The Tullis Prize is given for the Best Book on Texas History published that year. Dr. Mellard won the award for his book Progressive Country: How the 1970s Transformed the Texan in Popular Culture.
The 14th Annual Texas Music Unplugged drew in students and community members alike to hear Kyle Park, Lisa Morales, Jamie Wilson, Kelley Mickwee, Big John Mills and Paul Glasse perform their own songs and play along with the others. Additionally, history graduate student Audrey Najera won the Michael R. Davis Scholarship. Greg Davis, the sponsor of the scholarship, also presented her with an autographed guitar.
Five Texas State University students earned individual honors while the Bobcat delegation earned a commendation during the National University Model Arab League, held March 28-30 in Washington, D.C.
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From the first day I entered the Alkek Library, the Periodicals/Media collections on the third floor have entertained me and helped me study for classes.
The DVD collection helps me study for my history classes with all the documentary films we have. Sometimes I even go to the VHS tapes, like when studying for my history exams on Nazi Germany.
When it comes to music, I go straight to our collection. We have everything from the classical music of Beethoven to hip hop from Run DMC, folk from Bob Dylan, and rap from Tupac Shakur. When taking Sociology of Pop Culture and Society, I was able to use different music artists to show how their music impacts people and brings people together.
We also have Rosetta Stone software for studying foreign languages. I use it to help me with Spanish.
My favorite resource on the third floor is the audiobook collection. Audiobooks also help students study for exams. Most people assume only novels are on compact discs, but the library has audiobooks on a variety of sub¬jects as well as fiction. Some audiobooks con¬tain primary source information, like speeches of world leaders such as Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., and Malcolm X. Others have second¬ary source material including works on differ¬ent historians, philosophers, and scientists such as Sigmund Freud. When I listened to the pow¬erful speeches of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, I learned new things about the his¬tory of African Americans, why America needs to change, and how these two public figures helped change America. I plan on using these resources for my research paper coming up in my American Religious History class.
For my personal use, the audiobooks have given me great pleasure with their classic stories. Audiobooks on history help me with exams, as they are a great study tool when you stay up late and can’t read anymore. Listening is easier for me than using my eyes to read!
Chris, a senior history major, works at Alkek.
On February 27th, Bill Liddle's big heart finally gave out. He passed away after weeks, really months of fighting an unspecified infection. As soon as I find out about the services, I will share that with you.
Some of you did not get the opportunity to know Bill which was unfortunate. He was a man of great intellect and no pretensions. He did not like titles (he always listed himself as Mr. Liddle) and never stood on ceremony. He had a wonderful sense of humor and a dry wit; he never took himself too seriously. He loved his wife and daughters and was dedicated to his students. He has been a part of our community for almost half of a century. We will miss him.
Fifteen Texas State students and a faculty member returned from Houston,where the Model Arab League team took part in the Bilateral U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce Regional University Model Arab League (15-16 February 2014), with awards.
The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations organizes these events at which students debate in five councils: Economic Affairs, Joint Defense, Palestinian Affairs, Political Affairs, and Social Affairs. At these competitions, students sharpened their skills in diplomacy and public speech. For this year's competition, Texas State students represented the North African country of Algeria. Hosted by the University of Houston Honors College, thirteen universities were represented- among them, Texas A & M, Louisiana State University, and the University of Arkansas (from both Little Rock and Monticello campuses).
Texas State’s former MAL president Daniel Burrow garnered an “honorable mention” for chairing the Social Affairs council, and Bobcats Nora Lisa Cavazos and Ashley Jones received an “honorable mention” award for representing Algeria on that council. The resolution they drafted sought to decrease youth unemployment in the MENA region; as Jones explains, "because many leave the region to find better careers, [we] want to create more opportunities by providing vocational training in secondary educational institutions.”
Texas State’s Ayhab Farhat and the University of Texas at Arlington's Hanaa Barakat received an “outstanding delegation” award for their representation of Algeria on the Palestinian Affairs council. About the overall debate, he states: "I took a part in convincing other states in the Palestinian Affairs Council to come up with a humane and proper way to solve the Palestinian refugee problems;" and, about the resolution she drafted, she says: “it would expand and renovate existing refugee camps in states bordering Palestine for the once again displaced Palestinians now coming from the Syrian civil war.”
Under the gavel of Texas State’s Matt Korn, the entire Joint Defense Committee was awarded “Outstanding Council” for the quality both of their debate and the resolutions they produced. Korn acknowledges, "as chair, I was impressed by the preparedness and intensity of the delegates." Garret Honea, who represented Algeria there, observes: “The debate was quite intense; it gave me a better understanding of both the frustration to try and get everyone aboard and the excitement you experience when everyone comes to a mutual understanding.” He adds: “I learned that change must be gradual, you have to slowly come to an agreement with which everyone can identify.”
The MAL program acknowledges the support of the Office of Equity and Access. Dr. Elizabeth Bishop, of the Department of History, mentors Texas State University's program. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Texas State welcomed Cairo University's Dr. Mai Mosad under the Fulbright Scholar Program, Outreach Lecturing Fund (27 January-30 January). While on campus, she met with students and faculty in the History Department, Political Science Department, and Geography Department, as well as the International Studies program. In these conversations, she posed pertinent questions about the ongoing political changes in Egypt; asking, "is it a revolution, or is it a coup?"
Dr. Mai Mosad presented a lecture which was open to the entire campus community which united ancient Egyptian and modern political themes. In this, she described King Narmer who united Upper and Lower Egypt in the pre-dynastic period. "Narmer was the first leader of Egypt to die in office; a tradition which has continued until Mubarak stepped down in 2011," she told her audience.
The History Department would like to express its gratitude to the Provost's Office and CIES for their support.
Texas State graduate students Alex Borger and Ann Landeros, took part in a dedication ceremony honoring heavyweight boxer Jack Johnson. Borger and Landeros wrote the documentation to justify the marker. Johnson was a Galveston native and the first African-American to win the heavyweight boxing title during a period of legally enforced racism.
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