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University officials seek applicants for TSUS student regent position

University officials are considering ways to garner interest in the student regent position for the Texas State University System (TSUS).

The university receives only one or two applications per year for the position. The last time a Texas State student held the position was two years ago, said Joanne Smith, vice president of Student Affairs.

The regent is the voice of the students within the TSUS, said Anna Sandoval, current student regent from Sul Ross State University.

Homecoming 2015 plans in full swing

Homecoming could include new attractions to spice up traditions as SACA begins planning for the Fall 2015 event.

Homecoming plans are headed by Alex Puryear, communication studies junior and the new Pride and Traditions coordinator of the Student Association for Campus Activities (SACA). SACA and the LBJ Student Center financially sponsor homecoming.

The 2015 homecoming football game will be held on Saturday, Nov. 7 against the New Mexico State Aggies.

Puryear has no solid plans for new events for Homecoming 2015 but has not ruled out making changes.

The Pride and Traditions coordinator can suggest new ideas each year, said Hallie Crawford, coordinator for Campus Activities.

Library repository may be built at S.T.A.R. Park

University officials hope to build a repository to relocate books not commonly checked out at the Science, Technology and Advanced Research (S.T.A.R.) Park.

The architectural design and budget for the repository will be submitted for approval by the Texas State University System Board of Regents, said Lori Hughes, director of administrative services at Alkek Library. The submission and approval of the plan is expected to occur in May.

False acceptance letters a result of mailing list error

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions mailed a letter of apology to 341 of the 458 students who wrongly received acceptance brochures last week.

On April 7, the university accepted 117 applicants of the 458 students into Texas State. Twenty-six applicants completed the forms and are under review, and 30 were declined admission, said Jayme Blaschke, University News Service director.

“One applicant out of those 458 has withdrawn their application,” Blaschke said. “The remaining 284 still have incomplete applications.”

San Marcos celebrates river, community at Wild Rice Festival

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Thousands gathered in celebration of community, art and the environment April 11 on the banks of the San Marcos River at this year’s Texas Wild Rice Festival.

Attendees enjoyed attractions including live music, educational lectures, hands-on workshops, arts and crafts, guided nature hikes and free food.

Bobcats remember late members of Texas State community

Bobcats came together April 9 in the LBJ Ballroom for the 27th annual Bobcat Pause.

Bobcat Pause in an annual ceremony to remember the students, current and retired faculty and alumni who died in the previous year.

Family members packed the ballroom and pictures of the dead filled tables in the room.

Chartwells provided catering for the event.

Student Government hosted and the Texas State Student Foundation conducted the memorial service.

ALERRT offers active shooter training video to public

The Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center at Texas State released a video to inform civilians on what to do in a situation with an active shooter.

ALERRT officials released the video in collaboration with Wal-Mart officials. Wal-Mart co-funded the video so associates would know what to do during an active shooter situation.

Fashion team wins second in national competition

A Texas State business case study team took home second place out of 11 programs in a national competition.

The JEVS Fashion Bobcats team is made up of Jaimee Raver, fashion merchandising senior; Emily Willis, fashion merchandising junior; Victoria Ruiz, fashion merchandising senior, and Sabrina Silva, interior design senior. JEVS is an acronym for the first letter of each team member’s name, Raver said.

The JEVS Fashion Bobcats won second place in the first annual Kohl’s Invitational. The team was flown to the Kohl’s headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to participate in the competition.

Transit Union officials seek pay raises for Transdev drivers

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Shuttle operators at Texas State may soon experience higher wages and more benefits.

Officials with the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) are working on behalf of Texas State Bobcat Shuttle operators to finalize new contract negotiations with Transdev, the company running the university system.

Union officials sought higher wages and more benefits for shuttle operators, said Joneth Wyatt, ATU president for the Austin office.

Shuttle operators include students, retirees and career-oriented drivers, said Alicia Moore, recording secretary for ATU's Austin office. Moore said officials wanted to negotiate improved benefits packages for career workers.

Moore visited campus March 16 to collect signatures for a petition supporting bus operators.

Texas State to host Mexican exchange students through government program

The Texas State Intensive English (TSIE) program is expected to receive 20 students and faculty this summer to participate in non-credit academic studies as part of an international program.

The Proyecta 100,000 program aims to strengthen the exchange of “students, researchers and academics between Mexico and the U.S.,” according to a press release from Foro Consultivo Cientifíco y Technológico. The program began September 2013 and has spurred discussion between U.S. and Mexican officials concerning government relations.

Mexican students and instructors enrolled in Proyecta 100,000 will attend a four-week session with the TSIE program over the summer, said Rosario Davis, associate director. The program includes academic and cultural activities.

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