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Every Bobcat has a story. Whether they’re new students or longtime professors, current staff members or accomplished alumni, all of these people — and so many more! — add to the fabric of Texas State. We hope you enjoy this view into their experiences.



Cyrus Cassells through the window of his office
Drawing Inspiration From Heritage and Art In his acclaimed work as poet, performer, and cultural commentator, Texas State University English Professor Cyrus Cassells is always seeking to bring different voices into the spotlight.
A Bird in the Hand
A Bird in the HandThe golden-cheeked warbler lays eggs only in Central Texas. At TXST’s Freeman Center, within the bird’s breeding range, researchers are studying its habits.
a theatre student sits at an old fashioned sewing machine in the theatre department
Community of CaringMichelle Lenertz thrives as a student in St. David’s School of Nursing at Texas State. She describes what it means to be part of a team dedicated to caring for others.
An elementary school teacher sits, calling on students with their hands raised
Classroom StandoutFor College of Education graduate Mackenzie Bryant, teaching is family tradition. She’s proudly carrying on Texas State’s own history of excellence in the classroom.
Dr. Semih Aslan cleans a solar panel with a rag and water
Deciphering Signals, Engineering SolutionsThe world is full of signals — changes in temperature, pressure, frequency — and Texas State's Dr. Semih Aslan, associate professor of engineering, can read them.



three women review interior design mock ups and materials on a table in buda
Building Buda: Interior Design Students Work with the CityThe City of Buda contacted Texas State with a request: help the city repurpose two municipal buildings that would soon be empty. Texas State’s Interior Design program rose to the challenge.


scuba divers doing research in san marcos river
Strong Connections, Rich EducationThe San Marcos River flows through Texas State’s campus. It’s home to eight endangered and threatened species and one world-class research center.