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

FREE COOKIES! Texas State
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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