Exhibition showcases alumni talent


Corn husks, brass, silver and corn silk can be seen throughout The University Galleries during the 15th Annual Alumni Invitational exhibition.

A group of six Texas State Alumni from the School of Art and Design are currently displaying their work Sept. 9-Oct. 7 at the galleries. Chad Dawkins, interim gallery director, said the group utilized several different materials, including paintings, ceramics, metal photography, printmaking, sculpture, performance and video.

Dawkins said exhibition participants were chosen based on faculty input.

Texas State professors release book on gender equality

Two Texas State professors are receiving a great deal of feedback after their book exposing gender in professional kitchens hit the national spotlight. 

Deborah Harris and Patti Giuffre, professors of sociology, worked together to write Taking the Heat: Women Chefs and Gender Inequality in the Professional Kitchen.

The book takes a look at how gender in the world of professional chefs is split, what circumstances have led to this exclusion, and how women chefs feel about what they do compared to their male counterparts.

Harris said she came to the university in 2007 as a sociology professor specializing in qualitative research methods, but has always enjoyed focusing on gender inequality research.

Texas State's oldest singing group still growing

In 1947, a few men with a passion for singing came together to establish an acappella club at Texas State.

Almost 53 years later, the singing group has been transformed into Phi Mu Alpha, Texas State’s oldest active fraternity.

Kyle Day, music studies senior and president of Phi Mu Alpha, said tradition and music are still essential to the organization’s operations.

“It always had a lot of rich tradition—a lot of heavy musical references throughout it,” Day said. “It really grew and grew and grew throughout the ‘50s and ‘60s, but the 2000s is when it became the largest it’s ever been.”

Q&A with Nick Ortiz, Eddie Carbone in A View from the Bridge

The Texas State Department of Theatre and Dance will kick off its Mainstage season Oct. 6 with A View from the Bridge.

The University Star sat down with Nick Ortiz, theater senior, who plays Eddie Carbone in the production. Ortiz discussed how he got into acting and what audiences can expect from the show.

The production, which is directed by Melissa Utley, runs from Oct. 6-11 at the Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre.

Tomás Rivera Award celebrates 20th anniversary

In 1995, a group of Texas State faculty members felt there was a need to promote multicultural books for the sake of the community.

Now, 20 years later, students and members of the community will come together this weekend to celebrate Mexican American children’s literature at the 20th annual Tomás Rivera Award Conference and Literature Fair.

Jesse Gainer, assistant professor in the College of Education and director of the fair, said the weekend would be dedicated to educating individuals on the importance of reading.

“We have two events that are associated with the Tomás Rivera Award, a conference and a fair,” Gainer said. “Because this year is the 20th anniversary, we are making it a special two-day event.”

U.S. Marine band to perform on campus

A group of 50 multitalented musicians will line the Evans Auditorium stage Sept. 25 to perform patriotic selections for the crowd.

The Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band, hailing from San Diego, will visit San Marcos as a part of their college tour across Texas.

Robert Marroquin, gunnery sergeant and musician placement director for the Eighth Marine Corps District, said the tour will make stops at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, Texas Lutheran University and The University of Texas at Austin in the coming days.

Andres Navarro, chief warrant officer 2 and band conductor, said the group is made up of a wind ensemble and concert, ceremonial and party bands.

Brother, sister duo bring swing dance to San Marcos

Within three weeks, an arbitrary idea between brother and sister became a weekly dance event working toward the betterment of the San Marcos community.

San Marcos Swing Night launched its inaugural event Sept. 14 at the Price Center. Ilana Hager, interdisciplinary studies senior, said swing-dancing lessons are held every Monday night at 7 p.m. before the actual event begins at 8 p.m.

Ilana Hager said she and her brother, Jon Hager, decided to start a local swing dancing association similar to those in Gruene and Austin.

Coming up: Library special events

When most students go to the library, they don’t expect to come across a board game from the ‘90s or the opportunity to meet their favorite author.

However, Alkek Library is working to make those events and more a reality for students throughout the fall semester.


On Oct. 1, Joan Heath, associate vice president and university librarian, said students will have a chance to read excerpts of banned books from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. during the “Read-out” event.

“People can sign up for a five-minute reading slot or upload a video of themselves reading a banned book, and we will be having a playlist going in the Instant Theatre,” Heath said.

Pick of the Week

For the undecided major

Texas State will host its 7th annual Majors Fair Sept. 23 from 12 p.m.-3:30 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom. The event gives undergrads the opportunity to speak with faculty, staff and other students about the different degree programs the university has to offer.  The event is free and open to students with a valid Texas State ID.

For the literature fan

Analyzing the Primetime Emmy Awards

The 67th annual Primetime Emmy Awards took place Sept. 20 and celebrated achievements in modern television and the beginning of this year’s award season

The night began with an opening sketch that was delightfully reminiscent of host Andy Samberg’s Saturday Night Live days. Then, it was on to each category.

Here are some of the night’s highs and lows:

Outstanding Drama Series

Nominees: Better Call Saul, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Homeland, House of Cards, Mad Men, Orange Is the New Black

Winner: Game of Thrones


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