San Marcos offers wide array
for outdoor summer fun
The San Marcos River is a popular destination.
By Mindy Green
San Marcos is full of summer hot spots and cool escapes — especially if you know where to look. Take advantage of its beautiful climate and visit some of these nature destinations, all within a few miles of campus.
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Tagged Adventure Trip Program, Aquarena Center, Aquarena Springs, Aquarium Exhibit, Discovery Hall, Edwards Aquifer, glass-bottom boat, New Student Outdoor Adventure, Outdoor Center, Prospect Park, San Marcos, San Marcos River, San Marcos Texas, Sewell Park, Texas, Texas State University, Texas State University-San Marcos, Trail
Veterans Alliance at Texas State to host golf benefit for local VFW
Veterans Alliance at Texas State (VATS) is a chartered student organization that supports student-veterans.
By Billi London-Gray
The Veterans Alliance at Texas State (VATS) is sponsoring its third annual golf tournament on Friday, April 19, at Quail Creek Country Club in San Marcos. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 3413, located in San Marcos.
“The VFW has a long history of supporting the surrounding community and providing veterans with a voice in local, state and national government,” says Jeremy Casselberry, a Navy veteran and president of VATS. Continue reading
Artists to bring transformative papermaking process to campus
Detail of a print on handmade paper by participants in the Peace Paper Project
By Billi London-Gray
As an artistic activity, papermaking dates back nearly 2,000 years to ancient China. The process of creating paper by hand — pulping fibers into a watery slurry, then straining the slurry with a screen to form the sheet of paper — has not changed much in the intervening millennia.
As part of the 2012-13 Common Experience theme, “A Global Odyssey: Exploring Our Connections to the Changing World,” Texas State University will help students and the community explore the art of papermaking by welcoming the Peace Paper Project to campus April 11-16. Continue reading
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Tagged Combat Paper Project, Common Experience, community art, creativity, Drew Matott, free events, hand papermaking, Margaret Mahan, Peace Paper Project, rag paper, San Marcos Texas, Texas State University
Campus newspaper shines light, trains up-and-coming journalists
By Andrew E. Osegi
Tucked away in the cozy Trinity Building on the Texas State University campus, dedicated students write, manage and edit their way to success through journalism.
The Trinity Building on the Texas State campus is University Star headquarters.
The University Star covers happenings and issues on the Texas State campus and in the San Marcos community. Published every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, the Star distributes approximately 8,000 copies in and around the San Marcos area to keep local citizens and students informed.
Founded in 1911, the Star’s mission since its inception has been to embody the voice of Texas State, a task that falls to the 120 student reporters, photographers, designers and members of the student editorial board who work together to produce the paper. Given the multitude of honors and awards the Star has received over the years, they accomplished their mission regularly. Continue reading
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Tagged Andrew Osegi, Austin Humphreys, Beth Brown, Bob Bajackson, career, David Nolan, editing, Hollie O'Connor, journalism, Kym Fox, Photojournalism, San Marcos Texas, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, student media, student newspaper, student workers, Texas State, Texas State University, University Star
Make the most of opportunities during the winter break
By Andrew Osegi (@AEOsegi)
Spend time with family and friends over the winter break! Share your plans and ask them for ideas.
Once students turn in that final project or test, feelings of freedom can be exhilarating until school starts again in January. It’s tempting to coast through the time off, but the winter break is an ideal time for students not only to recharge, but also to look for opportunities to advance themselves academically and professionally.
First and foremost, if you have a chance to visit family and friends during the holiday season, do it. Spending time with people you care about is beneficial to the weary mind of a busy student. Friends and family are powerful generators of happiness.
While you’re visiting, sit down with your family and have a serious conversation about what you plan for your future. No matter what your standing — entering freshman or graduating senior — it never hurts to examine your ambitions and share your plans with those who know you best. Your family may have ideas or advice that can help you reach your goals or find new opportunities.
Posted in Holidays, Texas State Voices, Uncategorized
Tagged Career Services, college advice, internships, job hunting, late registration, Living off campus, off campus housing, resume, resume help, San Marcos Texas, Texas State, Texas State University, Winter Break
Learn to go global during International Education Month
Students from the International Studies Association hosted a multicultural food fair on campus.
By Andrew Osegi
Here at Texas State University, November is an exciting month. Not only are students looking forward to heading home for Thanksgiving break, but they also have an opportunity to engage with different cultures from around the world during International Education Month.
Similar to the federally sponsored International Education Week (held Nov. 12-16), International Education Month aims to connect diverse members of the Texas State community by educating students about the global nature of the world in which we live and work. Continue reading
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Tagged IEW, International Education, International Education Month, International Education Week, International Students, International Studies, San Marcos Texas, Study Abroad, Texas State University
Renegade Roses make rugby
focus for friendship and fun
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
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Tagged Bobcat Build, Cat Crew, college clubs, community service, Feast of Sharing, Renegade Roses, rugby, San Marcos Texas, Student organizations, Texas State, Texas State University
Common Experience cultivates conversation on global connections
This map of Facebook friendships helped inspire the 2012 Common Experience theme “A Global Odyssey.”
By Callie Gordon ’12
In 2004, President Denise M. Trauth implemented a unique program to foster a campus-wide intellectual discussion. Eight years later, the Common Experience has become a unifying affair for Texas State students, staff, faculty and friends. This yearlong series of events, conferences, speakers and screenings is an opportunity for students to become more active in their educational experience.
“Early on, the vision was to connect entering students to a shared conversation,” Trauth writes on the Common Experience website, “but it quickly grew to include upper-level classes, student support services, campus activities, performing arts and the San Marcos schools and community.”
This year, the Common Experience addresses an increasingly relevant issue: globalization. The 2012-2012 Common Experience theme — A Global Odyssey: Exploring Our Connections to the Changing World — was created to foster the community’s examination of the many international relationships that affect our daily lives. Continue reading
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Tagged A Global Odyssey, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Callie Gordon, Common Experience, community, Diann McCabe, Ethan Zuckerman, events, global awareness, globalization, Harvard University, Honors College, Kelsey Timmerman, MIT Center for Civic Media, San Marcos Texas, TED Talks, Texas State University, Where Am I Wearing?
Local businesses promote Bobcat football fanfare with ‘Rally’
Rally on the Square invites Bobcats and Red Raiders to enjoy San Marcos before the big football game.
By Amber Kahla
Local business are inviting the Texas State University community, Bobcat fans and our Red Raider guests to the first annual Rally on the Square, an evening of fanfare and fun before the big game.
In honor of the Texas State football team’s first home game on Sept. 8, Bobcat and Red Raider fans will gather for a common purpose before their respective teams face-off on the gridiron. The game will mark the first time the Bobcats play in the newly expanded Bobcat Stadium and the first game of the Western Athletic Conference. Continue reading
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Tagged Amber Kahla, Bobcat Stadium, Clearly Classy Events, economic development, FBS, Football, free event, NCAA Division I, Rally on the Square, San Marcos Square, San Marcos Texas, Square Productions, Texas State Bobcats, Texas State University, Texas State vs. Texas Tech, Texas Tech University, Western Athletic Conference
Being a Bobcat: Essential Tips for a GREAT Texas State Experience
The Rising Star of Texas
By Andrew Osegi
To the incoming freshman, the transfer student, the misinformed undergrad or the curious prospect, Texas State University can be a maze of hills, stairs, majors and student orgs. To help you navigate that maze, you need some essential insider knowledge.
With input from a few fellow students, I’ve compiled the following tips to help you make the most of your Texas State experience. These secrets can greatly impact your time at Texas State. Remember them, and you’ll do just fine. Continue reading
Posted in Around Campus, Texas State Voices, Uncategorized
Tagged Alkek Library, Andrew Osegi, Bike Cave, Bobcat Athletics, Career Services, dining halls, freshman, KTSW, Outdoor Center, San Marcos Texas, Texas State, Texas State Athletics, Texas State Honors College, Texas State parking, Texas State University-San Marcos, Transfer Students, University Star, Writing Center