Tag Archives: community service

Around Campus: Renegade Roses

Renegade Roses make rugby
focus for friendship and fun

Renegade Roses logo

Renegade Roses is a Texas State student organization that supports the Renegade Rugby team.

By Karina Garcia ’14

Renegade Roses is a student organization at Texas State University composed of a diverse, fun-loving group of women who enjoy supporting the Texas State Renegade Rugby team and staying involved in the community. Established in 2005, the group attends both home and away rugby games, participates in community service events, stays involved on campus and requires mandatory study hours. Continue reading

Happenings: Freestyle Legends Flashback

Texas State grad student
organizing benefit concert

A poster detailing the Freestyle Legends Flashback concert. By Mary Kincy

A Texas State graduate student is organizing a concert benefiting the “forgotten” students of the Southwest Key Travis County Juvenile Justice Alternative Education  Program.

Jason Rubio, a secondary education major, is director of the Travis County Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program (JJAEP), which aims to raise money to educate students expelled from districts from Austin to Del Valle.

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Happenings: Bobcat Build 2011

Bobcat Build puts student to work helping San Marcos community

Participants in the 2010 Bobcat Build

By Britney Munguia

Thousands of Texas State students will fan out across the city of San Marcos on April 9 to paint houses, repair playgrounds and plant flowers for their neighbors.

Bobcat Build is a community service project designed to cultivate a positive relationship between the university and the San Marcos community. Continue reading

Around Campus: Texas State Blood Drive

to host blood drive on campus

Texas State University will be hosting a blood drive on campus Wednesday, March 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in JC Kellam, room 1100. Blood will be collected by the Blood Center of Central Texas and will benefit patients needing transfusions.

According to the Blood Center’s website, “Donating blood is safe, simple and it saves lives.” If you’ve never donated blood before, the Blood Center has provided a step-by-step description of the blood donation process.

Step 1: Sign-in and Interview
Bring a photo ID and know your Social Security number. When you sign in, you will be asked to read some information. Next, in private, you will complete a short survey about your medical and travel history. To ensure the safest possible blood supply and be FDA-compliant, all screening questions must be asked of all donors at each donation. Continue reading

Texas State Updates: Marrow donor

On-campus marrow registry drive
led to life-saving gift by student

The “Be the Match” bone-marrow registration drives at Texas State continue to produce results.

As donor Clayton Rippstein, a 2009 graduate, described it in this video, “it’s one of the greatest ways one human can help another.”

Rippstein was inspired to register by one of his professors, Dr. Lawrence Estaville, a cancer survivor who leads the Texas State CAMCO (Campus Advocacy Movement for Colleges and Outreach).

Learn more about the national “Be the Match” program at Marrow.org, and find out dates for the next campus drive at the Texas State CAMCO website.

Happenings: Spring Farmers Markets

Farmers markets returning
to campus this spring

By Billi London-Gray

Shad Smith and Kendall Watkins of Full English, a cafe in South Austin, sold meat pies and other pastries at the fall 2010 farmers market.

Locavores and organic foodies will once again rejoice on campus as the Texas State Farmers Market returns this spring.

The Common Experience farmers market, held Sept. 29, 2010, featured dozens of vendors from San Marcos and the surrounding central Texas area. After the success of that event, Layne Duesterhaus, a junior at Texas State majoring in resource and environmental studies, was inspired to help it happen again.

“I wanted to make a farmers market available to students so that they can have convenient access to high quality, organic, locally grown food items,” Duesterhaus says. “Buying from a farmers market not only supports the local economy in a direct way but it’s also good for your health and good for the environment.” Continue reading

Alumni: Nurturing Talent

Alex Zinhanga and Bob Grogan at work in a vineyard in Franschhoek.

Texas State graduate helps
South African man with art career

By Robert Grogan
Class of 1970

In March of 2005, my wife, Lee, and I visited Franschhoek in the Cape winelands of South Africa. We were delighted by the beautiful and very paintable surroundings and by the charming little village itself. Each time I set up to paint outdoors, at least one of the friendly villagers would stop by to chat and check out what I was doing. The conversation always ended by that person asking, “Do you know Alex? He is a really good artist.” I finally decided to find out who this Alex was that everyone seemed to know about.

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Holidays: Giving

‘Tis the season for sharing

The Texas State and San Marcos community is coming together in many ways to help those in need this holiday season. Find out how you can help by participating in the work of these organizations.

Holiday Hope through RHA
The Residence Hall Association is hosting their annual Holiday Hope drive to benefit the San Marcos Youth Shelter. RHA will be collecting toiletries and cash donations for the shelter, which serves as a transitional home for kids who have been removed from unsafe situations. RHA will host the Holiday Hope Gala tonight, Dec. 6, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom as a fundraiser for the shelter. Find more details on Facebook.

University Advancement Toy Drive
The Office of University Advancement is collecting toys for the children of military service members through a program called Operation Once in a Lifetime. Bring unwrapped toys to JCK 480 during regular business hours. The donation bins are in the reception area. The toy drive ends Dec. 17, and toys will be delivered to For Sam, an Operation Once in a Lifetime collection point in San Antonio, on Dec. 18.

Additionally, University Advancement is collecting twin size sheets, pillows, pillow cases, blankets and toiletries for the 21st Combat Support Hospital at Fort Hood, which will receive an additional 150 soldiers returning from Iraq in December. Cash donations will also be accepted to purchase linens for the soldiers.

Giving Tree at Centerpoint Station
Centerpoint Station, located at 3946 South Interstate-35 across from the outlet malls, is hosting a “Giving Tree” to benefit United Way of Hays County. For a $10 donation to UWHC, guests can select a stocking from the Giving Tree. Stocking contain thank you gifts from local businesses, including Centerpoint Station, Sac-N-Pac, Starbucks, Palmer’s Restaurant, Grin’s, Root Cellar Café, Isanze Day Spa, Infinity Salon and Spa, Lone Star Med Spa, Carino’s, Red Lobster, Mochas & Javas, H-E-B, Cheryl Bailey Catering and others. UWHC and its partner agencies provide assistance to some 30,000 Hays County residents. Find more information and unitedwayhaysco.org.

Time for the Hays County Food Bank
The Hays County Food Bank relies on volunteers to help feed hundreds of families each week. Volunteers are needed to fill shifts Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers work on crews for food pickups, sort boxes of food, move food into storage and clean the facility. Those interested in volunteering will need to attend a one-hour orientation, offered Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m. at the HCFB office, 220 Herndon St. in San Marcos. For more information, visit www.haysfoodbank.org.

Happenings: Bobcat Build Fall Carnival

Bobcat Build hosts fall carnival to bring community together, raise funds

The student organization behind Texas State’s annual Bobcat Build, the university’s most popular service event, is hosting a fall carnival Saturday, Nov. 13, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Sewell Park. Funds raised by the carnival will be used for Bobcat Build service projects in April, when students go to sites throughout the San Marcos community to lend a hand.

“Bobcat Build is an event that brings together students and community members in a day of service,” says Laura Christie, director of the Bobcat Build Student Planning Committee. “Our hope is that the carnival will become an annual event to help Bobcat Build promote our goal of building community throughout the year.”

The event will feature a performance by GoDanz San Marcos and music by KTSW, as well as game booths, a Velcro wall, concessions and contests. Just for kids, there will be a moon bounce and rides on the Wiggle Waggle Train. There is no admission fee, but tickets will be sold for game booths and concessions purchases. In case of rain, the event will be moved indoors at Jowers Center.

Bobcat Build personnel will be assisted by volunteers from 24 other student organizations. The carnival will be the culmination of efforts from across the Texas State student body.

“We want the carnival to be an opportunity for Texas State and the San Marcos community to build a stronger relationship,” Christie says. “Everyone is invited.”

Bobcat Build 2011 is scheduled for Saturday, April 9. Jobsite submission forms will be available to the community in December, and volunteer registration will begin in January 2011. For more information about Bobcat Build, visit www.bobcatbuild.txstate.edu or email bobcatbuild@txstate.edu.

Spotlight: Diann McCabe

Honors faculty shares poetic life with community, receives place of honor in San Marcos Hall of Fame

By Billi London-Gray

Diann McCabe, the associate director of the University Honors Program at Texas State, will be inducted into the San Marcos Women’s Hall of Fame today at 6 p.m. in a ceremony at the San Marcos Activity Center.

“Professor McCabe inspires me to remember those in the community and be a part of it,” says Rhonda Martinez, an education major at Texas State. “She shows that helping others is something done continuously, because she’s done this since she was an undergraduate, and has maintained this in her current career.”

McCabe has a life-long history of service to others. While completing her undergraduate degree at Texas State, she worked with the Southside Community Center in San Marcos. After she graduated, she and her husband worked on community development projects in Mississippi and Indonesia starting in 1977. Since then, she has continuously poured out her time and energy for others.

“As a Muslim colleague said to me in Indonesia, ‘I don’t want to be sleeping,’” McCabe says. But her activities are clearly driven by more than a simple avoidance of boredom; when she sees a way to help, she helps.

As a San Marcos resident since the 1980s, McCabe has volunteered with the San Marcos public schools, serving on committees, working with students and even co-founding a parent support organization, Parents for Dyslexic Students. She has also volunteered with the Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center, serving on its board of directors.

After McCabe earned her second degree from Texas State – a master of fine arts in creative writing and poetry – she was hired as the assistant director of the University Honors Program. Through the Honors Program and her work with Texas State’s Common Experience, McCabe has found many opportunities to combine her passion for service with her academic discipline.

“Diann is a ‘whole mind’ person who integrates her wide ranging interests and activities—from individual to community activities, from arts to sciences, from creative to utilitarian—into a synergistic completeness that is both diverse and unified,” says John Hood, an Honors faculty member.

In addition to volunteering with the Poetry in the Schools program in San Marcos, Youth Art Month, Young People’s Poetry Week and the San Marcos Arts Commission, McCabe also created an Honors course, Teaching Poetry to Children. As part of the class, her students volunteer in San Marcos classrooms teaching elementary school students to create their own poetry.

“It feeds the imagination and encourages both self-awareness and an awareness of the world around us. It develops a love of language, helping students connect with the past and project into the future, while focusing on the present,” McCabe says. “And it brings them joy.“

According to those who know her, shared joy, inspiration and community transformation are the lasting effects of McCabe’s efforts.

“We’re all busy people,” Martinez says, “but Professor McCabe remembers to take time to notice others in our community. Not only does she reach out, she encourages others to be a part of the community as well.”

Dr. Hood adds, “She is a kind, creative and generous person who represents the best qualities of an individual, teacher and citizen.”