Autumn Wright

San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship shows support for LGBTQIA organizations

One of the primary donors to this year’s SMTX Pride Parade and Festival was a local church.

San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship showed its support of the LBGTQIA community by donating to the event. Additionally, the institution lends its facilities to monthly meetings of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.

Sylvia Sandoval Hernandez, executive organizer of SMTX Pride, said she received a $650 donation from SMUUF this year and a $550 contribution last year.

Hernandez said she grew up in San Marcos and has noticed a change in the community’s attitude toward the LGBTQIA community.

“I think it (has sunk) in already,” Hernandez said. “There’s a little bit more acceptance.”

New policy for teaching theaters to be implemented

As freshman enrollment numbers rise, university professors increasingly seek out teaching theaters.

University officials formed a committee to determine which core curriculum courses will be scheduled to conduct class in the theater facilities in Alkek, Centennial Hall and the LBJ Student Center for the next two years.  The committee is comprised of several department chairs from the university, said Mary Brennan, chairperson for the history department’s council of chairs.

Teaching theaters for core curriculum classes such as English, political science, math and natural science are in high demand since they are required classes for freshman and will inevitably have more students per class, said Sheri Mora, associate chair of the political science department.

University website to undergo renovations, mobile compatibility updates

Texas State is redesigning its university website to become more modern and efficient for its virtual visitors.

Officials are updating the site for the first time in six years. Updates will include improvements for mobile use and people with sight impairments.

The Gato template is a content management system allowing amateur web publishers to create functional, appealing websites without needing design or development knowledge.

Texas State’s homepage gets around 1.2 million views every month, half of which are first-time views, said Michael Edelstone, head web designer for the Gato template. For this reason, it is important for Texas State to make a good impression online.

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