Autumn Bernhard

Funding initiative encourages faculty, staff participation

Texas State Family Campaign officials are ramping up the program by reaching out to more faculty and staff in hopes of expanding fundraising efforts for the university.

The Family Campaign is now beginning its main push, which will end in mid-February. The campaign allows faculty and staff to support Texas State by donating to the university, said Ted McKinnon, assistant vice president for university advancement and development.

“The gift could be considered anything from joining an organization, such as the Alumni Association, or contributing to or making a new scholarship,” McKinnon said.

Housing fee increase for fall 2014 to be determined

The Department of Housing and Residential Life is in the process of determining the rate by which residence hall fees will be raised next year.

The projected three to four percent increase will be implemented next August, said Rita Staires, business manager for the Department of Housing and Residential Life. The precise percentage has not yet determined and will not be finalized until it is approved by the Texas State University System Board of Regents in February, she said.

Texas State attempts to raise its fees yearly to prevent major hikes occuring over a number of years, said Rosanne Proite, director of the Department of Housing and Residential Life. The department is self-funded, meaning its only revenue source is the housing fees, she said.

ITS officials to introduce wireless device printing program for spring

Instructional Technologies Support (ITS) officials are gearing up to launch a new project this spring that will enable students to print wirelessly from their own devices on any floor throughout Alkek Library.

Wireless printing from laptops is currently only permitted on the fourth floor of the library, according to Alkek’s webpage. ITS officials are working with the Information Technology Assistance Center (ITAC) to develop a program allowing students to print from any wireless device on all floors of the library, according to Brian Shanks, assistant director of ITS and project manager.

More students choosing graduate school at Texas State

Texas State officials are experiencing significant growth in the Graduate College with a record number of PhDs awarded last year and the continued development of new doctoral and master’s degrees.

Texas State’s Graduate College offers 100 degree programs—12 doctoral degrees and 88 master’s degrees. As of now there are a total of 3,949 students enrolled in graduate college. Of that number, 444 are doctoral students and 3,505 are master’s students, said Andrea Golato, dean of the Graduate College.

In the 2012 academic school year, 1,415 degrees were given to graduating students. Throughout the last academic year, 53 students received doctoral degrees, which was the highest-ever number for the college, Golato said.

Fundraising campaign to end February 2014

Pride in Action, the university’s seven-year fundraising campaign, will end early next year in conjunction with the opening of the Performing Arts Center.

The campaign, which will end Feb. 28, 2014, began in 2006 with a goal of earning $110 million. The goal was exceeded last August, and the campaign has raised $144 million. The campaign’s purpose is to provide resources that will promote student and professor excellence, said Barbara Breier, vice president of University Advancement.

Exhibit shows emotional healing process through art

A Common Experience art exhibit sponsored by the Honors College opened Aug. 26,, unveiling work that helped artists through emotional difficulties.

The exhibit, called “Minds Into Matter: How Creating Art Affects Artists,” is located in Lampasas Hall. The works include paintings, drawings, photos and videos that intend to show art as another way of finding happiness, relief or something new in life, according to the exhibit’s webpage.

This year’s Common Experience theme, “Minds Matter: Exploring Mental Health and Illness,” explores how society views and perceives these issues, according to the webpage. A statement explaining what inspired the artist accompanies each piece of artwork and connects it to the Common Experience theme.

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