Tag Archives: Lyndon Baines Johnson

Alumni: Famous Bobcats

From White House to Hollywood, Bobcats are in good company

Charles Austin

Charles Austin

By Callie Gordon, ’12 

It’s likely that before you ever shout the words “Eat ‘em up, Cats!” you know that Lyndon Baines Johnson, 36th president of the United States, graduated from Texas State University. We’re proud of LBJ and the fact that he was the only U.S. president to graduate from a Texas university.

But as much as Texas State is proud of our most distinguished alumnus, it’s important to know that some other big names have also navigated the hills of campus. Many professional athletes, actors and internationally known musicians and writers claim Texas State as their alma mater. Continue reading

Holidays: Presidents Day

Happy Birthday, George Washington! Presidents Day honors forefathers

Portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart Williamstown

George Washington wants YOU to have a great Presidents Day! (Portrait by Gilbert Stuart Williamstown)

What do you think of when you hear the name George Washington? A couple of things may come to mind: cherry trees, crossing the Delaware, wooden teeth and, of course, his role as the first president of the United States of America. We can attribute much of America’s success as a nation to the leadership of Washington and his successors, so we honor presidents past and present on Washington’s Birthday, the third Monday of February.

Also known as Presidents Day, the federal holiday was originally instated in 1879 to honor Washington’s Feb. 22 birthday. Since then, it has expanded in scope to become a day that recognizes the contributions of all 44 presidents — including President Lyndon Baines Johnson, a member of the Texas State University class of 1930.

Find out more about the history behind this holiday below. Continue reading

Happenings: Homecoming Week

Bobcat spirit roars at Texas State Homecoming events

By Catherine Harper

soapbox derby cars crossing finish line

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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Presidents Day

Celebrate Presidents Day with LBJ

Lyndon Baines Johnson, class of 1930.

Presidents Day, celebrated the third Monday in February, is a day to remember past American leaders, and perhaps also find a good sale. Officially known as Washington’s Birthday, the federal holiday was created by an Act of Congress in 1879 to commemorate the nation’s first president, George Washington, who was born Feb. 22, 1732.

We’ll expand our observance today and remember President Lyndon Baines Johnson, a member of the Texas State University class of 1930. The following notable quotes are from speeches made by Johnson, both before and after he became president of the United States in 1963.

You can also find more LBJ links and videos on the Texas State Blog.

Remarks at Gettysburg, Pa., on civil rights

May 30, 1963

Until justice is blind to color, until education is unaware of race, until opportunity is unconcerned with the color of men’s skins, emancipation will be a proclamation but not a fact. To the extent that the proclamation of emancipation is not fulfilled in fact, to that extent we shall have fallen short of assuring freedom to the free. Continue reading

Happenings: Alkek Government Info Fair

Alkek Library hosts Government Information Fair to celebrate 55th year as federal depository

Alkek Library is celebrating its 55th year as a depository of government information. The federal depository designation was awarded to the university library in 1955 at as a result of U.S. Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson’s request for his alma mater during his term as senate majority leader. Johnson graduated from Southwest Texas State Teachers College in 1930.

As part of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), Alkek Library is one of more than 1,200 libraries to receive thousands of federal government publications each year. Documents include the Congressional Report, National Park Service maps, census data and government-issued consumer guides at the Government Information unit at Alkek Library. There’s even a copy of the Roswell Report. Such documents can be cited as sources for academic research.

Additionally, the Government Information unit provides access to a collection of state depository materials and map resources. Texas State university students, faculty and staff can utilize a free topographic map printing service. Education students can find K-12 textbooks and guided reading kits as well as a new die-cut press, for quick and precise cutting of bulletin board materials.

To celebrate the anniversary and to give students the opportunity to learn more, there will be a Government Information Fair on Wednesday  from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom. Representatives from both state and federal agencies will be available to answer questions. At 7 p.m. in the LBJSC Ballroom, State Demographer Dr. Lloyd Potter will cap the day’s events with a speech on the topic of demographics and sustainability.

For more information, call 512.245.3686 or e-mail govdocs@txstate.edu.

LBJ’s birthday: Links

Websites provide in-depth look
at legacy of Lyndon Johnson

As promised earlier. here are some links to information and history on President Lyndon B. Johnson:

The LBJ Library and Museum

Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park

Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historical Site

The LBJ Museum of San Marcos

LBJ on Wikipedia.org

Biography from the White House website

Multimedia from the “American Experience” series on PBS

Multimedia resources from the Miller Center of Public Affairs, University of Virginia

LBJ’s birthday: Video

Videos feature profiles, words
of President Lyndon Baines Johnson

We have compiled some of the many videos on YouTube about Texas State’s most famous graduate, President Lyndon Baines Johnson. Click below to see the playlist on the Texas State University YouTube channel:

The LBJ playlist.

Included is a brief documentary about LBJ, compiled with news footage from CBS. It opens with former Texas Gov. John Connally and also includes CBS newsmen Walter Cronkite and Eric Sevareid: