Louis Zylka

Professor honored with Patriot Award

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As men and women signed up to fight for their country after 9/11, one Texas State professor made a promise to assist them with their education when they got home.

Now, Katherine Selber, social work professor, is being recognized for her efforts.

Selber was awarded the Texas Veterans Commission Patriot Award of 2015 for her exemplary service to veterans, their families and the rest of the community. 

The professor said she received the award because of her leadership position in the Veterans Advisory Council, which provides resources to veterans returning to school.

Selber said most of her efforts involve teaching at the College of Applied Arts and working to help groups who give assistance to veterans in the community and on campus.

University Galleries host Common Experience exhibition

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Students looking to learn more about this year’s Common Experience Initiative should visit the University Galleries’ De La Tierra exhibit.

Chad Dawkins, interim director, said the exhibit is centered around And the Earth Did Not Devour Him by Tomás Rivera, Texas State alumnus. The novel uses childhood recollections to discuss immigration and the migrant worker experience.

Dawkins said the exhibition’s title and much of the artwork come from 10 artists’ responses to Rivera’s novel and its underlying message.

“This novel is the reading for this year’s Common Experience theme,” Dawkins said. “The Galleries wanted to have an exhibition where the artists would work with the text that was given and respond to that with their works that will be in the show.”

Interior design program gains re-accreditation

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Texas State’s interior design program was recently evaluated and reaccredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).

The achievement comes after a demanding two-year self-assessment and a three-day visit from a team of experts and professors from the accreditation committee.

Peter Dedek, associate professor at the School of Family & Consumer Sciences, said the organization visits the interior design program every six years to evaluate its standards.

Dedek said being reaccredited is a huge advantage for the program and its students.

Texas State chant: a brief history

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The traditions that surround game-day atmospheres at Texas State is simply one-of-a-kind.

Many students show pride for their school using the Texas State chant, a unique signature yell designed to boost spirit at any point during a Bobcat athletic event.

Shaina Mayberry, head cheer coach, said the tune was created during the 2005 Southland Conference Championship.

“That was one of the bigger things to happen after the school changed its name to Texas State,” Mayberry said. “One side started yelling ‘Texas’ and the other side started yelling ‘State,’ and it was kind of a pivotal moment.”

Mayberry said the chant is an easy way to bring students, staff and faculty together.

Strutters unveil new uniforms for community

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Over 100 eager drill team members gathered in Strahan Coliseum Aug. 22 to showcase their new uniforms during the Meet the Strutters event.

The goal of the showcase was to recognize each of the halftime performers individually before the fall semester began.

Tammy Fife, Strutters director, said the event was the first time this season parents and members of the community could meet the team.

“Tonight was a big night because this was their first time to show their brand-new uniforms,” Fife said. “And so many people who donated towards the uniforms were here.”

Fife said $487,000 in donations helped make the team’s wish for new uniforms a reality.

Community event welcomes students back to campus

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San Marcos shops, restaurants and community members gathered in The Square on August 21st to welcome students back to campus during the third annual Passport to San Marcos event.

The party, which was hosted by the main street program, City of San Marcos and Texas State’s Division of Student Affairs, offered students a taste of the town by introducing them to community organizations and serving samples from local restaurants.

Samantha Armbruster, Main Street program manager, said the event is a way for locals to engage with students and link Texas State and the city together. “

Local candy shop celebrates grand opening

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Bobcats and San Martians no longer have to travel far and wide to satisfy that pesky sweet tooth— Candy, Sweets and Treats, a novelty candy store has taken up shop in the middle of downtown San Marcos.

A grand opening celebration complete with a sweet ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Aug. 15 in front of Candy, Sweets and Treats new spot to celebrate the store opening its doors to the public.

Leanne Latham, owner of the dessert shop, said she is happy to finally share her creation with the public.

“It’s a little overwhelming, but it’s exciting to have the store open,” Latham said. “I think everyone deserves to feel like a kid again in a candy store.”

Candy shop to bring sweet treats to San Marcos

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Downtown San Marcos is about to get a whole lot sweeter.

Candy, Sweets and Treats, a new shop opening, complete with a ribbon cutting, will be held on North LBJ Drive at the store’s downtown location August 1 at 11 a.m. The store will provide San Martians with a variety of unique confections.

Leanne Latham, owner of the store, said visiting candy shops was her favorite thing to do as a child.

“It was always something I thought I could expand on,” Latham said.

University Galleries showcases local artists

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One San Marcos couple is using art to educate students on human nature throughout major events in history.

Billi London-Gray and Daniel Bernard Gray’s exhibit titled “Displacement” is currently being showcased at the University Galleries until July 26. The pair designed art pieces relating important moments in history to today’s world, challenging audiences to reexamine much of what they have previously learned.

Gray, a local artist and Texas State alumnus, said he and his wife were asked by gallery director Mary Mikel Stump to showcase their video titled “Toying with History” along with correlating artwork.

“We were offered more space at the gallery to create some new work,” Gray said. “It was a matter of what we wanted to do with the space.”

Educator honored for changing lives of children

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One professor’s life and career was honored April 29 by Communities in Schools (CIS), an organization aiming to connect schools with the resources to motivate students.

Kathleen Fite, Department of Curriculum and Instruction and College of Education professor, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for South-Central Texas.  Fite was recognized for creating the Bobcat Buddy Partnership, a program designed to provide learning assistance to elementary students in the area.

Fite said she started the program 25 years ago after a principal in New Braunfels asked for volunteers to help certain students fine-tune their ability to read.

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