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Distinguished Alumni 2011: Jeff Foster

As NBA veteran, Foster returned
to complete degree, set example

A photo of Jeff Foster.

Jeff Foster

Jeff Foster promised his mother in 1999 that he would return to Texas State and finish his degree, but it wasn’t until after he had children of his own that he realized how important it was that he fulfill that promise.

“I had always anticipated doing it, but I was always busy playing basketball,” said Foster, who has spent the past 12 years as an NBA player for the Indiana Pacers. “When I finished in 2009, my kids were in the stands watching me walk across the stage. They are always talking about it, and I am hopeful that will be something that carries them through their education and the rest of their lives.” Continue reading

Distinguished Alumni 2011: Karen Chisum

Chisum shows young women how to
reach high, build pride, truly win

An image of Karen Chisum.

Karen Chisum

A name synonymous with volleyball at Texas State, Karen Chisum entered her 32nd season as the Bobcats’ head coach ranked sixth among active NCAA Division I coaches with 716 career victories at the start of the 2011 season. She is one of only 19 Division I volleyball coaches to record 700 wins. In addition to her success on the court, she also serves as an assistant athletics director. Continue reading

Distinguished Alumni 2011: Michael Bowman

Bowman’s success in manufacturing
now builds up student-athletes

A photo of Michael Bowman.

Michael Bowman

Michael Bowman planned to pursue a career in the mental health field, but a job with a steel fabricator convinced him that his passion lay in manufacturing. Thirty years later, he is president of Houston-based Hunt and Hunt Ltd., a leading manufacturer of tools for the oil and gas industry. In that capacity, he works with oil service companies throughout the world. Hunt and Hunt is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of perforating guns, special tools that prepare wells for production. Continue reading

Distinguished Alumni 2011: Tom Kowalski

Biomedical innovator found path
through politics, starting with ASG

A photo of Tom Kowalski.

Tom Kowalski

As president and CEO for the last 16 years, Tom Kowalski has built Texas Healthcare and Bioscience Institute (THBI) in Austin into the leading advocate of biomedical science, biotechnology, agriculture and medical device innovation in the state and one of the leading voices of that industry in the nation.

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Spotlight: Jaime Chahin

Texas State’s Chahin to be honored
as Texas A&M Distinguished Alum

By Texas A&M University-Kingsville Alumni Affairs

A photo of Dr. Jaime Chahin

Dr. Jaime Chahin

KINGSVILLE — Three alumni of Texas A&M University-Kingsville, including Texas State dean Jaime Chahin, will be honored Oct. 22 when the Javelina Alumni Association hosts its annual Distinguished Alumni luncheon at the Grand Ballrooms in the Memorial Student Union Building.

The recipients of the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award are:

Alumni: Distinguished Alumni 2011

Texas State Alumni Association
selects honorees for 2011

The Texas State Alumni Association has announced five recipients of the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award, ranging from the university’s longest-tenured coach to an advocate for the state’s growing research industry.

The 2011 awards will be presented Oct. 28 at the Distinguished Alumni Awards Gala during Homecoming Weekend. This year’s honorees are:

Connie “C.R.” Arnold (BS, Biology, ’62, MA, Biology, ’63): He is the former director and now Perry R. Bass Chair Emeritus in Fisheries and Mariculture at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute, which is in Port Aransas. He joined the institute in 1977.

Karen Chisum

Michael Bowman (BAAS, Occupational Education, ’78): He is president of Hunt and Hunt, a Houston-based company that does precision machine work.

Karen Chisum (BS, Physical Education, ’72, MEd, Physical Education, ’78): She is the volleyball coach at Texas State. She has 716 career victories and is the longest-tenured head coach at the university.

Jeff Foster

Jeff Foster (BAAS, Technology, ’09): Foster is a 12-year veteran of the National Basketball Association, all with the Indiana Pacers. He returned to Texas State to finish his degree mid-career.

Tom Kowalski (BA, Political Science, ’78): He is president and CEO of Texas Healthcare and Bioscience Institute, which is a statewide public policy research organization that promotes medical research, development and manufacturing in Texas.

The Distinguished Alumni Award dates to 1959, when it was presented to then-U.S. Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson. The award acknowledges outstanding accomplishments and leadership in the individual’s chosen business, profession or life work, on a national or international level.

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

Distinguished Alumni: Bryan Wildenthal

Wildenthal served at Texas State,
was longtime president of Sul Ross

Bryan Wildenthal

Bryan Wildenthal graduated from Texas State University in 1925 and was named the school’s financial auditor. He continued in that position as he completed a master’s and a doctorate in economics from the University of Texas in Austin.

He became the university’s business manager, and served in that role until he was named a professor of economics in 1940.

During World War II, the native of Cotulla was general assistant to the secretary of the American Red Cross, serving in the Pacific.

He returned to Texas State after the war and resumed his position as professor.

In 1950, Wildenthal was appointed president of Angelo State College in San Angelo, and he held that position for two years. He then served as president of Sul Ross State University in Alpine from 1952 until his death in 1965.

The Bryan Wildenthal Memorial Library opened at Sul Ross three years later.

He was named a Texas State Distinguished Alumnus by the Alumni Association in 1974.

Presidents Day

Celebrate Presidents Day with LBJ

Lyndon Baines Johnson, class of 1930.

Presidents Day, celebrated the third Monday in February, is a day to remember past American leaders, and perhaps also find a good sale. Officially known as Washington’s Birthday, the federal holiday was created by an Act of Congress in 1879 to commemorate the nation’s first president, George Washington, who was born Feb. 22, 1732.

We’ll expand our observance today and remember President Lyndon Baines Johnson, a member of the Texas State University class of 1930. The following notable quotes are from speeches made by Johnson, both before and after he became president of the United States in 1963.

You can also find more LBJ links and videos on the Texas State Blog.

Remarks at Gettysburg, Pa., on civil rights

May 30, 1963

Until justice is blind to color, until education is unaware of race, until opportunity is unconcerned with the color of men’s skins, emancipation will be a proclamation but not a fact. To the extent that the proclamation of emancipation is not fulfilled in fact, to that extent we shall have fallen short of assuring freedom to the free. Continue reading

Rising Stars: Megan Trad

For radiation therapy leader, compassion is the key in all her roles


By Billi London-Gray

Few people would think of hospice work as being synonymous with classroom studies. But for Professor Megan Trad and her radiation therapy students at Texas State University, caring for dying patients provides the best lessons.

Trad came to Texas State to further her own education as an undergraduate. She then worked as a radiation therapist at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, where she researched the benefits of mentoring on radiation therapy students for her graduate thesis.

Now a professor of radiation therapy and a doctoral student in the College of Education, Trad is changing the way radiation therapy students are trained. She’s started a new service learning program that connects her research on educational methods and her students to the heart of healing through hospice volunteering.

Read more of Megan Trad’s story at txstate.edu/rising-stars.