NEXT Up Video Series

NEXT Up: Richard Martinez

With final exams around the corner, NEXT Up is Dr. Richard Martinez, senior psychologist at the TXST Counseling Center. The center offers various ways for students to engage with services that can help them cope with issues like anxiety and reach their full potential. “My biggest advice for students around finals is to remember that the stress and distress that comes around finals week is temporary,” Martinez says. “And imagine how good it’s going to feel when you have this experience over with and you’re able to enjoy the rest of your summer.”

NEXT Up: Lauren Utley

This month, Lauren Utley is NEXT Up. She’s sharing what inspires her to serve as co-director of Bobcat Build, the university’s largest service project. On April 1, over 3,000 student volunteers will descend on work sites across the San Marcos area to serve local families and organizations. We’re proud of our students for giving back to this vibrant community we call home.

NEXT Up: Kelley Glover

In the latest NEXT Up video, meet Kelley Glover, a Ph.D. student in the College of Education's School Improvement Doctoral Program. Kelley has 25 years of experience as a music educator. She is a published researcher and the creator of a culturally responsive music education cartoon and music game app.  

NEXT Up: Jaxson Schoening

January is National Mentoring Month, so Jaxson Schoening is NEXT Up. Jaxson is a Lead Peer Mentor in the Personalized Academic and Career Exploration (PACE) Center. TXST peer mentors help welcome freshmen and new students into the Bobcat family. “I really like giving back and seeing freshmen take advantage of all the programs I’m telling them to do. I don’t think there’s anything else as rewarding.” – Jaxson Schoening

NEXT Up: Benjamin Swann

Meet Benjamin Swann, a senior in the Ingram School of Engineering. Benjamin and a team of engineering students worked on a Fire-Bot, a rover designed for firefighters to deploy into burning buildings to identify danger zones, detect people inside, and make it safer for first responders to lead search and rescue efforts. Ben is adding a depth camera and creating programs to help the robot function autonomously. The project was featured during the Ingram School of Engineering Senior Design Day.

NEXT Up: Ana Espinoza

The November 2022 issue of The Current newsletter features Ana Espinoza, a nutrition major and an intern at Bobcat Bounty, the on-campus, grocery-style food pantry for anyone in the university community experiencing food insecurity. Her service at Bobcat Bounty inspired her to pursue a career in community nutrition.

NEXT Up: Whitney Okafor

In the October 2022 issue of The Current newsletter, nursing major, sophomore and Black Student Alliance President Whitney Okafor encourage students to find their "home away from home" in the TXST community by joining student organizations.

NEXT Up: Gabriel Webb

In the September 2022 issue of The Current newsletter, chemistry major and Texas State University System Student Regent Gabriel Webb discusses how to juggle being a part of multiple organizations on campus and what brings him joy in life. 

NEXT Up: Leslie Olalde

In the August 2022 issue of The Current newsletter, business major Leslie Olalde shared her enthusiasm for being involved in student organizations like Cat Camps and gave advice to incoming students.