Monthly Archives: September 2010

Spotlight: Student Voices

What does it mean to shine?

Mark Gonzalez
Corpus Christi, Texas
Geography ’12
“To shine means to stick out above the rest. Texas State students shine because of their diversity and friendliness and helpfulness. If I ask anyone a question, they help. No one’s standoffish.”

Nadia Khamir
Tyler, Texas
Psychology ’11
“When I hear the word shine, I think of people being happy. Students here shine because everyone is really friendly and nice.”

Bobcat Faces: Sarah Hadley

Fashioning A Future

By Britney Munguia

Fashion-forward senior Sarah Hadley has her heart set on graduating with a degree in fashion merchandising with a minor in business administration.

But her focus is on what happens behind the scenes instead of on the runway.

“Many schools offer a design-based program,” says Hadley, “but Texas State offers a great program focused on business.”

Aspiring to be either a visual planner or buyer for a large-scale department store, Hadley would happily accept an offer from Nordstrom or Neiman Marcus, where she interned this summer.

Besides researching current trends and target markets, Hadley also has worked as a part-time intern at the Prime Outlets marketing office.

Conveniently enough, when feeling particularly stressed, Hadley strolls through the outlets for a little retail therapy.

“As a fashion merchandising major, shopping relaxes me,” says Hadley.

Hadley, who was president of the Fashion Merchandising Association last year, says being active in several clubs and organizations is the key to a successful college experience.

“Getting involved instills school spirit, and staying involved and taking on leadership roles helps students prepare for life after college, where they will become leaders in their careers,” Hadley says.

She says her involvement has helped her leadership skills grow, as well as her confidence to succeed in life.

She also credits one-on-one help from professors, the friendliness of current students and the unique campus with helping solidify her decision to attend Texas State.

“College is about choices,” says Hadley, “and if you chose Texas State, you have already made your first right choice.”

Bobcat Faces: Alexandra Ortiz

McCoy College of Business:
The Perfect Place To Be

By Britney Munguia

Spending most of her time at McCoy Hall, Alexandra Ortiz is finding herself very much at home.

After all, it didn’t take long for her to figure out that marketing is the right field for her.

“It’s a perfect place to interact with others and constantly be learning more about your environment and the business world,” says Ortiz, a junior at Texas State. “It is just the perfect place for me.”

Ortiz says the McCoy College of Business Administration is helping her attain real-life experience. Professors often use a hands-on approach when dealing with projects and presentations, rather than typical testing policies.

“Here you are not just another number, and professors care about your success,” says Ortiz.

Aside from keeping busy in the classroom, Ortiz is an active member of Delta Gamma Sorority, University Ambassadors and Students In Free Enterprise.

“My organizations allow me to network with others that share similar interests and can even assist me once I graduate,” she says.

Students in Free Enterprise offers students the opportunity to develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills through learning, practicing and teaching the principles of free enterprise. Ortiz says being a part of SIFE can help her grow as a person, as well as with a team.

Originally from Austin, Ortiz chose to attend Texas State University because of the unique atmosphere, friendly students and faculty, and the tremendous scholarship opportunities.

The McCoy College of Business Administration has approximately 3,200 undergraduate students and 450 graduate students fulfilling one of the business degrees offered.

Business degrees offered through the McCoy College are accounting, computer information systems and quantitative methods, finance and economics, management, and marketing.

Rising Stars: Bradley George

Record-setting athlete excels
in the classroom, too

By David King, University Marketing

When he was an 18-year-old kid and his head was filled with dreams of major league baseball, Bradley George had a plan.

When he was 21 and those dreams were fading quickly, he had a plan.

And when he enrolled at Texas State as a 22-year-old freshman on one of the odder football scholarships in school history, he still had a plan.

Education. Always education.

That plan is why the graduate of New Braunfels Canyon High School, former professional baseball player and record-breaking quarterback at Texas State, will earn his master’s degree in geography in December 2010.

“My mom was a teacher, and she stressed education,” George says of his mother, who taught elementary school in the Comal Independent School District. “So did my dad. He didn’t finish college, but he always stressed the importance of an education.”

The Draft

George had wanted to come to school in San Marcos his senior year at Canyon, since Texas State was the only university that was going to let him play both college baseball and football. But then the Cincinnati Reds selected him in the 12th round of the Major League Baseball draft. At 6-foot-5 and 200-plus pounds, he had the look of a big-league pitcher, and he had shown enough potential at Canyon to pique interest of the team’s scouts.

He agreed to sign, but with one caveat: If he decided to go back to college, the Reds would pay for four years of education.

“It was in the back of my mind that if in four or five years, I’m not moving along (toward the major leagues) at a reasonable pace, then I was going to play college football,” he says.

He pitched for five seasons, including parts of three years in Billings, Mont., in the far-flung Pioneer League, but never progressed beyond the low minor leagues. His advancement was slowed by a series of arm injuries, and as he was nursing another one at the end of the summer of 2004, he came to a decision: It was time to try something new.

George started looking around at college football programs across the south, aiming to play quarterback in a passing-dominated offense. He came to San Marcos more or less as a courtesy to an old acquaintance, then-coach David Bailiff, and took a look around at the university that was closest to his home, his parents and most of his relatives, as well as his heart.

“The day Coach Bailiff called me was one of the best days of my life,” he says. “I was leaving to go play somewhere else.”

He enrolled at Texas State that spring.

The 22-Year-Old Freshman

Since the Reds had agreed to pay for him to attend college, George came to the Bobcats football team as a walk-on — a student-athlete not on an athletic scholarship. And as someone who had worked in the building trades as a teenager, he quickly found and chose the university’s construction technology major, even though it typically was a five-year program.

“Being an older student gave me a completely different perspective,” he says. “It wasn’t the mindset that I was 18 and could hang out until I was 25. When I came here I was 22, almost 23, and it was ‘Hey, guy, you don’t have 10 years to do this.’”

The transition from the life of a minor-league ballplayer, with lots of free time and mind-numbingly long road trips, to college student wasn’t easy.

“I was really worried about it,” he says. “I made good grades in high school and all, but since 2000, when I graduated, I don’t think I had read any academic journals or anything like that.

“The first semester, I think I did fine. But I was worried about it, and I didn’t do much else but study. I was hitting the books pretty hard.”

It wasn’t long, though, before he was hitting his stride. After sitting out as a redshirt freshman his first year, he was named the team’s starting quarterback for the 2006 season. His teammates elected him as one of the team’s captains, an honor usually reserved for players with experience on the field, not just in life. And they re-elected him three more times.

“He owns many of our passing records, but to me, to have been elected captain all four years is his most-amazing stat,” says Bobcats head football coach Brad Wright. “It shows just how much his teammates thought of him and the leadership he exhibited.”

The Records Fall

As the leader of the Bobcats’ prolific offense, George wound up breaking virtually all of the school career records for passing, from completion percentage to total yards to touchdown passes. His senior season, he was named the Southland Conference offensive player of the year, throwing for 3,121 yards and 23 touchdowns.

That 2009 season also marked the third time he was named to the SLC academic all-conference team, and he was chosen as the conference’s football student-athlete of the year — while working on his master’s degree in geography.

Thanks to his perseverance, George had finished his five-year undergraduate program in four years, giving him the opportunity to start on an advanced degree while on a football scholarship his last year with the team.

“That was one of the toughest years I’ve ever had,” he says of fall 2009. “I was taking nine hours of grad school courses, and my classes had pretty long papers due at the end of them.

“Right near the end of the semester, when we were getting ready for week 10 or 11, those papers started coming due. That made life pretty hectic. At that point, if I had any hair, it would have been falling out.”

But the work got done.

“He was distracted by non-academic activity in his world . . . but he came to class ready to learn,” says Dr. Ron Hagelman of the Department of Geography, George’s professor for his research design class. “He was a strong participant in a strong group of graduate students.”

Without the distractions of playing quarterback — which George says is like having a demanding, full-time job — he has progressed enough on his course work to graduate in December 2010.

“I had a lot of help,” he says. “With the advising center and the people who are in place to help you be successful, you almost have no choice but to do the work. A lot of the credit goes to those people.”

Having a plan didn’t hurt.

Spotlight: What makes you shine?

What makes you shine?

We believe that Texas State University shines because our students, faculty, staff and alumni stand out in the world. This university is dedicated to excellence, and every member of our community is an example of that excellence in action. So we want to know, what makes you shine?

Julia Juarez ’11
“The Texas sunshine.”

Mackenzi Sweet ’11
“I’ve got a personality to bring more people here.”

Texas State Updates: Enrollment Record

Texas State sets enrollment record; undergrads 25 percent Hispanic

University News Service

Texas State University-San Marcos has announced an enrollment of 32,586 for the 2010 fall semester, an increase of 5.8 percent over the fall 2009 enrollment of 30,803.

For the first time ever, Hispanics now comprise more than 25 percent of the Texas State undergraduate student body of 27,476. There are 6,961 Hispanic undergraduate students enrolled at Texas State this fall, or 25 percent of all undergraduates. African-American students make up 6 percent of the undergraduate student body with undergraduate  enrollment of 1,738.

“We are proud that the enrollment at Texas State is reflecting the true face of Texas. As demographics change in our state, it is important that our institution keeps pace with that change in order to better serve the higher education needs of our citizens,” said Texas State President Denise Trauth.

If the university sustains a 25 percent or greater Hispanic undergraduate enrollment, it will be granted the federal designation of Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and be eligible for additional federal funding in the future.

Texas State has the fifth-highest graduation rate in Texas and that graduation rate holds steady among students of all ethnic groups. Trauth said that will remain a university priority.

“It has been our goal to become a Hispanic Serving Institution,” said Trauth. “Now it is time we direct our efforts toward becoming the best HSI in the state. It is not enough to recruit talented students from all ethnicities – we must also continue to retain those students and see that they graduate. We will rededicate our efforts toward those essential goals and continue to become a better university for all of our students in the process.”

Texas State officials had originally hoped to achieve HSI status by 2012.

Texas State also experienced a rise in graduate student enrollment and increased enrollment at the university’s Round Rock Higher Education Center. Enrollment in the Graduate College now stands at 4,387, an increase of 4.6 percent from last year. A total of 1,984 students are attending classes at Round Rock, up 14 percent from last year. This year, the university opened its doors to the first class of nursing students at the Texas State St. David’s School of Nursing in Round Rock. Ninety-eight students comprise the initial class.

This fall’s freshman class of 3,930 is the largest and most diverse in Texas State’s history. Diversity among entering freshmen reached 39 percent, with 28 percent of the class being Hispanic students. A record 3,611 transfer students also enrolled.

“We are pleased to have achieved another record enrollment,” said Perry Moore, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Texas State. “I believe our climbing enrollment numbers indicate very strongly that we have an excellent reputation among the state’s students, parents, teachers and counselors. The academic experience of our students is very important to us.”

Read more:
San Antonio Express-News
San Marcos Local News

Flu Shots at Texas State

Health Center offers flu shots
for students, faculty, staff

The Texas State Student Health Center has received the 2010-2011 flu vaccine.

The vaccine protects against three strains of flu virus, including H1N1. The CDC is recommending that anyone older than 6 months receive the flu vaccine and that vaccination start as soon as the vaccine is available.

Sufficient quantities of flu vaccine will be available this year so that anyone that wants the vaccine should be able to get it. The Student Health Center will be getting shipments of flu vaccine throughout the fall semester.

Additional flu outreach events may be scheduled as more flu vaccine is received.

Cost: $10 (cash, credit card, check)

Sept. 16: 4:30-5:30 p.m., Student Health Center
Sept. 21: 4:30-5:30 p.m., Student Health Center
Sept. 23: 4:30-5:30 p.m., Student Health Center
Sept. 28: 4:30-5:30 p.m., Student Health Center
Sept. 30: 4:30-5:30 p.m., Student Health Center
Oct. 20: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., LBJSC Ballroom

No appointments are necessary. Limited patient parking is available in front of the Student Health Center. The Matthews Street Garage is now open just a block from the Student Health Center and LBJ Student Center for those with red or green parking permits.