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Faculty: Kenneth H. Margerison

History professor rewarded for his dedication and service to teaching

By Mindy Green

Photo of Kenneth H. Margerison

Kenneth H. Margerison is the 20th Piper Professor from Texas State University.

Faculty member Kenneth H. Margerison is fascinated by the past and the way that people in earlier time periods dealt with the opportunities and problems they faced. Convinced that we have much to learn from the experiences of previous eras, he provides the opportunity for his students to gain insight and respect for history.

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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: World’s Largest Swimming Lesson

Breaking a world record to
spread a message

By Mindy Green

World's Largest Swimming Lesson logo

Thousands of people around the world will be participating. Jump in, Bobcats!

It’s not often one can say they participated in a world record, but here’s your chance! Texas State University is a site host for the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL) on Tuesday, June 18 and registration is open to anyone who wants to get their name in the Guinness Book of World Records.  Continue reading

Student Spotlight: Kolten Parker

Journalism senior gains experience at university newspaper, reports at State Capitol

By Andrew Osegi

Kolten Parker, senior at Texas State University, has worked hard to get where he is today.

Kolten Parker came to Texas State in 2010 ready for opportunity.

Kolten Parker came to Texas State in 2010 ready for opportunity.

Parker, 23, was born and raised in Stephenville, Texas, a city where dairy rules yet high school football is king. After graduating high school, Parker decided to stay close to home and pursue his first two years of higher education at Tarleton State University; however, he soon discovered a change of scenery was overdue. Continue reading

Students: Kendra Marsteller

Criminal justice major explores her passion in classroom and beyond

By Audrey Webb

Kendra Marsteller outside Jowers Hall, where she has worked part-time during all four years of her Texas State experience

Kendra Marsteller outside Jowers Center, where she has worked part-time as an administrative assistant while completing her degree.

Some students come to Texas State to explore a range of subject areas before settling on one that interests them enough to pursue as a career. Kendra Marsteller came here to immerse herself in an interest she began displaying at an early age.

“My mom said that when I was a kid, I would always play with toy cop cars,” she laughs.

Marsteller graduated on December 15 with a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice. Continue reading

Study Tips: Get Out

Get Up! Get Out! Do Something!

By Texas State SLAC

Texas State students enjoying the Homecoming Soap Box Derby

Get out there and get involved with the Texas State community.

College is all about balance! Just like you can’t have all play and no work, you can’t have all work and no play. So get involved. As a Texas State Bobcat, this is your Lair—and you have to make it your home.

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Around Campus: Essential Tips

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

Around Campus: Fall Sports Preview

Eat ’em up! Bobcats ready for final
fall season in Southland Conference

Texas State’s final fall sports season in the Southland Conference will give Bobcats fans a taste of what’s in store for 2012, when the university joins the Western Athletic Conference.

On the football field, Texas State will launch home-and-home series with Football Bowl Subdivision teams Texas Tech and Wyoming in 2011. The volleyball team will play in four major tournaments against opponents from coast to coast. And the soccer team has matches scheduled against programs from the Big 12, Conference USA and the Mountain West Conference. Continue reading

Rising Stars: Michael Collins

Texas State archaeology professor
brings ancient culture to life


Michael Collins came of age during a period Texas author Elmer Kelton referred to as “the time it never rained.”

One of the worst droughts on record gripped much of the United States, including Collins’ hometown of Midland, in the 1950s. Lakes dried up. Unceasing heat desiccated the soil. Agricultural activity slowed to a crawl.

The West Texas winds did not slow down. They stole the dirt, carrying it by the ton for hundreds of miles in swirling, choking clouds. Collins remembers a horseman riding under a barbed-wire fence — and not being able to touch the bottom strand.

But while the drought and the winds were stealing topsoil from West Texas, they were giving Mike Collins a gift: archaeology. Continue reading

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.