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.

Harrington earns 500th win


Coach Ty Harrington captured his 500th career victory at Bobcat Ballpark Wednesday night as Texas State defeated the Baylor Bears 2-0.

“There have been a lot of great players and coaches along the way,” Harrington said. “I had a chance when I was leaving the locker room to look at our wall of championships and players that I didn’t even know until last week.”

Harrington has won all 500 of his games at Texas State and has fallen below the .500 win percentage mark once during his tenure.

“There’s been a lot of awesome players that have come through here,” said Cameron Friess, freshman catcher. “To help Coach Harrington get his 500th win is awesome especially at home against a good team like Baylor.”

Bobcat Trail parking to be removed for green space


Restricted parking spaces and a road in the middle of campus will be converted to green space during the Bobcat Trail Mall Redevelopment project.

Bobcat Trail, which runs perpendicular to LBJ Drive and Edward Gary Street, will be converted to a mall area, making a more pedestrian-friendly campus, said Michael Petty, director of facilities planning, design and construction. The estimated total cost of the project is $5.4 million. Underground infrastructure such as water, steam and sewer lines will be replaced and concrete will be removed to create the green space.

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