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Texas State hosts international scientific conference

Texas State hosted the 7th Aquatic Animal Models of Human Disease Conference at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines just outside of Austin.

More than 140 researchers from across the nation, as well as 12 countries, were expected to attend Dec. 13 through Dec. 18.

The conference, founded at the university in 2000, aims to provide scientists with an opportunity to encourage use of aquatic models in the study of human disease, exchange ideas and address environmental health issues, according to a university release.

Events included symposia presentations, exhibits, workshops to highlight recent developments in the field and networking opportunities for graduate students and established scientists. 

Students report increased satisfaction with university transportation

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Texas State’s new bus service, with updated technologies and strategies to increase efficiency, has garnered rave reviews from students.

Transdev, the new shuttle service provider, and the fresh system in its first semester of implementation are already making positive impressions on the student body with changes such as flexible service, longer hours of operation and Internet-accessible GPS locators, said Nancy Nusbaum, interim director of Transportation Services.

The number of students who view the bus system favorably increased from 62 percent last semester to 71 percent, according to a Transportation Services survey.

“I’d like to see us above 80 percent at some time, but a nine percent increase is pretty good from one semester to another,” Nusbaum said.

Two Wimberley teenagers arrested on burglary charges

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Two 17 year-old males were arrested for burglarizing and attempting to break into 19 Wimberley businesses Wednesday around 4:50 a.m. in the Wimberley Square.

A man walking his dog called police upon hearing the shattering of glass, after he witnessed two men running from a business they had tried to break into.

Law enforcement apprehended Levi Travis Weed near the scene of the crime and Weed led the deputies to the second suspect, Ricky Lee Saine Ehlert, according to a Hays County sheriff’s office news release.

The teens, both Wimberley residents, were charged with burglary and attempted burglaries, said Stephen Traeger, sheriff’s deputy, in a Dec. 10 Austin-American Statesman article.

SMPD looks for suspect in aggravated robbery

The San Marcos Police Department is asking for help identifying a suspect in the wake of an aggravated robbery in the parking lot of Pluckers Wing Bar last night.

Three individuals were standing in the parking lot Thursday night near Pluckers talking when they, “were approached by the suspect, whom they said brandished a handgun and took an undisclosed amount of cash,” according to a city-wide press release.

CASA seeks funding for permanent office in San Marcos

The Court Appointed Special Advocates of Central Texas, Inc. (CASA) kicked off a capital campaign on Nov. 13 to allocate funding for a new office and training center in San Marcos.

CASA is an organization that recruits, trains and supports volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children, according to the organization’s website.

CASA has secured property at the corner of Hunter Road and Reimer Avenue for the new office, which is included in the total cost of the $1.2 million project, said Elosie Hudson, CASA community relations coordinator.

The project is “big” for an organization that has never had a campaign to raise $1.2 million, said Tricia Schneider, CASA development director.

Provost Bourgeois reflects on university’s progress in 2014

The Air Force ROTC wing commander at Texas State wears a skirt, heels and sometimes a “power bun” all while maintaining the responsibility, welfare and training of 75 fellow student cadets.

Wing Commander Cadet Col. Erin Cambridge, environmental management senior, is the chief leader of the AFROTC. The program has 20 student cadets as part of the professional officer corps (POC). The corps is made up of upperclassmen who have completed field training. Only five of the 20 cadets are female, one of whom is Cambridge. The remaining AFROTC is made up of freshmen and sophomores or the general military corps.

Female student serving as wing commander in male-dominated AFROTC

The Air Force ROTC wing commander at Texas State wears a skirt, heels and sometimes a “power bun” all while maintaining the responsibility, welfare and training of 75 fellow student cadets. 

Cambridge said she first considered joining the military at the age of 14 when she attended an awards ceremony for her grandfather, retired Col. David Cambridge. A veteran at the ceremony asked her male cousin if he would join the Air Force but did not ask Cambridge.

 “I was left wondering why the colonel did not ask me if I was going to join,” Cambridge said. “I was not offended, but I still thought I could do it, that I could be something.”

Austin real estate group purchases Springtown Shopping Center

Officials with Endeavor Real Estate Group from Austin purchased the Springtown Shopping Center located off Thorpe Lane and Springtown Way Nov. 4.

Twin Liquors, Bath & Body Works and RadioShack are currently in the center with a few vacant buildings where Target was previously located. Officials plan to revitalize the shopping center, said Buck Cody, principal of retail development and acquisition for Endeavor.

“I think we envision it being a more traditional retail shopping center,” Cody said. “Our plan is to build something that serves the student body of Texas State and the population of San Marcos.”

Farewell from the Editor-in-Chief

It is with deep regret that I must announce I will be vacating my position as editor-in-chief of The University Star effective Dec. 12. It was never my intention to cut my term short, but, as many of us know, sometimes there are unforeseen circumstances in life that cause a change in plans. I must say, though, that I am overwhelmed with pride when I look back on the last seven months spent as editor of the Star.

President’s special assistant retiring after 45-year career at Texas State

Robert Gratz, special assistant to the president, is retiring to spend more time with his family, his Bobcats and his Spurs after a 45-year career at Texas State.

Gratz’s career included working with five presidents, guiding the creation of six graduate programs, watching the development of Emerging Research Institution status and witnessing too many construction projects to count. He wouldn’t have wanted to work anywhere else.

“I can’t imagine a better place to have spent a career,” Gratz said.

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