Ann DeFee, ’67, ’75

Ann Defee

Ann DeFee has been keeping busy at her home in Virginia during the COVID pandemic – she just released her 15th book, A Summer Place (Bellastoria Press, 2020).

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Cyril Adkins, ’99

Cyril Adkins

Before playing football at Texas State, Cyril Adkins played wide receiver for the Smithville Tigers more than 25 years ago. In 2014, he was named athletic director, becoming the first African American to hold that position in Smithville ISD.

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Richard Z. Santos, ’13

Richard Z Santos

Richard Z. Santos’ first novel Trust Me (Arte Público Press, 2019) made its debut at the end of March just as the nation shut down over the coronavirus pandemic.

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Branndon Bargo, ’99

Branndon Bargo

This summer, as households across the country search for their next binge-worthy TV show, local PBS stations will air the first season of The Highpointers with the Bargo Brothers, a travel show created by and starring Texas State alumnus Branndon Bargo (B.A. 1999) and his brother, Greg Bargo.

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Leslie Fossler, ’76

Leslie Fossler

Interior designer Leslie Fossler (B.S. ’76) often feels misunderstood. Most people don’t grasp the complexity of her profession, says Fossler, who launched her Austin firm, in 1982.

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Jon David “J.D.” Perez, ’05

Jon David Perez

After graduating from Texas State, Jon David “J.D.” Perez thought he would end up working with someone like Michael Dell — being “a cool computer guy” in Austin. He never dreamed that a part-time job at an outlet mall would lead him to climb a different corporate ladder.

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Dalinda Gonzales-Alcantar, ’04

Dalinda Gonzales Alcantar

Rise and grind. It’s more than a motto — it’s a lifestyle for Dalinda Gonzalez-Alcantar, who put the empowering slogan on a T-shirt she sells on her boutique site, It shows the playful side of this educator, entrepreneur, and mother of two.

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Yolanda Wilkerson, ’97, ’00

Yolanda Wilkerson

Yolanda Wilkerson earned two bachelor’s degrees from Texas State – one in criminal justice, and another in business administration. She is currently an enterprise data marketplace supervisor with ExxonMobil in Houston.

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