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December 2021

Alumni Newsletter

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Season of Giving

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Alumni Association President Debby McCullough wishes all Bobcat alumni a safe and enjoyable holiday season, and a prosperous new year. This holiday season, please consider giving the gift that keeps on giving by making a tax-deductible donation to the Alumni Priority Fund to provide opportunities for students and alumni alike to find meaningful involvement in the Bobcat community.

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Dr. Rohde in Lab

Dr. Rodney E. Rohde, Chair and Regents’ Professor of the Clinical Laboratory Science Program and Associate Director of the Translational Health Research Center at Texas State University, provides insights on how to best gather safely for the holidays during the pandemic.

Matthew Carmichael

After a national search, Texas State University has chosen Matthew Carmichael as the next Director and Chief of the University Police Department. As part of his 37 years of experience in law enforcement, Chief Carmichael has 19 years of direct experience leading police departments within large, diverse, public institutions of higher education. He will begin his role on January 10, 2022.

maybe you'll be an archeaologist

Amy Reid, curator for the Center for Archaeological Studies (CAS) at Texas State, wrote a children's book, Maybe You'll be an Archaeologist, with all the proceeds going to benefit CAS’s public outreach mission under their Public Archaeology Serving Texas program (PAST).

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Alumni Association Scholarship Recipients

Mallory Eastland

Mallory Eastland
(B.E. '14)

Mallory earned her degree in exercise and sports sciences from Texas State and went on to earn a master's degree in environmental science from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She has worked for the Texas A&M Natural Resource Institute for the past four years and recently moved to North Carolina to serve as a project coordinator for the South Atlantic Salt Marsh Initiative, a regional conservation initiative working to preserve over one million acres of salt marsh in the southeast. Mallory's favorite memories of her time at Texas State include serving as president of the Renegade Roses and meeting her husband, who is a fellow Bobcat and former TXST rugby player. “I relied on scholarships to pay for my degree and being the recipient of an Alumni Association scholarship was a great honor that helped me become an alum myself,” said Eastland. She is currently working on a project related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the wildlife profession with the James G. Teer Conservation Leadership Institute.

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Forever Bobcats

It's graduation season, Bobcats! This month, we will celebrate as thousands of students cross the stage and become alumni. We encourage you to celebrate a Bobcat graduate in your life with the gift of a Forever Bobcats membership. Undergraduate alumni who have graduated in the last five years can become Forever Bobcats at a reduced rate of $500. To give the gift of Forever Bobcats, call our office at 512.245.2371.

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Distinguished Alumni Gala Photo Gallery

Thank you to all who joined us for the 2021 Distinguished Alumni Gala. We enjoyed bringing Bobcats together to recognize our 2020 and 2021 award recipients. After a year of virtual events, having so much Bobcat spirit in one room was energizing for us all. If you were not able to make it to the Distinguished Alumni Gala, we invite you to review the event photo gallery for a glimpse into a beautiful evening.

Chris Elley and Alanna Sarabia Distinguished Alumni Gala 202

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December 10 & 11

Fall 2021 Commencement will be in Strahan Arena at the University Events Center.

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University Holiday Closure

Texas State University and the Alumni Relations office will be closed for the hoilday break beginning December 20, 2021 and will reopen with normal hours on January 3, 2022.



Happy Holidays from TXST

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This month, President Trauth sent her 2021 holiday greeting featuring a performance of Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy by our talented Texas State student musicians. In case you missed it in From the Hill, we invite you to watch the holiday video and enjoy the talents of our amazing Bobcats!



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