Tag Archives: International Studies

Happenings: International Education Month 2012

Learn to go global during International Education Month

Students from the International Studies Association hosted a multicultural food fair on campus.

By Andrew Osegi

Here at Texas State University, November is an exciting month. Not only are students looking forward to heading home for Thanksgiving break, but they also have an opportunity to engage with different cultures from around the world during International Education Month.

Similar to the federally sponsored International Education Week (held Nov. 12-16), International Education Month aims to connect diverse members of the Texas State community by educating students about the global nature of the world in which we live and work. Continue reading

Spotlight: Ani Yazedjian

Yazedjian joins 2012 Leadership Texas Class, inspires future leaders

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Dr. Ani Yazedjian

By Catherine Harper

From the single mother who makes life-changing decisions each day to the military commander leading troops into battle, leadership comes in many forms. For Dr. Ani Yazedjian – faculty member of Texas State’s School of Family and Consumer Science and a member of the 2012 Leadership Texas Class – leadership is a learning process.

Yazedjian was selected to join the elite network of over 5,000 women as a member of the 2012 Leadership Texas Class in January 2012. The theme for this year’s class is “Texas Women Leaders: On the Highway to a Fast, Forward Future.” With a background in lifespan development and family relationships, Yazedjian is bringing her research to the forefront as an inspirational woman leader.

Read a Q&A with Ani Yazedjian about her Leadership Texas work and her take on leadership below.

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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

Alumni: Chris Perez

Perez takes music industry track to local stage with Friends of Fine Arts

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Chris Perez, class of '89, is a board member for Texas State's Friends of Fine Arts.

By Catherine Harper

In the music business, striking a chord between who you know and industry experience is ideal. For Chris Perez, Texas State graduate and president and CEO of Captiva Music Group, achieving that ideal harmony means sharing the music with Texas State. He’ll use his international experience and industry connections to play a part behind-the-scenes as a board member for Texas State’s Friends of Fine Arts, a support organization for the College of Fine Arts and Communication.

Perez, a first-generation college student, graduated from Texas State in 1989 with a degree in anthropology and international studies. He started his career as a grant and community development specialist in municipal government, working for several years around the state in Austin, Harlingen and San Marcos. However, with determination and some spontaneity his path veered in pursuit of his top passion: music.

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Bobcat Faces: Juliana Brandão Valdés

From São Paolo to San Marcos,
globe-trotting student finds her place

By Billi London-Gray

Juliana Brandão Valdés knew what she was looking for when she decided to leave Brazil to study in the United States.

“As an international student, what I want the most is to feel at home. That’s what I felt when visiting Texas State for the first time,” she says. Continue reading