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Bobcat Bulletin

February 2021

Alumni Newsletter

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ALUMNI ASSOCIATION UPDATE

Alumni Association Scholarships

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It's that time of year when scholarship applications are opening up. Well over half of our student body classify as high-need students, and scholarships have the ability to lighten the burden of college expenses and award students for their achievements. As a Bobcat, you can invest in a student's future by donating to the Alumni Association Priority Fund, which funds our annually-awarded Freshmen Initiative and Finishing Strong Scholarships. Your support helps to make a fellow Bobcat's path to graduation a little easier.

SUPPORT STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS →
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CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH

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They made history as the first Black students to attend Texas State. And a little more than 50 years later, they made history again when the five women reunited on the San Marcos Campus for the first time to take part in a discussion on their experiences and how they helped shape integration at Texas State.

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Save the Date

The African American Alumni Network will be hosting several events during the month of February to celebrate Black History Month. Add these dates to your calendar, and keep an eye on your email for more information coming soon.

For the Culture: Game Night
Thursday, February 18 | 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Staying Healthy During a Pandemic
Saturday, February 20 | 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

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FROM THE NEWSROOM

 
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Dr. Shetay Ashford-Hanserd has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant that will support Black and Hispanic women entering the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.


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Sergio Troncoso

Award-winning author Sergio Troncoso, a son of Mexican immigrants who is now regarded as a major American writer from the American Southwest, has donated his literary papers to the Wittliff Collections.


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Alessandro De Nadai Big Ideas

A team of Texas State professors is using big data to improve medical diagnoses and increase efficiency in the healthcare system through their computational medicine research.


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SHARE YOUR STORY

#WeMetAtTXST

We've received over 250 love stories from Bobcats who met at Texas State, and we can't wait to share some of them with you! Make sure you're following us on social media to learn more about these sweet Bobcat couples!

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Bethany Perales Gay (B.S. '16) & Tim Gay II (B.A. '17)

Bethany and Tim met when she visited campus in spring 2013, before her high school graduation. Tim became her date when her high school boyfriend broke up with her just before prom. Tim was a running back for the Bobcats and Bethany covered the football team as a student reporter. They married in June 2019.

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Becki (B.A. '96) & Steve Girouard (B.A. '94)

Becki and Steve met at a mixer at Texas State in early 1993 when she was a sophomore, and he was a senior. He asked her out for a dinner date on Feb. 13 but did not show. When she saw him at a party, she confronted him telling him that “no one stood her up for dinner.” He said he wanted to make it up and took her out the next day — Valentine’s Day 1993. They will celebrate 25 years of marriage this summer.

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CONNECT

Distinguished Alumni Honored to be Nominated

In a touching video shared on our Instagram account, Distinguished Alumnus John Navarrette (B.A.A.S. '87) shared what it meant to be nominated for the Distinguished Alumni Award last year. Follow us on Instagram to hear his story  and don't forget to celebrate your favorite Bobcat by submitting a nomination before 5:00 p.m. on February 12!


SUBMIT A NOMINATION →
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UPCOMING EVENTS

 
 
 
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Virtual Cooking Class

Co-hosted by the Austin & African American Alumni Networks
February 25, 2021


Cook along with Chef Trent Boudreaux (B.B.A. '01) from your own kitchen as he takes you through a culinary demonstration of his famous Chicken and Sausage Gumbo.


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Planning Your Financial Future

Episode 2 Coming This Month


Alumni are loving our new online learning series hosted by alumnus and financial planner Jay Horn (B.B.A. '09, M.B.A. '14). The next video will be released this month, so now's your chance to get caught up!


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TEDxTexasStateUniversity

February 13, 2021


This year's event is completely virtual and features talks on the theme Amplify. Speakers, including alumni Marcus Peoples, Jr. (B.S. '17, M.P.A. '19) and Jennifer Johnson (B.F.A. '99, M.A. '07), will focus on underrepresented voices, underserved communities, and ideas we take for granted.


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CAMPUS PULSE

Teaching and Learning Through a Pandemic

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Among the many things we learned from the COVID-19 pandemic is how the Bobcat community can adapt to meet a challenge. From the first-ever online education abroad course, to simulated election campaigns and virtual dance concerts, 2020 was a year unlike any other in TXST classrooms.

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