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Happenings: Library Turns 25

Alkek Library Celebrates 25th Year

by Julia Sloan

Our Albert B. Alkek Library, named for an influential oilman and philanthropist, was founded in 1990. Previously, the J. C. Kellam Building housed our books and resources. To symbolically mark the official move to the new library, which opened on May 1, 1990, a long line of students, faculty and staff formed a “Book-It Brigade” to transfer four books from JCK to Alkek: La relacion y comentarios del governado Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca from the Southwestern Writers Collection, Selections from the Poems of Robert Burns, the aptly titled Move! and The Color Purple by Alice Walker.

New column-wraps on Alkek celebrate the building's 25 years.

Column wraps on Alkek celebrate the building’s first 25 years.

Members of the Texas State community are invited to join a reenactment of this event on September 23 at 10 a.m. The line will start at Old Main, where the very first Texas State library was, and end at the top of the Alkek Library staircase. Some of the people who were involved in the original Book-it Brigade are still a part of the Alkek family, working and serving our library as it celebrates 25 years on the Texas State campus.

Library Associate Vice President Joan Heath is excited about the many events that will mark the building’s first quarter-century. “The whole point of this celebration is to share it with the whole campus community,” she says. These 25 years bring the past and the present of Texas State population together, giving “the students back then and the students of today something in common, 25 years apart,” says Heath.

As technology advances, more and more students are turning to online resources for completing class assignments. The Alkek Library serves both as a physical library and a virtual one, offering books to check out and online databases for extended research. Despite the changes that have taken place over the past 25 years, Heath says, “People still need the physical library. It feels great to walk out on the main floor and see it so busy. To me, that’s a message. That says we’re doing something to meet the needs of students.”

Many celebrations are happening this semester. Join in the party! Learn about all the planned events at txstate.edu/library.

Students: Spring Break Tips



Spring Break is here at last. Unfortunately, semesters don’t always end when a college student’s vacation begins. Learning to keep up with academic work while enjoying your time off is an essential skill for college life and beyond!

Make a plan. Since your brain is still in college mode, take advantage of it. Put what you have to get done and related deadlines on a calendar. Make a schedule to be sure you study some each day and more on days you aren’t actively involved in extracurricular fun. Creating a plan now will prevent stress later and keep you from completely losing the rhythm of academic life.  Continue reading

10 Things Only Texas State Students Will Understand

By Brittnie Curtis


You have to walk up a flight of stairs or some sort of hill to go just about anywhere on campus. At least those calves are getting a good workout, right?


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Around Campus: Ice Hockey

By Brittnie Curtis

2014-2015 Texas State Ice Hockey team

2014-2015 Texas State Ice Hockey team

The Texas State Ice Hockey team began in 2011 with a handful of students who wore practice jerseys and played with a very select budget. With a few of the founding players still on the team, it has grown to  more than 15 players.  The team, a registered sports club, is classified in the Western Region of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA)-Division II with more than 200 other teams.

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Preparing for Thanksgiving



Spending time in the library each week now could help you in the long run!

The days are getting shorter as your to-do list is getting longer. You might be tempted to put some class work off until after Thanksgiving because you don’t want to be doing homework, writing papers, working on projects or studying for tests while you are around family and friends, eating turkey and then sleeping off the L-tryptophan! But by putting off course assignments, you could find yourself neck-deep in work—and facing lowered motivation because the semester will be almost over. Plus you’ll have finals to study for! Here is a better course of action: Continue reading

Around Campus: Common Experience Through Art

Breaking Boundaries with
Campus Canvas

By Brittnie Curtis

"This expression of art connects people of different races, backgrounds and ideas." - Naomi Faltin

“This expression of art connects people of different races, backgrounds and ideas.” – Naomi Faltin

Each year, Common Experience at Texas State chooses a different theme to get students, faculty and staff to think outside of themselves. The themes are meant to cultivate intellectual conversation across campus and build a sense  community that spans across campus and beyond.

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Around Campus: Grad Students Travel to Costa Rica

Bringing Home Life Lessons

by Brittnie Curtis

"It’s always been important to me to help other people and communities as a whole. In this day and age we’re coming more attached and absorbed in our own self-interests. " - David Vela

“It’s always been important to me to help other people and communities as a whole.” – David Vela

In May 2014, six graduate students in the Department of Agriculture at Texas State traveled to Costa Rica for two weeks. The trip was funded by a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant obtained by animal science professor Dr. Charles Rahe. Costa Rica’s warm climate and fertile soils make it perfect for sustainable agriculture production. The graduate students had the opportunity to learn about crops that are not commonly grown in the U.S., the fishing industry and raising livestock in tropical climates.

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