Fearless learner: Asking questions opened doors to scholarships, mentors, career path for biology grad
Krystle Moore ’13
By Billi London-Gray
It’s hard to believe brilliant people who tell you, “Don’t be afraid to feel dumb.” But these words are the motto of Krystle Moore, who recently completed her bachelor’s degree in biology at Texas State University. Her brave, inquisitive attitude has led her to one great opportunity after another. Continue reading
Posted in Alumni, Spotlight: Excellence at Texas State, Texas State Faces
Tagged Alumni, auxin, college advice, College of Science and Engineering, Del Rio, H-LSAMP, Houston-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, Krystle Moore, molecular biology, pharmacy, Picloram, recent graduates, Scholarships, STEM, Texas State, Texas State University
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
Use a Google Maps approach to find your way through essay tests
By Texas State SLAC
Map your way through composing an essay.
When you read an essay question, do you get a headache? Does your brain go blank? Try comparing taking essay tests to using Google Maps. Principles that achieve good map search results also work for answering essay questions. Continue reading
Many local groups focus on enjoying, protecting the Jewel of Central Texas
By Andrew Osegi
The natural beauty of San Marcos, Texas is one of the most compelling reasons why so many people love to visit and live here. Located on the Balcones Fault, where the Texas hill country meets the coastal plains, San Marcos is geographically primed for its natural springs and abundance of wildlife.
The San Marcos salamander’s only habitat is the San Marcos River. It is considered a threatened species.
The San Marcos River, what many residents consider to be the life source of the city, starts its journey at Spring Lake, bubbling up from the underground Edwards Aquifer. The aquifer is home to many endangered and threatened species; those found in the San Marcos area include the Texas blind salamander, Texas wild rice, the fountain darter, the San Marcos gambusia, the Comal Springs riffle beetle, the Comal Springs dryopid beetle, the Peck’s cave amphipod and the San Marcos salamander. Continue reading
Posted in Around Campus
Tagged Conservation, education, endangered species, Environment, local habitats, Nature, Texas endangered species, Texas State, Texas State University, visitors, Wildlife
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
Posted in Around Campus, Spotlight: Excellence at Texas State, Students, Uncategorized
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
Ballet Folklórico’s colorful costumes capture Mexico’s rich cultural history.
Dancers deliver a taste of Mexico
By Audrey Webb
If most of what you know about Mexico was learned at a Taco Bell drive-through, take advantage of an on-campus opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of our neighbors to the south by attending a performance of The University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA)’s Ballet Folklórico.
The internationally acclaimed troupe, now in its 43rd year, will stop at Texas State on Sunday, February 17, as part of its current tour of Alegria Temporada 2013. The performance combines culture and colorful costumes in choreography that blends contemporary movement with traditional folk dances of numerous states and regions across Mexico. Continue reading
Criminal justice major explores her passion in classroom and beyond
By Audrey Webb
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
Posted in Students, Uncategorized
Tagged Austin Police Department, bachelor's degree in criminal justice, Criminal Justice, Exercise and Sports Science, Hays County Sheriff's Department, Houston, Kendra Marsteller, Texas State, Texas State University, Texas State University-San Marcos
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
Finals: How to prepare
without going to extremes
By Andrew Osegi (@AEOsegi)
Alkek Library: Your home away from home.
It’s that special time of year again! As the 2012 fall semester winds down, Texas State students are gearing up for their biggest academic challenge: finals week.
Indeed, the quest for a stellar final grade will push many students to extremes, but it doesn’t have to be that way. If students take advantage of their time and resources, finals can be one of the smoothest weeks of the year.
The following tips were collected to help Texas State students shine light into the looming shadow of finals week so they can finish the semester strong.
Posted in Study Tips, Texas State Voices, Uncategorized
Tagged college advice, final exams, finals prep, good grades, Preparing for finals, SLAC, study advice, study tips, Texas State, Texas State University, university exams, University Star