Alexis De La Garza

Texas State Student Foundation holds annual Veterans Day ceremony

Students, veterans, active military and San Marcos residents came together Monday morning in The Quad to observe the Student Foundation’s Annual Veterans Day ceremony.

The ceremony featured Texas State alumnus Brig. Gen. Mark Kelly as the keynote speaker. Kelly is the commander of the 354th fighter wing at the Eielson Air Force Base and has 27 years of experience in the military.

According to Kelly, Veterans Day is “a day unlike any other kind of day.”

“Whereas on July 4th we celebrate a national birthday and on Memorial Day we celebrate national sacrifice, on Veterans Day, we gather to recognize national service and national courage—to remember the men and women who survived and solved our nation’s greatest challenges,” Kelly said.

Leadership Institute to debut freshman-exclusive program

The Texas State Leadership Institute will debut a new program tailored to freshman students next semester called Pathfinder.

According to Dean of Students Margarita Arellano, the Pathfinder program will aim to teach freshmen the basics of leadership. According to Arellano, only 24 to 75 students will be admitted into the Pathfinder program next semester. The first semester of Pathfinder will serve as a pilot program and will be shaped for years to come, she said. She said the limit on admitted students will help control the pilot program, and there will be room for growth in the future.

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