Collins’ lifelong work honored
by Texas Archeological Society
Dr. Michael Collins, pictured at the Gault site.
By Ann Friou
Dr. Michael B. Collins, research professor in anthropology at Texas State University, has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Texas Archeological Society (TAS). The TAS, which promotes the study, preservation and awareness of Texas archaeology, presented the award to Collins on Oct. 29.
Collins co-directs the world-renowned Gault archaeological site in Central Texas, where recent discoveries have changed most archaeologists’ thinking about America’s earliest inhabitants. Continue reading
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Perez takes music industry track to local stage with Friends of Fine Arts
Chris Perez, class of '89, is a board member for Texas State's Friends of Fine Arts.
By Catherine Harper
In the music business, striking a chord between who you know and industry experience is ideal. For Chris Perez, Texas State graduate and president and CEO of Captiva Music Group, achieving that ideal harmony means sharing the music with Texas State. He’ll use his international experience and industry connections to play a part behind-the-scenes as a board member for Texas State’s Friends of Fine Arts, a support organization for the College of Fine Arts and Communication.
Perez, a first-generation college student, graduated from Texas State in 1989 with a degree in anthropology and international studies. He started his career as a grant and community development specialist in municipal government, working for several years around the state in Austin, Harlingen and San Marcos. However, with determination and some spontaneity his path veered in pursuit of his top passion: music.
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Texas State archaeology professor
brings ancient culture to life
Michael Collins came of age during a period Texas author Elmer Kelton referred to as “the time it never rained.”
One of the worst droughts on record gripped much of the United States, including Collins’ hometown of Midland, in the 1950s. Lakes dried up. Unceasing heat desiccated the soil. Agricultural activity slowed to a crawl.
The West Texas winds did not slow down. They stole the dirt, carrying it by the ton for hundreds of miles in swirling, choking clouds. Collins remembers a horseman riding under a barbed-wire fence — and not being able to touch the bottom strand.
But while the drought and the winds were stealing topsoil from West Texas, they were giving Mike Collins a gift: archaeology. Continue reading
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FBI agents learn the secrets of fingerprint recovery at Texas State
The Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State University-San Marcos trains FBI agents from around the country in the science of identifying human remains. The center is home to one of the top forensics programs in the world.
The FBI agents being trained at Texas State are part of a specialized Evidence Response Team or ERT. They assist in major crimes investigations and disaster responses all over the world. Recovering fingerprints is crucial element in the process of identifying human remains.
“Anytime they have to recover fingerprints in difficult situations, this is the team that does it,” said Forensic Anthropology Center Director, Dr. Michelle Hamilton, in an interview with KVUE News. “This research is really important because we give identity to people who are unknown.”
Watch the full report on kvue.com.
Advisor awarded for outstanding work with students, as student
By Billi London-Gray
Glenda Jurek-Rahe, an advisor in the College of Liberal Arts at Texas State University, works hard to help students. Herself an alumna and a grad student at Texas State, she knows how to make the most of a college education. Recently, her peers recognized her exceptional skills as a student and an advisor by awarding her the Texas Academic Advising Network Scholarship. Continue reading
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Anthropology graduate to co-host
program on Discovery Channel
Kirk French, who graduated from Texas State in 1998 with a degree in anthropology, will be unearthing American treasures this spring on the Discovery Channel.
French, who went on to earn his doctorate in archaeology from Penn State University and land a job on the faculty there, will be the co-host of a new show, American Treasures, on the cable channel beginning Tuesday. Continue reading