Carlie Porterfield

ALERRT partners with Wal-Mart to offer active shooter safety training

A Texas State program has partnered with Wal-Mart to offer associates information on what to do if an active shooting breaks out in the workplace.

Last week, officials at the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center at the university announced their partnership with Wal-Mart to develop educational tools to inform employees how to react in an active shooter situation.

The announcement comes in the wake of a recently-released FBI report that demonstrates the need “for civilians to be engaged in discussions and training on decisions they’d have to make in an active shooter situation,” said Special Agent Katherine Schweit, head of the FBI’s active shooter initiative team, in the report.

Team behind Old Main renovation receives regional construction award

The recent renovations completed on Old Main have earned the architect and construction companies responsible a regional award

The South Texas chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. awarded Brown Reynolds Watford Architects and Phoenix 1 Restoration and Construction, both Dallas-area companies, the 2014 Excellence in Construction Award for their work on Old Main.

The most important part of Old Main’s restoration was repairing wear and tear on the sides of the building and its signature maroon roof, said Bill Nance, vice president of Finance and Support Services.

Team behind Old Main renovation receives regional construction award

The recent renovations completed on Old Main have earned the architect and construction companies responsible a regional award

The South Texas chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. awarded Brown Reynolds Watford Architects and Phoenix 1 Restoration and Construction, both Dallas-area companies, the 2014 Excellence in Construction Award for their work on Old Main.

The most important part of Old Main’s restoration was repairing wear and tear on the sides of the building and its signature maroon roof, said Bill Nance, vice president of Finance and Support Services.

City council unanimously approves La Cima project

In a unanimous vote with one abstention Tuesday night, San Marcos City Council passed a resolution authorizing an agreement with the La Cima developers that will permit the construction of 2,400 single-family homes.

Bringing upper-level housing to San Marcos, the proposed La Cima development will be a 2,050-acre development with 2,400 single-family homes. The development will include a 200-acre commercial and retail site and 400 acres of open space just west of the city in what is now the extraterritorial jurisdiction.

“I want to thank the subcommittee and all staffers and county representatives involved who guided us through this process,” said Mayor Daniel Guerrero. “I think we’ve come to a good mutual agreement.”

Administrators will not place cap on undergraduate enrollment

Undergraduate enrollment will not be capped despite rumors, although program growth is causing some university buildings to function at capacity.

University officials will not put a concrete limit on the number of new undergraduates enrolling in the future.

“We currently don’t have a cap on undergraduate enrollment, nor do we have one on graduate enrollment,” said Provost Eugene Bourgeois. “Currently we’re looking at a target for next year of about 5,100 freshmen, or roughly the same as the 2014 class, which was roughly the same as the 2013 class. So, if anything, that’s a steady rate for us moving forward.”

Councilmembers continue discussion of La Cima development

The San Marcos City Council has made progress concerning the La Cima development and plans to vote on a final development agreement next week.

La Cima is a proposed development of approximately 2,050 acres, including 2,400 single-family homes, a 200-acre commercial and retail site and about 400 acres of open space in the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction west of the city. Councilmembers have been wrestling with the conditions of the development agreement.

“The county is considering issuing the PID bonds,” said Councilman Wayne Becak, Place 4, who serves on the La Cima subcommittee. “That hasn’t been approved yet, but that’s what the county is discussing.”

A PID is a public improvement district, Becak said.

San Marcos residents celebrate city’s first-ever Pride weekend

Forty-five years after the first brick was thrown at Stonewall, the first Pride celebration has finally come to the City of San Marcos.

The sun beat upon on the downtown courthouse grounds Saturday as about 300 people, Texas State students and city locals alike, congregated for the first San Marcos Pride Parade. Silvia Sandoval, the coordinator of the event, said it was a long time coming.

“It was a vision brought together by friends and family,” Sandoval said. “Everybody wanted it, so we created it.”

Four years ago, Sandoval, along with Gia de la Flor, began hosting Rainbow Night, a once-a-month Pride-themed party. Eventually, Sandoval said, they were able to create a solid foundation and connections so they could organize a Pride event.

Police aim to be ‘upfront’ in cases of excessive force

In the weeks following the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, San Marcos officials have reacted to the issue of use of excessive force by police.

San Marcos Police Chief Chase Stapp said it is no secret that San Marcos police officers have been disciplined in the past for using excessive force. One notable example in recent years was in May 2013, when Cpl. James Palermo assaulted a female Texas State student during an illegal arrest. The student suffered a concussion and broken teeth as a result of the incident. Palermo was indefinitely suspended, the civil service equivalent of being fired, several months later after an internal investigation.

Council votes in support of La Cima development

A controversial measure was passed at the San Marcos City Council meeting Tuesday expressing support for a new development that would bring middle-class, single-family homes to San Marcos.

The council approved a resolution of support for the La Cima development project with a 6-1 vote with one council member abstaining.

Before the decision was made, there was outcry from environmentalists during the citizen comment period who claimed the city doesn’t have the means to support additional growth.

“We don’t have enough city staff to clean up the river,” said Lisa Marie Coppoletta, San Marcos resident. “We don’t need any more of these sorts of infrastructures.”

University awarded $15 million grant from NASA

The university was awarded a record $15 million grant from NASA to train teachers in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) disciplines using NASA content, with a special emphasis on engaging minority students.

NASA’s Minority University Research and Education project awarded the grant to the university, according to a NASA press release. The grant will fund the Texas State STEM Rising Stars, a collaborative effort between the colleges of Education and Science and Engineering that aims to improve STEM undergraduate student retention and graduation rates. The group works to increase representation of underserved populations.

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