Monthly Archives: April 2012

Study Tips: Spring Finals 2012

Are you a self-saboteur? When it comes to finals, avoid pitfalls.

By Texas State SLAC

Woman studying in library

As finals approach, prepare to pace yourself.

As finals approach, it’s important to have a sound strategy for finishing each course well. You can undermine a semester’s worth of work (and a good GPA) with bad study techniques. Follow these reminders of what not to do while preparing for crucial tests and last papers. Continue reading

Around Campus: La Bella Vida

‘La Bella Vida’ talks beauty of
Texas State life on YouTube

By Catherine Harper

Cristina Ochoa, electronic media senior, is a former executive producer and co-host of "La Bella Vida."

For the past three years, Texas State electronic media student Cristina Ochoa says she’s been taking care of her “baby” — a student-run television show called “La Bella Vida.”

“The show has saved me and it’s been my joy,” Ochoa says. “It has a special place in my heart because it’s helped me so much as a Texas State student.”

“La Bella Vida” — which means “The Beautiful Life” in Spanish — is currently in its seventh semester on-air as a variety talk show directed toward Texas State students. The show is posted on YouTube every Wednesday night.

As a former executive producer and co-host on the show, Ochoa’s vision for the show has been to impact current and future Texas State audiences.

“We try to be the voice of Texas State,” Ochoa says. “The show appeals to the perspective of what a Texas State student would want to hear and what they do.” Continue reading

Happenings: Gault School Symposium

Gault School hosts free archaeology symposium, volunteer work day

Clovis Biface

Clovis biface from Gault Site

The Gault School of Archaeological Research will host an evening of research presentations and discussions, “Paleoindian Symposium: Voices from South America,” on Thursday, April 26, from 6:30-8 p.m. in McCoy Hall, room 119, on the Texas State University campus.

The Gault School, headquartered at Texas State, is a center for innovative, interdisciplinary research archaeology focusing on the earliest peoples in the western hemisphere and their cultural antecedents. The Gault Archaeological Site, located in northern Williamson County, contains numerous paleoindian artifacts. Discoveries made at the Gault Site are revealing new information about human history in the Americas. (Read more and watch a video about the work here.) Continue reading

Happenings: Denim Day 2012

Denim Day USA spreads sexual assault awareness at Texas State

By Kelly Stone, Texas State Student Health Center

Denim DayEveryday, millions of people wear blue jeans. On Wednesday, April 25, 2012, Texas State University students, faculty, staff and supporters will wear their denim to take a stand against sexual assault and focus attention on this issue.

A special Denim Day event will be held in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 25. Participants and supporters are encouraged to wear jeans and bring jeans to be embellished, decorated or donated.

“We are encouraging all members of the Bobcat and local San Marcos community to wear denim on April 25,” said Elise Decker, a Texas State peer educator with the Men Against Violence organization. “This is a simple way for us all to join together to bring more awareness to this community issue.” Continue reading

Alumni: Roger Sellers

Sellers embarks on music world, heads to Texas State’s MR Fest

By Catherine Harper

Roger Sellers

Roger Sellers (Photo by Jake Marx)

Texas State University grad Roger Sellers says he’s living the dream. With constant tours around the country as a professional musician, Sellers is doing what he loves for a living: traveling and making music.

“There are few people in the world that get to do what they love while traveling,” Sellers says. “Travel is the number one best part of being a musician for me. It’s so fulfilling and changes your entire perspective on life.”

Having graduated from Texas State in May 2011 with a bachelor of general studies degree focusing on music, business and media studies, Sellers has risen to the top all on his own. As the writer, performer, director, producer and engineer of his music — which meshes genres of folk, Americana, electronic and dance — he has expanded his influence from his original scene in San Marcos to the world beyond.  Continue reading

Spotlight: EPA P3 Competition

Texas State team converts rice husks
to fuel, fabrics for EPA competition

EPA P3 posterA team from Texas State University will be participating in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) competition April 21-23 in Washington, D.C. Continue reading

Happenings: MR Fest 2012

MR Fest takes the local stage
with Texas State’s KTSW 89.9

By Catherine Harper

Every year in April, the San Marcos Square comes alive with the sound of jangling guitars, frantic drumbeats and the shouts of frenzied fans. My Radio Fest — also known as MR Fest — takes the stage once again April 26-28.

MR Fest, a 3-day music, comedy and arts festival now in its fifth year, is sponsored by KTSW 89.9, Texas State’s “Other Side of Radio” station. With 14 venues, 98 artists, a market place and an artist’s village, this year’s MR Fest promises to be bigger than ever before. Continue reading

Alumni: Britney Munguia

Munguia connects Facebook, Twitter and more to a social-savvy career

By Catherine Harper

Munguia graduated in May 2011 with a degree in advertising.

Texas State University grad Britney Munguia says she loves “everything” about social media. From Twitter to Facebook to LinkedIn and beyond, Munguia has made social media her career.

Having graduated from Texas State in May 2011 with a bachelor of arts in advertising, Munguia currently works as a social media account executive at IntegratePR in Houston.

“I love everything about my job!” Munguia says. “I know that sounds cheesy, but it’s absolutely true.” Continue reading

Happenings: Lazos 2012

Lazos celebrates Latin culture, student filmmakers at Texas State

Lazos logoBy Doug Seliger

The Center for the Study of Latino Media and Markets (El Centro) at Texas State University will host the second annual Lazos celebration on Friday, April 27, at 7 p.m. in the LBJ Ballroom at Texas State.

Lazos originated as an extension of the Spanish-language documentary film festival “Puntos de Vista,” but has grown into something much larger. Latino students and professionals come together at Lazos to celebrate their accomplishments, establish a network and “Embrace Latinidad.” Lazos builds a closer bond between members of this network by highlighting the art of the Spanish-language documentaries featured in the festival, outlining undergraduate students’ talents and promoting Spanish-language cultures. Continue reading

Happenings: National Speech Tournament

Texas State to host national speech and debate competition

American Forensics Association Tournament LogoThe American Forensic Association’s 35th Annual National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET) will be held April 6-9, 2012, in San Marcos. Texas State University will host events Saturday, April 7, and Sunday, April 8. The tournament will draw 83 colleges and universities and over 500 competitors from across the United States to compete for the national championship in 11 individual speaking events and the overall team championship.

Texas State becomes the fourth university in Texas to host the national tournament. Previous Texas hosts include the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Texas at Arlington and Rice University. Continue reading