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Distinguished Alumni 2011: Jeff Foster

As NBA veteran, Foster returned
to complete degree, set example

A photo of Jeff Foster.

Jeff Foster

Jeff Foster promised his mother in 1999 that he would return to Texas State and finish his degree, but it wasn’t until after he had children of his own that he realized how important it was that he fulfill that promise.

“I had always anticipated doing it, but I was always busy playing basketball,” said Foster, who has spent the past 12 years as an NBA player for the Indiana Pacers. “When I finished in 2009, my kids were in the stands watching me walk across the stage. They are always talking about it, and I am hopeful that will be something that carries them through their education and the rest of their lives.” Continue reading

Distinguished Alumni 2011: Karen Chisum

Chisum shows young women how to
reach high, build pride, truly win

An image of Karen Chisum.

Karen Chisum

A name synonymous with volleyball at Texas State, Karen Chisum entered her 32nd season as the Bobcats’ head coach ranked sixth among active NCAA Division I coaches with 716 career victories at the start of the 2011 season. She is one of only 19 Division I volleyball coaches to record 700 wins. In addition to her success on the court, she also serves as an assistant athletics director. Continue reading

Distinguished Alumni 2011: Michael Bowman

Bowman’s success in manufacturing
now builds up student-athletes

A photo of Michael Bowman.

Michael Bowman

Michael Bowman planned to pursue a career in the mental health field, but a job with a steel fabricator convinced him that his passion lay in manufacturing. Thirty years later, he is president of Houston-based Hunt and Hunt Ltd., a leading manufacturer of tools for the oil and gas industry. In that capacity, he works with oil service companies throughout the world. Hunt and Hunt is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of perforating guns, special tools that prepare wells for production. Continue reading

Distinguished Alumni 2011: Tom Kowalski

Biomedical innovator found path
through politics, starting with ASG

A photo of Tom Kowalski.

Tom Kowalski

As president and CEO for the last 16 years, Tom Kowalski has built Texas Healthcare and Bioscience Institute (THBI) in Austin into the leading advocate of biomedical science, biotechnology, agriculture and medical device innovation in the state and one of the leading voices of that industry in the nation.

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Spotlight: Jaime Chahin

Texas State’s Chahin to be honored
as Texas A&M Distinguished Alum

By Texas A&M University-Kingsville Alumni Affairs

A photo of Dr. Jaime Chahin

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:

Alumni: Distinguished Alumni 2011

Texas State Alumni Association
selects honorees for 2011

The Texas State Alumni Association has announced five recipients of the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award, ranging from the university’s longest-tenured coach to an advocate for the state’s growing research industry.

The 2011 awards will be presented Oct. 28 at the Distinguished Alumni Awards Gala during Homecoming Weekend. This year’s honorees are:

Connie “C.R.” Arnold (BS, Biology, ’62, MA, Biology, ’63): He is the former director and now Perry R. Bass Chair Emeritus in Fisheries and Mariculture at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute, which is in Port Aransas. He joined the institute in 1977.

Karen Chisum

Michael Bowman (BAAS, Occupational Education, ’78): He is president of Hunt and Hunt, a Houston-based company that does precision machine work.

Karen Chisum (BS, Physical Education, ’72, MEd, Physical Education, ’78): She is the volleyball coach at Texas State. She has 716 career victories and is the longest-tenured head coach at the university.

Jeff Foster

Jeff Foster (BAAS, Technology, ’09): Foster is a 12-year veteran of the National Basketball Association, all with the Indiana Pacers. He returned to Texas State to finish his degree mid-career.

Tom Kowalski (BA, Political Science, ’78): He is president and CEO of Texas Healthcare and Bioscience Institute, which is a statewide public policy research organization that promotes medical research, development and manufacturing in Texas.

The Distinguished Alumni Award dates to 1959, when it was presented to then-U.S. Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson. The award acknowledges outstanding accomplishments and leadership in the individual’s chosen business, profession or life work, on a national or international level.

Happenings: Juilliard Joins Texas State

‘Juilliard Joins Texas State’ features performers, poet, world premiere

Dr. Wayne Oquin during rehearsal at Texas State

By Billi London-Gray

The best collaborations continue for years. “Juilliard Joins Texas State” is no exception. The annual spring event, now in its fifth year, is a joint effort by the best performers from Texas State University and New York’s renowned Juilliard School.

This year’s performance, titled Sustaining the Moment: Reflections of Art and Nature, will be an artistic response, through dance, drama and music, to the Texas State Common Experience theme of sustainability. Dr. Wayne Oquin, a Texas State Honors grad and Distinguished Alumnus and an award-winning composer, pianist and Juilliard faculty member, will direct the performance. Continue reading