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Downtown signage revamped through Main Street Program

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Main Street Program’s sign and awning grant has aided 19 businesses in the San Marcos Main Street district.

Under this program, businesses can apply to have an investment in a new sign or awning matched. Using the grant, businesses can receive up to $2,000.

In previous years, the available fund for the grant was only $4,700, but city councilmembers secured an additional $15,000 for this year, said Councilman Jude Prather, Place 2. The additional funding was a means of reimbursing businesses for the negative impact construction has had as well as making the downtown area pedestrian-friendly, he said.

San Marcos officials aiming to create jobs as city grows

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Because San Marcos is America’s fastest growing city, officials are looking to expand the job industry to accommodate the rapid growth and influx of people moving from surrounding areas.

Many people think students are contributing to the economic growth as the university hits record numbers of enrollment, but data show students are not the main cause, said Adriana Cruz, president of the Greater San Marcos Partnership.

The average person moving to San Marcos is 31 years old, Cruz said. Most newcomers are from Travis County.

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.

Texas State celebrates 50 years of integration

In fall 1963, Dana Jean Smith, Georgia Hoodye, Gloria Odoms, Mabeleen Washington and Helen Jackson walked onto the Southwest Texas State campus and became the first African-Americans to attend, marking the beginning of what has now been 50 years of integration at the university.

The 2014-2015 Common Experience theme, “Exploring Democracy’s Promise: From Segregation to Integration,” aims to show the struggles of desegregation and the importance of integration. The theme raises the question of how people internalize change.

'Celestial sleuth' dates second Monet painting

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A 15-year journey to solve a mystery of one of Monet’s famous paintings has finally come to a close for physics professor Donald Olson.

Olson, the “celestial sleuth,” has conducted extensive research in previous years with honors students to uncover the dates when multiple famous paintings were created. However, when curators of the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris gave Olson a call to request the professor conduct an analysis of “Impression, Sunrise” to be published in an upcoming exhibition of Claude Monet’s paintings, Olson said he lacked the time to gather a team and decided to face the challenge alone.

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.

Residence halls to be renovated, replaced as part of 10-year plan

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A 10-year plan is in place to renovate existing residence halls or possibly replace them with a different style.

The Department of Housing and Residential Life hired a consultant to study the university’s growth patterns and projections. The consultant looked at the conditions of the halls, said Bill Nance, vice president of Finance and Support Services.

STAR Park to expand with 20-acre addition by 2016

The Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Park will expand by 20 acres after receiving approval from the Texas State University System Board of Regents to acquire an adjacent tract of land.

The expansion project was authorized at the Board of Regents meeting in Austin Aug. 29, and the land purchase is estimated to cost $1,768,000, according to a university news release. The 38-acre site dedicated to research and commercialization efforts will expand the site to 58.28 acres.

ONE FOR THE RECORD

Texas State set a school record Saturday night with 697 total yards in the 65-0 victory against the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions.

Coach Dennis Franchione is 5-1 all-time in season openers with the Bobcats. 

The Bobcats scored on the team’s first eight possessions of the game, with seven touchdowns.

"I was proud of our guys,” Franchione said. “I asked them for four quarters of effort, intensity, focus and physical play. I felt like we got that.”

Arkansas-Pine Bluff players said they would hold Texas State to 14 points or fewer in their media day session. Rob Lowe, junior running back, had a different plan in mind. 

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.

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