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NAACP petitions for African-American studies program

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Representatives of the Texas State chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People are encouraging students to sign a petition requesting the university add an African-American studies program to the curriculum. 

The idea began when students gathered during the Black Student Organization retreat in December 2014, said Erin Lewis, NAACP member and business management junior. The students decided they wanted more opportunities to learn about their histories and cultures.

Students voice concerns to President Trauth

The second Open Door Session of the year had an attendance of 11 students, 10 more than before, who discussed littering near campus and future renovations of Albert B. Alkek Library.

President Denise Trauth’s Open Door Sessions serve as an opportunity for students to communicate directly with her. Students were invited to discuss issues related to university life.

Shelly Alfaro, international relations senior, went to the session to share concerns about cigarette disposal near campus.

Social work program in need of update, officials say

School of Social Work officials have proposed to combine courses from the graduate programs to help market students in the workforce.

Officials are waiting for the Texas State University System Board of Regents to approve curriculum changes in May. The curriculum will begin this fall if approved, said Dorinda Noble, director of the School of Social Work.

Angela Ausbrooks, associate professor and Master of Social Work coordinator, said the proposal to combine the curriculum began last fall.

Nanotechnology entrepreneur program arrives at S.T.A.R. Park

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The Advanced Polymers and Nanomaterials (APN) Laboratory at Texas State is now operational at the Science, Technology and Advanced Research (S.T.A.R.) Park.

The nanotechnology laboratory is part of the Materials Science, Engineering and Commercialization (MSEC) graduate program. MSEC is an interdisciplinary program combining elements from the science, business and communication departments, said Clois Powell, director of the advanced polymers/nanomaterials lab.

Officials with the laboratory program partnered with S.T.A.R. Park to access its customizable facilities, Powell said.

‘Texas State Fondler’ still at large

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The University Police Department (UPD) is investigating three potentially related incidents of indecent exposure near the Texas State campus.

UPD received three reports from March 23-26 of a white male fondling his genitals in public. Similarities between the three reports have led law enforcement officials to believe the same individual is involved in all of the incidents.

Officers, resident assistants work to ensure safety

Residence hall safety is a factor for thousands of students living in on-campus housing facilities.

The Texas State University Police Department (UPD) works around the clock with the Department of Housing and Residential Life to ensure the safety of the students living in the 22 halls on campus, said Corporal John Guerra of UPD.

Police have the responsibility of making sure people are safe when accidents occur in the halls on campus, Guerra said.

3 Day Startup fosters student business opportunities

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Texas State students interested in starting businesses before graduating had the opportunity to hone their entrepreneurial skills over the weekend.

3 Day Startup (3DS), an entrepreneurial workshop program, was held March 27-29 in the McCoy College of Business. The University of Texas established 3 Day Startup in 2008, and the program has expanded to 60 institutions in five continents.

Mario Hernandez, masters student and 3DS mentor, said pitching ideas at the workshop was a challenge the first time he participated.

Tree care rooted in campus community

Trees on campus do more than just provide shade for students on hot Texas days.

The Arbor Day Foundation recognized Texas State as a USA Tree Campus.

University officials on the Tree Advisory Council apply for the recognition annually. The university must meet five criteria to be recognized. A committee dedicated to the campus’ trees must exist, a care plan has to be in place and finances must be allocated specifically. Additionally, Arbor Day must be observed and a service-learning project has to happen.

Former SAE member tweets racist remarks

A Texas State student posted racially charged tweets seen circling social media Wednesday afternoon.

Turner Coulson, public administration junior, identified himself as a member of the Texas State Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity in his Twitter biography. His Twitter account, @PresidentTKC, has since been deleted.

The fraternity’s Twitter account, @TexasStateSAE, identified Coulson as one of its members in an Aug. 3 2014 tweet.

Twitter user @curlyheadRED posted a screenshot of Coulson's tweets Wednesday on her account.

Campus housing, meal plan rates increase

Student housing and meal plan rates will increase for the 2015-2016 academic year.

The Texas State Board of Regents approved a 3.5 percent increase to campus housing rates at Feb. 19-20 meetings. A two percent increase in meal plan rates was approved, said Bill Nance, vice president of finance and support services.

The cost of campus housing and meal plans has increased slightly over the last 12 years. 

The steady rise was proposed by representatives of the Board of Regents as a way to avoid larger, more infrequent increases.

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