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.
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.
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.
FROM THE NEWSROOM
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.