Falls, Sayers halls open to students

Named after two members of the first faculty at the university, Falls and Sayers Residence Halls opened this August to connect the growing population of incoming freshman and introduce new features to on-campus living.

Elizabeth Falls and Jessie Sayers were both early faculty members at the university who had previous residence halls named after them. The original Falls Hall was demolished to construct the new Performing Arts Center in 2012, and the original Sayers Hall was also torn down, said Rosanne Proite, director of Housing and Residential Life.

Sayers wrote the lyrics to the Texas State Alma Mater, according to the Department of Housing and Residential Life and the Dedication Ceremony booklet.

Construction Update: Projects continue in attempt to accommodate growing population

This semester will bring no relief in the continued construction taking place both on and off campus as students, faculty and staff begin another school year.

Texas State and the City of San Marcos are implementing construction projects to keep up with the growing student population as well as outdated infrastructure, said Michael Petty, director of facilities planning, design and construction. Although construction projects may make things difficult for students and residents, they will make the campus a better place, he said.

Bobcat Trail

The renovation of Bobcat Trail began with updating old underground utilities and also creating a “wonderful green space for students,” Petty said.

Texas State looks to conserve water during Stage 4 drought

Texas State is cutting down on water usage and developing educational water conservation programs for students in response to the city implementing Stage 4 drought restrictions for the first time.

The City of San Marcos entered Stage 4 drought restrictions Aug. 17, just five days after the Edwards Aquifer Authority (EAA) announced Stage 4 conditions. According to a city press release, while San Marcos has been enforcing drought restrictions nearly continuously since April 2011, this is the first time in history that a Stage 4 drought has been declared.

Transdev brings new buses, route changes

This fall semester students can expect to see shiny new buses, new drivers and changes to routes in the Bobcat Shuttle service as the university enters into a contract with a new service provider.

The contract with Transdev, the bus contractor that merged with Veolia Transport in 2011, went into full effect Aug. 9. Transdev is now the official Texas State shuttle provider, said Steven Herrera, Bobcat Shuttle service manager. The previous contractor, First Transit, was replaced by Transdev after a bidding process for a new provider took place last year.

Students passed a referendum in April 2013 to raise the bus fee from $78 to $95, and the increase helped sustain the new contract with Transdev, according to a Nov. 20 University Star article.

Perry turns self in after abuse of power, coercion charges

Governor Rick Perry turned himself in to the Travis County Courthouse at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Perry was indicted by a Travis grand jury on two felony accounts that accused him of abuse of power and coercion of a public servant, according to an Aug. 16 Houston Chronicle article. Perry threatened to veto funding for a public corruption unit run by Democratic Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg if she didn’t resign in the middle of her drunk driving arrest and guilty plea, according to an Aug. 19 San Antonio Express-News article.

Perry announced he would turn himself in Aug. 19 at 5 p.m. and kept his word. Arriving on time, Perry walked through a crowd of supporters and protesters alike and spoke to the media before and after his booking.

Company donates $1 million reactor to College of Science and Engineering


State-of-the-art research equipment valued at over $1 million was donated to the College of Science and Engineering June 30 to further student and faculty research.

The equipment is a reactor donated by Nitronex, LLC, a supplier of special power transistors for wireless communications applications, said Michael Blanda, assistant vice president of Research and Federal Relations. The reactor will be housed in the Roy F. Mitte Building, home to the Department of Physics, the Ingram School of Engineering and the Department of Engineering Technology. Blanda said the reactor will lead to the production of advanced electronic components such as wireless transmitters/receivers and LEDs, or light-emitting diodes.

Joann Cole Mitte building to undergo renovations, increase space

The Joann Cole Mitte building, home to the School of Art and Design, is undergoing a large-scale facelift to help increase space and decrease crowded classrooms.

The $6.2 million project will address the inefficiencies of the current facilities, creating more classroom, studio and faculty office space. The comprehensive “capital project” is scheduled to begin in summer 2015 and will be completed the next fall, said Juan Guerra, associate vice president of Facilities. Six smaller projects included in the overall renovation plan will begin this year.

Construction has not yet begun on the project, but plans are complete for the six smaller projects, Guerra said.

Apartment vandalized with anti-Semitic symbols, racial slurs

San Marcos police are looking for a vandal who drew racially insensitive words and inappropriate symbols and punched holes in the walls of Sanctuary Lofts Apartments.

Swastikas, pentagrams with the numbers 666, racially insensitive words, terms used to target people of the Jewish faith and curse words were found written on the fourth floor hallway, said Sgt. Byron Mobley, San Marcos Police officer. Holes were punched into the walls of the hall and some other inappropriate language was written in black marker in the elevator.

The words “ass” and “porn” were also found along with the other insensitive terms, he said.

SMPD believes the vandalism occurred sometime between 1 a.m.-6 a.m. June 21, Mobley said.

Meadows Center introduces glass-bottom kayak tours

Meadows Center Kayak

The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment is offering new glass-bottom kayak tours of Spring Lake aimed at tourists who visit during the summer months. 

The Meadows Center is a non-profit organization that has been giving glass-bottom boat tours of Spring Lake for the last 60 years, said Assistant Director Deborah Lane.  The center now offers glass-bottom kayak tours for up to six people.

The kayaks offer several unique advantages over the traditional boat tours, said Josiah Reese, kayak guide at the center. Many areas of Spring Lake are too shallow for the glass-bottom boats to reach, but kayaks are quiet and non-invasive to the endangered species in the lake, making them ideal for tours.

New 'innovative intersection' debuts at Aquarena Springs Drive

The high-traffic intersection at Aquarena Springs Drive and Interstate Highway 35 has received a new “continuous flow” design to relieve congestion.

The Texas Department of Transportation unveiled the new “innovative intersection” Thursday that is the first continuous flow intersection in the Austin District, said Kelli Reyna, TxDOT public information officer.

Although the construction for the project is not finished, TxDOT has moved the cars into the “ultimate configuration” of the new CFI intersection, Reyna said.

“We still have about two weeks to a month left to finish up the construction full at that area, but if you’ve driven through it you will be driving the same way you will whenever the construction is complete,” Reyna said.


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