Monthly Archives: September 2011

Study Tips: Keeping Pace

Resist mid-term slacking: Staying
up to speed pays off during finals

Students studying in the Quad

Studying with a group can help you master class material and stay up to speed.

By Texas State SLAC

September is over, but it’s never too late to remind yourself that your schoolwork is crucial — especially in the light of social and extracurricular activities you may have committed yourself to this fall. As October starts, with Homecoming just around the corner, now is the time to stay focused and maintain a good pace in your workload for classes.

Make sure that you keep up with all your reading assignments and homework. The longer you put them off, the harder it becomes to catch up, and the more likely you will feel overwhelmed the night before a test or due date. Bad grades in the middle of a course are very hard to bring up at the end. Here are three tips to help you keep going: Continue reading

Happenings: Texas Literary Life

Wittliff 25th Anniversary celebration
continues with exhibitions, talks

Photos of three authors

Sarah Bird, Elizabeth Crook and Stephen Harrigan will speak on "Texas Literary Life" at the Wittliff Collections on Thursday, Oct. 6.

By Samantha Snell

The Wittliff Collections, Texas State University’s world-class literary and photographic collections of works by Southwestern artists, will continue the celebration of its 25th anniversary with two free upcoming events. Continue reading

Alumni: Chris Perez

Perez takes music industry track to local stage with Friends of Fine Arts

Photo of Chris Perez

Chris Perez, class of '89, is a board member for Texas State's Friends of Fine Arts.

By Catherine Harper

In the music business, striking a chord between who you know and industry experience is ideal. For Chris Perez, Texas State graduate and president and CEO of Captiva Music Group, achieving that ideal harmony means sharing the music with Texas State. He’ll use his international experience and industry connections to play a part behind-the-scenes as a board member for Texas State’s Friends of Fine Arts, a support organization for the College of Fine Arts and Communication.

Perez, a first-generation college student, graduated from Texas State in 1989 with a degree in anthropology and international studies. He started his career as a grant and community development specialist in municipal government, working for several years around the state in Austin, Harlingen and San Marcos. However, with determination and some spontaneity his path veered in pursuit of his top passion: music.

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Spotlight: RampCorp

RampCorp launches women
toward entrepreneurship

By Mary Kincy

Sue Leininger was already the owner of an Austin-based management consulting business when she had the idea for a startup company whose solutions, she thought, would attract a major client in the trade association field.

A logo for the Texas State Office of Commercialization and Industry Relations.She was wrong — and a course that has evolved into what is now known as RampCorp, a program of Texas State’s Office of Commercialization and Industry Relations, helped her to see that.

“I realized by the time I finished the year that it wasn’t such a great idea and that I needed to kind of rethink,” Leininger recalls. Continue reading

Happenings: Better This World

Common Experience film looks at
counterterrorism, civil liberties

flim promotional posterHow did two boyhood friends from Midland wind up arrested on terrorism charges at the 2008 Republican National Convention? This question sparked filmmakers Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega to create “Better This World,” an award-winning documentary that explores the competing interests of civil liberties and the U.S. War on Terror.

The film will be shown on campus at Texas State University at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, in Alkek Teaching Theatre. The screening is part of the Common Experience, a yearlong series of events, performances and discussions held on campus and in the San Marcos community that explore the theme “Freedoms: The First Amendment.” Continue reading

Around Campus: Philosophy Dialogue Series

Philosophy Dialogue Series focuses
on civil liberties, political action

The First Amendment was ratified in 1789 as part of the Bill of Rights.

Texas State graduate Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th president of the United States, once said, “Our material progress is only the foundation on which we will build a richer life of mind and spirit.” With that richer life in mind, Texas State’s Philosophy Dialogue Series offers an open forum for members of the university community to discuss ideas and share perspectives.

This semester’s series, which opened last week, embraces the Common Experience theme of “Freedoms: The First Amendment.” The First Amendment protects the basic rights of religion, expression, press, assembly and petition. Discussions and speakers will explore topics ranging from freedom of speech to the Arab Spring. See the schedule below or find updates here. Continue reading

Around Campus: Writing Center

Bobcats offered chance to better writing skills through free tutoring

Photo of Writing Center staff

The Writing Center has a diverse staff who can help with a variety of writing tasks.

By Mary Kincy

For those who feel writing is less than a strong suit, the Texas State University Writing Center offers a valuable resource: confidential, one-on-one help with any writing tasks — including those not assigned by a class.

Keri Fitzgerald, coordinator, detailed the services offered at the Writing Center, located on the ground floor of Flowers Hall.

“It depends on where they’re at,” she says of the help certified tutors can provide student writers. “We’ll help anybody at any point in the assignment.”

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Happenings: Soledad O’Brien Lecture

CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien to speak on First Amendment freedoms

Soledad Obrien photo

Soledad O'Brien

By Catherine Harper

How does the First Amendment impact our daily lives and careers? Next month, award-winning CNN anchor and producer Soledad O’Brien will join Texas State as the Lyndon B. Johnson Distinguished Lecturer and 2011 Fall Common Experience Speaker to explore the relevance of the First Amendment in today’s society. O’Brien will take the stage at Strahan Coliseum on Wednesday, Oct. 5 starting at 7 p.m.

Throughout her career, O’Brien has gained national recognition and fame through humanitarian efforts in both the media and with grassroots organizations. O’Brien has led the media for over two decades in keeping the public informed and connected to a society made free by the First Amendment.

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Around Campus: Student Emergency Services

Help for wildfire victims offered by Dean of Students Office

A photo of Texas State Associate Dean of Students Vincent E. Morton.

Associate Dean of Students Vincent Morton

By Mary Kincy

They can’t rebuild a home, but they can help replace a portion of its contents.

That’s a lesson Texas State graduate student Charles Hamrick, 25, learned last week after his Bastrop residence was lost to wildfire Sept. 4.

Hamrick received assistance from the Dean of Students Office, located in the LBJ Student Center, in the form of replaced textbooks he valued at some $380.

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Around Campus: Discover Texas State

Discover Texas State explores tradition, community on campus

By Catherine Harper

The community of San Marcos and the surrounding areas are as intrinsic to Texas State University as its rolling hills. On Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, Discover Texas State invites the public, both near and far, to explore the Texas State campus with free, family-friendly events on Friday and Saturday of Family Weekend.

Discover Texas State opens the university’s doors to the public, offering members of the community the chance to experience the diverse aspects of life at Texas State, with events including educational activities, live entertainment and campus and community tours. Continue reading