Kelsey Bradshaw

San Marcos to welcome new director of communications

San Marcos will see a new director of communications and intergovernmental relations on Jan. 12, 2015 when Kristi Wyatt of League City, Texas brings her experience in broadcast journalism and government communications to the city.

Wyatt will lead the city's communications team and oversee the San Marcos website, social media, municipal cable channel, media relations and community outreach. She will manage the city's legislative affairs and federal relations.

"We are excited about the opportunities we have in San Marcos to engage citizens and build community during a time of explosive growth and Kristi will play a key role in that process," said city manager Jared Miller in a city press release.

One dead, four injured in crash

One person has died and four others were injured in the crash that destroyed two semi trucks and one passenger vehicle.

The four people involved in the crash were taken to Central Texas Medical Center in San Marcos with non life-threatening injuries.

Gang threats against women made on social media

The University Police Department and the San Marcos Police Department are investigating a situation after activity on social media was found of women being harassed at the Vistas Apartments.

SMPD will release more information as it becomes available. 

Terroristic threat made at Tower Hall

UPDATE: The suspect has been identified as of Oct. 26, according to the University Police Department. Police have interviewed the suspect and the investigation is ongoing. 

At approximately 4:30 a.m., Oct. 25, a terroristic threat was made at Tower Hall.

Author, journalist discusses confronting bias in media

As an African-American woman, Joyce King, author, columnist and broadcaster, faced adversity when working in the media.

During her Mass Comm Week session, “Bring it on: Confronting Bias in Media and Society,” King said she did not have a choice about whether or not to confront biases. King heavily discussed pushing past stereotypes in the media and society.

“We’re not doing enough to break down stereotypes,” King said.

King asked why people judge everyone without “opening anything” and getting to know them first, following the phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover.”

“We miss out on people because we decide we are going to be biased,” King said.

Attempted burglary goes sour as suspect falls from balcony

Wednesday afternoon, the suspect in an attempted burglary fell off a balcony at Vistas apartment complex near the university.

A Vistas resident came home and heard a noise coming from outside his apartment. He went to the balcony to see the suspected burglar was trying to climb down when they lost their grip and fell.

A helicopter landed near Chipotle to bring the suspect to Brackenridge Medical Center in Austin.

Officials at the scene said the suspect's condition had to be serious to require an emergency care-flight. 

The details of the suspect's injuries are unknown at this time. 

Trib Fest headliners discuss education

Kicking off the second day of the 2014 Texas Tribune Festival, Evan Smith, CEO and editor in chief of the Tribune, welcomed an audience of over 300 people Saturday to what he called “Woodstock for Wonks.”

Held at the University of Texas at Austin, the festival lasted a total of three days. During this time, 200 speakers discussed issues including education, immigration and health care. A full day of keynote sessions was held Saturday. One-on-one conversations were staged with Gov. Rick Perry and State Senators Dan Patrick, Leticia Van de Putte and Wendy Davis.

U.S. Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, along with Speaker of the Texas House Joe Straus also spoke at the keynote sessions.

Dan Patrick, Leticia Van De Putte speak at Texas Tribune Festival

In back-to-back interviews, State Senators Dan Patrick and Leticia Van de Putte discussed important topics and the upcoming election Saturday at the Texas Tribune Festival.

Both senators are candidates for lieutenant governor—Patrick is the Republican candidate, and Van de Putte is the Democratic. Touching on issues important to their campaigns, Patrick and Van de Putte talked about immigration reform, women’s health and education.

“Obviously the Republicans are not anti-immigrants,” Patrick said. “We’re not anti-anyone.”

Patrick spoke about the state’s “wide-open” border. ISIS and al-Qaeda are a “real, present threat” to Texans. Securing the border is necessary to protect citizens from terrorists and criminals.

University accepted as member of Iraq research program

Texas State was accepted as a member of The American Academic Research Institute in Iraq (TAARII) this past summer.

Elizabeth Bishop, associate history professor, represents Texas State and the Department of History on the TAARII board. 

TAARII was established to promote scholarly research on and in Iraq and ancient Mesopotamia.

The institute offers graduate and post-graduate fellowships for Americans to work in Iraq in a broad range of disciplines. TAARII also has a fellowship program for Iraqi academics to aid them in carrying out research in Iraq.

Students affected by delayed construction of Eight17 Lofts, Uptown Square apartments

Some Texas State students have found themselves without a place to call home until the middle of the semester.

Two apartment complexes have had to delay move-in dates due to continuing construction. Students who signed with Eight17 Lofts and Uptown Square Apartments will have to seek alternative living for weeks to come.

 Weather played a large part in the move-in delay, said Jared Miller, chief marketing officer and president of Multifamily Operations and principal of INNOVATIVE Student Housing.

“We thought we would be much closer (to being finished) than we ended up,” Miller said.


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