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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

Spotlight: Dr. Michael Collins

Collins’ lifelong work honored
by Texas Archeological Society

Collins with dig site in background

Dr. Michael Collins, pictured at the Gault site.

By Ann Friou

Dr. Michael B. Collins, research professor in anthropology at Texas State University, has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Texas Archeological Society (TAS). The TAS, which promotes the study, preservation and awareness of Texas archaeology, presented the award to Collins on Oct. 29.

Collins co-directs the world-renowned Gault archaeological site in Central Texas, where recent discoveries have changed most archaeologists’ thinking about America’s earliest inhabitants. 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.

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Rising Stars: Double Dutch Design

With professor’s guidance, Texas State grads work with Dutch design firms

Gram Garner and John Yum in Amsterdam, 2010

By Billi London-Gray

They didn’t go for the tulips and windmills, the bikes and canals, or the beer and soccer. Gram Garner and John Yum went to the Netherlands for the design firms.

“The Netherlands have the most designers per capita, and they are world leaders for wonderful creative work,” says Texas State communication design professor Claudia Röschmann.

Garner and Yum both developed strong admiration for Dutch designers while they were Röschmann’s students. With help from Röschmann, plus hard work and significant stores of moxie, Garner and Yum both secured internships and then jobs with their “dream companies” – Undog and Dietwee, respectively – in the Netherlands.

Watch the video below or read the full story about their experiences in the Texas State Rising Stars archives.

Rising Star: Christian Wallace

Honors graduate found thesis inspiration ‘beyond the tracks’

By Billi London-Gray

Christian Wallace came to Texas State University for two things: an education and an experience. As a fresh graduate, he’s already produced work that proves his attainment of both.

The gifted young writer just graduated Summa Cum Laude from the university with a double major in English and history. His Honors program thesis project, like his decision to come to Texas State, centered on one of his favorite places: Cheatham Street Warehouse.

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Rising Stars: Max Garza

Texas State student gears up for Grammys as Tortilla Factory trombonist

Photo courtesy Max Garza

By Billi London-Gray

“When I first received the call about the nomination, I thought it was a joke,” says Texas State University music studies major Max Garza. “I really didn’t believe it until I got on the Grammy website and checked it for myself.”

Garza is a member of the Austin-based Chicano band Tortilla Factory, whose 2010 album Cookin was nominated for Tejano Album of the Year. Tortilla Factory’s 2009 release, All That Jazz, was also nominated for a Grammy.

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Rising Stars: Hylary Ahrendt

From independent study to India, Texas State student seeks ‘whole-mind’ education

"At first I felt like I was blindly going into this, but I feel like I've got an invisible string of fate pulling at me, and I'm just going to follow it."

By Billi London-Gray

With her long blond hair draped over her red and gold salwar kameez, Fredericksburg native Hylary Ahrendt was the picture of multiculturalism as she began her presentation at Texas State’s 2010 Undergraduate Research Conference on Dec. 3.

The annual conference gives undergraduate students an opportunity to present their research, at any stage of development, and win cash prizes. Ahrendt’s research, which focuses on childhood education as a form of social work, started in September as part of an Honors Program independent study course with Dr. Catherine Hawkins. This month, the junior majoring in international studies will travel to India to continue her research. She hopes to develop an integrated, “whole-mind” curriculum for primary education.

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