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Texas State University’s Business School Offers Opportunity for Students, by Refel “Ralph” Rushing

November 27, 2012

The McCoy College of Business Administration at Texas State University, a learning community centered on students, is dedicated to the sharing of knowledge, skills, and values. These important qualities allow students to take on responsibility and embrace success in a global business environment.

With an enrollment of approximately 450 graduate students and 3,200 undergraduate students, the McCoy College of Business Administration has 90 qualified full-time instructors on board to teach and mentor students.

The school offers a Bachelor of Business Administration and master’s degrees in business administration and accountancy. All programs are accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

Refel “Ralph” Rushing was President and CEO of LoanSTAR Funding Group, a diversified finance company. The organization helps students and families with education loans as well as other financial services. Rushing was born in Harlingen, Texas, and received a BBA and MBA from the McCoy College of Business Administration at Texas State University.

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E. E. Cummings: The Life of One of America’s Premier Poets

December 12, 2011

By Refel Rushing

Born in 1894 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Edward Estlin Cummings was raised as a Unitarian, and he maintained a relationship with God throughout his life. His passion for poetry began early, and he began writing at age eight. After attending Harvard University, E. E. Cummings worked at a bookstore and subsequently joined the Norton-Harjes Ambulance Corps when World War I began. During this experience, he developed an admiration for Paris.

However, he was also arrested during this time under suspicion of espionage, because he expressed his lack of support for the war in letters back home to the United States; this event influenced his autobiographical novel, The Enormous Room, which was published in 1922. Upon returning to the US, Cummings had a child, Nancy, with a friend’s wife, Elaine Orr, and was drafted into the army. He returned to the US from France for the second time in 1921 and began publishing poetry. He married Orr in 1924, they divorced nine months after, and she kept him from seeing his daughter for more than two decades.

Several years later, his father was killed when a train collided with his car, causing Cummings to reevaluate and refocus his poetry on more serious subjects. Throughout the following decades, Cummings traveled throughout Europe. In 1929, he married Anne Barton, and they stayed together for three years, after which he met Marion Morehouse; he remained with her indefinitely. In his later life, Cummings became a speaker and lectured at Harvard. He died in 1962 at the age of 68 from a stroke.

Throughout his life, Cummings earned numerous recognitions, including two Guggenheim Fellowships, the Boston Arts Festival Award, and a fellowship with the American Academy of Poets. A primarily avant-garde poet and writer, some of his notable works include Tulips & Chimneys and No Thanks. In addition to creating poetry, E. E. Cummings also wrote plays, books, and short prose, and painted.

The Music Project: How to Self-Publish Without a Label

October 18, 2011

By Refel Rushing

It is a good time in history to be creative. Not too long ago, getting your writing or music published was a difficult process that involved finding a label or publisher to accept the work and vouch for it. Many very talented people have never been able to publish their work, or have had to wait decades because they did not know the right person, or because the timing was simply off.

Self-publication by no means guarantees success, but being able get their work out there in the first place has allowed many creative individuals to get the credit that they deserve. Though there are many ways to get your music self-published, these are some of the most basic steps.

It is a good idea to start out by joining ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) or BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.). Both of these companies can provide you with an easy way to set up licensing rights and receive future royalties from those who may use your music. You will probably also want to acquire a DBA license; although some sources indicate the need to become incorporated, this is rarely necessary, especially this early in the process.

After the legal requirements have been taken care of, the next step is of course creating your music, if you have not already. There are studios all over the world that are available on a rental basis. Thanks to advancing technology, it is not uncommon for budding musicians to create a makeshift studio in their home and record music there.

Once you have acquired the pertinent licenses, created your music, and made an appropriate number of copies of your record, then it is time to promote yourself. You have to be a good self-promoter if you intend to make money off any type of self-published work. Be ready to upload your music to sites like YouTube and seek out a fan base through social media websites. The more you can get your name out there, the better.

Getting published today is easier than ever before. The negative side of this is that there is far more competition. The positive side, however, is that you have an opportunity to promote yourself and present your talent to an unlimited number of fans on a daily basis. This is just one more way that the Internet has broadened our horizons.

Refel Rushing is currently in the process of recording his first music CD. Refel Rushing was born and raised in the South. He lives on a ranch in Texas, where he is also completing a do-it-yourself building project.

Living “Off the Grid” By Ralph Rushing

December 30, 2010

On my ranch, a weekend retreat of sorts, I rest and relax while overseeing my cattle operation. When not busy at my desk, I work on the construction of a new rustic cabin. A number of the tasks I perform without commercial energy, as I like to live completely “off the grid,” totally self-sufficient, without relying on public utilities.

A battery/solar panel system provides the electricity, with a propane generator automatically starting and charging the batteries when the sun does not shine enough to keep them fully charged. Operating this system costs a fraction of the cost for conventional utilities. Heating comes from a wood-burning stove and fireplace. Water, collected from a rain-catch water system and natural seepage from underground water sources, goes into an underground cistern and then a large holding tank adjacent to the cabin via a deep-well solar pump. The cook stove, refrigerator, and hot-water heater all use propane and function as well as electric appliances. By following a few basic tips, anyone can live this innovative lifestyle.

First, test the water on your land and consult with local officials and laboratories about the results. Clean water remains a primary concern in the wilderness, where no access to pre-established plumbing exists. Learn the basics of home water-treatment and the devices that make water treatment possible. Understand how a home water-system functions, even if you create one with the help of professionals.

When living off the grid, knowledge becomes your best friend. You must intimately acquaint yourself with Mother Nature. In addition, estimate your energy consumption as accurately as possible and adopt a system that will furnish an adequate amount. If water runs nearby, look into hydroelectric systems. Otherwise, wind turbines harness a great deal of energy, and many households function off solar panels alone. Plan and prepare.

With enough forethought, anyone can live off the grid with the same amenities that others enjoy. For a more in-depth view of off-the-grid living, check out the following video:

Refel Rushing on Future Farmers of America

November 18, 2010

by Refel Rushing

I spent a good part of my career helping students across the United States gain access to education, through LoanSTAR Funding Group. Since retiring from LoanSTAR several years ago, I have dedicated myself to cattle ranching and philanthropic activities. By contributing to Future Farmers of America, I am able to do both at the same time. Below is a description of Future Farmers of America and what the organization does. Founded in 1928 by a coalition of young farmers, Future Farmers of America (FFA) helps to prepare the next generation for the agricultural industry. FFA provides agricultural education, encourages the sustainable use of the country’s natural resources, and helps individuals to achieve the technical and interpersonal skills necessary to create a successful career in agriculture. In addition to representing young farmers and ranchers, FFA supports biologists, chemists, veterinarians, entrepreneurs, engineers, and the host of other professionals working to produce the food that Americans eat. FFA runs a number of programs designed to address virtually every aspect of agricultural education. FFA maintains outreach programs for school-aged children, helping them to understand where their food comes from. For older students, FFA provides information on agricultural industry careers and food science. At the collegiate level, FFA creates opportunities for professional development through a network of local campus chapters. Members have access to job opportunities, a career expo, and internships at some of the most important agricultural businesses in the United States. In addition, FFA offers numerous grants and scholarships. Committed to ensuring that American agriculture remains the best in the world, Future Farmers of America also runs a number of global programs. Through these exchanges, students and teachers develop a perspective on how agriculture is conducted in other parts of the world. Below is a video produced by FFA on their Learners to Leaders program. You can find many more FFA videos on their SchoolTube.com channel.