting, recently saw his work performed on stage at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. His 10-minute play, The Coyote Stratagem, was a finalist in the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival. Continue reading

SXSW 2011 Survival Guide

SXSW: Surviving the Madness

By Britney Munguia

For those of us staying in town and, unfortunately, not sun bathing on a cruise to Cozumel, I have the perfect vacation for you. SXSW, Austin’s annual music, film and interactive festival is truly a vacation in itself.

Thousands of people flock to the city to attend various events, meet-ups, presentations and more, which can be overwhelming at times. In order to survive the madness I’ve compiled a guide that will get you through the week…alive. Continue reading

Around Campus: Bobcat Net Worth

Q and A

Here’s a quick question-and-answer about Bobcat Net Worth Network, the financial literacy and planning program on campus.

Is this a student-run program?
Yes. Bobcat Net Worth Network is a student-run campaign created for a public relations campaigns class taught by Professor Charles Kaufman.

Who are the students?
The students involved in this financial literacy campaign include: Mary Aldon, Ashley Bahl, Chelsea Kneblik, Lizzie Laster, Sam McIntosh, Morgan Ring, Chelsea Roeder, Lorna Stevens, Jeaneen Tierney and Aly Tomasello. They are all senior public relations majors.

When was it established?
It was established in January 2011 for Professor Kaufman’s PR campaigns class.

What’s the purpose and goals?
The purpose of Bobcat Net Worth Network is to create a campaign to raise awareness and increase knowledge about financial literacy among the Texas State University community. The plan will educate Texas State students about financial literacy and teach them to make sound financial decisions, increase and be money savvy. Bobcat Net Worth Network hopes to increase financial awareness at Texas State by 15 percent before April 1, 2011, and also to have 20 percent of the student body actively participate in and be exposed to campaign tactics by April 2011.

What has been the response so far?
So far, Bobcat Net Worth Network has conducted surveys to Texas State students, and the results proved just how important it is to raise awareness in financial literacy. One question asked, “When is the right time to start planning for retirement?” and many students had no idea. Pre- and post-tests will be given at the next Bobcat Net Worth Network presentation to students in order to measure how much knowledge has been gained. Luckily, Texas State has many organizations and programs to target in this campaign. Bobcat Net Worth Network will continue to outreach through social media outlets.

Is there a website?
Yes, for more information, please visit our blog, Facebook fan page and follow us on Twitter @BobcatNetWorth.