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OWLS 50th Anniversary

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Please join us in celebration on the OWLS Department (Formally, Occupational Education) turning 50 this year! We hosted a Fall 2023 reception to kick off a year of celebration and look forward to our Spring 2024 reception.

Our Spring 2024 reception will be held on Thursday, February 29th, 2024 from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM at the Avery Building on the Round Rock Campus. All Alumni, faculty, staff, retired faculty and current/prospective students are welcome.

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Spring 2024:

February 29th, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

OWLS 50th Anniversary Reception, Avery Building - 4th Floor Atrium at the Round Rock Campus

April 18th, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

OWLS 50th Anniversary Gala, Embassy Suites San Marcos (Ticket: $75 – single ticket, $600 – table)

For more information on our 50th Anniversary Gala in the Spring, please fill out the form below:


Keynote Speaker: Ms. Page Michel, President & CEO San Marcos Area Chamber

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Page Michel has been a Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development executive for over 20 years.  She is originally from the east coast (New York and Miami) before marrying her Texan husband and raising their family in Houston and Brenham. She graduated from Western Carolina University (North Carolina) and has I.O.M. certification from the U.S. Chamber Institute.   For over 14 years, Page served as President/CEO of the Brenham/Washington County Chamber of Commerce, Convention & Visitors Bureau and Economic Development Foundation.  From 2020 to 2022, she served as President/CEO of the Texas City-La Marque Chamber of Commerce in Galveston County.  She now serves as President/CEO of the San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce since October 2022. Page is passionate about volunteer service and has a long list of state and local organizations where she serves, including the Texas Association of Business, Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives Association, Gulf Coast Chamber Executives, CASA, Rotary Club, Lions Club, P-FLAG, Heritage Association of San Marcos, and Downtown Association of San Marcos.  She is married to Vince with two sons. One is a junior/business major right now at Texas State University and one lives in Houston with a fiancée. In her free time, Page loves movies, live theatre, concerts and traveling.

Panelists: Ted Groholske, Manager of Workforce , Greater San Marcos Partnership

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Ted Groholske is the Manager of Workforce Development for the Greater San Marcos Partnership. He is responsible for the development and execution of workforce development initiatives in our region between education, industry, government, and non-profits.

Previously, Ted worked with the San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce as their Account Executive and and prior to that conducted employer outreach to assist businesses identify additional applicant lead sources, refine job descriptions, and review wage trend demographics to help ensure employers found the right person for the right job for Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area.

Ted also has experience in veterans’ employment and talent sourcing initiatives helping employers reach veterans with matching skills with experience.

Ted made it to Texas in 2016 after trying Colorado, California, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky first! He earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Indiana Wesleyan University and is a native of Michigan.


Moderator: Dr. Gene Bourgeois, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Texas State University

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Dr. Gene Bourgeois has served as Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Texas State University since 2011. As the university’s chief academic officer, he is responsible for the administration and oversight of the quality of the university’s academic instructional and research programs, and for the coordination of the university’s administrative and support functions central to its academic mission. Integral to his role as Provost, he actively supports economic development and quality of life efforts for San Marcos and the central Texas region, including civic work with the Greater San Marcos Partnership, San Marcos Economic Development Board, and E3 Alliance, in addition to initiatives associated with the university’s academic units and its Science, Technology and Advanced Research Park and business incubator. 

Prior to becoming the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs in 2011, he served in a variety of administrative positions at Texas State, including: Associate Provost, Chair of the Department of History, Director of the Texas State Honors Program, Founding Director of the Texas State in England Study Abroad Program, and Founding Faculty Coordinator for the Texas State Residential Colleges. He has been actively engaged in numerous university committees, councils and task forces, and helped lead the Academic Affairs division’s SACS reaffirmation efforts in 2010. 

Dr. Bourgeois earned B.A. and M.A. degrees from Louisiana State University, and the degree of Ph.D. in History from the University of Cambridge. He joined Texas State University as an assistant professor of history in 1990 and was promoted to professor in 2004. His publications include books and articles on sixteenth-century English history. 

November 2023 50th Anniversary Reception Speakers

Dr. Angela Ausbrooks, Dr. Shetay Ashford-Hanserd, Provost Dr. Gene Burgois, Page Michel, Ted G, Mayor

OWLS Faculty and Staff at the November 2023 50th Anniversary Reception

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Thank you to everyone who came out and helped make this event possible!