<P>SUMMER 201460 (class)views A concert by Mariachi Nueva Generacion and Salsa del Rio is a popular event sponsored by the Del Rio Chapter. FROM THE BORDER TO THE HILL COUNTRY Del Rio Alumni raise scholarship funds The Del Rio chapter of the Texas State Alumni Association is 25 members strong. They meet every month, either in a members home or a local restaurant. The chapter has a fundraising arm for scholarships and is the only chapter that does so, according to Kristi Poe, associate director for Alumni Relations. The chapter provides scholarships to students from Del Rio or Comstock High School. Each year the chapter awards eight scholarships ranging in amounts from $250 to $750. Ninety-two students from Val Verde County, where Del Rio is the county seat, received (79 bachelors and 13 masters) degrees from Texas State in the last four years. There are currently about 215 undergraduate and graduate students from the region attending Texas State. The big fundraiser for the Alumni Chapter is the Texas State Mariachi/Salsa Concert, held biannually at the Paul Poag Theatre in Del Rio. It features Mariachi Nueva Generación and Salsa del Rio, the top Latin and salsa groups from the College of Fine Arts and Communication. Some 400 people attended the concert last December, which netted more than $8,000 in proceeds. The chapter pays for the students travel and meals and also donates $1,000. Since establishing the alumni chapter, members have donated almost $50,000 to the university. Chapter president is Fernando Garcia, who didnt attend Texas State, but counts himself among the biggest Bobcat boosters. Garcia graduated from UT-Austin in 1994 with a degree in ?nance. He explains that he joined the Bobcat group in 2006 because he enjoys keeping company with its members and being engaged in group activities. Garcia, 45, also helped draft the bylaws for the Hispanic Alumni chapter. He became president in 2013 at the urging of his best friend, chapter co-founder Gilbert Rodriguez, a 2008 Distinguished Alumnus. We have ?ve or six local chapter members who are parents or friends of members. I am the only one who has received an honorary lifetime chapter membership from the organization, Garcia says. —Julie Cooper HOUSTON ALUMNI REIGNITE CHAPTER ACTIVITIES, MEMBERSHIP Houston – Americas fourth-largest city and the epitome of urban expansion – is a virtual den of Bobcats, and home to one of the most active alumni chapters in Texas. Started in the mid- 1980s, the Houston chapter was fostered by a group of alumni who had experienced the thrill of two Division II National Championship teams that were led by then-Coach Jim Wacker. Joni Hruska-Fichter, a 1982 Texas State graduate and a Houston area business owner, led the Houston area chapter from its inception in 1985 until 1992. In those days, she says, the events were limited to happy hours and lunches. Back then we didnt have email to send notes back and forth, or Facebook, Hruska-Fichter says. We were making calls and sending letters to invite people to different things. We encouraged people to join the alumni association through the university. While the group has never engaged in any fundraising, there have been vast opportunities for networking or making professional connections. Through many of those Bobcat functions, Hruska-Fichter says she made connections that allowed her to grow her business in career placement, and helps some of those fellow Bobcats ?nd meaningful jobs. The Houston chapter, which regrouped in 2001, is primarily a social organization that congregates in local spots in and around downtown Houston. Now being led by David Casey, a native Houstonian and 1998 Texas State graduate who helped re-launch the group, the chapter is undergoing change and focusing on alumni needs and interests. In 2008 Casey and three others — Randy Fitzpatrick, Gil Thomas and Sherwood Gregory — launched the groups Facebook page to promote activities, post articles and pictures, and to help build up the group. Our membership has been rising ever since, Casey says. On average, events attract between 30 and 60 Bobcats, depending on the occasion and the time of year. In December, the group hosted an ugly sweater contest at Little Js Bar in downtown Houston, and in January, it was happy hour at the Gaslamp, also in downtown. The group attracts graduates from the 1960s through the 2000s. Casey says the chapter is planning to branch out this year by </p> <UL><LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/688/emtmyzymj/1/1/">Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/688/emtmyzymj/2/2/">Inside-Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/688/emtmyzymj/3/3/">Page-1</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/688/emtmyzymj/4/4/">Page-2</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/688/emtmyzymj/5/5/">Page-3</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/688/emtmyzymj/6/6/">Page-4</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/688/emtmyzymj/7/7/">Page-5</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/688/emtmyzymj/8/8/">Page-6</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/688/emtmyzymj/9/9/">Page-7</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/688/emtmyzymj/10/10/">Page-8</a></LI> <LI><a 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