Monthly Archives: February 2013

Study Tips: Office Hours

Office hours: Take advantage of time to get help from your professors

Professor mentoring student

Need help? Don’t forget to ask your professor!

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 your professors’ willingness to help. Your professors may be formal in class yet friendly and approachable one-to-one. Follow these tips to make your approach to office visits a little easier: Continue reading

Happenings: Bobcat Build 2013

Bobcats build good will with
San Marcos residents

Bobcat Build is the second-largest student-run community service project in all of Texas.

Bobcat Build is one of the largest student-run volunteer events in all of Texas.

By Audrey Webb

Every guest knows it’s common courtesy to say thank you to your host. That’s the basic premise behind Bobcat Build, an annual volunteer event that salutes the citizens of San Marcos for hosting the Bobcat family in their hometown.

Bobcat Build volunteers perform a variety of tasks based on requests made by San Marcos citizens. In last year’s event, approximately 3,400 students, staff and faculty members participated in 168 various community-building activities, such as weeding a community garden to washing windows to painting a house to removing debris from a vacant lot.  Continue reading

Study Tips: Interlibrary Loan

Free ILL service at Alkek lets you borrow library materials worldwide

By Jerry Weathers, Head of Access and Delivery Services

Alkek Library at night

If Alkek’s seven stories don’t have what you need, try Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services.

Have you ever had a research assignment for a class and discovered the library didn’t have everything you needed? If this happens to you again, consider giving Interlibrary Loan (ILL) a try.

ILL is a free service and is available to all CURRENT students, faculty and staff at Texas State. If the libraries at Texas State don’t have what you need, ILL staff will try to borrow from other libraries worldwide to get not only scholarly books and articles, but also items for your entertainment, such as feature films on DVD, audio books and music scores. Continue reading

Happenings: Imagine 2013

Texas State RRC hosts 5th annual
Round Rock Arts ‘Imagine’ event

Abstract painting of agave

Imagine 2013 signature artwork: Agave Movement by Michael Hammons

Developing a city into an arts and culture hub takes vision — and a lot of effort. With plenty of both, the Round Rock Area Arts Council is transforming Round Rock into a nexus of support for the visual and performing arts. And Texas State University is helping by hosting the city’s marquis arts event this year.

Imagine 2013: An Evening of Art and Music will take place on Friday, February 22, 2013, from 7-9 p.m. at the Texas State University Round Rock Campus. A celebration of visual and performing art and music from Round Rock and surrounding areas, the evening will feature an expansive art exhibit (including works by more than 75 local artists), live music, theatre performances and a silent auction. Continue reading

Happenings: Ballet Folklórico

Ballet Folklórico's colorful costumes capture the essence of Mexico's rich cultural history.

Ballet Folklórico’s colorful costumes capture Mexico’s rich cultural history.

Dancers deliver a taste of Mexico

By Audrey Webb

If most of what you know about Mexico was learned at a Taco Bell drive-through, take advantage of an on-campus opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of our neighbors to the south by attending a performance of The University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA)’s Ballet Folklórico.

The internationally acclaimed troupe, now in its 43rd year, will stop at Texas State on Sunday, February 17, as part of its current tour of Alegria Temporada 2013. The performance combines culture and colorful costumes in choreography that blends contemporary movement with traditional folk dances of numerous states and regions across Mexico. Continue reading

Happenings: Study Abroad Fair

World of opportunity at the
study abroad fair

Study abroad opportunities are a great way to see the world.

Studying abroad is a great way to see the world.

By Audrey Webb

Texas State professors don’t encourage daydreaming during class, but they do encourage you to take a class that feels like a dream come true.

Each semester, Texas State professors teach credit courses in far-off locales that enhance the learning experience. Philosophy in India, agriculture in England, art in Italy – these are just some of the options  available. The Study Abroad Fair brings information about all these opportunities to one location so you can learn about the numerous once-in-a-lifetime study options available to you. Continue reading

Alumni: Mike Kickirillo

Director of Spurs Broadcasting visits Texas State, advises future graduates

By Andrew Osegi

Spurs basketball

Spurs Basketball

Excitement was buzzing all around the classroom. Students in Larry Carlson’s Sports As News class gathered their note-taking materials as the instructor and his anticipated guest chatted near the entrance.

In an effort to examine the challenges of media coverage in sports, Mike Kickirillo, director of broadcasting for the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs and a Texas State alumnus, visited his alma mater Tuesday, Jan. 29, to answer questions from aspiring mass communication professionals.

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