Category Archives: Rising Stars

Rising Stars: Leona Osinga

International studies major roams far
for language, learning, wanderlust

By David King

Leona OsingaLeona Osinga has a global perspective, one that reaches from her home — a Dutch-speaking family farm in East Texas — to points as far as Europe and New Zealand. With the support of Texas State University faculty, she’s made the world her classroom, seeking its lessons one language at a time.

An international studies major — with a double minor in French and geography — she’s crossed borders and language barriers near and far, all for the sake of learning about the world.

“Leona is just a force of nature,” says Dr. Jennifer Forrest, one of her French professors. Continue reading

Rising Stars: Karen Chisum

Chisum, in last Southland season,
earns acclaim, honors — and wins

A photo of Karen Chisum and two Texas State volleyball players.

Texas State volleyball coach Karen Chisum (center) is in her 32nd season as coach of the Bobcat team. Flanking her are players Caleigh McCorquodale (left) and Amber Calhoun.

By Mary Kincy

Karen Chisum counts it a privilege to be a Bobcat. “It’s not a right,” she explains. “Everyone doesn’t get to. You’re recruited out there to perform, to exceed expectations and to be successful.”

It’s advice she’s taken to heart during the course of more than three decades as coach of the Texas State volleyball team, earning a record that ranks her the sixth-winningest active head coach in NCAA Division I volleyball.

Chisum’s accomplishments were honored recently when she was named to the 2011 class of Distinguished Alumni Award recipients at Texas State (She earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the university in the 1970s.). Further acclaim came in mid-November, when the Southland Conference league office named Chisum its Coach of the Year following a 24-7 (15-1 in the Southland) record over the season that earned the 2011 team the program’s sixth Southland Conference regular season championship. Continue reading

Rising Stars: Priscilla Davis

Criminal justice major honors father,
Port Authority hero who died on 9/11

Photo of Priscilla DavisBy David King

Priscilla Davis was just 12 years old when her father, policeman Clinton Davis, was killed in the collapse of the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York on Sept. 11, 2001. Today, she is a senior criminal justice major at Texas State, following her father’s footsteps and bearing a permanent memorial to him.

“I don’t look like the kind of person to have a tattoo on my arm or anything,” she says with a shrug. But there it is, prominent on her right forearm: The twin towers of New York’s World Trade Center, sun beaming between them, showering rays in multiple directions. Below them, a badge: Port Authority Police, No. 1719.

It’s a memorial. Continue reading

Spotlight: Bobcats Season Opener

Bobcats open football season
looking ahead to 2012 changes

The Texas State University Bobcats play their 2011 season opener against the Texas Tech Red Raiders this weekend. The game, scheduled to start at 6 p.m. tomorrow in Lubbock, will serve to whet the Bobcats’ appetite for top-level NCAA competition, as Texas State prepares to move to the Western Athletic Conference and the Football Bowl Subdivision in 2012.

“My focus now is giving Texas State a good, solid foundation as we make this transition,” says head football coach Dennis Franchione. “We need to get ready to win the WAC, and we can do that here. I believe that.”

In the following Rising Stars video, Coach Fran along with Bobcats Steven Kenney, Darryl Morris and Adley Eshraghipour share their thoughts about Texas State’s move to the WAC and its significance for the players and the university:

For Bobcats fans heading to Lubbock this weekend, the Alumni Association and the “T” Association are sponsoring tailgating near the stadium. RSVP and find information about tickets, tailgating and maps here. For Bobcats fans following from home, Saturday’s game will be broadcast through multiple outlets. Continue reading

Rising Stars: Texas State SIFE 2011

SIFE National Champs ready
for World Cup in Malaysia

By Billi London-Gray

Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) is a student organization that creates business projects to empower people. Through their endeavors — which in the 2010-11 academic year ranged from remodeling and furnishing housing for migrant workers to fill labor shortages on West Texas farms to helping local high school students fund rain barrels for their class gardens — Texas State’s team, one of the largest in the nation, implements real-world solutions for real-world problems.

The Texas State SIFE team won the national title in May 2011, besting teams from 600 institutions. In October, the Texas State SIFE team will travel to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to represent the United States as they compete in the 2011 SIFE World Cup. Learn more about Texas State SIFE’s rise to the international spotlight in Texas State’s Rising Stars Archive.

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Around Campus: COEDSO

COEDSO chalks up success for Education Ph.D. students

Recipients of the Barbara L. Jackson Scholars Program scholarship, including Mónica M. Valadez, Genise Henry and Israel Aguilar (right) — a Texas State Doctoral Instructional Assistant and mentor for COEDSO.

By Catherine Harper

Today’s education leaders carry the torch in shaping the brightest minds of tomorrow. At Texas State, the College of Education Doctoral Student Organization (COEDSO) guides doctoral students in cultivating the next generation of scholars through learning and leadership opportunities.

COEDSO is a student-run organization in Texas State’s doctorate of education program, which, under the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education and School Psychology, offers specializations in School Improvement and Adult, Professional and Community Education. For students pursuing a Ph.D. in education at Texas State, COEDSO offers a strong support system of mentors and faculty. Continue reading

Rising Stars: Dennis Franchione

Franchione’s return to Texas State
readies Bobcat football for the WAC

By Billi London-Gray

From his roots in the small town of Girard, Kansas, to his leadership roles in some of NCAA football’s most prestigious programs, Dennis Franchione has spent his career shaping the lives of young men on the gridiron.

Starting his career as a high school football coach in the Midwest, Franchione moved to college coaching in 1978. From 1990-91, he led the Bobcats to two victorious seasons. Now, after a 20-year absence, “Coach Fran” has had a warm homecoming to Texas State University.

In January 2011, Franchione rejoined Bobcat athletics as head coach for the football program. He signed a five-year contract with the university, and says he plans “to culminate” his successful career — his overall record is 187-101-2 as a collegiate head coach — with a final run in San Marcos as the Bobcats move to the Western Athletic Conference and Football Bowl Subdivision competition in 2012. Continue reading