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Academics and Majors Department of Art and Design…Page B4 Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry…Page B4 Department of Respiratory Care…Page B4 Department of English…Page B4 Department of Finance and Economics…Page B5 First Year English…Page B5 Graduate School…Page B5 Houston-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Scholarship Program College of Science…Page B5 Institute for Environmental and Industrial Science…Page B6 Department of Political Science…Page B6 Teacher Fellows Program…Page B6 Department of Geography…Page B6 Department of Mathematics…Page B6 Texas Long Term Care Institute…Page B6 University Departments, Programs and Offices Advising Centers…Page B6 Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps…Page B7 Associated Student Government…Page B7 Office of the Attorney for Students…Page B7 Building Operations…Page B7 Department of Campus Recreation…Page B7 Office of Student Financial Aid…Page B7 Intercollegiate Athletes…Page B7 KTSW-FM 89.9…Page B9 LBJ Student Center…Page B9 Alkek Library Special Collections…Page B9 Non-Traditional Students Organization…Page B10 Office of Disability Services…Page B10 Office of Community Relations…Page B10 Texas State Partnership Program…Page B10 Department of Residence Life…Page B10 River Systems Institute…Page B10,11 San Marcos Nature Center…Page B11 The Academic 411…Page B11 SLAC…Page B11 Student Publications…Page B11 The Writing Center…Page B11 Student Organizations The American Institute of Graphic Arts…Page B11 Alpha Phi Sigma…Page B11 American Marketing Association…Page B11 Texas State Bands…Page B11 Black Women United…Page B11 Bobcat PRomotions…Page B12 Campus TNRM for Feral Cats…Page B12 College Republicans…Page B12 Texas State Cycling Club…Page B12

Page B12…Densetsu Anime Society Page B12…Freshman Interest Groups Page B12…Hispanic Business Student Association Page B12…COMM Club Page Page B12…Latin American Business Program Page B14…Society of Mexican American Page B14…Engineers and Scientists Page B14…Orchesis Dance Company Page B14…Psychology Association Page B14…Society for Geographic Information Sciences Page B14…Society of Physics Students Page B14…Texas State Speech and Debate Teams Religious Organizations Page B14…Campus Crusades for Christ Page B14…McCarty Student Center Page B14…The Muslim Student Association Page B15…Campus Christian Community Greek Organizations Page B15…Multicultural Greek Council Page B15…National Pan-Hellenic Council Page B15…The Intrafraternity Council Page B15…Panhellenic Council Page B15…Alpha Delta Pi Page B15…Alpha Kappa Alpha Page B15…Alpha Phi Alpha Page B15…Alpha Psi Lambda Page B15…Alpha Tao Omega Page B15…Alpha Xi Delta Page B15…Chi Beta Delta Page B17…Chi Omega Page B17…Delta Gamma Page B17…Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Page B17…Delta Zeta Page B17…Delta Tau Delta Page B17…Kappa Alpha Order Page B17…Kappa Alpha Psi Page B17…Kappa Delta Chi Page B17…Kappa Sigma Page B17…Lambda Chi Alpha Page B17…Omega Delta Phi Page B17…Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Page B17…Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Page B18…Phi Delta Theta Page B18…Phi Kappa Psi Page B18…Sigma Delta Lambda Page B18…Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc. Page B18…Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority Page B18…Sigma Nu Fraternity Page B18…Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity Page B18…Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Page B18…Zeta Tau Alpha

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Opinions Contact — Emily Messer,

Texas State has more going for it than a




erhaps you’ve heard the urban legend that Hugh Hefner and a handful of bunnies hopped into the San Marcos River and partied with students in the ’70s.

It immortalized then-Southwest Texas State as a party school. The legend of Texas State being a party school is false. Texas State isn’t a party school; it’s a place to learn and grow as a student and as a person. Be involved with your campus. As a new student, the best way for freshmen and transfers to meet others and learn about their community is to join a campus organization. Flip through the pages of the first section of this issue; there’s a campus organization for almost every interest. Be involved with your community. Bobcat Build, the largest community project of the

school that occurs every April, sends volunteers to job sites to mow lawns, paint houses, remove graffiti and mend ties within the community. The San Marcos River Foundation also sponsors an annual river cleanup. Be creative. Student bitten by the acting and directing bug had the opportunity to have their films screened before an audience and judged by professionals in the film industry in the first annual Chautauqua Film Festival. The festival, named after Chautauqua Hill, on which Old Main was built, is one

of the many campus activities that students will be able to participate in and enjoy next year. If this is one of your interests, get a head start on next year’s festival. The festival is just one of several examples of ways you can showcase your talents. Be inquisitive. We encourage you to learn outside the classroom. The seventh floor of the Alkek Library, which houses the Southwestern Writers Collection and the Bill Wittliff Gallery is one of the most underappreciated spots on campus. The archives of the award-winning Fox animated series

King of the Hill will be available to the public at the end of the summer. Be informed, and know your rights. Associated Student Government, Faculty Senate and other campus meetings are open to the public. You have the right to attend them, and you should. Texas State has a growing diversity of opportunities to fill your time. Explore it in Alkek or the campus bookstore; tour the art galleries in the Joann Cole Mitte Building; relax under the shade of a tree by the river and crack open one of your textbooks. Keep this issue of The Star handy; it’s the perfect guide to

learning your way around the campus and the community. College is a valuable life experience, not a four-year plan to get smashed and shake your tail off. Hey, we’re not saying bunnies aren’t cool — we’d just bet a Bobcat against them any day. 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 School of Journalism and Mass Communication or Texas State UniversitySan Marcos.

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Young people have power to decide future I’d like to welcome all the new freshman and transfer students. I know that I am very STEPHANIE SILVAS proud to be Star Columnist here at Texas State, and I hope you are too. For all you new freshmen: This is new and exciting part of your life, and I hope you will enjoy every minute. Now that you are an adult, realize that the decisions you make now will impact the rest of your life. In your hands is the power to change the world. But with that power, comes great responsibility. Realize that you are the future; in a few years, we will be running the show. Read

the newspaper every once in a while, know your current events and interest yourself in the war; there are many lives being lost. Most importantly, have an opinion, don’t be afraid to defend it and take the time to listen to the opposing side. There may be something you don’t know, and you might change your mind. Register to vote, and make an impact on every election. This year is an election year. Although the upcoming general elections won’t get as much publicity as the presidential elections, it will determine who will decide what each party’s platform is, it will determine who will decide your fate if you ever have to appear in court and it will determine who will decide what taxes will be increased or cut. It’s impor-

tant that you pay attention and choose wisely. According to the 2005 Census Bureau projections, the 18 to 24 year old population consists of about 10 percent of the total population, which is about 15 percent of the adult population. We have incredible power in numbers, and we have the ability to affect the outcome of every race in every election. The last presidential election resulted in a lot of regret nationwide. The number of 18 to 24 year olds who voted increased, but we didn’t make as much of an impact as everyone had hoped. It’s our time to decide what happens with our futures. How high will we allow the deficit rise? How far will we allow the “War on Terror” to spread? How long will

we allow a corrupt system to decide our laws of governing? During this election, you should decide what you want our government to stand for and choose the representatives who will fight for your beliefs. Don’t let anyone tell you that you should trust them because they said so. Look at what they’ve done in the past, look at what values they have fought for and base your vote on fact. The Secretary of State Web site holds all the information you need to register to vote or change which county you will be registered to vote. The Web site also enables you to request a ballot that will be sent to you by mail so that you can vote for officials in the county where you currently reside. You should request the

ballot at least a month before the election so that you will be able to send it back in time. You can download forms or have them sent directly to you. Information on election dates and deadlines, where to send your applications and where to vote are all accessible with a click of the mouse. The general election will be on Nov. 7. So find out what candidates are running, and decide who you want to represent you. Don’t let someone else decide your future. For more information on how to change your voter registration, visit http://www.sos. reqvr.shtml.

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Know your Representatives In the U.S. House Lamar Smith Congressional District 21 Lloyd Doggett Congressional District 25 Henry Cuellar Congressional District 28 In the State Senate Kenneth L. Armbrister http://www.armbrister.senate. Jeff Wentworth Senate District 25 http://www.wentworth.senate. In the State House Patrick M. Rose House District 45 members/dist45/rose.htm 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 June 1, 2006. 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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ACADEMICS AND MAJORS Build your future in the Department of Art & Design As part of the College of Fine Arts and Communication, Texas State’s department of art and design offers you one of the most active programs in the state of Texas. The department has more than 60 faculty members from diverse educational and professional backgrounds who are dedicated to fostering the development of the conceptual and technical abilities necessary for artistic expression. Additionally, the faculty is committed to helping you the student bridge the gap between the classroom and your goals for the future. Whether you continue your studies at the graduate level or begin a career in teaching, production or the communication design field, a degree from Texas State is the perfect entrance into the professional world of art and design. Six degree programs and two minors allow students to find their places in the department of art and design: n Bachelor of fine arts with a major in communication design n Bachelor of fine arts with a major in digital photographic imaging n Bachelor of fine arts with a major in studio art n Bachelor of arts with a major in art n Bachelor of arts with an emphasis in art history n Bachelor of fine arts leading to all-level certification n Minor in art and design n Minor in photography In the department’s efforts to extend your educational experience at Texas State beyond the classroom, it has developed travel and alternative study opportunities in Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, New York, England, Mexico, Japan and Korea. The department’s summer program in Italy has received much acclaim. An active internship program is available for junior and senior students, providing excellent work experience before graduation. The department’s dedication to the arts is on display The Mitte Center Gallery I and Gallery II provide more than 3,000 square feel of display space and allow exhibitions never before possible for the department. The two nearly identical galleries feature an impressive volume of space with their 18-foot high ceilings, and thus can allow bigger scale art and installations. The two spaces are used to both house concurrent exhibits and combined shows.

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry The science of chemistry provides the basic knowledge needed to address many of society’s most pressing needs, such as feeding, clothing and housing the peoples of the world; tapping new sources of energy; improving health and conquering disease; providing renewable substitutes for dwindling resources; strengthening our national security and monitoring and protecting our

environment. Basic research in chemistry will help future generations cope with their evolving needs and unanticipated problems. Chemistry majors gain skills in quantitative thinking and problem solving. Advanced students can work as laboratory instructors for lower division courses or as research assistants in the department’s research laboratories. Chemistry is a challenging field that prepares students for employment in a wide variety of rewarding careers. Chemists work in research, production, quality control, technical services and sales. Graduates have an excellent record of job placement in such diverse areas as the petrochemical industry, computer chip manufacturing, aerospace companies, pharmaceutical companies and the food industry or as teachers in secondary schools. Many of our graduates have sought advanced degrees to pursue careers in medicine, dentistry or pharmacy. The department of chemistry and biochemistry offers a bachelor’s chemistry as well as in biochemistry. Students can continue at Texas State and earn their masters in either chemistry or biochemistry. The faculty, facilities, library holdings and curriculum of the department of chemistry and biochemistry have been approved by the American Chemical Society. The department also advises students pursuing careers in pharmacy or chemical engineering.

Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care Department of Respiratory Care Q: Do you like the TV show ER or Trauma in Real Life? Q: Are you interested in a fast-paced job in healthcare? Q: Are you interested in a degree that guarantees a job on or before graduation? Q: Looking for a healthcare career with a high demand? The Respiratory Care Practitioner is a primary healthcare team member that assesses patients with breathing disorders in the emergency room, in the intensive care unit and many other areas of the hospital. They work directly with physicians on newborn, pediatric or adult 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 bachelor’s degree. The department of respiratory care at Texas State is fully accredited and is the largest university-based bachelor degree program in the nation offering this challenging career with sub-specialties in acute care, critical care, emergency care, home care, pulmonary rehab, diagnostic testing, management, research, sleep studies and medical equipment sales. Upon completion of the first three years of the BSRC Program, students are eligible to sit for the national board exams and become a registered respiratory therapists. Q: 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, well-paid member of the healthcare 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 exciting medical profession. Register today for Course Index 304379 and visit the Web site at www. You can also check out the RC profession at — click on “Career” and watch the QuickTime

video “Life & Breath.” Q: Interested in sleep studies or polysomnography? The department of respiratory care offers both an undergraduate and graduate program in polysomnography, or sleep studies. Students completing the course of studies are eligible to immediately sit for the national board exam and become a Registered Polysomnographic Technologists. For more information about the department of respiratory care, contact Gregg Marshall, chair, Room 350A in the Health Professions Building or call (512) 245-8243.

Department of English The faculty of the department of English, chaired by Michael Hennessy, welcomes all the new and old students. Located in Flowers Hall, the department offers academic programs, extra-curricular programs and activities and services that the department wants you to know about. Our academic programs include four majors and five minors. Students may earn a bachelor’s, a bachelor’s with teaching certification, a bachelor’s with creative writing emphasis or a bachelor’s with professional writing emphasis. They may minor in English or in writing, or they may choose from a variety of interdisciplinary minors: Media studies, medieval and renaissance studies or southwestern studies. English covers three disciplines: Writing, literature and language. Upper-division students may study technical writing or creative writing. The literature program has courses in authors such as Chaucer, Shakespeare, or Milton; courses in all literary periods in British, American and world literature and courses in areas such as film, African American literature, Chicano/a literature and women’s literature. Language classes center on history of the language and modern English syntax. English majors gain a liberal education and also develop skills that lead to careers in education, mass communication and journalism, publishing and public relations. The department’s graduates work for computer companies, engineering firms and city, state and federal agencies. An English degree is a good preparation for law school. After earning a bachelor’s degree, students interested in graduate studies in our department may pursue one of three degrees: Master’s in literature, master of fine arts in creative writing, or master’s in technical communication. Extracurricular programs and activities available to students are Persona, an annual literary magazine, staffed by students, which publishes students’ poems, short stories, photographs and essays; Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society; the Medieval-Renaissance Society and the Media Moles. The Lindsey Literary Series brings writers to campus for lectures, readings and interaction with student writers. The Roy F. and Joann Cole Mitte Chair brings a distinguished writer to the English faculty each year as Mitte Professor to visit undergraduate classes, give public readings and teach writing workshops in our MFA program. Services and facilities include The Writing Center (FH G05), offering helpful materials and peer tutoring for students at all levels of writing ability, two technical communication computer labs and a Mac lab (FH 120), each offering computers for writing, e-mail and Internet access and video editing labs for video production. Continued on page B5


Thursday, June 1, 2006 Find an Exciting Career in Finance and Economics Within the McCoy College of Business Administration are numerous career opportunities in finance and economics. Students may earn a bachelor of business administration with a major in either economics or finance or students may earn a bachelor of arts with a major in economics. Finance and economics majors are prepared for service, technical analysis, and management positions found in corporate, financial and public institutions. Economic major courses provide the tools to understand markets and to make predictions about business trends. All business disciplines are based on or include economic theories. This is an especially good major for students who would like to own and operate their own business. Advanced economics electives include international economics, law and economics, the economics of sports, environmental economics, public utility economics, labor economics and money and banking. Those with an economics bachelor’s degree often enter graduate or law school. Large corporations employ market analysts to help make pricing and production decisions for their products, to evaluate government regulations and to forecast future demand and supply conditions within their industries. Government agencies offer employment opportunities in international trade, transportation, agriculture, urban economics and regulation and supervision of financial institutions and utilities. A bachelor’s in finance at Texas State allows students to choose courses that fit their desired career path. Numerous employment opportunities are available in managerial finance, investment, international finance, banking, real estate and certified financial planning. The finance program is distinguished by the addition of the new T. Paul Bulmahn Trading Room and the Student Managed Investment Fund. Other attractive finance electives are case problems in finance, securities analysis, portfolio analysis, international finance, banking regulations, commercial bank management and real estate finance. The Financial Management Association, Golden Key National Honor Society and Alpha Kappa Psi are student organizations that allow students to further their contacts and education in the business world. Students who have an interest in personal finance may pursue Texas State’s nationally recognized certificate in financial planning. For further information about finance, economics and business law opportunities, visit the department (MCOY 504) or the advising center (MCOY 115) in the new Texas State McCoy College of Business Administration Building facing Comanche Street. Advising information is available from Chandra Bilson, (512) 245-1993 or Finance and Economics information is available from Patty Aranda, (512) 245-2547 or

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 first-year English. Whether you are that 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, teaching you to analyze and understand a variety of texts, including your own writing. You will find your classes small — about 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.

Interested in a graduate degree? Why not attend graduate school at Texas State? The Texas State Graduate College offers 89 master’s degree programs covering a broad spectrum of academic disciplines, plus six Ph.D. programs in geography, education and aquatic resources. Graduate College is committed to delivering a wide range of

quality degree programs and a flexible class schedule to accommodate student’s needs. The seminar-sized classes meet at convenient times — mostly late afternoons and evenings — and in convenient locations. Check our off-campus sites in San Antonio and in Round Rock at the Round Rock Higher Education Center, 1555 Chandler Road, Round Rock, Texas 78664, and Web site: Graduate College also offers the latest in alternative delivery in some programs, with classes offered over the Internet or via interactive television. The faculty is committed to engaging you in cutting-edge research, supported by the most up-to-date technology and instructional strategies available, and all at a reasonable cost. Graduate College is dedicated to providing the means for its students continued intellectual growth, through its advanced and specialized education. Graduate College’s aim: to develop tomorrow’s leaders, in the professions and in research. And with today’s high-tech, challenging job market, it’s also dedicated to helping you acquire the right education to maximize your career potential and ensure your future success. For a catalog and application materials contact: The Graduate College Web Site: J. C. Kellam 280 Phone: (512) 245-2581 Fax: (512) 245-8365 E-mail: Texas State offers the following graduate programs. Doctoral Programs: Aquatic Resources ED-Adult, Professional & Community Education ED-School Improvement GEO-Geographic Information Science GEO-Environmental Geography GEO-Geographic Education Master’s Programs (by college) McCoy College of Business Administration: Accounting Accounting & Information Technology Business Administration* College of Applied Arts: Agriculture Education Criminal Justice Family and Child Studies Interdisciplinary Studies Management of Technical Education College of Education Counseling and Guidance* Development & Adult Education Educational Administration* Educational Technology Elementary Education* Elementary Education — Bilingual/Bicultural Elementary Education — Early Childhood Education Health Education Physical Education* Professional Counseling* Reading Education Recreation and Leisure Services — Recreation Management Recreation & Leisure Services — Therapeutic Recreation Management School Psychology Secondary Education* Special Education College of Fine Arts & Communication: Communication Design** Communication Studies Mass Communication Music Music Education Theatre* College of Health Professions: Communication Disorders Health Services Research Healthcare Administration Healthcare Human Resources Physical Therapy Social Work – Administration /Supervision Practice Social Work – Direct Practice College of Liberal Arts: Anthropology Applied Sociology Creative Writing* Geography Geography – Geographic Information Science Geography — Land/Area Development & Management

The University Star - Page B5 Geography — Resource & Environmental Studies Health Psychology History* International Studies Legal Studies Legal Studies — Alternative Dispute Resolution Legal Studies — Environmental Law Legal Studies –— Legal Administration Literature Political Science Public Administration* Rhetoric and Composition** Sociology Spanish Technical Communication College of Science: Aquatic Biology Biochemistry Biology Chemistry Computer Science Industrial Mathematics Industrial Technology Material Physics Mathematics Middle School Mathematics Teaching Physics Population and Conservation Biology Software Engineering Wildlife Ecology * Many programs have areas of specialization. Please see program brochures or the catalog for details.

** Pending approval by the Higher Education Coordinating Board

Houston-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Scholarship Program H-LSAMP - College of Science The H-LSAMP Scholarship Program at Texas State is home to an exemplary community of scholars who participate in unique program-related activities that prepare them well for graduate and doctoral study or professional careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In partnership with the National Science Foundation, the HLSAMP program at Texas State is in its 6th year of supporting highly motivated, academically outstanding students. Known for their academic excellence, H-LSAMP scholars pursue diverse, rigorous learning experiences as part of their commitment to the program. The H-LSAMP program is designed to substantially increase the diversity of students graduating with baccalaureate degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. Eligible majors include: Agricultural science, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computer information systems, computer science, engineering, general agriculture, mathematics, nutrition and foods, physics, resource and environmental studies and technology. Program information, contacts and application: http://www. Why become an H-LSAMP Scholar at Texas State? n You will be among a group of students recognized for academic excellence and the ambition to pursue either graduate study or a challenging career. n You will receive a stipend, typically $3,000 per academic year. n You will have opportunities to participate in research, academic conferences, and seminars, as well as working with an HLSAMP faculty mentor. n You will have educational and career internship opportunities with a variety of projects and programs at Texas State as well as other area institutions. The Collaborative Learning Center is the signature outreach project of the H-LSAMP program and is one of six collaborative student academic support programs at Texas State. H-LSAMP scholars staff the tutoring lab in the CLC and offer free individual and group tutoring in basic and advanced level science, technology, engineering and mathematics courses. The CLC also provides a computer resource lab and learning center that is open to all students in the College of Science. CLC information, tutoring and lab schedule are available at Continued on page B6

Page B6 - The University Star Institute for Environmental and Industrial Science The Institute for Environmental and Industrial Science exists to apply the multidisciplinary, scientific and technological expertise of Texas State to the solution of industrial and environmental problems. More specifically, the Institute’s key strengths lie in the ability to assemble high quality academic teams to solve today’s industrial problems. The Institute has been well received and gained significant additional funding, both public and private, totaling more that $7 million, with an additional $5 million pending. Since 1998, support has been provided for 66 research staff, summer salary for six faculty members, 29 graduate and 131 undergraduate students. Eighty-one presentations, including invited papers, have been made at international and national meetings. IEIS representatives have made 78 visits to various companies and institutions in the U.S. and abroad. The IEIS enjoys collaboration with other universities, government agencies and private companies whose involvement has only led to greater and more efficient advancements in industrial and environmental technology. 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, coatings technology, public outreach, education and other scientific disciplines of high importance to industry and environmental technology. IEIS is happy to assist faculty with procurement of research funding and to provide technical expertise to the university when requested. The IEIS encourages students to be involved in its research efforts and invite all interested parties to visit its Web site at or call (512) 245-7780.

Department of Political Science The study of political science is the study of how society gets things done. Political scientists study the most important decision-making part of society — government. As one of the disciplines in liberal arts, the political science department is dedicated to developing analytical skills and promoting critical thinking. The department’s program offers degrees in both political science and public administration. Internships, as well as career counseling are available in the department from faculty with a broad range of occupational experience, including federal and state government service, private consulting, advertising and the practice of law. For more information, contact the department office at (512) 245-2143.

Teacher Fellows Program The Texas State Teacher Fellows Program specializes in personalized induction and mentoring of new teachers. Each beginning teacher is immersed in teaching in a Central Texas participating school district while pursuing a master’s in elementary education. The program provides an integrated curriculum focused on principles of constructivist learning, teacher research, project-based learning and performance assessment. Benefits n Fifteen-month program that leads to a master’s degree in education n Six semesters, 36 semester credit hours, tuition and fees paid n $15,000 fellowship stipend n Opportunity to purchase low-cost health benefits through Texas State Student Health Center n Ongoing intensive support by mentor teacher to reduce or eliminate problems known to be common among begin-

ON CAMPUS ning teachers n Peer support of cohort Teacher Fellows n Increased exposure to diverse school settings and populations through cohort group site-based classes n Opportunity for “foot in the door” in desirable school district n Opportunity to increase and refine teaching practices with academic support Applications for the 2007-2008 program will be due March 15. The program begins Summer I 2007. Applicants must be fully certified to teach by September 1. Applications and information are available on the program’s Web site at or from its office located in the Education Building, Room 3075 on the San Marcos campus. Contact Barbara Davis, program director, at (512) 245-8196 or or Marilyn Gaeta, administrative assistant, at (512) 245-8187 or

Texas State 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 have recognized Texas State geography as among the best undergraduate geography programs in the nation. The National Council for Geographic Education has honored many 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 systems and water resources policy. In addition to traditional course work, 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 extra-curricular 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 about the undergraduate geography program, contact Joyce Lawson, Undergraduate Geography Staff Advisor, Evans Liberal Arts Building, Room 130 — voice mail: (512) 245-0372, e-mail: or check and http://

Department of Mathematics The department of mathematics offers the Bachelor of Science and the bachelor’s of arts degrees in mathematics and a bachelor’s of science degree in applied mathematics. In addition, bachelor’s students may select the option to receive a teaching certificate or

Thursday, June 1, 2006 bachelor’s. Students may choose the 3/2 engineering program in partner with a school offering an engineering degree. The department also offers a master’s of science degree and a master of education degree in mathematics. The undergraduate and graduate programs are designed to provide studies appropriate for preparing students for more advanced degrees, and for teaching at public schools and community colleges. They provide the background needed to pursue careers in applied mathematics, statistics, computer science, business, industry, and other areas. Mathematics is one of the fundamental tools used to attack the complex problems of a modern technological society. Mathematical models for projection and analysis are in widespread use, not only in the traditional areas of science and engineering, but in social science, management and government. Persons with the ability and training to understand and use these tools will be in demand for decades to come. Majoring in mathematics is the way to explore your fitness for this challenging and fascinating area of work. The department of mathematics consists of about forty faculty members with widely diverse areas of interest and training. They have degrees earned in 20 states of the U.S. and 10 foreign countries, and carry out active research programs across the board spectrum of mathematics today. They also strive to maintain the department’s tradition of close contact and cooperation between teachers and students, through their common dedication to quality teaching with availability for personal consultation. An exciting new development in the department is the creation of two new Ph.D. programs, one in mathematics and one in mathematics education. Pending final approval, both programs have an expected start date of Fall 2007. For more information, visit www. Talented undergraduates may be hired as undergraduate instructional assistants, paper graders, class helpers or lab assistants. To apply for a position come by the Mathematics Office at MCS 470.

Texas Long Term Care Institute The Texas Long Term Care Institute was established in 1994 by the Texas State Legislature. Our mission is to initiate and support research, service, education, and training to improve the quality of long-term health care. In keeping with the mission, the institute houses a repository of materials comprised of books and videos related to subjects in long-term care. These are available on loan from the institute to students, educators, and providers. The institute sponsors scholarships and research grants to qualified students pursuing degrees and training in areas related to long-term health care. Applications are available at the College of Health Professions or the institute. For more information please visit our Web site at

UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENTS, PROGRAMS AND OFFICES Advising Centers Serve Students “The student is the most important person on campus.” The centers’ belief in this principle keeps the staff focused on their 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. Everyone’s heard the old maxim that part of getting a degree is being able to “negotiate the hurdles.” The centers’ 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 personnel in the advising centers are there to Continued on page B7

Thursday, June 1, 2006 provide information, guide and direct. Academic advisers are responsible for assisting students in planning their programs and for monitoring their progress toward their educational goals. Students should be reminded that they still have responsibilities as advisees. They are responsible for gathering relevant information; for clarifying their goals; for being knowledgeable about policies, procedures and requirements and for accepting responsibility for decisions. Parents — encourage your students to use these resources. Advising Center Locations 201 AG College of Applied Arts 115 MCOY McCoy College of Business Administration 2143 ED College of Education 110 OM College of Fine Arts & Communication 207 HSC College of Health Professions 322 FH College of Liberal Arts 202 CH College of Science 100 ASBN University College For a current list of college and departmental advisors, please visit the center’s Web site at

Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps The Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps program at Texas State develops skills and attitudes vital to professional Air Force Officers. The purpose of the program is to commission qualified students who wish to serve in the United States Air Force. Students may register in the same manner as for other college courses. The basic academic requirement is that students have two full-time academic years remaining at either the undergraduate or graduate level, or combination of both. Air Force ROTC is an approved minor; completion of aerospace studies courses plus three credit hours of math qualifies for the minor. As a freshman and sophomore Air Force ROTC student, you will take a one-credit hour course each fall and spring semester. Between your sophomore and junior year of Air Force ROTC, you will compete for an enrollment allocation to attend an all-expense paid summer field training encampment that is required to progress to junior and senior level Air Force ROTC. As a junior and senior in Air Force ROTC, you will take a three credit hour course each fall and spring semester. Air Force ROTC members must attend a weekly leadership laboratory (zero credit hours) each semester. The laboratory gives cadets a chance to learn and practice leadership skills required of an Air Force officer. All cadets must demonstrate proficiency in the art of leadership before commissioning. Students may compete for a variety of scholarships. Qualified students will be nominated during the fall or spring semesters for scholarships that cover the remaining years in the program. The scholarships may provide full tuition, laboratory and incidental fees and money for books. In addition, scholarship students receive up to $400 per-month tax-free subsistence. Students may obtain complete scholarship information at the department of aerospace studies located in Hines Academic Center, Room 108. You can also reach Air Force ROTC by phone at (512) 245-2182 or by visiting its Web site at

Associated Student Government Associated Student Government is a governing body of students at Texas State. ASG is the official voice of the student body of Texas State, as dictated by the Texas State University System Board of Regents. ASG is composed of the legislative, executive and judicial branches. The executive branch is host to the student body president, the student body vice president, the executive assistant and several cabinet members. The legislative branch consists of a senate that is reserved for undergraduate students and a graduate house that is reserved for graduate students. Finally, the Supreme Court functions within the judicial branch of ASG and is responsible for determining the constitutionality of ASG legislation, should it be challenged. ASG has had a profound influence at Texas State in recent years. ASG led the name change initiative in 2003, advocated for the creation of a student regent position for the Texas State in 2005 and negotiated for the creation of a new ASG $250,000 scholarship fund after the deregulation of tuition in 2005. ASG reserves the right to legislate, investigate and pursue action on any issue that is relevant to the students of Texas State. Involvement in ASG is open to most students at Texas State, contingent upon election and/or selection and approval by the student body president and Senate, respectively. The 2006-07 student body president is Kyle V. Morris, and the student body vice president is Amanda Oskey. They won their respective elections in April of 2006. They have pledged to address rising tuition costs, campus housing policies and the need for taxfree text books. They can be contacted at (512) 245 2196 in the ASG office.

Office of the Attorney for Students LBJ Student Center 5-8.1 (512) 245-2370 The Office of the Attorney for Students provides licensed attorneys who are available to evaluate Texas State students’ problems and advise them of their rights, options and obligations. Anyone who is currently enrolled as a student at Texas State is eligible. Your student service fee is used to fund this office. As a result, if you are a registered student you are entitled to the services provided by this office at no additional cost. Consultations are available in these areas of the law: n Landlord/Tenant Law – apartment leases, rental property and tenant rights. n Criminal Law – any legal matter that could result in criminal charges, or if you are a victim of a crime (i.e. identity theft, fraud, etc.). n Family Law –marriage, divorce and child custody and support. n Contract Law – contractual obligations. n Employment Law – employee rights and responsibilities. n Consumer Protection Law – service or repair performance, fraud. n Notary Public – notarized acknowledgment of signatures. If you need legal assistance, contact the staff to make an appointment either by calling or coming by in person. You will be

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Building Operations Building Operations at the LBJ Student Center is responsible for just that: making sure the building and all its assorted components (restrooms, offices, lights, air-conditioners, etc.) operate. Services include, but are certainly not limited to, painting, remodeling, cleaning, furniture assembly and construction and just about anything that may be required to keep the LBJSC and all its departments functioning at the level of quality that we feel the students at Texas State deserve. In the department’s office, Building Operations loans carts and dollies in order to assist organizations and individuals with any moving/loading needs they may have, and it is also responsible for distributing i-Buttons (keys for the building’s student-workers and staff) and nametags. Along with being generally amiable and always good for a laugh, the maintenance crew takes care of light bulbs, thermostats and general repair throughout the building. The custodial staff works from early in the morning until late at night to keep the building clean and its inhabitants healthy, happy and sanitary. They are always on call for spills, restroom supplies, vacuuming etc. and, to their credit, have mastered the art of cooking wonderful lunches with only a hot plate and a microwave. The department also employs several student workers who, when not walking around red-eyes and open-mouthed like a pack of zombies because they stayed up all night studying, assist the staff in the office and around the building. The department is here for the convenience of any and everyone who works, visits or just happens to find themselves in the LBJSC and is always happy to help in whatever way possible, even if it’s just to tell you that those are really nice shoes, or your new haircut is nice. Feel free to call for out assistance anytime at (512) 2453683.

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 becoming an active part of this department, participants can reduce stress, become physically fit, meet other students, faculty and staff members and develop a healthier lifestyle. Campus Rec invites you to read further and to visit the Student Recreation Center to learn more about our programs. Be on the lookout for the SRC’s expansion groundbreaking happening this next year. n Informal Recreation The Informal Recreation program includes the SRC 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. n 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 the brochure or the campus recreation Web site for more information on times and prices. n 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 co-ed divisions, as well as various skill levels. n Sport Clubs The Sport Clubs program currently consists of 21 registered student organizations that compete against other colleges and universities throughout the state and nation. Campus Rec partially funds the sport clubs, but the students raise the majority of funding through sponsorships and various fundraisers. n 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 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. n 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 Main Office (512) 245-2392 Fax (512) 245-8486 Student Recreation Center Front Desk (512) 245-2940 Aqua Sports Center

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Office of Student Financial Aid The Office of Student Financial Aid is staffed by a team with more than 250 combined years of professional financial aid experience. This team reviews more than 24,000 aid applications each year to provide funding solutions that enable students to achieve their higher education goals. The Office of Financial Aid provides financial assistance and information to current and prospective students, parents and the Texas State community. It is dedicated to offering quality services in a caring manner while maintaining the fiscal integrity of financial aid programs. n For additional information, you can visit the Web site: www. finaid.txstate.ed n E-mail the office with any questions you might have: n Call or visit the office in person Where: 260 JC Kellam Building Contact the office: Phone: (512) 245-2315, Fax (512) 245-7920 Hours — Fall/Spring: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1 to 5p.m., Tuesdays; Satellite office LBJSC 9 to noon Summer: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday Important Deadlines: Free Application for Federal Student Aid “FASFA” www.fafsa. n 2006-07 School Year: Complete as soon as possible. n 2007-08 School Year: Begin to submit 2007-08 by Jan. 1, 2007. Priority Deadline: April 1, 2007 Continuing Student Scholarships: March 1, 2007 Summer School 2007 application for financial aid: available in January ’07 due by March 1, 2007 Are you having a problem paying tuition and fees by the payment deadline? Apply for an Emergency Tuition Loan in person, JC Kellam Building second floor. Need extra money for books? – Apply for a Short Term Loan for up to $400. The Short Term Loan application is available in OFSA office. Check “My Financial Aid” on CatsWeb You can check the status of your financial aid application, check disbursement information and payment information at any time of the day by logging into CatsWeb: My Financial Aid. First Time Borrowers are required to complete Entrance Counseling and a Master Promissory Note for student loans. Follow the links from your “My Financial Aid” Visit the office’s Web site for information about Parent Loans and Alternative Loans.

Intercollegiate Athletics Texas State’s athletic department sponsors 16 Division I intercollegiate sports programs that 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 as well as seven men’s programs – baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf and indoor and outdoor track and field. Continued on page B9

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Thursday, June 1, 2006 In addition to its entertainment value, athletics at Texas State is a source of pride for the university and community. The 2005-06 athletic year was highlighted by the Bobcats’ first SLC football championship and the team’s play in the NCAA Playoffs. Texas State played three straight weekends on ESPN2 as the team was an NCAA National Semifinalist. The team closed out the year by playing two consecutive games in front of sellout crowds while posting an 11-3 record. Texas State’s volleyball team also advanced to the NCAA championship, playing in its second straight national tournament after capturing a second straight SLC Tournament title. In addition to offering a wide-range of entertainment opportunities, Texas State will offer students and fans alike another chance to taste post-season as the Bobcats serve as the host of the 2006 SLC Soccer championship.

KTSW-FM 89.9 e-mail. Old Main 106, (512) 2453485 Contact: Dan Schumacher, General Manager KTSW-FM 89.9, Texas State’s student-run radio station, broadcasts 24/7 with 10,500 watts of power. The KTSW signal covers a large portion of the Austin-San Antonio corridor, reaching from South Austin to central San Antonio, to beyond Lockhart and Boerne. KTSW programming includes college alternative music and specialty music programs, morning drive-time shows, live broadcasts of campus activities, talk shows, news, public service and syndicated programs and Bobcat football, men’s and women’s basketball, softball and baseball. KTSW offers promotional services to campus and community nonprofit organizations at no charge. KTSW provides learning opportunities for all Texas State students in the areas of music programming, sports broadcasting, broadcast media sales, news writing and reporting, radio station promotions, web site design, graphic design, sound design, computer network management, office management, program direction and station management. All staff members are Texas State students. Participation is open to any qualified Texas State applicant from any major. Appointments for summer and fall staff are made in the late spring, and spring appointments are chosen in the late fall. Contact KTSW at the above phone number for application information.

LBJ Student Center The students and staff of the LBJ Student Center would like to extend to you a big Bobcat welcome. The LBJSC hopes to become an important part of your Texas State family by providing services and programs that enhance your academic experience and foster a sense of community. The LBJSC offer opportunities for leadership development, involvement and personal and professional growth. This is your place, where you and your friends can feel at home while making the most of our variety of services and activities. Centrally located between Alkek Library and the McCoy College of Business, the LBJ Student Center is a destination for every Texas State student. Often referred to as LBJ, the center is a main stop in the campus bus system and a central meeting point for students. The LBJSC is a place where you can have that once in a lifetime experience or enjoy everyday activities. Students have come here to hear noted speakers like Maya Angelou, David Robinson and Spike Lee. We are also a place to create memories and build friendships. Meet new people at events such

as Riverfest, the Leadership Exchange and Bobcat Build, or become a member of a student organization. Many services are centrally located here to help ease your hectic schedule. Shopping, dining, computer labs, study areas and student services such as Career Services can all be found here. Detailed information about the LBJSC and a calendar of activities are at your fingertips Visit the LBJSC Web site at www. Check the site often, as information is updated regularly. For general information by phone, contact the LBJSC Information Desk at (512) 245-8686, the director’s office at (512) 245-3459 or the activities desk at (512) 245-3219.

Alkek Library Special Collections Instructing • Illuminating • Inspiring 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 Writers Collection, the Wittliff Gallery of Southwestern and Mexican Photography and the Texas State Archives and Publications, all in one convenient location on the seventh floor of the Alkek Library. Stop by and ask about the research topics possible within the collection’s 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 the collection at the University Bookstore where award-winning volumes from the Southwestern Writers Collection and the Wittliff Gallery book series are for sale. Exhibits are usually open daily (usually closed breaks and holidays). Summer hours fluctuate; please call ahead before visiting: (512) 245-2313. Archives may be accessed Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and at other times by appointment. Call (512) 245-2313 for more information, or visit Special Collections online for exhibits, calendar of events and more: www. 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 The SWWC is also home to scripts, storyboards and other materials documenting the FOX television series King of the Hill, the major production archives Texas Monthly magazine, 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 Mc-

The University Star - Page B9 Carthy, Larry McMurtry and Katherine Anne Porter can also be found at the SWWC. 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-yearold and Joe Nick Patoski’s research materials for his biographies of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Tejano 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, more than 600 motion picture and television screenplays, comprehensive personal and professional archives (such as writer-actor-director 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 SWWC informs visitors year-round with rotating exhibits from its various archives. Costumes and props from Lonesome Dove are continually on view and vary throughout the year. Exhibits are usually open daily (usually closed breaks and holidays). Summer hours fluctuate; please call ahead before visiting: (512) 245-2313. Archives may be accessed Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and at other times by appointment. 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 Call (512) 245-2313 to speak with the staff. The Wittliff Gallery of Southwestern and Mexican Photography A major part of the Special Collections Department located on the Alkek Library’s seventh floor, the Wittliff Gallery of Southwestern and Mexican Photography is a world-class resource for the study of fine art 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 the most significant collection 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 more than 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. Exhibits are usually open daily (usually closed breaks and holidays). Summer hours fluctuate; please call ahead before visiting: (512) 245-2313. Archives may be accessed Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and at other times by appointment. Learn more about the Wittliff Gallery holdings, and view an online exhibit on the work of the Great Depression documentary photographer Russell Lee at Call (512) 2452313 to speak with the staff. University Archives and Publications Housed on the 7th floor of the Alkek Library, the University Archives collects and preserves unpublished university records and Continued on page B10

Page B10 - The University Star personal papers of enduring value from administrators, faculty and students, and 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. Archives usually may be accessed Monday through Friday 8 to 5 p.m. and at other times by appointment. Find more about the University Archives and Publications at the Special Collection Web site: Call (512) 245-2313 to speak with the staff.

The Non-Traditional Students Organization The Non-Traditional Students Organization addresses the specific needs of college students who lead a diversified life on campus and off. Nontraditional may be defined as: a first time or returning student after at least one semester break since high school, a parent or guardian, living off-campus, disabled, military veteran, currently or formerly married, attended school in a foreign country, age 23 years or older, age 17 years or younger, working a full-time job, or students having life experiences setting them apart from the typical, “traditional” student. NTSO also sponsors many fun, year-round events and fundraisers on campus and off, including tailgate parties, sausage sales, off-campus activities and involvement with Homecoming where members not only get involved with the entire student body of Texas State, but have a great time in the process. There is also an NTSO student lounge, which includes a computer lab, emergency locator service, as well as a microwave and refrigerator. Students who would like more information regarding this organization or are interested in becoming a member, can contact the NTSO through e-mail:, or come by and visit the NTSO lounge on the 4th Floor of the LBJ Student Center. NTSO invites everyone to check out its Web site: where you will meet the officers and learn a little bit more of what being a nontraditional student is all about.

The Office of Disability Services The Office of Disability Services assists students with disabilities to achieve their educational goals and enhance their leadership development by ensuring equal access to all university programs and activities. The ODS facilitates access to university programs and services in the most integrated setting appropriate. Appropriate academic accommodations and support services are provided free of charge for qualified enrolled Texas State students with documented disabilities. A student must meet the criteria outlined in the ODS disability guidelines to qualify for services and accommodations at Texas State. Copies of the guidelines are available upon request from the ODS or on the ODS Web site. Many students who contact the ODS have not been identified with a disability that impairs learning. These students relate a history of low grades, long hours of studying and high frustration levels. The ODS does not perform testing for a possible learning or other disability however we can conduct a screening in order to determine if further testing is recommended. If you are interested in finding out more about ODS services contact the office at (512) 245-3451 (V/TTY) or 245-8374 (video phone Interpreter Coordinator) or 245-7923 (video phone Liaison Interpreter) or visit the office in 5-5.1 LBJ Student Center to schedule an initial consultation. For more information visit the

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Office of Community Relations With the recent success of two projects that enjoyed overwhelming support from the San Marcos community, Texas State Office of Community Relations continues to strengthen, encourage and develop meaningful and cooperative university/community partnerships that benefit Texas State students, faculty and staff and help create a truly engaged university community. Community Relations Director Kim Porterfield said the success and response to recent projects like Bobcat Build and Pack It Up and Pass It On shows that Texas State students are willing to make a difference in the community. “We’re here to help connect students with community opportunities and to let the San Marcos community know about what students are doing to give back to their ‘temporary’ community,” Porterfield said. “We are working to increase the number and quality of the many partnerships among the campus and community to create a better place to live and work.” The fourth annual Bobcat Build, which was held on April 1, brought 2,500 Texas State students to 180 locations across the city and the area for community service activities. In its fifth year, Pack It Up and Pass It On enabled residence hall and campus apartments students to donate unwanted items when they moved out to local needy families. The unwanted items, such as clothing, shoes, food, carpets, ironing boards, household items, personal care products, electronics and linens, were collected from the residence halls and apartments and set up into a garage sale atmosphere at LBJ Student Center Ballroom on May 25 where more than 1,000 San Marcos families, children and adults came to take advantage of the free items. Porterfield said the students’ response to Pack It Up and Pass It On shows that Texas State students are committed to helping the San Marcos community. “We were pleased with the turnout and response from the students,” Porterfield said. “It shows that students want to help the community.” Porterfield and her assistant Holly Lazenby publish the “Focus on Texas State” biweekly page in the San Marcos Daily Record. In addition to featuring a calendar that provides information for community residents about activities and events open to the public, the Thursday feature highlights staff, student and faculty interaction with the community. The Community Relations office is located in the River House. For more information about what the office does or contact information, visit

Texas State Partnership Program Gain Real-World Experience and Jump-Start Your Career with a Paid Internship Do you want to use the knowledge and technical skills you’re learning in school? Are you interested in realworld, paid work experience now, before you graduate? The Texas State Partnership Program coordinates paid internships for qualified upper-division undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in working for governmental agencies. The program employs students with career interest in fields such as environmental management, geographical information systems, public administration, management and planning, computer science, information technology, instructional design, multi-media design and production and others. Since 2003, the Partnership Program has enabled more than

Thursday, June 1, 2006 180 students to “test-drive” a career at a governmental agency. Designed to provide meaningful employment for students while helping government agencies meet pressing staffing needs, the Partnership Program brings the best the university has to offer to solve problems and help meet the technical needs of the public sector. Many of the program’s interns play an important role in protecting the environment by processing air and water quality permit applications for our primary client, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Past interns have created GIS databases to analyze surface water quality, developed multi-media training materials to help protect the Texas public drinking water supply from acts of terrorism, generated Regional Solid Waste Management Plans for Texas Councils of Government and assisted in developing nutrient criteria for water quality standards. To apply for an internship, visit the program’s Web site at www. All internships are paid, and in some cases, academic credit is also available. Some interns work on-campus in the Medina Building and others work off-campus at agency offices (located primarily in Austin). Students may work 25 hours per week during the semester and 40 hours per week during the summer. Internships vary in length. The program accepts applications year-round, and positions are filled on an as-needed basis. The State of Texas needs bright, technology-savvy workers right now. Don’t wait until you graduate to start seeking that perfect job. See what the Partnership Program has to offer and take steps to develop your career today.

Department of Residence Life Welcome to your Texas State home. The Department of Residence Life is pleased to provide you with a safe and comfortable living environment. The university is proud to be a two-year residential institution and the Department of Residence Life plays an integral part in the residential experience for students. Studies show that students living on campus do better academically and socially than those who live off campus. For this reason, all students who have less than 56 credit hours and are under 21 years of age are required to live on campus. Your residence hall is more than just a place to sleep. It is your home away from home and your opportunity to get involved, make friends and have fun. Throughout the academic year, you will be invited to in-hall events that are fun and educational. These events and other hall activities are frequently sponsored by the Residence Hall Association, which provides programs, addresses hall policies and communicates important information to residents. Another active group is the Hall Government, which is made up of elected representatives from that area. Students wishing to take part in RHA or Hall Government should contact hall staff for more information. Residence Life staff members will be on hand to help you get settled in your new home. With a staff of more than 250 employees, Res Life can help you get acclimated to your new life as a college student. One of the best resources as a new student is your resident assistant who serves as a link between you and the Residence Life office. There is at least one RA on each hall floor and their job is to help you have a great experience at Texas State. The resident assistants report to a hall director who lives within the hall and is responsible for its overall management. Your hall director can answer questions concerning hall or room transfers, organization information and departmental job opportunities. Once again, welcome to Texas State. Res Life looks forward to assisting you in your new home. For more information on residence halls and opportunities for involvement, visit its Web site at www. Continued on page B11


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River Systems Institute

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little fun. If you have any questions or are interested, e-mail AIGA at or contact AIGA’s student liaison, Shannon Robb Park at

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 on 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 activities include studies of the Blanco, Guadalupe, San Marcos and Colorado rivers and the Rio Grande River Basin. The institute also collaborates on projects with other universities, state and federal agencies and non-government organizations. In 2003 the institute co-sponsored a conference on campus 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. In the Fall 2005 the institute hosted a conference on the Texas State campus regarding environmental flows, which focused on questions related to ensuring adequate environmental flows including both in stream flows in rivers and freshwater inflows to bays and estuaries. This fall the institute will again have a conference at the state capitol in Austin regarding water planning and policy. The growing population in Texas and the resulting demands on our water resources now 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 recently moved to the Texas Rivers Center at Aquarena Springs. For more information, stop by the institute’s office or check out its Web site:

The Student Learning Assistance Center can help you learn to SLAC in collegiate style. SLACing means seeking out help in difficult subject areas and practicing your skills while learning others. SLAC offers academic support in subjects like physics, chemistry, English, math, economics, finance and accounting. If these subjects are a challenge, you should find yourself at home in SLAC. The SLAC Learning Lab offers walk-in tutoring in areas including accounting, math, writing, CIS, history, English, philosophy, the sciences and modern languages. During the fall and spring semesters, SLACers can find one-to-one help Monday through Friday and on Sundays. The tutor availability schedule and lab hours are posted online 24 hours a day so you can be sure to find your favorite SLAC tutor in the lab, and summer hours are posted as well. Simply bring your student ID to use SLAC lab services. Supplemental Instruction is a nontraditional approach to tutoring that finds “killer” courses and selects subject-savvy students to facilitate group study sessions each week of the semester for that course. SI Leaders know not only the subject matter, but they also know your professors and what you are working on. Texas State offers SI in Accounting 2361 and 2362, Chemistry 1341, History 1310 and 1320 and Physics 1310. SLAC adds new subjects each semester, so listen up in class to find out whether or not your class has SI. You can find the SI session schedule and other information about SI on SLAC’s Web site. SLAC also offers online services, including the Online Writing Lab and the Math Online Lab, where you can ask questions regarding writing or math and even submit entire papers for feedback. SLAC’s Web site includes information on standardized test preparation for exams such as the GRE, LSAT and GSP, and SLAC can also provide presentations for classes or organizations on topics such as time management and test preparation. Visit SLAC on the 4th floor of the Alkek Library, online at www., or call (512) 245-2515. Welcome to Texas State and prepare to SLAC.

Alpha Phi Sigma

San Marcos Nature Center

Much of the publicity student activities and organizations receive is the result of an active on-campus, nationally acclaimed student media. There are a variety of opportunities for students to serve on a campus publication or broadcast station and receive academic credit. The University Star Office of Student Publications Trinity Building • (512) 245-3487 The University Star is the award-winning official student newspaper published three days a week-Tuesday through Thursday during the long semesters (except for holidays and exam periods). The Star prints 16 special issues during the year including an orientation and back-to-school editions. Founded in 1911, The Star provides campus, community, state, national and international news, opinion, sports, entertainment and features, as well as advertisements of interest to the college community. The Star is distributed at 70 locations on campus and 40 locations off campus. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to write for The Star. Star alumni work in every major market in the United States. Visit the Web site for current and previous issues.

The San Marcos Nature Center is a cooperative program of the city of San Marcos and the Texas State agriculture department. The center was established to increase public awareness of the importance of preserving the San Marcos and Blanco rivers and their watersheds. It is the center’s mission to promote the use of indigenous plants for habitat restoration and wildlife conservation in the San Marcos community. The Nature Center offer tours through its wildscape, workshops, youth programs and day camps, have hardto-find natives for sale, volunteer opportunities and more. Call (512) 393-8448 for more information or visit the Nature Center at 430 Riverside Drive or under “Parks and Recreation” to “Nature Center.”

The Academic 411 Student Academic Support Programs have joined forces in an effort to better reach students. SASP encourages you to find the program that best suits your learning preferences. Whether you like small group interaction or individual attention, SASP has something for you. The Athletic Academic Center assists NCAA student athletes through mentoring and tutoring. For more information, visit the AAC on the 2nd floor of ASB-North, check the Web at and select “academic services” or call (512) 2452978. The Collaborative Learning Community supports science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines through tutoring in biology, chemistry, math and physics. The CLC offers mentoring, career assistance, and workshops for students majoring in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines, but any student in a science, technology, engineering and mathematics course may find help here. For more information, visit or call (512) 245-1674. The Math Lab offers personal and computer-based tutoring for all levels of math. Students may access Math Lab resources via the internet by having an active Texas State account and a math ID from the Math Lab. Visit the Lab in Derrick Hall, Room 233 or 339, the Web site at or call (512) 245-2551. The Student Learning Assistance Center is located on the 4th floor of the Alkek Library. Visit the Web site at slac or call (512) 245-2515 for information on resources such as the drop-in tutoring lab, Supplemental Instruction, online writing and math resources (OWL/MOL) or online preparation materials for standardized tests such as the GRE and GSP. SLAC also provides presentations for classes and student organizations. Student Support Services provides academic, personal, career and financial counseling to students who meet any one of three criteria: status as a first-generation college student, ability to demonstrate financial need or status as having a documented learning or physical disability. Visit or call (512) 245-2275 for more information. The Writing Center provides assistance in all forms of writing, as well as tutoring for the GSP, writing portion of the THEA, English ExCET and TOEFL. Call (512) 245-3018 or drop by to make an appointment. You can also visit for GSP practice quizzes, handouts or Bobcat Chat (synchronous online tutoring).

Student Publications

Writing Center In 2005, the Texas State Writing Center helped more than 7,000 Texas State students improve their writing skills. The Writing Center can help you, too, and it’ll do it for free. Come by the Writing Center, located on the ground floor of Flowers Hall, Room G09, and meet with a trained tutor one-on-on. No matter your classification or the type of writing you’re doing (including non-academic writing), the Writing Center’s trained counselors can help. The Writing Center also offers tutoring for the GSP, the writing portion of the THEA, the ExCET for English and the TOEFL. Contact information: The Writing Center is located in Flowers Hall, G09. Its phone number is (512) 245-3018. Web site: http://

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS The American Institute of Graphic Arts The American Institute of Graphic Arts is a national design organization with a local student chapter here at Texas State. The AIGA not only works on projects to increase their knowledge in the world of design, but also is able to make direct contacts with designers around the United States during their events and volunteering. AIGA tries to communicate the importance of design to everyone, inside and outside of the profession. The Texas State AIGA chapter combines passion of design and a unique community that socializes and interacts with one another, for business and for a

Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Student Honor Society is an affiliate of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, a national organization of criminal justice educators and practitioners. Alpha Phi Sigma recognizes high academic achievement at both undergraduate and graduate levels of education, as well as high ethical standards and public service accomplishments by the membership. Minimum qualifications include a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 for undergraduates and 3.4 for graduate students. The local student chapter at Texas State is known as Theta Chapter and has been in existence for approximately 20 years. In cooperation with the Texas State criminal justice department, Theta Chapter helps organize, promote and host Criminal Justice Career Day, which is an annual criminal justice job fair held on the campus in February of each year. For more information regarding Theta chapter membership requirement, contact David Perkins, faculty sponsor, through the main office of the criminal justice department, Room 120, Hines Academic Building.

American Marketing Association The American Marketing Association collegiate chapter of Texas State is an organization with the mission of advancing the practice and appreciation of marketing for students and professionals who seek to increase their knowledge and skills through national and local programming, while providing a forum for peer networking and resource development. After attending the AMA International Collegiate Conference in Florida last spring, the Texas State chapter received many accolades including the honor of superior chapter as one of the four top chapters internationally, second place in case competition and second place in the Web site competition. The Texas State collegiate chapter has held a high reputation for success and only continues to seek greater excellence in the future. Texas State AMA welcomes all classifications and majors, so be sure to bring a friend to the bi-weekly meetings. The first meeting of each semester is exclusively an informational session about AMA. Meetings are every other Wednesday, and at each meeting we invite various guest speakers from the surrounding Austin and San Antonio areas that work in the marketing field. Free food and refreshments are also provided. AMA is a great opportunity for all majors to get involved in a professional organization. Benefits of joining include a wealth of resources, networking with peers and professionals, esteemed recognition and valuable experience. Check out the organization’s Web site at for more information.

Texas State Bands For nearly a century, the bands at Texas State have represented the university at many national and international conventions, conferences and major events around the world. The department of bands is home to five ensembles, each with a specific purpose and function within the university and the School of Music. Regardless of whether or not a student chooses to major in music, there is a home for them in one or more of the band ensembles. The Wind Ensemble is the finest wind band at the university and performs the highest level of literature available for winds. Admittance is by audition only. This elite ensemble has been invited to perform at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in February of 2007. The Symphonic Winds is a major wind band that performs in both the fall and spring semesters, and programs contemporary and traditional literature for winds. Admittance is by audition only. The Bobcat Marching Band has a rich history of performance excellence that spans 86 years and offers an exciting opportunity for instrumentalists, color guard members and twirlers to continue performing in an outstanding musical organization. The band has earned the moniker “Pride of the Hill Country” because of its spirit and high performance standards. The band will perform for six home football games, one away football game and will perform in exhibition for high school students in various locations in Texas this coming fall. The Concert Band meets in the spring semester and offers an opportunity for students to continue playing without the pressure of auditions and a rigorous performance schedule. Although the Bobcat Basketball Band begins in the fall semester, students register for credit in the spring. The band performs for all home men’s and women’s basketball games that do not fall during a university break. For more information about the bands at Texas State, contact Rod Schueller at (512) 245-3402 or Check them out on the Web at:

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with one another. Through weekly meeting participations, discussions, games, events, committees and socials, members can create a special bond with fellow members, as well as develop programming and networking skills on the Texas State campus. Black Women United is a multi-cultural organization that does not exclude any race of women. Black Women United is also an open organization in which membership is open to any and everyone, and there is no selection or initiation process. In fact, many members of Black Women United are also members of other Texas State organizations including greek, non-greek, academic, religious and social organizations. Black Women United holds weekly meetings on Thursdays at 6 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center, Room 3-9.1. The first general meeting is August 31.

Bobcat PRomotions Bobcat PRomotions, a student-run public relations firm, is dedicated to providing professional PR services to Texas State, San Marcos and surrounding area businesses or organizations. The firm provides PR services for organizations interested in marketing to the Texas State community. New members have been selected for Bobcat PRomotions. The 12-member team consists of freshman through senior PRSSA members led by Executive Director Natasha McBride, Associate Director Julyane Ortiz and Administrative Director Whitney Goss. Other members include Account Executives Michael Vela, Holly Marshall, Lauren McClendon, Matt Spicer, Leslie Oliveres, Jodi Tidwell, Kassidy Lytle, Sarah Hampson and Kirtna Charavda. Professor Frank Walsh serves as the faculty adviser. The members are excited to begin work in the fall. Bobcat PRomotions began this past spring and achieved much success during its first semester including an award received from the Texas Public Relations Association for creating and writing its annual conference newsletter. The firm also created an e-newsletter for the Fine Arts and Communication Alumni Association. The School of Journalism and Mass Communication, The department of fine arts and communications and the Texas Public Relations Association have retained Bobcat PRomotions for a variety of services next year. Other tentative clients include the city of Austin and The American Cancer Society. The firm, whose members are also involved with the Texas State Public Relations Student Society of America, will offer a range of individual PR services including writing press releases, creating newsletters and planning events. This agency provides full service campaigns as well. For more information contact Natasha McBride at

Campus TNRM for Feral Cats Campus Trap, Neuter, Release, Maintain for Feral Cats works to humanely manage the feral cat population here at Texas State. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and the Humane Society of the United States support TNRM as the only proven humane and effective method to manage feral cat colonies. With Campus TNRM, all cats are safely trapped and transported to EmanciPet, where they are neutered, vaccinated and ear-tipped for identification. After recovery, adult feral cats are returned to their original territory on campus, where they receive continued food, water and monitoring. Kittens are socialized, neutered and offered for adoption. So far, Campus TNRM has neutered 105 cats and kittens. TNRM is composed entirely of volunteers and welcome students, faculty, staff and anyone else interested in the humane treatment of cats living on the campus. Feral and stray cat populations are the offspring and continued result of unaltered pet cats allowed to roam or abandoned on campus. Left to fend for themselves, colonies of feral cats form around food sources, reproducing at incredible rates. The Stanford Cat Network pioneered the first TNRM program on their campus in 1989 and more colleges across the country are converting to this humane method, including the University of Texas campuses. For more information about Campus TNRM at Texas State or to volunteer, go to or contact Karen E. Cowen at (512) 245-3901 or

College Republicans College Republicans is a student-led organization that focuses its efforts on: n Maintaining a positive image of the Republican Party by: n Providing community service oppurtunities for members to participate in n Providing members with avenues to embrace the conservative ideology for themselves n Providing every bit of assistance possible to republican candidates running for office n Overall, College Republicans have a good time together. Life’s about having fun and making the best oppurtunity for yourself. In College Republicans, members will have the opportunity to get to know other republican students as well as candidates for offices, such U.S. Senate, Texas Legislature and so on. Come have fun with College Republicans. You’ll like the crowd, and you’ll like what you are capable of doing for your party and for your future.

Texas State Cycling Club Do you like to ride bikes? If so, come check out the Texas State Cycling Club. The club rides and race both mountain and road bikes. The club is a member of the South Central Collegiate Cycling Conference. Included in the conference are 18 schools from Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas. There are beginner, intermediate and advanced races for men and women. This year, the team finished 2nd place in mountain biking and 4th place on the road. The Club sending riders to both Mountain and Road Nationals. 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 the club’s meetings or join in for a group ride.

Check out the club’s Web site for meeting times and for more information: You can also e-mail the president at

Densetsu Anime Society Densetsu is Texas State’s anime society. Densetsu Anime’s meet Thursday evenings to watch series and enjoy the company of other anime fans. Densetsu will also be attending Ikkicon, Austin’s new Anime and Japanese culture convention. If you are interested in anime, manga or Japanese culture please join Densetsu next semester. Meetings are Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Psychology Building. The group will be voting on a series to watch, so come check it out and nominate your favorite. If you want to get involved before the new semester, join Densetsu Anime’s Yahoo! group:

Freshman Interest Groups Join the 2006-2007 Leadership Development FIG! What is a FIG? Freshman Interest Groups are groups of students who share a common major, minor or interest and who live in the same section of their residence hall. The FIG living-learning environment offers peer and faculty mentoring, shared classes and study groups and educational and professional development activities. Students in FIGs have automatic connections at Texas State. What will students do in the Leadership Development FIG? This FIG is a group of ambitious freshmen who are interested in realizing their leadership potential. Students will enroll in the same US 1100 class (section 47, Mondays from 2 to 2:50 p.m.) and will be introduced to leadership at Texas State by their peer assistant, who is already a student leader. There will be social and educational opportunities such as retreats, conferences, workshops, community service projects and student organizations. To Apply: After submitting a housing application, complete the Leadership FIG application and essay, located at Mail it to the address on the form. Questions: Contact Ted Ingwersen at (512) 245-8477 or or Lanita Legan at (512) 2458295 or

Hispanic Business Student Association There are no requirements to join HBSA You don’t need experience n You don’t have to be Hispanic n Or a business major to join. All you need is … n A positive attitude, n Willing to succeed and … n Willing to meet new people. Overall, HBSA helps you … n Build up your resume n HBSA Scholarship n Teach you how to present yourself for a professional job interview and… n Helps you to experience how it would be when you are looking for “that job” after graduation. n Develop Personal, Professional and Communication Skills HBSA is an organization that prepares its members to develop leadership skills as well as inter-personal and intra-personal skills. HBSA is actively involved in community service, fundraisers and intramurals. Besides all the hard work, the organization does take time to have fun and enjoy college life by setting up social events such as alumni events, banquets, camping trips and more. HBSA’s meetings are a big success with many new faces and old members coming back for more. So come out to the next meeting, every Tuesdays at 5 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center, Room 3-5.1. HBSA encourages you to come out and explore the organization. You never know but you can meet some interesting people, which could result in forever lasting relationships. For more information, visit HBSA’s Web site www.hbsatxstate. com or e-mail HBSA at hbstxstate@hotmail. com.

Information on the COMM Club The COMM Club is an organization for students who major, minor or are interested in communication studies. The COMM Club works to stimulate interest and understanding in the field of communication, to promote and encourage professional development among communication majors and minors and to provide an opportunity to develop relationships with other students, communication studies faculty and communication professionals. During the past semesters, the COMM Club has sponsored professional seminars in securing internships, earning marketing a degree in communication studies, and effective time management; hosted networking events with “Coffee and Conversation” and planned social activities such as game night, bowling and volleyball. They have also participated in Bobcat Build and other campus activities. The COMM club is affiliated with the National Communication Association. Meeting schedules will be determined and officers will be elected at the first organizational meeting. For additional information, contact faculty sponsors: Sue Stewart 245-3856 Hollis West 245-9041

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Page B14 - The University Star Your Ticket to Exciting Careers in U.S.-Latin American Commerce 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. For undergraduate students, you can fulfill the major of your 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, finance and economics – international banking, risk and project analysis and export/import insurance. U.S.based medium-size and large corporations in industries as diverse as high tech (Dell Corp.), communications (SBC), retail (H-E-B, Wal-Mart), manufacturing (Frito-Lay), 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 multi-disciplinary course of study, including international business, language and social sciences. The Texas State LAB academic program offers: n A LAB certificate at the undergraduate level (open to business, non-business and post-baccalaureate students) and, n An master’s of business administration degree with an emphasis in Latin American Business. Other educational opportunities within the LAB program are: n Export Fellows Program (a U.S. Department of Commerce certificate is issued upon completion) n Study Abroad Program (Monterrey Tec, Mexico) n Student Exchange Program (Mexico and Chile) For further information about the Latin American Business program, please visit the program’s Web site at edu/lab/lab.htm. Or contact Jack Mogab —, (512) 245-3249 and, for the MBA, The Graduate School of Business, (512) 245-3591.

Society of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists The Mexican American Engineers and Scientists organization here at Texas State is part of a national organization that aims to increase opportunities, recognition and participation of Mexican Americans and other Hispanics in engineering and science through its professional, technical and student activities. MAES is a nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation. Although the name implies the organization is only for Mexican Americans and other Hispanics, the society is culturally diverse and welcomes anyone with interests in engineering and well as the sciences, in joining not only for the networking, but also for the community outreach. Many career and internship opportunities are available through MAES. Every year these opportunities are given at two different conferences. In the fall semester, the MAES International Symposium is held with many different companies and agencies, government as well as others, present to offer internships and career placement after graduation. In this conference research that is being done by students, undergraduate as well as graduate, can be presented and evaluated for prizes such as scholarships. Universities are also present to offer scholarships to their graduate programs. In the spring semester, the conference held is the National Leadership Conference, in which other universities offer scholarship opportunities as well as opportunities to join their graduate programs. Career placement is also feasible through this conference. The opportunities that should not be passed up are the networking chances available through MAES. MAES reaches out into the community every year by hosting Science Extravaganza, which is a hands-on academic enrichment experience for the 5th-grade students of elementary schools in the nearby area. It helps the children develop team building and critical thinking skills. The goal of Science Extravaganza is to encourage children to pursue higher education with an emphasis in the sciences and engineering fields. MAES meets every Monday at 5 p.m. in the Mitte Complex, Room 3241, and welcomes all to attend.

Orchesis Dance Company Orchesis Dance Company was founded in 1980 by Joane Hays, LeAnne Stedman, Cindy Carpenter and dance majors during the year. Several events occur during the year including faculty and alumni’s Opening Door Dance Theatre on October 13 & 14, Orchesis’ Dancer’s In flight February 15 & 16, various social events

ON CAMPUS and master classes in different dance categories. Annual participation in community services such as Bobcat Build and the AIDS walk is fun and exciting every year. Orchesis is a great way to meet friends and form lifelong friendships. Our Officers for the 2006-2007 year are Khoi Le — artistic director, Mollie Haven — co-artistic director, Darryl Pilate — company manager, Matt Cumbie — financial director, Jackie Rosener — public relations, Emily Babb — historian, and our sponsor is Michelle Nance. Tryouts will be held September 14 at 6 p.m. in Jowers B178. Any comments or questions can be e-mailed to the Orchesis account at or the public relations officer at

Psychology Association The Psychology Association is an undergraduate interest group for anyone who is curious about the field of psychology. Our mission is to provide the opportunity for individuals to learn more about the diverse field of psychology and the career and academic opportunities that are available with a psychology degree in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. The Psychology Association welcomes members from any discipline. You don’t have to be a psychology major or minor to join and there is no GPA requirement. The association hosts a speaker series, movie nights, social gatherings, fund-raisers and outings to local and state institutions. The speaker series features faculty from the psychology department and other related departments on campus, as well as guest speakers from the community working in psychology-related careers. Topics range from career information and counseling to current trends in psychological research. Outings and socials include movie nights, dinner outings and field trips to organizations where individuals can learn more about psychology in practice, such as the Greater San Marcos Youth Council and Austin State Hospital. The Psychology Association meets once a week and membership dues, which help to fund Psychology Association socials and outings, are $5. The first organizational meeting and mixer in the fall is scheduled for August 30, at 5 p.m. in the Psychology Lounge of the Psychology Building, Room 320. Everyone is welcome, so bring ideas and energy. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact Eric Troutt at, April Vance at, Reiko Graham at or Crystal Oberle at Oberle@txstate. edu.

Society for Geographic Information Sciences The Texas State department of geography hosts the Society for Geographic Information Sciences. The geographic information sciences are the meeting of the artistic and technical digital map design methods. SoGIS is a place for students to discover, support and promote understanding of cartography, remote sensing, and other spatial techniques. The society’s activities include student forums, hosting professional guest speakers, and off campus trips to real world workplaces and conferences. Additionally, the society hosts and participates in departmental social events. Each semester. the society holds officer elections, so be sure to check in for leadership opportunities. To receive further information, e-mail the society looks forward to seeing you in the fall.

Thursday, June 1, 2006 The LBJ Debate Society is named for former President Lyndon B. Johnson who debated for Texas State under professor H.M. Greene. This competitive organization offers Cross Examination Debate Association and National Debate Tournament evidencebased, team-policy debate as well as National Parliamentary Debate Association team-parliamentary debate. The teams travel locally, regionally, nationally and internationally and some scholarships are available to those who qualify. The LBJ Debate Society is the oldest society on campus. Originally known as the Chautauqua Literary Society, it began in 1903 as a men’s society and later traveled to debates throughout Texas. President Lyndon Baines Johnson competed on this team from 1927-1930. The Elton Abernathy Forensics Society is Texas State’s competitive speech team. They are a member of the American Forensics Society Individual Events Tournament and travel a local, regional, and national circuit with emphasis on qualification for the NIET. The society is named for Dr. Abernathy who was a former department chair and long-time supporter of forensics. The Coronal Philosophical Society sponsors public debates for the campus and community. These debates are conducted in a forum style that allows for audience participation. When and where: You don’t have to have experience in speech or debate to be a member. Any Texas State student can join. Come be a part of history and have the time of your life. Meetings are held Tuesday evenings (during Fall and Spring semesters) at 5 p.m. in Centennial Hall, Room 318. For more information, e-mail Wayne Kraemer at

RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS Campus Crusades for Christ Thursdays 7:30 p.m. in Academic Service Building, Room 315 Campus Crusade for Christ is a high energy, fun-loving group of students, ready to meet you organization. The group is a non-denominational Christian organization whose goal is to “turn lost students into Christ centered laborers.” The group strives to build a Christian community on campus welcome to all and at the same time spread the love of God. CRU is filled with weekly meetings, weekend retreats, amazing conferences and fun socials. CRU also offers a class at 5 p.m. on Thursdays called Journeymen that is created for equipping students in their faith. Come on out and experience what Christ has to offer for your life and college career. Contact Marisa Anteola, or Dan Reiter,

McCarty Student Center

Society of Physics Students invites all who are interested in physics to come visit their organization. Society of Physics Students coordinates various activities to promote physics in the community such as outreach in the local public schools. In addition, the society seeks to provide social support among physics students through its weekly meetings and other convivial gatherings. Useful information about conferences, scholarships and internships that are related to the discipline is frequently disseminated to members. Meeting time and location will be announced towards the beginning of the fall. Please send inquiries to

As you leave the comforts of friends, family and home and embark on a new chapter of life, it is a fun and exciting time, but it can also be difficult. Emotions are high, but things are changing and life can be confusing. The loneliness and homesickness that you may encounter is often typical of people away from home for the first time. The McCarty Student Center can help to provide you with a “home away from home.” Through a caring staff and a great group of Christian friends, you can find the same kind of love and support you have back at home. McCarty is where Christian friends meet and come together to relax and have fun. The student center is also a place to become spiritually centered by focusing your life on biblical values that help build healthier mindsets and relationships. McCarty helps facilitate this by having weekly devotionals and Bible studies that give an in-depth look at the books of the Bible and help teach the principles of Christian living. This, coupled with the closeness of Christian friends, helps us obtain a warm family atmosphere. The students often work on community service projects together. They also go on many retreats and mission trips. The McCarty Student Center, a ministry of the University Church of Christ, believes that the best way to become a better Christian is through learning the word of God and the constant practice of God’s will.

Texas State Speech and Debate Teams

The Muslim Student Association

Why: Do you love to speak in public? Do you love to travel? How about meeting new people? Do you aspire to a law career, politics, or advocacy? Whether you want to deliver a speech to inspire others, debate on current events, or perform theatrically, the speech and debate teams have the event for you. About the organization: Texas State’s speech and debate team is one of only a few comprehensive forensics programs in the nation. It offers students a wide range of opportunities to develop critical thinking, advocacy, interpretation and speaking skills.

“The aim of the Muslim Student Association is to serve the best interest of Islam and the Muslims, in addition to cooperation and harmony with non-Muslims at Texas State.” The Muslim Student Association at Texas State became an officially registered student organization in 1992. As an organization aimed primarily at the student body, we strive to remain inclusive of those who wish to understand, appreciate,

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Thursday, June 1, 2006 and practice their Islam without compromising their morals and beliefs, while reaching out to those who are not Muslims, primarily to educate them about the misconceptions regarding Islam, and to include anyone willing to stand up for truth, justice and peace. Aside from fostering a social community for Muslims, the MSA encourages mental, physical and spiritual development through religious, social, political, cultural activities that coincide with the teachings and traditions of Islam. In addition, the MSA serves to spread knowledge of Islam to non-Muslims who are interested in the religion. The word “Islam” is an Arabic word that means “submission to the will of God.” This word shares the same root as the Arabic word “salam,” which means “peace.” As such, the religion of Islam teaches that in order to achieve true peace of mind and surety of heart, one must submit to God and live according to His Divinely revealed Law. The most important truth that God revealed to mankind is that there is nothing worthy of being worshipped except for Almighty God, thus all human beings should submit to Him. The MSA at Texas State would like to welcome all new Bobcats. The MSA is hoping that you too will have a great time at Texas State, in shaa Allah (God willing). For information on the local mosque, congregational prayers, upcoming events and much more, check MSA out on the Web at

Campus Christian Community The Campus Christian Community is one of the oldest campus ministry programs at Texas State. CCC is served students and faculty for more than 75 years. CCC has been at the present location, 604 N. Guadalupe St., since the late 1960s. CCC’s location right across from Jones Dining Hall makes it easily accessible to students. There are many aspects of CCC’s ministry that make it unique. One, we are a shared ministry, bringing together students from many different denominations under the sponsorship of Christ and his love. CCC’s supporting denominations are the United Methodist (the Wesley Foundation), Presbyterian (the Westminster Foundation), United Church of Christ and Disciples of Christ churches. Second, people of all faith backgrounds are welcome. CCC is open and inclusive of all people. Third, CCC is a community of service and love. CCC’s activities range from worship — CCC meets each Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. for Bobcat Supper — to mission and outreach. Recent mission trips have included New Orleans, Russia, Mexico, and in the summer of 2007 CCC will go to England and France. Fourth, CCC is also a place that brings students together in fellowship and fun. Retreats, camp-outs, lock-ins, Sunday night programs at the local Methodist church, intramurals and a ski trip every other year, are just some of the activities students are able to participate in at the CCC. The CCC is also a wi-fi hotspot and a great place to work on papers or study between classes. Come relax on CCC’s couches or study out on the patio. CCC is here for you. Come by and meet Campus Minister, Rev. Mike Miller and other friendly CCC staff. Miller can also be reached through the Texas State history department. For more information, call (512) 396-4222 or e-mail at

GREEK ORGANIZATIONS Multicultural Greek Council Twelve national greek organizations came together in 1998 to create one national entity called the Multicultural Greek Council. Among the goals of the creators of the MGC were to offer a forum that allows for the free exchange of ideas, programs and services between its constituent fraternities and sororities; to promote awareness of multicultural diversity within collegiate institutions, their surrounding communities and the greater community at large; and to support and promote the works of its member organizations. The Multicultural Greek Council was established at Texas State in the Fall 1999 semester in an effort to recognize and support greek social and service organizations whose needs had not been met by any existing council. Kappa Delta Chi, Sigma Delta Lambda, Sigma Lambda Beta and Sigma Lambda Gamma joined together to better meet their individual and joint needs, to voice their concerns and to ensure harmony among member organizations. Recently, MGC has hosted an annual banquet as a social event. At this event, held every fall, member organizations homor the hard work of the council’s current executive officers and recognize all the incoming executive officers.

National Pan-Hellenic Council National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc., is the umbrella organization and greek governing council for nine historically AfricanAmerican greek organizations. The Texas State National Pan-Hellenic Council was founded on Nov. 10, 1990, but its roots stem back several decades. The national council was founded in 1930 at Howard University, in Washington, D.C., as a permanent organization with the following charter members: Omega Psi Phi and Kappa Alpha Psi fraternities, and Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta and Zeta Phi Beta sororities. In 1931, Alpha Phi Alpha and Phi Beta Sigma fraternities joined the council. Sigma Gamma Rho sorority joined in 1937, and Iota Phi Theta fraternity completed the list of member organizations in 1997. The purpose of the NPHC is to foster cooperative actions among its members in dealing with matters of mutual concern. To this end, the NPHC promotes the well-being of its affiliate fraternities and sororities, facilitates the establishment and development of lo-

ON CAMPUS cal councils of the NPHC and provides leadership training for its constituents. NPHC also promotes interaction through forums, meetings and other media and engages in cooperative programming and initiatives through various activities and functions. The Texas State organization holds an annual Homecoming Step Show and is a co-sponsor of the All-Greek Dodgeball Tournament each fall to benefit the San Marcos Educational Foundation.

The Intrafraternity Council The Interfraternity Council is a greek governing council and umbrella organization for Alpha Tau Omega, Delta Tau Delta, Kappa Alpha Order, Kappa Sigma, Lambda Chi Alpha, Omega Delta Phi, Phi Delta Theta, Phi Kappa Psi, Pi Kappa Phi, Sigma Nu, Sigma Pi, and Sigma Tau Gamma fraternities. The North-American Interfraternity Conference (formerly known as the National Interfraternity Conference) has a long and storied history as a body that has assisted fraternal organizations to work together. On Nov. 27, 1909, 26 fraternities met to discuss critical issues facing fraternities at that time. A formal organization was created in 1910. In 1931, the organization’s name was changed from Interfraternity Conference to National Interfraternity Conference. In 1999, the leadership again changed the name to NorthAmerican Interfraternity Conference to celebrate the membership of brothers in Canada. Today, the NIC has 64 member organizations with 5,500 chapters located on 800 campuses in the United States and Canada with approximately 350,000 undergraduate members. The NIC is led by a Board of Directors comprised of 15 volunteers from each of the member fraternities. The headquarters and professional staff are located in Indianapolis, Ind. The IFC was founded at Texas State on Sep. 12, 1966. The IFC philanthropies include the All-Greek Dodgeball Tournament that raises money for the San Marcos Educational Foundation. This creates a $1,000 grant named after the Texas State Greek community that is used to purchase and distribute school supplies for underprivileged children whose parents may not be able to afford these items. The tournament is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 13 from 12 to 5 p.m. in Jowers Center on campus. The IFC is a sponsor for Bobcat Build, a community-wide community-service effort conducted each spring semester. IFC also supported the Children’s Development Center on campus with $1,500 for playground equipment in Spring 2005. Executive officers include Adam Anderson, president; Chris Gunn, vice president of management; Andrae Turner, vice president for judicial affairs; Aaron McGarry, vice president for scholarship and service; Robbie Vega, vice president for communications; Dan Gerte, vice president of finance; Carter Townsend, vice president for recruitment.

Panhellenic Council The Texas State Panhellenic Association is governed by the National Panhellenic Conference and supports its women’s fraternities through the promotion of values, education, leadership, friendships, cooperation and citizenship. Founded in 1902, the Panhellenic Association serves as the umbrella organization for 26 national women’s fraternities and sororities, including the six at Texas State: Alpha Xi Delta, Alpha Delta Pi, Chi Omega, Delta Gamma, Delta Zeta and Zeta Tau Alpha. In accordance with their national creed, they support ideals such as good scholarship, guarding of good health, maintaining fine standards and serving the college community. These chapters participate in various social, philanthropic and scholastic events year- round, and the Panhellenic Executive Board, which serves as the governing body of the association, oversees all of these events and their implementation.

Alpha Delta Pi The Alpha Delta Pi sorority started out as a literary society and then evolved into a greek organization, at which pojnt Alpha Delta Phi changed its name to Alpha Delta Pi. The purpose is to help members become the best people they can be and live up to their full potential, based on Christian morals and Christian womanhood. The Texas State chapter was founded in 1903 as the Shakespearean Literary Society. In March 1966, it became Alpha Delta Pi. Alpha Delta Pi celebrates two date parties every year. In the fall, the Lion Hunt Destination Unknown Date Party is held. Everyone dresses in camouflage and gets on a bus, but no one knows where they are going. Another date party is called the Diamond Ball after one of the sorority’s symbols, the diamond. This is a formal with dinner and dancing. Alpha Delta Pi is a part of the National Philanthropy of the Ronald McDonald House and helps out three houses in San Antonio. Every year, there is an “Alpha Delta Pi Play Day” softball tournament. Each team pays $100 to enter, and all proceeds go to the Ronald McDonald House.

The University Star - Page B15 gradually branched out and became the channel through which selected college-trained women improved the socioeconomic conditions in their city, state, nation and the world. The Sigma Epsilon Chapter was founded on the Texas State campus April 30, 2000.

Alpha Phi Alpha Alpha Phi Alpha was founded Dec. 4, 1906. It was the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African-Americans, founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., by seven college men who recognized the need for a strong bond of brotherhood among African descendants in this country. The founders, known as the “Jewels” of the fraternity, are Henry Arthur Callis, Charles Henry Chapman, Eugene Kinckle Jones, George Biddle Kelley, Nathaniel Allison Murray, Robert Harold Ogle and Vertner Woodson Tandy. The Mu Nu chapter was founded on April 24, 1976 at thenSouthwest Texas State University. The eight-man charter line, called “The People’s Choice,” are brothers Keith Brown, James Fletcher, Willie Harris, Bernard Jones, Joseph Lenzy, Michael Ussery, Calvin Williams and Joel Williams.

Alpha Psi Lambda Alpha Psi Lambda National Inc. (The 1st Co-Ed Latino Fraternity) Alpha Psi Lambda—Pi Chapter “Fuerza” at Texas State A-Psi was established on March 10, 1985 at Ohio State University by 13 founders and was recognized as a national organization by NAFLO on Sept. 25, 1992. Since the beginning, A-Psi has grown throughout the United States. A-Psi now has 19 chapters, six which are in Texas. Here at Texas State, A-Psi was established on Dec. 7, 2003 by seven founders who where known as “FUERZA.” Also here at Pi Chapter, A-Psi has 15 members who refer to themselves as “The Chosen Few.” You can catch A-Psi tailgating at every football game, just look for A-Psi’s colors, gold and white. One of the national events A-Psi has is Conclave. Conclave is a three-day field event in which every A-Psi chapter participates. It’s a day of knowing our brothers and sisters and spending time with the familía. A-Psi is a social coed fraternity, but the fraternity also does community service and raise money for our philanthropy, which is St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Alpha Tao Omega Alpha Tao Omega was the first fraternity founded after the Civil War in 1865, striving to heal the wounds created by the devastating war and help reunite the North and South. Founded July 28, 1986, the Iota Alpha chapter harter was signed in the now non-existent Reed Hall.

Alpha Xi Delta Alpha Xi Delta was founded nationally at Lombard College in Galesburg, Ill., by 10 young women who shared a vision of a national organization dedicated to the personal growth of women. It was an Alpha Xi Delta who wrote the Panhellenic Creed that is recited at college campuses nationally. Alpha Xi’s ideals of personal development, scholarship, friendship and civic responsibility are embraced by each Alpha Xi Delta member. The Delta Psi chapter was colonized in 1964 and founded in 1965. Each member in Alpha Xi Delta not only represents her sorority on campus, but is also involved in a second student organization to show pride in her university and to help contribute to the Texas State community. Chapter Retreat is held in a different location every semester, for members to grow and connect to become stronger as a chapter. Battle of the Bands is an annual event open to the public that is held in the fall; all proceeds are contributed to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in San Antonio. Xi Games is an annual event held every spring, and proceeds go to JDRF; previous events have been volleyball and bowling tournaments. Pink Rose Formal is a social event in Austin or San Antonio held every fall semester for active members. Spring Casual is an event for active members; previous events include Skate and Date and Sweet Home Alpha Xi at Alamo Draft House and Midnight Rodeo in Austin. Alpha Xi Delta chose children as the focus of their philanthropy projects. They believe in an idea, not an organization, and do voluntary services in all aspects of children’s well being. They volunteer at the Greater San Marcos Youth Council, local hospitals and the Katherine Ann Porter High School mentoring program, among others. They also participated in the Katrina Challenge, the Teddy Bear Drive held Oct. 2 to Oct. 8, and donate school supplies to low-income schools.

Chi Beta Delta

Alpha Kappa Alpha In 1908, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority became America’s first Greek-letter organization established by Black college women. The organization’s roots date back to Howard University, Washington, D.C., where the idea for the sorority was conceived by Ethel Hedgeman Lyle of St. Louis, Mo. She viewed the sorority as an instrument for enriching the social and intellectual aspects of college life by providing mental stimulation through interaction with friends and associates. Through the years, however, Alpha Kappa Alpha’s function has become more complex. After her incorporation as a perpetual body in 1913, Alpha Kappa Alpha

Chi Beta Delta is a community service sorority founded here at Texas State in 2002. n In its four years of existence, Chi Beta Delta has flourished immensely. This organization has increased in recognition and esteem on the Texas State campus, in the San Marcos community, and surrounding areas. n Chi Beta Delta prides itself on a strong group of diverse young women with the same goal in mind — close sisterhood through service in the community. n There’s a lot to be said about Chi Beta Delta: Continued on page B17

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Thursday, June 1, 2006 n “The women of Chi Beta Delta have worked tirelessly to help out all around the San Marcos community.” n “Chi Beta Delta’s members are the classiest, most beautiful women at Texas State.” n “I came to Texas State not knowing anyone. Chi Beta Delta has given me lifelong friends and memories.” n If you are interested in being a member of Chi Beta Delta, you must: n Maintain a 2.25 Texas State GPA n Participate in study hours n Complete a minimum 30 community service hours a semester n Be available Wednesday evenings for sorority meetings n For further information about Chi Beta Delta, please feel free to contact Jonna Kennie at

Chi Omega The Chi Omega sorority was founded on April 5, 1895. With the help of a dentist, four women were able to start the sorority at the University of Arkansas. Today, Chi Omega is the largest women’s fraternal organization in the world with 240,000 initiates and over 170 collegiate chapters. The Alpha Zeta chapter of Chi Omega was formed on April 11, 1964. It was formed from a group on campus originally called Theta Psi Delta. After contacting Theta Psi Delta, Winnie Bowker, Mary Clay Williams and Virginia Moore installed the Alpha Zeta chapter into Texas State. Chi Omega is involved in several activities at Texas State, such as all-girl flag football and volleyball intramural teams. They also pair up with fraternities for soccer and softball intramurals. They are also involved with several other organizations such as the Strutters, the Diamond Sweethearts, Classy Cats, Football Buddies, Texas State Surf Club and the Panhellenic Council. Chi Omega recently made the Make-a-Wish Foundation its national philanthropy. The Alpha Zeta chapter has adopted this cause as well, participating in things such as the 2004 Make-A-Swish for Make-A-Wish basketball tournament. The tournament was held at the Zone Apartments with teams playing for prizes while also raising over $1,200 for the foundation in the process. The local chapter participates in other fundraising and community service opportunities, such as: The Chi Omega Foundation, which raises money to help Chi Omegas through scholarships, leadership programs or grants; Bobcat Build, an annual participant in this San Marcos community service project; and the 2005 Panhellenic Tsunami Relief Service, which donated items and assembled kits to help those affected by the Indonesian coast tsunami earlier this year.

Delta Gamma Delta Gamma was founded in 1873 by Anna Boyd, Mary Comfort and Eva Webb. It began at the Lewis School for Girls in Oxford, Miss. and was confined to women’s colleges in the South during its first few years. It was not long, though, until Delta Gamma, one of the oldest women’s fraternities, had spread throughout the United States. The Zeta Eta chapter was formed in 1988. The local Delta Gamma chapter will be participating in intramural co-ed football this year with the Omega Delta Phi fraternity and is involved in Greek Week. They also participate in mixers, date parties and an annual formal. The national philanthropy for Delta Gamma is Service for Sight. Each year a fundraiser called Anchor Splash is held to raise money for Service for Sight. The fundraiser consists of men’s and women’s organizations competing in several different swimming events. The Zeta Eta chapter participates in many local events as well, such as the annual Easter Egg Hunt, Bobcat Build and Halloween festival.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

many community service events and campus organizations. Delta Tau Delta has members in organizations like the Associated Student Government (ASG), College Republicans, College Democrats, ROTC, Inter-fraternity Council (IFC), etc. We are also active and competitive in intramural sports, such as, football, softball, volleyball and soccer. Locally, Delta Tau Delta was established in 1970 and has 60 total undergraduate members and many successful alumni in the Central Texas area. These alumni can provide employment opportunities while in college and networking opportunities when graduated. Going greek, can be one of the best decisions that an undergraduate can make. Delta Tau Delta is one of the strongest organizations on campus and are always looking for new members to help continue our traditions, build our fraternity and strengthen our community. If you would like any additional information, please visit the national Web site at If you would like any information on this semesters rush events or have any questions, please e-mail recruitment chairman Jacob Price at jp1311@

Kappa Alpha Order KA was founded at Washington and Lee University in 1865 by four men who believed in the ideals of chivalry and character. Robert E. Lee is the “spiritual founder” of KA. Kappa Alpha is not a ‘fraternity’ but an order because it is military in organization and religious in feeling. The order’s official colors are crimson and old gold and the official flowers are the magnolia and the crimson rose. KA’s colors represent the blood and treasure spent by its forefathers in defense of their country. The Epsilon Iota chapter was locally founded in 1979, and currently has 55 actives and 23 pledges. KA has as an annual ‘Paint Your Date’ mixer with the women of Alpha Delta Pi. The social eventually turns into a free-for-all paint war. It is seen as one of the most anticipated events for both greek organizations. The organization is also teaming up with ADPi do celebrate Homecoming on Oct. 15. They also won Greek Week last year teamed with ADPi. One of the biggest parties last year was when the organization booked the ’80s cover band LC ROCKS to play at Gordos last April. KA has their formal “Old South” in South Padre Island every spring semester. The brothers leave on a Friday for a formal dinner and reception at a five star hotel, then enjoy the beach and sun on Saturday. Epsilon Iota recently donated 786 canned foods to the Katrina can food drive. Epsilon Iota also donated $500 to the annual Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Association Labor Day Telethon. MDA is the organization’s national philanthropy. They also volunteer at the annual Sights & Sounds of Christmas in San Marcos.

Kappa Alpha Psi Founded January 5, 1911, at Indiana University in Bloomington. Kappa Alpha Psi is the first African-American fraternity founded on a white campus. The Lambda Theta chapter was chartered May 2, 1982.

Kappa Delta Chi The national sorority Kappa Delta Chi was founded at Texas Tech University in 1987 by four women. There are four values in Kappa Delta Chi: unity, honesty, integrity and leadership. The Texas State chapter was founded in 1998 and this section of the Multicultural Greek Council has more than 300 chapters in the nation. Some of the annual events that Kappa Delta Chi participates in are Pretty in Pink week, Date Party and a Boat Party.

Kappa Sigma Delta Sigma Theta Sorority was founded on Jan. 13, 1913 by 22 collegiate women at Howard University. These students wanted to use their collective strength to promote academic excellence and to provide assistance to persons in need. The first public act performed by the Delta Founders involved their participation in the Women’s Suffrage March in Washington D.C., March 1913. Delta Sigma Theta was incorporated in 1930. Iota Omega Chapter was founded in 1972.

Delta Zeta Delta Zeta was founded on Oct. 24, 1902, at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. That year, new university president Guy Potter Benton allowed females to attend the formerly all-male university. The six females that attended the first semester — Julia Bishop Coleman, Anne Simmons Friedline, Anna Louis Keen, Alfa Lloyd Hayes, Mary Jane Collins Galbraith and Mabelle Minton Hagemann — formed the Delta Zeta sorority. The Iota Alpha chapter was formed on April 2, 1964. The local chapter of Delta Zeta participates in many activities at Texas State, such as the Greek Olympics, the Soap Box Derby and other Homecoming activities. They also have date parties, mixers and formals throughout the year. The Delta Zeta philanthropy benefits the speech-impaired and the deaf or hearing-impaired. Annual donations are made to Gallaudet University, the only accredited four-year liberal arts college for the deaf in the world, and the House Ear Institute. Locally, Iota Alpha works with the Texas School for the Deaf in Austin, where they donated prom dresses last year. The Iota Alpha has also donated supplies to the San Marcos Animal Shelter, cleaned up part of the San Marcos River and participated in St. Jude’s Up ‘Til Dawn to help raise money for children with cancer.

Delta Tau Delta Founded in 1858, Delta Tau Delta has become one of the most active and progressive fraternities in the nation. Chapters and colonies of our fraternity are found on more than 125 different campuses throughout the United States and Canada. More than 145,000 men have accepted the Delt challenge to commit their lives to excellence. As a member of Delta Tau Delta, you are offered many opportunities to grow and build yourself as a leader of tomorrow. A few of these programs include academic support and mentoring, opportunities to get involved in campus and community events and several leadership academies sponsored nationally. Delta Tau Delta is founded on four fundamental values: truth, courage, faith and power. These values have helped to develop young men into leaders of the world outside of college. Notable alumni include Richard Wagoner (CEO-General Motors), Thomas Cruikshank (CEO-Haliburton), Ronald McDougal (Chili’s-President), Drew Carey, Will Ferrell, Matthew McConaughey and John Elway. Here at Texas State, Delta Tau Delta is actively involved in the community and campus activities. The fratertnity participates in

Kappa Sigma Fraternity was founded at the University of Virginia in Charlottsville by five students on Dec. 10, 1869. While it started small, the organization grew greatly in the century that followed; now there are more than 11,000 undergraduate members and 230 chapters and colonies nationwide. The Theta Lambda chapter of Kappa Sigma started at Texas State as a different organization, but became Kappa Sigma in 1966. Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the oldest fraternity chapter at Texas State. In addition to Kappa Sigma’s longevity on campus, the organization also has distinguished alumni such as Jim T. Brown. Brown was one of the original Kappa Sigma members, but he was also the worthy grand master nationally and has been named as a distinguished alumnus at Texas State. Fite Nite is an annual event that calls for the participation of amateur boxers in fraternities and sororities. Last year, the event drew 2,000 to 3,000 spectators, and this year it will be held again at the Hays County Civic Center. It has been called “the biggest greek event of the year” in some circles.

Lambda Chi Alpha

In 1909, the founding fathers of the organization, Warren A. Cole, Albert Cross, Raymond H. Serris and Johnny Jack Jr., joined together with the goal to create an atmosphere of opportunity for college men to experience college life alongside a group of peers in a unique and life-changing way. In 1966, a group of about 20 men colonized to create a Lambda Chi Alpha chapter at then-Southwest Texas State

The University Star - Page B17 University. AM Idol will take place on the evening of Oct. 22. The event is a fundraiser in which fraternity members with musical and dance talents perform for an audience. A winner is chosen and a celebration is held afterward. Lambda Chi Alpha also holds mixers throughout the year. One upcoming event is the Fall Casual, which is held Oct. 17 at the Thistel Café on sixth Street in Austin. Members of the fraternity and their dates are bused to the restaurant to ensure that nobody drinks and drives. The group enjoys dinner, dancing and an open bar. The organization works with the San Marcos Food Bank to collect food for the North America Food Drive. The canned goods go to the Food Bank, and the report on what is donated goes to the North American Food Drive.

Omega Delta Phi Omega Delta Phi was founded on Nov. 25, 1987 at Texas Tech University by seven distinct men of vision. The Rho chapter was founded Nov. 22, 1997. In the summer of 2000, a handful of Rho Founders, still determined to live by the Four Pillars of Omega Delta Phi, decided to organize in San Marcos, with the hopes of continuing their commitments to undergraduate brothers and formed the Rho Alumni Association, a collective of brothers dedicated to the improvement of Rho Chapter, individual brothers, both undergraduate and alumni and the surrounding communities. Originally consisting of 32 alumni at the time of establishment, the RAA now constitutes a 63 alumni membership. Projects include but are not limited to: Scholarship Foundation two times per year to both undergraduate Brothers and local high school students; raising and donating funds to local parks and recreation centers, Department of Human Services, Habitat for Humanity, and the San Marcos Youth Shelter; co-sponsoring job fairs, career days and college days; Sponsoring donations drives such as “Holiday Bail Out Toy Drive” with San Marcos Police Department and Supplies for Schools Drive; and co-ed flag football tournament in conjunction with Texas State.

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. On Nov. 17, 1911, three Howard University undergraduate students, with the assistance of their faculty adviser, gave birth to the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. This event took place in the biology office of professor Ernest E. Just in the Science Hall, now known as Thirkield Hall. The three liberal arts students were Edgar A. Love, Oscar J. Cooper and Frank Coleman. From the initials of the Greek phrase meaning “friendship is essential to the soul,” the name Omega Psi Phi was derived. The phrase was selected as the motto. Manhood, scholarship, perseverance and uplift were adopted as cardinal principles. A decision was made regarding the design for the pin and emblem, and thus ended the first meeting of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. Xi Delta Chapter was founded in 1972 on the Texas State campus.

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. was founded at Howard University in Washington, D.C., Jan. 9, 1914, by three young AfricanAmerican male students. The founders, Honorable A. Langston Taylor, Honorable Leonard F. Morse and Honorable Charles I. Brown, wanted to organize a greek letter fraternity that would truly exemplify the ideals of brotherhood, scholarship and service. The Pi Xi Chapter was founded on the Texas State campus in fall of 1993 by the following men: Keith Lawson, Thomas McClinton, Dickie Wrightsil, Darrell Turner, Marvin Wesley, Rod Clark and Gerald Nash. Continued on page B18

Page B18 - The University Star Phi Delta Theta Pi Delta Theta was founded Dec. 26, 1848 at Indiana University. The Texas Mu chapter Founded Jan 1, 1980 at Texas State.

Phi Kappa Psi Phi Kappa Psi was founded Feb. 19, 1852. The Texas Gamma chapter was founded Oct. 11, 2003

Sigma Delta Lambda

ON CAMPUS Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc. supports a variety of charitable organizations as a part of their community service commitment. As a national organization, they dedicate philanthropic efforts to Breast Cancer Awareness and the federal TRIO programs. Their support of this cause involves fundraising campaigns, educational workshops, active participation in run/walk events, volunteer participation with organizations or a combination of these forms. The two primary programs the organization supports in respects to breast cancer awareness are Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization. Sigma Lambda Gamma supports the TRIO programs for its innovative and proactive stance on the continual education of individuals who otherwise would not have been afforded the education or financial assistance to further their education and livelihood.

Sigma Nu Fraternity Sigma Delta Lambda founded at Texas State University in 1996 and is the first Latina based sorority. Eleven women started this social and service oriented sorority with an emphasis on at-risk youth. As a part of the Multicultural Greek Council, Sigma Delta Lambda participates in Bobcat Build, Founders’ Week, Homecoming and has an annual formal.

Sigma Lambda Beta was founded at the University of Iowa on April 4, 1986 by 18 men, 16 of them Hispanic. As a new Hispanic fraternity, Sigma Lambda Beta felt a lack of representation in their greek community and felt honored to be one of the first Hispanic fraternities. Their four principles are community service, cultural awareness, brotherhood and scholarship. The Sigma Beta chapter was founded at Texas State by a group of seven men in the fall of 1997. These men, much like their founders in Iowa, felt a lack of representation in the greek community. The group set out to join an organization that would be representative of Hispanics. After a long search for the right organization, they finally agreed upon Sigma Lambda Beta. Originally they were an interest group in the fall of 1997, but later colonized and became brothers of Sigma Lambda Beta in the spring of 1998. Sigma Lambda Beta works every semester with St. David’s Children’s Hospital. They also participate in Bobcat Build, Relay For Life and Bowl-a-thon.

Founded in 1869 at Virginia Military Institute, Sigma Nu was built on the principles of love, truth and honor. Sigma Nu’s past is a proud and colorful one. Founded by three cadets at the Virginia Military Institute in a period of civil strife known as the Reconstruction, Sigma Nu represented a radical departure from the times. The system of physical abuse and hazing of underclassmen at VMI led to James Frank Hopkins, Greenfield Quarles and James McIlvaine Riley to form the “Legion of Honor” which soon became Sigma Nu Fraternity. So, amidst a backdrop of turmoil, North America’s first “Honor” fraternity was established. On April 23, 1966, Eta Tau Chapter No. 157 of Sigma Nu Fraternity was established at then-Southwest Texas State University as a result of the hard work of 37 men. At the time of the chartering, 23 members were still in college. In 1987, the chapter won the Dean’s Cup from SWT and also received the Rock Chapter Award from Sigma Nu. In 1988, honor was once again bestowed upon Eta Tau as Andrew G. Wilcox was inducted as an Alpha Affiliate in Sigma Nu. Today, this chapter has the highest active member roster and more than 600 alumni. The Keri Giesler Foundation Blood Drive is Sigma Nu’s main chapter philanthropy. It is a mobile blood drive they have in The Quad biannually. Keri Giesler was a Chi Omega member and Panhellenic president at the University of Texas who was diagnosed with cancer. The blood drive is in her name and all the blood donated goes to faculty, staff and students of Texas State who have been affected by cancer.

Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority

Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity

During the fall of 1989, the foundation of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc. was created by collegiate women who recognized the need to form an organization that provided empowerment to women of all cultural backgrounds. The beginnings were built at the University of Iowa. Their vision was to create a network of academic and social support for Latina women. Under the guidance of Esther Materon Arum and Mary Peterson, the vision came to fruition on April 9, 1990, as the University of Iowa Panhellenic Council officially recognized the organization as a sorority. In 1997, a group of women got together to start Sigma Lambda Gamma Sorority, Inc. at Southwest Texas State University. In 1998, they received their chapter status and 10 women became the founding Alpha Line of the Xi Alpha Chapter of Sigma Lambda Gamma at SWT. However, the founders graduated and lack of recruiting underclassmen caused the chapter to be dissolved in 2000. Then, a group of about 22 women gathered together in the summer of 2002 to bring the Xi Alpha Chapter back to Texas State. The ladies received their colony status at the beginning of the fall 2002 and continued their quest to receive chapter status. Sigma Lambda Gamma is a multicultural diverse sorority. Sigma Lambda Gamma fulfills five principles each semester and invites other chapters to join. Our social events are for the purpose of fundraising and to socially interact with other organizations.

Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity is an international brotherhood of men based on the principles of value, learning, leadership, excellence, benefit and integrity. Its more than 50,000 members share a common commitment to leadership, scholarship and service. Founded in 1920 at Central Missouri State Teacher’s College in Warrensburg, Mo., Sigma Tau Gamma has grown to more than 100 college campuses across the United States. The Delta Epsilon chapter was founded in 1983 at Texas State.

Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc.

Thursday, June 1, 2006 Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority was founded on the simple belief that sorority elitism and socializing should not overshadow the real mission for progressive organizations — to address societal mores, ills, prejudices, poverty and health concerns of the day. Founded Jan. 16, 1920, Zeta began as an idea conceived by five coeds at Howard University in Washington D.C.: Arizona Cleaver, Myrtle Tyler, Viola Tyler, Fannie Pettie and Pearl Neal. The Omicron Xi Chapter was founded in 1991.

Zeta Tau Alpha Zeta Tau Alpha was founded Oct. 15, 1898. It was formed by nine women — Maud Jones Horner, Della Lewis Hundley, Alice Bland Coleman, Mary Jones Batte, Alice Grey Welsh, Ethel Coleman Van Name, Helen M. Crafford, Frances Yancey Smith and Ruby Leigh Orgain — who were only 14 and 15 years old and attending the State Female Normal School, now Longwood University. The Theta Psi chapter was formed in 1980 at Texas State. Theta Psi chapter participates in many events on campus. They will be joining the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity in Greek Week events such as Powder Puff this year. It is also involved in intramural co-ed football and volleyball. The ladies also participate in several mixers with other fraternities and sororities, as well as date parties and formals. The national philanthropy of Zeta Tau Alpha is breast cancer education and awareness. In February 2004, THINK-PINK! became a registered trademark with Zeta Tau Alpha, and during the month of October, THINK-PINK! ribbons are distributed to promote breast cancer awareness. The sorority has also worked with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation since 1992.

06 01 2006 Section B  
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