OPINIONS THE UNIVERSITY STAR
quote of the day “I’d go to Iraq, but there is no place for fat people to hide.”
— Hays County Commissioner Russ Molenaar, Precinct 4, at a ceremony May 24 honoring outgoing Constable Ron Magill who resigned recently because of military duty.
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Bike roundup takes unusual approach to theft prevention Register your bike to safeguard it from being stolen, or UPD will steal it from you. Huh? The logic is as circular as the wheel on which your Huffy rides. In case you didn’t know, the University Police Department kickstarted its annual campuswide bicycle roundup on May 23, removing any unregistered bicycles from campus, even if chained to a bike-rack railing. Or maybe you do know, after discovering your bicycle missing. The program — or the great bike heist, as some students might describe it — is described in an e-mail from the vice president of student affairs as “an effort to help beautify the property within the university community by removing unwanted bicycles from campus.” This justification begs the question, “Unwanted by whom?” The proclaimed purpose of bicycle registration on campus is not to reduce the number of bikes but to benefit bike owners by facilitating the return of stolen bikes. If that is the point, the program should be voluntary and not a basis to remove supposedly abandoned property. It seems a little silly that UPD would require students to participate in a program intended to prevent theft and discourage the perpetrators by threatening to take the bikes themselves. It also seems resources could be spent in better ways to beautify our campus, such as returning recently removed ashtrays to campus so smokers may dispose of their butts properly rather than littering. Cigarette butts are a major eyesore at Texas State, while there is no observable cluttering of campus by abandoned bikes. It is also strange that UPD is choosing the summer to enforce the registration. Perhaps during the school year, there would be an outcry should UPD cut through the chains on students’ bicycles and remove them without notifying the owners. Students who are not aware of the roundup may lose their bikes, thinking they were stolen. If a student’s bicycle is collected, he or she will have 90 days to recover it. But students who went home for the summer and forgot their bikes may never know what happened to their property when they return. Last year, UPD claimed 75 bicycles for auction, which is held in Waco. If the bike seizure is supposed to benefit the Texas State community, it would make much more sense to hold the auction in San Marcos, where students on a budget might be able to benefit from the seizures. Bicycle registration is an excellent idea, and students who care about their bikes should participate in it. It is free and only takes a few minutes to fill out the paperwork. The program goes beyond San Marcos borders since the information is stored in a database and can be passed on to other authorities if it is stolen in a different city. But however beneficial the program may be, it hardly seems appropriate to enforce an anti-bike-theft policy by commandeering students’ bikes. The Main Point is the opinion of the newspaper’s editorial board. Columns are the opinions of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the full staff, Texas State University-San Marcos Student Media, the department of mass communication or Texas State University-San Marcos. Letters policy: E-mail letters to firstname.lastname@example.org. Letters must be no longer than 300 words. No anonymous letters will be printed. We reserve the right to edit for grammar, spelling, space and libel. We reserve the right to refuse obscene, irrelevant and malicious letters. All e-mails must include the name and phone number of the letter writer. Students should also include their classifications and majors.
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Moderation is key to freshman survival Upon my initial but myself. If arrival at Texas I worked hard State, I recall beand produced ing appalled at the something of utter lack of clothgood quality, ing on the bodies then I might treat of many of the myself to a nice other girls to be in dinner with some BRYNN LEGGETT my class. Coming friends or pig out Star Columnist from a public high on a tasty piece of school, it was nothcake — and that’s ing I hadn’t seen enough. before, but I guess because Here are a few things I it was a magnet school, we wish I’d known before movdidn’t want to push the en- ing into my dorm. velope too far either. So, my 1) Only pack what will fit first impression of college in your car. A dorm room is was a bit of a culture shock, probably about half the size to say the least. of your bedroom at home, For those of you who may at best. You’ll need some already be feeling the begin- clothes, some books, your nings of a minor freak out computer and a TV if you along the lines of “Oh no! watch it. That’s it. Seriously. I don’t belong here at all! 2) You really don’t need all What have I gotten myself those shoes. I probably only into?!” — fear not. As I have wore about five different come to find out, college, pairs of shoes all year. Conalong with a lot of other solidation is the key. With unfamiliar situations in life, all the hills you’ll be climbis what you make of it. ing to and from class, you’ll I’m sure many of you have need comfortable, worn-in already gotten this pep talk sneakers and/or flip flops, a innumerable times, but al- pair of dancing shoes and a low me to reiterate that your pair of dress shoes. Anything college experience is entirely else is pretty much a waste of in your own hands. Believe it space. or not, you do have control 3) You’ll need basic office over whether or not you supplies, but don’t go overmake good grades or good board. When I packed up my friends and whether or not room to go home at the end you have a good time. I know of last semester, I found four that “good” is an entirely pairs of scissors. No joke. subjective term, but be sure While my roommates were to keep in mind that defining often borrowing my stapler that term is up to you — not or other easily forgotten your friends, your parents or items, be sure that you aren’t your significant other. turning into a shopaholic for One lesson that was tough school supplies. for me to get through my 4) Consolidate your toihead was that I will never be letries. About half of you are satisfied with how my moth- probably going to be using er reacts to my successes. No a community bath this year. matter how huge a feat I may This is all the more reason to have accomplished, when I narrow it down to the bare call her to deliver the news, necessities because you have there is always going to be to carry them with you down some kind of excuse why the hall. Something extra you she isn’t jumping up and are going to want, though, down and doing cartwheels that you may not already like I might have imagined have, is shower shoes. Even she would be doing. But it’s in a private bath, you can entirely okay. She’s a busy still be susceptible to fungus woman and her life wears like athlete’s foot. This is her out. I have come to ac- rarer in a private bath setcept that how proud I am of ting because maids clean the my accomplishments cannot tubs and sinks once a week be dependent on anyone (provided you clear them
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off before they come), but especially for those braving the community bath, be sure to keep your shoes on in the shower. 5) Budget your time wisely. Having a written out schedule for yourself may seem daunting and tedious but is needed, especially if you are going to have a job while in school. When you are going to study and when you are going to hang out with your friends needs to be carefully balanced. Figure out a system that works for you and stick to it. When finals roll around, you’ll be glad you aren’t running around like a chicken with your head cut off like many of your friends who didn’t stay organized during the semester. 6) Get involved and stay involved. Joining the newspaper staff was possibly one of the best choices I made all year. It gave me a group of friends and coworkers whom I could look up to (as I was one of the youngest staff members) and whom I could learn from. Surrounding yourself with mature, responsible people is a very important thing necessary for your personal growth and sanity. It’s OK to have a few friends who goof off a little, but be sure to balance the time spent with your slacker friends and the time spent with your study buddies. 7) Naps are good, but don’t waste the day. When you get to college, you may notice that you have a lot more time on your hands than you thought you would. But just because you have extra time, doesn’t mean sleeping is the best way to spend it. Doing your homework during the day frees you up to relax in the evening without stress. You’ll have more time to hang with your friends without worrying about the paper you need to write when you get home; plus, you’ll sleep better at night. Studies have proven that sleeping six to eight hours a night consistently makes you more alert and productive
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during the day. This means better study habits and better grades, which, in turn, means a little more freedom. Your parents will get off your back a bit if they see you can keep yourself accountable. 8) Communication is the key. Talk to your parents. I mean it. If you keep them posted once or twice a week on what you are up to, they are a lot less likely to worry and nag. The accountability created in keeping open communication with your family will also help you be more responsible for yourself. Keep in mind, though, that your parents are probably going to be a bit clingy at first. Remember that it is okay to create boundaries. College is a time to grow and learn about yourself. You need to do some soul searching — preferably without your mom whining about how the dog knocked over the trashcan again. The key here is balance. If you talk to your parents voluntarily about how school is going, they are more likely to give you the space you need. Just be patient. Balance, moderation and consolidation are keys to the success of your first year of college. Balance your time and your checkbook, and take responsibility for your actions and your life. Let your reasoning for taking care of your body, relationships and your future be dependent on you. Take the time to do things the way you know they should be done, rather than the easy way. Make the most of your time in college by soaking up every ounce of wisdom and knowledge from the important resources you are surrounded by so you won’t just be a waste of space and a burden to others. Be good for yourself and your fellow man, and you might be surprised how awesome the people who hang around with you will turn out to be (and how long they stick around)! Leggett is a mass communication sophomore. The University Star is the student newspaper of Texas State University-San Marcos published Tuesday through Thursday during the Fall and Spring semesters. It is distributed on campus and throughout San Marcos at 8 a.m. every other Wednesday of Summer I and II with a distribution of 6,000. Printing and distribution is by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. Copyright Month Date, 2005. All copy, photographs and graphics appearing in The University Star are the exclusive property of The University Star and may not be reproduced without the expressed written consent of the editor in chief.
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Pro sports can run, but they can’t hide Sticks, stones and Chairman JULIAN E. ZELIZER of the House History News Government Service Columnist Reform Committee Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., House Democrat Henry Waxman of California and Senate Republican John McCain of Arizona have announced that they will propose legislation to impose uniform drug testing standards on the four major U.S. professional sports leagues. The suspicions about superstar athletes such as Mark McGwire have caused many legislators to doubt that sports officials can crack down effectively on steroid abuse. Yet, according to many Americans, Congress has overstepped its boundaries by holding hearings about steroid abuse and drug testing and calling for legislation. At best, critics say, grandstanding legislators are using the problems of athletes to gain notoriety for themselves. At worst, critics contend that the investigation represents a moral McCarthyism that seems to be sweeping Washington. One polling firm, the Rasmussen Reports, found that only 22 percent of Americans In believe Congress should be1959, come involved in the proba lems of baseball. According House to one 74-year-old man from subcomArizona, “They got a lot more mittee in(stuff) than baseball to worry vestigated a about. ...” television quiz It’s true that Congress has show scandal many more important things during which a to worry about. But systemColumbia Univeratic drug abuse by prominent sity teacher, Charles athletes is a legitimate conVan Doren, admitted cern. One function of Conthat he had been handgress has always been to hold ed questions in advance. hearings about issues that One year later, Congress worry the public. During the dragged the music industry 1950s, Congress responded into the hearing room to to concerns about juvenile answer questions about disc delinquency by holding hearjockeys who were taking monings on the matter. There were ey and drugs from the record fears that the new stars in the industry in exchange for playfilm, publishing and music ing songs. businesses were encouraging Nor can the sports industry young Americans to mimic claim immunity from governthe James Deans of the world ment scrutiny. Sports have rather than the Pat Boones. received extensive government In 1954, Sens. Estes Kefauassistance at the national, state ver and Robert Hendrickson and local levels. It’s dishonest conducted hearings on the for baseball officials to claim comic-book industry, which that a steroid abuse scandal people pointed to as a coramong players and league offirupting influence on America’s cials is “private business.” The youth. Legislators brought reality is that the sports induscomic book publishers, cartry has greatly benefited from toonists and psychiatrists beexemptions to the antitrust fore them to quiz them about laws, subsidies for stadium the content of the magazines construction and an assortand how they affected readment of federal tax breaks. ers. The committee produced Legislators who live and a report on comic books that work in Washington are well resulted in the industry adopt- aware of the connection. ing a self-regulatory code. The price of obtaining a
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new baseball team was hundreds of millions of dollars for Washington’s new stateof-the-art stadium. If baseball wants to continue to benefit from government support, the leagues must understand that some politicians will demand greater public scrutiny in response to a scandal such as steroid abuse. The fact that professional baseball has benefited from an exemption from the antitrust laws since 1922 was the subject of congressional hearings in 1958. The exemption allowed baseball owners to ward off threats from new leagues and control the costs of players. The Senate subcommittee on monopoly and antitrust brought the New York Yankees manager, Casey Stengel, and other stars, including Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams, Stan
Musial and Jackie Robinson, to appear to testify about the “reserve clause” that limited the labor rights of players. Stengel frustrated and amused hearing participants when he used his famous double talk to baffle legislators. As it always had, Congress refused to take action against the owners. It was not until the late 1980s that players started to enjoy free agency, six decades after the Supreme Court ruled that baseball was not subject to federal regulations. Congress also can legitimate its current steroid investigation on the basis of a solid precedent of looking into sports corruption. The Senate conducted hearings in 1960, for instance, into the role of organized crime in professional boxing. Former middleweight boxing champion Jake LaMotta made a stunning appearance when he admitted that he had thrown a fight in 1947. LaMotta went through with the testimony even though mobsters had threatened to kill him. If we discover that our national pastimes are filled with doped-up players, athletes and owners should not be so surprised when Congress comes knocking at their door.
New rule: Poking fun at military is not treason Treason is an comments border ugly word. on treason. It’s supposed “In treason, to represent one one definition is of the ugliest and to undermine the most unforgivable efforts or national transgressions a security of our citizen can make. country,” further SEAN WARDWELL It’s a serious word adding “I don’t Star Columnist and should be want him prosreserved for seriecuted; I want him ous times. But off the air.” all signs to the contrary, we And the crazy train keeps live in anything but serious rolling along. times. With smokescreen isI’m honestly not one of sues being thrown about by those people who believe both sides in Congress while that we are heading towards turning a blind eye to those Nazi-like restrictions on free actual issues that affect our speech. I still have faith in the daily lives, such as affordable Republic and in its people. I health care and the ever-esdon’t think we are so stupid calating war in Iraq, it seems as to believe comedy equals more important to score treason, but these people political points than solve sometimes just blow me away. problems. One would think a U.S. Enter Rep. Spencer Bachus, Congressman would have R-Alabama. read the First Amendment. On the May 13 episode of Maher can say whatever he Real Time with Bill Maher, wants; it’s his show. Perhaps Maher commented on the he can be blunt and insensistate of military recruitment tive, such as in the case of in America saying, “More his comments after Sept. 11, people joined the Michael when he argued that people Jackson fan club. We’ve done who fly planes into building picked all the low-lying aren’t cowards, but it’s his Lynndie England fruit, and right to say it. now, we need warm bodies.” Just like it’s our right as England is one of the viewers not to watch it. soldiers charged in the Abu So, I guess my only quesGhraib torture scandal. tion is why don’t our leaders Maher, understandably, know what treason really is? I was making a point about the think Lynndie England comneed to fill the ranks through mitted a true act of treason humor — a precious enough when she and her compacommodity in these strange triots decided to have some times. Rep. Bachus didn’t get “fun” at the expense of peothe joke, though, and now ple who may or may not have wants Maher’s show taken off been guilty of fighting against the air. our forces in Iraq. Bachus believes that his Those acts absolutely
s I mentioned before, treason is a A strong word. When a member of Congress misuses it, another chip is
taken out of the wall that is our civil liberties, even if the charge has no base in reality. provided “aid and comfort” to the enemy. How much danger did those guards add to what our brave soldiers already face? Leaving aside what could be considered a systemic problem in our military and civilian leadership, tying up someone like a dog and humiliating them for all the world to see is infinitely worse than telling a joke that is probably closer to the truth than our government is willing to admit. If anything will bring about the end of all we hold dear as a nation it is jumping to conclusions without examining all the facts. As I mentioned before, treason is a strong word. The framers of the Constitution expressly made it difficult to prosecute because the British used it as a catch-all offense before the Revolutionary War. When a member of Congress misuses it another chip is taken out of the wall that is our civil liberties, even if the charge has no base in reality. If Congressman Bachus does not like Bill Maher, he does not have to watch him. Neither do any of us. That’s the beauty of freedom of choice. You can watch Fox News or CNN. You can listen
to Al Franken or Rush Limbaugh. Or you can just not pay attention and see what happens. I don’t recommend that route, but in America you have the right to be stupid and ignorant as well. Bill Maher responded to Bachus saying, “Anyone who knows anything about my views and has watched my show knows that I have nothing but the highest regard for the men and women serving this country around the world.” He does too. Humor can heal as well as hurt, and it’s a potent tool. If we can’t laugh at ourselves from time to time, we just might explode. No matter how hard we wish it to be otherwise we won’t always be in the right. Sometimes we need humor to see that. I believe that Maher committed a patriotic act by telling that joke. It takes courage to buck the conventional wisdom. Let’s leave Maher alone and let him do his job. Perhaps someone should buy Spencer Bachus a copy of the constitution so he can better do his. Wardwell is a mass communication junior.
Most incoming freshmen are a part of an age group that has never known a TIFFANY CUNNINGHAM life withStar Columnist out computers, instant messaging, cell phones or the ever-constant presence of the Internet. They are more aware of the way the Internet has changed the way society communicates. And as this generation graduates from high school and becomes college students, they bring that method of communication with them. At Texas State and at other colleges and universities, forums like thefacebook.com, friendster.com, Blackboard bulletin boards, Web logs or even the athletic department’s Web site can connect students and their peers and friends together — or tear them apart. Recently, a friend was harassed over the Internet. She received e-mails from an anonymous person that questioned her selfworth and her character. Anonymous comments were posted to her facebook group and her blog that, in the end, caused her to remove both the blog and the group and feel emotionally frustrated. She had not said anything incendiary — she had just voiced her opinions in a reasonable and dignified manner. However, her desire to be connected left her open to harassment from immature individuals whose only desire was to hurt. The Internet provides a forum where a person can be connected, at all times, to a vast Web of people who may be projecting any persona they desire. Harassment on the Internet can be relentless because you can never get away from it. With Internetcapable cell phones, Instant Messaging and e-mail alerts, a person might not ever be away from the public forum, even when they are at home. You bring your forum with you when you post on facebook or post a blog entry, you are putting those thoughts out into the public domain, and you are only a click away from opening your email and potentially receiving a harassing message. However, the Internet and the ready availability of an anonymous forum can turn even the most sane, reasonable person into little more than a middle school bully. Everyone remembers the emotional anguish, the shame and the social ostracism felt while in the throws of adolescence — and no one remembers it better than a college freshman. Though 18- and 19-year-olds are given the rights of an adult, they still may not have the reasoning skills of an adult. Many are only one step out of high school and may not understand yet how to behave in an adult world. All too often, young men and women are cast out into the world after living under their parents’ roofs with only the life experiences they had in high school and the cheap and not-often-taken advice given on graduation day. If no one has told them that a tool can be misused, they will feel no culpability when they use it improperly. Many classes at Texas State encourage students to practice responsible use of the Internet: using credible online sources, writing professional e-mails, etc. However, little is said on the topic of other Internet forums and using them responsibly. People need to be accountable for their words. No matter how many times your mother can say, “sticks and stones can break your bones, but words will never hurt you,” words can still be more effective than any act of physical violence. Just look at the Declaration of Independence or Martin
Luther’s 95 theses. Now, an anonymous letter doesn’t have the same weight as these other documents, but the person to whom you sent it might believe different. Even the most seemingly harmless blog post can get people, or even the government, into trouble. In December of 2004, Doug Roberts, an employee of the Los Alamos National Laboratory — the place where the atomic bomb was developed — created a blog to vent his frustrations about the July 2004 shutdown of the laboratory because of security and safety reasons. By March of this year, the blog had received more than 43,000 individual visitors and more than 200,000 hits, according to Roberts. Now, the blog is being used in congressional hearings on LANL and the government contract competition to renew — or completely shut down — the controversial lab. If that example doesn’t raise the hairs on the back of your neck, take this story into account. In late November 2004, a Canadian teenager took his own life because fellow students had bullied and threatened him over the Internet. According to a London Free Press (Ontario) article, he then allegedly turned to the Internet to help him take his own life. As young adults, we are still ruled primarily by our emotions, and our first response when we receive a harassing message over the Web is to lash out and accomplish the Internet equivalent of scrawling, “Joey is a slut” in lipstick on a bathroom mirror. We want to hurt someone as much as they hurt us, but starting a “flamewar” or posting a slew of harassing comments on a person’s blog only makes you just as culpable as they are. Too often, I find that the Internet, which allows people to voice their opinions without any physical accountability, causes more strife with people than if they were able to deal with each other face to face. Online harassment and e-bullying can scar a person and isn’t limited to middle school or high school. Regardless of how mature a young person thinks they are, college-age students still engage in petty behavior whether in real life or on the Internet. If you find yourself the victim of Internet harassment, you have options. The first — and most obvious — is to ignore the user and try to block further communications. This means disabling anonymous posting on a blog, blocking the user on IM, Yahoo! Messenger or in your e-mail. Then, save any evidence and try to identify the bully. If you can discover the identity, contact them and present them with the evidence and request that they cease harassing you. If you cannot resolve the dispute individually, contact school officials. At Texas State, the division of student affairs can help you either through the counseling department or the dean of students. If this does not solve the problem, contact an attorney and file in small-claims court, or contact police if you are threatened with violence, extortion, hate crimes or sexual harassment. And always remember, the best way to avoid being the victim of Internet harassment — or any crime, for that matter — is to be responsible. Don’t be an instigator, and exercise your opinions responsibly. I, myself, would much rather hear constructive criticism than be told “U SUK!!!1!1” because then, obviously, you have the mental capacity of a monkey and aren’t worth my time or emotion ... at least, that’s what I tell myself. Cunningham is an English senior.
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Academic Departments Department of Agriculture From boots to business; from farming to finance; from country to corporate — the department of agriculture at Texas State offers students a quality education with personal attention. Students enjoy a studentcentered atmosphere where their education and personal development are important. In addition to the 4,200-acre Freeman Ranch and 17-acre horticulture center, students learn in a modern building with well-equipped classrooms and laboratories. These facilities provide plenty of opportunities for students to learn and apply their knowledge to real-world situations. In the department of agriculture at Texas State, there are six degree options from which to choose. The options cover a variety of career areas and through proper course selection can prepare students for careers that suit their interests. The demand for graduates in all areas of agriculture is greater than the number of graduates, so all of these options will prepare students well for exciting and rewarding careers. Areas of Study include agriculture business and management (with programs in agribusiness operations, ag systems management and
horticulture business), animal science, preveterinary, general agriculture and general agriculture with teacher’s certifications. There are four minors available in agriculture. A minor in agriculture is ideal for someone majoring in the biology, geography, family and consumer sciences, or in any discipline where knowledge of the food and fiber industry would be beneficial. The faculty members in the department of agriculture are dedicated to teaching and student development. Student interactions with faculty extend well beyond the classroom. Our students have a variety of opportunities to interact with faculty and develop personal relationships with them. Students are assigned a faculty adviser when they arrive on campus to help them plan their educational and professional development at Texas State. Texas State department of agriculture — your path to an innovative career!
Department of Art and Design Texas State’s art education program seeks to prepare students to be K-12 art teachers. Students receive a BFA for all levels of teaching. The program is based on an integrated model where students take general studies, studio arts, education and art education courses concurrently so they can individually integrate acquired
knowledge and experiences across all four areas simultaneously. The program provides extensive pre-student teaching field experience so that students gain strong teaching skills prior to student teaching. This program integrates computer technology and art education. The art history program at Texas State offers undergraduates a BA, specialization in art history or an academic minor in the field. Graduate level courses are available for those students working on a master’s degree in another area. Offerings include surveys in European and American art history, specialized courses in Asian art, mesoamerican art and contemporary issues. Students are trained in researching topics connected with art history and related subjects and encouraged to publish their work in professional journals. Communication design is one of the largest public university programs in the country and considered to be one of the best within the Southwest. The goal of the program is to create a stimulating learning environment for students where they can pursue their specific interests within four areas of professional studies: graphic design, new media, art direction and illustration. The studio art program educates articulate artists with a solid foundation in the creative, technical and historical aspects of the visual arts. This program encourages individual growth and develop-
ment through a broad range of studio and academic experiences. The following studio areas are available: ceramics, drawing, fibers, metals, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and watercolor. The digital photographic imaging program encourages skill development and creative thinking through realistic assignments and technical experiments. Students explore creative imaging, equipment and technique, black and white processes, color and alternative processes, the effective use of light and focuses on photographic applications of digital technology through additional upper level elective courses. Majors may custom tailor their studies to personal and professional interests. The department also offers two minors.
Department of Communication Studies Regardless of specific job description, all people spend a lot of their time at any job or profession communicating with others. Recent surveys of employers and personnel directors confirm that communication is the most valued skill needed for professional success. Communication studies is the investigation of the creation, transmission and analysis of the messages people receive everyday and is vital for professional achievement. Students who major or minor in communication studies investigate communication
processes as they occur within and among individuals, groups, organizations and societies. They explore interpersonal, family, group, intercultural and non-verbal communication, rhetoric, argumentation, persuasion and other aspects of communication in a variety of contexts. Communication studies graduates pursue a variety of careers in business and industry, government and social services, education and professions such as law, public administration, health service provider and the ministry. A graduate professional degree or professional interests and aspirations, coupled with an undergraduate degree in communication studies, provides a power career track that can lead to a variety of jobs or professional careers. Communication studies students select from courses that emphasize interpersonal communication, organizational communication, persuasive communication or teacher certification in speech communication. This dynamic department includes an outstanding faculty of award-winning teachers and scholars who are dedicated to helping all students succeed. Communication studies faculty members are nationally recognized teachers and scholars. Several faculty members have received the President’s Award for Excellence in teaching, research and service. The department’s faculty members are active in state, regional, national and international as-
sociations and are widely published in professional journals. The department of communication MA degree program has been recognized as one of the outstanding master’s degree programs in the United States. All Texas State students are required to take Fundamentals of Human Communication (COMM 1310), which includes more than the study of public speaking; in this course, you will also learn about interpersonal communication, conflict management and group and team communication principles and skills. In addition to majoring or minoring in communication studies, Texas State students can select interdisciplinary minors in political communication or leadership studies. The department sponsors the award-winning Texas State forensics program that includes participation in both debate and individual speaking events. Students travel throughout the region, the nation and the world representing Texas State. If you are interested in joining the forensics program, please contact Director of Forensics Wayne Kraemer at (512) 245-2165 or e-mail him at WK02@txstate.edu. For more information about majoring or minoring in communication studies, please contact the department adviser or the department chair, Dr. Steven A. Beebe at (512) 2452165. See Descriptions page B-4
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Department of Criminal Justice Is Law and Order your favorite television show? Do you enjoy learning about forensic science on CSI? If so, you may want to consider criminal justice as your major. In criminal justice classes, you will learn what is and is not factual in such shows. One thing you will also discover is that the degree is not just for those who want to become police officers. If you think you might be interested, consider taking Introduction to Criminal Justice (CJ 1310). The department of criminal justice offers three bachelor’s degrees: a BS in law enforcement, a BS in corrections and a BS in criminal justice studies. These three degrees share the same basic lower-level core courses but vary in the types of upper division CJ requirements and electives. All three degrees offer the student a solid foundation in criminal justice administration, law and theory. Classes cover topics such as terrorism, ethics, forensic evidence, women in the criminal justice system, organized crime and investigating serial killers. Students have the chance to complete a two-semester internship in such agencies as the Austin Police Department, Secret Service, Travis County District Attorney’s office and the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s office. Students with a criminal justice degree pursue a wide range of career paths: local, state or federal law enforcement; private and public corrections; court administration; private security; victim services and just about everything else that has need of a general social sciences background. Some students have gone on to law school or continued on in graduate programs in criminology, criminal justice, sociology and public administration. Even if your career takes you outside the field, the degree will give you a strong foundation in the law, public policy and an awareness of some of the most important social issues of our time.
Center for Texas Music History The Center for Texas Music History is the only comprehen-
sive, university-based program devoted to the preservation and study of the musical history of Texas. By examining the musical development of all major ethnic groups throughout the state’s history, the CTMH has developed a unique and exciting program designed to help students, scholars and the general public better understand how Texas music reflects the rich history and tremendous cultural diversity of the Southwest. Although only 5 years old, the CTMH has already developed a national reputation as an innovative program whose many activities include: • Developing and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in music history. • The Journal of Texas Music History, the only academic journal covering the entire spectrum of Southwestern music history. • The Handbook of Texas Music, the definitive encyclopedia of Texas music history, created with the Texas State Historical Association, the Texas Music Office and others. • The “Texas Music History Unplugged” concert series, in which some of the state’s most prominent musicians perform and discuss how the unique history and culture of Texas has influenced their music. • The Travelin’ Texas CD series, featuring such great Texas artists as George Strait, Delbert McClinton, Marcia Ball, the Flatlanders, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Billy Joe Shaver, Jerry Jeff Walker and others. • Collaborations with museums, public schools and others to organize exhibits and educational activities. These include two collaborations with the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, a major exhibit on Texas music history and the “Spirit of Texas Music” concert series highlighting various genres of Texas music. • The Texas State University/ Kerrville Folk Festival Student Songwriter competition, for which the winner is allowed to perform at the world-famous Kerrville Folk Festival. • Collaboration with the Southwestern Writers Collection to help acquire important archival materials related to the history of music in Texas and the Southwest. For more information about the Center for Texas Music History, or to find out how you can become involved, please contact: Dr. Gary Hartman, director Center for Texas Music History History Department firstname.lastname@example.org www.txstate.edu/ctmh
Department of English
The department of English welcomes all first-year students
and transfers. Located in Flowers Hall, we offer academic programs, extracurricular activities and facilities valuable to all undergraduates. Our academic programs include four majors and five minors. Students may earn a BA, BA with Creative Writing Emphasis, BA with Professional Writing Emphasis or BA with Teaching Certificate. They may minor in English, writing or select an interdisciplinary minor: media studies, medieval and Renaissance studies or Southwestern studies. English covers writing, literature and language. Juniors and seniors may study technical writing and creative writing. Our literature program has courses in all literary periods in British, American and world literature, in areas such as AfricanAmerican literature, Chicano/a literature and introduction to film, and authors such as Chaucer and Shakespeare. Language classes center on history of the language and modern syntax. English majors gain a liberal education and develop skills that lead to careers in fields such as education, mass communication, journalism, publishing and public relations. Our graduates work for computer companies, engineering firms, and city, state and federal agencies. An English degree is good preparation for law school and for graduate studies. Extracurricular activities available to students are Persona, an annual literary magazine, staffed by students, which publishes students’ poems, stories, photographs, artwork and essays; Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society; the Medieval-Renaissance Society; and the Media Moles. Our Lindsey Literary Series brings prominent writers such as Larry McMurtry and Alice Walker to campus. Our Mitte chair brings a renowned writer to visit undergraduate classes, give public readings and teach writing workshops in our MFA program. National Book Awardwinning novelist Tim O’Brien, author of If I Die in a Combat Zone, will be Mitte Professor in 2005-2006. English department facilities include The Writing Center, which offers helpful materials and peer tutoring; two Technical Communication Labs and a Mac Lab, each with computers for writing, e-mail and Internet access; and two video editing labs. Visit www.english.txstate.edu or our main office (FH 365), or contact adviser Karen Bryson at (512)245-2163.
First-Year English A few years ago, a Miami newspaper surveyed several hundred incoming college students to find out what they were most worried about as they began their college careers. To everyone’s astonishment,
the number one concern they reported — ahead of terrorism and nuclear war — was firstyear English! Whether you are concerned about first-year English or just curious about what to expect, the faculty of the department of English welcome this opportunity to introduce you to College Writing I and II (English 1310 and 1320), the two required courses in the first-year English sequence. First-year English has long been a cornerstone requirement in the undergraduate curriculum because of its practical value in the classroom and on the job. In survey after survey, employers rank the ability to write well at or near the top of the skills they most value in job applicants. In fact, good writing skills will serve you well throughout your career. At Texas State, first-year English explores the kind of objective, audience-directed prose used in college and beyond to explain and defend ideas. Because reading and writing are inextricably linked, first-year English also emphasizes critical reading, which teaches you to analyze and understand a variety of texts, including your own writing. You will find your classes small — around 20 students — providing you with the opportunity to receive individual attention and prompt feedback from your instructor, interact with your peers and practice using various technologies in your writing. First-year English instructors are committed to their students’ success, and student-passing rates in first-year English are among the highest of any courses in the core curriculum. Again, welcome to Texas State. We look forward to meeting and working with you in first-year English.
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences The department of family and consumer sciences is comprised of many interrelated programs. Together, our mission is to enhance the quality of individual and family life through teaching, research and creative activity and service that prepares our students for professions in the public and private sectors, and engagement in local and global communities. • Fashion merchandising prepares majors for careers in the merchandising and promotion of fashion goods and services including apparel, home furnishings and a variety of other consumer products. Most students choose to complete a business administration minor. • Interior design prepares students for careers as residential and/or commercial interior designers and is accredited by the Foundation for Interior Design Education Research. Students learn to communicate their
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Wednesday, June 1, 2005 design concepts and to solve design problems. • Nutrition and foods majors study how the selection, processing and consumption of foods affect the attainment and maintenance of health. They prepare for careers in medical nutrition therapy, food service administration, public health nutrition programs, private practice and the food industry. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education and fulfills didactic requirements for Texas licensing. Graduates are qualified to apply for postgraduate dietetic internships in pursuit of Registered Dietitian Certification. • Family and child development majors work in family and child programs and community agencies. Using an interdisciplinary approach, students focus on human development and relationships across the lifespan. Family and consumer science majors have a choice of three different tracks: • Consumer science track — Students study family financial decisions and the role of the consumer in the economy and prepare for such careers as business consumer liaisons, consumer advocates or government agency employees. • Family and consumer sciences track — Students take courses from all areas of family and consumer sciences and select a minor. Graduates seek employment in business, the extension service and community agencies. • Teacher certification option (approved by TEA) — Graduates are certified to teach family and consumer sciences in secondary public schools. Minors available include: family and consumer sciences, consumer sciences, family and child development, early childhood intervention and fashion merchandising.
Fashion Merchandising Program Curious about fashion merchandising? Consumer behavior, business enterprises, human resources, marketing, promotions, advertising, product analysis and development, consumer and economic trends, technological innovations, organizational internal and external buying behavior, management, manufacturing, retailing and of course, designers, trends and historical analysis of fashions — these are all topics studied in the fashion merchandising program, which is part of the family and consumer sciences department. Here, students receive the rewarding and challenging experiences and education they need to excel in the fashion merchandising industry, which includes a large network of possible careers. Many current students in this program are striving to be
departmental or corporate buyers, entrepreneurs, managers, human resource directors and special event planners — just to name a few. The fashion merchandising program offers students the opportunity to become heavily involved with the program through the Fashion Merchandising Association, which puts on a fashion show every spring semester to raise money for departmental scholarships. Everything is planned and implemented by our own students and can be a very rewarding and valuable experience for students’ futures. Students also complete an exciting internship program, and some of the past internships have been with companies such as Neiman-Marcus, Nordstroms, Saks Fifth Avenue, Ann Taylor, The Gap, Lord and Taylor, Target and Walt Disney World. Being a fashion merchandising major provides students with a wonderful learning environment where they can express their creativity and abilities while being challenged. The fashion industry is an exciting, competitive and challenging environment that offers an array of opportunities. Our department is growing very fast, and we are pleased to announce that new faculty will be here in the fall. So come and take your seat in one of our classrooms as a fashion merchandising major and be surrounded by creative and friendly students. We are one big family here, and you will surely walk away with the knowledge and experience you need to succeed and hopefully have some fun in the process! For more information about our program, feel free to visit our Web site at www.fcs.txstate.edu/fm.htm.
Department of Geography Texas State geography boasts the largest undergraduate geography program in the United States. The Journal of Geography, the Association of American Geographers and a National Program Effectiveness Survey has recognized Texas State Geography as among the best undergraduate geography programs in the nation. The National Council for Geographic Education has honored eleven of our faculty with the Distinguished Teaching Achievement Award — the most renowned teaching award in geography. The department of geography offers undergraduate majors in urban and regional planning, resource and environmental studies, geographic information science, physical geography and water studies. The department also offers a minor in geography, an interdisciplinary minor in nature and heritage tourism and certificates in Geographic Information See Descriptions, page B-5
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Systems and Water Resources Policy. In addition to traditional coursework, Texas State Geography’s Internship Program provides students with supervised, real-world work experiences directly related to their academic studies and career goals. Texas State geography also offers highly acclaimed, field experiences to places such as Big Bend National Park, the southwestern United States, Europe and Mexico, where students gain valuable firsthand geographical knowledge while receiving academic credit. Texas State geography also provides opportunities for students to participate in extracurricular activities through our student organizations: Gamma Theta Upsilon — the Geography Honor Society; the National Association of Environmental Professionals; the Student Planning Organization; the Student Organization for Geographic Information Science; and Supporting Women in Geography. Finally, Texas State geography hosts numerous guest lecturers and symposia throughout the year and brings together geography students — past and present — at our annual Geography Alumni Reunion and Student Celebration each April. For more information go to www.geo.txstate.edu and http://uweb.txstate.edu/~mc12/ geodocs.htm.
Geology Program The Texas State University geology program, housed within the department of biology, offers two four-hour introductory geology courses with labs (GEOL 1410: Physical Geology and GEOL 1420: Historical Geology) that satisfy the general education core curriculum natural science requirement; these courses provide an interesting introduction to the processes
that have shaped our world, including volcanoes, earthquakes, rivers, coastal processes and the interactions among living organisms. Topics applicable to our everyday lives, such as environmental concerns, natural resources, climate change and natural hazards, are also addressed in these classes. The program also offers several upper-division geology courses and a minor in geology to compliment any field of study. The minor requires 19 hours of geology coursework and three hours of chemistry. This minor can potentially benefit students in various majors such as geography, biology, anthropology, chemistry, physics, math, computer science or any of the liberal arts disciplines. Graduates from the program have gone on to receive earth-sciencerelated employment in private companies and government agencies, and several have gone on to pursue graduate work in the geological sciences. We also have opportunities for qualified students to teach introductory laboratory sections. Classrooms, lab space and faculty offices associated with the program are located on the fourth floor of Centennial Hall. Feel free to contact Dr. Uliana (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Keairns (email@example.com) if you have any questions or would like more information. You can also go to the Web site at www.txstate.edu/bio/ ~geology for details on course descriptions and minor requirements.
Latin American Business Program Economic and business relations with Latin America are expanding rapidly, generating exciting and lucrative career opportunities. You can gain the skills and knowledge for these
careers as an undergraduate or graduate student at Texas State. Undergraduate students can fulfill the major of their choice (e.g., marketing, management, finance, economics) and the Latin American Business Certificate, in most cases within the minimum number of hours necessary to earn an undergraduate degree. At the graduate level, the MBA degree with an emphasis in Latin American business will advance your career in U.S.Latin American commerce. Career opportunities exist in the following areas: marketing — international logistics, merchandising, marketing and advertising; management — export/import operations, international supply chain management; and finance and economics — international banking, risk and project analysis; export/import insurance. U.S.-based medium and large corporations in industries as diverse as high-tech (Dell Corp.), communications (SBC), retail (H-E-B, WalMart), manufacturing (FritoLay), energy (Chevron-Texaco, Citgo), financial services (Citicorp, Wells Fargo) and automotive (Ford) are expanding into the Latin American markets, while Latin American-based companies in the airline industry (Aero Mexico, Embraer), media (Televisa), beverages (Cerveceria Modelo, Bacardi) and food manufacturing (Bimbo, Goya) are expanding into the U.S. markets. The Latin American business program develops future business leaders with the expertise to qualify for positions in these areas through a multidisciplinary course of study, including international business, language and social sciences. The Texas State LAB academic program offers: • an LAB certificate at the undergraduate level (open to
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business, non-business and post-baccalaureate students) and, • an MBA degree with an emphasis in Latin American business. Other educational opportunities within the LAB program are: • Export Fellows Program (a U.S. Department of Commerce certificate is issued upon completion) • Study Abroad Program (Monterrey Tec, Mexico) • Student Exchange Program (Mexico and Chile) For further information about the Latin American business program, please visit our Web site at www.business.txstate.edu/lab, or contact Dr. Jack Mogab, (firstname.lastname@example.org; (512) 2453249) and, for the MBA, The Graduate School of Business, (512) 245-3591.
Occupational Education Occupational education is a multidisciplinary program designed to provide an opportunity for the student to assist in designing his or her degree plan using various departments in the university. The program also utilizes distance learning, Clep examinations plus correspondence and extension courses. In addition, students with a number of years of work experience may go through the evaluation process for a potential award of college credits. The program is flexible and provides opportunities for students to better understand their abilities and to learn self-management skills. Students interested need to contact the Occupational Education Office and schedule to attend an orientation about the program. In addition, the occupational education Web site, www.oced.txstate.edu,
should be reviewed prior to attending an orientation. Call (512) 245-2115 to check on new student orientations.
in public administration. Minors offered include political science, public administration and political communication.
Department of Political Science
Department of Psychology
Political science is the study of government — the most important decision-making part of society — and of the social, economic and other institutions and practices that influence this decision-making process. On the one hand, it is a discipline that can trace its roots to the ancient Greek political community, the polis, but it is also a modern social science, which uses techniques such as content analysis, public opinion surveys and statistical analysis to create and evaluate generalizations about how government and people behave. As a liberal arts discipline, the department is dedicated to developing analytical skills and promoting critical thinking. Students are encouraged to reflect not simply on their career goals but also on what type of persons they want to become and on their rights and duties as citizens. The department offers students the opportunity to earn up to six credit hours in an internship program in which students gain practical experience by working for various federal, state, local or nonprofit community agencies. Political science prepares students for careers in various fields, not only in government, law and education but also in business, journalism, urban planning and many fields on which public policies have a significant effect. Degree programs offered include a BA in political science, BA in political science with teacher certification-social studies composite and a BPA
“I just need someone to talk to.” Have you heard this before? Do you find yourself being the one that everyone comes to for advice? Then maybe you are meant to study psychology. Our department is devoted to providing students with the research, analysis and people skills that prepare them for graduate work and/or careers in the helping professions. Our students enjoy great success in gaining admission to graduate programs from Minnesota to California. In addition, our graduates have gained immediate employment in such jobs as animal training at Sea World to directing social service agencies. We offer a comprehensive set of courses in both the arts and sciences degree areas. Our department enjoys a long tradition of mentoring undergraduate students and many students present and publish their faculty sponsored collaborative work each year. To learn more about our fine program, the careers our graduates enjoy, the nature of the collaborative work between faculty and students, and questions you should contemplate as you consider our program, please visit our Web site at www.psych.txstate.edu. If you go under “Undergraduate Information,” you can access a PowerPoint slide presentation that will give you more detailed information and also show you pictures of our students and our faculty. For more personal contact, call Dr. Randall E. Osborne, See Desciptions page B-6
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department chair at (512) 2458236 or stop by our office. The campus address is: Psychology Building, Room 208 Texas State University San Marcos, Texas 78666. We look forward to meeting you.
Department of Respiratory Care Do you like the TV shows ER or Trauma in the ER? Are you interested in a fast-paced job in health care? Are you interested in a degree that guarantees a job on or before graduation? Looking for a health-care career with a high demand? The department of respiratory care at Texas State is one of the largest bachelor’s degree programs in the nation and offers challenging career opportunities as a Respiratory Care Practitioner in acute care, critical care, home care, pulmonary rehab, diagnostic testing, research and medical equipment sales. The respiratory care team member is the primary health care professional who assesses patients with breathing disorders in the ER, the ICU and many other areas of the hospital. They work directly with physicians on newborn, pediatric, adult or geriatric patients to analyze oxygen levels and breathing difficulty. Respiratory therapists administer medications prescribed by physicians to relieve breathing distress and assist in pulmonary treatments and diagnostics. Currently, there is an incredible national shortage of registered respiratory therapists with a BS degree. Looking for a three-hour freshman intro course? Our freshman introductory course, RC 1313 “Introduction to Respiratory Care,” is an open-enrollment course for anyone interested in learning about this high-demand, wellpaid member of the health care team. Interested students can apply for entrance into the RC Program at the end of the introductory course for a promising, bright career in this exceptional medical field. Register TODAY for Course Index 288098, and visit our Web site at www.health.txstate.edu/RC. Be sure to check out the “Life & Breath” QuickTime video in the “Program Info” section.
Club Descriptions Agriculture Ambassadors The Agriculture Ambassador program is a key part of the recruitment and retention program for the department of agriculture at Texas State. It assists department faculty and staff in promoting the department of agriculture, Texas State, careers in agricultural, food and environmental sciences and the value of higher education. Students participating in the program gain valuable skills beneficial to them as students and graduates of our program. They also encourage incoming and current students to excel in their personal and professional development while at Texas State. The Agriculture Ambassadors are the student leaders in the department of agriculture working with recruitment, retention and alumni events. Currently, they are preparing for the Fall Meat & Greet at the Freeman Ranch, the seventh annual Kill It and Grill It BBQ Cook Off & Tailgate Party and the first annual Denim & Diamonds Shindig. Each event is tailored to the recruitment and retention needs of the student body of the department of agriculture. The Fall Meat & Greet assists incoming students in meeting their peers, faculty and staff who will be their support system. Incoming students have the opportunity to talk to students who know the department and can guide them toward academic success in a family oriented environment. The agriculture department goes all out to see their student body succeed. The seventh annual Kill It and Grill It BBQ Cook Off & Tailgate Party is an event held at Bobcat Stadium in conjunction with one of the Bobcats’ fall football games. Contestants listen to great music while participating in categories such as “Killed It,” “Bought It” and “Grew It”. Next year’s event will feature a new category, “Baked It”. All must be cooked to perfection on an open grill or in a Dutch oven, just like in the good ol’ days back on the ranch. The Denim & Diamonds Shindig is focused on building contact opportunities for high school students who are interested in attending Texas State,
current agriculture students interested in business contacts in the marketplace and alumni interested in meeting outstanding students who could be potential employees for their companies. It’s a WIN-WIN-WIN event! Join us in Fall 2005!
American Marketing Association The AMA is the world’s largest and most comprehensive professional marketing society. It consists of more than 45,000 members worldwide in 92 countries and 500 chapters — professional and collegiate — throughout North America. The AMA is the only organization that provides direct benefits to marketing professionals in both business and education and serves all levels of marketing practitioners, educators and students. Participation in the collegiate chapter is an integral part of the AMA experience. Involvement in activities, committees and service as an officer will provide practical marketing, advertising, management, promotion and financial planning experience — experience that increases your value in today’s competitive job environment. In addition to this valuable experience, you are entitled to enjoy the many benefits of student membership. Sure, you can include AMA membership on your résumé, but don’t let that be your only motivation for joining. When you join the AMA, you also receive a subscription to Marketing News Magazine, discounted membership to a professional chapter after graduation, networking opportunities with business professionals, community service and fundraising experience, tips for improving your résumé and the chance to meet new people who share your interests. So, whether you think you might be interested in pursuing a career in marketing or just want to be a member of a beneficial and fun organization, joining the AMA is an opportunity you will not want to pass up! AMA meetings feature guest speakers from a wide variety of career fields and offer free food to all attendees. Meetings are held at 5:30 p.m. every other Wednesday in LBJ Student Center, Room 3-14.1. The AMA is open to all majors. Applications will be accepted at the start of the fall See Descriptions page B-7
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ness of American deaf culture across the university. The ASL Club is open to everyone, hearing or deaf, at every skill level. Meetings happen once a week; the first hour of the meeting is traditionally a member meeting for the paid members, and the second hour is the general meeting for everybody, regardless of their status with the university. The general meeting offers games and various activities to improve one’s skill level. The officers and members meeting plans for our events during the year, such as setting up a booth at the Texas School for the Deaf Homecoming and hosting the Deaf World Fair — a culture shock event for the Texas State community. Contact ASL Club President Tracy Gentry at firstname.lastname@example.org or adviser Ismael Amaya at email@example.com, or visit our Web site for more information at http:// studentorgs.txstate.edu/aslclub. We say it with our hands!
semester and will be available at AMA meetings or in the marketing department office (DH 226). For more information, please visit our Web site at www.business.txstate.edu/ ama, or send an e-mail to TL1039@txstate.edu.
Arnold Air Society Do you seek camaraderie and fellowship with your peers? Do you seek excellence in everything you do? Do you value service to others before yourself? AAS is a professional, honorary service organization that advocates the support of aerospace power. Service and professional development are the tenets of our organization as we seek to contribute to our campus, community and our country. Additionally, we enhance the training the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps provides and seek to project a positive image of the Air Force on university campuses and in the community. Lyndon B. Johnson Squadron has contributed over 277 man-hours to the community this past year. Service projects range from a national joint project, to local community and campus service. Some national joint projects include: serving the disadvantaged in the local community, foster environmental awareness and promote awareness of the plight of Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action. Locally, squadron members volunteer at Texas State football games, assist retired military veterans and collect clothing donations for wounded soldiers from Iraq. Currently, there are approximately 25 cadets who are members of the AAS. These cadets are a close-knit group and share experiences that enhance their journey towards becoming leaders in the world’s best air force. They are frequently role models in the detachment and regularly assume cadet leadership positions. Any AFROTC cadet in good standing is qualified to participate in a rigorous candidacy program mandatory for initiation into the society.
or call (512) 245-3219.
Department of Campus Recreation The Department of Campus Recreation is excited about the endless possibilities of this new school year. Every student has the chance to become involved with the outstanding programs offered by the department of campus recreation. By becoming an active part of this department, participants can reduce stress, become physically fit, meet other faculty and staff members and develop a healthier lifestyle. We invite you to read further and to visit the Student Recreation Center to learn more about our programs. Informal Recreation The Informal Recreation program includes the Student Recreation Center and the Aqua Sports Center. The SRC offers six racquetball courts, a 6,000-square-foot weight room, top-of-the-line cardiovascular machines, four basketball/ volleyball courts, indoor elevated track, aerobics studio, multi-purpose room, locker rooms and a snack bar. The Aqua Sports Center offers an eight-lane 25-yard swimming pool where members may do aquatic conditioning or swim laps. Many faculty and staff members take advantage of the early and noontime hours.
Bobcat Build Planning Committee Bobcat Build is the largest community service project at Texas State. The event is held each spring and has been growing rapidly since its creation in 2003. More than 700 volunteers participated the first year. This past April brought more than 2,000 students, faculty and community members. On the day of Bobcat Build, participants meet up at Bobcat Village for the Kickoff, which includes breakfast, T-shirts, music, and information. Everyone is then released to go to the assigned job sites all over San Marcos. Sites include such things as neighborhood clean-ups, fixing playground equipment, yard work, painting, cleaning buses and helping the elderly. To plan such a large event, the Bobcat Build Planning Committee needs the help of its committee members. The organization works all year to put together the necessary components of this huge project. There are different committees that work with the different aspects of the event, and we would love your help. We gather and evaluate job sites, hold fundraisers, work with advertising and publicity, and collect tools and supplies. If you would like to help with this spectacular event, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org,
American Sign Language Club The goal of the ASL Club is to provide members with opportunities to develop sign communication and visual skills and foster a better aware-
Fitness & Wellness The Fitness & Wellness program provides faculty and staff a chance to participate in exhilarating and stress-reducing activities for an additional fee. Certified personal trainers are available to help guide workout programs and to assist with nutritional counseling. Group exercise classes are available with the hottest cardio workouts available, including Power Flex, water aerobics, kickboxing, indoor cycling, step and Pilates. Check out a Fitness & Wellness brochure or the Campus Recreation Web site for more information on times and prices. Intramural Sports The Intramural Sports program offers structured leagues and tournaments to allow students, faculty and staff members to participate in individual, dual and team competitions. Most events and activities include men’s, women’s and coed divisions, as well as
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various skill levels. Sport Clubs The Sport Clubs program consists of registered student organizations that compete against other colleges and universities throughout the state and nation. Campus Recreation partially funds the sport clubs, but the students raise the majority of funding through sponsorships and various fundraisers. Outdoor Recreation The Outdoor Recreation program includes outdoor equipment rental, the Adventure Trip program, the Outdoor Center and the University Camp in Wimberley. Also, the Group Oriented Achievement and Learning (GOAL) program, Texas State’s Challenge/Ropes Course and Sewell Park offer faculty and staff a place to play. Contact the Outdoor Center for more information about the programs and opportunities in Outdoor Recreation. Golf The Texas State Golf Course, located at Aquarena Center is open to students, faculty, staff and the community. A pro shop, snack bar, cart and club rentals are available through the club
house. Faculty and staff members, as well as students, receive a discounted price. Call the golf course to reserve tee times and to find out more information. Department of Campus Recreation contact information: Main Office (512) 245-2392 Fax: (512) 245-8486 Student Recreation Center Front Desk (512) 245-2940 Aqua Sports Center (512) 245-3941 Outdoor Center (512) 245-2004 Intramural Sports Office (512) 245-8090 Texas State Golf Course (512) 245-7593
Court Appointed Special Advocates CASA of Central Texas invites Texas State to join the fight against child abuse by becoming a Court Appointed Special Ad-
vocate. A CASA volunteer serves as the eyes and ears of the court and could be the only consistent person in a child’s life during the court process. For those interested in making a difference in the life of a child, please contact Erin Taylor at (512) 392-3578.
Crime Stoppers If you have information on a crime, call 245-STOP. You will remain anonymous. How does it work? You have information on a crime on campus; now what? Call 245STOP. Provide the information on the crime. The operator will give you a code number and call back instructions. Don’t lose this code number! The information is forwarded to the Texas State Police Department, which investigates the crime. If the crime is solved — either through a citation, arrest or discipline — the information is brought to the board. The board, which never knows the identity of the tipster, votes on a reward amount. When you call back with the code number, arrangements are made for a cash reward pickup. Crime Stoppers at Texas State See Descriptions, page B-8
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is a registered student organization devoted to providing students a way to anonymously report crime at Texas State and receive a cash reward in return. For more information, go to our Web site at www.crimestop pers.txstate.edu/student.
Cycling Club Do you like to ride bikes? If so, come check out the Texas State Cycling Club. We ride and race both mountain and road bikes. The club is a member of the South Central Collegiate Cycling Conference. Included in the conference are more than 20 schools from Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas. There are beginner, intermediate and advanced races for men and women. This year, the team finished second place in mountain biking and fifth place on the road. The club pays for nearly all travel and race expenses and has some pretty cool sponsors, too. Not ready to race yet? No problem. Come to one of our meetings, or join us for a group ride. Check out our Web site for meeting times and for more information at www.studentorg s.sw t.edu/ swtcycling/home.htm. You can also e-mail the president at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Financial Management Association Like to talk about money? Looking for a great way to build your resume? Join the Financial Management Association! FMA is an exciting social opportunity to meet like-minded people. Every two weeks, we have speakers who talk about financial planning and investments, real estate, banking, corporate finance and other related areas. Last year’s annual trip gave students the opportunity to visit the Finance Leaders’ Conference in Chicago! We also tour local financial institutions. Check the Web site at www.business.txstate.edu/ users/fma, visit Derrick Hall Room 315 or call (512) 2452547 for more information.
St. Jude’s Four Square Executive Board On behalf of the St. Jude’s Four-Square Executive Board, we invite students and organiza-
tions to participate in the third annual Four-Square Tournament. Before you sign up to play, it would be beneficial for you to know for what you are playing. The patients are children suffering from cancer or other catastrophic diseases. The hospital goes above and beyond for the patients and their families. If the family is unable to pay for their child’s treatment, St. Jude’s waives the cost and cares for the children free of charge. St. Jude’s houses the families and patients in alternative housing so the children don’t feel confined to the hospital. St. Jude conducts research on the many rare cancers that affect children today and share its findings with other children’s hospitals in the nation. It is no surprise that St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., was voted one of the best hospitals in the world. The goal of this year’s FourSquare Tournament is to raise a substantial amount of money for this hospital, which does so much for its patients and the medical community. The board that has been organizing this event are all Texas State students volunteering their time in hopes that this amazing hospital and the doctors who research will have the necessary funds to continue their research. It is simple to play in the tournament. All you need is a team of four people and a $20 entry fee. Turn entry forms in at the LBJ Student Center, Room 4-7.5. Each team member must collect 50 addresses; we find that the easiest way to acquire them is to ask friends and family for help or through the use of an alumni database. Letter-writing and tournament dates will be announced at a later time. St. Jude Pledge Letters, food, drinks and prizes will be provided. Grand prizes for the tournament will be announced. We are currently recruiting board members. For additional information contact: Four Square Executive Board, Texas State UniversitySan Marcos, 601 University Drive LBJ Student Center 4-7.5 San Marcos, TX 78666 or call (512) 245-1482.
Hispanic Business Student Association Welcome prospective members for the Hispanic Business
Student Association: There are no requirements to join HBSA. You don’t need experience, you don’t have to be Hispanic or a business major to join. All you need is a positive attitude, be willing to succeed and willing to meet new people. Overall, HBSA helps you build up your resume, teaches you how to present yourself for a professional job interview and helps you to experience how it would be when you are looking for “that job” after graduation. It will also help you develop personal, professional and communication skills. HBSA is an organization that prepares our members to develop leadership, and interpersonal and intrapersonal skills. HBSA is actively involved in community service, fundraisers and intramural sports. Besides all the hard work, we do take time to have fun and enjoy college life by setting up social events. Our meetings are a big success, with many new faces and old members coming back for more. So come out to our next meeting on Tuesdays in the LBJ Student Center, Room 3-5.1. We encourage you to come and explore our organization. You never know — you may meet some interesting people that might result in everlasting relationships. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail the HBSA at email@example.com, or visit the Web site at www.hbsatxstate.com.
Society of MexicanAmerican Engineers and Scientists The Society of MexicanAmerican Engineers and Scientists was founded in 1974 for the purpose of increasing the number of underrepresented Americans in the technical and scientific fields. MAES is a mature organization with a national membership, representing virtually all the engineering and scientific disciplines. MAES is also an international organization with professional and student chapters nationwide and in Mexico. Through our professional and student activities, we work to increase opportunities, recognition and participation in the fields of engineering and science. As an organization, we participate in conferences through-
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out the year. Many of these trips are out of state and fully paid. At these conferences, scholarships, internships and even jobs are made available to all the students who attend. As an added bonus, you meet people from different companies and government agencies, such as Ford, GMC, National Institute of Health, FBI, CIA, Army, Navy, Honda and Johnson & Johnson, just to name a few, that are willing to help you in any way they can. Every year, we put on a Science Extravaganza for local elementary children that allows them to experience different fields of the science world. It is a one-day event that involves many hands-on workshops put on by other MAES statewide chapters. MAES is a nondiscriminating organization that welcomes everyone and anyone. We are not limited to only science majors; many of the companies mentioned earlier offer opportunities to students of various majors. If you are interested in becoming a MAES member, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or e-mail MAES President Rudy Jimenez at email@example.com. We also have a national Web site, www.maes-natl.org, which gives the complete background information of our organization.
Mitte Honors Student Association The Mitte Honors Student Association supports the Mitte Honors Program at Texas State through the development of a strong, focused and supportive Honors community by providing network opportunities with fellow Honors students and faculty. MHSA assists students in developing meaningful goals and leadership skills through community service and academic and social activities with other honors students and faculty. MHSA hosts “Meet the Professor Night,” the End of the Semester Barbecue & Award Ceremony and represents Honors during Bobcat Day. This year, we plan to expand our events to include an art exhibition, multicultural dinner, more fundraisers, social events and community service opportunities. We will become more involved in our commu-
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nity and the multiple departments at our university. Help support the Mitte Honors Program by joining MHSA. More information about MHSA meetings and events will be available on our Web site closer to the start of the fall semester at www.txstate.edu/honors/ HSA.html.
Orchesis Modern Dance Company Orchesis is a Greek word that means “to dance.” This dance organization is sponsored by the dance faculty at Texas State and began in 1980. Our meetings are from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays. During the fall semester, Orchesis brings in instructors to teach master classes in different dance genres. These master classes have included African, jazz, hip hop, modern, musical theatre and a host of others. In the spring semester, we hold our annual show “Dancers In Flight,” which includes choreography from Orchesis officers and various choreographers from the dance department. For more information, e-mail orchesisdancecompany@yahoo .com. Auditions are in the fall semester only. Audition dates will be posted around campus in the fall, so look for flyers. To be on the mailing list for audition dates, concert dates, etc., e-mail the public relations officer at KL1121@txstate.edu. This years officers are Jill Standridge, president; Darryl Pilate, vice president; Tia Lee, secretary; Mollie Haven, treasurer; Khoi Le, public relations; and Sarah Carter, historian.
Texas State Parents Association Parent involvement is important at every age, and parents can continue their involvement during the college years by joining the Texas State Parents Association. The association is a strong link to the university; we serve as a liaison for parents and students when questions or concerns arise about Texas State. The association supports Texas State students by developing resources for programs and services that otherwise might not be available to our students. Last year, the 640-plus members of the Texas State Parents Associa-
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tion raised more than $40,500 to fund or enhance programs such as the Student Learning Assistance Center, where group and individual tutoring is provided to all Texas State students; the e-Discover Web-based program to help students in their career decision-making process; the Counseling Center; the Texas State Bobcat marching band and cheerleaders; Alkek Library; the Student Foundation and University Ambassadors; the President’s Associates; the University Police Department and more. These services are provided to all Texas State students at no cost. We encourage all parents to join the Texas State Parents Association to work with us to improve the quality of education at Texas State. For more information about the Texas State Parents Association, please call Marian Loep or Sue Cole at (512) 245-2396 or toll free at (800) 687-6124.
Phi Beta Chi Phi Beta Chi is a social/service sorority with an emphasis in Christianity. The three focuses of the organization are: chapter, church and community. Our motto, “Love through life in Christ,” guides the sorority; however, we always welcome all beliefs. We will be at the student organization fair in September, or you can e-mail the recruitment director, Whitney, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, please visit our Web site at www.geocities.com/phibx.
Phi Chi Theta Phi Chi Theta is a coed business fraternity. To join, you must be at least a second-semester freshman, have at least a 2.5 GPA and be majoring or minoring in business. For orientation dates, contact President Lauren Gresham at email@example.com. Our goal is to create a more well-rounded business savvy individual and to always have fun!
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(Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministry) Based at St. Marks Church 510 N. Guadalupe (across from the Tower) 512.353.1928 Chaplains: Lou Flessner (LF10@txstate.edu) Susan Hanson (SH17@txstate.edu)
Sunday Holy Communion 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays informal worship free meal discussion 6 p.m. Mondays Bible Study Fall Retreat Sept. 16-18 www.highergroundtxstate.org
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Campus Christian Community 604 N. Guadalupe 512.396.4222 the Rev. Mike Miller, Campus Pastor (firstname.lastname@example.org) Jennifer Marlow, OfÞce Manager (email@example.com) 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays Informal Worship, Free Meal, Music, & Fellowship 8 p.m. Fridays Film Fest & Discussion Plus Equal Exchange Coffee House TBA Concerts in the Park http://www.studentorgs.txstate.edu/ccc/
United Campus Ministry of Texas at Texas State. A cooperative effort of the United Methodist, Presbyterian, United Church of Christ and Christian (Disciples of Christ) Churches.
H.L Grant Catholic Student Center 100 Concho at LBJ 512.392.5925 (across from Colloquium Books & Lantana Hall) Co-Directors: Fr. William Benish Melinda Habingreither (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Masses: Sunday 10 a.m. 7:30 p.m.: Mon., Wed., Fri. 12:05 p.m. Free Lunch Tues. 11-1 CSO Tues. 7 p.m. Bible Study Wed. 8 p.m. Praise & Worship Thurs. 7:30 p.m. ConÞrmation Wed. 7 p.m. Home of the Catholic Student Organization (CSO), Mu Epsilon Theta, & Lambda Omega Alpha www.txstatecatholicstudentcenter.com
The Interfaith Chaplaincy Association welcomes you to Texas State! A ministry of University Church of Christ 506 N. Guadalupe St. (across from the Admissions ofÞce) 512.392.4780
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Mondays 6:30 p.m. CrossTraining Wednesdays 7:30 p.m. Bible Class Thursdays 9:00 p.m. Devotional
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Fraternity! We know what you are thinking — NERDS! But it is quite the opposite. Having social and service aspects, this is an outgoing infectious group that would love to meet you! The only requirements are a 3.0 GPA and between 12 and 90 credit hours. It is coed and a very diversified fraternity based on scholarship, leadership and fellowship. Some examples of the social events held are an annual cocktail party, boat parties and also many other themed date parties. There are also many community service projects such as Relay for Life, Bobcat Build and Adopt-A-Highway. This is not another ordinary honor society; rather, it is a nationally recognized fraternity seeking to organize the service, fund raising, social and recreational potential of its members while promoting its dedication to and respect for education and academic excellence. Founded in 1916, there are almost 30,000 undergraduate and alumni members and is currently active at 95 collegiate universities across the United States. So, are you still interested? Then come check us out at the Fall 2005 Organization Fair, and see what Phi Sigma Pi can do for you!
Psychology Association The Psychology Association consists of psychology majors, minors and other students interested in psychological topics. Activities sponsored by the association include guest speakers, faculty discussions, social events with faculty and students, volunteer opportunities, conventions and service projects. Past activities include fundraiser events such as a food sale or silent auction. Money from the fundraisers will go toward helping students attend conferences this semester and information about graduate schools. The alumni speaker series is a great opportunity to hear alumni who have excelled in different areas of psychology. The association has visited the Greater San Marcos Youth Council and the San Marcos High School Psychology Club. We have speakers throughout the semester who come and talk about different graduate programs and their requirements. It is a fun opportunity to meet more students, have fun, learn and build your résumé. Psychol-
ogy Association is a great way to meet and get to know your professors on a more personal basis and get great mentoring and advice. Weekly meetings are held in the Psychology Building in the third-floor student lounge. The time and day is to be announced at a later date. Look for posters in the Psychology Building for more information. If you have any questions, e-mail email@example.com.
threaten to literally dry up many of our most treasured rivers and streams. The programs and research of the Institute are dedicated to finding alternatives to this unimaginable consequence. The River Systems Institute is currently located at Clevenger House, 456 Lindsey St., on the southwest side of campus. For more information, please stop by our office, or check out our Web site at www.rivers.txstate.edu.
River System Institute
The River Systems Institute at Texas State (formerly the International Institute for Sustainable Water Resources) was initiated in January 2002, when Andrew Sansom was named executive director. The name was changed in 2005 to reflect the Institute’s emphasis in projects and programs on the primary importance of river systems in the hydrologic cycle. The main focus of the Institute is to develop, analyze, promote and facilitate the holistic management of rivers including the springs, streams, groundwater aquifers and the watersheds that feed them, as well as the lakes, bays and estuaries into which they flow. The Institute provides opportunities to faculty and graduate students from a range of disciplines to engage in scientific research and opportunities to address major water management problems in Texas and beyond. Some of the Institute’s activities include studies of the Blanco, Guadalupe and Colorado Rivers and the Rio Grande River Basin. In 2003, the Institute sponsored a conference on campus with the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority and Texas Watch to review flooding events in Central Texas and address ways to reduce losses from future floods. A conference regarding issues pertaining to Texas groundwater was held at the state Capitol in Austin in 2004 with focus on the need to conserve groundwater. This fall, the Institute will host a conference on the Texas State campus regarding environmental flows. This conference will focus on questions related to ensuring adequate environmental flows, which include both in-stream flows in rivers and freshwater inflows to bays and estuaries. Texas’ growing population and the resulting demands on our water resources now
Have you been wondering how to get involved with Texas State? Have you heard of the Texas State University Ambassadors? We are a leadership organization dedicated to reaching out to the community of Texas State, Texas State alumni, future Bobcats and the surrounding community of San Marcos. Our main activities include hosting Bobcat Days for prospective students and their families and giving tours of the campus to visitors. We are also involved with various community service projects such as Bobcat Build and Relay for Life. In addition to school related events, we also get together to let loose and have some fun. Some of those activities include our annual retreat, bowling, tubing or just getting ice cream together. University Ambassadors is chartered by the Admissions Office of Texas State, and we were voted the 20042005 Chartered Organization of the Year by Campus Activities. University Ambassadors is a diverse group of outgoing students who love Texas State and have a good time working together. If you’re interested in joining or want more information, you can reach us by e-mail at txstateamb firstname.lastname@example.org, check out our Web site www.studentorgs .txstate.edu/uambassadors, or stop by the Visitor’s Center, located in the LBJ Student Center, to visit with an ambassador. We will also be hosting an info session for potential members in the fall. Hope to see you soon!
The University Star Since 1911, The Star has been the eyes, ears and voice of the student body at this university. The staff of your student newspaper is committed to providing in-depth reporting and analysis of the events and issues that affect Texas State’s students, as well as exciting coverage of Bobcat athletics and the art and entertainment alternatives avail-
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able in San Marcos and Central Texas. The Star is published every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of the academic year, with periodic special issues designed to guide Texas State students throughout their university experience. We can also be read at www.universitystar.com. The Star is dedicated to fulfilling the information needs of Texas State students. If you have a story idea for us, if your student organization is having an event you want placed in our daily calendar, or if you would like to place an ad, please contact the appropriate Star staff member. (E-mail addresses are available at the “contact us” page on The Star’s Web site.) If you are interested in journalism and the pursuit of truth, if you like to tell stories in type or in photographs, if you have an opinion you want to share, or if you want to work with a dedicated, professional and fun group of student-journalists and develop a portfolio of published work, The Star may be the place for you. Stop by our office in Old Main, Room 102, and talk to an editor, or download an application for employment at www.universitystar.com.
Upward Bound The Upward Bound program at Texas State is a federallyfunded program that provides high school students with the skills and motivation essential in attaining a college degree. Since 1989, Upward Bound has been a highly successful, college-based program of rigorous academic instruction, individual tutoring and counseling for low-income high school students, most of whom are the first generation of their families to consider postsecondary education. Currently 60 students from Hays, Lockhart, Luling, San Marcos and Seguin independent school districts are enrolled in this academic support program. We are proud to be a part of the Texas State family and look forward to providing opportunities for success to students in our target areas. In Upward Bound, the tradition truly starts here! Juanita W. Morris, Director Upward Bound ASB-N 307 Phone: (512) 245-3836 Fax: (512) 245-7868 email@example.com
Office Descriptions Advising Centers The student is the most important person on campus. Our belief in this principle keeps us focused on our goal to provide accessible, friendly and accurate advising for students. College advising centers are designed to meet this goal. Professional advisers in the advising centers are available to help students deal with the educational process. We’ve all heard the old maxim that part of getting a degree is being able to “negotiate the hurdles.” Our expectation is that the advising centers make negotiating the hurdles much easier. From declaring a major, to planning a course of study, to getting a degree audit, to applying for graduation — the advising personnel are there to provide information, guide and direct. Academic advisers are responsible for assisting students in planning their programs and monitoring their progress toward their educational goals. Students should be reminded, See Descriptions, page B-10
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however, that they still have responsibilities as advisees. They are responsible for gathering relevant information, clarifying their goals, being knowledgeable about policies, procedures and requirements and accepting responsibility for decisions. Students — use these resources; parents — encourage your students to use these resources. Advising Center Locations:
(512) 245-9930 www.dineoncampus.com/ txstate ID Services Introducing the Texas State BobcatCard: Your official ID now provides a choice of purchasing options on and off campus, in addition to accessing dining services, library materials and more. (512) 245-2297 www.aux-srvcs.txstate.edu/ idservices University Print Shop Wide-format digital color printing for posters, banners and presentations. Color offset printing for brochures, event invitations and programs,business cards, forms and more. (512) 245-2601 www.aux-srvcs.txstate.edu/ printshop.htm
• College of Applied Arts: AG 201 • College of Business: Administration: DH 110 • College of Education: ED 2143 • College of Fine Arts & Communication: OM 110 • College of Health Professions: HSC 201 • College of Liberal Arts: FH 322 • College of Science: CH 202 • University College: ASBN 100 If you don’t know in which College your major is located, please visit our Web site at www.txstate.edu/ucollege/adv.
Alkek Library Study Rooms For graduate and Honors undergraduate students, Alkek Library offers a limited number of lockable individual study rooms. Assignment of these reserved rooms is on a first-come, first-served basis. Apply by presenting your Texas State ID at the Circulation Desk on the second floor.
Auxillary Services Auxiliary Services is the administrative office for a range of resources that make campus life easier, many of which you see around campus, and others you don’t see but use every day. From mail to ID cards to textbooks to posters to bus service to photocopies, we’re there for you every day of the year. When you do business with Auxiliary Services, proceeds are reinvested in the people and facilities that enhance your quality of life at Texas State: athletics, student activities and orientations, and many other programs benefiting students, employees and community organizations. Our services include: University Bookstore LBJ Student Center Books and course supplies, electronics, computer software, home décor, Texas State imprinted apparel and gifts including the official Texas State Ring. “Be True to Your School” rebate program. Textbook reservations in-store and online, plus year-round buybacks. (512) 245-2273 www.bookstore.txstate.edu TxTram Shuttle Bus System Reliable, eco-friendly transportation, both day and night. (512) 754-8993 www.aux-srvcs.txstate.edu/ tram.htm Chartwells Dining Services Great food, great service, great people at every dining hall, food court and convenience store on campus. Award-winning catering for on- or off-campus events of any size.
Duplicating Services A wide range of cash services for students, delivered or whileyou-wait. Black or color digital copies; specialty & recycled papers. Finishing services include binding, collating, folding and envelope-inserting. Try Networked Printing from any Texas State workstation directly to our printers. (512) 245-2684 www.aux-srvcs.txstate.edu/ duplicating.htm Mail Services Full range of U.S. Postal services, plus ground and air shipping, stationery, notary and fax services, and decorative packaging. (512) 245-2293 www.aux-srvcs.txstate.edu/ mailservices.htm Copier Services Prepaid copy cards and service for self-serve digital photocopiers, located throughout campus. (512) 245-2585 www.aux-srvcs.txstate.edu/ copierservices.htm To learn more, visit us online at www.aux-srvcs.txstate.edu, call us at (512) 245-2585, or stop by the LBJ Student Center, Room 3-2.50.
Computer Helpdesk Do you have a computer problem or a computer-related question? The Texas State Computer Help Desk is a resource that students, faculty and staff can use to get assistance with any computing needs. Whether it’s helping you get connected to the Internet or determine your NetID, the Help Desk offers a wide variety of support services. We can assist you with university services like Catsweb, Webmail and Blackboard, or answer questions about Microsoft Operating Systems and Office software like Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Simply give us a call between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 245-HELP, or drop by our office in MCS 261 between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. for assistance. Our team of technicians is here to help!
University Galleries I & II at the Joann Cole Mitte Building Gallery I & Gallery II provide over 3,000 square-feet of display space and is a venue dedicated to showing some the most current and prominent artists from the region and beyond. The two sister spaces house concurrent exhibits, combined shows by artists working in a variety of
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One can find help at Texas State University’s Information Security department. IT Security works with departmental system administrators, faculty, staff and students to develop security policies, standards and procedures to help protect the information resources of the university. Some of the common areas with which we assist include compromised confidential data, phishing (falsified e-mail claiming to be a legitimate enterprise in an attempt to scam the user into surrendering private information that will be used for identity theft), compromised passwords, SPAM and viruses. In addition to daily security issues, we also offer on-going
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security awareness training with tips and tricks on how to avoid these pitfalls. Not all computer security problems originate from anti-social, caffeinated hackers hiding away in the dark; many come from compromised machines within our own network. Regardless of the amount of money we spend on security devices, the best solution is an educated user. Toward that end, Texas State will participate in National Cyber Security Awareness Month this October. Look for more details soon on exhibits and great giveaways. For more information on the Texas State Information Security function and how
we can assist you, please visit us online at www.txstate.edu/ computing/security, send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (512) 245-2501.
Intercollegiate Athletics Texas State’s athletic department sponsors 16 Division I intercollegiate sports programs, which all compete in the Southland Conference. The program sponsors nine women’s programs — basketball, cross country, golf, indoor and outdoor track and field, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball and also seven men’s programs — baseball, basketball, cross country, See Descriptions, page B-11
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The IEIS exists to apply the multidisciplinary, scientific and technological expertise of Texas State to the solution of industrial and environmental problems. The Institute has been well received and gained significant funding totaling more than $6 million, with an additional $5 million pending. Since 1998, support has been provided for 56 research staff, summary salary for six faculty members, 26 graduate and 128 undergraduate students. Seventy-eight presentations including invited papers have been made at international and national meetings. Sixty-one visits have been made by IEIS representatives to various companies and institutions in the United States and abroad. The IEIS enjoys collaboration with other universities, government agencies and numerous private companies. For example, supercritical carbon dioxide, an environmentally friendly “green solvent” is being investigated to replace toxic organic solvents in the chemical industry. New rocket nozzle materials are being developed and tested in Air Force-sponsored work. Additionally, the Institute has been involved with research in nanocomposites, biotechnology, coatings technology and other scientific disciplines of importance to industry and environmental technology. The IEIS is happy to assist faculty with procurement of research funding and to provide technical expertise to the university when requested. We encourage students to be involved in our research efforts and invite all interested parties to visit our Web site at www.txstate.edu/ieis or call (512) 245-7780.
Texas State Soccer Schedule Date Aug. 17 Aug. 21 Aug. 26 Aug. 28 Aug. 31 Sept. 2 Sept. 4 Sept. 9 Sept. 11
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Site San Marcos San Antonio, Texas Stillwater, Okla. Tulsa, Okla. Denton, Texas San Marcos Houston, Texas Shreveport, La. Prairie View, Texas
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Information Security As our dependence on computers and the Internet increase, so does our vulnerability to problems that can occur on these networks. Some may feel that the security issues facing personal systems are greatly exaggerated and that businesses with critical data are the only entities that need to be concerned about computer security. Truth is, the vast majority of computer systems, including corporate ones, are not compromised for the data they may contain. Rather, they are often compromised for later use by unauthorized third parties, such as providing storage space for warez (unlicensed software) or to host remote control zombies for large-scale attacks against other networks. Compromised systems today are even being used to distribute SPAM (unsolicited e-mail) and Spyware. So, where does one go for help?
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Texas State Football Schedule Sept. 3 Sept. 10 Sept. 24 Oct. 1 Oct. 8 Oct. 15 Oct. 22 Oct. 29 Nov. 5 Nov. 12 Nov. 19
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media and styles, along with ten annual exhibitions by faculty, students and alumni. With exhibitions that change monthly, Gallery I & Gallery II — located in the department of art and design at the Joann Cole Mitte Building — are an integral part of the learning process, as well as a source of enrichment for the entire community. Free and open to the public. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Individual and Group Gallery Talks available. For more information, contact Gallery Director Mary Mikel Stump at (512) 245-2664 or email@example.com.
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Wednesday, June 1, 2005 a student’s chances of being successful. In order to participate, new students must complete the mentee application and mentors must complete the Mentor Application. Both profile applications are available on the Mentoring Program’s Web site at www.dos.txstate.edu, in the LBJ Student Center, Room 5-9.1, by calling (512) 245-8218 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call, e-mail or visit us if you have any questions or wish to get more information about the Mentoring Program.
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football, golf, and indoor and outdoor track and field. In addition to its entertainment value, athletics at Texas State is a source of pride for the university and community. Led by players who excelled on the court and in the classroom, Texas State’s soccer and volleyball teams captured Southland Conference titles and made appearances in NCAA championships to highlight the 2004-2005 athletic year. Both teams were led by players who were not only named their conference tournament’s most valuable player but were also named the Hibernia Bank/Southland Conference Student-Athlete of the Year. The Bobcats have won the Commissioner’s Cup two of the past three years. The honor is awarded to the Southland Conference member university with the highest combined standings for each of its sports programs. Texas State has also won the Southland Conference Women’s All-Sports Trophy for five straight years.
Residential College The Residential College features a unique curricular block-enrollment program for incoming freshmen. Incoming freshmen block-enrollment courses include: English 1310 and 1320, History 1310 and 1320, University Seminar 1100, Math 1311, 1315 or 1319 (depending on the student’s needs), Speech Communication 1310 and Philosophy 1305. Community and the College Experience Students take an active role in developing a strong sense of community through the initiation of activities on the floors and in the halls. In addition, students in the program complete required service hours within the surrounding Texas State University and San Marcos communities. Our living agreement promotes active involvement by requiring students to complete service hours and attend programs. Our Benefits • Development of a strong sense of community and involvement • Easy access to peers and study groups • Early registration for freshmen for fall and spring semester • A smaller number of students in some classes • Faculty–student interaction • Higher GPAs and overall retention rates for students • Opportunities for program attendance and service hours Hall Features Beretta, Brogdon and Butler Hall are located in the central area of campus, just in view of Old Main. Each hall is coed with community-style bath and 24-hour visitation. Staffed by a diverse population of Resident Assistants and Hall Directors, the halls provide a strong community environment for friendship, learning and fun. Our Application Process Students must first submit the housing contract with a $300
Mentoring Program The goal of the program is to increase the academic success and retention of new Texas State students. Started in 1992, the program matches interested new students with mentors who serve as role models, advisers, guides and friends whose primary function is to help a new student have a successful first year. Mentors are students, staff and faculty who have been at Texas State for at least two long semesters, have working knowledge of the campus and its various resources, and have the desire to help new students get adjusted to college life on our campus. Student mentors must also have a 2.5 overall GPA. What can you expect from participating in the program? Although each mentoring relationship is different, there are a variety of activities for mentees and mentors. Some study or go to lunch together; others visit at the mentor’s home or office; often, they go to university events such as football games or theatrical presentations. Mentors have been involved in goal setting for the mentee as well as referring mentees to campus resources. The Mentoring Office offers numerous programs throughout the year with a focus on information sharing and networking that enhances
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Risk Management and Safety Office Welcome to Texas State. The Risk Management and Safety Office wants all students, parents, employees and guests to be in a safe and beautiful environment while on campus. The mission of the RMS Office is to serve the university community by providing customer service and technical support that assure the safety of our students, employees, visitors, community and the general public and to protect the assets of the university. The RMS Team is comprised of environmental health and safety specialists with backgrounds in occupational safety, fire safety, hazardous materials, radiation sources and devices, lasers, lab safety, ergonomics, chemical safety, industrial hygiene, regulated waste management and biological safety. The team’s function is to assist university staff, faculty and students in identification and control of hazards associated with the University Mission. The RMS Office is also responsible for certain aspects of administering the insurance policies for the campus buildings and the vehicles owned and operated by the university. The RMS Office also provides educational training programs to facilitate compliance with applicable federal and state
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Round Rock Higher Education Center Texas State’s Round Rock Higher Education Center is opening its new campus in August 2005. The new campus is located at 1555 Chandler Road on the north side of Round Rock. The RRHEC combines the resources of Texas State and Austin Community College to bring higher education to this community so citizens can continue to work and complete their degrees at a location close to home. It will also enable graduating high school seniors to attend college while living at home. ACC will provide the general education classes first-time students need to continue their degrees through Texas State. Texas State will offer many graduate degree programs to enhance career opportunities. RRHEC’s Avery building features the following: • Technology-enriched classrooms • Computer classrooms • Distance Education classrooms using interactive television • Open computer labs and lounges • Teaching theater, seats 112 • Large multipurpose room • One-stop Student Service Center • Library • Student Lounge The building also includes faculty office space, administrative space and several conference rooms. The One-Stop Center will provide assistance with admission, financial aid, veteran benefits, advising, registration, counseling, disabilities accommodations, testing and other student-record needs. The library staff will offer classes teaching students how to take advantage of the Internet to meet research needs. Campus libraries will make additional
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Student Academic Support Programs Students at Texas State can benefit from the combined effort of the academic support programs offered on campus. Student Academic Support Programs members work together to provide free academic assistance for students. All students: The Student Learning Assistance Center, Alkek Library, fourth floor, (512) 245-2515. SLAC provides drop-in tutoring in many subjects. Its resources include books, handouts and instructional software. Accessible from www.txstate.edu.slac are an online writing lab, a mathematics online lab, and downloadable handouts. Preparation materials for standardized tests (GSP, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, THEA) are available online and in the SLAC Lab. SLAC can also create presentations for campus classes and student organizations. Supplemental Instruction is offered in selected courses and provides peer-led group study sessions outside of class time. To use the SLAC Lab and SI, bring a Texas State student ID. The Writing Center (writing-center.english.txstate.edu) provides one-to-one counseling in writing and tutoring for the GSP, THEA (writing portion), the ExCET for English and the TOEFL. Call (512) 245-3018, or drop
by to set an appointment. Online help is offered through GSP practice quizzes, handouts and Bobcat Chat (synchronous online tutoring). Also available are reference books, styles sheets and PC or Mac computers. The Math Lab (grosz.math. txstate.edu~mathlab or (512) 245-2551) offers tutoring and computer assisted instruction. Connected to the university’s network, its computers are accessible via the Internet. To access the system, students need an active Texas State account and a math ID from the Math Lab (Derrick Hall 233 or 339). Special populations: The Athletic Academic Center, in ASB North, second floor, aids student athletes through mentoring and academic tutoring. The AAC has graphing calculators available on a semester basis and a computer lab. Visit TxStateBobcats.com (select “academic services”), or call (512) 245-2978. The Collaborative Learning Community’s mission is to assist majors in the sciences, mathematics, engineering and technology (STEM) through tutoring in biology, chemistry, math and physics. However, any student taking any of the STEM courses may receive help. Mentoring, career assistance and workshops are also provided. Find more information about its resources at www.txstate.edu/ hlsamp, or call (512) 245-1674. Academic, personal, career and financial counseling are offered at Student Support Services. To use SSS, you must meet one of the following criteria: be a first-generation college student, have a specified income level, and/or have physical or learning disabilities. Visit www.msa.txstate.edu/sss, or call (512) 245-2275.
Alkek Library Special Collections One visit to Texas State’s Special Collections Department, and you’re sure to make a return trip. Step into the inviting rooms of stucco, pine and terra cotta tile, and discover a wealth of treasures relating to our region’s literature, music, film and photography. Special Collections proudly houses the Southwestern See Descriptions page B-12
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Writers Collection, the Wittliff Gallery of Southwestern & Mexican Photography and the Texas State University Archives & Publications, all in one convenient location: the seventh floor of the Alkek Library. Stop by and ask about the research topics possible within our unique and interesting holdings. Attend a reading, lecture or one of the many other exciting events offered every semester. Or simply take a study break, and be inspired by an exhibit of world-class photography, Southwestern literature or costumes and props from Lonesome Dove — there’s always something intriguing on display. You can also find us at the University Bookstore where volumes from two series-highlighting works from the Southwestern Writers Collection and the Wittliff Gallery are for sale. Exhibits are usually open daily; closed breaks and holidays. Summer hours fluctuate; please call ahead to verify. Archives may be accessed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and at other times by appointment. Call (512) 245-2313 for more information about each exhibit, or visit Special Collections online for a calendar of events and more: www.library.txstate.edu/ spec-coll.
Southwestern Writers Collection A dynamic part of the Special Collections Department, located on the Alkek Library’s seventh floor, the Southwestern Writers Collection captures the literary and artistic spirit of the region and offers boundless research opportunities to anyone interested in cultural studies, literature, history, film or music. Books and original manuscripts form the backbone of the Southwestern Writers Collection, many illuminated with handwritten notes from the writers themselves. These are made even more meaningful by diaries, photographs, correspondence, mementos and artifacts that afford insights into the creative processes and personal lives of the region’s artists. The cornerstone of the SWWC is a rare 1555 edition of Cabeza de Vaca’s La relación y comentarios, considered the first written account of the Southwest and Texas area. Now online visitors can access the digitized text of La relación as well as the English translation of every page and scholarly research about Cabeza de Vaca and his journey at www.library.txstate.edu/swwc /cdv/index.html. The SWWC also holds the first 29 years of the Texas
Monthly archives, five years of Hispanic Magazine’s editorial archives, and the personal and professional archives of such notables as Sarah Bird, J. Frank Dobie, John Graves, Larry L. King, Sam Shepard, Edwin “Bud” Shrake and Texas Women’s Hall of Fame novelist Elithe Hamilton Kirkland, among others. Additional archives from the likes of Cormac McCarthy, Larry McMurtry and Katherine Anne Porter can also be found at the Southwestern Writers Collection. The SWWC’s Texas Music Collection gathers together thousands of representative recordings by major Texas musicians, all of which are available for study. It also includes a songbook Willie Nelson made as an 11-year-old and Joe Nick Patoski’s research materials for his biographies of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Tejana superstar Selena. It is the repository for the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame as well, preserving such artifacts as the stage costumes worn by the Light Crust Doughboys and a fiddle played by the King of Western Swing, Bob Wills. The SWWC’s Film Archives hold, among other things, over 600 motion picture and television screenplays, comprehensive personal and professional archives (such as writer-actordirector Sam Shepard’s photos,
journals, music notes, manuscripts, tape recordings and more), plus the entire production file of the classic television miniseries Lonesome Dove, including set designs, props and principal costumes. In addition to hosting readings, book signings, symposiums and lectures, the Southwestern Writers Collection informs visitors yearround with rotating exhibits from its various archives. Costumes and props from Lonesome Dove are continually on view and vary throughout the year. Discover more about the Southwestern Writers Collection holdings, including the event calendar, finding aids, and online exhibits related to Cabeza de Vaca and Lonesome Dove, at www.swwc.txstate.edu. Wittliff Gallery of Southwestern & Mexican Photography A major part of the Special Collections Department located on the Alkek Library’s seventh floor, the Wittliff Gallery of Southwestern & Mexican Photography is a world-class resource for the study of fineart photography. Here, Texas State students and the community have an opportunity to experience the history of photography from the 19th century to the present, as well as enjoy one of the largest collections of contemporary Mexican photography in the country. Prized among the gallery holdings are the definitive collections of Keith Carter, Mariana Yampolsky, Graciela Iturbide, and other leading figures in Southwestern and Mexican photography, including an impressive archive of vintage Farm Security Administration prints by the Great Depression documentary photographer Russell Lee. The Wittliff Gallery exhibits primarily from its permanent collection of almost 13,000 images. Texas State students, faculty, staff, and visitors can enjoy renowned photography year-round in the handsome campus library, and all are invited to attend exhibit opening receptions, book signings and insightful gallery talks by distinguished artists. In addition to making its extensive photographic holdings available for study, the Wittliff Gallery encourages enthusiasts to expand their interest and education through its diverse collection of books, videos, serial publications and ephemera related to the photographic arts. Learn more about the Wit-
Wednesday, June 1, 2005 tliff Gallery holdings, and view an online exhibit on the work of the Great Depression documentary photographer Russell Lee at www.wg.txstate.edu. University Archives & Publications Housed on the seventh floor of the Alkek Library, the University Archives collects and preserves unpublished university records and personal papers of enduring value from administrators, faculty and students. It enhances Texas State’s record by serving as a repository for photographs, yearbooks, theses and other materials published or produced by the university. Holdings date from 1899 to the present, and they are available to the university community and the general public at the Special Collections Department as well as through exhibitions, lectures and other public events developed and hosted by university departments. Find more about the University Archives and Publications at the Special Collection Web site: www.library.swt.edu/speccoll.
University Bookstore University Bookstore is the only university-owned and university-managed bookstore serving Texas State. The bookstore is located in the LBJ Student Center and is operated by Texas State employees for the benefit of the students, faculty and staff at Texas State. University Bookstore doesn’t make profits; we make contributions to the university. Purchasing books and supplies from University Bookstore ensures that your money stays on campus and will support many programs, activities and university departments such as orientation, athletics, campus recreation, Paws Preview, employee orientation and others through partnerships, sponsorships, donations and gifts. Through these contributions, we return more than $1 million to the university each year. We also return more than $1 million directly to the students when we purchase their textbooks during buyback. University Bookstore receives no tax funding, university funding or any funding from students. The operation is funded through the sale of merchandise in the store. All costs for payroll, benefits, payroll taxes, equipment, computer systems, supplies and services are paid for with the difference between what our merchandise costs and the price the customer pays for it. University Bookstore sets
the standard for competitive pricing for textbooks at Texas State. University Bookstore is the only bookstore guaranteed to stock all required and recommended textbooks and supplies for Texas State classes. We maintain more sales floor space dedicated to textbooks than any college store in San Marcos. We employ more students than any other bookstore in San Marcos. The best way to save money in the college store is to buy used books if they are available at 75 percent of the new price. University Bookstore stocks more used books than any single store in San Marcos, and we sell a higher than industry average percentage of used to new textbooks. Students can compare prices for texts adopted by their professors on the University Bookstore Web site at www.bookstore.txstate.edu. University Bookstore is the only locally-owned and Texasbased college bookstore serving Texas State. It does make a difference where you shop.
Writing Center Each year, the Writing Center staff counsels more than 2,000 students in one-on-one peer tutoring appointments. The Writing Center’s trained graduate and undergraduate counselors assist students at any level of study, in any discipline and with any type of writing: essays, research papers, cover letters, essay exams and résumés. The Writing Center counselors do not proofread; instead, counselors work with students to develop long-term writing skills and productive, ethical writing habits. The Writing Center staff is also available to provide peer tutoring for the Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation exam, and every Friday, they offer a classroom review for the GSP exam. A visit to the Writing Center’s Web site, http: //writing center.english.txstate. edu, provides access to a quickreference GSP review and an interactive online GSP exam. The Writing Center regularly presents workshops to help improve students’ writing skills. Past workshops include “Writing with Style,” “Researching the Web,” “Preparing for the Essay Exam,” and “Producing Effective Personal Statements.” The Writing Center’s hours are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to noon on Friday. It is located in Flowers Hall, Room G09. The phone number is (512) 245-3018.