Monthly Archives: March 2012

Spotlight: Ani Yazedjian

Yazedjian joins 2012 Leadership Texas Class, inspires future leaders

image of Ani Yazedjian

Dr. Ani Yazedjian

By Catherine Harper

From the single mother who makes life-changing decisions each day to the military commander leading troops into battle, leadership comes in many forms. For Dr. Ani Yazedjian – faculty member of Texas State’s School of Family and Consumer Science and a member of the 2012 Leadership Texas Class – leadership is a learning process.

Yazedjian was selected to join the elite network of over 5,000 women as a member of the 2012 Leadership Texas Class in January 2012. The theme for this year’s class is “Texas Women Leaders: On the Highway to a Fast, Forward Future.” With a background in lifespan development and family relationships, Yazedjian is bringing her research to the forefront as an inspirational woman leader.

Read a Q&A with Ani Yazedjian about her Leadership Texas work and her take on leadership below.

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Happenings: Women and Gender Symposium

Texas State symposium speaks out on issues of women and free speech

According to the CIA World Factbook, 49.6 percent of the world’s population are women. However, even with a roughly equal segmentation of the population, women still face inequality in employment, poverty and literacy.

On Friday, March 30, Texas State professors and students will speak out on issues of women and free speech at the “Occupy Free Speech: Getting Women’s Voices Heard” international symposium from 9-1:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room (3-15.1) of the LBJ Student Center.

The event is free and open to the public, although attendees are encouraged to RSVP to or (512) 245-2361. Complimentary lunch will be provided.  Continue reading

Happenings: Grupo Fantasma at Texas State

Grammy-winning Grupo Fantasma plays Texas State with four alums

Whether you’re a Latin music lover or just like moving to the music, Latin-funk orchestra Grupo Fantasma has you covered. On Saturday, March 31, the Grammy-winning ensemble — including four Texas State alumni  — will take their talents to Texas State for a special performance at 7:30 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom. Continue reading

Around Campus: Free Tax Preparation

Texas State students offer free
income tax preparation assistance

IRS Form 1040

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Accounting students in the McCoy College of Business Administration are providing free tax preparation services to the Texas State University community and to San Marcos residents through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Clinic. Continue reading

Happenings: WaterAid 5K

Texas State students get moving
in support of water resources, river

WaterAid logoThe WaterAid student chapter at Texas State University will be hosting a 5K run/walk event starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 24, to raise funds for WaterAid America, the San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance and the San Marcos River Foundation.

The event will start and end in Sewell Park, located on the Texas State campus near the intersection of Aquarena Springs Drive and Charles Austin Drive just north of City Park. Parking will be available in the Lion’s Club parking lot, accessible from Charles Austin Drive. The 5K course will follow beside the San Marcos River from Sewell Park to Rio Vista Park and back to Sewell Park. Continue reading

Bobcat Faces: Brad Isely and Omar Dawoud

Dawoud and Isely bring the beat to Texas State, expanding local scene

By Catherine Harper

Brad Isely (right) and Omar Dawoud (left) take the stage at one of their local shows with AfterDark Entertainment.

The beat is deafening, the lights are low — this is the atmosphere in which Texas State seniors Brad Isely and Omar Dawoud thrive and are making their move. With a motive to expand the music scene in San Marcos, Isely and Dawoud are finding their rhythm at Texas State and beyond with their startup business, AfterDark Entertainment.

“San Marcos has always had to travel to Austin and sometimes San Antonio, and now students here don’t have to travel; they can just go to the Square and see a top-notch show,” Isely, a health and fitness management major, says. “It’s about to be a town where people start to visit us instead of us having to visit them.” Continue reading

Study Tips: Midterms

Keep your focus, refresh over
spring break and finish strong

By Texas State SLAC

Woman studying in library

Choose a comfortable study area and pace yourself. Don't forget about assignments due after spring break!

Midterms are underway at Texas State. The onset of spring complicates matters. With longer days and warmer weather, spring fever can set in. While the break brings some rest, don’t forget about homework, papers and projects due when you return. Neglecting school work is an easy way to finish the semester with grades you hadn’t hoped for.

Summer is only a few weeks away. Hang in there! Follow these tips to keep your focus through this critical part of the semester. Continue reading