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Bobcat Bulletin

July 2021

Alumni Newsletter

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Board of Directors

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As we continue to elevate the support and services we offer our Texas State family, we are looking to add members to the Alumni Association Board of Directors. Our board members are inspired to give back to Texas State because of the impact their time as students had on their lives. Their diverse voices play a vital role in shaping the alumni experience. You can apply for the Alumni Association Board of Directors through July 16.

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Arianna Apodaca

Arianna Apodaca is the recipient of the 2021 LBJ Outstanding Senior Student Award. She maintained her high GPA while battling aggressive breast cancer twice, and completed the clinical rotations for her radiation therapy degree at the hospital where she was receiving cancer treatments, enabling her to continue her studies without taking time off.

Jeffrey Helgeson

Dr. Jeffrey Helgeson, associate professor in the Department of History, is the 2021 Teaching Award of Honor recipient. “Dr. Helgeson’s teaching record is a testament to Texas State's commitment to innovative teaching, developing student success, and the synchronistic relationship between rigorous research and world-class teaching," says colleague Dr. Jessica Pliley.

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Texas State University has been awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health to prepare undergraduate students for doctoral programs in biomedical sciences.The five-year grant of approximately $1.2 million will support the Undergraduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (U-RISE).

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Bobcats in the Wild

Major Kiersten Thompson

Maj. Kiersten Thompson
(B.E.S.S. '10)

Maj. Kiersten Thompson was a cadet in Texas State's Air Force ROTC Detachment 840 under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," which prevented service members from being openly queer without the threat of being discharged. As a lesbian, she struggled with having to keep part of her identify a secret, but she found supportive friends at Texas State whom she was able to be open with. She graduated on Dec. 18, 2010, the same day the Senate passed the Don't Ask Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010. She remembers the relief she felt as she realized she would finally be able to share her full self with the people she served alongside. Her full story is featured in the Texas State Digital Newsroom.

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In the summer months, the best way to keep up with what's new is to follow us on social media! Our followers get a first look at upcoming events and exclusive alumni stories. You can find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Virtual Lotería Game Night

Hosted by the Hispanic and San Antonio Alumni Networks

Thursday, July 15

7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Try your hand at this game of chance with fellow Bobcats. Don't have Lotería cards? No problem! We'll provide digital Lotería cards for those who don't have them. Winners will receive fun prizes, including Alumni Association t-shirts and pennants.

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Alumni Tailgates

Sept. 4 vs. Baylor

Sept. 11 vs. FIU

Oct. 9 vs. South Alabama

Nov. 6 vs. ULM

Mark your calendars! The Alumni Association will be hosting three alumni tailgates during home games this football season. You can also join us in Miami, Florida for a tailgate during the Bobcat Pride Weekend game against Florida International University. Tickets will be available soon.

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Homecoming Week 2021

October 31 - November 6

Save the date for Homecoming Week 2021. We're looking forward to seeing you on campus and celebrating our Bobcat pride!

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LBJ Student Center Renovation

LBJ Student Center

Have you had a chance to visit campus since the LBJ Student Center renovations were unveiled last year? The wait is over and the student center is finally complete! New resources and common areas include the student computer lab, outdoor amphitheater, unity lounge, and the new and improved Welcome Center.



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