In the coming year you will hear a lot about PRIDE from Texas State. The University will encourage alumni, students, faculty and staff to celebrate the many accomplishments of our institution. The fact is, as Texas State grows and transforms, regard for your degree also increases. We need your help to ensure our continued success.
Journalism first appeared on campus with the publication of The College Star in 1911. The first journalism course offerings began in 1930, offered by the English Department. That led to the creation of a Department of Journalism in 1946. Our educational mission expanded in 1966 and we were renamed the Department of Mass Communication . In 2003 we joined the ranks of programs with national professional accreditation and, in 2006, became the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
In the past year, The University Star, KTSW-FM, and Bobcat Update (TV) won more than 45 student journalism awards at the state, regional and national levels. Students also participated in the PR Bateman Competition and the AAF National Student Advertising Competition. And new student groups were formed around interests in social media, events planning and photo journalism. There are now a dozen student media organizations.
Two faculty members joined national boards of directors, serving the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. The faculty was recognized for teaching, research and service. The School was honored with the 2011 Equity and Diversity Award from the Association of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication.
Faculty members organized a variety of service events that benefitted both students and working professionals, including:
These are only a few of our accomplishments. More details are available here.
We hope that you take PRIDE in your alma mater and will assist us to build on the past as we prepare students to work in the media professions of the future. There are several ways to make a donation to the School of Journalism and Mass Communication:
Texas State University-San Marcos
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San Marcos, TX 78155
Gifts are welcome to any of the endowments and funds listed below. Each has a specific purpose. When you make a gift, let us know if you would like your gift applied to one or more of these funds.
School of Journalism and Mass Communication (Unrestricted)
This unrestricted gift account is flexible and can expend funds where most needed by the School. Funds can be used for scholarships, student travel, and any other purpose. It is not limited to a single purpose as are other accounts.
School of Journalism and Mass Communication Scholarship
This fund awards small scholarships that assist students with financial need who seek to do internships but cannot afford the out-of-pocket costs (gasoline, etc.) associated with getting to the work site. Occasional scholarships can also be awarded as special recognition of achievement.
Hachar Visiting Hispanic Media Professionals Program
Funded primarily by gifts from the D.D. Hachar Charitable Trust of Laredo, Texas, this fund brings Hispanic media professionals to campus each fall. It also brings high school students from Webb County, Texas, to campus to interact with the media professionals during Mass Communication Week in October.
Eleanor Preston Endowment
Funded by Bob and Eleanor Pulver, this fund honors the memory of Eleanor Preston. Its purpose is to fund travel by advertising students to competitions, such as the annual competitions in Houston and the AAF National Student Advertising Competition.
Jeff Henderson Memorial Scholarship
These scholarships are available to student employees of The University Star. Prospective applicants must be returning students. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide financial help to student journalists.
Don Flores Mass Communication Endowment
This scholarship is funded by Dionicio (Don) Flores, a 1973 journalism graduate and former Star editor. Flores worked in newspaper journalism for decades as a reporter, editor and publisher, most recently in El Paso, Texas. He is also a former regent of the Texas State University System. Requirements: JMC majors with preference for under-served or under-represented classes. Financial need is a primary consideration. Minimum GPA of 2.5. Community and university service may be considered as final deciding factors.
Fred Adams Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship honors Fred Adams, founder of the student newspaper The Star. Founded in 1911, as one of the oldest student publications in Texas. The Star has published steadily through the Great Depression, two world wars and through the Korean, Vietnam and Gulf wars. Mr. Adams later became president and chair of the Adams Extract Company. Requirements: JMC majors with financial need, who are academically successful, show leadership potential and extracurricular involvement.
Alpha & Omega Fraternity Scholarship
This scholarship honors members of the Alpha and Omega Fraternity, a secret society started by Lyndon Johnson and a few friends in the fall of 1929. The fraternity, known as “The White Stars” was started to further academic and intellectual pursuits on campus. For 20 years, its 117 members were leaders in journalism, theater, debate and student politics. Roy Willbern created this scholarship endowment when he assigned all the royalties of his book, The White Star Story, to Texas State University. Other members of the fraternity also have made contributions. Willbern received the 1987 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University. He worked as an attorney and established San Jacinto Savings Association. Requirements: Juniors or seniors who have been active in campus media organizations. Full-time enrollment, 3.0 GPA.
Gloria Campos Endowed Scholarship in Mass Communication
Funded by Gloria Campos Brown, veteran Dallas television news anchor and a 1976 journalism alumna of Texas State, this scholarship is open to JMC electronic media majors, preferably from under-served or under-represented classes. Campos is the winner of many broadcast awards, and in 2010 was inducted into the National Hispanic Journalism Association Hall of Fame. Requirements: Financial need is top priority. Minimum GPA of 2.5. Community and university service may be considered as final deciding factors.
This scholarship honors the memory of Robert F. Glaves, associate professor at Texas State from 1976-1987. Glaves headed the public relations sequence at the time of his death. With 25 years of experience as a writer, editor, public relations practitioner and educator, he took a deep interest in his students. Glaves was a journalist in the public relations industry with Beech Aircraft, as well as a writer for business and commercial aviation magazines. Requirements: It is awarded to a high performing PR student who is also active in the Robert F. Glaves Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America.
Walter Richter Endowed Scholarship
Walter Richter was a 1938 graduate and founded the Journalism Department in 1939. He also served as director of the University Alumni Association for six years during the 1940s. He was regional director of the Office of Economic Opportunity appointed by President Lyndon Johnson; a Texas State Senator and a trustee of State Colleges and Universities Board. As a student, Richter was editor of The Star and president of the student body. Requirements: JMC majors needing financial aid who have shown academic potential, leadership and extracurricular involvement.
Don Anders Scholarship
This scholarship honors Don Anders, who in 2007 retired as Texas State University's photographer after 35 years of stellar service to the University. Family, friends and colleagues contributed to this fund that honors a man who chronicled so much history and many special moments at Texas State. Requirements: Applicants must be a full-time student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and/or be a minor in photography. They must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
Hearst Endowed Scholarship
The Hearst Foundation, Inc., was founded in 1945 by William Randolph Hearst, philanthropist and founder of the Hearst media empire. The Hearst Corporation is one of the largest diversified communication companies. Its major interests include magazine, newspaper and business publishing, cable networks, television and radio broadcasting, internet business, television production and distribution, newspaper features distribution and real estate. The Hearst Foundation made several sizeable gifts to Texas State to build the value of this endowment. Requirements: Supports continuing and transfer students who are JMC majors with minimum GPA of 3.25, evidence of leadership and involvement in university-wide extra curricular activities. Freshmen: Top 10 percent of HS class, minimum 3.5 GPA, demonstrated leadership or proven talents.
Jim and Adele Moss Scholarship in Mass Communication
A 1961 graduate of the University, Jim Moss was active in student media during his college days. He has a long career in journalism and retired as editor of the San Antonio Express-News. Requirements: JMC print majors, junior standing, minimum GPA of 2.75, full-time enrollment.
Mike Nickless Scholarship in Advertising and Print
The Mike Nickless Scholarship in Advertising and Printing was established to honor the memory of Michael M. Nickless who was active in the advertising and marketing community of Austin. He attended the University in the 1960s. Requirements: JMC advertising majors needing financial aid who have shown academic potential, leadership and extracurricular involvement.
Teresa Mae Potts Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship honors the memory of 1985 alumna Teresa Potts. She was active in campus media as a student. During her professional career, she worked for the Texas Film Commission and for several film studios in California. Requirements: It is awarded to a broadcast journalism student.
Shrader Family Scholarship Endowment
Jack Shrader Memorial Scholarship and the Bob and Sue Shrader Scholarship. Requirements: For juniors/senior JMC majors or minors with demonstrated commitment to a career in broadcasting and/or broadcast journalism. Other considerations include GPA, internships, participation in campus media organizations, demonstrated creativity and integrity in the production of radio and/or television communication.