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TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS AND COMMUNICATION

Dr. Cheatham steps down as dean to return to teaching BY DAVID SHORT

For 26 years he was known around campus as Dean Cheatham. Dr. Richard Cheatham took the helm of the College of Fine Arts and Communication at Texas State University in 1985 and just a couple of months ago stepped down to return to his first love of teaching. “I could never give up my students,” Cheatham said. “When I was chair of the department (Speech Communication and Theater Arts, 1978-1985) I always taught two classes per semester. And as dean, I still taught one.” “If someone had said you can't, then I would've gone back to teaching and instead given up being a dean,” Cheatham continued. And it wasn't a small class that he continued to teach through the years, but rather a large section of Comm 1310, Fundamentals of Human Communication. “To see one student in a semester see the light go off in their head….that is what makes it so enjoyable. I see myself primarily as a teacher of students and I wanted to stop where I started, as a teacher. To end my career meeting the needs of my students,” Cheatham said. And perhaps no one is better at teaching communications than Cheatham. In any given semester he could be seen guest lecturing in other classes throughout the College of Fine Arts and Communication, including graduate classes. And when he spoke, students always paid close attention. Not because they had too, but because they wanted to. He is that compelling a speaker and one who imparts useful and practical knowledge to his audiences. Cheatham is also well known for conducting training programs and workshops, something he is now doing even more of since retiring as dean. “It's all been word of mouth,” Cheatham said, “for state agencies and private corporations. Mostly it covers one of three areas: general leadership, customer service and team management. I enjoy it and it strengthens what we do in the

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Dr. Richard Cheatham was Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication for 26 years. (Photo by David Short) speech department.” To ask Cheatham about the most important accomplishment during his tenure becomes an impossible task as so many milestones came to fruition under his leadership. “Certainly facilities-wise, there is the acquisition of the Fire Station Studios, the new arts building and of course the now under construction Performing Arts Center resulting from Patti Harrison's donation of $8 million,” Cheatham said. “And in terms of programs, well, we had two departments without a graduate program when I took over, Art and Design and Mass Communication. Now they each have a master's degree and rank #2 and #1 respectively in enrollment. I'm also very proud that our Sound Technology degree is the only undergraduate degree of it's kind in the state,” Cheatham continued. The rising cost of college is one area that greatly concerns him.

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Gardener’s Inspiration

Where one local expert goes to get new gardening ideas

See GARDENER’S INSPIRATION page 35 Lisa and Jim Bob Spencerʼs San Marcos Home was picked as “Yard of the Month” earlier this year. (Photo by Ed Kubeck) 4


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Heloise retouches her lipstick before sky diving with the Golden Knights.

‘Hints’ columnist, SWT grad continues to inspire housewives everywhere BY JEFF WALKER

here’s this great photo of the famed “Hints” columnist Heloise. Minutes before she’s set to parachute out of an airplane with the Golden Knights, the writer is seen reapplyling lipstick. The photo, as they are often said to do, says more than several thousand words ever could about her and her personality. But Heloise’s zest for life carries on into

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the classroom, too. “Are you sure you guys can handle being without your cell phones for 30 minutes?” Heloise asks a group of high school kids, seconds after she’s asked sternly for them all to be turned off. And leaving them on vibrate, she reminds them, doesn’t count. Ponce Kiah Marchelle Heloise Cruse

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Dennis Franchione greets the media after being announced as the new head football coach in February. (Photo by Ashley Landis)


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New Texas State University football coach Dennis Franchione brings with him renewed excitement as Bobcats continue their journey to FBS competition BY TYLER MAYFORTH

Sometimes our friends know us better than we know ourselves. At least that was the case for Texas State head football coach Dennis Franchione. Back in November, Franchione got a call from one of his better friends, and fellow coach, Dennis Darnell. Franchione had been lounging around his home in Horseshoe Bay when Darnell brought something to his attention. “I answered and he said, ‘Coach, I hear you’re going to Texas State. I want to come with you,’” Franchione recalled. “I said, ‘What are you talking about? That job isn’t even open.’” As it turns out, the job was open, as the Bobcats fired former head coach Brad Wright two days following the conclusion of a disappointing season where Texas State finished 4-7. Wright was let go on the Monday of Thanksgiving week and Franchione’s name surfaced as a possible replace-

ment as soon as the door closed. “Any time a job opens, there are immediately some names that get attached to it and those people who are looking for jobs start calling people,” Franchione said. Franchione, though, wasn’t actively searching for a job. While the itch to coach was still there, Franchione was content spending time at home with his wife, Kim. A few days went by and Franchione began taking a closer look at the Bobcats. He knew there was the potential move to the Western Athletic Conference in 2012, as well as the promise of a return to somewhere he and his wife always had fond memories. Franchione coached at Texas State, then Southwest Texas State, in 1990 and 1991. He led the Bobcats to a 13-9 overall record before leaving for his next position at the University of New Mexico.

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Riding a bike is a lifetime sport, says 79-year-old Bibb Underwood BY BIBB UNDERWOOD As I write this, the Tour de France is underway and it hardly makes a blip on the screen of American sports enthusiasts. By the time you read this, the Tour will be in the American dust bin of sporting events. We Americans have little interest in the Tour de France, perhaps the most demanding of all major sporting events. The two most prominent Americans riding this year are George Hincappie and Levi Leipheimer. Ever

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Bibb Underwood with fellow riders Mary Braun and Lauren Sorrel. heard of them? No. We don’t ride bikes after the age of 10. Oh, there are a few of us who toss aside our embarrassment and think about dusting off the old Raleigh 10-speed and taking a whirl around the block. But by the time we reach middle age, golf and tennis have become much more respectable pursuits and in spite of our inability to master either, we find ourselves enduring the busted knees of tennis or the

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LET’S ROLL (Continued from page 10) utter frustrations of the unpredictability of our golf game. Having grown tired of the crippling effects of tennis and the emotional rollercoaster of golf, I purchased a bicycle two months before my 70th birthday. That was in September 2001. It was a 21 speed mountain bike. Since the plan was to ride it around town; run a few errands; and do a few five mile exercise rides, I had the bike shop replace the knobby tires with smoother, smaller ones. In the course of the next few weeks, I joined a couple of my friends in their weekly 15-mile ride along the back roads of Hays, Guadalupe and Comal counties. It was pleasant and easy enough and yet provided a reasonable body and aerobic workout. Next thing I know I’m riding through cattle-guards and over dirt roads from San Marcos to Wimberley. One of those aforementioned friends collared me one day and

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Bibb Underwood prepares for the Wurst Ride from Austin to New Braunfels. pointed to a brochure advertising the “most beautiful bike ride in the world.” It was a 100 mile ride around Lake Tahoe, Nev. to raise funds for the Lymphoma-Leukemia Society. We

signed up to do the ride, only to discover that to qualify, we had to raise $3,000 each. I had trepidations about doing a 100 mile ride and so, I was somewhat relieved by the fund-raising requirement. I never imagined I could raise that much money. After sending letters of solicitation to about 100 of my closest friends, the first response I opened contained a check for $1,000. I began training with an Austin group. It didn’t take long for me to discover my mountain bike, even with the slick tires, was not the answer to a 100-mile ride. We began with 20 and 25 mile routes on the weekends. Soon, the routes became 30 to 35 miles. Then they became 75 to 80 miles. I learned the meaning of endurance and determination. As a result of the training and camaraderie, I became hooked on cycling. My knees improved to the point that I could, once again, play tennis without pain and my aerobics

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were better than when I ran four miles a day. But with my heavy, steel-framed mountain bike, I was always bringing up the rear. I was lucky enough to find a used road bike in excellent condition for $500. I caution the novice here. Even if you were the best in your class on the Schwinn at age 10, you will need to do some refresher riding to master the road bike. Pedal clips and the sharp turning radius require familiarization. The road bike weighs about 20 pounds, has up to 30 speeds, and only about a half inch of tire surface is in contact with the ground. My original road bike was an aluminum frame with 27 speeds. I have since purchased a carbon fiber bike with 30 speeds. The carbon fiber frame rides somewhat smoother and is generally a few pounds lighter. Before you head to the shop to purchase your first bike, be aware that there are as many options to purchasing a bicycle as when considering a new car, i.e., what kind of frame is best for you? Hint: if you are a 280 pound Clydesdale, you probably don’t want carbon fiber. So, as with an automobile, consider what purpose the bike will serve. If you have doubts about where to begin, an expert at any bike shop will steer you in the

“As a result of the training and camaraderie, I became hooked on cycling. My knees improved to the point that I could, once again, play tennis without pain and my aerobics were better than when I ran four miles a day.” — Bibb Underwood right direction. Following my own advice, I visited Tamara at Pedal Power and roleplayed the innocent new cyclist. Here’s what I learned: Query: I am uncertain where this is going to lead. I just want to try cycling for exercise. Answer: Go with the hybrid. It’s more comfortable, more versatile and more affordable. Q: Affordable? How affordable?

A. You can start around $400, but real value is going to be from $500 to $600. Q: What’s the difference between your bikes and those in the big box stores? A. Besides the quality, theirs come in only one size. We fit the bike to the rider for safety, comfort and endurance riding. Q: What do you mean size? A: Basically, I’m referring to the frame size. This bike comes in 15 inch, 17 inch, 20 inch and 22 inch size. This fact alone affects, knees, back, and comfort of the rider. We discussed many more aspects of cycling and choosing a bike, but space limitation precludes including the full interview, but you get the picture. In addition to the Lake Tahoe ride, I have since ridden three MS 150s; numerous charity rides, ranging from 60+ to 100 miles. During the summer, I ride the mountain trails in Summit County, Colo. I have about 12,000 miles on the road bike I purchased in September 2006. I try to do 50 to 70 miles a week. Cycling is a lifetime sport. I will have my 80th birthday Nov.12, and I anticipate riding at least 80 miles that week. • bibbunderwood@yahoo.com

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ADVENTURES OF HELOISE (Continued from page 6) Evans — aka Heloise — is speaking to 50 or so Texas Mathworks students inside the Alkek Library on the Texas State University campus during the annual Mathworks Summer Math Camp — an intensive program of labs and seminars for gifted high school math students. Such phone etiquette is essential to the famed columnist who, in following her mother’s lead, has made a career of solving household dilemmas ranging from the easy removal of wine stains to the multiple uses of pizza cutters, inspiring and entertaining housewives for generations. Heloise is tall, welldressed and simultaneously charming and assertive. Her influence — the Heloise column runs in more than 500 newspapers around the world — is simply indisputable. “I'm grateful to think that I have carried on my mother's voice and spirit and that the readers really do still connect,” Heloise said. Her presentation today isn’t an accident. Math is very dear to Heloise. It

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was her major at then Southwest Texas State University, after all, and she planned on being a math teacher for years. But after graduating in 1974 with a double major in Business Administration and Mathematics, she went to work for her mother — the original Heloise — for one summer. Before long, she would take over the column that Heloise I, a military wife, started in 1959. But Heloise isn’t talking to these students about math or household tips on this day. She’s talking about planting a small idea and not letting go of it. She’s talking about not ignoring the little coincidences in life and the paths of success they might just lead to. As an example, Heloise has slated a phone conversation with writer Ian Frazier, who had the idea to do a story about Heloise for three years before finally having it published in 1983 in The New Yorker. That article, titled “Nobody Better, Better Than Nobody” after one of her mom’s favorite sayings, also led to an entire book for Frazier. But before she talks to Frazier, Heloise stands in front of the Mathworks students and begins to tell

the story about how she came to be known as simply Heloise. Heloise’s mother, Heloise Bowles, was born in Fort Worth in 1919. The military wife was the only girl in her high school to take shop class; later on, she managed a household in Peking, China without running water or stove or heat. “That sense of community among military wives is really what I think formed the basis for her doing the column. In a sense she really started the first woman’s network on a large scale,” Heloise said According to the article written by Frazier in The New Yorker, while attending an Air Force party in Hawaii in 1958, Heloise mentioned to a colonel that she’d like to write a column in a newspaper to help housewives. The colonel laughed and bet her $100 that she couldn’t land a job at a newspaper. She had a set of engraved calling cards made, dressed in her best outfit and visited the office of the Honolulu Advertiser when she knew the editor

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was at lunch. She created a stir in the office, left her card and eventually landed a column called “The Readers’ Exchange,” which started in 1959, eight years after Heloise was born. It wasn’t long before reporters and TV crews were coming into their San Antonio home to interview her mother, now a nationally-syndicated columnist. Heloise recalls dragging a portable TV — few had any such device at that time — into a Girl Scout meeting to see her mother interviewed on the American television game show “To Tell the Truth.” As much as she admired her mother’s fame, Heloise wanted no part in taking over. She attended Southwest Texas State with the intention of transferring to the University of Texas. But San Marcos was good to Heloise: Close enough to be home for a weekend and far enough away for some independence. “I didn’t want to be ‘Heloise,’” she said. “For years, I heard her talking to lawyers and publishers and agents and reporters, saw them come in our home and do photo shoots and editors come down to work on a book. I saw her working until 10 p.m. I didn’t want to do that.” But her mother’s health was worsening. After graduating from SWT, Heloise agreed to work in the office for a sum-

mer. She stayed three years. “I said I’d stay a year or two to help get her office in order, and then I’d move on,” Heloise said. “And then mother died (in 1977).” No succession plan in place, the syndicate company, anxious to send out a press release, told Heloise she had 24 hours to consider carrying on her mother’s columns. She consulted her family and its attorney. “I called the syndicate, and said ‘here’s the deal: I’ll do this for a year. You cannot make me do a speech, do a book, do a TV show and I want to change the column,’” Heloise said. “And in a year, we’ll see.” In a column she wrote in 1977 introducing herself, Heloise gives insight into the sincere, honest and grateful professional woman that she is: “I spend my spare time taking care of my plants, hooking rugs, cooking, taking extra night courses at a local college and dating, as all normal gals do,” she wrote. “I also take yoga once a week and try to go to the health club two or three times a week to exercise. Sometimes I have to make myself go, but all I have to do is remember how big my hips used to be and I’m there in no time flat...I really enjoy my time spent reading your letters and helping with the column. You dear people make my whole week with the nice things

you say.” Back at the Mathworks speaking engagement, Heloise has finally reached Frazier via cell phone, and their conservation is being broadcast over speakers for the students to hear. “What was the kernel (for your piece)? I’m trying to explain to these students how sometimes just one little idea, something you see, something you think about and you just jot notes down, can become a kernel for something big,” she asks Frazier. It was many years ago, he replies, that he found a little clipping on his aunt’s refrigerator, a drawing of a woman wearing a snorkel and a face mask chopping onions. “It was from a hint that your mother had all those years ago, saying that if you want to chop onions without crying, wear a diver’s face mask. I thought that was so cool,” Frazier said. “And my aunt had actually tried it.” The original Heloise had obviously made an impact on a generation of American housewives, carrying with her a unique — at times serious, at times hilarious — perspective that would both entertain and inspire those who read her column daily. And when it comes to carrying on that great tradition, there’s nobody better than daughter Heloise.

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THE WITTLIFF COLLECTIONS

Gallery celebrates Silver Anniversary BY MICHELE MILLER

The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University is celebrating its Silver anniversary of the ongoing commitment to collecting, preserving and sharing the literary and photographic treasures of the region. The Wittliff Collections is “In 1994, Yampolsky located on the seventh floor of the Alkek Library on theTexas met with Connie State University-San Marcos Todd (then Bill campus. For more call 245Wittliff ’s assistant, 2313 or visit www.thewittliffnow director, collections.txstate.edu. Admission is free and open to the public. retired) in Mexico

City to discuss Bill’s idea of a Southwestern & Mexican Photography Collection.”

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Now – Dec. 11 THE EDGE OF TIME: Photographs of Mexico by MARIANA YAMPOLSKY A Wittliff Collections 25th Anniversary Exhibition

Mariana Yampolsky (1925–

2002) played an important role in building the Wittliff’s contemporary Mexican photography archive. In 1994, Yampolsky met with Connie Todd (then Bill Wittliff’s assistant, now director, retired) in Mexico City to discuss Bill’s idea of a Southwestern & Mexican Photography Collection. Yampolsky put them in touch with virtually every outstanding photographer in the country. She also talked to the artists themselves, enthusiastically promoting the project, and in so doing, authenticated what was then a little-known repository to the Mexican photographic community. This exhibition at Texas State University-San Marcos honors Yamplosky’s role in the Wittliff Collections’ history with 60 black-and-white photographs of Mexico she created during the 30-year span of 1964 to 1994. Reflecting Yampolsky’s lifelong concerns, her images capture rural Mexico and its people with respect and infinite care. They function as works of art and as evidence of a moment in Mexico’s history when life-ways that have endured for centuries faced the onslaught of modernization. One of the major figures in twentieth-century Mexican photography, the late Mariana Yampolsky, who also

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worked as an engraver, artist, editor, lecturer and book designer, was accepted as an integral part of Mexican life and art.

Now – Nov. 30 ILLUMINATING TEXAS: 25 Lone Star Moments A Wittliff Collections 25th Anniversary Exhibition

From the fall of the Alamo to Willie Nelson creating his first songbook, Texas has no shortage of iconic moments. In recognition of the 25th anniversary of the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University-San Marcos, this exhibition highlights the Wittliff’s impressive reach by focusing on 25 key events. Illuminating Texas: 25 Lone Star Moments shows how the rich literary and photography collections relate to the culture and history of the state, as well as how artists translate shared experience into creative legacy. The first step of Spanish explorer Cabeza de Vaca on what is now Galveston island, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the rise of Austin's music scene, Waco’s fiery Branch Davidian conflict, and the launch of Apollo 13 are just a few of the other incidents the exhibition illustrates through the works of noted writers, photographers and musicians.

Now – Dec. 11 THE DAZZLING INSTANT A Wittliff Collections 25th Anniversary Exhibition

Presenting over 90 images by 70 photographers, this Wittliff Collections anniversary exhibition at Texas State University-San Marcos was inspired by Henri CartierBresson, who wrote, “The photograph is a guillotine blade that seizes one dazzling instant in eternity.”

“Esperando al padracito / Waiting for the Priest,” 1987, by Mariana Yampolsky

Each photograph on display can be seen as a powerful or poetic moment, including such classics as Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico by Ansel Adams, Watching the Dancers by Edward Curtis, Portrait of the Eternal by Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Dorothea Lange’s “Migrant Mother,” and Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima by Joe Rosenthal. This exhibition also spotlights the 12 volumes in the Wittliff’s Southwestern & Mexican Photography Book Series published primarily by UT Press, with prints by Kate Breakey, Keith Carter, Graciela Iturbide, Jayne Hinds Bidaut, Josephine Sacabo, Rocky Schenck, Bill Wittliff and others.

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Performing Arts Center set to open in spring 2014 BY JEFF WALKER

Texas State University broke ground recently on a new $43 million Performing Arts Center, expected to open in Spring 2014. The center is being constructed facing University Drive and will feature a 400-seat theatre, a 300-seat recital hall, rehearsal spaces, staging areas, classrooms and a lobby. Dr. Richard Cheatham, outgoing Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication, said that he is most excited about this new facility opening up performances to the San Marcos public. “I think the thing that has bothered me most in my 26 years as dean has been the

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DR. CHEATHAM (Continued from page 2) “It worries me a lot. My greatest fear is that we will price ourselves out of existence. Fact is, when I became chair, the state paid 75 percent of university costs. Now its somewhere around 23-27 percent. It's interesting how politicians brag about taxes not being raised but property taxes for public schools and tuition for college students are tax increases. To me it's a shame we don't have at least a 50-50 partnership,” Cheatham said. And in this tough economy and ever changing global marketplace, what advice does Cheatham have for students graduating into the workforce today? “First, will be to start at entry level with your degree. Very entry level. And then, remember three things. One, show people you can communicate effectively in writing and face to face. Two, be willing to relate in a diverse workforce. Three, most important, you've got to solve problems. Do that and you'll continue to move up a notch,” Cheatham said.

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“They were called the Greatest Generation for a reason.” — Col. Clint Epley

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Commemorative Air Force, its museum and its upcoming Hangar Dance pay homage to veterans, pilots of World War II

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ost every visitor says the same thing when they’re inside the local Commemorative Air Force Museum and see the photograph of the P-38 plane frozen in Ice. “Everybody’s reaction is, ‘What is that?’” Navy Col. Clint Epley, Vietnam veteran and resident museum expert, said. And, rest assured, Epley is happy to oblige. He never tires from telling the story of “Glacier Girl.” On July 15, 1942, six American P-38s and two B-17 bombers took off from Presque Isle Air Base in Maine headed for the UK. After a life-threatening landing of the

entire squadron on a Greenland ice cap, the crew was rescued and returned home safely, leaving the planes behind. But 50 years later, a group of aviation enthusiasts set out to locate the planes, now buried under 25 stories of ice and drifted more than a mile from their original landing spot. One of those planes was removed from the ice and eventually completely restored to flying condition. And there’s a photo of the frozen plane inside the local museum. The story’s just one of countess that Epley can share inside the museum, located inside the Commemorative Air Force Hangar at the San Marcos Municipal Airport. The museum — as well as the vintage planes constantly being worked on inside the hangar — are filled with treasures

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SMHS Coach plans for one-year stay SAN MARCOS RATTLERS FOOTBALL

BY RANDY STEVENS

Senior Zack Sterling plays against Converse Judson last fall.

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Football teams traditionally enter the season surrounded by questions. Who will start at what position? Will the team contend for a district title or a coveted playoff berth? Will it be a winning season? And so on… For the San Marcos Rattlers, there’s one question which will linger throughout the season, even when it’s over. Who will be the team’s next head coach? As strange as it may sound, the Rattlers’ new coach, James Chase, is in it for only one season. Under the recommendation of new SMCISD superintendent Mark Eads, Chase was hired to coach this upcoming season while assessing the state of the SMHS athletic department as the school district searches for a permanent coach. Chase is a veteran coach who has been working on the

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FRAN FRENZY (Continued from page 9) “We felt as if our time in San Marcos was a bit short,” Franchione said. “We made a bunch of friends and truly felt as if another opportunity ever came up again that we’d take advantage of it.” Franchione wasn’t going to be handed the job, even though he personally knew Texas State Director of Athletics Dr. Larry Teis from two previous stops. The 60year-old coach had to earn it. Franchione secured the position, outlasting several other candidates, including Texas State alumnus Bobby Jack Wright (Oklahoma defensive assistant) and former Colorado head coach Dan Hawkins. Now, with the start of the 2011 season just weeks away and 2012 right around the corner, Franchione is happy to be back to where he feels he belongs — on the sideline during a Saturday afternoon. “I knew if the right situation developed, I would coach again,” Franchione said. “I did get an itch to get back and ‘coach some ball,’ like [South Carolina head coach] Steve Spurrier would say. “Coaches are built to coach. They love coaching. That’s what they do. I’ve never gotten up and went to work. I’ve gone to school. I always felt like I teach life skills through a great game, have a captive audience and teach values that stay with them the rest of their life. I love the game and love what the game does. You don’t ever say, ‘Never,’ but I knew it wasn’t going to be at a place that we didn’t feel comfortable.”

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5EVENTS CAN’T MISS

From festivals to memorials to our beloved pets, San Marcos and surrounding area have plenty to offer BY JEFF WALKER

If you live in Central Texas — or you’re just visiting — you’re in luck. The San Marcos area has many festivals and events to enjoy as the weather finally cools down.These area events celebrate local culture, our community, the beautiful outdoors and even a chance to pay tribute to the victims of Sept. 11 on its 10 year anniversary. Fall is finally here in San Marcos. Here’s five events that every resident should check out:

CTMC Hospice 9/11 Memorial

When: 11:30 a.m. Sept. 8 Where: San Marcos Activity Center The lowdown: CTMC Hospice Care will welcome US Army Command Sgt. Major Lawrence K. Wilson as the keynote speaker for the Ten Year Anniversary 9/11 Memorial luncheon. Wilson has led combat troops throughout some of the most historic moments of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Info: 754-6159

Pet Fest

When: Oct. 1 Where: San Marcos Plaza Park The lowdown: Now in its ninth year, Pet Fest is a true celebration of local furry friends. Activities include pet costume contests, weenie and chihuahua races, a 5K run and plenty of shelter and rescue animals waiting to be adopted. Pet Fest Info: www.preventalitter.com

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ABOVE: Oompa music fills the air at Wurstfest. TOP: Shari Heino dancing with Busy Bee. (Photo by Beth Rasmussen)


Turkeys Tackling Hunger

When: Oct.1 - Nov. 30 Where: All over Hays County The lowdown: Now in its fifth year, the Hays County Food Bank's Turkeys Tackling Hunger campaign provides underprivileged families with Thanksgiving meals to prepare at home. A $20 donation gives one family a turkey and all the traditional trimmings. Contributions can be made online, through the mail or

at the food bank's office. Info: www.turkeystacklinghunger.org

LULAC Hill Country Barbecue and Chili Cook Off

When: Oct. 7 and 8 Where: Hays County Civic Center The lowdown: Local LULAC Chapter 4876 sponsors this annual cook off that features cash prizes for best ribs, chicken and brisket. The

event raises money for scholarships and other LULAC-sponsored programs. Info: 644-0881

Wurstfest

When: Nov. 4-13 Where: Downtown New Braunfels The Lowdown: German celebration offers all the sausage, beer and polkas you could ever hope for. The annual festival has been celebrated in New Braunfels since 1961. Info: www.wurstfest.com

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WILD BLUE YONDER (Continued from page 25) from the World War II era, keeping the memory of the pilots and their stories alive and well. “They were called the Greatest Generation for a reason,” Epley said. “The mission of the CAF is to restore and maintain the aircraft from World Word II, and to educate people about that period of time. We need to keep the memory of those planes that were flown and the people who flew them alive so we won’t forget.” The CAF will hosts its annual Veteran’s Day DInner and 40s Swing Band Hangar dance from 6 to 11 p.m. Nov. 12 at the CAF Hangar. Entertainment will be provided by swing band Sentimental Journey and include dance contests, dinner by Fuschak’s barbecue and more, with proceeds benefitting the CAF. Last year more than 1,100 people attended the dance. “People are encouraged to come in period costumes, uniforms and 40s style attire,” Epley said. “Glen McDuffie, the man in the famous photograph of a sailor kissing a young nurse in Times Square, will also be there to sign autographs. It’s just a fun time.” Epley, who enlisted into the Navy in 1968 and flew a EP-3 in Vietnam missions from the Philippines to Thailand, joined the CAF in 1999 and has become the unofficial tour guide inside the CAF’s museum. There are artifacts, almost all of them donated, from the Doolittle Raiders, the Tuskegee Airmen, items from the old Edward Gary Air Force Base and a model from the aircraft carrier that participated in the Battle of Midway. There’s gun displays and photos and military uniforms. And behind every artifact, there’s usually a story that Epley can share. He says he may have been a teacher in a previous life. “I could spend three hours taking you through there and explaining things,” Epley said. “Word War II was a tremendous effort. People need to know what happened, and what the people went through.”

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GAME DAY GRUB BY JEFF WALKER

Anyone who’s hung around football stadiums pre-game in recent years knows one thing: Tailgating sure isn’t what it used to be. Hot dogs are now slow smoked sausage, and a nice cheap cold one has given way to margarita machines and fancy cocktails. As more and more men take to cooking, they’re bringing their inventive recipes with them to the time honored tradition of tailgating. Here’s a few recipes for the next tailgate. TEX-MEX BLACK BEAN DIP • 1 can (15 oz.) black beans, rinsed and drained • 1/2 cup thick and chunky salsa • 1/2 teaspoon cumin • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese with peppers • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro • 2 tablespoons lime juice • Shredded Monterey Jack cheese with

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In small saucepan combine beans, salsa and cumin. Cook and stir over medium heat until heated through. Reduce heat to low. Stir in 1 cup cheese until melted. Add cilantro and lime juice. Stir until combined. Transfer to serving bowl. Garnish with additional cheese, if desired. Serve warm with crackers.

SHRIMP AND BRAT POT Recipe from chefs at Barton Creek Resort and Spa in Austin • 1 gallon water • 60 each large peeled & deveined shrimp • 6 corn cobs, cut in half • 1 Shiner Bock beer • 10 lbs. Bratwurst cut in 1” rounds • 2 1/2 cups olive oil • 1 onion • 3 lbs red skinned potatoes, small size • 3 whole carrots

• 3 stalks celery 6 cloves fresh garlic • 1 head white cabbage, cut in large squares 2 cups white wine • 1 tsp caraway seeds 2 lemons, cut in half • 1/4 cup Old Bay seasoning • 1/4 cup Cajun spice blend

In a 3 gallon pot, sauté onions, carrots, celery, garlic, and potatoes in olive oil. Deglaze with white wine and beer. Add water. Bring to a simmer and begin to layer in remaining ingredients; white cabbage, corn cobs, bratwurst cubes. Continue to simmer. Add in all of the spices and simmer until the potatoes are cooked. Check seasoning. Add more water if necessary. When everything is cooked through and tender, add the shrimp. They will cook quickly and as soon as they are fully cooked, you are ready to serve.


PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (Continued from page 22)

GARDENER’S INSPIRATION (Continued from page 4)

complaint from towns people who have wanted to come to an event but wondered how they get there and how they will park,” Cheatham said. “By building this facility literally on the doorstep of the campus, we will have both the parking and the facility to really make the arts a prominent part of the San Marcos community.” A 455-space parking garage is included in the construction plans with easy access to the venue. Cheatham said that the 41-year-old theatre is hampered by limited space and obsolete technical capibilities. “If you can just stop and think of digital equipment changes, we’ve tried to add a few bells and whistles here and there, but we’ve by no means had the type of theatre that our students need to work on when they go on to work professionally,” Cheatham said. “The new center will truly be a state of the art theatre facility from the technical side.” A lead gift of $8 million for the project was given by the Patti S. Harrison Foundation of Wimberley in 2008. Harrison’s gift set the project in motion. When the state legislature declined to issue tuition revenue bonds to cover construction, the university reassessed priorities and placed several Campus Master Plan initiatives on hold to cover the balance of the approximately $43 million cost. The final funding is made up of Higher Education Assistance Funds, gift money and Texas State University System Revenue Financing System Revenue Bonds.

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