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New exhibit showcases student talent at art building


The artistic works of Texas State students were celebrated Monday in University Gallery 2 at the 2013 All-Student Juried Exhibition, an annual competition exhibit for art and design students.

The opening ceremony kicked off in the Joann Cole Mitte Building at 5 p.m. with the opening of the exhibit and went on until 7 p.m. Students, including the featured artists, their parents and friends were able to wander about the gallery and observe a selection of the collection of student pieces.

The gallery featured a series of diverse works, including oil and watercolor paintings, photography, sculptures and printed imagery.

Documentary screening sheds light on gender equality issues


The Social Awareness Documentary Film Club and Feminists United teamed up with the Department of Philosophy Monday night to raise awareness on gender inequality with the screening of Miss Representation.

Released in 2011, Miss Representation is a documentary film that illustrates under-representation of women in politics, the media and entertainment.

“It’s a really well-done film,” said Rebekah Ross-Fountain, senior lecturer in the Department of Philosophy. “It covers the range of what’s problematic about showing women as sex symbols.”

Bobcats volunteer to participate in community service event


The event officially began at 9 a.m. in the Strahan Coliseum parking lot with a kickoff celebration featuring appearances by Texas State President Denise Trauth and San Marcos Mayor Daniel Guerrero, who thanked and wished the participants well on their community projects.

“San Marcos is a wonderful place to work and live,” Trauth said. “It’s important to give back to this community.” Numerous volunteers were out as early as 5 a.m. preparing for the day’s events, although community projects commenced after 9 a.m. Parents, students and San Marcos residents sat or stood for hours in the gusting, cold air and overcast skies helping with registration, organization of project groups and serving breakfast and water.

Alumni river documentary to be completed this summer


Some filmmaking alumni are already looking ahead to next year’s event to submit their documentary film, even before the 2013 South by Southwest has begun. 

The film “Yakona” will be a feature-length documentary when completed and will tell the story of the San Marcos River from periods preceding human existence to today. 

Directors Paul Collins and Anlo Sepulveda and producer Dean Brennan originally expected to release “Yakona” in the fall of 2012, but creative decisions pushed the film back by almost a year.

The film is now in the final stages of production, and should be completed by the end of the summer. Once finished, “Yakona” will be submitted for entry in both the upcoming Sundance Film Festival and South by Southwest 2014.  

Graduate joins funk, rock, jazz band Progress


From the hills of San Marcos to the Live Music Capital of the World, one of Texas State’s own joined five others in bringing a fresh combination of funk, rock and jazz to the Texas music scene under the name Progress.

Movie screening commemorates fallen police officers


The law enforcement officers who gave their lives protecting others were honored Friday with the screening of the documentary film “Heroes Behind the Badge.” 

The film was directed by Academy Award-winning film and television director Wayne Derrick, grandson of former Texas State President Leland Derrick. Derrick’s connection with Texas State served as reason for the Kyle Citizens’ Police Academy Alumni Association to host the event on campus, as well as an opportunity to introduce the new organization to the local community.

Independent artist, philanthropist to visit campus


Texas State students will glimpse into the world of professional pottery through insight and instruction Monday when distinguished studio potter Ayumi Horie pays a visit to the School of Art and Design.

For more than a decade, Horie has established herself as an accomplished independent artist, entrepreneur and activist through the art of studio pottery while giving lectures and demonstrations throughout the U.S. and abroad.  Now, Horie will teach Texas State students how they can become successful in independent art with the use of business skills and social media.

“Because the internet is such a direct link to people, I feel like anything can happen,” Horie said.  

Broadway veteran to portray title character in Shakepeare’s “Richard III”


The infamous downfall of the Plantagenet dynasty will come to life as the Texas State Department of Theatre and Dance premieres its production of William Shakespeare’s “Richard III.”

“Richard III” tells the eponymous tale of a notorious British monarch who kills his way to the throne, only to lose it soon after.

Professor Chuck Ney, production director and avid fan of Shakespeare, prepared for more than a year to bring the monarch’s tale to the Texas State stage. He sees it as a timeless story on which American audiences thrive.
“We tend to like the rise of stars and then the fall as well,” Ney said. “It’s one of those stories we seem to be fascinated with.”

Lawyer, lecturer teaches from experience


The path from professional musician to lawyer to college instructor has been a winding road for one Texas State adjunct lecturer in the School of Music, but one full of opportunities for him to show off his talents and passion for music.

Born in Houston on June 22, 1950, Stephen Summer joined the world of music following his graduation from Bellaire High School in 1968. He decided college was not for him after briefly attending the University of Houston, and went on to live the life of a professional musician.  
“Music really permeated the culture back then,” Summer said.  “The culture was receptive to everything and I feel very fortunate to have lived in that time.”

Tutoring program aims to help student veterans


Veterans having a tough time adjusting to college life may find help in a new tutoring program tailored specifically to their needs.

The spring semester marks the beginning of the Writing Center Tutor Corps, a new program aimed at the needs of Texas State’s veteran community. The program’s methods involve military-based techniques and workshops to assist student veterans in developing and improving writing skills, as well as transitioning into the social world of a university. 

Strategies in the program include mission-oriented workshops that set specific objectives for student veterans and a more structured environment for improving writing skills.


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