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H-E-B ranked among best places to work nationally

H-E-B has been designated one of the top 10 'Best Places to Work' according to Glassdoor.com’s annual Employees' Choice Awards.

The Texas-based grocery chain, the largest private employer in Texas, came in seventh place on the list. The rankings were determined by votes from the employees, according to Glassdoor.com.

Tamra Jones, H-E-B public affairs senior specialist, said the store’s officials are "honored and humbled" to be ranked so highly.

H-E-B celebrates 110 years of operation this year. Jones said the grocery chain’s success can be linked to its “partners,” the term used for the store’s employees.

“The ranking by Glassdoor.com is a genuine testament from our partners about H-E-B,” Jones said. “At H-E-B, people really do matter.”

Counseling center changes procedures in response to demand

The Texas State Counseling Center has a modified procedure for scheduling initial appointments to see a counselor as a result of a rise in student demand for mental health services.

Students were likely to miss initial consultations when appointments were scheduled in advance in previous semesters, said Maryann Durocher, counseling center administrative assistant. To fix the problem, initial consultations will now be same-day appointments that cannot be scheduled in advance, she said.

Female student serving as wing commander in male-dominated AFROTC

The Air Force ROTC wing commander at Texas State wears a skirt, heels and sometimes a “power bun” all while maintaining the responsibility, welfare and training of 75 fellow student cadets. 

Cambridge said she first considered joining the military at the age of 14 when she attended an awards ceremony for her grandfather, retired Col. David Cambridge. A veteran at the ceremony asked her male cousin if he would join the Air Force but did not ask Cambridge.

 “I was left wondering why the colonel did not ask me if I was going to join,” Cambridge said. “I was not offended, but I still thought I could do it, that I could be something.”

University partners with electric company to perform water research

Nippon Electric Company (NEC) Corporation of America and Texas State announced a partnership Nov. 4 to conduct joint research and development efforts to improve water conservation and resource management

President Denise Trauth and Nobuhiro Endo, president and CEO of NEC Corporation of America, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Nov. 4 detailing the partnership. The university and NEC will exchange ideas for developing solutions to further responsible use of natural resources, according to the MOU.

NEC, headquartered in Irving, is a provider of network, communications, information technology and biometric solutions for customers across multiple industries.

Hays County Commissioners Court appoints committee to oversee jail issues

The commissioners court appointed a committee in October to review proposals from several correctional consultants to address the needs of the Hays County Jail.

Captain Mark Cumberland of the Hays County Sheriff Corrections Bureau said in an Oct. 21 University Star article that the current jail is outdated.

Cumberland along with Commissioner Debbie Ingalsbe, Precinct 1, Commissioner Will Conley, Precinct 3, County Auditor Bill Herzog and County General Counsel Mark Kennedy were selected for the review committee.

William Stone, criminal justice professor, said the committee process could slow down the court while a solution for the jail is discussed.

Media professional shares success stories

Ana Cantu, social media manager for Google, shared lessons she has learned through her career and life with Texas State and high school students Wednesday during Mass Comm Week.

In her presentation, "From The Rio Grand Valley to Google: A Career in Media Journalism and Media Content," Cantu detailed her most valued experiences throughout her career as a media professional. Gilbert Martinez, senior lecturer and assistant director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, introduced Cantu as a personal friend who has worked with his wife and is doing very interesting things in the field of journalism and mass communication.  

Hays County may outsource inmates due to overcrowding

Overcrowding has Hays County Jail officials looking to outsource their inmates to another county’s facility.

The Hays County Commissioners Court heard a proposal Oct. 7 from Burnet County Judge Donna Klaeger. Klaeger proposed the outsourcing of inmates to Burnet County Jail as a possible solution.

The maximum capacity of the Hays County Jail is 311 inmates,  said Mark Cumberland, captain at the Hays County Sheriff’s Office. The facility currently houses 314 inmates, with 15 outsourced to Guadalupe County.

Faculty senate reviews policy regarding explanations of denied tenure

A proposed wording change to policies by the provost's office regarding whether faculty are entitled to a statement of reasons for denial of tenure has received strong reactions from four science department members.

The university's policies must be in compliance with Texas State University System Board of Regents rules and regulations, which state faculty members are "not entitled" to any statement of reasons for denial of tenure.

“The proposal by the provost's office was to add, ‘If the vote is to deny tenure, no comments are necessary,’” said Michel Conroy, faculty senate chair.

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