Tag Archives: Department of Journalism and Mass Communications

Alumni: Rita Garcia

Texas State graduate honored
for contributions in California

Rita Garcia

Rita Garcia, a 2006 cum laude graduate of Texas State, received the Tracey Miller Merit Award recently from the Alliance for Women in Media in Southern California.

Garcia, whose degree is in mass communication and Spanish, is a freelance reporter for KCAL/KCBS, the CBS affiliate in Los Angeles. She also has worked at KRGV in Harlingen and was an intern at National Public Radio in Washington, D.C.

The Tracey Miller Merit Award honors an alliance member “who has shown an outstanding commitment to AWRT, the chapter, and who has made positive contributions to the broadcasting industry,” according to the organization’s website. Miller, a veteran electronic journalist, died in 2005 at the age of 51.

Garcia served as news director of Bobcat Update while at the university. She is a native of Austin.

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

Texas State Updates: Tonight Show

Texas State graduate/actor Heiman
appears on ‘Tonight Show’

Jesse Heiman, class of 2000.

Texas State graduate Jesse Heiman, who leaped into the spotlight as the “World’s Most Famous Extra” thanks to a tribute video on YouTube, appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night.

Heiman joked with Leno and guest Jamie Foxx and talked about working with director Stephen Spielberg and actor Leonard DiCaprio, among others. He also thanked his fan in Sweden who made the video, which as of today has been viewed more than 1.8 million times.

Heiman, who graduated in 2000 with a degree in English and mass communication, has appeared in more than 40 movies and television shows, according to his resume on IMDB.com.

Click here to see Heiman’s appearance on the show, from NBC.com.

Alumni: Showing Pride

Texas State alumnus displays
his Bobcat pride in Virginia

Texas State graduate Kevin Gately recently decided to show off his Bobcat pride outside his home in Virginia:

Gately graduated in 1999 with a degree in mass communication, and he works in Washington, D.C.

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.

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

Alumni: Ashley Cass

Texas State graduate
going places with Gowalla

By Britney Munguia

When Texas State graduate Ashley Cass was offered a full-time position as a campus and events coordinator for Gowalla, the location-based mobile application, she had no idea what was in store.

Ashley Cass sporting a Gowalla beanie while in Park City, Utah

Since joining the Gowalla team in September of 2010, Cass has traveled to Palo Alto, Calif.; Boston; and most recently, Park City, Utah. In January, Cass and her team ventured to Sundance Film Festival in Park City, where they spent a  week passing out “swag,” signing up new users and spreading the world about Gowalla. Continue reading

Alumni: Anthony Burns

Texas State graduate directed,
produced and wrote ‘Skateland’

By Britney Munguia

A new-age film with a vintage feel, Skateland is directed by Anthony Burns, a Texas State University graduate who studied English and mass communication.

Anthony Burns

The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2010, and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize in the drama category. The film later played at SXSW, Dallas, Seattle, Indianapolis and Edmonton Film Festivals, and isscheduled for a limited release in theaters this spring.

Set during the 1980s, Skateland follows a group of kids whose lives change dramatically when the local roller rink shuts down. Rink manager Ritchie Wheeler is a 19-year-old mess, trying to find the motivation to get his life in order before it’s too late. Continue reading

Alumni: Meredith Johns

From zombies to True Grit,
graduate has found her calling

By David King

Hawgfly Productions Inc. partners Carolyn O'Hara (left) and Meredith Johns.

Meredith Johns sums up working on the movie True Grit in one word: Amazing.

And it’s not just because the Western was nominated for 10 Academy Awards on Tuesday.

Johns, who graduated from Texas State in 2002, worked as a makeup artist on True Grit during shooting in Central Texas. It’s another credit in a booming career that has taken her from volunteering on a zombie movie to coordinating special effects for Robert Rodriguez’s Machete.

“The essence of this business is ‘I don’t even know what I’m doing next week,’” she says. “I’m like a secret agent: One phone call and I could be shipped to a different country. It’s never dull.”

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