New Center for Texas Public History
helps with research, interpretation
Texas State professor Dan Utley, left, with public history graduate students in front of the "Texas White House" at the LBJ National Historical Park.
By Ann Friou
When the National Park Service needed help researching the history of a former Secret Service command outpost at the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park at Stonewall, it turned to public history professors Lynn Denton and Dan Utley in the Department of History at Texas State University.
Under Denton and Utley’s guidance, graduate students in public history undertook the project, researching a wide variety of records to complete a detailed analysis of the nationally significant historic site. The students also recommended ways to interpret the building’s historic significance to park visitors.
“The students collected many stories from Secret Service agents and others who served at the LBJ Ranch during Johnson’s presidency,” said Utley. “The stories show LBJ’s personal side and his family’s interaction with the Secret Service. Now, the Park Service will be able to relate these stories to the public through that little Secret Service building near the ‘Texas White House.’”
Requests for help with historical research and interpretation come regularly to Texas State’s History Department, enough that Denton created a new research center, the Center for Texas Public History, to respond to the requests. Denton directs the Center and Utley serves as the Center’s chief historian. Continue reading
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Tagged Center for Public History, College of Liberal Arts, Dan Utley, Department of History, Graduate Program in Public History, LBJ, Lyndon Johnson, Lynn Denton, Texas State, Texas State University
Bobcat spirit roars at Texas State Homecoming events
By Catherine Harper
Soap Box Derby
Year after year, Texas State University shines when its brightest alumni, faculty, staff, students and members of the public join in the tradition of Homecoming.
Starting the fourth week in October, Texas State will fire up a slate of Homecoming events including tailgating, Powderpuff Football, the annual Soap Box Derby and more, showcasing the ferocity of the Bobcats who keep the traditions alive. It all leads up to the Homecoming football game Oct. 29.
Check out some Homecoming history and upcoming events below:
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Tagged Alumni Association, Bobcat Athletics, Bobcat football, Bobcat Pride, Bobcat Stadium, Gaillardians, Homecoming, Homecoming Court, Homecoming Talent Show, Lyndon Baines Johnson, Powderpuff Football, Soapbox Derby, Spirit Rally, Texas State, Texas State Alumni, Texas State University, Traditions, Window Paintings
Texas State’s Chahin to be honored
as Texas A&M Distinguished Alum
By Texas A&M University-Kingsville Alumni Affairs
Dr. Jaime Chahin
KINGSVILLE — Three alumni of Texas A&M University-Kingsville, including Texas State dean Jaime Chahin, will be honored Oct. 22 when the Javelina Alumni Association hosts its annual Distinguished Alumni luncheon at the Grand Ballrooms in the Memorial Student Union Building.
The recipients of the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award are:
From flea market to fine art:
Professor gives new life to relics
By Billi London-Gray
Randall Reid is an alchemist. His ability to turn base metals into gold has been showcased in galleries, museums, offices and embassies stretching across the globe from San Marcos to Kuwait.
The Texas State University art professor specializes in deconstructing antique found objects — like oil cans, rulers, rakes and signs — to create new works of art. Collecting objects from flea markets, garage sales, antique stores and junk shops, Reid transforms them into minimalist masterpieces.
“My work reflects the process of aging, in that the chance and random circumstances involved in its creation are closely correlated with the physicality of growth and decay,” Reid says. “By combining raw and well-worn materials, I seek to give visual form to our relationships with the past.”
Currently on faculty development leave, Reid is working in his on-campus studio creating pieces for his upcoming solo exhibition, “Evidence of a Society,” which will be held on campus in the fall 2012 semester. In the more immediate future, his work will be on display in two upcoming events in San Marcos’ neighboring metropolises. Continue reading
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Tagged art, College of Fine Arts and Communication, Davis Gallery Austin, Faculty development, found objects art, McNay Museum, Randall Reid, School of Art and Design, Texas State, Texas State University
Legendary jazz musician marches
to the beat of his own drum
Butch Miles, a world-renowned jazz musician and professor at Texas State University, has brought big band to the big time. Playing on major stages around the world with music legends, he continues to gain recognition for his accomplishments in the world of jazz.
Miles, who teaches jazz drum set at Texas State, has had an expansive career as a drummer. Known best for his work with the world-famous Count Basie Orchestra, Miles has become a legend of his own with his notable swing style and big-band techniques.
Sociology professor featured in film
about African-Americans in surfing
Dr. Audwin Anderson
By Billi London-Gray
Dr. Audwin Anderson has spent his career exploring the complexities of human interactions. As a professor and graduate advisor at Texas State University specializing in the sociology of law, his research usually focuses on subjects like jury service, social justice and social power within the criminal justice system. But in a new documentary, he sails into another area of academic interest: sports history.
Whitewash is filmmaker Ted Woods’ examination of the history and contributions of African-Americans in the world of surfing. In the film, Anderson provides commentary on the history of African-Americans in sports. Continue reading