Denise Cervantes

Coming up: Library special events

When most students go to the library, they don’t expect to come across a board game from the ‘90s or the opportunity to meet their favorite author.

However, Alkek Library is working to make those events and more a reality for students throughout the fall semester.

October

On Oct. 1, Joan Heath, associate vice president and university librarian, said students will have a chance to read excerpts of banned books from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. during the “Read-out” event.

“People can sign up for a five-minute reading slot or upload a video of themselves reading a banned book, and we will be having a playlist going in the Instant Theatre,” Heath said.

Texas State to celebrate family weekend

Families of Texas State students are invited to spend time with their Bobcat Sept. 18-19 during this year’s Family Weekend.

Jennifer Wood, assistant director of Retention Management and Planning, said this year’s activities will include a wine walk, a golf tournament, family breakfast and dinners, a tour of the Performance Arts Center and the opportunity to attend football and volleyball games.

Wood said diversity in families was something organizers kept in mind while designing the itinerary.

“We listen to them and their experiences, and think about the diversity that comes with our families—where they are from, their ages, their interests,” Wood said.

What to consider when choosing a major

With hundreds of majors to choose from, it can often be challenging for students to pick one area to focus on.

Choosing a major is a major commitment, but the decision doesn’t have to be stressful. The following are five tips to help students successfully declare their major. 

1. Know yourself

Kate Robbins, career counselor, said the first step students should take when they aren’t sure what they want to study is learning more about themselves and their interests.

Robbins said she encourages students to tell their stories when they come to her office for advice on selecting a major.

Season preview: Fine arts schedule jam-packed for school year

The Texas State Department of Theatre and Dance plans to showcase a variety of performances during the academic year. Students should be on the lookout for concerts, plays, operas, exhibitions and collaborations within departments.

Theatre Department

The theater department is set to host a multitude of main stage and black box productions this year.

View from the Bridge, a one-act drama written by Arthur Miller and directed by Melissa Utley, theater graduate student, will run from October 6-11 as the department’s season opener.

J. Robert Moore, Evita director and theater graduate student, said musical theater at the university has grown immensely over the past few years.

Rattle Snake Run 5k joins athletics with community

Runners of all ages gathered at San Marcos High School (SMHS) starting line Aug. 22 to take part in the 2nd annual RattleSnake Run 5K.

The race served as a fundraiser for its sponsor, the SMHS Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program.

Anthony Williams, Lieutenant Colonel, said the race is designed to bring the community together before the beginning of a new school year.

“It’s a great community service event,” Williams said. “We get a lot of participation from the local community, families, kids and young people.”

Williams said organizers decided to open the race to all ages in an effort to encourage kids to be more active.

Top 5 best hiking spots in San Marcos

San Marcos is home to many hiking trails that allow students to enjoy the city’s natural beauty while getting their cardio on. Although the heat can be a powerful deterrent for many people during the summer, there are plenty of trails in the area providing enough shade to keep you going.

Ringtail Ridge Natural Area

Although the Ringtail Ridge Natural Area is smaller than most trails, the 40 acres provide plenty of room for beginners. Ringtail Ridge also allows dogs as long as they are leashed.

Janis Martinez, San Marcos resident, said the trail is two miles long and primarily designed for mountain biking.

Professor uses geographic profiling to fight crime, disease

A partnership between two professors led to the recently uncovered new tool to combat infectious disease and terrorism.

Kim Rossmo, Texas State criminology professor, and Steven Le Comber, Queen Mary University of London mathematical biologist, recently discovered geographic profiling can be used to catch more than just criminals.

Geographic profiling is a method originally developed by Rossmo to help locate suspects in serial crimes such as rape and murder.

The model uses statistics to piece together the locations of crime scenes to help identify a criminal’s home or workplace. The system is now being applied to disease control and terrorist attacks, and is being used by law enforcement nationwide.

Professor solves photo mystery, again

A recent discovery made by a group of physics professors has many people talking about Alfred Eisenstaedt’s iconic photograph, “V-J Day in Times Square.”

Steven Kawaler, Iowa State University astrophysicist, and Donald Olson and Russell Doescher, Texas State physics professors, conducted extensive research to determine the photo was taken at exactly 5:51 p.m.

Eisenstaedt, photographer for Life magazine, captured the famous photo of a couple celebrating after Japan’s surrender at the end of World War II.

Since the photo was taken, Olson said many people have stepped forward and claimed to be the kissing pair.

By uncovering the exact time the photo was taken, Kawaler said the researchers were able to disprove many of the accounts.

Rhea’s Ice Cream to remain open

Rhea's Ice Cream will remain open, with new management, after the ice cream shop's owner declared the business would close back in April. 

Lindsey Belk, Root Cellar assistant manager, said he and the restaurant have teamed up to buy the shop, which has been a part of The Square for five years. In April, Rhea Ortamond, owner of Rhea’s Ice Cream, announced she would be closing the shop this month to move to Chicago.

Ortamond said she originally had no plans to accept offers to buy the shop, but something felt right about Belk’s proposal.

Doctoral student receives funding for concrete research

One Texas State student took matters into his own hands after realizing he would need additional funding to support his research.

Ash Kotwal, materials science, engineering and commercialization doctoral student, was recently awarded one of 10 international Baker Student Fellowships from the American Concrete Institute.

Kotwal said he went through a vigorous process, filling out at least 100 applications before submitting his proposal.

Kotwal said this was the first time he had submitted a proposal without the help of Texas State professors.

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