Tag Archives: College of Fine Arts and Communication

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.

Happenings: Juilliard Joins Texas State

‘Juilliard Joins Texas State’ features performers, poet, world premiere

Dr. Wayne Oquin during rehearsal at Texas State

By Billi London-Gray

The best collaborations continue for years. “Juilliard Joins Texas State” is no exception. The annual spring event, now in its fifth year, is a joint effort by the best performers from Texas State University and New York’s renowned Juilliard School.

This year’s performance, titled Sustaining the Moment: Reflections of Art and Nature, will be an artistic response, through dance, drama and music, to the Texas State Common Experience theme of sustainability. Dr. Wayne Oquin, a Texas State Honors grad and Distinguished Alumnus and an award-winning composer, pianist and Juilliard faculty member, will direct the performance. Continue reading

Rising Stars: Double Dutch Design

With professor’s guidance, Texas State grads work with Dutch design firms

Gram Garner and John Yum in Amsterdam, 2010

By Billi London-Gray

They didn’t go for the tulips and windmills, the bikes and canals, or the beer and soccer. Gram Garner and John Yum went to the Netherlands for the design firms.

“The Netherlands have the most designers per capita, and they are world leaders for wonderful creative work,” says Texas State communication design professor Claudia Röschmann.

Garner and Yum both developed strong admiration for Dutch designers while they were Röschmann’s students. With help from Röschmann, plus hard work and significant stores of moxie, Garner and Yum both secured internships and then jobs with their “dream companies” – Undog and Dietwee, respectively – in the Netherlands.

Watch the video below or read the full story about their experiences in the Texas State Rising Stars archives.

Faculty: Jean Laman

After 37 years, retrospective celebrates work of retiring art professor

Jean Laman

Jean B. Laman’s artistic career is woven across nearly half a century of experience. From her first group exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art in 1966 to her 37-year tenure on the faculty at Texas State University-San Marcos, Laman has created a lasting legacy both through her work and through her students.

“Jean B. Laman: Points of Departure,” a retrospective of her work, will open Thursday at Gallery II in the Joann Cole Mitte Building on campus. The show will examine Laman’s work and explorations in celebration of her upcoming retirement from the Texas State faculty in May. Mitte Gallery director Mary Mikel Stump will curate the show. Continue reading

Around Campus: Careers in Foreign Service

Foreign service offers opportunities aplenty for those who like a challenge

By Billi London-Gray

“There’s nothing like the satisfaction of doing your job, serving your country and helping American citizens living abroad,” says Jen McAndrew.

The 2007 master’s graduate of Texas State’s mass communication program is a member of the U.S. Foreign Service, currently representing the State Department in Israel. As a vice consul at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, McAndrew does everything from approving visa applications to managing the consular section’s social media outreach.

“You know you’re a form of protection for your family and friends back home,” McAndrew says. “I never experienced that kind of satisfaction before I came to work for the State Department. But you need to have maximum flexibility for this type of work.” Continue reading