Monthly Archives: February 2012

Happenings: 13th Annual Feria Del Mariachi

13th Annual Feria Del Mariachi
fires up culture at Texas State

The Texas State University School of Music will host the 13th annual Feria del Mariachi conference and festival March 2-3 at various venues in San Marcos.

Tickets for the event are $5 for students with valid Texas State identification, $15 for general admission, $20 for preferred seating and $50 for the Noche de Gala Dinner and preferred seating during the Feria del Mariachi concert.

The two-day list of festivities includes a mariachi competition for middle school, high school and college-level ensembles at San Marcos High School that is free to the public, workshops on vocal and instrumental techniques, a clinic with the international award-winning group Mariachi 7 Leguas and a concert featuring both Mariachi 7 Leguas and Texas State University’s Mariachi Nueva Generacion. The finale concert will take place at the Embassy Suites Convention Center in San Marcos and will be hosted by celebrity master of ceremonies Valente Rodriguez of the “George Lopez” show.

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Study Tips: Use Your Professor

Got questions? Professors are
your best resource for answers

Professor mentoring student

Professor Tom Grimes, author of the book Mentor: A Memoir, helps a Texas State student with her work.

By Texas State SLAC

It can be difficult to converse with professors before or after class. There may be too little time because the professor may have to go to another building, or another class may be waiting outside.

That’s why professors designate office hours to meet students outside of classes. Yet many professors say few students use this time. Take advantage of their willingness to help. Your professor may be formal in class but friendly and approachable one-to-one. Continue reading

Happenings: Job Search Bootcamp

Atten-tion! Job Search Boot Camp trains Bobcats to tackle success

Close up of job application form

It's time to start your search!

Job searching can be as tiring as scrambling over an obstacle course. On Tuesday, Feb. 28, train yourself to endure the process — and see success — at the Job Search Boot Camp with Texas State’s Career Services from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom.

Are  you ready for the challenge?

At Tuesday’s event, hear from employers about the importance of interviewing, professional dress, résumé writing and social media networking. Once you’ve been through all the stations, you’ll have the opportunity to execute what you’ve learned by speed interviewing with employers.

What can you do to prepare for the Job Search Boot Camp as well as your job search? See some resources below, and good luck, Bobcats!

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Happenings: 24th Annual Comm Week

Hear us roar: Comm Week 2012 invites Bobcats to find their voice

By Catherine Harper

How important are strong communication skills for your career? How does music communicate emotions to make us laugh and cry? And why are good first impressions so important?

From Feb. 27 to March 2, answer these questions — and more — at Texas State’s 24th Annual Comm Week featuring speakers from all over the nation.

From hard-hitting issues — such as humane animal treatment, homosexuality and 9/11 — to obstacles we encounter everyday, Texas State’s 2012 Comm Week invites Texas State students, faculty and the community to speak out on topics of communication with a  full schedule of events.

All events are free and open to the public.

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Spotlight: Flowing Waters

Partnership program brings Texas State students into local classrooms

By Mary Kincy

Flowing Waters students

Students examine slides under microscopes as part of a Flowing Waters exercise.

A partnership between Texas State and the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District is changing the way middle- and high-school students in San Marcos schools understand science — and just in the nick of time.

Studies show students in the U.S. are lagging in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and Flowing Waters is a hands-on program designed to engage students in the sciences, offering avenues of approach that promote interest and inspiration.

Each year, Flowing Waters places eight Texas State doctoral students in San Marcos schools, where these “resident scientists” encourage students to ask and answer their own questions using the scientific method. Continue reading

Holidays: Presidents Day

Happy Birthday, George Washington! Presidents Day honors forefathers

Portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart Williamstown

George Washington wants YOU to have a great Presidents Day! (Portrait by Gilbert Stuart Williamstown)

What do you think of when you hear the name George Washington? A couple of things may come to mind: cherry trees, crossing the Delaware, wooden teeth and, of course, his role as the first president of the United States of America. We can attribute much of America’s success as a nation to the leadership of Washington and his successors, so we honor presidents past and present on Washington’s Birthday, the third Monday of February.

Also known as Presidents Day, the federal holiday was originally instated in 1879 to honor Washington’s Feb. 22 birthday. Since then, it has expanded in scope to become a day that recognizes the contributions of all 44 presidents — including President Lyndon Baines Johnson, a member of the Texas State University class of 1930.

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Spotlight: Gabriella Corales

Student’s commitment to education to be fostered by national award

By Mary Kincy

Gabriella Corales

Gabriella Corales

Gabriella Corales will be the first to admit life isn’t always easy. But for Corales, obstacles have proved to be opportunities in disguise, setting her on the path to becoming a mentor for those attending schools with high concentrations of at-risk students.

Corales, 21, will graduate from Texas State in May with a bachelor’s degree in English. Her minor is communication studies, and she plans to put that skill to work in reaching out to students she will teach in connection with her receipt of a 2012 fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Fund for Aspiring Teachers of Color.

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Holidays: Valentine’s Day

Roses are red, violets are blue — celebrate Feb. 14 with trivia too!

"Ruff ruff" means "I love you."

According to reports, consumers spend $650 million annually on Valentine’s Day. While Feb. 14 is one of the most consumer-driven days of the year — filled with candy, chocolates, flowers and more — it all centers around that elusive human emotion, love.

Valentine’s Day is the premier time to show affection for those most special and dear; however, it wasn’t always that way. The holiday’s namesake dates all the way back to the third century when St. Valentine,  a priest who performed secret marriages in defiance of Roman Emperor Claudius II, was executed for treason on Feb. 14.

Although many people attribute the evolution of Valentine’s Day to Hallmark, there’s a mass of little-known facts behind this heartfelt holiday. Brush up on your trivia (to impress that special someone, perhaps?) below:

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Happenings: Spread Love, Not Bugs

‘Spread Love, Not Bugs’ message
delivered for Valentine’s Day

From Health Promotion Services

National Condom Day banner“Spread Love, Not Bugs” is the theme for National Condom Day, which will be celebrated Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the mall area outside the LBJ Student Center on the Texas State University campus. The event is dedicated to spreading awareness about sexual health, pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention. Continue reading

Around Campus: Baseball and Softball

Texas State athletics leads off
to a bright spring season

Two softball players high-five on fieldBy Billi London-Gray

The first pitch of the Texas State softball season will be thrown this morning as the Bobcats take on Syracuse University in the Kajikawa Classic at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz. Texas State will play six games in the three-day meet, also facing Brigham Young University, the University of California, Arizona State, the University of Washington and the University of New Mexico.

According to the Texas State Athletics Department, Texas State opens the 2012 softball season as the favorite to win the Southland Conference Championship. Thirteen letterwinners will return to the field, including three-time all-conference and all-region selection Chandler Hall and the team’s two other pitchers from last year, junior Anne Marie Taylor and sophomore Crystal Alaniz. Continue reading