Alkek Library Celebrates 25th Year
by Julia Sloan
Our Albert B. Alkek Library, named for an influential oilman and philanthropist, was founded in 1990. Previously, the J. C. Kellam Building housed our books and resources. To symbolically mark the official move to the new library, which opened on May 1, 1990, a long line of students, faculty and staff formed a “Book-It Brigade” to transfer four books from JCK to Alkek: La relacion y comentarios del governado Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca from the Southwestern Writers Collection, Selections from the Poems of Robert Burns, the aptly titled Move! and The Color Purple by Alice Walker.
Column wraps on Alkek celebrate the building’s first 25 years.
Members of the Texas State community are invited to join a reenactment of this event on September 23 at 10 a.m. The line will start at Old Main, where the very first Texas State library was, and end at the top of the Alkek Library staircase. Some of the people who were involved in the original Book-it Brigade are still a part of the Alkek family, working and serving our library as it celebrates 25 years on the Texas State campus.
Library Associate Vice President Joan Heath is excited about the many events that will mark the building’s first quarter-century. “The whole point of this celebration is to share it with the whole campus community,” she says. These 25 years bring the past and the present of Texas State population together, giving “the students back then and the students of today something in common, 25 years apart,” says Heath.
As technology advances, more and more students are turning to online resources for completing class assignments. The Alkek Library serves both as a physical library and a virtual one, offering books to check out and online databases for extended research. Despite the changes that have taken place over the past 25 years, Heath says, “People still need the physical library. It feels great to walk out on the main floor and see it so busy. To me, that’s a message. That says we’re doing something to meet the needs of students.”
Many celebrations are happening this semester. Join in the party! Learn about all the planned events at txstate.edu/library.
Veterans Alliance of Texas State to host golf benefit for Special Operations Warrior Foundation
By Brittnie Curtis
The Veterans Alliance of Texas State (VATS) is holding its fifth annual golf tournament on Saturday, March 28, at Quail Creek Country Club in San Marcos. This is the biggest spring event and biggest fundraiser each year for VATS.
“VATS is a chartered student organization through Student Diversity and Inclusion,” says Joe Aebersold, a Marine Corps veteran and vice president of VATS. “Our goal is to provide academic and personal/social support to transitioning military members as they move from service to school.” Continue reading
Community works together to memorialize a famous partnership
by Mindy Green
At the intersection of LBJ and MLK in San Marcos, a statue by Aaron Hussey commemorates the nation at the crossroads of equality and civil rights.
A new city landmark is about to be unveiled in San Marcos. The LBJ-MLK Crossroads Memorial, the end-result of years of collaboration between San Marcos and Texas State University, commemorates the combined efforts of Martin Luther King Jr. and President Lyndon B. Johnson to advance the march towards equality. Continue reading
Breaking a world record to
spread a message
By Mindy Green
Thousands of people around the world will be participating. Jump in, Bobcats!
It’s not often one can say they participated in a world record, but here’s your chance! Texas State University is a site host for the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL) on Tuesday, June 18 and registration is open to anyone who wants to get their name in the Guinness Book of World Records. Continue reading
Cat Camp gives new students an inside track to Texas State life
By Mindy Green
2013 Cat Camp Counselors
Instead of fearing the unknown about coming to college, freshmen can become acquainted with their peers and get ahead of the game when it comes to learning about being a Bobcat. Cat Camp, a two-day retreat offered every year, is Texas State University’s only spirit, pride and traditions summer camp. Continue reading
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Veterans Alliance at Texas State to host golf benefit for local VFW
Veterans Alliance at Texas State (VATS) is a chartered student organization that supports student-veterans.
By Billi London-Gray
The Veterans Alliance at Texas State (VATS) is sponsoring its third annual golf tournament on Friday, April 19, at Quail Creek Country Club in San Marcos. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 3413, located in San Marcos.
“The VFW has a long history of supporting the surrounding community and providing veterans with a voice in local, state and national government,” says Jeremy Casselberry, a Navy veteran and president of VATS. Continue reading
Artists to bring transformative papermaking process to campus
Detail of a print on handmade paper by participants in the Peace Paper Project
By Billi London-Gray
As an artistic activity, papermaking dates back nearly 2,000 years to ancient China. The process of creating paper by hand — pulping fibers into a watery slurry, then straining the slurry with a screen to form the sheet of paper — has not changed much in the intervening millennia.
As part of the 2012-13 Common Experience theme, “A Global Odyssey: Exploring Our Connections to the Changing World,” Texas State University will help students and the community explore the art of papermaking by welcoming the Peace Paper Project to campus April 11-16. Continue reading
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