Monthly Archives: May 2012

Spotlight: Price Seniors Center

Retired Texas State professor, drama teacher devoted to the community

Ron and Marie Jager

Ron and Marie Jager

By Catherine Harper

For retired Texas State University professor Dr. Ron Jager and his wife Marie, life has been full of “little coincidences” that have kept them serving the San Marcos community for over 30 years. With a passion to help others, the Jagers have always found a helping hand to keep them motoring onward.

“We’ve always come into what we needed in some way or another,” Ron says. “We’ve been full of little coincidences that have taken place here [in San Marcos]. Something happens that’s connected with people and other places that come here to roost.” Continue reading

Happenings: Summer Camps

Wide-eyed. Wild. Wonderful.
It’s summer camp at Texas State!

Students testing D.O. in lab

Attendees test water samples in a university laboratory — one of the many hands-on science activities offered by the Aquatic Sciences Adventure Camp.

By Billi London-Gray

The bustle of San Marcos slows as the temperatures rise and thousands of Texas State University students leave the city for their hometowns. But the bustle on campus continues as hundreds of new students — from toddlers to high schoolers — flock to Texas State for summer camps.

Creativity flows at Texas State summer camps, just as pure water flows from the San Marcos springs. Inquisitive young minds gather on campus each summer to explore their passions and discover new ones with the guidance of university faculty and staff. Texas State’s unique Aquatic Sciences Adventure Camp exemplifies this experience. Continue reading

Alumni: James Ortiz

Ortiz sets sights on the finish line, competes at U.S. Paralympic Trials

By Catherine Harper

James Ortiz (Photo Credit: Kin Man Hui/San Antonio Express-News)

Six years ago, during his senior year at Texas State, James Ortiz lost part of his right leg in a bicycle accident. Today, he’s up and running.

“I always knew I’d be running again,” Ortiz says. “It’s all I’ve ever known.”

Ortiz graduated from Texas State in 2006 with a degree in interdisciplinary studies, and currently works as a track and field coach at Colby Community College in Colby, Kansas. In his spare time, Ortiz is training for a spot on the U.S. Paralympic team, hoping to compete in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London from August 29 to September 9. Continue reading

Bobcat Faces: April Hahn

For Hahn, making connections
has been best part of college

April HahnBy Billi London-Gray

Life is a story, and we always hope the best chapters are yet to be written. For many soon-to-be graduates, a wonderful chapter is coming to a close, promising even better adventures just a page turn away.

April Hahn is penning the last few paragraphs of her college education this week. The Texas State University senior, who will graduate Saturday with a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in journalism, says, “Conclusions are the hardest parts to write” — which aptly sums up the bittersweet experience of graduation. Continue reading

Bobcat Faces: Danny Lopez

Poli sci major, classic car enthusiast
revs up for career shaping the law

By Audrey WebbDanny Lopez

Danny Lopez likes to make things run smoothly. When he’s not on campus or at his full-time job at an Austin pawn shop, he can be found tinkering under the hood of one of his classic automobiles.

He got into his hobby at age 20 with the purchase of his first car — a 1978 El Camino he bought from his brother. “It didn’t run. It didn’t do anything. I started taking it apart until I figured out what was wrong. I was driving that car in a month,” Lopez says. He had no prior mechanical knowledge, learning as he went by reading engine repair manuals, unafraid of the challenge. “It’s just nuts and bolts, I figured,” Lopez says with a shrug.

Lopez approaches life and academic challenges with the same easygoing attitude, always ready to roll up his sleeves and get things done. Quick with a smile and a warm laugh, Lopez makes hard work look easy. Assuming he maintains his prior academic performance until the end of his final semester — and there’s no reason to suspect he won’t — he’ll graduate from Texas State University this week with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Continue reading

Bobcat Faces: Catherine Harper

PR student is prepared,
ready for the real world

By Audrey Webb

Making a decision about which major to pursue is a pivotal point in any student’s life. Did I make the right choice? Will I enjoy this career path? Will I be any good at it? These questions can be answered only with time.

Catherine Harper will graduate from Texas State University on May 11 with a degree in public relations from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, which offers five undergraduate degrees. She originally joined the school as a journalism major, but later switched to public relations, thinking it would provide her with a more proactive role in shaping public opinion. Continue reading

Bobcat Faces: Benjamin Trevino

Agriculture senior cultivates career protecting future of Texas lands

By Audrey WebbPhoto of Benjamin Trevino

Have you ever dropped a whole packet of seeds into a tiny pot of soil? They all may sprout and they all may grow, but if you want them to thrive, you need to thin the seedlings, giving them ample space and access to resources.

Benjamin Trevino, who will graduate from Texas State University in May with bachelor’s degree in agriculture–animal science, felt lost in the weeds when he attended a larger Texas university just out of high school. He studied for only two years before he joined the workforce as a medical equipment sales rep. During that brief hiatus, he learned a valuable life lesson.

“At that time, I figured that school was not that important, so I went and worked, and then the real world hit me in the face,” says Trevino. “As clichéd as it sounds, I realized that money doesn’t grow on trees. Education actually is important.” Continue reading