Local dance studios offer deals on summer classes

With summer quickly approaching, many San Marcos dance studios are offering specials to help students get fit and perfect their skills.

San Marcos is home to the Central Texas Ballet Conservatory (CTBC), First Class Dance Center  (FCDC) and San Marcos Dance Studio (SMDS). Each organization offers a diverse mix of classes to fit any student’s interest.

Karen Elliott, SMDS owner, said the company’s summer classes and camps are designed to give students the most instruction time for their money.

“For the summer we offer six one-hour classes throughout six weeks for only $100 with no registration fee,” Elliott said. “Then, we offer various summer camps for $150 each.”

First Jazz Saxophone Festival teaches, empowers students

The first Texas State University Jazz Saxophone Festival opened May 18, kicking off a four-day celebration of the genre at the Performing Arts Center recital hall.

The event featured instructional sessions and performances by world-renowned saxophonists Ralph Bowen, Luis Hernandez, Adam Schroeder and Dick Oatts.

Schroeder, a baritone saxophonist and Texas State alumnus, said he received his first record deal with Columbia Records while at the university.

Schroeder said he has since played alongside some of music’s greatest talents, including the legendary singer and songwriter Ray Charles.

Schroeder said he has developed a lifelong dedication to sharing his musical talent with other jazz lovers across the world.

Picks of the Memorial Day weekend

Whether you’re staying in San Marcos or planning to make the drive to Austin, here are just a few of the events happening over Memorial Day weekend.  
For the live music fan 
Students looking to kick off their Memorial Day Weekend with a dose of Americana  music should search no further than Cheatham Street Warehouse. The Texas Music icon will feature the Blue Water Highway Band at 9:30 pm May 22. Tickets to the 18 and over show are $5 and can be found on Cheatham Street’s website. 
For the race car enthusiast 

Alumni carry on river jump tradition, take plunge post-graduation


Jumping into the San Marcos River after commencement ceremonies is a long-held Texas State tradition.

Alumni celebrated May 15 by jumping into the river at Sewell Park after receiving their diplomas.

Seven commencement ceremonies were held this weekend at Strahan Coliseum with around 4,800 candidates for bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees.

After each ceremony, recent graduates lined up along the banks of the river. Donning black graduation gowns, graduates jumped to signify the end of their time at the university. Many took the leap with friends and family.

Superfly’s celebrates album release

Students gathered at Superfly’s Lone Star Music Emporium on May 12 to leave behind the stress of final exams and enjoy a live performance.

Country folk singer Pake Rossi performed songs off his new album, Twisted in the Vine, to celebrate its official release.

Kallie Townsend, Superfly’s online sales associate, said the shop provides the perfect platform for artists to share their music with the San Marcos community.

Townsend said the large student population at Texas State makes performances like Rossi’s important in helping to promote the San Marcos music scene.

“San Marcos is a good town for music,” Townsend said. “There are not many music stores in San Marcos. Here we play all genres and it gives artists good exposure.”

Things to do in San Marcos before graduation

Visit the campus statues

The various statues on campus are entrenched in Bobcat tradition and culture. Before students take their final steps on campus, they should make sure to shake LBJ’s hand and rub the fighting stallions one last time.


Hike at Purgatory Creek

The Purgatory Creek trails are a nature hotspot. The trails are expansive and close enough to campus that Bobcats have easy access to them.


Tour campus one last time

Mariachi celebration honors Hispanic culture


The School of Music will close out the year with the sounds of award-winning mariachi.

The Latin Music Studies department will celebrate the 16th annual Feria del Mariachi festival at 7:30 p.m. on May 2 at Strahan Coliseum. John A. Lopez, coordinator of the Latin Music Studies department and associate professor, said the event celebrates the Hispanic culture and influence in San Marcos.

“It is a way to fill the need in San Marcos—to celebrate Hispanic culture through the Mexican art form known as mariachi,” Lopez said.

First San Market festival aids mothers’ support groups

Students and residents gathered on the lawn of the San Marcos Courthouse on April 25 to celebrate the debut of the San Market festival.

The event was designed to raise money and awareness for Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS), an organization designed to offer assistance to new parents in the community.

Amy Kennedy, event coordinator and MOPS member, said the organization provides resources internationally to women who are new to motherhood or currently parenting school-aged children.

“MOPS connects moms of newborns to kindergarteners, while MOMSnext (a division of MOPS) connects moms of school-aged children,” Kennedy said. “We are a social and support group for one another.”

Students learn skills for finals at Brilliant Bobcats workshop

Texas State students learned how to manage stress, stay healthy and maintain mental stability Tuesday at The Finals Countdown workshop.

Officials with the Retention Management and Planning Center presented the workshop as the conclusion to the Brilliant Bobcats: College Success Series.

The workshop, held in the LBJ Student Center, was structured to teach students how to avoid feeling overwhelmed while preparing for upcoming final exams. Topics covered included test preparation, healthy snacking and time management.

School of Music program educates San Marcos youth


Students and community members gathered April 26 in Evans Auditorium to hear San Marcos youth showcase their musical talents.

The children are part of the Texas State String Project, a community outreach program hosted by the School of Music. Texas State students work to teach children in kindergarten through fifth grade how to play a variety of string instruments.

Ames Asbell, assistant professor for the School of Music and program director, said the project was introduced in 2010 and coordinators recruit new students each year.

“We start new classes at the end of August every year,” Asbell said. “Our schedule goes along with the university schedule because our teachers are still college students.”


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