Tag Archives: School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Students: Andrew Osegi

Keeping it real: Balancing family and fantasy gives student firm footing

By Audrey Webb

Among the many family members who will be cheering when Andrew Osegi crosses the stage this weekend is his proud mother (right).

Among the many family members who will be cheering when Andrew Osegi accepts his diploma is his proud mother (right).

Journalism major Andrew Osegi has had a remarkable year. Not only is he graduating this week after just three years at Texas State — taking courses during both summer sessions each year put him on the fast track to earning his diploma — but his contributions to the social media efforts of Texas State University’s Office of University Marketing resulted in his being named “Student Employee of the Year” — a fine feather to stick in his graduation cap.

Osegi, 21, believes much of his success is due to his ability to set and keep priorities. For example, regardless of what has gone on in his academic life — no matter how many papers there were to write or how many finals there were to study for — one of Osegi’s top priorities has been watching “Game of Thrones” with his sister every Sunday night. Continue reading

Around Campus: The University Star

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

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

Spotlight: Price Seniors Center

Retired Texas State professor, drama teacher devoted to the community

Ron and Marie Jager

Ron and Marie Jager

By Catherine Harper

For retired Texas State University professor Dr. Ron Jager and his wife Marie, life has been full of “little coincidences” that have kept them serving the San Marcos community for over 30 years. With a passion to help others, the Jagers have always found a helping hand to keep them motoring onward.

“We’ve always come into what we needed in some way or another,” Ron says. “We’ve been full of little coincidences that have taken place here [in San Marcos]. Something happens that’s connected with people and other places that come here to roost.” Continue reading

Bobcat Faces: Catherine Harper

PR student is prepared,
ready for the real world

By Audrey Webb

Making a decision about which major to pursue is a pivotal point in any student’s life. Did I make the right choice? Will I enjoy this career path? Will I be any good at it? These questions can be answered only with time.

Catherine Harper will graduate from Texas State University on May 11 with a degree in public relations from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, which offers five undergraduate degrees. She originally joined the school as a journalism major, but later switched to public relations, thinking it would provide her with a more proactive role in shaping public opinion. Continue reading

Around Campus: La Bella Vida

‘La Bella Vida’ talks beauty of
Texas State life on YouTube

By Catherine Harper

Cristina Ochoa, electronic media senior, is a former executive producer and co-host of "La Bella Vida."

For the past three years, Texas State electronic media student Cristina Ochoa says she’s been taking care of her “baby” — a student-run television show called “La Bella Vida.”

“The show has saved me and it’s been my joy,” Ochoa says. “It has a special place in my heart because it’s helped me so much as a Texas State student.”

“La Bella Vida” — which means “The Beautiful Life” in Spanish — is currently in its seventh semester on-air as a variety talk show directed toward Texas State students. The show is posted on YouTube every Wednesday night.

As a former executive producer and co-host on the show, Ochoa’s vision for the show has been to impact current and future Texas State audiences.

“We try to be the voice of Texas State,” Ochoa says. “The show appeals to the perspective of what a Texas State student would want to hear and what they do.” Continue reading

Alumni: Roger Sellers

Sellers embarks on music world, heads to Texas State’s MR Fest

By Catherine Harper

Roger Sellers

Roger Sellers (Photo by Jake Marx)

Texas State University grad Roger Sellers says he’s living the dream. With constant tours around the country as a professional musician, Sellers is doing what he loves for a living: traveling and making music.

“There are few people in the world that get to do what they love while traveling,” Sellers says. “Travel is the number one best part of being a musician for me. It’s so fulfilling and changes your entire perspective on life.”

Having graduated from Texas State in May 2011 with a bachelor of general studies degree focusing on music, business and media studies, Sellers has risen to the top all on his own. As the writer, performer, director, producer and engineer of his music — which meshes genres of folk, Americana, electronic and dance — he has expanded his influence from his original scene in San Marcos to the world beyond.  Continue reading

Bobcat Faces: Lizzie Laster

Laster looks to life after graduation,
links pro experience with ambition

By Catherine Harper

Lizzie Laster is a December 2011 graduate with a degree in public relations.

Connecting with the real world after college can be challenging for some graduates. For soon-to-be Texas State alumna Lizzie Laster, real-world experience and a get-up-and-go resolve are taking her to the top of her ambitions and beyond.

Graduating in December 2011 with a degree in public relations, Laster’s fierce focus has shaped her rapidly growing list of achievements. With involvement in student organizations both on and off campus throughout her college career, Laster’s network continues to expand as she embarks on the world.

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Alumni: Jesse Heiman

From Texas State studies to star studios, Heiman shines onscreen

By Catherine Harper

Texas State graduate Jesse Heiman

Jesse Heiman

What do movie stars Kirsten Dunst, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jane Lynch and Will Ferrell all have in common? Jesse Heiman, a Texas State graduate and one of the most ubiquitous extras in Hollywood, has taken the stage behind these actors and more in both television and films.

Having graduated from Texas State in 2000 with a degree in English and mass communication, Heiman has climbed the ladder from his childhood dream of acting to stardom with appearances in more than 56 films and television shows throughout his career.

He shared his thoughts about his time at Texas State and his career in a recent interview with the author. Continue reading

Around Campus: Public Relations Student Society of America

PRSSA students gain PR savvy,
network with peers and pros

By Catherine Harper

Texas State PRSSA Students attend a Tri-Chapter meeting at UT this past April.

In the field of public relations, professionals agree with the adage, “the more experience, the better.” According to Charles Kaufman, internship coordinator and professor of public relations campaigns at Texas State, becoming involved in student organizations and internships is the best way to gather experience for a career.

“Student organizations and internships provide more experience and opportunities to sharpen your skills,” Kaufman says. “Anything you can do to enhance those skills is another step to your professional development.”

For public relations students, the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) helps members take a step beyond the classroom into the world of public relations. As a professional student organization in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, PRSSA provides an opportunity for valuable networking and experience among peers and professionals.

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Alumni: Maira Garcia

With multimedia and the Web,
Garcia takes tech to the top

By Catherine Harper

Widgets, gadgets and more: Technology is no stranger to Maira Garcia. From her award-winning multimedia strategies to her innovative web design, Garcia is a leader in her field of mass communication and continues to dream big.

Garcia, a two-time graduate from Texas State University with a bachelor’s in print journalism and political science and a master’s in new media, has accelerated to success in the world of media and communications at a young age. Continue reading