Monthly Archives: January 2012

Happenings: Career Services Kickoff

Career Services Kickoff sparks Bobcats to take charge, face future

By Catherine Harper

Career advisor helping students at info booth

Get on the right path with help from Texas State Career Services.

A recent study by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) found that employers plan to hire 9.5 percent more recent graduates in 2011-12 than in 2010-11. By utilizing Texas State’s Career Services, Bobcats can get a leg up on the competition with a loaded reserve of resources and opportunities.

On Wednesday, Feb. 1, Career Services invites students to meet with employers and learn more about upcoming events at the Career Services Kickoff from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the LBJ Amphitheater. With music, giveaways, and information about job fairs and services — as well as employers discussing job and internship opportunities with students — Bobcats can learn the steps to climb ahead toward their dream career.

Career advisor Allison Birk sat down with us for a Q&A about the Career Services Kickoff, career preparation and more: Continue reading

Happenings: Leadership and Orgs

Get involved: Leadership workshops,
student orgs open doors to future

By Billi London-Gray

Students hula hooping with Boko the Bobcat mascot

SOC can help you find a group that fits.

You hear it in University Seminar, read it on posters around campus and see it daily on the Quad: There are many ways to get involved at Texas State. Check out two events this week, designed to help you find your place on campus — the Student Organizations Fair and a free communication workshop offered by the Texas State Leadership Institute. Continue reading

Bobcat Faces: Darius Jones

Student touts lessons learned in University Ambassador experience

By Mary Kincy

A photo of Darius Jones.

University Ambassador Darius Jones was also a member of the 2011 Texas State Homecoming Royalty.

Darius Jones has learned a lot from Texas State, and he’ll be the first to tell you that: “I’ve learned to think fast on my feet and also to be flexible,” he says. “To be reliable and to be honest with people. It’s taught me patience, too.”

But Jones — at least in this case — isn’t talking about instruction received in the classroom. Rather, he’s referring to lessons learned during his time in service to University Ambassadors, a volunteer organization of student leaders who act as hosts for Texas State.  Continue reading

Bobcat Voices: Back in School

Back in school: Tips from a fellow Bobcat to start fresh, save money

By Sarah Cobb

As a senior, I’m hustling through my final semester looking for the easiest ways and cheapest means of doing things. Looking back, I know that if I had asked around in the beginning —  as a freshman — I might have found a few resources very useful.

Here are some tips I now use to save money and sanity during the course of a semester.

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Study Tips: Preparing for the Future

There’s no better time to prepare
for the future than right now

Text box: While I take inpsiration from the past, like most<br /><br /><br /><br /> Americans, I live for the future. Ronald Reagan.By Texas State SLAC

So many times we are reminded to live in the present, but we still need to prepare for the future. And if you are reading this, you have a future. Whether you are a freshman or a senior, listen well: It’s never too early or late to have a game plan.

But how do you start to prepare? In his article Advice for Students: Start Planning Now for Life After College, Dustin Max tells students not to view college as a break from real life but to start seeing it as a stage of real life. Here’s our summary of his tips:

1. Network. Start making connections by talking to potential employers, attending conferences, and joining or creating campus groups that deal with topics that excite you. Most importantly, get your name out there. Continue reading

Happenings: Brown Bag Research Seminar

Noon event to explore the impact
of pregnancy and parenthood

By Mary Kincy

A photo of an expectant mother's abdomen.

Teen pregnancy and its impact on relationships as observed by a Texas State researcher is the topic of an upcoming Brown Bag Research Seminar.

Chelsea Houska dropped out of her South Dakota high school during her senior year to give birth to a daughter. Thanks to popular MTV reality show “16 and Pregnant” and its spinoff “Teen Mom 2,” she has done so before an audience of millions.

Not every teen who becomes pregnant and gives birth to a child does so in the spotlight,  however — and it is with these young women, who begin their journey as mothers in relative anonymity, that Dr. Michelle Toews, an associate professor in the Texas State University’s School of Family and Consumer Sciences, works.

Toews will share observations and information gleaned from five years of working with local teen parents during a Center for Multicultural and Gender Studies Brown Bag Research Seminar that will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, in the Family and Consumer Sciences building, room 177. The event is open to the public. Continue reading

Faculty: Samuel Mungo

From world honors to local harmony, Mungo makes music at Texas State

By Catherine Harper

Many people may think of Bugs Bunny’s interpretation of Richard Wagner when they envision the opera; however, according to Dr. Samuel Mungo — director of Opera Studies and Coordinator of Voice Area at Texas State — opera is quite attainable.

“We all have this concept of opera that it is this inaccessible, high and mighty, hoity-toity thing,” Mungo says. “I’m kind of the Joe Sixpack of opera. It’s musicals, only they sing more.”

So attainable is opera, in fact, that Mungo has dedicated his 20-year career to it. From the music halls of universities to premier stages around the world, Mungo has transformed a love of the opera to a standing ovation.

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Happenings: The Wittliff Collections

Texas State’s Wittliff set to kick off
new season of exhibitions, events

A photo of Frida Kahlo.

This photo of artist Frida Kahlo by Héctor García is part of a new exhibition at the Wittliff Collections.

A study in faces.

A retrospective focused on early 20th-century Mexico.

A glimpse into a world of myth and mystery.

All are part of the lineup of upcoming exhibitions at The Wittliff Collections at Texas State, a repository of a broad range of archival materials perched at the top of Alkek Library.

The Wittliff is set to open Monday, Jan. 23, with exhibitions featuring journals, correspondence and more of author Rick Riordan; the photography of Hugo Brehme; and portraits by a range of artists. A permanent exhibition featuring costumes, photographs, screenplay drafts and more associated with the production of the hit television miniseries Lonesome Dove — adapted for film by Wittliff Collections founder Bill Wittliff — will continue as well. Continue reading

Study Tips: Back to School 2012

New term brings new opportunity
to start right, stay focused

Students in the Quad

Have a great semester, Texas State!

It’s the first day of a new semester at Texas State University. There’s no better time than the first few days of class to set the tone and pace for the entire term. We’ve talked to experienced students, faculty members and learning resources staff on campus to gather the best advice for a great start. Continue reading

Holidays: Martin Luther King Day 2012

Martin Luther King Day:
A time to reflect — and look to the future at Texas State

Martin Luther King Jr. lived from Jan. 15 1929 - April 4, 1968Martin Luther King Day is a national holiday and historic celebration of the life and influence of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The holiday celebrates King’s Jan. 15 birthday each year.

King’s voice was a major influence in the civil rights movement throughout the 1960s, leading to acts of legislation signed into law by Texas State alumnus President Lyndon B. Johnson including the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Through King’s leadership, millions of people were able to find a voice against discrimination in the United States and gain inspiration from his legacy.

Today, the United States commemorates Martin Luther King Day with celebrations in all 50 states. Don’t miss the MLK Celebration at Texas State on Tuesday, Jan. 17. Continue reading