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Bobcat Faces: Haydyn Jackson

December grad creatively merges diverse fields of studies

By Mindy Green

Photo of Haydyn Jackson

Jackson’s artwork is inspired by the study of culture and human interaction.

When Haydyn Jackson first enrolled at Texas State, she declared art and design as her major. As she started getting into her upper-level classes, however, she decided to pursue a different field. Jackson found herself drawn to anthropology, and eventually she switched her major. “The idea of studying culture and the way people interact and socialize seems really important,” Jackson says.

After switching majors, art was no longer Jackson’s primary focus. Her professors, however, encouraged her to continue to develop her artistic talents. She credits Ashe Laughlin, senior lecturer in the School of Art and Design for helping her decide to keep art as a minor. “He wouldn’t let me give up on it,” she says.

Dr. Teri Evans-Palmer also played a big role in Jackson’s college career by supporting her and helping her find the connection between anthropology and art. “Haydyn always seemed to want to go beyond learning about techniques and skills to find out more about the artists that produced artifacts left on the earth,” says Evans-Palmer. “What cultural or social phenomenon initiated this type of imagery? What happened in the lives of these cultures, the social context, that initiated this type of work? Her investigations that led her into producing art have such an obvious scientific methodology to the process.”

There is no conflict between Jackson’s two passions. Instead, anthropological studies have given Jackson new sources of inspiration. “Anthropology informs my art,” she says. “My subject matter and ideas all stem from the way I see myself interacting with society and the way I see society interacting with me.”

There are additional benefits: “Anthropology has given me the best skills learning how to listen to people and work cooperatively,” Jackson says. Jackson is using these skills in a variety of art initiatives, such as curating exhibitions, showing her own artwork in galleries and coordinating art walks around town.

After graduation, Jackson plans on seeking a job in an art gallery and eventually continuing her studies in graduate school. One of the greatest lessons she learned at Texas State is also her best advice to others: “Follow what you love to do,” Jackson says, “and everything you need will fall into place.”

Around Campus: Summer Fun in San Marcos

San Marcos offers wide array
for outdoor summer fun

Downstream photo of the San Marcos River

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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Happenings: Cat Camp

Cat Camp gives new students an inside track to Texas State life

By Mindy Green

Group picture of all of the Cat Camp Counselors

2013 Cat Camp Counselors

Instead of fearing the unknown about coming to college, freshmen can become acquainted with their peers and get ahead of the game when it comes to learning about being a Bobcat. Cat Camp, a two-day retreat offered every year, is Texas State University’s only spirit, pride and traditions summer camp.  Continue reading

Happenings: Feria del Mariachi

Annual festival celebrates music
of Mexico, young performers

Photo of mariachi ensemble

Texas State’s Mariachi Nueva Generación will perform at the Feria del Mariachi concert March 23.

By Audrey Webb

The origin of the word mariachi has been the source of some debate. Some linguists believe it comes from the French word mariage (marriage), while others claim its origin is in the name of the wood commonly used for dance floors in Mexican dance halls. If you want to know the true meaning of mariachi, we suggest you leave the lingo wrangling to the historians and just attend this weekend’s 14th annual Feria del Mariachi. Continue reading

Happenings: Bobcat Build 2013

Bobcats build good will with
San Marcos residents

Bobcat Build is the second-largest student-run community service project in all of Texas.

Bobcat Build is one of the largest student-run volunteer events in all of Texas.

By Audrey Webb

Every guest knows it’s common courtesy to say thank you to your host. That’s the basic premise behind Bobcat Build, an annual volunteer event that salutes the citizens of San Marcos for hosting the Bobcat family in their hometown.

Bobcat Build volunteers perform a variety of tasks based on requests made by San Marcos citizens. In last year’s event, approximately 3,400 students, staff and faculty members participated in 168 various community-building activities, such as weeding a community garden to washing windows to painting a house to removing debris from a vacant lot.  Continue reading

Texas State Voices: Callie Gordon

22 Before 22

By Callie Gordon ’12

After four years of all-nighters, group projects and tubing trips, my college experience is over. Over. It feels strange even saying it now and I don’t think it will feel true until I wake up in two weeks and realize that I won’t be walking through the Quad and printing my schedule moments before class.

Texas State has seen my worst and made me my best. College has challenged my beliefs, my character and possibly every thought I’ve ever had. I’ve learned what it means to be tenacious, learned how to adapt. If you challenge yourself every day, you will be amazed by what you will become in four years. I joke all the time that the things I accomplish daily would bring tears to the 18-year-old version of myself.

Freshmen, get ready. It isn’t easy. You’re going to cry and you will surprise yourself when you look back. But don’t quit. Show up, sit in the front row, and ask questions. You’re about to learn a lot. Here are my suggestions for making the most of the next four years: Continue reading

Happenings: University Galleries Summer Exhibitions

Campus art galleries showcase wide variety of local, national talent

The exhibition “Homegrown” will feature works by  artists from Eye of the Dog Art Center in San Marcos.

By Callie Gordon ’12

At Texas State, you don’t have to walk far to see changes on campus. Look inside the Joann Cole Mitte Building, where Texas State’s School of Art and Design is housed, and you’ll see even more — the University Galleries at Texas State undergo a makeover each month when new art arrives to be shared with art lovers and students alike.

Mary Mikel Stump, the gallery director, wants a variety and breadth of work available to viewers. “If someone comes for one show, I want them to not have to wait long before they can come back and see something different,” she says.

The galleries, which are free and open to the public, feature art by students, alumni, local artists, and creators from around the country and the world. On Saturday, June 23, the University Galleries will hold an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. for their newest exhibitions, Homegrown and Swarm. Continue reading